Richard Cassidy ‘89: Giving back is the least I can do

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Richard Cassidy ‘89 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) remembers the day he decided to pledge to Skull House. “It was an awesome looking house with a great location. Location, Location. Plus, Skull House had a great reputation on campus.”  

“I played rugby for Penn State and several rugby players were already brothers in the house,” he added, “Brother Len Dore ‘86 who played rugby, ended up being my Big Brother in the house.” 

He says that it was the camaraderie of the brotherhood that set Skull House apart. “Everyone, from the freshmen to the 5th year seniors, all got along and did things together as a group.” 

He says one of his favorite memories was the night that he accepted his bid, and the night he became a brother. Other favorite memories: “My big brother as Santa. TOGA! Skullympics, Phi Psi 500 and so many other great times, too numerous to mention.” 

He says that the fraternity impacted his life long after graduation. “It gave me a reason to come back and stay connected to Penn State. Professional athletes miss the camaraderie of their team after they leave the sport. Once you leave Penn State, you always have your brothers and the house to make you feel part of something special.” 

Richard says that giving back is critical. “I had no money while in college. Student loans handled tuition, and summer jobs paid for housing. But there was nothing left after that, and if it wasn't for Skull House, I wouldn't have made it. Or if it wasn't for the house, I would have had a mediocre experience at Penn State. So, donating money back is the least I can do.” 

Without Phi Kappa Sigma, I wouldn't have as strong a tie to Penn State.