The Commander used to get Playboy magazines sent to their mailbox every month. I remember seeing this when I first went to MoVal in the Fall of 2005 up until the I was Commander. It stopped midway through my first term as Commander. The question I have is who was paying that monthly subscription?
Bub, Bill, was it Nat's or Nate's that was in Sedalia? And do you remember the "Eat at Nat's (or Nate's)" T-shirts? Also my Freshman Year a bunch of us were at O C Brunners eating BBQ and some Pimp came in and shot some guy. I remember the college guys got escorted out when the Police arrived? (so as to be NOT involved) Also remember my first Sigma Nu Party was a "Purple Passion Party" held on a Saturday afternoon before a Basketball Game. Think it was held at a place called "I Like it Like That" Any of this sound familiar??
WELTER - It was n NATS and he kept a gun under the pool table. Purple Passion was made with grain alcohol(from Rexall),vodka and grape juice TWO glasses and the ladies were out. I like it Like That was the party house. We rented it for $25. I am amazed I am still alive after those 4 years. TOAD. BETA GAMMA 440
A Little OC Bruner story: For those that don't know, OC Bruner's was a BBQ place that was around forever. It may exist now, but under a different name. Don Jones is mentioning it and he was in school in the 50's. During the 60's a Hamburger was 25 cents and a Bruner Burger was 20 cents. The Bruner Burger actually tasted better and of course being cheaper was attractive to financially broke College Students. After four years of MVC and asking OC what was in a Bruner Burger a couple of hundred times a few of us were in Bruner's right before Graduation. We concocted some story about never coming back to Marshall and that we were moving back to the East Coast (I was from St Louis?) and that he should tell us the difference between a Hamburger and a Bruner Burger so we could make them at home. Now this is where the truth and fiction becomes hard to separate. As we are eating our Bruner Burgers and drinking our 15 cent Draft Beers, Bruner say to us, ""Well the Hamburger is just Ground Beef, but the Bruner Burger is about 50% Beef, 25% Pork Sausage and the rest is whatever is in Season. A little Rabbit, a little Coon, a little Possum, whatever !" Now, how much of that was OC having fun with some White College Students and how much was True, I don't know. But the Bruner Burgers tasted different and they were cheaper????? Still some of the best BBQ I've ever had, loved their Ribs and OC was a real character but one real nice guy!
"I have talked with Brother William Welter who was the Commander when I was activated. In answer to your question about the two Charters and one numbered #29 and the other #30? He said that this was questioned years back and the answer that was given was that the 30 was a typographical error. I’m afraid that will have to do."
"In 1964 or 1965 the east coast mafia from Young Hall came to the Sigma Nu house [Burkhead] with knives & guns to bring back athletes who had joined Sigma Nu. If I recall Van Tobin got his leg broke & Les Knott saved Barry Miller[who had a knife by his throat] The ‘Snakes” prevailed & there were no more confrontations!!!!"
I was thinking about the Reed Kepner/Sigma Phi Epsilon thing and thought I'd pass along my recollections about it. (1964-65) Bill, having been a Sigma Nu at the time may not have understood what happened or only understood from the opposite side. Maybe this stuff should be part of our History. Reed was like the State Manager, whatever, at the time for Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) Fraternity. The rules at the time were that Freshmen couldn't Pledge till their 2nd Semester It seems that Reed had the authority from IFC to form a Colony from both the National and from MVC/IFC. Taking advantage of the 2nd Semester rule, Reed gathered about 20 Freshmen and 10 Soph and Jr's together during the 1st Semester and we were meeting weekly in Baity Hall. He also took us down to Mizzou to the Sig Ep Chapter. We met and talked with the Bros. Went to their Parties etc. They were the Fraternity "with a Heart" The Badge was a Heart with a Skull and Cross Bones and the Greek Letters. All their Houses had Red Entrance Doors, etc. Reed already had Pledge Pin's etc and was ready to go. Reed was busy molding us into a Fraternity and encouraging us to think of ourselves that way. Well Sigma Nu did something to get in trouble (can't remember what) and IFC used this opprtunity to withdraw the offer to accept a new Fraternity on Campus. Reed was more than a little pissed!!! The word was that IFC was using Sigma Nu's problems to withdraw the offer. But, the scoop was that TEKE and Alpha Sig, had next to NO pledges lined up and feared that Sig Ep was crowding them out. Supposedly, on a 2 to 1 Vote, Sig Ep and Reed were put down. Oddly Sigma Nu voted for Sig Ep! Reed calls the Colony together one more time and explains that we will not be a Fraternity. He then says that in many ways we already are and encourages us to Pledge Sigma Nu as a Group. Most of the upper classmen chose to just not be part of the Greek System. A couple pledged TEKE, I believe one pledged Alpha Sig and the balance of us on Reed's prompting went to Sigma Nu. I already had a few friends at Sigma Nu (Bob Stoltz, Lloyd Scott etc.) and would have probaly gravitated that way anyway. But because of that incident, Reed Kepner always had a deep respect for Sigma Nu because he felt that Sigma Nu didn't use its own problems as a reason to deny Sig Ep, while the two Fraternities that didn't have problems at the time used Sigma Nu as the reason to deny him. Probably why he had such an affinity toward us from that point on. Reality was that Sigma Nu was probably the BEST House on Campus before their problems and und Bill's (Welter's) Leadership, supported by the letter he sent out, it was back to being the Best House within a year. In reading that letter, I couldn't help but notice the comments about picking the RIGHT men, with the right standards. Well, that's History! Let's move on to Present and Future!!
"I was the Historian one year and wrote down a lot of the stories and even first hand stories from Pop Ferguson. Don't know what is still retained somewhere, but a couple of other guys and I put a lot of effort into keeping some of these memories. In fact, a few years back I sent a letter to the Delta (MVC) telling them the story of how they got their name from the Sigma Nu Delta and they Printed it. I would be happy to write down some of what I remember and let some of you younger guys Post or Archive for future generations. Where the facts and the fiction separate the stories I don't know, but I remember the stories. How about this for an example" I was interviewing "Pop" and asked him if any of the original Brothers ever did any pranks that could have gotten them into trouble? This was in about 1966. His response was that once, back in the 1890's, he and some Brothers put a Goat in the President's office as a Prank. Overnight the goat either chewed on or shit on everything in the office. Years later when I saw the movie "Animal House" and they put the Horse in the President's office I immediately thought of "Pop". From Pop's mouth!"
I have already heard from a lot of you regarding the new site and so far the response seems to be very positive. Thanks again for all the kind responses, I'm glad you like the site! Thanks Kyle for helping to get the site information added. Be sure to check out the contribute page as well as the calendar of events.
If you would like to send me your mailing address and email, we will hopefully be se
So far this week I have been able to build about 60% of the website's content, just waiting on some details from the members of the house.
I pledged back in Fall of 1998 to Spring of 1999. Beta Gamma 912. I hope you like the site!