September 1, 2011
If you’d like to join a college football pick’em league then please check out the one we’ve setup. Invite as many Sigs as you’d like. It’s just for fun, but it would be nice to have a large group to interact with.
League Url: http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/college
Group Id: 20876
August 10, 2011
I’m sure most of you probably received a similar email from our Grand Consul this week. For those that didn’t , here is the fraternity promoting/informing Sigs of Jon Huntsman Jr. running for President.
Dear Brother [Insert Your Name],
We have a unique circumstance in our current political climate with one of our brothers, Significant Sig Jon Huntsman Jr., UTAH 1983.
Governor Huntsman, as many of you know, is the former Ambassador to Singapore, Ambassador to China, and the 16th Governor of Utah. He is now running for President of the United States.
Sigma Chi has played a major role in his life and Jon is asking us to join him in a conversation to learn more about his campaign and his reasons for running for President of our country. We encourage any interested brother to sign up online at Jon2012.us/reNiq9. Upon your RSVP, you will receive more detailed information from Huntsman Headquarters staff.
We are excited to offer this unique chance to create an open dialog with one of our brothers and our country’s leaders. If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Ahearn at 407-674-2874.
Dennis Santoli, CASE WESTERN 1967
67th Grand Consul
June 29, 2011
One of the main reasons I created ShareSigmaChi was to help Sigs share Sigma Chi related stuff with other Sigs. I believe that a lot can be gained by the fraternity if pledges/members/alum/chapters just share their knowledge with each other. Ideas for philanthropy, parties, derby days, alumni events & tailgates could help chapters in all sorts of ways. More importantly chapters could share i-week or pledge membership information with one another (in a secure manner of course).
The other big part of ShareSigmaChi are the pledge tests. I’ve always thought it made sense to allow pledges to study/learn online. When I was in school the only ways to learn about Sigma Chi were to read your Norman Shield or talk to members. Obviously I’m not saying that pledges shouldn’t read their Norman Shielf or talk to members. But there are a lot of times that those two options aren’t available.
So why not make the information available online so pledges can study whenever they want? This is what I have tried to do. The original version of the “ShareSigmaChi Pledge Test” was made up of 44 multiple choice questions. All the questions and answers were filled out by me doing research. The problem with this version was that I was the only one who could create new questions and answers. I would add a question here and there, but eventually I moved on to other projects. Version 1 I felt was pretty successful. It served its purpose and in total questions had been answered over 15,000 times. The graph below shows the questions and what percentage they were answered right (http://www.scribd.com/doc/58918640).
Some of the faults of Version 1 were that nobody else could create their own questions and you didn’t have an easy way of sharing the questions with other Sigs. So with Version 2 I decided to create a brand new website http://sigmachipledgetest.com solely dedicated to creating and sharing Sigma Chi pledge tests. Version 2 allows you to create pledge tests with as many questions as you want. You decide the pledge test name, description and whatever questions and answers you want. Each test is given its own unique url. You can share that url with other people. Also somebody takes one of your pledge tests, they can share their score on facebook to invite others to take your pledge test.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the new version. There are a few updates I’d like to do, but its all a matter of having enough free time. For now it will do and I just hope that Sigs can find it useful.
June 1, 2011
I was sent this new version of the Sweetheart Song the other day. It’s a blues version. The creator of the song is Devon Wright, initiated in 2007 at The University of Western Ontario, Epsilon Omicron chapter. Devon is also a member of the Toronto Alumni Chapter.
Here is what Devon had to say after I contacted him about the song:
I was inspired to rewrite the Sweetheart Song when I came across a contest that Grand Chapter ran this year to mark the songs 100th anniversary. It seemed like a great way to inspire some modern interpretations of this old school song.
Singing the sweetheart song is one of those truly unique experiences that sticks out in my mind of what it is to be a Sigma Chi. If you weren’t in a Greek Organization, you may never actually be put in a situation where you have to get down on one knee and sing your heart out to a group of beautiful girls. It sounds trivial, but those little experiences – the ones that put you out there in ways you other wise would have shied away from – those experiences really add up to build your character. And thats really the value of being a Sig, I believe. Remaking the Sweetheart Song was just a way for me to re-experience that valuable lesson the song has to offer. I remade the song, sang my heart out, and put it out their for people to see. I am glad to see people are enjoying it 🙂
A big thanks goes out to my good friend Arif Mirabdolbaghi, who worked with my rough vision of the vocals, and came out with those beautifully bluesy strings to accompany me. Also, thanks to my band mate Matt Hunter for helping me review the track.
If you’d like to help support Devon, than check out his band “The Wheel Wells”.