1. Why pledge a fraternity?
  2. What is Alpha Phi Omega?
  3. Who are some famous brothers of Alpha Phi Omega?
  4. Who can join?
  5. Why should you join? What can it do for you?
  6. What is the official relationship between A Phi O and Scouting?
  7. How can you be a Fraternity if you don't have a house?
  8. What type of service projects does Delta participate in?
  9. What social events does Delta have?
  10. Will I be hazed?
  11. What will be required of me?


Why pledge a fraternity?
Because not everything at Auburn is to be learned in the classroom. College is a challenging time; it may be your first time away from home, or you may be looking for a new start. Regardless, much of the learning you will do over your college career will be just as much social as academic. The skills you learn in a fraternity, such as working with people, coordinating projects, and time management will be very valuable to you in college as well as your professional career. You will also have a chance to network with people and form friendships to help you along the journey.

Academically, fraternity men are more likely to succeed at college. Just over 50% of students who start out end up graduating from college. For fraternity men, the average is over 80%; fraternities breed success in men, and brothers help each other succeed in the classroom.

Moreover, you will be joining an elite group. Fraternity men represent a very small percentage: only 2% of the male population in the United States. However, that 2% is a very powerful group! Approximately 80% of the executives of Fortune 500 companies are fraternity men. 76% of the current United States Senators and Representatives are fraternity men. 100 of 158 cabinet members since 1900 have been fraternity men. 40 of 47 Supreme Court Justices since 1910 have been fraternity men. All but two United States Presidents since 1825 have been fraternity men.

By pledging a fraternity, you are helping yourself in more ways than you can imagine; many don't realize how much it has meant to them and helped them until they've left.

What is Alpha Phi Omega?
Alpha Phi Omega is the largest fraternity in the world - a National Service Fraternity of college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism and founded on the princilples of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. Its aim is to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intelliectual heritage.

Who are some of the famous brothers of Alpha Phi Omega?
Alpha Phi Omega can count many brothers that have gone on to fame. Among those are Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell (Beta Theta Chapter), 1966 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garret (Alpha Kappa Chapter), Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (Mu Sigma Chapter), former President Bill Clinton (Mu Alpha Chapter) and actor/comedian Tim Allen (Gamma Phi Chapter).

Here at Auburn, we can count Albert L. Thomas (founder of First National Bank of Auburn - now Compass Bank - and organizer of the first Boy Scout troop in the South), James E. Foy (Dean of Students whom Foy Union is named for), and Auburn presidents Bradford Knapp, Harry M. Philpott, and Wilford S. Bailey as Brothers of Delta Chapter.

Who can join?
Membership is open to any student enrolled at Auburn who expresses an honest desire to serve mankind and is approved for membership by Delta Chapter.

Why should you join? What can it do for you?
College should be more than the acquistion of facts and figures; it should also broaden your experiences, expand and test your inherent abilities, and sharpen your social skills. Alpha Phi Omega, through its unique program of leadership, friendship and service, can add this necessary but often lacking aspect of college life - and at the same time enable you to help others while helping yourself. Moreover, you will have valuable opportunities to make a difference and gain friendships that will stand the test of time.

What is the official relationship between A Phi O and Scouting?
Alpha Phi Omega was founded on Scouting principles. The Boy Scouts of America is represented on our National Board of Directors; however, BSA does not govern, control or finance Alpha Phi Omega in any way, and previous membership in a Scouting group is not required to join our Fraternity.

How can you be a Fraternity if you don't have a house?
Alpha Phi Omega is unique; it is a Service Fraternity. We use the concepts of fraternalism as a means of providing service, to ourselves as well as to others. The fact that our meetings are held in campus meeting rooms or our members' apartments or dorm rooms does not decrease our sense of brotherhood. In addition, since we are unique, we have no conflict with social fraternities; independents, commuters, dorm dwellers, and social Fraternity members: all are welcome as members of Alpha Phi Omega.

What type of service projects does Delta participate in?
In the past, Delta Chapter has: placed over 60 benches on campus, donated the Auburn University sign in front of Samford Hall and the Eagles Cage, cared three of Auburn's War Eagle icons for 40 years, and to this day operates a non-profit consignment bookstore. Recently, Delta has engaged in such projects as Habitat for Humanity, Lee County Head Start, worked the infamous Foy Desk, cleaned up scout and YMCA camps in Selma and Birmingham, and assisted in organizing the September 11th memorials at Auburn.

By pledging Delta, you will have an opportunity to work on a wide variety of service projects. We are always ready and willing to work on new service opportunities!

What type of social events does Delta have?
Barely a week goes by without a social event, whether it be a party at a Brother's house, eating out together, or even larger events. During the Fall, football dominates the weekends. While doing service in the form of car parking for the University, we also tailgate and sit together at the game. We have a Homecoming Formal in the Fall, a Halloween / Founding party, a football contest that pits the Pledges against the Brothers, and a Christmas party. In the Spring, we have our Sweetheart Formal, a Spring Break trip (in the past we've gone to the gulf and to Key West), a Luau, and a house party to wrap up the year.

In between the big events, brothers throw parties together, go see movies, and go to concerts together. We even have a weekly "All You Can Eat Wings" dinner! Recently, we've also been doing "Service Retreats" where we'll go on an overnight trip; we do a service project and stay overnight for good times. Oh, and did I mention the weekend parties?

Will I be hazed?
Alpha Phi Omega does not condone and will not tolerate any form of destructive hazing. Hazing is not conductive to the development of brotherhood or friendship; therefore, Delta Chapter will never haze you in any way, shape or form. No member of Delta Chapter will ever demand any form of personal service from you.

What will be required of me?
You have only opportunities! You will be expected to complete a rigorous 10-week pledge period during which you will have a chance to demonstrate your desire to serve humanity by taking part in the projects of the chapter in addition to planning and running your own service projects. You will also have a chance to take part in the social life of the chapter and form friendships with the brotherhood and your pledge brothers that will last a lifetime.


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