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The Albright Reporter
Albright College
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Fax: 610-921-7295
E-mail: jstoudt@alb.edu

Dear Albright Reporter,

In reading the winter edition of The Albright Reporter, the headline “Our Man in Harrisburg” grabbed my attention. Albright College is indeed fortunate to have an illustrious alumnus, like Ted Erickson, serving in the State Senate. Ted is well liked and well respected in our chamber.

I look forward to working with him to improve our Commonwealth in general, and, in particular, to help Albright College continue its mission of providing quality educational opportunities to our state’s next generation of leaders.

Michael A. O’Pake
Pennsylvania Senator
11th District


Dear Albright Reporter,

I just received my Albright Reporter and am astounded that my fraternity has ceased to exist - Alpha Phi Omega.

I attended Albright from 1983-1987. If interested, I can tell you what Greek life was like at that time. It seems none of the fraternities we all based our social and intellectual life around at that time are in existence. There were six fraternities and I think seven or eight sororities.

Marlow is correct. The problem was almost all the frat houses were in the neighborhoods surrounding Albright. The parties were huge and the neighbors could not tolerate it anymore. After many raucous meetings in 1987 with the administration, we were basically told that the administration was going to do whatever it could to put Greek life out of business.

The hazing was also out of control and the administration had lost patience. They disallowed hazing for two fraternities. That is all it takes to put a fraternity out of business.

Dean Damato
Class of 1987


Dear Albright Reporter,

I just read your excellent article on Greek life at Albright. I noticed that your list did not include the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. I was a founding member of Alpha Phi Omega. You had to have been a Boy Scout in order to join. I was at Albright from 1954 to 1957. I know that the fraternity continued well after I graduated. I believe it disbanded, but I don't know when. A search of yearbooks should help you.

Clarence Hall
Class of 1957


Editor’s Note: The coed, service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega is still alive and well at Albright. It was not included in the article on Greek life because the piece focused on social fraternities and sororities as opposed to service or honor organizations.

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