Sigma Nu is a fraternity that wanted to be famous on campus for standing up for social justice issues, but instead defended and protected three rapists, two of which are still members of the fraternity, one of which was expelled from the roster.
- 1 History in Galesburg
- 2 Reputation
- 3 Chapter House
- 4 Leadership
- 5 Parties
- 6 Shenanigans (Snuanigans)
- 7 Inter-fraternity Beef
- 8 Outside Resources
History in Galesburg
The second oldest chapter of a fraternity at Knox College after Beta Theta Pi (1855), Sigma Nu was originally founded as Delta Theta, a local fraternity at nearby Lombard College in 1867. In 1891, Delta Theta became affiliated with the national fraternity Sigma Nu. The chapter was allowed to keep Delta Theta as its chapter designation despite it being out of sequence with the other national chapters, one of only two Sigma Nu chapters allowed to do so. When Lombard College closed in 1930 and students transferred to Knox, Delta Theta moved to Knox as well, and has been active at Knox ever since. Delta Theta has been continuously active since 1867––two years before the founding of the Sigma Nu national organization in 1869. The longest continuously running chapter of a fraternity at Knox (as Beta was inactive for a number of years), Delta Theta is also the oldest continuously running chapter of Sigma Nu in the world.
Loved by some, tolerated by others. Hated by many.
Known to throw great parties, and instigate great heckling, adorable hijinks, and fantastic group dances.
Always expect greatness. You will receive it.
Safety first: Sigma Nu has a very poor history with sexual assault, especially in the past two years..
The Sigma Nu chapter house (or 'SNouse') is located at 556 S. West Street across from the Quad loading dock. It is the smallest chapter house of any fraternity at Knox by square footage, and shares the lowest housing capacity with Sigma Chi.
A notable feature of the chapter house is its unique and somewhat impromptu Hookah Room, also called the Sun Room or Flag Room. Resting precariously above the front deck, the Hookah Room is the house's most famous feature, consisting of a small room filled with couches, giant bean-bags, and cushions. Red and blue lights are also in there, but they don't always work. Flags from the countries of its international students decorate the walls, and provide a much better view than the back end of the Quads. It was the lair of the giant, double-bowled, four-hosed Snookah, 'El Diablo Verde.', until a horrible milk-related accident over the summer of 2009. But we're not gross anymore, I promise!
Now by the luck of the gods and the kindness of alumni (one in particular), Sigma Nu is graced with another 4 hose Snookah, Justly named "The Basestar" from the chapter's massive indulgence in Battlestar Galactica. It is in a positioned in a fantastic moving table, made by ADAM KENT.
The Sigma Nu house may be scrappy, but the brothers have put a lot of work into it (no, really, they're working on it all the time). It's full of pleasant surprises, and is considered by many to be the most unique of the fraternity houses. Some views of the house are presented on this page.
Special Rooms in the House
The Based Room (or if you prefer, the Orange Room)
The Chamba Chamber
The Rude Room
The Pink Room, or the Womb
Faculty Advisor: Jaime Spacco (2013-present)
Eminent Commander: Clint Davis
Lt. Commander: Carl Waldhart
Treasurer: Ben Lyon
Recorder: Ian Moody
Social Chair: John Bird
Eminent Commander: Andrew Cook
Lt. Commander: Robert Turski
Treasurer: Michael Moroney
Recorder: Aidan Juhl
Social Chair: Jack Axley
Eminent Commander: Chris Holland
Lt. Commander: Andrew Cook
Treasurer: Michael Moroney
Recorder: John Ebbers
Social Chair: Peter White
Eminent Commander: Michael Kolbeck
Lt. Commander: Harrison Graham
Treasurer: Stefan Feer
Recorder: Tim Peebles
Social Chair: Jamie Ruml
Eminent Commander: Joe Olvera
Lt. Commander: Wesley Gunther
Treasurer: Chris Holland
Recorder: Andrew Polk
Social Chair: Muneer Rizvydeen
Eminent Commander: Christopher Overton
Lt. Commander: Lyall Wallerstedt
Treasurer: Joe Olvera
Recorder: Sean Frohling
Social Chair: Rohel Terrazas
Eminent Commander: Matt Hundley
Lt. Commander: Rohel Terrazas
Treasurer: Reed Wang
Recorder: Christopher Overton
Social Chair: Lyall Wallerstedt
Eminent Commander: Alex Kemmsies
Lt. Commander: Doug Davison
Treasurer: Matt Hundley
Recorder: David Nolan
Social Chair: Brian C Zhang
Eminent Commander: Eric Langston
Lt. Commander: Sean McKittrick
Treasurer: Andrew Kama
Recorder: Andy Sheehan
While Sigma Nu is an important part of members' social lives, Sigma Nus don't tend to rely as much on the fraternity for their social activities, and have more friends outside of Sigma Nu. As a result, there are typically fewer "unofficial" parties at Sigma Nu.
At all-campus parties there is often dancing, but the dance floor is seldom packed for the entire party, save for Tunak at midnight - at which point, prepared to get uncomfortably sweaty. The glasses of a Sigma Nu have been known to have accidentally been broken during many a Tunak. Exceptions occur--the 80s dance party of 2005-06 and the "James Bond Party" on April 20, 2007 are prime examples of this.
Parties throughout the year include "Sunrise" and "Sunset" at the beginning and end of the year respectively (formerly "Tequila Sunrise" and "-Sunset"), "Sigma Boo", a Halloween party, a Valentine's Day party, and many others. Themes in recent years have included "No Sex," "Party With A Heart On," "Silly Hats," "Snowpocalypse," "Soviet Snunion," "Frat Party," "Teresa Amott Installation After-Party," "Sigma, Like, Whatever," "Post-Meta Party,", Government Shutdown Party, [[ "10PM-2AM No Alcohol Knox ID Required Music and Dancing Party featuring Music and Dancing." During the Government Shutdown of Fall 2013, Sigma Nu threw the Government Shutdown Party with alarming success. Sadly, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid ultimately decided not to accept their invitations.
SNU parties also have two floors open to to campus with a dance floor on the first floor and second floor with both the Hookah Room and Bar Room open to guests. There are always snacks (including the necessary poundcake and off-brand chips), WATER, soda, and/or candy.
Sigma Nu wants to make sure that people feel comfortable at their parties. Communication is key - if something's up, get ahold of someone you identify as a SNu! Jerks will be banished from the party. Being a meanie is not tolerated.
Snu parties are the best parties. Snu parties are the safest parties.
At some point during a Snu party, now typically at midnight, all members will come to the dance floor to do a ridiculous dance to the equally ridiculous song, "Tunak Tunak Tun," by Daler Mehndi. Thanks go out to Brother Akshat Agarwal for introducing to the chapter another means of making completed arses out of ourselves. Though many have attempted to translate the text, we still don't know what we're dancing to...or even why.
On Flunk Day Sigma Nus do the "Tunak" dance in the middle of West Street in front of their house. However on Flunk Day 2007, a fire truck was in the way, so the SNus and their friends did the Tunak dance for the firemen.
On Flunk Day 2010 the Sigma Nus (and assorted guests) attempted their typical Tunak in the street, however, six or more Campus Safety officers approached, so the ritual was moved to the front lawn. John Perleberg gracefully handled the "situation" and the party continued.
On Flunk Day 2010 the Sigma Nus attained roughly 4-5 (that they admit to) campus safety reports, making it truly one epic Flunk Day!!!
On Flunk Day 2013 SNu succeeded in dancing "Tunak" three full times on South West Street, at various times in the day, without earning a Campus Safety report (at least not for Tunaking). Campus Safety Director John Schlaf referred to the third dance as "almost impressive" and gently reminded SNu not to do that anymore.
In spring 2014, the first ever "sitting Tunak" was performed in the Sun Room. Like other Tunak dances, it was pretty silly.
Due to a combination of unseasonably hot weather and the achievement of maximum dance floor capacity, the Tunak of SUNRISE 2014 went down in history as the wettest Tunak ever undertaken.
Tunak has since been exported to a number of other locations on campus, usually when 3 or more SNu's get together in one place; music is not required. On rare occasions, Tunak also reaches locations beyond the Knox College campus.
Sometime during 2013-2014 school year, Tunak came full circle (so to speak), as Brother Joe Seidman performed a Tunak with several locals during his internship in India. He received many compliments on his Tunaking skills.
During winter break 2014, a vacationing Carly Taylor, girlfriend of Brother Robert Turski, met with Emily Passarelli, girlfriend of Brother Jack Axley, several other members of Marine Bio's 2014 research trip, and some random strangers to perform the first documented Belizean Tunak. It was dubbed "unofficially official" by Brother Matt Sugai, who really wished he could have been there.
Sigma Nu: The Band
Sigma Nu performed Tenacious D's "Explosivo" at the Greek Week No-Talent Show in 2007. The band included Mike Hahn on acoustic guitar, Alex Enyart on electric, Rohel Terrazas on bass, and David Nolan playing a Guitar Hero controller.
Originally named shotgun basement, this tradition typically takes place sometime around midnight when at least three of the original six members (Jack Axley, Scott Suiter, Bruce Kovanen, John Bird, Aidan Juhl, and Kyle Kunkler) of the first orc basement agreeing to participate. Nobody is exactly sure why this became a tradition, but it did and it is glorious. Typically seen at 21st birthday celebrations and closed door functions, it involves a lot of cheap beer, many sets of keys, Black Flag's "TV Party" being blasted at full volume from the loudest device in the room, and possibly a change of shirt after.
The largest Orc Basement celebration to date was during John Bird's 21st birthday weekend spectacular, where at least 20 people viewed and/or participated. It featured Bruce Kovanen admitting that he has no memory of the first orc basement and at least two people remarking that Black Flag had forever become associated with the house and this experience.
The first Uruk-Hai Basement, a ritual in which the walls become soaked in Mountain Dew, was held at 1:00 am on February 28, 2015 in celebration of Matt Sugai's 21st birthday. The naming convention is described thus: "Why Uruk-Hai? Because 'straight edge means I'm better than you', right? And what are the Uruk-hai compared to orcs...?" At the conclusion of this new tradition, Brother Sugai paid tribute to one of his idols Stone Cold Steve Austin, by flipping everybody off and simultaneously chugging two cans of Mountain Dew.
Sigma Nu doesn't have any beef or rivalry with any of the other fraternities. This is due to the fact that SNus are generally a pretty innocuous group of nice guys that don't start shit. SNu's only hit the Start button.
Sigma Wars are an event that oft transpires between the Glorious Sigma Nu's and the not as glorious Sigma Chi's. Hijinks, pranks, shenanigans, and finally a bitchin' dual party between Sigma Nu and Sigma Chi (that we swear will happen eventually).