According to Sigma Phi Epsilon’s website, “Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” Dr. M. Scott Peck, author of the well-known novel, The Road Less Traveled
, spoke these words.
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The fore mentioned quote is what Auburn’s Alabama Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity exemplifies in its EDGE program, to be held Sunday, Oct. 10.
EDGE is an annual innovative program for first-year Sigma Phi Epsilon members. The experience teaches young men how to make healthy choices and decisions. Lasting 12 to 24 hours, EDGE gives participants a sense of self-awareness about consequences of certain harmful actions.
Participants experience challenging physical tasks such as rope courses. The men choose what sort of lifestyle that they wish to lead and receive training on overcoming obstacles dealing with alcohol and drug abuse, personal wellness and goal achievement.
The participants also take part in small group discussions, group presentations and offline conversations dealing with the pressures of college. The adjustment into university life is challenging, and the pressure to fit in, alcohol, drugs and balancing school and social time are all difficult aspects to manage. EDGE is geared toward helping young men deal with these problems and teaches time management and other skills to show the men how to cope.
Each year, senior undergraduates, alumni and guest speakers lead the activities. All of the chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon unite to hold EDGE at locations near each chapter.
“EDGE is really about making the new guys respect themselves and the principles of this fraternity,” said Grady Bone, senior. “Sig Ep’s motto is ‘Be men, less you be men you cannot be brothers.’ EDGE makes the first-year brothers into men who uphold good qualities and make good decisions.”
Two Alabama chapters, Alabama Theta from Jacksonville State University and Alabama Zeta from Huntingdon College, will join the Alabama Alpha chapter at the Auburn Sigma Phi Epsilon house on Sunday. The three chapters will teach their new members about alcohol awareness and campus involvement.
“Fraternities can be really influential on campus,” Bone said. “We want to make sure that we’re letting the new guys know how important it is to be involved and to represent our fraternity. We have to give them the tools to manage their time so that they can be involved.”
EDGE is made possible through the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, an organization determined to see fraternity members succeed. EDGE is free to attend.