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Alpha Xi Delta
Chapter Delta Lambda
Motto The pen is mightier than the sword
Recognition October 5, 1963
Type Social sorority
Mascot BetXi Bear

Alpha Xi Delta is a sorority at RIT.

National History

Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) was founded on April 17, 1893 by ten women at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, who shared a vision of an organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Alpha Xi Delta is one of the oldest women's fraternities as well as one of the ten founding fraternities of the National Panhellenic Conference. The National Panhellenic Creed, which is still read aloud today at every NPC meeting across the country, was written by an Alpha Xi Delta. Alpha Xi Delta maintains chapters at 113 institutions.

A national fraternity with more than 150,000 initiated members, the stated vision of Alpha Xi Delta is to "inspire women to realize their potential." The colors of Alpha Xi Delta are double blue (light and dark) and gold. The fraternity flower is the pink killarney rose, as chosen by the Founders to complement the white rose of Sigma Nu fraternity whose brothers helped to found Alpha Xi Delta at Lombard. The general sorority mascot is the teddy bear, the official mascot is named BetXi Bear. Alpha Xi Delta's National Philanthropy is Autism Speaks. Each initiated member wears the quill which represents their open motto "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword." Alpha Xi Delta is the only National Panhellenic sorority that uses Xi in its official name.

Local History

The Phi Upsilon Phi Sorority had its beginning in November of 1919, with the permission and cooperation of Dr. Farnum who was at that time President of the Mechanics Institute, now known to us as Rochester Institute of Technology. The purpose of establishing this sorority was to further the spirit of friendship and unity between the departments of Applied and Household Arts. Phi Upsilon Phi brought together women representatives of the highest ideals and standards at the Mechanics Institute.

Phi Upsilon Phi is the oldest social Greek letter organization for women at RIT. The goals which are stressed by the sorority are friendship, scholarship, leadership, and character development. The foremost aim of the sorority is to help the members better themselves through worth-while college experiences which are shared by all. The name Phi Upsilon Phi means unity and fidelity. These ideals we respect and uphold.

On February 24, 1963 Phi Upsilon Phi Sorority was pledged as a colony of the national Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. It was the first sorority on the RIT campus to take this big and important step toward its further growth and development. After acquiring a thorough understanding of the advantages and responsibilities of being part of an outstanding national organization, the colony was installed as the Delta Lambda chapter of Alpha Xi Delta on October 5, 1963. This affiliation with Alpha Xi Delta is now an essential part of our fraternal life.

The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta

The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta is its open creed, or public statement of belief, showing the ideals toward which all Alpha Xi's strive. It was written in 1924 by Helen Willis Lynn, Alice Matthews, and Almira Cheney, one of the original founders.

These things do we earnestly desire:

A clear vision of life that with gracious and kindly hearts we may share both joy and sorrow, and bring into living reality the sisterhood of women.

An appreciation of real merit and worth, steadfastness of soul, that without bitterness or defeat we may encounter misfortune and with humility meet success.

These things Oh Lord, help us to instill within our hearts, that we may grow in courage, and graciousness and peace.