Olney House all lit up in the snow.
2013 has started off incredibly for the Beta Nu Chapter of Sigma Chi, with many of our biggest events of the year coming up this Spring. We welcomed 25 new brothers at initiation in November, bringing our total membership to 87 and enhancing our strong standing on Brown’s campus. February brought a frantic and successful rush period as we invited 29 excited freshman to join our pledge class. Although the “snowpocalypse” forced us to reschedule our annual Disco Inferno event, we came back stronger than ever to continue the tradition and make for a memorable night – look for pictures on our website, http://sigchibetanu.tumblr.com/.
The chapter continues to grow our role and position on campus and recently completed a small renovation of the chapter room with the help of a generous scholarship award from Sigma Chi International. New leather couches and a projector system have brought the brothers together and will allow us to host our first Alumni Fireside chat with Chuck Davis ’82 on March 11. As we prepare for our centennial celebration next spring, we invite all Beta Nu men to reach out or visit if in Providence, and please mark your calendars for an event on April 26, 2014.
David Rabin ‘14
Matt Klimerman & William Janover
Noticing the popularity of Compliments pages at other universities, two editors at Brown University’s BlogDailyHerald — the blog of the campus newspaper The Brown Daily Herald — launched Brown University Compliments on Nov. 18, just before Thanksgiving. The site took off immediately, perhaps because everyone was feeling particularly thankful over the holiday, according to creators Meredith Bilski, a junior and BlogDailyHerald Managing Editor, and William Janover, a sophomore and one of the blog’s deputy managing editors. They hope the page will boost students’ spirits as they study for finals and spotlight members of the community who may not make it onto the news website.
“It’s hard for us to cover every student,” admits Bilski.
Janover adds: “We’re not looking for people to all of a sudden start saying things in person to one another that they were afraid to say before. At BlogDailyHerald, we highlight what cool things people are doing, and bring them to the Internet. [This Facebook account] is a way for Brown students to do that themselves.”
Sophomore James McNamara (Los Angeles, CA) scored a game-high six goals with three assists, five steals, a field block and an ejection drawn in a dominating 23-9 victory over Harvard on Thursday to help the Bears clinch the Northern Division No. 1 seed. For his solid performance, he earned both the Northern Division Player and Defensive Player of the Week awards.
The honor was his first of the 2012 season, but marks his ninth and 10th weekly honor from the league. Last year, he recorded four laurels by picking up the September 5 and October 24 Northern Division Player and the September 19 and October 31 Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week awards. As a freshman in 2010, he claimed the September 13, October 4, November 8 and November 22 Northern Division Rookie of the Week accolades.
Today, Beta Nu partnered with the Narragansett Baykeepers at India Point Park to participate in their “Save The Bay" campaign. After several hours of work, we collected and disposed of over 80 pounds of garbage!
Kevin Leitao and Jon Hilgart accept the Peterson-Blue award and the Legion of Honor award at the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop.
The J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award
Recognizes strong performance in all areas of chapter operations, the Peterson Significant Chapter Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an undergraduate chapter. Award criteria include scholarship, financial stability, new member retention, campus activities and leadership, campus and community service, chapter development, faculty and alumni relations, publications, active and new member programs. The Blue award is given to chapters who have scored between 90% and 96.99% overall in the annual report.
Legion of Honor Award
This award honors those chapters having commendable educational programs. Each program must encourage and create positive scholastic attitudes and enhance the individual brother’s desire to reach his fullest potential during the course of his college career. The goal of the Foundation is for this award to motivate chapters to establish scholarship programs that benefit each brother within the chapter.
Philanthropy Magazine celebrates Significant Sig Jon Hunstman and the Huntsman Cancer Center, one of Sigma Chi’s preferred charitable organizations.
As of April 2012, Sigma Chi alumni and undergraduate chapters have raised more than $854,000 benefiting research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Brown University Department of Safety came by the house today and registered our laptops.