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MSU student brings back fraternity chapter after 20 years of inactivity

Daneyl Tackett, The TrailBlazer

Faith, family and his fraternity inspired Dallas Bruton to spend more time helping the community. 

The Morehead State chapter of Omega Psi Phi had been left empty for 20 years between 1998 and 2018, until it was brought back to attention by Dallas Bruton, a native of Lexington, KY. The fraternity remained at only one member until last Sunday when Aaron Turk was initiated. 

“I had reached out to a guy who was in the fraternity, and he had graduated in 1998. He was like, ‘No one has been interested in the fraternity for over 20 years,’” said Bruton.

Bruton was inspired to reignite Omega Psi Phi from the advice of his best friend’s father, who was in the fraternity, from Bruton’s time at Livingstone College in North Carolina and from family members who were also part of the fraternity.

Omega Psi Phi is a historically African American fraternity and is part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Bruton has officially been a member for one year on April 27, and has been acting as every officer position.

“It’s difficult at times because sometimes you just want to go play basketball at the rec then you’re like, ‘aw man, I got to go to a meeting’ or ‘I got to be here to represent’ and it’s a rough role,” said Bruton.

Bruton is a senior sports management major and a football player for MSU. After graduating in May of 2020, he said he plans to go to grad school to study marketing or communications.

“Wherever I live, whether it’s west, north, east or south, wherever that local grad chapter is, that’s where I’ll be,” said Bruton.

While running a fraternity alone was difficult for Bruton, he said seeing smiles on peoples’ faces who he helped through community service made it worth the struggle.

“It’s my faith, my family and my fraternity,” said Bruton.

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