Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity
CHAPTER ROLL OF ALPHA OMICRON P I
P i — H . Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, La.
Nu—New York University, New York City.
Omicron—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—University of California, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Jackson College, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—University of Maine, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Cornell University, Ithaca, N . Y.
Rho—Northwestern University, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
Iota—University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Tau—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N . Y.
Upsilon—University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Montana State College, Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Phi—University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
New York Alumnae—New York City.
San Francisco Alumnae—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I .
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumnae—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans Alumnae—New Orleans, La.
Minneapolis Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn.
Bangor Alumnae—Bangor, Me.
Portland Alumnae—Portland, Ore.
Puget Sound Alumnae—Seattle, Wash.
Knoxville Alumnae—Knoxville, Tenn.
Lynchburg Alumnae—Lynchburg, Va.
DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS
Jessie Wallace Hughan, Alpha '98, 61 Quincy St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Helen St. Claire Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha '90, 118 W . 183rd St., New
Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha '98, Hotel Maryland, San
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha '98, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N . J .
Grand President, Isabelle Henderson Stewart (Mrs. B. F . , J r . ) , 2655 Wake-
field Ave., Oakland, C a l .
Grand Secretary and Registrar, Helen N . Henry, 430 W . 119th St., New York
Grand Treasurer, Lillian MacQuillin McCausland ( M r s . Norman), 517 Angell
St., Providence, R . I .
Grand Vice-president, Daisy Gaus, 497 Halsey St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Grand Historian, Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Hotel Maryland, San
Auditor, Helen Dickinson Lange (Mrs. W. R . ) , Fallbrook, Cal.
Examining Officer, Lucy R . Somerville, 509 Central Ave., Greenville, Miss.
Chairman Committee on New Chapters, Viola Clark Gray, 1527 S. 33rd St.,
Editor-in-chief of T o DRAGMA, Mary Ellen Chase, 315 n t h Ave. S. E . , Minne-
Business Manager of To DRAGMA, Carolyn Fraser Pulling (Mrs. Arthur),
1314 Park Road N.W., Washington, D . C.
Delegate, Anna Estelle Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .
EDITORIAL BOARD OF TO DRAGMA
Editor-in-chief, Mary Ellen Chase, 315 n t h Ave. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Business Manager, Carolyn Fraser Pulling (Mrs. A r t h u r ) , 1314 Park Road
N. W., Washington, D. C .
Chapter Letters, Margaret June Kelley, 134 Cottage St., Norwood, Mass.
N . Atlantic District (N, A, T, B, X , * )
Marion Rich, 17 Lawrence St., Chelsea, Mass.
Southern District ( H , K , O, N K, N 0 )
Lucretia Jordan Bickley (Mrs. W. E . ) , 1516 Laurel Ave., Knoxville, Tenn.
N. E . Central District (9, P, I , B #, H )
Merva Dolsen Hennings (Mrs. A . J . ) , 2714 Central St., Evanston, 111.
N. W. Central District (Z, T , A * , * )
Viola Clark Gray, 1527 S. 23rd St., Lincoln, Neb.
Pacific District ( 2 , A, T )
Virginia Judy Esterly (Mrs. W . B . ) , 244 Alvarado R d . , Berkeley, Cal.
A L U M N A ASSISTANT EDITORS
Pi—Theodora Sumner, 1427 Delachaise St., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Cecile Iselin, Hotel San Remo, Central Park W . and 74th S t , New
Omicron—Roberta Williams Divine (Mrs. John), Faust St., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kappa—Clara Murray Cleland (Mrs. Jas.), I Arlington PI., Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Jane Piper, 1731 D St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Pearl Pierce, 2344 Fulton St., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Edna McClure, Elwood, Ind.
Delta—Margaret Durkee, 38 Professors' Row, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Rachel Winship Hall (Mrs. P. M.), Livermore Falls, Me.
Epsilon—Clara Graeffe, 255 McDonough St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Rho—Doris Wheeler, 639 Forest Ave., Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Constance Chandler, Los Felix and Hilhurst Sts., Hollywood, Cal.
Iota—Mabel Wallace, 7000 Eggleston Ave., Chicago, 111.
T a u — E l s a Steinmetz, 1917 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Frances Carter, 116 W a l l S t , Utica, N . Y .
Upsilon—Ruth Fosdick Davis (Mrs. A. B . ) , Goldendale, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Margaret Bentley (Mrs. W. P . ) , 4607 Gaston Ave., Dallas, Tenn.
Beta Phi—Lura Halleck, Rensselaer, Ind.
Eta—Elizabeth Pruett, Stoughton, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Ruth Noble Dawson (Mrs. E . E . ) , 315 n t h St., Great Falls,
Nu Omicron—Mary D . Houston, 2807 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—Anna W. Hanna, 2423 Sepviva St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Phi—Helen Gallagher, 1139 Tennessee St., Lawrence, K a n .
ALUMN.E ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGERS
Alpha—Julia Bolger, 1891 Madison Ave., New York City.
Pi—Mary T . Whittington (Mrs. G. P.), Alexandria, La.
Nu—Daisy Gaus, 497 Halsey St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Roberta Williams Divine (Mrs. John), Faust St., Chattanooga, Tenn
Kappa—Susia Mann (Mrs. Malcolm), 104 Federal St., Lynchburg, V a .
Zeta—Jane Piper, 1731 D St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Margaret H . Dudley (Mrs. C . D . ) , 2655 Wakefield Ave., Oakland.
Theta—Clara Dilts, Winamac, Ind.
Delta—Helen Rowe, 20 Vine St., Winchester, Mass.
Gamma—Muriel Colbath Wyman (Mrs. P . ) , 1739 Broad St., Providence, R. I-
Epsilon—Edith Cornell, 6740 Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Rho—Frances McNair, 512 Lee St., Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Irene Cuneo, 134 E l m St., San Mateo, Cal.
Iota—Nina Grotevant, Lake Charles, L a .
T a u — E d i t h Goldsworthy, 103 W . 52nd St., Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Lillian Battenfeld, Amsterdam, N. Y .
Upsilon—Carrie Bechen, McMinnville, Ore.
N u Kappa—Louise W . Zeek (Mrs. C . F . ) , Abbott Ave., Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—Juva Covalt, Greentown, Ind.
Eta—Helene Bowersox, Bryan, Ohio.
Alpha Phi—Grace Mclver, 115 n t h St., Great Falls, Mont.
N u Omicron—Katrina Overall, 1904 Acklen Ave., Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—-Evelyn H . Jefferies (Mrs. Lester), Narberth, Pa.
Phi—Edith A. Phenicie, Tonganoxie, Kan.
Pi—Anna McClellan, 2108 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Omicron—Melba Braly, U . of T . , Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Eleanor Manning, R. M. W. C , Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Mary Waters, 1325 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Bertha Beard, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, C a l .
Theta—Mary Thompson, A O I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Mary Grant, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Lula Hersey, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Mary Donlon, 308 Waite Ave., Ithaca, N. Y .
Rho—Velma Stone, 630 University PI., Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Carmelite Waldo, Stanford University, Cal.
Iota—Helen Brauno, 712 W. Oregon St., Urbana, 111.
T a u — L i l a Kline, 315 n t h Ave. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Ina Miller, A 0 I I House, Syracuse, N. Y .
Upsilon—Hazel Britton, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Jewell Hammons, S. M. U., Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—Mildred Begeman, A 0 I I House, Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—Irene Folckemer, 626 N . Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Minnie Ellen Marquis, 700 W. Alderson St., Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Sara Coston, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—Margaret Robinson, 5020 Greene St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Phi—Carroll McDowell, A 0 I I House, 1016 Ohio St.. Lawrence, K a n .
Pi—Corinne Chalaron, 1509 Pine St., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Virginia Mollenhauer, 167 Hewes St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Sadie Ramsey, U . of T . , Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Annie Moore, R. M. W. C , Lynchburg, V a .
Zeta—Florence Griswold, 1325 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Marian Black, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—June Morris, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Martha Walker, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Eveline Snow, Balentine Hall, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Dorothy Hieber, 308 Waite Ave., Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Margaret Arries, 5028 N . Clark St., Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Loraine West, Stanford University, Cal.
Iota—Leila Sheppard, 712 W . Oregon St., Urbana, 111.
Tau—Margaret Boothroyd, 315 n t h Ave. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Mildred Wright, A O I I House, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Maria Marchildon, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Lura Temple, S. M. U., Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—Ethel Bender, A O H House, Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—Gladys Beveridge, 626 N . Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Marcy Angell, Hamilton Hall, Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Wm. McKinley Shelton, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—Sylvia Sutcliffe, 32 W. Johnson St., Germantown, Pa.
Phi—Carroll McDowell, A O I I House, 1016 Ohio St., Lawrence, K a n .
New York Alumnae—Eva Marty, 601 W. 127th St., New York City.
San Francisco Alumnae—Kate Brown Foster, 2717 Hillegas Ave., Berkeley, Cal.
Boston Alumnae—Lennie Copeland, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
Providence Alumnae—Jennie Perry Prescott (Mrs. Harold S.), 12 Kossuh St.,
Pawtucket, R. I .
Los Angeles Alumnae—Florence Alvarez, 2180 W. 25th St., Los Angeles, Cal.
Chicago Alumnae—Vera Riebel, 6552 Yale Ave., Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Gertrude Jayne, 1318 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis,
New Orleans Alumnae—Rietta Garland, 1639 Anabelle St., New Orleans, L a .
Minneapolis Alumnae—Dorothy McCarthy, 3839 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis,
Bangor Alumnae—Imogene Wormwood, 202 Norfolk St., Bangor, Me.
Portland Alumnae—Caroline T . Paige, 772 Talbot R d . , Portland, Ore.
Puget Sound Alumnae—Cornelia Jenner, East Seattle, Wash.
Knoxville Alumnae—Lucretia Jordan Bickley (Mrs. W. E . ) , 1516 Laurel Ave.,
Lynchburg Alumnae—Anna Atkinson Craddock (Mrs. G . G . ) , 300 Norfolk Ave.,
StabU o f ( E n n t P t t t a
"Carry On" Mae Knight Siddell, 2 8
Putnam Valley 21
The Universitly of Pennsylvania 22
The Installation of Psi Chapter
A Panhellenic Magazine Ruth S. Cotton ' 26
The Installation of Phi Chapter
The University of Kansas Katherine Lyon Mix, E 31
', Hazel Ernst 34
The Quiet Corner v
Report of Grand Secretary, November 1, 1918 , 38
Additional L i f e Subscribers to To DRAGMA 38
Active Chapter Letters 79
Alumna Chapter Letters 85
To D R A G M A
VOL. X I V NOVEMBER, 1918 No. 1
To DRAGMA is published at 450-454 Ahnaip Street, Menasha, Wis., by George
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Do you realize that you are something very different f r o m
the chapters of two years ago? W h a t w i l l be your contribu-
tion to the general fraternity? Here is one suggestion which,
if followed, w i l l add immeasurably to the power and pleasure
and pride of your chapter. Make your chapter a S I N G I N G
C H A P T E R i n 1918-1919.
"The singing chapter is the live chapter." W e have heard
that more than once. I t is time to urge the working up of
interest in chapter singing. Sing at the table, sing at chapter
meetings, sing at banquets, sing every time you get a chance.
And when you sing, sing something worth while. There
is a real " l i f t " to i t when you sing words that mean some-
thing—that represent the S P I R I T which is the chief charm,
and the chief value, of f r a t e r n i t y life. Sing, S I N G , S I N G !—
Delta Upsilon Quarterly.
H TO DRAG MA OF ALPHA 0 MICRON PI
Undoubtedly all Alpha O's are mourning the demise of their music
committee! Just to show that we've lots of "kick" left, even though
we were temporarily listed among the casualties on account of war
and marriage, we're printing twelve songs in this issue. We hope
you'll all sing and sing them until you've given them a good trial.
When you're f u l l of "sing," sit down and write one more song and
send it along; for some day we are to have a new songbook and we
want in it only songs that we all like to sing. I f you can't write a
new song, write us a letter and tell us how you like these. We are
hungry for suggestions.
The songs we are printing were submitted or gathered in the spring
of 1917 when we were getting ready for Convention. Why the Con-
vention was given up is ancient history now, and the tug during 1917-
1 8 is known to you all. But because we all feel that now more than
ever we need the inspiration of Song, these are sent out to you like
the Biblical "bread upon the waters" and we're trusting they will
come back buttered.
You remember we promised a prize in ' 1 7 . That ten dollar bill
has undoubtedly purchased two war saving stamps by this time, for
no song was adjudged worthy the prize. We can't promise a reward
this time, but we might surprise you. So polish up your wits and
let's see i f we cannot publish a really first-class songbook, f u l l of
sparkling poetry and catchy melody.
Perhaps a hint as to the response from the chapters to our first
plea for songs will not be amiss now. We had twenty active chapters
then—from eleven we received replies but songs from only seven!
But that's ancient history, too, and long before we had the lesson of
100 per cent Americanism. The response this year, we feel sure, will
be 100 per cent for that is the way to put a songbook "over the top."
How can each chapter do its share? Here are some suggestions.
First, appoint a chapter musician. She should combine two charac-
teristics. I n the first place, she should be musical, of course, and in
the second place, and almost more important, she should be a "live
wire"! I want her to write me what she is doing to stir up interest
in singing in her chapter. I want to know, for instance, whether she
has a copy of our old songook published in 1906 and a copy of songs
published in To DRAGMA November, 1915, May, 1916, and Novem-
ber, 1916. Beside these she should have a book or two of familiar
songs because the H . C. L . is interfering with our printing music this
time, and we can only tell what tune to look up. I ' m going to
suggest that each chapter musician send f o r a copy or two of 55
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 9
Songs and Choruses for Community Singing, published by C. C.
Birchard and Company, Boston, Massachusetts, price ten cents. This
is a splendid edition and will be an inspiration, I know. Then use
imagination, inspiration, and perspiration and get the girls to sing-
ing ! Memorize the songs you like best, and tell me about them. I
want to become acquainted with each one of you musicians and your
Second, don't stop at appointing a chapter musician. Get busy!
Here are some of the songs we need. Can't you help by sending a
We need a beautiful poem to be set to music for use during initia-
tion. Elsewhere in this issue you'll find a lovely poem we'd like to
steal from the pen of Charles Kellogg Field. I t will perhaps be
suggestive to some poetic mind. Then we need a short, simple song
for grace before meals. A never-to-be-forgotten meal was one at
Mills College when 200 girls sang the Doxology behind their chairs.
I t created a beautiful atmosphere.
We need class songs. Freshmen, can't you give us one on the joys
of service!! Seniors, how about a parting song? Why not a w i l l ,
suggested by When I Leave the World Behind? Why don't we have
some Alpha O rounds ? Rounds are great fun to sing. There are a
number in the "Community Singing" book. We want a special song
for each chapter, too. We've been hearing for two years of "Rho
of Alpha O." Do send it on. Can some Rho girl send the music
to the whistle song? That is great, too good to keep, Rho. These
are offered merely as suggestions. You may have a pocket f u l l . I f
you have any, spend ten minutes and three cents, and let's see i f this
winter we can't weave a bond of song that will bind all Alpha O's
more closely together.
There never has been a time in our history when song has been so
emphasized. General Pershing says to send music along with food
and ammunition. I f the boys need it "over there," the girls need it
"over here," so "Carry on"!
MAE K N I G H T SIDDELL, 2 , 06,
Chairman of the Music Committee.
10 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
1. Once More United.
Set to Integer Vitae, words by FLORENCE LUCAS SANVILLE
2. Our Alpha 0.
Set to Cradle Song of Wellesley by Raymond, words by MARY
DANIELSON (A<£, '18).
3. Alpha 0micron Pi Hymn.
Words and music by CHARLOTTE M . H A L L ( Y , ' 1 7 ) .
4. Dear Alpha 0, in Varied Ways.
Set to Sun of My Soul, words by E T H E L H A U S M A N ( E ) . .
5. Goodnight Song. 4
Set to Stars of the Summer Night, words by VIRGINIA
WITHERS ( H , '09).
6. Pledging Song.
Set to How Can I Leave Thee, words by VIRGINIA WITHERS
7. To Alpha 0.
Words and music by H E L E N E . HARDY ( K ) .
8. Come Girls, Sing Girls.
Set to chorus of Sailing by Godfrey Marks, words by CHAR-
LOTTE H A L L ( Y ) .
9. A Chapter Ballad.
Set to Wait for the Wagon, words by VIRGINIA WITHERS
10. Convention Song.
Set to Russian Hymn, words by C A M I L L A JENNISON ( X , ' 1 2 ) .
1 1 . Reunion.
Set to Russian Hymn, words by C A M I L L A JENNISON
Set to The Wearing of the Green, words by A N N E T T E M A C
K N I G H T (A, ' 1 4 ) .
Set to Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms,
words by GERTRUDE J E N N I S O N ( X , ' 1 4 ) .
Once More United.
Florence Lucas Sanville (Alpha, '01). Hemming.
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2 Ere our disbanding,
In thy shelter standing,
Our pledges we renew
Alpha, thy work to do;
Thy precepts to observe,
Faithfully thee to serve
Our Alpha O.
Words by Air—"Cradle Song "—Wellesley.
May Danielson I Alpha Phi, '!8). Raymond.
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When weary, we may rest,
Finding in her the zest,
Setting us free.
Nothing our joy can hide
When we stand side by side
Singing with loyal pride,
Alpha, to thee;
Singing with loyal pride,
Alpha, to thee,
To our dear Alpha 0,
Our own sweet Alpha O.
Alpha Omicron Pi Hymn.
Maestoso. Words and Music by
Charlotte M. Hall (Upsilon. *I7).
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1 Faithful bond of friendship!
Glorious tie of love!
Our hearts by thee are kindled,
Drawn near the Great Above.
2 Jacqueminot, thy fragrance
Breathes a trust secure;
Inflames our longing spirits
Unto a life more pure.
3 May thy name, O Alpha!
Fair and spotless be;
Heads up, we'll march breast forward
For our Fraternity.
1 4 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
AN ALPHA O HYMN
TUNE: Sun of my Soul ETHEL HAUSMAN ( E )
Dear Alpha O, in varied ways
We laud thy name and sing thy praise I
Toward thee our hearts will ever yearn.
For thou dost all our love return.
As sisters must we ever strive
To aid each other to arrive
At our ideal's perfect goal,
A f u l l , expanded human soul.
May all our thoughts unselfish be
While we remain as one in thee,
And culture, gentleness, and truth
Be the preceptors of our youth.
To thee our praise and love we'll give,
But better far, for thee we'll live,
That Alpha O may ever be
Thy symbol of nobility!
T U N E : Stars of the Summer Night
Words by V I R G I N I A WITHERS ( I I , '09)
Come all ye spirits rare,
Loved faces ever fair,
Firm friends beyond compare,
Goodnight in Alpha O.
Goodnight in Alpha O.
Gay nonsense, frolic, fun,
Can time so quickly run?
E'er our parting one by one,
Goodnight in Alpha O.
Goodnight in Alpha O.
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Life, let not joys increase
Nor love nor labor cease
Until the evening's peace;
Goodnight then, Alpha O.
Goodnight then, Alpha O.
T U N E : How Can I Leave Thee
Words by V I R G I N I A W I T H E R S ( n , ' 0 9 )
H a i l pledges, enter; warm hearts await you here.
Our open door proclaims welcome sincere.
Long may the red and white,
Long may the ruby's light,
Wayfaring hearts invite
To Alpha O.
See round you gathered sisters and comrades true
See how the mystic ring now encircles you!
May you be strong to stand
Firm and faithful to our band
Hand struck in loyal hand
I n Alpha O.
Allegretto. To Alpha O.
Wordi and Music by
Helen S. Hardy (Kappa, 17).
Come sing a song to A l - pha, Come let i t
With even swing
rise to the sky; Come fill the world with the
prais - es 3^ Oh,
Of A l - pha Omi - cron Pi.
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Come drink a toast to Alpha,
Come l i f t your glasses nigh;
Here pledge your love to each sister,
In Alpha Omicron Pi.
Oh, Alpha, Alpha, Alpha,
Our hearts' truest love to thee,
We'll sing thy praise through endless days,
We pledge thee our loyalty.
18 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
COME GIRLS! SING GIRLS!
Music CHORUS of Sailing by Godfrey Marks
Words by CHARLOTTE H A L L ( Y , ' 1 7 ) .
Then here's to our red rose and here's to our jewel so bright!
We will banish care and sadness here tonight.
Alpha, Alpha, Alpha girls are we;
We're proud of thy name, we're proud of thy fame,
Our dear Fraternity!
Come girls! Sing girls!
Sing i t and then again!
We love thy name, we love thy fame,
Our dear Fraternity!
A CHAPTER BALLAD
T U N E : Wait for the Wagon
Words by VIRGINIA WITHERS ( I I , ' 0 9 )
A t Newcomb is a chapter, they call that chapter Pi,
And every girl's a cross between book-worm and butterfly.
Nu chapter is at New York U . of which we stand in awe;
For there the maidens are inclined to subjects like the law.
Close bound in Alpha,
Far and near in Alpha,
North or South or East or West,
It's $ M X !
Sigma out in Berkeley and Gamma down i n Maine
Face the oceans set apart by peak and rolling plain.
Nu Kappa down i n Texas, Epsilon at Cornell
Holds out a hand of fellowship and knows the grip right well.
Lambda lives at Stanford, at Syracuse is Chi,
A lively lot, so rumor says; they'll gladly tell you why.
Iota at the U . of I . , O loyal Illinois!
With Rho at great Northwestern can share her Alpha joy.
Montana State holds Alpha Phi, there's Theta at De Pauw,
As thriving chapters, so they say, as ever college saw.
Omicron of Tennessee, and Indiana's Beta Phi
W i l l slip a little nonsense in, on that you may rely.
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I f anybody tries to down our Upsilon of Seattle
Or plucky Minnesota Tau he'll simply lose the battle;
While grave old Jackson Delta says that Eta is so young
She'll have to make herself a name before i t can be sung.
Zeta of Nebraska has led us far along
And largely 'tis to her we owe that we can sing this song.
Then down in old Virginia see gracious Kappa wait
To welcome the convention that we all anticipate.
TUNE : Russian Hymn Words by C A M I L L A JENNISON (X, ' 1 2 )
We come from far and near
Yet we are sisters,
Loyal and true to dear Alpha O.
We stand together now
Pledging our allegiance
Honor to her we will ever show.
We see our banner wave
Proudly above us
Stirring each breast with its message so bright.
Ever our sacrifice
We pledge to thee, our dear red and white.
When we are far apart
Though hills divide us,
Yet we're united in thought and aim.
Living in charity
Purity and honor
Proving, dear Alpha O, we love thy name!
T U N E : Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Words by A N N E T T E M A C K N I G H T (A, ' 1 4 )
Once again we are meeting with handclasp so firm
And the warm glow of love in our eyes,
Sisters all, or from North or from South, East, or West,
For we're bound by the same dear loved ties.
May we strengthen each other and all lend a hand,
You may help me far clearer to see;
Alpha O will inspire each one of our band,
Joined together i n fraternity.
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T U N E : The Wearing of the Green
Words by A N N E T T E M A C K N I G H T (A, ' 1 4 )
Oh, oh, children dear and do you hear
The news that's going round?
'Tis Alpha O is here with us,
The finest ever found.
From East, from West, from North and South
They've come both thick and fast;
And each one has a smile so broad,
The kind that's sure to last 1
Convention here has brought them
Most a hundred thousand strong I
They're here because they're here, and gay
With laughter and with song.
But, oh, their hearts are warm, I know,
With what they mean to do.
I'm very glad I ' m one of them,
Now, tell me, aren't you?
T U N E : Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Words by GERTRUDE E. J E N N I S O N ( X , ' 1 4 )
Dear Alpha, we gather in friendship tonight.
And our vows of allegiance renew;
Oh, naught shall e'er alter thy place in our hearts.
To thee we shall ever prove true;
And where e'er our path leads, though afar we may roam,
Thy standards we'll always keep high,
And our love shall remain as tonight, deep and strong,
For thee, Alpha Omicron Pi.
When our pathways are severed, and we far apart
From this spot and these sisters so dear
Journey on through life's mazes and mysteries unknown,
Still thy memory will strengthen and cheer.
I n our thoughts and fond hopes Alpha foremost shall stand,
As the years in their swiftness pass by,
And with loyalty ever, our praise shall resound
To thee, Alpha Omicron Pi.
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One who from burdening thoughts had gained surcease,
I walked with heart uplifted and glad to see
Hillsides like old time-softened tapestry,
Farm-lands at term and eager for release.
Seeing the richness of the year's increase,
Why falls my mood short of felicity?
What's the dull pain that will not let me be?
Surely, I thought, the name of this place is Peace I
A h ! that's the word to set i t all in train:
Sudden and sharp as with the click of latch
What was concealed stands clear and is understood.
Peace? Look hard at that clump of trees again.
See where the dogwood flares like blazing thatch;
See how the sumach's branches drip with blood 1
JOANNA C . COLCORD, r , ' 0 6
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THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
A IIistorical Sketch
On November 13th, 1749, soon after the publication of a pamphlet
written by Benjamin Franklin and entitled "Proposals relating to the
Education of Youth in Pennsylvania," twenty-four public spirited
citizens of Philadelphia associated themselves for the purpose of
establishing an academy and "laying a Foundation for Posterity to
erect a Seminary of Learning more extensive and suitable to their
future Circumstances." One of their first acts was to negotiate for
the possession of a building constructed—in 1740, and intended as a
Charity School and "House of Publick Worship." This building
had been used for the second purpose as early as 1740, when the cele-
brated Whitfield preached in i t ; but the Charity School had never
been set in operation. The trustees conveyed it on February 1st,
1750, to the trustees of the academy by an indenture, which bound
the latter to keep a "House of Publick Worship" and also a "free
school for the instruction, teaching and education of poor children
or scholars within two years from the date of these presents"; and
which further provided that they "shall have f u l l power to found
such other school, academy, college or other seminary of learning"
as should not conflict with the original objects of the original trust.
Under these agreements, the trustees of the academy took possession
of the "New Building" as it was then called, fitted it up for its-
enlarged uses, engaged a rector and subordinate instructors, and
formally opened the academy in the presence of a distinguished com-
pany on January 7th, 1751. So successful was the undertaking that
in 1753 the trustees secured a charter for the academy.
Under the skillful training of the learned Rev. William Smith, the
highest class in this academy attained that proficiency which, in a
college course, would entitle it to a degree. Accordingly, two years
later, the proprietaries were again petitioned to convert the academy
into a college with the power to confer collegiate degrees. The first
commencement was held May 17th, 1757, when seven students
received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. I n the agitated times that
followed, during the wars with the French, the provost, Mr. Smith,
opposed so vehemently the non-resistance policy of the legislature of
Pennsylvania, that by an arbitrary stretch of power, he was thrown
into prison. I n faithfulness to his duties as provost, however, he
received his classes in gaol, and continued his instructions to them
while still a prisoner. Finally he was set free for the purpose of
going to England to make a personal appeal to the King, and his
kindly reception was not lessened by the strain to which his loyalty
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had been put. Oxford conferred on him the degree of Doctor of
Divinity. On his return home so highly did his fellow-citizens rate
his influence abroad, that when in 1761 the trustees were hard
bestead, they sent him to England to raise funds for an endowment.
I t happened that King's College (now Columbia) in New York was
in similar straits and had resolved on similar efforts. The two com-
missioners met in England and amicably resolved to "divide the land
between them" and share the proceeds. Through the influence of the
Archbishop of Canterbury they received a circular letter from the
king to all the churches, and succeeded in raising a very considerable
endowment for each college.
I n 1779 the charter rights and privileges of the college were
absorbed by a new organization called in its charter "The Trustees
of the University of the State of Pennsylvania" making it the first
institution in the United States to be designated as a university, as it
was in fact the first to establish professional schools as distinct from
I n 1791 it was incorporated by another charter as "The Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania," the charter having been granted jointly to the
trustees of the Charity School and academy, of the college and of
In the period previous to the year 1800, Benjamin Franklin and
nine others were signers of the Declaration of Independence; seven
of the university's sons were signers of the Constitution; twenty-one
were members of the Continental Congress; nine were in the Senate
of the United States; eight were attorneys-general of states or of
the United States; six were justices of the Supreme Court; seven
were governors of states; and many officers in the Army and other
men in public life might be named as having received their education
at the old buildings at Fourth and Arch streets before 1800.
The college was closed for a period of fifteen months during the
occupation of Philadelphia by the British Army in 1777 and 1778,
when the buildings were used by the British troops. They were also
used for a time by the soldiers of the Continental Army. I n 1778
Congress met in the old College Hall, and the members of the Con-
gress, President Washington, and his Cabinet attended the public
functions and commencement exercises of the university.
While the provosts of the university during its early years were
most of them clergymen, the university was from the start free from
sectarian or denominational bias. The earliest society of Unitarian
Christians was organized in the first building of the university on
June 12th, 1796, under Joseph Priestly, widely known as the thought-
f u l philosopher, as the discoverer of oxygen, and as the founder of
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modern chemistry. Very curiously, two years before, in 1794, Dr.
Priestly was unanimously elected professor of chemistry at the uni-
versity, an honor which he greatly appreciated, but declined because
he had already established himself elsewhere.
The first American University professorship in law was established
in 1790 and James Wilson was appointed to the position. Washing-
ton attended his lectures. I n 1799 the university conferred the
degree of L L . D . on Washington and later celebrated his birthday,
which was formally set apart in the university calendar as an annual
observance in 1826. The day is known to students and alumni as
"University Day" and is celebrated with appropriate exercises.
I n 1872 the university moved to its present site when larger ground
and more buildings became necessary. A period of physical expan-
sion then ensued which has continued for forty years, at the beginning
of which, or in 1873, it may be said to have entered upon a new era.
Women were first admitted to the University of Pennsylvania in
the Department of Music in the college in 1890. They were admitted
to the course in biology when it was founded in 1892, and were thus
enabled to obtain the degrees of B.S. when graduated. I n the same
year the college courses for teachers were opened, these courses being
the same as those given in Arts in the College, but arranged at such
hours that women teaching in the city could attend them. I t has been
through these courses that all women in Arts have received their
degrees of A.B. prior to 1914.
I n 1850 upon its reestablishment, women were admitted to the
Law School and have continued to matriculate there ever since. The
Graduate School was founded in 1882 and has always provided for
both men and women students.
I n the period between 1850 and 1914, the number of women stu-
dents upon the university campus was so small that it was scarcely
noticed. This was due to the fact that they appeared late in the
afternoon for their work or else were in research departments where
they were seldom seen. I n 1914, however, the State Legislature made
a large appropriation to the hitherto poor chair of education, and
appointed Dr. Frank P. Graves as dean of the School of Education
which was founded in that year. I t was open to both men and
women, and from that time on the great influx of women began to-
come to the university. The school is not entirely devoted to
pedagogy, it being possible to obtain an Arts degree by taking day-
time work in the college that is open to women in the education
I n the light of fraternity life, the real importance in the opening
of this school lies in the fact that it has attracted large numbers of
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high school girls of the college age as students, and thus aided in
forming a real undergraduate body of girls.
I n addition to this school, a new source of entrance for women to
the university came through the opening of the Schools of Medicine
and Dentistry to them in 1915.
Ask your Corresponding Secretary if she has "done her bit
for the Service Number? The Announcements will tell her
what it is.
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THE INSTALLATION OF PSI CHAPTER
To the little group of nineteen girls at Pennsylvania who had called
themselves Pi Sigma, the installation of Psi Chapter came as the
realization of a dream of the distant future. We had been organized
two years and during that time had held many serious conclaves in
regard to petitioning a national fraternity. You can hardly realize
our happiness and exuberant spirits when the word arrived, telling
us that the national organization of our selection had granted us a
charter. I t was rather an event on campus, for since women have
been in Pennsylvania there have been chapters of only two national
sororities here—first Kappa Kappa Gamma, then later, Delta Delta
Delta. I t is good to know that Alpha Omicron Pi takes her place
as third in fraternal history here.
A little over a month after the coming of the good news, our kind
friend and advisor, Miss Helen N . Henry, came from New York to
initiate us into the beautiful secrets of Alpha Omicron Pi. On
Friday, A p r i l 12th, we had a tea to introduce Miss Henry, Mrs.
Kathryn March Thomas, an Alpha Omicron Pi from Kappa and one
of our patronesses, and our other patroness, Miss Pinckney Lee Estes,
to the girls and members of the faculty. The reception rooms of
Sergeant H a l l , the girls' dormitory, were thronged despite the fact
that we were favored with one of those late snowstorms that tricky
April sometimes brings. I n the evening two of our alumnai, Beatrice
Barrington and Violet Abbott, carried Miss Henry off downtown for
dinner and the theater afterward. Poor Miss Henry! I ' m sure that
she must have been desperately tired that night.
Next afternoon, Saturday, the thirteenth, we gathered in Miss
Henry's room at the Hotel Normandie. I t was good to find that not
a few Alpha Omicron Pi's from other chapters were there to help
welcome us into your ranks. Some had already been kind friends to
us, the others we were happy to meet f o r the first time. There were
Mrs. Thomas and Genevieve Glasgow from Kappa, Ruth Bond from
Rho, Helen Schrack and Emily Tarbell from Chi, Katherine Holden
from Delta, and Grace Woodleton from Nu. A l l of them contributed
in introducing us into the beautiful sisterhood of Alpha Omicron Pi.
After the petitioning members and the alumnas had been initiated,
we pledged the freshmen and a little later initiated them. They
were the quietest, most subdued freshmen that I have ever seen or
ever expect to see. When we had all become sisters in Alpha Omicron
Pi, we hustled into our evening clothes and had a banquet with songs
and toasts i n the Rose Room of the hotel. Mrs. P. M . H a l l from
Gamma joined us for this. I t was the climax to one of the greatest
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desires of all our hearts—all bound together by the symbol of the
jack rose and the ruby i n our pins.
Miss i l e n r y talked to us of the founding and expansion of Alpha
Omicron Pi and the things for which it stood. A t the close of this
very interesting speech she read this telegram from Mrs. Stewart:
"Alpha Omicron Pi wishes Psi to know how gladly she received
you into her keeping, extending to you a most cordial welcome to the
ranks of the sisterhood. We know you are to be a source of strength
to us and trust you will find inspiration in Alpha Omicron Pi.
Isabelle Henderson Stewart (signed)."
Then indeed did we feel ourselves members of a great national
fraternity reaching from one end of the country to the other. And,
too, we realized that just as much as Alpha Omicron Pi gave us
strength and inspiration we must work and give our best for it.
Dear sisters, we are glad to be one of you and hopefully trust that
we will be worthy of the confidence you have placed in us.
R U T H S. COTTON,
For the Chapter Editor.
Have you diagnosed your table conversation this year?
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A PANHELLENIC MAGAZINE
Last f a l l at the meeting of editors in Chicago the Editor of the
Alpha Phi Quarterly presented the idea of a Panhellenic magazine
which was received with much interest, and the meeting voiced the
wish that a committee be appointed to present the plan to the fra-
ternity world. To that end a committee composed of Miss Frances
G. Perkins, Alpha Phi, Miss L . Pearle Green, Kappa Alpha Theta,
and Miss Elizabeth Corbett, Kappa Delta, was appointed. Owing to
the press of other duties the committee has delayed the report, but
it is hereby submitted to the fraternities represented in the National
Panhellenic Congress with the request that it be given early publicity.
Our country is at war. Among other lessons that the American
people will learn before.our boys come home are those of thrift
and efficiency. I t is to be hoped that we shall learn to apply these les-
sons to every phase of life. College women should be leaders in these
movements and be ready and willing to make such sacrifices as
they may require. Fraternity women must carefully scan their own
organizations and see i f they are slackers in this respect. Already
many have given up their conventions, their formal parties, are
limiting decorations at banquets, and carefully watching to see that
the larder is Hooverized. Quarterly editors, too, have carefully
studied the situation and have improved and pruned and omitted
material t i l l they feel that they have struck rock bottom in economy
without destroying entirely the value of their publications. That
we must carefully avoid, because without convention the quarterly
becomes the main dependence of the fraternity and must be main-
tained in its efficiency.
Is it not possible to maintain, nay increase the efficiency of the
fraternity publication and at the same time effect a great saving in
time, which we all need; labor, which is scarce; and material, which
is high ? Listen to the plan.
There are in National Panhellenic Congress eighteen national
women's fraternities. This organization has brought these frater-
nities in such close touch and worked so long to procure similarity
of aims that, practically, we have eighteen large groups of college
women fired with the same inspiration and working for the same
great ideals. For certainly, each of us is ready to admit that, though
results are not obtained in exactly the same way, each fraternity
has the same high and noble ambitions expressed by truth, loyalty,
Eighteen magazines express these great ideals over and over
again, and when we run out of ways of expressing them ourselves,
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we turn to the publications of our sister fraternities and copy their
ideas in our exchanges.
Why, i f we are all working for the same ends, as we most cer-
tainly are, can we not be big enough to unite in one publication, the
best we can make it, edited by a board representing in turn all
eighteen fraternities, this board employing and paying competent
professional or semi-professional women journalists to write and
procure the best literary articles we can get from the whole world
of fraternity women?
What shall we gain by this? We shall save the time of many
weary editors who now seek and write articles for eighteen quar-
terlies. Of many weary exchange editors, who laboriously seek
through rival editions f o r material, which is printed and reprinted
in magazine after magazine. We shall save the time of printers,
which is needed in important government work and will be more
and more needed as the war goes on.
We shall save the labor of three-fourths of the people now em-
ployed on fraternity magazines, which may be devoted to govern-
We shall save materials—especially paper, we shall save postage,
ink, and office supplies now used in bringing to completion eighteen
separate and distinct publications all devoted to the interests of
one group. A l l the points might be much further developed, but
the, idea is merely to make them suggestive enough so that each
reader for herself may develop the problem.
What shall we gain beside this saving of time, labor, and materials?
A bigger, better, and broader medium for our great ideals. By
pooling interests we can afford to employ the best talent in the field
and that means efficiency. With the best intentions in the world,
amateurs that we are, we can make small claims for the literary
value of the articles offered in our publications. They may be and
often are inspiring and helpful, but they may be much more than
this i f we have trained people to seek material and put it in shape.
We can afford to have illustrations which many of us are at
present omitting partly or entirely, and we shall here avoid the
great expense of duplication which occurs each time for instance
that a fraternity puts in a new chapter and in writing the account
has plates made for views of the campus. They are never used
but once and never used by another fraternity although another
fraternity the next month desires just such illustrations.
This brings us to objections—of course there are some. Are we
to lose the personals of each fraternity? The chapter letters? By no
means. I f we have not already outgrown this department and i t is
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not for us to say that we have, each fraternity may retain an editor
who will prepare this department. When the Panhellenic magazine
is bound there will be included with the general literary division, for
each fraternity its own department of alumna; news and active chap-
ter letters, illustrated i f you please, and charged to the various fra-
ternities, while the general division is pro rated. Nothing will be
omitted except much exchange stuff which will be limited entirely to
material from men's fraternity magazines.
Yes, it means complicated bookkeeping and a good business man-
ager. I t means some sacrifice on the part of the individual frater-
nity, but it also means that we have outgrown the narrowness of
the separate fraternity, that we can see the vision of the greater
fraternal ideal, and that we are willing as college and fraternity
women to forget petty things, obliterate lines, and help our govern-
ment and our great, strong body of college fraternity women by
adopting this great Panhellenic idea of a common magazine.
W i l l you support this movement or are you going to take the
narrower view and stand out for your fraternity magazine? Let's
hear your views in your next edition.
FRANCES GAY PERKINS, Alpha Phi
L. PEARLE GREEN, Kappa Alpha Theta
ELIZABETH CORBETT, Kappa Delta.
Do not fail to read the Announcements in this number!
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THE INSTALLATION OF PHI CHAPTER
"And oh, Katherine, won't you write up the installation for To
DRAGMA?" concluded Viola Gray, trying frantically to squeeze a
talcum powder can into a Dorin-sized space at one end of her suitcase,
" I think everything else is done. Please don't refuse me!" I didn't.
I had been trying to break into print f o r the last three years and
knew an opportunity when I saw it. Instead I fixed her with my
glittering eye. "Do you really mean it?" I cried, and she said she
The actual installation of Phi Chapter began about three o'clock on
Saturday, May 4th, but that moment was only reached after months
of suspense and weeks of planning and preparation. Telegrams had
been exchanged, letters had crossed and recrossed, and special
deliveries had arrived an hour too late. But finally the last tangle
was straightened out, and the Beta Gamma girls settled down, with
outward calmness at least, to wait the coming of the installing officer.
Viola Gray was to arrive from Lincoln on the 1 0 : 2 0 train, and
Helen Gallagher took me down to the station to meet her. The train
drew in, but no Viola. Then a long way down the platform, from
the very last car, decended a familiar figure and we flew down to wel-
come her—dear, capable Viola Gray, who was to make Beta Gamma
into Alpha Omicron Pi. But i f our reception at the station was
tardy, the promptness of the one at the house made up for it. As
soon as she stepped on the porch, she disappeared completely among
a crowd of girls to reemerge a few moments later i n the hall, sans hat,
handbag, and dignity.
But time was precious and we had to turn to the real business of
the day. First of all Viola and I retired behind closed doors to open
the big package of robes and accessories that the Zeta girls had sent
down and to plan more minutely the afternoon's program. After
we had carefully stowed everything away, and when we knew the Beta
Gammas were about to burst from suppressed curiosity, we casually
reemerged and found that our advice on many things was most
earnestly desired. So we went into quite a conference and committee
meeting until a large shout below stairs proclaimed the arrival of
Julia Anna Smith, K , '15, and Charlotte Uhls, Y , ex-'18, who had
motored up from Kansas City. Of course, business could not with-
stand that, so we all adjourned to the porch and gossiped away most
happily until lunch time.
After lunch we finished up the morning's interrupted conference,
and then everyone scattered to dress for the important occasion.
When the last hook was hooked and the last snapper snapped, I wish
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you could have seen them! But you'll just have to take my word for
how nice they looked and how pretty their dresses were, and I ' l l hurry
on to the installation.
We had shut off the two living-rooms for a chapter-room and
admitted the girls through the dining-room. Viola conducted the
installation and the remaining three of us assisted. Edith Phenecie,
who was the president of the local, was the first girl to be taken in,
and then came the charter members and remaining active members.
As each girl was received into the chapter she was given one of the
red roses which had been sent by the Zeta Chapter, until the room
was lined with roses, the symbol of our fraternity. There were also
several pledges and alumnae to be initiated and Edith, acting as
president, took them in. I t was very beautiful and impressive, and
f u l l of the solemnity which comes with the acceptance of new vows
or the renewal of old ones. The only unfortunate circumstance was
the length of time which it necessarily consumed. I t is hard to stand
up very long in your best satin dancing pumps, and I saw several
slippers surreptitiously kicked off, while their owners enjoyed a few
moments' blessed relief in their stocking feet. But at last it was all
over, and there were fifteen new A O ITs in Kansas.
You'll know by this time that we all had most un-Hooverlike
appetites for the banquet which was held that evening in the Eldridge
Hotel. The long table was decorated with red roses and ribbon
streamers, and the only light came from red shaded candles. We
had all kinds of good things to eat, with music between the courses.
When we had fed ourselves quite f u l l , and sung ourselves quite hoarse,
the toasts were given, with Patty Hart presiding. The subjects of the
toasts had quite a martial sound: "The Western Front," "The
Advancing Line," "Taps," and "The Eastern Front," but upon being
de-coded they were found to refer to various phases of our fraternity.
They were responded to by Charlotte Uhls, Edith Phenecie, Viola
Gray, and myself. After the toasts we sat through several agonizing
moments while the photographer made the event immortal. "Only a
small flash," he said, but Heaven preserve me from his idea of a big
one! Then we all went home to dream about it.
I hope that no one who knows how impossible it is to install a big,
healthy chapter in one day will be troubled by the use we made of the
Sunday which followed it. We just couldn't help it. We had to
have both a ritual and a business meeting, and there was no other
time. There were a hundred and one things to be done and they all
needed Miss Gray's personal attention. I t took all the morning and
a good part of the afternoon, with a short recess for Sunday dinner,
and a bit of a sing afterward. Then before we knew it, someone said
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it was train time, and Viola had to throw her belongings into her
suitcase and exit hastily, leaving all her new sisters feeling a bit lost
Thus ended the installation of Phi Chapter, and so Alpha Omicron
Pi came to assume its place in Kansas University. May it live long
and prosper J
KATHERINE LYON MIX, E, '16.
Assistant Installing Officer.
Does your chapter subscribe to a good weekly? Is it in evi-
dence on the library table? Is it read?
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T H E UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
The idea of a State University in Kansas dates from the early days
of Kansas territorial government. Each of the constitutions adopted
for the territory of Kansas during the period of its memorable struggle
provided for the establishment of an institution of higher learning,
to be supported by public funds. The last of these, which became, on
the admission of Kansas to the Union, the constitution of the state,
declares that "provision shall be made by law, for the establishment,
at some eligible and central point, of a state university for the promo-
tion of literature and the arts and sciences."
By an act of Congress, approved January 29, 1861, the day on
which Kansas was admitted to statehood, 72 sections of land were set
apart and reserved for the use and support of a State University. The
state accepted the trust, and in 1863 the legislature selected the city of
Lawrence as the location for the institution. One year later the
legislature passed an act organizing the university and giving to it
the name of "The University of Kansas." A charter was immediately
drawn up, and the government of the institution was vested i n a
Board of Regents, appointed by the governor.
Year by year the school expanded, and new fields of study were
opened up. The Law School was opened in October, 1878, the School
of Pharmacy was established in 1885. A course in engineering was
arranged as early as 1873 but remained a part of the coilegiate depart-
ment until 1891 when the school of engineering was organized, and
the collegiate department became known as the school of arts. During
the same year, the preparatory department was discontinued and the
departments of music and art, established in 1877, were combined to
form the School of Fine Arts. The graduate school was organized in
1896, and in 1899 the preparatory medical course was made indepen-
dent as a School of Medicine. I n 1905 the clinical departments were
added at Rosedale, Kansas, thus completing the four year course. I n
1904 the Board of Regents changed the name of the School of Arts
to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Summer Session
division was established in 1903, the School of Education and the
Division of University Extension were established in 1909. The
Division of Athletics was established in 1915.
Dr. Frank Strong is the present chancellor of the university.
The university owns equipment, buildings, and grounds to an
estimated value of two million dollars. The campus consisting of
some 160 acres of hill top and hill slope has so far contrived to retain
much of its natural beauty. Until recently almost no conventional
planting had been done.
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There are twenty-three university buildings. Sixteen were erected
by the state and seven by private gift. North College, Fraser Hall,
Journalism Building, Snow Hall, Spooner Library, Blake Hall,
Fowler Shops, Chemistry and Pharmacy Building, Dyche Museum of
Natural History, Green Hall, Robinson Auditorium and Gymnasium,
Marvin Hall, Hawarth Hall. The Administration Building, Oread
Training School, and Students' Hospital and Dispensary are well
known to the majority of students. Other buildings on the campus
are: Chancellor Strong's home, the heating plant, the service .build-
ing, the Power plant and mechanical laboratories, and the Vivarium.
At Rosedale are located the buildings donated to the medical course,—
the Eleanor Taylor Bell Memorial Hospital, the Clinical Laboratory,
and the Dispensary Building.
The view from the campus at Lawrence is said to be the finest in
the Middle West.
Have you given the Panhellenic Magazine your careful con
sideration? What do you think about it?
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THE QUIET CORNER *
Although in recent issues of T o DRAGMA the Quiet Corner has
given place and space to more practical matters and material, the
editor is yielding to temptation in this number and is reprinting two
poems which have lately come into her possession. She would like
to say again that all such contributions are very, very welcome.
APRIL ON THE BATTLEFIELDS
April now walks the fields again
Trailing her leaves
And holding all her buds against her heart:
Wrapt in her clouds and mists,
Groping her way. among the graves of men.
The green of earth is differently green,
A dreadful knowledge trembles in the grass
And little wild-eyed flowers die too soon.
There is a stillness here—
After a terror of all raving sounds
And birds, limp-winged and silent, sit close for comfort
Upon the boughs of broken trees.
April, thou grief!
What of thy sun, and glad high wind,
The valiant hills and woods and eager brooks
The thousand petalled hopes,
The sky forbids thee sorrow, A p r i l !
I see thee walking listlessly
Across those scars that once were joyous sod,
Those stepping stones from life to life.
Death is an interruption between two heart beats
That I know—
Yet know not how I know—
But April mourns,
Trailing her tender green,
The passion of her green
Across the passion of those fearful fields.
Yes, all the fields!
No barrier here,
No challenge in the night,
No stranger hand;
She passes with her perfect countersign
Her green :
She wanders in her mournful garden,
Dropping her buds like tears,
Spreading her lovely grief upon the graves of men.
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THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT THERE
No night in Heaven? No dusk or dawn,
Nor sunset flaming in the west?
No great moon-shadows on a lawn—
A dreaming lawn all dew-possessed?
From earth and flowers no wild, sweet scent
Through darkness like a sacrament?
No lure of dark-enchanted trees?
No song of nightingale, nor call
Of owl? No phosphorescent seas
Nor any little stars at all?
No stealthy stir of shy earth things,
Nor glow-worm's light, nor moth's dim wings?
At eve no creeping mists to lie HOOLEY.
In furrowed fields? No bats that wheel
Their rhythmic ways against the sky?
No hands of sleep to hush and heal:
No night in Heaven ? Dear God, what bliss
The light-enveloped angels miss!
Have you subscribed to the Ambulance Fund?
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R E P O R T O F G R A N D S E C R E T A R Y , N O V E M B E R 1, 1918
Of the chapters sending in reports, Iota, Lambda, and Theta failed
to follow instructions about sending registrar's reports to the Grand
Secretary. Only Pi, Gamma, Psi, Rho, Sigma, and Upsilon sent in
their treasurer's reports or an explanation that there was none. Delta,
Gamma, and Phi wrote explaining that college did not open until
after September 30. No reports of any kind have been received from
Nu, Omicron, Epsilon, Chi, Tau, N u Kappa, Alpha Phi, or Nu
Omicron. This is not a very auspicious beginning for a new year, but
we hope "a word to the wise is sufficient." With the cooperation of
each and every chapter officer we should be able to eliminate unneces-
sary friction and have a smoothly running machinery which will
not be a burden to any one. We are all unusually busy this year and
every additional letter and notice counts up not only in time but in
Chapter secretaries and treasurers are asked to read their instruc-
tions carefully and write to the Grand Secretary for information i f
these are not clear. Please give the street addresses of the chapter-
houses on reports and sign reports. Be sure they are mailed by the
third of the month and that there is enough postage.
ADDITIONAL L I F E SUBSCRIBERS TO "TO DRAGMA"
Mary D. Houston, Nu Omicron Kathryn Brown, Rho
Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe, Lucretia Jordan Beckley, Omi-
Margaret E. Kraus, Upsilon
Nellie E. Benjamin, Iota Minn Elois Hunt, Omicron
Elaine Buhrman, Iota Elizabeth Hiestand, Rho
Carolyn Piper Dorr, Rho
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 39
A PANHELLENIC MAGAZINE
EL S E W H E R E in this number will be found the report of a com-
mittee appointed to investigate the advisability of a Panhellenic
Magazine. This matter w i l l , it is hoped, receive the expression
of approval or disapproval from the different chapters and from
various alumna?. The question is worthy of discussion, and the Editor
hopes to publish a symposium in February. Would such a proposed
publication take the place of To DRAGMA? I S it a commendable war-
time economy? Shall Alpha Omicron Pi support it? Let us hear
what you think?
T H E SERVICE NUMBER
P LANS for the February number are well under way. I f they
mature, the number will be the best published in a long time.
I f they do not mature, lack of cooperation will be the cause.
Therefore, will those from whom assistance is asked give it promptly
and willingly. The name of the number would imply such cooperation
certainly. Please read the Announcements carefully to see where YOUR
help comes in.
H E Editor writes in a cheese cloth mask, her mouth reminiscent
of and her nose stinging from oft-repeated sprayings with
Dobell's solution. From the bathrooms come warbling cresendos—
Tau gargling in listerine and Lavoris. The consciousness of one girl
being in the hospital imbues others with a sudden desire for hot baths
and toasted feet. I n short, the influenza, searching throughout south-
east Minneapolis for an open door, has come to visit us.
The Editor, a strangely earthly philosopher in her present costume,
is too impelled to ruminate on epidemics in general—physical, moral,
social, mental, and spiritual. She is constrained to ask herself the
manner and means of preventing an epidemic of thoughtlessness which
often strikes a chapter and rarely meets with such anxious solicitation
lest it become widespread. Epidemics of tastes slightly common, of
idle conversations, of trivial occupations, of irreverence masquerading
in the dress of modernity, come to mind. One is compelled to admit
the great solicitude of the average man over his physical welfare, and
the trifling anxiety he occasionally feels concerning the germ-proof
condition of his mind, soul, and conscience.
And then, lo the Editor finds herself in the labyrinth of religious
education and spiritual growth. She sighs, stops, and puts Tau to bed.
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T H E SONG NUMBER
I A H A N K S are due in great measure to Mae Knight Siddell of
A Sigma Chapter for her arrangement of the songs in this number,
and for her enthusiastic article. Let us show this gratitude by follow-
ing her fine suggestions.
A SUGGESTION I N SENTIMENT
A T Mrs. Siddell's suggestion, and in the hope that it may be of
help to future song writers, we are reprinting two verses of a
little poem, "When This New Pin Grows Old," by Charles Kellogg
Field, Editor of Sunset.
We've slipped the bandage from your eyes,
We've drawn aside the veil
That hides our sacred mysteries
From men beyond our pale;
And now upon your glad young breast
We pin a badge of gold—
You cannot know how richly blest
T i l l this new pin grows old.
This badge proclaims the newest part
Of our old endless line,
As hand to hand and heart to heart
We form th' eternal sign :
Grip tight the links of this dear chain,
God grant they long may hold;
You cannot make such friends again
When this new pin grows old.
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Chapter Editors, take notice. Letters for the Febru-
ary number should leave your hands by December 20.
They should deal entirely with the work of your chapter
in these war times. They should include information
as to the amount of money invested in bonds, stamps,
etc., and the amount subscribed to Y . M. C. A. (by the
chapter taken as a whole). They should recount the
various forms and activities of war service in which the
chapter is interested and active. No chapter rolls are
necessary. The letters may be brief, but they should
be stimulating rather than statistical.
Write on one side of paper 8x11, and send in a large
envelope. Type if possible.
The editors of Nu, Kappa, Delta, Gamma, Epsilon,
and Chi, and those of New York, Boston, and Provi-
dence Alumna? please send letters to Miss Margaret
Kelley, 134 Cottage St., Norwood, Mass. All other
editors send letters to the Editor, at 315 11th Ave. S. E . ,
Post cards will be sent editors who have not responded
by December 25, but no further notices will be given,
and failure to comply with instructions will mean the
name of the delinquent editor on the black list, and a
fine of two dollars.
Active Corresponding Secretaries, please take notice.
By December 20, you will please send to the Editor a
list of those women of your own chapter who are in any
branch of war work, whether in this country or abroad.
Such a list should be arranged alphabetically, with the
name of the girl and the nature of her work, together
with her address—similar, of course, to the Honor Roll
for men in the service which we have already published.
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I f the Editor does not receive such a list from your
chapter, she will take it for granted that you have no
members, active or alumna, in the service, and will
accordingly make such announcement. I f the girl has
received special honor in any branch of wrok, such
announcement may be added.
This notice will not be repeated. Please be on time.
In the future, unless a great number of names of
relatives in the service are received, announcements of
such names will be included in the Alumna? Notes. The
Editor is always glad to receive such names, or news
concerning such relatives.
Economy has dictated the elimination of chapter rolls.
They will not be printed until the May number.
Alumna? Assistant Editors, you are supposed to send
to the Editor such alumna? notes of your chapter as you
can get. These notes for the February number should
leave your hands December 20. The scarcity of alumna?
notes is discouraging. Why not take your office a little
more seriously? Pearl Pierce of Sigma Chapter does.
Life Subscriptions to To DRAGMA will undoubtedly
be raised to $15.00 before many weeks. Alumna? Assis-
tant Business Managers, why not drum up some more
subscriptions while the price is still $10.00?
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 43
ACTIVE CHAPTER LETTERS
The one delinquent chapter is Nu. The editor is
apparently not elected, but this can hardly be accepted
as an excuse. Will Nu Chapter please investigate this
T H E EDITOR,
PI—H. SOPHIE NEWCOMB MEMORIAL COLLEGE
I t is hard for us of Pi to realize that summer is gone, that we have
left behind us all the old things we knew so well, and have been
moved, bag and baggage, up to new Newcomb. I t would really be
more to the point to say minus bag and baggage; for, to our great
disappointment, no arrangements could be made for the housing of
the fraternities on the campus, and though we are permitted to find
rooms outside and there has been some talk of renting a Panhellenic
house, we have found it almost impossible to do so. Hence we wander
around in a desolate sort of way, wondering what is to be done with
our furniture which is scattered in various homes all over the city and
hoping against hope that in the near future Pi w i l l find some place
to hang its hats. As a consequence of all this uncertainty, none of
the fraternities have been able to do much in the way of rushing;
for it was agreed at local Panhellenic that none should be done for
at least two weeks, until things are more settled. We have a long
rushing list however, and as soon as we are definitely fixed we shall
start to work with vim.
Pi came back to college greatly depleted in number, for in addition
to the fact that one of our pledges, Cecelia Slack, was obliged to
stay at home on account of her mother's illness, three of our juniors
did not return to college, Marjorie Fell, Ellen Jett, and Mary
Renaud. The reason in Mary's case is far from prosaic. Just about
a week ago we were invited to a party at her home at which a five
pound box of candy figured prominently. I t is an established custom
for Pi's girls to announce their engagements in this way, and it is
easy to imagine what excitement, joy. and consternation were dis-
played on the discovery of Lieut. Miller Owen's card inside. The
wedding is to take place most probably in December; and we are all
properly thrilled at the thought in spite of our sorrow at losing Mary.
Though we are not much when it comes to quantity, the same can-
not be said when the question is one of quality, for I ' m proud and
happy to be able to say that Pi has won the interfraternity scholar-
ship cup with an average of 86.21. We have spent our days since the
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announcement bemoaning the fact that we have no room in which to
display i t ; but i n spite of the fact that we are unable to keep it on
exhibition, it has inspired us with the desire to win it again next
year; and we are working accordingly. Pi is well represented in
college affairs too, for, aside from general membership in the various
clubs and other activities, Ruth is secretary of the Student Body,
Louise, president of the Latin Club and vice-president of French
Circle, and Helen is business manager for the Arcade, the college
publication. Besides all this, we are working as hard as possible in
various tag days and Liberty Bonds drives, while most of our spare
time is given to the Red Cross.
We are very proud of the Newcomb Relief Unit, which is going
overseas sometime in the near future to work under the direction of
the Red Cross, and naturally we are most interested just now in
getting enough money not only to send it over but to keep it there once
it arrives in France. I t is composed of ten Newcomb graduates; and
two of Pi's alumna? are in the number, Anna Many, '07, and Willie
White, '14. Don't you think we are justified in being proud of them?
Pi sends greetings to all her sisters and best wishes for the coming
A N N A M C L E L L A N , Chapter Editor.
OMICRON—UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
The university opened later than usual because barracks and courses
had to be prepared for the S. A. T . C. men. I t is more like a military
school than a coeducational institution now, and the girls seem to play
a very unimportant part; but of course we do not mind taking second
place where the soldiers are concerned. The boys are quarantined to
the campus for three weeks on account of the Spanish influenza
epidemic, and guards are placed at all entrances to keep the boys in
and outsiders out unless they have business on the campus. The
girls' dormitories and the soldiers' mess hall are strictly guarded all
the time and a guard is placed in the postoffice to keep the soldiers
from talking to the girls, I hear. Reese Hall, and Old, East, and
West Colleges are used as barracks. Also a new building has been
erected for that purpose, Jefferson Hall has been enclosed for a
dining-room, and the kitchen equipment is said to be the best in town.
Yesterday the Board of Health requested all schools, theaters, and
churches to close, to prevent the spread of Spanish influenza. The
University students on the campus are forbidden to leave the campus,
and town students may not enter the grounds. So far, the epidemic
has been slight here. Reese Hall is used as a hospital and Red Cross
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nurses are caring for the sick soldiers. A number of the girls have
been quite sick. Among them is Melba Braly, whose place as Chapter
Editor I am trying to fill.
The girls have broken all records for attendance, both in town girls
and those who stay in the dormitories. There are a great many
attractive freshmen. We now have four girls' fraternities, Phi Mu
having been reinstalled last spring. We wish this new chapter success.
Rushing has been greatly reduced. We are allowed only light lunches
in the fraternity rooms, and two dates a week with a freshman. One
is a Hoover date at which no money may be spent. We are hoping
for the day when all financial rushing will be abolished at Tennessee.
We have had to elect new officers in part as our president-is teach-
ing in town and our treasurer is working in Washington. Speaking
of teaching, Grace Ware, a freshman of last year, is principal of a
school in Virginia. We are indeed proud of her. Johnetta Hancock
married this summer but, as her husband has gone to France, she has
returned to complete her course. Won't it be f u n to have a married
lady in the chapter?
We can hardly tell yet how the regular school activities will fare
this year, since we are still so unsettled. Almost everything will
have to be done by the girls almost entirely, for the boys outside the
S. A. T . C. are rare. That is no reason, however, that all will not fare
as well as ever. I t is simply contrary to custom because the boys were
here first. The Y. W. C. A. Tearoom has been replaced by an army
canteen, but the Red Cross work will be in charge of the Y. W. C. A.
We have a new a Y. W. room and a new Red Cross room next to it.
Of both, we are very proud.
Wishing you all a most successful year, I am
For Melba Braly, Chapter Editor.
KAPPA—RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S C O L L E G E
Last time Kappa sent word concerning one of her seniors; we now
wish to tell you some things left-over about our other seniors. Bernie
Palfrey was heroine of the Senior Play; and she and Helen Scott
made Phi Beta Kappa. Our alumna? will tell you of the other seniors,
all of whom are engaged in active war work. Our seniors for this
year hold important offices. Anna Taylor is house president of West
H a l l ; Mary Bine Frith is chairman of the College Chapter of the
Red Cross; Frances Major is president of the Y. W. C. A . ; Annie
Moore is secretary of the Y. W. C. A. and Eleanor Manning is ad-
vertising manager of the Hclianthus, our annual. Anna Taylor is
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also president of Panhellenic, as the presidency faces in turn of rota-
tion to Kappa this year.
The chapter has just purchased a Liberty Bond of the Fourth Issue
and subscribed heavily to the College Friendship Fund (a War and
missionary Fund). Also Kappa has paid her part of the Liberty
Bond purchased by the local Panhellenic.
This year's activities are manifold. The Red Cross, sewing room
demands much of our time; and the girls are all trying out for the
basketball squads. Next time, we will tell you who were successful.
There is a labor shortage here at college; and the Kappa girls are
helping in many ways, waiting on tables in the dormitory dining-
rooms, raking up leaves on campus, and serving at the tea rooms
and in the office.
Our Lynchburg alumnae surprised us after our first chapter meeting
of the year with a lovely informal tea. Genevieve Glasgow, ex-'19,
surprised us with a check for ten dollars at the same time. That was
a gala day, as was also pledge day. The following girls are now
pledged: Frances McFaden, Richmond, Va.; Jean Stribling, Peters-
burg, Va.; Mary B. Reed, Yazoo City, Miss.; Rose Smith, Lynch-
Kappa welcomes gladly and with pride three little sisters: Clara
Atkinson, Harriet Mann, and Louise Butterfield. We will tell you
more of them next time.
ELEANOR M A N N I N G , Chapter Editor.
ZETA—UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
Dear Alpha 0 Sisters:
I t hardly seems possible that we have been in school for three
weeks: it has been so broken into on account of the Spanish influ-
enza. A number of the girls at the house have had i t ; but at this time,
they are all well and back in school again.
Our rush week was an unusually successful one this year. We
had three days of rushing, four parties in all. They were very pretty
parties, two cotillions, a Japanese breakfast, and an Oriental dinner.
We pledged sixteen new members, who are all very promising.
The Zeta Chapter sends love to all the other chapters of Alpha O.
M A R Y WATERS, '20.
SIGMA—UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
I t seems there is so much to tell, I hardly know where to begin.
The war has indeed wrought many changes in the university itself,
as well as having vitally touched the various fraternities. Then you
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have all felt the impetus of change too; and, as we are interested in
knowing how other universities and chapters have been affected, you
may be interested to know the changes that have occurred in the
University of California, and to what extent Sigma of Alpha Omicron
Pi has been affected.
First of all our usual college opening (which by the way was not
the usual opening at all) was approximately a month and a half
later than heretofore. The extra length of vacation was given that
university students might engage in useful war work throughout the
summer months. Also, as later developments have shown, that the
regents and faculty of the university might have time to adjust the
curriculum to changing war conditions. As a result of this adjust-
ment, we now have a quarter system instead of our former semester.
This new system means harder, more concentrated work. Already
by actual experience we are beginning to learn this fact.
To return to ourselves, we began our rushing season under very
serious handicaps as we thought. Our number of active girls had
been seriously depleted. You know how most every girl is going to
business college, accepting business positions, or else engaging in
some war work. Likewise, there was a corresponding lessening of
the number of incoming freshmen. And of course rushing was very
simple. According to rules of Panhellenic, we served no refreshments
at tea (a paradox indeed), nor did we give any rushing dinners. I n
addition every girl's heart was with our army fighting gloriously in
France. I t seemed hard to concentrate our minds on the details of
rushing. Yet despite all these apparent handicaps ( I am not so sure
they really were handicaps, you know, because the war had already
eliminated all but worthwhile girls) we have added eleven wonder-
f u l freshmen to our number. They are Marguerite Howard, Verda
Bowman, Myrtle Glen, Dorothy Pomeroy, Mabel DePrene, Loie
Frances, Rachael Ward, Jeanette Fisburn, and Elsie Bishop. You are
sure to be hearing more of these girls during their college careers.
Also we are very pleased to have with us Eleanor Payton, who has
transferred from Washington.
As to the university, we are a military camp. Twelve hundred
flying cadets take their ground work here. We have five hundred men
in a naval unit, and three thousand men form our Student Army
Training Corps. You all know how the government has com-
mandeered the universities and colleges for its uses. Still it is indeed
a novelty to have our boys under military discipline, living in barracks,
going to classes in squadron formation, in fact, being real soldiers.
The girls have a well-defined place in this changed university.
Credit is given for Red Cross work in surgical dressing, sewingr and
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the like. We also have special war courses in home economics and in
nursing. Almost every girl is taking one or more of these courses.
A l l are contributing their spare time to the doing of volunteer work.
Together with war work, change, and everything, we are striving
to keep up our traditions. Regular class meetings, university meet-
ings, the freshman rally, all are taking place as usual. Here i t is
very pleasant to relate that one of Sigma's girls, Catherine Cox, has
been unanimously elected vice-president of the junior class. I t is
our aim still to be a college, even though we are a military camp. Yet
over all the campus there hangs a fine spirit of devotion, a sense of
dedication to a great cause. This cause, to which we formally de-
dicated ourselves in our first university meeting, is the winning of
ESTHER CARDWELL, '20.
THETA—DE PAUW UNIVERSITY
Since school did not begin until October 3rd, and has now been
closed again until the twentieth or later, we have had no regularly fra-
ternity meeting. Spike had just begun, when our parties were can-
celled and now nothing can be done until after the twentieth, so I am
sorry to say, that our chapter letter for November really is no chapter
letter at all.
With best wishes to all,
Owing to the epidemic of Spanish influenza, the opening of college
has been several times postponed; but we now hope to be back on
the hill very soon.
Just a word about our senior sisters who graduated last June.
Margo Durkee, whose home is near the campus, and Elizabeth
Sargent, we hope to see frequently this year. Betty is planning to
take a postgraduate course. Kennetha Ware and Madeleine Perkins
are both employed as chemists.
Tufts will be a war college this year with an S. A. T. C. and a
Naval Unit. We shall miss some of our finest professors who have
gone into war work; and very few of the former men students will
College will indeed be a changed place, and we girls of Alpha
Omicron Pi, who are going back, must work harder than ever for
our college and our country.
MARY A. GRANT, Chapter Editor.
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GAMMA—UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Dear A O I I Sisters:
Again we are back at college after an unusually long vacation—
which, nevertheless, sped away all too fast for most of us. On our
return to the campus, we found ourselves i n the midst of changed
conditions. As you probably know, the University of Maine has been
used all summer as a technical camp for men in the service. We are
told that contingents will continue to train here throughout the
college year. Besides, there are about eight hundred men in the
S. A. T . C. and a large naval section on the campus.
There are all sorts of new rules and regulations for the girls to
follow, and it seems strange to be under so many restrictions. We
are allowed on just certain parts of the campus, and can go out just
one evening during the week—fraternity night. We are now in
quarantine, and have been since college opened. No one seems to
know just when we will be allowed to go off the campus again.
At our first fraternity meeting, we seemed decidedly small in
number without our last year's seniors and six of our other girls who
are not back this year. However, we have a large entering class of
splendid girls from whom to choose our fraternity sisters of '22.
I t is going to be rather a hard task, we think, since so many of them
are the kind of girls we want.
Five of our '18 girls have entered the teaching profession this
year—Gladys Reed is one of the faculty of Bangor High School;
Mona McWilliams is teaching at Plainsfield, N . J.; Ruth Crosby
teaches Domestic Science at Gardiner, Maine; Ruth Chalmers is at
Berlin High School, Berlin, N . H . ; and Helen Stinchfield is af Dan-
forth, Maine. »
Four of our girls have transferred to other schools. Prudence
Wadsworth, '21, has gone to a domestic science school in Rochester,
N . Y . ; Sarah Stewart, '21, is attending Radcliffe College; Ethel
Packard, '21, has entered an art school in Boston. Helen White, '20,
is training at a private hospital in Arlington, Mass.
Just before the closing of college last May, three of the girls an-
nounced their engagements: Helen White, '20, to Ralph Carlton
Wentworth, '18, a member of Sigma N u fraternity; Sarah Stewart,
'21, to Charles Truman Corey, '19, a member of Phi Eta Kappa
Fraternity; and Dorothy Smith, '21, to Clyde Victor Vining, '21, a
member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
During the summer the following marriages took place: Evelyn
Winship, '15, to Thomas Elton Harmon; Emma Perry, '16, to
William Means of Machias, Maine; Vera Gellerson, '18, to Albert
Robinson, '16, a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. The last named
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are now residing in Alamosa, Colorado. Mildred Dow, '19, was
wedded to Charles Allen, '15, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, and
now in the service; Celia Longfellow, '21, to Alton Bagley of
We have pledged one new member this fall, Ruby Hackett, '20.
We are so glad that she is to be one of our fraternity sisters.
Everyone was so busy during the summer vacation that it was pos-
sible to have only one outing. On August 8th about twenty-five mem-
bers of the active and alumnae chapters took a picnic luncheon and
spent the day at Pauline Mansur's camp at Phillips Lake—a well-
known place to the Bangor girls. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her-
self, knitting, boating, and roaming about through the woods. The
day proved a happy reunion to all.
Of course, we want to do our share in war work this coming winter;
but there seem to be so few things that we can do here on the campus,
especially, since we do not know how long we will have to stay in
quarantine. We have decided, however, to make clothes for the
French and Belgian children, and are very anxious to get our
materials and start in the work.
We have had two letters—and such quaint letters, f u l l of grati-
tude—from our little French child and his mother. Somehow, it
brings us nearer to the great and awful war to hear directly from
someone who has been so near to it. I t certainly makes us feel
more keenly our duty and our privilege to do our bit in helping the
brave people who have gone through so much during the past four
years. We have been quite amused, because the letters from our little
French boy have been directed to "Monsieur Alpha Omicron Pi."
Gamma sends her best wishes to you all for a happy and successful
LIT.LA C. HERSEY, Chapter Editor.
. I f war alone is what General Sherman claims it to be, then war
plus an epidemic of Spanish influenza defies definition. When we
returned this fall we found the university work badly disarranged
because of the work of the S. A. T. C. This, we philosophically
accepted and had just commenced the routine when the influenza
arrived. This, we are by no means accepting, but are fighting with
every ounce of energy we possess. Those of us still able to be about
are acting as volunteer nurses, dietitians, and helpers of various
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But we know that Cornell is not alone in suffering this year, and
I shall not trouble you further with a recital of our woes. Because
of the existing conditions, rushing has been indefinitely postponed.
We hope, however, to be able to introduce to you in our next letter
some new Alpha O pledges.
By that time, too, our war work and college activities will be
well under way and we can tell you something of them. Many of the
normal college activities have been discontinued, including all of
the University publications.
With best wishes f o r a successful year, I am
MARY H . DONLON, '20, Chapter Editor.
Dear Alpha O sisters:
College opened September 30th, and rushing began a few days
earlier. We had a very strenuous week of rushing; but we feel that
the results are well worth the effort. A new system of written bidding
was introduced here this year and it was most exciting to wait for
the replies to come. We are very proud of our eight new pledges.
They are Geraldine Gallvin, Kathleen Wigginton, Elma Adamek,
Florence Kerr, Helen Perkins, Erna Pabst, Dorothy Dalton, and
Carolyn Nethercott. Helene Bowersox from Eta was here during
rushing. We enjoyed having her with us.
A n epidemic of the Spanish influenza has rather put a damper
on campus activities for the time being. Classes have not been
suspended, but all social gatherings are forbidden. We are not even
allowed to have fraternity meetings.
The introduction of military training has made a vast change in
the university here, as it has elsewhere. Although there are hundreds
of eighteen year olds marching about the campus, there are practically
no men in the upper classes. As a result the Daily Northwestern has
been stopped. After urgent application to the Dean, the girls finally
obtained permission to put out a weekly paper. Miette Brugnot, one
of our most capable seniors has been made editor, and a number of
our girls are working in the various departments.
War work is even a more important part of our program than it
was last year. Each girl has pledged a portion of her time to some
branch of i t , either Child Welfare, Home Service, or something of
With love to you all,
V E L M A STONE, Chapter Editor.