Sigma Phi Epsilon has always been involved in helping the community, but one brother wanted to take it further. Former President John Kaiser 10’ had an idea for a community service program to be called SigEp Saturdays.
SigEp Saturdays are days on which brothers volunteer their time to help members of the surrounding communities with whatever projects they might ask for help on. As Vice President of Member Development, Ben Morrow 11’ took the initiative to make SigEp Saturdays a reality this spring semester. The brothers of SigEp have already participated in several activities including: carpet cleaning, painting, organizing, spring cleaning, and even assisting members of the community move from Galesburg to Monmouth. These events are helping the chapter build a stronger relationship with members of the community and are improving our reputation at large.
These projects show the community that our Illinois Gamma Chapter truly does care about improving the community and also that we take our SigEp values to heart. Not only have we helped the community by assisting in these projects, but we have also received unsolicited donations to various charities in excess of $1,000 dollars indirectly to Relay for Life and Athletes for a Cure as requested by the donors.
The brothers in the chapter thouroughly enjoy participating in SigEp Saturdays. Brother Roy Sye 13’ says that “SigEp Saturdays are truly beneficial for our chapter to give back to the community, but also for us to promote brotherhood within the chapter. Coming together to help serve requires everyone to work together as a team, allowing us to bond with brothers that we might not regularly hang out with.” Currently the chapter is talking with the Monmouth City Administrator to do a series [of] service projects for the community at large. It is also a goal of the chapter that SigEp Saturdays become a national initiative for Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters everywhere. We think the idea has a lot of marketing potential and are working to realize it.
If you know anyone who would be interested in a helping hand and are in the Monmouth area, please feel free to contact us.
Paul Davies ‘13
The struggle to obtain knowledge and to advance one's self in the world strengthens the mind, disciplines the faculties, matures the judgment, promotes self-reliance, and gives one independence of thought and force of character.
The ancient Greeks believed that a body's good health was vital as the vessel of the mind. The mind houses your humanity, and, therefore, an exercise of the mind is just as important as the exercise of the body for full maturing and development. The purpose of a human's time on earth is to live the best, balanced life and to explore the unexamined facets that make us better men.
SigEp chapters use the balanced man ideal of building a sound mind and a sound body to frame their programming ideas. To help develop the Sound Body concept, chapters do not simply participate in intramural sports, but are also encouraged to sponsor annual physicals that measure cholesterol, blood pressure, and screen for different types of cancer.
To pursue a Sound Mind, we look to grade requirements and study hours as only the beginnings, SigEp takes the next step by inviting political candidates, alumni brothers in various walks of life, college professors to speak to the chapter. SigEps promotes greater diversity understanding among all faiths and beliefs. SigEp chapters are committed to providing an intellectual atmosphere that benefits themselves, their college, and their community, and strives to center on the Balanced Man.
The Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation is committed to helping develop the Balanced Man, from avenues such as funding every chapter with free subscriptions to Men's Journal magazine to providing testicular cancer shower cards. Sigma Phi Epsilon continually exhibits its dedication to helping a man develop not just a sound physical body, but moreover a healthy, lasting vessel for the mind.
The first requisite of all education and discipline should be man-timber. Tough timber must come from well grown, sturdy trees. Such wood can be turned into a mast, can be fashioned into a piano or an exquisite carving. But it must become timber first. Time and patience develop the sapling into the tree. So through discipline, education, experience, the sapling child is developed into hardy mental, moral, physical mantimber.
If the youth should start out with the fixed determination that every statement he makes shall be the exact truth; that every promise he makes shall be redeemed to the letter; that every appointment shall be kept with the strictest faithfulness and with full regard for other men’s time; if he should hold his reputation as a priceless treasure, feel that the eyes of the world are upon him that he must not deviate a hair’s breadth from the truth and right; if he should take such a stand at the outset, he would . . .come to have almost unlimited credit and the confidence of everybody who knows him.
What are palaces and equipages; what though a man could cover a continent with his title-deeds, or an ocean with his commerce; compared with conscious rectitude, with a face that never turns pale at the accuser’s voice, with a bosom that never throbs with fear of exposure, with a heart that might be turned inside out and disclose no stain of dishonor? To have done no man a wrong; to have put your signature to no paper to which the purest angel in heaven might not have been an attesting witness; to walk and live, unseduced, within arm’s length of what is not your own, with nothing between your desire and its gratification but the invisible law of rectitude;—this is to be a man.