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fraternity, the better he can make a rational
decision about its worthiness.

The Local Pledge Manual gives the rushee an
idea of what it is to be a Sig Ep pledge what
would be expected of him should he pledge and,
in turn, what he could except from the fraternity.

— Neal Seidle

Wichita Sig Eps offer this tip to rush chairmen
who feel that their rush material is becoming a
bit stale. Promote an essay contest based on
the subject "What Sigma Phi Epsilon Means to
Me." Give the brothers plenty of time to think
this out, and offer as prizes something like two
months dues to the winner and one month's dues
to the runner up.

At Wichita, a recent contest produced a lot of
good original material. It also aids in helping
some brother meet a financial difficulty, and it
gives all who enter a real challenge as to finding
out just exactly what our Fraternity means to
them as individuals.

District Award

"A "Big Brother of the Year" Award has been
set up in District 25, comprising the Utah, Wyom-
ing, and Arizona chapters. Director of Alumni
Affairs Lyle E. Holmgren of Logan, Utah, is the

The award is in the form of a simulated parch-
ment certificate which reads: "This is to certify

that has been

selected as the big brother of the year ... in
recognition of his exemplary adherence to the
principles of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity."
Space is given for the year and the chapter.

The rules for selection of the award are as

1. Nominee must be in good standing in the
local chapter.

2. He must have been an active at start of fall

3. Each man pledged from commencement of
fall term (whether new active or not) will be

given one rating sheet on which to nominate one
active of his choice.

4. Rating of the nominee will follow this pro-
cedure: (a) 5 points for Superior; 4 points for
Excellent; 3 points for Good; 2 points for Fair;
1 point for Mention, (b) Cumulative scores on
each candidate's nomination sheets will be added
together and an average for each candidate will be
computed, (c) Five points will be added for each
individual nomination and this score will be
added to the average score of all nominations, (d)
Highest average weighted score will determine
the recipient of award.

5. All nomination sheets are to be completed
and returned to chapter president one week after
the nomination sheets have been distributed.

6. Chapter Executive Committee will then eval-
uate the nomination sheets and forward all find-
ings and nomination sheets to District Governor.

7. A suitable District award will be made at
District Leadership Training School Dinner to
winner in each chapter.

8. Cost of awards is to be borne by District
Leadership Training School budget.

Match a Buck

Vermont Sig Eps are running a "Match a Buck"
campaign as a move to reunite the alumni and the
undergraduate members. Earlier this year, the first
Vermont Gammette Newsletter was issued.


Chairman Richard G. Cox has accepted reap-
pointment as National Music Chairman and has
asked Robert Bowlus, faculty adviser of the
Ohio Wesleyan chapter, and Cal Atwood, former
staff member now on the Dean of Men's staff at
the University of Iowa, to serve with him. The
initial responsibility will be preparation of the
record album to use as a favor for the 1961 Con-
clave at Chicago.

The following Chapter Counselors have recently
been appointed: W. Ernest Long, Indiana Delta;
Dr. Ralph S. Graber, Pennsylvania Iota; David
W. Best, Wisconsin Gamma; John C. Petricciani,
SPE Colony, University of Nevada; James J.
Riley, Arizona Beta; W. C. Sessions, Iowa Alpha;
Alfred Jack Houts, SPE Colony, Tennessee Wes-
leyan College; Godfrey G. Bennett, Jr., Virginia
Alpha; Allen L. Langton, Kansas Beta; Roy Al-
vin Ekstrom, SPE Colony, Montana State College;
Ben B. Bickman, Texas Club, East Texas State
College; William J. Baylis, Pennsylvania Kappa;
Robert Albright, Ohio Eta; Ralph C. Bierer,
SPE Colony, West Virginia Institute of Technol-
ogy; Ronald C. Straith, Michigan Beta; Fred T.
Mattox, SPE Colony, East Carolina College; Em-
mett Miller, California Alpha; William B. Light-
foot, Missouri Eta.




At the Washington Conclave last September,
the Fraternity adopted a program of co-operation
with the American Heart Association as a main
national welfare project for its chapters.

Several reports follow which show some of the
ways in which Sigma Phi Epsilon has participated
in this program.

California on February 26 held its first annual
Golden Heart Ball as a benefit for the American
Heart Association. In addition, the chapter fur-
nished a number of men for door-to-door collec-
tions on Heart Sunday, February 28.

Under the co-chairmanship of Jim Keck and
Ken Young a committee arranged for a hall, the
Gold Room of the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley,
and the band of Del Courtney, which is prominent
in the Bay Area. Tickets were printed and invita-
tions were sent to the 750 alumni members on the
mailing list. Alumni response was excellent and
many who were unable to attend sent donations.

The publicity committee, under the chairman-
ship of Roger Hollander, obtained co-operation of
the newspapers and radio, several hundred bal-
loons were dropped from the top of the student
union, in which a number of free passes were
contained, and the chapter also acquired the help
of a local "string and sing" trio which performed
on campus to help publicize the affair.

Meanwhile the Queen's Committee, headed by
Mike Green, staged a contest in which all women's
living groups were free to submit a candidate.
Twenty-one candidates entered. Eleven of these
were eliminated in the preliminary judging, and
from the remaining ten, the queen and her four
attendants were chosen. The final judging was
done by Dr. Eugene Burdick, professor of Politi-
cal theory at the University and author of the

Penn State's Heart Fund director Barbara
Palmer gets an assist from Sig Eps Barry
Miller, Paul Derstine, Dan Augustyniak.

President D. Eugene Valentine (left) of the
Utah State chapter and District Governor Lyie
E. Holmgren display current Heart Fund poster.

best-sellers, The Ugly American and The Ninth
Wave; Dr. Benjamin Lieberman, president of the
Alameda County Heart Association; Jim Spero
and Mike Bradley, disc jockeys of radio stations
KSFO and KOBY respectively; and Jim Keck,
the chapter chairman for the Ball.

Many prominent alumni from the Bay Area,
University officials and students, a goodly repre-
sentation of Heart Association officials attended
the Ball among the 400 present. The climax ar-
rived with the crowning of the Golden Heart
Queen, Keen Regan, a freshman Kappa Kappa
Gamma, who reigned with four attendants. The
Queen was awarded a trophy for het sorority, a
silver engraved bowl and a Fraternity locket as
mementos, and "a night on the town," dining
and dancing, compliments of the chapter.

Among the prominent alumni who attended
were: James H. Corley, California, '26; Hubert A.
Caldwell, California, '28; James R. Dalziel, Cali-
fornia, '30; Harold Jeffreys, California, '54; Rob-
ert Johnson, California, '28; Emmett Miller,
Washington State, '50; Al W. Ragan, California,
'27; Eric M. Stanford, California, '28; James
Young, Tennessee, '56.

Emporia Sig Eps, led by Sam Graham, co-
ordinated campus Greek organizations in the


Heart Fund Drive, obtaining the support of the
five sororities and other four fraternities on cam-

The city of Emporia was divided into 10 sec-
tions, one for each organization. The sororities
were paired with a fraternity so that there would
be enough cars for the girls. The drive was set
for Heart Sunday. The goal for the 500 Greeks
of $1,536, the amount raised the year before, was
reached and bettered.

Publicity included radio interviews with Gra-
ham, television coverage, state wide newspaper
coverage, and the article which will be featured
in the National Heart Magazine.

The Florida chapter was instrumental in suc-
cessful Heart Fund and Blood Drive campaigns.
Collections in the county-wide Heart Fund Drive
exceeded those of last year while Florida Alpha
is presently leading the campus in blood dona-
tions. Pledge missions served the dual purpose of
increasing fund collections and providing favor-
able publicity for Sigma Phi Epsilon and for the
pledge missions, especially in nearby cities.

Idaho Slate Sig Eps instead of going on the
door-to-door canvass for contributions, sponsored
a Heart Fund dinner and gave the proceeds to
the Heart Fund. This was held at the Student
Union, February 28, with the local chapter pre-
paring and serving the meal and the sororities
and Sig Ep glee club providing the entertainment.
Dennis Lyons was general chairman. A letter from
the state chairman of the Heart Fund stated that
this was a worthwhile project which was being
publicized throughout the state.

Kansas Sig Eps with the help of the Alpha
Phi collected in the Kaw Valley Heart Fund
Drive. The hours spent in the snow canvassing
the houses were compensated for when the girls
came to a dance and refreshments at the house.

Memphis State Sig Eps participated in the
City-wide Heart Fund Dance, for which they sold
tickets, decorated the auditorium, and ushered.

Missouri Mines Sig Eps on February 27, under
the direction of Al McCullough, instituted the
tradition of collecting for the Heart Fund. The
target designated was the local businessmen;
was collected. .

Penn State Sig Eps distributed plastic hearts
to places of business in and around State Col-
lege, and collected them at the end of the drive
February 29. Twenty-three boys solicited one
large section of State College, door to door, mak-
ing 196 collections, totaling $246.81.

The Utah State chapter works with the Cache
County Heart Association by performing many
odd tasks such as collating information for the

Idaho State Sig Eps clean up after dinner
given following successful Heart Fund drive.

Heart-Sunday campaign and supervising the on-
campus Heart activity as well as other city and
county services.

Wyoming Sig Eps combined their efforts with
those of Laramie radio station, KOWB, and col-
lected nearly $2,000 during a week-long Heart
marathon this spring. The Sig Eps spent Heart
Sunday in a door-to-door canvass of the town.
During the evenings groups of volunteers were
on hand at KOWB for interviews and to collect
pledges which were phoned in. The proudly dis-
played red vests of the Sig Eps were that week
truly a mark of distinction.

Valparaiso Sig Eps played host to Hoosier
wearers of the heart when the fifth annual State
Day was held April 23 at Indianapolis.

The program included a basketball tournament,
an afternoon fashion show for the dates, and a
banquet and dance at night.

— Glenn Heussner

Help Weeh Idea

Ball State pledge class and some members arose
early on February 27 and went off to perform a
philanthropic service for the city of Muncie. The
order of the day was to move the Lincoln Branch
of the Muncie Public Library into new quarters
abetted by Sig Ep muscle.

Work began for some 40 men at about 9:00 a.m.
and was not terminated until 7:00 p.m. that
evening. Under the leadership of Tom Thornburg
who had been using the library facilities since
boyhood, they moved 30,000 books.


Past Grand President J. Russell Pratt (front, center) poses with recently initiated members
at Stevens and Rutgers men who initiated them. Back row, third from right: Walter Steinman.


By WALTER D. NASON, Historian of New Jersey Alpha

AT THE beginning of the fall of 1959 semester,
Sig Ep at Stevens was housed in a run-down
apartment. Membership consisted of a senior, two
juniors, and a sophomore, and funds were nil.
Nevertheless, at its birth in 1906 this chapter had
been given a solid foundation, and certain in-
fluential individuals, both on and off campus, saw
a spark of hope.

The alumni, headed by Walt Steinman, started
on a determined road of raising funds to erect
a two-story addition which would provide living
quarters for a housemother and a much-needed
recreation room. Special rushing privileges were
granted by the Interfraternity Council, and Na-
tional Headquarters picked up the ball by send-
ing Ralph Seefeldt and Barrel Brittsan to super-
vise the rushing. Large smokers were planned as
fingers were crossed.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Rettig, the widow of a devoted
Sig Ep, was pleased to accept an invitation to
become housemother. Professor Rettig, '30, was
one of the most liked and respected of the faculty
at Stevens. A member of Theta Upsilon Omega
which merged with Sigma Phi Epsilon in 1938,
he was active in counseling and assisting the chap-
ter until he passed away in the fall of 1959.

What had our chapter to oflfer? Manifest des-
tiny, a strong and faithful alumni group, a large
and active National, a dedicated housemother, and

two weeks later, a group of freshmen who were
willing to accept the challenge of rebuilding.

After the concentrated rushing was over, 12
men were pledged — the maximum number per-
mitted by the IFC. Eight of these were initiated
in February and were there to stay, for their
marks averaged 2.70 or slightly below Dean's
List, placing Sig Ep unofiBcially tops on the cam-
pus scholastically.

These freshmen unanimously agree that besides
the previously mentioned points, the attitude of
Christian brotherhood, the scholastic atmosphere,
and the emphasis on being a gentleman at all
times sold them on the house. By this token, they
have found that serious talk about these intangi-
bles may not influence the greatest number of
rushees, but those that are interested are the
ones most wanted and most worthy of being a
Sig Ep.

Soon after the plans for the addition were com-
pleted, brothers and pledges alike swung picks
and shovels, digging the trenches for the founda-
tion. Also, four days of the inter-term recess were
set aside to fix up the house. Floors were re-
placed, stairs rebuilt, ceilings patched and plas-
tered, the entire main floor cleaned and repainted,
one bedroom refinished, even bathroom fixtures
were installed. Through working together, the
group has developed into a spirited, well-function-


Stevens Sig Eps, cheered
on by housemother, Mrs.
Rettig, at informal ground-
breaking ceremony for new
addition to chapter house.

ing brotherhood and is organized to continue.

As weeks progressed, the "unlimited possi-
bilities" theme previously used as a selling point
was being realized. The chapter presently totals
17 members, including 13 freshmen, and a genu-
inely Sig Ep Mom who is doubling as cook (re-
puted the finest on campus).

Enthusiasm for a fresh, new start was indicated
by the election of freshmen to all the offices, in-
cluding, Joe Viravec, president ; Vinny Baldassari,
vice-president; Dick Triantafellow, controller;

Wally Nason, historian; and Al Vautier, secre-

Joe Viravec, proving himself a capable and
dynamic leader through this time of growth and
already holding a chairmanship in the IFC, re-
flects the attitude of the brotherhood when he
says, "We are still small in size, but rich in
ideals. I know each of us is planning upon gradu-
ation to leave one of the largest, strongest, and
most respected fraternities on the Stevens' cam-


By JAMES H. NOYES, JR., North Carolina

SIG EPS at the University of North Carolina have
made innumerable gains in the last two years,
but their efforts came to a peak March 20, 1960,

North Carolina officers (from left, seated) : Bill
Stepp, Jim Noyes. Standing : Phil Nash, Ed Riner,
and Don Black.

when the Dean of Student Affairs released the
fraternity scholarship rankings for the previous
semester. Sig Ep placed first among 24 Greek-
letter groups. What is so notable about this
achievement is the fact that four semesters ago
we ranked 17th in scholarship, last year we
ranked 8th and now we head the list.

Working out a two-point plan has produced
this miracle. First of all, we keep a very close
check on the grades of our pledges. This is done
by having each pledge contact his instructors
(twice during the semester) and getting the
grades in his courses at that particular time
(especially about one month before finals) with
his instructor's signature. For those pledges who
don't have a C average, we usually discontinue
their pledgeship. Secondly, those brothers not
making a C average lose the right to vote in
chapter meetings, and are no longer permitted
to live in the house until they re-make a C aver-
age. Finally, as one can see, these are strict rules
and inevitably it truly hurts those who fail to
make a C average. Nevertheless, we feel that
scholarship cannot be overemphasized in frater-


nity life, and since fraternities are in a somewhat
crucial position on this campus and many others,
it is up to us to prove the validity of our ex-
istence — and this can best be manifested through
above average academic achievement.

To show you that scholarship isn't everything,
though, five Sig Eps have enhanced our name just
within the last three weeks (March 1-21). Don
Black, a sophomore from Manhasset, N.Y., who
was membership chairman of the University
Party, was recently elected head Chairman of
that Party. This party, popularly called the UP,
is one of the two political parties on this cam-
pus and is the one to which almost all of the
fraternities and sororities belong. In recent years
it has monopolized important campus positions.
Consequently, as a result of Don's election, we
now have five men running for student legislature.

Ed Riner, former news editor of the Daily Tar
Heel, the oldest daily college newspaper, is in the

midst of campaigning for the editorship. Riner,
a junior from Rocky Mount, has worked for the
Rocky Mount paper during the last three sum-

Bill Stepp, a junior from Marion, was appointed
assistant attorney general by the president of the
student body and is responsible for heading the
investigations of student violations of the honor

The 590th AFROTC Cadet Group on the UNC
campus just released cadet rankings for the
spring semester, and Phil Nash, a junior from
Bristol, Va., was selected sergeant-major of the

Finally, Sig Eps now have a member on the
executive committee of the Interfraternity Coun-
cil. Your reporter, Jim Noyes, a first-semester
senior from Lawrenceburg, Ind., was recently
elected secretary of the University of North Caro-
lina IFC.


New Sig Ep house at University of Houston.

At Boston, Bob Hall, '59, donated a new flag
for the chapter house.

Houston Sig Eps are now living in an at-
tractive new house which is completely furnished
with antique furniture. The house also has carpets
in the main rooms and has something which many
houses lack: large, deep, walk-in closets. The
house was a tremendous asset in the successful
spring semester rush program which netted the
largest pledge class on campus.

Ulinois Tech will move from the present loca-
tion on the second floor of 3254 S. Michigan Ave.,
to the adjoining three-story residence at 3240.
This residence will serve until September, 1961,
by which time the new house will be completed.

At Iowa Wesleyan, an annex has been oc-
cupied next to the chapter house. Eight men live
there and in the fall 12 will be accommodated
with 20 men living in the main house.

Culver-Stockton new house at 801 White
Street, Canton, Mo.^ — snapped in March.

Culver-Stockton Sig Eps dedicated their new
chapter house at 801 White St., Canton, Mo., on
October 10.

Dartmouth members and pledges have re-
cently completed extensive redecoration in their
chapter house, as well as completing the basement
recreation room of the new $52,500 addition to
the house. The work was under the direction of
Renny Drew, Jock McNair, Don Landzettel, and
Al Walker. A parents' drive to raise funds for
new furnishings, with Renny Drew, '59, as chair-
man, made possible purchase of new living-room
suites and study-room facilities.


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New Sig Ep home at University of Arkansas, on Stadium Drive. This is first official photo.

At Marshall, a committee was formed to create
and operate the library. An unused room was
cleaned, painted, and better lighting was installed.
Shelves have been added and a study table was
constructed. Books which were owned by the
chapter have been placed in the library and many
books were obtained through donations of the
families of the brothers. A fund has been set up
to purchase new books.

Morningside Sig Eps occupy a new house at
507 Peters Ave. It has high-beam ceiling, an L-
shaped living room, a large fireplace with a
natural wood finish mantel used for trophies.

The Mothers' and Wives' Club hung new
draperies while the alumni paid for remodeling as
well as for a new rug. Plans include remodeling
the basement and adding a wing at the rear.

San Diego's house, oldest on campus, was re-
modeled in the summer of 1958. During the
school year of 1958-59, the pledge classes land-
scaped the front and back lawns, built the wood-
encased neon sign showing the letters S * E on
the front of the house and constructed a large-
scale replica of the coat of arms. Also, a marble
plaque bearing the letters S $ E was embedded
in the walkway. Pinning ceremonies are held
around this plaque.

This past semester the pledge project was a
new fireplace and hearth made of cinderblock
which extends from floor to ceiling.

Latest project is to turn the back yard into a
large party area with an outdoor barbecue and
a 20-by-40 swimming pool being the main features.
To finance this venture such money-raising proj-
ects as selling candy and giving blood have been
conducted. A rummage sale and a tour of an
automobile manufacturing plant are planned. The
Sweethearts Club made up of girls pinned and
engaged to the brothers has helped by having a
car wash and the Mothers Club is helping on the
rummage sale and other projects.

At Texas, the new $250,000 house has been
virtually completed. At this writing, a house-
warming is taking place, which will be reported
in the next Journal.

The new San Diego Sig Ep house.

Morningside house at 507 Peters Avenue.



Arizona recently pledged Ed Warren. Bill
Radzwill, Larry Blom, Steve Becraft, Dennis
Clark, Ron Rinker.

Recently initiated: Bill Parke, William Bo-
gulas, William Kindig, Bob Webb, Tom Alibrandi.

— Daryl Smith

Arizona State U. recently initiated: Keith
Hampe, Tony Zener, Robert Anderson, Charles
Binagman, James Elling, Ronald Fisher, Win
Brayer, John Jarvis.

Recently pledged: John Anderson, Bruce Berg-
strom, Robert Brooks, Robert Carter, Dan Clin-
ard, Russel Culver, Kurt Linn, Tom McDougal,
Steve McMaster, Wesley Tranter.

Recently elected: president, Ronald J. Paquin;
vice-president, Robert C. Barbee; controller, Ron-
ald R. Fisher; historian, Keith R. Hampe; secre-
tary, Richard M. Faust.

Wilson G. Baroody, faculty adviser and pro-
fessor of English, was initiated honorarily March
27. — Keith Hampe

The Arkansas chapter on March 19, initiated :
Farrell Faubus, Dicky Bushmaier, John Ramsey,
Jr., Jim Webb, Joe Dan Byars, Jim Evans, Sam
Kirby, Scott Van Hoose, Charles Daniels (the
500th initiate of Arkansas Alpha), Ed Bryson, Jim
Johnson, and Ronnie Toothaker.

Officers elected on February 15: Dave Mooney,
president: Jerry Sanders, vice-president; Bob
Shults, controller; Ken Smith, secretary; and Guy
E. Brown, 11, historian.

— Guy E. Brown

Arkansas State began the spring semester with
38 actives and 11 pledges.

Recently initiated: Bob Clements, Imboden;
Tom Porter, Nashville; Dwight Talburt, Bates-
ville; Pat Tinnin, Kennett, Mo.; Cecil Vavak,
Kennett, Mo.; Gaylon Watson of Clarkton, Mo.

Recently pledged: Sam Austin, Bill Bell, Leavie
Brickell, Doug Davis, Ronnie Ennis, Shirl Harral-
son. Jack Lunsford, Tommy Moore, Phil Ponder,
Bob Pullam, James Henry Stephens.

Central State (Stevens Point, Wis.) officers
(from left) : Robert M. Kiefert, Ronald Perry,
Jere Fluno, and Robert Check.

Officers elected: Walter Carpenter, president;
John Clark, vice-president; Bubba Bunch, con-
troller; J. L. Bergschneider, historian; and J. W.
Singleton, secretary. Ritualistic officers: Sammy

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