By Phillip Block
Fate did not seem to want me to go to LEAD this year. An accidental click and an inattentive eye led me to booking a flight for the next week, so in a pinch I resorted to taking the Greyhound from Indianapolis through Chicago to Minneapolis. The trip was a regular fiasco, with both the starting driver and the driver out of Chicago arriving an hour late, as well as the bus breaking down just an hour and a half from my destination in Minneapolis. In all that was eighteen hours of my life (the trip was only supposed to be twelve) that I will not be getting back, but at least I had finally arrived.
I had missed the first two breakout sessions of the day (Brothers Husk and Nicholson both gave me the highlights of what I had missed) but thankfully I was able to attend the Provincial Council meeting for the rest of the afternoon. While nothing extraordinary, it was still enlightening to see the higher levels of our Fraternity operate, as well as to put some faces to names. The regional meeting was in much of the same vein. As I had missed lunch, I had not seen the entire group assembled until we went to dinner in the ballroom. The number assembled there was immense and humbling; I had once thought having the entire chapter assembled was something impressive, but seeing a few dozen tables filled with Brothers was something entirely new. While I only knew two people at that entire event, I did not feel lost or alone. I was surrounded by family from all over the Midwest, and it gave me perspective on how far-reaching the Fraternity truly is. Brotherhood is one of those talking points for us that is often vague and undefined. This finally showed me brotherhood’s true face—it is the mix of warmth, professionalism, and friendliness that comes from this great family. LEAD was truly wonderful, even if I missed half of it, solely for this reason, and I recommend everyone try to attend because it offers an outstanding opportunity to grow in yourself so you can give that back and spread that feeling with your brothers in your chapter.
The next day, however, was not so much fun. Flying from Minneapolis was without flaw, but winter finally felt it needed to show its colors on Valentine’s Day and caused my connecting flight to Indianapolis to be canceled. It was as though I had angered Fate by trekking to Minneapolis and my trip just had not been enough of a hassle. Through logic that escapes me, while American’s flights were canceled, their affiliate United still had flights, so I was given a ticket for five o’clock. Several passengers waited with me when someone from the airline told us an earlier flight might be available if we signed the standby list. The only issue there was that the flight was boarding in ten minutes and we were in the wrong concourse; needless to say, I managed to get my workout for the day and ran to the correct gate. Somehow I still managed to board the flight despite being eighth on the list. It was a wild journey and quite a story to tell, but I can say with confidence that every bit of stress and worry was repaid to me double in the feelings of brotherhood I received from that weekend.
By Robert Roddy
I designed the professional development program at Kappa Sigma to give every brother the building blocks necessary to develop the leader that is naturally born in every Brother of Delta Sigma Pi - or "Deltasig". I truly believe there are leadership abilities inside of all of us. It is the excitement that we feel when we take charge in a group and the group is successful. It is the moments that we sacrifice and forego our own gains to help other Brothers achieve their goals. It’s the moments when we challenge ourselves to think outside of the box and create something that has never been attempted.
I remember when I joined DSP, how afraid I was. Entering into a new environment can be very intimidating and Delta Sigma Pi was no different. I worried that I may not be easily accepted for many different reasons. Concerned that I am not a traditional student and am different in the way I dress, speak, and carry myself, it would be harder for me to feel welcomed. I was wrong! Deltasigs embraced me, inspired me, and gave me the support I needed to develop as a leader. It wasn’t a part of a structured program, or an agenda that had been organized formally. It was Deltasigs doing what Deltasigs do best.
Now it is my turn to pass the torch and give future Deltasigs what was given to me. Future generations of Deltasigs must have access to the same things that enabled me to grow and develop. My position is just one of many sources that it can come through. Brotherhood is the real secret ingredient to making it all work. It is my hope that I have done my part but would like to encourage anyone reading to make sure that they do theirs! I have said it many times before and will say it many times in the future: We are the next generation of the business leaders in the world and we must continue to invest in ourselves and others around us.
Robert L. Roddy III
VP of Professional Activities Fall ‘15
Delta Sigma Pi – Kappa Sigma Chapter
Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis
By Ethan Nicholson
As a member of the Kappa Sigma chapter, I can vouch that Delta Sigma Pi is an absolutely awesome professional organization to belong to. I have had many experiences in my time as a Deltasig that have paved the way for my professional career and have made me an overall better person. So, for those on the outside looking in, I am going to break down the top three reasons why Delta Sigma Pi is awesome!
This one is a no-brainer. The comradery that comes with membership of Delta Sigma Pi is second to none. To be a part of a group of like-minded individuals working toward a common goal of bettering the community while growing as professionals is the greatest part of my college experience.
The relationships we build in DSP last a lifetime. I would not have met some of my best friends had it not been for DSP. College can be a tough time for some people when it comes to making friends. I was one who came from a different town and did not know a single person when coming to IUPUI. Once I joined DSP, I knew someone in every class. We go through the trials and tribulations of the college experience together and together we persevere.
2. Giving Back
Another reason why DSP is awesome is the fact that we strive to give back to the community. Doing community service as a group makes volunteer experiences even better because you know the people next to you as you are volunteering.
My favorite community service project we did was when we volunteered at Gleaners Food Bank in downtown Indy. Some people might cringe at the idea of spending their Saturday afternoon sorting donated items, but not us! We were all working together toward a common goal of helping our community. Time flew by as we constantly joked and engaged in random conversations that would only strengthen our brotherhood.
We do not consider it a chore to help the community; rather, we deem it as a necessity and a good time. It is our commitment to help out where we can, which is why we have so many different events planned each semester.
3. Professional Development
DSP gives its members the opportunity to lead with many different roles to choose from. Each one has its own responsibilities that must be accomplished if you are to be a successful chapter. It is from these responsibilities that we grow as professionals. We can then call on these accomplishments (or failures) later on in our professional careers to see what worked and what didn’t.
It also gives members the opportunity to work in a team. Team dynamics are extremely important in the business world and the more experience a person can gain, the better off they are.
Well, if you didn’t know why Delta Sigma Pi was awesome before, you do now. The brotherhood that members share is something that should be cherished. Friendships are made for life in DSP. We give back to the community because the community has given so much to us and we grow as professionals together through various activities, community service events or otherwise. Delta Sigma Pi is awesome because of these reasons but the personal benefits I receive could be listed forever.
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By Chrissy Husk
Welcome to Delta Sigma Pi – Kappa Sigma Chapter’s blog! I’m Brother Chrissy Husk, your guest writer. I serve as Vice President of Pledge Education in my chapter. I plan to graduate December 2016 with the majors marketing and international studies. When I’m not focused on school or DSP, a lot of my time goes to my hobbies, such as playing the violin, video games, or watching anime. Because I’m often referred to as “the face of brotherhood” (for reasons unknown to me), I decided that I would write about my take on brotherhood, what it means to the world, and what it means to me.
Brotherhood is something a lot like love or happiness—it’s very hard to explain but so enveloping and simple once you experience it.
According to Dictionary.com, brotherhood is defined as “the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences.” In other words, a true “brother” loves all of their brothers, regardless of what they like, what they do, or who they are. This is a beautiful textbook way of looking at the subject, and it’s mostly right.
However, it doesn’t allude that brotherhood is messy. It is neither clean-cut nor something to be understood without practice. The dictionary, while correct, glorifies only the good aspects of brotherhood. While these people are our brothers, it does not prevent life from happening and getting in the way of things.
Brotherhood is being there for a friend when they’re upset. It’s the tears and hurt and pain that come with their troubles.
Brotherhood is having a get-together for a brother who is sad due to a loss in the family.
Brotherhood is getting into a quarrel with a brother and learning to work it out with each other. It’s about what you learn while making peace.
Brotherhood is confiding in one another when the world has you down and out. It’s when you’re so frustrated, you’re red in the face, can hardly think straight, and a brother clears your mind with good advice.
Brotherhood is getting into a canoe (fully-clothed on a chilly day) to race down the canal. You trust that your brother won’t flip the boat.
If I had to explain it frankly, it would be this: brotherhood is never being alone. In my fraternity, whether I’m on top of the world or down in the dumps, I always have someone to turn to. This is a feeling that is foreign to most college students. As Deltasigs, we have something incredibly special to share with each other. Because DSP is for life, this bond is something that we will always have with each other.
Next time you think about brotherhood, I encourage you to think about the times you didn’t think you could go on, but thanks to a brother, you made it through. I encourage you to think about the messy things in life. Our struggles make us who we are. However, no one said we had to struggle alone.
Thank you, Kappa Sigma Chapter, for always being there for me.