Perched Upon A Pole- A Chi Phi Philanthropy Flashback

A not-so-perfect landing is a struggle to correct in the Tasmanian Yahoo during the Anchor Splash at the NAT in early December ’84

We’re hard to stereotype at Chi Phi – You can be yourself and not have to fit into a mold.”

President in 1985, Steve Stoicovy ’84, made this comment in the 1985 edition of La Vie. Undoubtedly, this is still a true characterization of Chi Phi. We hope you’ll take this trip back in time with us, and remember why Chi Phi did then, and still does stick out in your mind as a unique college experience for young men which molds them into leaders and successful individuals of society. Our young men still participate in philanthropic activities that engae them with the university and the community, and our Alumni certainly don’t forget about the men, as they continue to support Alpha Delta with contributions to our annual fund.

From La Vie, 1985:

“Despite its small size, Chi Phi provided many services to the State College area as well as the Penn State campus. Their annual Pole-a-Thon, in which they sat atop a pole for 72 hours, benefitted Muscular Dystrophy. Also, to help the Big Brothers organization, Chi Phi provided transportation twice a month for local children to various recreational activities. They also hosted a neighbor’s party to better community relations in the spring, danced in the Dance Marathon, ran in the Phi Psi 500, and competed in intramurals.

Gobbling pie in record time, this Chi Phi little sister races to finish her piece as she competes in the first-annual little sister Skullympics.

Chi Phi was proud of its enthusiasm, friendliness, diversity, and its strong committment toward academic excellence. The Brothers even provided a carpool to encourage scholastic performance among the Brothers. President Steve Stoicovy ’84 commented “We’re hard to stereotype – at Chi Phi, you can be yourself and not have to fit into a mold.”

The Fraternity also received the 1983-84 Chakett Award, a national Honor given for superior effort in Alumni contact. The Alumni provided a good deal of support to Chi Phi and its various endeavors. The little sister program was another Chi Phi strong point. They had over 25 returning little sisters and 12 pledges.

President Stoicovy said that Chi Phi was not only a good place to develop leadership qualities and communication skills,” but was also a “very unique house in a Fraternity that is rich in tradition.”

That tradition of individuality began in 1824 at Princeton College, and continued at Penn State’s Chi Phi as well.”


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