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Sigma Nu is an undergraduate college fraternity founded at the Virginia Military Institute on January 1, 1869. The fraternity was founded by James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley shortly after Hopkins witnessed what he considered a hazing ritual by upperclassmen at the Virginia Military Institute. The fraternity's existence remained secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on January 1, 1869. Since its founding, Sigma Nu has more than 279 active and inactive chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and has initiated more than 227,000 members. Sigma Nu, Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega make up the Lexington Triad. Sigma Nu prides itself on its anti-hazing principles, upon which the organization was founded and continues to uphold through its anti-hazing initiative. The fraternity's values are summarized as an adherence to the principles of love, honor, and truth. Because of its military heritage, Sigma Nu retains many military trappings in its chapter ranks and traditions, and places importance on the concept of personal honor.


The Beta Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu is the 38th chapter founded July 22, 1892 at the Grand Army Hall of the Republic.
Nine Local Founders: Mr. Edmund Nicholson, Mr. Horatio Dumbald, Mr. Percy Maple, Mr. George Guichard, Mr. Hugh E. Marsh, Mr. William Crubaugh, Mr. Joseph Antrem, Mr. Herman McQuilkin, Mr. Ross S. Taylor,


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