Business administration sophomore Greg Golf helped bring Delta Tau Delta to Cal Poly.
The move is part of a long-term effort to decrease member numbers within individual chapters, Greek Life Coordinator Diego Silva said.
“We don’t want to see chapters get too big to manage,” Silva said. “I personally would like to see our fraternities average at about 50-60 members. Right now, we have some fraternities with over 120 (members).”
Last spring IFC sent out an expansion proposal to any fraternities that would like to potentially come onto campus, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Jason Colombini said.
Delta Tau Delta has been meeting every Thursday and has informally chosen people for office, in the hopes they become a colony. Their choice is not finalized and must be approved by the national Delta Tau Delta fraternity, if they come to campus.
Business administration sophomore Greg Golf, who hopes to become Delta Tau Delta’s director of social affairs, said they already have 35 people committed to joining the fraternity.
Golf said he started working on bringing a new fraternity to campus last spring with English sophomore Mehra Gharibian, who wants to become the chapter president if Delta Tau Delta comes to campus. The two teamed up with friends on the third floor of Yosemite Tower 0 and reached out to friends in other residence halls.
“A lot of us wanted to make something that was bigger than ourselves,” Golf said. “We all wanted something that is going to last at Cal Poly longer than we would.”
Golf and his friends rushed in their freshman year but felt most of the fraternities were superficial and spent too much time worrying about status, he said.
Delta Tau Delta will emphasize being genuine and not excluding interested people, Golf said.
IFC is still considering inviting Alpha Sigma Phi and Phi Gamma Delta to join campus, Silva said. They will vote on the matter on Dec. 3, and will either close off expansion or place one fraternity next in line for an invitation.
To be fully recognized as a colony at Cal Poly, Delta Tau Delta must complete online officer training, present valid insurance and sign the Independent Student Organization Agreement, in addition to requirements the national organization hands down.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated business administration sophomore Greg Golf will become Delta Tau Delta’s director of social affairs and that English sophomore Mehra Gharibian will be president. These positions are informal and still must be approved.