The History of Triangle
April 15 is historic in the annals of Triangle Fraternity, the annual Founders Day. On that date in 1907, the band of 16 students constituting the Founders obtained incorporation papers from the State of Illinois. Before the incorporation papers could be applied for, however, there had to be some kind of organization. The Founders, all junior civil engineering students at the University of Illinois, for the most part, had known each other since they were freshmen. In the fall of 1906, four students-Stan Cutler, Milton McCoy, Meryl Morgan, and Emil Weber-started discussions about establishing a Civil Engineering club. As the group developed and added members over the next few months, they decided to become a fraternity with plans to rent a house and live together during their senior year, 1907-1908.
A large number of names had been suggested, but Transiters, Eads, Level, and Triangle seemed to meet with the most favor. Finally, it narrowed down to a choice between Eads and Triangle, and the latter won out. It was decided to call the Illinois Chapter “Eads” because even at that time, there was a vision of a fraternity which was to extend beyond the horizon of Illinois and take in all of the large engineering schools in the country.
The Objectives of Triangle
To help develop the highest standards of personal integrity and character;
To foster and provide an intellectual, mature environment for its members through individual and group effort and through the mutual companionship of men with similar professional interests and goals;
To foster and provide the broadening experience of fraternity living with its social and moral challenges and responsibilities for the individual and the chapter;
To recognize and support the objectives and goals of the alma mater and those of the community through responsible participation and action;
To help bridge the gap between undergraduate study and the vocation of the individual in industry, the academic world or government;
To foster and maintain a bond of fraternal brotherhood through a continuing program of activity for the alumni, and;
To bring into focus the elements of planned progress for the betterment of mankind.
Code of Ethics
All Triangle brothers hold themselves to a high moral standard and strive to be the best men they can in order to build a better world for tomorrow. Triangle’s Code of Ethics reflects our fraternities believes and values.
As a member of Triangle, I recognize my obligation to:
Observe the precepts of the Fraternity as set forth in the Ritual;
Accept cheerfully my full share of any task, however menial, involved in maintaining a chapter home;
Preserve and promote the chosen ideals of my Fraternity;
Pay all personal bills promptly, and always live within my means;
Help create in my chapter home an environment in which enduring friendships may be formed;
Maintain a creditable scholastic record;
Promote the welfare of my profession;
Maintain my self-respect by proper conduct at all times;
Uphold faithfully the traditions and program of my Alma Mater;
Pay the price of success in honest effort.