Local Founding

In 1854, only three years after the founding of the University of the Pacific, Thomas H. Laine, along with Joseph Hammer, John Owen, and John C. Hester, formed a literary society known as the Archania Literary Society. 

As a literary society, the group often engaged in debates on matters of national and local importance. The most controversial subject for debate at the time was the issues of States' rights. A majority of the membership at that time was composed of men from Southern extraction. The debates of the society gradually became more and more intense until November 23, 1858 when the men with Northern sympathies in Archania broke away and formed the Rhizomia Literary Society. The Archania Literary Society then adopted the Confederate flag as its official symbol.

Late in the 1800's the society fell on hard times. Because of the growing dissent on the Pacific campus, almost two thirds of the Pacific students staged a mass migration to the newly opened Stanford Campus. When the tempers had cooled, Archania found that she had two members left, but the chapter persevered and recruited enough members to re-establish itself. In 1924, Archania and the rest of the campus were moved from its Santa Clara area to its present location in Stockton. In 1925, upon the recommendation of Dr. Fred Farley, a professor of Ancient Languages, Archania chose the letters Alpha Kappa Phi as her Greek symbols and became a social fraternity.

Archania continued to operate as a social fraternity until the late 1990s when problems began to manifest themselves in the chapter. The university pressured Archania to affiliate with a national fraternity. After an exhaustive search, Archania's members chose Sigma Chi. Select members of Archania were chosen to be part of the Kappa Sigma chapter's Alpha pledge class. The colonization process began in 2001 and after an intense two years the chapter was officially installed.

The chapter recently celebrated it's ten year anniversary on March 30th, 2013. Over 80 alumni brothers attended the event, showcasing that the teachings of Sigma Chi are lifelong and extend far beyond a member's years as an undergraduate.