Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Purdue University

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Indiana Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Purdue University

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The fall 2014 S I G M A A L P H A E P S I L O N A T P U R D U E U N I V E R S I T Y Lion's TaLe A s students become ever-more reliant on technology and the next best thing, it's easy to see who's keeping up with the pace and who is being left in the dust. Within the past several years, West Lafayette has seen an upswing in luxury student housing, both on campus and off. These new buildings are a far cry from the bare- bones brick walls and metal bunk beds many of us were accustomed to. Before the Internet, cell phones, tablets, hundreds of cable channels, and video games, students would spend very little time in their rooms, as there wasn't much to do. Socializing took place outside of the dorm. Times have This summer, the brothers worked together to build a new volleyball pit at the chapter house. Change Abounds on Purdue Campus More Housing opTions Bring CoMpeTiTion To FraTerniTy changed. Socializing can take place anywhere, and students want to be comfortable doing so. If you were to do a Google search of "West Lafayette student housing," the highest rated apartments tout amenities that resemble an all- inclusive resort. Some of the top apartments' amenities include a clubhouse complete with a state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and study lounge, theater room, and game room. Couple this with the number of fraternity and sorority houses doing major renovations or new builds on campus, it's easy to see that competition for the student dollar is on the rise. Within the last 10-15 years, the campus climate has changed in regard to freshman housing. Before, it was mandatory for freshmen to live on campus, but now more students are looking at their off-campus options, and they recognize the benefits of both. Students now weigh their privacy against the ease of getting to campus. For those who don't mind driving, they view apartments as a more enticing option, simply based on privacy and amenities. Admittedly less social than living in the dorms, off-campus housing also allows for less-stringent rules, unlike one would find living in a dorm. On campus, several leading fraternities have upgraded their houses. Fortunately, Purdue is the #2 Greek system in the U.S., but this makes for a highly competitive environment. The age of our facility really puts us at a disadvantage when compared to our competition. Regardless of their reasons, students are seeking more comfortable and desirable locations to live. We see the changes made around campus and West Lafayette and have found ourselves stepping back to evaluate how SAE Purdue will meet these changes head on. In the meantime, our undergraduates maintain their tradition of excellence on campus regardless of where they live, ensuring the student population knows the men of SAE are True Gentlemen. We know we will need to explore our options to ensure we're maintaining our strong presence on campus and are always a top fraternity. As we make decisions we will keep you abreast of our plans. Stay tuned and thank you for your ongoing interest and support of SAE Purdue. Phi Alpha, House Corporation Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards I n our spring issue of The Lion's Tale, we printed names of Indiana Beta brothers we knew had received the Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. We sincerely apologize to Craig McLaughlin '68 for leaving his name off the list. Craig was given the award in 1997. To our knowledge, we now have seven Indiana Betas who have won this prestigious award. Congratulations to all of you! S A E P u r d u e O n l i n e B e sure to visit our website,, to keep up with everything Indiana Beta related. While you're there, be sure to make a donation to support Indiana Beta's House Corporation and the many ways we support our chapter. Thank you for visiting!

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