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Kappa Sigma returns to campus for Fall

Recruitment poster for Kappa Sigma 2013

Kappa Sigma fraternity expelled from UT Arlington in 1994 plans to return to campus in the fall.

Kappa Sigma is a national men’s fraternity founded on the principles of fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service, according to the national Kappa Sigma website. The Theta Omega chapter of Kappa Sigma was founded at UTA in 1967 and was expelled in 1994.

“Theta Omega’s charter was revoked by Kappa Sigma Nationals because the chapter fell on hard times, and some of the members who were active were not up to par with the characteristic standards,” said physics freshman Geovanny Alzate.

Kappa Sigma is hosting open recruitment until April. Their goal is to have 60 Founding Fathers, the first class of the re-installed chapter. These men have to opportunity to start new traditions and create new bylaws.

“Our goal is to target quality guys that normally wouldn’t fit the fraternity profile,” said social work junior Izzak Perez.

Kappa Sigma participated in the formal Inter Fraternity Council recruitment in January. As a colony, an unofficial chapter, they were allowed to recruit with the rest of the men’s fraternities. The alumni hosted many events and boosted moral during recruitment.

“They [alumni] had fire and passion for what Kappa Sigma was all about, and I wanted in on that fire,” said accounting junior Markwayne Kennedy.

Kappa Sigma is striving to be the largest and most diverse fraternity on campus. The alumni want to establish the chapter more permanently. Their goal is to mirror the diversity shown on campus with the diversity of the men in the chapter, said Perez.

“If you fit in at UTA, you will fit in with Kappa Sigma. The diversity makes sure that someone will have similar opinions as you. It just makes it easier and more comfortable to join in,” said Perez.

In order for the chapter to re-establish itself, it must complete a checklist sent by the national office, as well as meet UTA requirements. The checklist includes tasks such as making bylaws, paying dues, paying chartering fees, and establishing membership. Once the requirements are met, Kappa Sigma will have its first initiation ceremony.

Sources:

Izzak Perez, Junior, Social Work (214)991-2024

Markwayne Kennedy, Junior, Accounting (469)323-1555

Geovanny Alzate, Freshman, Physics (832-620-4271