Van Bokkelen Hall
Outside view of Van Bokkelen Hall atTowson University
Backstory and Context
Greek Life and Van Bokkelen Hall
In 1975, 3 black Greek Life organizations at Towson, Iota Phi Theta, Delta Sigma Theta, and Non Phi Non, used Van Bokkelen auditorium to meet and discuss ways to bring awareness to campus on issues affecting black students. During this time, Iota Phi Theta was the first and only black fraternity at Towson.
During this week, Iota Phi Theta planned the third Annual Iota Week. This week of activities included different things like an "Orientation Rap Session” and a picnic. The purpose of this week was to have people get to know the fraternity. The goal of the meeting that took place was to come up with ways to help fix the attrition rate of black students generally and the black male particularly. While they were not listed anywhere as being active in any movements, this shows the start of how they wanted to work to fix issues affecting black students such as racism.
Another organization, Delta Sigma Theta, had its new members meet to discuss service projects for Towson and the Baltimore Area. One project was created to improve the self image of children in the community. They also plan to aid the Black Student Unions tutorial program. The goal of this organization was to contribute to the educational experiences at Towson.
(Page 3, Towerlight, September 5, 1975)
"Black fraternal groups expanding at Towson", The Towerlight [Towson, MD] 25 September, 1975, p. 3.