A Loyola fraternity is suspended from campus for the next four years for alcohol violations. Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity (ADG) is no longer recognized by the university after being found responsible for selling and distributing alcohol to minors at a house party.
An entrance fee was charged at a party to cover the costs incurred by ADG. By taking payment for the presumed consumption of alcohol, the fraternity, in effect, was selling alcohol to those in attendance.
“This was not an ADG party by any means,” said junior John Cealey, former president of ADG. “A few brothers had invited a few individuals over and from what I have found out they were just trying to get their money back for beverages purchased.”
“They have a large prior history [of violations],” said Jeremy Inabinet, director of Judicial Affairs.
According to Inabinet, this history includes the sale of alcohol to any person, distribution of alcohol to anyone under 21, possession of excessive amounts of alcohol and failure to comply. It also includes bodily harm and hazing. The fraternity was found responsible for all of these charges in January 2006. There have been other prior incidents with the fraternity, but none of the current members were in the fraternity at that time.
The fraternity’s penalty included suspended recruitment for a year and placement on university probation. Further penalties include a meeting with university officials and listening to a speaker on the subject of hazing.
“Our fraternity has had a history of getting in trouble with the school, and every time we have come out of it OK,” said freshman Christopher Kocel, an ADG member.
The four-year suspension has the intent of bringing in new membership according to Inabinet.
“They would work with their alumni association and their national fraternity. We’ve been talking with [the national fraternity] and they understand everything that’s going on as well,” he said.
“When something like that happens, it’s disappointing, but it’s an opportunity for us as a Greek community to return to values,” said Kimberly Moore, director of student activities and Greek affairs.
According to Moore, in Loyola’s Greek community there are approximately 500 active members. Fraternity membership numbers just more than 100 actives.
“The Loyola Greek Community is upset to hear of the loss of a portion of our communty,” said sophomore Austin Morris, president of Loyola’s Inter Fraternity Council and member of Sigma Pi. “We are coming together as a community to promote our values on campus and intend to continue to remain a strong community here at Loyola.”
This disappointment over the suspension is one that the National Fraternity is using to work on the Alpha chapter at Loyola.
“We are currently using this time to restructure and rebuild our Alpha chapter, so that when we are welcomed back onto Loyola’s campus, we will be stronger and more vibrant than ever before,” said Arthur Taylor, president of the National Fraternity.
As for the fate of the house at 1230 W. North Shore Ave., it is in the hands of the fraternity alumni.
“They recently did some refinancing with the house so the alumni are running that and will continue to manage that so there’s no affiliation with the university,” Inabinet said.
“We feel that it’s a rude awakening that God has given us in order to really make a stand and make a change,” Kocel said.
ADG was founded on Loyola’s campus in 1924 as a National Catholic Social Fraternity whose name translates to “For the Glory of God.” The ideals of the group are the five S’s: spiritual, the scholastic, service to college and community, encouragement of school spirit and the social according to the ADG Web site.
“We as a fraternity are deeply saddened that the university has given us such a harsh punishment for an incident that occurred this past semester,” Cealey said. “We are going to use this time to continue with our five S’s that are the foundation of our fraternity and to work on things that represent ADG.”]]>