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Phi Delta Theta
Massachusetts Gamma Chapter
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Type: Fraternity
Nickname: Phi Delts
Address: 97 Bay State Rd, Boston
Established: 1932
Website: http://phi-delts.mit.edu/
National Site: http://www.phideltatheta.org/

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History

Phi Delta Theta is an international fraternity founded in 1848 and headquartered at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The fraternity was founded by six undergraduate students: Robert Morrison, John McMillan Wilson, Robert Thompson Drake, John Wolfe Lindley, Ardivan Walker Rodgers, and Andrew Watts Rogers, who are collectively known as the The Immortal Six. Phi Delta Theta was created under three principle objectives: "the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality". These cardinal principles are contained in The Bond of Phi Delta Theta, the document to which each member, known as Phis or Phi Delts, pledges on his initiation into the fraternity.

Among the most well-known members of the fraternity are Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, Baseball Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

The Massachusetts Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta at MIT was formed when the local Psi Delta chapter became Phi Delta Theta in 1932. In 1934, the Mass Gamma chapter purchased our mansion at 97 Bay State Rd., where it has resided since.

House

House History

The Phi Delta Theta Chapter House was originally built for the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in the early 20th century. As such, our house offers all the extravagance that a family of this esteem would require, and is one of the five Boston's turn-of-the-century mansions built in the high Georgian architecture style. The six-story building was approved for construction by the City of Boston on December 4th 1900 and finished construction in fall of 1902.

One of only two mansions in all of Massachusetts to be designed by a renowned, Maine-based architect, the elegant use of keystone exterior window accents was praised at the time and makes for the dramatic and unique window design seen today. Other notable aspects of the house include the marble entryway and staircase, combining imported white Italian marble and green oriental marble accents. Solid hardwood floors add to the custom flavor of the house. With an estimated initial building cost of 50,000 dollars, the current value of our house is over 3.5 million dollars.

Originally the property on which our house stands extended to the river edge, where a private dock was used. Unfortunately, during the creation of the Esplanade and Storrow Drive the extending portion of land was acquired by the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After the original owner, the house was sold to a women's boarding school for several years until finally it was purchased by our organization in 1934. Since then has been occupied by the Massachusetts Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta.

Besides the luxury of the historic Back Bay neighborhood, the house is located a block away from Kenmore Square, one of the most bustling square in the area. There are restaurants, tap rooms, banks, post offices, subway stops all within few minutes of walking distance. In addition, Boston's proud Fenway Park is only a few blocks away. In fact, you can hear the crowd during ballgames to let you know something happened, and you can probably get to the TV before the play is shown on it.

House Tour

First Floor:

Our first floor is equipped with new couches and a new HDTV, everything you could possibly need to relax after a week of classes. It also has a foosball table where brothers frequently compete with each other.

Where all the eating happens. Brothers eat dinner together during the year, everyday except for Fridays and Saturdays.

Second Floor:

The library is the quiet room where brothers sometimes use as study room. This room is currently being renovated to showcase documents from when this chapter was founded.

Third - Fifth Floors:

For a more in-depth tour of the house with 360o views of each floor and individual rooms, please visit the house website at http://phidelts.mit.edu/house.html

Brothers

Athletics

Athletic involvement is a large part of the Phi Delta Theta culture. Most brothers are involved in athletics to some extent, whether it's playing on varsity teams, working out individually, or playing for or watching the house IM teams. We pride ourselves on our athletic diversity, boasting members of the varsity Swim, Soccer, Track, and Crew teams. In addition to varsity athletics, our house participates in numerous IM games, including Basketball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Ice Hockey, and Soccer. Our house also occasionally hosts a intrahouse upper classmen versus lower classmen game of some sort, recent one being soccer, where we have close to 100% attendance. There's no pressure to get involved in the sports teams if you aren't the athletic type, but most brothers come out to at least watch, and those that miss the games are generally treated to hilarious recaps during chapter meetings.

Academics

Here at Phi Delts, the biggest feature of our academic studies is balance. We understand the importance of doing well in class, without letting the pressures of MIT prevent us from doing well in life. We represent a broad range of courses, all the way from one to twenty-one. Just like the rest of MIT, we are plagued with EECS, Mechanical Engineering, and Management; unlike the rest of MIT, we also represent some of the lesser known disciplines, such as Civil Engineering, Political Science, Aerospace Engineering, and Material Science.

Phi Delta Theta has an extensive study sessions, especially for the freshman courses. We may have nearly twenty members participating in a certain class during a semester. The night before a test, everyone will get together in the library to review. If it's an especially hard test, an older brother who did well in that class in semesters prior might lead the session, and help identify which material is most important in the classes that follow afterwards.

What is the result of all this? Our GPA consistently ranks among the highest of any living group at MIT. We won the Academic Support Award from the Interfraternity Council, recognizing the excellence of not only our performance but also of our processes. But far more important than GPAs or awards, our brothers have mastered the material necessary to move on to bigger, tougher problems, and the effort we invested in previous semesters will really show when we face our next challenges.

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