Nationals Visits the LSU Chapter

By Robert Bember
Senior Communications Advisor

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School is back in session, and despite a change in job title, I still get the honor of serving over a few of our chapters. I kicked off the semester by visiting the Psi Chapter at LSU.
The Psi Chapter continues to grow and refine their chapter. They are doing a lot of things well. If you were to look at their social calendar, you would think that they have been in existence as a chapter for well longer than they actually have. The officers are excited about the events they have lined up this semester. They are working on mixers with a number of sororities. They have already booked formal at an old plantation home in the area. The Psi Chapter always seems to find great venues for their formals and semi-formals.
Last fall, the men hosted their “Choot’ em” bonfire, inspired by the “Swamp People” TV show, the night before LSU’s football game against the Florida Gators. It was a huge hit as an open party, so the brothers hope to duplicate their success this year and start making it an annual event. The event will be held on Friday, November 2, which is the night before the Bayou Bengals host the Alabama Crimson Tide. It’s sure to be a huge hit.
I jumped right into business upon arrival Monday. I met President Alex Beem for lunch at Inga’s, as has become tradition. I spent much of the afternoon with potential officers Nathan Macaluso and Solomon Scichowski. The men were excited about the prospect of serving the fraternity. I was encouraged by their enthusiasm for BYX. On top of that, Solomon was kind enough to take me over to Tiger Stadium, which could eat TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.
Before chapter meeting, I joined Alex and his cell group for dinner at The Chimes, another outstanding restaurant I frequent on my visits to Baton Rouge. They let me share a little bit about what I think makes a successful cell group, which wasn’t nearly as interesting as listening to brothers Conner Jenkins and Kyle Daroca debate about where the waitress’s accent was from.
The highlight of my trip, aside from all the great Cajun restaurants the brothers took me to, had to be the flag football game. The men were firing on all cylinders. The pass rush was relentless. The defensive secondary was flying to the ball. The passes from quarterback Alex Beem soared through the air with grace and majesty that is usually reserved for bald eagles. It was as if they were playing with more players than the other team. And that’s because they were. Some of the brothers were kind enough to share their thoughts in their postgame interviews, which you can view here.
It was another great trip down to the Bayou. I’m blessed by the relationship I have with the Psi Chapter, and many of the individuals there. I look forward to a great semester of growth for the Psi Chapter. 
Blake Wesley (left) and Lane Pace prepare to lead the brothers in worship prior to chapter meeting. The Psi Chapter always does a great job of giving the brothers freedom to meet with the Lord on their own terms during worship in chapter.

The officer team prepares to start chapter meeting. The officers lead from the front of the room to maintain control during announcements and keep chapter moving at a steady pace.

The Psi Chapter poses with Senior Communications Advisor Robert Bember (far left). Robert is in his fifth semester of serving the Psi Chapter.

The brothers circle up to pray with some of the men from the opposing team after their flag football game.

The BYX Purple team celebrates their win. It was a dominant performance. The opposing team only had five players after one was ejected for tying his flags to himself.

President Alex Beem gives an update on the Psi Chapter.

 

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