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Encyclopedia > Alpha Chi Alpha
ΑΧΑ - Alpha Chi Alpha
Image:AlphaChi.jpg
Motto "Fidelis Et Suavis"
Colors Black and Red
Symbol White Horse
Flower The Ramos
Founded May 21, 1963 at Dartmouth College
Type Social
Scope Dartmouth College
Headquarters 13 Webster Avenue
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Chapters 1
Homepage http://www.alphachialpha.org
ΑΧΑ, view from front of renovated house.
ΑΧΑ, view from front of renovated house.

Alpha Chi Alpha (ΑΧΑ, Alpha Chi) is a fraternity at the American Ivy League university of Dartmouth College. Alpha Chi Alpha is a member of Dartmouth's Greek system, which currently has fourteen fraternities, nine sororities and three co-ed undergraduate houses that fall under the umbrella of the Greek system. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1944x2592, 2181 KB) Summary I made this image myself. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1944x2592, 2181 KB) Summary I made this image myself. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Rotary International, Optimist International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ... For the record label, see Ivy League Records. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... Αlpha Chi Αlpha, 2005. ...


Alpha Chi Alpha is referred to among Dartmouth students as simply Alpha Chi. The house which is located at 13 Webster Avenue on the Dartmouth College campus is a college-owned fraternity, meaning that the brothers do not own the land or house. This also means that Dartmouth College paid for $1.3 million in renovations (done during the summer of 2004), which included the razing of the "Barn" structure that was used as social space by the brothers of Alpha Chi to make way for a new expanded basement and main floor area which will act as new social space for the fraternity.


The house is nicknamed the "Magic Green Cottage" and the "Cheese Lodge" by its members and has the unique location on fraternity row directly across from the President's House. The green-shingled structure includes a sand volleyball court adjacent to the house. Its perennial pledges are easily recognized by the red hat (nicknamed a "siren"), which they wear for the duration of their pledge term.

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House History

Timeline of Events in AXA's History
Important dates in the history of Alpha Chi Alpha
1919 Alpha Chi Rho (Phi Nu Chapter). National.
1935 Merged with ΑΣΦ, ΦΚΣ, & ΛΧΑ to become Gamma Delta Chi.
1957 Phi Nu Chapter of AXP reformed by split from GDX.
1963 Became Alpha Chi Alpha (AXA).
1975 First Ever 'Beach Party'.
1979 Bob Ceplikas '78 builds third floor of house.
1997 The mysterious Great Fire of '97 strikes.
1999 The New York Times publishes an article on fraternity life at Alpha Chi Alpha.
2004 House undergoes college-sponsored, multimillion dollar renovation.

The house was begun in March 1917, when twelve Dartmouth men founded the Epsilon Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1919, this lodge became the Phi Nu chapter of the national fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho. The house was located in the back of the present White Church. Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Alpha Chi Rho (ΑΧΡ) is a mens collegiate fraternity founded on June 4th, 1895 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut by the Reverend Paul Ziegler, his son Carl Ziegler, and Carls friends William Rouse, Herbert T. Sherriff and William A.D. Eardeley. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Alpha Sigma Phi (ΑΣΦ, commonly abbreviated to Alpha Sig) is a social fraternity with 68 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups. ... ΦΚΣ (Phi Kappa Sigma) is an international college fraternity. ... ΛΧΑ (Lambda Chi Alpha), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters (called Zetas) at more than 300 universities. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alpha Chi Rho (ΑΧΡ) is a mens collegiate fraternity founded on June 4th, 1895 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut by the Reverend Paul Ziegler, his son Carl Ziegler, and Carls friends William Rouse, Herbert T. Sherriff and William A.D. Eardeley. ...


Alpha Chi Rho flourished at Dartmouth for about ten years. In the early 1930s, however, the number of brothers declined drastically due to a number of new fraternities on campus and general financial difficulties caused by the Depression. It was at that time when Alpha Chi Rho, along with Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Phi, who were each having difficulties of their own, joined together to create a new fraternity, Gamma Delta Chi. This house is still active today. ΛΧΑ (Lambda Chi Alpha), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters (called Zetas) at more than 300 universities. ... ΦΚΣ (Phi Kappa Sigma) is an international college fraternity. ... Alpha Sigma Phi (ΑΣΦ, commonly abbreviated to Alpha Sig) is a social fraternity with 68 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ...


On March 9, 1957, twenty-four undergraduates bonded together and broke away from Gamma Delta Chi, which they thought was inadequate and misdirected. They reactivated the Phi Nu chapter of Alpha Chi Rho. The brotherhood moved to the present house on Webster Avenue, bought and repaired by the College. In this way, the fraternity was established. Tim Ryerson '59 was the first President of the reactivated chapter. March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Early in the spring of 1963, a committee met and recommended a break from the national. On May 21, 1963, the chapter voted to discontinue their ties with the national affiliation. It was determined that the brotherhood had no meaningful ties with the national. The national chapter required brothers to "accept Jesus as their lord and savior," a tenet that brothers at the Dartmouth chapter strongly disagreed with. The ritual was meaningless to the brothers because of their general dislike for the national, and because they found such a requirement to be ridiculous. May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


An overburdening financial obligation to the national was not the reason for the decision. The brotherhood merely felt that money spent in maintaining meaningless ties with the national was money unwisely spent. However, when payments to the national were discontinued, a large sum of money was made available for the financing of the house’s new addition. The brotherhood voted to name the disaffiliated fraternity Alpha Chi Alpha and it has been in continual operation ever since.


13 Webster Avenue

Alpha Chi Alpha, panoramic view of newly renovated house.
Alpha Chi Alpha, panoramic view of newly renovated house.

The building was built in 1898. Professor Fred Emery purchased the vacant lot on May 5, 1896. Later owners sold the house to the college in March 1957, and it has been leased by the brotherhood ever since. The College, as the fraternity's landlord, takes care of all major structural repairs. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 390 pixel Image in higher resolution (2415 × 1176 pixel, file size: 875 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this image myself. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 390 pixel Image in higher resolution (2415 × 1176 pixel, file size: 875 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this image myself. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (126th in leap years). ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ...


Improvements have been made on the building from term to term, including a series of major renovations. The living room and the second floor above it were added in May 1963. The entire third floor is the result of the efforts of Bob Ceplikas '78. During the summer of 1985, the College spent over $180,000 on major renovations.

ΑΧΑ construction, view from rear of house.
ΑΧΑ construction, view from rear of house.

The most recent renovations occurred in the summer and fall terms of 2004. Costing $1.3 million, the renovations involved the razing of a structure that was once known as the 'Emory Barn,' but soon referred to as simply 'the Barn'. A concrete hallway, called 'the Slide,' was constructed at some point, adjoining the fraternity's physical plant and the Barn. The Barn was one of the most distinctive social atmospheres on Dartmouth's campus and cherished by the brotherhood. The second floor of the Barn, known as the Upstairs Barn, housed three brothers each term, and it became well known among the brotherhood as a unique melting-pot bonding experience. The basement, along with the new main floor area, have replaced the Barn and the old front room as the primary social spaces for the fraternity. Presently, since construction was completed in fall 2004, the newest reincarnation of Alpha Chi Alpha is able to house 21 brothers and host over 600 guests for a 'Beach Party' that the brothers put on each winter during Winter Carnival, and also for a 'Pigstick BBQ' each spring over Green Key Weekend. exterior of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... exterior of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article concerns the traditions of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. ... This article concerns the traditions of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. ...


Famous Alumni

John Hoeven (born March 13, 1957) has been the Governor of North Dakota since December 2000. ...

External links

  • Alpha Chi Alpha's Homepage

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