Smallest fraternity on campus makes effort to increase its numbers

Smallest fraternity on campus makes effort to increase its numbers

With nearly half of TCU’s undergraduate population involved in Greek life, the smallest fraternity on campus sticks together in efforts of increasing its two man show to several members.

Daniel Castro, a junior math actuarial science major and TCU Lambda Theta Phi’s chapter president, said that numbers haven’t always been low.

“We currently stand at only two members on campus,” Castro said. “We are trying to get back to those days when we used to have good numbers, but not even just about the numbers but also about the quality of the members that we attract.”

With three scheduled information sessions under Lambda Theta Phi’s belt and one TCU Announce advertisement, the dynamic duo are still reaching out to all TCU students.

Jonathan Moreno, a sophomore computer science major and member of Lambda Theta Phi, said the fraternity is targeting male students.

“Any male that wants to join a college fraternity is welcome,” Moreno said.

As Castro provided background knowledge and the core values to his informants during one of his presentations, he stressed the importance of brotherhood and how it remains prevalent in the Beta Pi chapter even after 14 years.

“Brotherhood begins with the aspect of the little things,” Castro said. “We cherish the little things, me and Jonathan we will watch a movie, we will go play basketball, that is what we are all about.”

Beta Pi Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi was the first Latino fraternity on TCU’s campus. With six founding brothers, they launched Lambda Theta Phi’s first fraternity line in fall 2002.

Hector Munoz, a TCU alumnus and a founding member of the fraternity, spoke at one of the presentations. Munoz said getting the chapter started was difficult, but he enjoyed his time in the brotherhood.

“Planning for this fraternity was the hardest thing that I did up to that point,” TCU graduate and founding brother Munoz said. “When I think back on the memories, they were amazing.”

Although Lambda Theta Phi’s numbers are at their lowest, the two brothers utilize the backing of previously graduated members as a way to stay afloat until the next fraternity line that is predicted to be within the 2015 academic year.

“There are two strong brothers that can hold this organization. Now it would be very helpful if there were other brothers that could help them out,” Munoz said.