October 28, 2008

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Re-established

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The Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African-Americans, was re-established last week on October 18. The fraternity was founded at Cornell in 1906, but had been inactive recently after being suspended. 17 new members were initiated into the fraternity, which is a member of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council. President Ruke Ufomata ’09 said he hoped the fraternity would “honor its re-establishment by keeping the chapter active and upholding its high standards of service and scholarship.” According to the national APA website, the fraternity was founded by seven founders known as the “seven jewels” in order to provide support for its members in the racially charged campus environment.