History of Indiana Beta

Fall Lodge 1

Chapter History excerpt from The Sixth General Catalogue of Sigma Alpha Epsilon

“Indiana Beta was established May 18, 1893. For some time previous, a movement had been on foot to secure a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in Purdue. Harold Ulmer Wallace, of the class of ’94, opened communication with C.D. Hazelton, of Indiana Alpha, in regard to the project, and, as a result, Beta was ushered into existence. On the night of May 18, MessrsHazeltonHill and Davis, of Alpha, initiated three of the men of Purdue University into the mysteries of Greek fraternity life. These were H.N. WallaceBurt German and Harry B. Rust. For a short while the chapter was ‘sub rosa,’ but in the afternoon of June 1st, permission was received from the faculty to ‘go abroad.’ The news was hailed with delight, but, before making it public that a new fraternity had been organized, it was deemed advisable to muster re-enforcements. That same night three more men were ushered into Sigma—MessrsJeffriesCrane and Kipp. The college community was surprised on the following morning to see six staunch Sigs flaunting the ‘royal purple and old gold.’ Here were Sigma Alpha Epsilon pins, colors, letter-heads—all as if having come by miracle.

Purdue is an institution well adapted for fraternity life. Beta was initiated too near the close of the term to take a very active part in college matters. Her beginning is auspicious, and her men are the kind that make things move. They will be back to the University in full force at the opening of the coming session, and will ably represent Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s interests in this institution.

Beta meets five other fraternities: Delta Delta chapter of Sigma Chi organized Jan. 28, 1875; Chi, of Kappa Sigma, 1885; Beta Zeta, of Sigma Nu, 1892; Zeta, of Phi Delta Theta; and Alpha, of Tau Beta Pi.”

– Compiled during the terms of the following Eminent Supreme Recorders:
Howard P. NashEdward H. Virgin, & William C. Levere

1890s Indiana Beta

Members of Indiana Beta from the 1890s

"Sigma Alpha Epsilon gave you a sense of belonging and keeping your act together in the house. My fraternity is a ‘big deal’ it represents what it means to be an SAE."
‐ Lew Green ’60

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“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”

- John Walter Wayland


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