Revision of 1997
This Body shall be known and designated as the Academic (or Active) Chapter of Omicron Zeta of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at Cornell University.
The objects of this Chapter shall be as follows:
This Chapter will be governed by the following laws:
Regular meetings shall be called weekly during the academic year, at such time and place as the High Alpha shall designate. Upon suggestion of the High Alpha, with the concurrence of the High Zeta, a regular meeting may be canceled, but in a given month here must be at least two regular meetings separated by not more than two weeks.
Special meetings shall be called by the ranking officer in case of necessity. A special meeting shall be called upon the signed petition of ten or more members. Action taken by a special meeting shall be binding on the chapter only provided notice thereof is posted on the Chapter bulletin board and/or the Chapter electronic mailing list at least forty-eight hours prior thereto. Such notice may be waived if three-fourths of the chapter are present and consent by a majority vote.
A majority of the active members and associate members in good standing with the Academic Chapter shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Chapter.
Brothers and associate members in good standing with the Academic and Non-Academic Chapters of Omicron Zeta and members and associate members of the Grand High Zeta or their official representatives may attend business meetings without examination, except as to their identity when necessary. Members of other Zetas of Lambda Chi Alpha and other persons may attend by invitation only. Members and associate members not in good standing may attend only at the request of the Executive Committee.
Attendance at regular and special meetings shall be compulsory on all members and associate members except as hereinafter provided. Written excuses for absences shall be presented to the High Gamma prior to the time of the meeting. Graduate members are not required to attend.
Academic sustaining members and associate members in good standing with this chapter and affiliated members of similar standing are entitled to vote in this Chapter. Honorary members are not allowed to vote, but their advice and suggestions are always welcome. Graduate members who have paid their past and current chapter dues are entitled to vote.
Unless otherwise specified, a majority vote shall be ample for any action of this body. Majority shall be defined as greater than half of the Academic Chapter-sustaining members (including associate members) present and voting at any properly called meeting. A two-thirds vote shall be required to repeal or rescind any action of the Chapter or any order of the Executive Committee.
Disorder in a regular or special meeting will not be tolerated. No levity or conduct not in strict keeping with the spirit of gravity of the rites of the Fraternity will be countenanced.
Robert's Rules of Order in the absence of any other rules will govern the conduct of meetings of this Chapter. The following additional rules will also be enforced:
The following shall be the Order of Business in regular business meetings:
The elective officers known as the High Zeta of Omicron Zeta shall be known as follows:
|Β||High Beta||Vice President|
|Θ||High Theta||Philanthropy Chairman|
|Ι||High Iota||Risk manager|
|Κ||High Kappa||Fraternity Educator|
|Δ||High Delta||Rush Chairman|
|Σ||High Sigma||Scholarship Chairman|
|Ε||High Epsilon||Social Chairman|
|Ρ||High Rho||Alumni Secretary|
|Π||High Pi||Alumni Advisor and Chancellor.|
The elective officers of Omicron Zeta shall include the following:
The Α,Β,Γ,Τ,Ι,Δ,Σ,Ε,Ρ,M,S, and J shall be elected at the end of the fall semester and shall take office at the beginning of the spring semester. The Β,Θ,Γ,Ι,Κ,Φ,Σ,Ε,Ρ,M,S, and J shall be elected at the end of the spring semester and shall take office at the beginning of the fall semester. No member shall hold more than one office of the High Zeta at the same time. A majority vote of those present is required for election. In the event of no one receiving a majority vote on any one balloting, the name(s) receiving the lowest number shall be discarded and another vote taken. Persons so eliminated at any vote may vote in the run-off election(s). Officers shall be installed in accordance with the Installation Ceremony of the Ritual.
No nominee for office shall be voted upon or hold authority unless he is an active member in good standing, and holds at least a 2.25 cumulative average. Candidates for High Kappa and High Phi shall be members in good standing who have gone through the initiation process as brothers. The other elected officers must be at least sophomores at the time of assuming their office. The High Alpha, High Tau, High Delta, High Kappa, High Epsilon, House Manager, and Steward must live in the Chapter House.
The following officers shall serve for one year terms: High Alpha, Philanthropy Chairman, High Tau, High Kappa, High Delta, and High Phi. The following officers shall serve for one semester: High Beta, High Gamma, High Sigma, High Epsilon, High Rho, Mu, Steward, and Jock. The High Pi shall serve for two years. Unexpired terms shall be filled by election as soon as possible following the creation of the vacancy.
The High Alpha, High Pi, High Tau, two voting representatives, and one alternate representative, of which at least half of the undergraduate members shall live in the chapter house, shall constitute the Executive Committee. The Committee shall be chaired by the High Alpha and shall have such powers and duties as designated by the laws of the General Fraternity and of Omicron Zeta.
The voting and alternate representatives shall be elected to one-semester terms from within the active membership of Omicron Zeta. Each brother shall cast up to three votes for Executive Committee Representatives; the candidates receiving the two highest vote tallies shall be the voting representatives, and the candidate receiving the third highest vote tally shall be the alternate representative. No one may hold more than one voting position on the Committee.
The Executive Committee shall meet not less than twice monthly during the academic year to conduct its business, and shall designate one of its members to keep minutes of its proceedings. The alternate representative shall exercise full voting privileges only in the absence of any voting member of the Committee. The High Beta and House Manager shall be ex-officio members of the Committee without a vote unless they shall also have been elected to the Committee as a voting or alternate representative.
Motions, dismissals, penalties, or other actions of the Executive Committee, excepting automatic disciplinary or other procedures established by the Laws of the Fraternity, may be annulled if two thirds of the brotherhood present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the chapter vote to do so.
The Interfraternity Council Representative shall be the High Alpha or a duly appointed designee. His duties shall be as follows:
The SRC (Social Responsibility Committee) Representative shall be the High Iota or a duly appointed designee. His duties shall be as follows:
The following committees shall be standing committees and shall meet at least once each month during the academic year. Standing committees, except the Executive Committee, shall be organized by the High Beta. With High Zeta approval, the High Beta may divide any committee into narrower areas of jurisdiction.
The following committees shall be ad hoc committees, which shall meet as deemed necessary by their respective chairmen:
Every active member, to be in good standing, is required to be a member of two committees. Every associate member, to be in good standing, is required to be a member of one committee. Officers who chair a committee shall be a member at least one committee in addition to their own.
A record shall be kept by the above named committees recording all activities during the chairman's tenure of office.
The requirements for membership shall be as stated in the Constitution and Statutory Code of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Architecture or other undergraduate students in their fifth year have the status of graduate students and shall not be required to pay active dues. Members with graduate status do not have a vote in Chapter meetings unless they pay all local Chapter dues.
Associate Members shall be governed by the following rules:
Payment of house bills shall be enforced by the Executive Committee. Those members desiring to live outside of the Chapter house or seeking exemption from the chapter meal plan may do so at the discretion of the Executive Committee, provided that a full house is anticipated.
Members of other Zetas becoming students or instructors at Cornell University may affiliate with this Zeta and thereby receive all the rights of membership therein, provided:
A vote to extend a bid of membership may take place at any regularly scheduled rush meeting, providing the candidate has visited the house at least twice, and two thirds of those present have met him. A two-thirds majority vote will be required for a bid. If, before the time the rushee is actually handed his bid, ten percent of the active members but not less than three active members register negative votes (i.e. votes to see, dings) in an open rush meeting and explain their reasons for so doing, the bid will be nullified.
At least a 2.25 cumulative average will be required for both association and initiation of prospective members. Any associate member who does not meet this requirement will not be initiated, and he will be excused from the normal associate member duties, although he will retain the status of associate member. No period of association will exceed 15 months.
The time and day associate members are due at the Chapter house for initiation shall be announced by the High Phi not less than one month in advance of the scheduled date.
A vote for initiation may be taken at any meeting of the Active Chapter, provided a majority of the active initiated membership is present. A prospective initiate's name must be proposed by one active initiated member of the Active Chapter and the proposal seconded by another. The number of favorable votes to accept a prospective active member shall be 87% of those present. No member present can abstain.
Where only the minimum number of unfavorable votes is cast, the member or members voting negatively, shall, upon request of any member, declare themselves and give reasons for so voting. A member voting unfavorably who under the above circumstances refuses to declare his reasons for voting negatively shall be regarded as having surrendered his original ballot as if he had voted favorably.
If an insufficient number of favorable votes is cast on such final vote to accept a candidate, the vote will be treated as a motion for termination of associate membership.
Not less than weeks prior to initiation, the High Alpha will conduct a vote for initiation on all associate members.
Associate membership may be terminated at any time by a vote of the initiated active membership present, provided the action on such motion lie on the table for one week prior to termination. The number of votes necessary to continue associate membership shall be the same as the number required by Section 8a to accept a prospective active member at the time of the vote for initiation.
To renew the associate membership of a terminated candidate, there must be a motion to reconsider passed by simple majority of the members present within one week of termination or until the next general meeting of the active brotherhood, whichever is longer. Failure to reconsider results in termination at the end of the tabling period.
The nature of the notification of the terminated associate member regarding his status after the tabling period will be determined by the High Alpha upon advice from the High Kappa and the rest of the active members.
House bills will be issued twice per year through the Cornell University Office of the Bursar. Every member must sign a contract allowing this method of billing. House bills will include the following provisions:
The High Tau shall inform the High Zeta whenever he transfers funds between departments, and shall be subject to overruling by the High Zeta.
Active members will be billed twice per year for National Academic Dues, as specified in the General Fraternity Statutory Code.
A certified Public Accountant shall be employed by the Chapter to oversee financial operations
Budgets shall be submitted to the High Zeta for approval before the end of the first week of each semester by all High Zeta officers. The Executive Committee will then prepare a complete budget for the Chapter to be presented to the Chapter by the second regular meeting of the fall semester.
The Chapter initiation fee as well as the association fee, as determined by the General Assembly, shall be paid in advance. Initiation of those unable to pay their fees shall be delayed until they can pay. The initiation fee shall cover the following items:
Chapter publications shall be financed by ISWZA.
All members and associate members living in the Chapter house shall pay their May room rent on the first house bill of the Year. If they should graduate in January, this charge will be refunded. If they should leave school for any other reason, the money will be forfeited, except at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
The Chapter publication shall be known as the Omicron Oracle.
The Omicron Oracle shall be issued not less than twice per school year.
The contents of the Omicron Oracle shall be devoted exclusively to the interest of Omicron Zeta.
The Omicron Oracle shall be sent to all alumni and affiliates of the Chapter, members of the Grand High Zeta, and administrative Officers of the General Fraternity, and to other Zetas.
Any members may bring to the Executive Committee a complaint against another member or regarding a situation which warrants relief. Members shall be subject at all times to the provisions of the General Fraternity Constitution and Statutory Code, and may be disciplined according to its provisions.
The following Chapter officers will recommend to the Executive Committee that certain members be fined according to an announced schedule for the following offenses:
In lieu of fines, Chapter officers may designate an offense punishable by other lawful means to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee.
In cases of extreme urgency, any provision of these By-Laws may be suspended for the period of one meeting if three-fourths of the quorum consent.
Proposed amendments to these By-Laws shall be submitted to the High Gamma. At the following regular meeting they shall be read and shall be tabled for a period of one week thereafter. A two-thirds vote of the quorum shall be required for amendment of the By-Laws. These By-Laws and any amendments thereto shall become effective by the Grand High Alpha and the Grand High Pi.
These By-Laws shall be revised every odd-numbered year.
Revised April 1997.
Jason J. Cho '98 O-1512, High Alpha
Rajiv R. Mashruwala '99 O-1548, High Gamma
Lloyd F. Kinnear III '86 O-1273, High Pi
|2008||Max Shapnik '09|
|2007||Zachary L Halpern '08|
|2006||David Brendan Cronheim '07|
|2005||Michael C Spinnicchia '07|
|2004||Eric Miller Goldstein '05 O-1623|
|2003||Stephen Joseph DiNardo '04 O-1609|
|2002||Jonathan Douglass Emanuele '03 O-1596|
|2001||Benjamin Adam Steinberg '02 O-1586|
|2000||David Harold Salzman '01 O-1568|
|1999||Andrew Donald Osborn '00 O-1556|
|1998||Myles David Blanchard '99 O-1538|
|1997||Jason Jiyon Cho '98 O-1512|
|1996||Daniel Philip Atlas '98 O-1520|
|1995||Gregory Campbell Knight '96 O-1496|
|1994||John Carey Barney, Jr. '95 O-1476|
|1993||Adam Michael Borah '94 O-1477|
|1992||Douglas Jay Piper '93 O-1469|
|1991||Daniel Brennan Cuffe '92 O-1434|
|1990||James Michael Dumas '91 O-1416|
|1989||Thomas Joseph Bruno '90 O-1412|
|1988||Andrew Craig Corsello '89 O-1388|
|1987||Peter Watridge '88 O-1381|
|1986||Leonard Marc Bardfelt '87 O-1345|
|1985||Christopher DiNapoli '86 O-1333|
|1984||Neil Joseph Tyrrell '85 O-1324|
|1983||John Gregory Tansey '84 O-1302|
|1982||Winston Douglas Jenks '83 O-1285|
|1981||Douglas Scott Skalka '82 O-1273|
|1980||Jonathan Bernard Turell '81 O-1253|
|1979||Richard Arthur Meigs, Jr. '80 O-1230|
|1978||Mark Vincent Hallock '79 O-1215|
|1977||Robert William Shaw II '78 O-1208|
|1976||Robert Michael Bocchino '77 O-1184|
|1975||John Russell Hayner '76 O-1175|
|1974||Andrew Arthur Reilly '75, O-1163|
|1973||James Wenz McClymonds, Jr. '74 O-1148|
|1972||Kenneth Carl Huber '73 O-1131|
|1971||Bruce Charles MacKenzie '72 O-1115|
|1970||Robert Gilbert Woodworth '71 O-1100|
|1969||John Ray Lombardi '70 O-1079|
|1968f||Charles Judson Young '69 O-1053|
|1968s||Joseph Bernard Kelley '69 O-O-1040|
|1967||Randolph Earnest Parker '68 O-1023|
|1966||Ralph Vincent Wilhelm, Jr. '67 O-995|
|1965||Jacques Martin Wood '66 O-998|
|1964||Alan Roy Fridkin '65 O-965|
|1963||Robert Lee Bamberger '64 O-945|
|1962 f||Hamlin Miller “Sandy” Gilbert '62 O-933|
|1962 s||William Graf Imig '63 O-938|
|1961||John Ernest Kempster '62 O-926|
|1960||Richard Douglas Nelson '61 O-911|
|1960||David Murray Goelzer '62 O-897|
|1959 f||Helge Alan Hoglund '60 O-852|
|1959||Joseph Anthony Persivale '61 O-889|
|1958 f||Thomas Bozell Kempster '60|
|1958 s||Carl Joseph Igelbrink '59 O-853|
|1957 f||Albert Ellison Kurdle '58 O-831|
|1957 s||Wendell Lee Fingar '58 O-849|
|1956||James Gardner Plunkett '58 O-802|
|1955||Homer Folks Orton '56 O-801|
|1954||Alfred Theodore Blomquist, Jr. '55 O-772|
|1953||Thomas Ernst Bechert '54 O-737|
|1952||Luther Harold Haibt '54 O-738|
|1951||Robert Easton Vanderbeck '52 O-713|
|1950||Theodore Frank Decker '50 O-675|
|1949||Soeren Steinbock Nielsen '47 O-569|
|1948||Richard Lee Quasey '48 O-642|
|1948||Wilbur Robbins Dameron '49|
|1947||Edward Taylor Moore '42 O-625|
|1946||Jacob David Fry '45 O-570|
|1945||Raymond Howard Schumacher '48 O-602|
|1944||Richard Emil Turner '46|
|1944||William Charles Miller '47 O-595|
|1942||Warren Hunter Fisher '43 O-380|
|1941||Donald Lawson Bundy '42 O-369|
|1940||Henry William Lengyel '41 O-452|
|1939||James William Robinson '40 O-338|
|1938||Carl Thompson Hewitt Jr. '39 O-341|
|1937||Clement Frederick Harris '38 O-326|
|1936||Royal David Thomas Jr. '37 O-318|
|1935||Charles Edward Robinson Jr. '36 O-300|
|1934||Harry Franklin Fowler '35 O-298|
|1933||William Anderson Rider '34 O-281|
|1932||Francis Raymond Keating Jr. '33 O-266|
|1930||Wilfrid Ewart Rhodes '30 O-231|
|1929||Robert James Wallace '30 O-229|
|1927||Irving Theodore Runey '28 O-201|
|1926||Sherman Richmond Knapp, Sr. '27 O-186|
|1925||Harold Joseph Shackelton '26 O-168|
|1924||John Noll, Jr. '25 O-149|
|1923||Robert Dwight Hopkins, Jr. '24 O-146|
|1922||Lawrence Mitchell Orton '21 O-102|
|1921||William Forrester Stotz '20 O-88|
|1920||Searles Gregory Shultz '20 O-94|
|1919||Horace John McNeil '19 O-75|
|1918||Dean Edward Lounsbery '19 O-78|
|1917 f||Wesley Yeomans Huntley '18|
|1917 s||George Clinton Sweet '18 O-67|
|1916||Geoffrey Edward Maclay '17 O-60|
|1915||George Raymond Allen '15 O-28|
|1914||Earl Milton Clay '15 O-13|
|1913||Benjamin LeCompte Smith '13 O-8|
The construction of this list from chaotic, incomplete, illegible, and ancient records was complicated further by uncertain recordkeeping and shifting practices. For example, semesters once ended in February and June rather than December and May; did “H.A. 1926-27” serve for the spring and fall semester of 1926, or the fall of 1926 and spring of 1927? The convention used here is election on the calendar year, consistent with current practice and the documented election of the Iswza president (“Herr Vorsitzender”) on the spring-fall year.
The last complication derives from the occasional instance where a High Alpha has left his post. In 1964 no fewer than four names are recorded for the post. Moreover, the exact date of such accessions is unavailable, even if the vacancy was filled by the High Beta or by special election. Anyone who can clarify these issues in any particular case is asked to contact the Heritage Committee.
Etienne Merle was born on July 8, 1944 into a family that already possessed a rich history of excellence in the culinary arts. In fact, Etienne would go on to become a fifth generation chef. En route to his career as a chef, Etienne graduated in 1969 from a “7-year bachelor program” in the Hotel Management School of Cornell University. Etienne became engaged in 1973 and married his wife Marcia in 2002.
While attending the Hotel School, Etienne also worked in restaurant management for various enterprises, including passenger ships and large-scale hotels. In 1962, he began working in a Parisian restaurant called Relais Gastronomique. He returned to the American culinary scene in 1963 as he began working for the restaurant at the Hilton in New York. Some passenger ships on which he worked were the S.S. United States, the S.S. Independence, the S.S. Atlantic, and the S.S. Santa Luisa. From 1968 to 1970, Etienne worked for a hotel in Aruba called Divi Divi. After his stint in Aruba, Etienne returned to New York to do some teaching until 1971.
Etienne returned to Ithaca in 1971 along with two enterprising partners, one of whom was the owner of Divi Divi, and opened a four-star French restaurant called L'Auberge Du Cochon Rouge. With Etienne as its owner and chef for a period of 21 years, the restaurant achieved tremendous success and attained a distinguished reputation as one of the best restaurants in the area. Etienne also owned a restaurant in Syracuse called Pascal's from 1983 to 1995. Etienne later opened Valentine Café in Ithaca in 1999. In 2003, Etienne became the house chef for the Omicron Zeta chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University.
Etienne's accomplishments as a chef have not gone unnoticed by the culinary world. He serves as the President of the Groupe Américaine of the Académie Nationale de Cuisine. Etienne also serves as the Masons' Grand Representative from the Grand Lodge of France to the Grand Lodge of New York. Additionally, Etienne has his own rack-of-lamb, Jarret D'Agneau Braisée, and Braised Lamb Shank recipes in The Meat and Potatoes Cookbook among others.
Updated: February 18, 2012
In recent years, the undergraduate brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha have been highly competitive in the Fraternity division of intramural sports.
For the Spring 2012 semester, the brotherhood competes in three sports: Basketball (two teams), Bowling, and Co-Rec water polo. The basketball team returns four of five starters from a group that advanced to the final four last year. 2012’s squad features the addition of former Maryland AAU point guard Kevin Yu ’15. Thus far the basketball team has outscored its opponents by a combined 123-18 in just two games.
In 2011, Lambda Chi sent both our soccer teams, our football team, and our basketball team to the playoffs, with each team winning at least one playoff game.
Later this spring, our 2012 softball team will compete for the softball championship, returning four starters from 2010 during which Lambda Chi finished the season 9-1. 2010 was an epic year for Lambda Chi softball, which routinely routed our opponents, outscoring them by over a combined eighty runs, earning the number one seed in the playoffs and a spot in the championship game. Returning poised to win it all in 2011, the softball team was foiled by rain which cancelled the entire season. This year, with the addition of former high school stars Frank Rizzaro (Iona Prep) and Ryan Rizzuti (Albertus Magnus), Lambda Chi looks forward to embarrassing those teams brave enough to show up.
There are also some brothers who play club soccer.
For the most up to date standings and schedules, please refer to Cornell's Intramural website: