A month ago, I covered the awesome story of the Quinnipiac University Sig Ep brothers who took turns carrying Joey, a brother who is confined to a wheelchair because of Friedreich’s Ataxia, up to the top of a mountain to fulfill a Quinnipiac rite of passage. Here’s a video about the event.
Two weeks later, after the fraternity had garnered national positive attention for the viral video, the university issued a cease and desist order to the chapter because of hazing allegations. This cease and desist meant that the Sig Eps could no longer put on their philanthropy event to raise money for Friedreich’s Ataxia research under the Sig Ep name. Good look, Quinnipiac.
Now, in what I hope is the second-to-last installment in what should never have been a series (hopefully I can close out by covering the removal of their cease and desist order), here is an email sent to me last night by a member of the chapter that details how successful the philanthropy event ended up being despite the cease and desist.
What’s up Jared,
Just wanted to fill you in on our philanthropy event for our Brother with Friedreich’s Ataxia, “rideATAXIA+ CT”. So because of our cease and desist, we weren’t allowed to sponsor the event, but still wanted to make it happen somehow. We were able to pass it off the to student programming board, and they put it on for us. We weren’t allowed to be be involved in the planning process at all and the Sigep name wasn’t allowed to be anywhere which really hurt, but the cause is greater than our ego so we were happy we could still raise money for a good cause. It happened today, and we raised just under 25k, and we still have some really nice sports memorabilia that we’re going to bring to an auction house and hopefully raise a few more thousand.
Due to the success of our ride, the friedreich’s ataxia research alliance (FARA) is starting a new initiative called rideATAXIA+ where any community across the country can start a ride (similar to relay for life) and they’re using our ride as a model for all others.
Thanks again for all the support, I don’t think we would have done as well if you didn’t do your story on us.
The QU Sig Eps could not have handled this situation any better if they tried. Such a beautifully subtle “screw you” to the university. These guys made sure that rideATAXIA+ CT still ended up being a successful philanthropy event despite receiving no official recognition, simply because they knew it was the right thing to do. I want them to come to Austin and give me their new member education program if it’ll turn me into as good a person as it has their brotherhood..
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