Why Sigma Chi at Bryant?

Written by The Archway's Editor-In-Chief, Will Tondo

 

When I first enrolled at Bryant University, I did not expect to be in a fraternity. This changed when I met the brothers of Sigma Chi. They were quite a bunch, they were recognized and praised on campus and some of the most down to earth people I have ever met. I instantly wanted to be a part of their organization. I began asking them many questions about the fraternity, and I was intrigued. Sigma Chi is one of the largest and oldest social fraternities, and is ranked number one nationally, as well. Sigma Chi was founded on June 28,1855 at Miami (Ohio) University. Its purpose is to promote the concepts of friendship, justice, and learning. Its mission statement is to develop value-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus, and community. Now that I am a part of this fraternity, I want to help recruit potential members.

 So why Sigma Chi?

(Will Tondo, far right)

Nationally Ranked

Sigma Chi is rated one of the top fraternities nationally, and in their case, internationally too! Sigma Chi has chapters in Canada, which is very uncommon. The Lambda Eta Chapter at Bryant University is one of the top chapters in the country! Since receiving their charter in 2010, Bryant Sigma Chi has received at least a Blue Peterson Award every year. This means they are among the top 20% of chapters globally. In 2014, Bryant Sigma Chi was the #2 ranked Sigma Chi chapter (impressive)! On June 12th, 2005, Sigma Chi was the first Greek letter society to be honored and recognized by the United States Congress for the fraternity’s 150th Anniversary.

 

Involvement

Our brothers are highly active and involved on campus.  Brothers of Sigma Chi at Bryant are involved in over 50 different clubs and organizations. Some involvements include The Archway Newspaper, Archway Fund, Bottom Line Accapella, Bulldog Leaders, CEO, Colleges Against Cancer, Club Sports, Division I Athletes, Enactus, Inter-Fraternity Council, Intramurals, OCE and Campus Employees, Orientation Leaders, Resident Assistants, ROTC, Student Ambassadors, Student Senate, and Special Olympics to just name a few.

 

 

Alumni and Networking

Sigma Chi is known to have many famous alumni; these gentlemen are called “Significant Sigs”. These special brothers include: John Wayne, Brad Pitt, Woody Harrelson, David Letterman, Tom Selleck, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Drew Brees, Mike Ditka, Urban Meyer, and Sean Payton, just to name a few. In regards to our chapter, we currently have almost 100 alumni who have graduated from Bryant who are currently working all across the country. They are still super involved within the chapter and stay connected with the brothers.

 

Philanthropy

Giving back to the community and being involved in philanthropic events is extremely important to the brothers of Sigma Chi. Sigma Chi at Bryant helps fundraise for many different causes such as St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn, American Cancer Society-Relay for Life, St. Baldrick’s, Dare to Dream Ranch, RI Blood Center and other philanthropy events that take place at Bryant University and around the Rhode Island Community. But the big one, and Sigma Chi’s international philanthropy, is The Huntsman Cancer Institute. Significant Sig and politician, John Huntsman, fully funded this facility in Utah in hopes to be the generation to end cancer. Everything is covered financially, so all donations go directly to cancer research. Sigma Chi chapters across the country host a weeklong event called Derby Days for this philanthropy. All week long teams of brothers and sorority sisters compete against each other in many events to help raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This year, over $8,500 dollars were raised by Sigma Chi!

 

 

Zero Tolerance, No Hazing Policy

In 2005, a national zero-tolerance hazing policy was established and adopted by Sigma Chi Nationals. Our headquarters have been proactive and created a model pledge program that focuses on developing a purely intellectual leadership experience that helps the pledges learn about the ritual and the history of the fraternity. This program is called P4B: Preparation for Brotherhood. These sessions and workshops aim to educate members to conduct themselves as gentlemen, understand the consequences of hazing, and create a positive environment and culture, giving no opportunities for hazing.

 

If you are interested in rushing Sigma Chi and want to learn more about it, contact either myself ([email protected]), Recruitment Chair Matt Gosselin ([email protected]) or President Trevor Perron ([email protected]).

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