Alternative to the Mainstream Greeks
They proudly display bold fraternity letters emblazoned on sweaters, jackets and shirts. They have family lines and a big/little revealing night. They have talent shows and dance competitions, bonfires and retreats, an assortment of fellowship activities and inter-chapter events. At the end of fall and spring quarter, they hold formal banquets celebrating the newly crossed pledge class. They participate actively in schoolwide events like Wayzgoose, selling cups of strawberry lemonade in an elaborate, decorated booth.
UC Irvine’s Alpha Phi Omega, Rho Rho chapter, is one of the 361 chapters at college campuses nationwide. The fraternity was first established in 1925 at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and over 350,000 members have joined Alpha Phi Omega since its founding.
The fraternity is a strong presence on the UCI campus, with approximately 80 actives and over 40 people in its current pledge class. However, Alpha Phi Omega is very different from most mainstream Greek organizations on campus.
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