CSU frat promotes giving back to community

Cleveland -  Ohio State University recently suspended most fraternities on its campus, as many of the chapters are being investigated for complaints of hazing and alcohol violations.

Several other universities around the country also suspended fraternities because of student deaths at fraternity events.

But at Cleveland State University, members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity want to get the word out that they're about giving back to the community and developing their members into becoming leaders.

Nick Bartlett, member and past treasurer, says he understands Ohio State's decision, but is eager to point out the things his fraternity does, both locally and nationwide, to help the community.

Sigma Phi Epsilon members nationwide are active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Here in Cleveland, Bartlett says, the men visit the MacGregor Home, a local assisted living facility, and also volunteer at the Cleveland Food Bank.

He says alcohol is prohibited at most fraternity/sorority mixers, and the national chapter has passed legislation to eliminate alcohol from all chapter houses by 2020.

Sigma Phi Epsilon has what they call the "Balanced Man" program, which has as its goal promoting leadership, physical activity and academics.

He also says that fraternity participation leads to taking part in other student organizations on campus.

And he says being part of the organization teaches responsibility that members wouldn't get outside of the fraternity or sorority, like filing the organization's tax returns, something he had to do as treasurer.

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