About the Sigma Chi Fraternity

“One, and the main, aim and object of Sigma Chi has been, and is, to develop and train broad-minded men who can recognize the wholeness of things and who are not bound down to a contracted, eight by ten notion of exclusiveness. There is an absolute necessity for such men.”

— Founder Benjamin P. Runkle

What is Sigma Chi?

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Sigma Chi is a brotherhood with roots in the collegiate experience that engenders a lifelong commitment to strive to achieve true friendship, equal justice, and the fulfillment of learning as part of our overall responsibilities to the broader communities in which its members live. Founded over 160 years ago on June 28, 1855, Sigma Chi is one of the world’s largest fraternities with more than 240 chapters worldwide and over 300,000 undergraduate and alumni members.

our values, mission, and vision.

Sigma Chi’s core values are Friendship, Justice and Learning. Our vision is to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization — aligned, focused and living our core values. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.

The delta omicron chapter

Since its founding on January 22, 1949, the Delta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Chi is highly regarded due to its extensive campus involvement, service to the community, and positive social atmosphere. Sigma Chi has members sitting at various levels of student government, raises thousands of dollars annually for the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, organizes a multitude of community service projects, and hosts the most widely anticipated and attended social events at UBC.

Our chapter best serves its purpose of accomplishing the ideals of Friendship, Justice and Learning by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that foster leadership, build character and promote positive relationship skills that, in turn, enable its members to become productive and caring participants on campus, in their own communities, and beyond.

 
 

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History Of Sigma Chi

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The Sigma Chi Fraternity and Delta Omicron Chapter share rich history. The Sigma Chi Fraternity has existed for over 160 years. Since then, the Fraternity has grown to be one of the largest Fraternities in the world - with more than 240 chapters internationally and more than 300,000 undergraduate and alumni brothers. Our Chapter was officially chartered in January of 1949, and has seen many changes throughout the years since. There were times when our Chapter was close to disappearing off the UBC campus but through perseverance, dedication and commitment to our brotherhood, the Delta Omicron chapter is stronger than it has ever been, making it one of the premier fraternities, not only on campus, but in Canada.

Sigma Chi Fraternity History

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In the fall of 1854, a disagreement arose in the Kappa chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. This chapter consisted of 12 men. Six of them, led by Whitelaw Reid, supported one of the members for Poet in the Erodelphian Literary Society. Four of the other six members, James Parks Caldwell, Isaac M. Jordan, Benjamin Piatt Runkle & Franklin Howard Scobey, refused to vote for the brother because they knew him to lack poetic abilities. They favoured a man for that office who was not a Deke. Thomas Cowan Bell & Daniel William Cooper were not members of Erodelphian, but their relation to the disagreement was unqualified endorsement of the four. Thus, they became six.

The chapter of 12 was evenly divided in a difference of opinion that ordinarily would have been decided one way or the other & immediately forgotten. But both sides considered it a matter of principle, & could not reach a compromise. During the ensuing months, the group disagreed so much that their friendships grew distant.


Delta Omicron History

In 1947, an undergraduate student by the name of Jack Fraser, on behalf of a group of young men, contacted an alumnus member of Sigma Chi's Gamma Rho chapter in Dalhousie. The men hoped to receive some advice in regards to establishing a fraternity at the University of British Columbia. After the Second World War, fraternities enjoyed a boom, and starting a fraternity was the thing to do. Many of the men who showed interest then, understandably, were war veterans. The alumnus member of Gamma Rho was a man by the name of Dr. Bill Scott. Scott, who had graduated Dalhousie with a degree in dentistry, convinced the men in Vancouver that Sigma Chi was the right fraternity for them. He then made them aware of the fact that Sigma Chi was holding a Grand Chapter meeting in August of 1948 in Seattle. If the young men in British Columbia were going to be able to receive a charter as a new chapter of Sigma Chi, the Grand Chapter was the place to get the ball rolling.

 
 

Sigma Chi Delta Omicron Chapter Sweetheart


ORGANIZATION/AFFILITION:

Cali Schnarr

Sigma Chi Delta Omicron Chapter Sweetheart 2018-2019

UBC THUNDERBIRD DANCE TEAM

PROGRAM:

Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Science, Year 4

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH SIGMA CHI?

When I transferred to UBC, a friend of mine introduced me to a bunch of people on campus and brought me to a few summer parties at the house. When fall came, I ended up befriending more sigs everywhere I went. I’m not sure if it’s because I was drawn to the ones I already knew, or if it’s because their involvement in a baffling amount of other organizations on campus made them pretty hard to miss. Either way, I couldn’t feel more fortunate that they’ve become some of my closest friends.

FAVOURITE PART ABOUT SIGMA CHI?

How do I choose just one? These guys are some the the most well-rounded, hard-working, and genuinely kind people I’ve ever met. Not only do they set the bar high for themselves, but they have such a great ability to inspire achievement in others. Beyond that, they’re so much fun – I’m always excited to spend time with any of them!

They’ve given me a community that makes a campus of 60 000 people feel small.

ANY ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS INTERESTED IN RUSHING THIS FALL?

INTERESTS:

When I don’t have my nose in a nutrition book, I’m usually in the studio – I’m a member of the Thunderbird Dance Team, and have the privilege of serving as president this year. Otherwise, I enjoy travelling, skiing, playing guitar, cooking, kayaking, hiking, and above all – just being around people!

Honestly just be yourself, come in with an open mind, and get to know the guys as well as you can. The more events you come to, the easier it is for both you and the brothers to get a feel for whether or not it’s the right fit. I promise you, these guys are worth your time, and I genuinely hope that you all get the opportunity to see this organization in the same amazing light that I do!

 
 

The Sigma Chi House

Note: Unfortunately, we are at full-capacity for the summer months of 2018 and do not have any open vacancies.

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Located at 2-2880 Wesbrook Mall, the Sigma Chi House in the UBC Greek Village houses many of the chapter's brothers and is used for various events and activities.

Rooms are available at a very affordable rate for brothers during the winter session and during the summer. The house is equipped with:

  • 21 bedrooms (7 double rooms and 14 single-connected rooms)
  • 9 bathrooms (1 communal bathroom and 8 private bathrooms)
  • Study areas
  • Fully-equipped industrial kitchen
  • Basement bar
  • Large multi-purpose living and games areas:
    • Ping pong table
    • Pool table
    • Piano
    • TV room

 

All in-house brothers buy into a meal plan from September - April and have their lunches and dinners prepared by our chef every weekday. Out-of-house brothers and friends of the chapter also have the opportunity to opt-in to our meal plan, or buy a meal card to join us for lunch or dinner. 

For any housing inquiries, please contact our Housing Manager.

Contact: housing@ubcsigs.com