SAE’s Jungle Bowl raises more than $1,200

On April 5 from 11-2 p.m., SAE Philanthropy Chairman Trevor Poplewko hosted Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s first Jungle Bowl – a powderpuff football game at IU’s soccer fields between Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta. The event attracted a huge crowd and raised over $1,200.

The inaugural Jungle Bowl was a philanthropic flag football game between Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta.

The inaugural Jungle Bowl was a philanthropic flag football game between Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta.

“Over the summer, I got my committee together and brainstormed a bunch of ideas. We decided on a powderpuff football game with Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta. The success of similar Greek philanthropy events led us to this decision,” said Poplewko. “The event went so much better than I expected – it practically ran itself. Everyone was having a great time”.

Poplewko has proven his passion and enthusiasm for philanthropy throughout the semester. Experienced as an active member in the IUDM marathon relations committee, he has demonstrated his ability to fundraise and get people excited about a cause.

Poplewko commented on what philanthropy means to him.

“I have always been someone who likes to help people, hence my decision to go pre-med,” he said. “Visiting Riley’s children hospital and being in IUDM has really showed me the impact people can make on the lives of others”.

Poplewko hopes to expand the Jungle Bowl in the coming years by getting more fraternities and sororities involved. The event could grow into a tournament, with coaches from other fraternities cheering on their paired sororities.

As Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s first year back on campus comes to a close, it can be proud of its philanthropic efforts. The chapter is dedicated to improving its presence and positive influence on IU’s campus.

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Two SAE teams qualify for the Little 50

Indiana University’s Little 50 qualifications were on Thursday, April 3rd inside Gladstein Fieldhouse and two teams represented Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The “A” team, made up of Pat Fagan, Kalvin Greer, Kaleb Rich-Harris and Trevor Poplewko placed eighth, and third among fraternities, with a time of 9:09.056. The “B” team, which included Jake England, Joey Franceschina, Andy Krahulik and Blake Phelps finished in 10:47.732.

Junior Trevor Poplewko lines up to run the first leg of Little 50 qualifications for the SAE "A" Team.

Junior Trevor Poplewko lines up to run the first leg of Little 50 qualifications for the SAE “A” Team.

Here’s what some of the runners had to say about their running experience and the Little 50:

Kalvin Greer–A team

Describe your past experiences with running.

KG: I ran cross country from 7th grade to senior year of high school, and I play sports in general.

How did you train for the event?

KG: A lot of what we did was pyramid training. We did on and offs on other days, where you go hard for one minute and cool down for another. Other days it was a cool down to ease up on the muscles.

How was your qualification experience?

KG: It was pretty crazy I didn’t know what to expect, It was indoors so it was a lot louder and the track was a lot faster, it was really cool to do something like that.

Is Little 50 something you would want to participate in again and do you have any goals for the future?

KG: Definitely, One of my big goals is to run a marathon and one of my overarching goals in life is to run an iron man. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

Blake Phelps–B team

Describe your past experiences with running.

BP: I didn’t run in high school, but I’m ROTC so I decided to run in the Little 50.

How did you train for the event?

BP: I would run 3 times a week, nothing too strenuous.

How was your qualification experience?

BP: It was a lot of fun. It was very tiring but it was very fun having all of your brothers there cheering you on.

Is Little 50 something you would want to participate in again and do you have any goals for the future?

BP: I did it this year and it’s something I’d want to do more often and try to make the A team senior year.

Brother Spotlight: Brennan Jackson

Brennan Jackson

What is your major and why did you choose it?

I am an applied physics major. I chose this path because I learned that here at IU’s campus were have one of the few cyclotrons that can be found in the entire nation. At the cyclotron, they are researching proton therapy which is a new type of radiation for cancer patients that is capable of focusing its energy on a more localized region of the body, therefore doing less damage to good tissues while still treating the cancerous tissue with the same intensity. This really hit home for me because three years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and I was able to see the negative effects of radiation first hand.

Why did you join SAE and how is it different from other fraternities?

Initially, I did not want to join a fraternity. I did not want to be part of the stereotype that you see on the media. After being convinced to rush by friends in my dorm, I found SAE. Immediately I felt that the SAE chapter at IU was much different from the stereotypes everyone knows and much different from every other fraternity I rushed at IU. The SAE chapter is based off of mutual respect from brother to brother which I did not see anywhere else.  Also, SAE seemed to be a very diverse chapter, having guys with all types of interests. I saw this as something I would fit into naturally.

Also, the True Gentleman had a huge impact on my decision to join. To me, the True Gentleman is everything my mother ever tried to raise me to be. When I came to IU and left home, I knew that if I had brothers to hold me accountable to the ideas held within the True Gentleman I would come out a better person than when I entered.

How are you involved with the chapter or other extracurricular activities on campus?

I have been active in the chapter as the merchandise chairman for one semester, the fall of 2013. I have also been involved on both the basketball and football intramural teams for the chapter.

Outside of SAE, I am a member of IU’s Physics Club, which follows lectured of researchers who come to campus.  We also do physics demonstrations that all IU students and staff are welcome to come observe.