Delta Sigma Phi / Cal Poly / slo / Epsilon Rho Alumni Association e-newsletter e-issue #4: October 2010 Ray “Mumbles” Calande, W’74, President & Treasurer – Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73, Membership, Newsletter, & Web Site Martin “Beads” Ernst

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Delta Sigma Phi / Cal Poly / SLO / Epsilon Rho

Alumni Association E-Newsletter

E-Issue #4: October 2010

Ray “Mumbles” Calande, W’74, President & Treasurer – Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73, Membership , Newsletter, & Web Site - Martin “Beads” Ernst, W’74, Secretary & Directory


We print and surface-mail E-Newsletters to those who don’t use PC’s, those we lack email address for, and those who donate. This E-Newsletter is posted, along with past issues, on the alumni web site, in the section “Reports”. Y.I.T.B.O.S., Yabut, Editor
In This Issue:

  • Alumni Gatherings - “4th Annual DSP At SF Giants Gathering”, by Dan “Mowgli” Oleson, F’03

  • Looking Back – “Our Redwood Hot Tub”, by Greg “Mombo” Weaver, F’74

  • An Event To Remember – “The 1971 Palm House Demolition Party” - by Noel “Bull” Shutt, F’69

  • The Way We Were: “A Rare View Of DSP Across Decades” – by alums from 1958 to 1991

  • Bond Eternal – “Joel “Mole” Setaro (Pimentel) And Scholarship”, by Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73

  • Fire Engine Update – “The Work Continues!”, Sourced From Steve “Rocky” Miller, S’71

  • ACB President’s Message – “Alumni Involvement”, by Jonathan “Peabody” Monfort, F’81

  • National – “ … Closing Chapters And Expelling Brothers”, by Jim “Lurch” Larson, W’72

  • Alumni Association President’s Message – “Staying In Touch”, by Ray “Mumbles” Calande, W’74

  • Travel – “Delta Sigma Phi At NASCAR”, by Mike “Snidley” Ivy, S’71

  • Alumni Web Site – “New And Easy Directory Tool”, by Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73

Alumni Gatherings – “4th Annual DSP At SF Giants Gathering”

By Dan “Mowgli” Oleson, F’03

Brothers and their guests from all up and down the California coast joined together for the 4th Annual DSP & Friends Giants Game Reunion on Saturday, August 28th, 2010.  Over 80 traveled from near and far, including from Chico, Fresno, SLO, San Jose, Los Angeles and even San Diego.  Seven past presidents and numerous past executive board members were in attendance.  The youngest pledge class to show was “La Familia,” Fall ’07.  The eldest class representation came from “Wrecked,” Fall ’98, plus a special Legacy guest from Winter ’73, class name “Peace”.

Game day started at Reds Java House on the Embarcadero for beers and appetizers.  Following one hell-of-a YITBOS pre-party, the crew took to the park, just a 5 minute walk down the Embarcadero.  The Giants fell short of the win, but our group went out on top.  “CAL POLY DELTA SIG ALUMS” on the scoreboard let the stadium know we were there! Watch for the 5th Annual next year!

Looking Back – “Our Redwood Hot Tub”

By Greg “Mombo” Weaver, F’74

Back in 1976 we started the hot tub “process.” I’m not sure who came up with the idea. Bill “Fubar” Bradley was the Chapter Supervisor, and I think he had a connection at California Cooperage, a local company. All the work was performed by actives on weekend workdays – excavation, retaining wall, pad, electrical, and plumbing. Putting the tub together, connecting piping, and filling it only took a day. It took about two days for the wood to swell and stop leaks. The redwood deck was added later.
We negotiated a steep purchase discount in exchange for posing in a brochure ad for the hot tub company. About 16 brothers and Little Sisters posed in a tub of cold water - trying to look like we were having fun! See this photo at, “Alumni News-Pics-Stories.”
The tub was the location of a lot of good conversations, right up there with the tube room and kitchen. Having it was a good rush tool and added to the appeal of the back yard.
Getting 60 guys to agree on spending our money on a hot tub was a great learning experience that served me well in future leadership positions. We learned a lot about building consensus and finding “the win” for everyone. We had to take the vote several times and some called it a railroad – but it was just a wooden tub!

An Event To Remember – “The 1971 Pyramid House Demolition Party”

By Noel “Bull” Shutt, F’69

In Sping of 1971, after living at and caring for our chapter house at 1134 Palm Street for 16 years, Delta Sigs were preparing to move out forever. The property’s owner, Marshal Renyolds, intended to raze the building.

There was some concern that DSP documents and messages might be in the interior walls from a decade-and-a-half of pledge and other projects. With only days to go before graduation and the final move-out date, fraternal activities at the house were mostly concluded. A demolition party was authorized to open and inspect walls for any fraternal materials. Let’s strip ‘er down! We didn’t know brothers (and we had some nut cases) would go to it with sledge hammers!

Downstairs there was a central pillar in the middle of the room that separated the dining room from the living room. This supported the second floor. Along with Turkey, Penny, and Flex, I lived in the upstairs front bedroom that was directly above this pillar. We never thought that during the demolition party this pillar would go. Making the upstairs uninhabitable was not in the program, but it happened that way. When someone walked our bedroom floor would go up and down four inches – as if it were breathing! Hoss, Fudd, Zorba, and Pearl felt this too. God only knows what kept us from dropping to the first floor.
Early the next morning brothers were awakened about 5 a.m. by the sound of a chain saw. Brothers in their beds had no idea that Troj was sawing the front porch off, and neither did the two or three guys who first went out the front door! Upstairs we heard the screams and trust me, these were not screams of delight. In true Yitbos fashion, the first guy out, after falling, said to himself, “Let the rest find out the hard way too!” Harpo returned home to the wreck and commented, “At least they left the bedrooms alone!” With finals and graduation, I moved out with friends to finish my time at Cal Poly!


The Way We Were: “A Rare View of DSP Across Six Decades”

“What DSP Was Like” ….. In 1958, 1965, 1974, 1979, 1985, and 1991.

DSP In 1958: By Jim “3.2%” Evans, S’58

We called our chapter at 1134 the Pyramid, or Palm house. We bunked 21 brothers and pledges there, and 14 in the nearby Toro and Mill annex. The fraternity was the same, and different, a half-century ago! We were older with more life experiences and some brothers were Korean War vets. Our President Harvey Kidder was 27, and our VP Ed Hoiland was 29!

The house was run like the military; most brothers were willing to take on responsibilities that are no longer expected today. There were daily-enforced rules. No booze was allowed on property – ever! Breaking this rule was cause for expulsion from the brotherhood. Many were over 21, didn’t need to drink where they studied and slept, the house wasn’t laid out for parties, and the college wanted to close all fraternities.
Rooms had to be clean and the Sergeant-at-Arms inspected them daily, giving “details” at dinner to those not measuring up. Every live-in had a rotating chore. Brothers and pledges eating dinners at the house also served meals and washed dishes one night a week.
We had outstanding professional cooks and meals. Mondays were huge beef roasts, Saturdays were BBQ’ed steaks, and we had fresh-baked rolls and pies daily. We said grace at dinner. Breakfasts and lunches were ala-carte and charged to your house bill.
All live-ins and live-outs were expected to eat at the house Monday night and then attend our weekly meetings. On Mondays pledges served and washed dishes. Our married brothers were often on a tight budget, and with their wives enjoyed our low-cost socials and laundry facilities.
We held Carnation Ball, Sailor’s Ball, a Christmas formal, a Christmas party for needy children, quarterly initiations, and nearly every weekend ”informal” get-togethers. Formals were in the best places, while others were at places like those known as Sewer 1 and Sewer 2. Periodically we rented dance halls. We held the “Phi Follies” where pledge classes put on skits.

Because we provide the best meals in SLO, a top-quality social program, low housing costs, and a GPA significantly higher than the college’s all-male average, our membership was over 100, and we always filled the house.

A notorious member was Hap Edwin Dog (Hap E. Dog, or Happy), a mongrel. Happy fathered most of the puppies in SLO, populated many a bed with fleas, and ran for Cal Poly Student Body President in 1961. He placed second!
Part of every brother’s dues was put into a savings account for a future Pyramid. Our founding father, Don “Mother” Johnson, was our ACB President and provided continuity.
Epsilon Rho is built upon every brother’s contribution, but then as now, key brothers step up to make things happen. In this way, DSP continues to provide “value added” to young men at Cal Poly.

DSP In 1965: By Bud “Beany” Ross, F’64
Living at our 1134 Palm house in the mid-‘60’s was one of great contrasts. This self-governing group of Delta Sigs had both the maturity of principled military leaders and the rowdiness of teenage pranksters. The discipline was no doubt the carry over of the Korean War era brothers. They brought a sense of responsibility from service life.
Weekday dinners were conducted under the watchful eye of the Sergeant at Arms and etiquette infractions were fined accordingly. On Fridays however, every dinner rule was abandoned with vigor. The intensity of noise and racy songs were often more than some could stand. These evenings were often preceded by a beer fest at Cuesta Park.

Each of the rooms carried a colorful name, such as the “Crow’s Nest”. The annex was about a block away. There were far more brothers than rooms so there was a waiting list to live in. Night study was pretty sacrosanct. Many of the members were carrying tough engineering courses and late night BS sessions were confined to quiet corners of the house.

Drinking in the house was absolutely forbidden —even one step onto the property with a beer in hand could mean expulsion. Mondays were meeting nights. Brothers sat on the living room floor as the number of bottoms exceeded the limited seats. The treasurer would report on the new property loan balance. At the rate we were paying off the land, few expected to ever see the new house built upon it. All operations of the house, including house upkeep and paying the cook, were done by the brothers.
Actives secretly rooted for a successful sneak, even if they were the victim. From the “boob tube room” we watched major events unfold. Bath tub gin, Roaring Twenties parties, the Beetles, and the Twist are all memories from a wonderful time when we learned the marvel of that riddle “What is the Pearl of Great Price”!

DSP In 1974: By Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73
Like other weekdays, Monday for our 35 live-ins and 55 man chapter meant classes, then back to the House for our 11 am to 1 pm informal lunch, and then more classes. Being so close to campus, lunch at 244 was a great way live-ins and live-outs kept in daily contact. Cookie came in about 4 pm, the rotating serving crew of brothers ate and set up starting at 5, and at 6 pm the dining room doors opened for dinner. But Mondays also meant our general meeting (which included guests) followed by our actives’ meeting.

With House Rules prohibiting fridges, cooking, and TV’s in bedrooms or suites, brothers gathered downstairs. Late afternoon would find someone pumping the player piano pedals, a noisy crowd in the tube room, and guys in the living room playing with our St. Bernard - Ralph. If there was a problem at the chapter, you could usually find a late night “kitchen exec” in progress.

Unless it was Friday and voted “Black Friday”, dinner meant collared shirts and shoes and certain rules of conduct. If a guest was present, such as a girlfriend or Little Sister or rushee, introductions were in order and “Red Alert” was in place. This meant “watch your language Sailors”!
In 1974 Cal Poly had 7 fraternities - sororities were just on the horizon. DSP sponsored “Little Sisters” (Lambda Sigma), a group of girlfriends and other coeds whose program was important to the House.

When a guest came we’d proudly point out our EL (Engineered Leadership) Speaker’s Board - and signatures of speakers like the university president and town mayor.

We were incredibly proud of our new House and felt indebted to the generations of Delta Sigs who came before us, and saved, to make 244 possible. We kept the House presentable with weekly room-checks by the Sgt. At Arms, rotating chores, and weekend active/pledge workdays. We were equally proud of being a dry house and this also helped us keep our home in order. Our pledge parties, and other socials, were held around town in rented halls.
Having a beer “on the wall”, between DSP and the all-coed, three-story, Cal Park Apartments next door, was allowed. The wall was on Cal Park property. More than a few brothers met their wife from this view-point, or, as she walked to campus past our House.
About every other week we would declare a “letters day” on campus. We had Greek lettered polo shirts, sports jerseys, sweatshirts, and windbreakers – and were proud to wear them.

Weekends meant the possibility of a pledge sneak, a DSP social, doing laundry, a workday, IFC or Cal Poly sporting event, and maybe even a date! As with RF’s, that instrument of both humor and corrective motivation, our part-time jobs were not restricted to weekends. A lot of us worked our way through school.

The House was the center of pledge training and education – day and night. Because we had 35 live-ins, instructing junior actives and training pledges was made easier. We mostly practiced one-on-one rush of good candidates from our classes or clubs. We’d bring a good prospect to dinner and few rush techniques were ever better than 30 men shaking your hand and saying they’d like to know more about you.
Becoming a Delta Sig yielded benefits then – and now. Although a social fraternity, the many elected and appointed positions necessary to run our organization provided brothers with personal growth opportunities. We were unbelievably close then, and so remain 36 years later. In hindsight, DSP at Cal Poly was an incredible “lab-on-life”!

DSP In 1979: By Scott “Page” Bryars, F’78
In spring 1979 there were plenty of fraternity activities available for brothers. One of the big events was Greek Week and Delta Sigs spent many hours in preparation and were always fiercely competitive.
If you were a member of the Crew Team, half the fun of Greek Week was the “preparation” part! Every Tuesday evening my teammates and I lined up and diligently practiced for this competition.

Greek Week also had the Olympiad portion – a track and field competition that many brothers practiced for. The Olympiad competition was on a brilliant, blue Saturday at Port San Luis Beach near Avila. Pepto took first place in the 2 mile run in the morning, and yours truly took first in the 880 beach run. Many Delta Sigs won that day and when all the points were tallied - we took first place!

The Crew Races were on Sunday. The Delta Sigs sucked down beer quickly, but not fast enough to catch Theta Chi. That fraternity did have some outstanding beer drinkers. We also stumbled in the car rally, and the combined result cost us first place for the overall Greek Week competition. Still it was a mighty effort by the Delta Sigs, and we did win the Olympiad.
In spring ’79 Gip’r and I enjoyed assisting the pledges learn about the fraternity and its traditions. We made our pledges earn their right to become brother in the best fraternity at Cal Poly.
We also had some epic parties! We held Al Capone (photo at right) with homemade hooch and squirt guns in hand. We held the Carnation Ball at Madonna Inn. We had Friday night dance parties to classic music like “Rock Lobster” and enjoyed a cold beer from the keg!
During this same spring quarter, I had the good fortune of dating an incredible sorority girl who was also a DSP Little Sister. She later became a Dream Girl. We are now going on twenty-eight years of marriage, and she is still my Delta Sig Dream Girl. So brothers, keep your eyes out for that special sorority girl, because you never know what it might lead too!

DSP In 1985 – by Jeff “Putter” Clark, F’84

Delta Sigma Phi in the mid-to-late 1980’s was a ton of fun! The fraternity house was always full with 35 actives living-in. We were known as the best athletic fraternity in the Greek System - we won the All-Sports trophy 3 straight years! Rush was a little different back in the 1980’s. We always had the infamous “hat” party that would usually require multiple trips to Cork and Bottle for new kegs. We were one of the larger fraternities with a brotherhood in excess of 80 men. One of the things that separated us from some of the other national fraternities was our pledge program. It wasn’t a boy’s-club or a fraternity that let in “Somebody-Anybody-Everybody” (figure it out). Our pledge program was a huge time-commitment, and we weren’t afraid to challenge our pledges. It was all in good fun and initiations were great occasions. We always had a great time at This Old House followed by the traditional “Run” (sans clothes) through Cal Park. Our faithful St. Bernard “Barney” was always at the front of the run - guiding the new brothers through the stairs at Cal Park and back to the hot tub.

The live-in brothers always gathered for dinner 5 nights a week (Sunday through Thursday) and it was a great bonding experience. It was a time to catch-up on what was going on and give each other some well-deserved crap. Each suite at the time had 6 brothers. I am probably partial, but Deadwood was definitely the most fun suite to hang out in. There was usually a nerf basketball game or tackle football game going on in the suite. If you got lucky, you might even have seen a fireworks show there, courtesy of “COP”.

DSP In 1991 – by Josh “Dunlop” Leichter, F’90
I used to tell prospective fraternity members that living in the DSP house was like living with your 30 best friends. There was always somebody to do things with. That is my strongest memory, the social aspect, the camaraderie, the brotherhood.

I lived in the house from Fall ’91 to graduation in December ’94. The house was a diverse set of guys. Some focused on studies, some on athletics, and others on having a good time. I appreciated the different backgrounds and interests of the guys. If I wanted to study, there was always someone heading to the library. If I felt like exercise, we could get a pick-up game of volleyball or a round of hacky sack going.

The BBQ pit by the kitchen was a natural congregation area to have a few beers or head downtown to Bull’s or other hangout. We’d meet at the pit and head down the street to Campus Bottle for the evening’s beverage. Our two St. Bernard mascots, Barney and Butch, would come and wait patiently outside for a treat. After the BBQ was condemned and removed, the new hang-out became the Actives Room - the old tool shed. Its highlight was a well-used foosball table.

Daily life was classes, hopefully some exercise, and dinner in the dining room with brothers. The food wasn’t great but better than alternatives and the pledges were usually on dish duty. After dinner it was homework and then whatever the evening brought.
There were many special events. Sailors Ball was the talk of campus and Al Capone was also unique. Rush Week, Pinings, and Initiations were special as they brought the brotherhood together and reminded us what we were all about. Sneaks were some of the more adventurous nights, as were occasional road trips to Vegas. Parent’s Weekend, Sorority Philanthropy events, and going for the Pyramid of Excellence Award were also important events that helped shape us and the house.
I got the “letters” tattooed on my ankle after initiation. It is my only tattoo. I’m occasionally asked about it, why I have it, and if I ever considered removing it. I tell them my time at Epsilon Rho had a large part in making me who I am today, and that I’m pretty happy with that and the tattoo.
Guys, make your time at DSP, in SLO, with the brotherhood, last as long as you can. It’s an experience you can’t easily replace later in life.

Bond Eternal – “Joel “Mole” Setaro (Pimentel) S’72, And New Scholarship”

By Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73

On September 1st and 2nd the Fraternity bid farewell to Brother Mole, a member of “New House”, S’72, the first pledge class at 244 California. Joel was an architect, artist, and author, and an original and irreverent character and RF-master. He had fallen into a coma August 5th from complications of diabetes and passed away, at age 58, on August 25th.

Joel was known to many DSP eras for mentoring younger members, teaching brotherhood, and faithfully returning and supporting our chapter. Thirty-six Delta Sigs from across 25 years, and their family members, attended his memorial services. After Mass, brothers participated in Delta Sigma Phi’s national Bond Eternal ceremony, offering a carnation and farewell to Joel in a brief, but deeply moving, ritual. Dozens of other brothers, unable to attend, sent best wishes.
Two days prior to entering the coma, Joel made a last request of us. He asked us to establish a small scholarship in his name. I quote: for a “Yitbos who display(s) the true qualities of Brotherhood. They wouldn't have to be the best students or the best athletes, just someone who kept the real meaning of the House alive.”
In recognition of his work for DSP, the Alumni Association has established this fund for Mole. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to DSP EP Alumni Assn., put "Joel's Scholarship" in the memo, and mail it with your name, nickname, class, and email address to Alumni Assn. Officer Martin Ernst (“Beads”, W’74) at 4601 Jacksol Drive, San Jose, CA 95124-3317.
Delta Sigs and their families that attended:

John “Si’mon” & Dian Kerr, S’58 - Bill “Fubar” Bradley, F’62 - Greg “Deuce” & Barb Piers, F’67 - Mike “Harpo” & Dea Roanhaus, S’70 - Jeff “Grobo” Weaver, S’70 - Joe “FOB” & Tricia Lima, F’70 - Mike “Snidley” Ivy, S’71 - Steve “Rocky” Miller, S’71 - Jim “Ozzie” Nelson, F’71 - Jim “Lurch” Larson, W’72 - John “Cleat” & Ronalee Lester, W’72 - Larry “TA” Everett, W’72 - Rob “Ichabod” & Karen Ellery, W’72 - Pete “Boomer” Rominger, S’72 - Darrel “Shag” Aoki, S’72 - Wayne “Dizzy” Kendrick, F’72 - Mark “Rollo” Huntley, F’72 - Chris “Yabut” & Carol Patterson, W’73 - Andrew, Dee, & (toddler) Jack Patterson - Don “Gutter” Wyman, S’73 - Bob “Hots” & Peggy Papazian, S’73 - Tad “P.T.” Kato, S’73 - Ray “Mumbles” & Lourdes Calande, W’74 - Martin “Beads” & Joann Ernst, W’74 - Bill “Rip” Kordes, W’74 - Ben “Coco” Parcasio, S’74 - John “Echo” Bann, S’74 - Dan “Froggie” Venya, S’74 - Ted “BION” & Ann Rupley, S’74 - Doug “Spuna” Aitken, F’74 - Greg “Mombo” Weaver, F’74 - Rich “Boo Boo” Stewart, W’75 - Mark “Gumby” Mosely, F’75 - Rob “Sparky” Mullaney, F’75 - Brian “Stumbles” Crowell, W’78 - Mike “Zipp” Chacon, S’80 - Jeff “Skeeter” Rogers, F’83. Thanks to “P.T.” for bringing carnations.

Donations to Joel’s scholarship were made by many who attended, as well as by brothers Jesse “Limp” Lee, S’69 - Bob “Pele” Ferguson, W’70 – Greg “Chucker” Van Houten, W’70 - Tom “Ortho” Hannum, S’70 - Rich “Puff” Barca, W’72 - Scott “Page” Bryars, F’78 – Joe “Snafu” Garcia, W’79 – Rob “Custer” Yatees, S’80 - and Doug “Cutter” Jones, S’82. Were Joel still with us, he would feel honored and say to all who traveled and donated, wrote and called, “Thanks guys, thanks a lot, I take back half the rotten things I ever said about you!” And to all my brothers, more is needed to make this scholarship work. Thanks in advance.
Fire Engine Update – “The Work Continues!”

Sourced From Reports By Steve “Rocky” Miller, S’71

We're trying to get the fire engine running for Homecoming. The hang-up is that expensive bearings and other parts need replacement in the drive-train transmission as well as the water-pump transmission. We had to remove the water tank to gain access! The four bearings in the water pump transmission are shot and cost $200 – each! This sounds outrageous but these are large bearings and, without good ones, even more expensive gears would be destroyed. We’re having trouble getting an access cap off to remove the fourth bearing – and this part will also need replacement. A bearing we replaced in the drive-transmission cost $250! We have funds but, as you can see, the bills are coming in!

Your thoughtful donation to this worthy cause would be very appreciated and carefully used. An account has been established in San Luis Obispo. Make your check payable to Steve “Rocky” Miller, note "Fire Engine" on the memo line, and mail it to him at 3955 Carissa Ct., San Luis Obispo, CA  93401. 

ACB President’s Message – “Promoting Alumni Involvement And The Fine Line”

By Jonathan “Peabody” Monfort, F’81

Your ACB would like to encourage more participation of alumni brothers from all eras. We intend to accomplish this by returning the vote to alumni-in-good-standing - so that they may partner with ACB in guiding our fraternity into the future.
Over the decades, ACB has adapted to changing times to remain an effective and viable organization. Prior to the 1990’s, alumni-at-large, who attended at least one ACB meeting in the previous 12 months, qualified to vote on motions and in elections. During the 1990’s however, Cal Poly terminated Poly Royal, alumni-at-large stopped returning to DSP, and ACB changed its practice so that only officers could vote. Now that our alumni have demonstrated their continuing interest once again, it is time to discuss returning to our prior practice that encouraged a large alumni involvement.
Brothers, I strongly encourage you to attend our Homecoming ACB meeting at 9 a.m., on Saturday, October 30th, at the chapter house. Help us discuss this important matter. If you haven’t attended a recent ACB meeting, it’s possible your attendance could also qualify you to vote at the Spring 2011 ACB meeting. Help us guide our chapter, our program, and our men with your energy, ideas, and support.

Presently we have a vacancy in one of our ACB positions: Engineered Leadership. The primary duties of this position are to develop and manage our strategic, and long-term, plans. If you are interested in discussing this position with me, contact me by email at

In consideration of the loss of our beloved Brother Joel “Mole” Setaro (Pimentel) at age 58, let’s all be mindful of how precious life, family, fraternity, and friends are.
My message about leading our chapter is that guiding our young men of today is like walking a very fine line. Unlike with our children, we can’t be too heavy-handed. Like Cal Poly’s motto of “Learn By Doing”, we must let them experience for themselves planning, problem-identification, and problem-solving. Our guiding principle is to suggest a direction but allow them as young adults to learn from their failures - without the cost of these failures being too dear.
Delta Sigma Phi at Cal Poly is, in one sense, a finishing school for young men expecting to enter the corporate and professional worlds. By providing them with opportunities to learn, grow, and mature, to live and self-govern with a diverse group of their peers, we help make them better men for the future of our country.

National - “The Ugly Part Of Life As A Grand Councilman – Closing Chapters And Expelling Brothers “ by Jim “Lurch” Larson, W’72, National Grand Council Member

My brothers of Epsilon Rho, I have an important message for you that could influence the future of our beloved chapter. I pledged Delta Sigma Phi in 1972 and was asked to serve on our Grand Council in 2008. This is the Fraternity’s national Board of Directors. I expected the Counsel’s role would be creating the vision and policies to achieve our 2005 Vision and make DSP the nation’s leading social fraternity. I learned that my responsibilities include keeping our members safe and ensuring our organization’s future - so Delta Sigma Phi is there for generations to come.

Unfortunately, these responsibilities include making gut-wrenching decisions. When a colony, chapter, or individual member hazes, practices illegal activities in their house, or places themselves or others in danger, ACB and National must respond. When our organization’s stated values, and the values expressed in our Rituals, are not followed, or ill-conceived local traditions are followed, serious consequences can result. Some of those consequences are initiated by the chapter while others are initiated by the University, ACB, or national fraternity.
Over the last year, chapters and colonies have requested that the Grand Council accept their decision to expel nearly 300 problem brothers. We join for life but there are times when brothers who care, and support our values, must step up and protect their chapter, members, program, and the Fraternity.
Unfortunately, sometimes the Grand Council is forced to place on probation, or close, an otherwise viable group. When this occurs, it is done to protect our brothers, Fraternity, and our future. We sincerely hope that Delta Sigs considering something risky reconsider ….. because they risk what hundreds before them built across decades – for them and those to follow.
Here are recent examples of what not to do!

Theta Delta Chapter – Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island:

Less than a year after being re-chartered, it was closed in 2009 because the chapter’s members were severely hazing their new members. They blatantly violated the Fraternity’s Policy on Responsibility and Accountability, and Code of Conduct. The conduct of these actives, and the mistaken support for hazing by their immature ACB, laid waste to the significant efforts of brothers who had worked so hard to revitalize their chapter.

Beta Psi Chapter – Arizona State University –

This 100-plus man chapter was closed in 2010 due to on-going risk management issues. It was initially placed on probation due to hazing. It was closed after it failed to abide by the terms of its probation - and hazed again. The work of two notable ASU alumni, a past national president, and another serving on DSP’S Foundation Board, and others from their rich 1600-plus man history, was thrown away by a few undergraduates who thought their local activities were better than following National practices.

Beta Iota Chapter – Wittenberg University

This chapter, originally chartered in 1932, was closed in 2009 due to hazing violations. The chapter conducted local ceremonies and practices which significantly deviated from National standards and held no resemblance to the values rooted in our commitment to Build Better Men. All closures are painful and this was no different. The President of the University Board of Trustees was a Delta Sig alum.

I’m a proud alumnus of Epsilon Rho. We have a unique and proud history at Cal Poly as the university’s first fraternity. None of us want anything to threaten the chapter’s future or our brothers.
Each of you is part of an unbroken 60 year string of Delta Sigs. Your actions represent the hopes of over 1500 alumni. Don’t let our chapter be threatened by the unnecessary, unwarranted, and unsanctioned behavior of a few. Treat our new members, and each other, in a responsible manner ….. so our history and our future remain intact for generations of brothers to come.

Alumni Association President’s Message – “Staying In Touch”

By Ray “Mumbles” Calande, W’74

In March 1991 I was asked by Joel “Mole” Setaro (Pimemtel), S’72, if I’d like to head to Puerto Vallarta (PV) the following month. I was told that Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73, would accompany us and that I’d drive once there. This was not the first time Joel had put a trip together, and I was more than game to go. He had previously arranged trips to Paris, Athens, and the Greek island of Santorini. Yes, I’m the one who drove the jeep to the ruins of the ancient city of Thira. Driving a stick was one of my few contributions to these trips that mostly were planned by Joel.
While explaining the PV trip itinerary, Joel mentioned that we’d be meeting one of his pen-pals, a Mexican girl who would be coming in from Mexico City to meet us. She worked for Swiss Air so getting to PV was no problem for her.
After a day on our own, we drove out to the PV airport to pick up Lourdes. Over the next few days, mostly as a group, we took her out to dinner and lunch. Before dropping her off at the airport for her return flight I managed to get her phone number. We were married two years latter.

The point of my story is that by staying in touch with our fraternity brothers I was able to travel and was lucky enough to meet my future wife. I can’t guarantee you’ll have the same experience, but I highly recommend to all graduating seniors that they stay in touch. One of the primary goals of the Alumni Association is to help you to stay in touch with your brothers and get news of the chapter. The recent 4th annual SF Giants gathering is an example of how some have embraced this opportunity!

Travel – “Delta Sigma Phi And NASCAR”

By Mike “Snidley” Ivy, S’71

During the last 12 years I’ve been installing industrial equipment from coast-to-coast. This provides a lot of opportunity to arrange side trips while traveling on company-paid flights and earning free air miles and hotel points! This has worked out well for me since I’m an avid NASCAR fan!
Recently I convinced a plant operator where maintenance work was needed to schedule my visit for the Monday after a race at the Kansas City Speedway. I flew in Saturday, picked up my rental car, checked in at my hotel, then scouted out the Speedway for Sunday’s race. I believe in preparation. Sunday morning I got up early and had a good breakfast in anticipation of some serious beer drinking at the track. First I met some of the plant operators for tailgating in the parking lot. Once inside the Speedway I like to immediately go to my seat, prior to wandering the souvenir and food booths, to determine if the view is any good. Great seats!
Then, while walking the track’s concession stands, I thought I was having a flash back! What do you think I found? What do you think the name was on the stand? Delta Sigma Phi! I froze like a deer in head lights. I ran up to the window to talk to the guy. I told him I was a SLO Delta Sig and asked him the question to which there is one, and only one, correct answer: “were you ever a Sailor”? He looked back at me with a blank stare. Hmmmm? I ordered some food and drink, then just stood back and smiled at what a great fund raising situation they had.

I’ve been to tracks at Las Vegas, Fontana, Infineon, Phoenix, Kansas, Atlanta, Dallas, Daytona, Charlotte, Martinsville, and Bristol. But this particular side-trip, to one of my favorite NASCAR events, because of seeing a great big Delta Sigma Phi, was one of my best ever!

Alumni Association Web Site, Directory, And Announcements

  • Great New Alumni Directory Feature!


First Name

Last Name

Nick Name

Pledge Class

Pledge Year
t’s now far easier for alumni to use the Alumni Association’s on-line directory kept on our web site! Thanks to guidance from Don “Gutter” Wyman, S’73, a new “search engine” has been added. Alums can search the directory for a brother’s contact info even if starting with a single “lead”!
You don’t need all 5, or 4, or 3, or even 2 of these pieces of info to do a search – you just need to remember 1 of these! For instance, you can search for a brother by entering only a nick-name, or only a last name. You can enter the quarter and year of initiation, or only the year.
Go to, choose “Find Alumni”, solve the password question, and try a directory search! If your info isn’t there or isn’t current, go to “Update Contact Info” and send it in! Help alums of your era find you! If you have contact info for another brother - send this in please!

  • New Way To Access Web Site!

There are several ways to find your Epsilon Rho alumni web site – and we’ve just added a new one:!

Any of these will take you to our web site.

  • To Our Youngest Alums:

Alumni with initiation dates from 2000 to 2007 are about to be added to the on-line directory! Go on-line and choose “Update Contact Info” to fill in your nick name, class name, and contact info - so we can keep you in-the-loop.

  • Alums Of The 1990’s and 2000’s:

We need your DSP photos to post on-line! Go to and choose “Photo Gallery” for how to submit your pics! Your era is underrepresented! Send you pics in Nile-Swimmers!

  • 2010 Last Call: The Deadline Is November 15th!

We volunteer hundreds of hours - but the Assn. has postage, printing, and web site costs and scholarship grants to cover. If you haven’t kicked-in yet this year – please help us with your thoughtful annual $20 Assn. membership and a donation. Please make your check payable to DSP EP Alumni Assn. and mail it with your name, nickname, class, and email address to Alumni Assn. Officer Martin Ernst (“Beads”, W’74) at 4601 Jacksol Drive, San Jose, CA 95124-3317.

We guarantee that 100% will go to DSP! Please help us promote our alumni bond and improve our active chapter. Thanks for your brotherhood from afar! If DSP made a difference for you as an undergrad, this is how you can make a difference for DSP.

  • Dates To Remember:

Homecoming / ACB: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 9 a.m., at the House.

Assn. Dues / Donation Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2010.

Open House (Poly Royal) / ACB: Saturday, April 16, 20411, 9 a.m., at the House.

  • Leadership Opportunities:

Decisions are made by those who show up. Leadership begins with stepping forward.

The Alumni Association continues to develop “tools” and “processes” to make it easier for a few good men to serve our many brothers. However, we still need some help – and ideas too! Go to, “Alumni Association”, and contact one of us about joining your chapter’s alumni leadership team. You can help make a difference for Delta Sigs. You can initially choose a less-time-consuming assignment to test the water. What’s to loose?

ACB needs an EL (Engineered Leadership) Officer. Go to, “Alumni Corporation Board”, and contact an ACB officer.

  • W’68 Drew “Mouse” Pringle Says Thanks!

Mouse is out of the hospital after significant, and successful, cancer surgery. He expects to remain home, recuperating, for a few months. He and Holly thank all who sent prayers, thoughts, emails, cards, and messages of support. His email address is but his computer is fubared. His home phone is 480-883-8866.

  • Anyone Good At On-Line People-Searches?

Your Alumni Association maintains the Alumni Directory – and needs some assistance with finding MIA alums. We have old phone numbers, street addresses, and email addresses for many. If you can help please let Martin “Beads” Ernst, W’74, know at This is an important priority!

  • Have An Idea?

Do you have an idea for the next newsletter? Want to submit an article? Contact Yabut at

  • Poll: Would You Support Posting Internship & Job Ops For Actives?

If a means were made available to you, would you participate in providing notices to Actives of internship and job openings at your company? Please email Chris “Yabut” Patterson, at, with ‘YITBOS” in the subject line, and either a “YES ON INTERN POSTINGS” or “NO ON INTERN POSTINGS”. We’re gauging alumni interest in supporting such a program.
Our thanks to Jeff “Putter” Clark, F’84, of Stevens Printing

in East Bay, for printing our newsletter at a Yitbos rate.

Contact him at for your needs.

Brothers, with your support, our next issue will be March, 2011.

Y.I.T.B.O.S. !
Directory: documents -> reports -> newsletters
documents -> Introduction to lesson plans Purpose
documents -> Towards a discussion of support to Urban Transport development in India Energy & Infrastructure Unit South Asia Region
documents -> Quarterly update august 2005
documents -> The story of a girl named fear
documents -> Guide for Writing Your Life Story
documents -> Winter Quarter 2006 short story assignment
documents -> Friendship unit
newsletters -> Delta Sigma Phi / Cal Poly / slo / Epsilon Rho Alumni Association e-newsletter e-issue #5: March 2011 Ray “Mumbles” Calande, W’74, President & Treasurer – Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73, Membership, Newsletter, & Web Site Martin “Beads” Ernst
newsletters -> Delta Sigma Phi – cal poly / slo epsilon Rho Alumni Association Newsletter Issue #10: Spring 2013 Officers: Ray “Mumbles” Calande, W’74; Chris “Yabut” Patterson, W’73; Martin “Beads” Ernst, W’74

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