Why is starting a new fraternity any different from joining an existing chapter?
Unlike being a member of an existing chapter were you may not be able to
fully participate as an officer for several semester, when founding a new
Chapter of Sigma Phi Delta, you have the opportunity to make an immediate
impact on the Fraternity. In most existing chapters, you have to wait until
you have the opportunity to lead, to voice your opinion, or see the fruits
of your labors. Since there are not any old local traditions with a new organization,
you can mold this experience how you see fit within the parameters of our
guiding principles, including The Object, The Code of Ethics, The Constitution & Statutory
Code, and The Ritual.
My parents don't like fraternities, what should I do?
Many parents have falsely stereotyped fraternities because of the media's portrayal the Greek system. To fight these stereotypes, encourage your parents to research the purpose of fraternities or to visit the campus, meet members of the brotherhood, talk to local alumni, and visit our web site. It is important to understand that Sigma Phi Delta was established to develop young men as leaders and well-rounded students.
What is the difference between a pledge and a member?
The difference between a Rook, which is our term for a pledge since our Fraternity symbol is a Castle, and a member are minimal. A Rook and an Active member are offered the same opportunities within the group. Each has the opportunity to share his opinions and ideas. Each has opportunities for leadership and personal growth. Both have the choice to become involved in other activities on campus and within the community. The difference between the two revolves around the knowledge about Sigma Phi Delta and its values and principles. These are things that you will be taught during your Rook Education Period, typically 1 semester term in length.