SAE’s Oakes earns Scholarship on the Gridiron

The college football season is well underway, and the Indiana Hoosiers have jumped out to a surprising 3-0 start. Close wins against Southern Illinois, Florida International, and Western Kentucky saw the Hoosiers come from behind in each outing, and the team boasts its first 3-0 start since the 2010 season. A huge key to the team’s success has been junior kicker Griffin Oakes, a member of the 2015 spring class at Indiana Gamma who won the starting job midway through last season. Oakes has hit 6 of his 7 field goal attempts and 14 of 15 extra points through three games this season, and his efforts are being noticed. His success last season and hard work over the summer earned Oakes a full athletic scholarship from coach Kevin Wilson and the IU athletic department, and Oakes couldn’t be happier about it.

“It’s just a huge honor to be recognized in the eyes of the coaches as someone who deserves something like this”, Oakes said of the scholarship offer. “For someone like me who didn’t have any division one offers coming out of high school, this is a dream come true, not only for me but for my parents as well”. Undoubtedly, this season has already been a great success for Griffin, and with further success on the horizon, his brothers at Indiana Gamma are excited to watch it all unfold. Blake Biesen, Griffin’s pledge brother in the spring class and former teammate on the football field, expressed his optimism for Oakes’ season. “Considering I was on the team with him last year, it’s weird seeing him from the stands as a fan instead of on the field”, he notes, “but it’s been great for all of us to see him playing so well and earning the scholarship, we watch him every single Saturday and we couldn’t be more proud.”

He’ll have to get right to work to earn that scholarship, however, as the Hoosiers’ schedule only gets tougher from here. They face their first road test of the season this Saturday against Wake Forest, before coming home to face the nation’s best team, Ohio State, to open conference play. The Hoosiers are seeking to appear in their first bowl game since the 2007 Insight Bowl, and they have a tough Big Ten schedule in their way, but Coach Wilson should be confident that the kicking game is one thing he won’t have to worry about thanks to his newest scholarship athlete.


Brother Spotlight: Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Femi Solo Shot brother spotlightFor the second installment of Brother Spotlight for 2014, we present to you Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a junior from Mu Class.  Femi is the starting forward for the Indiana University Men’s soccer team and won a national championship his freshman year.

Why did you join SAE?

I wanted to be a part of the brotherhood. I have heard very good things about SAE from my previous roommates, and now brothers, John Wahoski and Brandon Wynne. Last year I also had the pleasure of meeting several of the brothers when they came over to our place. They seemed like very genuine, good people. I wanted to get myself involved with these guys and get to know them better.
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What outside activities are you involved in at IU?

I am on the Men’s soccer team, so that takes up basically a huge chunk of my time.

Femi Hollinger JanzenWhat position do you play for the IU Soccer Team?

I play outside, withdrawn striker and target forward.

What factors allow for your team to keep competing at such a high level?

The mentality of everyday excellence, nothing else is acceptable. Go out everyday and get better is what drives our team, keep the person next to you accountable at all times.

How did it feel to play in and win a national championship your freshman year?

It was an amazing experience, could not ask for a better day. It will be something that is with me for the rest of my life, it was really a dream come true.

How do you plan on changing the attitude and status of SAE Rec Futsal and Soccer Teams?

I am not sure if I am allowed or will be able to participate in any other team due to my commitment to the Men’s soccer team; however, I do know that my presence within the chapter should really push the other guys to take their games to the next level.  I don’t want to be a part of a chapter that isn’t taking home titles.

Extra Questions:

Bone-in or Boneless Wings?


Favorite Professional Soccer Player?

Didier Drogba

Favorite Bloomington Restaurant?

Buffalo Wild Wings

Best part about IU?

Just getting to meet and get to know new people.

Photo Courtesy of Indiana University

Brother Spotlight: Daniel Gushin

This is the first installment of the Brother Spotlights for the 2014-2015 school year. Today’s feature is Brother Daniel Gushin, a sophomore initiated in the Lambda class.

Why did you join SAE?

I joined because I wanted a group of friends to last a lifetime, and a group of people who could help me better myself.  I think that it truly makes the campus feel smaller and contributed to creating the college experience I had envisioned for myself.

What’s your major and intended career path?

I am a undecided major in the Kelley School of Business with a minor in psychology.  Even thought I am undecided, I think a career in consulting is something I would find interesting.

Are you involved inside and outside of the fraternity?

I am on the housing and scholarship committees within the house, and outside of the fraternity, I am most involved with the IU Bowling Team.

How has bowling for IU affected you?

Joining the bowling team has been a solely positive experience.  It has created a competitive outlet for me, an enjoyable game to play for the rest of my life, and it keeps me in shape for intramural season.

Daniel Gushin Brother Spotlight

What areas have SAE improved on since your initiation?

I think that SAE’s presence on campus has grown through the increase in the Gamma chapter’s size, and the chapter member involvement around campus.

I also asked Daniel some fun, supplemental questions.

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite flavor of Jello: Orange

Favorite “happy” song: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay — Otis Redding

East Coast or West Coast Rap: East Coast

Preferred outdoor chore: Shoveling snow

Favorite Kardashian: Kendall

Favorite Professional Bowler: Pete Weber

Best part about IU: “It’s just a beautiful place”