by Max Redpath ’16
First off, I’d like to introduce myself to the Alumni: my name is Max Redpath, and I will be a sophomore this fall. As is the case with many of my other brothers, I am from Barrington, Illinois, and I am majoring in Business with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. I know I met a few other alumni at the DU-ReU last fall, but for those I have yet to meet, I am excited to do so and also make this year’s Homecoming even better than the last!
Seeing as this is the update that covers the end of the spring semester, the great things we’ve done this summer, and a prelude for the fall semester, it will be rather lengthy, but there are a lot of good things that our DU chapter has been up to as of late!
As for the end of the spring semester, the highlight had to be our annual DU-Theta Broomball philanthropy event. It was very well attended by both fraternities and sororities alike. It went exceptionally well with minimal troubles despite all of the action going on both on and off the ice, and we helped raise and split $2,300 with Theta that went to the Global Service Initiative.
Delta Upsilon also started a new tradition this past spring with the advent of the DU Dixie Ball. This Southern-themed formal dance was extremely well attended and a ton of fun, too. We played country and folk music and ate pulled pork and beef brisket that was catered from Black Dog in Urbana (highly recommended). It was also such a novel idea (thanks to brothers Nick Howard ’13 and Kevin Ward ’15 who spearheaded the event) that there was significant buzz on campus asking about it both before and after the event.
Keeping along the lines of spring social events, we had a beach-themed exchange at Joe’s with Kappa Delta that went very well. Our semi-annual Pancake Breakfast and Barndance went off without a hitch and was a ton of fun: Brother Tyler Garretson ’15 did a wonderful job organizing both of these very fun events for all of the Brothers and our guests. Not only did we have a good time at Barndance (per the usual), but we also saved roughly $800 in the process. Our Brothers also performed well in the Pi Phi Frisbee philanthropy placing second out of fifteen teams. There was also a battle royale of sorts when the two DU intramural basketball teams squared off in the last game of the season. Unfortunately the team comprised of ‘16s and ’16.5s lost by three points, despite the highest quality of coaching (by yours truly), but it was a good battle and a better time. Finally, we are looking forward to a similar docket of events for the fall when we will be ‘blocking’ with the ladies of Sigma Delta Tau and continuing on with other Delta Upsilon traditions.
In the middle of the summer, a work weekend was organized, and a lot of things that needed to get done in and around the house were accomplished or set in motion to be finished. I know several alumni were also in attendance, but for those of you who couldn’t attend, here is a summary of what was accomplished: past and current Brothers pressure-washed the outside of the house, cleaned out the window wells, renovated the main floor wall panels, trimmed trees and bushes around the house, repaired the fence and basketball court, deep-cleaned all wood surfaces, replaced the bricks on the veranda, repaired major amounts of shingles and gutters and other roof structures. This event was also very well attended, as can be seen by the many projects done, and it set a great tone for the upcoming year.
Late in July was the Float Trip where the Brothers journeyed up and down the Kankakee River – a wet but fun time was had by all. It set a good tone for the upcoming ‘17s rush and was a good way to get the Brothers reacquainted and excited for the upcoming semester.
Towards the end of the summer, a large contingency of Ducks attended the Lollapalooza Music Festival held in Grant Park in Chicago. I know that I personally spent all of Saturday with upwards of fifteen DUs and ended up spending the night in the apartment of Andrew Krissinger’s (my pledge dad). It was a great time, and it really got us excited for this fall.
Despite the productivity of the Work Weekend over the summer, many undergraduates decided to travel down to Champaign for a work week just before this semester began. A TON MORE got accomplished, and the house is looking great for Rush as well as the upcoming events with the ladies of Illinois sororities. Some of the highlights of the work week were: the repairing and lacquering of the fence guarding the basketball court, the spackling and painting of the basketball court, the painting of the walls in the stairway, the cleaning of the attic, the pitching of unsuitable furniture, the repainting of parking lot lines…the list goes on!
This fall’s Rush has been going fantastic already as well. We’ve had our first acceptance, we’ve given out roughly 20 bids, and we have a lot more interest from other rushees in becoming a Duck, so we hope to increase the amount of acceptances as Rush enters its height. It’s setting a very good tone for this semester thus far.
In other news, Illinois actually decided to win a few football games over the past several Saturdays! As long as Coach Beckman doesn’t get another infraction for chewing tobacco on the sideline, we’re destined for great things — Pasadena here we come!
We look forward to seeing you all on October26th for Homecoming 2013! It is going to be a GREAT time – please join us then.
Max Redpath ‘16