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is borne by all of these; they each contributed toward obtaining and sustaining
the chapter house; and it is they who own it. The active members are part
of this body, but they have the additional duty of acting also as the trustees
of the chapter as a whole, and of serving as an executive body elected by
those members of the chapter who are now of the alumni. It is the duty of
this executive body to fake care of the chapter's property, guard, uphold, and
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A Fable Honoring Alpha Omicron Pi . . . . .123
. . 123
History of R h o Chapter . .
History of Northwestern University . . . . 126
Traditions of Northwestern . . . . . . 128
. . 131
T h e Question of Rushing . . . 132
The Spread . . .133
T o a s t to R h o . . 134
. . 135
T h e Parthenon at Midnight
. . .136
The Sorority Girl in College Activities . 139
The Land O' T h e Moon .153
The Greater Fraternity
Installation of Iota Chapter . . 156
Editorials . . . . . . .157
Active Chapter Letters
Alumnae Chapter Letters . . . .
Engagements . . . . .
News of the Alumnae . . . .
Exchanges . . . . . . .
News of the College and Greek Letter World
DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS
F O U N D E R S O F A L P H A O M I C R O N PI
Jessie Wallace Hughan, Alpha, '98, 663 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, N . Y .
Helen St. Clair Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha, '98, Andrews Avenue, Uni-
versity Heights, New York.
Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha, '98, Overlook Avenue, Hacken-
sack Heights, N . J .
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha, '98, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N . J .
Grand President, Ruth Capen Former (Mrs Walter), 7 Courtland
Street, Nashua, N. H .
Grand Recording Secretary, Blanche H . Hooper, Tufts College,
Grand Treasurer, Lillian G . McQuillin, 87 Central Avenue
Pawtucket, R. I .
Grand Historian, Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. G . H . ) , Overlook Avenue, Hacken-
sack Heights, N . J .
Registrar, Mrs. John A. Britton, J r . , 152 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, Cal.
Auditor, Anna E . Many, 1327 Henry Clay Avenue, New Orleans, L a .
Examining Officer, Kate B. Foster, 2717 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, Cal.
Chairman, Committee on New Chapters, Carrie Green Campbell (Mrs. W m . ) ,
715 Court Street, Port Huron, Mich.
Edior-in-chief of T o D R A O M A , Virginia Judy Esterly, 2505 Parker Street,
Literary Editor, Muriel Eastman Martin, 2259 Central Avenue, Alameda, Cal.
Exchanges, Kate B. Foster, 2717 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, Cal.
Chapters Letters, Blanche Du Bois, San Leandro, Cal.
Business Manager of To DRAGMA, Isabelle Henderson, 1807 Wakefield Avenue,
Delegate, Lula K . Bigelow (Mrs. C . G . ) , 1610 South 7th Avenue, Maywood, 111.
Secretary, Marguerite B. Lake, A V, Crannog, Forrest H i l l , Md.
Alpha—Barnard College, Columbia University, New York.
P i — H . Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, L a .
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—DePauw 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, III.
Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
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.
CHAPTER CORRESPONDING SECRETARIES
Alpha—Esther Burgess, 557 West 124 Street, New York.
Pi—Cora M. Spearing, 1419 Amelia Street, New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Mabel E . Witte, 535 Second Street, Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Beatrice Armstrong, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Annie Linn, R. M. W. C , College Park, Va.
Zeta—Gisella Birkner, 226 South 27th Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Olive Cutter, 2260 Grove Street, Oakland, Cal.
Theta— Iva Smith, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Zilpah Wilde, 12 Raymond Avenue, West Somerville, Mass.
Gamma—Luella Woodman, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Mildred Mosier, Sage College, Ithaca, N. Y .
Rho— Merl V . Anderson, Willard Hall, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Sheda Lowman, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
Iota—Hazel Alkire, University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Alpha—Eleanor New, 607 West 116th Street, New York, N . Y .
Pi—Mary Thomas, 1231 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Mabel E . Witte, 535 Second Street, Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Beatrice Armstrong, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Eleanor Somerville, College Park, V a .
Zeta—Edith Hall, 1315 C Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Mary DeWitt, 2519 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Iva Smith, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Katherine Bickford, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Celia M. Coffin, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Mabel de Forest, Sage College, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Pauline Pearson, Chapin Hall, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Natalie B. Ferand, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
Iota—Lora Moulton, University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
New York Alumnae—Mrs. Jean L . Frame (Mrs. J . E . ) , 606 West 122nd
Street, New York, N. Y .
San Francisco Alumnae—Blanche Du Bois, San Leandro, Cal.
Boston Alumnae—Clara Russel, 182 Cambridge Street, Winchester, Mass.
Providence Alumnae—Helen Eddy Rose (Mrs. A. D . ) , 25 Fruit H i l l Avenue,
Providence, R. I .
Lincoln Alumnae—Annie Jones, Pres., 1710 B Street, Lincoln, Neb.
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A FABLE HONORING A L P H A OMICRON PI
A s I trudged the highway a green daisy-flecked bank enticed me
aside, and r u n n i n g down h a l f eagerly, h a l f impelled I came to a
cave arching beneath the road. Here I sat awhile and the cool
seclusion of the sheltering rocks pervaded and refreshed me like a
rare sympathy. M y heart stirred, and I said: "This place is lovely
because it is a refuge for those who leave the dusty jostling crowd
to find a fairer w a y of life. T h e n I looked u p w a r d : m y heart started
a n d awoke, f o r I s a w that the bending rock not only made a s h e l t e r
of beauty a n d serenity for those within, but bore on strong patient
shoulders the burden of the way-faring world outside.
T h e fable is interpreted thus: when the lure of ideals drew us
f r o m taking life in a common-place way, we thought to make a little
world apart from the big confusing one—a world of purity and
aspiration a n d fine relationship with chosen spirits, a n d we called it
A l p h a O m i c r o n P i . B u t it turned out better than we planned for
here we learned to know a n d value and falteringly to practice that
honest dealing, forbearance, and courtesy which sweetened fraternity
life and must underlie all commerce with the work-a-day world.
V I R G I N I A N E T H E R , IT '09.
HISTORY O FRHO CHAPTER
I t was a memorable day for A O I I when C a r o l y n P i p e r came to
Northwestern to take post-graduate work. A t least that is the opin-
ion of a l l us R h o chapter girls. F o r she brought with her the idea
of a Northwestern Chapter of A O I I , and although she did not begin
the agitation, which later ended in the installation of our chapter, un-
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til Thanksgiving, her thoughts all that fall were on that subject. Short-
ly after Thanksgiving she began to collect the girls who were to be
the future Rho chapter. We did not have the advantage of an
organization as a local, for there are no locals for girls at North-
western, so the girls had to be chosen one by one as the crowd en-
larged. The work of organization had to be sub rosa, and this was
only one of the many things which made those two months trying
ones. We were helped in our work of organization by Bess Med-
bourne, ©, then in Comnock School of Oratory, and other members
of Theta chapter proved only too glad to help us by encouragement
and suggestion. A t last in the middle of January our petition was
sent to Mrs. Campbell. Then began our long months of waiting,
and how interminable they seemed to us only charter members can
know. There were exciting times when three A O lis from Zeta
chapter, Lulu King Bigelow, Laura Buchanan Lockey, and Corris
Damon Peak came to visit us, and later when Mrs. Campbell came
to "inspect" us. We had almost given up hopes when finally, the
night of June 9, came the telegram from Elizabeth Toms, then
Grand Secretary, welcoming us into Alpha. Two days later, June 11,
Rho chapter was formally installed by Mrs. Campbell and Mrs.
Bigelow. Ten charter members were initiated at that time,—Carolyn
Piper, Loverne Dolbeer, Gladys Kaye, Edith Baxter, Mervyna
Dolsen, Julia Norton, Merl Anderson, Mae Barlow, Edith Moody,
and Avaline Kindig. Three others, Margaret Wyne, Faye Smith,
and Anne Curry, were initiated when we came back in the fall, as
they were not able to stay for our first initiation.—The installation
was held at the home of Mrs. G. K. Row where since then all of our
initiations have been held. Following the installation we went to the
Avenue House for a banquet to celebrate the advent of Rho chapter.
Since that time we have had (according to most people) phenomen-
al success for a new chapter. This is due to a very great extent to
the loyal A O I I alumnae from other chapters who are living in Chi-
cago. A t present we have in our active chapter twenty-two initiated
members and three pledges, making twenty-five in all. We are look-
ing forward to a very bright future for Rho chapter.
A V A L I N E K I N D I G , P.
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HISTORY OF NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
When I look at the four large volumes which recount the history
of this university, I wonder how it can be condensed into a page or
two. I t can be but an outline.
In 1850 nine men, members of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
who met to consider the founding of a university in the vicinity of
Chicago, agreed that "the interests of Christian learning demand the
immediate establishment of a university in the North-West." On
January 28, 1851, Governor French signed the act that incorporated
Northwestern University. After considering several locations near
Chicago, the trustees selected for the university, a tract of land on the
shore of Lake Michigan, twelve miles north of the heart of Chicago
and covered by an unbroken forest. Here in 1855, the first univer-
sity building was erected—now, a rather antiquated structure known
as Old College. On November 1, 1855 the University opened with
a mere hand f u l l of students.
The first of fourteen presidents was Dr. Clark Titus Hinman,
whose untimely death prevented his further progress in the building
of the broad and liberal university which he had planned. I t is too
much here to mention all these presidents by name, and to tell of
the good works of each. Every one of them has contributed his best
efforts to the advancement of Northwestern. Dr. Abram Wine-
gardner Harris, became the head of the university in 1906; may he
long be the last!
In 1869, a new building. University Hall was erected. The year
1873 saw the Evanston College for Ladies united with the university,
and a dormitory, Willard H a l l , built for the use of the women. I n
the next decade or so, Science H a l l and Dearborn Observatory were
erected. The professional schools were organized and graduate work
was inaugurated. Additional buildings raised were Lunt Library,
Fisk H a l l , Annie May Swift Hall, and Music Hall. A new building
completed in 1909 is Swift Hall of Engineering, of which the univer-
sity is very proud. But the finest recent acquisition is the new gym-
asium, an imposing structure on the upper campus, considered the
finest gymnasium in the country. Chapin and Pearsons are two
Women's dormitories. Other buildings on the campus are the old
gymnasium, Hatfield House (a dormitory for Evanston Academy)
and Memorial and Heck Hall, both of Garrett Bibical Institute.
The professional schools are situated in Chicago.
To sum up, the schools of the university are: the College of
Liberal Arts; the College of Engineering; the School of Music; the
School of Oratory; Evanston Academy—all in Evanston j in Chicago,
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the Medical School; the Law School; the School of Pharmacy; the
Dental School; the School of Commerce; Grand Prairie Seminary
in Onargo and the Elgin Academy in Elgin. With the university is
associated Garrett Bibical Institute.
E L I Z A B E T H H I E T A N D , P.
TRADITIONS OF NORTHWESTERN
As Northwestern is only sixty years old, it is rather young to have
traditions. At least I always associated traditions with those old,
old, ivy-covered eastern colleges, with an ancient and almost—may
I say—mouldering air about them. Still we have ivy climbing on
some of our buildings, so I think what customs we have might be
The freshman-sophomore pole rush is of interest the first thing in
the fall. A t the time appointed, the two classes (of course only the
men!) line up opposite each other with the pole on the ground in
the middle. The signal impels them forward and they grasp the
pole. After about twenty minutes of decidedly unlady-like behavior,
time is called. The class that has the most number of hands grasp-
ing the pole is awarded the victory.
Shortly after the freshmen arrive, they are expected to provide
themselves with green caps and wear them whenever on the campus,
or suffer the vengeance of the sophs.
In 1876 the freshmen started the custom of burning their Trig-
onometries at the end of the semester. This was known as Trig
Cremation. Later, however, the freshmen gave an original comic
opera, written by members of the class, with local hits in it, played
by the men. Trig Play is presented in May every year.
Junior exhibition was started in 1872. On this occasion, the
junior geniuses spouted much choice oratory, egged or tormented
in other ways by the sophomores. Very soon, however, the juniors
commenced the custom of giving a play and now every year for a
long time, Junior Play has been presented in the spring.
In May the women of the university elect a junior as the May
Queen, who is crowned with appropriate ceremonies by the Queen
of the preceding year.
It is in the month of April that the seniors don their caps and
gowns for the first time. A l l the college except those mysterious
juniors who are off nobody knows where, are on tiptoe with expecta-
tion to see them come into chapel. The long line of seniors slowly
marching to the music of the deep-toned organ comes filing in. Of
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a sudden a funeral march resounds. What is this strange procession
coming in? Four junior men in ghostly attire carry in the bier,
tastefully covered with spinach, carrots and onions, and all the other
juniors in the said ghostly attire file in and take their places. A t
appropriate times during the service (which is, on this day, a college
meeting not a religious service) the juniors moan and groan for the
departed seniors, causing great amusement thereby. This was the
junior stunt this year. Every year, the junior class has to rack its
brains to find an original idea to carry out.
Just before graduation, is senior chapel. At this time the senior
statistics are read. We listen with bated breath to learn who is the
most popular girl, the best all-around man, the most beautiful girl,
etc., in the class. At the end, the college rises while the seniors go
slowly out and the juniors move slowly ( ?) into their vacated seats.
In all this, no mention whatever has been made of "campustry."
It ought to be here noted, for surely from the early days one had only
to look along the lake shore to see fond couples slowly, very slowly
strolling. But being uncertain as to whether this is a tradition, I
leave it to my descerning readers to decide.
E L I Z A B E T H H I E S T A N D , P.
THE QUESTION OF RUSHING
Just now our local Pan-Hellenic is agitated with the question of
sophomore pledging. Matters of rushing have been rather unsatis-
factory, for we have had no formal pledge day and the time of
registration and the first two weeks of school have naturally been
very strenuous. Our bidding has usually been informal and in several
cases the confusion has caused misunderstandings. However we had
let matters d r i f t and tried our best to be honorable to each other.
A representative from the national Pan-Hellenic visited us a short
time ago and startled us by saying that we were considered one of
the gravest problems the national organization has before them. She
suggested as a remedy that we introduce either sophomore pledging
or at least second semester. She offered such convincing arguments
that each representative carried an earnest appeal to her chapter to
co-operate in undertaking one or the other. But each girls has
seemed to have very decided ideas of her own and as yet we can come
to no definite understanding in the individual chapters and much less
in Pan-Hellenic. We can do nothing further but wait until the
National organization carry out their threat and ask the faculty to
require a change. VIRGINIA WALKER,
Local Pan-Hellenic Repres.
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FROM A DIARY.
We had our spread in one of the girl's rooms at the H a l l after
fraternity meeting. We arrived in groups of twos and threes and
placed ourselves about the room in a manner at once compact and
artistic. When we had all arrived our supper, the usual amount of
good 'eats,' was served.
Suddenly there arose a cry, " I want a fork!" followed by a regular
toranado of "How are we supposed to eat with our fingers?" "For
goodness sake, pass the forks!" etc. etc.
A twinge of memory afflicted me about then and I endeavored to
look as small as possible. But it was useless. A rapid fire of questions
came in upon me from all sides. "Kate, where are the knives and
forks and spoons you were to have brought?" "Kate, did you bring
the knives and forks?"
I had forgotten about the suggestion that Janet and I should bring
the cutlery for this occasion.
Janet and I were scolded roundly until I suggested the use of
hat pins. The questions and remonstrances ceased for the space of
two breaths. When up spoke Miss Thoughtful "But we can't eat
ice cream with hat pins!"
Resigned to our fate I asked Janet to depart with me to our re-
spective domiciles for the cutlery. But Janet, it appeared, had an
engagement and could not spare the time necessary for this ex-
Janet kindly offered to tell me where the key was placed in the
secret repository on the front porch and to offer that I take all I
wanted from her house as it was nearer. No one was at home, -1
could walk right in, she explained.
Lorraine volunteered to go with me. Leaving our supper we
started on our way.
Finally we arrived at Janet's. The home looked dark, and taking
the key from its hiding place we entered. Feeling around, stumbling
over the furniture, we tried to find an electric button. We felt like
burglars entering a house, and without realizing it, we stepped
cautiously and spoke in whispers. Presently I discovered one button,
turned it on and we had enough light to enable us to find our way to
the dining room.
Then began our search. We had forgotten to ask Janet where to
look. We opened all the buffet drawers to discover the repository of
the cutlery. A l l this we did rather quietly as i f fearing to be over
heard in that silent house.
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Search as we might we could find only eleven forks and eleven
spoons. I knew there must be more somewhere, because at our last
spread at Janet's there had been any number of pieces, more than
necessary for us.
Suddenly I looked up toward the door attracted by that undefined
feeling that some one was watching me.
There in the doorway stood a man, his hair disheveled, with a coat
on, but colarless, and with a revolver clasped loosely in his right
hand. Astonishment and laughter struggled for mastery on his
I must have turned pale. I suddenly felt rather weak but I did
not cry out.
"Lorraine, there is a man here. Don't be frightened," I said as
quietly as possibly. She was frightened, however.
"Well, sir," I finally managed to say." What do you want?"
"That is the question I would like to ask you girls, he asserted
quite calmly. "You see I room in this house, and was told there was
to be no one home tonight. I was awakened from a nap by the rat-
tling of silver down stairs. I decided to investigate; so here I am.
Now you explain."
Lorraine and I rivalled each other in talking the fastest in our
efforts to explain our presence to the good natured giant before us.
To say we were 'fussed' would be putting it mildly. He is terribly
"Please put up the revolver," I interjected in the midst of my
recital, " I t make me nervous I "
With another smile he put it in his pocket but kept his hand on
the revolver. "How am I to know that what you girls say is true?"
he casually inquired.
I have been under the impression since that he was enjoying him-
"Why, here are my sorority and literary pins!" as I displayed them.
" I ' l l accept your explanations," he laughingly said.
Then we suddenly realized that the girls were waiting for us. I
stuffed the silver into my two big pockets and started for the door.
I t was shut. We had left it open with the key on the outside. I
tried to open the door but could not. Lorraine tried and struggled.
I appealed to the man who had followed us closely. He tried the
lock and shook it but rather faint-heartedly, I thought. A fear shot
through my mind which evidently occurred to Lorraine at the same
time. I felt rather weak and leaned up against the door. I t did not
affect Lorraine that way for with apparent self-possession she turned
on the man.
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" I believe you are a really truly burglar and that you have locked us
in here on purpose. Let us out immediately or I shall cry out!"
"Honest now, do I look like a burglar?" He drew himself up to
his f u l l height and smiled.
"Well, then please help us to get out," I said.
"Let's try the back door," he ventured. He leading the way, we
walked through the house. But the back door was locked and no
key visible. Lorraine seemed still skeptical of his sincerity.
"Maybe you can climb through the front window and open the door
from the outside," I suggested. Back through the house we trailed,
Just as we reached the front hall the door opened and in walked
Jack, Janet's brother.
"Well, what do you call this! Bob, what are you doing? What's
the matter with you girls, you looked fussed?"
We must have looked queer, having halted, one behind the other
just as we marched in. But as Jack finished we all three crowded
around him and began talking all at once.
"Let Bob have the floor. He can tell it quicker and straighter than
the rest of you."
"We'll leave him to tell it then," snapped Loraine and we hastily
By the time we arrived at the Hall, the need of the knives and
forks had passed but the spoons were in great demand.
Lorraine and I had decided to say nothing of our adventure.
Questions were asked but we put them off with. "We're famished.
For goodness sake, let us eat in peace!"
There was the usual good time and gossip going on but Lorraine
and I were too much excited to enjoy it.
Finally dish-washing time came. Lorraine and I volunteered to
wash and carry back the silver. This made us rather late in leaving.
In fact, all the girls but those who lived in the H a l l had left.
As we started down the long flight of steps leading from the Hall
porch a man turned and looked up at us. We descended quietly and
started on our way. The man walked after us. We hastened our
steps and he his.
Lorraine's self-possession deserted her and clutching my arm she
started to run.
"Don't run. He'll think we are afraid i f we do." I whispered.
"But I am afraid," she whispered back and letting go my arm she
ran. I did not exactly relish the idea of being left alone; so I started
About half way up the block a young man was walking north, in
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the direction we were going. Lorraine dashed up to him and said,
"Please, won't you take us home; a man is following us?" I arrived,
panting, in time to hear this.
"Yes, indeed, I ' l l be glad to do so;" and as he turned we saw—
that it was the man Jack called Bob.
"What, you girls in trouble again!" he exclaimed when he dis-
covered who we were.
"There goes the man," said Lorraine. And sure enough he was
departing at a rapid walk in the opposite direction.
Lorraine lived nearer the Hall than I ; so we went home with her
As we said good-night in front of my door he asked, "May I call
some evening with Jack and be properly introduced?"
"Yes," I said and he left.
I wonder when Mr. Bob will call. I ' l l tell you all about it when
he does. L. M A R I E V I C K , '11,
Rho Chapter of A O I I .
TOAST TO RHO
I TOAST R H O :
Those traditions set tho young as yet
But firm and staunch;
Those standards of the old girls who loved the new girls,
For character, ideals, strength for Northwestern
Dignity, ability, democracy.
Our hopes and dreams for Rho as they are tonight
For that they will be tomorrow;
Our success, our failures,
Our room, lovely, of all spots the best
Wherein we sisters love and quarrel
Then comes the reaction of love, as it were
That love which Rho's sisters cherish.
Not the Past nor Present but the Future of Rho I now toast.
That Future dreamed of by girls who love first, Alpha.
So I toast our striving with the one thought abiding,
The Best for Rho.
C A R O L I N E P O W E R , Rho '12.
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THE PARTHENON AT MIDNIGHT
Listen to the stately stepping
Of the ghostly feet that tread
In this temple of the dead;
And the wild weird pirouetting
Of the hollow winds coquetting
With the solemn silhouetting
Of the phantoms as they loom
I n endless phalanx through the gloom.
See the faint and fainter gleaming
Of the midnight moon that wanes,
Wondering at the spirit trains,
As among the shadows kneeling.
Or between the columns stealing,
Wofully they go, revealing
Forms of worshippers of old,
Come again from out the mold.
Hear their Stygian garments sweeping,
As again they restless roam
To their drear and barren home,
Where is now Apollo's luting?
Where Arcadian Pan's clear fluting?
Hark! the shrill owl's jealous hooting!
Whither gone? ye whom they miss,
Gods of the Acropolis!
E D I T H W H E R R Y , Sigma
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T H E S O R O R I T Y G I R L IN C O L L E G E A C T I V I T I E S
The sorority gird and the sorority system in general have lately
been the subject for considerable comment and criticism. Perhaps
the most serious argument that has been made against them is this:
That the tendency of the sorority girl is to confine her friendships
and her interests to her house, and to neglect the larger world of col-
lege individuals and activities. This is, to be sure, in many cases, a
tendency, but it is by no means a necessity, resulting from the mere
fact of membership in a sorority. Perhaps a few statistics may help
to prove this point:
The University of California has an enrollment of some twelve
hundred women. These are organized into a body known as the
Associated Women Students, which is controlled by an executive
committee of five women, three seniors and two juniors. For the past
year, four of the girls on this committee were members of sororities.
The fifth entered a house at the close of the year. The positions are
elective, and the vote of the women means a recognition of the interest
these girls have taken in the affairs of the University.
Another noteworthy point is this: I n the business meeting of the
women, and in their mass meetings, in their social affairs, and in
their senior singing, the percentage of sorority girls in attendance is
always larger than that of non-sorority girls in comparison to the
number of each. The houses actually do help in this, for they see to
it that they are represented, and feel a responsibility in supporting
college affairs from the point of view of the honor of the house.
The existence of organized groups is effective in another way,
especially in a university without dormitories. Whenever a movement
that needs discussion is started on the campus—such as the honor sys-
tem, or a Women's Students' Affairs Committee or plans for financing
the senior women's hall,—the first suggestion is "Ring up the
houses!" The meetings of twelve organized groups are one of the
best nuclei in originating discussion, and in securing the support
of a plan, and a house whose influence is directed in the right way,
can be a power for good in the world of college activities.
But it all comes back at last to the questions of the individual. I f
she has the right college feeling, her membership in a sorority will
prove a help to her. I t will give her poise, a lack of self-consciousness,
and the social training that college leadership needs. But i f she is
content with the extent to which her house satisfies her immediate
needs of friendship and pleasure, and refuses to make the effort nec-
essary in cultivating interests outside the house, she will not realize
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the aim of her sorority and university life. But it will be herself, and
not her sorority, that is at fault.
U . of C. 1911.
T H E LAND O' T H E M O O N
A L I C E E. S H I N N , A '09.
When evening is hanging her lamp in the east
Out on the edge of the world,
When gold-dusted poppies are drowsey and sweet
And twilight's grey depths but star-pearled—
Then loosen thy soul like a scarf in the wind,
And waft like a dream thru the air
To enter the portals called Land 'o the Moon.—
Oh, it is wondrously fair!
You may wander the gardens of fanciful dreams
But the doors of the Temple are barred
Lest thou offer for toll all thy sorrowing woe,
Willow-wood leaves, autumn-scarred.
For that is the solace of rose-leaves blown sear—
Beauty to make the heart swoon,
And Joy-in-the-World, the fragrance and balm
Of this beautiful Land 'o the Moon.
(Published in English Club Year Book 1909)
THE GREATER FRATERNITY
When the reports come from the Executive Committee, when we
read T o D R A G M A , and even more, when the call comes for a meeting
of the grand council and we are asked as now, to vote on amendments
to the Constitution that will affect not only our own little group of
girls, but all our chapters throughout the country—at these times
especially, we realize not only the great responsibility but also the
great good of our fraternity. We see more clearly than ever before
why it was an advantage, not only for us as individuals, but for
society as well, that on a certain evening in a certain year, we were
initiated not to a local organization called Alpha but to a national
fraternity, Apha Omicron Pi.
The advantage of a "national," we have taken for granted. I n
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reality, the growth of the great fraternities, the merging of smaller
societies with these larger organizations during the last few years,
has proved that we were right in our assumption. The real benefit
of this larger family, is breadth I t prevents a narrow, self-centered
organization. The local is the schoolroom in which the dormant
facilities of the shy girl are nourished by love and encouragement,
and in which a too great self-assertion or crudeness is curbed. The
national fraternity is the meeting ground of the trained and well
rounded local fraternity women, and affords a broader field for
interest to correspond to her broader post-collegiate existence. We
learn to sacrifice our interest for the good of the whole and it is
inevitable that we should carry the lesson so learned out into the
world with us. So let us work together lovingly and loyally for our
great fraternity. L. M. SILLCOX,
INSTALLATION OF IOTA CHAPTER
On the afternoon of December 16, 1910 we received the glad
tidings of Alpha's acceptance of our petition. Needless to say that
afternoon was one of the happiest we have ever experienced—in fact
we were so happy that it was with the greatest efforts that we con-
cealed our joy from our University friends. For two months and
fourteen days we lived in a continuous state of excitement—which
time we spent in enthusiastic planning for the installation. Feb-
ruary 27 was the date for the formal installation of Iota Chapter;
Mrs. Carrie Green Campbell conducting the service, assisted by
Mae Barlow, acting as sponsor. Following the installation service
a banquet was served in the dining room of the chapter house, this
room being decorated in Alpha's color and flower. Tuesday after-
noon February the 28th we gave a reception, at our home, in honor
of our installing officer—having issued one hundred and fifty invita-
tions to faculty and friends. Iota chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was
formally introduced into the "Greek Letter" world by the cordial
invitation from the Pan-Hellenic Association at "Illinois."
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NOT long ago I received a letter from a sister in Alpha Omicron
Pi—and one who was initiated as a graduate at that—saying
"Sometimes I get so enthusiastic about frat affairs that I just have
to sit down and write some one. I am always interested in chapter
letters to see which sound as though the chapter were really active.
What we want is real enthusiasm! That can carry most anything
through. With more girls of that sort our many "problems" would
vanish into thin air. Enthusiasm, Fraternity Spirit or whatever we
may wish to call it is the wellspring of all our fraternity life. The
fine loyalty to an intangible something that warms our hearts towards
the scores of girls whom we have never met and whom we may
never meet, and brings us all into one close and glorious sisterhood in
a unity of interest and ideals and still sweeter realities is to some of us
the dearest acquisition of our four collegiate years. I f our four years
are, scholastically to teach us how to think for our lifetime so,
socially—I speak in the larger sense—they teach us how to live in
harmony with any conditions that may come up in after life. The
many problems and necessary concessions of individual likes and
preferences which every fraternity encounters make for harmon-
ious, thoughtful and unselfish living, and i f we are worthy the name
of our fraternity, that spirit will remain and flower in our larger life.
/ ^ \ N E of the strongest arguments advanced by active chapter girls
against sophomore pledging, is the financial strain that the lack
of freshmen would bring on the chapter. The freshman class usually
outnumbers the others in a Sorority as it does in a college, as every
year brings a shrinkage in numbers. But would this not necessitate
the pledging of a limited number of upper classmen? And from
experience we all have discovered that sometimes in our rush for
freshmen we overlook the girl who has shown less attractiveness dur-
ing the first mad weeks of college, but who has quietly blossomed into
everything one wishes in a sister?
^ H E axe is being put to the root of the tree, and with the inevit-
* able sophomore or second semester rushing will come a cure for
many ills, and not the least of these will be the much mooted question
of "Chapter House versus Dormitory." From the different and num-
erous discussions in our "Sister Magazines" the main objection to a
sorority house seems to be the growth of snobbishness engendered by
by chapter houses. In answer to this we would ask i f the Dormitory
would solve the problem? Would not groups always form as they
always have even in colleges where fraternities ar forbidden? And
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is not a segregation of these groups into organized bodies less apt
to cause bitterness and jealousy than when they vie under one roof?
The Sorority is an outgrowth of these circles of congenial spirits
found in any large and more or less unorganized body of people.
The later rushing day will give to the freshman an ample chance for
acquaintance with every classmate and the sorority life at "the house"
will be the sweet, sane choice of the best way in which ones private
life at college should be spent. The acquaintances will not be limited,
as they necessarily are when the freshman enters the sorority house
immediately upon entering college, but she will have friends irre-
spective of Sorority, which is wise and good, at the same time living
in an atmosphere of harmony and helpfulness which will aid and
spur her to achievement.
AG A I N the year has rolled around (it is fearfully trite and no
doubt the expression will be frowned upon) but it has rolled
around—and another class becomes alumna. And of course, again
tritely, we have a word to say to the class of 1911. But this time the
"Sayings" mean much to us as a national organization. The four
years of benefit to the girl have past and now come the two score
years of benefit for the fraternity. Your collegiate years have helped
the fraternity by the standard of personality that you have shown.
But now comes the work for the Fraternity as a whole—a greater
field for usefulness for Alpha Omicron Pi than is possible for an
undergraduate to have. The Fraternity will now cease to mean your
Active Chapter, and will mean the national unit, and the love and
labor of every graduate should be increased in direct proportion. The
duties of every alumna should be imediate identification with an
alumna chapter, grand council, conventions and To D R A G M A . These
are a great part of your Fraternity and we urge every graduate to be
ready and eager for the service.
" \ T 7"E would like to ask for a discussion of a Life Subscription for
" * T o D R A G M A , in the different chapter Fraternity meetings, and
for a report of the discussion to To D R A G M A as well as Grand Coun-
cil. The question seems to be an important one to both Editor and
T N the November 1910 issue, statistics were given, stating in what
way the alumnae of each chapter were supporting the magazine.
Since then, there has been a much greater proportion, and I am very
happy in the showing found below. This is also an opportunity to
correct a misunderstanding that has arisen over the purpose of the
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"Love Gift." Many of the girls, donating, have thought they were
subscribing to the magazine, whereas it was only a gift to aid in its
maintainance. My wish is to include you all as subscribers—I regret
that the Business Manager is unable to do this. May I ask you to
read with, me, the following, taken from the circular sent you?" A l l
gifts of one dollar or less will go to the editor of 'To D R A G M A , ' and
any balance to the Grand Treasury." I t now seems fitting to
thank you for your quick response to this appeal—you have made
many things possible, for financially "To D R A G M A " is able to start
on its four visits to all subscribing Alpha Omicron Pi's, in this coming
year. This report seems to be replete with thanks. I have tried
writing personal notes to the alumnae of those chapters, who have
so willingly undertaken to work among non-subscribing alumnae—
and to the earnest workers in the active chapters on these same lines—
and again to those, who have answered these appeals. I wish you
might all share with me, the letters that come from these loyal
Alpha 0*8. I want you all to know, and ge grateful each one to the
other for making possible this little book, that comes with its
message to you.
Subscriptions. Number of *Alumnae.
Alpha 27 52
Kappa 0 53
Nu 6 82
Sigma 39 15
Zeta 28 45
Delta 14 31
Gamma 5 15
Providence Alumnae. . . 5
160 * 598—27%
•[Alumnae included all members of A O I I , not active in college,
whether graduates or not.]
A L L Alumnae will receive the July "To D R A G M A " at the same
• * * address as that of the May number. I f away for the summer,
kindly make arrangements for forwarding the magazine, as it is a
question of expense incurred in changing and rechanging the list
sent to the printer.
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ACTIVE CHAPTER LETTERS
ALPHA. BARNARD COLLEGE
Cecilia Sillcox, Graduate. Mildred Schlesinger, Graduate.
Louise Sillcox, 1911. Lilian Schoedler, 1911.
Elizabeth Jones, 1912. Margaret Kettner, 1912.
Hester Rusk, 1912. Eleanore New, 1912.
Esther Burgess, 1913. Viola Turck, 1913.
Maria Diaz de Villalvilla, 1913.
Alpha wishes to apologize to all of you for not having sent our
letter in time for last issue, but we were taking midyears and you
all know what that means.
At present, we are joyfully uproarious, for we have acquired a
chapter room in the apartment of Edythe Hulbert, Alpha. We have
rummaged out all the available furniture, banners, pictures, etc.,
and are still in the throes of settling.
Louise Sillcox 1911 is chairman of the Senior Tea Committee and
is on the committee for an outdoor performance, that the senior class
will give during commencement week.
Lilian Schoedler is chairman of the Field Day Committee, Pres-
ident of the Athletic Association, and has been assigned the class will
for class day. She is also getting out a new Barnard Song Book and
doing her own book-agent canvassing for it.
Hester Rusk, 1912 furnishes our scholarly element. We swell
visibly with pride when she appears with each brand new A in botany.
Beth Jones, 1912 is general factotum. She can do anything from
taking a freshman out to walk in a nice and unostentatious manner,
to scrubbing the furniture with liquid veneer.
Eleanore New, 1912 is trying very hard to get ready to settle down
as a married woman—as i f any sane person could conceive of Eleanor
settling down to be serious.
Margaret Keltner, 1912 worked on the committee managing the
junior ball which was held at the Hotel Plaza.
Esther Burgess 1913, was business manager of the sophomore
show, chairman of the sophomore dance committee, and is at present
planning a domino cotillion that Alpha will give in May. She and
Viola Turck 1913, have good parts in the undergraduate show,
"Jeanne D'Arc." V i is our patent "grumps" eradicator. I t is per-
fectly impossible to be blue with her around.
Marie Diaz de Villalvilla 1913, is our advanced rusher. From time
to time, she reports on some particularly extraordinary freshman for
us to look up.
The girls of whom, we are proudest, are Cecilia Sillcox, '08 and
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Mildred Schlesinger, '09. Cecilia has been assistant in the chem-
istry department at Barnard this winter. Next year she will go to
Simnious College in Boston, as an instructor in their chemistry
department. We hope the Delta girls will look her up. Mildred
is the Chemistry Research Assistant to Dr. Sherman at Columbia.
On December 27, we had our regular Christmas dance at Earl
H a l l . — We had a fine time, and that is the surest sign of success,
On February 11, we had an Alpha luncheon at the Vanity Fair
Tea Room on F i f t h Avenue. The committee considered the name
peculiarly appropriate and our graduates turned out in force. Stella
Perry gave one of her inimitable speeches, so of course, the affair was
a success. Then later the '08 Alphas gave a shower for Jo Prahl,
who is to be married this month. The most original donation was
Hazel's "husband retainer," which received great applause. I f any
of you desire to know more about the above-named article, just write
to us for information. Not long ago we had a tea for our Alpha
alumnae and discussed matters of weight while devouring the most
lucious "eats" on record. On April 8, the alumnae returned the
compliment and invited us to a New York alumnae chapter meeting.
We all had luncheon together at college and then adjourned to Jean
Frame's for the meeting. We are planning a tea to the faculty and
Pan-Hellenic Association sometime in May. Over the fourth we are
going to take a cottage or tents somewhere on the sea shore and keep
house for two weeks on the co-operative pan. Since Eleanore is to
be married, soon after, we have almost decided to let her be head
cook, by the way of practice. Actives and alumnae are looking for-
ward to living together for one whole week.
We feel so much the need of keeping in touch with our alumnae
and having their interest and advice that we, have included them
in everything this winter, work as well as play. Margaret Yates was
on the dance committee and chairman of the luncheon committee.
Edith Dietz is chairman of the house-party. Beth Toms is our
alumna member of the Pan-Hellenic Association. Beatrice Anderson
and Margaret Yates are our alumnae members of Grand Council.
We have also just organized a new committee with Helen Mullan
as chairman, to whom the active chapter will come for advice in all
important matters. We send a member of the active chapter to each
New York alumnae meeting to give a report of what the active chap-
ter has done during the month, and on her return to give the active
chapter a report of the alumnae meeting. A l l this is very good for
the chapter. We hope it is as pleasant for the alumnae.
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I n Pan-Hellenic, a great many new schemes have been discussed,
but few rules have been passed. The most important new rule
states that no transfers or "specials" affiliated with either of the two
upper classes may be bid until she has been at college, for a month.
Any new comer entering the sophomore or freshman class comes
under the regular sophomore pledge-day rules. There seems to be
a feeling of dissatisfaction among the chapters in regard to the
present non-rushing rules, which i f taken absolutely literally are
practically impossible to live up to, and i f taken liberally admit of
much stretching and misunderstanding. We are trying to find ways
of improving the rules, but nothing has been decided upon as yet.
We want to extend to our newest sisters at Illinois our very heart-
iest and most loving greetings. We should be extremely glad to hear
from them and in fact from all of you.
PI. N E W C O M B C O L L E G E
In the spring of the year, the usual lackadaisical fever pervades
the atmosphere of college, and nothing exciting happens as a con-
sequence. The basketball games have been the only things to break
the monotony. This year 1911 carried off the championship, and
owing to interference of the weather and the faculty the usual
'varsity-alumnae game was not played. Another break in the mon-
otony, and this time a very nice break was the winning of the Carnot
Medal by a Newcomb girl. The medal is given every year to the
best debater in the university, the subject chosen being one of
French interest. This is the first time however that Newcomb has
won out against Tulane. But this is all college news, and though
we know that all our sister chapters are interested in what we, as a
college, do still the personal interest is stronger as to what we, as
A O Us do. Now we, as A O lis have been obeying the usual laws of
college fraternity life, rushing luncheons, teas, parties, and fraternity
meetings, of course, every week. The alumnae are still our inde-
fatigable helpmates, and what we could have done this year without
them we do not like to think.
Cora has left college, and we miss her more than anyone can
imagine unless she happens to know Cora.
Betsy made "sub" in the 'varsity and we were very proud of her,
as only one other sophomore made such "sub-ship." As to Dagma she
wins fame every day at making posters for all sorts of good causes,
place-cards for senior luncheons, beside all of her own work. Mary
is slowly realizing that these few months are the last of the seven
years she has spent at Newcomb and consequently doesn't always
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But all in all, you would be surprised at the quantity of excite-
ment such a small chapter can raise at one small "frat" meeting,
with the help of one or two alumnae.
So, in the spring of the year our fancy as always, turns to A O IT,
and we of the Southland send our sisters of the north and east and
west, spring greetings and the Alpha message.
NU, UNIVERSITY O F N E W Y O R K
On April 10th the monthly dinner party was held in the room
and it was an unusually jolly party. The conversation ran from gay
spring clothes worn in honor of the occasion to the .Suffrage pageant
to be held in New York in May and the terrible fire in the shirt
waist factory which joins the university building in the rear. Many
of the girls are taking active interest in having other factories properly
protected against another such disaster and all the girls are planning
to join the procession down Fifth Avenue on May 6th. Bertha
Rembaugh lias cliarge of one division of the pageant and it promises
to be a very effective demonstration.
Madeline Doty is secretary of a commission investigating the
Juvenile Courts and of die Child Labor Committee.
Daisy Gaus is again practising law in Brooklyn.
On March 31 Mabel E. Witte gave a pink tea at her home to
several of the junior law girls.
Nu chapter has invited the New York Alumni chapter to meet in
the N u chapter room on May 13.
M A B E L E. W I T T E ,
Secretary Nu Chapter.
OMICRON, UNIVERSITY O F TENNESSEE
At last the suspense is over and Omicron chapter takes great
pleasure in introducing two grand and highly enthusiastic Alphas
into our happy ranks. These two girls are Blossom Irene Swift
of Palestine, Texas, and Alice Newton Hayes of Nashville, Ten-
nessee, of both of whom we are justly proud.
Of course we should be glad to introduce a greater number but
since material was so scarce this year we congratulate ourselves
upon having captured these two who are so loyal and interested,
besides being attractive, etc.
Initiation took place on March 4 and was folowed by a grand
feast in our Fraternity rooms.
On Tuesday afternoon, April 18, Omicron chapter was beautifully
entertained by Mrs. Richard McCargo. This was, as all of Mrs.
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McCargo's parties a perfectly lovely and tastefully planned affair.
The color scheme of green and white being beautifully carried out
in the game diversions and menu. Among other diversions Mrs.
McCargo brought out a basketful of daisies—she asked each of us to
take one and when we had complied with her request—what was our
utter surprise to find that suspended from the daisy was a wedding-
bell announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of Myrtle
Minn Elois Hunt entertained the chapter one afternoon recently
in honor of Lillian Weels of Chattanooga who was then her guest.
Mrs. James Hunt (Emma Alhers) will leave soon for a visit with
Lucretia Jordan of Ashville, N . C.
Janie Mayo '09, spent two weeks in Asheville, the guest of
The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity convention was held in Knox-
ville recently and numbers of our girls enjoyed a dance given by
the n K As.
We are planning for a chapter reunion to be celebrated about
the first of May. Numbers of the old girls have planned to be here
and of course we are anticipating a great deal of pleasure. We
have arranged for a banquet and a number of smaller affairs.
KAPPA, RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
Kappa has been so excited for the last two months—we could
hardly wait t i l l time for another letter to tell everyone all about it.
Its just that same big question we've been agitating for months—the
same big secret we've been planning and dreaming and writing of
ever since this generation of Kappa's children could remember. Our
house is no longer a subject of speculation—but a real live something
growing bigger and bigger each day under our very eyes.
We started the first part of March—and maybe you think it wasn't
a festive day. From that time on, we have haunted "the Pines" in-
dividually and in groups—sitting on a pile of lumber in the afternoon
for hours at a time studying ( ?) and counting each nail and shingle
as it was used.
It seems as i f all that the frats needed was an impetus—within a
week's time after we had our shingle of possession up—six other
frats had claimed lots and now there's not a busier spot at Randolph-
Macon than the newly sprung up fraternity row. <& M and A A $ are
almost ready to move in—the others are going to be all ready to
begin life anew next September—and have a whole year to grow
used to their new surroundings while sophomore pledging goes into
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We've one more loyal member since we wrote you last—Grayson
Hoofnagle '12, Ashland, Va.—giving us now twenty-two girls.
We're all sorry when the final college plays begin to be given—
for it means only a few more weeks before we'll all be scattered—one
more year of college life gone—and friends whom we'll probably
never see again. We've had two splendid plays recently, "She
Stoops to Conquer" and "Much Ado About Nothing"—with four
of our girls in it—while next Saturday night comes our play in the
original Greek "Medes" of Erripides.
Don't forget our house warming in June—here's a big wish to see
every one of you there. Best wishes and love in A O I I .
ZETA. UNIVERSITY O F NEBRASKA
Since our last letter, Zeta has taken six girls into f u l l membership:
Hazel Williams '13, Jess Correll '13, Georgiana Jeffrys '13, Mabel
Ritchie '14, Mathilde Stenger '14 and Lourene Bratt '14. We
regret very much that one of our freshman, Cassel Apgar, was com-
pelled to return to her home in Monroe, Louisiana. An attack of
measles left her eyes i n such condition, that she was unable to return
to her university work. We also have another new member since our
big initiation. For this, we have to thank one of our inquisitive
freshman, who recently discovered that Miss Walton, our chaperone,
was taking work at the conservatory and was therefore eligible for
membership. She was at once pledged, and we are more than proud
that she is now one of our active members. Since her initiation, we
have pledged another girl, Helen Fitzgerald '13 of Lincoln.
Our annual formal dance was held at the Lincoln Hotel, March 3.
A number of our alumnae came back for this event, and a number
of guests, who will be freshman next fall, were present, making in
all about sixty couples. On April 22, we shall have a smaller dance
at St. George's studio, when we expect to entertain some of our
friends who are not fraternity women.
Hazel Williams '13, has been elected to Silver Serpent, the honor-
ary junior society, and Mabel Ritchie '14, to X i Delta, the honorary
sophomore society. Grace Gannon '12, has been elected to the
A new custom has been inaugurated in the university this semester,
and that is junior week. A l l week the juniors had their class colors
very much in evidence. A special convocation was given by the
class on Thursday; on Friday evening the junior prom was held
at the Lincoln Hotel, and on Saturday evening the class play, " A
Message from Mars," was given at the Oliver theatre. The week
was a success in every respect, and the intention is to make it an
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Another innovation which promises to become permanent in the
annual festivities of the university was "University Night." An
entertainment was planned that represented in caricature many of
the well known phases of local college life. The originality of the
whole program was very noticeable and refreshing. By the good
natured humor of the whole entertainment, both college professors
and college students were made to know how others see them.
A good deal of excitement has been aroused by a bill before our
last legislature to move the university from its central location to
the state farm grounds, east of town. The present campus is very
crowded, and lacks in beauty and artistic arrangement. After a
heated discussion the law makers decided that since millions would
be required for removal and at least ten years of time would be
necessary for its accomplishment, we must stay where we are. How-
ever the decision was softened by an appropriation of $175,000 to
be used in enlarging and improving the campus.
At a recent meeting of the Inter-Sorority Council an attempt was
made to introduce sophomore pledging, but it failed. For another
year at least, we shall be free to rush the freshman. Zeta is not an
advocate of sophomore pledging, and hopes that this decision will be
Each class in the university of Nebraska has an organization for
the women of that class. The membership varies from twelve to
fifteen, and members are selected from among the most prominent
and best liked members of the classes. Two of these organizations
have just had their elections and Alpha O has representation in each
of them. Hazel Williams has been elected to Silver Serpents, the
junior girls organization, and Mabel Ritchie has been elected to X i
Delta a similar organization of the sophomores.
(Submitted by V I O L A G R A Y . )
SIGMA, UNIVERSITY O F CALIFORNIA
Rose Gardner, 1911. Garrett, Georgia Meredith, 1914.
Blanche Ahlers, 1911. Wynne Meredith, 1914.
Lucile Kistler, 1911. Myrtle Anderson, 1914.
Olive Cutler, 1911. Hertha Hermann, 1915.
Jennctt Miller 1911. Rita Keane, 1915.
Grace Weeks, 1912. Phyllis Maguire, 1915.
Elaine Standish, 1912. Alice Barber, 1915.
Irene Flanagan, 1912. Dorothy Richardson, 1915.
Margaret Hurley, 1912. Helen Thayer, 1915.
Ethel Porter, 1913. Pearl Pierce, 1915.
Mildred Hunter, 1913. Mary Agnes Cameron, 1915.
Mary de Witt, 1913. Claudia Massie, 1915.
Emma Black, 1913. Ethel Foskett, 1915.
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Gloom, gloom—"ixs" are coming. Who among the sisters dares
to wear a cheerful face in front of that. Yet there is scarcely time
to give the prospect a thought. Social functions of every description
have to be attended. After the two weeks of final examinations,
every one turns out for glorious senior week. We lose five girls this
year, Blanche Ahlers, Rose Gardner, Lucile Kistler, Jennette Mitter
and Olive Cutter, whose loss we certainly shall feel keenly. They all
have been well liked, prominent and willing workers. Since the
last chapter letter, several of them have been given new honors.
Rose Gardner has been elected to Phi Beta K a p p a and will bolster
up our somewhat scant representation there. Blanche Ahlers has
recently become a member of the Prytanean honor society of all
prominent upperclass women.
Senior week is to be the grand finale of the semester. We have
our senior banquet then and are wondering if any of the sisters will
announce any little item of importance. But the engaged sisters
will have to wait until the next letter. The senior pilgrimage is
being looked forward to. T h i s is a pretty custom of having the
graduates visit for the last time the old, familiar places. Rose is
to speak from the New Doe Library, a coveted honor which befalls
only the few. I n the Senior Extravanganza, Jennette Millen, whom
I forgot to mention is president of the local Pan-Hellenic, is to have
the second principal part. What shall we do without a prima donna
next year. "Jack" certainly can put spirit in the most down-in-the-
mouth rushing dinner and lead us off on all the rousing songs.
Our bidding day for next semester is that of freshman registra-
tion. Consequently we have to entertain this semester. We have had
one big, formal dance at Hillside club house to which we invited
non-matriculates. Hut I must mention right away the new freshman
whom we have initiated and who made her debut at the Hillside
dance. She is Alice Barber '14 of Pomona and a darling. Next
week we intend to have a progressive rushing dinner party. It goes
this way—the guests stay at the different small tables and the girls
progress with the different courses. In this way, each Alpha O has
her chance to become acquainted with the "rushee." Yesterday. Rose
Gardner, as the out going president of the College Women, gave a
big reception or rather her mother gave it for her. We floated about
also in our silks and satins. Incidently our "rushees" were invited
and how could they fail to be impressed with the wonder of it all.
Mrs. Gardner like a fairy-god-mother gave the girls a house dance
the same evening, wasn't that jolly?
There is no more to tell for this time except that the girls are
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planning to move and open a new house next semester. It is a
darling—covered all over the outside with climbing roses and inside
it is a dream for dances and receptions with its immense living room
and cozy nooks.
THETA, DEPAUW UNIVERSITY
DELTA. JACKSON COLLEGE
GAMMA. UNIVERSITY O F MAINE
Gamma is in a peaceful and happy frame of mind. The new
sisters are getting settled and showing fine A O I I spirit. Though
initiation occurred two months ago, no account of it has been pub-
lished in T o D R A G M A , SO here goes. We had the ritual in our chapter
room, and from there we took the car to Bangor, where we had our
banquet in a private dining room of the Bangor House. The long
table was laid for over thirty good A O I I girls. Menus and place
cards were decorated in water colors with red roses—the work of our
artistic members. The center-piece was a great mass of red carna-
tions, and at the place of each initiate was a red rose. Peggy Flint,
as toast-mistress, called on Mildred Prentiss (our president), Mrs.
Balentine, and Lennie Copeland, as well as on each initiate. It was
a tired and happy crowd that boarded the last car for Orono that
Gamma has also had a birthday—April 16. But the 16 being
Sunday, we celebrated the 17. We had ritual service in the chapter
room, followed by a business meeting. Then the committee served
us with cake, candy, and punch. O n the table they placed a cake
with four candles burning, one for each year and one to grow on.
Helen Worster gave a toast, which we drank with glasses full of our
delicious punch, and hearts full of love and loyalty. A few of our
Alumnae were there, and Mrs. Balentine too. On the whole, the
evening was one of the very best we ever had.
Some of our number were chosen to compete for the junior prize
speaking. These were Celia Coffin, Luella Woodman and Helen
Worster. June Kelley is a member of the "Prism" board.
On the night following initiation we gave our annual dance at
Mt. Vernon House. The rooms were decorated with red paper roses
which climbed in long garlands over the windows and doorways.
The music was screened off by roses growing all over a green trellis,
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and the punch table occupied a little house made of evergreens and
ornament w i t h roses. W e have the best punch o f any f r a t on the
campus. The recipe was bequeathed to Gamma of A O n by
Gamma of A 2 and i t surely is a good one. A t our dances the men
all exclaim over i t , and want to learn to make it, but we hold our
place concerning the mystery. I t hasn't a stick in it either.
Spring on the Maine campus is something wonderful. I t begins
with an agony of melting snow, and bubbling, squashy mud, and
ends i n a perfect glory of green leaves and purple lilac blooms. A n d
i n between these t w o extremes as that lovely period o f growing
flowers and foliage and new spring hats and gingham dresses. The
many flowers w i l l be out this week probably, and the new hats are
here. Ginghams and lilacs w i l l come later. The boys are playing
b a l l i n their f r o n t yards already. T h e i r own lawns seem to be i n -
adequate, so they edge over onto ours—the P h i Gamma Deltas on
one side and the P h i Eta Kappas on the other. A n d what do the
poor co-eds do? O h they dodge baseballs most of the time, but be-
f o r e long they w i l l be playing ball too, and f o r c i n g a l l intruders
back to their own property.
Soon w i l l be Ice-Cream Day—on M a y 17, a l l the co-eds w i l l be
seen taking possession o f the d r u g stores and ice-cream parlors of
Orono, ordering up drinks and college ices.
W e l l , this is a l l the news. Gamma sends a hearty greeting to a l l
sister chapters, hopes that they a l l may prosper and be happy—and
enjoy the spring and summer.
EPSILON. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
T h i s has been a most fortunate year f o r Epsilon i n many ways.
We are very happy over the initiation of Dorothea Kielland '13,
Clara Keopka '14, and Charlotte Sherman '14.
In standing for democracy, it is only natural that Epsilon girls
would make themselves distinguished in various activities. Melita
Skillen and Mattie Bodine were awarded $ B K . Melita has been
prominent i n Y . W . C. A . work and this year acted as chairman o f
the election committee. The Outside Girls' Club find a very digni-
fied and capable president i n Mattie. There is Katherine Donlon
who was an energetic cheer leader at basketball finals and but lately
revealed to us her histrionic ability i n the class play. O n the class
election committee, Elsa Guerdrum served as chairman f o r the girls
of the class. For the presentation of the class stunt, Marion Dar-
ville's artistic ability and mathematical precision aided i n its success.
Mabel de Forest is class treasurer, president of the Athletic Associa-
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tion, and member of Raven and Serpent, the junior honorary society.
A n d young Agnes Dobbins is one of the two gifted co-writers o f the
original class play. Basketball enthusiasts find Natalie Thompson
and Merle Mosier i n their midst. I n fact it was due to Merle that
the freshmen team scored as it d i d i n the finals. L a u r a Fish and
Dorothea K i e l l a n d are on the Y . W . C. A . cabinet; Laura as inter-
collegiate member, and Dorothea as chairman o f student missions.
Thus it is seen that Epsilon has many interests at heart, beyond
the mere social purpose of its union.
RHO. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
February is Rho's most important month f o r it is then that we
initiate our freshmen. As is our custom, we had the f o r m a l initiation
at the home of our patroness, Mrs. Rowe. Besides our eight fresh-
men, we initiated Mrs. Viola Steele Hodge of Chicago, an alumna
of the former Waldron Club. A f t e r the initiation we had our
annual banquet at the H o t e l Monnett. O f course there were roses
and toasts and everything to cause our hearts to b u r n w i t h pride and
love. W e s t i l l have three uninitiated pledges, one of whom has not
been announced in T o D R A G M A — H e l e n Shipman, ' 1 3 , of Evanston.
I n March, all the Northwestern fraternity women enjoyed their
annual matinee dance at the Ravinia Cassino—no men, but lots of
f u n . A p r i l 8, the women's literary societies gave "As Y o u Like I t "
before about 8 0 0 women—again no men, except members of the
faculty. The men do not exactly approve but both events were great
successes. Pauline Pearson, ' 1 3 , managed the costumes f o r the play.
May 6 is the time set f o r the annual T r i g play, a musical comedy
written and presented by the Freshmen men. Ruby Rapp, '14, is
one of the four girls on the costume committee.
T w o weeks ago we sadly watched our seniors file into chapel i n
their caps and gowns. O n l y six more weeks with them! They are
seven, you know, and seven o f the finest seniors ever! Commence-
ment events w i l l soon be here. Pauline Pearson, ' 1 3 , is to represent
the sophomore girls in the class affairs during commencement week.
We have started some spring rushing and w i l l entertain some o f
the prospectives at Margaret Pittman's next Saturday night. We are
expecting M r s . Andre Walker, I I , to help us out wonderfully. We
certainly enjoyed having her at a fraternity spread this month.
Julia N o r t o n and Merva Dolsen have been w i t h us f o r a few days
during their vacations.
We also enjoyed having M r s . Campbell w i t h us on her return f r o m
the Illinois chapter installation.
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Today Mrs. Bigelow descended upon us with the fraternity exam-
ination. Enough said, isn't it?
April 20, 1911.
LAMBDA, LELAND STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Bertha Knapp, 1910. Petra Johnston, 1913.
Adele Ehrenberg, 1911. Helen Montague, 1913.
Natalie Ferand, 1911. Marjorie Sayre, 1913.
Marguerite Knox, 1911. Lois Walton, 1913.
Ruth Crippen, 1912. Alice Weyse, 1913.
Sheda Lowman, 1912. Irene Cuneo, 1914.
Virginia Moore, 1912. Eileen Everett, 1914.
Chetanna Nesbitt, 1812. Harriette Maines, 1914.
Ella Cates, 1913. Alice Chandler, 1914.
Beatrice Frenler, 1913. Louise Curtice, 1914.
First of all, a welcome grip for Iota, having just been through
the same happy experiences, we are glad to welcome you who just
escaped being "Lucky Thirteen."
Our hopes this semester were fulfilled and two more splendid
freshmen are added to our already strong file of 1914. Alice May-
Chandler, another Los Angeles girl and Louise Curtice of Spokane,
Washington, were pledged and initiated in March, and right proud
we are to have them for ours.
Adele took the expected trip to Los Angeles and there held
initiation of the six alumnae who had so patiently been waiting to
be Alpha Os. Florence Leonard, now Mrs. Scott, living In San
Bernardino is the only one left and she is to come in this summer.
The girls of Rho were most lovely to one of our alumnae Mrs.
Frederick Hodge formerly Viola Steel '09, who is now in Chicago,
and initiated Iter in March. She wrote the happiest letters about
it all and told us grand things about the girls so that now we feel
so much closer to our Northwestern sisters, and feel we know Mae
Barlow, Merle Anderson, Avaline Kindig and Marguerite Pitman
and lots of others through Vi's very enthusiastic descriptions of
Our party on February 4th was a grand success we think, and in
spite of the proverbial reputation of a formal dance all had a grand,
O n Washington's birthday, the girls of the university under the
auspices of Cap and Gown, the senior honor society gave a county
fair, called the Pre-Panama Exposition. It was held in the girls
gymnasium, each sorority and the two dormitories having booths
for candy, side shows, or raffles. Every girl for miles around, even
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Palo Alto streamed in and spent their good nickles and coppers for
for peanuts, pies or chances on the raffle. There were no men there
so all the girls came in costume. We had a Mexican booth and sold
chances on a large bronze Stanford shield, done up to represent a
huge tamale. The girls all wore Mexican or Spanish costume. T h e
faculty ladies had an "eats" booth and sold all sorts of good home-
made things, most popular with college girls. We made $270 to be
given to the building fund of the Women's Club House which the
women of the university are soon to build.
O n March 17th our progressive underclassmen gave a jolly little
dance in honor of St. Patrick. They would let none of us work but
pitched in to show us what gracious hostesses and good managers
they could be without the older heads to guide.
Junior day and the opera and prom finished off gaily the week to
be followed by spring vacation, a welcome respite to all of us.
The home stretch is before us now filled with so many things.
The senior class committees have been announced to arrange com-
mencement doings. We are most happy that among the most prom-
inent girls chosen our three seniors figure among the honored,
Margaret Knox on senior reception committee, Adele Ehrenberg
on senior ball, and Natalie Ferand on senior prom.
Kate Foster who thinks everyone hates her because she has to let
fall the ax of fraternity examination was with us last week. O f
course our first examination was attended with fear and trembling,
but we all enjoyed Kate's visit exceedingly.
Last week on the occasion of the Intercollegiate track meet and
field day, many of the girls visited Sigma, having a chatty luncheon
at the chapter house and some staying over night. I wish we might
know all the eastern and southern girls as we know Sigma. It is
so nice to be near each other.
Finals will be here with all their terrors in a few weeks and this
eventful year for Lambda is over and we hope before another goes
by we shall be inviting you to our house-warming.
T h i s is my good-bye letter to T o D R A G M A as I am to bid farwell
to college this year. Here's to a pleasant summer for all of you in
Alpha and the successful year to come.
N A T A L I E B. FERAND.
IOTA, UNIVERSITY O F ILLINOIS
The first thing we want to say is that we are very glad to be
Alpha Os in reality. F o r a long time we have been Alpha Os, in
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our dreams and even yet we occasionally pinch one another to see
if we are really awake.
T o begin at the beginning, the installation of Iota chapter took
place Monday afternoon, February 27, 1911, at the chapter house,
210 E . John Street, Champaign, 111. Mrs. Carrie Green Campbell,
Gamma '96, chairman of committee on new chapters conducted the
service, in the absence of Mrs. Ruth Capten Farmer, Grand President
of A O I I . Miss Mae Barlow, Rho '11 acted as sponsor. Guests
from Theta chapter were: Fern Thompson, Blanche Babcock.
Celia Bates. The following girls were initiated: E l v a Pease Petti-
grew, Louise Clark Blood, Barbara Crow, Elizabeth Nuckolls,
Annette Stephens, Margaret Gorham Ebert, Maud Bacon, Mabel
Maxwell Lena Maxwell, Mildred Harley McDonald, Pauline Davis,
Adt Paisley, Erna Reller, Emma Dewitt, Mary Bruner, Florence
Shinn, Pearl Ropp, Louise Nierstheimer, Susan Hash Hazel Alkire,
Nelle Erskine, Mabel Wallace, Helen Whitney, Lora Moulton. Etta
Lautz, Ruth Davidson, Mary Wills, Edna Hunter.
Iota pledges: Fannie Steven, Ida Mavity, Iva Mavity.
After the installation a business meeting was held and the follow-
ing officers were elected.
President, Ada Paisley; Vice-president. Susan Hash; Recording
Secretary. Lora Moulton; Corresponding Secretary, Hazel Alkire;
Treasurer, Etta Lautz; Grand Council Member. Elva Pease Petti-
grew; Grand Council Member, Annetta Stephens.
The girls of Iota chapter are deeply interested in all matters per-
taining to university life. We are well represented in Y . W. C . A.,
Woman's League, Athletics, Dramatics, and Literary societies. One
of our senior girls, E r m a Reller, has just been initiated into $ B K .
Iota chapter is at home to its faculty and university friends—on
the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Also—for some
time—we have observed the custom of entertaining, at dinner, various
members of the faculty including our Patronesses and Dean of
It is a well known fact that a baby is not very talkative during
the first few months of its career. On this plea, we, as the baby
chapter, beg to be excused.
We are hearty—we are happy—watch us grow.
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ALUMNAE CHAPTER LETTERS
NEW YORK ALUMNAE
Roused by an appeal for support and encouragement made by
Alpha chapter at a party given for its alumnae last month, we have
been looking around to see of what real use an alumnae chapter can
be, exclusive of keeping up its members' interests in general frater-
nity affairs. A s a preliminary, each of the fourteen members present
at the March meeting pledged herself to bring one new member or
one inactive old member to the next meeting. It was also decided
to have monthly meetings, at which representatives of N u and A l p h a
will be asked to report on chapter doings and suggest ways in which
the alumnae chapter could help them.
T h e April meeting combined luncheon and business—the first at
the Barnard Club lunch room, the second at Mrs. Frames'. Twenty-
two alumnae and actives were present. T h e experiment was such a
success that we plan to repeat it next month, when N u chapter will
be our hostess in their delightful chapter room overlooking Washing-
SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNAE
The February meeting of our chapter was unusually interesting,
for then occurred an event that we had anticipated for several
weeks, namely, the initiation of the Lambda alumnae who live around
the Bay. They had been formally invited to join the chapter at that
meeting, and had accepted so we made plans for a special meeting
that would contain an initiation ritual. The meeting was held at
the chapter house in Berkeley, and a large number of Sigma girls
were present, beside Mrs. Chapman of A. The Lambda girls
initiated were Katherine Barnes, Lucy Shinn, Alice Shinn, Hazel
Corke and Lucile Neuberg. We are very glad to have them with us,
and enjoy the closer feeling of fellowship with Lambda that their
presence gives us.
After the business meeting was over, the two girls who were the
hostesses for the day served refreshments and the remainder of the
afternoon was spent in chatting and in becoming better acquainted
with our new sisters.
Our last meeting, in April, was held in San Francisco, at the
home of Celeste L a Coste Etcheverry. She has been unable to attend
our last meeting so when she invited us to hold our meeting at her
home, we accepted promptly, glad of the opportunity of seeing her
again. Hazel Skinner Schnobel surprised us by appearing during
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the course of the afternoon. Most of us thought that she was in her
home at Newcastle, not having heard of her intended visit. Sarah
Mathews Hackley was with us again, after what seemed to us a long
absence. We were all glad to hear of the installation of Iota chapter,
and welcome our new sisters into the fellowship of A O I I .
Instead of holding our regular February meeting in the Delft
T e a Room, Boston, where we have held our meetings the last Satur-
day of each month since September, we held a joint meeting with
the active chapter at Mrs. Wood's home in Somerville on Saturday
afternoon, March 4. We always enjoy these meetings with the active
chapter, as it gives us a chance to get acquainted with the new girls
and to hear from the active chapter themselves what they are doing
in the college world.
On Saturday March 25 we held our regular meeting in the Delft
Tea Room, and at that meeting were very glad to welcome Miss
Stone from Epsilon chapter.
We expect to hold two more meetings this season, the last of which
is to be another joint meeting.
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Mr. and Mrs. M. L . Williams announce the engagement of their
daughter, Maude, to Professor Charles McGee Heck. The wedding
will take place in April.
Professor Heck has been in the chemistry department of the Uni-
versity of Nebraska. After the wedding they will travel through the
east, and south, and about the middle of May will sail from San
Francisco for China. He. is to have charge of the Y . M. C . A. work
The engagement has been announced of Fannibelle Leland, A l p h a
'05 to Mr. Oswald Brome, of Seattle.
At a luncheon given at her home in Redwood City, Calif., on
April 15, Mrs. Henry Beeger announced the engagement of her
daughter Pauline A '09 to Leslie Barnison, Stanford 2 N '08, of
The engagement of Mary Claire Turnbull '13 to Mr. Walter S.
Wannmaker, of Buffalo, N . Y . , has been announced.
The engagement of Melita H . Skillen '11 to Mr. Clayton S. Cogge-
shall '11 has been announced.
Omicron announces the engagement and approaching marriage of
Myrtle Cunningham '10 to Dr. George Wythe Tompkins of Geargel,
Va., on June first.
It gives Gamma great pleasure to announce the engagement of
Florence Polley Chase '09 to I . Maxwell Stover '10. Mr. Stover is
in Porto Rico as an electrical engineer.
O n Tuesday afternoon April 18 in the First Presbyterian Church
of New York, Josephine Anna Prahl, Alpha '08, was married to
Mr. Charles Smith. Margaret Yates, Alpha '08 was the bride's only
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attendant. As no one but the families were invited to the wedding,
the other Alphas could not go, but their hearts were with their sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith will live in Laneville, West Virginia.
The wedding of Fannibelle Leland '05, to Mr. Oswald Brome,
took place on April 28, 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Brome will make their
home in Seattle.
Cards have been received for the wedding of Helen Dickenson
Boal, ex-'11, to Horton Titus, $ A ©, at University of California to
take place in National City, Calif., on April 25. They are to sail
at once to the Hawaiian Islands to be gone for a few months and
are to settle permanently in San Diego, Calif.
Mr. E . L . Troyer announces the marriage of his daughter, Nina,
'13, to Mr. D. C . Mitchell. The wedding took place March 7, 1911.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L . Williams announce the marriage of their
daughter Maud Elizabeth to Professor Charles Mcgee Heck, on
April 5, 1911.
Edith Taylor, '14, was married March 25 to Mr. R. B. Sadler,
at Monroe, L a .
A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ward Cheney, (Laverna Barnum,
'07) on February 12. The young lady's name is Madge.
Born January 22, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. B . C . Keeler ( E d n a
Damon, '07) a son, Fred Elbridge Keeler.
On March 2, 1911, born to Mr. and Mrs. E . J . Peake, (Carris
Damon, '04) of Barrington, Illinois, a son, Edmond James, J r .
Born, April 5, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Scott (Florence
Leonard '09), a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred H . Dorner, a son, Frederick H . J r . ,
on December 20, 1910. Mrs. Dorner was Frieda L . Pfafflin, of
Theta chapter. Address 881 6th Avenue, Milwaukee.
Word has been received that a daughter is born to Mrs. Thomson
(Hilda Manning, ex-'09).
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NEWS OF T H E ALUMNAE
Mrs. Blaisdell (Hetty Dean) A '10, came to New York for a
flying visit last month. Alpha had her for one short day, and then
she went back to Tennessee again.
Evelyn Macdonald, A '08, is back in New York to stay for some
time we hope. Her address is Riverside Drive and 113 Street.
Emma Burchenal, A '07, is traveling over the country as private
secretary to Miss Stokes.
Jean Frame, A '04, and Katharine V a n Home, A '00, are members
of the Barnard Alumnae Association's committee on student organ-
izations, this brings them to college very often, and Alpha rejoices
Adelaide Richardson, A '09, and Jessie Cochran, A '09, have very
good parts in the play that the graduate Dramatic Club of Columbia
will give this spring.
Margaret Sumner, A '02, expects to come to New York for a visit
Mrs. Frederick Rockwell (Ethel Hughan) A '04, is living in
Mrs. James A. Harris (Sara L a y ) A '07, is spending the rest of
the winter in St. Louis. H e r address is Botanical Gardens, St.
Mrs. William Tomson (Alice Smith, A '05), is back in St. Louis
Elizabeth Robinson, A '08, is also in St. Louis now. Her address
is care of Prefessor Robinson, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Louise Rusk, A '11, has been at Colorado Springs all winter. She
is getting well quickly, however, and we hope to have her back in
New York for the house-party.
On March 25, the 1908 Alphas gave a shower for Josephine Prahl,
'08, who recently announced her engagement to Charles Thompson
Alpha chapter (active) is anxious to know Helen Tewksbury V a n
Marguerite Saunders Davis, '07, has spent some time in New
Orleans visiting her parents.
Blythe White paid Dorothy Safford a visit just lately and was
the recipient of much social attention.
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Dorothy Safford, '10, gives up much of her time to Newcomb,
even if she finished last year.
Innes Morris, '10, is still taking vocal lessons in the Music
E m i l y Freret, '10, is doing work at Tulane which will enable her
to illustrate a medical book for one of the physicians in the faculty.
Anna Many, '07, visited Bess Lynn Cox, '07, at her home in
Mary Fiere Caffery paid a flying visit to New Orleans lately.
Rochelle Tachet, '09, is expected home from her Oklahoma school
Virginia Withers, '09, writes wonderful letters of what she is
doing as a teacher in Alabama.
Culia Bryne sends letters from Costa Rico saying that the climate
is delightful, and her teaching just as pleasing.
Mrs. John Miller (formerly Lilian M i l l e r ) , one of the original
Walden girls, soon to be initiated in the east, is at Denison, Iowa,
and writes us interesting news of her most interesting little daughter,
Waldene, the first Walden baby. She must add Alpha to the already
loyal name when she becomes an Alpha O, thereby perpetuating the
old and the next.
Sheda Lowman, '12, leaves immediately after college for a three
months' trip in Europe with friends.
Margaret Knox, '11, as soon as she can call herself an A. B .
leaves the United States for travel in Europe with her mother, to be
gone an indefinite length of time.
Helen Montague, '12, is planning a trip to Alaska with friends
The girls living in Southern California are planning a house-party
at one of the beaches and the Northern girls, one at Pacific Grove.
These house-parties are becoming established things and afford a
grand opportunity for getting acquainted with coming freshman and
keeping the girls closer together in the summer.
E d n a Spears, '05, who has been instructor in mathematics at
Ashland, Nebraska, has been elected to the principalship of the
Ashland high school.
Jennie L . Piper, '04, will receive her M. A. degree in June.
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Gisella Birkner, '12, who is out of school this semester because of
ill health, will leave in May for a visit in California and Oregon.
Mrs. Burnam Campbell, (Nettie Chapline) is spending several
months in Lincoln with her mother.
Zeta girls are rejoiced to hear that Luree Beemer Beaumont will
be living in Lincoln again next September. Mr. Beaumont is to be
cashier in one of the Lincoln banks.
Professor and Mrs. Charles Mcgee Heck, (Maude Williams, '06),
will sail early in May from San Francisco for Pekin, China, where
Professor Heck will be secretary of the Y . M. C . A. work.
Another Zeta alumna who will soon be living in our midst again
is Emma Schreiber Hunter. Mr. Hunter has been elected principal
of the University's State Farm, which is at Lincoln.
The Omaha alumnae have been meeting all winter, and are anxious-
ly looking forward to the time when their numbers will be sufficiently
large to warrent their having a charter.
Mr. and Mrs. D . C . Mitchell, ( N i n a T r o y e r ) , are living in Minne-
apolis, Mr. Mitchell is an instructor in the physical training depart-
ment of the University of Minnesota.
Marion Camp Shotwell and daughter, Anna Margaret, of Pres-
cott, Arizona, will be visitors in Lincoln during May.
Charlotte Wallace will go to Chicago in May to visit with K a t h -
erine Lee, who, is taking work in Chicago University.
Gertrude Waterman Pollard and her two sons having been spend-
ing the winter in Haiti.
Miss Louise Kiefer, who has been teaching German and English
in the Rensselaer Indiana H i g h School will visit her cousin, Mrs.
Frederick Dorner of Milwaukee in June.
Mrs. Julien Arnold (Gertrude Davis) from Amoy, China, is
visiting in Southern California. Her husband Mr. Julien Arnold,
has been American Consul at Amoy for the past three years. While
passing through Berkeley he addressed the students at the University
Mary Davis (ex-'09) has announced her engagement to Robert
Mrs. Carl Schnabel (Hazel Skinner) has been visiting In Berkeley.
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Roberta Boyd, and Rose Schmidt both were in Berkeley for the
Lillian Rice, '10, is attending the State Normal School at Los
Helen Henry went to Stanford, recently to see the French Play.
Mrs. Esterly is visiting her sisters, Mrs. West, at Antioch.
Mrs. Fred Paine ( L i l l i a n Lamell, '02) is expected in Berkeley
Isa Henderson is finishing out the last two months in kindergarten,
at Mrs. Taylor's Private School in Alameda.
Emma Burchenal, Alpha '07, was in Berkeley a few days. The
Sigma girls regret they are not able to meet her—though Isabelle
Henderson had a pleasant chat with her over the phone.
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Exchanges please send magazines to:
Mrs. Walter Farmer, 7 Courtland St., Nashua, N. H .
Mrs. C . C . Bigelow, 1610 So. 7 Ave., Maywood, 111.
Miss Kate B. Foster, 2717 Hillegass Ave., Berkeley, Calif.
We wish to acknowledge with thanks receipt of the following
December igio—The Triangle of Sigma, Sigma Sigma.
January igu—The Arrow of P i Beta Phi.
The Mask of Kappa Psi.
The Aglaia of Phi Mu.
T h e Phi C h i Fraternity Quarterly.
February igu—The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The Beta Theta Pi.
The Argaliad of Phi Mu Gamma.
The Eleusis of C h i Omega.
Triangle of Sigma Kappa.
The Alpha Xi Delta.
Themis of Zeta T a u Alpha.
Trident of Delta Delta Delta.
March igu—Alpha Phi Quarterly.
The Kappa Alpha Theta.
Alpha Tau Omega Palm.
The Aglaia of Phi Mu.
The Adelphcan of Alpha Delta Phi.
The Crescent of Gamma Phi Beta.
April igu—The Phi C h i Fraternity Quarterly.
The Lyre of Alpha C h i Omega.
The Anchora of Delta Gamma.
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NEWS OF T H E COLLEGE AND GREEK LETTER WORLD
Kappa Delta announces the establishment of Epsilon Omega
chapter at the University of Kentucky, December 17, 1910.
Delta Zeta announces the establishment of Theta chapter at Ohio
State University, Columbus, Ohio, January 21, 1911.
Delta Gamma has granted a charter to a petitioning local at Ohio
The twelfth Grand Council Convention of Kappa Psi Fraternity
was held November 24-26, 1910. 109 delegates and members were
The twenty-second Congress of Alpha T a u Omega Fraternity was
held in Atlanta during December 1910. There were 367 members
registered and every active chapter was represented by a delegate.
. Sigma Sigma Sigma held its Convention at Richmond at Easter
The nineteenth biennial Grand convention of Kappa Alpha Theta
will convene for its first session July 11, 1911, at the Hotel Maryland,
The important question before the Pan-Hellenic world is "Shall
there be limited Legislative power for the National Pan-Hellenic
Dr. G . P. Benton, president of Miami University and secretary-
treasurer of the National Association of State Universities, eight
years ago made a report to his board of trustees against the American
College Fraternity System. It is interesting to note that, in Novem-
ber 1910, President Benton read a paper before the association on
"Fraternities and Sororities in State Universities" in which he states
full approbation of the present system. During the past eight years,
he has changed his mind after close observations of conditions. D r .
Benton is a member of Phi Delta Theta.
Pan-Hellenic has, in a measure, reached the ideals for which it
was formed; but the main problem remains unsolved. T h e chapters
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of the different sororities in the same college have been drawn to-
gether in a friendly and social relation. T h e individual members
have made lasting friendships in chapters other than that of their
own sorority. Above all, the sororities have been made to feel that
each is not a unit in college life, but a part of a system. T h i s feeling
of relationship and the striving towards mutual ideals has been of
However, the main point at issue, the question of rushing, has
grown to almost colossal proportions. A l l agree that the majority
of girls are sent to college for a bigger purpose than to support a
sorority. Yet rushing is so strenuous that it takes practically all of
the girls' time and is a great financial strain. Thus the time which
should be spent in college studies and activities is devoted to enter-
tainment; and the amount of money expended is often greater than
that recommended by sorority ideals.
The Kappa Alpha Theta and The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma
have discussed the situation and offered a solution in the following
Suppose it were an intersorority law or custom that each sorority should
receive applications for membership, up to the candidate's senior year in col-
lege? That each application should have the indorsement of two or three
persons to make it worth the sorority's consideration ? That no attentions to
the applicant, beyond those of ordinary acquantance, should be permitted?
Each sorority would then have peace and time to study and opportunity to
know well those who really preferred it and would become members as soon
as permitted. The sorority would be in its normal position of conferring a
desired honor after due consideration of the applicant and her record. The
candidate could serenely study the merits of each sorority and decide, from
all the facts, which to choose or whether to choose any. O f course, there
would be a little mild coaxing of applicants; but special attentions being
prohibited and a great necessity for scholarship and a good showing existing
in the sorority, there would not be much opportunity or inducement for tres-
passing on the agreement. A l l the sharp edge of rivalry would be off. The
applicant would really choose instead of being dragged into camp and the
choice would be so deliberate that it could not cause much excitement. Each
sorority would be more likely to get congenial members. At first the largest
and most influential would get the most applications; but presently candidates
would understand that they were choosing a college home and would seek persons
like themselves. The women outside of fraternities, too, would be better placed.
No one could call them the rejected because character and circumstances would
present many strong individuals from applying to any sorority and their choice
would be shown by the records.—Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Why not let the student enter college regularly? Let her apply herself to
her studies and make herself acquainted with the college life. Let the frater-
nity people lead regular lives so that the new people may know them under