|Mu Kappa receiving the charter|
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Twenty-one years ago I went through rush on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. For those who don't know, rush is the process of looking for a fraternity or sorority to join. After going to a handful of houses and parties and other gatherings, I didn't feel like the ones I'd looked at were the right fit for me.
While I was walking to class one day, I saw a flier for Sigma Nu. The fraternity was not yet on campus, as this was to be a new group. I attended the rush meeting where I saw several guys I'd met through my two years at SEMO. We were told that night that it would be a long and difficult process to go from colony to chapter status. It was something that core group of men was going to have to build from the ground up.
Initially, I wasn't sure I was up to the task and didn't go back. But about a month later, my interest was piqued again. I met with the guys and was extended a bid. We spent that year working hard to fulfill the requirements set forth by the national fraternity to earn chapter status. And like we were told that first night, it was not easy.
|Snakes on Ice 1995|
|Prior to an intramural game (I was the photographer)|
Others question the hazing aspect of being Greek. Sigma Nu was founded on a no hazing principle. In my years with the fraternity I was never hazed, nor was anyone else on our campus. We lead the way nationally and at SEMO on the issue. We also raised the bar by making sure our candidates and active members all kept grades above the standards set by the university. That's something still happening 20 years later.
|Under the Sea|
|The night I proposed|