Brother Scott Sandberg has a long-standing tradition of existence at Gamma-Rho, to its members and to the community at large. His time in Gamma-Rho straddled both the end of the El Capitan era as well as the move to the new, current chapter house; where he served multiple semesters as House Manager.
In addition to his duties as House Manager, he also served the unofficial post as House Morale Officer. Coming ‘home’ on Friday afternoon after a rough week in need of relacing? Brothers Sandberg and Slusser were there with a trough full of Natty and Jimmy Buffet playing, welcoming you to relax. He was also prone to the occasional speech of legendary proportions such as his “’Beer Cans’ Of Gold” moment during chapter, or, during one tension-fraught Rush hash session which had divided the house into two camps, Sandberg got up from the back of the dining room and loudly announced “So this guy is a total zero…”, breaking into the rush scene from Animal House, nearly verbatim, only substituting active members for cast members. Tension dissolved into a dogpile and a trip to Cluck U Chicken where brotherhood bonding ensued.
As an alumnus, for nearly 20 years Brother Sandberg has continued serving as our unofficial “Morale Officer”. He and brother Eric Vorrie, co-hosted VorBerg’s Green Tent in the UA Mall for years, allowing Gamma-Rho alumni and guests to partake in camaraderie and enjoy the day, even during 2-10 seasons.
In 2010, when some 90s alumni were looking at returning to Tucson for the first time in more than a dozen years, Sandberg heeded the call. He plotted a tour of some of the Old Pueblo’s more blue collar or even no collar establishments, renting a van and booking a driver to ensure all could have a good time, responsibly. The event was so successful it later evolved into a school bus to replace the van and adding a Tucson Roller Derby team to the guest list. Derby girls and thirty-something alumni reliving their glory years.. What a sight to behold.
Part of what makes Gamma-Rho special is “the brotherhood”, a concept which we can all acknowledge, but few embrace and run with, and inspire in others like our Man of the Year. So here’s to Brother Sandberg, who’s with us tonight.