Lambda Chi Alpha - Indiana University

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Alpha-Omicron Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at Indiana University

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THE ORACLE A L P H A - O M I C R O N Z E TA O F L A M B D A C H I A L P H A AT I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y / S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 Alpha-Omicron Continues to Invest in Core Values Chapter Adapts to Changing Campus Climate A s I look back on the 2016-17 school year at Indiana University thus far, I realize it has been a bit busier than usual from all the news on the IU campus as well as our Alpha-Omicron membership news. At times, it is important to look back to see where we have come from to help us continue this effort of investing in our Core Values. Our membership on campus is at 185 active members after we initiated 33 associate members in January. More importantly, our chapter GPA is 3.2. I look back to where we were in 2010, when our membership was much smaller and the GPA was 2.7. I have been most impressed with our growing numbers and members' involvement on the IU campus while simultaneously improving upon their grades. Kudos to our officers, recruitment chairmen, and, as always, to Joe Folkening, Wabash College '88, our chapter advisor. The IU campus continues the implementation of the Housed Greek Organization (HGO) live-in advisor plan, where all fraternities are required to hire a graduate student or professional resident advisor to live in their house. We plan to have this in place for the 2017-18 school year; this person will live in the chapter house for free and receive a stipend of approximately $10,000 per year. We will spend around $15,000 on construction within the chapter house to reach these requirements. Obviously, we have had to raise live-in dues to afford this effort. That said, IU lost another fraternity on campus this year as Delta Tau Delta had their charter revoked for five years. We now have three fraternities on campus with their charters revoked. This is one of the main drivers for the HGO, as IU feels the Greek system has lost its way with several chapters displaying misconduct. I still remain incredibly upbeat on the future of AO, what our members have achieved, and their involvement on campus. We have come a long way! Join us on April 1 as we celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime event at AO! I am excited to say our 100th anniversary of Alpha-Omicron on the campus of IU is on April 1 in Bloomington. We have a huge event planned for that day, with everything from tours of the house and campus to a block of tickets for an IU baseball game, where we will have our own patio area to view the game, followed by a dinner at the IU Memorial Union. Details for the event are in this issue of The Oracle, on our website at, and on our online event page, A huge thank-you to Bob Disinger '83 for all his help in spearheading this event. I hope to see you all at this important milestone for Alpha-Omicron! Fraternally, Tony Drake '84 House Corporation President (630) 336-8973 | The outgoing executive council after a dinner celebrating a successful term. From left: Wylie King '18, Jack Brandt '18, Ryan Prince '18, Anthony Russo '18, Justin Goodman '18, Kyle Ewert '17, and Danny O'Connor '18. 100th AnniversAry Keynote speAKer, the honorAble MichAel KAnne '62, shAres the iMpAct of AlphA-oMicron W hen Michael Kanne '62 was elected High Alpha as an undergraduate member of Alpha-Omicron, he never knew the substantial impact it would have in the years to come. Since then, he has served in the Air Force, started a private law practice in his hometown of Rensselaer, Ind., became a State Circuit Court judge in Jasper County, and was eventually appointed twice by President Ronald Reagan, first as a U.S. District judge in Northern Indiana and then as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Seventh Circuit. Michael transferred from St. Joseph's College to Indiana University and was a member of another fraternity on campus that left him feeling dissatisfied. He depledged after meeting others in Lambda Chi and pledged at Alpha-Omicron in 1959. A few years later, Michael decided to run for High Alpha, which he said gave him valuable experience. "Winning the position reinforced my drive not to give up when things get hard; it taught me perseverance," Michael said. "Serving as High Alpha has given me so many experiences that I always have had something to go back to throughout my career." After graduating from IU with a bachelor's degree in business, Michael served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for three years. He and his wife, Judith Ann, were married during that time on Indiana's campus. Rather than remain in the Air Force, they decided that Michael would go back to IU to law school. When he graduated from law school in 1968, he returned to his hometown, where (Continued on page 2)

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