Volume XVI - Issue II - Winter 2021
With more daylight and warm sunshine ahead, I want to wish you all a very happy spring! Our Chapter has had an exciting winter quarter, which I hope you'll read more about in the below articles. Speaking of "exciting" happenings: You may have followed our men's basketball team as they wrapped up a historic season with an insanely close game against Gonzaga in the Final Four. I can't miss the opportunity to give a shoutout to our Bruin athletes, who fought tooth and nail in a wide variety of sports this winter. Makes me proud to be a part of our UCLA community!
Many of you know that we have also spent this quarter welcoming Beta Omega, the newest class of candidates. Huge thank you to all of you who have come to degrees, interviewed with candidates, or made an effort to meet the new members of your Psi family. Your involvement has not gone unnoticed. If you want to catch the final degree ceremony, join us in celebrating the end of this candidate season at Third Degree on Sun. April 11th at 5pm PST over Zoom.
This quarter has also marked a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a year that has changed all of our lives for good. For current Bruins and recent graduates, it also marks a year since we began online learning. Despite the challenges and insurmountable tragedy we have collectively faced, Psi has continued to serve and connect with our communities in ways both big and small. Over the last 10 weeks, Brothers put on wonderful events like service through a recycling fundraiser, band banquet (during winter quarter!) to wrap up marching season, virtual State Days hosted by our Bruin Brothers and Sisters, and more! This edition of the Encore goes into detail about these events, highlighting the creativity and resilience of our Psi community during this time.
Hopefully -- with vaccines on the rise, and COVID cases on the decline -- we can help each other foster and rediscover a sense of hope that we will return to (some) normalcy soon.
Happy reading, everyone, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Carrie Appel, BX
Alumni Relations Officer 2020-21