Sig Ep Makes UNC a Special Place

Thank you to Robert Sherril '73 for participating in this Q&A.

Why did you join Sig Ep as an undergraduate?
My older brother George '71 was a brother and I knew they were a great group of guys already.

What is the funniest memory from your Sig Ep days?
I'm not sure of the statute of limitations on some things but one of the pranks I remember well was the placement of a chemical concoction near the vents of a rival fraternity. It caused an evacuation of their house but unfortunately brought out the fire department to check on it. It was harmless but we could only laugh about it among ourselves.

What is the single fondest memory you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren?
I've been to a lot of places around the world and in the US. It's a fact that Chapel Hill is a special place.

Have you visited Chapel Hill graduation?
I didn't even attend my own graduation. I graduated in July and left that day to report for duty in the Navy.

What about your membership in Sig Ep makes you the most proud?
As an undergraduate, I thought we had some of the most talented and interesting people I knew. Nearly forty years later that opinion hasn't changed.

Do you have any Spring Break or road trip stories with your brothers?
Our pledge trip to DC was interesting as the brothers, primarily Bob Slaughter '73 came up with clever ways to challenge and embarrass us but we managed to figure it all out and get it done.

Share a story of a recent reunion or plans for an upcoming one with your Sig Ep brothers:
We had our 35th a few years ago. Vince Durham '73 organized it and it was great.

What was your favorite part about Spring Semester?
Every semester was good to me. One of the few things I was ahead of the curve on. I knew Carolina was going to be the best years of my life then.

What was your fraternity nickname and how did you get it?
My brother was called Guinea. I simply became Little Guinea. Some brothers still call me that today.

How would your life be different today if you had never joined Sig Ep?
I wouldn't know the people I do and that would be a loss.

Where has life taken you since graduation?
I served in the Navy and retired from the Reserve. Became a CPA and have worked primarily for two banks. The Bank of Boston and JP Morgan Chase where I've been for the last twenty years.

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Cherishing the Friendships Made at Sig Ep

Why did you join Sig Ep as an undergraduate? I was looking for a personal experience -- small fraternity, close friends -- on a large campus and I found it at Sig Ep. I was the first person from my hometown in South Carolina to attend UNC in decades, and I didn't care for the impersonal atmosphere of Morrison Dorm, where I lived my first semester. Additionally, my brother had been in a fraternity at Wake Forest and I knew what a positive experience it had been for him.

What is the funniest memory from your Sig Ep days? We shared so many laughs and good times that it would be impossible to single one out.

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Charlie Engle '84

Charles Engle 1984- Addicted to Adventure

Charlie Engle has made many tough decisions since his days as a Sig Ep at Carolina, and a decision he made last year was like many others in his life. It required a leap of faith. It was three o'clock in the morning as Charlie and his team moved quickly along the banks of a river deep in the remote wilderness of Borneo. They had plotted a course down the river to the next checkpoint in an expedition endurance race called Eco-Challenge that pitted 76 international teams of athletes against one of the most hostile environments in the world. Half of the teams didn't finish the race and for those that did, the competition was often more a matter of survival than trying to win.

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