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For this month’s e-letter, we decided to do an article flashback from 2012. In 2012, we did an alumni Q and A with Jacques Gordon ’78. Check it out below!

Thank you to Jacques Gordon ’78 for participating in this Q&A. (Jacques was presented with the Significant Sig award in November 2009).

Why did you join Sigma Chi as an undergraduate?
Undergraduate brothers recruited me from my hometown, St Louis, and a group of freshmen friends from the Quad were also important in my decision to pledge. I had no previous knowledge of fraternities in general or of Sigma Chi.

What is the funniest memory from your Sigma Chi days?
The funniest memory I have is the freshman skit we put on as pledges. It featured a guy who was wrestler in high school (he shall go nameless). He knew how to lose his lunch on command (a trick he used to make his wrestling weight). He performed this feat with wondrous skill during the last act of our skit. It was amazing, revolting and hilarious at the same time.

What is the single fondest memory you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren?
My kids have heard me tell the story of how a couple of us invited women to eat dinner at the Chapter House a couple of days a week. It had a civilizing effect on our dining habits, brought down the cost per person of our dining arrangements, and was a lot of fun because the young women we invited were all really good‑natured people. I am also very proud of my year as Rush Chairman, which resulted in the Class of 1980—a very strong group of talented young men.

How do you stay connected with your brothers as an alumnus?
I enjoy reading the Quaker Sig and especially appreciate it when brothers from the ’70s and ’80s write in.

Have you visited Penn since graduation?
I have been back many times and I have gotten to know brothers from the ’90s and ’00s, who are really a great bunch of guys. The Penn campus continues to improve each year. It is also encouraging to see that our historic Chapter House is in such good shape, with many improvements added over the years.

What about your membership in Sigma Chi makes you the most proud?
We have had many illustrious and highly‑accomplished members. When I meet Sigma Chis from huge schools or speak to people at the National HQ in Evanston, they know our chapter because of the high caliber of members that have come from it.

Why would you encourage other brothers to engage with Sigma Chi in their alumni years?
It makes sense to give back to the Chapter that supported us in our undergraduate years. Sigma Chi gave us all a terrific home base on a crowded, urban campus. The brotherhood appreciates sharing leadership experiences as undergrads, in business and in life.