posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 11:33 PM
Phi Alpha is the one piece of the SAE experience that you will never learn the meaning of. I admit, brothers may from time to time have a few too many
beers and maybe he'll end up telling you some crazy story about what happened to him in pledging. Or he might slip and mention the significance of
one of the elements on our sacred crest, or possibly, in an attempt to woo a young maiden, he might even receipt the True Gentleman. But over the 150
years that we've been around, and of the more than 280,000 members who earned the right to know... I'd bet my mom's set of Ping golf clubs, that
not one of those men has ever uttered the real meaning of Phi Alpha to a person outside the fraternity. With that said, you may also like to know that
Phi Alpha is also often referred to as "Five Apples", or sometimes simply "Phi A". Furthermore, Phi Alpha is often communicated to another brother
without being spoken at all, but with a simple hand jester... and I'm not referring to the hand shake.
My best advice to you if you truly want to learn the meaning of this term is approach an active member or an alumnus when you happen upon him in a
local pub. Buy him as many rounds as you can afford, and then when he's good and toasty, simply ask him the meaning. Oh, he won't tell you, but at
least you can tell your friends that you had a few pints with an SAE.
Cal Nu 1988 Wolfpack