Some Pi Lams are doing great things, while others...
Some of your brothers are much more successful than you’d ever imagine... others are about the same as you remember.
Dan Walus ’18 - Mom and dad want him out of the house
This young alum graduated, got a job at a property restoration company, and even paid his alumni dues! Snaps! He’s pretty happy with things… except his living arrangements saying, “I moved back home this summer, ready to move back out.” We imagine his parents support his decision.
Mike Mabunay ’77 - In Mike we Trustee
Mike pledged PA Alpha Delta in 1974, and like many well-intentioned freshmen, his academics fell prey to the Pi Lam lifestyle. He later transferred to Pitt where he recommitted to his studies and played a key leadership role as the Rex of their chapter. He carried a few Alpha Delta traditions (and a little attitude) with him, resulting in the Pitt chapter adopting our slogan, “the house that leads.” Mike stayed active with the international Fraternity over the years and was recently appointed to the Pi Lambda Phi Educational Foundation as a Trustee.
Dylan McKay ’15 - Go east, young man… Far East.
Deciding for adventure over the ordinary, Dylan McKay recently took a teaching job in the Far East, specifically in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Apparently, length of commute was not a concern in his job search. While Dylan is relishing in his experiences abroad, he has not forgotten the value of discipline in the classroom. Accordingly he is teaching impudent schoolchildren the meaning of “MOVE.”
Mel Weiss ’61 - No more monkey business
Mel sent his apologies for missing Kovner this year saying, “I still love Alpha Delta after 57 years out.” You may remember Mel from the 2011 Kovner Banquet where he and Cy Hoffman put on an Abbott and Costello routine for the ages, and spoke of a house mascot, a monkey named Gerson…
Malcom Kenyatta ’12 - Representin’ in the House for North Philly
Malcolm Kenyatta, a chapter re-founding father, made history by winning the 2018 midterm elections, becoming the first openly gay person of color to join the Pennsylvania statehouse. A North Philly native, Kenyatta will represent the 181st district, which includes Temple University. We sincerely hope that Malcolm’s experience as pledge master will help him restore order to the nonsense occurring at the state capitol.
Nate Ross ’84 - Riding the (New) Wave
Owning a bar might seem like the post-fraternity dream job, but in reality bars are risky business. Nate Ross and his partners beat the odds by successfully turning a local watering hole into a long-standing, neighborhood establishment. The New Wave Cafe in Queen Village, is celebrating 34 years in business (that’s roughly 200 in bar years). Read the Philadelphia Inquirer interview of Nate’s business partners on their 30th anniversary. Nate invites undergrads and unsuccessful alumni to gainful employment opportunities saying, “we’re always looking for servers and kitchen help!”
Gary Hirsh, DDS ’64 - Taking an overbite out of life
After decades of correcting snaggle teeth and overbites, Brother Hirsh is finally taking his own bite out of life. Gary is a retired orthodontist who wisely moved to the west coast many years ago because, regardless of how miserable you are in the winter, everyone has teeth. His message to brothers, “I am now retired and traveling and enjoying San Diego even more.”
When I was a brother...
These guys walked to Temple up hill in the snow… both ways. Here are two accounts of brothers from the PA Alpha Delta chapter from the Kovner era.
Sy Welikson ’48 - spry nonagenarian still living the life in Cali
“I lived in the House on 16th street across from the cemetery on Park avenue. I joined in September of ’44 in a pledge class numbering four, all of whom survived the initiation. I was scribe for three years and kind of strict with the pledges (short of water boarding and sleep deprivation). The war was still on and the atmosphere was different in ’44 and ‘45. A lot of undergrads joined the services right after Pearl Harbor and of course, many others were drafted. Only kids and 4Fs were left.”
“Although I did not know Kovner personally, I was in the chapter at the formation of the program. Some of the fraters (how’s my Greek?) at that time did know him and worked with Is Wachs, our alumni advisor, and Koko’s dad to set up the tribute. It is amazing and gratifying that event has survived and thrived nearly three quarters of a century. Keep it up!”
“I pledged in 1944 and many of the brothers were in the service or were waiting to be called. The house was on Park Avenue and was the scene of much activity. Many parties, meetings, and tremendous water fights. We had a very nice group of pretty bright guys. We fielded good teams in softball and basketball in the inter-fraternity league. Mitten Hall was the center of Temple activities and gathering place for talking, eating, and meeting girls. Pi Lam had some good athletes. Ed Virshup, Sonny Slosberg, George Waltzer, Al Nipon, and I played varsity football and Marvin “Reds” Blumenthal played varsity basketball. Sonny also played varsity baseball and I was on the varsity track team.”
“I went in the Army and returned late November 1946. I was Rex in1947/8. Temple was in a rough neighborhood and there were very few college buildings past a few blocks radius. We played and practiced football in Temple Stadium and played baseball in that area. Every day we had to take a bus and go to practice and return late, eat, and study(?). Our big rivalry with Villanova stopped just before I arrived, but we did have a rivalry with Penn. Penn was the "darling" of the social set and every Saturday became a social event at Franklin Field and they had about 50,000 in attendance each week. I think we all enjoyed Pi Lam and our four years at Temple.”
Congratulations on your new tax deductions.
Ed Black ’06
Kevin Coyne ’99
Ryan “Turf” Overturf ’07 and Anthony Gibilante ’99 - One in the oven