This item originally appeared in the December 9, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By VALERIE METREJEAN
A friendly wager between the National Kappa Sigma President and Tech's district master paid off for Tech's Greek students.
If they could once again have the largest recruitment in the nation, Kaplan would spend Founder's Day with Tech's Kappa Sigmas.
Tech's chapter achieved the goal and Vince Miller, adviser for the Interfraternity Council, said the district master was quick to call and remind Kaplan of the wager.
"When you have the chance for a national [figure] to get involved, it is an exciting privilege," Miller said.
Kaplan will share the annual Founder's Day banquet 7 p.m. Friday at the Hollywood Casino in Shreveport with Tech's Kappa Sigma members.
"It is a really big honor to have him come and see us [for Founder's Day] when there are over 250 other chapters," Jason Lyons, Kappa Sigma chapter president and a senior biology major, said.
Miller said Founder's Day is one of the biggest events of the year for Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Miller also said all chapters across the nation will celebrate on Friday night, and he said he sees it as a great honor to have the national president attend Tech's Founder's Day banquet.
Everett Schram, a Kappa Sigma member and a senior architecture major, said the Winter Semiformal will be held at Hollywood Casino that same night as the Founder's Day banquet.
Miller said alumni from Tech and neighboring schools are invited to Friday's festivities.
"We have invited Northwestern [State University-Natchitoches], Centenary [College of Louisiana-Shreveport], Louisiana State University-Shreveport and University of Louisiana-Monroe to attend the event," Lyons said.
Kaplan will also speak to the entire Greek body this evening. All Tech fraternity and sorority members can hear the speech at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Main Floor.
Miller said Kaplan will talk about leadership, participation in a fraternity or sorority and what it means to be a Greek.
An informal dessert reception will be held at the Kappa Sigma house after Kaplan's speech.
"Fraternity members will get to hang out with Kaplan and ask questions at the reception [tonight]," Miller said.
Miller said he thinks Kaplan's visit and speeches will help to revitalize the Kappa Sigma spirit.