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Local Greek life reacts to OU SAE fallout

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) has been officially shut down on the University of Oklahoma campus, and remains under fire for a video released this week showing chapter members chanting racial slurs.

SAE advisors and members across the country are reacting, including those at the University of Northern Iowa, which has an SAE chapter.

"Their reputation is also contingent on what other people are doing across the country, is sort of frustrating to see," Steffoni Schmidt said, Greek Life Advisor at UNI.

Unfortunately, the University of Oklahoma incident is not the first time in which a fraternity has gotten the ax. In 2012, the SAE chapter at the University of Iowa was removed for hazing and other violations.

Advisors say such happenings impact the entire organization.

Cory Anderson, Vice President of Public Relations for UNI's Interfraternity Council, said, "We promote diversity and brotherhood between all members with the intention of creating strong communities, strong chapters, and strong men."

Roughly five percent of UNI's undergraduates are part of Greek Life. Advisors say such a tight-knit community proves to be advantageous.

"They are really proactive in addressing some of these current important issues, like sexual assault and diversity," Schmidt said.

However, she explains members have to work that much harder to escape the negative shadow when incidents like this strike.

"It's just too bad that these are the things that get seen in the media, and put on them, when they're doing so much good, so much more good, that maybe isn't getting recognized."

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