Tri-Chapter Event: Dodger Game!


This past Spring, Zack Jones, a new active of the Beta Rho class, made history on May 9, 2014 when he hosted the first ever Tri-Chapter event with the Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, and the Brothers of the Sinfonia Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha. Zack arranged for members of all three chapters to attend a Dodger game together. Ready and eager to see the Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants, the Brothers and Sisters drove from Westwood to Chavez Ravine for an exciting night at the ballpark.

The Brothers and Sisters took in the game from the reserve level of Dodger Stadium, while enjoying ice cream and several Dodger dogs. Dressed in their letters as well as their Dodger and Giant apparel alike, Brothers and Sisters who’ve

New Active/Active Basketball Game 2014


Beta Xi’s quest for imperfection hit the courts of Saxon on a mild evening in Spring Quarter 2014. The new actives, Beta Rho, arrived with one goal in their minds, hearts, and nostrils: total domination of the old actives. The storylines were set, and basketball could begin.

The old actives trotted out to a standing ovation from the roaring crowd, and with the tip-off the game was underway. Nick “Is that David Brown?” Thompson scored the first three points of the game for the old actives, showing versatility with jump shots and drives. After a slow start, the new actives began to put in more effort. Behind “Marky” Mark Cunningham’s bruising post game and Nick “D-Nutz” DiNiro’s unorthodox jumper and even more unorthodox eating habits, the new actives began to get themselves back into the game.

The old actives decided to change things up by bringing in fresh legs. “Lil” Kim Liang and Noah “De” Moss came into the game, with everyone else questioning the decision to let them on the court. But Noah De “Moss” used his operatic ingenuity to the old active’s advantage. While tying his shoe, he effectively set a screen for the ball handler to break free of the stalwart defense, and for the old actives to push their lead back to 3. “Noah” DeMoss would later leave his last career game to chants of ‘MVP…MVP…MVP’ from the crowd.

With the score 29-26 and the Beta Rho class gaining on the old actives, the old actives grew desperate to make the right play to secure their victory. With all Beta Xi Brothers in, Noah DeMoss’ great defensive play set up the old actives to finish the game, but they still needed to work together to end the game and the grimacing losing streak of the Beta Xi class. After establishing a perimeter setup and several effective passes, the ball landed in the hands of the one and only Josh Daniel “The Admiral” Epport at the top of the key. “The Admiral” fires a shot that soars through the air for what seems like forever. Then, a resounding roar from the crowd boomed as the ball swishes through the net and the old actives storm the court.

The new actives got help from Herman “Get in my van” Lu, as he arrived late. He brought solid ball handling and defense to the new actives, but the old actives continued to put pressure on the new actives with good minutes from Tommy “The ARO” Reyes, Thomas “Freaking Tall” Lindblom, “Big” Mack Dimler, Derek “Chun” Wun, and Ben “Nick” Thompson.

All in all it was a hard fought game, but the new actives could never quite take the lead.

Final: Old Actives 30, Beta Rho 26.

Quest for imperfection: imperfect.

Beach House 2014

Brother Justin Hang dives in a game of Ultimate Frisbee, making his case for Sportscenter’s Top 10. The exhilarating contest was one of many intense and heart-racing moments that fueled the incredible weekend known as the one and only Beach House!

Here you are, riding in the back seat of Beach House guru Michelle Monroe’s sporty sedan. You haven’t been this excited for anything since your first day of band camp at UCLA, and now you’re just a few miles away from the weekend of your life. You’ve spent the past half hour singing along to the Beach House Music Mystery playlist, boasting such favorites as Ke$ha’s “Die Young” and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” You break out of your rock-star fantasy just in time to spot it in the distance. Your destination.

With duffel bag in tow, you take the initial walk-through of the house, and quickly realize that it’s far, far better than you could have imagined. There, on the first floor, is Party Central. A plush couch beckons your weary soul; a sturdy, colorful foosball table craves your attention; an indoor hot tub and sauna foreshadow hours of relaxing socialization. You climb the stairs to the second floor and encounter another large open space for gatherings, well-stocked with furniture. You drop off your belongings in a bunk-bedded room before meeting more brothers in the kitchen. They sit beside stacks of board games, and as you look over buildings of Dominion boxes (courtesy of Cameron Lundy) and Uno decks (courtesy of many), your heart beats just a little faster in anticipation. The third and final floor includes more large bedrooms and a state of the art telescope! Even more impressive, however, is the spectacular view of the beach from the third-floor deck. You lean over the deck railing, looking all the way to the left and all the way to the right, seeing no end to the shoreline. You hear the gentle crashing of waves within running distance. You smell the salty perfume permeating the coastal atmosphere. This, you think to yourself, is paradise.

You wake up the next morning, after an incredible night of fun and games. A rich pancake breakfast fuels you for the upcoming Prisonball game. You travel with your comrades on the short trip across the beach to the volleyball net. Beach House veteran Derek Wun ceremonially explains the rules of the game. Soon enough, you and your brothers are divided into two teams; Beta Xi and Beta Rho vs. Beta Omicron and Beta Pi. Your heart drops in intimidation at the sight of the stacked team on the other side of the court, but your confidence in your own team reinvigorates you. After several rounds of catches and misses, your team is lacking in manpower. You see many of your friends imprisoned on the sideline. Before you know it, the ball is literally in your court, in your hands. Your brothers (well, half of them) are counting on you. Do you go for the systematic takedown of the other team, or bolster your own team by releasing prisoners? All at once, you feel the stars align in the vast reaches of space. You take advantage of this opportune moment as you inhale sharply, let out a savage “PRISON BREAK!!”, and toss the volleyball over the net. You watch it sail through the air for a brief second, skimming by the sweaty palms of your panic-stricken opponents. As it touches down on the well-trodden sand, your jubilant teammates rush from the sidelines, cheering and ready to prove themselves in sport once more. Before long, your team emerges victorious in the most unlikely Prisonball comeback ever.

The rest of the weekend is filled with games, adventures, home-cooked food, puns, and bonding. You revel in Psi chapter traditions as old as time itself. Your sense of kinship in the brotherhood grows.

At long last, the weekend is over. Where does the time go? The ride back to UCLA is traffic-free and you get there in record time. As much as you love being at school, you can’t shake that soft, yearning feeling. You want to go back to Beach House. Alas, that will have to wait until next year. For now, you have memories and inside jokes to last for a good while. But more importantly, you have a group of brothers with whom you can have fun, feel included, and trust completely. And that will last you the rest of your life.

Psi Frat Party!

Photo Credit to Bill Greenwald

Photo Credit to Bill Greenwald

On Friday, April 18th, the brothers of the Psi chapter donned their most ridiculously stereotypical frat boy clothing—as this lovely picture of our swagged out President Cameron Lundy depicts—and partied it up on the roof of 747 Gayley. Complete with chips and flaming-hot salsa, an impressive variety of sodas, red Solo cups, water pong and survivor flip cup (with soda), a stunning view of Westwood, and of course, the wonderful Psi members themselves, our frat party put all other frat parties to shame. A huge thank-you to Brotherhood Relations Officer Michelle Monroe for organizing this awesome event!

The Encore: Winter 2014 Edition


Hello all! It is my great pleasure to announce that the newest edition of the Encore is here, hot off the presses! (Or, rather, the computer transistors…?)

Feast your eyes on words proclaiming the news and happenings about topics such as these:
Beta Rho’s candidate process!
Western District events from 2014!
Important current and past members!
Awesome service events!

… and so much more! So, for the low, low price of $FREE.95, why not read about your favorite musically-inclined chapter? You’ll be glad you did!

Beta Rho’s Third Degree

The past several weeks were filled with learning experiences and bonding as the Beta Rho candidate class proved themselves worthy of being called brothers. From visual video service events to cookie delivery fundraisers, from barrels of interviews to weekly educational meetings, from “Who are you?” to “OMG I LOVE MY BIG,” our freshest new members of Psi have already made deep impacts on our chapter.

At our Third Degree ceremony, we formalized Beta Rho’s official membership into our organization. However, we knew long before then that they were talented, zany, ambitious, motivated, and destined to make it through the candidate process with flying colors.

So here’s to you, Beta Rho. May your contributions to Psi be myriad and recognized, may your passion for music and dedication to service flourish, and may you be the kind of brothers we all strive for.

Psi and EK at Third Degree

Psi and EK at Third Degree

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Camping 2014


An amazing weekend getaway at Joshua Tree

This past May, Brothers and Sisters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma spent a fantastic weekend away in Joshua Tree National Park for some hiking, bonding and intense (“in tents”) camping! After months of planning by our awesome Directors of Brotherhood/Sisterhood Relations, Justin Sun and Teresa Urrutia, we were finally off to our many campsites. Following several hours of traffic (and car bonding), we all made it in time for some delicious hamburgers by the campfire. We were then split into teams and sleeping arrangements, some of which were a little less than ideal (three people in a two-person tent, five people in a three-person tent), but still fun.

We arose on Day 2 and some Brothers and Sisters were fortunate to rise bright and early to see the beautiful sunrise, while the rest of the group woke up just in time for a nice hike. It was a long and tough trail that led to some awesome views and great pictures, though we did get split up along the way (into groups which we referred to as alpha, beta… you get the picture). A good while after the delta group returned, we sent a small rescue group back onto the trail to find and bring water to the last group. Luckily, they all made it back safely. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the campsites, playing games and hanging out, with some Brosters heading out for a round two of hiking.

Later on in the evening, we enjoyed some yummy hot dogs, hamburgers, and s’mores while winding down around the warm campfire. Once it got dark, we gathered around closely to tell ghost stories about creepy eyelid-less murderers and Popobawa (look it up – it’s a fun story for the kids) before talking about what the Brotherhood/Sisterhood bond meant to each of us. It was a nice way to round out the night before going to sleep (with one eye open, of course). Finally, after a short breakfast the next morning and cleanup, we concluded a fun and successful B/S camping and headed back to UCLA. Thanks for all the memories, Justin and Teresa!

Get pumped for WDC LA!


Hey folks! This year’s Western District Convention is less than one month away, and the Psi/EK chapters at UCLA have been hard at work making sure it will be as fantastically fun-filled and productive as possible! Registration, convention schedule, and list of LA attractions are available on the official WDC LA website. We hope to see lots of brothers representing the Western District and beyond! Get pumped to Surf On Sound Waves!

Beta Rho’s First Degree

The Psi chapter would like to extend congratulations to all of our new candidates for this year! The Beta Rho class passed through our First Degree ceremony on January 25. Afterwards, we enjoyed a classy, delicious meal at Hokkaido Seafood Buffet. We feasted on all-you-can-eat sushi, crab legs, salmon, and other wonderful dishes. To top it all off, a chocolate fondue machine added a layer of decadence to our evening (and perhaps a layer of fat to our stomachs). We appreciate all the alumni and district visitors for coming out, and we hope to see more of you on February 22 for Second Degree!

Say hi to the Beta Rho class! Our Vice President, Charlie Hall, kneels in the foreground. Front Row: Robert Brusch, Eric Hernandez, Erick Corona, Mark Cunningham, Justin Hang, Bailee Murphy, April Johnson, Annie Cheng, Riley Scott Back Row: Herman Lu, Zack Jones, Joseph Yi, Zach Thoennes, Caitlin Thompson, Julia Karstens, Bill Greenwald, Erik Zepeda Not Pictured: Vinny Chou, Nick DiNiro, Jason Tom

Say hi to the Beta Rho class! Our Vice President, Charlie Hall, kneels in the foreground.
Front Row: Robert Brusch, Eric Hernandez, Erick Corona, Mark Cunningham, Justin Hang, Bailee Murphy, April Johnson, Annie Cheng, Riley Scott
Back Row: Herman Lu, Zack Jones, Joseph Yi, Zach Thoennes, Caitlin Thompson, Julia Karstens, Bill Greenwald, Erik Zepeda
Not Pictured: Vinny Chou, Nick DiNiro, Jason Tom