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First Annual Reagan’s Run a Success For the Upsilon-Tau chapter at California State Stanislaus, it has been a school year filled with many successes. Continuing to grow and thrive as a chapter, the fall 2012 semester was particularly momentous. After working for the last three years, they finally reached their goal of being installed as an official chapter. At the beginning of April, members were very proud and humbled to reach another goal, hosting the first annual Reagan’s Run, which consisted of a 5K run open to the entire community. While attempting to hold this event in previous years, circumstances prevented the chapter from doing so. Fortunately, however, that was not the case this year. With a lot of motivation, dedication, and passion, Frater Victor Flores, who serves as Philanthropy Chair, was able to successfully get this event off the ground. Victor began planning Reagan’s Run in early September and tirelessly worked on it for months. “There was a lot of brainstorming going on between myself and my committee. We really had no experience with putting on a 5K race.” It was very stressful and daunting at times and involved a lot of paperwork, running around to get things turned in, waiting around to figure out if certain things would get approved in time, and a ton of small things that began to add up. As difficult as it got, Victor never gave up on the event or even regretted taking on the task. “It was a lot of work and involved a lot of sleepless nights, balancing getting Reagan’s Run stuff done and doing all my chemistry homework. But, I knew I was doing it all to support a good cause and honoring Frater Ronald Reagan. That was enough to get me through it.” The Tekes received a lot of support from campus staff. Amy Thomas, the Assistant Director of Public Safety and Risk Management, was instrumental in getting the insurance forms filled out properly and on time. Nicole Turner, campus Greek Advisor, also helped Victor with finances and safety trainings. Esther McKoon, faculty advisor, was a great resource in helping promote the event and getting it approved in the first place. Alumnus member Mark
Millersville Tekes Host Benefit Concert
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Vega provided cross country gear to use for the event and took the time to help Victor set up a website for Reagan’s Run. Target and Costco also donated to the event. Sororites on campus, Delta Phi Gamma and Phi Sigma Sigma, were invaluable, helping set up and taking stations along the 5K route. “I’m very grateful and humbled to have had so many people contributing to Reagan’s Run. I don’t think I can ever repay them for all of their generosity and their assistance,” said Victor. Frater Edward Colorado summed it up, “All of the hard work and effort that was put into this event yielded amazing results and we managed to raise $800 for the Alzheimer’s Association. While we were hoping for the best, we never anticipated that it would be this successful, especially because it was our first time having it. We managed to raise more money than we had in any of our previous philanthropic endeavors. We look forward to repeating the same success in the future and continuing to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and many other charities.”
On April 12, 2013, the Rho-Psi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Millersville University held a concert on campus to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event, titled “The 2013 TKE MPR SHOW,” consisted of four local artists on campus playing in the school’s multipurpose room. Frater Qwan Lewis, Frater Bobby Katz, and Frater Ben Kreiger were among the headlining performers. In total, the chapter raised $650 through ticket sales, raffles, and the selling of wristbands for St. Jude.
In Sandy’s Wake, Jersey Tekes Pitch In by Fraters Isrin Srisethnil & Matthew Pisani, Alpha-Eta Chapter, Rutgers University As evident by the destruction, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast this past year and demolished everything in its path, mainly the coast of New Jersey. Now, I’m not personally from New Jersey since I was born and raised in Connecticut, but attending school at Rutgers really exposed me to this tragedy. I remember waking up the day after the storm and initially thinking to myself that it wasn’t all that bad. Then, when I made the drive home to Connecticut to visit my family, I saw how truly devastating the aftermath really was. There were power lines down, stoplights out, gas stations closed, trees blocking roads and in houses, and debris scattered as far as the eye could see. As a result, I stopped driving and decided to wait another day or two. Unfortunately, things didn’t get better anytime soon. It took weeks, and we’re still in the process of cleaning up, but the brothers of the Alpha-Eta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon did something that few other brotherhoods did. They instantly went to the town of Toms River to help clean up. Why Toms River? One of our brothers, Angad Dhir, grew up there and is currently a neophyte in his first semester. For his brotherhood to go down to his hometown to help clean up meant the world to him. The brothers mainly helped with a sublet of Toms River—Silverton. Silverton was almost completely devastated to the extent that you actually needed to surpass the police checkpoints to enter. The checkpoints served a safety purpose since there were looters around trying to take whatever they could. As Angad recalls, “Walking around, people were confused as to who we were. We had to tell them what we were doing and who we were because they
were getting hostile; they thought we were looters.” These poor people were just not expecting a college fraternity from Rutgers to drive over an hour away to help one of their own brothers. Angad also shared some of his experiences from that day, “People were ripping out really wet insulation, and there was debris everywhere. One house had a really cool setup with a rotating bar with an ocean view, and a pier, but everything was completely destroyed, and the house next door got condemned as well.” The damage was reckless and unforgiving. People’s luxuries and amenities were all gone, basements were flooded, insulation was getting ripped off of foundations, and there was even one lady whose house was razed entirely into bricks. We helped her by picking up the bricks, piece by piece, and gathering them all into a pile. This gesture meant the world to her and she showed her affection by giving us all a warm hug. Many people in the general public would never expect a fraternity to help in this situation but instead portray the stereotypical “party only” aspect about fraternities. This event really helped change their perspective of fraternity men from partiers to helpers. This transformation is one that Angad is familiar with as well. “The part that meant a lot to me was that I became brothers with you guys last semester, and I didn’t grow up with you guys, but you still came to my hometown and helped clean up. It really showed me the meaning of brotherhood.” Brotherhood evidently knows no bounds, especially when it comes to assistance and compassion. It truly is amazing how sometimes tragedies like these can really bring the best out in people. WINTER 2013 q THE TEKE 15