Chi Delta seeks official recognition

Members of Chi Delta Omicron Jason Purvis, Luis Mendez, Louie Juarez, Jason Walker, Phillip Faulding, Chuck Chastain, Damion Silva, Shawn Bailey, Henry Ellison and Ron Rios, gather in Oaks D-Bottom for their weekly Tuesday meeting. / photo by Jen Newman
Members of Chi Delta Omicron Jason Purvis, Luis Mendez, Louie Juarez, Jason Walker, Phillip Faulding, Chuck Chastain, Damion Silva, Shawn Bailey, Henry Ellison and Ron Rios, gather in Oaks D-Bottom for their weekly Tuesday meeting. / photo by Jen Newman

by Christian A. Lopez
Staff Writer

Last spring, Chi Delta Omicron was an idea in the works. This fall it has been recognized as a campus organization at the University of La Verne, and if things go as planned, by next spring it will be officially recognized as a fraternity in the Greek community.

The idea to form Chi Delta Omicron was initiated by a few students last semester, who wanted to give other options to students when choosing a campus club to join.

“We started it because there wasn’t enough choices on campus,” said president Falone Serna.

Serna, a junior, along with seniors Luis Juarez, Damion Silva, Jonathan Johnson, and sophomores Brandon Pollard and Shawn Bailey, began to make their idea happen, setting up the groundwork to help bring Chi Delta Omicron into existence. They talked to campus activity coordinator Michael Houdyshell, who advised them what direction they should take, selected Mark Potocki as their faculty adviser to help them get there, and selected their offices to get the job done.

“We’re going to make sure we do everything we plan to do,” stressed Potocki on the clubs future.

One of Chi Delta Omicron’s plans is to have a strong involvement in philanthropic activities as a fraternity. Project Sister, a group that helps rape victims cope with their pains, is one of the organizations that club members will work with. It will also assist local elementary schools, and contribute its time in setting up shelters that will help feed the homeless for the holidays. According to Serna, Chi Delta Omicron is concentrating on building themselves up this semester, but come next fall, he says ULV can expect a lot more from the organization.

To help promote themselves and raise some money, Chi Delta Omicron hosted its inaugural Homecoming Party at Michaelangelos on Oct. 14. The event gave students an event they could attend, on what was the last day of Homecoming week.

People hung out, enjoyed a few drinks, and danced the night away to celebrate the occasion. The night was topped off with a special guest performance by Warner Brother’s recording artist RPM 2000, who entertained with their Rhythm and Blues melodies.

“Hopefully we can keep making this an annual thing,” said Serna on the night’s event.

Chi Delta Omicron hopes that its acknowledgement as a fraternity is not viewed as a threat to other fraternities in the Greek community, but rather a source to bring interest back into the system.

Chi Delta Omicron is opened to all people interested in joining. “If they’re interested and meet our standards, we will be interested in pledging them,” said Falone.

Some qualifications needed are a good academic record, responsibility, and a good character.

If interested in being part of Chi Delta Omicron, one can email them at chi_town345@hotmail.com.

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