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1921 November - To Dragma

Vol. XVII, No. 2

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NOVEMBER, 1921 No.2
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CONTENTS
Frontispiece—Omicron P i Chapter.
The University of Michigan and Omicron Pi 41
The Installation of Omicron Pi Michigan Traditions
Views of University of Michigan
43 44 46
Nashville
Alumnae
Chapter 48 49 59 60 60 62 82 96
The Installation o f
Sure Dwellings
The Quiet Corner
Editorial
Announcements
Active Chapter Letters
Alumnae Chapter Letters
Alumnae Notes
Exchanges Ill
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Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity CHAPTER ROLL OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Alpha—Barnard College—Inactive.
Pi—H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, La. Nu—New York University, New York City. Omicron—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. Kappa—Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va. Zeta—University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Sigma—University of California, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
Beta—Brown University—Inactve.
Delta—Jackson College, Tufts College, Mass. Gamma—University of Maine, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Cornell University, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal. Iota—University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Tau—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Chi—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N . Y . Upsilon—University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind. Eta—University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Montana State College, Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Psi—University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Phi—University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
Omega—Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Omicron Pi—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. New York Alumna?—New York City.
San Francisco Alumnae—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I .
Boston Alumna;—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumnae—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—'Chicago, 111. Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind. New Orleans Alumnae—New Orleans, La. Minneapolis Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn. Bangor Alumnae—Bangor, Me.
Portland Alumnae—Portland, Oregon. Seattle Alumnae—Seattle, Wash.
Knoxville Alumnae—Knoxville, Tenn. Lynchburg Alumnae—Lynchburg, Va. Washington Alumnae—Washington, D. C. Philadelphia Alumnae—Philadelphia, Pa. Dallas Alumnae—Dallas, Tex.
Kansas City Alumnae—Kansas City, Mo. Omaha Alumnae—Omaha, Neb.
Tacoma Alumnae—Tacoma, Wash. Syracuse Alumnae—Syracuse, N . Y .
Detroit Alumnre—Detroit, Michigan. Nashville Alumnae—Nashville, Tenn.


DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS 1921 - 1922
FOUNDERS OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Ti>«ie Wallace Hughan. Alpha '98, 378 Grand Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. Helen St. Clair Mullan (Mrs. George V.), Alpha '98, 118 W. 183 St.,
New York, N.Y.
Stella George Stern Perry (Mrs. George H.), Alpha '98, 45 West
Thirty-fifth Street, New York, N . Y . _ Elizabeth Heywood Wyinan, Alpha '98, 456 Broad St., Bloomheld, N. J.
OFFICERS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Grand President, Merva Dolsen Hennings (Mrs. A. J.), 2327 Central St.,
Evanston, 111.
Grand Secretary, Laura A. Hurd, 416 West 122nd St., New York City,
N. Y.
Grand Treasurer, Viola C. Gray, 1537 South 23rd St., Lincoln, Neb.
Grand Vice-President, Mate L. Giddings, 1112 West California Ave., Urbana, 111.
Grand Historian. Stella George Stern Perry (Mrs. George H.), 45 West 35th St., New York City, N . Y .
Extension Officer. Rose Gardner Marx (Mrs. Ralph), 1421 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, Cal.
Examining Olficer, Gladvs Courtian Britton (Mrs. J. A. Jr.), 2642 Derby St., Berkeley, Cal.
National Panhellenic Delegate, Lillian McQuillan McCausland (Mrs. Norman L. Jr.), 517 Angell St., Providence, R. I .
Editor of To Dragma, Elizabeth Hiestand Smith (Mrs. Harry E.), 3419 N. Lincoln St., Chicago, 111.
Business Manager of To Dragma, June Kelly, 16 Everett Ave., Norwood. Mass.
NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONGRESS
President. Lillian MacQuillan McCausland (Mrs. Norman L., Jr.), 517
Angell St., Providence, R. I .
EDITORIAL BOARD OF TO DRAGMA
Editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Hiestand Smith (Mrs. H. E.), 3419 N., Lincoln St, Chicago, 111.
Assistant Editor, Anna Hofert Kirk (Mrs. B. L.). 1011 W. Clark St, Champaign, Illinois.
Exchange Editor, Marguerite P . Schoppe (Mrs. W . F ) , 602 So. 3rd A ve, Bozeman, Mont.
•'"siuess Manager, June Kelley, 16 Everett Ave, Norwood, Mass. DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS
"Orth Atlantic District. Gladys Wales (Mrs. Winthrop L.), 416 West Ononandaga Street, Syracuse, N Y.[N, J , /', K, X , ¥.]
Southern District— Katrina Overall McDonald (Mrs. Carl St. Louis, Miss. [77, K, 0 , VA", NO.)
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W. Central District. Charlotte Hall Uhls (Mrs. Kenneth B.), 1017


DISTRICT VICE-SUPERINTENDENTS
N. Atlantic District, Katharine March Thomas (Mrs. S. J.), 5120 Regent St., Philadelphia, Pa. New York, Providence, Boston, Bangor, Wash- ington, Philadelphia, Syracuse.
Southern District, Anna McLellan, 2108 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, La. New Orleans, Knoxville, Lynchburg, Dallas, Nashville.
N. E. Central District, Grace Pierson Gilbert (Mrs. Samuel H.), 2714 Hartzell St., Evanston, 111. Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit.
N. W. Central District, Elsie Fitzgerald, 1971 D St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha.
Pacific District, Louise Dow Benton. 5566 29th Ave. N. E., Seattle, Wash. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Tacoma.
CHAPTER EDITORS
Pi—Genevra Washburn, Newcomb College, New Orleans, La.
Nu—Mary Louise Hingsberg, New York University, New York City. Omicron—Christine Moore, 1617 Highland Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. Kappa—Kathyrn Hodges, R. M. W. C, Lvnchburg, Va. Zeta—Mildred Hullinger. 500 N. 16th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Sigma—Ellen Reed. 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Mildred Panchaud, A O I I House, Greencastle, Ind. Delta—Esther Fowler, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Theresa Jackson, U. of Maine, Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Grace McAlpine, The Knoll, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Helen Hawk, Chapin Hall, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Jeanne Elmendorf, A O I I House, Stanford University, Calif. Iota—Helen Wolfe, 712 W. Oregon St., Urbana, 111.
Tau—Frances Graham, 315 11th Ave. S. E., Minneapolis, Minn. Chi—Thelma Robertson, 1015 Harrison St., Syracuse, N . Y . Upsilon—Edith Chapman, 5724 17th Ave., N. E., Seattle. Wash. Nu Kappa—Lucille Pepple, S. M. U., Dallas, Texas.
Beta Phi—Lillian Mullins, A O II House, Bloomington, Indiana. Eta—Ethel Zimmerman, 626 N. Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Helen Chase, A O I I House. Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Nell Fain. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Psi—Margaret Penn, 3459 Woodlawn Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. Phi—May Ireland, 1144 Louisiana Ave., Lawrence, Kansas. Omega—Charlotte Haarlamert, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
CHAPTER SECRETARIES ACTIVE
Pi—Cecilia Slack, Newcomb Dormitorv, Newcomb College, N. O., La. Nu—Katherine S. Keane, 31 W . 11th St., N . Y . C.
Omicron—Elizabeth Clinton, 1627 W. Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. Kappa—Madge Winslow, R. M. W. C. Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Lois Haas. 500 N . 16th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Sigma—Zoe King, 2721 Haste St.. Berkeley, Calif. Theta—Mary Hester, A O II House, Greencastle, Indiana. Delta—Dorothy Hilton, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Marie Hodgdon, U. of Maine, Orono, Maine. Epsilon—Catherine Campion, The Knoll, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Ada Campbell, Chapin Hall, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Doris Bailey, A O I I House, Stanford University. Cal. Iota—Evelyn Wissmath. 604 South Lincoln Ave., Urbana. 111. Tau—Lillian Kirwin, 315 11th Ave. S. E.. Minneapolis, Minn. Chi—Beatrice Barron. 1017 Harrison St., Syracuse, N. Y. Upsilon—Marion D. Janeck. 1906 E. 45th St., Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Catherine Rasbury, S. M. University, Dallas, Texas.
Beta Phi—Miriam McCoy, A. O. Pi House, Bloomington. Indiana.


Eta—Edith Hastings, 626 N. Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Marie Moebus, A O II House, Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Annie Sharpe Garrett, 2303 Highland Ave., Nashville,
Tenn.
Phi—Reba White, 1144 Louisiana Ave., Lawrence, Kansas. Psi—Genevieve McDermott, 1619 Greene St., Philadelphia, Pa. Omega—Martha Jacques, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
ALUMNAE CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
New York—Helen Henry, 424 West 119 St., New York City. Boston—Octavia Chapin. 102 Sumner St., Medford, Mass.
San Francisco—Hcrtha Hermann Brown, (Mrs. E. C ) , 509 Santa Ray
Ave., Berkeley, Cal.
Providence—Muriel Wvman (Mrs. P. H.), 1739 Broad St., Providence,
R. I .
Los Angeles—Constance Chandler. 2330 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. Lincoln—Nettie Campbell (Mrs. B. O.), 1971 Sewell St., Lincoln, Neb. Chicago—Grace Pierson Gilbert (Mrs. S. H.), 2714 Hartzell St., Evans-
ton, 111.
Indianapolis—Leola Goodman Scales (Mrs. Walter), 35 West 27th St.,
Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans—Evelyn Pigott, 3705 Prytania St., New Orleans, La. Minneapolis—Mrs. Walter Haertel, 1522 Aldrich Ave. So., Minneapolis,
Minn.
Bangor—Madeline Robinson, 463 Main St., Bangor, Maine. Seattle—Eugenia E. Garrat, 5513 Brooklvn Ave.. Seattle, Wash. Portland—Pearl Mcjurv (Mrs. T. M.), 244 Hancock St., Portland, Ore. Knoxville—Ailcy Kyle Peet (Mrs. A. S.), 309 8th St., Knoxville, Tenn. Lynchburg—Laura Radford Yates (Mrs. R. T .), 300 Madison St., Lynch-
burg, Va.
Washington—Margaret Mitchell, Silver Spring, Md.
Dallas—Eleanor M. Walker (Mrs. Jas.), 4214 Swiss Ave., Dallas,
u Texas.
Philadelphia—Katherine March Thomas (Mrs. S. J.), 5120 Regent St..
Philadelphia, Pa. .
Kansas City—Charlotte. Uhls (Mrs. K. B.), 1017 Republic Bldg., Kan-
sas City, Mo.
Dmaha—I.ai-ra Peterson. 5115 Underwood Ave., Omaha, Neb. Tacoma—Isabel McRae, 511 N. Cushman, Tacoma, Wash.
Syracuse—Elizabeth French, 1546 E. Genesee St., Svracuse, N . Y . Detroit—Ethel Watts Parker (Mrs. M. J.), Apt. 9, 8051 Wilson Ave.,
Detroit, Mich.
Nashville—Mary D. Houston. 2807 Belmont Blvd.. Nashville, Tenn.
NATIONAL COMMITTEES—1921-23
Committee on National Work-
site L. Giddings. /, Grand Vice-President. Chairman, (By-Laws,
Article I V , 2a).
Mildred Harley MacDonald, /. Carolyn Fraser Pulling, A. Margaret Bonner Bentley. NK.
Committee on Finance—
viola C. Gray, Z, Grand Treasurer, Chairman, (By-Laws, Article IV, 2b).
Anna Morrow, E. Hellen Haller, O.


Committee on Fraternity Organisation—
Charlotte Hall Uhls, T, Chairman.
All Superintendents and Vice-Superintendents (B-Laws, Article IV 2c).
Committee on Vocational Guidance—
Helen Henry, 2 , Chairman. Daisy Gaus, N..
Pinckney Estes Glantzberg, W.
Committee on Examinations—
Gladys Courtian Britton, 2, Examining Officer, Chairman (By- Laws, Article, I V , 2e).
Frances G. Carter, X , (N. Atlantic District). Bessie Masten, K, (Southern District).
Agnes L. Lakin, @? (N. E. Central District). Edith Goldsworthy, T, (N. W. Central District).
Carrie B. Braman (Mrs. H.) (Pacific).
Committee on Nominations—
Eta Phillips MacPhie, A, Chairman. Isabelle Henderson Stewart, 2 . Edith Dietz, A.
Trustees of the Endowment Fund (By-Laws, Article X) — Helen St. Claire Mullan, A, Six year term.
Louella Fifield Darling, B, Four year term.
To be announced. Two year term.
Special Committees.
Ritual, The Founders, Helen St. Claire Mullan, A, Chairman.
Committee on Fraternity Traditions—
The Founders.
Gladys Courtian Britton, 2.
Laura A. Hurd, 2".
The chairman and two associate members are to be announced later by the Founders.
Song Committee—
Mae Knight Siddell, 2, chairman. Margaret Vaughan, NK.
Evaline Snow, .P.




M Hemonam Kutlf (Unptn jfctrtwr
Past Grand President of Alpha Omicron Pi; Died November 10, 1921.
RUTH CAFEN FARMER was the Grand President of Alpha Omicron Pi from 1910 to
1912. She was a member of Delta Chapter. Her girlhood and college days were closely as- sociated with T u f t s College, during which time her father, the late Elmer Hewitt Capen, was president of'that institution. She was graduated in 1902 after a college career marked by bril- liant scholarship and service to her Alma Mater. Always she
has been a leader in alumnae and fraternity activities. Possessed of unusual talent as a reader, prior to her marriage to W alter H. Farmer in 1908, she engaged
in professional work as a reader. She died November 10, 1921, in Boston following an operation. T w o young children survive her beside her husband, her mother and a brother and sister to whom we extend our deq)est sympathy.
In the chapel at Tufts College in the very heart of her Alma Mater, encompassed by friends and loving sisters in Alpha Omi- cron Pi, whom she had loved and served devotedly, the simple and beautifullast rites were held for Ruth Capen Farmer.
Her personality, glorified by beauty and charm, remain but a cherished memory. The nobility of her living, spirit of devo- tion and sublime example are perfected in death and shall abide in our hearts always.
There is no death. Life Eternal is hers in the sweetness and in the shelter of our sacred Alpha Omega Chapter within the hand of God.




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VOL. XVII NOVEMBER, 1921 No. 2
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND OMICRON PI
Helen H. Wolfe, Omicron Pi.
In its legislature of 1817, Michigan provided for a State University with thirteen branches of study—literature, mathe- matics, natural history, natural philosophy, astronomy, chem- istry, medical sciences, economical sciences, ethical sciences, military sciences, historical science, intellectual sciences, and the universal sciences. The Act of 1817 also empowered the University to establish libraries, colleges and schools through- out the state. Special taxes and lotteries were to furnish the necessary revenue, but the latter was never used.
During the presidency of Henry M . Tappan, formerly a Professor in the University of New York, a number of impor- tant changes took place in the University. President Tappan believed that the curriculum consisted of merely under gradu- ate studies, and that a graduate school only could be called a University. With this idea in mind, he made radical changes in the catalog and secured a faculty of fourteen members. He also introduced lecture and laboratory methods and adopted the principle of election and equivalence of studies. New scientific and technical courses, such as medicine, engineer- m g , agriculture, and law, were also introduced. Dormitories v < tc abolished on the basis that the money should be used
for books and apparatus. Honors and grades were also abol- ished. In spite of these well-rounded and ambitious plans. President Tappan's ideas were in advance of his time and his administration ended disastrously.
Following the dismissal of President Tappan in 1863, the Rev. Dr. E. R. Haven became head of the University. He remained in office only six years, however, and was succeeded kv James B. Angell, former president of the University of


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Vermont. President Angell remained in office until 1907, when he retired after thirty-seven years of faithful service. He had made a name for himself as an educator and as a statesman and had served the United States as Ambassador several times.
It was during President Angell's administration that Michigan made its greatest progress and this progress is with- out doubt due to a large extent to his personality. Even-
tempered and unworried, President Angell kept the University running smoothly instead of supplying the motive power. He was first of all a diplomat and threw the responsibility upon the faculty as a whole instead of guiding their actions.
Following President Angell's resignation, Harry B. Hutchins, dean of the law school, became temporary head of the University. He resigned, however, in 1920, and was su- perseded by Leroy Burton, former president of the University of Minnesota.
With the growth of the University came an increase in the number of students and the establishment of various student organizations, until in 1919 there were fourteen sororities on the campus; Alpha Omicron Pi was the fifteenth.
Alpha Omicron Pi had its beginning at Michigan in the fall of 1919, when Lelah Stephens and Helen Wolfe, sisters of Mu Zeta in Indiana, with two of their friends decided to form a local sorority known as Omicron Pi and to petition Alpha Omicron Pi for a chapter. After numerous meetings held in the girls' rooms an organization was effected with Helen Wolfe as President, Lelah Stephens, Vice-President, Mar-
jorie Wylie, Treasurer, and Elizabeth Wylie, Secretary. In the spring of 1920 four additional members were added, Ida Gratton, Dorothy Comfort, Florence Wilson and Helen Frost. The group then felt itself strong enough to request recognition and petition the Committee on Student Affairs for permission to organize a local sorority known as Omicron Pi. Their request was granted and in the fall of 1920 the formal petition to Alpha Omicron Pi was sent in. The re- quest was granted at the National convention in June, 1921, and Omicron Pi became Omicron Pi Chapter of Alpha Omi-
cron Pi, October 8, 1921.


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The installation was conducted by Mrs. Hennings, Grand President, and was held in the chapter house in A n n Arbor. All the Alumnae were present with the exception of one whose home is in Idaho. Eighteen active members were initi- ated. Following the installation, a formal banquet was held in one of the dining rooms in the Michigan Union, and the tele- grams and letters of congratulations from other chapters were read. Short talks were also given by several of those present. Sunday afternoon, October 9th, the chapter held open house for all other sororities on the campus and received congratu- lations.
THE INSTALLATION OF OMICRON PI.
October 8 was a great day in the lives of a certain group of girls at the University of Michigan known as the Omicron Pi local society. Indeed it was a great day for Alpha O, too, for then we added a splendid new chapter to our roll.
Mrs. Hennings arrived the day before with a trunk and bags. ( H e r hostesses thought that baggage indicated quite a Visit!) Saturday morning two more national officers arrived: llelita Skillen and Betty Hiestand Smith. Our number was still further augmented in the afternoon and evening by the arrival of Stella Dueringer, Dorothy Abernathy and Grace Gilbert of Rho, Lucile Dvorak of Omega, Kathlyn Gilcher and Esther Hagenbucher of Chi, and Cora Lane Wideman and
Kthel W atts Parker of Iota.
The morning was spent behind closed doors in getting
feady for installation, much to the mystification of the initi- ates. Every few minutes came a telegram for Mrs. Hennings. Every few minutes came another alumnae of Omicron Pi, R'ho was rapturously greeted. Whenever you went into the hall, you ran into the jeweler surrounded by a group trying l " decide whether to have the "O" set in crown pearls. Flow- ers kept arriving from friends and relatives. Something was going on in every corner of the Omicron Pi house.
Finally a little after 2 we were ready to begin. Installa- p 'ii was held in the living and music rooms of the house, ap- propriately decorated with great vases of Jacqueminot roses.


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With the help of the Alpha O's present, thirty-one girls were initiated into the mysteries of Alpha Omicron Pi by our Grand President, Merva D. Hennings. We "old girls" felt anew the inspiration of the beautiful ceremony as did those who were hearing it for the first time. No one present can ever forget how wonderfully our Grand President officiated.
At 8:30 we gathered at a banquet hall in the Michigan Union. The new chapter sang the beautiful Michigan songs while the rest of us answered with Alpha O songs. W e were a tired but happy crowd who tumbled into bed late that night.
The next morning was spent in explaining fraternity books and procedure to the Omicron Pi chapter. In the after- noon the chapter gave a delightful tea to introduce their na- tional officers and themselves as Alpha O's to the fraternity women of the campus. Every fraternity was represented by a large delegation. Thus ended a very happy week-end for us all. Good luck to you, Omicron Pi! We're surely proud of our baby chapter.
T H E MICHIGAN TRADITIONS.
Marjorie G. Kerr, Omicron Pi, '24.
EDITOR.
Every college must have its own traditions. It is part of its individuality. These traditions are not mere outgrowth of silly sentimentality. They are founded on the firm base of common sense and reality.
Here, at the University of Michigan, it has been found that the earlier the Freshman is initiated into these traditions the better. So it is that the first Friday of the school year is set aside to instruct Freshmen and refresh older Michigan students as to the traditions of the college.
Long before the massive doors of Hill Auditorium are opened, great crowds gather before them and woe unto he who comes late, for the building will hold but five thousand and the mighty doors are closed when that number has been admitted. The meeting is not a long one. There are generally three short speeches, one by a faculty speaker, another by a student and a third by an alumnus. College yells are prac-


70 DRAG MA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 45 tjced and Michigan songs sung. It is a lively, enthusiastic
crowd and everyone enjoys himself.
It is best for freshmen to learn the rules of college eti- quette as soon as he sets foot in Ann Arbor. Every day of his freshmanship he must wear the pat—a small, grey skeleton cap, crowned on top by a button which varies in color ac- cording to his department. He must not smoke a pipe on the campus and should never be seen with an M pipe in his mouth. He must never sit on the senior benches, which are especially enticing, near the engineering arch. W atch fobs having M on them are not tolerated. Freshmen should avoid
hazing parties. Upperclassmen should be given the privilege oi going through a doorway first.
Rather an odd little book is printed every year and given to Freshmen. It has been nicknamed "The Freshman Bible." In it are instructions and directions for new men on the campus.
But traditions are not for Freshmen only. Seniors must wear the cap and gown every Monday and Thursday to lec- tures from the early part of May until graduation the latter part of June. Swing out, the first appearance of the Seniors in cap and gown is commemorated by a half-holiday. The night before representatives from different Fraternities ap- pear on campus with ropes and boards. Then the struggle begins for the best tree on which to hang the swings. He is the victor who still remains with his swing in the tree at one o'clock, though most often his wardrobe is much depleted. The next afternoon the Seniors form a line of march, proceed-
ing to Hill Auditorium. President Burton and some other noted speakers address them. When this is over, they march around the campus and each class has its picture taken grouped on the Library steps. Last year we even attracted the movie man. Senior men are expected to carry regulation Senior canes on the campus when not attending classes, to games, and on Sundays.
In the fall and spring we have our annual games. At these, there are the regular dashes, long mile runs, vaulting, pole climbing, relay barrel races and others. There is great competition between the different classes. In the spring we


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have a tug of war between Freshmen and Sophomores. About a mile north of Ann Arbor we have a little river and the rope is held across this. It is a tradition that the Sophs must win even if the odds are against them. Then they use the nearest tree, house or truck in sight to help them along. Each team as it proceeds to the river is led by its own class band. They are surely queer-looking squads, for the second-
year men are be-spattered with red paint, the frosh with green. When half-timle is up the two classes change sides. Last year the Sophomores won, but all the games had to be forfeited to the Freshmen on account of some hazing of their leaders.
In a central part of the campus is erected a flag pole to commemorate the Michigan men who were killed in this last great war. It is the custom that the 'Varsity Band marches back from Ferry Field after each game, plays the "Yellow and Blue" here and then disperses.
Last year for the first time the Y . W . C. A . instituted "Hello Day" that the University women might feel on a more friendly basis with one another. Every girl was to speak to her sister student on that day. W e are hoping that it will be more of a success this year, now that everyone knows about it.
One of the oldest and most spectacular of Michigan's customs is the observance of Cap Night. I t is held the fourth Friday in May. Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors march in classes, led by the Varsity Band, to a picturesque Bttle valley about three-quarters of a mile from the campus, called Sleepy Hollow. There a huge fire is burning in the center. Each class takes up its allotted position on the slopes. After several speeches have been delivered from the make- shift platform and M blankets presented to those Seniors diligent enough to have earned one, the Freshmen dance around the great fire, throwing what remains of their grey ifreshmen pats into the flames. It Is a weird sight to see the
great gaunt figures prancing around the blazing fire, twisting themselves into grotesque shapes, for they do their best to iniitate the old Indian war dancers. This is a great event for 't means the passing of Seniors to the rank of alumni and the Jeceiving of the Freshmen as Sophomores.
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Night to men, is Lantern Night. It is the last big gathering of the year in honor of the senior girls and is staged by the W om an's Athletic Association. It is a revival of an old tradi- tion which was started last year at the institution of Dean Jordan. Finals in baseball, tennis and archery are played by the girls at Palmer Field. After all have eaten their picnic lunches, arm bands, pins and sweaters are presented. Then follows a procession of Seniors in caps and gowns, carrying lighted lanterns. They pass beneath the flowered hoops of the Juniors forming an M. The Seniors hand over the lan- terns to their underclassmen and the Juniors in turn the hoops to the Sophomores.
Then we have the Freshm'an Spread, Freshman Frolics and many more annual festivities. We all consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have so many traditions, for they help to foster a better, more whole-hearted Michigan spirit.
THE INSTALLATION OF NASHVILLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER
The Nashville Alumnae chapter was installed Saturday evening, Octo- ber the first in the Nu Omicron's fraternity room, by Helen Hawkins, chapter president. There were eleven charter members, representing three chapters—Pi, Omicron and Nu Omicron. Just preceding the impressive services, initiation of two pledges was held so that they might have the privilege of assisting in the ceremony. Both actives and alumnae felt very deeply the bond of union that binds us in Alpha O as we pledged anew our allegiance to one another and to the fraternity.
We are sorry that Josephine Johnson, Omicron, and Natalie Overall. Nu Omicron, who signed the original petition, have left our ranks, hav- ing gone away from Nashville with brand new husbands. Natalie (Mrs. William Warren), lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Josephine (Mrs. Hugh McCord), lives in Minneapolis. Mary Boynton, Omega, who also signed the petition, has left Nashville for her western home. Although we will miss these girls, we still have a large number left who are very enthusiastic and happy in their new chapter.
If any of our sisters should visit Nashville we hope they will com- municate with us for they are assured of a cordial welcome by the Nash- ville Alumnae chapter.
MARY D . HOUSTON,.


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SURE DWELLINGS
BY MARY ELLEN CHASE
(Copyrighted by Harper's Magazine. Reprinted by permission of Har- per's Magazine)
When it was proposed in Dorset Village to raise the minister's salary from five hundred to six hundred dollars in recognition of forty years of faithful service, not a few parishoners were frankly and noisily skeptical. Miss Drusilla Means, salary solicitor, led the opposition. She declared the project preposterous.
"Fifty dollars would be unheard-of," she asserted to every pursued and captured listener, "but a hundred's nothin' short o' sacrilege! Haven't I collected in this village for nigh onto twenty years? Don't I know to a cent what each one'll give? If my conscience would allow, couldn't I tell of them that haven't paid their last year's signin', and the one before that? Don't I know if it wa'n't for rusticators, we'd go without the gospel in Dorset? And comin' right now just after Mis' Harriet Norton's left all she had to the Maine Missionary Society instead of to the church! I de- clare, I don't know what they're thinkin' of!"
But Miss Drusilla and her followers, still objecting and unconvinced, were obliged to give way before the forces of organized labor. The Ladies' Circle proudly reported forty dollars surplus from the last August sale; the Lookout and Social committees of the Christian Endeavor Society, inspired by the enthusiasm of a recent convention, pledged twenty-five dollars to be raised by socials and ice-cream sales; the Ladies' Social Library heroi- cally promised ten, trusting to an increase in the demand for "shares;" the Odd Fellows, of which organization Rev. Phineas Holt was an hon- ored member, came forward with a promise of fifteen; finally the Village Improvement Society, breaking all precedent, voted, after a secret session of the executive committee, to patch up the old flag and complete the hundred dollars.
ȣiss Drusilla, seeing in part the actual funds, and bound to respect the reliability of those to come, intrenched herself behind the bulwark of the future. Hopeful as was the prosect of the first hundred, how about those to come? But Dorset, in the main, refused to be anxious. Tacitly understanding its own village psychology, it knew that, although individ- uals might decline to sign subscription sheets, they could be lured indefi- nitely to ice cream sales, socials, and red-hash suppers. Moreover, it re- ce'yed reassurance in the added knowledge that the years of the Rev.
Uineas Holt were already well beyond threescore and ten. Even if, "by reason of strength," they should become fourscore, the time was not far °ff when a younger man would ascend the Dorset pulpit at a minimum salary. The village, therefore, glorying in its triumph, wrote its pastor
y the hand of Mrs. Tobias Blodgett, president of the Ladies' Circle, and Ked expectantly forward to an exceptionally social year,
th ^ C ^> m n e a s Holt, with his wife, Abbie, was working among e Perennials in the front yard when young Enos Blodgett brought his


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mother's letter. The minister, leaning on his garden rake, read it, passed his hand across his eyes as though to clear his bewildered vision, and read it again. Abbie, busy among the larkspur with early witch-grass, that infester of New England gardens, and thinking the communication but a notice to be read from tomorrows pulpit, did not see his agitation. When she arose to staighten her tired back Phineas had gone. She found him in the study staring stupidly at the pink oxalis in the window-bracket, and fumbling among his pockets for a handkerchief.
While her astonished eyes attempted by several readings to absorb the contents of Mrs. Blodgett's letter, his memory swept the long road of his forty years in Dorset, whence he had come after his course at Bowdoin College and the seminary at Andover to preach the gospel at an annual salary of five hundred dollars, to be supplemented by the parsonage, his firewood, frequent invitations to'Sunday dinners, and an occasional dona- tion part.v. In the earlier years of his ministry there had been "calls" to larger towns, and once a splendid opening in the church at Belfast; but his growing family and the consequent expense of moving had advised—I indeed, had almost seemed to dictate, his remaining in Dorset, where \\v4 ing was less expensive and social demands few. Later, when they wer4 struggling to help the boys at college, it would have been folly to abandott surety for uncertainty. Finally his heart anchored him to Dorset. In lied of salary increases, he accepted the appreciation of his congregation, and the respect accorded him by the "summer people" who sojourned on thq outskirts of Dorset. For years he had believed himself the most fortunate of men, even without this unlooked-for avalanche of good fortune.
Abbie, as might be expected of a woman whose capacities for "making over" had never been exhausted, had acquired a distinctly utilitarian and pragmatic tinge to her attitude toward life. A modern category woulq place her in the list of "efficiency" experts. Her mind, trained in a persist tent school, now at sixty-five instinctively coordinated. While PhineaSi vaguely conscious of a cataclysmic change, still stared at the oxalis, sh with a hundred dollars extra, had unlocked and swung wide the gate int' hitherto forbidden territory. Her husband started suddenly as he saw helj on her knees before the Franklin stove. With a pink slip folded carefully in the palm of one hand, she was tearing into pieces the remaining con- tents of an envelope and throwing them into the grate.
"I'm tearing up your letter to the Tylers, Phineas," she explained, in answer to his startled unasked question. "As I see it, the last reason whtf you can't go is gone. Now this hundred dollars that we've never reckoned on is coming next year, we're perfectly able to pay a supply for two Sunl days. I don't feel exactly right about their sending the check for traveling expenses, but I understand 'tis customary under some circumstances. I declare, I don't dare begin to reckon how long it's been since you left thi? town except to local unions. I believe, on my soul, 'twas when Phinea Junior, graduated; and how you've kept from getting mossgrown w more'n I can see. Today's Saturday. Y ou can announce it to-morrow and leave Thursday morning after midweek prayer-meeting. That'll give yotf


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two Sundays, anyway, and for one Wednesday night I guess we can get along on prayers and testimonies. If we can't"— Abbie paused for a moment to experience a strange and pleasurable thrill of unaccustomed opulence—"if we can't, we can get the minister from Petersport."
Finding her husband pliable, if uncommunicative, Abbie left him in the study and went upstairs to "go through" his clothes in preparation for the New York visit. No less important pastime could occupy her thoughts
cn such a day. From time to time, as she bustled about, opening and shut- ting drawers with a vigor and energy which seemed somehow necessary in view of existing circumstances, she called belowstairs to Phineas. His Prince Albert was in excellent condition, which discovery was fortunate, as it would doubtless be his chief wearing apparel in New York.
"Seems almost as if I was guided, Phineas," she called over the banis- ter, '•when I insisted you wear your second-best black in last winter's pulpit."
He needed a new shirt, she told him, suggesting a black and white stripe. His underwear would do. Once she asked him, half querulously, how it happened that so many of his handkerchiefs were daubed with ink.
To all of her questions and comments Phineas returned no replies, or, at best, unintelligible ones. It was only when, a half-hour later, she came down stairs to proffer a suggestion which demanded immediate proximity, that he returned uncompromisingly to the present.
"Phineas," she said, "something's just come to me. I always knew the time would come when your work on 'Immersion' would be appreciated. There's not a question in my mind but what there'll be a call for it at that conference of New York ministers that Doctor Tyler wrote about. Where he's so high up in the ministry himself, there's sure to be a chance for you to read it, even though it may be too late to have it on the regular Program. At all odds, you best copy it. I don't believe it's been touched since you and Reverend Otis used to argue the matter. If not, it's on the
1 1
ird shelf of the bookcase behind Jonathan Edwards. I never change from spring to spring."
That afternoon, in the intervals between callers, lured to the parson- age by a n irresistible curiosity, Abbie attacked her laden mending-basket, w 11 e Phineas scratched away busily at his desk, transcribing on many c ean sheets of paper a treatise entitled "Immersion—A Doctrine Without Scriptural Basis."
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when one is surfeited already. That their minister, through the gener- osity of the Reverend Doctor Tyler and through their own recent kind- ness which rendered a "supply" possible, should be enabled to spend a fortnight as the guest of the Tyler family, which, with the various ac- couterments of the obviously wealthy, had for years sojourned on the out- skirts of Dorset, was an announcement calculated to stimulate all the dormant pride and imagination of his congregation. Abbie, from her seat in the choir-loft, whence she had gone to superintend a new boy who was pumping the organ, congratulated herself that she had encouraged Phineas to neglect the last rehearsal of his sermon in the interest of Immersion. It was clear to her practiced eye that few were listening.
In the interim between Sunday morning and the minister's departure on the Thursday morning stage one might, with all due justice, term Dorset conversation circumscribed. Contributions as to the Tylers' mode of living and their status in New York society were accepted from all sources with more regard for interest than for veracity. Miss Drusilla Means, anxious to escape the recent anathema of "wet blanket," answered Dorset's puzzled inquiry as to how a minister could possess both wealth and social pres- tige by announcing that the wealth belonged to Mrs. Tyler, whose father was the Governor of some Western state—she surmised Ohio. As for Abbie, secure in the knowledge that Phineas's clothes were ready for the suit-case (which had been willingly lent by the preceptor of the Academy), she dwelt in that state of blissful anticipation which can be enjoyed only when details are over.
The minister left on Thursday, May 21st, observed Miss Drusilla, as she marked the date on her calendar, after watching the last cloud of dust mingle with the sunlight. Abbie, waving with her apron until the stage rounded the corner, felt suddenly glad that she had left the ironing for Thursday. The tone with which she replied to Mrs. Tobias Blodgettj who, as befitting her position, had come to say goodby, was, however, distinctly matter-of-fact. Mrs. Blodgett had expressed regret that Abbie had not accompanied her husband.
"Women haven't any means of covering up what they haven't got in the way of clothes. Style is kinder to men. If it wa'n't, I'd have been slow to let Mr. Holt go."
Throughout the seven-mile drive to Stetson, while he sat, wrappe^j in coat and muffler beside Simeon Small, the stage driver, the Rev> Phineas Holt attempted vainly to grasp the idea that he was going away. Try as he would to reach New York, he could not get beyond the Kast Dorset post office, where the}' stopped to sort the mail, or the pink sheep^ sorrel which smiled against the gray rocks of numberless pastures punctu ating the woodland stretches.
Once on the train, he gave up trying, and dedicated himself exclusively to the present, stiflingany vague notion of futureself-consciousness which not infrequently assailed him. He chatted pleasantly with a school teachef* who shared his seat, and who was finishing the spring term in the Academy


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at Athens. He deplored the passing of Greek, recalled the days when Homer was construed in every Maine academy, and cautioned her against the neglect of Latin and ancient history. When she left to change trains, he welcomed the overflow from a large family of children who crowded the seat behind him; and at supper time he was fortunate enough to share the remainder of Abbie's sandwiches and crumpets with a fellow-minister homeward bound from a Sunday school convention. When the lamps were lighted and he was alone again, he turned to "Immersion"as a refuge from his thoughts.
It was nearly midnight when he reached New York. The noise and bustle of the great terminal climaxed the bewilderment which had swept over him since the city lights began by thousands to slash the fast- moving darkness outside his train. Following the crowd, so sure of it- self, he reached the great rotunda of the station, where he halted, as he had been told to do by a letter from his host. There someone was to meet him. Standing under the great lights, his suit-case in one hand, his big umbrella and precious portfolio containing "Immersion" in the other, he became vaguely conscious of having forgotten something. He looked at his luggage, holding it out carefully and at arm's-length to see what was missing. It was all there. Then his confused brain remembered. He had forgotten Abbie's last injunction to remove the muffler!
Before he could make up his mind to drop his belongings in order to attend to the offending muffler, a clean-cut young man in a gray suit and cap hurried up to him, quite as unerring in his aim as though the number of persons about were twenty instead of hundreds.
T)r. Tyler's guest, sir?" he asked, touching his cap, while his other hand reached for the baggage. Then, as though a reply were un- necessary, he led the minister, who had tremulously insisted upon carrying the portfolio, through the crowd to the outside of the station and into a waiting automobile.
A partial return of self-confidence came to the guest as he stuffed the muffler into his coat pocket and sank back upon the cushioned seat. After an interval of a few moments, not wishing to appear uncommunicative,
ie reached across the space betwee him and the seat in front, and tapped the astonished driver on the shoulder with his umbrella.
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'I trust the family is well, sir?" he asked.
The smiling driver believed it was.
They stopped in a brilliantly lighted street before a brownstone
°"se, at the door of which the guest was delivered into the charge of a ack-clad, obsequious individual, who presented the compliments of Dr.
(
Mrs. Tyler. They had been unavoidably detained. Would he please await them in the library?
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start l d ° z i n g i n a £ r e a t arm chair, felt a hand upon his shoulder. He Sfcujh h"d S t 3 r e d s h e e p i s h l y - F o r a n i n s t a n t he thought that Abbie had spnf 1 . n a p P i n & over his sermon. Then he recovered himself and
nS to his feet to greet his host and hostess, who, in apologetic tones,
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deplored the sudden need of their absence on the night of his arrival. They asked about Dorset, the people there whom they knew, the church, whether there had been an early spring, and much winter sickness (Mrs. Tyler wondered at the close what else there would be to ask) before call- ing the black-clad person, who showed him to his room. There, in a high-posted mahogany bed, whose white counterpanes and sheets had been fortunately prearranged for his occupancy, he fell at last asleep to dream that Abbie and Mrs. Tobias Blodgett had fallen out over raising the price
of circle suppers to twenty cents.
A habit of fifty years awoke him at six o'clock, though breakfast, he
had been told, was served at nine. He stayed in bed as long as he could, impelled by the desire to be strictly in keeping with his new environ- ment. At six-thirty he was assailed by the remembrance that he had left the key to the study clock in the pocket of his everyday vest; at seven he pictured Abbie taking out the ashes, realizing suddenly that he had for-
gotten to tell her about the handle of the pan, which was loose and uncertain; at seven-thirty he could remain in bed no longer.
He felt a boyish desire to try the tub, in his private bath, but was! deterred partly from a fear of awaking others in the house, partly from a diffidence toward experimenting so early in his visit. He bathed, there- fore, in the manner prescribed by Dorset necessity, dressed in his second- best black and sat down with a tablet and pencil from his portfolio to write to Abbie. He smiled with a sudden flash of humor when he hesi- tated as to how to address the envelope. When the letter was finished, addressed, and stamped, he discovered, upon an exploration tour of his; room, a quantity of stationery ready for his use in the mahogany desk, whereupon he laboriously copied his letter on heavy mottled paper, topped'! with the Tyler crest, and engraved with the New York address.
At breakfast he consoled himself in the midst of his ill-concealed con-, fusion with the thought that this strangeness which enveloped him, this choking sensation which came upon him at frequent intervals, must be of'-, short duration and would soon pass away. But it clung to him persistently, and followed him even into the automobile, which, breakfast being over and the various members of the family dispersed to meet again at dinner,] came to take him and the doctor on a sight-seeing trip. When, in the; early afternoon, they met Mrs. Tyler and a volunteer social worker irtj horn-rimmed glasses for luncheon at the Waldorf, he had obtained a dazedj impression of the city, from the gray mist of which certain memoriesH shone in clearer light—Grant's tomb, the Cathedral of St. John the Di^j vine, and a confused corner at the juncture of crowded streets where a| great sign recalled to him evenings in which he and Abbie had studied &] pictorial catalogue for prices of underwear and stockings.
Luncheon over, they went to the conference in which Abbie had placed j so many hopes. Acting upon her injunction, he had carried With him M l portfolio in case there might be a request for some "remarks" from him. There was no such invitation, and, had there been, "Immersion" would


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not have served. For after two hours of the conference he became con- scious, as though a sudden light had hurt and blurred his vision, that im- mersion, with many another gospel tenet still in vogue in Dorset, was here distinctly out of date. It might do as a subject for discussion be- tween him and the Rev. Rinaldo Otis, Baptist minister of Petersport, as they ate their sandwiches at some county Sunday school picnic, but here it was a non-essential. Indeed, the conference had been opened by a prayer of thaksgiving that all such non-essentials of doctrine had faded away in the light of clearer vision, and that they had met together as one man, dedicated to the civic welfare of the city. That evening, before he put on his Prince Albert for dinner, the minister hid the portfolio beneath a pile of clothing in the preceptor's suit-case.
Dinner was an ordeal upon which he had never reckoned, and the glamour of which, so enjoyed in imagination by the ladies of Dorset, faded before the choking sensation which again attacked him. There were guests who, from the vantage ground of culture and social position, tried honestly, if ineffectually, to go back and meet this "quaint old gentleman" at their hostess's right. He, in his turn, vaguely conscious of the chasm, strove to push himself forward. But they could not meet. Seeing them, «"ie might recall the shades who, from the banks of the Styx, extend never-touching hands to those reaching in vain from the opposite shore.
Saturday—another day of sight-seeing and of puzzled hours at the conference—there was a letter from Abbie. Phineas read it eagerly, sitting by his windows which looked out over other brownstone houses. She wrote of the Ladies' Circle. It had been the usual success. Elvina Os- good was a good entertainer. Deacon Stover was not prepared to say v.'an-, as he should have been, knowing of the ministers' absence, and plundered considerably. Abbie dreaded the "supply" on Sunday, and "oped the choir would not disgrace itself. She was well.
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Where did you put the almanac, Phineas ?" said a postscript. "There's d o z e n '"quiring about the weather for Memorial Day."
rhe minister folded the letter and put it in the envelope. Then he
1 1 out, unfolded it, and read it again. Finally, when he dressed f o r
yiiner, he transferred it from his second-best black to his Prince Albert,
e ingvivi help "
dly last night's experience, he realized his need of tangible
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fcestle' s o m e w h a t more at home than before in the less hurried,
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When the time came for the morning prayer, his heart was in Dorset; He was wondering how the "supply" was getting on, and hoping that the people had turned out well to hear him. The words of his host broke like an intruding wedge into his reverie.
"My friend, the Reverend Phineas Holt of Dorset, Maine, will offer the morning prayer."
The New York congregation, Presbyterian in doctrine, was Episcopal in attitude; and when the Dorset minister, stumbling a little in his robe, reached the pulpit and raised his hands in blessing, he looked out upoti| a host of bent or kneeling figures. The sudden and unaccustomed change in posture confused him, and he hesitated. Conscious that somehow he lacked the source of supply, his eyes still swept the congregation. Hel was looking for inspiration as he had looked unfailingly for years; but no Miss Billings, teacher of the Dorset grammar school, suggested from the front pew a prayer for the minds of children; no well-known, vacant seats called to mind the sick of the parish, no familiar face recalled some village tragedy not yet healed. Baffled and self-conscious, yet aware that his hand was at the plow, he began to quote from the prayers of others, verses of Scripture, meaningless snatches of hymns. The conference com- ing to his aid, he asked for the betterment of living conditions, for nation- wide prohibition, for cleaner politics, for the Governor of New York. His voice fumbled among the unaccustomed phrases, and there was no' anxiety in his petitions. They were as formal and meaningless as the, words that clothed them, and Abbie would have noted an unmistakable tone of relief in the Amen.
When he had once more regained his seat, he was conscious of a kintM of surrender to himself. He no longer strove against the sinking weight, which baffled diagnosis, in the region of his heart, and the choking sensa- tion which seized him whenever he thought of Dorset. Recognizing both as his superior adversaries, he yielded the field with no final struggle. But with the recognition and surrender there came sweeping relentlessly over him the realization that retreat was impossible. Could he be so un* gracious as to frame an excuse to his host and hostess—his fear for Abbie's: rheumatism in the recent damp weather (and it must be granted that in hours past such an excuse had slyly encroached itself upon his conscious-j ness)—could he thus ungratefully terminate his fortnight's stay, he would not for Dorset and for Abbie, who was so glorying in this New York visit. For ten days more he must wander by the waters of Babylon, as out place as a single untutored Israelite in the courts of Pharaoh. He did not hear a word of the Reverend Doctor Tyler's timely sermon, to which Abbie had so charged him to listen. At the close of the service he stood dutifully by the doctor and shook hands with scores of personages who, as they hurried to waiting automobiles, told one another what a "dear, funny old fellow" he was.
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suggested, in desperation, that he go in company with the youngest Tyler boy" less sophisticated and particular as to his associates than his older brothers. There, for the first time during his stay, he met himself, and found him the former pleasant associate. Returning just before dinner, he found Abbie's letter, and carried it hastily to his room with all the eagerness of forty years before. As he read it, there came before his startled, bewildered eyes the vision of Paul and Silas and their broken
shackles in the prison at Philippi.
The letter was brief and to the point. "The supply will not be here
next Sunday," Abbie wrote, "but we can get along, of course, even if the church hasn't been closed a Sunday morning for forty years."
In his eagerness Phineas almost omitted the postscript in which Abbie had known all along they would ask him, if not to preach, at least to pray in the New York church. He felt like one who, following for hours a circuitous footpath, comes suddenly upon the freedom of open country. Then something seemed to come rushing back to him—a mighty force, ban- ishing embarrassment and vague disoomfort, and transfiguring mere relief at the means of escape It was his own identity, returning with the blessed knowledge that he was needed in his own place. His host and hostess were astonished at the briskness of his step on the stair and the light in his eyes when, quite unembarrassed, he greeted them at dinner and
explained to them why an earlier return to Dorset was necessary. They demurred at Wednesday—Friday would give ample time; but he reminded them of a sermon to be prepared, adding, with a gift of geniality which amazed even himself, that he, they must remember, was no silver-tongued New York preacher.
Abbie met the Wednesday evening stage with a surety born of forty years with Phineas, of the ability to read between the lines of his daily let- ters, and of some practical reckoning as to just when he had received her message concerning the "supply." As she helped him with his bag- gage and followed him into the parsonage, she was strangely aware °f something escaping from her, like a child who tries to hold sunlight within his closed fingers. But she heroically maintained her reserve, fortified by custom and by the knowledge that she must
P'av a difficult part before Phineas's certain questions. In the pantry, *? ence she had retreated to take up the biscuits, she wiped her eyes surrep- - ously with her apron, but stopped when she heard her husband's step
J the kitchen. He followed her back and forth as she put supper on fce table.
Aft
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"It's strange—his backing out," he said. "What was the matter?" Abbie bent over a teacup to remove an imaginary speck.
"I asked no questions, Phineas," she answered. "He won't be hera
that's all."
"How about 'Immersion'?" she asked, in her turn. "You never meal tioned it in your letters. How'd it take with the conference?"
Phineas cleared his throat, as he added to the supply of jelly alreadji on his plate.
"They were very busy at the conference," he explained. "They didn't—J get to it, Abbie."
Reading his face, she stifled the disappointment, touched with indignal tion, which she felt, as one loses all but tenderness with a child who hasjs been hurt.
"Well," she returned briskly and encouragingly, "there's sure to be another time. Now you and Doctor Tyler are such good friends, he'll; doubtless want to hear it this summer. I'm glad it's ready when the call] comes."
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Sunday morning they walked to church more slowly than usuaJI
Phineas seemed prone to pause and look at things—the bursting buds of Miss Drusilla's lilacs, the shadow of a columbine on the sunlit road, thejl promise of daisies and buttercups in the lengthening grass. With his cane he called Abbie's attention to the summit of the hill where a tree* laden with apple blossoms, seemed to touch a blue sky.
Once in his accustomed place behind the great mahogany pulpit, he looked forth upon his congregation. Here there was no fear that h would lack inspiration for his prayer. Miss Billings was there in th* front pew. Behind her and two pews to the right sat Mrs. Nathan Fendlel ton, whose only son had been lost years ago off the Banks. It was for hef
he always remembered those "that go down to the sea in ships, that dOj business in great waters." The unknown trouble which some months ago had sent Miss Hope Davis home from Boston impelled him to praw for those whose sorrows are hid in secret. Young William Prentiss*? sitting with his father on the center aisle, would enter college in Septembers He needed prayer, as did all boys and girls who must go away from home.;
The swift shadows of passing swallows fell aslant the Bushrod Hinckl ley window as he rose to read the morning lesson.
" 'The palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall left; . . . and my people shall dwell in a peaceful habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.'"


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THE QUIET CORNOR
Out from the murmurous stillness of the leafy wood, Straight from the threatening rumble of the thunder's roll, Clear from the enshrouding mist where mountain stood, Comes the firm message, "Take faith, O soul!"
Anon. Sent by Melita Skillen, Epsilon. The following poems are printed by kind permission of the Chicago
Woman's Club Bulletin.
My Song.
Let me bring joy to the sorrowing heart,
Let me dry my tears in anguish that start, Let me bring comfort to those who have care,
Let me bring hope unto those in despair.
Let me teach strength to the wav'ring and weak, Let me have voice for dumb suffering to speak, Let me befriend those who're sad and alone,
Let me strive ever that justice be done.
Let me cause no one to suffer or sigh,
Let me have courage to live and to die.
Parsimony.
I once was spendthrift of the days, And young and careless of my praise, Tossing the beauty of the hours
Lnto the past, like scattered flowers. But now, grown older and more wise, I guard each sunset as it dies.
And greet with prayer the morning rays And hoard the treasures of the days.
—Julia Cooley Altrocchi.
—Hattie Summerfield.


EDITORIAL
A new member has been added to the editorial staff—an exchange editor, Marguerite Pillsbury Schoppe of Gamma. Mrs. Schoppe, who has been business manager of To DRAGMA. and superintendent of the N . W . Central district, is too well known to the fraternity to need any introduction. We arej fortunate indeed to have her valuable assistance in our ex-j change department.
There has been a disappointing lack of chapter alumnae notes for this issue. Possibly this is due to the fact that in many cases a new officer has had to be elected to fill the com- bination position of Alumnae Assistant. I t is to be hoped that each chapter will have pride and interest enough in its alum- nae to see that they receive mention in the pages given over^
to their use.
In another part of this issue is an account of the installa- tion of Omicron Pi chapter. The fraternity welcomes you gladly, Omicron Pi. You have a great honor in being the twenty-fith chapter and coming into the chapter roll on the twenty-fifth anniversary of our life as a great national fra- ternity. We shall all be watching your progress with the greatest possible interest.
Nashville Alumnae chapter has just been installed, our twenty-fourth alumnae group. Nothing shows our increas- ing strength more than our growing list of alumnae chapters. We hear that Cleveland is soon to be installed, which will
make our active and alumnae chapter roll even, fifty all to- gether; a record to be proud of.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Handbook for the Officers of Alpha Omicron Pi is now on the press. The material has been assembled with the greatest care and should be invaluable to all officers of the fraternity. The Executive Committee take this opportunity to thank all officers who responded to the request for sug-


stions. The work of Amelia WTilliams, Sigma, and Edith oldsworthy, Tau, merits special recognition.
The Executive Committee announces that the Endow- ent Fund is to be designated as the Anniversary Endow- ent Fund and that it will be featured at all Founder's Day
elebrations. This service, at present our national work, is presentative of the spirit of Alpha Omicron Pi, and com- emorates our twenty-fifth anniversary. The selection of ounder's Day as time for the official announcement of the nniversary Endowment Fund has been made in the deep
ppreciation of the guidance and service the Fraternity has ceived at all times from its Founders, and the Anniversary
ndowment Fund has been so named in their honor.
Founder's Day. Make arrangements now, all members Alpha Omicron Pi, to attend the nearest Founder's Day elebration which marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Alpha micron Pi. The Anniversary Endowment Fund, the Pub- cation of the History of Alpha Omicron Pi, and the plans or the reorganization of alumnae work will be presented at at time. New York Alumnae Chapter is fortunate in having
II four of the Founders in their city and has extended an in- itation to the national organization and to all chapters to join their celebration. Complete information will be sent to all
hapters. Don't miss this greatest of all Founder's Days.
The History of Alpha Omicron Pi is soon to be published d ready for distribution. This announcement will be re-
eived with enthusiasm by members of Alpha Omicron Pi very where. The History represents a tremendous amount of ork and self-sacrifice on the part of the Grand Historian,
tella George Stern Perry, and her task but typifies her eat devotion to the Fraternity she helped to establish. The istory will fill a long felt national need. You will want your py. In order to give the Executive Committee an idea of
e number of copies necessary to order for the first edition,
rn to the advertising section of To DRAGMA and mail to- ay the return coupon you find there. This will insure the servation of your copy, and the larger the edition the lower
e price per copy. For this reason we cannot at this time
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announce the exact price of the History, but it will be held as low as possible and your prompt response will help in de- termining the price. Do it noiv. Special order blanks will b sent active and alum nae chapters, but all associate m em be are advised to mail in the coupon.
Announcements prepared by the Grand Secretary of A1-* pha Omicron Pi.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.
Because of the popuplarity of of the Anniversary Endow- ment Fund and the enthusiasm with which it has been re- ceived by active chapters, the Executive Committee is grant- ing to active chapters the privilege of extending the partial
payment plan for life subscriptions to To DRAGMA to any; of their m em bers who desire to avail them selves of this op- portunity. Chapters should pass By-Laws regulating these payments in accordance with the directions sent to them by the Grand Secretary.
Watch for the next—the Anniversary—number of To DRAG- MA. It will be given over to the celebration of our twenty-fifth birthday.
Chapter Editors, please note that the February number is to be our Anniversary number. Please disregard direc- tions on your instruction sheets as to the February issue. In- stead, include in your letter a full account of your Founder's Day celebration. Any specially interesting or unique celebra- tions should be written up as separate articles and mailed di-
rect to the editor as soon as possible. Please have letters typed.
ACTIVE CHAPTER LETTERS
(No letters received from Gamma, Epsilon and Lambda chapters. Fine due.)
PI—NEWCOMB COLLEGE.
For the first time in years Pi chapter has no pledges. Doesn't
that sound terrible? It really is not so bad as it seems though. The reason is that for the last few years, we have been having a very short rushing season and therefore have been having pledges practically all


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the year. But now everything is changed. W e are to rush for a whole year and have Sophomore pledging. Nobody likes the idea, but you know how it is with us at Newcomb. So with the whole year before us, everybody seems to be taking life easy for the first few weeks, as far as rushing is concerned. Our rules might be of interest to some of the other chapters. Last year we had so many restrictions that our present rules seem very lenient. No money is to be spent on freshmen, but informal hospitality may be extended over the week-end. No dates may be made during the week. Week-end parties are not to include
more than six persons. In addition, each fraternity may give three big parties a year, to which rushees may be invited.
This year the board has decided that each fraternity may rent a room in the neighborhood of the college. And we are really the most fortunate chapter in the world, because Andrea lives just a few blocks off campus and has donated a lovely room in her house to us. It has a private entrance, so we can come and go without disturbing Andrea's family, and is altogether ideal for our purpose.
We had initiation last Saturday night and nine of our eleven pledges from last year are now actives. We are all grieved because Memory Tucker, one of the other pledges, went to Agnes Scott this year, and Leila Palfrey's health will not permit her to return. Initiation was lovely. Just loads of alumnae were there and that made it even nicer. We are proud of our new actives, and are as thrilled as they, that they have at last exchanged their sheaves for rubies.
Pi sends love to all.
N U — N E W
Chapter Nu held its first meeting and tea October 5th. It was
such a nice cosey get-together meeting after our long summer holiday. We had with us, too, our "June Graduates," in whom we are especially •nterested.
Catherine Sommer, '21,is doing big, ambitious things. For one, she is writing a book entitled "Law Pertaining to Social Questions." And for another she is back to the University for her Master's Degree.
Elizabeth Underbill, ' 2 1 , has just returned from her trip abroad with her charming father. They visited England, Belgium and Holland. Is Elizabeth going to practice? No, not yet. Her nearest and dearest chum is getting married in a fortnight, the honeymoon scheduled for China, and then around the world. Elizabeth is going to be maid-of- honor, and in her own delightful way conveyed to us much of the thrill and excitement of the coming event.
Jeanne Fitzimmons, '21, had an unfortunate experience this sum- n e r ~~a n operation. We are glad to say she is feeling splendid and Ot now, so much so that she has started a class in "How to Find the
Law."
GENEVRA WASHBURN, '23,
Chapter Editor.
YORK UNIVERSITY



And then we have Anna Boyer, '21,who passed her Bar exam whig flying colors. But she is ever so modest about it. She hasn't decided] what she is going to do next. But when she does, it is going to ba something worth while, we predict.
As for the rest of us, we are busy as bees storing up knowledge! of the law. having very little time left for anything else.
We are, however, looking over the field for new members for oufj chapter, members of high standards. Here's hoping for the best for NuJ
MARY LOUISE HINGSBERG, '23.
Chapter Editor.
OMICRON—UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE.
My! but this finds Omicron Chapter at a "rushing time." It's m case of girls on the right of us, girls on the left of us, and what's more.] they're so attractive it's dangerous! We've managed to keep up very! well with nine prospects, and as they seem to be very sensible—as wel as good looking and gifted, we're quite sure of not being disappointed! when pledge day comes around. We hate to brag! However, hardly anyone can resist the dainty luncheons served twice a week in the fra-^ ternity room, to say nothing of the afternoons spent at bridge or danc-
ing to the latest Jazz record.
Last week five of the active girls each took a freshman out to the big swimming pool at Whittle Springs, and from the remarks that have since been heard, it must have been a jolly party. We are planning \ luncheon at the Country Club as one of the big events, and the last Friday night will find us tripping the light fantastic toe to Dixie's best Orchestra. Our days are filled with the lovely luncheons, teas, andT bridge parties given by our ever interested alumnae. They met witlt us at an informal tea in the fraternity room, where we got together";
again to welcome our old and new patronesses. Miss Harriet Greves. our new Dean of Women (who by the way is an A O Pi from thisj chapter), was among those present, and her graciousness and charnl won us as it has all of the girls who know her. We are also proud to claim Louise Wiley as a sister in the faculty. How it thrills us to hear? the boys say, "That new English teacher surely is a good sport!"
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We have a new pledge already. She is a town girl and came to th| hill the last term. She has been a mighty good friend to us all the yea* and we are so glad that she is to even more. I wish you girls could know Lucile Baker and enjoy her for the good sport she is.
There are fourteen of us back this year and headed by Willi (Billie) McLemore, there is nothing to stop us.
CHRISTINE MOORE, '24,
Chapter Editor.
KAPPA—RAXDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
The first news that greeted us upon our return to college was thi loss of our parlor and table lamps, stolen during the summer. This


was surely a blow, for Kappa is about the poorest chapter (financially speaking, of course), that we know of. But, being cheerful in the face of disaster, we have persuaded ourselves that the house really looks better without them. W e could stand having them back this afternoon, though, because all of the fraternities are giving a tea to the Freshman class. Y ou know here at Randolph Macon fraternities are a closed sub- ject and our "frat" houses are veiled mysteries, until pledge day. This year Panhellenic decided to try the plan of having all the Freshmen girls visit each house in turn in a kind of progressive tea. Even now, all of the other members of Kappa arc dressing up for the big affair. I
wish I could let you know how it turns out, but oh me, I can see that miserable sentence standing out now—"$5.00 fine for tardy letters!"
We lost Mabel Clarke, Amantine Gleaves and Juanita McFee from the chapter this year and we miss them more every day. "Tiny" was fortunate enough to be able to go up to Convention and become a real "soror" before leaving us to attend Columbia. She came by on her way up North and gaily showed her pin before the envious eyes of our other pledges. Two days later those same five pledges were wear- ing pins themselves and we hate to brag, but we do think we initiated about the finest five we could have got.
Let's see—what else has happened here lately? College has just been going a little over three weeks and we're settling down gradually to hard work, with its relaxation of looking up Freshmen. When all the other chapters will be triumphantly sending their lists of new pledges, we'll still be plodding along the road of "normal friendships." We don't pledge until March 1st, but by that time we generally know
whom we want—so it's a mighty good plan after all, though wearing on the nerves.
Martha Craddock came by to see us in the fall. She and Bailey Rose and Mary Reed are all teaching this winter and they write us the funniest stories about their trials and tribulations with their "children."
Kappa is looking forward to this year with great enthusiasm. The inspiration that came back to us from Convention has taken root in every heart, and we hope to make it the best year that Kappa has ever
l a < ^' The best of luck to all our chapters everywhere in their philan- thropic work and with their pledges.
KATHRYN HODGES,
Chapter Editor.
ZETA—UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
poesn t it seem good to be back again? Since hearing from our ^resident. Madalenc Hendricks, all about Convention and our wonder-
S 'S t e r s - W e feel so much better acquainted with everybody,
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leen \\ ''y Simanck, Manorma Swanson, Leona Whittier, and Dar
l I S t o introduce our eleven fine pledges, Mary Elder, Flor- pt - . D O R O , L L -V Hilsabeck, Ruth Judge, Gladys Rice, Marvel Sey
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with us and we don't see how we ever got along without them. And how they are working in University activities! In a campaign last week to sell the school's comic magazine, The Awquan, Alpha O came out with twice as many subscriptions as the next highest and we won a beauty " N " blanket. T w o of the pledges, Emily Simanck and Mary Elder are in the University orchestra. Six of them are now working in a \V. S. G. A. campaign, two served at a tea given by the Dean of Women and two others were hostesses at Vespers last week. There'll be more to tell next time about these girls for thy are cer^ tainly ''up and comin'."
The most wonderful thing happened last spring when two of our girls, Madalene Hendricks and Mary Herzing, were elected to Black- Masque chapter of Mortar Board which is all the more wonderful con- sidering that Alpha O has two of the thirteen members and some sororities aren't even represented. These girls have done most every- thing there is to do and two more capable, pleasant and all-round girls couldn't ever be found. Mary has also been elected President of Omi- cron Nu and Madelene is a member of the Senior Advisory Board. We have three girls on the Y. W . C. A. cabinet, Madalene, chairman of Vespers, Mary, social chairman, and Valora Hullinger, chairman of the poster committee. Valora also is assistant society editor on The Daily Nebraskan. One of our grls has been chosen as one of the cheer leaders for the games this year.
Darleen Woodward is in Mystic Fish, honorary society for Fresh^" man girls; Dorothy Abbott, the new member in X i Delta, Sophomore Society, and Mildred Hullinger in Silver Serpent, honorary Junior Society.
We are very fortunate to have Mrs Hayward with us again this year as chaperon. She certainly is a good mother to us and you should see the meals we have! She plans them all and we think it is an excel- lent idea
Next Sunday all the fraternities are coming to "Open House'' to meet our Freshman girls and we are mighty proud to have them see our future Alpha O's.
MILDRED HULLINGER. '23,
Chapter Editor.
SIGMA—UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
For the girls of Sigma another semester has nearly passed before we can realize that we have little more than begun. Each day has been ] more perfect than the last; the old Californian sun scarcely failing us a day. On August 18th nearly all of the girls were back and after a strenuous week of "rushing" we pledged ten girls. They are. we think, the most wonderful Freshman class we have ever taken in and they arc already doing a great deal in campus activities. Initiation was held on October 13th before which the Freshmen gave their stunt. Each girl read a poem which she herself had written and then they j


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"look off" the girls at luncheon hour. After the initiation proper we gave an informal party in order to acquaint the Alumnae with our new members. The other social events of the semester were an informal dance given at the home of one of the girls, a card party given by the Alumnae on the 8th of October, the day of installation of our new chapter Omicron Pi at Michigan University, and a faculty dinner.
\ \ \ also have our share in campus activities. Aside from five of the girls. Margaret Laidlaw. Julia Hert, Dorothy Powell, Zoe King and Katherine Breitweiser, doing social service work both in Oakland and San Francisco, several of the girls are on committees for active cam- pus work. Dorothy Mosely made the Freshman and Mabel Duperti the Senior swimming team. Zoe King was appointed chairman of the luncheon for Junior Day. at which they hope to serve seven hundred people. Virginia Booker is chairman of the committee on the designing of the costumes for the "Partheneia," a huge pageant which is given in the spring.
The last two weeks have been especially busy for all students of the University of California. A drive for a million dollar stadium is being made and already over $700,000 has been raised. The University has grown to such an extent that not nearly all the people who come to football games can be accommodated. Stunts, speeches and rallies have aroused a great deal of enthusiasm in the whole University and We hope to soon reach the million mark.
Of more personal and immediate interest is the announcement of the engagement of three of our girls and the recent marriages of three more. Although we are happy for them we hate to lose them as it means the breaking up of our happy college circle.
ELLEN REED, '24,
Chapter Editor.
THETA—DEPAUW UNIVERSITY
Judith Sollenberger has been putting her feathers in our Alpha ^ cap. Judy was one of the first four girls ever to receive a Phi Beta Kappa key in Junior year at D. P. U. Besides that she is the head of
the De Pauw Magazine Staff. Elizabeth Heib. our new chapter presi-
dent has been initiated into Duyer Du, our dramatic fraternity.
We had wonderful success with rush this year and have acquired Bpe sweet pledges: Ebba Anderson, Emma Louise Beidenharn, Geral- pfte Canfield, Gertrude Cooke, Dorothy Farnurh, Carol Phillipe, L u - ple Porter, and Margaret Safford and Katherine Safford. This year's rush went off smoothly not only for us but for the entire University;
r e w as none of last year's eleventh hour mix-up. Formal pledging banquets were on September 31 and our new alumnae adviser, r s. MacDonald from Indianapolis came down. Everyone fell in love P*h her when she came down with Mate Giddings last year and we
e r e a " delighted when she consented to be our alumnae adviser.
WL if/AV^ /fjJ J AY, ' /
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We hear reports of one of our alumnae moving back to Green- castle; we should certainly love to have one with us, altho our chap- erone, Mrs. Cox, has certainly supplied most of our lacks. Really, no one can imagine how wonderful she is to us all.
Our Indianapolis alumnae have a new project on hand. To help the active chapter, by focusing attention on its activities and those of the University, six of our former Theta girls are putting out an alum- nae news letter every month. The one for September has been sent out and all the active girls are unanimous in calling it a splendid idea and are quite sure it will be a success.
MILDRED PANCHAUD, '24,
Chapter Editor.
DELTA—JACKSON COLLEGE
Twenty-nine active girls and two pledges came back September, 22nd for another wonderful year on the old Hill. The first meeting was such a happy reunion. Marion Bennett, '20, Ethel Richardson, '19, Dorothea Cunningham '20, Molly Grant '20, Louise Holt, ex ' 2 1 , "Dickie" Richardson Prescott, ex '22, and Doris Weston, ex '23, werffl back that night. We had so many things to report and talk over »t was a long meeting. Those of us fortunate enough to be at conven-j tion tried to impart some of the enthusiatic spirit for striving upward' and onward that was installed into us at Syracuse. When those of usJ who took the memorable trip get together we talk over our experi- ences again and again. W e get again that indescribable "convention 1 feeling. Already we are planning how we can use the material wc gained, for our rushing season which begins in November. There is m splendid freshman class here and we hope to make the finest of them Alpha O's. How can they resist if we can only show them Syracuse' "movies" a la Pi and Upsilon?
School activities are already well under way. The All Around Club banquet to the freshmen was held October first. Every girl in\ college is a member of the A l l Around Club, but the banquet seemed! to be something of a "Pi Party," for eight of the twelve speakers were] Alpha O's. "Nimmie" Neal, the president of the club gave the addressj
of welcome. Betty Beattie made a clever toastmistress, while Louise! Prescott spoke for '21, Peggy Neal for '22, Caroline Conant for '2.vj Marjorie McCarty for '24, Eunice Bassemir for I . C. S. A., and Doti Rourke for athletics. After the banquet the whole college gathered; outdoors for a sing.
Varsity and class hockey practice has started with Dorothy Rourkej as varsity captain.
We were so pleased to spy K. Smith, '22, wearing a Zeta Psi piw this week beside her AOII pin. William Brackett, Tufts '20 is the very lucky man. W e are glad to have Eleanor Atherton, '21, who lSjj working at the East Somerville Branch Library, living near the H''•».]


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for the winter. Helen Rowe, '17, cataloguer in the college library, has announced her engagement to Francis J. Foster, Tufts, '16. Rena Greenwood '15 is an assistant in the college library this year.
Best wishes to our sister chapters for a successful year,
RHO—NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Once more ye good old days are here! Our rushing season went off with a bang this year. We had only one week of intensive, cease- less rushing—but such a week! Sometimes I think we haven't recov- ered yet. But it was very much worth it all, for we announced four- teen of the best pledges ever. Here are their names: Dorothy Duncan, Dorothy Crugar, Dorothy Poole, Patricia Brown, Elizabeth Heidman, Dorothy Pearson, Verceille Pilling, Hazel Mollett, Helen Schmidt, Dorothy Hammill, Dorothy Shaw, Mildred Judson, Undine Dunn. Marion Warnes. Now all restrictions are off and we're still rushing a few girls.
This summer we had two Round Robins going and committees at work keeping the girls informed. All this backed by the peppy personality of our rushing chairman, Katharine Graham, kept us won- derfully well organized and well informed during the summer months and was the immediate cause, I believe, of our very successful rushing season.
This week-end we had planned to go on a house-party at Gray's Lake, Illinois, but sad to tell, we couldn't persuade a cook to go up and brave the cooling breezes so we had to plan something else. Just at present this something else seems to be developing into a slumber party.
Not so very long ago, Cupid brought a five pound box to cosy. The names were Helen Hawk, '22, and W alter E. Bonness, (~)A , '23 of Illinois.
Mrs. Hennings, Grand President, is up at Michigan this week installing our new chapter up there. She took with her a goodly num- er of our pins. We are glad we can lend them to our Michigan sisters. Helen Hardy, a sister of ours from Kappa is taking graduate work UP here. We think she's a "whiz" and have adopted her most heartily.
HELEN L. HAWK, '23,
Chapter Editor.
IOTA—UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
l a u n c h e d h e r s h i P o f 1921-22 with her sails spread wide
g o a '> a 8°a ' which must be reached this year. The girls e returned with a zest for reaching that goal, inspired by reports of
c °nvent n and their love for Alpha O. IO
ESTHER
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FOWLER, '23,
Chapter Editor.
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which Mrs. Van Deman, our chaperon, gave for us at President Kin- ley's home. Rushing continued for ten days and as a result we have eight splendid pledges, five of whom are little sisters. They are: Helen Hughes '25, Dowagiac, Mich.; Bernice Parkhill '25, Champaign, 111.; Marjorie Barr '25, Oak Park, III.; Dorothea McFarland '25, LaFay- ette, !nd.; Florence Srout, '23, Pontiac, 111.; Ruth Butler, '23, Indiana- polis, Ind.; Alice Cook '25, Oak Park, 111.; Neva Hill '23, Kansas City,
Mo.
Our ninth "new girl" is Lois Bennett, '23, from Phi, whom we are
all glad to welcome into our chapter. Lois has told us all about the Phi girls and we are even singing some of their songs which we hadn't known before.
Hockey started last week and we have two captains, "Mid" Holmes of the senior team and Frances Dolle of the Junior. Many of the girls are out practicing and have a good chance of making the various teams.
We have been fortunate in having a five pound box of candy every week since we've been back, three in all, which is a good start for the year. The first came from David Malcolmson a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon who is engaged to Esther Van Doren, '21. At our first big Monday night dinner, when all the town girls were here, Josephine Phillips '23 announced her engagement to Edgar Leach '22. Last Mon- day night "Cap" Lash, '22, sent his contribution, the arrival of which was suspected, by the way, and Esther Brauns is now wearing the pin of Alpha Gamma Rho.
Juanita McFarland from Theta was here during rushing, and many of our alumnae were with us at Formal Dinner. We felt quite honored to have our Grand Vice-President, Mate Giddings, in our midst and to hear her toast to Alpha O. W e are also proud to have Mary Caldwell, Atha W ood Fowler. Marion Kenny, Louise W oodroofe, Frances Trost, Gladys Saffel. Helen Scott, Hazel Stephens, Frances Cottrell, Esther Van Doren, Dot Hull, Lucille Gibson, and Jean Glenn with us. It is so good to have our alumnae who mean so much to us, with us again, to look over the girls whom we'd like for Alpha O's and most of all. to approve of these prospectives.
Although sorry that Jean Gregg could not be with us for Formal Dinner, we were glad that she could attend the double wedding of her sisters, one of whom, Marion, now Mrs. Roy Lueder, is an Alpha O. On August 24th, Elsie Mae Noel '20 was married to John Waldo '20, Sigma Pi at her home in Saunemin. They are living in Sioux City. Iowa. Dorothy Hull is working in the Stadium office at the University this year and comes to the house often.
We are pretty proud to own Anna Kirk who has been appointed Assistant Editor of T o Dragma.
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they are doing for us and will co-operate with them to the best of our ability.
Homecoming comes on November 12th this year and we are look- ing forward to welcoming many of our alumnae then.
HELEN WOLFE, '22,
Chapter Editor.
TAU—UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
To come back from Convention brimful of new enthusiasm, to ex- perience the fun, as well as the work, of furnishing a most attractive new house, to realize that for once, owing to some hard work, there was plenty of money in the treasury for the very things twenty-five girls were crazy to have, to know that a real house-mother was due to arrive in time to welcome everj-one back, and last of all to know that everyone in Tau chapter was ready to do her part and to do it well— do you wonder that Betty Bond, our president, and all of her retainers spent a peaceful summer?
Our girls have certainly given their Convention enthusiasm to us all, and we are trying to fulfill what we have gleaned second-hand while they march on ahead, proving to us that they have a new and bigger and better vision of Alpha Omicron Pi.
We wish that we might give a week-end party at which we should entertain one member at least from every chapter. Then you might all see for yourselves our new gray stucco house with its pleasant front entrance made more hospitable by shrubs and vines, their leaves now red. bronze and yellow. W e would gladly give up our new over-stuffed davenport and the most comfortable chairs in our dull blue and gold living room so that you might watch the open-fire and decide with us that no sorority house at Minnesota has a more attractive room. We are sure that you could never sleep in more comfortable beds than the new Y . W . C. A." cOts with which our house is entirely equipped unless perchance you should wake early and be unable to enjoy a last snooze because of your admiration for our new dimity curtains with their valences of checked gingham, blue and white, pink and white, green and white, yellow and white to harmonize with certain rooms and to satisfy certain aesthetic tastes. As to our dining-room, our sun parlor, the oak trees on our lawn, our cook, and best of all our house-mother, why must we be limited as to words?
And now let us tell you a secret, which we should most certainly divulge if our party could but be an actuality. Everything from the davenport and the blue chenille rugs to the cots and the kitchen cup- boards is paid for! You who understand sorority finances—can you but marvel, and can you not understand why the president and the treasurer hug each other in the hall?
Do you know the fable of the man who tore down his new houso because the realization suddenly came upon him that he had no one to keep it for him? Tau has nothing to fear, for this year she has a real


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mother, Mrs. Barclay, Marian's mother, who is equally good in sewing, planning the best meals ever, presiding at all manner of functions, and mothering. Do you wonder again that sometimes we think the millen- ium must have come, or at least a golden age?
But for more specific news items to complete this very incoherent epistle! Grace O'Brien is in Paris, having won a French Government scholarship for a year's study. Lucille Middlecoff, who has won recog- nition for her work with the Morgan dancers, is not back at college this year, much to our regret. Our fine president, who has already done much for the chapter, is President of Panhellenic this year, and pre- sides ably and well in that somewhat difficult and not overly pleasant
position. In scholarship records for the last year A.O-Pi. stands third in the list of fourteen—"Not so bad, but yet not so good as the year be- fore last," she says as she looks at a certain silver cup above the fire- place.
There is more news, but alas! I have no more space. For once, one chapter editor is sorry.
FRANCES GRAHAM,'22,
Chapter Editor.
CHI—SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
The weather man has brought some "pep" for us Alpha Omicron Pi's in the form of cold weather. Some of us think a little too much for comfort when we enter that arctic region called "Dorm."
Rushing this season has been under a new system and such a sys- tem it is too. The period of rushing was ten days, ending with a day of silence. No bidding was allowed before Tuesday following matricu- lation day, September 13th, at seven p. m. With pounding hearts and shaking knees we started out to bid our girls. At several houses we found other sororities there for the same purpose. We were allowed
eight rushing parties. We gave a tea dance, lawn party, stunt party, garden party, several musicals, fudge party, and ended up with a for- mal dance. Rushing for us is still going on. W e are very pleased to announce our new sisters of whom we are very proud: Helen Howalt '25, Ridgway, Pa.; Ruth Lindsay '24, Amsterdam, N . Y .; Edith Gesler '23, Syracuse, N . Y .; Alice Coulter '25, Port Jervis, N . Y . Several of our rushees either do not want to join a sorority yet or their families are opposed.
Chi considers herself very fortunate in having Mrs. Moore for her new house mother. She is especially dear to us as she is the mother of '"Fliv'' Moore, one of our alumnae. Mrs. Moore is a mother to all oi us and we just think she is the best chaperon ever.
Frances Canady, one of our Freshmen of last year has announced her engagement to Willis Myers. They expect to be married this June so Frances decided to give up College so as to have more time to work on her hope chest. W e are also pleased to announce Beatrice H . Bar- ron's engagement to Howard B. Mason.


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This year above all others our girls are going out for college activ- ities. Tennis and basketball are our two main sports. Our girls hold prominent offices in the state and language clubs and class organiza- tions. But above all we are most active in Y . W . C. A .
On October first we gave an informal dance for our new pledges. The house was attractively decorated in rose and green. Green ice cream and cakes were served. Everyone had a real good time. W e have Wednesday night as our open house night. Then the girls may- have their gentlemen friends down and we dance or play cards. In this way we all become acquainted. So far they have been very suc- cessful.
Needless to say we miss our last year's Seniors very much. But we are very fortunate in having them quite near, so that they are able to visit us frequently. Marion Knapp, "Trudy" Marks, "Peg" Kreisel have each spent a week-end with us and it seemed like old times to have them back. Chi sends her best wishes to you all.
THELMA S. ROBERTSON,'24,
Chapter Editor.
UPSILON—UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
It is with unusual enjoyment that I write this letter tonight as . 1 have just returned from fall pledging. And indeed we should be happy, for after two weeks strenuous "rush" we are allowed to announce
the names of eight new pledges for Upsilon chapter.
First of all, a little sister, Helen Bechen, came. Her sister.
Eleanor, our house manager of last year, graduated in June, so Helen has a niche in the chapter already waiting her. The other girls are Mildred Frudenfeld, '25, of Tacoma, Washington; Nellie McBrown, '25, of Chehalis, Washington; and Sloan Squire, '25, Alice Turtle, '23, Gertrude Brunner, '25, and Catherine Evans, '25, all of Seattle.
Today also marks the beginning of our football season with a 7 to 0 victory for Washington after a close struggle. Whitman college opposed us.
School opened Monday, September 26, with the big rushing tea coming the previous Saturday. Since then rushing has occupied a large portion of the time, although we have been trying to get down to a little studying in between times as lessons seem to go on just the same. Rumors have been heard on the campus that A O Pi came high on last year's scholarship list, but as yet no official figures have been issued.
W'e are grateful to Alpha Phi chapter for sending us another girl this year. When Florence Aitken returned from Montana this fall she brought with her, Etta Haynes, '19, who is doing graduate work 'n textiles at Washington now. She moved into the house this week.
Cornelia Jenner, ex *18, has returned to school this year, as well as Esther Davies, ex '19, Alice Campbell and Laura Verde, both.
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This year, since Lucille has returned from convention, the frater- nity seems so much bigger and greater in every way. Although she has not as yet given the formal report, a more national and sisterly
feeling is keenly felt. And today comes the news that A O Pi is to be represented on another college campus. Congratulations, Omicronl
Pi of Alpha Omicron Pi, we welcome you as a sister chapter.
There is so much to say that I hate to stop. Our campus is] lovely at this time of year with the bright colored leaves falling to; the ground and it is with increased enthusiasm and love in our|
hearts for Alpha O that we once again enter upon a year's work. EDITH CHAPMAN,
Chapter Editor.
NU KAPPA—SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
Southern Methodist University opened September twenty-second with its largest enrollment. The increase in the number of town students may account for it somewhat.
The A O Pi's were rather unfortunate in having only a fewi girls back in school and were forced to rush only a few. Rushing season lasted only eight days, beginning with the opening of school. Each sorority was allowed to give only one party with all the active chapter present. Monday night the twenty-sixth, was the date of
ours, and everyone enjoj'ed a progressive dinner party, followed by a dance.
Pledge day was Friday, the thirtieth, and we are proud to announce Florence Allen, Jonnie Norwood, Lina Laura Wallace, and Mary Reynolds as our pledges.
LUCILE PEPPLE,
Chapter Editor.
BETA PHI—INDIANA UNIVERSITY
We came back to school early to get ready for rush. Registration day was Monday, September 12th. Rush started the following day. After four strenuous days of closed rush, we have ten fine pledges to announce. They are: Gertrude Baily, '23, Winchester, Ind.; Dellah Tinder, '24, Seymour, Ind.; Adelaide Gladden, '24, Memphis. Tenril Marjane Gladden, '24, Memphis, Tenn.: Mary Adams. '23. Alexandria. Ind.; Junia Blair, '25, Bloomington, Ind.; Opal Hallcck, '25. Rensselaer,
Ind.; Merry Louise Robinson. '25, North Vernon, Ind.; Mildred Stoker, '25, El wood, Ind.; Marie Sullivan, '25, Indianapolis, Ind.
We are unusually fortunate in having with us a charming next* house-mother, Mrs. Zuck. She comes to us from Madison, Wisconsin, where she mothered the Alpha Gamma Delta girls. She takes such an interest in each of us I'm sure j'ou would all love her if you , , u t
knew her.
We are hoping for a new house next year, and have already begun
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lanning. We have some new furniture, china, and linen, so you can ee that we are looking to the future with great anticipation.
We have with us this year three former members. The}'arc Mary cifres, Ethel Davis, and Shirley Armstrong, '19, who is back to get er degree in medicine.
Athletics, dramatics, and social affairs seem our favorite hobbies. Our girls are all going out strong for campus activities. Mary Louise Fitton, our president, has been elected treasurer of the Women's elf-Government Association. Mary Fletcher is instructor of swim- ming classes here in the University. We hope that she may make n Annette Kellerman of each and every pupil. Margaret Wight ook part in the W. A. A. Junior Stunt. Gertrude Manley is treasurer of the Marquette Club. Marquette is a social club of all the Catholic students in the University. Gertrude Baily, one of our pledges, is quite interested in journalism. Besides all of these activities, we have girls in the Garrick Club, which is a dramatic club, Outing Club, Glee Club, Departmental and Social Clubs, and Chorus.
Sorority dinner exchange starts next week. It is for the purpose of promoting democracy and friendliness among the girls on the campus.
Dorothy Huntington, one of our last year's freshmen, had the misfortune to fall off of a horse just three days before school opened. Her injuries are such that it will be impossible for her to enter school this sem ester.
Five of our girls have the dignity of •'teacher" this year. They are: Madeline Snoddy and Nelle Covalt, both last year's graduates, and Madge Oliver, Peg Schmalzeried and Marion Kocgal.
Our first dance has been planned for November the 5th. We are going to carry out Hallowe'en in decorations, even if "Hallowe'en" will be over then.
On September the 17th, Ruth Faris, '24, was married to Melvin Wootin. We hated to lose her, but we know that she is happy.
LILLIAN MULLINS, '24,
Chapter Editor.
ETA—UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Eta has nothing more interesting nationally or locally right now than seventeen fine pledges. The rushing parties ended Saturday Bight, October first, and Monday night we publicly announced the pledging of Flora Alcorn. Florence Breitenbach. Helen Cremer. Mary Devine, Maud Gray. Emma Johnson, Pearl Kleven, Marian L >nch, Gertrude and Joan McFarland, Evelyn and Mary Louise Wwlhall, May O'Connor. Mary Paddock, Mary Riley, Betty Seers a °d Eleanor Sykes.
The University of Wisconsin opened for classes September twenty- S e cond; but nearly all of our girls were back the week previous to get


TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI the house in readiness for the busy year ahead of us. Many improve! meats were made on the house, especially on the interior. We haw all new drapeiies and curtains downstairs, and a new rug in the music room. Nearly all of the upstairs rooms were redecorated.
We have five transfers who were of great benefit to us during rushing, and who promise to add much to Eta—Jean Dow and Ethel Weidner, Zeta; Esther Tully, Lambda; Elizabeth Morrison, Thetaj and Dorothy Hieber, Epsilon. Of these, Esther Tully is the only one staying at the house.
Monday, October tenth, Margaret Melaas is to be married to Sifcd Spengler and will leave for Menasha, Wisconsin, where they wSJ make their home. "Peg" has been our alumnae adviser, and we havl only begun to realize how we shall-miss her. The entire active chapter attended a dinner party at Stoughton, Peg's home, Wednesday night, October fifth.
The alumnae who were back for rushing are: Mary Stinson, Jenny Martin, Esther Gruenheck, Jane Morgan, Margaret Melaas.
We are all very proud of our new chaperone and hostess, Mrs. Hempfling, Mt. Vernon, Indiana.
The Eta girls have already taken a lively part in this year's campus activities, and a detailed report of them will be given in oun January letter.
ETHEL ZIMMERMAN, '21,
Chapter Editor.
ALPHA PHI—MONTANA STATECOLLEGE
After three long busy months the sisters have come back, happa at reunion, and full of enthusiasm for another year in Alpha O, and al successful one on the beautiful campus of Montana State CollegeJ The campus is now in a state of rearrangement and expansion. Three| new buildings are being erected; Biology, Engineering, and Gymnasium.!
Although we are all glad to be back, we miss the four girls whffl were seniors last year.
Marguerite P. Schoppe (Mrs. W . F.), is the mother of anothdj lovely son. Mrs. Schoppe is our alumnae adviser, and is also prominent1 in child welfare and club work here in Bozeman.
Charlotte Cooley, senior, is engaged to Gray D. Dickason of Butte. Mr. Dickason is a member of the local Beta Epsilon fraternity and is doing government service work.
Azalea Linfield. charter member, received a degree from Columbia University this summer and also acted as delegate from Alpha Ph' chapter to the Convention. She is now a clothing specialist in a schoolJ in South Dakota.
Betty Hiestaud, who was with us from Rho chapter last winter* sends word of her recent marriage to Mr. Harry E. Smith of Chicago*\ Grace Mclver, charter member, is our chaperone this winter*
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e are so happy to have her. She is an inspiration and guiding ight for us all.
We carried on rushing activities very energetically all summer. he town girls gave a very successful and pretty dancing party just efore the out-of-town girls came back. Then a houseparty was given uring the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday preceding registration. This as a successful party and since we were only allowed ten days after egistration for rushing, we gained some valuable time. Today, ctober the eighth, is the last day of rushing and we are happy to nnounce that we have eight of the loveliest and strongest Freshmen irls to welcome into Alpha Omicron Pi. We will have sunrise ledging tomorrow morning at seven o'clock, after which we will
ave breakfast and go to church.
Our pledges are: Helen Noble, the last of four sisters to be aken into Alpha Omicron Pi, Great Falls Montana; Georgia Kelley, eerlodge, Montana; Edith Kuhns, sister of Myrtle Kuhns, A O Pi, alispell, Montana, Lillian Evers, Fort Benton, Montana; Solveig ivines, sister of Valborg Rivines, A O Pi, '24, Glendive, Montana; lizabeth Powers. Bozeman, Montana: Laura Asbury, Bozeman, Mon- ana; Hazel Kruzen, Plains, Montana; Verna Willis, Bozeman, Mon- ana.
HELEN CHASE, '24,
Chapter Editor.
NU OMICRON—VANDERBILT UNVERSITY
I Nu Omicron spent a very enjoyable summer. The Nashville members, numbering about twelve in all during the summer months, formed a bridge club whchi met every other week, and in that way held the fraternity together as nothing else could have done.
But we did not spend the entire time in town. On the fifteenth u l August we left the city for a ten day camping trip, which, needless to say, was thoroughly"enjoyed by all. On our return from camp a round of prenuptial parties was given for our two popular bride-elects °f September, Natalie Overall, '20, and Josephine Johnson, an Omicron Alunma. Both married out-of-town men, Josephine going to Minne- sota to live and Natalie to Tulsa, Oklahoma. We hated to see them leave but we sent them on their way with our best wishes for a happy married life.
Vanderbilt opened September 26 with a larger Freshman class than ever before, but unfortunately the number of coeds was very s»iall. There are thirty-eight new girls to be divided between three Nationals and a local, so you see we are going to have a hard rushing season.
We gave a very successful tea on September 30 for all new girls S o that we could become acquainted with them as soon as possible.


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I think that there is no doubt that Alpha O will get her full sharJ
of freshmen.
On October 1 the Nashville Alumnae Chapter was installed, ani
two of our last year's pledges were initiated. We are very glaJ indeed to see Ruth Fain, '24, and Louise Thomason, '24, wearing Alpha O pins.
Much to our sorrow, we lost four girls from the junior class this year, among them, unfortunately, our President, Helen Hawkins. Although we are only twelve strong, Nu Omicron is looking forward to a very successful year.
NELL FAIN, '23,
Chapter Editor.
PSI-UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
As Pennsylvania University is just opening, our chapter activities^ are really still only in the expectant stage. However, our minds are filled with many plans for the attractive arrangement of our house, and as so many more sororities at Pennsylvania have houses thil year than last year, it necessitates our every effort along this lincj We wisely did most of our redecorating before we left the University last spring, but we still have plenty to keep us busy, and we want t<8
have everything just ready for rushing.
We have new rushing rules at Pennsylvania this year, and quitfl different from last year. This year our rushing season does nol start until Thanksgiving, whereas last year it started with the beginning of the fall term. Another new rule is that only a limited amount dfl money can be spent on each girl, and this amount is so limited that w«| will have to do a great deal of very careful planning in our entertaining
in trying to make the best of it. This plan is really an experiment at Penn, and we will tell you later how it worked out.
Several of our strongest members will not be back with us thisl year, due to their graduation. They are Charlotte Easby, (our president! last year) Ann Canning, Marian Ludden. Mildred Beyer. La RueJ Crosson, Alice Lipp, and Alice Conkling. We will miss them niortj than we can tell, but we are glad that five of them will be in the cityj near enough to be with us often.
I feel that I cannot close this letter without saying how mueffl the twelve of us who went to Syracuse last June from Psi chapter] enjoyed the National Convention. Every time we have been together! during the summer, we have talked about the wonderful times we had! at convention, and the great enthusiasm and inspiration that it gave
us for our dear Alpha Omicron Pi, and we feel and hope that we cap! do' better and larger things for our fraternity this year because sd| many of us were there.
MARGARET E. PENN, '24,
Chapter Editor.
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TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 79 PHI—UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Phi is very anxious to tell you of the success of her fourth rusn eek, in spite of the fact that she was hampered by very stringent ushing rules. We were allowed three all-night dates, and you know ow slumberless are slumber parties, so we are now in a state of onvalescence. We pledged: Elsie Ortrnan, Nadine Hodges, Mary sborn, Eva Drumm, Lois Rochester, Mary Hook, Freda Backeburg, nd Ramona Tucker. Every bid was accepted. They are splendid irls, and are already fully adjusted and working for Alpha O. We ave several fine girls in view whom we would like to pledge and then uit rushing for a while, as our house is full, and we have girls aiting to get in. We need an annex badly, but have not been able o find one.
At our first dinner at the house this fall Edna King, '22, surprised is with the announcement of her engagement to Herbert Rollow, Phi hi. Late last spring at our Senior Breakfast were announced the ngagements of: Jacqueline Gilmore, '22, to Virgil Miller, Pi Kappa lpha; Helen Darby, '23, to Nicholas Appolonio, Delta Upsilon; Reba hite, '23. to Trinder Chester, Delta Upsilon; Violet Vawker, '24. to rval Smart: Opal Wells, '23. to Hamilton Fulton, Delta Upsilon; Lois Bennett, '23, to Harold Ausherman; and May Ireland, '23, to Giles Lamb.
Gaila Jones, '22,was married to John A. Haack, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, last May.
We are extremely grateful to our many alumnae who came back nd helped us rush:—Dorothy Miller, Marjorie Kidwell, Ruth Ewing, Elsie Brace. Jane Morgan, Lois Bennett, Irene Peterson of Rho. Marjorie Kidwell is back at Kansas University for this year. W e have lost Lois Bennett to Iota.
We had one serious blow to our happiness this fall—our house mother, Miss Hoffman, who has been with us ever since we were given °ur chaiter. slipped on the floor in her room and broke her arm just above the wrist. She is very brave about it and feels that it is getting along all right.
The actives will entertain the pledges at a house dance October 8. We hope to have several alumnae come in for it.
The new stadium is well under way and we expect to have a large section completed for the home-coming game, which is with Nebraska
Thanksgiving day.
We are especially well pleased with the way Alpha O is being ^presented this fall in Y . W . C. A., Dramatics, Glee Club, and other
student activities. T w o girls have been different departments.
offered assistant work in
MAY IRELAND, '23,
Chapter Editor.


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