Beta Epsilon Gamma Gamma Alpha Rho Sigma ( Jesuit )

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Beggars, Beta Epsilon Gamma, Gamma Alpha Rho Sigma
Founded December 20, 1923; 91 years ago
Loyola University New OrleansUSA
Type Social
Scope Local
Mission statement The Beggars fraternity is dedicated to promoting brotherhood among its members as well as their spiritual, academic, and social betterment, and also that of the entire Loyola community..
Colors      Gold
Navy Blue
Symbol Triangle, Circle, Flash
Flower White Carnation
Nickname Beggars
Headquarters New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Beta Epsilon Gamma Gamma Alpha Rho Sigma (ΒΕΓΓΑΡΣ), established December 20, 1923, is the oldest Jesuit fraternity in theUnited States.[1] The Beggars Fraternity of Loyola University New Orleans is the first social fraternity at a Jesuit University.


Gardere Moore, on December 22, 1923, during the Christmas holidays, invited a number of Loyola students to his home to begin a fraternal organization. The new organization took the name “Beggars” in order not to be classified as a Greek letter fraternity. After the ban on fraternities was lifted, this name was transliterated into Greek. Future priest Francis L. Jannsen, was Director of Student Activities at Loyola, an office now known as Dean of Men.


The Men of Beggars have been an part of the campus since their founding as the first fraternity in 1923. Both the school’s newspaper and the Student Government Association were started by the Beggars.[citation needed]

The flag pole in front of Biever Hall, the stained glass window in Marquette Hall and the tile mosaic on the library were all donated to the school by the fraternity and their alumni.[citation needed]

The Men of the Beggars host Loyola’s oldest party: Beggars Blast and Loyola’s biggest party: Dark Carnival.[citation needed]


The Beggars Fraternity holds its membership to be an exclusive invitation requiring unanimous approval by the entire fraternity and therefore does not operate on quotas.[2]

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