Sig Ep Makes UNC a Special Place
"I’ve been to a lot of places around the world and in the US. It’s a fact that Chapel Hill is a special place," says Robert Sherril '73 of his alma mater. Sig Ep and the brothers he met there are undoubtedly major reasons for this belief. Robert describes his fraternity brothers as “some of the most talented and interesting people I know” and says that his life wouldn’t be the same if he never met them.
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Cherishing the Friendships Made at Sig Ep
Thank you to Glenn Tucker '70 for participating in this Q&A.
Why did you join Sig Ep as an undergraduate? I was looking for a personal experience -- small fraternity, close friends -- on a large campus and I found it at Sig Ep. I was the first person from my hometown in South Carolina to attend UNC in decades, and I didn’t care for the impersonal atmosphere of Morrison Dorm, where I lived my first semester. Additionally, my brother had been in a fraternity at Wake Forest and I knew what a positive experience it had been for him.
What is the funniest memory from your Sig Ep days? We shared so many laughs and good times that it would be impossible to single one out.
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Britt Canady '92
Thanks to Britt Canady ’92 for participating in this Q&A.
Why did you join Sig Ep as an undergraduate? I joined because of the people I met there. A friend of mine also liked it, and I knew several girls that were little sisters and they thought the guys were great.
What is the single fondest memory you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren? I would share how kind the brothers were during some hard personal times.
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Sig Ep Makes Profound Impact in Alum’s Life
John DeSalva ’87 was initially attracted to Sig Ep because of an older friend that brought him to himself and little did he know the impact membership in the fraternity would have on his life. “They weren’t all laughs and fun, but burned into my soul nonetheless,” John says of his membership. Throughout the various road trips and memories he made with his brothers, Sig Ep has meant a lot to John.
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Brent Dixon '90
Alumnus Continues Sig Ep Bonds Years After Graduation
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Why did you join Sig Ep as an undergraduate? I liked the guys. I hadn’t planned to join a fraternity but the guys were down to earth and fun.
Joseph M. Gordon ’79
Why did you join Sig Ep?
To party with a select group of good guys and have a smaller niche of friends versus the larger population of UNC with over 20,000 students, and to get away from all the snoop dogs on the South Campus so I could hang out with higher caliber coeds that I met through our mixers.
Charlie Engle '84
Charlie Engle has made many tough decisions since his days as a Sig Ep at Carolina, and a decision he made last year was like many others in his life. It required a leap of faith. It was three o’clock in the morning as Charlie and his team moved quickly along the banks of a river deep in the remote wilderness of Borneo. They had plotted a course down the river to the next checkpoint in an expedition endurance race called Eco-Challenge that pitted 76 international teams of athletes against one of the most hostile environments in the world. Half of the teams didn’t finish the race and for those that did, the competition was often more a matter of survival than trying to win.
George McLamb ‘93
“Making a commitment to a group of people, collectively and individually, to trust, respect and be there to support them throughout life as needed and in return knowing with conviction they have done the same for me and the rest of the guys.”
These are the words George McLamb ‘93 uses to define his personal meaning of brotherhood, the one attribute of the fraternity that caught his eye originally.
Joe Pinnix '93
A strong bond and great camaraderie – that’s what set SigEp apart from all the others for Joseph Pinnix.
“It was not like every guy was from the same hometown and went to the same high school,” he said. “Everyone had different backgrounds at SigEp, and that made for a great environment.”
Walt Sherlin ’71
For Walt Sherlin ’71, two of the best things about being in SigEp were friendship and closeness.
“Obviously, the great friendships that have endured over time,” he said. “Also, the fraternity was a way to make a big university personal.”
Larry Withrow '60
Q) Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity
A) My girlfriend became my wife on aNew Year's Eve my senior year. We eloped and told no one. I recieved a card that said "to my husband". I announced it to the fraternity and someone put the card on the bulletin board. My father dropped by the house a couple of weeks later and saw the card. He didn't tell my mother until Kitty and I announced it to them. That was 45 years ago.
Richard (Rick) Foxworth '74
Q) Why did you join?
A) After going through rush I realized that the Sig Ep house was a good fit for me. I met guys with a variety of interests. I knew the house had solid academics and also was well recognized on campus for intramurals, fund raising projects, and social activities. I also found it to be a very affordable alternative to living in a dorm or an apartment.
Lester Pace '82
Q. Why did you join?
A. I wanted to meet Joe Gordon. Just kidding! To make new friends.
Q. Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity
A. Building the new house, or tearing down the old one once we knew we were getting the new one. Take your pick!
Dr. Sterling Hennis '52
When Dr. Sterling Hennis '52 says he's been a SigEp for life, he really means it. After enjoying his time as an undergraduate brother, he became a professor of English education at UNC and the faculty adviser for the North Carolina Delta chapter for 40 years. He has watched individual brothers and the fraternity as a whole grow and mature over the years, and he is proud of that.
Robin Britt '95
Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.
I can't identify one particular memory. Instead, it's more of a wash of memories. At virtually every hour of every day, there was someone around who was more than happy to play foosball with you downstairs, shoot basketball on the parking lot hoop, or just sit on the front bench and fritter the time away.