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Student attempts to bring new fraternity to campus

first_imgFor the past five years, several USC students have tried to generate interest in a fraternity for gay men, yet their attempts have failed because of  a lack of publicity.This year, however, Nick Powers, a sophomore majoring in East Asian rea studies who identifies himself as gay, and Vincent Vigil, director of the LGBT student resource center, are hoping to produce more publicity to gain support for a renewed effort for a gay fraternity.Powers hopes to create a chapter of either Delta Lambda Phi, a national social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men, Sigma Phi Beta, a fraternity for gay, straight, bisexual and transgender men or Delta Lambda Psi, a co-ed fraternity that aims to connect LGBT students to the surrounding community.Delta Lambda Phi is the largest and oldest of the gay fraternities. Its slogan is, “Founded by gay men for all men.” Though Powers said he hopes to create a chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, the steps required might pose too much of a challenge.“The problem with [Delta Lambda Phi] is it’s the most difficult to get a chapter because the requirements are so strict,” Powers said. “You have to have at least 10 founding fathers, set up bank account, get a mailing address — it might be a little too much for us to accomplish.”Sigma Phi Beta, whose primary goal is to teach queer men about leadership and confidence, is also a potential option but does not have as strict requirements for membership as Delta Lambda Phi. Moreover, it’s a community fraternity, meaning it’s open to those who aren’t students at USC.“All Sigma Phi Beta sent us was a sign-up sheet for the interest group,” Powers said. “It could be one person, five people, however many.”Powers feels as if pursuing a smaller fraternity such as Sigma Phi Beta or Delta Lambda Psi, which only has one chapter at UC Santa Cruz and has no colonization requirements, will be more productive in the progression toward creating a gay fraternity at USC.Powers said that because interest is currently low, they do not want to limit the fraternity to only LGBT members.“There’s only three people in our group so far, so we’re a bit inexperienced,” Powers said. “We’re not getting a lot of interest, so we don’t necessarily need a frat just for gay people.”Powers’ goal is to choose one of the three fraternities by spring break and have the application process completed by August.“We really want to have it soon, and we think that’s possible with Sigma Phi Beta,” Powers said. “Delta Lambda Phi just wouldn’t be possible right now.”If Powers were to start a new fraternity at USC, he and the founding members would have to decide which fraternity council — Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council or Professional Fraternity Council ­— their chapter would classify under.Powers said Sigma Phi Beta recommends its chapters join the Interfraternity Council at the school immediately, while Delta Lambda Phi leaves the decision up to each chapter. Delta Lambda Psi has not specified which council it prefers its chapters to join.Patrick Lauer, IFC president, said the councils have different requirement for new chapters.“Each council has its own expansion process,” Lauer said. “IFC has a bunch of requirements that have to do with chapter advisories, alumni support and a bunch of other factors.”Powers and Vigil are both working to publicize the possible enactment of a new chapter in order to prevent failure this time around.“Three years ago, California State University, Long Beach came to USC to talk to students about starting [Delta Lambda Phi]. It has always been talked about, but there has been no drive or momentum to finish it,” Vigil said. “This year, the students have been very consistent about meeting and trying to recruit. They’re putting more energy into it.”Vigil said he will serve as a guide to Powers and the other students involved by researching the different LGBT-related fraternities and talking to chapters at other schools.“I’m trying to recruit four to five students as a core group every other week as well as information sessions, reserving venues and trying to get the word out,” Vigil said.Powers said the previous attempts to form a gay fraternity were unsuccessful because people were not actively communicating with each other.“When we really started last spring, what failed was no one really knew how to organize the group and do this on our own,” Powers said. “We started to realize what’s really important now is to check up on each other every week to keep up to date with progress.”Powers said he feels the obstacles in bringing a gay fraternity to campus are worth it.“Personally, before college, I was turned off by the Greek community, but when I saw what it really was, I wanted to be a part of it,” Powers said.He hopes the creation of a gay fraternity, regardless of which of the three it is, will help to break down stereotypes and build a bridge between the LGBT community and the community at large.last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Padres’ offer for Noah Syndergaard includes multiple major-league players

first_imgDespite that, there is no indication a deal is close between the two organizations.Have heard Padres made offer of multiple Major-League players for Syndergaard. No evidence the sides are close however.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019It has been repeatedly reported New York is not going to trade players at the expense of competing in 2020. Related News The Padres’ talks with the Mets regarding Noah Syndergaard focused on prospects in the beginning before progressing to major-leaguers. Twenty-four hours before the deadline, there still is no indication anything is close. https://t.co/Fm6fRiMyci— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 30, 2019It is likely the Padres offered either one or more players like Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes in their proposal to the Mets. They play the same position so at least one is expendable, but the Mets need all the outfielders they can get in return for Syndergaard so San Diego could have dangled both in the deal.But no matter what, the proposal wasn’t enough to land the righty, so MLB continues to wait on the Mets who seem to have cornered the market. The Mets are not backing down from their high price tag for Noah Syndergaard.The Padres have put together a package that includes multiple MLB players for the big right-hander also known as “Thor,” according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. In turn, the Mets have been asking teams for other MLB players that would help fill out the roster after Syndergaard’s departure. They recently proved they were committed to adding top talent when they acquired Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays in exchange for two minor-league pitchers.As for San Diego, it has been engaged with New York for a long time in regards to landing Syndergaard, according to The Athletic, but there is still no movement on that front.center_img MLB trade rumors: Padres’ offers for Mets starter Noah Syndergaard have been ‘especially light’ MLB trade rumors: A’s asking Mets about Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheelerlast_img read more