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Sigma Pi members provide lunch to campus police

Larry Klaus (Left), and Mike Sienkiewicz eat lunch provided by Sigma Pi on Oct. 25 at the CMU police Station.

When Sigma Pi members were thinking about ways to give back on campus, they thought about how the Central Michigan University police seem underappreciated by students.

Members of CMU’s chapter of Sigma Pi provided lunch to the CMU Police Department officers and staff on duty on Wed., Oct. 25 as part of Sigma Pi’s Altruistic Campus Experience (ACE) project.

Plymouth senior Josh Boctor and head of the chapter’s ACE committee said the project was a way of saying “thank you” to CMUPD. 

For the chapter’s ACE Project, Sigma Pi fraternity members coordinate and participate in a community service project each semester. The national Sigma Pi Fraternity requires at least 80 percent of members of the chapter participate in any ACE event, Boctor said.

The fraternity also provided lunch to CMUPD last fall. Since the project was popular among members last year, the ACE committee decided it would be a good project to coordinate again. 

Coldwater senior Scout Case said he thinks outreach projects like this help create more positive relationships between students and police officers. 

“They’re a huge part of this campus and I don’t think they get enough recognition,” Case said. “This was a really good opportunity for us to show them we do really care about what they do because we want to have a good relationship with them.”

Organizations on campus should work to show how they appreciate the community they’re part of, Boctor said, adding that Sigma Pi members strive to help out and volunteer on campus and in the community. 

“By showing appreciation, it tells administrators and the university that these people care about the surroundings they’re in,” Boctor said. “A lot of Greek organizations are looked down upon even though we do good things, but we also do mess up. I think that’s highlighted more than the good.”

Case said he hopes more students can have positive experiences with CMUPD officers. 

“It just really shows they’re not there to harm us; they’re there to benefit us more than anything,” Case said.