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Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, or ΣΑΕΠ, is Davis' Jewish Interest Sorority. The sorority is generally referred to simply as Sigma or Sigma AEPi. Sometimes the Aggie abbreviates them as SAE Pi, but the sorority prefers to be called Sigma AEPi.
Sigma was founded at UCD in 1998. The core values of Sigma are Unity, Trust, Strength, Sincere Sisterhood, and Jewish Values. While Sigma upholds the values of Judaism, it is not an exclusive sorority. Women of all different religions and backgrounds are welcome to join. In fact, one out of every five members of Sigma is not Jewish. Sigma engages in many community service events and this year organized its first philanthropy event. The proceeds from their philanthropy events benefit Jewish Family Service.
Sigma is one of the two associate members of the Davis College Panhellenic Association (DCPA). Associate members still have voting power within DCPA, however they do not participate in formal recruitment. To be a member of the DCPA, a sorority must be a part of the National Panhellenic Council. Sigma is not a "national sorority" because they are not a member of the National Panhellenic Council. However, Sigma has its own national board and new chapters at Arizona State University, University of Minnesota, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Cruz as well as colonies and interest groups around the country.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi was filmed in Spring 2002 for the initial season of MTV's Sorority Life.
In the past, there was a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi the national Jewish sorority on campus. However, AEPhi left campus in the early 1990s. The fact that Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi includes Sigma Alpha Epsilon in their name and are located right next door to them is just a coincidence. The fact that they include Alpha Epsilon Pi in their name is not a coincidence. When you read Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, think "Sisters of Alpha Epsilon Pi". It is interesting to note that AEPi used to reside in the SAE house, next to the Sigma house. In those days, however, Sigma wasn't located there.
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The reason both AEPi and AEPhi are so similar named is pure random. AEPhi was established within a year of AEPi in 1914ish. It was Random, AEPi was at NYU first and AEPhi was somewhere in the Midwest. AEPhi was established in Davis in the mid 70's before AEPi but was shut down in the 90's as to why . . This I'm not so sure about. If you want to know more about AEPhi check out their national site at http://www.aephi.org/.
Looking at what you wrote and what he wrote, he actually didn't say anything objectionable or wrong. It really was luck in some sort of way - AEPi was founded at NYU in 1913. AEPhi was founded only a few years earlier in 1909, just up the road from NYU, at Barnard College at Columbia (hardly the midwest). According to history, the names are, as Ken, suggested, "just lucky." Also, Mark, I got all this information from the AEPhi link that you put in your comment. Peace - ALG
The Sigma in our name is not a coincidence either. Sigma does stand for Sisters of, and also Sigma is the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet and in the Jewish tradition the number 18, in hebrew, means Chai, life, which adds even more significance to our nickname. ClaireConlon
2006-03-16 09:34:40 I remember the good times of sorority life.. back when you could go to anywhere else in the country.. someone asked you where you were from, and you could say.. have you seen that show.. sorority life?.. yeah that was my town.. —JulienBiewerElstob
2007-04-15 23:09:22 Sigma is really chill i had fun hanging out with these girls —JackkiCox
2008-02-07 08:37:18 I really miss Arielle Fleisher —AndrewBianchi