February 13, 2010 11:11:00 PM
Tim Pratt -
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity could be re-colonized as early as this summer, the national organization''s executive director said Friday.
Kappa Sigma''s Supreme Executive Committee in October voted to withdraw Mississippi State''s Kappa Sigma chapter charter for alleged alcohol violations at a house party on Sept. 18, 2009, Executive Director Mic Wilson said at the time. Alcohol is prohibited on the MSU campus, where the Kappa Sigma house is located.
A group of alumni and undergraduate members of the former chapter appealed the decision with the Supreme Executive Committee and traveled to Los Angeles the weekend of Jan. 30, where they made a formal presentation to the committee. After their appeal was presented, the Executive Committee determined that a team of fraternity commissioners and district volunteers will travel to Starkville in March to conduct a membership review, Wilson said.
"They will review all of the men who want to move forward and establish a future colony, and determine which of those men might be eligible to participate in that," Wilson said. "After that, the men that are identified can petition the board to begin operations again. It''s still an evolving process."
Wilson was optimistic about the upcoming review process.
"It''s a good sign for them," Wilson said. "We now have to make sure we have the right foundations in place as we move forward in considering what the future of the chapter will be. The process is still under way, but we are working on it. The alumni and the undergraduates made a great showing, a most sincere showing, so we are going to review their case and move on from there."
The group of alumni and undergraduates will make another presentation to the Supreme Executive Committee this summer, Wilson said.
"If all goes well, they will be considered for colony status to begin operations again, but a lot of things need to happen between now and then," Wilson said. "All I can say is the alumni of this chapter have really stepped up and the younger leaders have stepped up and we''ll see what happens. If all goes well, they could be established this summer and begin operations again during the summer, possibly by the July time frame."
George Malouf, president of the former MSU Kappa Sigma chapter, could not be reached for comment.