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College banners from Sigma Phi deck out Memorial Room

Willard Straight Hall's Memorial Room has received a facelift, with 13 new college banners -- and a set of red-and-white spacer banners -- hanging from its ceiling, thanks to a gift from the alumni of the Cornell chapter of the fraternity Sigma Phi Society.

The banners, presented Sept. 11 to Dean of Students Kent Hubbell, Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy and Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Charles Phlegar, replace a set of banners that were presented to Cornell in 1990, also from Sigma Phi.

"The new banners are new material and also fire retardant," said Daniel Mansoor '79, MBA '80, who presented the gift on behalf of the fraternity alumni.

Every college is represented with its updated logo on its own banner, Mansoor said, noting that the set includes banners for Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and in Qatar.

Mansoor and other Sigma Phi alumni attending the Memorial Room presentation were on campus to celebrate the completion of a major facilities campaign to restore and renovate Sigma Phi's 75-year-old West Campus home at 1 Forest Park Lane.

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