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Leaders in K-State Fraternal Excellence

As a chapter that strives to achieve its highest potential in all areas, Delta Sig was once again the recipient for the President's Award for Fraternal Excellence.  In addition, Ben Hopper was selected Chapter Advisor of the Year, Nate Spriggs was selected Fraternity Man of the Year, and Delta Sig Dogs was recognized as the Outstanding Fraternity Philanthropy.

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Brotherhood

Our Brotherhood is built on bonds of Culture, Harmony & Friendship.  Better Men. Better Lives.

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Thinking of attending K-State and joining a fraternity?  Already a K-State student searching for a group of people who will inspire, challenge and motivate you to succeed?  Consider joining Delta Sigma Phi. If you're the kind of person who believes in good grades, smart involvement, social activity and building an excellent leadership experience, Delta Sig just might be perfect for you!

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Better Men. Better Lives.

That a symmetrical culture, a fraternal communion among the colleges of this country, and a brotherhood of men, whose ideals and beliefs are those of modern civilization, are essential to our welfare.

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Alumni

In order to fulfill our promise to build better men, alumni across the country are pledging their support.  Join your fellow friends, classmates, sons, and brothers and donate to the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Alpha Upsilon Chapter.

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Tornado Hits Manhattan

A Tornado hit Manhattan and the K-State Campus Wednesday June 11th. The Alpha Upsilon Chapter house and all of the brothers that were here for the summer are okay. Many of those brothers are in town for Orientation and Enrollment which starts today June the 12th and is continuing as scheduled despite the damage. As of now most of the Manhattan damage affects businesses on the South West side of Manhattan and the K-State campus (http://www.k-state.edu/news/2008/2008-06-12-damage.html). The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house also sustained extensive damage but all residents are okay at this time. The brothers thank you for concerns and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families whose homes were affected by this storm.

News Story from the Manhattan Mercury:

A tornado between two and four blocks wide touched down near the Manhattan Regional airport late night Wednesday and bounced across Manhattan, the Kansas State University campus, and then went back up into the clouds near Moore Hall on the campus. It inflicted tens of millions of dollars of damage -- at least $20 million on the campus alone, authorities said.

Officials say there are no reported deaths but are continuing search-and-rescue efforts. A shelter is set up at Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park for those displaced. The Red Cross is assisting; the National Guard is also being called in. FEMA is on site.

No confirmed totals are available, but an estimated 30 homes in the Miller Ranch area -- in the southwest portion of the city -- have been flattened, with only foundations remaining. Many more are severely damaged. The University Heights area near E.J. Frick Drive was also hard-hit.

Business in the area of Amherst and Seth Child Road were hit; Waters True Value Hardware was destroyed. The sign from that business crashed through Gymnastics Plus, just to the east. The owner of Waters says they will rebuild. At Little Apple Toyota-Honda, windows were blown out and cars flipped over. The structure is still standing. The Aztec storage facility was heavily damaged, with property strewn for great distances.

Some looting was reported in that commercial area off Amherst; two people have been arrested, police said.

Lee Elementary School was also damaged, particularly in its library, a school official said.

On the KSU campus, there was major damage to numerous buildings. A tornado touched down on Durland Hall, the engineering building, with damage to the following: Ward, Moore Hall, Durland, Umberber, Fiedler, Weber and Cardwell. K-State police chief Ronnie Grice estimated damage at KSU at $20 million. Weber was believed to be the hardest hit, with heating and cooling units from the roof crashing through into the building. K-State President Jon Wefald described it as a disaster.

Wefald said the tornado was approximately a half-block wide on campus. Officials said at Ward Hall, the exterior was damaged but the nuclear reactor housed inside was "secure."

Wefald said K-State is insured but has a $5 million deductible. They had recently changed that to a $100,000 deductible, he said, but that doesn't take effect until July 1. Wefald drove to Topeka to brief the Board of Regents this morning. Classes have been called off for the day. Facilities workers were asked to come to work; new student orientation was moved to Bramlage. Power was out on the main campus this morning. There was major tree damage.

There were 1,900 homes still without power this morning.

Cleanup was expected to take days.

Both U.S. Senators from Kansas, as well as U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, are expected here tonight on the K-State plane. Gov. Sebelius is also expected to come.

The same storm devastated Chapman, about 30 miles west of Manhattan. One person was killed there. Authorities are estimating 60 to 70 percent of the community was damaged.

The last substantial tornado to hit Manhattan was on June 16, 1966. It took a similar path, just to the north, predominantly damaging the Jardine student housing complex.

The Mercury is continuing to follow the story and will publish photos as soon as possible. Our website is experiencing some problems; please be patient with us.

City officials said this morning that if you would like to volunteer your time to help with cleanup efforts from last night's tornado, please call the City offices at 587-2489. Your name will be added to a volunteer list and teams will be put together this afternoon.