The Teke E Edition Spring 2019 Page 2

Sometimes writing this letter is the hardest part of my job as the editor of THE TEKE ... trying to find the right words to be personal and speak to the audience of today; to weave in why we chose who we chose for each issue. But I know the importance of this letter. We, on THE TEKE staff, comb through decades of old magazines trying to find bygone stories, nuggets of wisdom, connections of the past and present ... knowing each magazine we produce will, in turn, become part of our rich history. But this issue, Im not going to do that. Im not going to weave. Im not going to draw a connection to each interview we did for this issue. I am simply writing you a letter-man to man, Frater to friend, brother to brother. On October 16, 2017, what I believed would be the worst day of my life happened. My wife, Amanda, was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer at 36 years old. In the days following her diagnosis, I saw what I thought was true brotherhood. It was just a mere glimpse. On February 5, 2019, the worst day of my life actually happened. My wife of a decade died after a 16-month fight with cancer. My college sweetheart. A staple at Conclaves. A friend to hundreds. An inspiration to thousands. Those who know me intimately knew how much I loved her, how someone in college jokingly referred to us as Ross and Rachel from Friends because we were lobsters who mate for life. In the days that preceded this and the weeks that have since followed, Ive had a sense of clarity. Ive seen life with a new set of eyes. A little more cynical, sure, but also a lot more proud of my decisions. When I searched for a shoulder, an ear or a sense of normalcy, Tau Kappa Epsilon is where I found it. Without the brotherhood of TKE, Im not sure where I would be now. A widower, yes. A father still, of course. But in TKE, I find continuity where I might have found uncertainty. This Fraternity has provided me the support that I didnt know I needed. An unbridled outpouring of love, support, donations, bro-hugs and happy memories is my proof. I saw Tekes open up and share their personal stories and challenges. I received cards from those who lost a spouse I never knew they had. In my moment of personal tragedy, I saw hope. I saw a support system of brothers who aimed to aid me in my development-who would drop everything to legitimately help a brother out. This is my story. And there are thousands like it. There isnt enough ink in the world to print every outstanding story of brotherhood. It's one of our most difficult tasks each issue, figuring out whose story we should tell. For example, we have to double our page count to be able to thank the thousands who support the TKE Educational Foundation directly every year. Id be remiss if I didnt end this letter with a thank-you. Thank you for your investment in our Fraternity. Thank you for being there for your brother when he needs it most. Finally, thank you for being part of my story. Yours in the Bond, Alex Baker Editor THE TEKE THIS IS MY STORY THE TEKE is the official publication of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity. TKE was founded on January 10, 1899, at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. THE TEKE (ISSN 1527-1331) is an educa- tional journal published quarterly in spring, summer, fall and winter by Tau Kappa Epsilon (a fraternal society), 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765. Periodicals Class postage paid at Indianapolis, IN, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to THE TEKE, 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765. THE TEKE STAFF Donald E. Aldrich, Chief Executive Officer Rho-Upsilon, Franklin College Alex Baker, Chief Information Officer and Editor Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI Garrett Thomas, Communications Specialist Upsilon-Iota, IUPUI Katie Sayre, Production Manager 2017 - 2019 GRAND COUNCIL Christopher T. Hanson, Grand Prytanis Alpha-Pi, The George Washington University Dr. James Hickey, Grand Epiprytanis Zeta-Alpha, Wagner College Ted Bereswill, Grand Grammateus Gamma-Upsilon, University of Texas at Austin Ryan J. Vescio, Esq., Grand Crysophylos Rho-Omega, University of South Carolina MG Charles Whittington, Jr., Grand Histor Pi-Psi, University of Southern Mississippi Anthony F. Clemens, Grand Hypophetes Nu-Mu, University of South Alabama Rob J. Guarini, Grand Pylortes Sigma-Nu, State University of New York at New Paltz John K. Fabsits, Grand Hegemon Xi-Eta, Missouri Western State University Michael Beals, Grand Council At-Large Epsilon, Iowa State University Michael McEvilly, Grand Council At-Large Beta-Eta, Missouri S&T / University of Missouri-Rolla Zain Islam, Collegiate Advisory Committee Chair Upsilon-Mu, NYIT-Manhattan CONTACT THE TEKE Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity 7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46278-1765 Tel: 317-872-6533 Fax: 317-875-8353 Email: Website: 2019 Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. the teke

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