Theta Chi's president Noah Daniels leads colony to new success
Following a seven-year suspension and a four-year period of non-existence at the University of Oregon, Theta Chi is officially recolonized on Oregon’s campus.
Four years ago, Theta Chi was officially kicked off campus for multiple illegal and destructive incidents. Now that the fraternity is back, it’s up to their new sophomore president, Noah Daniels, and the rest of the colony to combat the negative stereotypes that the fraternity may have and ensure long lasting success.
Starting a fraternity from scratch isn’t easy, especially for a sophomore who is double majoring in computer science and business. He has held various other leadership roles throughout his education, but never saw himself as a fraternity man – let alone the president of a fraternity.
After learning about Theta Chi and being persuaded by a fellow roommate last year, Daniels was the second person to accept a bid for Theta Chi.
Daniels has a lot of work ahead of him for the future of his fraternity as he began as a college student uninterested in fraternity and sorority life, to becoming the president of a recolonizing chapter in such a short amount of time.
“I think for any colony president it’s going to be tough, you’re starting a whole new fraternity from scratch,” Daniels said.
Daniels is in charge without field executives to help with this new process, but believes they will be successful, regardless.
“We expect to fail, but we learn from those mistakes,” Daniels said. “I believe that’s how we’re going to succeed.”
The weight of the fraternity is not completely on the back of Daniels, however. He has the help of his brothers, who he praises for their dedication to the group.
“We all have the same mindset, we’re getting the same goals, and we’re all acting to be a better fraternity,” Daniels said.
Even with a large agenda for Daniels, his fellow brothers have no doubt that he is the perfect man for the job.
“I think Noah is a perfect fit because he’s such an organized person and is able to handle any situation that comes his way,” junior Theta Chi member Mario Saldana said. “He has a maturity level beyond his years in terms of being a sophomore in college.”
Even fellow executive board members see high potential for his success.
“I saw leadership qualities in him before I even got to know him,” Theta Chi rush chair AJ Garcia said. “He is perfect for the first Theta Chi president.”
Although Theta Chi originally left Oregon’s campus on bad terms, the fraternity has no doubt in their mind that they can keep that from happening again.
“It’s been four or five years and we’re a whole new group of guys,” Daniels said. “I think the issue last time was just a little bit of fearlessness.”
In addition, the chapter has a plan to ensure success.
According to Garcia they are keeping close contact and good relationships with upper management in Fraternity and Sorority life. In addition, the chapter is keeping on good terms with the university community as a whole.
“Theta Chi should be coming back not as a party fraternity, but as a fraternity that everybody is going to look at and say ‘I want to be like them,’” Daniels said.
Men who are interested in joining Theta Chi are encouraged to contact either president Noah Daniels 661-755-1827 or rush chair AJ Garcia 408-596-1527
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