September 9, 2016

Brotherhood Spotlight

NAME: Vernon Benedicto
PLEDGE CLASS: Alpha Gamma
MAJOR: Biochemistry
YEAR: 4th

Vernon

Positions: Special Events Chair (Fall 2016), Secretary (Spring 2016)

Outside of Alpha Phi Omega, what are some of your interests?
“I like to eat food, drink boba, hang out with friends, and play Pokemon.”

Which cardinal principle would you say is your strongest, and why?
“Friendship, because friendship can exist in any part of this world and I’m thankful that it exists in me.”

What has been your favorite memory associated with Alpha Phi Omega so far?
“When Alpha Gammas were pledging, we had this “takoyaki + cookie dinner” in my apartment. To make the takoyaki, Yusuke had this takoyaki maker which was very simple. However, we bought these sausages that I THOUGHT we had to cook. So I was like “OK, time to heat up some oil quickly and get these sausages ready for Yusuke. However, I FORGOT TO LOWER THE HEAT TO MEDIUM BECAUSE IT WAS ON HIGH, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE AND WHEN I REALIZED THIS, THE OILED UP POT WAS ON FIRE. My roommates tried to help by putting water on the oil fire, which definitely DID NOT HELP. I forget how we survived but that’s probably one of my favorite memories when I was pledging.”

How would you say your life has changed since pledging?
“I’ve definitely realized a lot of things about myself and how I should always try to keep growing as a person.”

What is your favorite quote?
“If a tortilla can rise, so can you. Believe in yourself.”


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Kai

NAME: Kai King Blow
PLEDGE CLASS: Psi
MAJOR: English/Creative Writing
YEAR: 5th

Positions: President (Fall 2016), Service Vice President (Fall 2015 – Spring 2016)
Other Organizations: ETP English Honors Society; NSCS

Outside of Alpha Phi Omega, what are some of your interests?
“Reading, writing prose and poetry, building custom furniture from scratch and restoring damaged antiques. I also practice mixed martial arts and love to play golf.”

Which cardinal principle would you say is your strongest, and why?
“Service has always been and always will be my firmest cardinal principal. Being of service, helping others and doing what I can to make their lives easier is always a constant motivation to me.”

What has been your favorite memory associated with Alpha Phi Omega so far?
“Pledging and crossing with Psi Class. The whole process was one long experiences made of small episodes that shared one common there, self-discovery.”

How would you say your life has changed since pledging?
“Since pledging I’ve learned to love myself more easily, be a better friend and a more complete professional. Being a leader comes as naturally as helping others now and while I know that there is still more of myself to discover, it’s a prospect that no longer scares me.”

What is your favorite quote?
“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde


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NAME: Amaris Pham
PLEDGE CLASS: Alpha Gamma
MAJOR: Film and Electronic Arts – Narrative Production
YEAR: 3rd

Amaris Pham

Positions: Special Events Chair (Fall 2016)

Outside of Alpha Phi Omega, what are some of your interests?
“My interests are comic books, television shows, baking, art, and french fries. I enjoy being able to spend quality time with others, and I love being able to rant about comic book writers.”

Which cardinal principle would you say is your strongest, and why?
“Leadership. I feel it’s something I’ve really grown in, and if there is something I know I’m capable of doing, I have to take initiative and contribute as much as I can. I’m finding my voice, and I want to help everyone reach success.”

What has been your favorite memory associated with Alpha Phi Omega so far?
“Last winter, I wanted to go home to see my family, but I needed a ride. I jokingly told Davin to come with me and drive me up. And suddenly, Deeder and Davin text me a few days later that they’re down, and we road trip all the way to Northern California. The whole experience brought me a lot closer to them, and I was so surprised they actually would do something like that for me.”

How would you say your life has changed since pledging?
“My perspective on a lot of things just keeps growing and expanding. Since pledging, I’ve developed a lot of passion for the fraternity and gotten close to people I never expected to get close to.”

What is your favorite quote?
“”The only variable you can control is yourself.”


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Cherie Woo

NAME: Cherie Woo
PLEDGE CLASS: Alpha Gamma
MAJOR: Computer Science
YEAR: 4th

Positions: Webmaster (Fall 2016)
Other Organizations: Vice President of Association for Computing Machinery; Public Relations of Engineers for a Sustainable World; Former Treasurer of Women in Computing Machinery.

Outside of Alpha Phi Omega, what are some of your interests?
“Computer Science, building things, art things, and badminton.”

Which cardinal principle would you say is your strongest, and why?
“At this point, I honestly don’t think I have a strongest suit; I would like to say I am even across board, usually service would be my drive. I can see my negatives and positives in each cardinal principle.”

What has been your favorite memory associated with Alpha Phi Omega so far?
“I don’t believe I can pinpoint one specific favorite memory, because I have had a lot of “ah-ha” moments. They all have in common though, my realization that I am proud to be a part of Alpha Phi Omega.”

How would you say your life has changed since pledging?
“Personally, I’ve grown a lot being a part of APO, it’s probably not very visible (still introverted), but I’ve (gained some skills and) made a number of decisions, I otherwise wouldn’t have made because of APO… and those were one of the best decisions of my life! So by transitive property, APO is one of the best decisions of my life.”

What is your favorite quote?
“”C’est la vie.” (means “that’s life” in French… It didn’t have to be in French, but it sounds better, arguably.) –because when sheet happens to a point where you might be at a loss for words, it’s applicable (in a bitter-sweet way). You’re likely not alone in any situation, there’s ~8 billion people in the world currently (and you know… people come and go) someone’s probably been in your shoes.”