Lambda Chi Alpha leads by example and precept. We excel on the social calendar and the intramural fields, we take pride in our traditions and high ideals, but above all, what makes a Lambda Chi is his devotion to his brothers. We live our open motto, Vir Quisque Vir: Every Man a Man.
Current officers of the undergraduate chapter.
What it takes to join a lifetime of true brotherhood. Information about our recruitment process.
The basic expectations, rights, and duties of a good Lambda Chi.
Activities and Programs
Whether it’s a day of paintball involving the whole house, working out in our in-house gym, or a road trip with just a few of the guys, Lambda Chi works together, plays together, and lives together. Living together with your best friends is an experience second to none, and with the recent renovation of Edgemoor every brother is able to live in. Regardless of our busy schedules and our different interests, all brothers come together nightly for dinner— as we have every night for over a century.
Some of the best times, though, are just being ourselves at home, playing pool or watching the game, always with an eye out for the next big thing.
For over twenty years, Lambda Chi has sponsored the North American Food Drive, now in partnership with Feeding America.
At Cornell, our efforts support Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County. Loaves & Fishes offers free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances, and has been an invaluable part of the community since 1983.
Lambda Chi Alpha at Cornell also hosts the annual Dogs for Dogs competition to support the Tompkins County SPCA. The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) takes in, cares for, and adopts stray and abandoned animals, and educates the public about proper pet ownership and animal abuse. In 2001, the Tompkins County SPCA became one of the first in the country to adopt a “no-kill” policy for animals in their shelter.
Lambda Chi also helps organize campus blood drives with the Red Cross, and strongly supports the philanthropies sponsored by Cornell’s diverse sororities, as well as Council events like Greeks Give Back.
You will also find Lambda Chis in every kind of club, organization, and publication around campus, from Baja Racers to Black Students United, Slope Media contributors and Cornell Social Consultants, campus tour guides and Cornell Business Journal staffers. In addition to our varsity golfers and sprint football players, we are strongly represented in club sports, notably sailing, club hockey, tennis, and soccer.
As a chapter, we are active participants in the InterFraternity Council and other interfraternal organizations. Periodically, we have gorge cleanup days in coordination with our neighbors, Cornell Botanic Gardens, and Cornell Outdoor Education.
Lambda Chi sponsors a diverse and active social program. On campus, people may know us for a signature party, but we also enjoy a variety of date nights and other smaller events, not to mention mixers with the full range of Cornell sororities. The White Rose Formal takes brothers and our guests to some of the finest inns, wineries, and restaurants in the Finger Lakes.
Lambda Chi is active in intramurals, local sports leagues and clubs, and has many brothers involved in Cornell varsity and club athletics. At home, we enjoy the use of our own in-house gym, featuring a fully equipped weight room— one that we know met the approval of the founder of Cornell Barbell, a Lambda Chi.
As Cornell students, we learn to balance work and play. Many of our brothers are enrolled among the most challenging majors at Cornell, but find the time to devote to the chapter. As a Lambda Chi, you benefit from the advice and support of the brothers, and can take advantage of resources like our elegant first floor study lounge, the Learning Center, and our extensive alumni network, including many Cornell Lambda Chis who have accomplished great things in business, science, the arts, and public service.
As part of one of the largest fraternities in the world, Cornell Lambda Chis benefit from one of the largest alumni networks in the world, and the opportunity to apply for a host of scholarships and programs sponsored by the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation. Additionally, the Michael Helwig ’89 Memorial Scholarship is offered to a Lambda Chi brother or other who demonstrate “a great love for the outdoors or a true concern for his fellow man.”