Number Six Club
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|Number Six Club|
|Address:||428 Memorial Drive|
The Number Six Club (Number Six, No. 6), also known by its Greek letters, Delta Psi, is a nationally-affiliated co-ed fraternity, and one of MIT's 25 fraternities. Number Six is the Tau Chapter of St. Anthony Hall, also known as the Fraternity of Delta Psi.
Number Six categorizes itself as a literary fraternity, which is a hybrid between a social residential fraternity — with emphasis on holding large social activities and parties — and a literary society.
Number Six belongs to a tight national organization including 10 undergraduate chapters, numerous alumni organizations, a charitable foundation, and other institutions.
The Club has been in existence since 1886 and became the Tau Chapter of the Fraternity of Delta Psi in 1889. The Number Six Club has developed throughout its history, becoming mixed-gender in 1969, and is one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse FSILGs at MIT, encompassing members coming from all corners of the earth.
The house of the Number Six Club is located on-campus at 428 Memorial Drive (between Burton Conner and MacGregor) and is the only privately-owned piece of land on the MIT campus. The chapter and its house are entirely member-run, with most maintenance and improvement being performed by the members. The building houses around 43 residents each semester. Members are not required to move into the house.
The Tau Chapter of the fraternity was founded at MIT in 1889. But the story of the founding of the Club begins prior to that: In 1883, there were three fraternities at Boston Tech, the unofficial name of MIT when the school was located across the Charles River in Boston. A scandal arose when the president of one of the fraternities, Alpha Tau Omega, published all of their secrets. The outraged ATO pledge class de-pledged en masse, throwing their pledge pins into the Charles River — they declared themselves a "men's club" while looking for another fraternity to join. At this time, they were living together at the luxurious residence at No. 6 Louisburg Square in Beacon Hill, and they therefore christened their organization "The Number Six Club" in 1886.
In 1889 two of these gentlemen, John Henry Towne and John Lawrence Mauran, became the founding fathers of the Tau Chapter when the group was given its charter. Towne's father Henry was a Delta Psi at the University of Pennsylvania, and Towne himself was later initiated at the Yale chapter. Mauran had been initiated into the Columbia University chapter.
The Tau Chapter grew and flourished, moving to Cambridge with the Institute in 1916. The house has undergone two renovations. In the late 1940s, a two-story annex was added to the rear of the building. In 1975, a fourth floor was added to the main part of the house, and a new four-story annex was built.
In 1969 the Tau Chapter became co-educational. The chapter remained an MIT Fraternity in the Interfraternity Council until 2008, when it chose to leave the IFC and join the Living Group Council as an Independent Living Group. In 2014, Number Six chose to re-join the IFC and remains an IFC member today.
Social Life and Atmosphere
The Number Six Club offers a unique, lively social atmosphere, contributing to the vibrant social life of the Institute. With numerous events throughout the year, ranging from regular private events to unique themed parties, formals, end-of-term toasts, retreats, and fraternity events.
Parties at Number Six are most famous for their unique music, inspired by the vast diversity of the residents of the club in terms of cultures and geographic locations. Social events at Number Six usually involve the fusion of many genres from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
There are two main formal events at Number Six each year: the Winter Formal in December, and Founders' Day in April, where many alumni come for a day-long event with the current undergraduates. The second main aspect of the Number Six Club's atmosphere is its literary aspect. The Chapter holds a number of lectures each year to discuss different topics — from philosophy and education to music and economics — amongst members, friends, and the interested in the general public. Lectures are typically held on the second floor of the house and allow for intimate discussion with the speakers.
Member meetings at Number Six also have a strong emphasis on its literary nature. That said, the House endorses a broader definition of the word 'literary', not only to refer to works of literature, but interests in philosophy, logic, politics, math, economics, and all that can be debated. In other words, the literary focus of Number Six should be taken as a focus on intellectual discussion and philosophical debate.
Athletics and Student Activities
Number Six participates in intramural sports, with a regular presence in soccer and volleyball. Common sports — whether varsity, IM, or student groups — include soccer, tennis, swimming, pool, taekwondo, and crew.
Members of the chapter are also active in a number of student groups, including the International Student Association and the ISA Exec Board, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Association of International Relations and Model United Nations, jazz club, fashion club, energy club, and other music groups and sports groups. A good number of members is also active in honor societies like Tau Beta Pi.
As such, members are often active in numerous events around campus, including iCruise and iFair, the MIT Energy Conference, career and networking events, MIT Model United Nations Conference, and several social events not related to Number Six through student groups.
Given the diversity of the member students, many are also are in leadership positions in numerous national and ethnic student groups, including the African, Arab, Israeli, Palestinian, Turkish, Venezuelan, Lebanese, Spanish, Brazilian, and other student clubs.
Convenient study space is abundant around the House. The main room of the second floor — which also serves as the dance floor on weekends — is the noisy study room of choice, whose comfortable and distinctive red leather couches make it a choice for many looking for help, distraction, or both.
Silent study space also exists. The Danforth, the chapter's elegant library (named after deceased member and generous donor John L. Danforth) offers quiet study space for members during the weekdays. In addition, the Reyburn Library, which is a smaller study space with Athena clusters, functions as the 24-hour all-week quiet study space.
The chapter leads a balanced life, with an active social life and strong academic performance. The Club has been on the FSILG Honor Roll for placing in the top third of all FSILGs in terms of academic performance for many consecutive semesters.
Commonly represented majors include Courses 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, and 18.
Well-positioned in MIT's west campus, the Number Six Club is the only privately owned piece of land on campus. Through its Alumni Organization, SAAB, the Club has privately owned this house since 1915, and it has undergone several major renovations and additions since.