On Sept. 24, 2017 all of Penn State made their last canning trips ever for THON (read Daily Collegian story about canceling canning trips). With that in mind the Omega Brothers hit the road with members of Sigma Alpha Sorority to raise money FOR THE KIDS!
Brother Matt Markus won the Open in a one hole playoff with Bob Mausser. As a result of heavy rain we were not permitted to play the scheduled course Avalon Country Club. Not to be deterred we found another course Laguna Oaks that would accommodate us. 15 played golf and 25 attended the banquet
Next year's Open will be played on May 4th, 2018 at Avalon Country Club. As always we will be playing the first Friday in May. We hope to see you next year!
The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.
INSIDE THIS EDITION:
- Theta Chi's New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
- Distinguished Achievement Awards
- Alumni and Undergraduate news and more
Theta Chi Bothers have been busy on campus and in town this semester.
Brother Ryan Gattoni and Stephen Sandford were part of an effort to create "Little Lion's Pantries". Using the Theta Chi basement, Gattoni, Sandford and other students worked to create small food pantries that will be placed around town. They have both been very involved in working with "The Lion's Pantry" which establishes a way for impoverished students to get free food with no questions asked. Read the article on WeAreCentralPA.com .
Also outside the chapter house brother Ryan Gattoni was once again elected to the IFC Executive Board and VP of Programming. In addition, he was also selected to be on the Executive Board of Fresh Start.
Brother John Broderick is the Lead Program Coordinator for the Sexual Violence Awareness club on campus, Men Against Violence. He has given multiple speeches this year and was recently selected to speak at the University sponsored Sexual Violence Prevention Gala.
Brothers Broderick and Gattoni were in charge of "Walk a Mile in her Shoes", an event where male members of the community (mainly Greeks) wear heels and walk down campus in a showing of solidarity to those who have been sexually assaulted.
Brother Kevin Diguiseppe was selected to be a Greek Week Programming Captain. Brother Neel Parikh was recently chosen to be the Lead Analyst of Exotic Commodities for the Penn State Asset Management Group. Also, Bryant Narvaez was elected to be the Treasurer for the ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America).
And finally, the GI Theta Chi event was very successful and built on last year's event. The chapter raised approximately $1000 for the USO through the event. We will have more info and photos from GI Theta Chi soon.
As appeared in the Feb. 22, 2017 edition of The Daily Collegian
Nearly nothing gets Leah Fait excited like Penn State’s THON. The little 5-year-old even got bad marks on her “behavior card” in her kindergarten classroom last Friday because she couldn’t pay attention.
THON 2017: “Igniting Hope Within” was Leah’s third successful dance marathon, and she got to share it with her two organizations: Tapestry Dance Company and greek organization, Theta Chi.
Tapestry’s President, Emily Newton, said they are a student-run organization, delivering different styles of tap, self-choreographed by its members, and they have been participating in THON far before she joined.
“We were paired with [Leah’s family] my sophomore year,” Newton (senior-kinesiology) said. “We actually got paired with her about three weeks before THON 2015.”
In June of 2014, when Leah was about 3-years-old, she was diagnosed with leukemia. In no time she was beginning chemotherapy treatment, essentially living in Hershey Medical Center, Newton said.
“Nurses said she was always the brightest child, just in emotion and energy,” Newton said. “Even if she like just had chemo she would stand by the elevator, and she would greet people who came onto the floor — her favorite thing to do.”
Currently living in Chambersburg Pennsylvania, Leah is taken care of primarily by her grandparents, Diane and Rick Fait.
Newton said the pair told her that, even in the hospital, Leah always had “bundles of energy” and was almost never lethargic. Apparently that is one thing that has never changed.
Leading up to her first THON, in 2015, Leah had just finished her treatment.
“She had just gotten off of in-patient treatment nearly two months before THON,” Newton said. “She was bright and bubbly as ever. She was grabbing water guns and bubbles, and she didn’t have to wear a mask or anything.”
Megan Burns, current secretary for her THON organization, said she got to meet Leah for the first time in the final hour of the 2015 dance marathon. Burns (senior-mechanical engineering) was Tapestry’s Family Relations Chair at the time.
“You know, it’s that last hour so you have to push through, but she made that last hour go by so fast,” Burn) said. “She really kept us going. I’ll never forget that. She was a ball of energy and everyone was so excited to see her.”
After her first THON, having already completed treatment, Leah had monthly visits to Hershey — simple check-ups to make sure her blood work came back okay. Newton said she just got approved to begin going every three months instead.
“We’ve actually met up with her a few times when she goes to Hershey,” Newton said. “She’s getting in the clear. As of a few months ago, she has been two years in remission, which is really big.”
Fast-forward to THON 2017, and Burns actually had the opportunity to represent her organization and dance for the entire 46 hours.
“I can’t even begin to describe it,” she said. “It flew by honestly, can’t believe it’s already over.”
Additionally, their organizations raised a combined $35,601.84 for Four Diamonds.
Ashley Passarello, one of Tapestry’s current family relations chairs, said THON 2017 was amazing, and she was extremely proud of her organization.
“We’re really happy about [our total],” Passarello (sophomore-criminology) said. “It was a little more than last year’s.”
Newton said Leah had as much energy as ever in this year’s dance marathon, getting to do even more activities than in years before, and her grandparents had a better idea of what was going on.
“They are just so thankful that Leah has so many people around her that want to help her and want to play with her,” Newton said. “They are really touched by all of the volunteers and everything they do.
Marissa Glovier, the organization’s other family relation’s chair, said Leah was really just a ball of energy.
“I was like chasing after her,” Glovier (sophomore-elementary education) said. “It was really fun.”
After the weekend came to a close, Leah was featured on the front page of The Daily Collegian’s THON issue on Monday, and the Tapestry members noticed.
“I freaked out,” Newton said. “I took Snapchats and sent them to everyone. I sent it to my parents, sent it to my boyfriend who is an alumnus, sent it in all of our group chats — everyone was just freaking out about it. That’s our child.”
Passarello said talk of the picture, as well as the shot itself, quickly filled the organization’s GroupMe, and everyone was over-the-moon.
“That was awesome,” Burns said. “I was just going to class, and I picked it up. I noticed it was Leah and I just started freaking out. ”
Glovier said many of the girls brag about Leah like she’s their own daughter, and when she saw the cover she was astounded.
Newton said the photo soon made its way to Facebook, and someone in her organization tagged Diane.
“She’s your typical Facebook grandma,” Newton said. “Diane loves all the pictures and she actually made it her profile picture.”
Coming out right after THON weekend, Newton said it made her extremely excited.
Looking into the future, Newton and many other Tapestry members know that with a disease like cancer life needs to be taken day-by-day, but also they remain very optimistic.
“Half of the battle is just having a positive attitude,” Newton said. “You see so many of these kids — they’re some of the most positive people you’ll ever meet. I would like to hope that her prognosis is going to be great.”
Passarello said it’s hard to even imagine her even being sick because she cannot imagine her not having the energy she does now.
Burns said as well that Leah has been doing very well health-wise, and she just hopes Leah will stay on the same track.
“I think she has a very bright future in front of her,” Burns said. “She has so much potential to do whatever she wants.”
Leah also just began kindergarten this year, and that is something Newton called an important “milestone” for her to pass.
“You know, every time we see her, her hair is a little bit longer, she has a bit more energy,” Newton said. “I’m very positive toward her journey.”
AJ Bobby dances to Fitz and the Tantrums' HandClap at the 2017 THON Kids Talent Show with his sisters Alexis and Annabelle and Theta Chi Brothers, Tapestry Sisters.
Over the break a nice new cedar front door was installed to replace the one that had been damaged at the end of the fall semester. Please stop by the house and give the door a try - we'd love to see you when you are in State College.
We are proud to announce 7 new members have been initiated into the brotherhood of Theta Chi. Congratulations to...
- Anir Aggarwal
- Shay Amin
- Dave Cox
- TJ Hardwick
- Josh Koch
- Colin Nike
- Tyler Olson
With the new semester in full swing, we wanted to update the alumni on the continued upgrades to the house that were completed this past summer. The board moved forward with some long overlooked aesthetic issues and completed a few mandated code compliance directives. We have been lucky to develop a good relationship with Kunes Construction, the contractor that completed the side porch repair, and his company is handling all our work again.
The remaining exterior trim has been repaired and painted, including the cornice work at the top of the house. This now finishes most of the planned major work on the exterior of the building. Finally, a commercial cleaner was hired to do a total top to bottom cleaning of the house, especially the kitchen.
The Borough of State College is always updating their code requirements. This year we were directed to upgrade our old dumpster. The borough has also been targeting sidewalk safety the past couple years, and this summer the district that included our house was on the agenda. We received notice of five concrete segments that we needed to replaced or the borough would do it and bill us. We have completed the required work and added a few areas that were our own concerns.
Whether they’re called White Roses or Sweethearts, some girls at colleges around the nation volunteer to be the feminine face of fraternities. What was once a tradition now seems rare, but Samantha Fisher is trying to keep the ritual alive.
Fisher, a senior engineering sciences major, describes her position as the “girl brother of the house.” She has all the benefits of being a brother, but doesn’t have to pay any dues. She parties with them, has a big role in recruitment, and is even in the composite. “Instead of cleaning, I bring baked goods,” Fisher said.
She doesn’t live in the Theta Chi house, but she does go to the parties early to clean up a little before everyone arrives. Fisher says she’s the mother figure of the house but feels like more of a friend. “A lot of the guys have questions on how to do the things that their moms or girlfriends did for them in high school, whether it’s laundry or cooking, and I’m here to help them out with that,” Fisher said. “But I’m also a quality wingman.”
Her other responsibilities include bringing a card and a baked good on birthdays and helping the brothers pick out a tie on a date. “They need a girl’s perspective,” Fisher said. Other times, they play video games, watch movies, or just hang out and have end-of-the-week relaxation time.
This position is traditionally held by a sorority sister, but being a member of Greek life isn’t mandatory.
Fisher claims being an independent makes her better at her ‘job.’ “Not being in a sorority makes me more available to them whenever they need me.”
So, what’s in it for her?
“Having people depend on me and want me to be around feels awesome,” Fisher said. “Changing someone else’s life by helping them gives me a sense of purpose. They get different things out of it, but I think I get a lot more out of it than they do. This year is going to be stressful for me but every time I walk in the door, I’m flooded with hugs. It’s honestly a fun job, and when I go out, I know I’m going to be safe because I have them with me. They protect me. Them being my support group is my favorite part of being the Theta Chi Sweetheart.”
Fisher found out about the position while she was at a Theta Chi party. One of the brothers mentioned it to her, so she applied off the cuff. “I wrote a cover letter,” Fisher said. “They printed it out and sent it around the house. I way over did it and I was so embarrassed. I felt like the teacher’s pet on the first day of school.”
Fisher tries to make it to the house at least once a week and on average spends about three to four days hanging out with the brothers. “These are my friends and I enjoy spending time with them,” Fisher said. “They’re not here to hit on me. It’s just like having biological brothers.”
Fisher is single for the meantime, but she thinks that if she had a boyfriend, he would be comfortable with her job. “They know there isn’t any competition,” Fisher said. “I have all male roommates, and they all think it’s really cool. I grew up with all guys, so it’s perfect for me.”
Fisher’s main objective is to perpetuate the sweetheart tradition in fraternities and to hopefully expand the position throughout Penn State. “If there’s one thing that I want to happen out of my position, it’s for this type of relationship with a sweetheart to continue, preferably more than in just my own frat,” Fisher said. “If another person can feel what I feel when I walk through those doors, everything I’ve done will be worth it.”