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New Member Education and The Norman Shield
Patrick O'Leary ‘16

As the Magister, it is my responsibility to prepare the new class of pledge brothers for Initiation into Sigma Chi. Working alongside my fellow Phi Phi Chapter brothers, we will work to instill in the pledges the ideals of Sigma Chi, develop their pride in and commitment to the Fraternity through lessons of learning, participation and responsibility. 

Their pledge education will build off of a new program outlined by the International Fraternity in 2012. The Norman Shield, our familiar pledge manual created in 1929, will form the core of the program with weekly quizzes of pertinent historical accounts of Sigma Chi and its seven founders, along with interviews of the active brothers.

Following is an excerpt from the opening chapter of The Norman Shield:

“The object of a college education is not to make us finished scholars, nor to complete our education. Education is a lifelong process. The purpose of a college education is to awaken the importance of developing the mind -- to create an unquenchable thirst for knowledge… The primary purpose of Sigma Chi is to promote friendship, justice and learning. While friends can have a profound impact on your experiences in college, Sigma Chi aspires to develop brotherhood -- a deeper and more enduring type of friendship -- among its members.”

Led by our Rush Committee Co-Chairs: Matt Harris ‘17, Evan Shaulson ‘17 and Harry Taggart ‘17, we just concluded another very successful new member recruitment period, resulting in a diverse pledge class of 20 men that we feel will fit well into the Phi Phi Chapter. Many are involved in Penn athletics, continuing Phi Phi team traditions, though we have also attracted non-athletes as well. They hail from local high schools in PA, NJ, NY and CT and as far away as FL, TX, CA and Jamaica.  

Here are their names, high schools and hometowns:

2015 Class of Phi Phi Pledge Brothers

Daniel Harris - 2017
Lawrenceville School
Kingston, Jamaica 

Gabriel Kleiman - 2017
Collegiate School
New York, NY

Drew Lilley - 2017
Chatham High School
Chatham, NJ

Nicholas Pedalino - 2017
Mendham High School
Mendham, NJ

Musafaa Dais - 2018
The Hackley School
Pomona, NY

Taha Awad El-Magbri - 2018
Fox Chapel Area High School
Pittsburgh, PA

Tayler Hendrickson - 2018
Middletown South High School
Middletown, NJ

Cory Lesher - 2018
Albemarle High School
Charlottesville, VA

Jakob Levison - 2018
Trumbull High School
Trumbull, CT

Thomas Macchio - 2018
Chaminade High School
Plainview, NY

Michael McLaughlin - 2018
Delran High School
Delran, NJ

Holden Dant Morris - 2018
Clovis North High School
Fresno, CA

Andrew Oliver Murnane - 2018
Salisbury School
Minneapolis, MN

Austin Stapleton - 2018
St. Joseph Regional High School
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Michael Terracciano - 2018
Cold Spring Harbor High School
Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Andrew Theiss - 2018
Vestavia Hills High School
Birmingham, AL

Drew William Trabing - 2018
Prior Lake High School
Prior Lake, MN

John Thomas White, Jr - 2018
Tivy High School
Kerrville, TX

Gerhard Williams IV - 2018
Fleming Island High School
Fleming Island, FL

Bradley Wilpon - 2018
Brunswick School
Greenwich, CT