Beach House 2016

 

1 house. 3 days. 62 brothers. That’s right, we’re talking about BEACH HOUSE 2016!

For starters, the weekend wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing Psi chapter alum Jason Barbato! It was a joy and a pleasure getting to know him, and we can’t thank him enough for taking the time to hang with a bunch of college kids for the weekend.

After months of planning and anticipation, we arrived at our house to find it… crawling with ants! Fortunately, it was nothing a little Raid couldn’t fix, and the rest of the weekend went off without a hitch.

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Brothers signed up in advance for chores, volunteering to clean, do dishes, or most importantly…. cook the feasts. And yes, they were FEASTS. Breakfasts included scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, and cereals. For lunch, we made a variety of sandwiches, and dinner consisted of top-notch burritos, complete with Mexican rices, black beans, ground beef, chicken, veggies, cheese, and — wait for it — HOMEMADE GUAC. Ghirardelli brownies and chocolate chip cookies were the necessary cherries on top.

Sports and board games dominated the weekend. Brothers played volleyball and prison break at the volleyball nets, threw frisbees, footballs, and baseballs, and brought out every card game known to man. The result was a relaxing, fun filled weekend of bonding and brotherhood.

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After the traditional, late-night question game on Saturday night, we ventured outside to sing the fraternity hymn by the ocean. This is always a special moment, as we sing it quietly enough to hear the sound of the waves in the background. Following this, a brave group of brothers ran out into the water for a short, cold swim.

Leaving the beach to go back to school was a downer, but the memories will be with us for much longer. Til next year, Oxnard! And thanks again to our brother and good friend Jason for “chaperoning” Beach House 2016.

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AEA,
Christina Martin, ΒΣ
2015-2016 Brotherhood Relations Officer

Psi Goes Rollerblading

 

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One of my favorite brotherhood bonding events this past Winter quarter was going Rollerblading in Northridge. The real standout of the afternoon was Director of Band Activities and Drum Major,  Mark Cunningham. He was able to skate backwards through the crowds of people at top speed. Some of the Brothers were not as skilled as Mark when it came to rollerblading; but everyone was able to have a fun day at Skateland. At the end of the afternoon, an anonymous Brother requested the famous ABBA song, “Dancing Queen” and dedicated it to none other than Mark. He truly was the rollerblading queen, young and sweet, that day. Towards the middle of the day, Skateland also put on a fun game for everyone, where rollerbladers had to race to pick up paper plates off of the rink. I made it to the final four of the game, where we had to race to pick up only one paper plate. However, I let a little kid win in my place. Afterwards, some of the Brothers met up for Blockheads as a special treat after all that skating. It was all-in-all a wonderful day to bond with Brothers!AEA,
Lily Krol, BΣ

Tri-Chapter Event: Dodger Game!

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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

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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, approved 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!