The history of Alpha Omega is inextricably tied to the history of Tau Upsilon, formerly the second graduate chapter in Washington, D.C. The revival of the Mardi Gras as a chapter fundraiser. The “Tau” in the name of the Housing Authority, Alpha Tau Alpha. The location of the Washington, D.C., fraternity house on Harvard Street. All of these things were strongly influenced by a chapter that Alpha Omega opposed and with which it had an estranged relationship for many years, then later entered into business with and ultimately merged with, creating a single, stronger graduate chapter in Washington, D.C. number of explanations have been offered for what caused the breach among brothers in Washington, D.C., that led a group of men to separate from Alpha Omega and petition the Grand Conclave for their own charter.
One of the reasons was the “questionable business deals” which Alpha Omega entered into in hosting the 31st Grand Conclave in Washington in 1945, according to a report on Alpha Omega prepared as part of a report on the Third District. The report, however, did not spell out the types of questionable business deals that led to the break. Henry Wesley (initiated in Alpha Chapter at Howard University in 1938) cited the questionable business practices and some other concerns that contributed to the break: Alpha Omega in the 1940s had a problem common in so many graduate chapters—the brothers who had been in the chapter for many years objected to sharing power with newer members of the chapter for many reasons. They were both older and wiser than their younger brothers, both chronologically and in fraternity years; they were established lawyers and doctors, principals, and college officials who would not take advice from Post Office workers, policemen, teachers, or men still in the early stages of their careers.