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SIC SIC

SIC SIC

SIC SIC

Across the Bowling Green State University campus students are subjected to six masked students proclaiming school spirit through signs in black and red stating "SIC SIC SEZ…" This strange group of students is SIC SIC, a secret spirit organization on the Bowling Green State University campus.

SIC SIC was created October 5, 1946 at 12:45 AM. Seated in the dark room of BGSU's President Prout's office these six young men, Richard Oliver Harig, Erwin Potts, Gilbert Fox, Earl Mott, Max Hofmeisier and James Limbacher, anxiously waited to hear why they had been called to the President's office at such a late hour. Each one had received a secret letter earlier that day which told him to meet in the President's office at 12:45 AM and to destroy the letter as soon as he had read and memorized it. This letter bewildered the boys and piqued their curiosity. President Frank J. Prout, Dick Harig, a senior Sigma Alpha Epsilon member, and Reverend James Stoner, the campus minister, had met earlier in the year to discuss the need for more school spirit and had decided that a secret spirit organization was exactly what the school needed. President Prout went through the yearbook and hand picked the six men who would become the original "secret six." They had decided the new spirit organization would consist of two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.

Unfortunately, President Prout was unable to attend the secret meeting that night, as he was in the hospital due to health ailments, but Harig and Stoner came in his stead. All six young men agreed to join the group and felt honored to have been chosen for the position. The group knew that they must have a unique and original name in order for their organization to stand out, and so SIC SIC was created. The meaning of the name remains a secret, with only members and its alumni knowing what it stands for. The group also developed a constitution which laid out the standards of the organization and the rules governing its members. For instance, if the identity of a member is discovered before the proper time for unmasking, then that member must resign from the group and a new member will be put in his place. 

SIC SIC's unveiling occurred that same day at 3:00 AM. The Student Address System atop the Practical Arts Building (now Hayes Hall), announced the creation of SIC SIC and asked the students to attend the football game which would occur later that day.  The Secret Six gave the spirit organization a jump start by placing signs across campus proclaiming, "SIC SIC SEZ..." in black paint and in red paint, "BEAT," "MAUL," "DESTROY," the enemy, to encourage the athletes to defeat their opponents. In the spring the seniors of the group, Richard Oliver Harig and Erwin Potts were revealed to the student body at the Annual Honors Day Ceremony. In secret, SIC SIC tapped two members of the sophomore class to become new members of the secret six.

Today SIC SIC is still active on the University campus, posting their signs everywhere.  Its members are seen attending athletic events throughout the year, wearing their masks and overalls, cheering on the teams, and boosting the spirit of the student body. SIC SIC has survived throughout the decades and has continued to advocate school spirit across the BGSU campus with their attendance at athletic programs and constant barrage of "SIC SIC SEZ" signs.

Special Dates:

  • 1946 - SIC SIC is created, Saturday October 5, 1946, 12:45AM
  • 1951 - SIC SIC alumni hold their first meeting, November 3, 1951
  • 1953 - SIC SIC members begin to wear overalls and masks to disguise themselves
  • 1963 - President Jerome holds the first Homecoming SIC SIC Alumni Breakfast
  • 1973 - First female member is inducted into SIC SIC, Sara Sue (Stanley) Pagano
  • 1974 - SIC SIC Alumni present $15,000 to University to be used for a "SIC SIC Room" in the Mileti Alumni Center and to begin a SIC SIC scholarship
  • 1986 - SIC SIC celebrates its 40th Anniversary
  • 2009 - SIC SIC members still active and promoting immense school spirit across the BGSU campus

The following are the names of all graduated SIC SIC members and honorary SIC SIC members from 1946-2009:

1947 Rev. Richard Oliver Harig
Erwin Potts
1986 Andy Hogan
Robert Wade
1948 Gilbert Fox
Earl Mort
1987 Steve Macionsky
Tim Noonan
1949 Max Hofmeister
James Limbacher
1988 John Heicher
Greg Kiesel
1950 Myron Jackson
Alan Rosenberg
1989 Chris Hottois
Mark Murphy
1951 Richard Doll
John Wilson
1990 Dan Schuller
Angie Scott
Scott Springer
1952 Rev. Howard C. Hahn, Jr.
Robert Taylor
1991 Julie Johnson
Dan Mordarski
1953 John Grossman
Dr. Alan Nicholas
1992 Roger McCarthy
Dave Underwood
1954 William Bittner
Jerry Helwig
1993 Frances Ackerman
Mike Sears
1955 Roger N. Kasten
Samuel J. Martin
1994 Brady Gaskins
Lisa Larkin
Barb Neal-Roose
1956 Bradley S. Greenberg
Dr. Robert Lee Smith
1995 Jason Peters
Lynn Scheloske
1957 Fred Ashley
Donald L. Phinney
1996 Brian D'Aurelio
Tina Poeppelman
1958 Douglas Eggleston
Dr. Edward H. Ward
1997 Nathan Green
Bethanee Fitch
1959 Allan R. Greenberg
Dr. Norman Nunamaker
1998 Jeremy Baker
Amy Schuller
1960 C. Ramond Marvin
R. Morse Sanderson
1999 Joseph Dose
Jamie Carr
1961 Edwin Shirkey
Keith Trowbridge
2000 Michael Meuti (Moodie)
Melissa Baranecky
1962 R. Joseph McNamara
Lynn Yackee
2001 Darin Hohman
Jennifer Kinser
1963 Robert Dimling
Dr. J. David Hunger
2002 Nici Tomei
Nick Clark
1964 Robert W. Chrism
Dennis Scott McGurer
2003 Gary Novotny
Jessica Leibold
1965 Phillip Airulla
James Helwig
2004 Jennifer Berecek
Joshua Schneider
1966 Jack Baker
James P. Oliver
2005 Brady Bourquin
Emily Reeves
1967 Thomas Liber
Fitz Edward Otis, II
2006 Greg Edwards
Bridget Ridal
1968 Richard Helwig
Thomas Hennings
2007 Erica Ott
Ryan Rango
1969 Lee McClelland
Tom Parrish
2008 Carla Bertoldi
Dawn Cheney
1970 Jon Laffery
Roger McGraw
2009 Preston Reilly
Shannon Zavracky
1971 Michael Munholland
Thomas Vogtsberger
2010 Sara Dariano
Anthony Armstrong
1972 Thomas Carr
William Najdecki
2011 Drew Campbell
Samantha Martin
1973 Kirk Phillip
Gary Smith
Sara Sue Stanley
2012 Tabi Alexander
Bryce Richey
1974 P. Michael Curtisv
William Miller
2013  
1975 Stephen Beeson
William Weber
2014  
1976 Chris Tobey
John Ziemke
2015  
1977 Stephen Curtis
Joseph Fragnoli
2016  
1978 Steve Fletcher
James Snow
2017  
1979 Frank Aveni
Mark Petrilli
2018  
1980 Robert Carlson
Steve Shutt
2019  
1981 Steve Evanko, Jr.
Drew Forhan
2020  
1982 Robert Apelet
Brad Seaman
2021  
1983 Ronald Coates
James Mariano
2022  
1984 Douglas Canovas
Anthony Zurca
2023  
1985 Larry Blake
Jeff N. DeMuth
2024  

Honorary Members

  • Cary Brewer
  • Jill A. Carr
  • Carol A. Cartwright
  • Gregg Decrane
  • Richard Edwards
  • Kim Ellis
  • Michael J. Ginsburg
  • William T. Jerome
  • Helen Ladd
  • Robert Mazur
  • Hollis Moore, Jr.
  • Frank J. Prout
  • Paul J. Olscamp
  • Mark Sirower
  • Timothy Smith
  • Larry Weiss