MBK Lives on

Brothers, This week we commemorate the passing of two Beta Tau brothers, Greg Eberting and Chris Grubb. As you know, we lost these men 31 years ago in a tragic car accident less than a mile from the chapter house. Having grown up in Baldwin City, I know the site well. It is actually on the same road I grew up on and drove around that corner thousands of times. Prior to becoming a Kappa Sigma, I wondered what the extra words and symbols meant that someone had written on the bottom board of the large wooden traffic sign that stands at that fateful intersection; I was only 3 years old when the accident occurred but I spent the next 20 years driving by. It was only during my 4 years at Baker that I came to know the significance of those Greek Symbols written at the bottom of that sign…A….E….K….Δ…B.

I think we all try to live by those symbols, some of us reminded of them more than others. As I reflect on what those symbols mean to me and to us as a chapter, I wish we used them more often. We use them predominantly when conveying sad news, serious events, and other heavy ideas – why not use them more often as a positive reminder of our bonds, of our connections, of the pledge we took so many years ago? I challenge you to keep them in heart more often, to spread the same ideal to others in your lives, and to cherish the lives of those you are surrounded with, as I know they cherish you. So how did Beta Tau react to the tragic event of that September night in 1985? The current brothers grieved. The community grieved. A University grieved, but the undergraduate brothers also saw more. In the loss of life that occurred, a perspective was gained. A deeply rooted desire and need for change was conceived. To this day each year, the active members and pledges participate in the MBK ceremony in which the lives of Greg and Chris are remembered, and in which the importance of watching out for brothers is emphasized and reiterated. My Brothers’ Keeper – what does that mean? It’s different for everyone, for some it is helping study for a test, for some it is a wingman, for others it is a shoulder to cry on, a shared drink, and countless other manifestations. Fraternities are all too often the butt of media remarks, jokes, and investigations that stem from alcohol use. I am proud to continue to say the MBK program created by the undergraduate brothers some 30 years ago and refined by each era since – has a lasting and direct impact on the safety and decisions made by our members. We’ve seen first-hand the losses and sadness that occur when these issues aren’t directly confronted. Our MBK program provides sober drivers for both members and non-members, it provides safe and responsible escorts home for female classmates, and it provides security and calm when needed. The memory of these two men lives at the forefront of our active members more often than we’d really like to admit, and more than they even know. I thank all of you that preceded me in the Chapter for keeping these symbols and ideal in mind, and allowing me and those following to experience them. If it were not for your time, tears, blood, sweat, dedication, love, joy, and loyalty Beta Tau of Kappa Sigma would not be what it is today. I look forward to sharing more updates on the renovation as progress continues. A.E.K.Δ.B, Evan Durnal ‘01 Board President

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