posted on Jan, 2 2009 @ 10:33 PM
This thread is a HOOT! All you Kappa Sigs, all you Kappa Sig wanna-be types, and all the conspiracy-theorist hangers-on just make me laugh!
I was /am a Kappa Sigma alumnus, initiated 30 years ago. After setting up my career, I subsequently volunteered as the alumnus advisor for the
chapter in my adopted town. I held that position for ten years. Then, there was a falling out between factions in the national organization (the old
IMH vs. Kappa Sigma Foundation war). So much for "brotherhood"! The chapter I was advising got caught in some of the cross-fire and fall-out of
that battle and was forced to surrender their charter even though they had done nothing wrong - at least nothing contrary to IMH rules, national
by-laws, or local by-laws. So, 45+ brothers were "orphaned" before they could graduate by a turf war between money-grubbing old farts. It really
opened my eyes to the lack of commitment that was supposed to be engendered by all those words in the now famously public ritual book (BTW, I have
seen the published version on the 'net. In fact, hearing a rumor that it had been published was what led me to this web site. I am still ritually
proficient, being able to recite the entire chapter meeting ritual, initiation ritual, and explanatory lecture from memory - I held both GM and GMC
offices as an undergraduate, and I can attest that every single word in that book is accurate.)
Am I totally soured on Kappa Sigma? You BET! As an organization, I couldn't ever in my remaining life heap enough excrement on the collective whole
to satisfy my disgust. On the flip side, the men whom I interacted with back in my undergraduate chapter days will always be held in high regard as
my personal friends, with a shared oath of mutual support. Any oath of fealty I ever took to Kappa Sigma in the larger sense was broken when the
organization as a whole reneged on its obligation to ME and the individual brothers to whom I was bound to support and assist.
So, to those Kappa Sigma brothers reading this in righteous indignation: Get over it. Kappa Sigma is a useful tool for surviving college (social
structure, academic aid, whatever). For some, the remnants of the social structure will assist you in getting started in your careers. For others,
the remnants will provide an ongoing opportunity to re-live the "good ol' days" with those who share a common memory set as you age. For only a
very SMALL few, the oath you swore and the allegiances you formed had a psychological impact sufficient to lead you to do bigger, better things than
you would otherwise have done in your lives (can you say operant conditioning? I knew that you could!) and I commend you in that.
To those of you on the "outside" looking in: Get over it. Kappa Sigma ritual is nothing more, or less, than a slightly modified form of masonic
ritual. The founders of the order changed the words and some of the motions to be more appropriate for psychologically bonding together liberal-arts
college students as compared to blue-collar and professional workers (masonic lodges). They steeped it in a fairy tale about 1400 A.D. European
origins to give it legitimacy. Once you peel back the cover of "secrecy", you'll find that it is no more sinister than the social networks set up
by a ritualistic forced perception of common adversity set up within other institutions such as the Naval Academy or the Citadel. (Got a Naval
Academy or Citadel, or Kappa Sigma ring? Know the right pass phrases, secret handshakes and gestures of recognition? Go right to the front of the
line if another grad from your clique is in charge.)
To those of you who tried Kappa Sigma and either left or were de-pledged: Get over it. You didn't fit in. Enough said. Social groups are
self-policing. They didn't like you or you didn't want / couldn't adapt to an actual polite social structure within THAT SET OF INDIVIDUALS.
That's all it is and nothing more.