The Red Door
The front door is painted red as a symbolic gesture of “welcome to all.” The tradition of the red door on Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter houses began with the New York Alpha Chapter at Syracuse University in the 1920s. The trend spread, and, as you travel to other college campuses, you will see the “red door” of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Wherever you find it, you will know members, new and old, are all welcome to walk through and share the brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
As a sign of our brotherhood at Ohio Kappa we typically end an event or major gathering with the song “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” As the song begins to play, the brotherhood huddles together in a large group hug. Then, depending on the event, one or more brothers being celebrated are hoisted above the group showing “he ain’t heavy.”
The “Sweetheart” or “Golden Heart” song is traditionally used to serenade sororities, mothers at Parents Weekend or a brother’s bride at weddings
Big Brothers (Paddle exchange)
Big Brothers (or your “Big”) is a vital part of the new member program. Big Brothers are traditionally selected by new members in the 3rd week of pledging. The Bigs role is to help new members acclimate to the house and to their role as new members. The Big Brother/Little Brother relationship
Standing when a lady enters the room (TV lounge, formal lounge, pool room)
When ever a lady (of any age) enters one of the public areas of the fraternity house, any seated brother stands as a sign of respect.
- Hank’s Rake and Run
- Great Gatsby
- Pinochle Marathon
- Bike Race
- Hawaiian Cruise
- Parents Weekend