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The Sigma Phi Society, founded on 4 March 1827 on the campus of Union College in Schenectady, New York is the second oldest Greek social fraternal organization in the United States. The Sigma Phi Society was the first Greek organization to establish a second chapter at another college, thus making it the first National Greek Organization. Its Union College chapter has been in continual operation since its founding, making it the oldest fraternity chapter in the U.S. Little is known about the Sigma Phi, as it began, and remains, a secret society. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... Naval Battle of Navarino by Carneray 1827 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The architectural centerpiece of the Union campus, the Nott Memorial, is named after the colleges president from 1804-1866, Eliphalet Nott. ... Union Colleges Nott Memorial, one of the most recognized buildings in Schenectady Schenectady (IPA ) is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words frater and soror, meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ...



It maintains chapters at Union, Hamilton, Hobart, Vermont, Michigan, Cornell, Wisconsin, UC Berkeley, and Virginia. It is known for limiting the expansion of the society, as it has declined requests for chapters at Yale, Amherst, Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Trinity, University of Washington, and Washington and Lee, among others.

Secret Society

Little is known of its pledging process, or any of the society's rituls or traditions. It is speculated that they have ties to the Free Masons, and perhaps the Yale secret society Skull and Bones, founded after the Sigma Phi Society. American Square & Compasses Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. ... YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment) is an environment for machine learning experiments and data mining. ... A secret society is an organization that requires its members to conceal certain activities—such as rites of initiation—from outsiders. ... For the pirate flag see Jolly Roger; for the international poison symbol see skull and crossbones; for the Cypress Hill album see Skull & Bones. ...


- First National Greek Fraternity, with the establishment of the Hamilton College Chapter Hamilton College is a private, independent liberal arts college located in Clinton, New York. ...

- First Fraternity to own a chapter house, when the Williams College chapter built and maintained their house in 1857 Williams College is a private, coeducational, highly selective (18% admission rate in 2006) liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. ...

- First fraternity of the Union Triad to maintain their founding chapter The Union Triad is a term used to refer to Kappa Alpha (1825), Sigma Phi (1827) and Delta Phi (1827), the first three social fraternities in the country. ...


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Alpha Sigma Phi - History (2512 words)
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity was founded at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 6, 1845 by three students: Louis Manigault (pronounced Man-e-go) (1828-1899) of Charleston, South Carolina, Stephen Ormsby Rhea (1825-1873) of Louisiana, and Horace Spangler Weiser (1827-1875) of York, Pennsylvania.
In 1965, Alpha Gamma Upsilon Fraternity merged with Alpha Sigma Phi.
Alpha Sigma Phi continues to be one of America's premier college fraternities, and recently it celebrated its sesquicentennial (the one hundred fiftieth) anniversary of its founding.
Alpha Sigma Phi: Information from Answers.com (2321 words)
Alpha Sigma Phi was founded at Yale College in 1845 as a secret sophomore society composed of many of the school's authors, poets, athletes, and scholars.
The rivalry expressed itself in their publications, Kappa Sigma Theta's "The Yale Banger" and Alpha Sigma Phi's "The Yale Tomahawk." In 1852, the editors of The Tomahawk were expelled after violating faculty orders to cease publication.
A new national organization was formed at an Alpha Sigma Phi conference at Marietta in 1907, and within a year there were three new chapters: Zeta at Ohio State, Eta at the University of Illinois, and Theta at the University of Michigan.
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