Why Delta Chi?


From our International Headquarters: It has been pointed out that the four most important words in the Preamble are not what most members assume: “Friendship”, “Character”, “Justice”, and “Education”. Instead, it is suggested that the four most important words are “Promote”, ”Develop”, “Advance”, and “Assist.” The point is that “Fraternity” and, in particular, “Delta Chi” is not just about what “is” but what we, as members, should actually be doing. It is our actions that make Delta Chi, which is why the key words are the verbs instead of the nouns.

Our Preamble:
“We, the members of The Delta Chi Fraternity, believing that great advantages are to be derived from a brotherhood of college and university men, appreciating that close association may promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Established October 13th, 1890, Delta Chi has a rich history, and our brotherhood includes famously successful business men, celebrities, and a former president of the United States!  Some of the most notable contemporary brothers include Ashton Kutcher and Adam Levine.  Delta Chi has been an international organization since February 13th, 1897, when the Osgoode Hall chapter opened up in Toronto, Canada.

Here at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, our history may be a bit more brief, but it is no less important to those who have built it. Beginning March 25th, 1987 as Beta Upsilon Nu, our Penn State campus later instituted the requirement that fraternities must have national advisers and ties to larger organizations, for reasons of insurance, safety, and to ensure proper operation of local chapters. After an extensive process of interviewing fraternities to find out who would be the best fit for Beta Upsilon Nu, the Behrend students committed to forming a colony and quickly chartered Delta Chi’s Behrend Chapter on March 24th, 1990.