Delta Sigma Phi removed from IFSC
April 25, 1997
After an intense discussion at an emergency Inter-Fraternity Sorority
Council (IFSC) meeting on Wednesday, Delta Sigma Phi's membership was revoked
from IFSC at the University of La Verne.
The meeting was open and voting rights were held by IFSC's executive
council, which consists of the presidents of all the Greek organizations,
as well as the executive board of IFSC. The meeting was called to discuss
the status of Greek Week and Delta Sigma Phi's membership in IFSC.
With Delta Sigma Phi no longer under IFSC, they will no longer have
voting rights at IFSC meetings, will not get an invitation to any IFSC sponsored
events and will not participate in rush under IFSC.
Delta Sigma Phi is still a recognized fraternity at ULV, but will be
under regulation of its national headquarters and ULV.
Tuesday night's Greek Week bowling event at San Dimas' Chaparral Lanes
was one of many events discussed at the meeting.
Demeaning any organization in any way, and consumption of alcohol are
not allowed at any Greek Week event. It was because of these issuses that
Delta Sigma Phi was disqualified from the event.
After screaming obscenities against Sigma Alpha Epsilon, chanting demeaning
songs and concluding with a physical assault against one of SAE's members
by Delta Sigma Phi member Pat Macias, the ULV group was asked to leave the
After leaving Chaparral Lanes, some individuals decided to call or go
to the SAE house.
What then began as a few concerned individuals hanging out turned into
an informal meeting with four of the Greek organizations represented.
"It was the first time everyone got together outside of an organized
event and all were represented. If anything, this brought all Greeks closer
together," said SAE member Dale Schroeder, junior.
Delta Sigma Phi President Mike Lopez stated at the IFSC meeting, "There
is a lot of hypocracy; from the get go, you were telling us watch out for
what you do. You castrated Greek Week and made it into a quilt making event.
I don't see Greek Week being Greek Week. Personally, I wouldn't mind [losing
Delta Sigma Phi's IFSC membership] but it would get us into things with
our national. Give us a chance to rain on our new guys."
Delta Sigma Phi's Kirk Leggett said at the IFSC meeting, "We as
an organization apologize for his [Macias'] actions. It was clear he started
something when nothing had happened. Pat was the only one that was there
that wanted to start something, beside that what else have we done? We've
made an 180 degree turn, we have tried so hard to change our image. We are
trying to climb this mountain and every time we get close to the top, we
get slapped off. It doesn't matter what we do, we are going to get slapped
off the mountain. A lot of times we get out of hand, but last night has
been the only time violence has been aimed toward another organization."
But as many of the other members confirmed tTuesday night's altercation
was the last straw for the five who voted in favor of the motion.
"When it effects other organizations it is real. President [Stephen]
Morgan looks at us, the community looks at us and what does it look like?"
said senior Phi Sigma Sigma Christina Tajeda.
"People don't feel safe around your organization. People don't
know if one of your members is going to show up drunk," said senior
SAE Chris Braunstein.
"We are tired of it and we are fed up. If it takes keeping you
out of IFSC then that's what it takes. You've robbed our pledges of Greek
Week," said junior Iota Delta member Par Nag.