LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi will be reenacting one of their oldest rituals on Saturday, February 19, 2011, in front of the fountain on the Lock Haven University campus. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The Ritual is called the Black Lantern Processional, which was born in the mid-1800ís at Yale University. Members march in total silence wearing dark hooded robes, carrying lanterns.
The processional has been passed down from the early days at Yale where it was used to announce candidates that had been selected for membership. The solemn ceremony is still carried out today by many chapters of Alpha Sigma Phi. It is used as a memorial for deceased brothers and to commemorate the Fraternityís or chapters founding.
Additional information is available from Chris West, cell 570-793-3122.
Those watching are asked to respect the solemnity of the ceremony.