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By Carter Coudriet, Alumni Relations Chair

So far this year, Beta Rho has made great strides forward in rush, philanthropy, and sorority relations.

Rush Results
The brotherhood had a successful rush week this year. Between events like Casino Night on a yacht, Around the World night in the house, a mixer, and obviously the fantastic Bid Dinner, Beta Rho had to trim its new class down. Though many freshmen and sophomores were interested, we currently have 20 fine gentlemen pledging.

Community Service
After our success with St. Jude’s, Community Service Chairs Eugene Shekhtman and Danny Sample were eager to continue making a difference in the community. Pairing with Philabundance, Penn’s Sigma Nu raised $1,015 and 156 pounds of food for local people in need.

Beta Rho also held our first Spring Blood Drive on Friday, February 12. Partnering with the American Red Cross, we held the blood drive at the chapter house, during which snacks were served. We held a raffle as well, and local alumni were invited to join us and donate blood. This was an important project since each donation can save up to three lives. We were happy to be part of such a worthy cause!

Social Committee
Social Chairs Dylan Rhile and Ashwin Dewan were on-point last semester arranging enjoyable and widely-successful mixers with the Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Omega Epsilon.

This semester, we had another mixer with Alpha Delta Pi, which was its new class’s first social event. We also hosted Alpha Omega Epsilon’s bid party, which gave our pledges their first opportunity to mix with a sorority. We are planning two more mixers for the year.

The Marshal process has also undergone a few changes. The chapter is renewing its focus in LEAD, which is our national chapter's Leadership, Ethics, Achievement and Development program. We are also in the process of strengthening pledge-brother tutoring networks. We are excited to guide these candidates on their journey to become men who live by the principles of Love, Honor, and Truth.

The Chapter also hopes to be recognized by our national chapter as a Rock Chapter, the highest honor a chapter of Sigma Nu can achieve. This initiative was sparked by Eminent Commander Holden McGinnis and Brother Raul Zablah. We will keep you updated with our progress.