A new day for EWU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon

Fewer chapter members remain after investigation


Photo by Laura Lango

Eastern’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (SigEp) has 14 members remaining after 44 SigEp members chose to resign their membership on April 25.

By Katie Dunn & Nicole Ruse, for the Easterner

Eastern’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (SigEp) is reborn under new leadership and values.

The investigation of the SigEp Washington Gamma RLC Chapter was conducted by the fraternity’s headquarters. A press release from headquarters stated that 44 of the 58 members chose to resign their memberships from the fraternity.

The SigEp National Headquarters said it believes the remaining members have nothing to do with the allegations made against Eastern’s SigEp and announced it will continue providing support to the chapter to guarantee its standards represent SigEp ideals.

“The current membership of Sigma Phi Epsilon might look a little different to the community, but they believe in fraternal values and, I believe, will be helping the whole community think about the relevancy of fraternal organizations,” said Samantha Armstrong, associate director for SAIL.

Fraternal organizations are self-governing and each organization is expected to uphold its fraternal values while working hard to be a part of the university community, according to Armstrong.

“The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon have already begun to connect and I foresee, in the next year, us working with them to support additional leadership and well-being education,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong said the chapter has chosen a new executive team with Nathan Peters as chapter president. Peters also serves as managing editor of The Easterner.

Headquarters was quick to respond to the situation and, after members resigned, they continued to be supportive, according to Peters.

Peters said there are six vice presidents and a chaplain. Cornelius Ketcham is next in charge of the six vice presidents and also served as a staff member of The Easterner this year.

“Our staff at headquarters really values their chapters and values their members, and if someone wants to make a difference with their chapter, they’re going to partner alongside them as much as possible and prepare them for the future,” said Peters.

All thoughts have turned toward what is next for the fraternity.

“As president, I am looking forward to the future to begin strategically looking at how SigEp can be an added value to this campus and bring a unique experience for young men to become a part of,” said Peters.

Peters said one of his goals is increasing the amount of members by recruiting during the summer and fall.

“This is a new SigEp, this is a new group of young men who are going to be on campus striving to make a difference,” said Peters.

The image the fraternity previously portrayed is not what Peters wants for the new Sigma Phi Epsilon, this SigEp will keep a close eye on its values and relate them to every action.

“Ultimately, the road ahead will be paved by the new leadership, and EWU staff is on hand to partner with alumni, national headquarter staff and undergraduates to support where needed,” said Armstrong. “We are confident that Sigma Phi Epsilon can be value added to the sorority and fraternity community.”