Indianapolis – Amongst other traits, the foundation of Tau Kappa Epsilon is based on the brotherhood demonstrated by Fraters in times of sorrow. When a Frater or friend of TKE is in need, the manner is which we respond is a glimpse into the true character and rectitude of our nature.
The Fraters of Rowan University (Omicron-Iota) in Glassboro, New Jersey epitomize Love, Charity, and Esteem. Last year, in an unfortunate series of events, Frater Matthew Hruszczak was involved in a car accident in which he fell into a coma. Without hesitation, the men of TKE at Rowan University came to the aid of Matthew's mother. "It was at a tough time in my life at that point. I wasn't in a good place financially to handle the expenses presented," said Matthew's mother, Noreen Crowle. "The brothers of TKE at Rowan handed me a $7,000 check just days after the event. I didn't lose my house because of those guys. It was unbelievable."
For the next seven months, Matthew remained in a coma at a hospital in Florida, but the brotherhood of the men at Rowan did not waver. Brothers of the Omicron-Iota chapter provided Noreen with the support she needed. "They helped Matthew and I in so many ways. A majority of these guys were 19, 20 and 21. The love they gave to us is indescribable," said Noreen.
Fraters of the Omicron-Iota chapter knew it was time to come to the aid of Matthew and Noreen. Visiting Matthew's favorite running trail, members worked to share the memory of Matthew in any way possible. "We were taking it pretty hard," said chapter Crysophylos Jacob Basch. "He had a favorite running trail, and we were out there and said some prayers and shared stories."
The running trail brought the brothers of Omicron-Iota together. With full hearts, the chapter decided to host a 5k run in Matthew's name. They also worked with Rowan University to present Matthew with an honorary degree.
Unfortunately, Matthew passed after several months of being in a coma.
Fraters, friends and family celebrated Matthew's life following his passing. "There were over 225 fraternity and sorority individuals who came to celebrate Matthew's life," said Noreen. "What is life all about? It's not about money or possessions; it's about the love you demonstrate. These young men demonstrated true love, and as a mother, the actions and warmth displayed by these brothers is beyond words."
"I can't let this go by without having these guys be recognized. I will never forget these men and what they did for my son and I. As a human being, and as a mother, I am blessed for the life Matthew lived and the brothers he made. The men of Tau Kappa Epsilon acted in a manner in which they demonstrated true compassion and love."
The Offices of the Grand Chapter recognizes the men of Omicron-Iota for living our values of Love, Charity and Esteem. These Fraters showcase what it means to be a Teke each and every day.
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