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TAU EPSILON PHI
Delta Chapter - Cornell University

TEP-200.jpg (13337 bytes)I attended Cornell University from 1975-1979.  The highlight of my tenure was my membership at my fraternity, Delta Chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi.

Unlike most students, I did not rush a fraternity my freshman year, but instead deferred that process until I was a sophomore.  During my sophomore year, I took my small, but critical, Regents Scholarship check and, instead of putting it toward my tuition, bought a guitar at an Ithaca music shop.  It was a Yamaha FG-160 acoustic six-string.  I began (some say I never progressed beyond that point) to learn to play, and began writing songs.  Although most of what I wrote were serious ballads, I soon found that the more popular numbers were parodies of commercial songs with lyrics I re-wrote to fit the occasion.

Two events highlighted my senior year.  First, I succeeded in obtaining The Ultimate Fraternity Room (or so it was to that point perceived).  Then, I chose as the subject of my term project for an English seminar a profile of our fraternity's beloved, fatherly cook, Mr. Frank Seider, whom we particularly appreciated after surviving his culinary predecessors.  I wrote a long essay and took lots of photographs.  The last night of the semester, we honored Frank at dinner.  I showed slides of the pictures I had taken, annotating them with excerpts from my essay.  At the end, my junior year roommate Ricky Rosenberg and I sang a song of thanks I had written about Frank.  (I recorded the performance on a low-end tape recorder, which can be heard by pressing the button below.)

FRANK SEIDER - Copyright 1979 Lawrence Savell  - Play MP3

There's a guy whose name is Frank
From our stomachs, him we thank
Frank Seider
Ooh-wah-ooh
Frank Seider.

He's the best cook we had at TEP
The guy before him was inept
Frank Seider
Ooh-wah-ooh
Frank Seider.

His pot pies are the best
He can handle a chicken breast
His stew is such a dish
He can make us eat the fish
He's O.K.

Now the year is at an end
And it's time for junk food again
Frank Seider
Ooh-wah-ooh
Frank Seider.

So we say goodbye for now
We miss him like someone does a brow*
Frank Seider
Ooh-wah-ooh
Frank Seider.

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*An unfortunate reference to a member of the TEP Brotherhood who unfortunately lacked a portion of his eyebrow (in contrast to my own, which unfortunately merge above my nose).

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