The Origin of Rho Sigma


Rho Sigma was inspired by the Fall 1934 Tiger football season.
Despite a brutal schedule and injuries to key players, the Tigers won
the state championship with a dramatic, rain-soaked win over arch
rival Henderson. Twenty-five campus leaders -- including almost
every football player and varsity athlete -- banded together to
keep the Tiger Spirit engendered by that season alive. The
result was Rho Sigma, Ouachita's first recognized social club.

Called Red Shirts after the football tradition of putting red
practice jerseys on important players, the members of
Rho Sigma made their campus debut on Wednesday,
March 6, 1935 wearing red shirts, white ties, white trousers,
and white shoes. Red Shirts have continued to celebrate
Founders Day by wearing their letters and colors each
Wednesday and by hosting the annual Founders Day
Banquet on or near March 6th.

Other social clubs soon adopted the practice of wearing their
colors on Wednesday. "Red Shirts Day," as it originally was called,
was the foundation for today's Club Color Day. This set the pattern.
Red Shirts innovate; others imitate or duplicate.