TAU EPSILON PHI
Unlike most students, I did not rush a fraternity my freshman year, but instead deferred that process until I was a sophomore. During my sophomore year, I took my small, but critical, Regents Scholarship check and, instead of putting it toward my tuition, bought a guitar at an Ithaca music shop. It was a Yamaha FG-160 acoustic six-string. I began (some say I never progressed beyond that point) to learn to play, and began writing songs. Although most of what I wrote were serious ballads, I soon found that the more popular numbers were parodies of commercial songs with lyrics I re-wrote to fit the occasion.
Two events highlighted my senior year. First, I succeeded in obtaining The Ultimate Fraternity Room (or so it was to that point perceived). Then, I chose as the subject of my term project for an English seminar a profile of our fraternity's beloved, fatherly cook, Mr. Frank Seider, whom we particularly appreciated after surviving his culinary predecessors. I wrote a long essay and took lots of photographs. The last night of the semester, we honored Frank at dinner. I showed slides of the pictures I had taken, annotating them with excerpts from my essay. At the end, my junior year roommate Ricky Rosenberg and I sang a song of thanks I had written about Frank. (I recorded the performance on a low-end tape recorder, which can be heard by pressing the button below.)