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1917 May - To Dragma

Vol. XII, No. 3


In this number which has for its aim better homes, the following
is appropriate. Could it happen in your house?

An unpopular young man—a poor dancer—phones a girl and invites her to
the varsity ball. She explains that she is very sorry, but she has another date
for that night and can't possibly go to the varsity ball. She closes the tele-
phone booth and tells the girls all about it, and besides she just knows that a
perfectly grand man is going to ask her to go—and now she can't accept!

Tomorrow at eight A . M . notebooks, covering a month's work in chemistry,
are due. Tonight is the informal. O f course, we can't miss the informal, but
how about the rest of it? So we just get the "stude's" notebook, which sim-
plifies matters.

A German test is on, the Herr professor leaves the classroom, and immedi-
ately from covert hiding places appear German-English dictionaries, sundry
notes, and translations.

A worried home economics student takes the disjointed waist home for
mother to straighten out.

In history, slips are to be signed, whether or not the required number of
pages of supplementary reading have been covered during the past month.
They haven't—but we'll have more time next month and can make it up—so
we sign the slip with the good name which our ancestors have given us.

They are indeed petty misdemeanors, but they weaken the firm moral fibre
and make for bigger evils.—X SI Eleusis. Kappa Alpha Theta.

We dedicate this number



to our
and to the Neighborliness which

dwells among us/

To Dragma


Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity

SfabU of (Emttentfl

Neighborliness—A College and Fraternity Ideal 198
Editorials 203
Announcements and Correspondence 205
The Anniversary Convention Lucy R. Somerville, K 208
Joys of the Mother Maude Covell, B 211
The Program 213
Song Muriel Fairbanks, T
What to Wear, Where to Come, What to Spend 223
Report of Scholarship Committee 226
A Communication 230
The Chapter Exhibits . Dorothy Clarke, 2 236
Are You? 241
Our Neighbors 244
Marion Gilbert, A, Genevieve Groce, N K , Florence Brande, T , Dag- 245
mar Schmidt, E , Dorothy Nolan, 0, Rietta Garland, I I , 274
Alumnae Notes, Omicron 285

Report of Examining Officer

Report of Business Manager

The Installation of Eta Chapter Merva Hennings, P

Poems Joyce Cheney, T

A Visit with Some of the Chapters Merva Hennings, P

The Installation of Alpha Phi Mary E. Chase, T

The Quiet Corner

A Woman's Report of Conditions in Germany

Grand Secretary's Honor Roll

Registrar's Honor Roll

Active Chapter Letters

Alumnae Chapter Letters

News of Our Neighbors




Jessie Wallace Hughan, Alpha '98, 61 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, N . Y .
Helen St. Claire Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha '90, 118 W. 183rd St., New

Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha '98, 2243 Green Street, San

Francisco, Cal.
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha '98, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N . J .



Grand President, Isabelle Henderson Stewart (Mrs. B. F . , J r . ) , Sierra City, Cal.
Grand Recording Secretary, Helen N . Henry, 264 Boylston S t , Boston, Mass.
Grand Treasurer, Lillian MacQuillin McCausland (Mrs. Norman), 29 Hum-

boldt Ave., Providence, R . I .


Grand Vice-president, Jean Loomis Frame (Mrs. J . E . ) , 606 W. 122nd St.,
New York City.

Grand Historian, Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , 2243 Green St., San
Francisco, Cal.

Registrar, Marie Vick Swanson (Mrs. A . E . ) , 1926 Sherman Ave., Evanston,

Auditor, Helen Dickinson Lange (Mrs. W. R . ) , 1646 F a i r Oaks Ave.,
Pasadena, Cal.

Examining Officer, Linda Best Terry (Mrs. W . L . ) , 231 Avalon Place,
Memphis, Tenn.

Chairman Committee on New Chapters, Viola Clark Gray, 1527 S. 23rd St.,
Lincoln, Neb.

Editor-in-chief of T o DRAGMA, Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Business Manager of To DRAGMA, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W . F . ) ,

Bozeman, Montana.

Delegate, Anna Estelle Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .


Editor-in-chief, Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Business Manager, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W . F . ) , Bozeman,

Assistant Business Manager, Antoinette Treat Webb, 134 Cottage St., Nor-

wood, Mass.
Exchanges, Helen Charlotte Worster, Caribou, Maine.
Chapter Letters, Margaret June Kelley, 52 Essex St., Bangor, Maine.

Pi—Alice Ivy, 1556 Calhoun St., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Elinor Byrns, 27 Cedar St., New York City.
Omicron—Roberta Williams, 1510 Faust St., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kappa—Lucy K. Somerville, R. M. W. C. Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Elsie Ford Piper, Wayne, Neb.
Sigma—Olive Freuler, 2946 Russell St., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Mrs. Le Roy McCleod, Browns Valley, Ind.
Delta—Margaret Fessenden, 46 Whitfield Rd., W. Somerville, Mass.
Gamma—Elizabeth Hanly, Caribou, Maine.

Epsilon—Agnes Dobbins, 409 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Rho— Leonore Doniat, 4129 Kenmore Ave., Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Corinne Bullard, Porterville, Cal.
Iota—Helen W . Whitney, 220 S. Catherine Ave., L a Grange, 111.
Tau—Bertha Marie Brechet, 2320 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Ruby Davis, 17 3rd Ave., Gloversville, N . Y .
Upsilon—Susie Paige, 607^ E . Morrison St., Portland, Ore.



Pi—Mildred Renshaw, 741 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Mary B. Peaks, 244 Waverly P I . , New York City.
Omicron—Kathleen Vaughan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Augusta Stacy, R. M. W. C , Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Edna M. Hathway, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Helen Schieck, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Agnes L . Lakin, A O I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Margaret Durkee, 38 Professor's Row, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Jessie Sturtevant, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Dagmar Schmidt, 109 Valentine Place, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Marion E . Abele, "1340 Glendale Ave., Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Marion Gilbert, A 0 I I House, Stanford University, Cal.
Iota—Florence L . Moss, A 0 I I House, Urbana, 111.
Tau—Muriel Fairbanks, 13 Church St., S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Frances Carter, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Louise Benton, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
N u Kappa—Genevieve Groce, 3350 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas.
Beta Phi—Vivian Day, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—Elizabeth Pruett, 217 N . Murray St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Etta Norcutt, Hamilton Hall, Bozeman, Mont.



New Y o r k — E d i t h Dietz, 217 W . 105th St., New York City.
San Francisco—Emma Black, 2913 Fillmore St., San Francisco, Cal.
Providence—Helen Eddy Rose (Mrs. A . D . ) , 25 Fruit H i l l Ave., Providence,

R. I.
Boston—Marion Rich, 17 Lawrence St., Chelsea, Mass.
Lincoln—Annie Jones, 1710 B Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Los Angeles—Mildred Hunter Stahl (Mrs. Leslie), 535 E . Bailey St., Whittier,

Chicago—Julia Fuller, 4526 Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis—Margaret Jayne, 1318 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans—Anna Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Minneapolis—Laura J . Hartman, 2801 W . 28th St., Minneapolis, Minn.
Bangor—Irene Cousins, 82 N . Main St., Brewer, Me.
Portland, Ore.—Alice Collier, 438 E . 52nd St., Portland, Ore.



Pi—Rietta Garland, 1639 Arabella St., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Frances Walters, 79 Washington Place, New York City.

Omicron—Mary D. Houston, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—'Bernice P. Palfrey, R. M. W. C , Lynchburg, Va.

Zeta—Gladys Whitford, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Marion Bachman, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Anna White, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.

Delta—Kennetha M. Ware, 101 Capen St., Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Ruth B. Chalmers, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Joanna Donlon, Sage College, Ithaca, N. Y .

Rho—Alice Jane Wilson, Willard Hall, Evanston, 111.
Iota—Velda Bamesberger, A O I I House, Urbana, 111.
Lambda—Laura Wilkie, A 0 I I House, Leland Stanford, Jr., University, Cal.
Tau—Jane M. Schober, 821 7th St. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Frances Carter, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Margaret Miller, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Etta Louise Pendleton, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,


Beta Phi—Bernice Coffing, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana.
Eta—Vera Alderson, 217 N . Murray St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Harriet Arneson, Hamilton Hall, Bozeman, Mont.

Pi—Mrs. George P. Whittington, Alexandria, L a .
Nu—Daisy Gaus, 497 Halsey St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Harriet Cone Greve, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kappa—Frances Allen, 1012 Federal St., Lynchburg, V a .
Zeta—Mrs. B. O. Campbell, 1971 Sewell St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Dorothy K . Clark, 1328 St. Charles St., Alameda, Cal.
Theta—Ceilia Bates, Winchester, Ind.
Delta—Annette McKnight, Billerica Center, Mass.
Gamma—Alice Farnsworth Phillips (Mrs. G . A . ) , 11 Norfolk St., Bangor, Me.
Epsilon—Isabella Stone, 27 Lincoln St., Needham, Mass.
Rho—Doris Wheeler, 639 Forest Ave., Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Frances Chandler, 623 Park View Ave., Los Angeles, Cal.
Iota—Ethel Brooks, Beecher City, 111.
Tau—Bertha M. Brechet, 2320 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Ethel Harris, Verona, N. Y .
Upsilon—Laura A. Hurd, 4626 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.

P i — H . Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, L a .
Nu—New York University, New York City.
Omicron—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—University of California, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Jackson College, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—University of Maine, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y .
Rho—Northwestern University, Evanston, III.
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.
New York Alumnae—New York City.
San Francisco Alumnae—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I .
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumnae—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans Alumnae—New Orleans, L a .
Minneapolis Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn.
Bangor Alumnae—Bangor, Me.
Portland Alumnae—Portland, Ore.


VOL. X I I MAY, 1917 No. 3

To D R A G M A is published at 450-454 Ahnaip Street, Menasha, Wis., by George
Banta, official printer to the fraternity. Entered at the Postoffice at Menasha,
Wis., as second-class matter, April 13, 1909, under the act of March 3, 1897.

To D R A G M A is published on the twenty-fifth of November, February, May,
and September.

Subscription price, One Dollar per year payable in advance; single copies,
twenty-five cents.

Mary Ellen Chase, Editor-in-chief. Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe, Business

But he said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:
and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he
was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to
an inn, and took care of him.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto
him that fell among the thieves?
And he said unto him, He that shewed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him, Go and do thou likewise.



"There are neighbors and neighbors," said the little old lady of
the garden opposite my own last evening as we sought for signs of
daffodils after an April shower.

"Yes," I acquiesced thoughtfully through the fence palings. The

knowledge that I must go indoors and write the article which the

measles had prevented someone else from doing was most unwelcome.

I t was so much lovelier to search for daffodils.

"There are Mrs. Jones, who never comes in except to borrow some-

thing," continued my garden neighbor, "and Mrs. Smith who never

calls when she isn't in trouble, and Mrs. H u l l who is never interested

in anybody besides herself, and Mrs. Brown who is never satisfied

with the way things go. I don't suppose they realize it, but they

just make my world. Seems like when spring is coming, and when

we all live together so, we might forget the borrowing, and the

worries, which never help any, and the self-interest, and the criti-

cisms. Seems like we might carry something with us instead of

taking away something from someone else. Don't you think so, my

dear?" I

My neighbor of the garden asked the question twice before I had

the presence of mind to reply. And even after I had assured her that

I did most thoroughly agree with her, she looked puzzled. You

see my manners had suddenly vanished by the blessed realization

that my article had been written in the search for daffodils out there

in the garden—written by the little old lady and her bothersome


For in Mrs. Jones, do you not see the girl who borrows your sweater

and your tennis racquet and your new fountain pen and your note-

book and your ideas? Is not Mrs. Smith the counterpart of her,

who never seeks your room unless she has fears or worries to relate,

unless she knows the chapter has made a lamentable mistake in the

choice of freshmen? Have you Mrs. Hulls in your chapter—girls

who think their own fraternity the finest in America, who have never

yet been able to see that fraternity standing is, at best, relative?

The Mrs. Hulls are chronically averse to admitting the splendid

achievements of their Greek neighbors, always insistent that chapter

doings be strictly within the chapter, too ready to take a slight and

too slow to relinquish it.

And have you not dozens of Mrs. Browns in college? Girls who
are never satisfied with the way this and that organization is run,
who cannot seem to realize that criticisms invariably retard har-


monious progress, who, all unconsciously, perhaps, have gained the
reputation of being chronic kickers?

Doesn't it truly "seem like when we all live together so, we might
forget the borrowing and the worries and the self-interest and the
criticisms?" Doesn't it "seem like we might carry something with
us" into every place we go ?

Commencement is coming! A few weeks more and you will have
no chance to tell the senior president how well she has managed things,
to congratulate your Greek neighbors on the honors they may have
taken away from you, to spend a half-hour with that lonely sort of
girl who never made a fraternity and who, therefore, will miss those
associations cherished by you—associations which will yearly draw
you back in heart.

Neighborliness! Shall we not make i t a college and fraternity
ideal? Not the Mrs. Jones and Smith and H u l l and Brown kind—
the kind which regards imposition as an unquestionable right—but
the kind which "carries something" instead of always "taking some-
thing away." That kind of neighborliness will cement friendships,
heal differences, bridge embarrassments, make the Greek world one
in aim and relative achievement, and transform college life into the
realized ideal which we all have long held for it.


I f we but saw the things we see.
Insect, flower and swaying tree;
I f , through our seeing, we might know
The sky, the earth, the deeps below;

Our eyes would catch, now dull and dim,
A vision wonderful of Him,
Through whom and to whom all things are,
From flitting bird to flaming star.

So may the seen become the known ; Congregationalist.
Our vision, sight to insight grown;
Our joy, each common day that brings
God's presence near in common things.

—John Taylor Shaw, in The



T HAS become impossible in view of present events and circum-
stances to give any definite or explicit announcements concerning
convention. Plans like prices are "subject to change without notice"
these days, and all we can promise you is that the moment the
Executive Committee decides as to what is best to be done in view
of unforeseen happenings you shall be notified, either individually
or through your chapter. Meanwhile committees are still holding
sessions, and plans are still being made, as you will note in the pages
following. I f it shall seem best to hold but a business session—why,
we shall all gladly save our eagerness and enthusiasm for a future
convention, for in these days of nation-wide anxiety and distress
our country is first, and our fraternity but an impetus to our

I L L delegates and visitors to convention who live west or in
the vicinity of Chicago please notify Mrs. Abraham Hen-
nings, 817 S. 6th Ave., Maywood, Illinois, of their plans by June ist
at the latest. Mrs. Hennings has kindly consented to attend to the
matter of an A O I I Special, providing there are one hundred travelers
leaving Chicago for Lynchburg, or, i f there are less than that number,
to engage special Pullmans on the regular train. She must, however,
know your plans early in order to make reservations. Of course, you
want to go "with the best crowd." Then don't neglect or delay that
letter to Mrs. Hennings, and she in return will notify you as to the
time and place of leaving Chicago for Lynchburg.


I N V I E W of existing war conditions, it has been thought best to
m shorten the length of convention. The dates are now June 21st-
23rd. The first date coming on Thursday, and the first business
session being set for Thursday morning, it will be necessary that all
delegates arrive in Lynchburg on Wednesday. The convention will
close, as is announced elsewhere, with a banquet on Saturday evening.

H E N the present Editor comments upon the September num-
ber of To DRAGMA, she is not presuming upon reelection.
She is simply outlining plans which must perforce be carried out
whoever may be editor. I n view of the fact that the Constitution


demands the September number to consist of a directory, and of the
added fact that we have grown enormously during the past two years,
there will be no room for September chapter letters, unless To
DRAGMA is endowed during the summer which is unlikely in the
extreme! Therefore, the present Editor is taking the liberty of
announcing that there will be no chapter letters, that a complete
directory will be published, and that the space remaining in that
number will be devoted to convention material and to "material
exclusively Alpha Omicron Pi."


T F T H E R E is a thankless and difficult job on earth, it is compiling
A a directory, especially so since dreams of the criticisms you
will receive when your work is done hover about your bent form and
ink-stained fingers. Do you, gentle reader, realize whose fault it is
if the name of Mary Smith bears no address, or i f her possession
of a husband is entirely overlooked? I t is hers, because she did not
send the changed address to her chapter secretary, and because she
did not see fit to announce a most happy event to the To DRAGMA
Editor, the Registrar, or the Grand Secretary. Sometimes, we know
all too well, chapter secretaries are careless. I f Mary Smith is
suspicious, she should address the Registrar, whose duty, poor thing,
is to compile the directory. Then her correct address will follow
her name, and she will be spared the disgust and disappointment
of seeing herself still an accredited spinster! Please, oh, please, do
not blame the Editor and Registrar! Now is the time to send in
those new addresses, to announce those new husbands! Please do not

OUBTLESS there will be brought up in Convention many
matters quite as important as that of life subscriptions to
To DRAGMA ; but the Editor admits she can see nothing which quite
equals it. I f we are to do national alumnse work—and is not now
the tune to do it when every bit of service is so needed?—To
DRAGMA must be self-supporting, and only compulsory life subscrip-
tions can make it so. The present plan is to make the subscription
ten dollars, a very generous price, and to collect this ten dollars
through the chapter treasurers in yearly payments of two and one-
half dollars per member. This sum will be used to defray the
yearly expenses of the magazine, while alumnae life subscriptions at
ten" dollars down will be set aside at interest to make a permanent
magazine fund. Please talk over this plan at your chapter meetings,


active and alumna? chapters, and please do not get the idea that you
are giving something for nothing. I n return you receive To DRAGMA
as -long as you live, keep in touch with the life and work of your
fraternity, and grow young in so doing. Is not Eternal Youth cheap
at ten dollars?

H E Editorship of To DRAGMA is the highest salaried position
about which I know anything. The Editor is paid daily with
recompense so high as to be difficult of computation. Her salary
differs from that obtained elsewhere in its purchasing power. Noth-
ing in the world is so dear, so costly, so expensive that it cannot
be bought with appreciation, friendship, a sense of humor, enthusiasm,
willingness, punctuality, loyalty, and neighborliness. A l l of these
go to make up the Editor's daily check. Who could be better paid
than she?

For all of these inestimable riches which the present Editor has
received, she thanks you who have given her them without stint.
May all succeeding editors be paid as well!

A V E you sought help during these two years from a certain
mining town in the California mountains that you did not
receive it fourfold, clothed in the best advice possible? Has your
puzzled chapter secretary or treasurer addressed frantic inquiries
to Boston or Providence that have not been answered as quickly as
two loyal Alpha O's and Uncle Sam could answer them? I n your
Alpha O experience have we ever had a finer President, a more prompt
and careful Executive Committee, or better officers?

This is neither "soft soap nor hot air." I t is the Truth. We have
lived through a banner two years. Let us give genuine apprecia-
tion and heartfelt thanks to Grand Officers who have never been

A V E you counted them—from Upsilon to Vanderbilt? Have
you named them—from Indianapolis to Puget Sound? And
as you count and name, remember it is not expansion without growth,
not quantity without quality, not numbers without strength!




Chapter Editors take Notice! There w i l l be no chapter letters in
the September number. Announcements w i l l be sent you for the

Chapters, are your To DRAGMAS bound? Do not depend upon
knowing the whereabouts of loose copies. Do not depend upon
being supplied later by the publisher. We have few back copies.
Bind them now.

An unofficial notice has been received of the granting of a charter
to the petitioning group at Vanderbilt. Although time prevents
any account of the happy event in this number, Vanderbilt may be
sure of a welcome now and of space in the fall.

The Editor is publishing no Honor Roll for May. Can you guess
why? Because every one of the thirty-two chapter letters was
absolutely on time!

We have not yet received the installation date of Puget Sound
Alumnae Chapter, installed recently by Mrs. Esterly. We extend
a hearty welcome. The Puget Sound officers and letter will be
printed in the November number.

This is an invitation to you. A hearty thank you to Rho and
Chicago Alumna; is in order. Be sure to notify Mrs. Hennings, the
Rho secretary, or the alumnae president.
Dear Miss Chase:

I n behalf of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter and Rho, I would
like to ask that those Alpha O's who pass through Chicago on their
way to Convention plan to spend at least part of a day here so that
those who cannot possibly go to Convention can have a chance to
meet those that get this far. We would be glad to show them Evans-
ton and to entertain them for the time they are here. I wonder
if you could put this invitation i n To DRAGMA? I f we do have a
special train i t could leave Chicago i n the evening, the ones from
the West could arrive in the morning, and thus we could have a day
together. I wish we could know how many would be able to do
this. W i l l they please notify us of their time and place of arrival.




The soldiers are guarding the bridge near me; the morning paper
bears the marks of the censor; War has come to us. Regardless
of the justice of our cause, regardless of the right and wrong of any-
war, this is a time when we need most to conserve our ideals. I n
the dreamy rare days of June, within the shadows of the Blue Ridge
and under Virginia's southern sky we are to gather from Maine to
Texas, from New York to California, and there pledge again our
loyalty to the ideals of Alpha Omicron Pi. I f you are not a
romanticist, or an idealist, perhaps, come to Convention and there
learn of other things than glittering gold and shining silver.

Convention, 1917, means the twentieth anniversary of Alpha
Omicron Pi. We are growing old, and growing big. I n 1 9 1 5 we
met in California. Now when we meet in Virginia we shall have
installed five, perhaps six, new active chapters and four or five
alumnae chapters, an increase of nearly fifty per cent in two years.
That is a record to be congratulated upon, and we are proud of i t ;
but we want to meet and welcome and get to know our new sisters, as
well as plan to continue our steady progress. A time of rejoicing
over more than our age is Convention, 1917, to be. Our size, our
rising importance, will never dawn upon us until we come to Con-
vention. The people who are coming, the great things to be done,
the learning to know ourselves as we are, will make this Convention
the greatest one ever held. To work and play and sing together, to
teach and learn from one another is our part. For a few days it will

"Ours to hold
Earth's only Paradise,

and to know Alpha Omicron Pi more intimately than she has ever
been known before.


Convention Manager.

"Make me to be a torch for feet that grope
Down truth's dim trail; to bear for wistful eyes

Comfort of light; to bid great beacons blaze
And kindle altar fires of sacrifice.

Let me set souls aflame with unquenchable zeal
For high endeavors, causes true and high,

So would I live to quicken and inspire,
So would I , thus consumed, burn out and die."



A toast at the ninth reunion of Brown, '02


What are our joys? Oh, who can say?
Folly it is to try to show
A l l the joys that a mother feels.
Only a mother can really know.

Have you ever heard it said
That in one's first motherhood
She reaches nearer the Heavenly shore
Than she has ever been before?

A glimpse of Heaven she catches then
Which is denied to other men;
A joy and soulfelt holiness
That none but she can ever guess.

When thro' the first months of that life
Which seems with wonders, O, so r i f e !
She sees the opening of a soul
As petals of a flower unfold.

She marvels more and more to feel
That part of her is here unfolding,
And that the great-plan of all ages
Right in her child she is beholding.

Who can ever tell the joy
That she feels when hearing "Ma-Ma"
Spoken first by girl or boy
Followed very soon by "Da-Da"?

Oh, you cannot understand,
And I have not the power to tell
A l l the joy the mother feels.
Only mothers know f u l l well.

No better wish I have f o r you
Who have not known a mother's joy
Than that sometime God will send you
Darling girl or bouncing boy.

(•This is sent as an echo to the Home Number by one of the Home-Makers

A 0 n.)



A l l statements concerning the program, and, in fact, any phase
of the Convention must be prefaced with the remark that all plans
are subject to change without notice, due to the imminence of war
and the unsettled condition of the country. The program has already
felt the effects of the war, as it has been somewhat curtailed and we
cannot elaborate upon these plans as much as we should like to do.
Convention will open Thursday, June 21st, and extend through
Saturday, June 23rd. The program, briefly, will be as follows:

Wednesday, June 20th



Thursday, June 21st


Opening Busi- Business Session Stunts and
ness Session 5 P. M., Automobile Song Contest

ride over city

Friday, June 22nd

A. M. p. M . EVENING

Business Business, Speeches Ritual
Session by Founders

Saturday, June 23rd


Business Business, Installa- Banquet at

tion of new officers, Virginia Hotel

Closing exercises

You see from this you are to arrange to reach Lynchburg on

Wednesday, June 20th, and may leave on Sunday, June 24th.

Trains leave going south to Memphis at 9 :25 A. M. ; to New Orleans

and Atlanta at 3:25 P . M . ; going north to Washington and New

York at 12:20 P . M . (local), 5:20 and 7:00 P . M . ; going west to

Louisville and Cincinnati at 2:20 P. M . Those who come from

west of Chicago and those coming from Chicago as well, will

please notify Mrs. Hennings so that you may arrange to come

on the special or, at least, the A O I I Pullmans from Chicago; but

whenever and wherever you come, write the convention manager

the date and time of your arrival and the way by which you travel,

for there are two railway stations in Lynchburg, and we must

have this information in order to meet you and arrange for you.

Back to the program. You see it includes six business sessions,
for we have a great amount of work, reorganization, and so on to


accomplish in three days. Scattered along in the business sessions
we are expecting to have speeches by our Founders and some of
our famous members, as Miss Doty. The opening exercises Thurs-
day morning will be impressive. At the close, Saturday afternoon,
we shall have the installation of officers and pledge again our
loyalty to Alpha Omicron Pi, so that the business sessions will not
grow monotonous. By Wednesday night most of you will have
arrived, and we want to have a delightfully informal reception and
get-acquainted meeting. Stunt night does not need to be explained,
you know what it means, and we are going to give a prize to the
best one, so get to work! Send the name of your stunt to Katharine
Gordon, 5 E. Franklin, Richmond, Virginia, by June 1st, i f you
want a place on the program. This year, however, there will be an
addition to stunt night in the form of the song contest, so "come
all ye sisters, and tune up your throats, Vive la A O I I ! " Friday
night we shall have the ritual services and may have a real chapter
to install. As a grand finale, Saturday we shall have our banquet
at the Virginian Hotel. Katharine Gordon, K, '14, is to be toast-
mistress, and there amid our toasts and cheers the 1917 conven-
tion will come to an end.

An automobile ride over Lynchburg has been planned for Thurs-
day afternoon and you will have an opportunity of seeing the hilliest
city in the United States, the peaks of the Blue Ridge, and the James
River. I f our time permits we are going to have a boat trip on that
same James River. As was stated in the February To DRAGMA, you
are to stay at Randolph-Macon in Smith Hall, the meetings will be
held in the chapel, and meals will be served at Whileaway Inn, better
known as Miss Ellis', across from the campus. The chapter exhibits
will be at college, the swimming pool will be open, and we shall
try to have some time to spare for the more trivial pleasures of a
Convention. That is all we can say about the program, for some
things should be left to your imagination, and the pleasures of antici-
pation are to be yours without limit.




Golden glints of sunlight linger,
Little Love,

I n the piney, deep green fragrance
Up above—

And the sky laughs in the water,
Shining blue,

Mocks your eyes in haunting beauty
Envying you.

Shadowy moonlight sinks and quivers,
Little One,

Like a mist of fairies' wings,
Silver spun—

And the sighing, vagrant breeze,
Sobbing low,

W i l l stoop to kiss the flowers

When you go!


" I f I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness:
I f I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning face:
I f beams from happy human eyes
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books and my food, and summer rain
Knocked at my sullen heart in vain;
Lord, T h y most pointed pleasure take,
And stab my spirit broad awake."




These paragraphs of information should properly be placed on
the front page of To DRAGMA, for they set out to answer the ques-
tion uppermost in your minds—what shall I wear? You will need
an evening dress for the banquet, for then we shall appear arrayed
in all our splendor; an afternoon dress for the other nights; white
waists and skirts or suits for the business meetings. Though you
are coming to the Sunny South and the days will probably be
warm, even hot, still Lynchburg is in the mountains and a light
coat will be needed for afternoons and evenings. Besides, the
weather is an uncertain quantity, you know. Beyond these slight
limitations, you may wear anything you please—freedom in dress
is a Randolph-Macon habit. For most occasions anything from
a middy suit to an evening dress is permissible.

The Program Committee has taken pains to tell you when to
come, but again let us urge you to notify us when you may be
expected. As soon as you decide to come, let us know, for we
want to assign rooms before the arrival of any guests so as to
avoid confusion over baggage. You come straight to Lynchburg.
I t is on the direct lines from New York, and from Cincinnati to
Washington. Have your mail addressed "c/o A O I I Convention,
R.-M. W. C.j Lynchburg, Virginia, and it will reach you promptly.
I f any of you desire to visit some of the points of interest near
Lynchburg, let us know and we will assist you with your plans.
Natural Bridge is only thirty or forty miles from here, Appomatox
about forty miles also; Charlottesville, home of the University of
Virginia, and Monticello, Jefferson's place, Lexington where Wash-
ington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute are
located and where Lee and Jackson are buried, are only a short
distance away, besides many other places of historic and natural

What to spend is a factor to be considered, we regretfully admit.
The short budget given here is figured at a maximum and expenses
may be less and will certainly not be more than these figures:

Room for four days $4.00
Board for four days 4.80
Banquet 2.00
Baggage and transfer 1.50

Total $12.30


Delegates will be furnished rooms, and so their expenses will
be $8.30.

I n connection with expenses we want to add a notice of the excep-
tionally low rates to Washington for the Confederate Reunion.
This applies especially to Kappa Alumnae, but others may be able
to take advantage of these rates. These tickets are on sale June 2nd
to 7th, inclusive, are good until June 21st, may be extended to June
26th and July 7th by payment of 50 cents. Stop-overs are allowed
at any points for any length of time. The rate is about 1 cent a
mile, plus 85 cents, or approximately one-third the usual cost of
the trip. This presents an unusual opportunity to see Washington,
visit friends, and spend a while in Lynchburg. Commencement at
Randolph-Macon is June 2nd to 5th, and from then until Conven-
tion many of Kappa's active and alumnae members are planning hikes
to the Peaks of Otter, and a generally jolly time. See your local
ticket agent for details and come.

Anyone desiring further or more explicit information, write the
Convention manager; your letter will be warmly welcomed and
promptly answered.



S E M E S T E R , 1916-1917

Omicron I 2 3 Average No. of
Kappa % no. hrs. % no. hrs. % no. hrs. no. hrs. girls in
registered chapter
Iota highest passing below
Pi grade below 1 passing 17 17
Theta 16 23
Alpha Phi* 44-9 50.7 4-5 16 24
Sigma 43-6 55-6 .8 12
31-7 67.5 17.1
Gamma 29.7 68 •77 15.3 19
Chi 24 2.4 18 21
Lambda 21.6 73 3 14.8
21.2 78.4 0 17.2 35
Delta 17.7 73-2 30
Beta Phi 16 79 5-5 17-5 21
Epsilon 78.6 3-3 H-5
Tau 15.2 54 15.6 19
Nu* 13-7 83.7 1.09 12.6 19
Zeta 12.9 80 *6.3 19
Nu Kappa 11.8 82.9 4.2 17 24
Upsilon 2.7 15-7
Rho 7.2 *854 8.7 23
No report
No report
No report
No report

1. Highest grade given by institution, e. g., "excellent," "honors," "above
90%," etc.

2. Grades between 1 and 3'.

3. Grades not resulting in credit toward graduation, e. g., "condition,"
"failure," "not passed," etc.
Remarks. * Delta—Incomplete laboratory courses, not failures.

* Epsilon—Cornell University's standard of scholarship is very high.
A " B " grade is considered an honor and gives exemption from
final examinations.

* Nu—Grades are not given out by university.
•Alpha Phi—Highest fraternity average in college.





To the Editor of To DRAGMA of Alpha Omicron Pi,
Dead Madam:

The Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce wishes at this time to
extend a hearty welcome to the members of the Alpha Omicron Pi
sorority who will be in our city at the sorority Convention in June.

Situated among the foothills of Virginia, in a section of the United
States as famous as any other for its many points of scenic and
historic interest, we believe that we can assure to those who come
among us a visit that will be remembered with pleasure for a long
time to come.

Lynchburg is located on the historic James River about two
hundred miles from the Atlantic seaboard, and the river views in
the neighborhood of the city are very beautiful. I n addition to this,
the Peaks of Otter and other prominent mountains of the Blue Ridge
Range form a wonderful background on the western side of the

A number of noted institutions of learning are in and near our
city. These include Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
Christian College, and Sweet Briar College for Young Women,
which is only twelve miles in the country.

There are in Lynchburg a large number of handsome residences
and other interesting buildings. I n the immediate neighborhood of
the city are several improved highways leading in the different

I n closing we wish to say we trust this Convention will be a very
successful one, and that this organization stands ready to contribute
in every way in its power to that end.

Yours very truly,

THOS. A . SCOTT, Secretary.

(The Editor wishes to announce that the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce
very kindly contributed the excellent cuts of Lynchburg views shown in this
issue. The fraternity is certainly grateful for this kindness.)











To the Editor of To DRAGMA of Alpha Omicron Pi,
Dead Madam:

The Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce wishes at this time to
extend a hearty welcome to the members of the Alpha Omicron Pi
sorority who will be in our city at the sorority Convention in June.

Situated among the foothills of Virginia, in a section of the United
States as famous as any other for its many points of scenic and
historic interest, we believe that we can assure to those who come
among us a visit that will be remembered with pleasure for a long
time to come.

Lynchburg is located on the historic James River about two
hundred miles from the Atlantic seaboard, and the river views in
the neighborhood of the city are very beautiful. I n addition to this,
the Peaks of Otter and other prominent mountains of the Blue Ridge
Range form a wonderful background on the western side of the

A number of noted institutions of learning are in and near our
city. These include Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
Christian College, and Sweet Briar College for Young Women,
which is only twelve miles in the country.

There are in Lynchburg a large number of handsome residences
and other interesting buildings. I n the immediate neighborhood of
the city are several improved highways leading in the different

I n closing we wish to say we trust this Convention will be a very
successful one, and that this organization stands ready to contribute
in every way in its power to that end.

Yours very truly,

THOS. A. SCOTT, Secretary.

(The Editor wishes to announce that the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce
very kindly contributed the excellent cuts of Lynchburg views shown in this
issue. The fraternity is certainly grateful for this kindness.)





B Y DOROTHY K . CLARKE, 2 , 14, Collector of Exhibits

One of the finest things about Convention is the feeling of unity
which one brings away—and this year, when it will be impossible
for me to attend, I have been lucky enough to have that same unified
feeling brought to my door by the mail man. The histories have been
fine and the loans interesting in the extreme (at least those that
have been sent to me so far have been so), but even better has been
the correspondence which has been pleasurably necessary in my capac-
ity as Collector of Exhibits. But that is neither here nor there, as
the question put to me by our Grand President was, "Could you,
would you write something about the exhibits?"

The histories are mighty interesting, the moulding questions having
been constructed with three ideas in mind—first, the history proper;
second, the chapter and the college; and third, the chapter and its

Part first of one history is very much like part first of the next in
its essentials. I was particularly interested in a preface to Rho's
history which came via the Chicago alumnae historian some time
before the Rho history itself appeared. I t tells of the determination
of one girl to establish a chapter "whose cardinal virtue should be
democracy." Without knowing anything of Alpha O or its ideals the
group which this energetic girl gathered around her petitioned for
a charter with the firm determination to make Alpha O, at least as
represented at Northwestern—democratic. Certainly the round peg
found its round hole that time.

Part two brings out many sides of that debatable question—
Should Greek-letter fraternities be abolished? One historian com-
pares the sororities on her campus to the Bible gourd, "which grew up
fine and beautiful, and gave shade to him who sat thereunder, but, at
the close of the day, when its service was rendered, died down."
On the other hand there is the historian who, rather naively claims
that it would be impossible to abolish the chapters on her campus
as such an action on the part of the authorities would almost mean
the death of the university. And between these two extremes there
are all shades of opinion. This part of the histories really affords
food for thought for the student of the ever-present and ever-grow-
ing fraternity question. So read the histories, or, i f they are read
to you pay close attention, for every campus offers a different situa-
tion, and each situation has a direct bearing upon the all-important


Services—well they are of all kinds. Any chapter with a surplus
of time and energy can find an ample list of helpful suggestions
ranging from song services in an old ladies' home to baby quilts,
free violin lessons, and charitable doll shows.

The loan exhibits are even more characteristic of the chapters
and are, of course, more personal. When coupled with the histories
there is a fairly complete record of each chapter, as a whole and
also as individuals.


Are you, as a member of a fraternity dedicated to the
ministry of service, doing all that you can in these times
of storm and stress? Are you a member of the Red Cross
in your city, your town, your village? Are you glad to
forego extravagances, to sacrifice that extra gown you
wanted, to wear a less expensive hat? Are you ashamed
to spend money wantonly and foolishly? Are you making
yourself well informed upon the daily history of your
country? Are you wearing your colors? Did you ever
think of wearing them beneath your pin to show to the
world that your own loyalty is strengthened by that of
two thousand? Are you able yet to see that the safety
of your brother is little as compared with the welfare of
millions of brothers? Are you willing to give up those
who are dearest to you if the sacrifice will ease the suffer-
ing of a world? Are you standing firmly back of your
president, regardless of politics? Are you too big for
petty criticism ? Are you saying with President Wilson—

"To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our for-
tunes, everything that we are and everything that we
have, with the pride of those who know that the day has
come when America is privileged to spend her blood and
her might for the principles that gave her birth and the
happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God
helping her, she can do no other."




The sorority situation at Stanford is different from what one
would find in any other college or university. This is accounted
for by the fact that the university limits the number of girls to five
hundred. About one-half of these are sorority members, and the
others live in the university town of Palo Alto, or in the dormitories
of Roble or Madrofia.

The ten sororities with the dates that their Stanford chapters
were founded are: Kappa Alpha Theta,'which was established at
College of the Pacific in 1888 and transferred to Stanford in 1892;
Kappa Kappa Gamma, 1892; Pi Beta Phi, 1893; Delta Gamma,
1897; Alpha Phi, 1899 j Gamma Phi Beta, 1905; Delta Delta Delta,
1909; Alpha Omicron Pi, 1910; Chi Omega, 1915; Sigma Kappa,
1915. Most of these own their own houses, which are located on
Lasuen Street, commonly known as "Fraternity Row."

Each sorority tries as far as it is possible to have its members enter
into activities and into the various phases of college life. There is
work along social service and Young Women's Christian Association
lines, and also many forms of athletics, such as baseball, crew,
swimming, fencing, and basketball in which the girls are able to take
part. Writing and working with the various college publications
is popular with some. There is a large field for anyone with drama-
tic or musical ability. Many become known by work as class officers,
or by ably filling positions on various class committees. No sorority
enters especially into any one of these fields, but all try to be repre-
sented in as many places as possible. I t is usually found, however,
that each sorority has one or two types of girls who are interested
along the same lines, but even this varies from year to year. Some
of the houses have girls of the social type in predominance, while
others are composed of those who care more for the serious phases of
college life.

The sororities are all represented in the local Panhellenic. This
organization holds the sororities together, and deals with all prob-
lems of general interest to the various chapters. The rushing agree-
ments are drawn up by this body, and the rushing season is supervised
by Panhellenic. I n this way all intersorority conflicts are avoided.
On account of the small number of women in the university and the
unique location of the houses, it would be possible for everyone to
know all the other woman students, but this, unfortunately, is not
the case. I n only a few cases are there any girls who are very well
acquainted in the dormitories or known personally outside of their


own houses. An attempt has been made to change this condition
by exchange dinners, but the result has not been very satisfactory.
The conditions are nevertheless as good as, i f not better than, those
existing in most other universities, but not so good as they should be
when the opportunities for neighborliness and friendship are so

y -m a n MARION GILBERT, A, '18.


We have eight congenial sororities here at Southern Methodist
University—Pi Beta Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha, Chi Omega, T r i Delta,
Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Delta Pi, and ourselves, who were the
first to be installed, with the result that we had the first president
of Southern Methodist University Woman's Panhellenic, Margaret
Vaughan, ex-K. A local group of girls known as Tau Sigma, are
petitioning Sigma Kappa. There is a great deal of fellowship among
the fraternities, for Southern Methodist University is not a large
university, so far as eligible girls are concerned, and has none of the
evils attendant upon a large university. A large per cent of the girls
here are sorority members. There is practically no opposition or
antifraternity spirit whatever. Panhellenic disturbances are so rare
as to be negligible. In fact, the impression that a stranger might
probably have of us, is that we are new and pioneerish, with that
geniality which characterizes such conditions. We do not ever want
to lose it, either.

Whole sororities are invited to most of the affairs, being put with
the entire membership of a certain fraternity, with whom they may
be congenial in numbers, or in spirit. Many social courtesies are
exchanged between the sororities or among their individual members.
The Zetas last year, for example gave a party in honor of the T r i
Deltas' installing officer, and the A O LT's sent her some flowers.
Every fraternity thinks it a duty to entertain in one way or another
throughout the year, and there is usually at least one party given every
two or three weeks. Y. W. C. A. forms a great social bond between
the girls here, and its entertainments are most frequent.

Sorority people here have not sponsored any philanthropic move-
ments either as a whole or individually. Customs are slow in the
forming. Such movements come only when the institution in which
the chapters are located, is stolidly settled i n "precedents" and
customs. Although Southern Methodist University will never cease
to grow, we must wait for a more ripe opportunity to turn our labors
into fields other than those of her advancement.

I n the eyes of a fair-minded sorority girl, Greek life is, and will

continue to be, a success here. GENEVIEVE GROCE, '19, N K.



We are a community of eleven members as regards academic
fraternities for women at Minnesota. Beside Tau of Alpha Omicron
Pi, local Panhellenic includes Chi of Kappa Kappa Gamma, estab-
lished at Minnesota in 1 8 8 0 ; Lambda of Delta Gamma, established
here in 1 8 8 2 ; Psi of Kappa Alpha Theta, established here i n 1 8 8 9 ;
Epsilon of Alpha Phi, established here in 1 8 9 0 ; Alpha of Pi Beta
Phi, established also in 1 8 9 0 ; Theta of Delta Delta Delta, established
in 1 8 9 4 ; Kappa of Gamma Phi Beta, established in 1 9 0 2 ; M u of
Alpha X i Delta, established in 1 9 0 7 ; Delta of Alpha Gamma Delta,
established in 1 9 0 8 ; Sigma Beta (local) established in 1910.

Of these societies five already own their own homes: Kappa
Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Phi Beta,
and Pi Beta Phi. Two more, Alpha Gamma Delta and Delta Gamma
are in the midst of building. The rest of us will continue to rent
houses for a time, which, dn the case of A O I I we hope will not be
over long. However, circumstances must seem more favorable for
such an undertaking than they are at present.

An acceptable degree of harmony characterizes our relations with
one another at Minnesota. Local Panhellenic is an orderly, flourish-
ing institution, which has no difficulty in adjusting such differences
as inevitably arise among so many competing groups.

There is, I think, a minimum of interaction between the sororities.
Once a year a banquet with the avowed object of promoting a friendly
spirit between them is held at an over-town hotel. After the dinner
each sorority is represented by a stunt, and the evening except
perhaps, for the performers, is an enjoyable occasion. A further
essay with the same object in view was made three years ago. At
that time one night every two weeks was set aside as "sorority visiting
night." On this night two members from each sorority were the
guests of some other sorority at dinner. By means of a system of
rotation in the course of a year, each sorority visited, and was visited
by every other sorority. The plan was pursued for two years, when
it died the death of indifference which usually overtakes such regu-
lated sociability.

Minnesota may congratulate herself, I think, upon the genuine
good feeling among sororities. On the other hand, the university is
too large, perhaps, and its interests too various for much actual
sociability or interaction in the relations of the smaller groups,
one to another.




I n accordance with the ideal of Ezra Cornell, " I would found an
institution where any person can find instruction in any study,"
Cornell University became coeducational i n 1872—four years after
its founding. The girls were regarded as very odd and were left
a great deal to themselves. Naturally they sought each other's com-
panionship and such a sisterly feeling sprang up among some of
them that they decided to petition Kappa Alpha Theta for a charter.
This was granted them in 1881. This sorority proved such a success
that two years later a chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was formed.
We know there was a very friendly feeling between these first two
sororities, since the petitioning Kappa Kappa Gammas secured
one of their two recommendations from Mrs. Anna B. Comstock, a
Kappa Alpha Theta. When the Kappa Kappa Gammas were in-
stalled, the Kappa Alpha Thetas gave a party for them, and the two
sororities cooperated with each other to bring about a friendly
feeling among all the girls.

Two years later a third sorority was established at Cornell—
Delta Gamma. A t first these girls were reserved and were regarded
as "grinds." Gradually, however, they came out of their shell and
joined the others at work and play. I n 1889 a chapter of Alpha Phi
was founded here. These four sororities held undisputed sway until
nineteen years later in 1908, when a new and progressive little
chapter was formed—Alpha Omicron Pi. This received a hearty
welcome from the other sororities and soon grew to fill its place
among the girls. Later the same year, a group of girls petitioning
Delta Zeta received their charter. The Sennightly Club, organized in
1893, thought that when it was twenty years old it would become a
real sorority, and so became a chapter of Delta Delta Delta in 1903.
These seven are the only national sororities at Cornell, though
there are a few local clubs and groups of petitioning girls.

There is a very friendly feeling among all the sororities at Cornell
except, perhaps, during the rushing season when it is not so apparent.
This feeling is promoted by the interest which all the sororities have
in one another, but above all, by the interest which they take in the
university as a whole and in all the girls.

When there were only a few sororities at Cornell, they gave teas
for one another at least once a year. Now, however, there are so
many other activities that we learn to know the girls in other
ways than as a sorority group. The original spirit has been kept up
to a slight extent for, about two years ago, the Delta Delta Deltas
gave a tea for us since Mabel de Forest Starkweather, Epsilon, '12,


came up here to visit her sister-in-law, who was a T r i Delt. I f any
sorority gives a dance or a tea at least one active girl, usually a
senior, is invited and often a few alumnae. Likewise, i f any sorority
girl is very sick, or dies, the other sororities send flowers. I f a girl
comes here from some sorority which has no chapter at Cornell, she
is invited to most of the sorority functions.

Prof. Anna Botsford Comstock, the Kappa Alpha Theta, who
signed the Kappa Kappa Gamma petition, in speaking about the
sororities here, said that she had noticed a kindlier feeling among the
sorority girls at Cornell than at any other college she had visited save
perhaps Leland Stanford, where the girls have the advantage of
living in sorority houses situated very near one another.



In 1900, the first woman's fraternity—Chi Omega, made its advent
at the University of Tennessee. Two years later, an enthusiastic
group of girls petitioned—and a charter of Alpha Omicron Pi was
granted to them. For several years they had the field all to them-
selves but likewise Zeta Tau Alpha, attracted by the possibilities at
Tennessee, saw fit to grant a charter. Phi M u was the last one to
come into the Greek world here.

When fraternities were new at Tennessee, it was customary for
each fraternity in turn to entertain the others, but now our Pan-
hellenic each year gives the opening entertainment of the fraternities
to which all the first-year woman students are invited.

Our Panhellenic meetings are usually held with a f u l l attendance
of all the fraternities. This is different from the way we had formerly
held Panhellenic with only the delegates at the meeting; but since
we decided that the discussion of these problems would be beneficial
to us all, this change was made. However, now, several times a
year the delegates do meet, and then present these problems and their
solutions to the several fraternities. Just lately we have begun ask-
ing different members of the faculty to address us at these meetings,
which we have found to be very helpful. Dean Haskins was the first
one to do this, and he emphasized especially the relation between the
university and the fraternities. Miss Carpenter, Dean of Women,
was next and we all derived much benefit from her talk.

I t is customary here during rushing season, which lasts about two
months, to invite several members of the different fraternities to our
large entertainments. We have found this to be very helpful as
friendly intercourse is encouraged and we also get ideas for our


own entertaining. This year, the Zeta freshmen entertained all the
other freshmen with a tea in their own room. This was the first
time it had ever been done here, and everyone seemed to enjoy it
so much.

The University of Tennessee supports a settlement house and all
the fraternities, both men's and women's as well as the nonfraternity
men and women unite in keeping it supplied with teachers for the
different departments. This is common ground, and friendly feeling
not only among the fraternities, but also among the nonfraternity
people is fostered.

Also, since the possibility of war has become so certain, a Red
Cross Society has been organized in Knoxville with special classes for
the university. A l l the women's fraternities have entered into the
spirit of this and each week at the meetings, all again meet on common
ground. Chi Omega has the largest number of girls i n this class—
nearly all of the fraternity now wearing the Red Cross button.
Besides many of the girls intend taking up the nursing course, and i f
our country needs them, w i l l respond to the call.



We have a Panhellenic group of eight fraternities at Newcomb.
Each fraternity rents one or more rooms for its chapter meeting
place. We have no fraternity houses, because Newcomb is in a
large city and the number of dormitory girls who are fraternity
members is small. The college has divided the basement of the main
building into suitable rooms for our use. By means of this arrange-
ment the fraternity girls become thoroughly acquainted, and the spirit
of friendly intercourse is fostered and maintained. There are only
two fraternities which have their rooms off the campus, Kappa Alpha
Theta and Alpha Epsilon Phi.

Pi Beta Phi was the first fraternity to be established at Newcomb.
I n 1 8 9 1 , a local organization was formed and after a few months
petitioned Pi Beta Phi for a charter. I n 1893 the charter was
granted, and Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was established. This
chapter takes a great deal of interest in the Pi Beta Phi Settlement
School in Tennessee. I n 1898 Pi Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was
founded, but as this article has to do with our neighbors, we shall not
tell of ourselves.

The local chapter of Chi Omega was founded in 1900. This
chapter was a local organization for some time under the name of
Sigma Delta. Chi Omega is actively engaged in social service


work in New Orleans. The Grand President, Mrs. Collins, has been
spending the winter here, engaged in some social research work.

The next fraternity to be established at Newcomb was Kappa
Kappa Gamma. The group of girls petitioning was not a Greek-
letter local, but was organized for the purpose of petitioning Kappa
Kappa Gamma. The charter was granted after several years of
strenuous work, and Beta Omicron Chapter was established i n 1904.
This was the second southern chapter to be installed. The chapter
has had the usual local interests, and its members have worked
individually in settlement work and other social service. I n 1906,
Delta Chapter of Phi Mu was founded at Newcomb. There were
six charter members. During its life Delta Chapter has grown to
forty-two initiates, one affiliate, and six pledges.

Up'to this f a l l , Phi M u has not had a room on the campus, but
like K A 0 and A E $ has had to live on one of the nearby streets.
This fall, however, the college fixed two other rooms in the basement,
and Phi Mu and Alpha Delta Pi moved in with the rest of us.

Alpha Delta Pi was established a few days after Phi Mu. The
local chapter Epsilon, was not a Greek-letter local before petitioning
the national organization. I n 1 9 1 3 Alpha Delta Pi changed its name
from Alpha Delta Phi. Some time ago one of the A A I I national
officers addressed local Panhellenic and told us something of the
work of the National Panhellenic.

Kappa Alpha Theta was established at Newcomb i n May, 1 9 1 4 .
I n 1 9 1 1 Phi Mu Gamma came to Newcomb, and the local chapter,
in October, 1913, broke away from this organization and became a
local under the name of Alpha Phi, so as to be able to petition
Kappa Alpha Theta. The charter was granted and the Alpha Phi
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was established i n 1914. As Alpha
Phi, the chapter held the scholarship cup offered by Chi Omega, in
1912-13. As a Theta chapter, the cup was held in 1 9 1 3 - 1 4 and
1915-16, being lost to Pi Beta Phi in 1914-15.

Our youngest neighbor, the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi,
was granted a charter in December, 1916. This fraternity is the only
Jewish organization of its kind at college. I t has been a local
organization since 1907. Immediately upon the granting of its
charter, local Panhellenic extended an invitation to A E * to
join. This invitation was readily accepted, and we welcomed the
eighth fraternity into our midst.

The feeling of good-fellowship prevails among all of the frater-
nities and while each of us may feel a little hostile toward our rivals
on pledge day, that spirit is soon superseded by a friendlier and


more charitable one. Some of the fraternities have started a very
nice custom of inviting three or four other fraternity girls into their
rooms for lunch. We spend a pleasant, gossipy half-hour, and go
away feeling closer to our neighbors than ever before.

R I E T T A GARLAND, n , '17.




(These notes are so original that the Editor has placed them by themselves.
Alumnas assistant editors—take notice!!)

In response to the Editor's appeal to "make this last To DRAGMA,
before Convention, the best," Omicron's alumna; editor sent out a
frantic S. 0 . S. call to some of the old girls for news. Though they
responded with such promptness and good-nature as to lay themselves
liable to many future calls, they declared that they were doing, think-
ing, planning, nothing of sufficient moment to be worthy of notice
in To DRAGMA. That spoke well for their respect for the magazine,
but would have proven a sad blow to me, except for the blessed fact
that I found in those same letters, answers to the very questions with
which other girls have been bombarding me. There was a delight-
f u l unanimity along one line. Everybody mentioned Convention
either stating her intention of attending or her desire to do so, and
invariably asking, "Do you know who is going?" Here are some
of the facts which I read between the lines.

Myrtle Cunningham Tompkins declared that she and her
Doctor-man shouted over my agonized plea for news, and the said
man was quoted as saying, "Tell her you are doing nothing but taking
care of a good-for-nothing husband, two bad boys, and a tin automo-
bile." Myrtle concurs in all that, with the exception of the
adjectives. However, I happen to know that in that more or less
isolated community there is a Study Club (federated, too) which owes
its inception to Mrs. Tompkins, and for which she has planned and
directed the work during the past two years. But does she take any
credit to herself? Not she! A l l she says is, " I ' m learning more
history than I ever learned in college." Myrtle is going to Conven-
tion, I ' m glad to say.

I thought of what Coila Anderson's community demands of her,
when Margaret Rogers wrote that out in the honest-to-goodness coun-
try she is lending her college-trained faculties and the richness of her
college experience to the direction of a literary society, composed
of girls in a radius of nine miles from Pulaski. Margaret, too,,
teaches a Sunday school class, "all ages from three to thirteen" and
she is not going to Convention because it is a physical impossibility
for her to be in two places at one and the same time, and she is
preengaged for a "back-to-nature" camping trip at the same date.

B. Armstrong insisted that she is a day laborer, but I ' m rejoiced
to say she is going to take a.few days from her work at the state


normal to go to Convention. B., by the way, has the awful honor
of being president of the Home Economics Division of the East
Tennessee Educational Association.

Here's my trump card, O ye hesitators! Mary Rust is coming
all the way from Nova Scotia for that Alpha O Convention, and she
wants us to make it a reunion for Omicron Chapter as well.

My letter to Jess McFarland brought the greatest news to me,
though the other Omicron girls may know already of her marriage
to William G. Cullen. They are living in Tucson, Arizona.

I t is a far cry from Arizona to Des Moines, Iowa, but Jess
Edmonds Cromer could live at the north pole and we'd still feel
close to her. She's that kind. Her letter brought joy to my heart,
for she is going to join the Panhellenic in Des Moines, and she asked
where to send her subscription to To DRAGMA. N O convention for
Jess! She Ls going to take her kiddies, Robert and Harriet, to the
country to stay from April to September, when Robert starts to

I might as well admit that I always impose shamefully on
Felicia Metcalfe. This time I assigned her the thankless task of
ferreting out news about the other Fayetteville Alpha's. She an-
swered, in a somewhat alliterative manner, that she herself is dishing
out delectable doses of duty and discipline in French and Science in
the Huntsville High School, and that as far as she has been able to
discover, each of the other Alpha's is busy making home happy for a
husband. Fay Waggoner Buchanan is filling the role of fond
parent to a whole bunch of sturdy little Buchanans, while her sister
Laura Moore, has only recently acquired her first heir. Mrs. Ed
Harris (Sallie Frances of the fascinating laugh) and her husband
are living on a farm about five miles from Fayetteville, and when I
tell you that farm is a typical middle Tennessee one, I've said enough.
Before I leave Fayetteville for "pastures new," allow me to add that
Felicia will be at Convention in June.

I had "me doots" about getting an answer from Ethel Terry over
in Memphis, for Ethel is in the whirl of society in the Bluff City.
However, she stopped whirling long enough to write me that she is
to have a very wonderful trip to New York this summer that will
prevent her coming to the Convention. Now, I hate that, because
Ethel Terry is one of the most fascinating and attractive women I
know, and Omicron Chapter is keenly desirous of sending her bright-
est and best to our anniversary' Convention. And neither is Harriet
Greve going, unless I kidnap her, for she insists on carrying out her
-contract with the University of Chattanooga Summer School.


As for "the Williamses" this is their Sabbatical year as far as
summer school is concerned, and barring accidents, Convention week
will find them both in Lynchburg prepared to have as wonderful a
Big Time as they experienced in the Convention of 1912.

Chattanooga has recently been visited by the worst flood since the
Civil War times and Alpha O's in the "Dynamo of Dixie" had
ample opportunity to apply all the best principles of their fraternity.
They all worked on the relief committees, making thousands of sand-
wiches and gallons of soup, soliciting funds, collecting bedding and
clothing for the flood-sufferers, superintending the housing of
refugees and the distribution of supplies during the whole week the
Tennessee was on the rampage.

And as a closing item, I want to tell you that long before the Feb-
ruary To DRAGMA was issued, Louise Wiley had conceived, and the
active chapter had executed, the idea of a round-robin letter to the
alumnae, and we have already had one such treat. You see Louise has
been an alumna, and she knows by experience how we long to be kept
in close touch with our own chapter and as a graduate student she
suggested the plan. I am happy for this opportunity to speak for all
the old girls, and tell those dear girls of the active chapter how much
we appreciate their thought of us and how much we did enjoy that



The appended report speaks for itself. The Business Manager
wishes to speak for herself, however, long enough to say "Thank you"
to the chapter assistant business managers who have given of their
time and enthusiasm to this rather thankless work. I t is no f u n to
write those "please send your dollar" letters, as the Manager herself
can testify having written several hundred, plus countless post-cards.
And here is a special "Thank you" for those "pay i n advance" sub-
scribers, who rejoice the heart of business managers. May their
tribe increase!

For the many nice letters, and the pleasant correspondence friend-
ships formed, again "thank you."


Business Manager.

Chapter Alumna Subscribers Per Cent

Rho 58 45 75.8
Upsilon 29 19 72.9
Beta 12 7 58.3
Sigma 112 65 58
Epsilon 46 26 56.5
Gamma 100 51 51
Chi 28 14 50

Iota 50 17 34
Lambda 61 18 29.2
65 17 26.1
Pi 129 32 24.8
98 24, 24.4
Zeta 51 15 23.5
Kappa 129 23 17.8
Delta 55 9 16.3
12 13.9
Nu 86 9
Alpha 109 2 .073
Beta Phi


I t is surprising how many girls could name in the recent exami-
nations only five or six fraternities in National Panhellenic. One
chapter could not name or locate our own chapters, and quite a
few girls show an appalling ignorance of our constitution. The
papers were quite neat, and in most cases prompt. I t has been a
task, but a pleasant one to be the examiner.

The first four places are held by three chapters who held the
places of honor last year and by a formidable rival in the northwest—
a chapter installed on February 23rd, and examined less than a


month later. We congratulate these four chapters upon their good


L I N D A B. TERRY, Examining Officer.

Rho 96.6 Zeta 85.64
Omicron 95.4 Theta 85.5
Kappa 93.3 Gamma 84.4
Alpha Phi 93.1
90.4 Iota 84.2
Tau Delta 84.
Nu Kappa 90. Sigma 83.8
Pi 89.5 Chi
Lambda 89.1 Upsilon 79.6
Eta 85.66 Beta Phi 76.6
Epsilon 85.66 Nu
No papers received



The installation of Eta—what memories the phrase brings to my
mind! I t was a rainy, blustery day when I first landed in Madison
with Vera Riebel at the station to meet me, eager to tell me all the
developments of the situation thus far, and anxious to have me meet
and pass upon the girls that she and Shirley McDavitt had gathered
as a nucleus for a chapter at Madison. To most of you the details
of the very beginnings of the chapter are history now, but for those
of you who have not heard, I shall state the facts briefly.

Acting upon invitation from the local Panhellenic at Wisconsin
University to install a chapter there, Shirley McDavitt, Kappa, and
Vera Riebel, Rho, went to Madison early in the fall and with the
help of the Dean and Assistant Dean of Women attempted to pick
out girls strong in college life and activities, who might readily absorb
and carry on the ideals of Alpha Omicron Pi. Naturally there were
many discouraging moments and much hard-work connected with the
undertaking and I do not think we can shower too much praise
upon these girls who through strenuous efforts and a tireless giving of
time and self have made our new chapter at Madison a fact. Shirley
McDavitt had had to leave after a few weeks and then the task fell
upon Vera's capable shoulders. Mrs. Swanson, our Registrar, had
gone up to help over one week-end when matters were not progressing
so smoothly, and then shortly after, on the rainy, blustery day before
mentioned, I arrived in Madison to help Vera cinch the whole matter
if possible. And the day's stop that I had intended to make
lengthened into three—and three such days as I shall never forget.
How we tramped around in the sleet and rain, meeting girls here and
encouraging girls there—and always in between times calling on the
Dean! Finally we asked for a Panhellenic meeting, put our problem
up to them quite squarely, seeking to know i f they would advise go-
ing ahead for a petition with the material we already had. And
their reply was so favorable, their spirit of good will so manifest,
that we went back quite encouraged and helped the girls prepare
their petition for Grand Council.

Then came the days of waiting, far harder for them than for us,
I presume, for after all it was not long before word came that the
petition had passed, and that Mrs. Swanson and I were to install.
Unfortunately Mrs. Swanson could not go upon such short notice but
made Vera her delegate, and once again we started for Madison, to
finish the work we were both so keenly interested in. With us went
Julia Fuller of Rho, and the next day Grace May, Kate Blum, Ger-

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aldine Kindig of Rho, and Mable Wallace of Iota, joined us in time
for the installation.

What a busy time we did have! There were so many things to be
done in such a few hours—the needed certificates to be obtained from
the Dean, the reporters of the papers to be interviewed, the place to
be arranged for the installation and banquet, real estate men to inter-
view about a house—well, we did get through in time to dress for
the installation at five o'clock at the Park Hotel! And then once
more I had the beautiful privilege of giving the installation service,
this time even more impressive to me because I knew the girls upon
whom I was conferring the dear privileges and sacred duties of
our fraternity.

We made quite a staunch showing as later on we gathered around
the banquet table, nine quite new Alpha O's and their two pledges
and the seven of us who had come up to assist at their debut. Our
happy time was somewhat marred by Vera's sudden illness—she
had come from a sick bed to help install "her girls"—but neverthe-
less the toasts were given and fealty sworn to Alpha O with much the
same beautiful spirit that we find wherever Alpha O's are met

I t was late at night before we finished discussing the details of
their organization, going over the rituals and giving to them the
hundred and one "pointers" that are so necessary for a successful
chapter. And before we knew it the time for leave-taking had come,
and it was a tired but still happily excited crowd of us that got on-
to the train that was to carry us back to Chicago as we slept. Even
Vera was feeling better, and there was nothing but our physical
weariness to mar the happy beginning of Eta Chapter of Alpha Omi-
cron Pi.


Installing Officer.



B Y JOYCE C H E N E Y , r, ' 1 9 .
(The author of these verses, though but a sophomore, has already met with
acceptance by the editors of several current magazines.)


One hundred thousand battle cries
Red clouds of blood dust o'er the town.
A victor o'er a shrinking head
Has checked his sabre sweeping down.

Some whispered "Charity."

One woman left a woman's group,
A silence that was loud, the while
Her eyes turned toward the leader's face,
But she has hid the little smile,

And that is Charity!


A blind King owned a garden fair
And chanced to pluck one day
A flower that pricked his soft, white hand
He flung the bloom away,
"Ah why didst that?" the Jester cried
" 'Twas but a thistle—Fool,
Besides it pricked me. Say no more
Come, jest, draw nigh thy stool."

The Fool moved not nor was there^ jest
From out his queer lips born,
"The flower was not a thistle, Lord,
But red rose with its thorn."
"Find it at once," the King hath cried,
The wise Fool shook his head,
"You crushed the flower beyond repair,
The rose, milord, is dead."



Oh! it's never bein' lonely,
An' your heart is singin' glad,
An' your troubles die from hunger,

For ya dinna dare be sad.

Oh! it's puttin' in a handshake
More than in a well-sized book;

An' you find a bit o' heaven
I n each tone o' voice an' look.

Oh! it's livin' an' it's knowin'
That someone cares you live
Oh, it's sharin' more than givin'

And it isn't what you give!

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