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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Maine chapter.

Happy Fraternity Friday and finals season to all at UMaine! For the last Fraternity Friday of the fall semester, I talked to Lukas Lagasse of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He is a political science major with a double minor in legal studies and anthropology from New Sweden, ME. Lukas transferred to UMaine two years ago in from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and spent last spring in Sweden studying modern Swedish immigration, specifically the Cougar Grant.

During Lukas’ time in Sweden, he worked helping families, mainly tourists, learn about their genealogy. He often looked through records based on the families’ last names and could help them find the places where their ancestors once lived. Lukas also learned a lot about Swedish immigration while he was abroad. Sweden is a small country, but it is densely populated. They have let in a large number of Syrian refugees in the past 10 years, with their immigrant population growing from nine million to 11 million just over the past decade.

While abroad, Lukas also earned credit for a partial Master’s thesis for his work helping a family in his home town of New Sweden, ME find their ancestors in Sweden. This family learned that from their small town, they made a large ripple of change that extended all the way back to their country.

In his fraternity, Lukas acts as the House Manager for Sig Ep. He says that in his time in Greek life, he has made stronger bonds with the kinds of people most like him and has found best friends – ones that “will be in [his] wedding someday”. He was previously in charge of the Balanced Man Scholarship, an opportunity for which is put out to every incoming male freshman with a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher. He was also on the Board of Trustees at UMaine during the 2018-2019 school year as the undergraduate representative. In this role, he brought issues to the University directly that were outside of or larger than the scope of what Student Government could address or fix. He has also been involved in Alternative Breaks as a site leader in 2018, where he planned the trips, collected and organized finances, and arranged transportation and housing for the group.

After college, Lukas hopes to go back to Sweden and work for a few years, hopefully to become a professor at a university and teach Swedish politics if a University would have a space for him to teach about it. His other plans include potentially working at the national branch of his fraternity and continuing to make contributions to a meaningful organization in his life.

Thank you Lukas for your contributions to the community and to your fraternity!

Quinn is an incoming fourth-year student at the University of Maine with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. She currently serves as a Campus Correspondent for the UMaine chapter as well as holding the position of editor in Chief! Outside of her involvement in Her Campus, she is involved in the dance department at the University of Maine and performs in the showcases each semester. Quinn enjoys writing articles focused on politics, government, and current events, and in February of this year published her Capstone research on political polarization in the American government. Upon graduation in the spring, she hopes to pursue a career in broadcast or print journalism, as well as obtaining a Master's degree in Journalism.  
Camille is a fourth-year Political Science major with minors in Leadership Studies and Legal Studies at the University of Maine. She is the Editor in Chief for her chapter, competes in competitive Mock Trial, and is the Treasurer of the Pre-Law Society. Her future plans are to graduate in 2020 and attend law school.