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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A fraternity suspended for 8 years after some members were involved in a drug ring, has now returned to the University of Iowa campus.

The Iowa chapter of Delta Upsilon initiated 58 new members Saturday, following the 2007 arrests and charges of four members for dealing drugs from the fraternity house.

"Just a group of motivated guys," said sophomore Dylan Whittemore. "I'm hoping we can show the campus that we're back in a brighter light. We're nothing like we were back in 2007, obviously we all didn't go to school here. So we're just trying to bring a new image back for Delta upsilon here at the University of Iowa."

It's been 90 years since the Iowa chapter of Delta Upsilon was originally established on campus, and with 58 motivated guys they're wanting to change their chapter's culture.

Following a December 2007 drug ring, an investigation found several drug items being sold from the Delta Upsilon fraternity house - leaving four of their members arrested and charged and the fraternity kicked off campus.

"It was kind of a process. At first we were a colony for a while, we had to meet some standard requirements outlined by the university and our headquarters," said UI junior Carter Cranberg.

The fraternity returned in the fall 2012 as a colony to help restart the chapter.

Members have since established service projects and many other things to show they are the new delta upsilon - upholding their principles of friendship, character, culture and justice.

"We're open to kind of bring that to the Greek community so everything's open, no secrets, nothing to hide, just plain sight for everybody to see," said Carter.

UI's Associate VP and Dean of Students, Dr. Davis Grady says he is confident Delta Upsilon will add a strong, vibrant culture to the campus community.

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