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My Ode To The Deltas


They say endless unsolicited ridicule and unprompted shade on a popular blog is the sincerest form of flattery. Who exactly is “they,” and when did “they” say that? Don’t worry. Doesn’t matter. What does matter is that “they” said it, and that “they” perfectly encapsulates my feelings about the women of Delta Sigma Theta.

Those familiar with VSB know that I enjoy taking potshots at Deltas. Sometimes it’ll be silly. Sometimes it’ll be about sex. Sometimes it’ll be about standards. Sometimes it’ll even be about the elephant in the room. Which, for Deltas, is often literally a dozen elephants in every room.

And each time it occurs, a very sad Delta will comment; fighting back tears and elephant hair while wondering what I have against her sisters. “Why do you hate us so?” she’ll type on her iPad, pausing for 30 seconds after each sentence just so she can admire her Babar and the Adventures of Badou screensaver. “What did the women of this magnificently brilliant and gloriously sublime sisterhood ever do to you?”

Sometimes I’ll reply with snark. Sometimes I won’t reply at all. But never do I reply with the actual truth: “Everything.”

Perhaps it’s just coincidence. Maybe it’s providence. Who knows? I do know, though, that Delta women have played a very instrumental role in my adult life. In fact, if I were to list the 10 or so women outside of my family who’ve made the biggest positive impact on me, (at least) four or five would be Deltas.

The shade started a few years ago as a subtle shout-out, a wink to the Delta women I knew who were fans of VSB. And, although the jokes would, um, “evolve,” the intent remained the same.

Why snark and shade instead of just a shout-out? Well, I’ve always admired people who can laugh at themselves. In fact, when it comes to friendships, I just don’t have much use in my life for people who can’t. And, one of the reasons why I value the relationships with these Deltas so much is that the ones I know all seem to possess that quality. The nature of the shout-outs are just an acknowledgement of that fact.

Perhaps that — the Delta women I know all seem to be able to laugh at themselves — is also a coincidence. I doubt it, though. Anyone who’d adopt an elephant as their icon obviously doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

Anyway, today seems to be some sort of anniversary or something for them. They apparently are very happy about this. Who exactly is “they,” you ask? Well, they have been called many things on this blog. But beneath all of that, one thing remains true. “They” are “my friends.”

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at Or don't. Whatever.

  • Kozy

    If there was a way to upvtoe this entire post, I would.

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  • Rx Fitness Lady

    Thank you for the love!

  • pls

    loool i always wondered about this.

    happy founders day to dst ladies!

  • Thanks, sir! :)

  • GemmieBoo

    awww i love it!! thanks Champikins :)

    and Happy Founders Day to my sorors!!! Oo-oop!

  • Val

    Awww, nice post, Champ.

    • Sahel

      Do you stay anywhere near McDill

  • ForeverCC

    and we love you back. :)

  • cilgen

    Happy Founders’ Day, VSS Sorors! This is one Delta who absolutely can laugh at herself. :- ) Thank you sincerely, Champ, for a really lovely post. It brightened a pretty awful day.

  • Marty McHamp

    I’m going to need some of you Deltas to spell your sorority’s founding
    anniversary day correctly. It’s Happy Founders’ Day. Not, Happy Founder’s Day or Founders Day.
    You have twenty two founders, so it is a plural possessive noun.

    *runs for the hills*

    Happy Founders’ Day!!

    • curiousGAJ

      LOL…my man went ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ on a whole sorority. Yeah, you might need a hero right about now.

      “That’s what’s happening.” (!!!)

  • MsSula

    I always often say that if I had pledged I would have pledged Delta. Some of my best friends on earth are Delta ladies, so I have a special place in my heart from them. Plus my national team is The Elephants and it’s also the symbol of my dear beloved country… So Happy Founders’ day to all VSDeltas! ;)

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