That this is Convention
year—the twentieth an-
niversary of Alpha
KAPPA W I L L BE HOSTESS!
Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity
BTftblt of (ttontpnta
The Fraternity Girl in College Life Elizabeth Hamilton 8
Report of Scholarship Committee for Second Semester, 1915-16 14
I f I ' were Adviser to Girls Thomas Arkle Clark 15
To Alpha Omicron Pi 19
The History of Indiana University Vivian Day 21
The Installation of Beta Phi at Indiana University
Merva Dolsen Hennings 23
Poems Elizabeth Hanly 25
The Campus Life Series Leslie Blanchard 26
The Quiet Corner 28
A Porto Rican Honeymoon Florence Chase Stover 30
Announcements and Correspondence 32
Active Chapter Letters 38
Alumnae Chapter Letters 61
News of the College and Fraternity World 68
DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS
FOUNDERS OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
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
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha '98, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N. J .
Grand President, Isabelle Henderson Stewart (Mrs. B. F . , J r . ) , Sierra City, Cal.
Grand Recording Secretary, Helen N . Henry, 264 Boylston St., Boston, Mass.
Grand Treasurer, Lillian MacQuillin McCausland (Mrs. Norman) 29 Hum-
bold St., 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
Registrar, Marie Vick Swanson (Mrs. A. E . ) , 1926 Sherman Ave., Evanston,
Auditor, Helen Dickinson, 1646 Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, Cal.
Examining Officer, Linda Best Terry (Mrs. W. L ) , 231 Avalon Place,
Chairman Committee on New Chapters, Viola C k r k Gray, 1527 So. 23rd St.,
Editor-in-chief of To D R A C M A , Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Business Manager of To DRAGMA, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W. F . ) ,
Delegate, Anna Estelle Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .
EDITORIAL BOARD OF TO DRAGMA
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-
Exchanges, Helen Charlotte Worster, Caribou, Maine.
Chapter Letters, Margaret June Kelley, 52 Essex St., Bangor, Maine.
ALUMNAE ASSISTANT EDITORS
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, 205 Davis St., Greenville, Miss.
Zeta—Elsie Ford Piper, Wayne, Neb.
Sigma—Mrs. Ward B. Esterly, 244 Alvarado Rd., Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Mrs. Le Roy McCleod, Browns Valley, Ind.
Delta—Mrs. Maurice J . Keating, 24 Weston St., Waltham, Mass.
Gamma—Elizabeth Hanly, Caribou, Maine.
Epsilon—Clara Graeffe, 255 McDonough St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Rho—Mrs. Carolyn Piper Dorr, Berwyn, 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—Vivian So Relle Williams (Mrs. R . G.) Walk I No. 15, Madison
Park, Seattle, Wash.
ALUMNAE ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGERS
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—Emma F . Black, 2913 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 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—Elizabeth Hiestand, 1506 Fargo Ave., Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Frances Chandler, 623 Park View Ave., Los Angeles, Cal.
Iota—Annette Stephens Shute, 5818 Erie St., Austin Station, Chicago, 111.
Tau—Bertha M. Brecht, 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, HI.
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.
New York Alumnae—New York City.
San Francisco Alumna;—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I .
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumna:—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans Alumnae—New Orleans, L a .
Minneapolis and St. Paul Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn.
Pi—Mildred Renshaw, 741 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Mary B. Peaks, 244 Waverly PI., New York City.
Omicron—Mary D . Houston, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Augusta Stacy, R. M. W. C , Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Edna M. Hathway, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Gladys Goeggel, 1328 Hyde St., San Francisco, Cal.
Theta—Agnes L . Lakin, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Margaret Durkee, 38 Professors' Row, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Jessie Sturtevant, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Dagmar Schmidt, 109 Valentine Place, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Marion E . Abele, 1340 Glenlake 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—Helen M . Pierce, 800 5th St. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Frances Carter, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Louise Benton, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Genevieve Groce, 3530 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas.
Beta Phi—Vivian Day, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind.
New Y o r k — E d i t h Dietz, 217 W . 105 th 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,
Boston—Blanche Hooper, 125 Professors' Row, Tufts College, Mass.
Lincoln—Annie Jones, 1710 B Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Los Angeles—Mildred Hunter Stahl (Mrs.Leslie), 535 E . Bailey St., Whittier,
Chicago—Corris Peake (Mrs. E . J . ) , Barrington, 111.
Indianapolis—Margaret Jayne, 1318 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis, I n d .
New Orleans—Anna Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Minneapolis and St. Paul—Mrs. Etta Phillips MacPhie, 2013 Bryant Ave. S.,
Pi—Rietta Garland, 1039 Arabella St., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Frances Walters, 14 E . 16th St., New York City.
Omicron—Mary D. Houston, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Bernice P. Palfrey, R. M. W. C , Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Helen Ayres, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Gladys Geoggel, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Frances Kelly, 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, Maine.
Epsilon—Joanna Donlon, Sage College, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Alice Jane Wilson, Willard Hall, Evanston, 111.
Iota—Velda Bamesberger, A 0 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—Margery 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.
SOME GLIMPSES OF T H E INDIANA CAMPUS
VOL. X I I NOVEMBER, 1916 No. 1
To DRAGMA 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,
Subscription price, One Dollar per year payable in advance; single copies,
Mary Ellen Chase, Editor-in-chief. Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe, Business
T r u l y the heart of man needeth nothing so much as grati-
tude. As the melting mountain streams make the Alpine rose
to flourish, so doth true thankfulness cause the flowers of the
soul to open forth in beauty—the flowers of faith and hope
and simple charity.
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THE FRATERNITY GIRL IN COLLEGE LIFE
BY MISS ELIZABETH HAMILTON
Dean of Women, Miami University
[We are indebted to The Trident of A A A for the following article.—The
The relation of the fraternity to its college home? I t may be that
of gracious guest, sure of a welcome, or ungracious intruder, unpleas-
antly defensive. What a world of difference lies between the two!
And yet such are the two extremes between which lie all the varying
attributes of the fraternity to the college, the college to the frater-
nity. Whom shall we blame for the trouble, i f trouble there be?
Whom but the two concerned—as they say in the contracts, the party
of the first part and the party of the second. And how shall we,
instead of becoming interested i n fixing the blame, find the way
by which friction may be eliminated, and harmony and fine coopera-
tion established? By the simple process that has settled misunder-
standings through all the ages—the simple process of understanding
one another and recognizing one another's rights—so easy to say and
sometimes so difficult to practise! And yet whatever difficulty there
may be, surely there has never been a misunderstanding which could
not be allayed, i f there existed even the smallest interest in common
and a willingness of spirit to be harmonious rather than contentious.
Shall we admit that in some cases the college and the fraternity
seem to represent two such friends working at cross purposes with
one another? Any such admission would call at once for the sug-
gested remedy of determining their common interests and their
attitude. Have they any interests in common?
What is the college trying to give, both in its main service and
in its many interesting by-products? Fine ideals of scholarship,
training in leadership through societies and organizations, the fine
spirit of democracy that recognizes the value and service of every
fellow-worker, a f r u i t f u l ground for the cultivation of friendship
such as shall give new ideals of loyalty and mutual cooperation.
"Why," says the fraternity representative, "you've stolen our thunder;
that's what we're working f o r ! " Good news indeed, and happy are
the colleges and the fraternities that have found out that they
are working for a common cause, and have joined hands in a new
effort for its attainment. No longer then is the fraternity an out-
side force whose ideals and methods are looked upon with suspicion;
no longer are its efforts offensively self-assertive, since recognition
of its place and its value among the college agencies for good,
immediately gives to its members a new incentive to put their ideals
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into practical realities for the benefit of themselves and their associ-
ates. What a satisfaction it is to find that only a blurring or a
misconception of ideals on the part of either the college or the frater-
nity can result in working at cross purposes. What a relief to learn
that the suspicious figure which, in the dark, you mistook for a burglar
trying to steal your treasure, you now find in the f u l l light to be a
new friend who may be set to guard that treasure!
Fine theories, the colleges may say, and while one would admit
that all you have said is true, how, they ask, are those forces to be
turned into channels of service to a l l ; how can we create this fine
spirit of democracy when the sharp line of demarkation is made
between sorority and sorority, between sorority and non-sorority
group? The small contribution that is offered by the present writer
by way of partial solution of this important question must of neces-
sity be specific instances of policy put into operation in one college.
I f any suggestions thus made should be of service in other colleges,
may they be equally effective in producing the same satisfactory
results of friendliness and cooperation.
Four years ago in Miami University, there was but one dormitory
for women on the campus, and the majority of students were there-
fore living in homes of the town, in so-called cottage groups. I t
was but natural, therefore, that the sorority groups should have their
own houses, develop their own social life apart from the larger
group, and become in many ways separate, concrete units. I t is a
familiar condition existing in most of the colleges whose dormitory
facilities f a l l far short of their enrollment; but it is not an ideal
condition, and when four years ago a new dormitory was available
for Miami women, we invited into residence on the campus, not the
freshman cottage groups scattered through the town, but the sorori-
ties. I t seemed but natural that the college should desire to con-
serve for the larger group some of the service that can so naturally
be rendered by the sororities. I f through the greater social efficiency
of their members, the sororities find themselves very largely carry-
ing the social burden of the college, how unfortunate that all of this
should be carried away from the campus and should receive over-
emphasis in the small groups. I f the program of one's day is so
f u l l that no time is left for friendliness except in the discharge of
prescribed duties, how unfortunate that one's associates in the daily
round should be only those already within one's small circle. I f
there is a fine training in democracy that comes from knowing and
working with large numbers, how unfortunate for the sorority girl
in the small isolated group to lose that opportunity for its develop-
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And so, as we coveted for the women students of Miami the
leavening process which should lighten the whole—I hesitate to
apply to a living, breathing mass of American girlhood so leaden a
word as lump—the campus dormitories became the home of groups
of girls who had before them the task of learning to know and to
work with one another. The student of human nature has always for
his comfort and consolation the assurance that i f one really takes
the trouble to get to know another, the result is usually one of
amiable relations, and never does it fail in college. Our college
became a more vital and stimulating place because of the infusion
of this new life into its residence halls, and as they made acquaint-
ance with one another, the grave and the gay, the silent and the
social, there developed unsuspected possibilities of friendship cross-
ing and recrossing from group to group and from sorority members
to unaffiliated girls. I t is a wonderfully refreshing thing to find
that all the fine people in the world are not in our own close cor-
poration, for thereby are opened up untold possibilities of new
associations that are valuable as they give a perspective by which
we are able to judge ourselves and our group. When we have once
gained this point of view, and when, as sorority girls, we have learned
to work and play with others, the barriers have thereby been cut away
that interfere with wholesome intersorority social life. I n the
planning of informal small parties for the social evenings of the
week, one is not surprised to see a group of hostesses made up from
two or three sororities; at a recent dinner party in the college
dining-room, where five girls were entertaining a group of senior
men, I noticed that they represented three sororities and the non-
sorority group. Equally regardless of fraternity affiliation on the
part of the men, too, had they been in the mixing process by which
their guests had been assembled. I n short, in the residence halls
of Miami, we live not as members of small groups whose influence
may or may not make for clannishness, but rather as citizens free and
equal, the only preferment of prestige or popularity being accorded to
the girl of large vision and kindly spirit whose service is as ready as
the need which calls it forth.
College visitors have commented on one institution of our social
life at Miami that is thought to be democratic in its tendency. I n -
stead of having an abundance of fraternity and sorority dances, the
college places a limit on the number to be given by such organiza-
tions, but it permits a dance once a month in the gymnasium under
the direction of a Varsity Social Club made up of representatives
of all the men's organizations. I t is very generally participated in
by all the men in college who dance, the informality of the occasion
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and the low assessment fee being intended to appeal to those who
might be discouraged from attendance by the requisites of greater
social efficiency and a fuller purse. The college believes in the
value of these and has no fault to find with the spirit of democracy
as manifested in the very representative attendance at these dances.
In February, however, when the girls took charge of the varsity and
made of it a Leap Year dance, one of the men made an illuminating
comment that was of interest to me. "I've had an unusually
interesting program," he said, "the girls have adopted a new method
of exchanging dances. When the men make out the programs, they
fill them largely within their own fraternities, but the girls have
given their dances right and left, with no regard for sorority groups.
It's created an unusually good spirit," he added, without knowing
the joy that his passing remark had given me, as I thought of the
large background which this small incident represented. Best of all
was the fact that it was altogether unconscious on the part of the
girls, that it was not a policy adopted to impress people with the
fact that the sororities could be broadminded, but it was the natural
expression of their friendliness for the members of the bigger college
One of the finest contributions, in my estimation, has been made
this year by the sororities, in support of the Student Government
movement. I t takes a period of time, as in all naturally growing
things, for any new system to bear fruit, and we have been working
and waiting for several years for our student government plan to
develop its finest results and to be generally recognized as an ulti-
mate authority whose wisdom and justice could unfailingly be
counted on. The sororities have this year given a final confirmation
of power to the plan and a forcible enunciation of their belief
in it, by referring to the Council for discipline certain of their mem-
bers who had broken college regulations but whose misdemeanors
were known only to their own sorority sisters. "There is no reason
why she should be exempt from the general council investigation,"
one sorority president said, "simply because she belongs to our
sorority. We take action in the sorority in condemnation of any
member who can't stand by the college rules, but that isn't a sub-
stitute for the action of the Council that governs us a l l . " Another
sorority had two indiscreet pledges whose misdemeanor called for
some penalty. One girl was on the campus, the other in her own
home in the town, and under her mother's direction she was not bound
by college regulation in the particular in which she had offended,
and therefore not subject to the student government authority. Her
sorority, however, imposed upon her the same penalty accorded to
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the other student by the Council, thus throwing all the weight of
the sorority in support of the Council. Such service from the
sororities I value as the finest type of disinterested service, and I
covet for every college the fine spirit of loyalty to its institutions
that our sororities have thus shown. Service of that type is not
the kind that makes for self-aggrandizement. Like carrying respon-
sible offices rather does it humiliate the individual and thereby the
group in this voluntary submission to penalty. And yet in what
finer way could the ideals of a sorority be shown, and how splendidly
the spirit of cooperation thus manifests itself in support of the big
interests of the college, rather than in the protection of the interests
of the small group. This is no lip service of loyalty; rather is it the
living expression of consecration to an ideal.
Such I believe to be the ideals of all the sororities. The problem,
however, in every college and every local chapter is to find a practi-
cal means of expression of those ideals in effective service, and that
program will be most effective that is the result of all the applied
wisdom, judgment, sympathy, and common sense of its members.
Do you wonder where to begin on such a program? What does
your college need? What are its faults, its shortcomings? Do not
study the question with the thought of your own or your sorority's
solution of the problem, but sit down with pencil and paper in per-
fectly cold-blooded, impartial fashion and enumerate all the things
you see that somebody ought to do. Is there a struggling organiza-
tion in college that could render effective service i f some new strong
life were infused into it? Is there an unfair apportionment of
honors and of social privileges to some and absolute neglect of
others? Is there need of voicing our approval for the encourage-
ment of faithful leaders instead of leaving them to struggle on in
doubt as to our attitude toward their work? Would optimistic,
enthusiastic citizens have clearer vision to detect the places where
their service is needed ? You will be surprised to find, in an enumera-
tion like this, how much there is that somebody ought to do, and
I believe any group of girls seriously bent on making their ideals
count for something will be able to take the next and more diffi-
cult step, and to select from the list a definite program of tasks hard
enough to be worthy of them. The time has passed, i f indeed i t ever
existed, when the sororities cared only to justify their existence
by the negative policy of not being a selfish and harmful influence
in the college life, and they are ready to have applied to them the
standard that our day demands—the standard of measurement of
their value in terms of service to the life about them.
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Is the problem then solved when the sororities have seen and
recognized their obligation and entered upon the task? Would that
life were so simple and so easy that merely to see and to recognize
one's duty were equivalent to doing i t ! No, the same persistent
courage that holds the individual to his task must also hold the
sorority, and only a fine spirit of sacrifice that means the giving up
of smaller for greater ends, will hold it steadily to its mission. We
who are now in the colleges confidently expect that the work of
the sororities will be no negative contribution; rather do we feel
that their influence must be such as to reach beyond their own prob-
lems and to build in fine constructive fashion for the whole college,
so that we who see their fidelity to ideals may gain new inspiration
for service and take fresh courage because of such fellow-workers.
Then, indeed, can there be no misunderstanding of motives, no con-
flicting of ideas, no ungracious relation between college and frater-
nity ; but a new spirit of cooperation shall give such results that
we shall ungrudgingly confess that the college is a better, finer place
to live in because of the presence of the sororities there.
The common problem, yours, mine, everyone's,
Is not to fancy what were fair in life
Provided it could be, but finding first
What may be, then find how to make it fair
Up to our means—a very different thing.
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REPORT OF SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE FOR
S E C O N D S E M E S T E R , 1915-16
The Scholarship Committee submits the following report for the
second semester of 1915-16. Pi was unable to report, as the dean
was too busy, due to the rush of work at the opening of college, to
f i l l in the blanks. No word has been received from Theta.
Sigma instituted a new system last semester, whereby each girl
has to report publicly before the whole meeting, every Monday night,
the marks she has received through the week in her studies, the num-
ber of classes from which she has been absent, and in what college
activities she has taken part. This seems to be a good plan and may
be a help to other chapters in raising the standard of scholarship.
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Rho 40.8 51-7 7-4 18.2 4 First
Nu 55-29 9.4 9.4 8 Second
35-29 65 16.6 11
34-9 67.9 1.01 16.4 Second
3i 14.8 14
26.7 73-2 3-7
24-5 74-3 1.84 15-4 3
19.7 79-3 8.06 14.63 14
18.6 79-5 5-6 1
82.2 13.: 16.5 15
17.1 82.1 1.9 11
12.1 4.1 15-9 7
16.9 69.7 6.5 10.8 10
11 87 16.7
7-3 86.2 17.4
6.6 89.4 15
1. Highest gTade given by institution, e. g., "excellent," "honors,"
"above 9 0 % , " etc.
2. Grades between 1 and 3.
3. Grades not resulting in credit toward graduation, e. g., "con-
dition," "failure," "not passed," etc.
Remarks. Omicron—All seniors (seven) on University Honor
Nu Kappa—Additional hours in music to complete
MILDRED HARLEY MACDONALD,
H E L E N FOSS W E E K S .
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IF I WERE ADVISER TO GIRLS
T H O M A S A R K L E C L A R K , D E A N OF M E N , UNIVERSITY OF I L L I N O I S
One of the first things, perhaps, which a college officer in my posi-
tion will learn is, that we shall not get far in the knowledge of the
personal life of young men in college without soon coming to know a
good deal about young women as individuals and in general. This
information, gathered from the young men I have known, has usually
been given me very frankly, sometimes quite unconsciously; some-
times it has been a matter of inference, and often I have woven
together the scattered threads of conversation which I have picked up
at one place and another, and of them formed the fabric of truth
relative to the young man's ideas and reactions. I t is because of these
experiences that I have come to realize how certain things in a girl's
dress, in her toilet artifices, in her personal relations with young men,
affect these men, and it is concerning these things that I have felt
often that I should like to have a quiet, frank talk with girls.
A girl will be wise i f she hesitates before making a confidant of a
man, unless he be her father or her brother, no matter what the man's
age may be or the sincerity of his friendship. The proper confidant
of a girl is her mother. "Men are so much more sympathetic," I have
heard girls say, "and they often understand girls better than women
do!" I should not care to argue that point, but ordinarily I have
found that the better understanding, i f there were such, was of very
little advantage in the developing of the girl's character or in helping
her out of her troubles.
As I was riding in a railway train not long ago I was forced to
listen to a conversation going on between a middle-aged traveling man
and a young woman twenty years old, perhaps, who had taken a seat
beside him. I t was easy to infer from the talk that they had never
before met, and to my relief it was quite as easy to draw the conclu-
sion that he was a gentleman, and that she was a girl well brought up
but quite lacking in judgment. During the one hundred miles that
they were together she told him of her ambitions, of her troubles at
home, of her love affairs, of every personal thing, in fact, that had
seemed to touch her. She left the train finally, and her companion
after helping her off came back and dropped into the seat beside me.
"She isn't safe," he said by way of explanation, and I agreed as I now
agree that the girl who opens up her private affairs for the inspection
of any man has by so doing broken down effectively one barrier of
personal protection. She is shutting out a larger danger than she
knows when she keeps her private and personal affairs to herself.
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Though it is true that most men do not have the intuition usually
attributed to young women, yet young men are quite likely to detect
in the young women with whom they associate subterfuge and deceit,
and this knowledge or detection they are not likely to confess. I was
interested lately in listening to the conversation of two young men
with regard to a young woman of their common acquaintance. The
first young man had invited her to a party and she had accepted.
Later the second young man had asked her to accompany him to a
dinner on the same evening. She preferred the dinner to the dance,
so she pleaded illness as an excuse to break the first engagement and
went to the dinner with the second young man. Neither respected
her afterwards, and, though they never explained to her, neither ever
invited her again. Young men are usually too frank and open with
each other for such deceit on the part of girls to be long concealed,
and in the end the girl suffers.
The toilet artifices which a woman employs almost never deceive
a man, and invariably tend to make her cheap and common in his
estimation. He knows when she gets her complexion from a bottle
or a box, and when she puts it on with a pencil or chamois cloth.
I t has its effect upon him over and above the physical charm which
it exerts, and i f I could have a quiet talk with her, I should like to
tell her that the effect is not quiet what a modest, sensible girl would
wish. Just yesterday, accompanied by a junior, as I was walking to
my office after lunch, I met a young college girl well known among the
undergraduates. She is generally spoken of or addressed by a friendly
nickname; she is discussed i n detail on every occasion, and her cos-
metics are analyzed daily at a dozen fireside laboratories. She was
carefully, i f not extremely, dressed. One could not see her face with-
out being impressed by it even i f one did not turn, as most young
fellows did, to look at it the second time. Her carefully .penciled
eyebrows stood out black and distinct, her bright red lips, her white
neck revealed by the low-cut blouse, and her cheeks beautifully soft
and pink were as attractive as an artificial flower. "Polly has some
skill with the brush," remarked my companion admiringly. There
was no deceit about her complexion; it was incontestably well made
and securely put on, but there was not a young man in college who,
seeing her a block away, would for a moment have imagined that
it was her own. Such chemical tricks usually suggest to a man who
sees them shallowness, instability, lack of genuineness on the part
of the young woman who resorts to them, and so to a certain degree
a lack of character. With such a girl a man is likely to feel less
restraint, more freedom of speech and action—he can take more liber-
ties—and such a girl is less free from vulgar attention among
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strangers and less safe. I t is true that some refined and cultivated
women resort to these skilful artifices with the hope of thus enhancing
their beauty, but it is also unfortunately true that all women of low
character do so, and sometimes with even more consummate skill. And
how is one to know to which class the woman in question belongs,
the young fellow asks, and as a result his respect for all women who
resort to these cosmetical tricks is, whether he is conscious of it or
not, somewhat lowered. The fact that a young man will compliment
a girl on the skill with which she has applied her artificial complexion
counts for little. He realizes the purpose she had in mind and knows
that it is up to him.
The wise girl, and the one who will in the end win most respect
and the greatest number of friends, is the girl who stands firmly for
social conventionalities. Some of these social forms, it is true, often
seem foolish or unnecessary, but they are usually in the long run a
test of character. The girl who attends a dance that is unchaperoned,
who goes through an evening's entertainment without speaking to the
hostess or the reception committee, who allows the young man to stay
a little later than the house rules permit, who permits familiarities or
unconventionalities of any sort, has by so doing weakened her social
fortress, and helped to undermine the respect for herself of the very
young man who may have urged her to do the unconventional thing,
and who may have lauded her afterwards for being a good sport.
Most of the girls who were known in college as "good sports" or
"good fellows" or "popular girls" are either not married at all, or are
unhappily married. The sensible man usually knows enough to steer
clear of this sort when it comes to matrimony.
I f I were adviser to girls, I should caution young women against
extremes of any sort in dress. The girl who by her ultra dressing
attracts attention to herself as she walks across the campus, by that
very act, in the minds of all young men, reflects upon her own char-
acter. Every healthy young woman naturally wants to be becomingly
dressed, and so, of course, wants to be dressed in keeping with the
latest style, but it is possible to be stylish without being freakish.
The extremely short, or the painfully narrow, skirt, the low-cut
bodice, and extremes of dress of all sorts that expose the wearer's
figure, all have their effects upon the characters of the young men
with whom the girls who wear such costumes associate, and in turn
these costumes all suggest to young men something not wholly com-
plimentary concerning the characters of the young women who wear
these extreme clothes. Only recently I was looking over the photo-
graphs submitted for publication in the so-called "beauty section"
of a college annual. Many of the photographs showed the young
women in dresses cut so low as to reach almost the limits of modesty.
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" I f the girls only realized what the influence of such pictures and
such dressing is upon us fellows," one of the boys remarked to me,
" I believe they would be more conservative and more careful."
The girl who bids for attention is never popular. There is nothing
that so palls upon a young man and so dampens his ardor as ease of
conquest; there is nothing so stimulating of interest as indifference.
This is the main reason why it is often so impossible for one young
woman to understand why another one is popular; but the boy knows.
The easily won girl is frequently and even chronically engaged, but
she seldom marries. To the sensible, clean fellow she seems usually
uninteresting, a little shop worn, a little soiled from being tossed
A few months ago I had an opportunity to observe in a little
country town in Italy two American girls who were attracting con-
siderable attention. They were thoroughly artificial i n manner, in
speech, in complexion. They were dressed in the most extreme mode
of an ultra style. Every foreigner, not to speak of every American,
turned his head to look again as they passed. I have no doubt that
on the whole they were modest, well-meaning girls, but their whole
make-up was a challenge to every man they met to show them atten-
tion, and they received much that was not pleasing. I n contrast to
these two was a group of young women from an Ohio College whom
i t was my pleasure to meet during the same summer in another
Italian village. They were natural, genuine, unartificial, conservative
in dress and manner. They had gone everywhere in a country
sometimes thought dangerous for women to travel in alone, and had
had no unpleasant experiences, because by their dress, and their
reserve, and their quiet conventionality, they had revealed their true
character to every one they met.
I f I were adviser to girls, I think I should try to let girls see that
the things which men often seem blind to, they ordinarily are quite
well aware o f ; that the things they often seem most to admire, they
care the least f o r ; that the convention against which they rail, they
do not really despise; and the indiscretions which they frequently
advocate, they would very much dislike to see engaged in by the young
women with whom they associate. Natural manners, natural speech,
natural complexions, a quiet self-restraint, modesty in dress, a respect
for conventionalities, a low laugh, constancy in friendship—all these
I have learned by contact with men are appealing in women and
ultimately win respect and admiration. I f I were giving advice to
girls, I should urge them to cultivate these qualities, and I should
assure them that the average young fellow sees through subterfuges,
recognizes artificialities, and has little respect for that which is not
genuine and conventional in girls.
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T H E HISTORY OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
The University of Indiana has had a long history, dating from
its beginning as a small seminary to its rank as a state university of
the present time.
The "Enabling Act" of Congress authorizing the formation of a
state government contained, among other items, the grant of an entire
township to be designated by the President of the United States, for
the use of a seminary of learning. This same convention provided for
a general system of education, ascending in a regular gradation from
township schools to a State University wherein tuition should be
gratis, and equally open to all. No other state in the Union had
then incorporated into its constitution a declaration in favor of a
university open to all alike and with free tuition.
Dr. David H . Maxwell, who drafted the clause of the constitution
excluding slavery from the state, is also regarded as the founder
of the university.
The township elected was in Monroe County, and the seminary
was opened in 1824. For three years only one instructor was
employed, who taught the two languages, Latin and Greek, and
received a salary of two hundred and f i f t y dollars a year. The
students numbered thirteen, fifteen, and twenty-one, respectively, for
these three years. A great protest was made by politicians and other
dissatisfied persons when, at the end of this time, another instructor
was selected to teach the additional subjects of mathematics and
natural sciences. They complained of extravagance and of sectarian
On account of favorable reports in 1828, Indiana Seminary was
raised to the rank of a college, and the new institution was given
authority to confer, "such degrees in the liberal arts and sciences as
are usually granted and conferred by other colleges in America."
Freedom of religious opinions was guaranteed to professors and stu-
dents, and the teaching of sectarian principles was forbidden.
Rev. Andrew Wylie was chosen to organize and develop the new
college, and he was later chosen as the first president. When the
first college catalogue was published in 1831 there were sixty students
The growth of the state and the importance of the college caused
the general assembly in 1838 to transform the institution into Indiana
University, with authority to grant additional degrees in law and
The most important innovation about 1868 was the admission of
women to the university. A t that time no other state had adopted
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the system of coeducation. Indiana University was, among state
universities, the pioneer in this movement.
I n 1883 the destruction of the principal building on the old college
site caused the college to be moved to the east edge of Bloomington,
and in 1885 the new university began with two brick buildings and
a frame chapel building.
A t the present time Indiana University has eleven buildings and
an annual attendance of twenty-six hundred. One of the buildings of
which we are especially proud is the "Student", Building. This was
erected in 1907 from contributions provided by aiumni students and
friends of the university with an equal donation from John D. Rocke-
feller. The central part is an auditorium used for public lectures
and for entertainments for the students. The west wing is used by
the women students for their league, Y. W. C. A., and athletics.
The east wing is used by the men for the Men's Union and the
Y. M . C. A.
A new men's gymnasium, costing two hundred and fifty thousand
dollars, is now nearing completion. I t will be ready for use about
the first of January. The students are very eager for this great
improvement, and will all appreciate this gymnasium which is one
of the finest in the middle west.
We have a very large campus, one of the most beautiful natural
campuses in the United States.
One of the important parts of the university is the extension divi-
sion. This department conducts correspondence courses and sends
reading matter of different kinds to all parts of Indiana. The pur-
pose is to bring some of the advantages of the university to people
who are unable to attend.
There are several organizations in the university open to all men
and women, which have been of great benefit. The Woman's League
and Y. W. C. A. are for the women, and the Men's Union and
Y. M . C. A. are the organizations open to all men.
The Woman's League is intended to help the social life of the girls,
and to make college attendance more pleasant for them.
The Men's Union has helped the students in many ways. Every
year a series of good entertainments is brought to the university
through this agency. The students show their appreciation by good
attendance. The Union also operates a moving-picture show for the
students every Wednesday and Friday evenings dn the auditorium
of the Student Building.
We have six national sororities at this time. They are: Pi Beta
Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Zeta, Kappa Kappa
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Gamma, and Alpha Omicron Pi. A group of girls have been petition-
ing for a chapter of T r i Delta.
We also have two literary clubs, the Indiana and the Independent.
Both men and women are eligible. Literary meetings are conducted
about every two weeks.
India'na is growing and raising its standards every year, so that it
is surely an advantage to attend such a university.
V I V I A N D A Y , B <£, '19.
T H E INSTALLATION OF BETA PHI AT INDIANA
I n June, 1909, at Evanston, Illinois, several excited girls waited i n
an upstairs room for the moment to come when they should be
installed as Rho Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi. Little could I dream
as I trembled there among them that in seven short years I myself
should have the wonderful privilege of installing a chapter for this
same fraternity. I t was with some trepidation that I received word
from Isabelle Stewart that Viola Gray and I were to install the new
chapter at Indiana University. I hardly felt myself worthy to be
entrusted with so high a mission, yet I quieted myself with the
thought that Viola Gray would surely bring to the occasion all the
dignity of which I stood in such dire need. Imagine, then, my dis-
may when telegrams came thick and fast, telling of the Indiana girls'
anxiety for an early installation, of Viola Gray's inability to be there
so soon, and of the necessity for me to come at once! My one con-
solation was, that with the hurried preparations and the early start,
I had little time to wonder how I could possibly do i t ; I could only
hope that somehow strength would be given me to carry to this new
chapter the true spirit of Alpha O's message.
And thus it had come about that early on the morning of June 3rd,
I was traveling as fast as the "Monon" would take me toward
Bloomington—and the great task. An hour before I was due to
reach my destination, the girls of Theta Chapter got on the train at
Greencastle. How pleasant it was to meet them after the long ride
alone, to find them so enthusiastic over the new chapter, and so
glad that they could all be present at the installation. A t four i n
the afternoon we were met at Bloomington by the Indiana girls who
took us to one of their homes where we had a better chance to perfect
our plans for the evening. We had an early dinner and then hurried
through the pleasant streets of Bloomington to the home of Hannah
Blair, where the installation was to occur. A l l too soon, it seemed
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to me, the hour had come—that hour which I hoped, with fear and
trembling, might mean so much to these new sisters. One by one
the vows were taken, the pins clasped on, and soon we were greeting
fourteen lovely sisters, and Alpha Omicron Pi had a new chapter—
our Beta Phi.
I cannot begin to thank the Theta girls enough for the way they
came down en masse and helped me give to this occasion the solemnity
it should always have; I could never have given to Beta Phi the f u l l
meaning of our loved fraternity without the help of these sisters who
are to be nearest of all to them.
After our dear labors of initiation we stopped for a while to regale
the inner man, and then worked far into the night perfecting the
plans of Beta Phi's organization, discussing the constitution, electing
officers, and attending to all the necessary work that a new chapter
must do. There was so much to do and so little time to do it i n ! I
had to start back for Chicago early Sunday morning to greet the first
of the family guests coming for my sister's wedding at my home the
next Saturday. I t simply meant that everything had to be done
that night. We were tired, indeed, when we left one another, but
I could not look into those strong young faces and recall the earnest-
ness with which they had promised allegiance to Alpha O, without
feeling that with them, indeed, we might safely leave the future of
Beta Phi. And as I thought of the precious memories and priceless
inspirations that Alpha O had brought to me in the past seven years,
I could only hope that each one of these new sisters too might gain
for herself the true heritage of Alpha Omicron Pi, and that i f Chance
so willed it some one of them some day might have the supreme joy
of herself bringing the treasures of her fraternity to a new chapter.
MERVA DOLSEN H E N N I N G S , Rho, f10,
District Supt. for Middle Western Chapters.
"Why were the saints, saints? Because they were cheerful when it was
difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because
they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, and kept silent when they
wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable.
That was all.
"It was quite simple and always will be."
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
BY ELIZABETH HANLY, r, 'IS
Alumna: Assistant Editor for Gamma Chapter
N E X T DOOR
Often I wake at night and hear
Tread of hoofs on the stable floor,
And I know that Doctor John next door
Is up and off through wind and rain
To a lighted room, where Hope and Fear
Clasp hands across the bed of Pain.
And I say a little prayer and then
D r i f t off to quiet sleep again.
T H E PARADOX
"She is a nation bestial in her hate,
A nation blind to beauty's pure appeal;
She sees the world i n bloody chaos reel,
And bares her teeth in rage insatiate.
She said, 'Let there be darkness. Desecrate
Ocean and earth and sky with flame and steel.
My might is right. Let war's red mist conceal
The helpless hands that stretch importunate.' "
These be the bitter words our lips have learned;
But what of him—that lithe, high-hearted lad,
Who made our golden college days more glad?
And what of him whose wise old heart so yearned
Over the heedless youths beneath his care?
. Her sons they are, who fight for her, somewhere.
For the strong hands, Lord,
And the resolute and sure,
For the will that understands,
And the strength that can endure.
For the soul serene to bear
What of i l l the years afford,
For the impulse straight and fair,
And the white heart, Lord!
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T H E CAMPUS L I F E SERIES
(From the Association Monthly)
What is your favorite verb?
There are seasons and styles in words, as in wardrobes. September
and May have different choices. But for a well-worn, useful first-
semester verb, let me recommend "join." During the first month on
the campus it works overtime. Have you ever listened to yourself use
it? I t may mean college organizations, or political parties, or danc-
ing clubs, or cliques. I t fits all occasions, present, past, and future.
" I joined last year." " I ' l l join tomorrow." "What are you going
to join?" "Can I join now and pay later?" "Why should I join
at all?" I t always means choice; it always means people. And, as
a rule, it means adventure, when we give it a chance!
This is not aimed at membership in the Christian Association, but
in all the organizations (and their name truly is legion) which we
so easily slip into during those first glad, mad days of registration and
The waiting world outside is so eagerly expectant of our coming,
in spite of taunts of "inexperience" and "youth." The people at
home, the friends who believe in us as we are going to be, the
unknown friends who wait for us around the corners of the years, the
great throng of men and women who have left college far behind,
or never knew that joyous kindling experience—they have a right
to be expectant. Have they not get us free for four years that we
may come into the "work of the world" the richer for our freedom?
I t is not "my family" alone who sent me to college, but a million
people whom I have never seen. They it is who wait for us, expec-
tant of much learning, perhaps, but even more surely of swift sym-
pathies, fearless loyalties, teachable spirits, serviceable gratitude.
The organizations in college ought to be more than a means of
"activity," a paste imitation of life as grown-ups know it, or the
reflections of by-gone college tradition. They ought to prepare us
for the broad life of human sympathy and service we dream of. We
are Bachelors of the A r t of living only as we have earned the degree
in a schooling as real as ever the slow pain of Anglo-Saxon grammar
or "Econ. I I " has been! The organizations we all know so well can
prepare us in that way i f we will give them a chance.
Why did you join the Drama League, or the staff of the daily, or
the Woman's League? Because "everybody does"? There is a kind
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of protective coloring among college students. I t is safer to look
alike and do alike, lest environment, in the guise of social ostracism,
or "peculiarity," or lack of college spirit, single you out for attack.
As some one philosophically said, surrendering dues for the fifth time
in a single morning, " I f you join, they let you alone." D i d you just
d r i f t in with the crowd, or in the wake of some person who has con-
victions for herself, and for you? Did your friends carry you in?
Is it loyalty to your "house"? I f you honestly faced yourself and
the organizations you have joined, could you tell why and be proud
to defend yourself?
What will you do now you are "in"? Have you just joined, or do
you really belong? To belong is to be possessed by the purpose of an
organization, to understand it, to give yourself to it, to sacrifice for
it, to work shoulder to shoulder with others in its support, to find
in it a steadying loyalty for every day. To belong to an organization
is to have it change you, stamp its mint mark on you, and through
you change the world in which you live.
There are things on every campus in this country that we would
change i f we could. A few college girls or women have seen the
opportunity lying to their hands, and to them we owe the organiza-
tions that literally mould college life—the student government move-
ment, the Christian Association, the Consumers' Leagues, the Social
Forums, and Community Service Clubs. There are many things in
the world beyond college that we shall be called on to change, i f we
can. And to the women who have in reality belonged to these same
organizations in college will come the joy of making that change.
They will be ready, at least in part, because they have known that
college training is "something more than the ability to walk into a tea
party with assurance, and to use with invariable correctness the
proper fork at one's place."
Now that you have joined, why not make it count, for you, for
your college, and for the people who sent you?
The mistake you made yesterday cannot possibly be made to count on the
record of today unless you yourself repeat it. And then it is not the same
mistake, but a worse one, which you should have been able to avoid.
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T H E QUIET CORNER
0 I've fitted up a quiet place in the corner of my heart!
Its four walls are of friendship and for you it's set apart.
There's a hearth-fire lighted in it, glowing bright as bright can be.
Now won't you stay awhile each day, and just be glad with me?
The first poem selected for The Quiet Corner, the purpose of which
is described in the Editorials, is a tiny one called "Youth." I t was
sent me this summer by Helen Worster of Gamma Chapter, not for
publication in To DRAGMA, but because the sender, through a long
friendship, has learned to know what I like. I f the author is known
by any of our readers, I should greatly appreciate having the knowl-
edge sent to me.
You see Youth laughing down green, budding aisles,
You glimpse her dancing limbs, her hair of gold,
The careless, sweet defiance of her smiles—
For you are old.
But I can see her eyes gray with alarm,
Weary with longings that can find no tongue,
The hooded Future clutching at her arm—
For I am young!
The poem, "Flames," is by Sara Teasdale, whose power of ima-
gery places her high in the ranks of our modern poets. Such has
been its impression upon me that I think I shall never see an open
fire and not remember it.
I watched a log in the fire-place burning,
Wrapped in flame like a winding-sheet,
Giving again with splendid largess
The sun's long g i f t of treasured heat.
Giving again in the fire's low music
The sound of wind on an autumn night,
And the gold of many a summer sunrise
Garnered and given out in light.
I watched a log in the fire-place burning—
Oh, i f I , too, could only be
Sure to give back the love and laughter
That Life so freely gave to me!
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• The following poem, "The Wooden Christ," appeared in Current
Opinion for April. I t is written by Martha Foote Crow. Though
hardly pleasing in its content, it demands and receives more than
one reading. Perhaps here is a place where "free verse" is admirably
T H E WOODEN CHRIST
At the high ridge
Of a wide war-stricken realm
There stands an ancient wooden Christ.
Hollow the tottering image towers,
Eyeless, and rotten, and decrepit there,
His smile a cruel twist.
Within the empty heart of this old Christ
Small, stinging insects build their nests;
And iron-hearted soldiers cross themselves
The while they pass
The hollow-hearted figure by.
I think there is no Christ left there
In all those carnage-loving lands
Save only this of hollow wood
With wasp nests
Hiving in its heart.
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A PORTO RICAN HONEYMOON
Porto Rico is called the "Land of Romance" and the title, accord-
ing to my experience, is very appropriate. I left the Pine Tree state
the last of March five years ago—left it with plenty of its winter
clothes on. The first week of April found me, at the call of Dan
Cupid, in a land of eternal summer.
Few Maine girls ever had such a wedding as ours was in the little
Presbyterian parsonage in San Turce, San Juan. Palm trees, both the
royal and cocoanut, and bananas filled the yard, and bouquets of
roses adorned the inside of the house. The witnesses were Miss
Woodruff, an Episcopal mission teacher of Ponce, and Mr. Gates, a
business man of the same place though a native of Missouri. Three
days we stayed in San Juan, sight-seeing; we visited Norro Castle,
whose guns recently prevented an interned German steamer's escape,
and Fort San Cristobal with its haunted wave-beaten sentry box.
Their winding passages, their dungeons, the openings through which
prisoners, under Spanish rule, were sometimes cast into Eternity,
held a great interest for us. I took from San Cristobal, with the
guard's consent, a brave little maiden hair fern growing right out of
the stone and brick wall. I t lived for several weeks, but transplant-
ing was too much for it.
The people were a very interesting sight. I t took me several
months to get used to the sun-clothed children. The law requires
that children over six years old wear one garment and often that
article of clothing is shoes or a shirt that comes above the waist
line. The fondness of the people for bright colors and everything
gay is well known and perhaps best illustrated by a word picture of
a servant I had. She was about the ugliest looking being imaginable
with more Indian than black in her ancestry, and she appeared one
day wearing a yellow dress trimmed with blue, gilt slippers much too
small for her, white moon flowers in her hair and a large black cigar
in her mouth!
The trip from San Juan to Ponce is wonderful, nearly a hundred
miles of stone road up hills so steep and curving that they fairly
make one sea-sick. One of the most interesting sights was the mules
loaded with panniers, or wooden boxes f u l l of oranges or other
produce besides the rider, with his umbrella spread as a protection
against the sun by day or the dew by night. Tobacco fields with their
covers of netting resembled huge drifts of snow, though the heat did
not permit that illusion to last long.
The physical features of the island are much written about already,
so perhaps I had better tell more about the domestic and social life.
I will begin with my home. The house was built very much like
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a summer cottage in New England except that there was no fire-
place or any arrangement for heating. Cooking was done with char-
coal in a kind of grate such as was used by the old Romans in Caesar's
time. I t is a whole education in patience to make one of those fires
go when the necessary and not luxurious servant takes a day off.
That day off is frequently in the rainy season, for the people are not
strong, and easily catch colds and fevers.
The most satisfactory servants I found were the Porto Ricans, not
the negroes. The former speak only Spanish, but the latter presume
on their knowledge of English. I had to speak Spanish and soon
possessed quite a kitchen vocabulary. I t seemed so strange to give
the servant each night money for the next day's marketing—two or
three cents for lettuce or a cucumber or string beans—a dime for
meat. Oranges were seldom more than eight cents a dozen, bananas
the same, while apples were generally five cents apiece.
The women's way of washing is primitive, but effective. I tried,
of course, to have my work done New England way, but every servant
did otherwise. She put the soapy wet clothes on the grass or con-
crete in the hot sun to whiten; then washed out the soap and put
them up to dry, preferably on a barbed wire fence, though I insisted
that my servant use a clothes line. Unless made to do differently
they wash floors by pouring bucketsful of water around, and then
sweeping the water out. Of course, furniture is removed before the
The abominations of life there are the insects—cockroaches, mos-
quitos, ants, fleas, and flies. Often the tables, always the refrigerators
are set in little tins of water or kerosene to keep the ants out of the
food. The natives, however, just laugh at ants, and say they are a
cure for colic.
The American colony in Ponce is a very friendly one, and the older
members of it make a point of meeting all new-comers. Teachers
are a large part of that colony and I scanned every fraternity pin for
an Alpha O, but i n vain. Some girls knew Alpha Omicron Pi's in
Nebraska, another had an Alpha O cousin in Virginia, and I heard
of a Delta chapter sister i n San Juan, but that is as near as I came
to meeting one of my fraternity during the two years and a half
I was there.
There are many .other interesting things I might write about—the
rude homes built of soap and cracker boxes or thatch, the beautiful
characteristic drawn work, the public markets, the beggars, the great
sugar centrals, coffee plantations, orange groves, and carnivals; but
I will leave the subject of life in Porto Rico to be finished by some
one more skilled in writing and better fitted to do justice to the land.
FLORENCE CHASE STOVER, r, '09.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
Sigma is the proud possessor of a new home. Congratulations!
The 1917 Convention, and twentieth anniversary of Alpha Omi-
cron Pi will be held the third Thursday in June in Lynchburg, Va.,
with Kappa Chapter. Plan now to go!
The Minneapolis and St. Paul Alumnae Chapter is safely installed.
We are glad to welcome them. Bangor Alumna: will be installed in
the late autumn. New Orleans is already the possessor of a charter.
No news has been received from the Puget Sound group.
Please read carefully the letters given below. We welcome such
correspondence, and wish for more!
September 25, 1916.
Last college year the College Fraternity Reference Bureau offered
a prize of $25.00 for the best short history of any college fraternity
or sorority. I t required that these histories should be confined to
two hundred words. When the committee met this summer, it was
found not a single entry had been made. Enquiry developed that
many had been willing to enter the contest but they felt that the
limit of two hundred words was too confining. I t was therefore
decided to remove this limit and to simply ask that each contestant
write a short history of his or her fraternity and that the prize be
awarded to the one which covers the main facts most carefully in a
brief sketch. The purpose of this contest is to enable the bureau to
have on file an authentic record of each organization. Aside from
the value of this to the Greek-letter Societies, one would think that
the national officers of all fraternities and sororities would encourage
their members to enter the contest, from the good which would come
to the members themselves as well as to the society. This is a move
to do something for the whole Greek world. W i l l you help ?
W I L L I A M C. L E V E R E ,
College Fraternity Reference Bureau,
Box 254, Evanston, 111.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 33
817 S. 6th Ave., Maywood, 111.
September 28, 1916.
Dear Miss Chase:
I am sending the material requested for the next number and hope
it will reach you on time. I am also asking for the privilege of your
attention on a matter which I have very much at heart. I would
like to start a movement toward making it obligatory for each mem-
ber in Alpha Omicron Pi to take a life membership in To DRAGMA.
Of course, I know this has been tried before, but that is no reason
as I see it why it should not be tried again. My suggestion would
be that each chapter include the amount, either as a part of its initia-
tion fee, or to be paid in yearly installments averaged over the four
years or payable during the summer vacation. I n the latter case, i f
the girl should drop from school before the completion of her pay-
ments, she could either pay up or lose the amount already paid—
which would go to To DRAGMA. The alumna, too, should be given
the chance of prepayment at the same rate given to the actives.
What do you think of the plan ? And would you say that ten dollars
for a life membership could be a possible thing? The members of
Chicago Alumnae Chapter would be glad to work this up i f they had
any assurance of its benefit to the magazine and its feasibility to the
chapters. I would be more than thankful i f you would write me your
opinion of the matter and your judgment as to what would be the
amount that would make .To DRAGMA self-supporting. Thanking
you, I am,
MERVA DOLSEN HENXINGS,
Dist. Supt. Middle Western Chapters.
October 22, 1916.
My dear Miss Chase:
The To DRAGMA came to me Saturday and I was much interested
in it, though I am very far from any active sorority life. I have
been on the Editorial Board of a college magazine and I know the
hours of labor and effort that went into one issue; I can appreciate
the work that you are doing only too well. You have been very
successful in putting out the magazine last year. May you continue in
the same line!
I notice that you say that there will be some special numbers this
year. No doubt they are arranged for now, but when you put out
special numbers another year, will it not be possible to have one a
"Home Number" for the benefit of the majority of us who are not
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startling the world with our careers and life-works, but are doing the
simple homely tasks of the household? Many of the women are
married and have homes of their own with babies and husbands to
look after; a few may find themselves as I am situated, away from
college and sorority centers, caring for the family household. I am
sure that we would find inspiration from the stories of other women
to go on with the apparently endless responsibility.
I trust that I have not asked you to do the next-to-the-impossible
With the best wishes for a splendid year, I remain,
C O I L A M . ANDERSON, Rho, '14.
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KAPPA will be the hostess for the 1917 Convention. I n other
words, the Convention will meet in Lynchburg, Virginia, on the
third Thursday of next June. For the entire fraternity, we thank
the Kappa girls for their hospitality, and at the same time congratu-
late them upon entertaining Alpha Omicron Pi when she celebrates
her twentieth anniversary. Since we have received only the informa-
tion that Virginia is to be the place and Kappa the hostess, we are
announcing that the February number will contain further informa-
tion and plans, and the May number plans and information complete.
In the meantime, let's talk Convention and dream Convention and
seriously consider Convention, for it must be the greatest reunion
Alpha O has yet had.
T H E SEPTEMBER NUMBER
T H E September number was two weeks late. No one appreciates
this fact more keenly than the Editor; probably no one made
as many anxious visits to the postoffice as she during those ten
days when it should have come but didn't. The material, it is true,
reached the publisher some days late; but even .with this delay the
copies should have reached their farthest destinations by October 1.
However, due to an avowed congestion of work in the Wisconsin
printing-office, To DRAGMA suffered. The Editor apologizes. I t has
been her aim to be absolutely on time, and this, she hopes, will be the
last time any apology is necessary.
T H E QUESTION OF L I F E SUBSCRIPTIONS
EL S E W H E R E in this number will be read a letter from Mrs.
Hennings, District Superintendent of Middle Western Chap-
ters, on the question of life subscriptions to T o DRAGMA. T O her,
as well as to those others of us who have thoughtfully considered
the matter, some form of compulsory life subscription seems the only
solution of the problem now before us—the problem of being finan-
cially able to carry on some form of Social Service work as a frater-
nity. As matters now stand, To DRAGMA is not self-supporting. Its
Editorial Board receives yearly four hundred dollars from the Grand
Council, with which fund it pays for the Exchanges, without which
no fraternity magazine could maintain its position among other
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The ten dollars here mentioned as a life subscription is alike the
largest compulsory sum which could well be paid by every member
of every chapter and the smallest possible to make To DRAGMA self-
supporting. I f Mrs. Hennings' suggestion were carried through, the
money thus obtained would be invested, and only the interest used.
I n this way the Business Manager believes that, a few years being
allowed for the sum to accumulate, T o DRAGMA would be able to
stand on its own feet, allowance, of course, being made for the
threatened paper famine.
W i l l the members of each chapter please consider carefully Mrs.
Hennings' letter, as this matter will be of primary importance at
the Convention held in June?
T H E QUIET CORNER
T HIS number sees the beginning of a brand-new department. For
want of a better title, the Editor is calling it The Quiet Corner.
She has organized it from purely a selfish standpoint—the stand-
point of loving to hand on to others poems which appeal especially
to her. I n these busy days of college and school-teaching and
mothering and home-making, we have little time to keep in touch
with poetry—too little time to discover the thoughts which are hidden
away in our magazines. For this reason, we have decided to have a
quiet corner, in which we are going to place the treasures we have
found. W i l l you all help? The Editor believes that other readers
of To DRAGMA will be as glad of the opportunity to read new and
beautifully expressed thoughts as she is herself.
N T H E Association Monthly, which the National Board of the
Y. W. C. A. so kindly sends to us, we find in the October num-
ber the beginning of a series of articles by Miss Leslie Blanchard
called the Campus Life Series. The first of these articles is called
Joining. Don't pass it by, f o r we have taken great pains to include
it in our November number. I t is applicable to all college activities,
and especially so we feel to fraternity life.
T H E FEBRUARY NUMBER
T HE Editor had decided on a Mothers' Number for February,
when l o ! from a town in Minnesota came just the letter she
wanted. I t was from Coila Anderson of Rho Chapter, and contained
a suggestion which you may read yourself in her letter given else-
where in this number. The February Number will be a Home Num-
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ber. For it we want articles and suggestions from home-makers,
married or unmarried, childless or blessed with a family. We want
everything from plans for service in our own home towns to bedtime
stories; from well-tiied household hints to addresses on home-making
as a profession for college girls. This is to be a number dedicated
primarily to the mothers of our fraternity and to those girls who
are home-makers without being mothers. We want to hear from
them; we want to know of what practical service and inspiration
Alpha Omicron Pi is to them. And then a Home Number should
appeal to our chapter house girls and to those in dormitories, often
unhomelike, and to those school-teachers and business women who
long for a home table instead of a boarding-house one. A Home
Number means a get-together number, for at heart we're all home-
You might send some baby pictures. I think we could use some.
A DELAYED THANK-YOU
F T IS not possible to acknowledge the receipt of every chapter
••• letter and every report. The Editor wishes that it were, for she
does not wish that those who help in making To DRAGMA should
lack voiced appreciation. So now at Thanksgiving time, she does
thank most heartily every Chapter Letter Editor and every Alumna;
Editor, every officer who sends reports, and the Registrar who is
untiring in her efforts for Alpha O. And added to the thank-you, she
wishes every Alpha O a Christmas just brimming over with Love!
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ACTIVE CHAPTER LETTERS
PI, H. S O P H I E N E W C O M B M E M O R I A L C O L L E G E
Rietta Garland, '17 Mary Raymond, '17
Jean Hill, '17 Mildred Renshaw, '17
Lessie Madison, '17 Mary Sumner, '17
Kathleen O'Niell, '17 Magda Shalaron, '18
Fay Morgan, '20
College opened on the twenty-third of September, and we were more
than happy to get back to Newcomb and to one another once more.
The twenty-sixth was Cap and Gown Day in which Pi Chapter was
particularly interested, for she gave seven girls to add to the already
large number of seniors. Immediately after the seniors marched offi-
cially into chapel for the first time, a student body meeting was held.
At this meeting, it is customary for the head of every organization to
speak to the freshmen of the student activity which she represents. Pi
has three "heads" this year: Mary Sumner is editor-in-chief of the
Newcomb Arcade, Kathleen O'Niell is president of the Mandolin
and Guitar Club, and Mildred Renshaw is president of the Cercle
Francais. Immediately after Student Body, Mrs. McNeese (Cleavy
Dupre), who we are delighted to say is now residing in New Orleans,
gave a luncheon at "Ye College Tearoom" for Pi's seniors. , On
Tuesday evening, the freshmen were entertained at a large student
body reception, the gymnasium being all decorated for the purpose.
The "big sister" movement, by which every upperclassman takes a
freshman in charge, started last year and is being carried out even
more fully this year. Several of the older girls have adopted two
"children" instead of one. A l l of us are trying to make our special
proteges feel that we're there to help them, and that we want them to
come to us when in need.
Lillian Fortier did not return to college this year, but is teaching
at Houma. We miss Lillian very much indeed, but we feel that
though she's away from us, still her first thought is for A O I I and
that she's with us always in spirit. We also feel greatly the absence
of those sisters of ours who graduated in June, and are now teach-
ing away from New Orleans. Sara Bres is teaching in Lake Charles,
La.; Erin O'Niell in Vicksburg, Miss.; and Solidelle Renshaw in
Franklin, La. We are fortunate in having with us our other four
graduates. Hazell Beard has a fellowship in Psychology at New-
comb, Grace Gillean is taking a course in Chemistry, Jennie Snyder
is thinking of taking up some graduate work, and Clara H a l l has
moved from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
But i f some of our sisters are away, yet several who had been
borrowed were also returned. Clara Lee Snyder, who was teaching
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 39
in Lake Charles last year, is to be at home all winter. Then Theodora
Sumner, '14, has a fellowship i n English at Newcomb and Vir-
ginia Withers, '09, is on the Newcomb Faculty. We feel so proud
and intend "running i n " on them for advice whenever we need it.
And now, I've got a wonderful piece of news to tell about. W e
have another sister that was sent to us by Omicron Chapter—Fay
Morgan. She's a freshman and a loyal and enthusiastic Alpha O.
From Fay, our new sister, I come to our future new little sisters.
Pledge day was on the twenty-eighth and Pi got three splendid girls:
Helen Grevemberg, Anna McLellan, and Evelyn Pigott. With all
the alumnae we have with us, our new sister from Tennessee, our little
pledges, and our new alumnae chapter, we feel sure that this year will
be a banner one for Pi Chapter.
Dear sisters in A O I I , we send you all our love and best wishes.
MILDRED RENSHAW, '17, Chapter Editor.
Lillian Chapman to Carl Marshall.
To Mrs. Ernest Eustis (Nell Bres), a son.
To Mrs. Paul King Rand (Blythe White), a son.
To Mrs. Burris Wood (Marguerite Cope), a daughter.
NU, N E W Y O R K U N I V E R S I T Y
Sara C. Donagan, '18 Mary Bradford Peaks, '18
Florence G . Haag, '17 Edna Rajallo, '18
Dorothy Kenyon, '17 Frances M. Walters, '18
Elizabeth Jane Monroe, '17 Helen M. Williams, '17
The university is just opening, and most of the active members have
as yet hardly seen one another after the summer vacation. But i n
a day or two we are to have a meeting for sociability and food, as
well as for making plans towards our work and play together the
coming year. Why is not October the month for New Year resolu-
tions rather than January? One is in the mood then for keeping
and not merely making them. A t any rate, even without express
authority from my comrades or from the calendar, I am going to
make for our chapter a pledge f o r this new academic year of
increased loyalty, devotion, energy, and friendliness.
MARY B. P E A K S , Chapter Editor.
Aldana Quimby was married in September to Mr. William Lee White.
Cecile Iselin is a clerk in the office of Henry Escher, J r . , attorney for the
Swiss Consulate. Her particular job is dealing with the French and German
40 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Elizabeth Smart is assisting Thomas Conyngton to write a book on Com-
mercial Law. I t will be published during the coming winter by the Ronald
Press Co., 20 Vesey St.
Helen Hoy Greeley has recently served on a committee of. citizens advocat-
ing the establishment of a State Police designed to protect rural districts from
tramps, automobile bandits, etc.
Nora L Stark was admitted to the bar in September.
Virginia Mollenhauer had a pleasant western trip in July, visiting Mil-
waukee, Minneapolis, the Great Lakes, etc.
OMICRON, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Louise Wiley, Graduate Lynn McNntt, '19
Wista Braly, '17 Elizabeth Kennedy, '19
Katherine Johnson, '17 Marian Swain, '19
Mary D . Houston, '18 . Kathleen Vaughan, '19
Dorothy Nolan, '18 Martha Lou Jones, '19
Sue Bryant, '19 Lida Moore, Spec.
Sadie Ramsey, '19 Josephine Johnson, Spec.
Back again on the H i l l ! I t looks very familiar with all the same
ivy-clad buildings, but strangely unfamiliar with so many new faces
appearing, and so many old ones away. There have been several
changes in our faculty this year, and the freshman class is brimming
over. There seems to be an especial abundance of girls, so all the
girls' fraternities are very busy "inspecting." Omicron Chapter is
well represented with fourteen old girls to begin the term. Martha
Lou Jones, who has been away from us a few years, delightfully
surprised us by coming back, and Louise Wiley, '13, is working for
her Master's Degree. So, although we lost many girls from last year,
we still have a goodly number to bear the standards of Alpha Omi-
Everyone is still busy matriculating and getting classes organized,
so there is very little college news. The Old Students' Reception to
the New is held tonight and all look forward to this occasion, for
it always is one of the most enjoyable of the year. Tennessee has
two new instructors in athletics, and the football team boasts of few
last year's men, so our prospects in that direction are of an unknown
quantity. The big game with Vanderbilt is played in Knoxville this
year, and everyone is already discussing it more than any other topic.
We, of Omicron, deeply regret the fact that our Alpha Chapter is
no more. I t is sad to lose any chapter, but when our "mother"
chapter is taken from us, it doubles the sorrow. But it is with much
joy that we welcome our little sister, Beta Phi, and wish for her all
good things in the years to come! To the new alumnae chapters we
also send greetings. They add much to the strength of the frater-
Great success to all Alpha girls is our wish!
MARY D. HOUSTON, Chapter Editor.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 41
Of the last year girls the following are teaching: Mary Annie Landy, at
Lewisburg, Tennessee; Alfa Smith at Chattanooga; Pauline Hobson at
Laurens, South Carolina; Aubry Faulkner at Jacksboro, Tennessee; Ellen
Converse at Hickson, Tennessee; Ruth Tarpley at Huntland, Tennessee.
Margaret Conner and Edith Verran are at their homes.
Omicron is delighted to announce as patroness, Mrs. John Bender, the
new coach's wife.
Many Alpha O's came from far and near to the marriage of Alice Calhoun
to Henry McNutt Cox, & V A, on September 13. Alice had a beautiful home
wedding, only her most intimate friends being present, and after the ceremony
she and "Mac" went to their home in Paris, Tennessee.
KAPPA, RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
Fannie Butterfield, '17 Louise Swift, '17
Clara Smith, '17 Augusta Stacy, '17
Helen Hardy, '17 Frances Hardy, '16
Annie Earle Reed, '17 Bernie Palfrey, '16
Virginia Strother, '17 Frances Hamilton, '16
Helen Scott, '16
We are having a hard time to keep from looking smug and smiling
too evidently this past week. Only think, we bid twelve sophomores,
and after giving us several groaning nights of suspense, they, every
one, accepted. Pledge night we all gathered in one room and waited
for Fannie to come back with the written answers. We jumped like
cats every time the door creaked, but it wasn't long before we jumped
for joy all over the room, when she read one " I accept with
pleasure" after another. Then we hurried to the darlings' rooms to
pin the red bows on. Everybody says we painted the school red that
night and tease us about our round dozen, but, of course, nothing
could please us more than such jokes. Twelve is a good number
for a Randolph-Macon fraternity where seven or eight is usually
the maximum. Their names are Anna Taylor, Julia White, Carle
King, Elizabeth Sale, Eliza Wallis, Gertrude Hatcher, Eleanor
Manning. Frances Major, Linna Mae McBride, Genevieve Glascow,
Mary Bine Frith, and Ella Thomas.
Lucy Somerville, whom we have wept over as one of our lost
seniors is back again, as a faculty member in the philosophy depart-
ment. She complains a great deal about the length of faculty meet-
ing, and the stupidity of students, but she likes for us to call her
"Fac" and refer to her "profession."
It is too early in the year for anything exciting to have happened
in college yet except for the freshmen to get homesick. Since our
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return, Phi Beta Kappa granted a charter to Randolph-Macon. I f
only some of our sophomores can wear a key in time!
Kappa voted last year against "goating" as inconsistent with the
serious purpose of our fraternity, but it is not out of style for
the goats to still make up our beds and sweep around the house a
little. We tell them they work so well we can't possibly take them
in for four months, but, really, by the time this is in print we shall
have twelve new sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi.
AUGUSTA STACY, Chapter Editor.
Anna Field Atkinson, Kappa, '13, to Gilmer Craddock, Lynchburg, V a . , on
July 14, 1916.
To Mr. and Mrs. William L . Terry, Memphis, Term., a girl.
Miss Patty Paxton Rex, '14, brought her younger sister to enter this year.
Nell Streetman, K , ex-'15, entered her sister in college this fall.
Hilda Gleaves, K , ex-'17, visited in college for the opening, since Smith
College opened two weeks late.
Virginia Allen, K , ex-'i6, is teaching in the LynchbuTg High School.
Margaret Atkinson, K , ex-'16, is teaching English in the Appomatox Agricul-
We are delighted to hear that Mr. and Mrs. James Cleland are to move
from Memphis, Tenn., and make their home in Lynchburg again.
Mrs. James Camblos and her two sons spent the summer with her father at
Big Stone Gap.
ZETA, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
Gladys Lowenberg, '17 Edna Hathway, '18
Jeanette Adams, '18 Arena Ohlsen, '19
Helen Ayers, '18 Lydia Dawson, '19
Carrie Marshall, '18 Mildred Gillilan, '19
Verna Kean, '18 Helen Johnson, '19
Winnifred Moran, '18 Marie Studts, '19
Gladys Whitford, '19
Can't you shut your eyes and imagine the summer vacation was
only a dream? Now that the confusion of rushing is over, things
have settled down into their old familiar ways. There are some
changes in our family, however. We miss several dear faces this
f a l l : Helen Wehrli, who is teaching at Elkpoint, South Dakota, and
having a grand time; Gladys Dominy (Chace) who, as I told you
this summer, is married and living at Lewiston, Idaho; and Eddie
Froyd who is teaching at Tecumseh. This week-end she is spending
with us. I t is so good to see her again. Marie Ohlsen was unable
to return because of her mother's illness, but is expecting to return
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 43
to us the second semester. Doris Deyr too, hopes to come back after
Christmas. Lillian Dickman is anticipating a trip to Alaska.
And now a word about the pledges. We are so proud of them!
Katherine Benner, Alice Shehee, Ruth Farquhar, Thelma Bergen,
and Margaret Perry are all Lincoln girls; Florence Griswold is
from Gordon; and Lettitia Irion from Soottsbluff, Nebraska.
Gladys Lowenberg, '17, is back in school this year. Nell Nisson
is teaching kindergarten in Lincoln.
Our house has been considerably rejuvenated this fall, with new
curtains, rugs, and wall paper. The furnace, however, has had a ner-
vous break down and the weather has inconsiderately turned cold,
so you may have to send us flowers in a day or two.
There has not been much excitement to write about yet, but there
will be plenty of school news next time.
E D N A H A T H W A Y , Chapter Editor.
To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans (Eloise Harper), Missoula, Mont, a son,
To Mr. and Mrs. William Beachly (Mabel William), Lincoln, Neb., a son,
William Lewis, July 20, 1916.
To Mr. and Mrs. Carl E . Force (Minnie Bauman), Portland, Ore., a
daughter, in August, 1916.
To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richey ( L i l a Le Gore), McCook, Neb., a son,
Robert, September 26, 1916.
ENGAGEMENTS The wedding
Roma Aileen Rush to Doane Turner Pickering of Lincoln.
will take place in November.
SIGMA, UNIVERSITY O F CALIFORNIA
Marion Bachman, '17 Nadine Donovan, '20
Helen Clowes, '17 Hattie Marie Heller, '20
Alice Cranston, '17 Rosalind Olcese, '17
Elizabeth Elliot, '17 Ethel Maroney, '17
Gladys Goeggel, '17 Gertrude Schiek, '17
Mary Butler, '18 Edna Taylor, '17
E l l a Crawford, '18 Bernice Hubbard, '18
Gertrude Day, '19 Marguerite Neeley, '18
Thelma Donovan, '19 Helen Schiek, '19
Margaret Forsythe, '19 Dorothy Weeks, '19
Lucile Graham, '19 Mary Wight, '19
Marion Black, '20 Mildred Mallon, '20
Catherine Cox, '20 Margaret McVey, '20
Esther Car^well, '20 Marion Mathews, '20
Laura de Veun, '20 Kathryn Pride, '20
Anna Gay Doolittle, '20 Edwina Robie, '20
Marjorie Selwood, '20
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Sigma had a most successful rushing season. Thirteen freshmen
are now Alpha O's. Three came from San Diego, one from West
Virginia, and the others came from the Bay region, Alameda, Ber-
keley, and San Francisco.
The initiation stunts were the best Sigma has had in years. Of
course, with such a large new class we could not help having a fine
program. The opening number was a minstrel show with the usual
funny songs, jokes, dances, etc. Then came the sleep-walking scene
from Macbeth—first acted a la Julia Marlowe, then as a parody.
Esther Cardwell was the actress, and we have high hopes for her
success in campus productions since she has had experience. Last
year she played leads in the pageant given at her high school. Then
came a charade. Sigma Chapter was quite clever and guessed it in
due time! The poems were the grand finale. They were a fine
lot of enthusiastic poems and promised loyalty and love for Alpha O.
I n November we are to have our big reception—a sort of open-
house. We haven't had a reception for more than two years so this
affair will be a huge one. Everyone is wondering how on earth our
guests w i l l get in, but it has to be done somehow. We want every-
one to see our wonderful new house. After the freshmen stand in
line for several hours and the rest of the chapter receives and enter-
tains, we shall wind up with a dance.
I n December comes our fair. Already ideas are afloat, for we want
it to be a big success financially. But I ' l l tell you about that next
time. GLADYS GOEGGEL, For the chapter.
THETA, D E PAUW UNIVERSITY
Frances Kelly, '17 Anna White, '18
Georgia Gilkey, '17 Bernice Wilhelm, '19
Edna McClure, '17 Maurine York, '19
Esther Morris, '18 Ruth Little, '19
Marguerite Bennett, '18 Wilhelmina Hedde, 19
Jessie Jones, '18 Mary Bicknell, '19
Merle Huffman, '18 Jessie Bicknell, '19
Ethel Pike, '18 Agnes Lakin, '19
Margaret Douthitt, '18 Helen Lange, '19
Allison MacLachlan, '17 Mabel Wiest, '20
Bernice McCorkle, '19 Helen Hagenbush, '20
Marguerite Norris, '20 Hazel McComas, '20
Lucille Kelley, '20 Reggie O'Brien, '20
Mabelle Hedde, '20 Lois Ritchie, *2o
Bertha Ruby, '20 Louise Bacon, '20
Theta sends a welcome greeting to all of you as you enter upon
this new school year. We were disappointed when we learned that
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several of our last year's girls could not be with us; yet we mustered
eighteen Alpha O's for our active chapter enrollment.
According to an established schedule, our College Panhellenic
representative was to have been president of that organization this
year, but on account of i l l health, she was not permitted to return,
and our turn for the presidency was shifted until next year.
Though we were indeed reluctant to have our summer pleasures
end, we foUnd a still greater delight, as well as surprise, awaiting
our return to the school duties. Our chapter house had been redec-
orated throughout and many new furnishings added. Among our
numerous gifts was a victrola from our alumnae and the girls of
class '19. With such an incentive, is it any wonder that we were more
enthusiastic than ever to enter into spike, and spike for all we were
We regret to say that our chaperon of last year, Mrs. Neal, could
not be with us this fall on account of her health. However, we were
fortunate enough to secure in her place Miss Ida Belle Tousley, head
of the Home Economics Department here. Miss Tousley is a 1916
graduate of Purdue University where she was a member of Kappa
Alpha Theta. She has already proven herself a very capable adviser
and friend, and we are looking forward to a very pleasant school
year with her. I n the near future we hope to give a reception for
Our spike this year began with De Pauw week during which time
no sorority girl wore her pin. This plan is seemingly greatly favored
here as it tends to produce a more democratic and friendly spirit
during the first week of strangeness and lonesomeness for the new
girls. On the following Monday morning, bids were sent out f o r
spike parties. Of course, we were kept busy planning stunts and for
our two evening parties we gave a program dance and an Alpha O
progressive cube party.
This latter plan proved to be a rather novel affair. We arranged
eight tables with two couples at a table. On the tables were six
cubes each bearing the letters, A-L-P-H-A-O, on the six faces.
According to a fixed schedule so many points were allowed for the
various combinations of letters which were found by throwing the
six cubes on the table. At the end of a given period of time the
couple having the largest number of points progressed to the next
table where they changed partners. The person who progressed the
greatest number of times was the winner. By the constant moving
about we became better acquainted with the new girls.
The following week open rush began and very exciting times
resulted, during which we of Theta were most busy. Open rush and