Omicron Zeta is one of the oldest chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha, having held our charter continuously since our installation on October 11, 1913. The many generations of Cornellian Lambda Chi’s are linked through our common history, our shared traditions, and our timeless ideals.

What is ISWZA?

  • The Origins of “ISWZA”
    When Lambda Chi Alpha chartered its twelfth chapter at Cornell in 1913, it accepted a strong local society: Iswza. But what’s an ISWZA?

Local History

  • The Famous Freshman Melee (1905)
    How a group of six freshman fought off bands of sophomores, and found friendship.
  • From Mug and Jug to ISWZA (1907)
    Before there was Omicron Zeta, there was ISWZA. And before there was ISWZA, there was football, beer, and a rollicking club called Mug and Jug.
  • The Installation of Omicron Zeta (1913)
    From the inaugural issue of the national magazine, the Purple, Green and Gold, comes this account by an undergraduate Murray D. Lincoln (later, the founder of Nationwise Insurance).
  • Omicron Zeta in Lambda Chi Alpha’s Twentieth Year
    A history of the chapter from its origins to 1929, co-written by Ernst Fischer '10 O-34.
  • The Edgemoor Century
    Brothers from over the decades submitted stories of their time at 125 Edgemoor Lane, our chapter house, which turned 100 years old in 1996.

Brothers Remembered

  • Notable Cornell Lambda Chis
    Many of our alumni have distinguished themselves in their professions and in their service to Cornell and to the chapter. We recognize a few of them here.
  • Claude E. Mitchell '12 O-1
    Ernst J.C. Fischer '10 O-34 pays tribute to our first initiated brother and how the brothers of Iswza, and then Lambda Chi Alpha, would change his life.
  • Joseph A. Carr '13 O-3
    Bro. Carr's brother provides some background on the brother attached to Army intelligence killed at the Argonne.

Local Traditions