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Gary Harrell ‘84 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) remembers the day that he decided to join Kappa Sigma. “It had such an open welcome and inclusive atmosphere,” he said. “There were guys from all over the place with all kinds of backgrounds and interests.” 

“The variety of interests and pursuits in which the brothers were involved. We have IFC guys, sports guys, ODK types and even a brother who was the first BUZZ!!” 

“One of the things that really attracted me to Kappa Sigma over the other fraternities was the unique history and the very long roots tracing all the way back to Italy and in the 1400's,” he added. “I can literally trace the steps back from where I am blessed to be today to those traditions and the helping hands of ALL the guys who were there and whom I am fortunate enough to call Brother.” 

He says that two memories stand out from his time at the house. “One, being the pledge master and watching the pledge class become brothers and getting that paddling afterwards. Two, sitting on top of the Luau structure as the sun came up on Saturday morning after we had spent all night finishing it.”  

He says that Kappa Sigma has impacted his life long after graduation. “While I had experience playing sports, I knew nothing about organizing, leading, cooperating. When I was working with Cecil Johnson, who was our chapter advisor when I was GM, that was the first time I ever heard the word ‘cadre,’ what it meant and why it is so important to build one.  

“I came from a fairly small town, so being in Atlanta was definitely a case of country boy going to the big city. I would have been lost without the brothers that took me under the wing and taught me everything from how to shag to how to make a reservation at a restaurant.” 

He says that giving back to the chapter is crucial to him. “I remember guys like Geoff Gill ‘64 and Kurt V. helping us when I was an undergrad,” he said. “It seemed like we were always short on money. We had a great group of brothers and had a lot of fun, but the house was always an issue. It seemed like we were always a little behind the curve financially. I am very fortunate to have had a little success in life and the opportunity to share some of that with 182 6th Street. The guys who call that place home allow me to continue to feel connected and to give back a little of what has been given to me.”  

Without Kappa Sigma, I would not be the person I am today.