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Confusion around old SIFE website

The current webpage hosted at cmusife.org. The webpage discusses the use of prostitution and sex shops in Osaka. (credit: Noël Um/News Co-Editor) The current webpage hosted at cmusife.org. The webpage discusses the use of prostitution and sex shops in Osaka. (credit: Noël Um/News Co-Editor)

There was confusion concerning the official website for the business club Enactus, previously known as SIFE, this past week.

Many students mistakenly thought that the SIFE website, www.cmusife.org, was hacked.

The club’s leaders, however, clarified that they no longer hold domain over that address.

The website that currently is a Japanese blog when translated into English, contains questions about sex shops in Osaka.

Nikita Anand, senior business administration and statistics major and Enactus senior advisor, said in an email to The Tartan, “Actually, our SIFE website was not hacked into. SIFE underwent a global rebranding and has now changed its name to ‘Enactus’. Therefore, we let our server expire so that we could get a new website that would be more fitting to our new name.”

Although SIFE recently changed its name to Enactus, which stands for “Entrepreneurial, Act, Us,” many students still refer to the club by its former name, which led to the confusion about the website.

“It’s actually nice that so many people noticed our website had changed, because this will help our promotional efforts to rebrand SIFE on our campus to Enactus and help the student body understand the new name,” Anand said.

Katie Cameron, sophomore information systems and decision science double major and president of Enactus, said, “[Enactus] has been going by SIFE, standing for Students in Free Enterprise. Now, as the organization spreads into all parts of the world, some regions don’t recognize free enterprise. Additionally, SIFE is supposedly a curse word in South Africa. Because SIFE didn’t want to be an acronym anymore, the international headquarters hired a consulting firm to change the name to something more closely aligned with the current actions the organization takes.”

The new Enactus page can be found at the website cmuenactus.org.