Yesterday was our first tabling event for the new students coming into Central Washington University. Throughout the day we were able to talk with many parents and student’s about Kappa Sigma and the Rho-Mu Chapter. Just in the first session we were able to get seven people who were interested and we our on our way to accomplishing our goal of twenty pledges in the fall.
This Spring, the Rho-Mu Chapter of Kappa Sigma at Central is proud to have the folliwing 5 pledges: Michael Esquiuel, Maika Matalomani, David Marshall, Nate Miller, and Zach Russell!
Here’s a little information about each pledge:
From Stevenson, Washington, Michael is a Freshman at Central studying tech education to become a shop teacher one day at his high school Alma Mater Stevenson High School.
His interests include long-boarding, hanging out with friends, and doing productive things with his hands.
David is a Senior here at Central, who is graduating from Central in 2013 with a Music Degree. Originally from Oak Harbor, he enjoys playing in band, soccer, hiking and hanging out with buddy’s.
Maika is a Junior at Central who’s hometown is Granite Falls, Washington. Maika recently celebrated his 21st birthday. He enjoys long-boarding, Music like rap and R&B, and doing outdoor activities.
A Freshman at Central Washington University, Nate is undecided on his major.
Hailing from Puyallup Washington, he has worked as a Kennel Assistant at a local Vet, loves all things sports including Ultimate Frisbee and football, and loves him some rock and roll.
Graduating this summer from Central Washington University, Zach wanted to end his college career with a great group of friends and be able to be part of something bigger than himself. Originally from Tacoma Washington, Zach loves funny movies, pulling pranks, and hanging out with friends.
We welcome our new pledges and welcome them to the Kappa Sigma community!
Grand Master of Ceremonies
Kappa Sigma: Rho-Mu
Our chapter has made some major changes over the last couple of months. We
have refocussed our goals, and are headed in a direction to gain success. Just like all
chapters we want to grow in membership, and we are certainly adamantly working
towards that objective. We have started working on our rush schedule for fall, with the
hope of having 15 more members pledge. Rho-Mu is not one to back down from a
challenge: we are strong, and we are ready to concur.
Our chapter has found new motivation to keep us going. We may be small in
numbers, but we are big in heart and ambition. Members are stepping up to do more
than asked of them. Brothers have started to plan camping trips, barbecues, and
excursions to Seattle, among so many other exciting events.
We have reorganized almost every aspect of our chapter to help make day to
day operations run as smooth as possible, and are always looking for alumni to help us
out. If you would like to know more about the Rho-Mu chapter, or would like to donate to
help us carry out our mission, please feel free to contact us.
Kappa Sigma Rho-Mu
A year ago, if you had asked me what “rush” was, I would have looked at you and said, “The thing I do the night before completing a research paper.” Being at a university that doesn’t have a formal Greek system has given me a good excuse to not know much about how that system works, with my only references being sensationalized movies based around Greek college life, or the rare news report of someone getting in some serious trouble in one of the many Greek institutions across the United States (further deepening the stigma associated with Greek life). I never imagined myself as the typical “frat bro”, but I was never opposed to the idea of fraternities and sororities. A year ago they were just unusual, foreign ideas that I thought I would never get to experience.
Then, I was rushed.
As the only fraternity on the campus of Central Washington University Kappa Sigma stands alone, yet strong, against people who don’t know who we are, yet have the most negative opinions of us, and what we do. They know nothing of our four pillars: fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. They don’t know about “my brother’s keeper”. They only assume our origins started three years ago without doing the research on our rich 600-year history. Even more, they don’t consider the amount of time we put into serving our communities, and the university. They see us “rushing”, and assume we are some sort of drinking club trying to recruit others into our club in order to cause trouble. Yet, we are so much more, and the process of rushing speaks volumes to that.
You might think it easy to recruit if you’re the only fraternity on campus, but people are skeptical. First, they are shocked to even know that we exist. Then the questions start, and of course I am dealt with dispelling the rumors, and replacing myths with the truth: we are a bunch of guys trying to do good, and in that become extraordinary. Then, somehow, replacing their images of Animal House with a bunch of guys in crested polos feeding the hungry turns them off, and they say, “Thanks, but no thanks”, and go about their day. So, as you can see, even here at Greek-less Central Washington University we are dealt a hard hand: a school that doesn’t want “a drinking party”, and students that talk badly about Greek systems, but are turned off when we are not what they see in movies.
No, Kappa Sigma Rho-Mu is NOT what you see in movies. We are so much more.
Spring Rush was my first rush as the new Rush Chair (that’s a lot of rushing!), and I got a very quick, and sometimes bitter, dose of just what that position entails. In the end we signed five pledges, and to me – for all we are up against – that is awesome. Not to mention that this was spring rush, and gaining new brothers seems like the most impossible task. Even though five might seem like a small number, the men we have gained are genuine, and committed to not just the vision of our chapter, but to carry out the visions that Chrysoloras and Founder McCormick had when they decided to take upon the huge task of creating Kappa Sigma. It’s almost symbolic: the “five friends and brothers” of the first United States chapter of Kappa Sigma were destined to become something great. I truly believe that, with these new “five friends and brothers”, we will continue to grow, and that good works will continue to be done, and the values of Kappa Sigma will be upheld. One day, when a Greek system is commonplace in this university, they will remember that they were a part of the very first fraternity, the alpha, and realize that by making the commitment they did not let our colors fade.
Blessings, and AEKDB,
Kappa Sigma, Rho-Mu Rush Chair
Congrats to the new Kappa Sigma Rho-Mu EC
Grand Master: Garrett Harrison
Grand Proqurator: Tom Buell
Grand Master of Ceromonies: Jake Emerson
Grand Treasure: Logan Butterfield
Grand Scribe: Josh Ingebretson