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In the early 70's, a few Memphis State University undergraduate students cross pledged the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to form what was then known as a "colony". These young Men were small in number, but had aspirations of forming a Chapter of Omega at Memphis State University. There had previously been Omegas who had crossed pledged as far back as Fall 1965 (James "Bootsy" Woodhouse was the first among others); but these gentlemen affiliated themselves with Epsilon Phi Graduate chapter and consider themselves as such to this day.

Three young Men in Spring of 1970 were undergraduates with definite aspirations of chartering a chapter. A line of three also crossed in Spring of 1971 while cross pledging at the Chi Psi chapter at Lemoyne-Owen College. To apply for a charter, there would have to be 12 undergraduate members of Omega in school registered as full time students.

In the Fall of 1972, with the Neophyte William "Big Bill" Wooten (Spr 71) as the D.P.; The Eight Wonders crossed the burning sands of Omega and gave this undergraduate "colony" the required numbers.  

These young brothers then threw parties and fundraisers and even gave blood at the Student Donor Center to raise money to pay for the Chapter Charter application. At the District meeting held in Jackson, TN in March of 1973, the application was sent in and the paperwork and charter returned in the Fall.

On September 28, 1973 The Magnificent XI ZETA Chapter of Omega Psi Phi was officially chartered at Memphis State University.

~ contributed by Bro. William DeWayne Sweet. 4-Spring-87

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