The Delta Epsilon Chapter at Cleveland State University was founded as Beta Beta Alpha in 1932, then later chartered the National Fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon on May 9, 1953.
On October 6, 1932, 13 students of the business school of Fenn College of Business met in the Johnson Building of the Downtown Cleveland YMCA to create a social fraternity. Together they chose the name Beta Beta Alpha from their degree designation, Bachelors of Business Administration. These men believed that there was more than a degree to be gained from college. Their purpose was to "promote scholarship; bring about greater friendship among the students; and to sponsor such social functions as it thinks will be of a benefit to the fraternity and to the school.
In October 1933, BBA was recognized by the IFC (InterFraternity Council).
Early in October 1936, the fraternity opened the social season of the school year with its Harvest Prom. This dance, held at Wade Park Manor and attended by over 125 couples, was unique in that it was the first open dance ever given by a fraternity. Harvest Ball continues today during the Fall semester.