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  • Canadian Fraternity Helping Prevent Sexual Violence: 40 More Members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Ca

    On Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, 40 more members of the Carleton University Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Omicron-Pi Chapter) attended a sexual violence prevention and support training session hosted by two volunteer leaders on behalf of the Carleton Chapter of OurTurn National. OurTurn is a student-led advocacy group dedicated to combating sexual violence on Canadian post-secondary campuses. At Carleton, a two-hour training session is implemented by the Carleton University Students' Association (CUSA) and led by student volunteers in a peer-to-peer experience that discusses: information about consent, sexual violence, and rape culture that is directly applicable to campus events and student life, strategies to help prevent sexual violence by being an active bystander, approaches to support a friend who discloses that they’ve experienced sexual violence, and information about the reporting process on campus as well as available resources at Carleton and in the wider Ottawa community. Having just initiated a new class of 12 Brothers, the Brothers of Omicron-Pi found it vitally important to not only have their active members trained on the issue, but to ensure that those entering the organization this semester were also on the same page. For one new Brother only just in his first year at Carleton University, he found the training especially interesting: "I found it most interesting that the vast majority of people are uneducated in the importance of the conversations surrounding consent. I think it’s important for not only fraternities but for everyone to be trained in this in order to help prevent sexual harassment or assault," said Nick Andre. But the training is helpful regardless of age. Brother Jason Estefanous, 26, saw the importance equally as much as Andre: "One of the most valuable things I learned from the Our Turn training seminar was the power of “asking” and gaining consent," he said. "It’s better and safer to always make an attempt to acknowledge a situation and know where it’s going as well making sure the other party is willing." Two Brothers of the Chapter at Carleton University also serve as two of the six executives governing CUSA. David Oladejo, President, and Luke Taylor, Vice-President Finance, were a part of the decision earlier this semester to make OurTurn training a mandatory component for a minimum of five executives from all CUSA clubs and societies in order to receive part of their funding. For more information about this, please visit The Charlatan's page here. Both Oladejo and Taylor emphasized that the most important part of being educated is the way in which bystanders can play a pivotal role in stopping sexual assault. "I can’t overstate the value on being able to recognize what sexual violence and sexual harassment looks like, even within our own friend circles and everyday interactions," said Oladejo. "By being empowered to recognize signs, students are able to create a culture of sexual violence prevention and intervention on university campuses," Taylor added. Oladejo, Taylor and Brother Mattias Lightstone (current president of the Systems of Computer Engineering Society - SCEsoc) were some of many other Brothers who received OurTurn training prior to Sunday through their affiliations with other organizations or clubs. Lightstone explained some of the benefits this training has in being able to support others who haven't had similar conversations themselves: "Being able to have an open conversation about consent is important and it gave us an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions that we don't get to have.," he said."Being more informed allows us to bring these conversations to others in our lives, and will hopefully positively affect not just the people who attended, but their friends and loved ones as well." Recognizing signs is a key component to preventing sexual misconduct and violence. Brother Joza Fleming added how some acts can easily fly under the radar, even in your close community, if you aren't used to looking for them: "Highlighting the desensitisation a lot of individuals have towards what’s considered more 'minor' sexual violence was the most interesting part for me," he noted. "This his allowed me to be more conscious of the issue and recognise one of the problems we have within our community is the lack of awareness." The Fraternity response to the #MeToo Movement OurTurn National originally started at Carleton University and spread across Canada in parallel to the rise of the #MeToo Movement in global news. Sexual assault cases have become one of the most prominent and widespread news topics in the past year Last year, I served as the Vice-President Administration for the Carleton University Greek Council (CUGC), an advocatory body for all sororities and fraternities at Carleton. My main priority was to update our constitution to better reflect the needs of our current membership. Towards the end of my term, our executive team had circulated the idea of implementing a sexual violence policy inline with CUSA's. In working with other greeks (members of fraternities and sororities) and with some feedback from OurTurn, we were able to implement a sexual violence policy that includes the definitions of common forms of sexual violence, on and off-campus resources for survivors, and ways in which CUGC will help to support survivors in the event of a incident. Last spring towards the end of the semester, I was elected president of CUGC as well as the president of the Carleton Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. I was inspired by seeing multiple greek organizations who received training by OurTurn that same spring and decided that it was time we pushed this same agenda as an entire membership at Carleton. Over the summer, our newly elected executives for CUGC decided the best course of action to make sexual assault prevention and survivor support training a mandate for all greeks at Carleton was to reach out to each president of each organization that was a member of CUGC. With two fraternities and one sorority already trained by OurTurn, we were thrilled that this idea and challenge was widely accepted by other presidents. The Tau Omega Chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Carleton very recently completed the training as well. Within my own fraternity, I thought it best to utilize our Brothers in Action Program to introduce OurTurn training to our members. Brothers In Action (BIA) is a character and competence based program designed to teach fraternal values applicable to academic, chapter, and career goals through experiential learning and chapter-supported programming. BIA provides a blueprint for chapters to follow as they provide personal development programming for members. While the issue of sexual assault and violence affects both men and women, we recognize that the dominant party effected is women. We're therefore very cognizant of position as male leaders; we have the opportunity to use our voices and actions in a positive way as allies of survivors of sexual violence and work towards creating a safer and more aware campus environment. Our Brothers In Action Chairman, Brother Jourdain Guniss, explained the importance of addressing consent given our situation in relation to sororities at Carleton: "Our organization interacts and mixes with other female organizations on a regular basis and I believe it is very important for everyone, and specifically fraternities, to understand the meaning of consent." It's for this reason that I think teaching the members of my fraternity and others in this shared greek community as much as possible about consent; it has such real-life significance. Most people joining fraternities are between the ages of 17-22 with many of them are also leaving home and living on their own for the first time as they come to university. Add to this with the fact that they are becoming more and more exposed to nightlife where drinking becomes more prominent than in high school and you're left with a body of impressionable young men who are being exposed to new experiences that they might not yet be used to. This means that leaders of fraternities have an important responsibility. We have an opportunity as mentors and "older brothers" to help educate our members so that the decisions they make with this newfound independence are good ones. Recognizing this is vital if we truly want to uphold the values of our fraternities and help build better men during their college years. I will be looking to implement ways of supporting survivors within my own fraternity from a policy or administrative level so that there can be a process put in place that can help survivors year-to-year regardless of the individuals in elected positions. Outside of that, there is a lot that student leaders can learn to be more apt to deal with incidents where a member of a student organization is affected by sexual violence. Sexual assault and violence remains a universal issue with social, legal, and professional repercussions that students alone are not adequately prepared to respond to. While I'm happy that we've taken steps in the right direction at Carleton, I hope to see more action being taken by universities, schools, and fraternities at higher levels to make bigger leaps towards safer campuses. Until then, we should continue to have conversations about consent. Read More: "Canadian Fraternities Take Steps to Address Issues of Consent, Sexual Violence" https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/08/30/canadian-fraternities-take-steps-to-address-issues-of-consent-sexual-violence.html "Canadian Universities Must Improve Sexual Assault Policies: Student Activists" https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/09/24/canadian-university-sexual-assault-policies-student-activists_a_23532816/ "One Year Later" https://www.ubyssey.ca/features/one-year-later-then/ "Brothers in Action: How Has Kappa Sigma Made You a Better Man?" https://kappasigma.org/brothers-action-kappa-sigma-made-better-man/ "CUSA AMENDS MOTION TYING CLUBS’ FUNDING WITH OURTURN TRAINING" https://charlatan.ca/2018/09/cusa-amends-clubs-funding-tied-with-ourturn-training/

  • Kappa Sigmas at home, across the country, and around the world

    Travelling can be stressful at times. At other points, it can be the time of your life. For Kappa Sigmas, there's always an interesting experience to be shared when you travel abroad. It's not unusual that you hear a Brother who went abroad and ended up bumping into another Kappa Sigma in a small town somewhere seemingly random or remote. With over 282,000 lifetime members of the Fraternity, it's not surprising that Brothers are connected all across the globe. This summer, many of our Brothers have been spending their off-season time in other countries from Italy to Japan and several places in between. I decided it would be fun to ask Omicron Class Brother and past Grand Master (President) Oliver Nacey and Pi Class Brother Taylor Neely what their experience was like travelling together this summer in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Now both graduated, Taylor reflected on how a Brother's shared experience as an active member added to their time spent travelling: "It was really cool to see how much Ollie and I think alike because of our Kappa Sigma experience. In different situations or planning out things I noticed how we had similar mindsets," Taylor reflected. "I can probably attribute that to the fact that we’ve both been apart of the brotherhood for four years and that we’ve went through many of the same experiences in that time." Oliver mentioned how Kappa Sigma is able to afford Brothers an ability to take on any challenges that arise and have the ability to tackle them. "It's just amazing that we can go on amazing adventures through the bonds that Kappa Sigma forms. If anything it makes the relationships tighter and I would suggest [traveling abroad with another Brother] to anyone," said Oliver. Not too far from where Taylor and Ollie were travelling is Sydney, Australia where Upsilon Class Brother Joza Fleming was living this summer. Joza's family is from Australia and spends each summer living back home. While he likes being able to take a the few months off to better himself before returning to the new school year, he did miss being around the guys back in Ottawa. "Every time I go away I realize how much the brotherhood and family we have here really means to me," Joza shared. "You don't realize how important something is to you until it's gone and going abroad makes me recognize the impact Kappa Sigma has had, and continues to have, on my life." On his way back, he stopped in Los Angeles to visit alumnus Brother Martin Klemes (pictured left). 16,39 km away from Sydney, Australia is Bologna, Italy: the birthplace of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity way back in 1400. All Brothers who go through pledge education know just how important and special this city is to the Fraternity, and this summer Brother Tyler Sadlo (Tau 193) had the chance to visit. "Going to Bologna gave me a feeling that I have trouble expressing," said Sadlo. "Being able to see first hand the place where so much history has begun is truly amazing. The energy you feel as a Brother roaming through those streets is absolutely unique." Among the important sights in the city is the University of Bologna; the oldest university in the world where Kappa Sigma first grew its roots. But most awesome are the two Medieval towers that stand in the city centre. "You learn about these historical landmarks throughout pledging and their importance, but many will never truly understand their importance until you're standing looking up at those two towers [...] Once you get halfway down the street you begin to see the peaks of Torre Degli Asinelli and Torre Garisendi that just gives you a chill. It is truly remarkable being able to walk through the city and being able to name and describe these important locations and attractions which even impressed many of the locals." Another important gathering for all Kappa Sigmas alike is Leadership Conference. The Conference, hosted by the Fraternity headquarters once every two years in July, invites delegates from each of the 400+ Chapters across North America to join together to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments from individual Brothers and Chapters, while also providing participants the opportunity to attend workshops and breakout sessions aimed at developing their leadership skills. Held in New Orleans, Louisiana, it's also a fun trip for Brothers to take part in and meet people from all over with similar backgrounds and mindsets. Mauro Barone (Upsilon 204), was the delegate who attended the 71st Grand Conclave (another large biennial conference hosted every other summer) in Las Vegas last July also represented our Chapter this year in New Orleans. "Every time I go to one of these events and gather with over 1800 other Kappa Sigmas from across Canada and the US, it adds another layer of pride that comes with being a part of the largest college fraternity in the world," Mauro recounted. One of the best parts of being at these conferences is having the opportunity to meet people from near and far. "I got to meet and spend time with some awesome guys from Hawaii, Michigan, and others from Canadian Chapters like Western University [in London, Ontario] and York University [in Toronto, Ontario]." I asked him what he liked most about traveling with other Brothers, even just for a 3-day conference. "Imagine going to some of the most exciting and famous cities in America, where nobody knows who you are, with some of your best friends. Now, add Simon Oscar Levett [Upsilon 211]. That's a recipe for a fun time if you ask me." An experience in a different country, even just in the United States can definitely be eye opening, but some Brothers elected to share a collective experience in Canada; not in Ottawa, but in Vancouver British Columbia. For Christian Calpito (Upsilon 206), it was his first time living away from home as a whole cohort of Brothers went to the west coast to work for the same company over the summer. "This was my first time living away from home," said Christian. "I thought that there would be no better way to experience that but to live with brothers." For Ben Washer (Chi 236), living together over the summer really showed just how close everyone was able to become, even though some were already very close during the school year. "When you spend almost every minute living together, working together, eating together, and working out together, you become so accustomed to each other’s behaviours; you develop a further understanding of that person's life as an individual," said Ben. "As one brother goes through positives and negatives, every other goes through the same because you’re a unit in this dynamic." While Vancouver has been a great host to our Brothers from Omicron-Pi, we also had the pleasure of playing host to Chi Class Brother Phil Donnelly. In September 2017, Phil arrived at Carleton on exchange from his university in Cardiff, Wales. Now almost exactly a year later, Phil is thrilled about his experience in Ottawa. "I always knew from my first year living at university the best way to make friends is to join a team or a group," Phil recounted. "So when I got to meet a few of the brothers at Rush season, such as my future big Jake, I saw a huge opportunity to be able to get to know some awesome people." Soon flying back across the Atlantic, I asked him what he'll take away most from being a Kappa Sigma. "Being a Kappa Sigma has hugely tested me at times and the personal growth I have received from the organisation is incredible [...] Kappa Sigma has completely opened my eyes to how to help others, as well as teaching me to be responsible for my own actions, and how to build bonds that will last a lifetime." Finally, I wondered what he'll miss most. It's surprising that the most memorable things he listed weren't the big, one-off events like formal or retreat that many Brothers seem to enjoy most. "Whilst I will definitely miss simple things like chilling in Ollie's, or other Greeks such as the wonderful ladies at Alpha Pi Phi. But this question is an easy one. I will of course miss each and every one of my Brothers." To me, returning as an Active for just one more year, I think that's what I'll be most focused on; I know that once I graduate and potentially leave our Chapter, it's going to be the guys I spend so much of my time with that I'll genuinely miss most.

  • Leadership Conference 2018

    The Kappa Sigma Omicron-Pi chapter took on New Orleans this weekend, hoping to learn more about what it means to head a successful chapter at Kappa Sigma’s semi-annual leadership conference. Brothers Troy Curtis (’16), Mauro Barone (’16), Oscar Levett (’16), Rayhan Memon (’16), Zameer Masjedee (‘12), and Cole Hickman (’17) were all part of the 1800 brothers in attendance from over 400 chapters. As delegates, the brothers attended workshops which were held on Saturday, focusing on key areas that the Kappa Sigma Fraternity are hoping to improve this year. These included a workshop outlining the new standardized pledging process, a workshop on more successful recruitment, and workshops for the various executive committee roles, which were intended to ready those interested in executive committee positions in the coming year, and to provide answers for questions those already in executive roles had. With the workshops complete, the brothers sat down to a hearty meal and an awards ceremony filled with Omicron-Pi appearances. A handful of the videos prepared for the conference were filmed and edited by Brother Curtis (’16) and Brother Martin Klemes (‘10), an alumnus of the O-P chapter. They also took over the awards ceremony, with 4 brothers earning awards. Brother Christian Calpito (’16) was officially recognized as a Master of the Ritual, one of only 22 brothers to do so this year. Brother Oliver Nacey (‘14) earned the Outstanding Grand Master award, Brother Martin Klemes (‘10), an Outstanding Alumnus Advisor award, and Brother Troy Curtis (’16) an Outstanding Grand Scribe award. Omicron-Pi hopes to use the skills and contacts earned from the conference to make this 18-19 year the biggest and most successful year for the chapter to date.

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  • Kappa Sigma Carleton University | Ottawa

    Winter Rush Schedule Join Us! KAPPA SIGMA Omicron-Pi Chapter at Carleton University est. 2007 Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 250,000 living members, including over 17,000 undergraduates and nearly 300 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma International Headquarters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Omicron-Pi Chapter at Carleton University was founded in 2007 and has since been the brotherhood of more than 300 members. We are one of the largest, most active, and dominant organizations on campus and also the top Canadian Chapter for our Fraternity. From the social scene to our academics, to our community service and campus leadership, our chapter is the strongest organization on campus. Read More About Us Why Kappa Sigma? To get the most out of your university experience Learn More What is Rush? Rush is the recruitment period where we host a number of events for you to meet and get to know the brotherhood Learn More FAQ FAQ for students and parents Learn More Opportunities Find out how you can get involved in our fraternity as a brother Learn More World's Largest Social College Fraternity 30 Active Omicron-Pi Members 10 New Omicron-Pi Initiates in Fall 2021 >250,000 Living Members in North America >300 Active Chapters in North America $30,311 Raised for the Canadian Cancer Society in 2019 Our Values Fellowship Want to get more from your college experience? Kappa Sigma makes it happen. Joining Kappa Sigma provides opportunities for fellowship, fun, and personal growth that you simply can’t get elsewhere. Over 280,000 men have joined and enjoyed the unmatched experiences, involvement, and lifelong brotherhood that Kappa Sigma offers. There is no secret…our goal is to build better men. Leadership Take the lead. In Kappa Sigma, brothers learn to get involved in their communities and take the lead when something needs to be done. Countless brothers, including senators, governors and CEOs, have said Kappa Sigma gave them the leadership skills they needed to succeed. Scholarship You’re in college for an education. From its earliest beginnings in Renaissance Italy, Kappa Sigma has promoted scholarships among its members. Since its inception, over $4.5 million in scholarships have been awarded by the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund to brothers who excel in academics, campus involvement, and leadership. At the chapter level, brothers help you learn about the campus, provide advice on professors and classes, and help you study for those important assignments. Service Helping others is part of being a Kappa Sigma. Brothers spend thousands of hours working in their communities and raise thousands of dollars for worthy causes each year. From organizing park clean-ups to serving as Big Brothers to organizing charity rock concerts, Kappa Sigmas work hard for their causes. College is fun, but only service gives you the great feeling of knowing you’ve helped someone and made a difference. Rush Kappa Sigma Come out to our rush events this January to learn more about our brotherhood and get to know our brothers. Join Now!

  • BROTHERS | kappasigmacarleton

    The Brothers of Omicron-Pi Active Brothers Aeddon Monette Al-Mustapha Abubakar Alex De Couteau-Nedd Andrew Pierre-Pierre Anthony Nguyen Antonio Kutlarovski Artur Gomes Austin Sandstrom Ben Lindgren Cameron Davis Christopher Carwardine David Huber Dharshatharan Jayatharan Aronan Diego Tehada-Brol Dol Hosakul Eitan Brooke Eliud Mekuria Gavin D'Eon J.R Jimenez Jacob Lyon Jaden Slawter Joe Sanchez John Parra Jonathan Gilberg Jonathan Moore Joshua Jasek Julien Neron-Bonneau Justin Lopez Laith Alamleh LeBron Maverevedze Liam LeBlond Manuel Inziani Matt Lopez Michael Aide Michael Ionescu Michael Pierre-Pierre Miko Gloriani Mumtahin Farabi Naod Habte Nicholas Leonardo Nolan Gardner Rafi Mamdani Raha Bassidh Riley Brothers Robbie Yelland Scott Cameron Sebastian Alvarez Shaw Xiu Stefano Nicastro Tyger Louis

  • POLICY | kappasigmacarleton

    Sexual Violence and Prevention Policy and Reporting For questions, concerns, or submissions please email our President at gm@kappasigmacu.org . Sexual Violence and Prevention Policy Documents Click on the PDF icons to view/download the documents Part A - Policy Part B - Procedure Reporting an Incident If you would like to report a sexual violence incident, use the appropriate form from one of the following. Please make sure you read the documents above to understand our policies and procedure around reporting an incident. Click on the PDF icon to view/download the form, fill it out and submit it by email to our President through the following email: gm@kappasigmacu.org Reporting by Self Reporting on Survivor's Behalf (You must have consent from the survivor to fill out this form)

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