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Brother Stanley Patchell Enters Chapter Eternal

Stanley Patchell Chapter Eternal

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Brother Jim Musgrave Enters Chapter Eternal

Jim Musgrave Beta Phi 1962
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3rd in a series of informative articles - Pledge Period

Some might ask the purpose of the no social activities with alcohol during the period of pledge pinning to initiation. So many of the recent deaths, let alone incidents at universities resulting in judicial action were a result of forced alcohol consumption during pledgeship. This has resulted in our university partners equating pledgeship with excessive alcohol consumption and hazing, as I have stated in the recent most article. We must break this linkage and the thought that perception is reality.

By making a stand that we take pledge education so seriously as to make it a priority over social activities with alcohol, we are making a positive step in the eyes of our partners. The chapter can have as many activities at the house without alcohol as it wants and that is encouraged. They cannot have any activities with alcohol during this period, but with the new policies effective 2/1, no events can happen without a licensed, third-party vendor anyway.

As of 8/1, no hard alcohol is allowed at a social function at the house period. Pledges (who for the most part are under 21 anyway) are not allowed to drink anyway and cannot be at an off-campus location where hard alcohol is being served. Actives may use hard alcohol at off-campus locations, but cannot bring it to the house or be intoxicated and be at the house.

Sigma Chi Fraternity is taking a stand. We hold our pledge period to be an important part of a lifetime in Sigma Chi. It is about preparing them for the Ceremonies of Initiation and reconciling them to our values and ideals. Please join me in supporting this new policy.

Brother Ward Enters Chapter Eternal

Ward


Brother Jim Ward, Beta Phi, ‘60, a UA baseball pitcher and rancher, died Jan. 7, 2018 in Abilene, Texas. He was 78. 

Brother Ward won 30 games for the Wildcats between 1958-60, which ranks him fifth in career wins. He won 13 games in 1960 and led the Wildcats to the College World Series, where he was named to the all-tournament team. He also ranks 10th in career strikeouts with 292.

 The Wildcats’ coach, Frank Sancet, Beta Phi ’33 coached Ward and his catcher was All-American Alan Hall, Beta Phi ’60. Several other Sigs played with Ward, including Mike Longo, Linn Wallace, Charlie Shoemaker, John Colyer, Bill Barraclough, Bob Wilson and Jim Geist.

Brother Ward played pro baseball for nine seasons in the minor leagues, running up a record of 88 wins and 84 losses with an ERA of 3.57.

He was inducted into the Wildcats Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

At that time, Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen noted that Ward was given to finishing most conversations with the two-word declaration:  ‘Bear Down.’ ”

“Isn’t that strange for a man who graduated from college 54 years ago? Bear Down? Still?

“Ward isn’t one to be awed or cling to an old rallying cry unless it has a deep meaning. He routinely shared a dugout at Dodger Stadium with Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. He struck out 16 Oklahoma State batters in the College World Series. He raised cattle. Owned a printing company. Graduated from the UA by taking 21 units his final semester.

“There isn’t much Jim Ward hasn’t seen. His baseball career was delayed while he learned to be a soldier at Fort Ord. His first wife, Nancy, died of cancer 22 years ago. He lost his first ranch, his cattle business, after four years of a Texas drought.

“Can you imagine what it would take to move a man to tears after all that?”

“It was a phone call from (UA associate athletic director) Phoebe Chalk in August,” he says. “I thought, ‘Well, they’re going to ask me for some money,’ but that wasn’t it at all. She said, ‘Congratulations, Jim, you’ve been elected to the UA Sports Hall of Fame.’ ”

Ward broke down in tears.

“I was speechless,” he told Hansen. “I started bawling. My son was in the room, and he said, ‘What’s the matter, are you OK?’ I just couldn’t express myself, but, you know, it’s the greatest thrill of my baseball life.”

“Much like predecessors Lee, Thomas and Baldwin, Ward became a Big Game pitcher.” Hansen wrote. “He went 30-7 in 39 career starts, including a breakout 13-1 season in 1960 when he was itching to pitch against defending national champion Oklahoma State in Omaha.” He struck out 16 Cowboys and beat them 2-1.

 “My years at Arizona set the foundation for my life,” Ward told Hansen. “I’ve had a lot of adventures, but as I think back, almost nothing was as satisfying as the day I got my degree. My mom and dad were in the audience. They were so proud. I was a Wildcat for life.

All Honor to His Name.

Brother John Colyer Enters Chapter Eternal

Colyer

Brother John Colyer, Beta Phi ‘59, a baseball player at the UA and a businessman, died  June 14, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 80.

Brother Coyle was born Jan. 27, 1937, in Phoenix. After graduation from North Phoenix High School in 1955, he attended the UA where he played varsity baseball from 1956-59 under Brother and coach Frank Sancet and joined Sigma Chi, where he became Consul. He received a degree in mechanical engineering.

He served briefly in the US Air Force and then went on to a career in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning industry until his retirement in 2006.

His wife, Virginia Kay, predeceased him in 2015.  He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.

All Honor to His Name.