October 20, 2015
It started out as any other Tuesday. The leaves were changing colors, the weather was mild, and days were getting shorter. However, on this particular Tuesday, a majority of the freshman males woke up before 7 A.M. to head over to the Hulman Union. Each of them would make a decision that could dramatically impact their next 4 years at Rose-Hulman. It was Bid Tuesday.
The brothers of Iota Delta worked tirelessly during the Fall recruitment period. New friendships were made, many dinners with freshmen happened, many rush burgers flipped and rush fries seasoned, and many rush evens were planned and implemented. Brothers took rushees to many restaurants and event near and far from Terre Haute. The final rush event was in St. Louis at the City museum. This year, rushees were even taken to Holiday World in Christmas, IN! The whole process was a time commitment, but it was definitely a great time for everyone involved. Brothers looked all around campus to find those individuals who best represented SLAG (Scholars, Leaders, and Athletes, and Gentlemen). It was exciting to see the potential in the underclassmen, as well as how they might add to the great brotherhood.
Once the bids were submitted, the brother anxiously waited for the afternoon when they would be announced. As tradition goes, brothers waiting outside on the Quad as Brothers Mike Cirocco, Rush Chairman, and Nick Diskerud, Associate Educator, came back with an packet containing the final count. The packet was opened, and 41 new freshman signed a bid to join Pi Kappa Alpha, Iota Delta Chapter. Three Sophomores also decided to join. That brought the total count up to 44.
The bid recipients were congratulated and taken back to the Iota Dela ground by walking the Heritage Trail. There, the evening began with the race on the front hill. After some ceremonies and customs, the night become all about celebrating the new members and the brotherhood of our chapter.