Sigma Pi postpone philanthropy due to viral illness


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Sigma Pi IU postponed his philanthropy until 22 April because some members of the chapter have infectious virus. Philanthropy, also known as BBQ Tex, is subsidizing counseling costs for students at IU Counseling and Psychology Services.

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Sigma Pi IU postponed his philanthropy from 14 April to April 22 because some members of the chapter are infectious.

Chapter members began showing signs of illness last week, Sigma Pi Michael Broodo said.

Scott Olofson said he was not sure how the virus came about but suspected that Little 500 activities came from the weekend in place.

While Broodo, a junior who lives in Washington, D.C. for the semester but visited the IU for the weekend, he said he wasn't sure how much in the house he has the virus, the chapter postponed the event so that he wouldn't spread around the campus.

Philanthropy, called BBQ Tex, subsidizes counseling costs for students at IU Counseling and Psychological Services. It also raises funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the IU Sexual Assault Crisis Service in honor of his late brotherhood, Nic “Tex” Smith.

Smith took his own life in January 2017 after going home for a winter break.

“He really shook our house,” said Broodo. “It was the happiest person. It increased every room. ”

Sigma Pi IU has a check on his philanthropy called BBQ Tex. Philanthropy subsidizes counseling costs for students at IU Counseling and Psychology Services, and raises money for the National Alliance on Mental Health and the IU Sexual Assault Crisis Service in honor of his late brother, Nic "Tex" Smith.

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Before Smith died, some of his friends had his own life in recent years. His brothers Sigma Pi thought that he was dealing, said Broodo, but it was not.

When the brothers learned about Smith's death, Broodo said they were determined to persuade others who were struggling with mental health to use counseling services, especially if they felt uncomfortable confronting family members or friends. .

That year, in addition to philanthropy, Sigma Pi initiated a campaign to tackle the stigma of seeking counseling.

Olofson said that the brotherhood brothers wanted to return to the IU community.

“No matter how much money we raise, no matter how many people go, if we can save one life, it's worth it,” he said.

The event, which had more than $ 7,000 subscription from Monday, 4-8 p.m. April 22 at 1430 N. Jordan Ave.

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