Chi Phi - University of Wisconsin

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Kappa Chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity at the University of Wisconsin

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SPRING 2017 THE METEOR A PUBLICATION OF KAPPA CHAPTER OF CHI PHI FRATERNITY I hope this finds you all well. I want to provide you with a brief update regarding our Fraterni- ty and our house at 200 Langdon Street in Madison. As you will re- call, Chi Phi was terminated as an active Registered Student Orga- nization at the University of Wis- consin campus in 2015. We will be eligible to petition to return to campus aer a four-year hiatus. In May 2015, we found ourselves with 21 recently initiated members of the Fraternity wanting to live in the house in the fall of 2015. All had been placed in alumni status following the termination. Be- cause Chi Phi was no longer rec- ognized, those young men started calling themselves the Men of 200. As you can see from the article submitted by Chapter President Alex Lous '19, they are still recruiting new members and, in large part, carrying on the traditions of our Fraternity. I know no more now than I did last time I wrote to you regarding our ability to return to campus as Chi Phi, whether we should look for another fraternity or sorority to lease our house, or whether we should put it on the market. I still feel that as long as the group of freshmen and sophomores who make up the pledge classes from the fall of 2014-15 desire to stay together, and it is eco- nomical for us, we should allow them to do so. is does come with challenges, as it is always hard for an Alumni Association with no local oversight to man- age the house and active chapter. To help in this area, we have engaged BMOC Inc. to help manage the property. ey have become the local contact we were lacking and bring the expertise of managing numerous Greek houses on several campuses. Financially, we are experiencing positive cash flow and have a small war chest of funds for the ongoing mainte- nance and upkeep of the house. I welcome your comments and thoughts regarding our future. I welcome anyone with the passion to help with the Alumni Association to contact me. In the Bond, Russell Lein '81 Alumni Association Maintains Chapter Operations at 200 Langdon Street Volunteers Needed—How Will You Get Involved? T he Greek community in Madison, Wiscon- sin, has been growing slowly. e makeup of the school is not one like Indiana, where Greek life is dominant. However, the Kappa Chapter of Chi Phi has a beautiful house on the major Greek row street on this campus (Lang- don Street). e Brothers of the house are proud, have strong bonds, and have attracted new members each year even with all the challenges they have faced. BMOC Inc. ( is a national property management company based in Madi- son. We have worked with entire Greek commu- nities, such as the University of California San Di- ego. We have brought new services to the Kappa Chapter of Chi Phi of Madison, which have giv- en them the competitive advantage of the larger chapters. We have electronic leasing that follows the leasing process and ensures that not only has the brother signed the lease, but the parents have signed as co-signers. We inspect the house each week, looking for any problems. We have a 24/7 maintenance staff available for emergencies, to provide cleaning, and to assist the men with any problems they have. We are involved with the university, as well as the local police and fire departments. We walk through the house with the fire department at least once per semester to make sure the house is clear of fire hazards and always follow up with any concerns they have. Next year, we will be offering an application for cell phones that will allow members to order meals from numerous local restaurants with only two swipes. e website is https://bestmeal- and we have a cartoon that de- scribes the program at https://bestmealsoncam- Just like the traditional way, a member can choose between a five, 10, 15 or 20 meals/week plan. e application knows who is ordering the meal and where the meal was or- dered by using GPS. is is a great tool and will also generate 10 cents per meal for the house vs. paying for kitchen utilities with an in-house chef. In addition, the issue of food allergies is avoided by allowing members to choose where to order from. Monday night meals can be accomplished through the app as well. We are building a stronger tomorrow for Chi Phi and strive to make it the most desirable place to live, despite all the new buildings in the neigh- borhood. We are Chi Phi and Badger proud! Property Management Company Builds Strong Foundation for Chi Phi Chapter House

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