It is through the idea of tradition that I will rely on bringing to you, my final thoughts as president. I should note, I have had some time to reflect and think upon what I would write, say, and present in my final piece on behalf of KS Alpha. While I am writing this after transitioning the office six weeks ago, my time has been very much of keeping tradition alive while bringing about change to our members. I know having this extra time allows me to further draw my message.
Speaking my mind has never been much of an issue for me, rather what was the most appropriate or proper way to get my message across to the masses. It is this same trait I know face in writing this. There is a lot I could and have to say about my journey through SigEp and Baker, but for the sake of us all I will condense as much as possible. Having had the great opportunity to be president of KS Alpha gave me the greatest privilege to be the voice of 38 great gentlemen and brothers across our community and fellow brother chapters. It was through much of these brothers support and campaigning that earned my election as student body president a mere year ago. It seems that my passion has always been to speak for those of my peers and fight for the betterment of those around me. It is this I hope I have accomplished most as my tenure as President.
There was quite a lot that happened in my year, from initial clashes as we changed dynamics of the house, to what we refer to as “the great flood of ’14” to having the highest recruitment in four years, it truly has been an extraordinary year and one that I will never forget. Our ideals of tradition were challenged as we faced a lot of change this past year. A new University President, minister, professors, and members to our brotherhood meant we must make new strives while also maintaing our past. We installed many new elements to our brotherhood and chapter operations, ones that I sincerely believe will increase the strength of our traditions while also moving us into the future. Having our new member development program start along with 20 new brothers to start their journey was by far the greatest tradition we set this year.
For many who say Greek life is destructive and should be eliminated from our college campuses, I suggest you look at what we have done over our 105 year history. Amongst having the biggest philanthropy event, GPA ranking above all campus average, all male, and in the national 25 of all Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters, 60% leadership on campus by members, and nearly every sport represented, it is apparent why we need the Greek system today.
More importantly, under it all is a family. This aspect is very rarely seen from the outside, but runs rapid throughout our beloved “Frat Castle.” It is this tradition of Brotherhood and unity that I found the most appealing and greatest offering of KS Alpha. When I joined 3 1/2 years ago, I was very unsure of what I was doing. Being the first in my family to go Greek, it was not easily convincing for my family’s support. In the end, I gained a family. Through my time and journey I have gained nearly 100 brothers who are life long friends, fans, support systems, and just there. It is this family of brothers that I will remember and miss the most of my college career. While we may get into a bit of mischief, it is always harmless and helped build my fondest memories, and the memories of those before me, building what we know and see as the tradition of KS Alpha.
In what will be my last words to an audience “as President” I engage those younger than to me to keep SigEp alive. The fire that burned inside of me for so long in loving this chapter and members is now passed to you. It is through your leadership, qualities I know you have and saw grow under mentorship that this house will continue to deliver on its promises of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. Do not let the tradition quit, but strengthen and grow it for the future generations to hold and attain.
I have had very few greater privileges than serving as this chapter’s president. I will forever treasure this house, members, and what SigEp has done for me. I challenge those after me to do the same for the incoming classes. It is on us to make this fraternity different.
With upmost VDBL. It is today, as everyday, GREAT TO BE A (BAKER KS ALPHA) SIGEP,