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Old School, Old Balls

Members of the Sigma Nu Colony

Members of the Sigma Nu Colony

Fifteen years ago, I joined 31 other men to help form the Mu Kappa chapter of Sigma Nu on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years already.

The adventure for me actually started in the fall of 1993. That’s when I “rushed” Sigma Nu. At that time, there was no chapter on campus, it was merely a colony. It took a year of hard work, dedication, and patience to make it happen. We had our ups and downs for sure. But in October 1994, we finally did it and became the Mu Kappa chapter of Sigma Nu.

Inside the Themis House with "Bull" and Ryan Periera

We bought our first house right before getting chartered. It was a home on Themis Street in Cape Girardeau. I remember the first time I walked in the place, I thought what are we doing. It needed a lot of work, but again, we all came together to make a home for our chapter and its members.

Lisa & I at the Chartering Banquet, October 1994. Check those specs!

Lisa & I at the Chartering Banquet, October 1994. Check those specs!

In the time that I’ve graduated, the men who followed in the Founding Fathers’ footsteps have certainly done a fantastic job. The chapter has been named a Rock chapter in 2004 and 2006. It’s an award from the National Fraternity honoring active chapters for their achievements in excellence.

Nine of the Founding Fathers of Mu Kappa

Nine of the Founding Fathers of Mu Kappa

During homecoming 2009, the actives invited the alumni (aka Old Balls) back to celebrate the 15 year milestone. It’s always great getting back to Cape. I had a chance to catch up with old friends. And we did feel a bit old. I was among the oldest ones there, at 36. We actually figured out technically, we were old enough to be some of the new guys’ parents. One of the funniest comments was after a popular song from the 80’s played and we asked how many on the dance floor were actually alive when the song came out.

The Frozen Coke Gang, without Hampton

The Frozen Coke Gang, without Hampton

Besides talking about how old we were, we talked about our kids, showed off pictures , and remembered the “good ol’ days”. The visit was short, and way to fast, but it was a lot of fun. Of the original 32 founding fathers, nine made it back to Cape. I’m hoping more will join us for the 20 year. We’ll be even older than, probably a little heavier, definitely have more gray hair and stronger contact lens prescriptions.

We've been friends for nearly our entire lives.

We've been friends for nearly our entire lives.

So here’s to 15 years, Mu Kappa. To all involved with this group, congratulations, job well done.

MK 12

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