Phi Gamma Delta comes to CNU

New fraternity chapter looks to “build courageous leaders”

~Felix Phommachanh, Staff Writer~

Founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Penn. on May 1, 1848, Phi Gamma Delta (informally called Fiji or Phi Gam) has come to CNU to join our community. 

Terrell Couch, one of Phi Gamma Delta’s Consultants on campus, describes Phi Gamma Delta as a “partner to the university.”

He wanted to “provide resources and be instrumental to create courageous leaders on campus and throughout the community.”

Phi Gamma Delta defines courage through a quote from C.S. Lewis: “Courage is not simply one of the virtues,  but the form of every virtue  at the testing point.”

Couch went on to say that a courageous leader is “a person who knows when their virtues are being tested and know how to respond.”

The process for a fraternity to become fully recognized on campus is a seven week ordeal.

The first two weeks, as described by Couch,  are full of  “understanding what the campus is like, seeing what students are saying, what student organizations are doing and where this organization can fit in.”

They want to naturally integrate into CNU.

During the third and fifth week, Couch and his consultant, Dionysis Protopapadakis (known as Dio), will talk to interested members,  discussing what they will gain by joining this new fraternity.

The final two weeks are focused on development.

Couch explained that they will bring another staff member to explain the bid-members what is like to be in the fraternity.

They will explain the organizational side of “running the fraternity,” like “how to run elections” and “how to set-up bylaws.”

They will give them the basic knowledge to run the organization here on campus.

Couch says it is an interesting process as both him and his partner “are connecting with the students and not missing out on the opportunity to be apart of CNU.”  

Regarding to expansion of Phi Gamma Delta, Terrell states there are two ways it could go.

The first is to create an interest group like at William and Mary, in which a group of men research and work with the international fraternity and make sure that it could expand to a certain campus.

The second and most traditional way is for both parties to “have a conversation.” CNU,  Phi Gamma Delta and the Interfraternity Council discussed how the relationship between the parties will be and what Phi Gamma Delta would bring to CNU, as well as what the community would return back to them.

Couch said, “The biggest thing about expansion is really truly investing yourself in the culture and understanding why [the students] come to CNU, what they like about it [and] what makes them thrive.”

Each chapter across the nation may have different students, but each has the same mission of “bettering the community and being involved within the community.”

And the community has welcomed Phi Gamma Delta into CNU. Couch states that when visiting the established sororities and fraternities “have wholehearted welcomed” Phi Gamma Delta. 

It is a chance “to see what the opportunity can be for [students]. That is the first step forward.” 

Couch encourages anyone interested in becoming a founding father of Phi Gamma Delta to follow them on Instagram and Facebook @CNUFIJI, to contact himself or his partner Dio, or come out to one of their value nights every Wednesday throughout the month of Feb. at 7 p.m. in the DSU’s Madison Room. 

To contact them directly, email tcouch@phigam.org.


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