On Tuesday, February 28th, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity hosted an event at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont for elementary school students of the Claremont School District. In addition to renting out the museum and providing dinner, the brothers of SAE distributed children’s books to students free of charge through a charity run by an SAE brother. Members of multiple sororities took advantage of the opportunity to give back as well.
In an email to an SAE trustee, the principal of Bluff Elementary School wrote, “I can only speak for Buff Elementary, but our students had the time of their lives. From the kindness, helpfulness and smiles from the SAE Fraternity to eager minds ready to turn the pages of their new books we thank you!”
SAE was derecognized by the College last winter under allegations of hazing and is also currently serving a five-year suspension from the national organization. Despite such adverse circumstances, SAE has demonstrated a continued commitment to the Upper Valley community and has done well to use their limited resources to give back.
What makes Dartmouth Greek life so strong is its uniqueness. A commitment to openness, inclusion, and service are the highest aspirations of our houses. SAE’s actions have spoken to their willingness to continue service regardless of administrative support. As the administration continues to squeeze Greek life, we at The Review are hopeful that the College will see the contributions Dartmouth fraternities make to the local community. As extensions of Dartmouth, when fraternities and sororities contribute to the Upper Valley, the College’s popularity undoubtedly increases.