Sigma Alpha Epsilon gives back to community

By Amy Geldean

Fraternal organization Sigma Alpha Epsilon spent their time giving back to the community during their “True Gentlemen Week of Service” which lasted from April 15 to April 19.

In years past the chapter has done a single day of service but this year Gustavo Casas, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Vice President, decided to take it a step further and dedicate a whole week to service and the betterment of NIU campus.

The week started on Monday, April 15, in Holmes Student Center where they attended and participated in Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Do It To The Crowd. This dance competition benefited the Special Olympics which helps those with disabilities succeed in athletics.

They partnered with Pi Sigma Epsilon, a fraternity for sales, marketing and management professionals, on Tuesday, April 16. They donated can goods that was given to Hope Haven.

Hope Haven welcomed the men’s help as they helped clean on Wednesday, April 17. Thursday, April 18, consisted of a canned goods drive for Husky Pantry.

The week ended with a clean up at Barsema Hall for the College of Business. Board of Trustees Chair Dennis Barsema, who was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, donated Barsema Hall back in 2002.

“It was important to me to end this way, giving back to the University, the College of Business and Barsema Hall” said Casas. “We hope to set the standard for progressive causes, such as service.”

As it is one of their core values according to their website, Sigma Alpha Epsilon looks to push the envelope and challenge other organizations to do the same.