Fiji Starts The Season Off Strong

The Fiji men started their all-fraternity flag football league yesterday off with a tough match up versus the men of Pi Kappa Alpha. Our boys looked out of sync for the whole first half, giving up a long touchdown drive, throwing an interception, and giving up a ‘Hail Mary’ touchdown pass right before the half. Down 14-0 going into the second half, things looked bleak for the gentlemen of Fiji. The team had a different swagger in the second half however. Quarterback Colby Osbourne orchestrated a long drive that was knocking on the opponent’s door, but was intercepted on the 2 yard line. The very next play sophomore Samuel Knott tipped a pass from the enemy quarterback and made a diving catch to intercept the ball on the 5 yard line and put the men of Chi Eta back in the red zone. Fiji punched the ball in for the touchdown but missed the 2-point conversion, leaving the score at 14-6. The Fiji defense found themselves the next possession and forced a punt which was returned by Chi Eta speedster Chris Heil. The Fiji offense methodically drove the ball down and scored a touchdown with two minutes left in the game. The decision of the game was certainly when the offense decided to go for the win and try for the unique 3-point conversion that is allowed in WKU’s flag football. A long pass from Osbourne sailed over the heads of his receivers, but a clear personal foul on the opposing rusher running the Fiji blocker over put the offense back in business and even closer to their goal. Osbourne scrambled and bought just enough time to find junior Dylan Ward hiding from the defense in the back of the end zone, putting Fiji up 15-14. The Fiji faithful erupted in cheers! But their task was not yet completed. Pi Kappa Alpha had plenty of time and timeouts to rally and make a comeback. On their first try the ball was intercepted by all-round athlete Bryan Hartzell and taken all the way back to the end zone, but a flag on the play negated all of his hard work. The defense held strong for a few more plays until finally getting an interception from Osbourne who was filling in on defense, sealing a win for the men of Phi Gamma Delta. What a great night for all those involved and an exciting start to the flag football season!

Other sports results from around Fiji-land include a 31-9 victory for the FIJI/ADPi co-ed football team and FIJI/KD win in straight sets in volleyball to move to 2-0.

Catching Excellence: Chi Eta grabs first Intramural Championship

By: Jake Ryle
Softball Championship Fall 2011
Overwhelming Support!

Three years of waiting for a championship finally came to a close on Friday, September 9th. Brothers of Chi Eta, and the ladies of Phi Mu teamed up to win the Co-ed softball intramural tournament.

Nick Burnett (2013), a native of Louisville, KY was ecstatic for the opportunity, and mildly surprised, “We knew we had some good guys, but we didn’t know we had this good of a team.”

The cleverly named “Scared Hitless” team consisted of seven Chi Eta brothers: Josh Wiseman (2012), Zack Ryle (2012), Jake Ryle (2012), Luke Gilliam (2012), Nick Burnett (2013), Dallas Wilson (2014) and Jeff Creech (2014).

Due to rain, the tournament was delayed an extra day–but the delay showed no effect on the powerful bats of the team. Scared Hitless rattled off 14 runs to make team Higher Standard, a lower standard–winning 14 to 8. Friday featured a trio of softball games for Scared Hitless with the first coming against a Barnes/Bemis residential hall team. Fiji picked up where they left off as they ten-run ruled their first game, pouring on 11 runs off a smorgasbord of hits.

Star left fielder, Josh Wiseman could only praise Luke on his incredible pitching performance, “You know, not many guys have days like that. His fastball was working. His off-speed was breaking. He reminded me a lot of Nolan Ryan out there on the mound.”

Moving on to the semi-finals later that evening, Fiji/Phi Mu took on Sigma Chi/Chi Omega. Scared Hitless automatically received four runs due to the opposing team not having enough girls to play. They’d tack on 12 more runs in a quick six inning game to win 16 to 3. With the win, the Chi Eta chapter had its first opportunity for winning an intramural championship.

Scared Hitless’ opponent in the championship game literally was a hodgepodge of players. When inquired on how the team was formed, one of their team members stated, “…I just got two of my friends to play, and those two guys brought three girls, and so on.”

Chi Eta’s presence throughout the championship game was quite the opposite of a hodgepodge. There was well over 40 people in the stands-which is quite the turnout for a WKU softball intramural game. Those fans were treated to an offensive showdown. Scared Hitless came out on top by a final score of 9 to 6. Gilliam and Creech both accounted for crucial run producing hits in the game.

“The ball literally looked like a cheeseburger, and I wasn’t even hungry,” Creech said.

Creech may not have been hungry, but for the four Alpha Class brothers on the team–it was a dream come true. Gilliam, a Russellville, KY native, put the moment in words, “When the final out was made, and we knew we had won the championship–it felt like we got the monkey off our back. We’ve waited so long for this moment.”

While many celebrated the success of the softball team–Nashville sophomore, Dallas Wilson, has a few more things in mind, “It felt great to win. It would feel even greater to win in our upcoming intramural sports.”

Chi Eta looks to continue its winning tradition in flag football, dodgeball, badminton, volleyball, pickleball and more.

WKU FIJI Earns Fraternity’s Top Award

Cheney Cup

WKU FIJI Earns Fraternity’s Top Award

One of Phi Gamma Delta’s youngest chapters has received its highest award.

Cheney Cup
The Cheney Cup is awarded to the undergraduate chapter which demonstrates the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, fraternity relationships, and general collegiate activities.

The Chi Eta chapter at WKU was selected Monday as the recipient of the 2010-11 Cheney Cup. Phi Gamma Delta’s most prestigious award is presented annually to the chapter that exhibits the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, fraternity relationships and general collegiate activities.

The Cheney highlighted an awards season that also saw Chi Eta either win or place in nine other fraternity awards.

“We always warn our new chapters to beware of a sophomore slump. The Chi Eta Chapter not only avoided the slump, they moved to the head of the class, said Bill Martin, Executive Director of Phi Gamma Delta.  ” This level of recognition for a chapter that is only one year old is unprecedented in our fraternity.”

“The Cheney Cup signifies the highest honor our international fraternity can bestow upon a chapter,” Chapter President Tyler Jury said. “Our men are extremely humbled to receive this award as a first-year chapter.”

Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, arrived at WKU in the fall of 2008, and received its charter May 1, 2010.

In 2010, Chi Eta initiated 31 new brothers, donated over $70,000 in philanthropy money, performed over 5,000 service hours, and held the highest cumulative GPA among fraternities at WKU.

Chi Eta has been active on WKU’s campus, with brothers holding leadership roles in a variety of campus organizations, including Spirit Masters, the HonorsToppers, the College Heights Herald, the Hilltopper Battalion ROTC program, and multiple campus ministries.

Its members have raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association through the Fijis Across America bike ride, the South Central Kentucky Red Cross through its Rivalry Run, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters through the Bowling Green Spring Luau.

Chi Eta also partnered with Habitat for Humanity and the St. Vincent de Paul Society over WKU’s Fall Break to do work in areas of Baton Rouge, La., affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Katrina.

Jury said, “While it is great to be recognized to for our accomplishments, our men are excited to strive for a greater impact within WKU’s campus, the Bowling Green community and our international fraternity.”

Chapter advisors Dr. Ray Blankenship, Jeff Baynham and Ben Harper and graduate brother Chaz Vittitow were all honored with individual awards.

Vittitow received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Graduating Senior.

He graduated from WKU in May and is now studying at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

During his time on campus, he served as chapter president and historian, was a Spirit Master, graduated from the Honors College, and served as a Bible study leader for CRU.

Both Blankenship and Baynham are employed by WKU. Blankenship, who received first place as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor, serves as an Associate Professor in the Computer Information Systems program.

Baynham, who was honored as the Outstanding Purple Legionnaire (Chapter Advisor), is Director of Advancement Services.

“Having top-caliber advisors and graduates that provide extraordinary support to our chapter has been critical to our success,” said Jury.  “They truly exemplify our motto, ‘Not For College Days Alone’.”

The chapter will receive their awards in January at the annual Fiji Academy in St. Louis.

Chi Eta won or placed in the following chapter awards:

  • 1st, Cheney Cup – Greatest all-around chapter
  • 1st, Coon Plaque – Best chapter publication
  • 1st, Zerman Trophy – Promoting the involvement of brothers in student government, the campus newspaper and extracurricular activities
  • 3rd, Baker Cup – Focusing on religious, ethical and social service activities
  • 3rd, Brightman Trophy – Maintaining and improving relations between the chapter and graduates
  • 3rd, Jordan Bowl – Achieving the highest scholarship among undergraduate chapters

Representatives of Chi Eta also received these individual awards:

  • 1st, Crowder Cup – Outstanding faculty advisor, Ray Blankenship
  • 1st, Durrance Award – Outstanding Purple Legionnaire (chapter advisor), Jeff Baynham
  • Honorable Mention, Coulter Cup – Graduate brother with greatest contributions to chapter (other than Purple Legionnaire), Ben Harper
  • Honorable Mention, Wilkinson Award – Outstanding Graduating Senior, Chaz Vittitow

A full listing of the 2010-2011 Phi Gamma Delta awards is available here.

For more information about Phi Gamma Delta and the Chi Eta chapter, visit www.wkufiji.com.
Contact Jury at (270) 766-7121 or tyler.jury@gmail.com.