What began as a slight curiosity in 2015 by then-sophomore Harrison Toohey would later become the foundation for a new Greek chapter at UNC.
Toohey's conversations with the fraternity members at his summer job, Pine Cove Christian Camp, materialized into a new chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi, abbreviated as BYX, focused on providing members an alternative fraternity experience.
Beta Upsilon Chi will hold a seat on the UNC Interfraternity Council as a provisional member in spring of 2018 and is primed to become an associate member as soon as next fall.
The University's IFC has an open expansion policy, allowing any fraternities recognized by the North American Interfraternity Council to become members. IFC President Matt Mengert said that each time the group expands, a larger pool of potential fraternity members are drawn to the group.
“One of the things we saw from their expansion is some of the people that might not otherwise have been in a fraternity or Greek community were given an opportunity to join an organization that may have different opportunities in terms of starting at a newer position,” Mengert said. “You get to be one of the first alumni, the guiding people in the fraternity, some of the founders of that chapter.”