By Sara Acosta, ΒΦ
The Lion Line is a proud, dignified fixture within Psi composed of members that love deeply and drink only the freshest milk. The active members of the Lion Line are listed here, from oldest of the old, to youngest of the young:
A few clarifying points:
Where did the line name come from?
Like many humans, our line has a tendency to over-personify objects. We have collectively fallen in love with a small plush lion named King Kerfuffle, pictured here:
We pass this lovely beast down our line as new brothers join, adding small personal tokens to him. So far, King Kerfuffle wears a cape made by Sophia Inaba, holds a duct tape baton from Jade McVay, shows off a woven bruin bracelet from Sara Acosta, and wears a crown from Gus Billing.
What is with the line’s milk obsession?
We find it judgemental and rude for you to inquire about our milk habits.
Now that the details are more or less covered, I present to you the Lion Line!
Sara Acosta: ΒΦ, 4th year, Chemical Engineering, Alto Sax
As the matriarch of the Lion Line, Sara looks over her growing family and is proud of the terrible but wonderful children she has raised. Her big is Jade McVay, who taught her how to 8-clap like no other. Her littles are Gus Billing and Kylie Williams, the most terrible children of them all. After graduation, Sara is going to grad school for a Master’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering. Though her time at UCLA comes to an end, her relationship with 2% milk from Costco Wholesale carries on. She looks forward to drinking an ice-cold glass of lactose-free Fairlife chocolate milk on a humid summer day.
Gus Billing: ΒΧ, 3rd year, Aerospace Engineering, Horn
Gus is tall, enough so that you’d better think twice about challenging him to a friendly footrace. His big is Sara Acosta and his little is Matt Van de Mheen. He’s an aerospace engineering major and definitely knows how to build an entire plane using just popsicle sticks and marshmallow fluff. Gus is a wonderful brother who prioritizes service, but also enjoys the brotherhood and meeting new people. His milk of choice is 2%, lukewarm, and straight from the cow. You can’t get any more Americana than that!
Matt Van de Mheen: ΒΨ, 2nd year, Electrical Engineering, Alto Sax
Matt is often called “VDM”, which he begrudgingly responds to (though he prefers Matt). His big is Gus Billing and his little is Brian Acevedo. He chose to major in electrical engineering partly because he heard of a Twitch streamer who majored in EE. He plans to “do something” with his EE degree, which sounds ominous...but I choose to believe he’ll do something positively amazing like design energy grids for suburbs that conveniently blackout when you’re JUST GETTING YOUR JELL-O LAYER CAKE IN THE FRIDGE. Anyway, Matt loves hanging out with the alto section due to the sense of community he feels with them. He legally obtains his 2% milk from Ralph’s but waits for it to settle to lukewarm temperature before gulping it down. He would like our dear readers to know: buffalo milks contain 25% more protein than cow milks.
Kylie Williams: ΒΨ, 2nd year, Biochemistry, Tenor Sax
Kylie has a wonderfully radiant smile, which serves as either a beacon of joy to her loved ones or a threat to her enemies (which she has none of because she is amazing). Her big is Sara Acosta, her little is Lauren Sanchez, and she prides herself on Lion Line supremacy because “we’re so quirky”. Her favorite thing about band and Psi is the people! Kylie likes biology and chemistry and “really chose both” when picking a major. Maybe she will design a new type of extra viscous milk! After she visits the nearest cow farm (where the milk is freshest), she devours her chocolate almond milk frozen.
Brian Acevedo: ΒΩ, 2nd year, Physiological Science, BOOT
Brian is 6’4” (due to the online situation I cannot verify nor deny this information) and lives by the mantra: “Red school bad”. And honestly, reader, we agree that the red school is bad and if we spend too much time thinking about the red school we have to go take a calming milk bath. His big is Matt Van de Mheen. He is a physiological science major and is pre-optometry -- you don’t SEE someone like him every day! His favorite thing about the UCLA marching band and Psi is the super chill vibe and how friendly everyone is to each other. Brian is a man of prestige who drinks ORGANIC 2% milk. He travels far and wide to the milk stand at the LA county fair to obtain his milk, which he enjoys ice cold at home.
Lauren Sanchez: ΒΩ, 2nd year, Physiological Science, Flute
Lauren is a magnificently kind human being, though perhaps a few years hanging out with the Lion Line will change that (half joking!!). Her big is Kylie Williams. Lauren is studying physiological sciences because she wants to go into medicine and healthcare. Next time Petrissage decides to play broomball, it’s a good thing we’ll have Lauren around to identify the bones related to the various unavoidable injuries. Lauren enjoys the company of all the amazing people she has met in band and Psi. She gets her 2% milk from Target and enjoys it ice cold, maybe even right there in the Target aisle. P.S. I could not find an individual band photo of Lauren so enjoy her flawless eyeliner please!
Thus concludes the introduction of the Lion Line. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions at all please direct them to Gus Billing.