"Now that the joke has
Our Big Fat Greek
I just wanted to make a comment about the "Geeks
Go Greek" article (October/02). The story missed
one sorority and one fraternity. Sigma Lambda Gamma, a
Latina sorority, was chartered at the U of C around 1994.
Therefore, it was the third sorority activated on campus.
The Delta Gammas originated after SLG had already been
reactivated in 2000. Lambda Upsilon Lambda fraternity,
a Latino fraternity, was chartered in 2000, I believe.
Both are still active on campus.
Nubia Chaidez, AB'99
The Rho chapter of the national
sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma is indeed active, as is the
Alpha Zeta chapter of Lambda Upsilon Lambda, whose members
come from the U of C, Columbia College, DePaul University,
and Loyola University.-Ed.
While reading "Geeks
Go Greek," I think I discovered a big error.
On page 30, the article says: "In 1983 Phi Kappa
Psi became the first new fraternity on campus in 60 years."
My husband lived in the Phi Psi house on the corner of
56th and Woodlawn during his graduate school years, 1964-66,
and we are under the impression that at that time Phi
Kappa Psi was an active fraternity, although my husband
was only a boarder. Better check that fact.
Also, on page 61, "From
Our Pages," under "1912" at the end
of the paragraph it is stated that "Stagg Field was
torn down in 1957 to make room for Regenstein Library."
Sorry, I remember Stagg Field still extant in 1965 when
I was a freshman, and I recall soccer games on the field
as well as going to the bookstore or some sort of science
supply store underneath the wall bordering 57th Street.
Regenstein wasn't built until about 1970 or 1971, at which
time I was a secretary for the Graduate Library School,
which moved into the new Regenstein (southeast wing).
Oops, please check your facts.
Ruth Meszaros, AB'69
The Illinois Beta chapter of Phi
Kappa Psi dates to January 1, 1865, and the Old University
of Chicago. The chapter died, and revived, with the old
University, reactivating on January 6, 1894. By 1962 it
had disappeared from the pages of the Cap and Gown,
though the fraternity continued to own its house at 56th
& Woodlawn until the McCormick Theological Seminary
moved there in the 1970s. Although the Beta chapter re-reactivated
in 1983 and rejoined the national group in 1985 it is
As for Stagg's demise, our writer
conflated two facts: on August 15, 1957, demolition of
the West Stand (home of the first self-sustaining nuclear
chain reaction) began. The Stagg Field walls remained
standing for another decade or so; indeed, Scot Campbell,
AB'73, wrote, "As a student entering in 1969, I remember
collecting pieces of the old Stagg Field."-Ed.