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SYMBOLS OF OUR FRATERNITY

Nearly every organization and institution has symbols which identify it and instill in its members a deeper understanding of its ideals. Our Country has a Seal and a Flag, your College has a Seal and each State has a Flag and a seal. Sigma Phi Epsilon's symbols include its Badge, its Coat of Arms and its Flag.  There are also other various symbols of our Fraternity, some of which are described below.

pearlp.gifThe Badge


The original badge designed by the founders had the "E" added below the skull and cross- bones after the badges were made. On subsequent badges the "E" was brought above the skull and cross-bones to join the . This design, in a slightly smaller size and with twenty pearls bordering the black heart, remains the official badge today.
       

          At the 1973 Grand Chapter Conclave in Denver, Colorado, anFounders badge additional official badge was authorized. This badge is of the same size and shape as the original founders badge and is bordered by a band of gold. The 1973 Conclave also authorized that official badges may be made with heavy-duty gold plate, "golklad," in addition to white and yellow gold. The new founders - size badge was designed by William A. MacDonough, Virginia Epsilon (Washington and Lee U.).

 Coat of Arms                         The Coat of Arms


 Nearly all fraternities, even the smallest locals in the smallest colleges, boast a coat of arms. A heritage from the old days of feudalism and knighthood, it is an emblem which can become almost as precious to the Sig Ep who has the right to wear it as his heart-shaped badge. For a long time, however, Sigma Phi Epsilon displayed a coat of arms which was not heraldically correct. The original design was adopted in 1908 at the Chicago Conclave. Frederick M. Cutler, Massachusetts Alpha (U. of Massachusetts), called attention to the old emblem's inaccuracies. In 1933, Mark D. Wilkins, then a Field Secretary for the Fra-ternity, consulted Arthur E. DuBois, in charge of the heraldic work for the United States Government, and the new and revised coat of arms was subsequently accepted.
        The badge and coat of arms are the official insignia of the Fraternity; their esoteric meaning is contained in the Ritual of the Fraternity. They shall be worn by the initiated member of the Fraternity, his fiancee, wife, sister, mother, or daughter.

The FlagOfficial Flag


 
The Fraternity flag has a background of purple with ared bar extending diagonally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner, this bar fimbriated by a narrow band of gold from the purple background. In the center of the flag, mounted upon a red bar, appears a gold star of five points.
        The 1955 Conclave authorized an alternative form for the official flag. In this form the Greek letters are placed in the upper right corner of the regulation flag while the Greek letter A, B, or whatever the chapter designation is placed in the lower left corner. The purpose is for plainer identification of the flag when it is used for display.
        The flag with letters is commonly called the "display flag" and the plain flag the "ritual flag" Every chapter should have a display flag and a ritual flag.

Pledge Badge The Pledge Badge


 The pledge badge is a gold rectangular shield of equal sides. Along the diagonal of the rectangle appears in gold the greek word "eggua," above this a crown and below a five pointed star, also in gold. The background is red enamel. This badge is used by chapters not implementing the Balanced Man Project.

The Balanced Man Symbol and PinBalanced Man Pin


 Concurrent with the Fraternity's development of a strategic plan in 1989, the Balanced Man symbol was created as an expression of the values of our Greek Letter Heritage.   This pin is presented to all New Member in Balanced Man Program chapters during the Sigma rite of passage.  The pin is worn on the lapel of a suit of sports jacket and can be worn on collard shirts.

 

 Alumni Pin             The Alumni Recognition Button


This "Ducal Crown" (from the coat of arms) is worn as a lapel pin. In recent years this has been recognized as the alumni pin and chapters present them to graduating seniors at the annual senior banquet.

Fraternity Colors


The fraternity colors are purple and red. The flowers are the Violet and the Dark Red Rose.

Fraternity Whistle


The fraternity whistle, as adopted at the 1912 Conclave, is an adaptation of the first two lines of "The Letter Song" (Nadina), frorn "The Chocolate Soldier," by Oskar A. Straus, an Austrian composer. An unofficial "whistle committee" sometimes appears at Grand Chapter Conclaves and other assemblies to remind the brothers of the fraternity whistle.

The Red Door Tradition


The tradition of the Red Door on Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter houses began at Syracuse University (N.Y. Alpha) in the 1920's. This has become a strong tradition and as you travel to other college campuses you will look for the "red door" of Sigma Phi          Epsilon where you know you will be welcome.

 

SigEp Heart The Red Heart Symbol


Designed in 1974 by Bruce N. Blackburn, Cincinnati, '61, award winning designer of the American Revolution Bicentennial symbol, the Fraternity's heart symbol is derived from the shape of the Sig Ep badge and incorporates the greek letters Sigma Phi Epsilon. The new symbol is greatly simpli-fied, in comparison to the badge, and may be readily reproduced in different sizes. The symbol is the cornerstone of Sig Ep's tradition expressed in a clear and simple design. But, when printed in a color other than black screen (which appears gray; - never print in black), the color "warm red" is used to denote the feeling of brotherhood which it symbolizes.
        The Guide to Brotherhood Development is the first publication which displayed the symbol in 1974, and it has since been used throughout all fraternity communications. Chapters are encouraged to incorporate the symbol in their publications, and may obtain artwork and assistance from Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters.




 
 
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