SYMBOLS AND TRADITIONS
When placed together our three Greek Letters Α, Σ, and Φ create the name of our Fraternity. Alpha (Α), Sigma (Σ), and Phi (Φ – pronounced Fi) are our most recognized symbol.
Use of Greek Letter Insignia
Our Greek letters represent the Fraternity and can be placed on shirts, merchandise, or banners. Our letters can also be placed on Greek week t-shirts, philanthropy shirts, or shirts where other Greek organizations name are present. Typically a man is first able to wear our “letters” after he participates in the Pledge Ceremony. Chapters, Associations, and House Corporations are encouraged to use the Greek Letters on stationary.
The Coat-of-Arms of Alpha Sigma Phi consists of four components: a crest, a twist, a shield and a ribbon. Adorning the top of the crest is the Phoenix, the mythical bird, embroidered in gold with upraised wings. Below the Phoenix, the twist is made of three segments, alternating silver and black.
The shield of Alpha Sigma Phi is quartered. The upper left quadrant and the lower right quadrant are fields of silver crossed by a black band with three gold colored mullets (stars) spaced at proper intervals. The upper right quadrant is a field of gold supporting an open book, the pages of which hold five hieroglyphics and a pen. The lower left quadrant is a field gold containing a Greek column minus a capital. Beside the column an ancient lamp burns, and against the column's opposite side rests a wreath of laurel.
Beneath the shield presented upon the ribbon are the year of our founding and the open motto: “Causa Latet Vis Est Notissima.”
Use of Coat-of-Arms Insignia
Only initiated members of the Fraternity are permitted to wear the Fraternity’s Coat-of-Arms. The Coat-of-Arms can be used on banners, t-shirts, posters, or in the masthead of a newsletter. Chapters, Associations, and House Corporations are not permitted to use the Coat-of-Arms on stationery.
The Seal of Alpha Sigma Phi contains the shield as it appears on the membership badge with the open book in white, the five hieroglyphics and pen. Beneath the book are the Greek letters Α Σ Φ. A double circle, in which appears the open motto: “Causa Latet Vis Est Notissima”, surrounds the shield. On a band or scroll connecting or crossing the circles under the lower apex, is the year of our founding.
Use of Seal Insignia
Only initiated members of the Fraternity are permitted to wear the Fraternity’s Seal. The Seal can be used on banners, t-shirts, posters, or in the masthead of a newsletter. Chapters, Associations, and House Corporations are not permitted to use the Fraternity's Seal on stationery.
It is quite appropriate that the Phoenix plays a prominent role in our Coat-of-the Arms for the story of our Society mirrors that of the Phoenix. The Phoenix is a bird from ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Arabian mythology. According to the Greeks, the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well. Every morning at dawn, the sun god would stop his chariot to listen to the bird sing a beautiful song while it bathed in the well.
The Phoenix is described as a heron in Egypt, but is usually depicted as a peacock or eagle like bird with red and gold plumage. According to legend, only one Phoenix could exist at a time. Every 500 or so years when it felt its end coming, the Phoenix would build a nest to be used as a funeral pyre. The old Phoenix is then consumed in flames and burned to ashes while a new Phoenix subsequently rises from the funeral pyre. This process is said to symbolize the rising and setting of the sun.
Throughout the ages, the Phoenix has come to symbolize endurance, courage, immortality, resurrection and life after death. It also later appeared in medieval Christian writings as a symbol of death and resurrection. Thus, the Phoenix serves as an apt symbol for the Old Gal who has also had to display similar courage and endurance throughout its own history to “rise again from the ashes.”
Use of Phoenix Insignia
In 2008, the Fraternity released an updated version of the Phoenix that was designed by Brother Leonardo Ramos, Miami ’03. The four color logo was designed for fun, but was also intended for use with expansion and recruitment materials. In the fall of 2008, the Fraternity produced a recruitment tool kit that including several products featuring the new logo. Those products are available through Fraternity Headquarters.