Purdue Sigma Chi Honors Lost Brother In Inspiring Way That Defies Fraternity Stereotypes

Purdue Sigma Chi Honors Lost Brother In Most Inspiring Way We've Heard

Losing a friend is one of the worst experiences a young person can go through. On top of your tragic loss and aching for your loved one, there is the nagging feeling that this just wasn’t meant to be. They were too young to die. They had so much left ahead of them. They didn’t deserve it.

Unfortunately, it happens. Through illnesses and freak accidents, young people die, and the rest of us are just there trying to pick up the pieces — trying to relearn how to be happy when our friend isn’t there.

The Sigma Chis at Purdue lost their brother Xavier Somerville on September 3, 2012 to a fatal accident. Now, they want to honor his memory in what they’re calling “The Xavier Project.” This summer, four of Xavier’s pledge brothers plan to travel the country in an RV to fourteen different colleges. As a way to honor the impact Xavier has had on their lives, at each university, they intend to interview people asking just one question: “If you had one week to impact the rest of someone’s life, what would you do?” Then, they plan to make it happen.

If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. Read more about their story at The Xavier Project and donate to the GoFundMe page here.

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Veronica Ruckh

Veronica (@VeronicaRuckh) is the Director of Total Sorority Move for Grandex, Inc. After having spent her undergraduate years drinking $4 double LITs on a patio and drunk texting away potential suitors, she managed to graduate with an impressive GPA and an unimpressive engagement ring -- so unimpressive, in fact, some might say it's not there at all. Veronica has since been fulfilling her duties as "America's big," a title she gave to herself with the help of her giant ego. She has recently switched from vodka to wine on weekdays. Email her at

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