History

A brief history on both our chapter, Alpha Delta, and the history of Zeta Beta Tau Nationals

Alpha Delta History A brief history on our chapter

In 2007 and 2012 ZBT was awarded the President’s Cup for best fraternity at USC and in 2006 and 2011 was recognized by the international fraternity with the Brummer Cup, given to the most outstanding ZBT chapter in North America. The fraternity also brought home various awards in 2008 and 2009 both on-campus and through the international fraternity organization. As one of the most social fraternities at USC, ZBT has a full social calendar that includes invites, date dashes, weekly events with sororities, a year-end formal weekend, registered parties such as ZBTahiti – one of the largest and most respected parties on the Row - and exchanges with sororities, most recently with Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Alpha Phi.  Our annual philanthropies, Get on the, Jungle Ball - which feature a sorority beach volleyball tournament - and 4 The Kids raised over $25,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and A Better LA.

Our brotherhood strives to create a strong campus presence with leadership involvement in organizations such as the prestigious Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Student Government, varsity athletics, and the Interfraternity Council. Alpha members Michael Madden, Andrew Pince and Jandro Riveron were selected to serve as President for the Interfraternity Council, Order of Omega and Gama Sigma Alpha organizations respectively for the 2011-2012 academic year. Our athletic program consistently ranks as one of the most competitive; we are reigning ADPi Row Cup champions and have reached the finals in soccer and semi-finals for football and indoor soccer. In 2012 we won the Intramural Basketball Championship with a perfect 8-0 record. Finally, our impressive alumni base serves to connect undergraduate brothers with innumerable job and internship opportunities. Notable ZBT alumni include Walter Annenberg (Founder of TV Guide and Philanthropist), Jack Warner (President, Warner Brothers), and Robert Kraft (Owner, New England Patriots).   

ZBT prides itself in initiating young men who excel in leadership, scholarship, athletics and social activities. To join the ranks of ZBT, a potential new member must exhibit these qualities. We hope you seriously consider rushing the Alpha Delta Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.

 

 

Zeta Beta Tau History
A brief history on Zeta Beta Tau

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Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was inspired by Richard J. H. Gottheil, a professor of languages at Columbia University and a leader in the early American Zionist movement. On December 29, 1898, Professor Gottheil gathered together a group of Jewish students from several New York City universities to form a Zionist youth society. The society was called Z.B.T.

During this brief period, the society came to serve as a kind of fraternal body for college Zeta Beta Tau expanded rapidly. By 1909, it had established 13 Chapters throughout the Northeast and a 14th at Tulane University at New Orleans, thereby taking on a truly national dimension. In 1913, it established its first Canadian Chapter at McGill University in Montreal. Five years later, it founded its first West Coast Chapter at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At the 1954 National Convention, the delegates amended Zeta Beta Tau's Constitution, ritual and internal procedures both in theory and in practice to eliminate sectarianism as a qualification for membership.

Spearheaded by the growth of state and municipal university systems, hundreds of new institutions were opened in the quarter-century following World War II. By the 1960's virtually every American had an opportunity to attend college. From 1945 to 1969, the number of ZBT chapters increased from 30 to 80 units.

The history of mergers in the Zeta Beta Tau Brotherhood followed a pattern of linking common traditions. In 1959, Phi Alpha merged into Phi Sigma Delta, and in 1961 Kappa Nu merged into Phi Epsilon Pi. In 1969-70, Phi Sigma Delta and Phi Epsilon Pi merged into Zeta Beta Tau.

Traumatic experiences were generated by the polarization over the Vietnam conflict. The American fraternity system - including Zeta Beta Tau, was subsequently affected by the great wave of anti-establishment feeling that was pervasive throughout the country. Many of the Chapters which survived this period of turmoil did so in a weakened condition. During the late 1970's and the early 1980's, there was a renewed interest in fraternity life, resulting in increased initiation statistics, revival of many dormant Chapters and expansion to new campuses.

During the 1980's, every Greek-letter group continued their efforts to stop hazing. Despite ZBT's best efforts, hazing continued and increased in frequency and severity. ZBT concluded that all efforts to reform the institution of pledging had failed; pledging was the problem. This was because pledges were considered second-class citizens, with no rights and no chance to refuse even the most outrageous demands of a Brother, unless he quit the Fraternity. In 1989, in a last-ditch effort to eliminate hazing, ZBT eliminated pledging and all second-class status from the Fraternity. In its place, ZBT established a Brotherhood Program, with minimum standards (Brotherhood Quality Standards), as well as programs of education, bonding, and earning one's Brotherhood status that applied to all Brothers of ZBT.

Today, the merged Zeta Beta Tau Brotherhood is some 110,000 Brothers strong, and ZBT Chapters and Colonies are established at over 80 campus locations. Through good times and bad, ZBT has been in the forefront in pioneering new concepts - as evidenced by its very founding, its elimination of sectarian membership practices, its acceptance of mergers, its elimination of pledging, and its ability to solve enormous problems when others abandoned the effort.

ZBT continues to maintain a tradition of leadership and respect in the interfraternity world.  

News and Events
Updates of Recent Events

April 16, 2012
2012 Greek Awards
For our efforts over the past year, we were recognized with the President's Award for Overall Excellence for Fraternities on campus as well as awards for New Member Programming, Membership Development, and Community Service.

November 30, 2011
Two Brothers Win IFC Executive Board
Alpha Delta chapter is proud to announce that two of its brothers won positions on IFC, the new president, Michael Madden, and and Vice President of Recruitment, Andrew Pince.

November 28, 2011
New House
The Alpha Delta chapter of Zeta Beta Tau is proud to announce our new location on the row next year, on 668 W. 28th St.

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Zeta Beta Tau is located at the north east corner of 28th St and University, on 938 W. 28th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

President's Welcome

picture"Zeta Beta Tau pursues excellence in everything we do, whether that translates into community service, philanthropy, social, and, above all, brotherhood."
Ran Woodfin ; President (Spring 2012-Fall 2012)