KSU fraternity named top chapter in nation

By The Mercury

The Kansas State chapter of Theta Xi recently won the Memorial Trophy, given to the top Theta Xi chapter in the nation.

It shared the award with the Georgia Southern chapter, topping the other 47 active chapters.

Memorial Trophy is based on a chapter’s performance in the area of academics, campus and community involvement, and other chapter operations.

The K-State chapter, founded Nov. 6, 1931, first won the Memorial Trophy in 1975-76 and has won 16 times, the most of any chapter during that time frame.

Chapter president Austin Davis said it’s very rewarding to keep the tradition going.

“Being a member of the house and seeing all the good things we do, it feel great to be recognized nationally for all the hard work,” he said.

Davis said the fraternity has a close bond that shows in the work that done. “Everybody continually strives to be better at each and everything they do,” he said. “I know that I can ask any member in the house for help and they’ll drop everything. We try to support each other.”

The North-American Interfraternity Council also recognized the chapter for having the second-highest GPA differential from their male peers on campus out of all fraternities in the 2012-13 academic year.

The chapter had a 3.513 GPA, which was 0.648 above the GPA of K-State’s male students. Davis said the chapter doesn’t have required study hours, unlike most fraternities on campus.

“Basically we trust our members that they are responsible enough to do it on their own,” he said. “I’m very proud of that.”

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