|Sigma Alpha Epsilon emphasizes service to community,
by Mike P. Hamilton and David Tepperman
Part of what makes a fraternity different from a bunch of friends that live and socialize together is a commitment to giving back to the community and the development of its brothers. This is central to the mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and is taken seriously by the brothers of New Hampshire Alpha. This past winter was no exception. Under the leadership of Programming Chair Jon Martin í02 and his assistant Mike Hamilton í03, SAE continued to provide valuable service to the Dartmouth and Upper Valley community, as well as opportunities for the personal development of its brothers.
Some things stayed the same from previous terms. Along with the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma, brothers prepared meals fortnightly at Davidís House. Several brothers remained involved in the weekly Special Olympics Bowling program. Jon Martin í02 continued his leadership of the Menís Project, which provides a valuable forum for men to discuss issues such as menís health, war and depression. He also organized a campus-wide event on menís sexuality in Collis Commonground.
SAE maintained its dedication to service to the Dartmouth community and beyond through several other programs, as well. Over spring break, David Blindheim '03 traveled with a group from the Tucker Foundation to build houses in West Virginia in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. Working with Dean of the Tucker foundation and Texas Christian SAE Stuart Lord, New Hampshire Alpha volunteered around campus for the Tucker Foundationís fiftieth anniversary celebration that featured among other things a speech by author Maya Angelou. Under the leadership of John Cortese '02, the house organized a team to participate in the MS Walk.
SAE continued to sponsor nonalcoholic programming for the benefit of Dartmouth students. This included a dance party cosponsored with Alpha Xi Delta, a karaoke night at the house, and an Indian Culture Night at Delta Delta Delta.
In the area of brotherhood development,
SAE enjoyed a variety of events. Carey Heckman '76, a Professor of
Computer Science, continued his four-part lecture series on recent Dartmouth
Presidents with a well-attended talk on President David McLaughlin.
Mr. Heckman will finish the lecture series in the spring with a presentation
on President James O. Freedman. Craig Parker, the local director
of the Christian Navigators, came to discuss the downfall of Enron and
the business ethics surrounding the collapse. These events, among others
addressed pertinent topics in society and our lives.