Fraternities rush, plan events

Missouri Southern’s two fraternities have a few events up their sleeves to start off the Spring semester.

Sigma Pi’s rush kicked off this week with events such as bowling, poker and a barbecue. The events are open to anyone interested in joining the fraternity.

“We’re looking for good quality guys,” said Charbel Bichara, junior general business major and president of Sigma Pi. “We’re more for quality than we are quantity.”

In the past, Sigma Pi has volunteered its time to better the campus at Southern. Revamping the sand volleyball court near the residence halls and painting the bridges in the student parking lot are just a few of the services the fraternity has offered. This semester the fraternity plans to continue with this “Ace Project” and already has a few ideas in mind to get its hands on.

Also on the calendar are mixers with other Greeks on campus as well as figuring up a way to get more student involvement at the football games for next year.

The Sigma Pis said they were honored to be able to say three of their own were chosen out of hundreds to intern in the state capitol this semester. Only eight students in the entire state were chosen for this opportunity, which includes a $1,500 scholarship and 12 credit hours toward their degree.

“We’re proud to have them represent us,” Bichara said. “This helps show that the Sigma Pi’s focus on the professional side of fraternity men.”

Kappa Alpha’s rush week begins Monday.

Dylan Slagle, sophomore political science major and KA president, said the members hope to rush about 10 students into the fraternity.

To signify the end of rush week and to celebrate the creation of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, a convivium will be held on Feb. 4, which will also recognize Robert E. Lee’s birthday.

Community service is a high priority for the men of Kappa Alpha, as last October the fraternity participated in “Hearts and Hammers,” where homes with improvement needs owned by those who are disabled or the elderly get a little help from the local organizations. The KAs said they are in high hopes to be able to help those in the community again this semester.

A formal dance is also underway for the KAs at the end of April to be titled “Old South.”