179 years ago today, 30 men at Williams College in Western Massachusetts gathered. There were 10 men from each, the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. They met and formed what was then called the Social Fraternity, an organization known today as Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc. These men met with a purpose, to form a fraternity where men could join based on their merit, in direct opposition of the evil of secret societies on their campus. Two years later the organization was home for 2/3 of the the student body at Williams. Through ups, downs, and all arounds, this organization has survived 179 years and boasts some truly amazing members. And I share a connection with those 30 men as well as a storied tradition that I am honored to be a member of.

So I wanted to discuss what being a Delta Upsilon meant to me. It has meant a great number of things, from challenges met and faced together. It has meant a home where I feel like I’m in the right place. It has meant making a difference in all kinds of ways, from truly spectacular to the minute details. Being a brother has meant overcoming obstacles and being forced to become a man of character right beside men who I am proud to call brothers. Being a part of DU has meant that I have a connection to thousands of men across the globe doing some amazing things. Being a brother has meant making justice my sure foundation. It has meant knowing I will always represent those letters and the growth my brothers and advisors pushed in me. It has meant that no matter where I am, Blue and Gold hold a special place in my heart. It has meant words of wisdom and incredible opportunities. Being a Brother has meant the world at times and pure frustration at times. It has meant tradition and challenging the process. It has meant service and fun…

Simply put, Delta Upsilon is a moment of friendship for a lifetime bond in Brotherhood.



About rigsurfer

A Brother of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc., Joined in Fall 2010. Completed a B.A. in English at North Carolina State University in 2013 and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University in 2015. Passionate about Leadership and Diversity as well as Ducks, Scooby Doo, and reading.
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