The idea of a collegiate organization that fosters debate, intellectual growth, and a sense of brotherhood is one older than the United States of America. When the first Latin societies and literary societies started to form at colleges such as Yale and William & Mary, a rich tradition was begun, one that has continued in the fabric of college culture since.
As a college student at Boston University, Warren A. Cole (Boston 1912) founded Lambda Chi Alpha on November 2, 1909, with the expressed objective purpose of bringing about the association of college students of good moral character in the various collegiate institutions within the United States and Canada; to foster a high moral and spiritual standard of life based on Christian ideals; to promote honorable friendship; to cultivate intellectual excellence; to secure for members the greatest advantages in college life; to establish brotherly love, mutual aid, close personal connection between alumni, undergraduates and colleges; and, to bind them together for mutual pleasure and interest in college, as well as after life by testing each with courage, self-control, obedience, democracy, and courtesy toward all with whom they may come in contact.
Today, with over 180 active chapters and colonies of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, we take a moment to commemorate the passing of the man who made brotherhood a possibility for so many. Lambda Chi Alpha prides itself on becoming a home away from home for our men, while also encouraging them to grow as individuals. Through service to their communities and fellow brothers, our men are able to learn more about themselves than they ever imagined.
From humble beginnings to one of the largest men’s organizations on college campuses, we are eternally grateful to Warren A. Cole for his vision. He gave us a home, a brotherhood, and a purpose.
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