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Fraternity members use their heads to support ill brother

By Caitlin Holbrook '11 on February 11, 2011

Despite recent low temperatures and winter storms, 40 members of Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt) can be spotted around campus these days sporting freshly shaved heads.

Motivated by their brother Victor Krivitski ’12’s recent diagnosis with a rare form of cancer, the Phi Delts decided to brave the cold and shave their heads “to show Vic that we were standing with him and further demonstrate that one man is no man,” said fraternity president Andrew Wylie ’12.

“After a few brothers had shaved their heads, people began realizing what an incredible show of solidarity it would be to grow the movement. When brothers were given the choice to hold on to their luscious locks or support their brother, we didn’t have to think twice,” said Wylie.


A geology major, rugby player, member of the Colgate Geological Society, WRCU radio host, and recruitment chair of Phi Delt, Krivitski was diagnosed with a mediastinal germ cell tumor in December. He has since started a three-month regimen of aggressive chemotherapy, which will be followed by chest surgery.

During winter break, friends and alumni regularly kept Krivitski’s hospital room crowded, including William Baker ’70, who offered Krivitski and his parents the guest suite of his New York City apartment so that they wouldn’t have to commute back and forth for treatments. Baker is vice chairman of the New York Zeta Fund of Phi Delta Theta Foundation.

According to men’s rugby captain Mike Danahy ’11, the support shown to Krivitski is “as much a testament to Victor’s remarkable character as it is to the character of his friends and the Colgate community.”

The rugby team recently hosted a fundraiser for Krivitski called Victorpalooza.

“It seemed like a good way to pool our funds and our support to make a more unified gesture to Vic and his family that the Colgate community is thinking of him, misses his presence, and is eager to help,” said Danahy. More than $1,200 was raised, and a number of photos and a video will be sent to the family.

Both the rugby team and fraternity are planning further events this spring.

“Even in his absence, we want him to know that he is always held closely in our thoughts,” Wylie said.


  • Pete Fay said:

    This is great example of both the complete education Cogate provides and the importance of brotherhood (and sisterhood) You made my day. I’ll keep Victor in my prayers.
    Pete Fay ’67 Phi Delta Theta

  • Lauretta Farrell '84 said:

    Way to go, guys! I, too, shaved my head last week, to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer. I did this to honor my friend’s 10-year old son, David Heard, who was bravely fighting a relapse of neuroblastoma. Sadly, David lost his battle just two days later. I am proud to have shaved my head, even in the midts of the cold winter, to raise awareness of pediatric cancer, and to honor a life cut far too short. To read about David and his legacy, go to http://www.mcall.com/news/local/easton/mc-easton-david-heard-20110211,0,2875596.story