|Elder Watson Diggs|
On college campuses, the problem was no different. Fraternity members that lived within active chapter houses could not pay their rent.
The Alpha Chapter is a good example. While it looked good, fixed and fully furnished, occupants had not paid rent in over two years.
I can only imagine the challenges everyone faced during this tough time in our history. As a leader, how does one maintain an organization when everyone seems to be suffering? The Grand Chapter, while trying to determine the status of its chapters, found communicating with Province and Chapter Polemarchs difficult because individuals wouldn't respond.
At the local level, morale had sunk so low that some chapters, like Wilberforce Alumni, talked about divorcing the Grand Chapter. The frustration and confusion among members resulted in a loss of confidence in the Fraternity's ability to recover.
In response to the growing problems, the Grand Polemarch, Jesse Jerome Peters, instituted a rehabilitation program dedicated to stressing the basic principles of the Fraternity. Using a quote from Elder Watson Diggs, "A Kappaman must be good; upright, moral and manly," Peters wanted to stress that these characteristics were only given to those members who practiced them. This meant aligning oneself idealistically and financially. Without both, the Fraternity could not survive.