Wayne State University Colony
In the summer of 2011, William Santos Weiner was a little familiar with Greek life, having been exposed to it by someone he was dating at the time. He became a little interested. But after doing thorough research into all the organizations on campus, none really offered what he wanted or even caught his attention much. So he began to slow down on looking into joining a fraternal organization on the Wayne State University campus. Only then, a close friend of his happened to share her experiences, as she had recently joined a sorority. She suggested that if none of the fraternities on campus caught his eye, then he should look into founding his own. From that point on, Will looked into other organizations that WSU did not have to offer. “I never realized that there were many organizations that could be brought to Wayne State,” said Weiner. He recruited close friend, Desmond Mack. Mack then got his cousin, Devon Bradley, and friend, Luis Iglesias, on board. They researched quite a few other multicultural fraternities, as well as divine nine. They did not have to look so far to come across Omega Delta Phi. Will, Desmond, Desmond, and Luis immediately liked what they saw. From the values, and its history, to its dedication to the community, and the colors, ODPhi was what the young men wanted to bring to WSU. “ODPhi was essentially what we were looking for in an organization and they also did a wonderful job of setting themselves apart from the others,” said Weiner. The closest ODPhi entity was at Michigan State University. Weiner quickly got in contact with Brother Patrick Abney of Alpha Beta Chapter at MSU. Soon, Weiner got the information he needed to move forward with founding ODPhi at Wayne State. Patrick, Dywaine Betts Jr., and Alex Alvarez were the Weiner’s first contacts to ODPhi. All of Alpha Beta was instrumental in helping with the expansion to Wayne State. The young men received very little support from other organizations, and some went as far as trying to intimidate them. But that did not seem to faze them. However, Tiny Sebastian, their Greek advisor, was very supportive of what these four young men were trying to establish. Tiny and the group were excited about bringing something new to campus to reinvigorate Greek life. “We wanted to bring the HYPE to our campus,” said Weiner. While all of this was happening entering the Fall 2011 semester, the four young men were meeting all requirements with flying colors. They volunteered more service hours than many chapters in that semester alone. A strong case was built for Wayne State University interests to move to the next step with only four guys. Come the Spring 2012 semester, they began making history throughout their journey. Led by their Prospective Member Educator, Alpha Beta Brother, Francisco Velazquez, Wayne State University Colony was founded on April 21st, 2012. The brothers at Wayne State have taken Greek life by storm. Their programming events are so different, and unique from the norm, that many people are attracted to support. Though their numbers are low in membership, they always put up a fight, and put on great programs. WSU Colony has also made a name for themselves with their strolling and chanting throughout their school, and their city, Detroit, Mi. There are six young brothers crossed at Wayne State to date. We are excited for what they produced in the coming semesters!