Andy Krahulik Takes more Gold

Gamma Cycling was at it again this past week, with the Thursday Night Race Series kicking off at Bill Armstrong Stadium.  This event consists of three separate types of races in which riders use different strategies.  Junior rider Andy Krahulik has been very successful in the series thus far, posting impressive times and leaving the track with a victory in one of the events.  The first race was a scratch race in which there were a set number of laps, and the first to cross the finish line was the winner.  Andy did not compete in this event as he missed the beginning of his race while aiding a female rider who had fallen in the previous race.

In the second event of the night, Andy participated in the “Miss ‘n Out” portion of the series.  In a race that consisted of nearly 25 riders, the last to reach the finish line in each lap was eliminated until there were three riders left.  Krahulik comfortably cracked the top three in his heat, meaning he was part of the final lap that decided the top three positions.  Riding with Andy on the final lap were two members of the Cutters, a well known independent team.  Although he did not come away with gold, Andy posted the fasted lap of the event in a lap that saw him chase down one of the Cutters in the final two hundred meters.

In the third and final event of the evening, points were awarded to riders every five laps depending on their position within the pack.  Andy took full points in the opening fifth of the twenty-five lap race, earning five points towards his eventual total.  Going into the final portion of the event, he had accumulated eight points to set him up for a great final lap that saw him sprint around the rider who had defeated him in the previous race.  With this, Andy again took full points, giving him a grand total of thirteen, which was good enough to bring home the victory.

“Overall, the races went very well.  I felt extremely comfortable on the track and enjoyed racing with everyone”, the junior said.  The Thursday Night Race Series does not count for anything towards the spring season, Andy was quick to note that, “they are helpful for identifying racers and improving riders’ comfort on the track.”  Gamma Cycling will continue training and competing in the months leading up to the race as the team hopes to improve from their finish in the spring.


Cycling Facility Upgrade

Although the beautiful Indiana gamma chapter house that sits at 1115 North Jordan Avenue is only just over a year old, there is always room for improvement. Recently, this improvement came in the bike room. Tired of training in a gray, un-inspiring concrete cell, the team decided to paint the facility, as shown below:

Krahulik painting

Andy Krahulik applies some finishing touches

Jake Hartmeister, a member of the bike team, said, “Before it got painted, it was like training in a closet. Now it feels like training at home”. This upgrade wouldn’t have been possible without the captain of the bike team, Andy Krahulik, bike team member Mitch Sasseman, and brothers Nick Prewitt and Max Douglass. Krahulik created the design, and free-handed the writing on the wall. Douglass was a vital part of the team due to his supervision skills and expert guidance and critiquing. Prewitt, Krahulik, and Sasseman possessed the art skills that came in handy when physically painting the wall.

Max Douglass preps the project.

Max Douglass preps the project.

The chapter thought that painting the bike room would be a good way to give back to the bikers who spend so much hard work and dedication to perfect their craft and bring pride to the chapter. There was also a desire to highlight Indiana Gamma’s unique history and display pride in SAE’s staple colors of gold and purple.

Mitchell Sasseman rolls on some purple paint.

Mitchell Sasseman rolls on some purple paint.

When asked whether the new design will boost team morale, bike team member Arjun Sridhar, responded, “Absolutely, nothing gets me pumped like SAE purple and gold.” This new addition to the bike room will most definitely help in the quest for a little 500 trophy, while also doubling as a great photo op. We’re proud to have provided this enhancement to the house.

Captain Andy Krahulik and cycling team member Arjun Sridhar ride rollers in the newly improved training room.

Captain Andy Krahulik and cycling team member Arjun Sridhar ride rollers in the newly improved training room.


Putting History of Gamma back up

The construction of the new SAE Indiana Gamma chapter house on North Jordan marked a new era in the history of our chapter, and the beginning of our quest to regain SAE’s great presence on campus. After a year of adjusting to life with a chapter house, Indiana Gamma thought it was time to display appreciation for the hard work and effort put in by previous Gamma members.

Brother Ben Womac adjusts a composite.

Brother Ben Womac adjusts a composite.

Sophomores Ben Womac, Jack Binzer with the help of junior Jake Hartmeister got to work in the basement of the house and hung up paddles and composites from past generations of Gamma, a step in setting foundations to create a strong cohesion between current members and Gamma alum. Ben Womac commented “We’re glad we could give Gamma history more of a presence in the house to remind the current members of where this chapter came from.”


Brother Jacob Hartmeister fashions a paddle to the wall.

Brother Jacob Hartmeister fashions a paddle to the wall.

As the rendezvous for chapter meetings, the basement is now a place in which current members are surrounded by the history of Indiana Gamma, spurring them to further improve the chapter like the many alum had done before.

Paddles now hang on the walls in the basement

Paddles now hang on the walls in the basement.


SAE Indiana Gamma Mid-Year Initiation

As a part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s move towards all-year 365 Recruiting initiative, the Indiana Gamma Chapter held its first ever mid-year recruitment and initiation.  This mid-year recruitment process was a beta test for the chapter, but we believe we came home with a strong class.  Although it is on the smaller side with only six new members, we felt it was important to ease our way into a process that is generally not done at Indiana University, and is also new for most chapters in Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

A chapter photo with the new members

A chapter photo with the new members.

Overall, we are excited for these new members, who will be the first six members of Nu class.  The class is comprised of one sophomore, Jack Vissing, and five freshmen: Mike Montgomery, Nicholas Benedict, Brian LaManna, and Dylan Wendel.  We look forward to seeing what the future will hold for our chapter and these new members.

Top (From Left to Right): Sean Marks, Nicholas Benedict, and Mike Montgomery.  Bottom: Brian LaManna and Dylan Wendel.

Top (From Left to Right): Sean Marks, Nicholas Benedict, and Mike Montgomery. Bottom: Brian LaManna and Dylan Wendel.


Indiana Gamma Performs Big Brother/Little Brother Ceremony

Little Brother Matt Pappas with his Big Brother, Tommy Nguyen.

Little Brother Matt Pappas with his Big Brother, Tommy Nguyen.

This past week the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon observed yet another Big Brother Little Brother ceremony. Every new member class goes through this ceremony, and this past week was Mu class’s turn. In Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the importance of such an event is immense. As brotherhood is one of the most respected aspects of our fraternity, the Big Brother Little Brother ceremony helps to strengthen these bonds through numerous methods.

Little Brother Andrew Cowie with his Big Brother, Noah Roush

Little Brother Andrew Cowie with his Big Brother, Noah Roush

The ceremony involves the official bond being created between the new Big and Little Brother tandems.  Each new member has the opportunity to pick an elder member who they desire to be their Big Brother, and Big Brothers are also asked who they would choose as their son.  In the end, the Loyalty Educator is tasked with picking sons for older members. Once the ceremony has completed, it is the duty of the big brother to mentor the younger brother further in the ways of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Through further instruction by the Big Brother, the Little Brother becomes more integrated into the chapter, as well as being enlightened in the ways of a true gentleman.

Little Brother Eric Gerbers with his Big Brother, Nick Prewitt

Little Brother Eric Gerbers with his Big Brother, Nick Prewitt

True friendship is something that should never be taken for granted, and through the big and little brother bond, a strong relational foundation can be develope. Being a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is truly a special experience that many are not fortunate to be a part of. As a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, ritual events such as the Big and Little Brother ceremony remind us of the unfaltering brotherhood that we are fortunate to have.

Big Brother Ryan Schroeck and Little Brother Matt Ellsworth

Big Brother Ryan Schroeck and Little Brother Matt Ellsworth

Big Brother Jacob Wainwright with his Little Brother, Theo Berndt

Big Brother Jacob Wainwright with his Little Brother, Theo Berndt

Andy Wittry Commentates at Hoosier Hysteria

Andy with his broadcasting co-hosts.

Andy with his broadcasting co-hosts.

Each year, students at Indiana University look forward to Hoosier Hysteria, the first basketball event of the season. The 15,000+ fans that occupy Assembly Hall begin to line up in the early hours of the morning in anticipation of the chance to get a  preview of their beloved Hoosier basketball team. Hoosier Hysteria serves as a way to hype up the beginning of the new basketball season. Fans pile into Assembly Hall and spectate skits, a 3-point shootout, dunk contest, and scrimmage all which help to introduce the year’s basketball team to students. The annual event gives fans an optimistic view of the season-to-come.

Andy making a point to one of his co-hosts.

Andy adding in some more great information.

SAE’s own brother, junior Andy Wittry, had the great opportunity to partake in the operations of Hoosier Hysteria. Wittry was the color commentator for the event. Color commentators serve as the right-hand-man to the play-by-play commentator, providing extra facts and details about plays and giving statistics and biographical information about the players.

Andy Looking Fly

Andy Wittry: Announcer Extraordinaire

Wittry received news two weeks prior that he would be announcing Hoosier Hysteria. As a freshman, he saw a flyer near the journalism school that had information about broadcasting for the Big 10 Network. Since then, Wittry has broadcasted multiple soccer, baseball, and women’s basketball games. His work with the BTN has enabled him to work all three positions: play-by-play, color commentator, and sideline reporter. Although he is enjoying his time broadcasting for the network, Wittry plans to become a sports reporter upon graduation.   Our chapter is proud to have men like Andy Wittry representing us in such unique and interesting ways.

SAE 2 Football Report

SAE flag football closed a record-setting year with a heart-breaking loss to a non-greek squad in the sweet 16.  The team was tried and tested throughout the season and have a lot of to be proud of.  Quarterback Brennan Haug led the team to a top-10 finish in points per game with 23, and a top-20 scoring defense led by sack master Steven “Manimal” Benson and Hayden Young in coverage.

Previously to their season-ending loss, they a shut out a top-5 offense with 5 interceptions and decimated their opponents before them.  The team progressed mightily as the season drew on.  A once dormant pass rush erupted in the final games, and the coverage team came together and gelled as one.

Here’s the depth chart for the SAE 2 squad, with some notable achievements

QB: Brennan Haug — Captained the offense with a broken index finger; gunslinger supreme, supplied the football we used.

RB/FLEX/CB: Shine Duncan — Ran like a spooked deer, always gave 1856% effort and heart.

WR/CB: Hayden Young — Perennial deep threat, lockdown corner, and team interceptions leader.  Wore the most expensive cleats, if that’s saying anything about his dedication to the team.

Hayden’s Mom loves SAE Football!

WR/CB: Ryan “Rollin” Dolan — Another deep threat for QB Haug, our “go up and get it” receiver. Once jumped a fence to get to our game that much faster.

WR/CB/Punter: Cam Shine — Yet another deep threat.  Incredible foot speed, difference maker in the punt game.

OL: Josh Rolsky — Brick wall on the offensive line.  Sneaky good in the short passing game.  The elder statesman of the football team.

Center/DL:  Joe Gralak — Developed into a fantastic snapper over the course of the year. The middle rusher of the dynamic defensive line.  Lacked foot speed, but was pretty shifty for his size.

DL: Steven “Manimal” Benson — Anchor of the DLine, set the SAE record with safeties in back to back games.  Developed a decent sack dance.

DL: Troy Oracko — The final piece of the fierce defensive line.  Kept the QB in check all season.  Called the shots for the defensive in terms of blitz packaging.

LB: James Mantz — The tackle master.  Probably led the team in tackles, if that stat was kept.  SAE’s very own Ray Lewis.

DL/LB Nick Olson:  Versatile defender, developed nicely over the season.  Kept flanking tight ends in check all year.

Now, here are some quotes from the players about the season:

Jeremy Rolsky, on the season successes: It was a good year for the SAE team.  I feel like we exceeded expectations and I can only imagine how good this team will be next year.  Can’t wait for the off-season.

Brennan Haug, on offensive execution: The team has grown immensely from our first practice to the end of the season.  From our quick run game, to our quick pass game, to the rollouts, we are a team who’s offense can strike against any defense.  Just remember boys, there’s never a reason not to “Omaha!” in life.

Cam Shine, on punting:  The SAE Special Teams unit flourished throughout the year.  As the punter, my job was to use my elite foot skills to precisely place the ball in the corner and give our opponents some rough field position.  We would not have been successful without my long snapper Brennan, who pitched back some great snaps.  We’ll come back stronger as a unit once OTA’s begin.

This team achieved greatness and expect more out of next season’s competition.  We expect nothing less than perfection in return.