2015 IFC Trade Deadline
The deals are flowing in on deadline day here at State. Which brothers and pledges are on the move? This is your one-stop shop for all the action across the Interfraternity Council.
Phi Delt Unloads Barrett Davis On TKE
Phi Delta Theta gets: Peace of mind.
Tau Kappa Epsilon gets: Barrett Davis.
Summary: The day starts off with a classic salary dump by Phi Delt. Sixth-year senior Barrett Davis technically went alum status two years ago, but with graduation nowhere in sight, Davis was still getting valuable minutes in the fraternity house. Phi Delt had been shopping Davis since last semester, when he crashed formal and did $40,000 in hotel property damage, an occurrence that has since come to be known as the “Malice in Dallas.” This move allows Phi Delt to breathe a little easier at all future fraternity functions.
TKE gets a much needed veteran presence in the chapter room. Yes, he still goes to meetings and is very vocal. It’s a savvy play bringing in Davis, as it’s completely no risk, all reward. He has much needed campus connections that could prove valuable in the development of this young core, where the average age of members is nineteen. If he shows flashes of his destructive past, TKE can cut ties. No harm, no foul.
It’s a win all-around, and a change of scenery will do Davis well.
FIJI Makes Greek Cup Push, Sig Nu Looks To Future
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) gets: Joey Wagner
Sigma Nu gets: Pledge Travis Gates, Pledge Anthony Ramirez, and Pledge Ryan Daniels
Summary: FIJI mortgages a promising future with three pledges who radiate upside for the half-year services of one Joey Wagner (graduates in May). There’s no doubt Wagner is a certified stud. He’s been bestowed Most Athletic Greek for two consecutive years, cleans a different dime’s cobwebs with the womb broom on a nightly basis, and maintains a 3.6 GPA as an engineering student. Lambda Chi Alpha is currently edging out FIJI by a mere thirty points in the Greek Cup standings and it looks like it’ll come down to intramural softball, where Wagner has never made an out in his three plus years. You couldn’t ask for a better addition, but they lose three blue-chip pledges for what boils down to a three-month lease. It’s championship or bust for FIJI.
Sigma Nu adds to an already promising future and cashes a graduating senior in at peak value. Both Gates’ and Ramirez’s stocks have shot up the radar since rush, and Daniels has “chapter president” written all over him. All three of them are great clubhouse guys and should mesh well with the overall fraternity chemistry.
ATO Swaps Homecoming Partners With Sigma Pi
Alpha Tau Omega gets: Delta Zeta
Sigma Pi gets: Zeta Tau Alpha
Summary: Biggest head-scratcher of the day. Zeta is just loaded in both the front and backcourt. Giving up a sure thing with these ladies for a middling sorority that’s currently on self-imposed probation makes little to no sense. ATO president, Zachary P. Taylor III, promised to shake things up after taking office in January, and that’s exactly what he did. Sabermetrics could be at play here, as Taylor is a notorious stat geek, and hookups per homecoming buddy pairings might have been a deciding factor.
Update: Taylor met with Sigma Pi officials this morning where a manila folder exchanged hands. Rumors are swirling that the folder was full of incriminating photos of an alleged donkey show held at the ATO house back in November. Zeta has reached out to IFC to block the trade.
Eli Greenberg To AEPi
Alpha Epsilon Pi gets: Eli Greenberg, its 1998 composite back.
Sigma Nu gets: Pledge Alec Huber, Pledge Trent Roth, cash considerations.
Summary: To say sophomore Eli Greenberg was an awesome disappoint for Sigma Nu is putting it nicely. Greenberg was the “can’t miss” prospect of 2014 with an eternal ceiling of potential. He comes from a great family pedigree with wealth, has been blessed with an endless amount of God-given talent, and just says all the right things around his brothers. For one reason or another, he just never lived up to the billing. Some inside the organization have shed light on his work ethic recently, or lack thereof. Just no motor on the kid, as he’s been handed everything in his life on a silver platter.
With that said, AEPi still believes it’s worth the gamble. AEPi gives up two pledges in Roth and Huber who would be solid additions to any fraternity in exchange for the untapped, tantalizing promise Greenberg has shown flashes of since stepping foot on State’s campus.
The jury is still out on this one.
Blaine Simms Returns Home
Sigma Pi gets: Blaine Simms, Chi Omega
Delta Upsilon gets: Zeta Tau Alpha
Summary: The deadline closes with an absolute storybook ending. Aging superstar, Blaine Simms, is returning home to the house he rushed. The earlier homecoming trade for ZTA was approved by IFC just moments before, and it was the chip needed to make this deal happen. Simms has accomplished it all during his 4.5 years at State: completing the frat lap with all twenty-two sororities by mid-sophomore year, successfully extorting SGA out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to start his own college bar, and having his intramural number retired by every fraternity on campus, despite never stepping foot on a field. Sure, his exit from Sigma Pi two years ago was rather turbulent, but time has healed the wounds and this will only cement his legacy going out with the letters he shares with both his father and grandfather..