Phi Psi, Robert J. Garagiola, to run for Congress
Maryland Senate Majority Leader, Robert J. Garagiola, member of Phi Kappa Psi, will run for Maryland's 6th Congressional District. Garagiola served as chapter president and as a District Archon, one of six undergraduate national Phi Psi board members, during his time at Rutgers University. He will run against incumbent Roscoe Bartlett, the second oldest serving member of the House of Representatives.
Sigma Chi’s Bo Van Pelt Wins Asia Pacific Classic
Bo Van Pelt, a member of Sigma Chi at Oklahoma State University, won his first golf tournament since 2009 by birdying five of the last eight holes for a 7-under 64 to earn $1,300,000. His four-round total of 261 was 23 under par and included two 64's in the hot and humid conditions of Selangor, Malaysia. The second-year Asia Pacific event was sanctioned by both the PGA Tour and Asian Tour.
Sigma Chi Luke Donald Passes Six Million in Earnings
The PGA Tour's top golfer of the year, Luke Donald of Sigma Chi at Northwestern, ran off six consecutive birdies on the back nine Sunday and shot 64 to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena, Florida. His winner's share of $846,000 bumped him up to $6,683,214 as the PGA Tour's top winner and he hopes to become the first player to lead the money list on the PGA and European tours in the same year. Donald also has won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average and is the first player since 1996 to win the PGA money title on the final day of the season.
Delt Will Ferrell Receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
The 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded to Will Ferrell, a member of Delta Tau Delta at the University of Southern California, this past Sunday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. On hand to honor their friend/colleague at the toast & roast were Conan O'Brien, Ben Stiller, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd (a member of Sigma Nu at the University of Kansas), Matthew Broderick, Larry King, Jack Black, Molly Shannon, Ed Asner, Maya Rudolph, Nathan Lane, Andy Samberg and Tim Meadows. In accepting the Twain Prize, Ferrell said "It's almost too much to handle. When you look at the past recipients....this is one award that truly honors the art form of humor. I've gotten to do a multitude of things and I've been given many opportunities."
Past winners of the Mark Twain Prize have included Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lilly Tomlin, Steve Martin and Bill Cosby. On Monday, October 31st, PBS stations will air the entire 90-minute Will Ferrell: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize telecast at 10:00PM on the east coast and 9:00PM in the central time zone. Those in other time zones should check their local TV listings for the start time.
Nominate Star Players for the 2011 NIC All-Fraternity Teams
The NIC's annual All-Fraternity All-American Football selections will be announced in several months after the bowl games conclude.
To see the current list of nominees being considered, click here.
There will be a separate first team for NCAA FBS/FCS schools and a first team for NCAA Division II/II & NAIA schools released on this website. Lengthy honorable mention lists of other standout players will also be announced, along with the names of leading Greek college head coaches. Nominations are being received from fraternity headquarters, Greek advisors at schools, IFCs, sports information directors at schools and interested undergraduates and alumni. The watch list will be updated with new names added every couple of weeks for the rest of the season.
Send nominations (names, school name, fraternity affiliation) to Jay Langhammer at Jlangha132@aol.com.
Two Greeks Tie For Sixth at the Latest PGA Event
At the PGA Tour's weekend tournament, The McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, GA, two players from NIC member groups tied for sixth place. Winning $125,000 each were Scott McCarron, a member of Beta Theta Pi at UCLA, and Kevin Streelman, a member of Delta Sigma Phi from Duke. McCarron's first round total of 64 was one of the tournament's lowest scores.
Business Magazines Feature Billionaire Greeks on the Cover
The October 24th issue of Forbes features Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Duke University, in it's major eight page cover story titled "The Two Sides of Aubrey McClendon". Also on the newsstands is the November issue of Success magazine featuring Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a member of Pi Lambda Phi from Indiana University. His eight page story is titled "The Ultimate Maverick" and talks about his other successful businesses besides basketball.