Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Theta Chi Fraternity


Clarkson's fifth fraternity, Kappa Kappa Tau, was founded on April 19, 1949. On May 24, 1952 the brothers became the Delta Sigma chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity, becoming the first Clarkson fraternity to affiliate with a national organization. They move into a building on Fall Island. In 1957 the brothers purchased the house at 18 Elm Street.

In the 1960s three sophomore members of Theta Chi write and produce a horror film (as a school project) with help from a Humanities professor named Wesley Craven.  The film is about strange occurrences at their fraternity house, which used to be a funeral parlor. They name their film "The Searchers."  In 1984 Mr. Craven writes and directs "A Nightmare on Elm Street." He answered some questions about his time in Potsdam on his website but the content has been removed.  You can now read it on this news article.

On February 10, 1997, Binaya Oja, a 17-year-old freshman at Clarkson, dies on bid night at Theta Chi Fraternity. The fraternity dissolves and 18 Elm Street is purchased by Sigma Pi Fraternity later that year.  In 2010 the house is purchased by the town and demolished.

Kappa Kappa Tau in the 1950 Clarkson yearbook
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Phi Mu Sorority


The Beta Iota chapter of national sorority Phi Mu was established at Clarkson in 1983. They were the second sorority founded at Clarkson. They dissolved in 2001 due to lack of interest.

1984 Clarkson yearbook
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Sigma Chi Fraternity

since 1988

The Iota Zeta chapter of national fraternity Sigma Chi was chartered at Clarkson on April 17, 1988.  In 2012 they received the Peterson Significant Chapter Gold Award from their national. Their on-campus house was dedicated on April 20, 2013 and the first brothers moved in for the Fall 2013 semester.

1988 yearbook
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