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ADG tries to rebuild reputation

A four-year suspension that began in Spring 2009 may keep the Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity from being active on campus, but it has not taken a toll on the group’s sense of brotherhood or willingness to serve the community.

The fraternity was originally suspended from campus in Spring 2009 after serving alcohol to underage students at a party at its 1230 W. North Shore Ave. residence.

However, that incident was not the only cause of the suspension.

“The punishment they gave us wasn’t just for the party,” said Eric Hurley, a 20-year-old junior political science major and member of ADG. “It was for the discipline issues they’ve had with the fraternity in the past.”

A Phoenix article from April 2009 reported that ADG was found guilty in January 2006 for the sale of alcohol, distribution of liquor to people under age 21, possession of excessive amounts of alcohol, failure to comply, bodily harm and hazing.

“We will admit that we were not the best disciplined,” Hurley said. “There is a reason for the school to have the opinion they did of Alpha Delta Gamma.”

Since the suspension, Hurley and the other remaining brothers of ADG have been working to separate themselves from their questionable past.

In addition to helping out at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen in the past, some brothers are currently planning a “Pancakes for Pakistan” event where they plan to sell pancakes to benefit flood victims.

“We’re doing a lot of service to the community in order to show we’re a different type of ADG; we’re not just a bunch of party guys,” Hurley said. “We want to help out the community.”

Despite its efforts, ADG has had to learn to live with the consequences of its past actions.

“We are taking our punishment and trying to get back into the good graces of the school,” Hurley said.

He added that school officials made their decision “based off of what they feel is right, and we’ve got to live with that.”

To many students, including members of other fraternities, disciplinary action was necessary.

“I view that the punishment was needed, and it had to be done. … We had to show that what they were doing was wrong,” said 20-year-old junior Ted Vlahos, president of the Interfraternity Council and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Other fraternities were concerned that ADG’s actions would reflect poorly on them.

Vlahos, who is also majoring in bio-informatics and economics, said after the expulsion of ADG happened it “reflected poorly on all Greek life.”

“We like to keep each other in check,” he said.

The university does recognize that the actions were the responsibility of a group of individuals and not the fraternity as a whole.

“The suspension was only four years because we want them to come back. Through the four year suspension, the freshmen would filter out,” Vlahos said, explaining that this would make room for new leadership.

Due to the suspension, ADG has not been able to recruit members for the past two years and will not be able to do so until Spring 2013.

ADG was not the first fraternity to be suspended from the Loyola campus. Vlahos said SAE was suspended in 1999 and Tau Kappa Epsilon had been suspended approximately ten years before that.

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