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Sigma Alpha Epsilon returns to campus

The Mercer chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon returned this semester. Photo by Nassim Ashford.

The Mercer chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon returned this semester. Photo by Nassim Ashford.

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The Mercer University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) has returned to campus this semester after being removed from campus in 2016 due to alcohol violations in three consecutive semesters.

“Basically we had a group of seniors that graduated in the spring of 2017 who knew we were on social probation, university probation, and chose to do something, chose to go out with a bang,” said Jack Raines, president of Mercer’s SAE chapter. “All the guys who were issues are gone from the chapter.”

SAE has returned to campus and is now able to recruit new members and have social events, but are under university probation.

“University probation is a status that means any further violations of the student code of conduct puts the organization status with the University (in) jeopardy,” Douglas Pearson, Dean of Students, said in an email.

SAE will be under University probation until Dec. 31, 2018, Pearson said.

The 12 active members completed over 20 hours of community service each as part of the requirements to return to campus, said Alek Christensen, SAE recruitment chair. Members also attended several risk management seminars.

The fraternity is eager to recruit new members and is looking for a mixture of freshmen and sophomores, due to the recruitment periods missed.

“We’re just going to try to get the best fit, make sure we don’t get any people who are just looking to come in and party and go out with a bang because we’re looking to stay on campus and remain as one of the top chapters on campus,” Christensen said.

The fraternity plans to host events benefitting multiple sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity in the fall.

Both Raines and Christensen stress that SAE’s troubles are behind them.

“We’re definitely back and hopefully better than ever,” Christensen said.

Pearson believes the fraternity will have a positive influence on campus.

“I have every confidence that SAE will use this new start to be seen as leaders on campus.  I would love to see them thrive and be serious about academics, service and leadership,” Pearson said.

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