Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Sig Ep disaffiliates members following alumni review

The chapter members who were disaffiliated are “not eligible or invited" to join the new Sig Ep chapter on campus.
The Daily Northwestern : BREAKING: Sig Ep disaffiliates members following alumni review

BREAKING: Sig Ep disaffiliates members following alumni review
PAULINA FIROZI, MANAGING EDITOR
January 8, 2013

All members of Northwestern’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon are officially disaffiliated from the organization after the national fraternity suspended members this summer.

Andrew Lemens, Sig Ep’s director of fraternity operations, said the national fraternity intervened when questionable behavior exhibited by the brothers “got to a point where it was detrimental to their success.” He said a group of alumni was assigned to evaluate members of the fraternity through Fall Quarter and determined they would not be able to continue as members of Sig Ep.

“It became quickly apparent through interviews and some follow up processes that there weren’t any members in that current group who are capable of detaching themselves of the former chapter experience, who were willing and able to do the things necessary to sustain Sigma Phi Epsilon at Northwestern,” Lemens said.

Although no previous members will remain in the chapter, Sip Ep will remain affiliated with the University. Lemens said the national fraternity is working with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Division of Student Affairs to reestablish the organization with new members for Spring Quarter.

He said Sig Ep representatives will be on campus starting this week to begin recruiting unaffiliated men who are “interested in joining and building a premiere fraternity experience.” The organization will participate in some of the formal recruitment activities that begin for the Interfraternity Council this week.



“We recognize the value of the institution, the value of Northwestern and the students it attracts and those at Sigma Phi Epsilon can be successful on campus,” Lemens said.

On Jan. 4, some male members of the NU community received an email from Sheehan Walker, chairman of the Sig Ep-affiliated Balanced Man Scholarship, encouraging them to apply for an $8,000 academic scholarship and suggested a new chapter would be established.

Lemens said the scholarship aligns with the organization's values as well as those of the University.

“When we start a new chapter, we do so in support of the academic leadership and student development of the University,” he said. “That’s something we feel is important to encourage and reward young men at Northwestern who embody what we try to build when we’re talking about building balanced men.”

The chapter members who were disaffiliated are “not eligible or invited" to join the new Sig Ep chapter on campus, Lemens said. He added that if the former brothers wanted to join another fraternity, that would be handled on a case-by-case basis.