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port of the program, hap-pened to nd recent savings tofurther fund more schools forthe VUB. Suolk was so high onthe waiting list that they wereawarded the $1 million grant.McDowell said it was beingspent in a combination of ways.“It is being spent on sta anddirect service,” said McDowell.Sta will be provided by Suf-folk to help tutor the returningveterans and advise them howto continue their education.“There will also be a monthlystipend for each veteran fortaking part in the program.”The VUB program wasfounded in 1972 when veter-ans were returning back fromVietnam. There were moreprograms then than there arenow, but the number of schoolsparticipating is increasing.“Not all states have theVeteran’s Upward Bound pro-gram,” said O’Dell.Massachuses has two pro-grams, one at UMass Bostonand now one at Suolk. VUBis a federal TRIO program, agroup that is part of the U.S.Dept. of Education that reach-es out to support and moti-vate students from troubled ordisadvantaged backgrounds.Suolk has two TRIO pro-grams, the Upward Boundprogram and the previouslyinstated McNair program.“We are excited aboutreceiving the Veterans Up-ward Bound grant andadding this invaluableprogram to our TRIO fam-ily at Suolk,” said McDowell.
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VUB program comes to Suffolk
Suffolk hires new Vice President
For the past year, sopho-more Paul Thompson hasworked to once again bringa fraternity toSuolk Univer-sity aer yearswithout one oncampus. Hismain intentionwas to help stu-dents socializeand meet peo-ple at a schoolthat doesn’thave a tradi-tional campus.“Wethought thatSuolk’s cam-pus was hardfor kids to get toknow each oth-er. We thoughta fraternitywould help that,so that’s whatgot it rolling,” said Thomp-son. With the support of room-mates and friends, Thompson-contacted David DeAngelis,director of the Oce of Stu-dent Leadership and Involve-ment at Suolk University.“This didn’t happen over-night. I worked for an entireyear with an interest group,”said DeAngelis, who metregularly with a few inter-ested students like Thompson,who then found friends andother students who wantedto help form the fraternity. Assoon as more men joined thecause, they started research-ing dierent fraternity orga-nizations that they thoughtabout becoming a part of.“We had a list of ve fra-ternities we were looking into.We wanted a group that wouldwork well with us,” Thompsonsaid. They eventually seledon Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “Ep-silon actually came to us witha presentation and was re-ally involved since the begin-ning.” Sigma Alpha Epsilon,at present, has more membersthan any other fraternity in thecountry. It was founded dur-ing the 19th century and hadabout 15 chapters formed whenthe Civil War broke out. Sincethen, the fraternity has grownto about 300 chapters acrossthe country. Notable mem- bers of the fraternity includeauthor William Faulkner andTerry Gilliam of Monty Python.The Suolk group isn’ta fully recognized chapter, but a “colony”. According toThompson, the period of colo-ny is basically a probation pe-riod where requirements areset by the organization thatmust be met before becomingocially recognized by SigmaAlpha Epsilon. Real growthcan start once they becomerecognized. “We can start re-cruiting kids next semester andhopefully soon we can start do-ing things on campus like dif-ferent events that we’ve beenthinking of,” said Thompson.“I think fraternities andsororities are wonderful lead-ership opportunities on cam-pus. Fraternities focus on thefour cornerstones of fellow-ship, scholarship, civic duty,and leadership. It’s an oppor-tunity for students to be a partof an organization with history.When you’re ina fraternity, youshare a bond,a ritual. One ofthe benets Isee is that it notonly enrichestheir life as un-dergrads, butit follows themfor the rest oftheir lives,”said DeAngelis.Suolk hashad a few fra-ternities overthe years, buthasn’t had astable one in re-cent years. OneSuolk frat, TuaKappa Epsilon,lost oce spacein 2001 due to sanctions placedon them aer they sat in frontof 150 Tremont Street rating thegirls walking around. Anotherfraternity, Omicron-Delta, theSuolk chapter of Kappa Sigma, became an ocially recognizedas a chapter in April 2005, butshortly aer became inactive.Greek life on campus pres-ently includes the Theta PhiAlpha sorority, which was of-cially recognized in 2006. An-other group of students have re-cently formed a Suolk Colonyfor the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Photo by Ethan Long
Christopher Mosher,a graduate of Suolk Uni-versity Law School, was re-cently appointed as the VicePresident of Advancement.As the University’s ChiefPhilanthropist, Mosher is re-sponsible for raising fundsfrom private sources, corpo-rations, and foundations, inaddition to managing dona-tions, major gis, annual giv-ing, and revenue streamsthrough alumni relations.Mosher has a backgroundin philanthropy and commu-nications, graduating witha Bachelors of Arts in Eng-lish and Journalism fromNortheastern University.He spearheaded a capi-tol management campaign atBrigham and Women’s Hospi-tal, and directed fundraisingprograms, held leadership po-sitions, and worked in publicaairs at Northeastern Univer-sity. Prior to joining Suolk Uni-versity, Mosher was vice presi-dent of Development at MountIda College in Newton, MA.Mosher said he’s cominginto Suolk at a critical timeand has his work cut out, witha new residence hall under-way, new academic programin the works, and a new aca-demic building on the draw-ing board. “The opportunityto play a leadership role inSuolk University’s advance-ment program is the oppor-tunity of a lifetime for me.”His rst goal is to wrapup the “Power to Change”campaign within the next twoyears. It’s currently the larg-est and most ambitious capitalfunding campaign Suolk hasever undertaken. So far $53.4million has been raised towardsan interim goal of $60 million.$75 million will ultimately beraised, according to Mosher,who said the funds will sup-port initiates in student lifeand learning, academic excel-lence, evolving campus, and al-low greater nancial exibilitywithin the Suolk Annual Fund.Funds will be used to aidundergraduate Need-Basedscholarships, including gradu-ate fellowships, law schoolscholarships, the PresidentsIncentive Loan Program, andthe Law School Loan Repay-ment Assistance Program.Five new academic sup-port centers will be createdfor entrepreneurial study,teaching excellence, innova-tion and change leadership,the Suolk Poetry Center,and law and public service.In addition to the new aca-demic support centers, Suf-folk is looking into sciencelab renovations, creation of astudent center, and additional building funding to make ren-ovations and improvements.Mosher also plans to bringthe philanthropy program tothe next level. “Suolk is aninstitution that is deeply com-mied to its students," he said.“I know rst-hand what a Suf-folk education has done to me,personally and professionally.”Mosher hopes to encour-age more alumni to contribute back to Suolk, so future stu-dents have the ability to aaina life-enriching experience.“In life you reap whatyou sew, the quality of yourSuolk degree is enhancedeach day,” said Mosher.
Students aim to bring frat to Suffolk