Delta

Indiana University

1872

Historical facts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. Delta Chapter is the oldest continuously operating chapter in existence and its minutes book, the Delta Red Book, contains the oldest Fraternity documents in existence. 

  2. Delta Chapter's local ceremonies were adopted as part of the Fraternity's initiation ceremonies that are still used today. 

  3. Delta Chapter was installed entirely by mail. The oath was sent to Delta Chapter in cipher, followed by the key to the cipher. Then the Greek words and the Greek motto were transmitted in the same manner.

Fun facts:

  1. Delta Chapter has been known as a dominant force in the Women's Little 500 — a bicycle race that is legendary at Indiana University and across the greater Midwest. The Kappa cycling team from Delta Chapter has won the event multiple times over the past 25 years. 

  2. Delta Chapter is known for its philanthropic work and is usually a top fundraiser for the Indiana University Dance Marathon, which benefits Riley Hospital for Children.

  3. At the top of the stairs leading up from the Great Hall in Delta Chapter's house, there is a small room called "The Smoker." Although smoking in the house has been banned for years, the room retains its name from the '30s to '60s when it was the only room in the house where smoking cigarettes was allowed, primarily because its window (which had to be open when people were smoking) does not face 3rd Street. It was considered improper for ladies to be seen smoking!

  4. Delta Chapter has a song written about its chapter house. The song is known as "High on a Hill." The lyrics are:
    High on a hill where the fleur-de-lis grow
    There is a golden key on a house I love so
    How we ran and we sang and we laughed on that hill
    And the memory of the Golden Key follows me still
    And the friendship of Kappa will live through the years,
    Through the sun of a young girl's smile and the rain of an old woman's tears.

    I still see the pictures that hung on the walls
    I still hear the echoes of laughter in the halls
    My hair has grown grey, and my eyes dimly see
    But the memory of the Golden Key remains with me
    And the friendship of Kappa will live through the years
    Through the sun of a young girl's smile and the rain of an old woman's tears.

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