New Member Project: A tradition that has continued for many years in the Cook Chapter was quite a success this semester. The new members and their bigs, in addition to any other brothers who chose to participate, came out to the beloved Rutgers Gardens and helped put mulch down around the daffodil beds that will be blooming soon. Also, considering the damage of Hurricane Sandy, Helyar Woods, a staple of the Gardens, were significantly damaged. Many trees had fallen down and the timber could now be used to make mulch. The entire group proceeded to remove the fallen branches and trees to a singular location thus clearing the pathways and making it easier for the employees of the Gardens to make mulch. It was quite the bonding experience with everyone having to work together to move the trees from place to place. As a reward for a job well done, all the brothers and new members went on a mini hike following the clean up to take a look at the pine forest that the gardens are known for. It is a beautiful site made up of rows of perfectly aligned pine trees located right on the edge of the roaring Raritan River. They followed up this hike with a visit to the magnificent bamboo forest, a tradition of this event. This event is a prime example of the service work AZ Cook Chapter members participate in and pride themselves on; a true example of promoting agriculture, the ideal on which this fraternity was founded.