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Sigma Nu officially reinstated
The fraternity was shut down in 2005 because of hazing violations but petitioned to reopen its chapter.
by Michelle Sprehe
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
After losing its charter in 2005, Sigma Nu fraternity received its reorganization certificate Saturday night at Abe and Jakeâ€™s Landing, marking its official return as a chapter. The fraternity was officially recognized by the University when it came back to campus last fall.
â€œIt was closed by alumni because they felt the chapter was going in the wrong direction,â€ said Jordan Herbert, Olathe sophomore and president of Sigma Nu.
To regain its charter, the fraternity had to create a petition that logged its efforts for improvement and then had to submit it to Sigma Nuâ€™s national office.
â€œIt shows that we are running a house that instills the values of Sigma Nu and we can do it on our own,â€ Herbert said.
John LeRoy, Leawood senior and vice president of the fraternity, was a new member when the charter was taken away.
â€œWe were shut down because of the alumni and hazing violations,â€ LeRoy said. â€œIt wasnâ€™t what I was expecting because I was told there would be no hazing.â€
LeRoy said members of the house didnâ€™t trust one another after he was lied to.
â€œItâ€™s important to let each member know what they are getting in to,â€ LeRoy said. â€œI saw it as a good opportunity to start something new.â€
Chad Guempel, St. Louis freshman, said that he was told about the past problems and that the fraternity didnâ€™t have a charter when he joined. He said he decided to join because he liked the house and the people in it.
â€œI was kind of hesitant to immediately join because I didnâ€™t know how obtainable getting a charter would be,â€ Guempel said. â€œBut they told me theyâ€™d gone through the process of petitioning and they would have the charter back with in the next few years.â€
Alumni helped with recruitment until the fraternity officially became a chapter again. Herbert said the fraternity gained 33 new members and estimated 20 more would join next year.
â€œI think weâ€™ll have more pull on campus during recruitment next year because weâ€™re one of the older houses and weâ€™ll gain more respect now that we are an official chapter,â€ Guempel said.
Herbert said that it took a year and a half to finish and submit the petition but that it usually took two or more years.
â€œItâ€™s really surprising because it was such a quick turn around,â€ LeRoy said. â€œIt gives us something to take pride in and freedom to enjoy our achievement.â€