There is no fraternal brotherhood quite like Omega Mu at the University of Maine, and there is no fraternity house that is as bracingly beautiful as ours. We are proud of the beauty of The Castle and our fraternal excellence. We aim high. And I believe that it is safe to say that the stars seem to align fairly regularly throughout our combined Q.T.V. - Fiji fraternal history for good things to happen socially, academically, and athletically. Just as it took teamwork, commitment, and consummate skill to plan and construct the architectural charm of our house on College Ave, our brothers have achieved tremendous success in the aforementioned because of their determination, commitment, character, and a desire to win. Success in anything is grounded in the grace of individual and team discipline, and our Omega Mu athletes have exemplified that level of unswerving workmanship and zeal for success throughout our fraternal history. The sacrifice of time was worth the effort for them and the student at the University of Maine who watched them play. They created many warm memories through all the years. It is a heady athletic legacy that started within a few ears of the founding of the University of Maine on 1865. For the eminence of their athletic success; and, above all, for being our Omega Mu brothers, we are all proud.
So we must remember these QTV and Omega Mu brothers with fraternal amplitude because these brothers, with sound unflinching desire and instinct, are part of the heritage of athletic excellence at the University of Maine. With consummate skill and attentiveness, they understood that being on an athletic team, like our fraternal life in The Castle, was a communal responsibility in acting in concert with their teammates to achieve success. The key points to note for each of these brothers was their willingness to join, to belong, and to work with genuine commitment in order to deepen their individual athletic skills in order to achieve team success. These brothers understood that the basis of any action in athletics was to deepen the collective root of work in the fun and creative expression of participating in varsity athletics, as well as in their Omega Mu fraternity life. And this is what is meant by community, fraternally and athletically, because the tonal and rhythmical patterns of successful engagement are the same for both, and this is as it should be because “Men of character are the conscience of society to which they belong.” Their considerable accomplishments claim our fraternal attention and respect, and they show us something fundamental about character and life. Therefore, in the linked soul and spirit of our long fraternal history, we gratefully remember and celebrate our QTV and Omega Mu brothers who participated on many varsity athletic teams at the University of Maine. Our scorecard is deep, and this is our proud cheer: Gimme an O, gimme an M, gimme an E, gimme a G, gimme an A, and so on. Then Omega Mu Fiji athletes! Omega Mu Fiji athletes! Omega Mu Fiji athletes! We are proud of all of our Omega Mu Fiji athlete brothers’.
The sheer numbers of brothers is an unalloyed triumph for the University of Maine and a testimony to the fraternal solidarity of our heart and soul for the good of the university since. It has been a splendid success for both, and that is good aesthetic order and historical consonance. That is Omega Mu, eminent and respectable. The inspiring evidence of our fraternal presence at the University of Maine will continue for the next 120 because the tradition of living a good life in communion with our brothers in The Castle, with the attendant fraternal responsibilities, grounding, fundamental decencies, joyous activities, participating on athletic teams, and then humbly pursuing our chosen academic passions, boldly and meticulously, is what being an Omen Mu brother is all about. And that is the beauty and pleasure of the life and life style of our brotherhood, the fraternal interconnectedness, that started in 1874. It is not imaginative speculation to assert that it will most assuredly continue for another 120 years, fraternally warm and historically grounded, and forever hopeful as young men continue to come through the single doorway of The Castle wishing to experience the uncommonly deep fostering good of our historically rich brotherhood that has fostered committed service to the University of Maine and each other from the very the very start in 1874. Regardless of the perceptions and wild imaginations and limited perspective of many naysayers of fraternity life, everything about our unified fraternal life in Omega Mu is compatible with the disciplined, interdependent expectations within society, convincingly so, period. What we have accomplished is of enduring human value for University of Maine, our brotherhood, and the integrity of The Castle.
And on we go, Omega Mu brothers, ready to move into the next 120 years of our fraternal life at 79 College Avenue, Orono, Maine, with clarity of meaning, purpose, and allegiance. I do believe that Thoreau said it best: “What a difference, whether in all your walks, you meet only strangers, or in one house is one who knows you, and whom you know. To have a brother…How rare these things are.” We are a great fraternal team.
“I'll say this, nothing is more important than family. We are brothers.” (Bill Soloby)
Chip Chapman "82
Omega Mu Athlete pictorial