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Delta Sigma Phi Creates Alumni Memorial

September 27, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Western Illinois University recently constructed the Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Memorial to commemorate deceased fraternity members. The memorial will be dedicated at 4 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the end of Saturday's Homecoming game) Saturday, Sept. 29.

According to Ed Noel, president of the Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Corporation Board, the memorial is located on southeast corner of the Delta Sigma property at 830 N. Avery St. in Macomb and recognizes 102 members who have passed away.

Bill Epperly, chair of Western's Board of Trustees and a WIU alumnus, serves as the treasurer of the fraternity's Alumni Corporation Board. He noted that the fraternity and the board began discussions regarding a permanent memorial for those members who have passed away. Gus Esposito, a WIU alumnus and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity brother, donated the funding for the project.

Bricks with the names of the deceased members have been placed in the memorial, which was designed by Timberhill Nurseries of Macomb and resembles the Delta Sigma Phi pledge pin, Epperly said.

The Esposito family, Delta Sigma Phi alumni and active members will be present at Saturday's ceremony. In addition, a flag from a Delta Sigma Phi brother currently serving in Iraq will be hoisted during the dedication. The son of Tony Espisito, a WIU alumnus and Delta Sigma brother, is a ROTC graduate and Delta Sigma member from Purdue currently serving in the U.S. Army. The junior Espisito donated the flag from the battalion's Iraq base to the Macomb chapter. The WIU fraternity, which was chartered in October 1950, is the oldest social fraternity in continuous operation at Western.

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