Sigma Nu

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Sigma Nu is an undergraduate college fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. Sigma Nu was founded in 1869 by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Founders James Frank Hopkins, Judge Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley formed Sigma Nu shortly after Hopkins witnessed what he considered a hazing ritual by upperclassmen at the Virginia Military Institute. Sigma Nu's existence remained secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on the first day of January 1869, the accepted birth date of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

The Fraternity's values are summarized as an adherence to the principles of brotherly Love, Truth, and Honor. Because of its military heritage, Sigma Nu retains many military trappings in its chapter ranks and traditions, and places much importance on the concept of personal honor. Today, Sigma Nu honors its founders' integrity as the basis of its strictly enforced ban on hazing. Sigma Nu is also one-third of the Lexington Triad, along with Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigma_Nu

The Clemson Chapter of Sigma Nu is Theta Zeta. As of 2008, Theta Zeta has provided either the President or Vice-President of the Clemson Student Body eight times in fifteen years. Since 1960, Theta Zeta and its predecessor Kappa Delta Chi has provided 15 percent of all Clemson Student Body Presidents, a feat made even more impressive when one considers on a percentage basis the size of the fraternity chapter compared to the overall size of the student body (60/70 members vs. 8,000/14,000 students.

Theta Zeta had a continuous streak of IFC Executive Council Members from 1999-2007 The Theta Zeta chapter has won the coveted Rock Award four times and been given honorable mention on one occasion.


The brothers of the Theta Zeta chapter have dominated the annual homecoming float display competition for nearly half a century. Forty times the brothers of Sigma Nu have constructed a winning float in the elite mechanical division of the competition. These displays are a source of pride for countless alumni and visitors.


Theta Zeta Alumni have served as Presidents of the Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY, as well as the Directors of IPTAY, Alumni Association, and the Clemson University Foundation.

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