Often called the most beloved and popular of college fraternity songs, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" was written in 1911 by Byron D. Stokes (Albion, Class of 1913) and F. Dudleigh Vernor (Albion, Class of 1914). Stokes had written the words while in class one June day that year, and presented them that afternoon to Vernor, who was practicing the piano in a local house, and composed the music at that time. The song has since become a favorite among ballroom orchestras and was used in two movie musicals of the same name, in 1933 and 1946. When asked about the song's inspiration, Stokes replied, "The 'Sweetheart' is the symbol for the spiritual ingredient in brotherhood. It was the Sigma Chi Fraternity itself that inspired the song. I wrote the words not long after my initiation, and the magic of our Ritual with its poetic overtones and undertones was, I suppose, the source of my inspiration". The original musical composition remained on campus until 2007 when it was lost and not recovered.
The song was first sung by Harry Cliford (Albion '11), who later drew the cover for the original sheet music published by Vernor's brother Harry Vernor (Albion '13). The song became a big band hit, has been performed in film and television, and continues to be recognized around the world. Through the years many people have tried to pin the title of "original sweetheart" on many women, however the two most likely candidates are Elsie Munro (Vernor's girlfriend) and Helen Beall Russell, who lived next to the old chapter house. Either way since then the concept of the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi has gained popularity all across the world with the adoption of sweethearts at every chapter and even an international sweetheart.
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Sad? Lonely? Worried?
Wist u dat de God van u houdt?
Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime?
Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?
Avete saputo che il Dio li ama?
Você soube que o Deus o ama?
¿Usted sabía que el Dios le ama?
Știați că Dumnezeu te iubește?
Знаете ли вы, что Бог любит вас?
Visste du att Gud älskar dig?
Czy wiesz, że Bóg cię kocha?
האם אתה יודע שאלוהים אוהב אותך?
هل تعلم أن الله يحبك؟
Знаете ли, че Бог ви обича?
Jeste li znali da vas Bog ljubi?
Ĉu vi scias, ke Dio amas vin?
Kas teadsite, et Jumal armastab sind?
Alam mo ba na nagmamahal ka ng Diyos?
Γνωρίζατε ότι ο Θεός σας αγαπά;
क्या आप जानते हैं कि भगवान ने तुम्हें प्यार करता है?
Tudtad, hogy Isten szeret téged?
Tahukah Anda bahwa Jesu mengasihi Anda?
당신은 하나님이 당신을 사랑 있다는 사실을 알고 계셨습니까?
Ar žinote, kad Dievas jus myli?
Eğer Tanrı sizi seviyor olduğunu biliyor muydunuz?
Bạn có biết rằng Thiên Chúa yêu thương bạn?
האט איר וויסן אַז גאָט ליב איר?
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice -- the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.
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