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An open letter from Sigma Nu president John Horton

Issue date: 9/4/09 Section: News
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Dear Members of the Case Western Reserve Community,

On behalf of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, I would like to express our appreciation for the support everyone has shown us since the fire last Sunday. From beds to brownies and laundry to Leutner, the offers of aid we have received from the community have done a great deal to raise our spirits and help put us back on our feet.

It is hard to imagine how great the effort must have been for the Case Western Reserve administration to so smoothly transition us into alternative housing and ensure adequate living conditions. We can all be thankful knowing a team of dedicated individuals is at the ready for when disaster strikes; whether that is Mark Starr, assistant director of Greek Life, who was on the scene within minutes to ensure our safety, or Alma Sealine, Director of Housing, who remained until well after the sun set to aid us in the transition. While it is not possible to name all of those who helped, know that each of you is in our thoughts and prayers.

Equally moving and encouraging has been the reaction of our fellow Greek organizations. The support from this segment of the community is most telling of the collective character of members of Greek organizations. The benefits of Greek life are undeniable in the context of what we are willing to do for one another when adversity strikes. It only goes to show that our differences are far outweighed by that which unites us.

We look forward to the day when a degree of normalcy returns to our daily routines. Rest assured having no doubt that we will recover from this event a stronger organization for it. We hope to see more members of the Community in the coming months when we open our own doors once again.

While it may be weeks or months until we are all back in our house, we are grateful knowing that despite the circumstances, we are still at home.


John Horton

President, Sigma Nu Fraternity
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