Why did you join Alpha Sigma Phi?
I joined because the group of guys was awesome. It was a bunch of guys that I could hang out with, play sports with, drink with and STUDY with. Okay, just kidding about the study thing! The best thing about the house was that there was always someone there – always someone to go do something. It kept me energized.
Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.
Favorite memory… come on. There are way too many to list. I have thousands of stories. Here are just a few: Initiation, house boats, barn dances, Sechen messing with Rupp, Dal Sasso getting caught, making Tony Richardson almost pass out from a headlock because he wanted to read Green Eggs and Ham to everyone in cold air at 3:00 in the morning on a Tuesday, slamming Hans Eckhardt into my dresser because he tried to crawl into bed with me, getting pranked by the younger guys (Cummins, Beck, Garringer, Weisheit, Cunningham), getting back at the younger guys (hoisted Garringer up a flag pole tied up in a hammock); took all of Cummins’ VHS tapes and blacked out all the labels, about 200; set up Steve Weisheit’s room on the roof above the foyer – we were watching TV and relaxing on the roof when he came home); Cunninghams room – it was really hot, so I ripped open the bottom of his couch and poured a unique concoction into it and let it sit in the room… it reaked. I threatened Beck every day until I graduated.
What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
The fraternity helped me become the outgoing person that I am today. Everyone that knows me might think that I was really sociable when I was in high school, but I really wasn’t. I had my group of friends. But with the house, I got to start over. I took an interest in everyone.
With whom do you still stay in contact? Who would you most like to find?
I stay in contact with as many people as I can. The people that I stay in closest contact with are Jeff Oelslager, Mike Stigler, Eric Valsi, Joe Fedor, Matt White (Schrumpf), Greg Fisher, Dustin Bator, Bill Sechen, Dave Griffiths, Mike Rupp, Stan Chui – there’s a lot really. I’m one of the few guys that really knows a lot of guys, older and younger. I would love to find my whole pledge class (BAN). They disappeared after initiation. I think they were scared. They had the right to be scared too.