SigEp returns to campus
After being closed on campus two years ago, Sigma Phi Epsilon returns with bold initiatives, challenges.
Sigma Phi Epsilon, the nation's largest fraternity, has been re-established on campus with new initiatives and challenges using the Balanced Man Program and Residential Learning Community concepts.
In December 2004, the decision to close the fraternity was made after a hazing incident which involved pledges "streaking" near a sorority house and the fraternity's failure to meet financial obligations.
"We've been here since 1905; we have a lot of alumni from this campus. It's a big school, and we think we can offer something here that's typically different that students can appreciate," Kyle Arganbright, director of new chapter development at SigEp headquarters in Virginia, said. "It will be a new group of guys starting a new chapter with new goals, chapters and principles."
"There are 2,000 SigEps from NCSU that are wandering around this world and all 2,000 of us are very interested in seeing our fraternity be back on campus and to help it be strong."
SigEp, unlike other fraternities on campus, has eliminated the pledging process completely and grants all members the same rights and privileges. Through the BMP, a self paced, personal-development experience, SigEps are encouraged to live a balanced life based on the foundation of the Balanced Man concept of sound mind and sound body. The challenges provide members with four years of development.
Recruitment is a year-round process. Initial recruitment on campus began in August and will end Oct. 1. However, any male student may be recruited all year long. The requirement to be in SigEp is a GPA of 3.0 and involvement of another activity on campus.
of the Greensboro Summit Rotary Club recently exchanged club banners with his visiting friend from the Rotary Club of Moscow. Through international ties, the Summit Rotary helped establish the first Rotary organization in Russia. Mike Wagoner and Mike Sigmon participated.
October 2004 Raleigh
Homecoming tradition returns to Hillsborough Street
Chances are that many of the students who take part in this year’s Homecoming Parade weren’t even born the last time the parade. The year was 1983. Ronald Reagan was president, the Bell System hadn’t been broken up and the term “compact disc” had just entered the lexicon.
This year, the parade returns to Hillsborough Street after 21 years away. In fact, the parade had disappeared altogether until 2001, when it was revived with a short route on campus. Now, students and the Alumni Association are taking the parade back to Hillsborough Street with 76 parade entries, and they’re teaming up with merchants to decorate storefronts for the event. Community involvement makes this parade more than a campus tradition – the public is invited and 15 local organizations and businesses, including the Hillsborough Street Partnership, are entered with floats, banners and cars.
Goodbye to Riddick
Construction crews are tearing down landmark Riddick Stadium.
Demolition of the stands began in 2003. This fall (2005), the demolition will be complete.
The stadium, erected in 1907, initially had wooden bleachers on the sidelines, but over the years concrete bleachers were built and a fieldhouse was erected behind the south end zone. It was named after Wallace Carl Riddick, a popular mathematics professor who served as football coach in 1888-1889 and went on to become NC State’s fourth president in 1916.
After the completion of Carter-Finley Stadium in 1966, the east stands and the field were replaced by a parking lot and the fieldhouse was made into the campus police station. The west stands remained and served a number of functions through the years, including a residence hall in the 1960’s. Current plans call for a new academic building to be constructed on the site.
March 14, 2006 Chapel Hill News Item
Chapel Hill Terrorist a Sig Ep?
More on the North Carolina Jihadi, Mohammed Taheri-azar, the case of Mohammed Taheri-azar's attempt to kill students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill by driving a rented Jeep Cherokee into a campus plaza on March 3, 2006.
After speaking with someone who knew Taheri-Azar, a little bit more interesting details come into view. The guy I spoke with said Taheri-azar pledged his fraternity, Sig Ep, and that the frat "blackballed" him, meaning kicked him out because he was such a recluse and antisocial. They referred to him as "Mo." The Sig Ep brother said that Taheri-azar was from a wealthy family, a frequent marijuana smoker and "most always high" and drank heavily as well. So much for being religiously pious. Though, it is reported that in the past year he turned away from these habits and became more religious.