The Theta Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota hosted the 61st annual, Halsey Invitational Volley Ball & Basketball Tournament, held February 9, 2019. Registrations totaled approximately 200. Keeping with tradition, the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter fielded a recreational volley ball team.
Several matches were played over the course of the late morning and early afternoon at the Whitney Recreation Center. There were some good wins and some heartbreaking losses, but in the end everyone had fun even though no trophies were brought back to Des Moines.
The weekend’s weather was mostly cold and snowy. Many attendees started the weekend on Thursday with a pre-party at Adam and Sasha’s house. But a snow storm caused many travel headaches. By Friday roads were much improved (though not perfect) for the travel all the way North to Saint Cloud.
The Courtyard Marriott was nice accommodations, with many rooms being 2-room-suites. Located in a downtown area, many bars and restaurants were within 1 or 2 blocks (a necessity since it was very cold and snowy).
Friday night activities including registration, picking up swag (mugs and flannel shirts), a painting/canvas event, and games.
The banquet, Saturday night, featured a long program and was MC’d by North Central RVP, Mark Dorn. Drake University won the travel award and several other awards were presented in addition to the Helmets for years of service to the fraternity.
The banquet food received mostly good remarks, but was overshadowed by the fun dessert of make-your-own S’mores and the fun, Northern lights decorations. Many attendees attended a dance after the banquet and a late night trip to MC’s Dugout Bar & Grill for drinks.
The 4 attendees from central Iowa and many more DSM-CIA Chapter of DSP members, friends, and former members had a great time. Thank you Theta Tau!
It was announced at the banquet that the 62nd annual tournament will be in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2020.