Men of Value and Principles
Cody Hoser shares an experience where he practices the value of benefit
I just talked to a homeless woman outside the shady shell for like a good 20 minutes. I was raised, probably similar to most of you,
to just keep walking and to not acknowledge these "beggars." But I did stop for some strange reason. She was crying and I reached for
my wallet just to shut her up. She stopped my arm as it inched behind me. "Don't you dare give me any of your money, young man, not
until you hear how I got here." She showed me some IRS foreclosure paper on a house that she claimed to be hers dated last week. She
had been on disability for a few years for a knee problem which she lifted her pant leg to show me a very very swollen knee cap. After
the bank took her house, her only move was to go to her abusive ex-boyfriend. Why? Her mother died 4 years ago and her father 4 months
after her. Out of her 12 siblings, who I was shown a picture of, 5 were murdered due to gang violence, 2 overdosed on heroine, 3 remain
alive just to be drug addicts, and the other 2 left years ago and lost contact with their broken family. This abusive ex reverted to old
habits and beat this woman once more. Only this time, the neighbors caught wind and arrested him. She was taken to the hospital and treated
until they realized she could not pay for it. They told her her belongings had been moved to an abused women shelter somewhere in the city.
They put her on a bus that dropped her on grand and she made her way to the gas station and did what she had to do. Does it all sound
extremely convenient? Yes. Could it all have some big hoax so that she could buy drug/alcohol/etc? Again, yes. But in my 18 years of
existence I have never seen anyone more appreciative to receive 3 dollars from some college kid. She hugged me and kissed both my cheeks
and thanked me probably 30 times before I left for the library and her for the bus stop. Fake or not, taking 20 minutes out of my privileged
life to talk to this woman made me feel like a good person, a gentleman, someone my mother would proud to call her son. It made so proud to be
apart of Sigma Tau Gamma, which is full of true gentleman made up of moral principle who I am sure if put in my shoes would have stopped and
listened. I am so proud of every man in this brotherhood for everything that they have accomplished and will accomplish in a future not so
far away. If you made it all the way here, to the end of my story, thank you. Moral of the story: We are Sig Tau, Proud to be Sig Tau, Sig
Tau for life. Happy Monday.
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Brotherhood - Our Core
Jacob Jewulski and James Schier believes in the strong value of brotherhood.
Before you can build a bridge, before you can begin working on a research project, before you can put the first pencil down to paper,
you need to get to know the people that will be standing by your side every step of the way. Brotherhood is crucial to strengthening
the link between each other. I learned from an older peer and a great leader that brotherhood remains through hard times and good,
and that it comprises the foundation of a tough, dedicated group of young men. Whatever the occasion may be, a dinner dance at the
White Rose Formal, or planting flowers and weeding at a local community garden to brighten the streets and lives of St. Louis, we work
to strengthen friendships that will last a lifetime. These connections open doors to opportunities later in life, like finding coworkers
at job, finding a business partner to being investing in a brilliant idea, or just having a getaway with some old friends to escape the
structured and static lives many of us have been entrapped into. We don’t just build temporary bonds, we create men that will stand by
one another’s side for the rest of their lives, just as our founding fathers stood by each other’s side during the second World War.
Being a Brother of Sigma Tau Gamma opens many doors for its members. It is a support system of brothers who care about the overall
well being of one another. Whether it is aiding in the rigor of academics, or supporting the greater community. The Gentleman of
Sigma Tau Gamma will always be utilizing the tools that each individual member possesses, making the collective the best that it can
be. We are of the mindset that a potential new member of the fraternity does not need to be broken down and rebuilt to what we think
they should be, rather we choose our members based on their attributive qualities and enrich upon them. Joining a fraternity is an
important decision in ones life, it is more than a four year commitment, it becomes a way of life. Sigma Tau Gamma forms the individual
in such way that members are constantly and consistently living " A Path Of Principles" for now and for many years to come.
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