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Sigma Chi National Pledge Test
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Birth and Death Date of Benjamin Piatt Runkle
Born on September 3, 1836 and Died on June 28, 1916
What is Runkle's word?
Major Detailed facts of Runkle's Life
Benjamin Piatt Runkle was born in Ohio, and attended Miami University. He was 18 at the age of founding Sigma Chi. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Miami University. Runkle was a man who was courageous and fearless with his idealism. He designed the White Cross of Sigma Chi with Lockwood in an upper apartment, and designed the White Cross after Emperor Constantine because he felt that Constantine represented qualities needed to become a successful fraternity. During his time at Miami his pride and character was tested as a Beta sneer at his badge. Runkle ended up fighting him and was temporarily suspended from the University. Runkle was also the leader of the DKE revolt as he threw down his pin and said "I did not join this fraternity to be someone's tool". He was an active corneal and general in the Civil War and was injured in the Battle of Shiloh, where he was presumed dead. Whitelaw Reid wrote an Eulogy about Runkle to pay him respect but Runkle actually outlived him. After the war he became a Episcopalian Priest, and then the Grand Consul of 1985-86. He was not very comfortable in the society, but was a major founder for the fraternity. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Birth Date and Death Date of Thomas Cowan Bell
Born on May 14, 1832 Died on February 3, 1916
What is Bell's word?
Describe Major Details of Bell's Life
Thomas Cowan Bell was born in Bellbrook, Green County, Ohio. He was 23 at the time of the founding of Sigma Chi. He was an elder statesman with Daniel William Cooper. Bell had a good natured personality and Runkle said that his personality and friendship characteristic's were ones that everyone wanted to be around. Bell's Aunt Lizzie Davis's home was known unofficially as the first house of Sigma Chi. Members either lived in her house or in surrounding houses, and Ms. Davis cooked for the entire fraternity. Bell loved teaching and learning even more. His personality is very resembled to Daniel William Cooper's. He graduated from Miami University in 1857 and received his masters in 1861. He was a major lieutenant in the army and was involved with the famous battle of Munsfreebro. He liked to be called Major Bell as well. Bell died after the Alpha Beta Chapter Initiation in Berkley, California. He is burried in San Fransisco, and his founders monument was built in 1933.
Birth and Death Date of William Lewis Lockwood
Born on October 31st, 1836, Died on August 17, 1867
What is Lockwood's word?
Describe Major Details of Lockwood's Life
William Lewis Lockwood was born in New York City, New York. He was one of the youngest members to found Sigma Chi at the age of 18. Out of the seven founders of Sigma Chi, Lockwood was the only one not to have formerly been a DKE member. He was known as the businessman fraternity and was also known for always dressing nice. He often was known for letting other members use his clothes to look presentable while at meetings or other functions around the University. Lockwood graduated in 1858 from Miami University and then went back to New York to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1860 and had a partnership with a friend that he knew back in New York. During the Civil War he served as 1st lieutenant and later captain of a volunteer company. He received the Tiffany Sword for his efforts in the war. He received a shoulder wound at the battle of fort Wanger on July 18, 1863 and put him out of the war time efforts. He never recovered from his injuries and was discharged in 1864. He then moved to Rhode Island with his wife and son, who was named after Franklin Howard Scobey. He started his own alpine mill. He couldn't return to his law practices for health reasons. He was the first out of the seven founders to die, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Birth Date and Death Date of Issac M. Jordan
Born on May 5, 1835 and Died on December 3,1890
What is Jordan's word?
Describe Major Details of Jordan's Life
Issac M. Jordan was born a farm in Pennsylvania. He moved to West Liberty, Ohio soon after he was born though and that is where he met Runkle, who described Jordan as "the playmate of his childhood". Runkle and Jordan became the best of friends as they went through school together, and then eventually college together. Jordan was known for his ambitious purpose and his high ideals through the fraternity. After graduation, he began to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1861. After he passed his bar exam he then ran for congress in 1882 in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Despite being Democratic in a heavy Republican district. He became a U.S congressman in 1882. In 1884 he spoke at a meeting of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and purposed a standard that be implemented which will help when rushing pledges. This standard would eventually be known as the Jordan Standard. Jordan had a sudden and tragic death dealing with an elevator shaft. The whole city was in shock, and business were closed, court cases were adjourned and there were many prints about Jordan in the newspaper. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery and his monument was built in 1929.
Birth Date and Death Date of Cooper
Born on September 2, 1830 and Died on December 11, 1920
What is Cooper's word?
Describe Major Details of Cooper's Life
Daniel William Cooper was born in Fredericktown, Ohio. He was the oldest of the founders and was 25 at the founding of Sigma Chi. He taught in a school district before entering school at Miami University in 1854. Cooper is known known as the balance wheel of the fraternity. He was elected the 1st Consul of the the Alpha Chapter as well. Runkle described him as a man who was rare in his character and his attributes. His characteristics were based off his moral and spiritual values. Cooper graduated in 1857 and then became a minister of the Presbyterian Church and then later a missionary. Cooper was the last of the founders to pass through the chapter eternal at the age of 91. He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, in Pittsburgh. He wore his Sigma Phi badge, the original badge that every founder had for his entire life, and once he passed away it was pinned on the Newly Elected Grand Consul following that. The pin is still worn today by all the newly initiated Grand Consuls.
Birth Date and Death Date of Franklin Howard Scobey
Born on May 20, 1837 and Died on July 22, 1888
What is Scobey's word?
Describe Major Details of Scobey's Life
Franklin Howard Scobey was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He was just 18 at the time of founding Sigma Chi. Scobey was an official contributor to the Sprit of Sigma Chi. Scobey was described as a man of agreeable nature, he helped in the DKE rebellion. Scobey believed that principal outweighed loyalty. Scobey was a true provider for the house, always optimistic, and very popular even with his enemies. After graduating from Miami University in 1858 he began to study law in Hamilton. He was admitted to the bar in 1860. Scobey was not strong and later suffered with blindness. After and during the Civil War Scobey worked for a newspaper company and almost lost connection with the Fraternity completely. He passed away in 1888 and is buried in Hamilton, Ohio. He received his founders monument in 1930 during the Diamond Anniversary Commemoration.
Birth Date and Death Date of James Parks Caldwell
Born on March 27, 1841 and Died on April 5, 1912
What is Caldwell's word?
Describe Major Details of Caldwell's Life.
James Parks Caldwell was born in Monroe, Ohio and was the youngest member of the founders of Sigma Chi. Caldwell was a young man and a very smart man. He completed high school early and received advanced credits in Latin and Math. He completed all his courses by age 13 and then entered Miami University. Runkle described Caldwell as someone who was close with everyone and always reading Poe/Shakespeare. Caldwell graduated shortly after his 16th birthday and began to practice law. He then became an educator in Mississippi and very private with his life as well. He was a 1st lieutenant in the confederate army. He was captured during battle and was allowed release if he allied with the Union, which was offered by Runkle. Caldwell stayed faithful to the south and then after the war returned to law. Since he was a bachelor he traveled as a journalist. Died in Biloxi, Mississippi in the Biloxi Cemetery.
Describe the Major Details that led to the Founding of Sigma Chi
In the Fall of 1854 a member from the DKE Chapter at the University of Miami in Ohio was running for poet in the school's literary society named the Eurodelphian. The member that was running for the position thought that he would be successful in receiving the position because many of the voting members of the Eurodelphian were also apart of the DKE Chapter. However four of the members; Jordan, Runkle. Scobey, and Caldwell did not agree with the fact that they should just vote for the member just because he was apart of the same fraternity. This theory is called Merritt over loyalty, and they believed the other candidate that was running for poet was more qualified. Other DKE members; Bell and Cooper sided with them as well and that split the house in half 6 to 6 votes. The house was sent into turmoil and this is known as the Great Divide. A dinner meeting was called in February of 1855 to try and resolve the issues but only one of the six other members showed up, Whitelaw Reid. Reid came with a alumni named Minor Millikin. Millikin along with Reid informed all the members that they were wrong for their actions and that they should always choose loyalty over Merritt. Millikin also explained that Runkle and Scobey should also be expelled from the chapter and the others should be made an example of. Then Runkle threw his DKE Pin on the table and said "I did not join this fraternity to become someones tool, and that sir is my answer. Runkle and the others stormed out behind him. Reid tried to expel the members once but did not succeed and it took another time for the members to become expelled. The 6 members recruited William Lockwood as he was a business man and could help them get their constitution and chapter started. They began in an apartment outside the town square, and had many meetings to come up their morals and laws that they believed a fraternity should have. On June, 28 1855 the 7 men announced their fraternity and would be wearing their pins to a campus function.
What was the first Greek Society and year founded?
Kappa Alpha Society, 1825
What was the first Greek Lettered Fraternity and year?
Phi Beta Kappa in 1776
What are the official colors of Sigma Chi?
Old Gold and Blue
What is the Sigma Chi Fraternity as a whole?
The Sigma Chi Fraternity is a General Fraternity as a whole.
What is Brotherhood day and when is it?
Brotherhood Day is the 3rd Weekend in February and the purpose of Brotherhood Day is to have the members reconnect with each-other, and really reflect and reconnect with the Jordan Standard.
Who are the Members of the Miami Triad?
Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Chi
What was the name of the original fraternity and why was it changed?
The original name of the fraternity was Sigma Phi, and it was changed because Beta Theta Pi stole documents including their constitution and there was already a Sigma Phi established. They revised a new constitution and became Sigma Chi
What was the name of the first fraternity to establish a second chapter and the year it was done?
Sigma Phi in 1831 in Hamilton College, New York
List the Greek Alphabet and their symbols
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omericon, Pi, Rho, Sigma, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Pis, Omega
What is the wording and meaning of the public motto Sigma Chi?
The public motto of Sigma Chi is "In Hoc Signo Vinces" and this is derived from Emperor Constantine. During battle he saw a white cross in the sky and it said "In Hoc Signo Vinces". The motto is often misunderstood to mean "in this sign you will conquer" meaning that a man would not have to work for his ambitions. Instead it means" take this sign and conquer" meaning with the help of the Sigma Chi fraternity you can conquer with putting in effort. This motto had been in the fraternity for quiet some time but became official in 1880 when Runkle purposed to adopt it.
What is the name of the Grand Consul
Micheal A Ursillo
What is the name of the Grand Pro-Consul
W. Thomas Geddings
What is the name of the Grand Queastor
A. Timothy Sanders
What is the name of the the Big Sky Practor
Duane C. Ray
Who is in the Grand Chapter and what do they do?
One Delegate from each active undergraduate and alumni chapters, Grand Consul and Past Grand Consuls each member is entitled to one vote. They can suspend or grant charters for chapters, elect fraternity officers, and can also alter amend the constitution, or executive committee
Who is in the Grand Council and what do they do?
Grand Officers, Past Grand Counsuls, One elected undergraduate from each province, Members of the Executive Committee, Members of the Leadership Development Committee, Grand Practor, and Grand Trustees. They can amend or revoke the Executive Committee regulations.
Who is on the Executive Committee and what do they do?
There are 11 members on the executive committee and they are Grand Consul, Grand Pro-Counsul, Grand Quaestor, Immediate Past Grand Consul, a Grand Trustee elected by the board of Grand Trustees, a Grand Practor elected by the Practorial College, One Alumni member at large, two undergraduate representatives elected by the undergraduate delegates, and two of the most recent Balfour Award Winners. They deal with the budget of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and assign duties to the international staff of Sigma Chi.
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