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Resolve to make a resolution. Not having to do with New Years...

Resolution is the noun form of the verb resolve, derived from the Latin resolvere, "to loosen, undo, settle." We can still see this meaning of resolution in the sense of "an explanation" or "a solution" — when a problem, conflict, or mystery reaches its resolution, it has been "undone," so to speak.

If you have been paying attention, Sigma Phi Society has been working to resolve a conflict for the past few years. In our Society, there is a process for Conflict resolution that is part of every brother's commitment to being part of our Society. Sometimes it is followed and sometimes it is not. The most recent conflict was about changing the way our society has been operating for almost 200 years. The process for resolution was followed as closely as possible until the conflict was made public and an outside process was engaged in an effort to come to a resolution. The public conflict resolution process was expensive and can be understood by reading the most recent "Flame."

The most important thing about this story is that the efforts that have been expended over the past four years were engrained in the Spirit of Sigma Phi. These efforts have never ended in the revocation of an active chapter charter. We can only hope that this situation does not happen again. If it does, we will always treat them with the pillars of our Society - FRIENDSHIP, LOVE AND TRUTH!

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Thomas Geraci
Thomas Geraci
Jan 19, 2023

As an Alpha of Michigan alum (M'76) I have followed this train wreck the past four years. Some very prominent alumni have worked to avoid this horrid outcome. Others such as myself have made minor efforts to save the Alpha of Michigan. The depth of mixed emotions is not easily expressed. Many of us older alums have evolved, I have cared for many transgender patients, and daily take care of members of the LGBQT community. In the 1970's my Sigma Phi brothers', and I, could never understand or accept members of these communities. All that stated, this has been painful as hell to this alum.

Kurt Haigis
Kurt Haigis
Jan 20, 2023
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Thanks for your thoughts, Thomas. It has been difficult for most of us. The good news is; this is not the end of the Alpha of Michigan Active Chapter. There is always a way back. There is still a graduate chapter of the Alpha of Michigan. Stay involved and work to rejuvenate the Michigan Chapters.

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