Many brothers and sisters got the opportunity to travel with the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams to the PAC-12 championship games and the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament. They flew up to Seattle for the women’s championship and bused out to Las Vegas for the men’s championship. When both teams advanced to the NCAA 64, groups flew to Austin, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio. Although it’s always stressful to miss school (especially since the trips were all right before or during final exams), everyone enjoyed traveling to cool locations, supporting our teams, and getting small manila envelopes full of per diem. Congratulations to the UCLA basketball teams and thanks for the trips!
Beta Pi hit another milestone in their candidate process last night by completing the ritual of the Second Degree. Congratulations to them and their new big sisters. After the ceremony, brothers and sisters had a blast at a heroes-and-villains-themed party.
Congratulations to our newest candidate class, Beta Pi, that just completed their First Degree! Actives, candidates, and guests went out to eat at Hokkaido Seafood buffet afterward. We stuffed ourselves on a delicious buffet that everything from sushi and dumplings to fried chicken and garlic toast (which was surprisingly good). Thanks to everyone who came and we’ll see you at Second Degree on February 23!
Saturday was the day where most of conference business took place, including workshops, service projects, and clinics. The theme for this year’s conference was superheroes. As such, many of the various workshops had a superhero theme to them. One notable workshop was “What’s Your Superpower?”, where attendees were led through a personality test and told how these personalities created different leadership styles. In addition to workshops, we were able to hear from alumni speaker Sarah Cox, who is an alumnus of Epsilon Kappa. During her presentation, she told us her various experiences at UCLA and how TBS helped turn her into who she is today. Finally, brothers and sisters participated in various service projects, including playing at a nursing home, doing maintenance around the music building, and teaching elementary school children about music.
Sunday kicked off with a separate ritual workshops, where each organization discussed various parts of the ritual to share thoughts on what the ritual means to us, and then a closing session. All of the attendees of the convention got together to sing both hymns, and everyone stayed for pictures and goodbyes before going their separate ways. Before leaving San Luis Obispo, all of the Psiek attendees went to get pizza at Woodstock’s Pizza. In addition, we all bonded over some very delicious ice cream from a place called Doc Bernstein’s. Finally, we all returned to UCLA, where we got our rest and prepared for the next week of class. Overall, DLC was an enriching experience. Each member of Psi and EK who went learned something valuable that we could take back to our chapters. We also got to hang out with a lot of cool brothers and sisters from around the district. We are currently looking forward to our next district event this year: WDC 2016 this April in Seattle!
Jordan Tinker, ΒΣ