The BYU fraternity “Collegiate Development Union” was popularly known as “Chicks Dig Us” to its members before it was phased out in the 1980s with other fraternities.
Once integral parts of campus social life, the fraternities threw parties for Saint Patrick’s day and other holidays, drew crowds with live bands and went on group trips, but have since slowly faded into the dust of the school’s records.
The alumni that was once part of CDU are reuniting on Oct. 9 in Provo. During the 2012 homecoming, CDU threw a party that featured 80s cover band The Spazmatics and drew a large crowd of alumni as well as “the next gen,” as members described. The group got together on scooters and rode in the homecoming parade wearing fezzes.
This year’s CDU party is not just offered to the alumni of this social club, but to others such as Samuel Hall, Sportswomen, PDG, Kappa Kappa Gamma and more that were widely popular during this time period.
The event will take place during homecoming weekend and will feature a party in the Provo Library Ballroom along with participation in the BYU homecoming parade. Many of the alumni will be going to the football game as well.
“I expect this even to be a bunch of 50-year-old guys gyrating with gusto with a bunch of 50-year-old women and their kids,” BYU alumnus Randall Bell said. “A lot of the time there are more kids than alumni and there is not a generation gap.”
Registration is required for anyone who wants to be a part of this BYU tradition. The CDU Facebook page has more information on the different activities offered.