As promised, the Brotherhood will be heard (again). This is an update to #93 Submitted Story: Sigma Chi Heart Break. As previously discussed, an anonymous author from San Diego State University tells his story as a brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity. This post serves as the conclusion. The #90 Snitch and #16 Importance of Secrecy play a large role, as always. It’s an unfortunate, yet recurring story of betrayal within the brotherhood.
Name: Delta Xi
University: San Diego State University
Fraternity: Sigma Chi
As you may or may not know, the Sigma Chi chapter at San
Diego State University was kicked off campus this past spring. Why?
For hazing allegations. When the pledges went home for spring break,
they came back one man short. One of their pledge brothers essentially
disappeared overnight. He ceased all contact with his pledge class,
and even disconnected his cell phone number after they called him and
left panicked voicemails. Fast forward 2 weeks, and the school is
knocking at our doors. Apparently, a pledge and his parents had come
forward with allegations of hazing.
To understand how this happened, you first need to understand how
corrupt San Diego State’s Student Life and Leadership office is.
Because of the way that the department is structured, there is no fair
investigative system in place. The people that run SLL don’t need
evidence or balanced legal proceedings to impose sanctions. The ONLY
requirement that they need in order to suspend students is to be “more
sure than not” that the student is guilty. But who determines this?
They do, of course. They have complete power to suspend anyone that
they want whenever they want. As a result of this gross misuse of
power, over a third of the Sigma Chi Delta Xi chapter has been
suspended from San Diego State University. Yes, you read that right.
40+ young men have had their education and future careers jeopardized
at the whim of the SLL office. If you stand for the ideals of justice
that this great country was founded on, you should be appalled. SDSU’s
Student Life and Leadership office is literally using the same
proceedings that Nazi germany did—no evidence, no proof, just
punishment. It’s THAT bad folks.
Let’s not worry about the fact that Sigma Chi Delta Xi raised $20,000
for cancer research in the weeks before they were kicked off.
Let’s not worry about the fact that Sigma Chi Delta Xi had more
philanthropy volunteer hours at places like the Boys and Girls club
than any other greek organization on campus.
Let’s not worry about the fact that SAE’s President overdosed and died
at a party with no repercussions from the school.
Let’s not worry about the fact that EVERY fraternity on campus hazes
and has a hell week.
Let’s not worry about the fact that every other pledge vehemently
denied that they had ever been put in a dangerous situation during
their pledge process.
Let’s not worry about any of that. Let’s worry about the ONE pledge
who twisted his ankle and cried all the way home to mom and dad. Great
Obviously this whole situation is very disturbing. My words will never
be able to adequately describe how I feel, so i’m going to wrap it up
here. But before I do, I want you to know what pains me the most. It
hurts to see dozens of my brothers suspended. It hurts to know that
the smiling faces at the Boys and Girls club will miss our visits. It
hurts to know that impoverished families stricken with cancer will no
longer benefit from our fundraising. And as sad as all that may be, it
is not what pains me most.
No. what hurts me the most is that kids like myself will never again
know what its like to be a Sigma Chi Delta Xi. When I came to SDSU, I
was a timid freshman with no idea what I was doing with my life. This
fraternity transformed me into a man, gave me a purpose, and helped me
get my life together. I KNOW there are other kids like me out there.
But those lost souls searching for a place will never find themselves
walking the halls of Sigma Chi as I did. No, all of that is done now.
It was all ruined because of one kid’s cowardice.
That, ladies and gentleman, is the greatest travesty of all.
-A former Sigma Chi Delta Xi
As always, there are two sides to every story. We’d love to hear what the pledge has to say, but alas, we’ll never know. You can argue that the system is corrupt, or that fraternities are to blame. Round and round we go. As a parting note, we’ll leave you with this: When you join a fraternity, just like any organization, you sign up for it. The door is always there. There is a definite line of morality, and I’m positive this crew went past it… always all fraternities do during the pledgeship process. But, as always, the choice originated with the pledge. Sound off in the comments below.
It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.