Delta Kappa Epsilon prides itself on having the strongest ties of Brotherhood at UVIC. Our brotherhood binds us, and is the reason for our success as a chapter. From always having brothers to hang out with, to getting help on assignments, to the tight-knit bond between Big and Little Brothers, to our annual DKE Formal, DKE truly embodies the phrase, "Come for the parties, stay for the boys."
Delta Kappa Epsilon prides itself on its philanthropic achievements. All chapters of Delta Kappa Epsilon in Canada work to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society. Our flagship charity event is the Undie Run. We also do many other smaller charity events during christmas, as well as larger joint charities with the sororities.
There is no denying that a fraternity is a great way to get to meet a large quantity of outstanding people. What sets DKE apart is the quality of those relationships. Whether it be an introduction in passing, or getting to know someone over the course of years, the Delta Kappa Epsilon name carries with it the confidence and trust of over 170 years of upstanding gentility, distinction, and refinement.
Rush can either refer to a period in which fraternities and sororities accept new members, or can describe a person who is interested in joining fraternities and sororities.
Our fraternity is constitutionally open only to those who meet the following criteria:
1 - Registration as a full-time (3.5 or more courses) student at the University of Victoria.
2 - Male (check out Alpha Chi Theta or Kappa Beta Gamma sororities for women.)
3 - A Possession of character and values arguably pursuant to the Objects of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Our purpose is multi-faceted, although it can seem deceptively simple. Day to day, we're not unlike any other social organization you might join at UVic - We hang around, go to classes together, watch movies, and generally do all the things you'd expect any group of young guys to do. Social events with sororities, massive parties, road trips and event nights (Sports, paintball etc.) are also an essential component of our lives.
On a deeper level, however, Deke is also a highly structured network of educated men who work to enhance the quality of life for each other socially, academically and professionally. This commitment extends beyond your undergraduate years into a lifetime of associations with thousands of members spanning chapters across North America.
There is much, much more, but in a nutshell: Deke exists to help its members excel at every phase of their lives through friendships that are both deep and equitable, while nonetheless maintaining a social and moral conscience befitting the leaders of tomorrow.
No. Membership in Delta Kappa Epsilon is by invitation only, which means that if the house doesn't feel you'll be compatible as a genuine friend to the members of the house, you won't be asked to join. We will not ask men who are incompatible with Deke to become a part of our organization both for their benefit and ours. Furthermore, the dues that active members do pay are put into a fund that ultimately returns to them in the form of the social activities paid for by that same endowment - We are a non-profit organization. The question to ask your self, then, is "Would these guys spend my money the same way I would?". If you're a typical college student, then the answer is almost certainly yes, and by combining our resources financially we are able to secure a great deal more of these things than any of us could alone.
No way. Delta Kappa Epsilon is an international fraternity with over seventy chapters in the United States and Canada, all of which a member can call home whenever he visits. Ours is a brotherhood which spans both around the world and back in time to its founding in 1844. Past Dekes include five Presidents of the United States, including George W. Bush, a Premier of Ontario, Canadian Cabinet Ministers as well as many major figures in commerce, art, and science.
No. The reason we are not recognized by the University is because our organization is exclusively open to men. Despite this distinction, however, Deke easily represents one of the most ethnically, politically and religiously diverse organizations at UVic. Unlike many "official" university clubs, which technically allow all to join and then market themselves exclusively to specific sections of the student body, Deke does not explicitly subscribe itself to any group. We measure a man strictly according to his merits and nothing more.
As well, our property is privately owned by the fraternity, and we are thus not subject to the rules which typically regulate conduct in student residences.
Of course! Stay tuned for photos.
Every brother in DKE decides their own level of involvement, and those who choose to contribute more than others are not superior in any way - they just enjoy it. The only things that all active members of a chapter are committed to do are undergo a pledging and initiation process and, following their induction into full membership, attend weekly chapter meetings which last about an hour and can be occasionally missed.
Deke is open to prospective members at the beginning of the school year. We have a lot of great events going on. We invite you to come by and visit any evening. You'll be welcomed at the door with a handshake and a beer… that's the Deke way.