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Delta Gamma Iota (Formerly Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Indiana Iota chapter through 1992) chapter where death occurred also has an “unrecognized” Ball State U. Chapter

Note: The following history was on the web page of Delta Gamma Iota, Vincennes University. However, despite claim, I do not find the chapter currently recognized at BSU; it also was operating as a subrosa chapter at Vincennes University–Moderator
The History of Delta Gamma Iota

Delta Gamma Iota was founded in 1965 at Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN. Delta Gamma Iota was founded on 3 principals: Diligence, Integrity and Brotherhood. In hopes of betterment, Delta Gamma Iota went national as Sigma Phi Epsilon in 1973. In 1992, Sigma Phi Epsilon pulled out all charters at 2 year schools because of revenue. The remaining Brothers were determined to start over and continue the tradition of Brotherhood, and did by re-founding themselves as Delta Gamma Iota on December 5, 1993. Since then the Fraternity has thrived, and has out lived its fraternal expectancy of 3-5 years at a two year school.

In the Fall of 1997, two Brothers from the Alpha Chapter went on to continue their education at Ball State University. These two men wanted to bring the bond they shared among their Brothers at Vincennes to Ball State. They sat in a dorm room with an incredibly large Greek community and began to form the newest chapter of Delta Gamma Iota. A few more brothers from the Alpha Chapter enrolled at Ball State, Founding Fathers were recruited, and the Gamma Chapter of Delta Gamma Iota was founded on February 7, 1998. Ball State University officially recognized the Gamma Chapter of Delta Gamma Iota on February 17, 1999.

Since our founding, many pledge classes have passed through the halls of Delta Gamma Iota, and all these men continue to pass the bond of Brotherhood to future Brothers.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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