Welcome Back Deepher Dude


Brandon Joachim

Brothers of Alpha Chi Rho, sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon, and “Deepher Dude” winner, Erik Nelson.

Sydney Mckay

After a two year hiatus, Delta Phi Epsilon’s philanthropic event Deepher Dude has finally made it’s triumphant return. The event is held every fall to raise awareness and funds to support their national philanthropy; Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease which causes mucus build up in the lungs. People with Cystic Fibrosis experience breathing as if they were doing it through a straw. Currently, there is no cure for the disease.

Delta Phi Epsilon holds semesterly tabling events for their philanthropies, with one big event to cap it all off. This fall, they were able to hold Deepher Dude for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was run by Cystic Fibrosis chairs Jessica Avla and Amanda Bittner. It consisted of contests dressing up for three different categories; the formal round, costume round, and the ultimate Deepher Dude round. In between rounds, informational videos were played to raise awareness of what Cystic Fibrosis actually is.

Cystic Fibrosis chair Jessica Aster says she was pleased with the turnout for this year’s event. She says that “It was nice to see other Greek Organizations and fellow Pace Students come out to support and donate to CF.”

Since this was the first Deepher Dude in a while, Aster says that “I was nervous at first, but once I started talking on the microphone with my CF chair partner Amanda Bittner I felt very comfortable and had so much fun throughout the event.”

This year, junior IT major Erik Nelson was crowned Deepher Dude. He was honored to win this title and emphasized that “It was really great we were able to raise money for such a great cause and have fun while doing it. There is nothing greater than people coming together over one goal.”

At the end of Cystic Fibrosis week, Delta Phi Epsilon was able to raise over 1,000 dollars to donate to the philanthropy. They will be holding another event in the spring called 65 Roses.