Every RPI student and alum has invariably heard the term ‘Tute Screw’ often used metaphorically and also embodied as an actual object. No one knows who coined the term or how long it has been in use, but the object itself has a documented origin. In the Fall of 1949, Sigma Phi Epsilon awarded the first ‘Tute Screw in a ceremony on the ’87 Field. Three hooded fraternity brothers known as “The Order of the Royal Screw” presented the “trophy” to the freshmen class. The freshmen were so awarded as losers of the Grease Rush. The screw was then placed on display at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house.
Have you ever seen this object? Do you think Sigma Phi Epsilon still has it?
Note: A different ‘Tute Screw trophy has been awarded to the Meanest Man on Campus in recent years.