Wick Egan (’17) represented Kappa Sigma in this year’s King of Hearts competition and successfully defended our title, won last year by Nate Rodman (’16). King of Hearts is a philanthropic event put on once every spring by Alpha Phi here at MIT. The male beauty pageant and talent show is also a fundraiser in which contestants raise money to be donated towards women’s heart health.
Wick crushed the competition with a well choreographed swimwear routine alongside Chi Phi’s representative Jesus Mathus, a close friend of the house, and dazzled the ladies in the audience with very heartwarming yet hilarious slam poetry.
On Monday, April 21st, 2014, brothers of our chapter volunteered at the Boston Marathon. Thirty-two Kappa Sigs made their way to the marathon start in Hopkinton, MA in the early hours of the morning to set up and help run the start line hydration station for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Throughout the course of the day, we handed water to 30,000 participating runners as they passed our station. Brother Chris Schlaepfer recounts his experience: “This was my third year volunteering for the Boston Marathon, and it was without question my best experience so far. Working the Hopkinton water station allowed us to get up close and personal with the athletes, and never have I seen such a large group of positive, enthusiastic, and appreciative people. Everyone I talked to, cheered for, or handed off water to had a huge smile on their face, and I truly felt that we were all ready to prove how strong the city of Boston is.”
Brothers of the Gamma Pi Chapter of Kappa Sigma at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have volunteered on multiple occasions for the Boston Red Sox Green Team during the 2013-14 school year. The Green Team implements better recycling practices during MLB games at Fenway Park to promote a healthy environment.
Over the course of four separate ballgames, more than forty brothers combed through the aisles and bleachers of Fenway to collect recyclable goods. Brothers of our chapter have taken away valuable lessons from volunteering. Brother Daniel Dalton ’17 said of his experience, “After volunteering for the Green Team, I’ve started to really see how much reusable trash is thrown away, and begun to be much more conscientious about recycling myself.”
On April 19th at 5pm, Kappa Sigma will be hosting its largest philanthropy event ever: the Nearly Naked Nearly Mile. The event is the fourth iteration of our flagship event, but on a grander scale than ever before.
This year, all proceeds from the Nearly Naked Nearly Mile will support Team Collier Strong, who will be running the marathon two days later on April 21st. Team Collier Strong is made up of the friends and family of Officer Sean Collier, who was tragically killed in the line of duty in the aftermath of the marathon bombings last year. They are raising money for the Sean A. Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship, which will put one self-sponsored recruit through the Lowell Police Academy each year.
At the event, participants will strip down nearly naked and run a little less than a mile through the heart of MIT’s campus. Kappa Sigma will be accepting clothing donations as well, which will be donated to the American Red Cross. The event will also feature food generously provided by local Cambridge restaurants, music from our house DJs, and a dunk tank manned by our own Brother Monheit ’14.
Kappa Sigma Gamma-Pi was awarded the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Chapter of the Year and Best Scholarship Program for 2013. We feel so honored to have been lauded so highly in the MIT FSILG community. Gamma-Pi strives for excellence in each of Kappa Sigma’s four pillars, Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. These pillars closely resemble the ideals of the FSILG community, so we take pride in holding ourselves to the highest standard and exemplifying these values. The Chapter pushed for increased philanthropic involvement and community service this semester, leading to Gamma-Pi’s involvement in Relay for Life, the Boston Marathon, and Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger among other smaller local projects and initiatives. Internally, we have also worked to provide more and better academic resources, taking a preemptive approach to academic excellence. This emphasis on academic excellence from the start through the end of the semester has led to Gamma-Pi’s improvement in the IFC GPA rankings, as our Chapter GPA was 0.8 points above the average last semester.
We are thrilled to receive these awards and we plan on continuing this upward trend. We at Gamma-Pi work to make our fraternity the best that we can possibly make it, so we hope to have even greater success next year.