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What were the best nicknames you called your brothers and how did they come about?  

When's the last time you saw a Psi Chapter Chapter brother in person? Who were you with, where were you, and what was the occasion? Do you have a photo from that day? 

What do you remember about the top social event the year you graduated? Do you remember your date? Did you happen to marry them? 

What was Sigma Nu known for during your time at UNC? 

Read on to find out how other Psi Chapter Chapter of Sigma Nu alumni answered these questions.  


Bill Schaefer ‘61

Nicknames: Couple years before I got there, there was a guy they called "The Wedge"-because the wedge is a simple tool. When I pledged Lambda Chi, there was a charismatic brother who also happened to be the only football player in the fraternity. Sort of a big fish in a small pond. Pretty good guy but he bestrode the house like a colossus at times and would parade around before bedtime, bare-chested, showing off his massive torso. Our class mockingly called him, "Mr. Big."

Last time you saw a classmate: Shortly before COVID 19 I met with a brother from Short Hills, NJ, for dinner at a local restaurant. I live about 20 minutes away in Springfield, with my wife, Susan. We've kept in touch for the last seven years and meet for dinner fairly frequently. God knows when the next time will be. No pictures.

Top social event: Actually it was my junior year (fall 1958). House Party weekend. I had met a beauty queen (Miss Armed Forces) on a Florida vacation with my parents. I reveled in the conquest and thought I was in love with her. She lived in Indiana, but I flew her out to live with us in NJ, figuring we would get married. Problem was, after the moonlight and palm trees, things weren't quite the same. After a couple of months, I couldn't stand her. At the party I got involved in a marathon arm wrestling match with another brother and ignored her for hours. She finally found me and said, "I was looking all over for you and they told me you were arm wrestling'!" Things went downhill from there. But it was a memorable weekend.

What Sigma Nu was known for: We were known for great parties, with endless kegs of beer.


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