As 2016 kicks off into gear, a time for reflection has set in and brothers across the nation reminisced on what 2015 brought with it. 2015 not only brought Jacob Martinez’s reign at the helm of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. as National President to an end; it also brought with it a much contested campaign for national president.
2015 saw a change in routine as the National Undergraduate Council conference usually held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was done away with. Brothers were a bit disappointed to hear the news since the NUC conference provided yet another opportunity for members to convene and experience the bonds of brotherhood.
“I was a bit relieved to know our chapters would not be liable for financing another trip to a national conference but the more I thought about it, the more disappointed I became. I was let down because the elimination of NUC gave us one less opportunity to convene as a national brotherhood” said Jose Lozano, undergraduate member from Delta Chapter at Texas A&M University.
Brothers competed and brought back big wins in stepping and strolling competitions which resonated
with brothers and Greeks across the board. The Alpha Delta stroll team, the Hypenotic competed in various shows but their crowning moment came when they placed 1st in a field against the likes of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. chapters from UT Arlington and University of Houston, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc’s UTSA chapter which won the inaugural Knuck if You Buck Stroll Off hosted by the Texas State chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. This win came on the coattails of the 2014 victory which the Tau Chapter at University of Texas-Arlington earned in the 2014 Step Up to Injustice Homecoming Step Show.
“We went in with the original intent to just show face at a historically NPHC dominated event. But
eventually we realized we wanted to push the envelope a bit and see if we could keep our win streak alive” said Jalen McKee, undergraduate and initiate of the Alpha Delta chapter at UT-San Antonio.
McKee noted that it hit the team to walk into the event as underdogs and come out as champions. The support they received from NPHC groups and the greek community caught them by surprise, he mentioned. The team had previously secured a 1st place finish at the Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority’s Senorita Stroll Off at Texas Christian University.
2015 saw a huge change to the elections process which was supervised and implemented by the National Elections Committee. Delegates at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX were able to vote in person for the fraternity’s National President and National Undergraduate Council representatives.
After a highly contested race between Epsilon alumnus Tony Pagliocco, Xi Chapter alumnus Lateef Ipaye, and Tau alumnus Oscar Rodriguez; the brotherhood elected Pagliocco to serve as the 17th National President of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc during the 2015 National Convention in San Antonio, TX.