November 27th, 2011 / Comments Off / by Eminent Chronicler
I’m sitting down with Senior Alex Poon from Pacific Palisades, CA. He’s an eager volunteer for our first official online Brotherhood Profile.
Tell us about yourself, Alex…
I’m an English major and I’m pursuing minors in writing and political science. I am currently applying to Law School, and I’m a potential Fulbright scholar. I’m also a mid fielder on the lacrosse team as well as a former social chair, risk management chair and eminent recorder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
What is your favorite aspect about the brotherhood?
The bond that we all share… knowing that we all hold the same principles dear.
Riveting. What do you think you’ve gained from the fraternity and what have you given?
I’ve gotten an amazing brotherhood and a great sense of responsibility, a feel for time management, and the ability to lead. In turn I think I’ve given back three amazing terms as social chair, as well as taking the lead in several SAE philanthropy contributions such as the annual Kappa Karaoke dance contest.
You’re known around town as the Zen Master choreographer of the annual Kappa Karaoke dance contest; With a new group coming in each year, how do you continue to come up with new identities and entertainment?
I think the key to all of it is finding the individual identity of the pledge class. It changes every year and it’s about adapting and about bringing out the best in each class. When you can find what each class does best you want to highlight that. For instance last spring we had a lot of talented dancers that we wanted to spread out over the less talented dancers and make each group look good. Ultimately it proved very rewarding and we had a top 3 finish for the third year in a row.
With challenges on and off the dance floor, what is your guiding motto?
“They said it couldn’t be done.”
Wise words indeed. Shifting gears, do you have any role models?
Eric Greitens… He is a navy seal. I’ve seen him speak multiple times and had the chance to talk with him. He embodies determination and selflessness coupled with a deep knowledge and his responsibility to serve. Another one would have to be Ray Rice because he’s a small guy but he refuses to back down in the face of larger opponents
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I will have hopefully graduated from law school, and be practicing at a large firm in corporate law or alternative dispute resolution.
Now for some random rapidfire… Describe your style.
Casually rakish splashed with conservative rebellion.
Brooks Brothers, Gatorade, and Nike
Who is your favorite NBA bench player?
JR Smith… he’s always about the bottom line. I once saw a game where the nuggets were up by 20 but he had 37 points and he kept trying to shoot 3’s just to finish with an even-numbered stat line.
Is there anything else that you’d like our devoted readers to know about you?
Get your hustle on, keep your muscle strong. I know about the blocks you hustle on.
Alex, on behalf of myself and the rest of the staff here at saemobeta.org, we’d like to thank you for your candid demeanor as well as taking the time out of your day to let the readers know a little bit more about the real Mr. Poon.
It’s been a pleasure.
Stay tuned for more interviews with brothers of Missouri Beta as we give you a closer look inside of our chapter.
Eli Sokol, Eminent Correspondent