Sigma Phi Epsilon at Texas A&M University was formed on March 31, 1973 after the local fraternity of Phi Delta Sigma decided to become part of a national fraternal organization. This decision made Sigma Phi Epsilon the first national fraternity on the A&M campus. Phi Delta Sigma was formed in 1965 and had 120 alumni at the time of the initial initiation into the brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which occurred on February 17, 1973 at the First Methodist Church of College Station. A banquet was held afterwards at Briarcrest Country Club with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Grand National President, Dr. Eric Weise, in attendance for the day's activities. The initiation fee was $52.50 with 40 Charter Members being initiated, 11 who were graduates, and 2 who are still very active on the current Alumni Board for the Texas Mu Chapter. In the Spring semester of 1973, the chapter had a roster that consisted of 38 members and dues were $11.50 a month per member.
The onset of a national fraternity did not go over without some controversy at A&M. In an article on January 19, 1973 in The Battalion (the school newspaper) one student expressed that "Aggies have always felt that the entire school is of fraternal nature.if you want to join a social fraternity, go to Dallas, Austin, or Baton Rouge.because Aggies don't need them". In response to that article another editorial was written saying "People need to be involved. Not only in the Corps, CSC, .and countless other organizations, but in something new and different. Different in the sense that it is not peculiar to A&M. It is my belief that A&M will be like t.u. socially, in 40 or 50 years. This will be after you and I have been long gone from A&M and maybe this earth. Fraternities aren't hideous and evil. They accomplish worthwhile goals and represent a university well". Sigma Phi Epsilon at Texas A&M has played an integral role in the development of the Greek system and continues to be an organization full of leaders.
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