My time at UCF was chock-full of conflict with OFSL and even my fraternity’s nationals. You throw a few unregistered summer parties and turn your backyard into an illegal, but very profitable, bar operation and suddenly the university starts to give a damn about your existence. If anything I was just being efficient. No need to waste both paper and the precious time of the administration with something you clearly would have nixed from the get-go.
It was through these constant struggles with the school and chapter officials that the idea of going underground gained some serious traction amongst brothers, all with me sitting in the driver’s seat of the bandwagon. We never went through with it. Frankly, we didn’t have the balls. Plus I could see the disappointment in my big brother’s eyes, who at the time, was a recent grad and heavily involved as a fraternity advisor. I just couldn’t destroy something he put so much time and effort into with one swift, rash movement. Reason prevailed.
However, when your nationals pulls your charter, there’s no reason not to go scorched earth. That’s what the organization formerly known as Lambda Chi Alpha at UCF is currently doing, and in a very public way.
Usually Greek organizations that go off the school’s grid typically try to stay afloat quietly, but not the Gazoni family.
Personally, I love this move and their zero fucks mentality, but I’m not big on the rebranding. Maybe it’s just me, but this move has more of a Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, N.W.O. professional wrestling vibe going on than the guido, mobster family thing they went with. Missed opportunity there.
Sneaky best part about all of this is that one of their huge selling points is the amount of pull they have at local bars. Typically, we’d advertise the amount of brothers that had internships at Lockheed Martin, Siemens, or even my whole NBC Sports connection, but not these guys. They want you to know that they’re 100% in the Greek game to rage. You just got to respect that kind of commitment.
No idea how this plays out over the next few months, but to say I’m intrigued would be the understatement of the century..
h/t Knight News
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