What were the best nicknames you called your brothers and how did they come about?  

When's the last time you saw a Penn State Chapter brother in person? Who were you with, where were you, and what was the occasion? Do you have a photo from that day? 

What do you remember about the top social event the year you graduated? Do you remember your date? Did you happen to marry them? 

What was DU known for during your time at Penn State? 

Read on to find out how other Penn State Chapter of Delta Upsilon alumni answered these questions.  

Jim Pastorius ‘56

Nicknames: It has been a long time and I can't remember many nicknames but I do remember "Perkie" Davis, "Ghandi"  as Bob Noah ‘57, "Baldy" as Bob Baldwin ‘57 were a few.  

Last time you saw a classmate: The last brother I saw was "Ghandi" because we lived on the same road in PA.

Top social event: I guess the top social event of my senior year was the prom.  No, I didn't marry my date but would have liked to. 

What Delta Upsilon was known for: When I was there DU was called "the Animal House" and it was the Big Jock House. We were big in varsity and IM sports and very proud of it. We had multiple guys in football, boxing, wrestling, track and gymnastics.

Memories: I enrolled at Penn State in 1952, I never wore the name card around my neck because I knew my way around as I was a jock (track & X country). I remember the girls on campus had to be in at 10 pm during the week,  and there were house mothers in the dorms. I think there were about thirty five thousand students on campus during this time. Rip Engle was the football coach with Joe Paterno as the assistant coach to him. The school played a relatively small school schedule but it was competitive and every year we played Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, Army, Navy and others, it was fun because we knew kids that went to those schools.

Jeff Lentz ‘86

Nicknames: I remember Steve Balliet ’88 as Bayleaf, it just came about. Jim Dezack ‘90 as Jimmer, I believe I gave it to him. Mark Feathers ‘85 as Feathers, it was just there! I was always Lentzie or Jeffer.

Last time you saw a classmate: Last time I saw a brother was when I ran into Jim Dezack at a game a long time ago.

Top social event: The top social event had to be a tie between the Halloween party with Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band and our epic Hotel parties. As for the date, I think I picked up a girl who was dressed like a raisin (ha!) in 1985 and no I didn't marry her. 

What Delta Upsilon was known for: When I went there (84-86), in my opinion, it was a changing house. We made a ton of inroads in the Greek community.  We had so many cool things happening and I have so many memories.

Ryan Mullin ‘11

Nicknames: We mostly just called brothers by their last names, I will say a fan favorite is the occasional nickname for Marc Jankowski ‘11. He would be referred to as "sunshine" a nickname bestowed upon him for his ragtop resembling that of Ronnie Bass from Remember the Titans

Last time you saw a classmate: I saw brother Brenden Finn ‘12 (pictured to the left -- him on the right in green suit coat, Mullin on the left) on the weekend of December 12, 2020 in Beaver, PA. The occasion was to celebrate Brenden marrying his now wife, Danielle.

Top social event: I did happen to marry my 2010/11 winter formal date.

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