We dedicate this number
and to the Neighborliness which
dwells among us!
To Dragma DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS
of FOUNDERS O F A L P H A OMICRON PI
Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity Jessie Wallace Hughan, Alpha '98, 61 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, N . Y .
Helen St. Claire Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha '90, 118 W. 183rd St., New
Sfablr nf (Eontpnts
Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha '98, 2243 Green Street, San
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha '98, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N . J .
Grand President, Isabelle Henderson Stewart (Mrs. B. F . , J r . ) , Sierra City, Cal.
Grand Recording Secretary, Helen N . Henry, 264 Boylston St., Boston, Mass.
Grand Treasurer, Lillian MacQuillin McCausland (Mrs. Norman), 29 Hum-
boldt Ave., Providence, R . I .
Neighborliness—A College and Fraternity Ideal 198 OTHER OFFICERS •
Editorials .' 200 Grand Vice-president, Jean Loomis Frame (Mrs. J . E . ) , 606 W . 122nd S t ,
Announcements and Correspondence 203 New York City.
Grand Historian, Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , 2243 Green St., San
The Anniversary Convention Lucy R. Somerville, K 204
Joys of the Mother Maude Covell, B 205
Registrar, Marie Vick Swanson (Mrs. A . E . ) , 1926 Sherman Ave., Evanston,
The Program 206 I1L
Song .• Muriel Fairbanks, T 208 Auditor, Helen Dickinson Lange (Mrs. W . R . ) , 1646 Fair Oaks Ave.,
What to Wear, Where to Come, What to Spend 209
Examining Officer, Linda Best Terry (Mrs. W . L . ) , 231 Avalon Place,
Report of Scholarship Committee 211 Memphis, Tenn.
A Communication 212 Chairman Committee on New Chapters, Viola Clark Gray, 1527 S. 23rd St.,
The Chapter Exhibits Dorothy Clarke, 2 213
Editor-in-chief of To DRAGMA, Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Are You? 214 Business Manager of T o DRAGMA, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W . F . ) ,
Our Neighbors Bozeman, Montana.
Marion Gilbert, A, Genevieve Groce, N K , Florence Brande,
mar Schmidt, E , Dorothy Nolan, 0, Rietta Garland, I I , T , Dag- PANHELLENIC CONGRESS
Delegate, Anna Estelle Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Alummc Notes, Omicron 223 EDITORIAL BOARD O F TO DRAGMA
Report of Examining Officer 226 Editor-in-chief, Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Business Manager, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W. F . ) , Bozeman,
Report of Business Manager 226
The Installation of Eta Chapter Merva Hennings, P 228 Assistant Business Manager, Antoinette Treat Webb, 134 Cottage St., Nor-
Poems Joyce Cheney, T 230 wood, Mass.
Exchanges, Helen Charlotte Worster, Caribou, Maine.
A Visit with Some of the Chapters Merva Hennings, P 232 Chapter Letters, Margaret June Kclley, 52 Essex St., Bangor, Maine.
The Installation of Alpha Phi Mary E. Chase, T 236
The Quiet Corner 239 A L U M N A ASSISTANT EDITORS
Pi—Alice Ivy, 1556 Calhoun St., New Orleans, L a .
A Woman's Report of Conditions in Germany 241 Nu—Elinor Byrns, 27 Cedar St., New York City.
Omicron—Roberta Williams, 1510 Faust St., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Grand Secretary's Honor Roll 243 Kappa—Lucy K . Somerville, R. M. W. C. Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Elsie Ford Piper, Wayne, Neb.
Registrar's Honor Roll 244 Sigma—Olive Freuler, 2946 Russell St., Berkeley, C a l .
Theta—Mrs. Le Roy McCIeod, Browns Valley, Ind.
Active Chapter Letters 245 Delta—Margaret Fe9senden, 46 Whitfield R d . , W. Somerville, Mass.
Gamma—Elizabeth Hanly, Caribou, Maine.
Alumna; Chapter Letters 274
News of Our Neighbors 283
Epsilon—Agnes Dobbins, 409 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, N . Y. Omicron—Mary D. Houston, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Rho—Leonore Doniat, 4129 Kenmore Ave., Chicago, 111. Kappa—'Bernice P. Palfrey, R. M . W. C, Lynchburg, Va.
Lambda—Corinne Bullard, Porterville, Cal. Zeta—Gladys Whitford, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Iota—Helen W. Whitney, 220 S. Catherine Ave., La Grange, 111. Sigma—Marion Bachman, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal.
Tau—Bertha Marie Brechet, 2320 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn. Theta—Anna White, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Chi—Ruby Davis, 17 3rd Ave., Gloversville, N . Y. Delta—Kennetha M. Ware, 101 Capen St., Tufts College, Mass.
Upsilon—Susie Paige, 607^ E. Morrison St., Portland, Ore. Gamma—Ruth B. Chalmers, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Joanna Donlon, Sage College, Ithaca, N . Y.
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Rho—Alice Jane Wilson, Willard Hall, Evanston, 111.
Iota—Velda Bamesberger, A 0 I I House, Urbana, III.
ACTIVE CHAPTERS Lambda—Laura Wilkie, A 0 I I House, Leland Stanford, Jr., University, Cal.
Tau—Jane M. Schober, 821 7th St. S. E., Minneapolis, Minn.
Pi—Mildred Renshaw, 741 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, La. Chi—Frances Carter, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y.
Nu—Mary B. Peaks, 244 Waverly PI., New York City. Upsilon—Margaret Miller, 4732 21st Ave. N . E., Seattle, Wash.
Omicron—Kathleen Vaughan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. Nu Kappa—Etta Louise Pendleton, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
Kappa—Augusta Stacy, R. M. W. C, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Edna M. Hathway, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb. Texas.
Sigma—Helen Schieck, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal. Beta Phi—Bernice Coffing, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana.
Theta—Agnes L. Lakin, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind. Eta—Vera Alderson, 217 N . Murray St., Madison, Wis.
Delta—Margaret Durkee, 38 Professor's Row, Tufts College, Mass. Alpha Phi—Harriet Arneson, Hamilton Hall, Bozeman, Mont.
Gamma—Jessie Sturtevant, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Dagmar Schmidt, 109 Valentine Place, Ithaca, N . Y. ALUMNAE ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGERS
Rho—Marion E. Abele, 1340 Glendale Ave., Chicago, 111. Pi—Mrs. George P. Whittington, Alexandria, La.
Lambda—Marion Gilbert, A 0 I I House, Stanford University, Cal. Nu—Daisy Gaus, 497 Halsey St., Brooklyn, N . Y.
Iota—Florence L. Moss, A 0 I I House, Urbana, 111. Omicron—Harriet Cone Greve, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Tau—Muriel Fairbanks, 13 Church St., S. E., Minneapolis, Minn. Kappa—Frances Allen, 1012 Federal St., Lynchburg, Va.
Chi—Frances Carter, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y. Zeta—Mrs. B. O. Campbell, 1971 Sewell St., Lincoln, Neb.
Upsilon—Louise Benton, 4732 21st Ave. N . E., Seattle, Wash. Sigma—Dorothy K. Clark, 1328 St. Charles St., Alameda, Cal.
Nu Kappa—Genevieve Groce, 3350 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas. Theta—Ceilia Bates, Winchester, Ind.
Beta Phi—Vivian Day, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind. Delta—Annette McKnight, Billerica Center, Mass.
Eta;—Elizabeth Pruett, 217 N . Murray St., Madison, Wis. Gamma—Alice Farnsworth Phillips (Mrs. G. A . ) , 11 Norfolk St., Bangor, Me.
Alpha Phi—Etta Norcutt, Hamilton Hall, Bozeman, Mont. Epsilon—Isabella Stone, 27 Lincoln St., Needham, Mass.
Rho—Doris Wheeler, 639 Forest Ave., Evanston, 111.
A L U M N A CHAPTERS Lambda—Frances Chandler, 623 Park View Ave., Los Angeles, Cal.
Iota—Ethel Brooks, Beecher City, 111.
PRESIDENTS Tau—Bertha M. Brechet, 2320 Grand Ave. S-, Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Ethel Harris, Verona, N . Y.
New York—Edith Dietz, 217 W. 105th St., New York City. Upsilon—Laura A. Hurd, 4626 21st Ave. N . E., Seattle, Wash.
San Francisco—Emma Black, 2913 Fillmore St., San Francisco, Cal.
Providence—Helen Eddy Rose (Mrs. A . D . ) , 25 Fruit H i l l Ave., Providence, CHAPTER ROLL
Pi—H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, La.
R. I . Nu—New York University, New York City.
Boston—Marion Rich, 17 Lawrence St., Chelsea, Mass. Omicron—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Lincoln—Annie Jones, 1710 B Street, Lincoln, Neb. Kappa—Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va.
Los Angeles—Mildred Hunter Stahl (Mrs. Leslie), 535 E. Bailey St., Whittier, Zeta—University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—University of California, Berkeley, Cal.
Cal. Theta—De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
Chicago—Julia Fuller, 4526 Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 111. Delta—Jackson College, Tufts College, Mass.
Indianapolis—Margaret Jayne, 1318 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. Gamma—University of Maine, Orono, Me.
New Orleans—Anna Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, La. Epsilon—Cornell University, Ithaca, N . Y.
Minneapolis—Laura J. Hartman, 2801 W. 28th St., Minneapolis, Minn. Rho—Northwestern University, Evanston, 111.
Bangor—Irene Cousins, 82 N . Main St., Brewer, Me. Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
Portland, Ore.—Alice Collier, 438 E. 52nd St., Portland, Ore. Iota—University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Tau—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
CHAPTER SECRETARIES Chi—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N . Y.
Upsilon—University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
ACTIVE Nu Kappa—Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind.
Pi—Rietta Garland, 1639 Arabella St., New Orleans, La.
Nu—Frances Walters, 79 Washington Place, New York City.
Eta—University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. To D R A G M A
Alpha Phi—Montana State College, Bozeman, Mont.
New York Alumnae—New York City. VOL. X I I MAY, 1917 No. 3
San Francisco Alumna;—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I . T o D R A G M A is published at 450-454 Ahnaip Street, Menasha, Wis., by George
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass. Banta, official printer to the fraternity. Entered at the Postoffice at Menasha,
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal. Wis., as second-class matter, April 13, 1909, under the act of March 3, 1897.
Lincoln Alumnae—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—Chicago, III. T o D R A G M A is published on the twenty-fifth of November, February, May,
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind. and September.
New Orleans Alumnae—New Orleans, L a .
Minneapolis Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn. Subscription price, One Dollar per year payable in advance; single copies,
Bangor Alumnae—Bangor, Me. twenty-five cents.
Portland Alumnae—Portland, Ore.
Mary Ellen Chase, Editor-in-chief. Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe, Business
But he said unto Jesus, A n d who is m y neighbor?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down f r o m
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that w a y :
and when he saw h i m , he passed by on the other side.
A n d likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
B u t a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he
» was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
and wine, and set h i m on his own beast, and brought h i m to
an inn, and took care of him.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto
him that fell among the thieves?
A n d he said unto him, He that shewed mercy on h i m .
Then said Jesus unto him, Go and do thou likewise.
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NEIGHBORLINESS—A COLLEGE AND FRATERNITY monious progress, who, all unconsciously, perhaps, have gained the
reputation of being chronic kickers?
Doesn't it truly "seem like when we all live together so, we might
"There are neighbors and neighbors," said the little old lady of forget the borrowing and the worries and the self-interest and the
the garden opposite my own last evening as we sought for signs of criticisms?" Doesn't i t "seem like we might carry something with
daffodils after an April shower. us" into every place we go?
"Yes," I acquiesced thoughtfully through the fence palings. The Commencement is coming! A few weeks more and you will have
knowledge that I must go indoors and write the article which the no chance to tell the senior president how well she has managed things,
measles had prevented someone else from doing was most unwelcome. to congratulate your Greek neighbors on the honors they may have
It was so much lovelier to search for daffodils. taken away from you, to spend a half-hour with that lonely sort of
girl who never made a fraternity and who, therefore, will miss those
"There are Mrs. Jones, who never comes in except to borrow some- associations cherished by you—associations which will yearly draw
thing," continued my garden neighbor, "and Mrs. Smith who never you back in heart.
calls when she isn't in trouble, and Mrs. H u l l who is never interested
in anybody besides herself, and Mrs. Brown who is never satisfied Neighborliness.' Shall we not make it a college and fraternity-
with the way things go. I don't suppose they realize it, but they ideal? Not the Mrs. Jones and Smith and H u l l and Brown kind—
just make my world. Seems like when spring is coming, and when the kind which regards imposition as an unquestionable right—but
we all live together so, we might forget the borrowing, and the the kind which "carries something" instead of always "taking some-
worries, which never help any, and the self-interest, and the criti- thing away." That kind of neighborliness w i l l cement friendships,
cisms. Seems like we might carry something with us instead of heal differences, bridge embarrassments, make the Greek world one
taking away something from someone else. Don't you think so, my in aim and relative achievement, and transform college life into the
dear?" realized ideal which we all have long held for it.
My neighbor of the garden asked the question twice before I had INSIGHT
the presence of mind to reply. And even after I had assured her that
I did most thoroughly agree with her, she looked puzzled. You I f we but saw the things we see.
see my manners had suddenly vanished by the blessed realization Insect, flower and swaying tree;
that my article had been written in the search for daffodils out there If, through our seeing, we might know
in the garden—written by the little old lady and her bothersome The sky, the earth, the deeps below;
Our eyes would catch, now dull and dim,
For in Mrs. Jones, do you not see the girl who borrows your sweater A vision wonderful of Him,
and your tennis racquet and your new fountain pen and your note- Through whom and to whom all things are,
book and your ideas? Is not Mrs. Smith the counterpart of her, From flitting bird to flaming star.
who never seeks your room unless she has fears or worries to relate,
unless she knows the chapter has made a lamentable mistake in the So may the seen become the known; Congregalionalisl.
choice of freshmen? Have you Mrs. Hulls in your chapter—girls Our vision, sight to insight grown;
who think their own fraternity the finest in America, who have never Our joy, each common day that brings
yet been able to see that fraternity standing is, at best, relative? God's presence near in common things.
The Mrs. Hulls are chronically averse to admitting the splendid
achievements of their Greek neighl>ors, always insistent that chapter —John Taylor Shaw, in The
doings be strictly within the chapter, too ready to take a slight and
too slow to relinquish it.
And have you not dozens of Mrs. Browns in college? Girls who
are never satisfied with the way this and that organization is run,
who cannot seem to realize that criticisms invariably retard har-
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EDITORIALS demands the September number to consist of a directory, and of the
added fact that we have grown enormously during the past two years,
IT H E CONVENTION there will be no room for September chapter letters, unless To
T HAS become impossible in view of present events and circum- DRAGMA is endowed during the summer which is unlikely in the
stances to give any definite or explicit announcements concerning extreme! Therefore, the present Editor is taking the liberty of
convention. Plans like prices are "subject to change without notice" announcing that .>ere will be no chapter letters, that a complete
these days, and all we can promise you is that the moment the directory will be published, and that the space remaining in that
Executive Committee decides as to what is best to be done in view number will be devoted to convention material and to "material
of unforeseen happenings you shall be notified, either individually exclusively Alpha Omicron Pi."
or through your chapter. Meanwhile committees are still holding
sessions, and plans are still being made, as you will note in the pages IT H E N E W DIRECTORY
following. I f it shall seem best to hold but a business session—why, F T H E R E is a thankless and difficult job on earth, it is compiling
we shall all gladly save our eagerness and enthusiasm for a future a directory, especially so since dreams of the criticisms you
convention, for in these days of nation-wide anxiety and distress will receive when your work is done hover about your bent form and
our country is first, and our fraternity but an impetus to our ink-stained fingers. Do you, gentle reader, realize whose fault it is
patriotism. if the name of Mary Smith bears no address, or i f her possession
of a husband is entirely overlooked? I t is hers, because she did not
WT H E SPECIAL T R A I N send the changed address to her chapter secretary, and because she
I L L delegates and visitors to convention who live west or in did not see fit to announce a most happy event to the To DRAGMA
the vicinity of Chisago please notify Mrs. Abraham Hen- Editor, the Registrar, or the Grand Secretary. Sometimes, we know
nings, 817 S. 6th Ave., Maywood, Illinois, of their plans by June 1st all too well, chapter secretaries are careless. I f Mary Smith is
at the latest. Mrs. Hennings has kindly consented to attend to the suspicious, she should address the Registrar, whose duty, poor thing,
matter of an A O I I Special, providing there are one hundred travelers is to compile the directory. Then her correct address will follow
leaving Chicago for Lynchburg, or, i f there are less than that number, her name, and she will be spared the disgust and disappointment
to engage special Pullmans on the regular train. She must, however, of seeing herself still an accredited spinster! Please, oh, please, do
know your plans early in order to make reservations. Of course, you not blame the Editor and Registrar! Now is the time to send in
want to go "with the best crowd." Then don't neglect or delay that those new addresses, to announce those new husbands! Please do not
letter to Mrs. Hennings, and she in return will notify you as to the delay!
time and place of leaving Chicago for Lynchburg.
DL I F E SUBSCRIPTIONS
T H E CHANGED DATE OUBTLESS there will be brought up in Convention many
matters quite as important as that of life subscriptions to
f N V I E W of existing war conditions, it has been thought best to To DRAGMA ; but the Editor admits she can see nothing which quite
shorten the length of convention. The dates are now June 21st- equals it. I f we are to do national alumna? work—and is not now
the time to do it when every bit of service is so needed?—To
23rd. The first date coming on Thursday, and the first business DRAGMA must be self-supporting, and only compulsory life subscrip-
session being set for Thursday morning, it will be necessary that all tions can make it so. The present plan is to make the subscription
delegates arrive in Lynchburg on Wednesday. The convention will ten dollars, a very generous price, and to collect this ten dollars
close, as is announced elsewhere, with a banquet on Saturday evening. through the chapter treasurers in yearly payments of two and one-
half dollars per member. This sum will be used to defray the
WT H t SEPTEMBER NUMBER yearly expenses of the magazine, while alumnae life subscriptions at
H E N the present Editor comments upon the September num- ten dollars down will be set aside at interest to make a permanent
ber of T o DRAGMA, she is not presuming upon reelection. magazine fund. Please talk over this plan at your chapter meetings,
She is simply outlining plans which must perforce be carried out
whoever may be editor. I n view of the fact that the Constitution
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active and alumnae chapters, and please do not get the idea that you ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
are giving something for nothing. In return you receive To DRAGMA
as long as you live, keep in touch with the life and work of your NOTE T H E CHANGED DATE OF CONVENTION—JUNE 21ST-23RD!
fraternity, and grow young in so doing.. Is not Eternal Youth cheap
at ten dollars? Chapter Editors take Notice! There will be no chapter letters in
the September number. Announcements will be sent you for the
TTwo YEARS W I T H T O DRAGMA November.
H E Editorship of To DRAGMA is the highest salaried position
about which I know anything. The Editor is paid daily with Chapters, are your To DRAGMAS bound? Do not depend upon
recompense so high as to he difficult of computation. Her salary knowing the whereabouts of loose copies. Do not depend upon
differs from that obtained elsewhere in its purchasing power. Noth- being supplied later by the publisher. We have few back copies.
ing in the world is so dear, so costly, so expensive that it cannot Bind them now.
be bought with appreciation, friendship, a sense of humor, enthusiasm,
willingness, punctuality, loyalty, and neighborliness. A l l of these An unofficial notice has been received of the granting of a charter
go to make up the Editor's daily check. Who could be better paid to the petitioning group at Vanderbilt. Although time prevents
than she? any account of the happy event in this number, Vanderbilt may be
sure of a welcome now and of space in the fall.
For all of these inestimable riches which the present Editor has
received, she thanks you who have given her them without stint. The Editor is publishing no Honor Roll for May. Can you guess
May all succeeding editors be paid as well! why? Because every one of the thirty-two chapter letters was
absolutely on time!
HTwo YEARS W I T H O U R OFFICERS
A V E you sought help during these two years from a certain We have not yet received the installation date of Puget Sound
mining town in the California mountains that you did not Alumnae Chapter, installed recently by Mrs. Esterly. We extend
receive it fourfold, clothed in the best advice possible? Has your a hearty welcome. The Puget Sound. officers and letter will be
puzzled chapter secretary or treasurer addressed frantic inquiries printed in the November number.
to Boston or Providence that have not been answered as quickly as
two loyal Alpha O's and Uncle Sam could answer them? In your This is an invitation to you. A hearty thank you to Rho and
Alpha O experience have we ever had a finer President, a more prompt Chicago Alumnae is in order. Be sure to notify Mrs. Hennings, the
and careful Executive Committee, or better officers? Rho secretary, or the alumnae president.
Dear Miss Chase:
This is neither "soft soap nor hot air." It is the Truth. We have
lived through a banner two years. Let us give genuine apprecia- I n behalf of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter and Rho, I would
tion and heartfelt thanks to Grand Officers who have never been like to ask that those Alpha O's who pass through Chicago on their
excelled. way to Convention plan to spend at least part of a day here so that
those who cannot possibly go to Convention can have a chance to
HTwo YEARS W I T H A L P H A O meet those that get this far. We would be glad to show them Evans-
A V E you counted them—from Upsilon to Vanderbilt? Have ton and to entertain them for the time they are here. I wonder
you named them—from Indianapolis to Puget Sound? And i f you could put this invitation in To DRAGMA? I f we do have a
as you count and name, remember it is not expansion without growth, special train it could leave Chicago in the evening, the ones from
not quantity without quality, not numbers without strength! the West could arrive in the morning, and thus we could have a day
together. I wish we could know how many would be able to do
this. W i l l they please notify us of their time and place of arrival.
MERVA DOLSEN HENNINGS.
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THE ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION JOYS OF T H E MOTHER*
The soldiers are guarding the bridge near me; the morning paper A toast at the ninth reunion of Brawn, '02
bears the marks of the censor; War has come to us. Regardless
of the justice of our cause, regardless of the right and wrong of any- BY MAUDE E . C. COVELL, B, '02
war, this is a time when we need most to conserve our ideals. I n
the dreamy rare days of June, within the shadows of the Blue Ridge What are our joys? Oh, who can say?
and under Virginia's southern sky we are to gather from Maine to Folly it is to try to show
Texas, from New York to California, and there pledge again our A l l the joys that a mother feels.
loyalty to the ideals of Alpha Omicron Pi. I f you are not a Only a mother can really know.
romanticist, or an idealist, perhaps, come to Convention and there
learn of other things than glittering gold and shining silver. Have you ever heard it said
That in one's first motherhood
Convention, 1917, means the twentieth anniversary of Alpha She reaches nearer the Heavenly shore
Omicron Pi. We are growing old, and growing big. I n 1915 we Than she has ever been before?
met in California. Now when we meet in Virginia we shall have
installed five, perhaps six, new active chapters and four or five A glimpse of Heaven she catches then
alumnae chapters, an increase of nearly fifty per cent in two years. Which is denied to other men;
That is a record to be congratulated upon, and we are proud of i t ; A joy and soulfelt holiness
but we want to meet and welcome and get to know our new sisters, as That none but she can ever guess.
well as plan to continue our steady progress. A time of rejoicing
over more than our age is Convention, 1917, to be. Our size, our When thro' the first months of that life
rising importance, will never dawn upon us until we come to Con- Which seems with wonders, O, so rife!
vention. The people who are coming, the great things to be done, She sees the opening of a soul
the learning to know ourselves as we are, will make this Convention As petals of a flower unfold.
the greatest one ever "held. To work and play and sing together, to
teach and learn from one another is our part. For a few days it will She marvels more and more to feel
be That part of her is here unfolding,
And that the great plan of all ages
"Ours to hold Right in her child she is beholding.
Earth's only Paradise,
Virginia" Who can ever tell the joy
That she feels when hearing "Ma-Ma"
and to know Alpha Omicron Pi more intimately than she has ever Spoken first by girl or boy
been known before. Followed very soon by "Da-Da"?
LUCY R. SOMERVILLE, K , 16, Oh, you cannot understand,
And I have not the power to tell
Convention Manager. A l l the joy the mother feels.
Only mothers know f u l l well.
"Make me to be a torch for feet that grope
Down truth's dim trail; to bear for wistful eyes No better wish I have for you
Who have not known a mother's joy
Comfort of light; to bid great beacons blaze Than that sometime God will send you
And kindle altar fires of sacrifice. Darling girl or bouncing boy.
Let me set souls aflame with unquenchable zeal (•This is sent as an echo to the Home Number by one of the Home-Makers
For high endeavors, causes true and high,
of A o n.)
So would I live to quicken and inspire,
So would I , thus consumed, burn out and die."
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THE PROGRAM accomplish in three days. Scattered along in the business sessions
we are expecting to have speeches by our Founders and some of
A l l statements concerning the program, and, in fact, any phase our famous members, as Miss Doty. The opening exercises Thurs-
of the Convention must be prefaced with the remark that all plans day morning will be impressive. At the close, Saturday afternoon,
are subject to change without notice, due to the imminence of war we shall have the installation of officers and pledge again our
and the unsettled condition of the country. The program has already loyalty to Alpha Omicron Pi, so that the business sessions will not
felt the effects of the war, as it has been somewhat curtailed and we grow monotonous. By Wednesday night most of you will have
cannot elaborate upon these plans as much as we should like to do. arrived, and we want to have a delightfully informal reception and
Convention will open Thursday, June 21st, and extend through get-acquainted meeting. Stunt night does not need to be explained,
Saturday, June 23rd. The program, briefly, will be as follows: you know what it means, and we are going to give a prize to the
best one, so get to work! Send the name of your stunt to Katharine
Wednesday, June 20th Gordon, 5 E. Franklin, Richmond, Virginia, by June 1st, i f you
want a place on the program. This year, however, there will be an
A. M. p. M. EVENING addition to stunt night in the form of the song contest, so "come
all ye sisters, and tune up your throats, Vive la A O I I ! " Friday
Informal night we shall have the ritual services and may have a real chapter
Reception to install. As a grand finale, Saturday we shall have our banquet
at the Virginian Hotel. Katharine Gordon, K, '14, is to be toast-
A. M. Thursday, June 21st EVENING mistress, and there amid our toasts and cheers the 1917 conven-
tion will come to an end.
Opening Busi- p. M. Stunts and
ness Session Song Contest An automobile ride over Lynchburg has been planned for Thurs-
Business Session day afternoon and you will have an opportunity of seeing the hilliest
5 P. M., Automobile city in the United States, the peaks of the Blue Ridge, and the James
River. I f our time permits we are going to have a boat trip on that
ride over city same James River. As was stated in the February To PRAGMA, you
are to stay at Randolph-Macon in Smith Hall, the meetings will be
Friday, June 22nd held in the chapel, and meals will be served at Whileaway Inn, better
known as Miss Ellis', across from the campus. The chapter exhibits
A. M. p. M. EVENING will be at college, the swimming pool will be open, and we shall
try to have some time to spare for the more trivial pleasures of a
Business Business, Speeches Ritual Convention. That is all we can say about the program, for some
Session by Founders things should be left to your imagination, and the pleasures of antici-
pation are to be yours without limit.
Saturday, June 23rd
A. M . p. M. EVENING
Business Business, Installa- Banquet at
tion of new officers, Virginia Hotel
You see from this you are to arrange to reach Lynchburg on
Wednesday, June 20th, and may' leave on Sunday, June 24th.
Trains leave going south to Memphis at 9:25 A. M. ; to New Orleans
and Atlanta at 3:25 P . M . ; going north to Washington and New
York at 12:20 P . M . (local), 5:20 and 7:00 P . M . ; going west to
Louisville and Cincinnati at 2:20 p. M . Those who come from
west of Chicago and those coming from Chicago as well, will
please notify Mrs. Hennings so that you may arrange to come
on the special or, at least, the A O I I Pullmans from Chicago; but
whenever and wherever you come, write the convention manager
the date and time of your arrival and the way by which you travel,
for there are two railway stations in Lynchburg, and we must
have this information in order to meet you and arrange for you.
Back to the program. You see it includes six business sessions,
for we have a great amount of work, reorganization, and so on to
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SONG W H A T TO WEAR, WHERE TO COME,
W H A T TO SPEND
Golden glints of sunlight linger,
Little Love, These paragraphs of information should properly be placed on
the front page of To DRAGMA, for they set out to answer the ques-
In the piney, deep green fragrance tion uppermost in your minds—what shall I wear? You will need
Up above—• an evening dress for the banquet, for then we shall appear arrayed
in all our splendor; an afternoon dress for the other nights; white
And the sky laughs in the water, waists and skirts or suits for the business meetings. Though you
Shining blue, are coming to the Sunny South and the days will probably be
warm, even hot, still Lynchburg is in the mountains and a light
Mocks your eyes in haunting beauty coat will be needed for afternoons and evenings. Besides, the
Envying you. weather is an uncertain quantity, you know. Beyond these slight
limitations, you may wear anything you please—freedom in dress
Shadowy moonlight sinks and quivers, is a Randolph-Macon habit. For most occasions anything from
Little One, a middy suit to an evening dress is permissible.
Like a mist of fairies' wings, Tau. The Program Committee has taken pains to tell you when to
Silver spun— come, but again let us urge you to notify us when you may be
expected. As soon as you decide to come, let us know, for we
And the sighing, vagrant breeze, want to assign rooms before the arrival of any guests so as to
Sobbing low, avoid confusion over baggage. You come straight to Lynchburg.
I t is on the direct lines from New York, and from Cincinnati to
W i l l stoop to kiss the flowers Washington. Have your mail addressed "c/o A O I I Convention,
When you go! R.-M. IV. C.j Lynchburg, Virginia, and it will reach you promptly.
I f any of you desire to visit some of the points of interest near
M U R I E L FAIRBANKS, '18, Lynchburg, let us know and we will assist you with your plans.
Natural Bridge is only thirty or forty miles from here, Appomatox
" I f I have faltered more or less about forty miles also; Charlottesville, home of the University of
In my great task of happiness: Virginia, and Monticello, Jefferson's place, Lexington where Wash-
I f I have moved among my race ington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute are
And shown no glorious morning face: located and where Lee and Jackson are buried, are only a short
I f beams from happy human eyes distance away, besides many other places of historic and natural
Have moved me not; if morning skies, attraction.
Books and my food, and summer rain
Knocked at my sullen heart in vain; What to spend is a factor to be considered, we regretfully admit.
Lord, Thy most pointed pleasure take, The short budget given here is figured at a maximum and expenses
And stab my spirit broad awake." may be less and will certainly not be more than these figures:
R. L . STEVENSON.
Room for four days $4.00
Board for four days 4.80
Baggage and transfer 1.50
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Delegates will be furnished rooms, and so their expenses will REPORT OF SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE FOR FIRST
be $8.30. S E M E S T E R , 1916-1917
I n connection with expenses we want to add a notice of the excep- Omicron I 2 3 Average No. of
tionally low rates to Washington for the Confederate Reunion. Kappa % no. hrs. % no. hrs. no. hrs. girls in
This applies especially to Kappa Alumnse, but others may be able % no. hrs. registered chapter
to take advantage of these rates. These tickets are on sale June 2nd Iota highest passing below
to 7th, inclusive, are good until June 21st, may be extended to June Pi grade below 1 passing 17 17
26th and July 7th by payment of 50 cents. Stop-overs are allowed Theta 16 23
at any points for any length of time. The rate is about 1 cent a Alpha Phi* 44-9 50.7 4-5 16 24
mile, plus 85 cents, or approximately one-third the usual cost of 43-6 55-6 .8 17.1 12
the trip. This presents an unusual opportunity to see Washington, Sigma Sl»7 67.5
visit friends, and spend a while in Lynchburg. Commencement at 29.7 68 •77 15-3 19
Randolph-Macon is June 2nd to 5th, and from then until Conven- Gamma 24 2.4 18 21
tion many of Kappa's active and alumnae members are planning hikes Chi 21.6 73 14.8
to the Peaks of Otter, and a generally jolly time. See your local Lambda 21.2 78.4 3 17.2 35
ticket agent for details and come. 17-7 73-2 0 '7-5 30
Delta 16 14-5 21
Anyone desiring further or more explicit information, write the Fleta Phi 15.2 79 5-5 15-6
Convention manager; your letter will be warmly welcomed and 13-7 78.6 3-3 12.6 19
promptly answered. Epsilon 12.9 5-4 19
Tau 11.8 83.7 1.09 17 19
COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS. Nu* 80 »5-7 24
Zeta 7-2 82.9 *6.3 23
Nu Kappa No report *85-4
Upsilon No report 84.1 2-7
Rho No report 8.7
1. Highest grade given by institution, e. g., "excellent," "honors," "above
2. Grades between 1 and 3. i
3. Grades not resulting in credit toward graduation, e. g., "condition,"
"failure," "not passed," etc.
Remarks. * Delta—Incomplete laboratory courses, not failures.
* Epsilon—Cornell University's standard of scholarship is very high.
A " B " grade is considered an honor and gives exemption from
* Nu—Grades are not given out by university.
•Alpha Phi—Highest fraternity average in college.
MILDRED HARI.EY MAC DONALD, Chairman.
H E L E N Foss W E E K S .
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A COMMUNICATION FROM THE LYNCHBURG
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
To the Editor of To DRAGMA of Alpha Omicron Pi,
The Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce wishes at this time to
extend a hearty welcome to the members of the Alpha Omicron Pi
sorority who will be in our city at the sorority Convention in June.
Situated among the foothills of Virginia, in a section of the United
States as famous as any other for its many points of scenic and
historic interest, we believe that we can assure to those who come
among us a visit that will be remembered with pleasure for a long
time to come.
Lynchburg is located on the historic James River about two
hundred miles from the Atlantic seaboard, and the river views in
the neighborhood of the city are very beautiful. I n addition to this,
the Peaks of Otter and other prominent mountains of the Blue Ridge
Range form a wonderful background on the western side of the
A number of noted institutions of learning are in and near our
city. These include Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
Christian College, and Sweet Briar College for Young Women,
which is only twelve miles in the country.
There are in Lynchburg a large number of handsome residences
and other interesting buildings. I n the immediate neighborhood of
the city are several improved highways leading in the different
I n closing we wish to say we trust this Convention will be a very
successful one, and that this organization stands ready to contribute
in every way in its power to that end.
Yours very truly,
LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,
THOS. A. SCOTT, Secretary.
(The Editor wishes to announce that the Lynchhurg Chamber of Commerce
very kindly contributed the excellent cuts of Lynchburg views shown in this
issue. The fraternity is certainly grateful for this kindness.)
PARK S C K N U OF LYNCHBUSG
PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDINGS OF LYNCHBURG
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THE CHAPTER EXHIBITS AT CONVENTION
B Y DOROTHY K . CLARKE, 5 , 14, Collector of Exhibits
One of the finest things about Convention is the feeling of unity
which one brings away—and this year, when it will be impossible
for me to attend, I have been lucky enough to have that same unified
feeling brought to my door by the mail man. The histories have been
fine and the loans interesting in the extreme (at least those that
have been sent to me so far have been so), but even better has been
the correspondence which has been pleasurably necessary in my capac-
ity as Collector of Exhibits. But that is neither here nor there, as
the question put to me by our Grand President was, "Could you,
would you write something about the exhibits?"
The histories are mighty interesting, the moulding questions having
been constructed with three ideas in mind—first, the history proper;
.second, the chapter and the college; and third, the chapter and its
Part first of one history is very much like part first of the next in
its essentials. I was particularly interested in a preface to Rho's
history which came via the Chicago alumna? historian some time
before the Rho history itself appeared. I t tells of the determination
of one girl to establish a chapter "whose cardinal virtue should be
democracy." Without knowing anything of Alpha O or its ideals the
group which this energetic girl gathered around her petitioned for
a charter with the firm determination to make Alpha O, at least as
represented at Northwestern—democratic. Certainly the round peg
found its round hole that time.
Part two brings out many sides of that debatable question—
Should Greek-letter fraternities be abolished? One historian com-
pares the sororities on her campus to the Bible gourd, "which grew up
fine and beautiful, and gave shade to him who sat thereunder, but, at
the close of the day, when its service was rendered, died down."
On the other hand there is the historian who, rather naively claims
that it would be impossible to abolish the chapters on her campus
as such an action on the part of the authorities would almost mean
the death of the university. And between these two extremes there
are all shades of opinion. This part of the histories really affords
food for thought for the student of the ever-present and ever-grow-
ing fraternity question. So read the histories, or, i f they are read
to you pay close attention, for every campus offers a different situa-
tion, and each situation has a direct bearing upon the all-important
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Services—well they are of all kinds. Any chapter with a surplus OUR NEIGHBORS
of time and energy can find an ample list of helpful suggestions
ranging from song services in an old ladies' home to baby quilts, I A T STANFORD
free violin lessons, and charitable doll shows.
The sorority situation at Stanford is different from what one
The loan exhibits are even more characteristic of the chapters would find in any other college or university. This is accounted
and are, of course, more personal. When coupled with the histories for by the fact that the university limits the number of girls to five
there is a fairly complete record of each chapter, as a whole and hundred. About one-half of these are sorority members, and the
also as individuals. others live in the university town of Palo Alto, or i n the dormitories
of Roble or Madrona.
The ten sororities with the dates that their Stanford chapters
Are you, as a member of a fraternity dedicated to the were founded are: Kappa Alpha Theta, which was established at
ministry of service, doing all that you can in these times College of the Pacific in 1888 and transferred to Stanford in 1892 ;
of storm and stress ? Are you a member of the Red Cross Kappa Kappa Gamma, 1892; Pi Beta Phi, 1893; Delta Gamma,
in your city, your town, your village? Are you glad to 1897: Alpha Phi, 1899; Gamma Phi Beta, 1905; Delta Delta Delta,
forego extravagances, to sacrifice that extra gown you 1909; Alpha Omicron Pi, 1910; Chi Omega, 1915; Sigma Kappa,
wanted, to wear a less expensive hat? Are you ashamed 1915. Most of these own their own houses, which are located on
to spend money wantonly and foolishly? Are you making Lasuen Street, commonly known as "Fraternity Row."
yourself well informed upon the daily history of your
country? Are you wearing your colors? Did you ever Each sorority tries as far as it is possible to have its members enter
think of wearing them beneath your pin to show to the into activities and into the various phases of college life. There is
world that your own loyalty is strengthened by that of work along social service and Young Women's Christian Association
two thousand? Are you able yet to see that the safety lines, and also many forms of athletics, such as baseball, crew,
of your brother is little as compared with the welfare of swimming, fencing, and basketball in which the girls are able to take
millions of brothers? Are you willing to give up those part. Writing and working with the various college publications
who are dearest to you if the sacrifice will ea.a, the suffer- is popular with some. There is a large field for anyone with drama-
ing of a world? Are you standing firmly back of your tic or musical ability. Many become known by work as class officers,
president, regardless of politics? Are you too big for or by ably filling positions on various class committees. No sorority
petty criticism? Are you saying with President Wilson— enters especially into any one of these fields, but all try to be repre-
sented in as many places as possible. I t is usually found, however,
"To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our for- that each sorority has one or two types of girls who are interested
tunes, everything that we are and everything that we along the same lines, but even this varies from year to year. Some
have, with the pride of those who know that the day has of the houses have girls of the social type in predominance, while
come when America is privileged to spend her blood and others are composed of those who care more for the serious phases of
her might for the principles that gave her birth and the college life.
happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God
helping her, she can do no other." The sororities are all represented in the local Panhellenic. This
organization holds the sororities together, and deals with all prob-
lems of general interest to the various chapters. The rushing agree-
ments are drawn up by this body, and the rushing season is supervised
by Panhellenic. I n this way all intersorority conflicts are avoided.
On account of the small number of women in the university and the
unique location of the houses, it would be possible for everyone to
know a l l the other woman students, but this, unfortunately, is not
the case. I n only a few cases are there any girls who are very well
acquainted in the dormitories or known personally outside of their
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own houses. An attempt has been made to change this condition I I I A T MINNESOTA
by exchange dinners, but the result has not been very satisfactory.
The conditions are nevertheless as good as, i f not better than, those We are a community of eleven members as regards academic
existing in most other universities, but not so good as they should be fraternities for women at Minnesota. Beside Tau of Alpha Omicron
when the opportunities for neighborliness and friendship are so Pi, local Panhellenic includes Chi of Kappa Kappa Gamma, estab-
lished at Minnesota in 1 8 8 0 ; Lambda of Delta Gamma, established
y -m a n MARION GILBERT, A, '18. here i n 1 8 8 2 ; Psi of Kappa Alpha Theta, established here in 1 8 8 9 ;
Epsilon of Alpha Phi, established here in 1 8 9 0 ; Alpha of Pi Beta
I I A T SOUTHERN METHODIST Phi, established also in 1 8 9 0 ; Theta of Delta Delta Delta, established
in 1 8 9 4 ; Kappa of Gamma Phi Beta, established in 1 9 0 2 ; Mu of
We have eight congenial sororities here at Southern Methodist Alpha X i Delta, established in 1 9 0 7 ; Delta of Alpha Gamma Delta,
University—Pi Beta Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha, Chi Omega, T r i Delta, established in 1 9 0 8 ; Sigma Beta (local) established in 1910.
Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Delta Pi, and ourselves, who were the
first to be installed, with the result that we had the first president Of these societies five already own their own homes: Kappa
of Southern Methodist University Woman's Panhellenic, Margaret Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Phi Beta,
Vaughan, ex-K. A local group of girls known as Tau Sigma, are and Pi Beta Phi. Two more, Alpha Gamma Delta and Delta Gamma
petitioning Sigma Kappa. There is a great deal of fellowship among are in the midst of building. The rest of us will continue to rent
the fraternities, for Southern Methodist University is not a large houses for a time, which, in the case of A O I I we hope will not be
university, so far as eligible girls are concerned, and has none of the over long. However, circumstances must seem more favorable for
evils attendant upon a large university. A large per cent of the girls such an undertaking than they are at present.
here are sorority members. There is practically no opposition or
antifraternity spirit whatever. Panhellenic disturbances are so rare An acceptable degree of harmony characterizes our relations with
as to be negligible. In fact, the impression that a stranger might one another at Minnesota. Local Panhellenic is an orderly, flourish-
probably have of us, is that we are new and pioneerish, with that ing institution, which has no difficulty in adjusting such differences
geniality which characterizes such conditions. We do not ever want as inevitably arise among so many competing groups.
to lose it, either.
There is, I think, a minimum of interaction between the sororities.
Whole sororities are invited to most of the affairs, being put with Once a year a banquet with the avowed object of promoting a friendly
the entire membership of a certain fraternity, with whom they may spirit between them is held at an over-town hotel. After the dinner
be congenial in numbers, or in spirit. Many social courtesies are each sorority is represented by a stunt, and the evening except
exchanged between the sororities or among their individual members. perhaps, for the performers, is an enjoyable occasion. A further
The Zetas last year, for example gave a party in honor of the T r i essay with the same object in view was made three years ago. A t
Deltas' installing officer, and the A O IPs sent her some flowers. that time one night every two weeks was set aside as "sorority visiting
Every fraternity thinks it a duty to entertain in one way or another night." On this night two members from each sorority were the
throughout the year, and there is usually at least one party given every guests of some other sorority at dinner. By means of a system of
two or three weeks. Y. W. C. A. forms a great social bond between rotation in the course of a year, each sorority visited, and was visited
the girls here, and its entertainments are most frequent. by every other sorority. The plan was pursued for two years, when
it died the death of indifference which usually overtakes such regu-
Sorority people here have not sponsored any philanthropic move- lated sociability.
ments either as a whole or individually. Customs are slow in the
forming. Such movements come only when the institution in which Minnesota may congratulate herself, I think, upon the genuine
the chapters are located, is stolidly settled i n "precedents" and good feeling among sororities. On the other hand, the university is
customs. Although Southern Methodist University will never cease too large, perhaps, and its interests too various for much actual
to grow, we must wait for a more ripe opportunity to turn our labors sociability or interaction in the relations of the smaller groups,
into fields other than those of her advancement. one to another.
I n the eyes of a fair-minded sorority girl, Greek life is, and will FLORENCE BRANDE, T, '17.
continue to be, a success here. GENEVIEVE GROCE, '19, N K.
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IV A T CORNELL came up here to visit her sister-in-law, who was a T r i Delt. I f any
sorority gives a dance or a tea at least one active g i r l , usually a
I n accordance with the ideal of Ezra Cornell, " I would found an senior, is invited and o f t e n a few alumna?. Likewise, i f any sorority
institution where any person can find instruction i n any study," g i r l is very sick, or dies, the other sororities send flowers. I f a girl
Cornell University hecaine coeducational i n 1 8 7 2 — f o u r years after comes here f r o m some sorority which has no chapter at Cornell, she
its f o u n d i n g . T h e girls were regarded as very odd and were l e f t is invited to most of the sorority functions.
a great deal to themselves. N a t u r a l l y they sought each other's com-
panionship and such a sisterly feeling sprang up among some of Prof. Anna Botsford Comstock, the Kappa Alpha Theta, who
them that they decided to petition Kappa Alpha Theta for a charter. signed the Kappa Kappa Gamma petition, in speaking about the
T h i s was granted them i n 1 8 8 1 . T h i s sorority proved such a success sororities here, said that she had noticed a k i n d l i e r feeling among the
that two years later a chapter of K a p p a Kappa Gamma was f o r m e d . sorority girls at Cornell than at any other college she had visited save
W e know there was a very f r i e n d l y f e e l i n g between these first t w o perhaps Leland Stanford, where the girls have the advantage of
sororities, since the petitioning Kappa Kappa Gammas secured l i v i n g i n sorority houses situated very near one another.
one of their two recommendations f r o m Mrs. Anna B . Comstock, a
Kappa Alpha Theta. When the Kappa Kappa Gammas were in- D A G M A R A. S C H M I D T , E , '18.
stalled, the Kappa Alpha Thetas gave a party f o r them, and the two
sororities cooperated w i t h each other to bring about a f r i e n d l y V AT TENNESSEE
feeling among all the girls.
I n 1 9 0 0 , the first woman's f r a t e r n i t y — C h i Omega, made its advent
T w o years later a third sorority was established at Cornell— at the University o f Tennessee. T w o years later, an enthusiastic
D e l t a Gamma. A t first these girls were reserved and were regarded group of girls petitioned—and a charter of Alpha Omicron P i was
as "grinds." Gradually, however, they came out o f their shell and granted to them. F o r several years they had the field a l l to them-
joined the others at work and play. I n 1 8 8 9 a chapter of A l p h a Phi selves but likewise Zeta T a u A l p h a , attracted by the possibilities at
was founded here. These four sororities held undisputed sway until Tennessee, saw fit to grant a charter. P h i M u was the last one to
nineteen years later in 1908. when a new and progressive little come into the Greek w o r l d here.
chapter was formed—Alpha Omicron Pi. This received a hearty
welcome f r o m the other sororities and soon grew to fill its place When fraternities were new at Tennessee, i t was customary f o r
among the girls. Later the same year, a group of girls petitioning each fraternity in turn to entertain the others, but now our Pan-
Delta Zeta received their charter. The Sennightly Club, organized in hellenic each year gives the opening entertainment of the fraternities
1 8 9 3 , thought that when it was twenty years old i t w o u l d become a to which a l l the first-year woman students are invited.
real sorority, and so became a chapter o f D e l t a Delta Delta i n 1 9 0 3 .
These seven are the only national sororities at Cornell, though Our Panhellenic meetings are usually held with a f u l l attendance
there are a few local clubs and groups of petitioning girls. of a l l the fraternities. This is different f r o m the way we had formerly
held Panhellenic w i t h only the delegates at the meeting; but since
There is a very f r i e n d l y feeling among a l l the sororities at Cornell we decided that the discussion of these problems w o u l d be beneficial
except, perhaps, d u r i n g the rushing season when it is not so apparent. to us a l l , this change was made. However, now, several times a
This feeling is promoted by the interest which a l l the sororities have year the delegates do meet, and then present these problems and their
in one another, but above a l l , by the interest which they take in the solutions to the several fraternities. Just lately we have begun ask-
university as a whole and i n a l l the girls. ing different members of the f a c u l t y to address us at these meetings,
w h i c h we have f o u n d to be very h e l p f u l . Dean Haskins was the first
When there were only a few sororities at Cornell, they gave teas one to do this, and he emphasized especially the relation between the
f o r one another at least once a year. N o w , however, there are so university and the fraternities. Miss Carpenter, Dean of Women,
many other activities that we learn to know the girls in other was next and we a l l derived much benefit f r o m her talk.
ways than as a sorority group. T h e original spirit has been kept up
to a slight extent f o r , about two years ago, the Delta Delta Deltas I t is customary here d u r i n g rushing season, which lasts about two
gave a tea f o r us since Mabel de Forest Starkweather, Epsilon, ' 1 2 , months, to invite several members of the different fraternities to our
large entertainments. W e have f o u n d this to be very h e l p f u l as
friendly intercourse is encouraged and we also get ideas f o r our
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own entertaining. This year, the Zeta freshmen entertained a l l the work i n N e w Orleans. T h e G r a n d President, M r s . Collins, has been
other freshmen w i t h a tea i n their o w n room. T h i s was the first spending the winter here, engaged i n some social research work.
time i t had ever been done here, and everyone seemed to enjoy i t
so much. T h e next f r a t e r n i t y to be established at Newcomb was K a p p a
Kappa Gamma. The group of girls petitioning was not a Greek-
T h e University of Tennessee supports a settlement house and a l l letter local, but was organized f o r the purpose of petitioning K a p p a
the fraternities, both men's and women's as well as the n o n f r a t e r n i t y Kappa Gamma. The charter was granted after several years of
men and women unite in keeping it supplied with teachers f o r the strenuous work, and Beta Omicron Chapter was established i n 1 9 0 4 .
different departments. T h i s is common ground, and friendly feeling This was the second southern chapter to be installed. T h e chapter
not only among the fraternities, but also among the nonfraternity has had the usual local interests, and its members have worked
people is fostered. individually in settlement work and other social service. I n 1 9 0 6 ,
Delta Chapter b f Phi M u was founded at Newcomb. There were
Also, since the possibility of war has become so certain, a Red six charter members. D u r i n g its l i f e Delta Chapter has grown to
Cross Society has been organized i n K n o x v i l l e w i t h special classes f o r forty-two initiates, one affiliate, and six pledges.
the university. A l l the women's fraternities have entered into the
spirit of this and each week at the meetings, a l l again meet on common U p to this f a l l , P h i M u has not had a room on the campus, but
ground. C h i Omega has the largest number of girls i n this class— like K A 0 and A E $ has had to live on one of the nearby streets.
nearly a l l o f the fraternity now wearing the Red Cross button. T h i s f a l l , however, the college fixed two other rooms i n the basement,
Besides many of the girls intend taking up the nursing course, and i f and Phi M u and Alpha Delta P i moved in w i t h the rest of us.
our country needs them, w i l l respond to the call.
Alpha Delta Pi was established a few days after Phi M u . The
D O R O T H Y M . N O L A N , O, '18. local chapter Epsilon, was not a Greek-letter local before petitioning
the national organization. I n 1913 Alpha Delta Pi changed its name
VI A T NEWCOMB f r o m A l p h a Delta Phi. Some time ago one of the A A I I national
officers addressed local Panhellenic and told us something of the
We have a Panhellenic group of eight fraternities at Newcomb. work of the National Panhellenic.
Each fraternity rents one or more rooms f o r its chapter meeting
place. We have no f r a t e r n i t y houses, because Newcomb is i n a Kappa Alpha Theta was established at Newcomb in May, 1 9 1 4 .
large city and the number of dormitory girls who are fraternity I n 1911 Phi M u Gamma came to Newcomb, and the local chapter,
members is small. The college has divided the basement of the main i n October, 1 9 1 3 , broke away f r o m this organization and became a
b u i l d i n g into suitable rooms f o r our use. B y means of this arrange- local under the name of A l p h a P h i , so as to be able to petition
ment the fraternity girls become thoroughly acquainted, and the spirit Kappa Alpha Theta. The charter was granted and the Alpha Phi
of f r i e n d l y intercourse is fostered and maintained. There are only Chapter of Kappa A l p h a Theta was established i n 1 9 1 4 . As A l p h a
two fraternities which have their rooms off the campus, Kappa Alpha Phi, the chapter held the scholarship cup offered by Chi Omega, in
Theta and Alpha Epsilon Phi. 1 9 1 2 - 1 3 . As a Theta chapter, the cup was held in 1 9 1 3 - 1 4 and
1915-16, being lost to Pi Beta Phi in 1914-15.
P i Beta P h i was the first f r a t e r n i t y to be established at Newcomb.
I n 1 8 9 1 , a local organization was formed and after a few months Our youngest neighbor, the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi,
petitioned P i Beta Phi f o r a charter. I n 1 8 9 3 the charter was was granted a charter in December, 1 9 1 6 . This fraternity is the only
granted, and A l p h a Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was established. This Jewish organization of its kind at college. I t has been a local
chapter takes a great deal of interest i n the P i Beta Phi Settlement organization since 1 9 0 7 . Immediately upon the granting of its
School i n Tennessee. I n 1 8 9 8 P i Chapter of Alpha Omicron P i was charter, local Panhellenic extended an invitation to A E $ to
founded, but as this article has to do w i t h our neighbors, we shall not j o i n . This invitation was readily accepted, and we welcomed the
tell of ourselves. eighth fraternity into our midst.
The local chapter of Chi Omega was founded i n 1900. This The feeling of good-fellowship prevails among all of the frater-
chapter was a local organization f o r some time under the name of nities and while each of us may feel a little hostile toward our rivals
Sigma Delta. C h i Omega is actively engaged i n social service on pledge day, that spirit is soon superseded by a friendlier and
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more charitable one. Some of the fraternities have started a very ALUMNiE NOTES
nice custom of inviting three or four other fraternity girls into their
rooms f o r lunch. W e spend a pleasant, gossipy half-hour, and go OMICRON
away feeling closer to our neighbors than ever before.
(These notes are so original that the Editor has placed them by themselves.
R I E T T A G A R L A N D , I I , '17. Alumna; assistant editors—take notice!!)
I n response to the Editor's appeal to "make this last T o D R A G M A ,
before Convention, the best," Omicron's alumnae editor sent out a
f r a n t i c S. O. S. call to some of the o l d girls f o r news. T h o u g h they
responded w i t h such promptness and good-nature as to lay themselves
liable to many future calls, they declared that they were doing, think-
ing, planning, nothing of sufficient moment to be worthy of notice
in T o D R A G M A . That spoke well f o r their respect f o r the magazine,
but would have proven a sad blow to me, except f o r the blessed fact
that I f o u n d in those same letters, answers to the very questions w i t h
which other girls have been bombarding me. There was a delight-
f u l unanimity along one line. Everybody mentioned Convention
either stating her intention of attending or her desire to do so, and
invariably asking, " D o you know who is going?" Here are some
of the facts which I read between the lines.
M y r t l e Cunningham T o m p k i n s declared that she and her
Doctor-man shouted over my agonized plea f o r news, and the said
man was quoted as saying, " Tell her you are doing nothing but taking
care of a good-for-nothing husband, two bad boys, and a tin automo-
bile." Myrtle concurs in all that, with the exception of the
adjectives. However, I happen to know that i n that more or less
isolated community there is a Study Club (federated, too) which owes
its inception to M r s . Tompkins, and f o r which she has planned and
directed the work d u r i n g the past two years. But does she take any
credit to herself? N o t she! A l l she says is, " I ' m learning more
history than I ever learned in college." Myrtle is going to Conven-
tion, I ' m glad to say.
I thought of what Coila Anderson's community demands of her,
when Margaret Rogers wrote that out in the honest-to-goodness coun-
try she is lending her college-trained faculties and the richness of her
college experience to the direction of a literary society, composed
of girls in a radius of nine miles from Pulaski. Margaret, too,
teaches a Sunday school class, " a l l ages f r o m three to thirteen" and
she is not going to Convention because i t is a physical impossibility
f o r her to be i n two places at one and the same time, and she is
preengaged f o r a "back-to-nature" camping t r i p at the same date.
B. A r m s t r o n g insisted that she is a day laborer, but I ' m rejoiced
to say she is going to take a f e w days f r o m her work at the state
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normal to go to Convention. B., by the way, has the a w f u l honor As f o r "the Williamses" t h i s , i s their Sabbatical year as f a r as
of being president of the Home Economics Division of the East summer school is concerned, and barring accidents, Convention week
Tennessee Educational Association. w i l l find them both i n Lynchburg prepared to have as w o n d e r f u l a
B i g T i m e as they experienced i n the Convention of 1912.
Here's my trump card, O ye hesitators! M a r y Rust is coming
a l l the way f r o m N o v a Scotia f o r that A l p h a O Convention, and she Chattanooga has recently been visited by the worst flood since the
wants us to make i t a reunion f o r Omicron Chapter as w e l l . C i v i l W a r times and Alpha O's i n the "Dynamo of Dixie" had
ample opportunity to apply a l l the best principles of their fraternity.
M y letter to Jess M c F a r l a n d brought the greatest news to me, They a l l worked on the relief committees, making thousands of sand-
though the other Omicron girls may know already of her marriage wiches and gallons of soup, soliciting funds, collecting bedding and
to William G. Cullen. They are living in Tucson, Arizona. c l o t h i n g f o r the flood-sufferers, superintending the housing o f
refugees and the distribution o f supplies d u r i n g the whole week the
I t is a f a r cry f r o m Arizona to Des Moines, Iowa, but Jess Tennessee was on the rampage.
Edmonds Cromer could live at the north pole and we'd still feel
close to her. She's that kind. H e r letter brought j o y to my heart, A n d as a closing item, I want to tell you that long before the Feb-
f o r she is going to j o i n the Panhellenic in Des Moines, and she asked ruary T o D R A G M A was issued, Louise Wiley had conceived, and the
where to send her subscription to T o D R A G M A . N O convention f o r active chapter had executed, the idea o f a round-robin letter to the
Jess! She is going to take her kiddies, Robert and Harriet, to the alumnae, and we have already had one such treat. You see Louise has
country to stay from A p r i l to September, when Robert starts to been an alumna, and she knows b y experience how we long to be kept
school. i n close touch w i t h our o w n chapter and as a graduate student she
suggested the plan. I am happy f o r this opportunity to speak f o r a l l
1 might as well admit that I always impose shamefully on the old girls, and tell those dear girls of the active chapter how much
Felicia Metcalfe. This time I assigned her the thankless task of we appreciate their thought o f us and how much we d i d enjoy that
ferreting out news about the other Fayetteville Alpha's. She an- letter.
swered, i n a somewhat alliterative manner, that she herself is dishing
out delectable doses o f duty and discipline i n French and Science i n
the H u n t s v i l l e H i g h School, and that as f a r as she has been able to
discover, each o f the other Alpha's is busy making home happy f o r a
husband. Fay Waggoner Buchanan is filling the role o f f o n d
parent to a whole bunch of sturdy little Buchanans, while her sister
Laura Moore, has only recently acquired her first heir. Mrs. E d
Harris (Sallie Frances of the fascinating laugh) and her husband
are l i v i n g on a f a r m about five miles f r o m Fayetteville, and when I
tell you that f a r m is a typical middle Tennessee one, I've said enough.
Before I leave Fayetteville f o r "pastures new," allow me to add that
Felicia w i l l be at Convention i n June.
I had "me doots" about getting an answer from Ethel Terry over
i n Memphis, f o r Ethel is i n the w h i r l o f society i n the B l u f f City.
However, she'stopped w h i r l i n g long enough to write me that she is
to have a very wonderful trip to New York this summer that w i l l
prevent her coming to the Convention. N o w , I hate that, because
Ethel T e r r y is one o f the most fascinating and attractive w o m e n T
know, and Omicron Chapter is keenly desirous of sending her bright-
est and best to our anniversary Convention. A n d neither is H a r r i e t
Greve going, unless I kidnap her, f o r she insists o n carrying out her
contract with the University of Chattanooga Summer School.
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REPORT OF THE BUSINESS MANAGER month later. We congratulate these four chapters upon their good
T h e appended report speaks f o r itself. T h e Business Manager L I N D A B . T E R R Y , Examining Officer.
wishes to speak f o r herself, however, long enough to say " T h a n k y o u " Rho
to the chapter assistant business managers who have given o f their Omicron 96.6 Zeta 85.64
time and enthusiasm to this rather thankless work. I t is no f u n to Kappa
w r i t e those "please send your d o l l a r " letters, as the Manager herself Alpha Phi 95.4 Theta 85.5
can testify having written several hundred, plus countless post-cards. Tau 93.3 Gamma 84.4
A n d here is a special " T h a n k you" f o r those "pay i n advance" sub- Nu Kappa 93.1 Iota 84.2
scribers, who rejoice the heart of business managers. M a y their Pi
tribe increase! Lambda 90.4 Delta 84.
Eta 90. Sigma 83.8
For the many nice letters, and the pleasant correspondence friend- Epsilon 89.5 Chi 79.6
ships formed, again "thank you." 89.1 Upsilon 76.6
MARGUERITE PILSBURY SCHOPPE, 85.66 Beta Phi 71.8
Business Manager. 85.66 N u N o papers received
Chapter Alumna Subscribers Per Cent
Rho 58 45 75-8
Upsilon 29 19 72.9
Beta 12 ,7 58.3
Sigma 112 65 58
Epsilon 46 26 56.5
Gamma 100 51 51
Chi 28 14 50
Iota 50 17 34
Lambda 61 18 29.2
Pi 65 17 26.1
Zeta 129 32 24.8
Kappa 98 24 24.4
Omicron 51 15 23.5
Delta 129 23 17.8
Nu 55 9 16.3
Alpha 86 12 13.9
Theta 109 9
Beta Phi 2 .073
REPORT OF EXAMINING BOARD
I t is surprising how many girls could name i n the recent exami-
nations only five or six fraternities i n N a t i o n a l Panhellenic. One
chapter could not name or locate our own chapters, and quite a
few girls show an appalling ignorance of our constitution. The
papers were quite neat, and i n most cases prompt. I t has been a
task, but a pleasant one to be the examiner.
T h e first f o u r places are held by three chapters who held the
places of honor last year and by a formidable rival i n the northwest—
a chapter installed on February 23rd, and examined less than a
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THE INSTALLATION OF ETA CHAPTER aldine K i n d i g of Rho, and Mable Wallace of Iota, joined us in time
for the installation.
The installation of Eta—what memories the phrase brings to my
m i n d ! I t was a rainy, blustery day when I first landed in Madison W h a t a busy time we did have! There were so many things to be
w i t h Vera Riebel at the station to meet me, eager to tell me a l l the done i n such a f e w hours—the needed certificates to be obtained f r o m
developments of the situation thus far, and anxious to have me meet the Dean, the reporters of the papers to be interviewed, the place to
and pass upon the girls that she and Shirley M c D a v i t t had gathered be arranged f o r the installation and banquet, real estate men to inter-
as a nucleus f o r a chapter at Madison. T o most of you the details view about a house—well, we d i d get through i n time to dress f o r
of the very beginnings of the chapter are history now, but for those the installation at five o'clock at the Park H o t e l ! A n d then once
of you who have not heard, I shall state the facts briefly. more I had the beautiful privilege of giving the installation service,
this time even more impressive to me because I knew the girls upon
Acting upon invitation from the local Panhellenic at Wisconsin whom I was conferring the dear privileges and sacred duties of
University to install a chapter there, Shirley McDavitt, Kappa, and our fraternity.
Vera Riebel, Rho, went to Madison early in the fall and with the
help of the Dean and Assistant Dean of Women attempted to pick W e made quite a staunch showing as later on we gathered around
out girls strong in college life and activities, who might readily absorb the banquet table, nine quite new A l p h a O's and their two pledges
and carry on the ideals of Alpha Omicron Pi. Naturally there were and the seven of us who had come up to assist at their debut. Our
many discouraging moments and much hard work connected with the happy time was somewhat marred by Vera's sudden illness—she
undertaking and I do not think we can shower too much praise had come f r o m a sick bed to help install "her girls"—but neverthe-
upon these girls who through strenuous efforts and a tireless giving of less the toasts were given and fealty sworn to A l p h a O w i t h much the
time and self have made our new chapter at Madison a fact. Shirley same b e a u t i f u l spirit that we find wherever A l p h a O's are met
M c D a v i t t had had to leave after a few weeks and then the task f e l l together.
upon Vera's capable shoulders. Mrs. Swanson, our Registrar, had
gone up to help over one week-end when matters were not progressing I t was late at n i g h t before we finished discussing the details of
so smoothly, and then shortly after, on the rainy, blustery day before their organization, going over the rituals and giving to them the
mentioned, I arrived in Madison to help Vera cinch the whole matter hundred and one "pointers" that are so necessary f o r a successful
i f possible. A n d the day's stop that I had intended to make chapter. A n d before we knew it the time f o r leave-taking had come,
lengthened into three—and three such days as I shall never forget. and i t was a tired but still happily excited crowd of us that got on-
H o w we tramped around i n the sleet and rain, meeting girls here and to the t r a i n that was to carry us back to Chicago as we slept. Even
encouraging girls there—and always in between times calling on the Vera was feeling better, and there was nothing but our physical
Dean! Finally we asked for a Panhellenic meeting, put our problem weariness to mar the happy beginning of Eta Chapter of Alpha Omi-
up to them quite squarely, seeking to know i f they would advise go- cron Pi.
ing ahead for a petition with the material we already had. A n d
their reply was so favorable, their spirit of good w i l l so manifest, MERVA DOLSEN HENNINGS, RHO,
that we went back quite encouraged and helped the girls prepare
their petition for Grand Council. Installing Officer.
Then came the days of waiting, f a r harder f o r them than f o r us,
I presume, f o r after a l l it was not long before word came that the
petition had passed, and that Mrs. Swanson and I were to install.
Unfortunately Mrs. Swanson could not go upon such short notice but
made Vera her delegate, and once again we started f o r Madison, to
finish the work we were both so keenly interested i n . W i t h us went
Julia Fuller of Rho, and the next day Grace May, Kate Blum, Ger-
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B Y J O Y C E C H E N E Y , r , '19. O h ! it's never bein' lonely,
A n ' your heart is singin' glad,
(The author of these verses, though but a sophomore, has already met with An' your troubles die from hunger,
acceptance by the editors of several current magazines.)
For ya dinna dare be sad.
O h ! it's puttin' in a handshake
One hundred thousand battle cries More than in a well-sized book;
Red clouds of blood dust o'er the town.
A victor o'er a shrinking head A n ' you find a bit o' heaven
Has checked his sabre sweeping down. I n each tone o' voice an' look.
Some whispered " C h a r i t y . " Oh! it's livin' an' it's knowin'
T h a t someone cares you live
One woman left a woman's group, Oh, it's sharin' more than givin'
A silence that was loud, the while
H e r eyes turned toward the leader's face. A n d i t isn't what you give!
B u t she has h i d the l i t t l e smile,
A n d that is Charity!
T H E RED ROSE
A blind King owned a garden fair
A n d chanced to pluck one day
A flower that pricked his soft, white hand
He flung the bloom away,
" A h why didst that?" the Jester cried
" 'Twas but a thistle—Fool.
Besides it pricked me. Say no more
Come, jest, draw nigh thy stool."
T h e Fool moved not nor was there jest
From out his queer lips born,
" T h e flower was not a thistle, L o r d ,
But red rose w i t h its thorn."
"Find it at once," the K i n g hath cried,
The wise Fool shook his head,
" Y o u crushed the flower beyond repair,
T h e rose, milord, is dead."
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A VISIT WITH SOME OF THE CHAPTERS OF adorable bride's house and her excitement over the election. Have
ALPHA O I told you we stayed up until late election night waiting f o r the
B Y M E R V A D O L S E N H E N N I N G S , Pistrict Superintendent
I was sorry, indeed, when I had to leave Theta but anxious, too,
When I was an active A l p h a O, it seemed t6 me that there could to get on to Beta P h i , and find out how my baby chapter was doing.
be nothing more to be desired than a chance to visit the different When I got off the train at Bloomington the girls that met me did
chapters of my fraternity. Last f a l l that chance was given to me, and not remember me at once as they were looking f o r dark-blue eyes
i t is because I know a l l of you have that same desire to know a l l and the brown suit I was wearing made them green! But we located
about the various A l p h a O's that I am w r i t i n g this account of my each other at last and reached the annex where the girls were living.
trip. One very amusing particular of the journey was my introduc- As there were too few of them then to run a house alone, they were
tion to the discomforts of local trains where you made short-time con- rooming i n the same house w i t h the overflow Kappas and Thetas. T h e
nections and had hardly a chance to snatch a meal. I thanked my arrangement was not bad as i t gave them a chance to become i n t i -
lucky stars often that I had not been born a traveling salesman! But mately acquainted with other fraternity girls. They were, however, of
despite these small discomforts the three weeks of my visit have given course, very delighted to be i n their own house this semester. Indiana
me memories that w i l l stay with me always, impressions of the unity University is beautifully situated i n the hilly part of the town and
that our standards have brought to a l l of our members, and the the f r a t e r n i t y houses face the campus. I t was a charming spot and
realization that as our f r a t e r n i t y has grown hi strength and coher- must have been even lovelier i n the autumn. What a pleasure i t was
ence nationally, so each chapter has been striving to bring itself to get to know the girls better, to learn of a l l their struggles and
nearer and nearer the ideal. I f any of you are ever i n doubt as to the encouragements i n the building up of their chapter! A n d how I
benefits of fraternity life, or the strength of A O I I , take off a few enjoyed sleeping i n the dormitory at the top of the house! I t was
days and go "a-visiting." like actually being back at school again. A n d I even had the
"nerve" to visit the medical school with Wilkie Hughes, their
Theta was the first chapter I visited. I t was quite like meeting "medic," and watch them dissect the cadavers! Y o u can see what
old friends again, since 1 had met most of the chapter at the time a good time I must have had.
1 installed Beta P h i . I t seems queer to recall now how dusty and
hot it was in Greencastle the few days I was there! The dignified When I arrived in Urbana to visit the Iota girls, what was my
old Colonial house w h i c h the girls claim as their home had a surprise to find myself i n a j a m of delegates coming f o r the State
difficult time withstanding the whirls of dust. But somehow the Federation of Women's Clubs there. "Delegate, Lady?" I heard
girls did keep it clean! I wish I could show you the pictures of a l l f r o m a l l sides, and I had a difficult time locating any A l p h a O's. I
these homes I visited, and give you a clear idea o f the girls i n each— knew none of the girls i n the active chapter though I knew many
but this number of the magazine w o u l d be over large i f I should Iota alumna'. But they made me feel so thoroughly at home i n their
succeed i n t h i s ! Let me try, then, to give you at least some sweeping pretty red-brick house that I felt more keenly than ever what a
impression of each chapter. The keynote to the l i f e of Theta w o n d e r f u l open sesame our p i n gives us into the lives and interest of
seemed to be hospitality and harmony. The spirit among the girls all A l p h a O's. The University of Illinois is probably the most beau-
and between the girls and their charming chaperon approached t i f u l of a l l those I visited. W i t h no particular natural beauty, the
very close to the ideal. A n d as we walked through the campus and campus has been so c a r e f u l l y planned and the buildings are so wonder-
met the dean or president, it did not take me long to discover how f u l , that no true daughter of the state can look at it without pride.
well liked they were. I t w i l l please you a l l to hear, I am sure, A n d the Woman's B u i l d i n g i n particular is most beautiful. I t
that at D e Pauw A l p h a O stood out as guiltless of the many charges was there that I met the dean and learned how well liked the A l p h a
made against fraternities i n their rushing last fall. O's were, and it was there that I had such a laughable experience
at the reception given the delegates. The university girls were giving
A n d the alumna? were as pleasant to meet as the actives, inter- their last year's M a y Day dances as entertainment, and as many of
ested i n all matters of their fraternity, and f o r the time being most the A l p h a O's were represented I was most anxious to see them. So
keenly interested i n politics. I shall never forget " B i l l y , " with her
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the girls got me a badge—a white one; that meant a real delegate, for seeing the town. I fell in love with it, and know of no other
and I went on over w i t h the mother of one of the girls, herself an place I should rather live in—except, of course, dear o l d smoky
alternate. Before I really realized that I was a delegate, I had Chicago. But the t w i n cities must certainly be the pearls of the
had to answer so many embarrassing questions as to my interest i n northern cities, and the university itself has a l l the beauty o f bluff
the various meetings, etc., that I was almost forced to hide myself in and river and ravine to make it attractive. I do not wonder that
a corner—much to the amusement of the girls. those who have once lived there hate to leave i t f o r any other place.
I wonder i f you w o u l d be interested to know of a rather striking
But a little incident of my visit there that will persist i n sticking circumstance in the fraternity l i f e there. I found that the majority
happily in my memory, was the occasion just before dinner one night of the " U " students come f r o m the t w i n cities, and that the houses
when I met one o f their patronesses, and impulsively she exclaimed, are run for only six to nine girls—doesn't that make a difficult prob-
" W h y , I don't see why the girls had to be a f r a i d of you—you're just lem in the running of a house? The Tau girls do not own their own
one o f t h e m ! " A n d that is so exactly what I have wanted a l l along home but live i n an attractive l i t t l e brown house which seems com-
to be—"just one of them"—that i t gives me a w a r m feeling of grati- modious f o r nine girls. They are gradually putting aside money f o r
tude just to remember it. When I left the girls the next afternoon, a house f u n d , however, and some day w i l l b u i l d their own home. A n d
I f e l t I was leaving friends of long standing, so dear had they I want to tell you a l l that little T a u had in process of f o r m i n g the
become to me i n those few days. best exhibit f o r the Convention of a l l those that I saw!
Then came the long trip to Lincoln, and I ' l l confess I arrived We have a new alumnae chapter in Minneapolis, too, you w i l l
rather tired. But with time f o r a little rest between whiles, I was remember, and I spent one day w i t h them at a d e l i g h t f u l luncheon
g l a d to be taken through L i n c o l n — n o t nearly so flat as I had looked at the home of Mrs. Jackson who hails from Gamma. They were
for it to be—and to visit the campus and the agricultural college all so interested and active i n their social service work, and i n any
on the edge of town. I found the Zeta girls most zealous in every effort to strengthen A O I I .
effort to make my stay pleasant, and I recall with pleasure the faces
of them a l l as I read their reports and letters. T h e i r house is about I must tell you, too, of the happiest day I -had at Minneapolis—
as pretty a f r a t e r n i t y house as I saw i n L i n c o l n , but they w i l l have and it had nothing to do with Alpha O! But my husband tele-
to leave i t this summer, as it stands on ground that the university has graphed me that he could spend a day with me there on his way
condemned f o r use i n its extension work. There are many alumnae to N o r t h Dakota, and it had been almost three weeks since I had
in Lincoln, too—you remember that Zeta is the oldest chapter i n seen h i m ! T h e girls were t h o u g h t f u l enough to give us almost a l l
this district—and I was very much pleased to meet them at a luncheon the time to ourselves, and i t was like a second honeymoon. I d i d
they gave for me. O f course, I had met Viola Gray, the Chairman give him a chance to meet the girls after their reception f o r me; and
of the N e w Chapters Committee, and had been so interested to hear he pronounced them almost as nice as the Rho g i r l s — w h i c h was t r u l y
of all her work in the interests of expansion. One night I spent a compliment from him.
most r e s t f u l l y w i t h the alumnae chapter president, and she was con-
siderate enough to let me rest even f r o m a l l thoughts of A l p h a O A n d once more I have come to the end of my visit; of my stop
—matters that had been so continuously on my m i n d f o r so long, that at Madison I have told you elsewhere, and of my trip to Rho I am
I had to throw them off for a while. But I must not forget to tell too modest to speak. I cannot tell o f my own chapter w i t h o u t some
you of the game between Kansas and Nebraska that I attended at p a r t i a l i t y I k n o w ; so I w i l l ask you to stop to see them on your way
which I cheered as heartily f o r Nebraska as i f i t were my own through Chicago to the Convention and judge for yourselves.
I t has given me a happy morning to recall to myself a l l the details
And you w i l l want to hear of Tau, too, and of my stop in beautiful of my t r i p ; I can only hope i t w i l l seem as w o r t h w h i l e to you.
Minneapolis. Once again it was like getting home to be greeted
by so many o f the girls that I had met on my visit to them the year
before. I t was Sunday morning when I arrived, and fortunately
the weather had moderated enough to give us a splendid opportunity
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T H E INSTALLATION OF ALPHA PHI
Years ago back in Gamma Chapter I used to wonder how close /
should keep to Alpha O after I left college. I suppose the questions
came to me because of the return of alumna;, some apparently-
remote i n sympathy, many filled and running over w i t h advice and
experiences, a few rare ones as dear and enthusiastic a n d . h e l p f u l
as any undergraduate in the chapter. What should I be i n ten years,
I asked myself. W o u l d my fraternity be to me but a blessed mem-
ory, kept fresh by T o D R A G M A and by the occasional meeting of
f r a t e r n i t y sisters, or would i t become to me a real, l i v i n g force, as
f u l l of j o y and inspiration as i n college days? I confess I was
always incredulous as regards the latter query. N o realization of
A l p h a O love and loyalty ten years hence helped to ease the poignant,
a w f u l suffering of my last few days in college. I n those last, never-
to-be-forgotten hours when I roamed about the campus, glad with
lilacs and honeysuckle, l i f e lost its sweetness to me. T h e last frater-
nity meeting was an a w f u l experience, during the torture of which my
heart seemed to become unhitched and my stomach to sink into my
shoes. I n spite of friendship and loyalty and undying devotion,
my f r a t e r n i t y and I were parting, never to meet i n the same way
A n d yet ten years have gone by, my heart is again fastened
securely, and my stomach has resumed its normal position. A l p h a
O is more to me today than she ever was on the day I said farewell
to her, and my fraternity sisters are dearer to me than in the days
when we dreamed together on the banks of the Stillwater or carried
our supper to Powell H i l l . More than a l l else the question about
which I was incredulous has answered itself i n the affirmative.
Alpha O is a real living force to me, more f u l l of j o y and inspira-
tion than ever before. Indeed, i t has never been so filled and
f r a u g h t w i t h inspiration as d u r i n g these last two years when I have
been trying to give something of its j o y to a certain group of girls
out here in the mountains.
M y dreams soared back i n those college days, sometimes too
high, certain of my professors stated, but never did they reach that
pinnacle wherefrom I saw myself installing a chapter o f A l p h a
Omicron Pi. Indeed, the twenty-third day of last February crept
nearer and nearer, came, and finally passed i n a blaze of glory, and
l e f t me still believing that it had a l l been a dream. But now that
March winds have come and that A p r i l mud is here, I begin to realize
that / did on the twenty-third day of February install twenty-three
splendid girls as A l p h a P h i Chapter of A l p h a Omicron P i .
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M r s . Schoppe, whom Gamma knows as Peggy Pilsbury, and I
discovered these girls two years ago. Then some ten of them had
formed a local. Alpha Phi, nationals at that time being forbidden by
the f a c u l t y of Montana State. T h e y came to us because they knew we
were fraternity women, f o r help and advice, they knowing noth-
ing of Alpha O and we knowing little of them. Then began a
mutual comradeship, we being designated by the awe-inspiring term
of "patronesses"—which comradeship blossomed in the spring of
1916 by the decision of the girls to work for Alpha Omicron Pi and
by the glad assurance on our part that we would help them all.
From the very beginning helping was such a pleasure. Because
of it the Installing Officer was younger on her thirtieth birthday
when she installed A l p h a Phi Chapter than she had been i n years.
The girls went to work with might .and main to win the highest
scholarship in college, to achieve the highest standing i n the respect
o f the faculty, and to be of some service i n the college and com-
munity world about them. A l l these they have achieved. Their
scholarship is the highest at Montana State; in their petition recom-
mendations you know of the regard they are held in by the f a c u l t y ;
if you want to know of the service they are giving to their ccollege,
you may ask the dean. Already I fear I have exceeded the most
liberal bounds of enthusiastic praise.
I t was on January 28th that we received news of the granting of
our charter. T h e girls claim they sat on one bed i n H a m i l t o n H a l l ,
ate a l l sorts of indigestible things, and hugged one another u n t i l
three A . M . and I am inclined to believe it. The granting of the
very first national charter in the history of the college demanded
some extravagance! T h a t you w i l l gladly admit.
Installation took place on Friday afternoon, February 23, at Mrs.
Schoppe's new brown bungalow, w h i c h seemed expressly built f o r
the occasion. I f the Installing Officer, ably helped by the assistant,
succeeded i n giving to the girls one-half the loyalty which flooded her
own heart, I think our beautiful ritual service must have been impres-
sive. The girls' eager, glad, earnest faces in the candle-light told
me that i t was impressive, and as I looked f r o m one to another of
them I knew, as I have come to know even more surely, that the
destiny of A l p h a Omicron Pi is safe w i t h them.
W e were sorry that the many feet of snow, which has carpeted and
buried a l l Montana, kept our three sisters scattered about the state
from coming, sorry that the mountains and two thousand miles of
country separated Upsilon and Gamma f r o m us, though they were
w i t h us i n the pins they so k i n d l y sent. But we rejoiced i n the many
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letters and telegrams f r o m the various chapters and officers, in the THE QUIET CORNER
roses sent us by t h o u g h t f u l Sigma Chi's i n town, and i n the wishes
and flowers of the local groups and faculty members. O I've fitted up a quiet place in the corner of my heart! it1
Its four walls are of friendship and for you it's set apart.
Our banquet was held at the Bozeman Hotel immediately f o l l o w i n g There's a hearth-fire lighted in it, glowing bright as bright can be,
installation. N o w the Bozeman is assuredly not the W a l d o r f or the Now won't you stay awhile each day, and just be glad with me?
Copley Plaza, but what cared we when we sat d o w n to tables strewn
w i t h red roses? Because A l p h a P h i is also Nu Gamma to M r s . -
Schoppe and me, we had ordered the menu of Gamma's installation
banquet, and though I am sure no one knew what she ate at a l l on T o the poem given just below there has come i n these last days
account of happiness, the association pleased us. an added significance. What American is there who does not now
read this and Rupert Brooke's companion poem, " I f I should die,"
T h e toasts were splendid, especially so since many of them were with a deeper, more personal thought?
quite impromptu. Some day when there is more money i n the editorial A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH
treasury, and space permits, the one given by H e l e n Rose o n " T h e B Y A L A N S E E G E R , in the North American Review
Ruby" and M a r y Danielson's "Response" to the "Welcome" are to be (The author was killed in battle last July in northern France.)
published i n T o D R A G M A . T h e n to the singing of Dear Alpha, I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
we gather in friendship tonight, and 0 Alpha O, O Alpha O, since When Spring comes round with rustling shade,
And apple-blossoms fill the air.
•we all love but thee, the installation banquet of A l p h a P h i Chapter I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
came to an end.
It may be he shall take my hand
A t the last moment we heard of the victory i n basketball by Mon- And lead me into his dark land
tana over Utah. The last glimpse which the Installing Officer caught And close my eyes and quench my breath;
of her new sisters was a "Luggage Lugged" transfer wagon (the only It may be I shall pass him still.
vehicle procurable on short notice) piled high w i t h what had become I have a rendezvous with Death.
very precious freight on its way to the campus to celebrate the winning On some scarred slope of battered hill,
of the Utah game. When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow flowers appear.
M A R Y E . C H A S E , Gamma.
God knows 'twere better to be deep
Installing Officer. Pillowed in silk and scented down.
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep.
Pulse nigh to pulse and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear.
Hut I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year.
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous!
T h i s is f o r next summer when you lie beneath them
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree;
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet-flowing breast.
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A tree that looks at God all day A WOMAN'S REPORT OF CONDITIONS IN GERMANY
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
F r o m The Outlook o f December 6 , 1 9 1 6 .
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair; To readers of Mrs. Gallison's account of her visit to Germany (the
second installment o f which appears i n this number o f The Outlook)
Upon whose bosom snow has lain, it w i l l be interesting to compare a very different report of conditions
Who intimately lives with rain. in Germany from another American woman. Miss Madeleine Z. Doty
last summer went to Germany. I n part, at least, her purpose was to
Poems are made by fools like me, carry aid to underfed German babies; but i t was i n part to observe
But only God can make a tree. conditions there. H e r report is appearing on successive Sundays i n
the N e w Y o r k Tribune and i n the Chicago Tribune. Miss Doty
—Joyce Kilmer. is w e l l k n o w n f o r what she has done on behalf o f prison r e f o r m .
Have you ever felt like this? I f not, perhaps you w i l l before She f o u n d the German people suffering f r o m physical privations
commencement festivities are over. and the mental strain of war. The food that she had, except i n the
TEA very best hotels and i n certain private homes, was inadequate.
By Margaret Widdemer "Prison diet," she says, "does not promote health or strength. One
They've flowers and cakes and candle-light, and chair by crowded chair
And I am very sweet and kind because I do not care. can live on it, but patriotism and temper suffer." The people at a
I think that I am hoping still if I am very good,
And talk to those around me as a courteous lady should, cafe which she describes were "shrunken, listless, distraught." She
The room will softly split across, and roll from left to right
With all its smiling pasteboard folks and colored things and light, could not swallow the cakes that were served. " O n l y the music is
And let me run into the grass and climb a sunset hill
And find three hours one year ago when I was living still! cheerful, " she says. "There is a revival o f band playing i n Ger-
many. I t is needed to hide the lack of laughter and talk Life
This is f o r you who have lived in the mountains! * has become mere existence, a prison existence." A satisfying meal
she reports as a noteworthy experience. A f t e r one such meal she
THE EXILE w r i t e s : " I t seems cruel to eat o f Germany's best, but I decided to
live henceforth at the most expensive hotels."
By Katherine Tynan
Since I have lost the mountains, I Since her preceding visit the year before she reports a change in
Look for them in the waste of sky. the attitude of the German people toward America:
And think to see at the street-close
The lovely line of blue and rose To-day the average person is pathetically eager to be friends.
The mountains keep that once I knew. Slowly the people are awakening. For months the newspapers have
fed them on the triumphs of Germany and the perfidy of other
There are no mountains there at all, nations. B u t these stories of glorious German victories have resulted
But only the blank roof and wall in what? A lean and barren country, under-nourishment, death, the
Of many houses red and grey. hatred of other nations. The people begin to doubt their leaders.
I had forgotten the old way
The mountains keep in rain and dew. T o call these people "barbarians" is an outrage. They are, like
ourselves, just folks, kindly and generous, deceived and browbeaten
Even in the pleasant country places, by a ruthless military group.
Where the fields' faces are friends' faces,
The mountains I shall not forget, Her account of being spied upon is amusing. She tells of doubling
The mountains come between us yet, on her tracks when she went to visit a member o f the Social Demo-
Between me and the woods and streams. cratic party i n order that she m i g h t avoid observation. She saw
enough of spies to f o r m the f o l l o w i n g impression:
The wind that blows across them calls
Ever at dawns and evenfalls, The f u n n y thing about German spies is that they dress f o r the
And I am suddenly forlorn— part. T h e y are as unmistakable as Sherlock Holmes. T h e y nearly
Across the pastures and ripe corn
I see the mountains in my dreams.
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always wear gray clothes, a soft gray hat, are pale-faced, shifty-eyed, GRAND SECRETARY'S HONOR ROLL
smooth-shaven or have only a slight mustache, and carry canes.
DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH
One spy she describes as standing out i n the r a i n f r o m three i n the
afternoon until nine o'clock. " I simply cannot take him seriously. Pi Sent on time Sent on time On time Third received
M y friend and I get into gales of laughter. I want to go out and Nu On time On time
invite h i m i n to tea. H e looks so miserable." " B u t , " she acknowledges, Omicron Prompt Late On time On time
"before I leave Germany the spies get on m y nerves. W h a t was at Kappa
first amusing becomes a nuisance." First received Third received Second received Prompt
Zeta On time On time
Even the horses show underfeeding. T h e y are "chiefly valuable as Sigma Prompt Third received Prompt
a study i n bone anatomy." She looks into their dinner-pails, and never Theta Second received Late
finds there anything but chopped straw. She reverts to the appear- On time Late On time On time
ance o f the people. " T h e y are t h i n . I d i d n ' t see a b i g g i r t h any- Delta
where." Food without grease, sugar, or meal she likens to " t r y i n g Gamma On time First received Prompt On time
to run a wagojn without oil. I t begins to creak." Epsilon On time
Rho On time Prompt Prompt
She describes the diet kitchens, and tells what good f o o d can be had Lambda On time On time
there. But "the day laborers cannot frequent city feeding kitchens. On time On time Prompt Prompt
They cannot afford i t . . . . Such places are a godsend to the middle Iota
class, the small storekeepers whose business has failed, clerks, and Tau Late Second received First received First received
stenographers, but f o r the unskilled laborer the price is prohibitive." Chi On time Prompt
Upsilon On time Prompt On time Prompt
She sums up the food situation i n these words: On time
The tragedy i n Germany is not quick starvation, i t is the underfeed- Nu Kappa Third received On time On time On time
ing of a whole race. . . . I t is hard to be discontented and progres- Beta Phi On time
sive when the stomach is f u l l and the l a n d flows w i t h m i l k and honey. Eta On time On time On time i Prompt
But suffering has come and a new race is emerging—a lean race, Alpha Phi On time
w i t h active minds that begin to question German autocracy and m i l i - Prompt On time
Prompt Second received
This is a very different picture from that which Mrs. Gallison
draws f o r us, but we must remember that no one observer sees a l l . Prompt Prompt
Mrs. Gallison goes to her friends and acquaintances. Miss Doty, on
the other hand, is accustomed to observing people i n the lower strata Prompt On time
of l i f e , and i n Germany she sees privation and hardship.
On time On time
The suffering that war has brought upon Germany is largely hidden
f r o m the outside w o r l d , b u t i t is to be remembered that i t is also large- On time Prompt
ly hidden f r o m a great part of the German people themselves.
•(Madeleine Doty is no stranger to the readers of To DRAGMA. She is a
member of Nu Chapter, class of '02, and is one of A 0 U's "famous Prompt Prompt
members." The Editor.)
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> H i i i J ^ i l l l 11JJ i i Un time ACTIVE CHAPTER LETTERS
<OS PI, H. SOPHIE NEWCOMB MEMORIAL COLLEGE
U5Hm. 888888*8888888888 P i Chapter is so happy, so very happy. M a r c h pledging, f o r the
first time at Newcomb. was tried this year and has proven a big
t>. success. As her share, P i is glad t o introduce to you a l l , three of the
most splendid girls at college: Ellen Jett, Mary Renaud, and Corinne
> Chalaron. I n i t i a t i o n cannot take place before registration as
<z a sophomore, b u t i n the meantime, the girls w i l l be just imbued
with our A O I I spirit which w i l l make their initiation even more
> sacred to them. By the time this letter is published, there most proba-
On time bly w i l l be another " f u t u r e " A O IT to announce. O n account o f
On time half a condition the aforementioned was unable to be bid, but as soon
as the condition is made up—but I ' l l wait and t e l l you i n the next
On time Pi has been very active these past months. H a v e you heard about
On time our work with the immigrants? The D . A . R.'s have opened a school
for immigrants, and Anna Many offered to supply teachers f o r them.
Late She came straight to us, and t o l d us we were all to be teachers—but
Late really, we didn't mind. Every week two actives, along with several
On time of our alumnae, go down to the Y. M . C. A . B u i l d i n g , where the classes
Late are conducted, and teach just about anything f r o m a b c's to advanced
On time psysiography. The immigrants range from sixteen to sixty, or over,
Second but how interested they are i n their w o r k ! Besides our enjoyment
On time of the work of enlightenment and revelation towards these foreigners,
On time we, at the same time, are getting splendid t r a i n i n g as school-ma'ams.
Late There are seven of us who graduate ( I won't say leave Newcomb or
On time the fraternity, f o r that's impossible) i n June, and exactly seven of
Late us who intend to teach.
A t the suggestion of A O I I , our local Panhellenic has adopted a
NOVEMBER, 1916 DECEMBER, 1916 On time French war orphan this year. I t costs about f o r t y dollars a year per
Late orphan. W e ' l l tell you just as soon as we f i n d out what our baby's
name is—until now, it's just lovingly "our Panhellenic Baby."
On time We've had such lovely parties this year. Some of them were, per-
On time haps, a little selfish, but we couldn't help but limit a few "just to
On time ourselves." M i l d r e d Renshaw's supper came first of a l l , then Evelyn
Pigott's birthday luncheon. Mrs. O. McNeese (Cleavie Dupre) gave
Late a big, d e l i g h t f u l rushing party at her home. We gave our rushees
On time a luncheon "a l a Japonaise" on the last day of the mid-term exami-
On time nations. A n d best o f a l l , we went on a—how shall I say? W e l l ,
On time this is what we d i d : The evening before the bids went out, a l l of
On time us went f o r a supper on the levee. T h e spot, on the banks of the
On t i m e
On time »
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Mississippi, that we chose, was b e a u t i f u l and ere long we had b u i l t NU, N E W Y O R K U N I V E R S I T Y
a large bonfire. The f r y i n g pans we had brought along were taken
out and o h ! such delicious f r i e d bacon—and burnt tongue. A n d the Social l i f e of " N u " has been predominant this semester and our
rest of the supper, and the water, and a l l of us, just "once more d e l i g h t f u l " E y r i e " way up on the eleventh floor w i t h its b e a u t i f u l
united." Just as the blazes of our fire were beginning to b u r n l o w , view of the Hudson and the city skyline has been the scene of many
we a l l came near it and sang fraternity songs, our songs. N o one pleasant chats around the tea table where we have learned to know
mentioned it. but every one knew that every word we said was not and love one another better. I t has been a great pleasure to meet so
merely sung, but was meant—and felt. Anna Many, Innes Morris, many d e l i g h t f u l girls f r o m other states and the outcome of the teas
Virginia Withers, Hazell Beard, and Theodora Sumner, of the has been an increased membership, f o r we had an initiation this month
alumnae, planned the party f o r us. and welcomed eight new members to our chapter. Mary Higgins
and Alice Carson come f r o m the Sunny South. Mary, whose home
I don't think I've told you how proud we are of Kathleen O'Niell. is i n Virginia, has been prominent i n many suffrage campaigns both
She was maid of two o f the large Carnival balls this winter. K a t South and here, and finding the need of law i n her work took the
says she's " a w f u l l y busy" these days. Y o u see, she's president of woman's law course last year, carrying off a three-year scholarship.
the Mandolin and Guitar Club, and the latter is always called on to So she is w i t h us studying i n dead earnest g i v i n g up f o r a time the
furnish music for a l l occasions. art work f o r which she originally came to New Y o r k . We expect she
w i l l f o l l o w i n the footsteps of her father who was a judge. Alice
We have but one more year to spend at dear old Newcomb. O n Carson comes f r o m South Carolina, and although women are not yet
February 24, the first pile f o r new Newcomb was driven by little admitted to the bar i n her state, by the time she is graduated we hope
Perrine D i x o n , granddaughter of the president of our college. I t is they w i l l be. She is to be i n her father's law office this summer.
expected that the main buildings w i l l be completed on time f o r the
session, 1918-19. The slogan at college right now is "new gym." We are particularly glad to welcome Elizabeth Harrison, who is
T h e students and alumnas are exerting every effort in order to raise a daughter of ex-President Benjamin Harrison, and judging from
the amount of $100,000 for a gymnasium for the Newcomb. A O I I her interest and activity i n a l l that is good, we feel she w i l l inspire us
intends t u r n i n g i n some money to the cause, but as yet has conceived to better endeavor. Already she has organized m i l i t a r y d r i l l f o r the
of no definite plans as to how to go about i t . girls of the New York University Law School with a member of the
New Y o r k State N a t i o n a l Guard to assist her. Jessie Buchanan is
T h e annual senior class play takes place at the end of May, and a graduate of Bryn Mawr, and Elizabeth Hartshorne was gradu-
the t i t l e is kept a secret u n t i l the n i g h t of the performance, so we ated from Wellesley. Both were identified with the various interests
can't tell you what it's to be, but we w i l l say t h i s : M a r y Sumner of these colleges, Jessie having been president of the " G o o d Govern-
has the leading part, and I.essie Madison has quite a prominent part, ment Club" at B r y n Mawr. L i l l i a n Edgerley is f r o m New Jersey
too. and expects to practice law in that state. She is musical, sings and
plays, and that to " N u " is a great acquisition as hitherto we have
Just one more piece of good news we want to t e l l you before con- been p a i n f u l l y unmusical.
cluding this letter, and it's to announce Jennie Snyder's engagement
to M r . Egbert Savage. Jennie is to be married i n the f a l l i n N o r - Mabel Elizabeth Shaw has her home i n B r o o k l y n , and Elizabeii.
wood, Louisiana, the old family home, and is to reside i n Cincinnati. D a n f o r t h Lives i n N e w York. They are both interested i n the welfare
You a l l can understand how particularly happy and interested we are of the neighboring cities and come to us w i t h an enthusiasm that is
when we say this—Jennie was our president last year. contagious. We are expecting great help f r o m these new sisters.
Just think, the next time Pi will communicate with the "rest of us" We are glad to report M a r y Peaks as recovered f r o m her severe
w i l l be not indirectly, but in the most direct way possible, and that illness, although she has since passed through great affliction. O u r
is through Convention. There are several f r o m P i who w i l l be pres- hearts are saddened with hers i n the sudden loss of her father. We
ent. The French have a way of saying "a demain" when they expect shall miss her f r o m the active chapter, but are very proud that she has
seeing the person addressed, soon. Those words have never meant opened a law office at 165 Broadway, and we count her one of our
anything in particular to me, but tonight as I t h i n k of Convention, I most loyal members.
have a queer and happy feeling as I say, " A demain."
M I L D R E D R E N S H A W , '17, Chapter
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Our president, Jane Monroe, has become associated with Institu- I n this all the black marks against the disobedient "fish" were brought
tional State Charities Work under Dr. Katherine Bement Davis. up and settled.
She is at any time liable to be sent out on tours of inspection, on
which she is to report to an advisory committee. As a finale to the day, we had our banquet at the Adkin Hotel.
Mrs. Emma Abbers Hunt, Mrs. Lucretia Jordan Bickley, and Mrs.
Elizabeth Smart has finished her work on the book on Commercial Alice Hayes Graf were our chaperons as well as welcome alumnae.
Law which she was editing, and is now executive secretary of the Lucretia being toastmistress and Alice giving the toast from the old
Woman's Suffrage organization in Brooklyn. girls made the evening that much more of a success. Lucretia told
us of the early days of our chapter, and of the time when it was in
The plan for semimonthly luncheons down town has proved a one of the Blount bedrooms. She told of an even more exciting time
success. A table is reserved for us at the Cafe Savarin, and many when we had moved to South College, and some boys slipped in and
of our chapter "alums," who are busy lawyers, are able to meet one stole all our things.
another in this way.
The "fish" each gave a toast, then a song, and as the last stunt
A l l Alpha O's should read "Letters from Germany" written by presented a play. They dramatized Wooley's Handbook of English
our Madeleine Zabriskie Doty and published in The Christian Work. Composition. We admired their bravery in attempting such a thing.
I t is probably the best statement of facts that has come to us direct
from Berlin. The girls are busy now, for Wista Braly is senior member of the
"Honor Council," Sue Bryant on the Y. W. C. A. Cabinet, and
Some of us are planning to go to the Convention at Lynchburg, Dorothy Nolan, vice-president of the Wfman's Student Government
Virginia, and if the plan framed by one of our members for the Association. Another of our girls is president of that association,
trip by automobile is carried out, we have a great treat in store, and Sadie Ramsay is secretary of the literary society and a member
as we are told the scenery is beautiful in that section. of the Volunteer staff. Katherine is head of the Y. W. C. A. work
at the settlement, and most of our girls have classes or help out in
FRANCES LOUISE WALTERS, Chapter Editor. some way there. We are glad that honors, or rather the privileges
of service, are divided rather evenly among the sororities and the
OMICRON, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE nonfraternity girls. We all have a share i n all the work.
After the Christmas holidays and the too quick return when all Just now we are interested in a new athletic field, which is to be
that each did was so eagerly talked over, we settled down to such hard near the river and behind Carrick Hall. Every student is being
work that we had hardly time to visit our patronesses or see even a asked to give from one to five dollars and daily labor; and today we
picture show. The result was that ninety-six per cent of the two hear that the legislature has before i t a bill to float bonds for one
hundred ninety-two hours were passed with forty-five per cent above million dollars to be used by the university for building purposes.
ninety. Last year we led all our chapters and this year our per cent Already the girls have dreams of a Home Economics building on the
is even better so we are watching to see theirs. campus.
The thing over which we are most excited right now is our new Another thing that the girls especially are interested in is Red
victrola, which was a g i f t from the alumnae to our this year's little Cross organization and nursing classes to teach first aid work. This
sisters, just to show them the "worthwhileness" of and the lasting is very recent, but the university girls are quite loyal to Uncle Sam
love for Alpha O. They are eager to have a finger in the alumnae and the boys.
pie. Our record library is slowly growing.
Dean Haskins is to address our next Panhellenic meeting on the
Just before initiation Josephine Johnson received a telegram saying, fraternity question. We found that there was opposition growing
"Come tomorrow." She has a place as domestic science teacher in against us not only among the students but among the faculty. We
the Memphis High School. This is a coveted place, so though we decided that a few plain facts from one who is unbiased ought to
miss Josephine, we are proud of her good luck. Then Ina Hobson, set us on the right track and a mending of our shortcomings.
Polly's little sister, did not come back but she promises to be with us
next year. We are fixing up our room, that is having a regular spring cleaning.
The walls are to be done in buff and the floor in light oak to match
Our initiation came on George Washington's birthday. Helen
Kennedy carried off the honors of the clay as judge in our trial scene.
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the woodwork. The only thing we need real, real hadly now is Convention is still the most used word in our vocabulary. Every-
pillows, but Rome was not made in a day. one of us wants to entertain you in a different way, and I bet we end
by giving a hay-ride or a fish-fry. We would be glad to have you
MARTHA L O U JONES, Chapter Editor. express your choice of the two.
KAPPA, RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE AUGUSTA STACY, Chapter Editor.
We have a new pledge since last letter. I t did look like we would ZETA, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
rest content with twelve in one year, but after we all knew Dolly
Boulden we couldn't think of being satisfied until we had one more. The February To DRAGMA came to us a few days ago, telling us
The sophomores complain that we are more excited over her than we all sorts of interesting things. The Convention will certainly be a
were over all twelve of them, hut she in her turn claims that too much wonderful affair, and we are beginning to save our pennies with that
attention during the goating season isn't as flattering as it sounds. in mind. A cleverly planned luncheon at the Lincoln Hotel Saturday-
We are going to initiate her soon. made us even more enthused about it. The active girls and alumna1
were seated alternately at the tables, and in that way it was made a
Besides this big event, our midwinter career has been uneventful. very successful "get acquainted" luncheon. We school girls heard
We have voted on most of the freshmen on our rushing list, and know all about the pranks of the little folks, and the alumnae listened to
just about to whom we will give our bids next fall. Rushing, though, our accounts of school and the events of probation week.
is noticeably spiritless among all the fraternities this year. Panhel-
lenic allows us no financial rushing, and the chief dates we have with Quite the loveliest of any recent initiations was the one of last
freshmen are for plays, lectures, and to "spend the night." The last Monday night. The initiates, too, were as lovely as the occasion
named method isn't successful, for sleeping in a single bed once or demanded, even i f they did occasionally forget to use the back stairs,
twice with a freshman, no matter how charming or necessary for the and tip their hats to us when we met them. We have forgiven them
fraternity she is, is a sure cure for enthusiasm. To use the phrase in a for all such misdemeanors, and are very happy to consider them full-
double meaning, after such a night she makes you tired. Spring, fledged Alpha O's.
however, brings its picnics in the pretty wood behind the college, and
surely there will be a mutual warming up. The censor has allowed the following news item to be made public.
Frances Bollard was successful in the Kosmet Club tryout, and M i l -
For the question of mid-year pledging, and initiating, the compro- dred (alias Peg) and Gladys, well—occasionally through an open
mise of mid-year pledging and f a l l initiation has been substituted door we hear someone say icily, "Who is that woman?" We go in,
and is being debated before our local Panhellenic now. Even i f it to see i f perchance the laundry lady has come in search of us. But
passes Panhellenic, there is the faculty of the college to put their seal no! I n the middle of the room stands Mildred gazing fixedly into
upon it, and that is such a long drawn out process, that probably year space, with Gladys prompting her from a typewritten sheet. They
after next will be the first one to see the change. We are anxious for are going out with the road show, during university week, which
the motion to carry, because sophomore pledging means a long year comes at spring vacation time.
of mediocre rushing instead of steady concentration, and suspense all
summer which can really worry away a lot of its pleasure. Several important things will occur, however, before that blissful
time arrives. Next Saturday comes our formal dancing party, which
Our only social exertion besides the open house on Sunday nights promises to be as truly Irish as lampshades, programs, and ices can
has been a tea which Kappa gave for her two brides living in Lynch- make it. Doris, Lydia, and Mildred deserve a great deal of credit
burg. Mrs. Gilmer Craddock (Nan Atkinson, K, '13) and Mrs. Gor- for its success. On May 12th is our annual banquet. We hope a
don Payne (Elizabeth Weber, K, '12). They renewed their ties with great many of the alumnae will come back for that event.
the college, and we beamed with pride, they are so charming and
popular. I t will be a long time before we can write to you through T o
DRAGMA again, so we take this opportunity to wish everybody a happy
E D N A H A T H W A Y , Chapter Editor.
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ALUMN/E NEWS mumps, chicken-pox, and measles. The infirmary has been kept busy.
Just a few days ago Madine Donovan, one of our freshmen, discovered
BIRTHS that she had the measles, causing great excitement and dismay in the
house. A l l the girls are taking precautions against the disease, but
On March 21, 1917, to Mr. and Mrs. L . A. Higgins, a daughter, Dorothy this morning another freshman found herself beautified with the
Jtan. measley spots, and as a consequence each girl is feeling chills and
fever coming upon her. We hope, however, that no more cases will
SIGMA, U N I V E R S I T Y O F CALIFORNIA develop.
Dear Alpha O Sisters: The University of California is proud of the fact that she is
Sigma opened her doors for the new semester on January 18th sending an ambulance corps to aid the wounded in war-stricken
Europe. The campaign was started a few weeks ago, and has been
and after a pleasant week of rushing we pledged three splendid very successful both in enlisting volunteers and in raising money to
girls. They are Virginia Cook, of Oakland, Beatrice St. John, of pay the expenses of the boys who will go.
Berkeley, and Amelia Williams, from San Diego.
Sigma is taking much interest in the coming Convention as it
Initiation was on the same evening as our chapter birthday cele- promises to be most delightful, and each one of us is wishing and
bration. After the new members had been made Alpha O's, we had hoping to attend. The chapter sends all best wishes to the members
supper and then the f u n began. Our usual A O I I vaudeville show of Alpha Omicron Pi and especially to our hostesses in June.
was presented with great success before a large audience, composed
of alumna? and active girls. The initiates gave two clever stunts and H E L E N S C H I E C K , Chapter Editor.
read some very original poetry. Then followed the most sensational
performance of the evening. The sixteen freshmen gave a most ALUMN/E NEWS
amusing circus. There were wild animals with a dainty heavy-weight
trainer, a beautiful ostrich, a ballet dancer, and even Cleopatra. The Juanita Vitousek (Mrs. Roy) has a little girl born in January named
other numbers on the program were equally entertaining and we all
enjoyed those few hours together. Fredricka.
Christine Finnell was married to Rollo Wheeler January 24th, 1917.
Our ever-faithful alumnae presented the house with three new Mrs. Tilden Manzer (Charlott Cowie) has been down from Powers, Ore.,
chairs and a vase for our chapter-room. We were given several other
useful gifts; among them were a dozen doilies, a pretty plant, and with her small daughter for a visit.
andirons. The marriage of Roberta Boyd and Robert James Tyson has recently been
There has been one unhappy change in our chapter roll this announced. They will live in Mr. Tyson's beautiful home "Seaview" in Pied*
semester. Bernice Hubbard was forced to take out a leave of absence mont. And San Francisco Alumnx is looking forward to Roberta's activ?
due to illness. She has been confined to her bed for several months interest.
now, but we are glad to hear that she is getting along nicely and will
be up soon. Bernice is greatly missed by the girls, not only for her Eve Marty, Sigma's charity worker on the Child Welfare Board of New
personality, but because she was one of our most active members and York City, has risen to the dignity of having a stenographer all her own.
a brilliant scholar.
Anna Weeks is soon to make her debut in concert in New York, and Eve
That leads me to a few words as to what the chapter is doing in Marty will act as patroness.
the way of college activity. Anna Gay Doolittle is head of the
freshman class crew; Marion Black has a part in the English Club Virginia Esterly went north on March 3rd to inspect Upsilon and to install
play and several of the girls will be in the Partheneia, the annual Puget Sound Alumnae Chapter.
masque given by the women students of the university. Ethel
Maroney is president of local Panhellenic which is planning to do Mary Wight and John Day took out leave of absence from college and are
some big things, other than making petty rushing rules. now on their honeymoon !
Although we are having unusually pleasant spring weather, the Grace Batz Guyles is editing the Home Economics page of one of the
campus has been besieged by an epidemic of children's diseases. Tacoma papers.
THETA, D E PAUW UNIVERSITY
With those long-dreaded examinations over once more, we are just
getting a good start on the second semester and everyone seems to be
so very, very busy. Several of our pledges are not back this semester.
Hazel McComas, Lois Richie, and Bertha Ruby are at home. Mabel
West is in Central Normal College, and Reggie O'Brien could not
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return on account of i l l health. VeVille Hausman, '19, returned to I believe the best is coming last; March 3rd, our freshmen enter-
the house this semester, and we welcomed into our chapter-house tained us with a ministrel and luncheon followed by a dance "The
three other girls also, Helen Lang, Allison MacLachlan, and Mar- Monthly Meeting of Unattached Spinsters" was quite a novel and
garet Babcock. Luella Worthley, '19, is back with us this semester, interesting little stunt, but one which had a most unfortunate ending.
also, after spending the early winter in Florida. In using a flash the side of the little stage was set on fire and soon the
flames were shooting up from the screen. However, they were soon
De Pauw students joined those from several other Indiana Colleges extinguished and no serious damage resulted. We declared our fresh-
in petitioning the legislature in favor of the dry bill. How eagerly men the best bunch ever, and straightway planned for initiation to
we waited for the news which should tell us the fate of Indiana, and be held March 16th.
just as merrily did the old chapel bell ring out victory of dry
over wet! We must tell you of another sad accident which has just befallen
us. Merle Huffman, ex-'18, quietly slipped away to Illinois and was
Our February ritualistic meeting was held on the first Saturday just as quietly married. We regret that Merle saw fit to desert us,
evening of the month, and afterwards we had a most delightful little but we are sending after her our heartiest congratulations and best
cozy which was planned by two of our girls. Perhaps you may think wishes.
our method of entertainment rather peculiar but we ourselves think
it was rather novel. This is what we did: we cut, sewed, and wound A G N E S L. L A K I N , Chapter Editor.
carpet rags torn from some old costumes which we happened to have
on hand. We sewed and talked all evening, but were quite ready to ALUMNA NEWS
stop for a cup of good, hot coffee and the most delicious hot-buttered
rolls you may ever hope to taste. ENGAGEMENTS
Maurice York to E a r l Lynch, '19.
De Pauw students were given a great treat this winter in the Men-
denhall Lectureship series in which Bishop McConnell lectured on, MARRIAGES
"How to Understand the Bible." The whole series was as instruc- Nelle Ringo, ex-'i8, to Will G . Lemon, December 18th, 1916.
tive as entertaining. Just now we are looking forward to the Beamer Merle Huffman, ex-'i8, to Nathanial Huckleberry, January 6th, 1917.
Lectureship series in the near future.
We feel quite big here over the fact that D. P. U . won the state
oratorical contest. Our representative, Mr. Freeman, is an American To Mr. and Mrs. Carl H . Lorenz (Estelle Johnson, ex-'i3), a daughter,
Indian, and in his address made quite an eloquent appeal in behalf of Margaret Estelle, January 23, 1917.
his race. Freeman was met at the car when he returned after the con-
test, and by the rooting, cheering crowd was carried over town. The DELTA, JACKSON COLLEGE
following morning he gave his address at chapel, and after chapel
we formed a long parade and with the band leading marched to town, Of course, dear sisters, I need not tell you that in the minds of all
singing De Pauw songs and yelling. The whole thing terminated in of us Convention is uppermost. There are several who are planning,
declaring a vacation f o r the remainder of the day. to go, and many others who are wishing with all their hearts that they
might be there to enjoy the personal relationship of all the sisters that
Our second February cozy was held at the home of Mary Bickerell, we know only through To DRAGMA. Those of us who are so for-
where we had a Washington party. We were having such a genuine tunate as to be at Kappa in June are feeling the responsibility which
good time that we almost forgot closing hours, and we had to scurry rests upon us to bring back to those less fortunate the real spirit of
home at the last minute. Convention.
No formal spike or pledge rules were issued here for the second But Convention is in the future and my letter should tell you what
semester, but spike was left open for all. We have added another to has been happening to Delta since Christmas. Soon after our return
our list of pledges, Edna Glendening. of Portland, Indiana. Already from the holidays, we invited Mrs. Neal, the wife of one of the pro-
Edna is very active and we are expecting her to be a real, live wire for fessors, to speak to us on the work of the Consumers' League, i n which
Alpha O. she is much interested. She told us several stories of the conditions
found by their agents in some of the restaurants and bakeries in
Boston. Besides this, she brought with her the lists of the approved,
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and answered our questions concerning some of the best known GAMMA, UNIVERSITY O F MAINE
restaurants which were not represented. We entertained that same
evening a childhood friend of Mrs. Neal's. a little lady only forty- Greetings to you, everyone, from all the Gamma girls up here in the
four inches tall. pine-tree state. We hope you're all having as happy and successful
a year as we are here at Maine.
Mid-year examinations kept us busy, and were followed by a few
days of vacation. Delta felt quite delighted with the result of her Alpha O is being unusually well represented in the active life on
efforts, especially as we compared so favorably with the standing of our university campus this year. Betty Bright, our chapter president,
the other sororities in college. besides being elected to <I> K 4> has been made secretary of the newly
established Maine chapter of the national biology fraternity, Phi
At our last meeting before the mid-year period, our president Sigma. Joyce Cheney, '19, has begun to make a name for herself in
resigned. Helen had been such a fine officer that we all wanted her the literary world by having several of her poems accepted. Barbara
to continue, but she felt that she was not strong enough to carry this Dunn, '20, was chosen by the Maine Masque to play one of the roles
work with her college activities, so we were forced to let her go. in its play this year—the first time a woman has ever been given a
But, of course, just having Helen in the chapter to give advice is a place i n their cast. The girls of the university are planning to give
great help to the new president. A Midsummer Night's Dream in May, and our girls are well repre-
sented in the cast of this production. Also, we are busy helping to
Mrs. Davies, our Dean of Women, gave us a very interesting talk sew for the Red Cross, an auxiliary branch of that society having been
one evening on the life at Cambridge about twenty years ago. Women organized here under the direction of Marian Estabrooke, A O n, '12.
had not long been admitted to the university, and were looked upon We have a representative on the board of the university paper, The
by the people as fitting themselves either for teachers, or some other Campus, this year. You can see that we're all working hard to up-
professional work. A girl never attended the university and then hold the name and honor of Alpha O here at Maine.
went into society, or private life. Beside this Mrs. Davies showed us
pictures of the town, and the beautiful buildings. Such surroundings The chief social event of this spring for us is to be our dance—the
as are found in the English universities seem to us to be too distracting one big one which we give each year. The plans have not all been
to be conducive to intensive study. perfected yet, but we do know that instead of having a strictly formal
affair as usual we are to have a "white flannel dance." Doesn't that
The evening that we enjoyed the most, however, was our second sound attractive and quite appropriate for the last of May?
initiation which we held a week ago. After mid-years we pledged
Katheryne Snow, a transfer from Wellesley, who had just decided I n February, we were glad to hear that a chapter of A A A had
to finish her course at Jackson. Marion Bennett had not been able been granted to a local at Maine. This makes three nationals and
to be initiated before, so we had two new sisters to take into our fold. with a total of 160 girls there ought soon to be other sororities in
That evening we had planned to entertain a number of our alumna? existence. Why shouldn't a larger proportion of girls enjoy the
after the initiation with a little spread. Unfortunately we had a pleasures and benefits of sorority life?
terrible snow storm all day, and all that evening, so only four were
able to be present. However, those who were there enjoyed it. I We await anxiously the arrival of our To DRAGMA to hear what
know, and gave a hearty welcome to our new sisters. you girls are all doing, and we plan to send one or more delegates to
Convention so that we may get personally acquainted.
Marion Rich, our district superintendent, has just returned from
visiting Chi and Epsilon. We were glad to hear what the girls were Yours in Alpha O,
doing, and she brought us many helpful suggestions. We are hoping J E S S I E M . STURTEVANT, Chapter Editor.
to see many of those sisters at Convention.
With love to all the sisters from Delta,
MARGARET D U R K E E , Chapter Editor. The following press notice is taken from the Searsport column of the
Bangor Daily News:
Searsport has reason to be proud of being the home of Miss Joanna C .
Colcord, superintendent of district work of the New York Charity Organization
Society. This young woman is the daughter of the late Capt. Lincoln A.
Colcord and Mrs. Lincoln A. Colcord, of Searsport, and the sister of Lincoln
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Colcord, the well-known author, also of Searsport, who is now on the staff of Lake, not far from the campus. Here each sorority will be given a
the Philadelphia Public Ledger. Miss Colcord is a graduate of the University lot on a 99 years' lease, upon which it can build a house. These
of Maine, '06, and is an A O I I . For several years she has been on the staff of houses are to be grouped eventually around a central dining-hall.
the New York Charity Organization Society and now has the responsible The house which we have leased for the next two years, is very attrac-
position of Superintendent of District Work. Miss Colcord is a "social worker" tive. I t is situated near the university, which is a great advantage.
not a "settlement worker," settlement work belonging to a different genus of Upstairs there is room for sixteen girls and downstairs there are a nice
social work altogether. hall, two sitting-rooms, each with a fireplace, a dining-room, and
kitchen. When we are all settled, we will send you a picture of it.
As Superintendent of District Work Miss Colcord spent last year $175,000.
She is the author of a pathetic little poem which appeared several years ago in We are all looking forward with pleasure to the Convention to
the Charity Organization Bulletin. Miss Colcord is just the one for her work; which several of our girls are going.
self-reliant, sympathetic and level-headed, one has unlimited confidence in her
and her ability. DAGMAR A. SCHMIDT, Chapter Editor.
GENERAL ALUMN/E NEWS
Mrs. Frank Benson (Grace Sawyer, '16), of Cambridge, has been visiting in GENERAL
Bangor and Oldtown.
Katherine Lyon, '16, is teaching public speaking, and coaching the dramatic
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Bailey (Myrtle Jones, '15) are in Bangor for a short club plays in a normal school in Kansas.
Eleanor Sharpe, '19, spent a few days with the chapter at Christmas, before
Miss Estelle Beaupre, '14, teacher of French in Caribou High School, was returning to Wellesley.
obliged on account of illness to return to her home in Bangor for several weeks.
Helen L a Forge was married to Mr. Joseph Eldridge in February.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Burghart (Helen Averill, '12) are soon to go to Helen Bungart Leavens is now living in Brooklyn.
Baltimore to live, where Mr. Burghart is to work for the United States Kathleen Culpitts, '16, is teaching in Chicago.
Commercial Alcohol Company. Edvige Dragonetti is practicing medicine in Newark, N . J .
Marguerite Halstead is doing embroidery designing for H . E . Verran Co.,
Miss Emma Perry, '16, of Machias, was in Orono to attend the sophomore manufacturers of the Royal Society goods.
hop. Mildred Mosier is teaching at the Morton Lane School, Moulmein, Burma.
Gladys Combs, '16, is doing secretarial work with the Delineator, in New
Celia Coffin, '12, spent her Easter vacation in Bangor. York, N. Y.
Carrie Green Campbell has been a visitor recently. Anne Graeffe made a three-week visit to Ithaca, stopping at Sage College
with Mary Albertson.
The engagement is announced of Aileene Browne Hobart, '14, to D r . Lewis
To Mr. and Mrs. A. Kenneth Starkweather (Mabel DeForest, '12), a
Simpson Libby, 3 Baltimore Medical College, '13. daughter, Jean Mavis, born January 21st.
BIRTHS To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C . Peters (Jessie King, '16), a seven-pound baby
girl, on March 10th.
To Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Brown Cousins (Arline Brown, ex-'l5), Oldtown,
a son, Richard Brown Cousins, March 4th, 1917. RHO, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
EPSILON, CORNELL UNIVERSITY Spring is with us once more, and with spring come plans for Con-
vention, and we are certainly obeying the injunction "to talk Conven-
Since Christmas, Epsilon has been very busy. We have initiated tion and dream Convention," especially do those poor unfortunates
three new sisters of whom we know A O I I will be proud—Hilda among us who will not be able to go, "dream Convention." We hope
Greenawalt, '19, Elizabeth Neely, '19, and Marie Hillage, '20. to have a big delegation this year, as we have such a large and enthu-
siastic chapter. On March 3rd, we initiated eleven new girls: Erna
Miss Rich, our visiting delegate, came to Ithaca on February 25th. Ariess, Goldie Holquist, Arleta Kirlin, Marguerite Kolb, Hazel
I n order that our faculty might meet her, we gave a tea in the draw- Lloyd, Lucille Lloyd, Mabel May, Myrtle Swanson, Bessie Talcott,
ing-room at Sage College. The weather was fine, and the tea proved Ethel Willman, and Phoebe Wilson. Mrs. Grace Gilbert kindly
a great success. offered us the use of her new home—the most adorable little bungalow
You will all be interested to know that we are going to have a home
of our own. President Schurrnan advised all the sororities to live
outside, for there is not sufficient room for all the girls in the dormi-
tories. He believes that a group of girls, already organized, can more
easily cope with the situation than an unorganized one. I n a few
years, a tract of land will be opened up on the north shore of Beebe
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imaginable—for the initiation ceremony, and we held our banquet at record. Mable McConnell broke the world's record for women in
the Evanston Hotel. We were very glad to have a number of the fifty-yard hurdles. She completed the fifty yards in eight and
alumnas with us, especially so since they consented to entertain us at one-fifth seconds, one-fifth of a second faster than any woman had
the banquet with very enjoyable toasts. ever made this event before. She also tied the Northwestern Univer-
sity record of thirty-three and two-fifths seconds for the 220-yard
But I am getting ahead of my story. There have been so many, dash. Rho surely appreciates the honor she has brought to us.
many happenings since I wrote last that I just had to plunge in Besides this we are proud to tell you that Phoebe Wilson has been
somewhere to get a start—and now that initiation is off my mind, elected a member of the freshman commission, membership on which
perhaps I can proceed to other things. The most joyful news that is one of the big freshman honors, and that three of our girls, Helen
we have received for some time was that of the installation of Eta Ralston, Helen Slaten, andEunice Marthens, have been appointed on
Chapter at the University of Wisconsin. This chapter has been our the board of the 1918 edition of the Syllabm. our college annual.
pet dream for the past eight or nine months, and i t seems hardly
possible that it is no longer a dream but a reality. Four of our Rho is counting on becoming better acquainted with you all at
alumnae, Merva Dolsen Hennings, Julia Fuller, Vera Riebel, and Convention, so now we will merely say "auf wiedersehen."
Geraldine Kindig, and two of our active girls, Grace May and Kate
Blum, went up to Madison for the installation, and the reports which MARION E. A B E L E , Chapter Editor.
they brought back certainly warrant high hopes for Eta's future.
We have also had the opportunity of becoming acquainted with two ALUMNiE NEWS
of their girls, Winifred Ingles and Marion McCabe, both of whom
spent a few days in Evanston. Rho announces the marriage of Edith Sarah Moody, one of its charter
members, to Mr. Horace Simpson Kenyon on Thurday, February 15th, at San
We girls, who are living at Willard Hall, had a rather adventurous Francisco, Cal. They will be at home after April 15th at Douglas, Ariz.
time of it for a few weeks. One of the girls who lives in the hall
contracted scarlet fever, and after she had been taken to the hospital, LAMBDA, L E L A N D STANFORD, JR., UNIVERSITY
the rest of us were placed under a "social quarantine." This meant
that we were allowed to go to all of our classes and to all gatherings The old saying, " I t never rains but it pours," has been illustrated
of university people, but we were excluded from every place where in several ways in our chapter this semester. We came back in Janu-
we would meet town people. I n addition to this, very morning and ary and had about a week of informal rushing. We pledged three
evening the entire one hundred and twenty of us stood in line and girls, Marguerite Roberts, Holly Roberts, and Edith James. They
had our throats examined. At first it was heaps of fun, but it soon are all wonderful girls and we are very happy to be able to add
began to lose its humorous aspect and we were all mighty glad when their names to our chapter roll.
the danger was declared past and the quarantine lifted.
Abbie Wood decided to give up her college life for this year in
Of course, you all heard about the large Allied Bazaar which was order to travel and visit the most important cities in the United
held in Chicago in January. The sororities at Northwestern were States. We were very glad that she had the opportunity to go on
all given an opportunity to participate, each taking charge of the this trip, but we were sorry to lose her for this semester.
flower vending for one day. The girls who took part all enjoyed the
novel experience, besides being glad for this chance to help the war Lily Morrison gave us our next surprise. One night after dinner
sufferers. she showed us a diamond ring, and in the course of a few days left
to be married to Lieut. Earl Quinlan. The marriage took place in
At present we are devoting most of our efforts to winning the inter- Philadelphia on March 8th.
sorority basketball contest. This contest is an innovation at North-
western, and promises to be very successful. As I write, the news Marjorie Coil was taken with an acute attack of appendicitis and
comes to me that the A O I I team defeated the K K Y team by a score rushed to the hospital. Her operation was successful, and now
of 18 to 4. That looks hopeful. We are to play the K A ©'s next. after five weeks of absence she has returned to resume her studies
Here's to good luck! Rho Chapter is rather proud of its athletic in the university.
Marguerite and Holly Roberts received word of the illness of
their mother and have gone home. They will not return until next
fall. We are hoping for Mrs. Roberts' rapid recovery.
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This week we are going to have a rushing party which will consist Within the last two weeks we have been so happy to formally
of a dance on Friday night, a picnic on Saturday, and then we will pledge Grace Gantz, '19, of Anchor, Illinois, and Dorothy Iwig,
spend Sunday morning at the lake i n rowboats and canoes. We '18, of Peoria, Illinois.
are going to give a tea on April 15th, after which we will have the
inevitable finals to which to look forward. On February 26th Iota celebrated her sixth birthday. We were
so pleased to receive Kappa's greetings at that time. Kappa is
MARION G I L B E R T , Chapter Editor. always so thoughtful and interested in her sister chapters.
ALUMN/E NEWS This is the time of elections here at the university. We are particu-
larly interested i n the "campaigns" as our own Mary Caldwell
ENGAGEMENTS is running for Vice-president of Woman's League, and just today,
Bertha Stein was elected recording secretary of Y. W. C. A.
The engagement of Eileen Everett was announced on February 17th to
Mr. Earnest Folsom. They will be married sometime this summer. I n athletics, too, our girls are taking an active part. Mary
Putnam and Velda Bamesberger are playing on class teams in the
MARRIAGES to Lieut. Earl basketball tournament; Marie Stejskal is playing on the sophomore
class first team in bowling; and Maybelle Dallenback is soon to be
Lily Morrison was married in Philadelphia on March 2nd initiated into the athletic association, in which organization we have
Quinlan. a strong representation.
IOTA, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS This week two of our seniors, Elaine Buhrman and Florence L .
Moss, were elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.
Well, here we are knee deep in the second semester's work. The
year will be over before we can say "boo," and all too soon com- Betty Hiestand, Jean Richardson, and Alice Jane Wilson, from
mencement will make alumnae of eight of our girls. Rho, and Iva Beeson from Theta Chapter, have visited us just lately,
and we were so glad to have them here. We are always so happy to
On January 12th, shortly after we had all returned from the glori- have our sisters from other chapters visit us. We wish we might
ous Christmas vacation, Iota gave an informal dance at the chapter- know more of you.
house, and now committees are busy getting ready for our formal,
to be given March 30th. We plan to have dinner at the Inman Hotel, On every other Thursday we entertain faculty people at dinner,
and the dance at Bradley Hall. This is our most pretentious and it is always a very enjoyable time. We have such a splendid
function of the year, and we are all anticipating a splendid time. opportunity to meet our professors, and learn to know and appreciate
them from another standpoint than that of lecturer and quiz-master.
The last of January brought the inevitable final examinations. We usually entertain in groups, selecting all of the guests for the
Nobody ds excused from any of them here, so that is a strenuous evening from some one department. I n this way we spend many
week. Most of the girls went home between semesters and came very enjoyable dinner hours.
back rested and f u l l of enthusiasm for the new semester.
Next Monday we are anticipating having, as guest at dinner. Miss
February 5th opened the second semester of the university and the Gregory, a daughter of a former president of the University of
next week, we had initiation. On Saturday morning, February 11th. Illinois and a member of the English faculty. She, among several
the pledges gave their stunt, and it was splendid. I t was a mimic other faculty people, has volunteered to talk on the war in Europe,
Orpheum show, and the costuming, parody songs, and jokes on the and on our own political situation to whoever may care to listen—
girls, kept us in one continual uproar. and so we have eagerly asked Miss Gregory to be our guest at
dinner on Monday, and talk to us on these live problems. We feel
Then in the afternoon we had initiation, and at 6 P. M. enjoyed the it is going to be an evening very profitably spent.
banquet. The happiness of the week-end was greatly increased by-
having so many of our alumna; with us. How we wish you could all I am so glad that I can give a more favorable report of Mrs.
have been here. Those present were: Elva Pease Pettigrew, Mabel Stower's condition in this letter. Last Sunday she came over to see
Wallace, Inez Samson, Nell Erskine Benjamin, Peggy Ebert, Ada us. This was the very first call that she has made since she was
Paisley, Anna Hoffert Kirk, Atha Wood Fowler, Isabel McKinnel, taken i l l early last September. She is still very weak and her
Marie Rutenber, Eva Goodman Miller, Grace Dallenback Finfrock,
Betty Hiestand (Rho). and Gertrude Hooper (Delta). The
juvenile guests, James Gordon Pettigrew, Margaret Ebert, and Vir-
ginia Miller, greatly added to the f u n and merriment.
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right hand quite helpless from the rheumatism, but oh, it makes us once each week. This has grown in favor because it admits of so
so happy to see her up and able to get out again. We all hope the many variations. There was a Washington's birthday card-party
improvement may keep on steadily, and that she may enjoy good with appropriate tally cards and a Martha Washington corsage
health again. How we do miss her! bouquet for a prize. Then there was the St. Patrick's Day party
as well as a "picnic supper," which partaken of to the accompani-
The February number of To DRAGMA fairly thrills one with ment of March winds (we were indoors) was a novelty and a success-
the thoughts of Convention. Kappa Chapter has surely extended f u l one.
the warmest of welcomes to her southern home. What an inspira-
tion and grand time we are going to have when we meet there in We gave an informal Valentine dance at Alice Shevlin Hall. The
June! programs were beautiful and Cecile tried to start a surprise dance—
but that, as Kipling says, is another story.
Iota sends a cordial welcome to our newest chapters, Eta and
Alpha Phi, and best greetings to all. With best wishes to Alpha O,
FLORENCE L . Moss, Chapter Editor. M U R I E L FAIRBANKS, Chapter Editor.
TAU, UNIVERSITY O F MINNESOTA CHI, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Dear Alpha O Sisters: The train, crowded with Syracuse students returning after the
holidays, jolted and bumped its way into the city. And then the
The approach of spring finds us in the midst of snow storms. chapter-house resounded with cries of "When did you get in?"
There are no visions of a "fuller crimson" for us of Tau; only a "Hello, everybody, who's back?" and the like. And then classes
cognizance of the arrival of the Era of Mud. However, we have began; and then—a few days of respite, and the once joyous homes
little time to mourn over the delay of spring. School is so occupy- became solemn and silent places where one tiptoed about, awed by
ing ! Then, too, our vaudeville is imminent and we are (mite wrought the preoccupied and knowledge-soaked appearance of those unfor-
up about it. I said "vaudeville" through force of habit. I t really tunates, who had examinations the first day. And then (after an
isn't a vaudeville. The tickets look very impressive: Three Short interminable time) examinations were over, and senior week came
Plays. This is an innovation, not only for us but for Minnesota with the good f u n that "Boar's Head" gave by its clever presentation
as well. Sorority vaudevilles have become somewhat banal; their of IVe Are Seven, and the glorious time that everyone had at the
annual number is quite appalling, and I regret to say they are uni- senior ball, and talking it over afterward.
formly colorless. I n view of this condition, we decided to be dif-
ferent. Besides it is contrary to all laws of the fitness of things But all this was merely preliminary, for then we began, one and
to waste the talent of Leta Nelson and Florence Brande on a all, writing letters to our alumna? telling them that our annual
commonplace vaudeville show. So the plays were suggested with banquet was to be held the twenty-fourth of February, and every-
the compromise of vaudeville acts in between. While we are by no body must come, especially since Marion Rich, our District Superin-
means certain of our success, we are glad to be "different," and we're tendent, was to be with us then and was just as anxious to meet all
all interested in the experiment. our girls as we were that she should. And then she had come and
captured our hearts before we knew it. And then we were playing
Last year (for reasons financial) we gave up our spring formal. the hostess to the other fraternities at the reception we gave on the
This spring we are going to defy H . C. L . and the possibility of twenty-second; and then it was night and there we were crowding
war or any other possibility. The sacrifice last year was reluctantly about our alumna? and our "newest sisters," who were still dazed by
agreed to and painfully endured. But "the compensations of time" the sudden change from the golden sheaf to the pin we love best.
are about to be revealed; we have set the date for June 7th and the And then the banquet and its fun, and the feeling of chapter Unity
place as the Glen Morris Inn on Christmas Lake. There is talk we got as we looked around the long table at a l l the girls who had
of several June reunions and the usual planning of party gowns. come back to us, and of fraternity unity, too, for Marion Rich
Our expectations are high. brought us the spirit of Delta in the fine things she told us of her
chapter. Epsilon was there, too, through Katherine Donlon, '12,
We have inaugurated a custom of entertaining our prospective
Alpha O's at an afternoon informal party held at the chapter-house
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who has always been a most loyal and kind counselor to the chapter 'IS, Elizabeth Main, '15, Florence Gilger, '16, Alma Jones, '16, Gertrude Shew,
she helped to install. But then the week-end was over, our alumns M6, Emily Tarbell, '16, and Agnes Crowell Rood, ex-'i7.
hurried back to their pupils or husbands, and, a l l too soon f o r us,
Marion Rich went on to Cornell. And then we began to dream ENGAGEMENTS
night and day of Convention and all the sisters we shall meet there Clara Bell, '18, has been wearing a fraternity pin that bears the name of
and the good times to come. Ferris Talmage, '18.
But college gives little time for dreams. The big military ball UPSILON, UNIVERSITY O F WASHINGTON
that commemorates Washington's birthday is always closely followed
by the junior supper and the senior dinner—the class get-together A great many things have happened since our last letter was
times—and by the jolly evening we spend once a year at the "Kastle written. Foremost, early in February we initiated our new members,
Karnival," entertained by all sorts of side shows and fed upon all most of them being members of the freshman class. After a beau-
sorts of dainties. And then the women's basketball season comes t i f u l and impressive initiation service, we had our customary banquet
with its spirited interclass games; and then clubs and mass meetings in honor of the initiates. We wish that every Alpha O sister could
and lectures and minstrel shows; and then . have been present, but a great many of the alumna? were with us,
and their "talks" were an inspiration to us.
But we do not forget scholarship, either, for Edna, to our delight,
is wearing a bright shining $ B K key these days, to remind us of The greatest honor that can come to a Washington woman under-
what we are expected to do some day. Nor have we forgotten that graduate came to Irma McCormick, '17, when she was honored by
ours is to be a singing fraternity, for we have put Marion to work election to Tolo Club, the senior woman's honorary society. Election
to crown our efforts at Alpha O songs, in the hope that she will to Tolo is based on student activities, scholarship, and prominence.
succeed as well as she did when she won a prize in the recent song
contest for university women. We are proud of our freshmen! On April 21st we shall hold our formal dance to which we are
looking forward with great plans. Although we have our little
Miss Richards, our Dean of Women, has for a long time directed dansants from time to time, our committee promises a grand time on
the university social service toward war relief, and just now we have the twenty-first.
been planning what Chi could do as a chapter to carry out the
spirit of Self-denial Week which Syracuse is to observe soon; and At a recent chapter meeting we decided to adopt or rather aid. in
we have decided—with great fortitude—that our dessert for a week the support of three French war orphans. Upsilon will do her
shall form a wheel of the ambulance we want to maintain over in part to bring a little sunshine to the "War Babies" and their mothers.
warring Europe. Some of our members devote their time to entertaining with parties
or social afternoons the dear old ladies at the Kenney Home. Some
And now—best luck to you. sisters all over the states, and sincerest of these old ladies have become quite attached to our girls, and it
hopes that we may get to know each other very, very well before cheers them to have a younger person interested in them. Quite
next To DRAGMA carries you our greetings. often on Sunday afternoons others of the girls go over to the Wash-
ington Children's Home and tell the kiddies stories.
FRANCES CARTER, Chapter Editor.
Just as when we were children we saved the icing of the cake f o r
ALUMNA NEWS the last, so I have saved the best till the last. This was our visit
from Mrs. Esterly, our District Superintendent. She was with us
GENERAL four days, and we certainly should have liked to have had her
longer. With her loving help and inspiration we feel encouraged
Edith Gardner, '13, and Nellie Retan, 'io, were initiated this February into to bigger things than before. While Mrs. Esterly was with us we
Chi of Alpha Omicron Pi. gave a tea in her honor. Wives of the faculty, mothers of the Alpha
O's and representatives from the other sororities were among the
Polly Emmerling, '13, came back for the senior ball. guests present. After the tea the Puget Sound Alumna; Association
Theresa Maxwell Zimmerman, '13, and Agnes Crowell Rood, ex-'17, have was installed by Mrs. Esterly. This was followed by a banquet
broken our hearts by the news that they are soon to move from their delight- and a wonderfully helpful talk from the installing officer.
fully near homes to other parts of the country—Tess to New York, and Agnes
away off to Detroit.
We had back for the banquet and initiation: Nellie Retan, '10, Edith
Adams, '13, Edith Gardner, '13, Lora Thompson Mitchell, '13, Theresa Max-
well Zimmerman. '13, Florence Shafer, '14, Elizabeth French, '15, Vera Ingalls,
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Since this letter will be read just before summer vacation, Upsilon We have been having a round of pleasure in the many entertain-
wishes to all a happy and restful time. Some of us will be with ments which all the fraternities and sororities are giving. Open
Kappa for the Convention. houses and all day parties are very popular here, where dancing is
We are very glad to announce that Louise Pendleton, '18, is one
ALUMN/E NEWS of the four girls to be on the popularity pages in the Rotunda, our
annual this year. Errna Baker, ex-'19, was so honored last year.
ENGAGEMENTS The other three girls chosen for this year are a Zeta, a T r i Delta,
and a Chi Omega.
Mildred W. Loring, '13, to Hullett J . WycoiT, Washington Beta Theta Pi,
ex-'i2. An athletic meeting is to be held at Southern Methodist University
late in April, to which representatives from all the Texas colleges
Charlotte M. Hall, ex '17, to Kenneth Uhls, Stanford Sigma Chi. will be sent. We are to have a new swimming pool ready for the
Ruth E . Fosdick, '17, to Alex B. Davis, Seattle, Wash. occasion. A lake is also being constructed down University Boule-
Eugenia Garratt, '19, to Richard Abrams, Seattle, Wash. vard, near the Southern Methodist University well, which will
greatly beautify the surrounding country.
We are going to postpone our second annual A O I I camp, until
To Mr. and Mrs. Robert J . Williams (Vivian SoRelle, '15), a daughter, late in the summer, so that those going to Convention can attend also.
Dorothy Ann, November I I , 1916. We would be very glad to hear from any people who will be able
to attend, either from Texas, or other places.
NU KAPPA, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
New chapters are becoming so numerous that we can scarcely
Dear A O l i s ; keep up with them. Nevertheless, we extend our sincere good wishes
Down here in Texas, spring fever "sets i n " very early. I n fact, to our new sisters, whom we welcome heartily into the fold of Alpha
though March is still in progress as this letter is being written, we
have been stricken already. Like the fancy of the proverbial young Fraternally yours,
man, which, in the spring, turns to love, ours has turned to linen
and voile, palm beach, palm leaves, etc. G E N E V I E V E GROCE, Chapter Editor.
We have had a lovely winter. There have been two wonderful BETA PHI, UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA
snows (practically a four-yearly event) one of which especially
filled our hearts with joy, as it froze the "dinky" running out to We are all excited and anxious for our state tournament of
the university. The motorman ran the car until about twelve o'clock, basketball which is to be held this Friday and Saturday, March 16
when he got sleepy and tired of trying to keep the tracks from and 17. Visitors from all parts of the state are expected, and college
freezing (he couldn't go into town because the tracks on the main is dismissed on Friday. We anticipate a most enjoyable and exciting
line were completely frozen) so he complacently retired into the body time.
of said dinky and betook himself to the regions of sleep. Next
morning, when he awoke, the dinky lay stark and still and remained I t seems ages since the last letter to To DRAGMA, and our former
in that passive state twenty-four hours. And we had no school hopes seem strange and far away to us now. During the last few
meanwhile. Our joy can be imagined. weeks of the last semester, which closed January 30th, our plans
for our future home changed tremendously. We decided to move
Several things of interest have happened since the last To to a house on Henderson Avenue, just two blocks from the campus.
DRAGMA came out, among them being the initiation of five of our I t is a mammoth, old-fashioned house, set far back from the street,
freshmen: Ella Mae Upthegrove, of St. Louis, formerly of Dallas; and with evergreen trees and a large lawn in front. The rooms are
Frances Cummings, of Hearne; Lora Thacker, of Crowell; and well arranged with eight downstairs, including a suite for the
Lura Temple and Rhea Burgess, of Dallas. We are now a round chaperon, eight on the second floor, and a dormitory above.
dozen and look forward to the approaching time when we can initi-
ate our thirteenth member, Minna Lee Norwood, who is back in
school after recovering from the sad accident which happened in
chemistry laboratory before Christmas.
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The house had not been occupied recently on account of the poor and 1890, we are neck to neck in the race with them. Kappa Alpha
furnace, and before we moved in a new hot water furnace was Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma have the largest chapters with over
installed. This made it necessary for us to live out in town until sixty active members. Pi Phi, Alpha Phi. Gamma Phi, and Delta
February 26th. A t present fourteen girls are staying at the house, Gamma are practically as large. With their numbers and years of
and two more hope to come in when the spring term opens, April establishment, we felt it almost an impossibility to make ourselves
10th. even known in the beginning. On the contrary (we beg to be
modest) there is not a person in Wisconsin University who does not
We held initiation Saturday afternoon, March 3rd, and initiated know of Eta Chapter.
seven of our pledges. They were: Ruth Clapper, Lei ah Whitted,
Beatrice Coombs, Mae Shumaker, Mary Duncan, Mabel Lewis, and Immediately upon our installation, we set about to secure ourselves
Ethel Heitman. We felt as i f we were initiating our new home a home. We realized the necessity of living together to pull
and new sisters at the same time. A dinner was given at the house together. I t seemed almost as though a fairy godmother brought to
for the girls, and after dinner each initiate sang an original Alpha our very doors the house we are now in, already furnished.
At the beginning of the new semester, February 12th, central was
The Panhellenic gives a reception March 24th, for the Alpha informed to list Alpha Omicron Pi among her fraternity numbers.
Soon afterward, at the breakfast table, we read in black headlines
O's, and also for the T r i Deltas, who have been recently installed on the front page of our university paper, The Paily Cardinal, a
story about our new home and our progress here. This is to say
here. nothing of the front-page story the day after our installation. A l l
We are all counting the days to our Easter vacation, which is of this tended to lend prestige to our existence.
from A p r i l 5th to the 10th. Our dance is to be given in the The hearty cooperation we have received from the sororities can
women's gymnasium A p r i l 13th, the Friday after we return. We are never be too fully recognized by us. A l l of them have entertained
hoping to have as our guests some girls from Theta Chapter. us royally. They have insisted on helping us in every possible way.
They have already offered us their rushing lists for next fall. I t
The girls of Beta Phi join in wishing the coming Convention the was with reluctance that one of the Kappas said she fully realized
that we would be a danger to them in rushing from now on.
greatest success and hope to be represented.
VIVIAN DAY, Chapter Editor. The day of our installation flowers from some of our sister fra-
ternities reminded us of their best wishes.
ETA, UNIVERSITY O F WISCONSIN
For many years Wisconsin has needed just such a new chapter
CHAPTER OFFICERS as we are going to strive to make Eta. Mrs. Matthews, our dean
of women, and a l l the sororities have realized and wished for this.
President—Ruth Nicely, '17, A O I I House, Madison, Wis. It is with open arms that they have greeted us. Now we feel we
Vice-president—Winifred Ingles, '18, A 0 I I House, Madison, Wis. are one of them, and this is the great incentive to keep our standard
Corresponding Secretary—Vera Alderson, '17, A O I I House, Madison, Wis. • high.
Recording Secretary—Margaret Nehrlick, '18, 312 N . Mills St., Madison, W i s .
Treasurer—Esther Fowler, '17, A 0 I I House, Madison, Wis. We are few in number, nineteen in all. This makes us one large
To D R A G M A Editor—Elizabeth Pruett, '18, A 0 I I House, Madison, Wis. family. As some of these nineteen are the most active women in the
university, we have great hopes for next year. One of our new ini-
Vera Alderson CHAPTER ROLL tiates is captain of the junior swimming team, which class won in the
Our next thought to getting strong women, is a permanent home.
Dorothy Bassett Marion McCabe We realize the necessity of a good, well-furnished home to acquire
the desired prestige here. To that end we have set our brains and
Helen Borversox Clara Nehrlick fingers. We are going to have it next fall, too.
Eddina Douma Margaret Nehrlick
Esther Fowler Ruth Nicely
Mary Fowler Elizabeth Pruett
Rose Harloff Ruth Tufts
Eta is two months old, but is walking, talking, and making a lot
of noise at Wisconsin. The fairy dream is realized. We are one of
the recognized Greek fraternities in this university. Despite the
fact that many of the sororities here were founded between 1870
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I t has been a custom for years here for the sororities to compete
for the highest scholarship. Being so few in number, we mean to
try hard to win first place.
T o all of you who have worked so long for Alpha Omicron Pi
it may seem as though we have hitched our wagon to a star. Things
have to start sometime, and it had better be while we are young
and f u l l of vim. We are going to make Eta Chapter one which
Alpha Omicron Pi will be proud to own.
We want to thank each and every one of the chapters and individu-
als who have helped us so in our struggle for existence. We only
wish you could know what new inspiration to work for Alpha
Omicron Pi comes with every communication from any one of you.
E L I Z A B E T H PRUETT, Chapter Editor.
ALPHA PHI, MONTANA STATE COLLEGE #
President—Mary Danielson, '18
Vice-president—Helen Rose, '20
Corresponding Secretary—Harriet Arneson, '18
Assistant Corresponding Secretary—Martha Johnson, '18
Recording Secretary—Alice McCone, '18
Assistant Recording Secretary—Etta Haynes, '19
Treasurer—Azalea Linfield, '19
Assistant Treasurer—Mary Millegan, '20
Chapter Editor To D R A G M A — E t t a Norcutt, '19
Erma Lessel, '16, grad. Blanche Border, '18
Ruth Noble, '17 Harriet Arneson, '18 - —s
Grace Mclver, '17 Lynnie Chattin, '19
Mary Kretlow, '17 Etta Norcutt, '19
Ursula Hodgskiss, '17 Azalea Linfield, '19
Mary Danielson, '18 Etta Haynes, '19
Ruby Hodgskiss, '18 Mary Millegan, '20
Irene Abrahamson, 'l8 Marcy Angell, '20
Martha Johnson, .'18 Leila Linfield, '20
Myrtle Kuhns, 'l8 Helen Rose, '20
Alice McCone, '18 Hyacinth Rowley, '20
The happy day when we received word that our petition had
been granted has now slipped into the past, installation with its
solemnities, its banquet, its friendly greetings has passed, too,
into memories. Even examinations are forgotten. Spring has come
at last, and with it, we, the youngest sisters, send our first greetings
Alpha O is the only national fraternity represented here at Mon-
tana State College, and as there is but one other local sorority, we
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have great hopes for next year. A t present we are living in the
dormitory and while our life here at Hamilton Hall is a very
happy one, we are looking forward to a home all our own sometime
in the future.
We have lately received word that our college is to have an
honorary Home Economics sorority, Phi Upsilon Omicron. There
are only ten girls in college who are eligible to belong, and of those
ten five are Alpha O's.
Just at present we are preparing for the Vocational Congress for
College Women to be held in Missoula the twelfth, thirteenth, and
fourteenth of April. The Associated Student Body has chosen Mary
Danielson as editor, and we are sending Martha Johnson to repre-
sent Alpha Phi. Several of our other girls are going, so the Alpha
O's will be well represented.
I know that we all like to have Alpha O take a prominent part
in everything worth while, and last night as I watched the boys
down in the field at military drill, I wondered i f Alpha O could
not do something in a national way that would be of some real
assistance during the war which is to come.
We are planning to send several of our gfrls to the Convention in
June, and then perhaps, we can get better acquainted with some of
With best wishes to all our new sisters,
E T T A V. NORCUTT, Chapter Editor.
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A L U M N A CHAPTER LETTERS spond to a pledge: the second would be attained by three qualifi-
NEW YORK ALUMN-ffi cations, scholarship, personal influence, and temperament; the third
degree to be recognition of high honor of any sort. Perhaps some-
The New York Alumna? have had two meetings since the last time we may have the whole paper for To DRAGMA.
chapter letter was written. Both took place in the N u chapter-room
on the roof of the New York University Law School in Washington The March meeting was at Margaret Eddy's. She is one of our
Square. The alumna? are most grateful for the privilege of using degree to be recognition of high honor of any sort. Perhaps some-
the room so kindly extended by their sisters in N u Chapter. I t solves short, so we had a lovely afternoon, sewing and incidentally having
the problem of a central accessible meeting place. The January such good things to eat.
meeting was devoted to the election of officers, proposed amendments
to the by-laws, and getting acquainted with members from Maine This will be the last letter before Convention, so lots of love and
to California. We were very glad to meet Anne Weeks who is wishes that this, our anniversary Convention, will be the best of all.
planning to give a song recital at Carnegie H a l l later in the season.
MARGARET W E E K S , Chapter Editor.
The February meeting was a supper affair, very ably managed by
Eve Radke, Helen Vollmer, and Gladys Coombs, our new vice-presi- PROVIDENCE ALUMNJE
dent. Pacificism and politics were warmly discussed. I t was very
pleasant to have Marion Rich with us again. Amendments to the Dear Sisters in A O IT:
by-laws, proposed at the January meeting, were passed, and the last
Monday in the month selected as a regular meeting day. The second meeting of the year was held at the home of the Grand
Treasurer, Lillian MacQuillin McCausland, and the secretary
E D I T H D I E T Z , For the Chapter. greatly regrets her inability to be present, not only because this was
the best attended meeting we have ever had (nine present), but also
SAN FRANCISCO ALUMN2E because it was such a glorious opportunity for us all to show our
love and well-wishing for the new matron. One of our girls who
Our meetings this year have been under the leadership of the has not been present since her initiation was there, and Elise Mc
Vice-president, Daisy Shaw, as Emma Black has been in the East Causland Crossley, who lives in Middletown, Connecticut, was also
for several months. The meetings so far have all been with girls among those present. Muriel Wyman (Gamma, '16) poured.
who have lovely new homes in North Berkeley. The January
meeting was with Rose Marx. There was not very much business Perhaps you will pardon the personal flavor again, but I must
to transact. We again decided to send money to the Child Labor express my opinion on the February number of our magazine. I t
Committee. We had Kappa's invitation to come to Convention, and certainly appealed to me, as my chief business in life is that of a
only wish we all could go, but San Francisco is a long way from home-maker, although I carry on a few side lines. The spirit of
Virginia. Margaret Dudley is planning on going and two or three Convention is tantalizing for one situated as I am, but "be ye well
others have hopes, so we may have a delegation yet. assured" i f there were any possible way for me to get to Lynchburg,
I would be among those present. Here's hoping this will be the
At the February meeting, which was at Dorothy Clarke's, we were best Convention ever, and that every Alpha girl who possibly can go
all very interested in the historical and loan exhibit. I t was great will be there. I second the Grand Treasurer's sentiments from the
fun thinking of our honored members. We hope our exhibit will point of view of the housekeeper, and believe with her that contact,
tell you all the interesting bits about our chapter. A t that meeting and not seclusion, is the one great solver for many of the perplexing
the delegate to the Bay City Panhellenic outlined a paper written problems which daily confront the home-maker.
by Helen Spaulding, of Kappa Alpha Theta, on "The Fraternity
of the Future." The main idea was a system for new members. Fraternally yours,
Instead of the fraternity "rushing" the freshmen, the freshman
would make her choice of fraternity and apply for membership MAUDE E. C. COVELL, Secretary.
much as for an ordinary club. Her idea was that there would be
three degrees. The first, a period of application that would corre- ANNOUNCEMENT
To Mr. and Mrs. Ixmis E . Covell (Maude E . Clark, Brown, '02), at
Barrington, K. I . , January 6, a son, Walter Howard (third son and fourth
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BOSTON A L U M N A embroidered, and some crocheted, but mostly we talked. Several
chapters of A O I I were represented, and we discussed all the news
Our regular December meeting was held at the Elizabeth Pea- from each. We received a letter from Zeta active chapter, which,-
body House in Boston, the Saturday after Christmas. Coming as of course, was read. Mrs. Lockridge was with us, also one of her
it did, during the Christmas holidays and on the evening of the same cunning little dolls, which she makes of socks. I hope you may all
day as the general alumnae meeting, it brought back some who have see it at the Convention, as I think one will be there.
difficulty in being present at the meetings regularly. The meeting
at the Peabody House was especially interesting to those of us who Then all flocked out into the California sunshine and Lucile's
had never had the opportunity of seeing the house before. Ethel mother took our picture. Of course, we had to have a picture of
Remilie, who was our hostess, makes her home at this house, which the one little Alpha O present, May Chandler Goodan's baby girl. I
is one of those settlement houses located in the crowded north end am sure she is one, among the Alpha O babies, to take a blue ribbon.
It was such a delightful little party that we were very loath to
I n January we met at "Polly" Lambert's and spent the evening depart, but all good things must end. However, before breaking
sewing. I t was a delightful surprise to learn that Etta Phillips up, we presented each of our honor guests, the Dickinson girls, with
MacPhie had returned to us permanently, and we hope to see her a potted cyclamen-white for the bride and red for the bride of a
frequently during the rest of the year. Edith Johnson was also year.
at this meeting. I t is a great pity that our younger sisters are so
irregular in their attendance at the meetings, because it is so easy Our March meeting was with Marian Burge, and we were all
for us all to lose that keen interest in fraternity matters, i f we do not delighted to find several girls there who have not been coming this
keep it alive by being at the meetings often. year. We do wish they would become regular attendants.
February found us on the " H i l l " again; which means most to Mildred Stahl read an article, written by Helen Spaulding, a
those who do not find it easy to get on the beloved " H i l l " as fre- Theta of Leland Stanford, called "The Fraternity of the Future."
quently as their hearts desire. She offers a suggestion that would revolutionize the rushing system.
Her idea is to permit the rushee to judge the fraternity girls, and
MARGARET T . FESSENDEN, Chapter Editor. for her to apply to the fraternity for admission. The girls' scholar-
ship must be high to be admitted.
LOS ANGELES ALUMN-ffi
We also sewed, very diligently on the aforementioned "Gertrudes,"
Our January meeting was held at Jane Graham's charming home, while business and new fraternity songs were discussed.
where in spite of the rain, which continued all morning, a dozen or
more girls gathered around the cheerful grate fire and forgot all J E S S CORRELL M C K E N N A , Chapter Editor.
about rubbers and raincoats. There were so many letters to be read
and discussed, and other letters to be written, and work assigned, LINCOLN ALUMN2E
before the Convention, that we had little time for sewing that day.
The neivsyest news that I have to tell, and that will be of interest
Jane has an adorable little daughter, who was quite shy among so to more than just the members of Zeta Chapter, is that of our two
many strange people, and thought i f she staid right behind mother, brides.
she was safe. But on the arrival of Mrs. Goodan with her baby
girl, little Martha Jane was so delighted that she just had to tell Edith Hall and Mr. Harry Lansing were quietly married January
the girls about it. 18th. 1917, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Only immediate
relatives witnessed the ceremony. The bride and groom left that
We decided that our February meeting should be a social meeting, afternoon for California where they spent several weeks, returning
and that we would send a very special invitation to Mrs. Lange to Lincoln in March. They are living at the Lincoln Hotel.
(Helen Dickinson), who is a bride, and her sister, Grace Dickinson
Harris, who has been married but a year. Lucile Curtis most The following is an extra from the Nebraska State Journal of
cordially invited us to her home for the occasion, and we surely did March 4th, "Stratton, Nebraska, March 3. A quiet wedding took
have a good time at that meeting. Some played cards, some place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Diehl when their daughter
Breta was united in marriage to William Wallace Wendstrand of
Wahoo, Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock." Mr. Wendstrand
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was graduated from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1913, worked industriously until three o'clock in the afternoon on very
the same year that Breta was graduated from the university, and is attractive percale dresses for the tubercular children of the open-
at present county attorney of Saunders County. They will be at air rooms of two of the public schools. When three o'clock came,
home after April 1st, at Wahoo, Nebraska. we found fifteen dresses completed, but for finishing touches. Then
we went to the Rho initiation and saw eleven girls added to their
Our February meeting was with Alma Birkner Ranlings and "Zu" chapter roll.
Chapline Campbell at Alma's home. Fourteen of us gathered
around the open fire, sewed, and talked Convention. We were glad The next meeting will be a social one—a dinner to our husbands
to have Grace Gannon, who was home for the week-end meet with us. and men friends. This annual party is always a very enjoyable one,
and we hope to make this year's dinner no exception.
Our March meeting was a luncheon, with the active chapter at
the Lincoln Hotel. About fifty girls sat down to tables which were A number of us are looking forward to going to Convention, and
beautifully decorated with spring flowers. The place-cards were so the rest of us who are not going are disappointed, envious, and at
arranged that an alumna was seated between two active girls, so the same time delighted that the others can go and enjoy all that
that we might become better acquainted. Katherine Volmer had Convention is holding out to us. I t is really unnecessary for Chi-
the luncheon in charge. cago Alumnae chapter to wish Convention all the success in the
world, because that is already assured, but Chicago Alumnae does
The active chapter give their formal March 17th, at the Lincoln send her very best wishes to all the delegates and guests, and espe-
Hotel and the date for the reunion and banquet is May 12th. We cially to the committees who are working so hard and faithfully.
wish that every Zeta girl who reads this letter would begin now to
plan to come to the banquet. We want you all here and as soon as J U L I A L . F U L L E R , Chapter Editor.
you know that you are coming write and tell us so.
Jane and Elsie Piper expect to spend part of their spring vacation
with Lou Chace Shultz at Stanton, Nebraska. The January meeting of the Indianapolis Alumnae chapter was
held with Mary Fee Palmer. As this was her first time playing
Emma Schreiber Hunter accompanied her husband, Superintendent hostess to the Indianapolis girls since coming to the city a bride, she
Hunter, to the National Association of Superintendents and Prin- had everything gay and festive for the occasion. Margaret and Ger-
cipals which met in Kansas City in February. trude Jayne entertained the chapter for the February meeting. This
time the girls had a talk feste and discussed the future of everybody
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Potter (Carrie Coman) have been spending and everything. We are situated so near Beta Phi and Theta Chap-
the winter in Seward at the home of Mr. Potter's parents. Mr. ters that we feel it incumbent upon us to discuss their welfare even
Potter has returned to their home in Regina, Canada, and Carrie if we can go no farther. Esther Canady, a Theta girl, was a visitor
expects to go in a few weeks. at the February meeting.
Anabel Good, who has been spending the winter in California, The Panhellenic of Indianapolis had the opportunity about two
is expected home the last of the month. weeks ago to make some money. For several days the Greek-letter
girls from all parts of the city were busy selling tickets for The
The Lincoln Alumnae are greatly interested in the Convention and Scarlet Letter, which was shown at one of the down-town motion
several are planning to attend. May it be the best Convention that picture theaters. The Panhellenic made five cents on each ticket
Alpha Omicron Pi has ever held! sold and from the last report nearly one hundred dollars had been
netted. This money is to be used as a part of the educational fund
J A N E L O U I S E PIPER, Chapter Editor. which the Panhellenic has established.
CHICAGO ALUMNffi The main thing on our program for the remainder of the year is
the state luncheon, to occur the first week in May. We are hoping
Since the last To DRAGMA letter, Chicago Alumnae chapter has for a large attendance, as this is the one time we see all the "old"
had but two meetings. The first one at the home of Carolyn Dorr girls and hear the many interesting tales they have to tell. This year
in Berwyn was a purely business meeting at which much business the luncheon promises to be a booster meeting for the Convention.
was transacted. The second one at Doris Wheeler's in Evanston
was almost a real picnic. We met in the morning, each carrying L U C Y E. A L L E N , Chapter Editor.
her luncheon in a little package, and a thimble, ready to sew. We
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NEW ORLEANS ALUMN/E BANGOR A L U M N A
We, of the New Orleans Alumnae chapter, have definitely chosen Bangor Alumnae chapter met with Mrs. Doris Currier Treat at
and entered upon our social work—the most interesting one can her home in Bangor on February 24th. Although only a few mem-
imagine. The D. A. R.'s have organized a school for immigrant bers were able to be present, we accomplished some things and
women, which meets twice a week at the Y. M . C. A., and our planned many others. We were most happy in having with us Mrs.
alumna? members assist in the teaching. This is a valuable experi- Grace Sawyer Benson, of Cambridge, who was visiting relatives
ence, for we teach them English in return for which we may absorb here, and Antoinette Webb who was spending her vacation with her
Italian, Greek, or possibly Yiddish—anyway, they are making such parents. From "Tony" we were interested to hear of the Boston
rapid strides they bid fair to graduate in the English classics by the Alumna? doings, and of some of the things which were agitated for
end of the term. the convention. Practically the only business which we have been
able to attend to as yet has been the drawing up and readjusting of
Kappa Alpha Theta has recently brought up the idea of organiz- the By-laws. At last they all are arranged, and in order to be sure
ing a city Panhellenic. Representatives from the various fraternities that everyone receives a copy, each member of the alumna? chapter is
are working on this suggestion, but a definite program has not been going to write personal letters to some alumna? telling about the
worked out yet. Our chapter approves of this more from an edu- new chapter and enclosing a copy of By-laws. We feel that Provi-
cational standpoint, for we feel that time spent in exchanging views dence Alumna? chapter is to be both congratulated and envied because
on dift'eient matters will be far from wasted. Our new Newcomb of having Muriel Colbath Wyman near enough to attend its meetings.
has really been begun for we saw the first pile driven; with our own
eyes. We had quite a ceremony attending this auspicious occasion, On March 17th a meeting was held with Mrs. Claire Weld Dur-
Newcomb Alumnae (in which our chapter was well represented), gin at her home in Orono. Decorations, favors, and refreshments
and students foimed in a procession of some two hundred automo- in honor of the day were in evidence. At this time we. did some
biles and paraded from the old grounds to the new. "New New- sewing for the Children's Home in Bangor, and really accomplished
comb"' is at present the topic of conversation. something in spite of all the questions and answers which were in
the air. Our May meeting w i l l be held at Mt. Vernon House and
We are certainly looking forward to the fraternity Convention, since we are to entertain the active chapter at this time, we want a
for it will be the first one we have attended as an alumna? chapter. large attendance out to meet all of the splendid active girls of
J A N E C. SNYDER, Secretary.
With all good wishes to those attending the Convention, and espe-
MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL ALUMNiE cially to Kappa whose privilege it is to have so many sisters with her,
Dear Sisters: A I L E E N E BROWNE HOBART, Chapter Editor.
Snow-bound again! It has been snowing all day and tonight our
city is covered with the whitest of white snow, cold, white, and
glittering with diamonds. Some of you who live i n the warmer Dear Sisters in A O I I :
climes would enjoy seeing it. I know.
The regular February luncheon was held at the home of Alice
We of Minneapolis Alumnae seem to be quite busy just at present. Collier, president. The Alpha O babies were there "en masse," and
At times it does seem as i f the work would never end. The active entertained us nobly. No particular business was transacted—just
chapter is planning on giving two plays very soon as part of a vaude- a cozy, chatty time.
ville, and we are very much interested in the plays and in the
financial outcome. The March luncheon was postponed, as Louise Clawson, the
hostess, was called unexpectedly to Spokane. We were all exceed-
Our last alumna? meeting was held at the home of Beatrice ingly sorry, but are looking forward to her next "turn."
Northey, 3834 Pleasant Ave. I t was a purely social affair, and we
had a most enjoyable time. We send our best wishes to you all. Naturally, we are thilled about Convention, and wish mightily
that we could all be there. There is no reason in the world why
BF.RTHA M A R I E B R E C H E T , Chapter Editor. this 1917 Conclave can not be made the very "best ever" in the