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FIJI GOES ABROAD
LETTER from the EDITORS NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS
Brothers, For this special issue, we are thrilled to bring you a new and redesigned newsletter. Notice anything different? This is the first time in our nearly ten years as a Chapter that the newsletter has received such a substantial format change. Both of us seek to improve the chapter in any way we see fit, and we feel the newsletter is an excellent place to start. With our combined experience, we hope to create a more appealing and interesting newsletter for our brothers; we want to improve the content, quality, and coverage of our chapter. Have ideas? Let us know! Ultimately, the newsletter is meant to reflect the best of Chi Eta and all the busy happenings of a typical FIJI semester. This goal ensures undergraduate and graduate brothers alike can see and take pride in what the Chi Eta chapter is doing to pursue excellence in many different forms. In order to achieve this, we felt a â€œrebirthâ€? of the newsletter is one of the best strategies. Seeking excellence is not a simple task, but with the revival of the newsletter we hope to bring Chi Eta and our publications committee closer to this. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy the newsletter! Your editors,
THOMAS DEATON Corresponding Secretary
KEN BARLOW Publications Chair
AN EARLY-MORNING PHOTOGRAPH OF CHERRY HALL, BID DAY, SPRING 2018
CONTENTS in this issue
THE UPSILON CLASS MAKES THEIR MARK ON CHI ETA
BROTHERS STUDY ABROAD AND GIVE BACK
6 CHI ETA GOES GLOBAL Brothers travel far and wide to augment their Winter Term educationâ€”and give back.
20 GOING FOR GOLD Chi Eta sweeps WKU Chapter Awards, and welcomes Reed Morgan back to the family.
10 LIFE OF CABINET Five new brothers take the lead in this cabinet spotlight.
24 PHILANTHROPY & GRADUATE UPDATES
12 WELCOME, UPSILON CLASS Watch the newest Chi Eta pledge class take their place.
“The last Saturday in April” 2019 Location Forthcoming
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO JOINED US FOR OUR NINTH ANNUAL
Frank Norris Pig Dinner WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT NEXT YEAR’S 10TH ANNUAL DINNER
A number of Chi Eta brothers ventured abroad over winter break 2018, gaining valuable experience to augment their educationâ€”and seek out opportunities to give back.
Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney.
Medical Service Learning.
Brother Andy Cockrum this winter took a study abroad trip to Australia with the Department of Geography. The class, Geography 452 and aptly named “Geography Down Under,” is designed to relate geography to all disciplines so that students of any major can take the trip; each student has a project assigned based on his or her major. He spent the most time in Cairns, traveling the city for seven days and even venturing beyond the city proper to experience the local environment and speak with the nearby indigenous population. While there, he had the opportunity to go spear fishing with an aboriginal man named Brandon and learn more about the unique and tragic history of the Australian indigenous population—a story you have to hear to believe. The trip was hot, and the temperature never sank below 90°F. Cockrum was even in Sydney on the hottest day in 78 years, when the temperature rose to a record-setting 116°F. For fun, the trip concluded with a two-day trip to Hawaii on the way back to the States. “The trip was a blast,” says Cockrum, adding, “I’d definitely recommend the trip to anyone considering taking it.”
Over the winter break, several brothers had the privilege of studying abroad in Kenya for about three weeks. This study abroad program, “Partners in Caring: Medicine in Kenya,” is offered through WKU and allows students to travel to rural Kenya to learn about and practice medicine. This is a small program of fifteen students, five of whom were Chi Eta FIJIs. Alongside the students were professors, physicians, and medical school students, including a graduate brother. “Studying abroad to Kenya allowed me to experience firsthand lifestyles and cultures that are so different than what we are used to in the United States,” says brother Eric Roepke. For two weeks, they were able to live among the community of Rukanga, observing their traditions, enjoying their cuisines, and developing relationships with the locals. The men worked in the medical clinics and were able to interact with different patients & doctors and learn more about medicine. “Most importantly, we learned the importance of being compassionate and empathetic to all whose paths you cross,” says Roepke. “Although the language barrier made working with patients difficult at times, it became apparent that kindness is unaffected by these differences.” •
Waterfall Economics. Brother Jacob Tipton was a part of an economics study abroad trip to Southern Africa, visiting South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He studied economic development in these counties, going on safari, visiting Victoria Falls, and meeting with business professionals in the region.
BROTHERS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO MEDICAL SERVICE WHILE STUDYING ABROAD IN KENYA
ANDY COCKRUM WALKS WITH AN ABORIGINAL MAN WHILE LEARNING ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS POPULATION
JACOB TIPTON STUDIED ECONOMICS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA DURING WINTER TERM
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Meet the 2018 Cabinet. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
LIFE OF CABINET
SIDE A (THIS SIDE)
HAIL TO THE CHIEF (feat. Jonathan Greene) CA$H MONEY (feat. Davis Taylor) “HERE” (feat. Noah A. Stevens) RT (feat. Thomas Deaton) MAKING HISTORY (feat. Tommy Sullivan)
Jonathan Greene, President Major: Biology/Chemistry Hometown: Lexington, KY Fun fact: “I have a minor obsession with the game of minesweeper” Davis Taylor, Treasurer Major: Finance Hometown: Bowling Green, KY Fun fact: “I’ve had 6 surgeries” Noah A. Stevens, Recording Secretary Major: International Affairs/Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies Hometown: Elizabethtown, KY Fun fact: “I am probably (definitely) Condoleezza Rice’s biggest fan” Thomas Deaton, Recording Secretary Major: English Hometown: Elizabethtown, KY Fun fact: “I can sing the whole Golden Girls theme song” Tommy Sullivan, Historian Major: History/Spanish Hometown: Louisville, KY Fun fact: “In 8th grade, I lost the school spelling bee to my 5th grade younger brother”
12 TIME TO GET TO KNOW THE NEWEST PLEDGE CLASS AT CHI ETA. WE ASKED THEM SOME INTERESTING QUESTIONS; CHECK OUT THEIR INTERESTING ANSWERS.
U P S I L O N
“THE SCOTSMAN” CONCLUDES FOLLOWING THE PLEDGING CEREMONY
Meet the Upsilons. Parker Phelps (‘21) Major: Nursing College activities: TOP Guide, Mahurin Honors college, Intramural basketball, weightlifting Reason for joining FIJI: To make friendships with likeminded guys that will last a lifetime. Favorite GADS flavor: Blueberry cake Jedis or Wizards? Jedis for sure. A Dumbledore vs Yoda matchup would be cool to see though.
Hudson Curry (‘21) Major: Spanish & Film College Activities: Participated in film festivals, CSF soundboard operator, Leadership Alumni, intramural soccer Reason for joining FIJI: I joined FIJI because I believe in it. I believe in the values, the men, and what they stand for. FIJI has a group of guys I can look up to, relate to, and just be friends with. I knew I would get the best out of myself when hanging out with them. Favorite GADS flavor: Double chocolate chip Jedis or Wizards? Wizards would kick jedi arse
Corbin Farley (‘21) Major: Mechanical Engineering College Activities: Intramural sports and CRU Why I joined FIJI: I joined FIJI to join a brotherhood of guys that would give me a community as well as push me to become the best version of myself. I really clicked with the five values and wanted to exude those in my own life. Favorite GADS flavor: Blueberry cake Jedis or Wizards? Wizards would definitely win over Jedi because they can do everything a Jedi can plus exponentially more. 14
Lincoln Curry (‘19)
Joshua Biggs (‘21)
Major: Mechanical Engineering College Activities: HonorsTopper, CSF Member, Community Group Leader, H4 Counselor, Intramural Soccer Player, Table Tennis Athlete, and Sauce Enthusiast Why I joined FIJI: I joined FIJI to surround myself with a group of guys who will constantly encourage and support one another. Favorite GADS flavor: Hot Chocolate Chip Donut Jedis or Wizards? Wizards from the Harry Potter series would crush a group of Jedis hands down. Jedis have light sabers as well as force jumps, pushes, and lightning, which are all very impressive; however, Harry Potter wizards can cast the infamous Avada Kedavra spell and the Jedi is down and out. Wizard powers are also far more useful in day to day use. For instance, the Weasley family were able to cook, clean, and organize simultaneously. Tell me that’s not convincing.
Major: Mechanical Engineering Reason for joining FIJI: The main reason I joined was because of the recommendation of current brothers. I came out to rush week with little intention of signing a bid if I were to get one. Throughout the week, though, as I began to see the brothers interact with each other and hear about what FIJI meant to the initiated brothers, I felt at home in this fraternity. Favorite GADS flavor: Cinnamon-sugar glazed Jedis or Wizards? Making the assumption that both the Jedi and the Wizard are fighting at their full potential, I believe it is safe to say the wizard would win. This is because the wizard would be able to keep the Jedi occupied long enough for Dobby to some save the wizard and maim of seriously injure the Jedi.
Meet [more] Upsilons. Collin Jackson (‘21) Major: Mechanical Engineering Reason for joining FIJI: I joined FIJI because when I was going through rush and meeting most of the guys in the fraternity, I could tell I would gel with them very well and they seemed to genuinely care about me. Favorite GADS flavor: Chocolate donuts with chocolate filling Jedis or Wizards? Wizards would win in a war because even if jedis had weapons to fight with, the wizards could cast a spell that would take the weapons away and then cast another spell to make the jedis not want to fight anymore
Jack Blair (‘21) Major: Business Economics College Activities: Honors college, intramurals, FCA Reason for joining FIJI: I joined Fiji because I knew I could develop lifelong friendships and be able to become a part of a great brotherhood of men. Favorite GADS flavor: Chocolate chip Jedis or Wizards? Jedis easily would win because they are impossible to defeat—unless the wizards know how to execute Order 66.
Tanner Bates (‘21) Major: Business Economics College Activities: Honors college, intramurals, FCA Reason for joining FIJI: Because it’s the best group to be involved with at WKU! Favorite GADS flavor: Blueberry Jedis or Wizards? Jedis would win against wizards. 16
Dylan Taylor (‘21) Major: Mechanical Engineering College Activities: Intramurals, BCM Why I joined FIJI: “You guys left a really good impression on me during recruitment. I heard a lot of good things about FIJI before, but going through recruitment and meeting you guys at the house sealed the deal.” Favorite GADS flavor: Blueberry Cake or Original Glazed Jedis or Wizards? WIZARDS BECAUSE THEY’RE COLD. They have more spells than the skills a Jedi has.
Jacob Howard (‘21) Major: Accounting College Activities: Intramurals, TOP Guide, Honors College Reason for joining FIJI: To both become more involved on campus and to become part of a great brotherhood Favorite GADS flavor: Maple Bar or Sprinkled Cake Jedis or Wizards? Jedis over Wizards, because Gandalf has nothing on Yoda.
Meet [the last of the] Upsilons. Devin Bishop (‘21) Major: Exercise Science College Activities: Exercise Science Club Reason for joining FIJI: I joined FIJI because I wanted to be a part of the best brotherhood on campus Favorite GADS flavor: I don’t eat sweets. Jedis or Wizards? Jedis because the force is too powerful and they have light sabers
Trae Cardwell (‘19) Major: Military Leadership/Finance College Activities: ROTC, FIJI, Drill Team Commander (ROTC) Reason for joining FIJI: To have a lifetime brotherhood that shares the same values and morals. Favorite GADS flavor: Strawberry Cake Jedis or Wizards? Jedi.
Jacob Jaynes (‘20) Major: Marketing Reason for joining FIJI: I joined FIJI because I was looking to make lifelong friends and for a group who would push me to better myself. Favorite GADS flavor: I have never eaten GADS donuts, but there’s no better donut than a chocolate glazed. Jedis or Wizards? Wizards would for sure win.
Andrew Merritt (â€˜21) Major: Mathematical Economics Major College Activities: Chinese Flagship Program, SGA Senator, Open Bible Ministry Teacher Why I joined FIJI: I joined FIJI because I wanted to create lifelong friendships and provide service to others through any means available to me. Favorite GADS flavor: The rectangle one with chocolate inside and on top is A1 Jedis or Wizards? Jedi would absolutely get the dub over Wizards.
Tucker Phelps (â€˜20) Major: Nursing College Activities: Intramurals and CSF Reason for joining FIJI: To be part of a brotherhood and make some lifelong friends Favorite GADS flavor: Blueberry cake Jedis or Wizards? Jedis would easily win
WEL COME HOME, REED MOR GAN Chi Eta swept WKU Chapter Achievement Awards, winning Greek Week, Spring Sing, and the M. Reed Morgan Outstanding Chapter Award.
CHI ETA BROTHERS CELEBRATE FOLLOWING THEIR SPRING SING PERFORMANCE
A Successful Greek Week for Chi Eta. This year marked a zenith in success for the brothers of Chi Eta as they were named the winners of both the M. Reed Morgan award and Greek Week by the WKU Office of Greek Affairs. The M. Reed Morgan award is the premier honor bestowed upon WKU fraternities. Given to the year’s outstanding fraternity chapter at WKU, the last time the Chi Eta chapter received this honor was the 2014-2015 academic year (preceded by a win during the 2013-2014 academic year). The winner is chosen based on a set of criteria including community service and
philanthropic efforts, scholastic prowess, success in intramurals, and alumni development. This year, the Chi Eta chapter qualified for and was awarded an outstanding 7 of 8 chapter achievement awards in their pursuit of the Reed Morgan. No other fraternity matched this feat. Chi Eta brother Noah Rudloff, who served as the 2018 FIJI Greek Week Chair, said, “If you gave blood, thank you. If you paid $5, thank you. If you went to a Tug practice, thank you. If you danced, thank you. If you came out to support your brothers in the rain, thank you.” The Chi Eta chapter doesn’t seek the applause of men, but we’re mighty proud to be FIJIs and look forward to the 2018-2019 year. •
If you gave blood, thank you. If you paid $5, thank you. If you went to a Tug practice, thank you. If you danced, thank you. If you came out to support your brothers in the rain, thank you. â€“ Noah Rudloff, 2018 Greek Week Chair
Raised in Chi Eta philanthropic efforts for spring 2018, including a FIJI Date Auction and the annual Purple Run.
Taylor Leigh (Lambda) married Catherine Havel on July 29, 2017 and started a job with Messer Construction. Joe Starks (Theta) married to Katie Meek on September 30, 2017. Eric Blair (Eta) married MeriCate Small on November 11, 2017.
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