In 1982, after retiring from the practice of law, Rodney Phelps decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic. Although considering attending Palmer College, Rodney was referred to Texas College of Chiropractic by Dr. Elvin Blackwell of Dallas, Texas. Rodney began classes at TCC in the fall of 1982 and was elected to be the class president. At the time Rodney considered pledging Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Chi at TCC but could not due to time constraints.
In the spring of 1983, after TCC lost their accreditation, Rodney transferred to Life College and pledged the Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Chi. Because of his previous law career he was given the Brother name of “Perry Mason.” Rodney became frustrated with the class size (600 plus) at Life College and the struggle just to find a seat in class and decided to transfer to Parker College which at the time was located in an old church in downtown Irving, Texas.
Upon his arrival at Parker College, Rodney was offered a work-scholarship position as Assistant to the President, Dr. James W. “Sparky” Parker, who had pledged Delta Sigma Chi at Palmer and was given the Brother name Sparky because he was so short like a spark plug but very energetic.
Rodney and Dr. Parker discussed the idea of starting a chapter of Delta Sigma Chi at PCC. Dr. Parker agreed and Rodney sent the Charter pledge class consisting of five candidates of Mu Chapter to Davenport, Iowa over the Christmas Break 1984. Rodney stayed in Texas working as Parker’s “minimum wage attorney,” tasked with helping Parker College get their accreditation and could not get time away from his work scholarship obligations to take the pledge class to Davenport.
The five pledges went to Davenport in a compact pickup truck with an aluminum camper shell over the bed of the truck, taking turns who rode in the back (it was the dead of winter and needless to say, freezing cold). When they arrived in Iowa at Palmer College a Charter was issued and a very intense four day pledge process began.
The first Ritual of Mu Chapter Initiated Tim Benner, Walter “Andre the Giant” Parish, Bob “Ferret” Faber, James “Kegger” Kirklin and Gary Lloyd. There have been many successful pledge processes over the past 25 years and Brothers will fondly remember Trinity River Bottom.
The Resurrection Class, also known as “The Dallas Six” first became approached back in October of 2019, when Brother G.R.I.T. (Jamal Fruster) approached Brother B.E.A.R. (John Caruso), Brother Prometheus (Quan Nguyen), and Brother Axio (Alex DiFrancesco) with the possibility of resurrecting the Dallas Mu Chapter of The Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity. Those three men would bring the news of this back to the other half of the Dallas Six being Brother Oracle (Ricardo Flores), Brother Ethos (Zach Thompson), and Brother Benevolent (Blake Lunday). After a grueling interview process that took place over Zoom with Brother Patch Adam (Ankur Tayal) and Brother Mouth (Skylar Gemmar), the stage and the standard would be set for what the six potential brothers would have to achieve over the next 9 months in order to resurrect this chapter.
Brother Bridge (Dr. Zak Bloom) was the man who was tasked with being the pledge master over those 9 months. Every week Brother Bridge seemingly had another challenge for the six brothers, and each time telling them they had not dove deep enough… that there was still more to be discovered. He took them into his office in Lawton, Oklahoma and did what all Delts do… he showed them the passion for not only this profession, but for this fraternity that none of those six men had ever seen before. To say that they were inspired after leaving Oklahoma maybe the biggest understatement of the entire process. The time had finally come, they were off to the Fountain Head.
Brother Bridge, Brother G.R.I.T., Brother Locomotive (Jon Kuzichev), Brother Wonder (Johnny Finney) and all of Alpha Chapter pushed the 6 of these brothers further than they ever would have thought they could go. In a span of less than 24 hours, after being cut down to size by Brother Bridge and Locomotive, the six potentials became a unit. They became each other’s blind spots, their shields, the strength to push through whatever challenge lay waiting for them after every turn in that mansion.
We knew our Brother Benevolent (Blake Lunday) would keep things light for us, and be able to take everything in stride, to remind us that we were all going to be okay; the connective tissue to the unit. Or that our Brother Ethos (Zach Thompson) would relentlessly guard every brother’s back without ever hesitating or thinking twice about it; the heart of our unit. Or that Brother Prometheus would bring unparalleled discipline through both the good times and the bad; the strength of our unit. Or that Brother Oracle (Ricardo Flores) would be ready at any moment to say whatever need to be said; the knowledge/mind to the unit. Or that Brother B.E.A.R. would remind us all what is possible when you find that unshakeable Why… that Big Idea; the soul to the unit. Or what Brother Axio brought to the group, the one that makes it all “Go,” the vision to the unit. On August 1st, 2019, these six men would go onto guard and bring back The Sacred Trust of this Fraternity back to the great city of Dallas for the next generation of chiropractic students.