Jllpba Omicroti Pi
vol. xix Ittay, 1924 NO. 4
Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity
CHAPTER ROLL OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
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, 111.
Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
Iota—University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Tau—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y .
Upsilon—University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Montana State College, Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Vanderbilt University, Nashville. Tenn.
Psi—University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Phi—University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
Omega—Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Omicron Pi—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Alpha Sigma—University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
Xi—University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
New York Alumnae—New York City.
San Francisco Alumna?—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumna;—Providence, R. I.
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumna;—Los Angeles. Cal.
Lincoln Alumnae—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans Alumnas—New Orleans. La,
Minneapolis Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn.
Bangor Alumnae—Bangor, Me.
Portland Alumnae—Portland, Oregon.
Seattle Alumnae—Seattle, Wash.
Knoxville Alumnae—Knoxville, Tenn.
Lynchburg Alumnas—Lynchburg. Va.
Washington Alumnae—Washington, D. C.
Philadelphia Alumnae—Philadelphia, Pa.
Dallas Alumnae—Dallas, Tex.
Kansas City Alumnas—Kansas City, Mo.
Omaha Alumnae—Omaha, Neb.
Tacoma Alumnas—Alumnae Association (temporarily), Tacoma, Wash
Syracuse Alumnae—Syracuse, N. Y .
Detroit Alumnae—Detroit, Michigan.
Nashville Alumna?—Nashville, Tenn.
Cleveland Alumnae—Cleveland, Ohio.
Champaign-Urbana Alumnas Association—Champaign, 111.
Memphis Alumnas—Memphis, Tenn.
Miami Valley Alumnae—Oxford, Ohio.
DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS
FOUNDERS OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Jessie Wallace Hughan, Alpha '98, 132 West 12th St., New York City.
Helen St. Clair Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha '98, 118 W. 183 St.,
New York, N . Y.
Stella George Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha '98, 45 West Thirty-
fifth Street, New York, N . Y.
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha '98, 456 Broad St., Bloomfield, N . J.
Grand President, Laura A. H u r d , 113 East 35 St., New York.
Grand Secretary, Mclita H . Skillen. 5902 Magnolia Ave., Chicago, 111.
Grand Treasurer, Katrina Overall McDonald (Mrs. C C ) , Box 188, Bay
St. Louis, Mississippi.
Grand Vice President, Josephine S. Pratt, 156 West 170 St., New York
Grand Historian, Stella George Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , 45 West
35th St., New York City.
Extension Officer, Rose Gardner Marx (Mrs. Ralph), 1028 O x f o r d St.,
Examining Officer, Octavia Chapin, 102 Summer St., Medford, Mass.
National Panhellenic Officer—Rochelle Gachet, 57 W . 10th St., New York-
Editor of To Dragma, Elizabeth Bond, 3137 Holmes Ave. S., Minneapolis,
Business Manager of To Dragma, Kathryn Bremer, 855 W. 7th St., St.
Atlantic ( N , A, T, E, X. ¥>)
Joanna D. Huntington (Mrs. James C ) , 1323 Seymour Ave., Utica,
Southern ( I I , K, O, N K , NO)
Mary D. Sarratt (Mrs. C. M . ) . 2807 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, Tenn.
N . E. Central ( $ . P, I , B $ . H , Q, O i l )
Mildred H . Macdonald (Mrs. W . T . ) , 2852 N . New Jersey St., I n -
N. W. Central (Z, T, S)
Katherine L. M i x (Mrs. Arthur). 709 W . 12th St., Lawrence, Kan.
Pacific ( 2 , A, T. A * , A 2 )
Daisy M . Shaw (Mrs. Norman, 2924 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, Calif.
Atlantic—Esther Baker, Chi, 8416 Sefferts Blvd., Richmond H i l l ,
Southern—Lillian C. Marshall (Mrs. Carl), Pi, Bay Saint Louis, Miss.
N . E. Central—Grace Gilbert (Mrs. S. H . ) 2714 Hartzell St., Evans-
N . W . Central—Mattie W. Higgins (Mrs. L. A . ) , Zeta, 6547 N . 24th
St., Omaha, Neb.
Pacific—Florence R. Aitken, 372 S. Block St., Bozeman, Mont.
ALUMNAE CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
New York, Helen Jenks Dietrick (Mrs. J.), 684 Riverside Dr., New York
Boston, Alice J. Spear, 32 Pierce St., Hyde Park, Mass.
San Francisco, Helen Montague Collin (Mrs. Otis V . ) , Hotel Claremont.
Providence, Muriel C. Wyman (Mrs. P. H . ) , 225 Norwood Ave., Provi-
dence, R. I .
Los Angeles, Dorothy Dalton, 10750 Bluffside Dr., Universal City, Calif.
Lincoln, Darrina Turner, 619 Capitola Aprs., Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago, Marie Vick Swanson (Mrs. A . E.), 1232 Forrest Ave., Evanston,
Indianapolis, Vivian Strahan Smith (Mrs. L . A . ) , 3761 N . Capitol Ave.,
New Orleans, Gladys Renshaw, 730 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, La.
Minneapolis, Doris Lohff Schlampp (Mrs. E . ) , 1451 West 31st St., Minne-
Bangor, Estelle Beupre, 396 Hammond St., Bangor, Me.
Seattle, Minnie L . Kraus, 6041 Beach Dr., Seattle, Wash.
Portland, Edna Froyd, Nortoma Hotel, Portland, Ore.
Lynchburg, Evelyn Allen, 1012 Federal St., Lynchburg, Va.
Washington, Pauline Hobson (acting president), 916 16th St., N . W-,
Washington, D . C.
Dallas, Margaret B. Bentley (Mrs. W . P.), 4214 Swiss Ave., Dallas, Texas.
Philadelphia, Irene Green Mather (Mrs. John), 226 E. Montgomery Ave.,
Kansas City, Florence Klapmeyer, 5836 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
Omaha, Mattie W . Higgins (Mrs. L . A . ) , 6547 North 24th St., Omaha.
Syracuse. Emily A. Tarbell, Lock Box 518, Syracuse, New York.
Detroit, Fern Thompson Jordan (Mrs. Oarker P.), 200 Waverly St., De-
Nashville, Florence Tyler, 1706 Sweet Briar Ave., Nashville, Term.
Cleveland, Avis Coultis Stevens (Mrs. H a y ) , 7214 Linwood Ave., Cleve-
Memphis. Josephine Johnson Hobson, 1263 Sledge St., Memphis, Tenn.
Miami Valley, Leafy Corrington Hilker, 325 N . 3rd St., Hamilton, Ohio.
ACTIVE CHAPTER SECRETARIES
Pi—Elizabeth Bethea, Newcomb Dormitory, New Orleans, La.
Nu—Clara E. Van Emden, 417 W . 21 St., New York City.
Omicron—Mary Hills Faxon, 1627 W . Cumberland, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Julia Acree, Randolph Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Helen Gould, 2101 Washington St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Lucille Warner, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Calif.
Theta—Mariam Oilar, A O Pi House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Ruth E. Whitten, Capen House, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Doris Fifield, Balentine Hall, Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Marion MacBeth, The Knoll, Ithaca, N . Y.
Rho—Elizabeth Heidman, 238 Mary St., Hubbard Woods, 111.
Lambda—Evelyn Van Horn, A O Pi House, Stanford University, Calif.
Iota—Veta Holtermann, 712 W . Oregon, Urbana, 111.
Tau—Margaret Brix, 914 4th St., S. E., Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Jennie Gooding, 603 Universitv Ave., Svracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Helen Hinsdale, 1906 E. 45th St., S'eattle, Wash.
Nu Kapna—Tosephine Garvin, 3520 Drexel Drive, Dallas, Tex.
Beta Phi—Gladys Alger, 703 E. 7th St., Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—Josephine Snow, 626 N . Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Alta Atkinson. 915 So. 3rd St.. Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Irene Wade. 2115 Highland Ave.. Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—Gertrude Hayman, 3459 Woodlawn Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.
Phi—Freda Baskeberg, 1114 La Ave., Lawrence, Kansas.
Omega—Clara Johnson. 47 Bishop Hall, Oxford, Ohio.
Omicron Pi—Marjorie Kerr, 1052 Baldwin Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Alpha Sigma—Florence Moorhead, 935 Patterson St., Eugene, Ore.
Xi—Marjorie Stafford, 519 W. Comanche, Norman, Okla.
ACTIVE CHAPTER EDITORS
Pi—Dorothy Weston, Newcomb Dormitory, New Orleans, La.
Nu—Clara E. Van Emden, 417 W . 21st St., New York City.
Omicron—Virginia Frantz, 1730 Melrose, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Gladys Fore, Randolph Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Connie Hess, 2101 Washington St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Anne Stone, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Calif.
Theta—Mary Meloy, A O Pi House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Ruth E. Morris, Capen House, T u f t s College, Mass.
Gamma—Beulah Osgood, College Ave., Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Ruth Oviatt, The Knoll, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Dorothy Pearson, 1310 Hood Ave., Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Marjorie Anderson, A. O. Pi House, Palo Alto, Cal.
Iota—Dorothy Dickinson, 712 W . Oregon, Urbana, 111.
Tau—Marie Bremer, 914 4th St., S. E., Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Alice Reeve, 603 University Ave., Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Lylas Broom, 1206 E. Newton, Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Margaret Roderick, Woman's Building, S. M . U .
Beta Phi—Ruth McKorkle, 703 E. 7th St., Bloomington, Ind.
Eta—Eleanor Sikes, 626 N . Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Mary Baldwin, 119 S. 6th Ave., Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—CoVnelia Cralle, 2115 Highland Ave., Nashville, Tenn.
Psi—Ellen Jarden, 3459 Woodlawn Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.
Phi—Valborg Swenson, 1144 La Ave., Lawrence, Kansas.
Omega—Ethel Rabey, 33 West Hall. Oxford, Ohio.
Omicron Pi—Irene Swain, 1052 Baldwin Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Xi—Theresa Pistocco, A O n House, Norman, Okla.
ALUMNAE CHAPTER EDITORS
New York—Eunice Bassemir, West Hempstead, Long Island, New York.
Boston—Alice J. Spear, 32 Pierce St., Hyde Park, Mass.
San Francisco—Alice Cagwin, Larkspur, Calif.
Providence—Maude C. Covell (Mrs. Louis), Box 254, Barrington, R. I .
Los Angeles—Dorothy Dalton, 10750 Bluffside Dr., Universal City, Calif.
Lincoln—Jennie Piper, 1731 D St., Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago—Marie Vick Swanson (Mrs. A . E.), 1232 Forest Ave., Evanston,
Indianapolis—Elsie Waldo (Mrs. John), 330 E. 47 St., Indianapolis,
New Orleans—Anna McLellan. 2108 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, La.
Minneapolis, lone Jackson, AOn House, Minneapolis, Minn.
Bangor—Doris Savage, 35 Maple St., Bangor, Me.
Seattle—Edith Chapman, 5724 17 St. N.E., Seattle, Wash.
Portland—Evelvn Norton Cornish (Mrs. R. G. E.), 1403 Wisteria Ave.,
Knoxville—Martha L o u Jones, 115 Morningside Drive, Knoxville, Tenn.
Lynchburg—Clara Cleland, 9 Princeton St., Lynchburg, Va.
Washington—Amalia Shoemaker, 1413 Massachusetts Ave., Washington,
Philadelphia—Katherine Snively, 322 Bryn Mawr Ave., Cynvyd, Pa.
Kansas City—Jacqueline Gilmore, 5421 Baltimore St., Kansas City, Mo.
Omaha—Mattie W . Higgins (Mrs. L . A . ) , 6547 North 24th St., Omaha,
Syracuse—Emily A . Tarbell, Lock Box 518, Syracuse, N . Y.
D e t r o i t — E m m a Jacobs, 3432 West Warren, Detroit, Mich.
Nashville—Helen Hawkins, Douglas Apts., Nashville, Tenn.
Cleveland—Lucille Dvorak, 3880 Washington Park Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.
Miami Valley—Mildred R. Dcnnison, 117 S. Main St., Oxford, Ohio.
C O M M I T T E E S FOR 1923-1924
Committees on National Work—
I — Fellowship Award—Grand Vice President, honorary chairman.
Atlantic—Chairman, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha.
N . E. Central—Lucy Allen, Theta.
N . W. Central—Carolyn Pulling, Delta.
Pacific—Mildred L . Sylvester, Upsilon.
I I — Aid for Handicapped Children—Grand Vice President, chairman;
Alumnae Superintendents, members.
Committee on Finance-—
Chairman, Grand Treasurer; members, Helen T. McDonald, Eta, and
Mary D. Drummond, Alpha Phi.
Committee on Fraternity Organization—District Superintendents, members.
Committee on Expansion—Chairman, Extension Officer.
Southern—Mary A. L . Jones, Omicron.
N . E. Central—Marion Abele, Rho.
N . W. Central—Charlotte Uhls, Upsilon.
Pacific—Lucile C. English, Lambda. •
Committee on Rituals and Traditions—
Chairman—Stella G. S. Perry, Alpha; The Founders, Laura A. Hurd,
and Rose Marx, life members; Grand Secretary and Study Plan
Trustees of Anniversay Endowment Fund—
2 year term—Louella Darling, Beta.
4 year term—Helen St. Clair Mullan, Chairman, Alpha.
6 year term—Mary H . Don Ion, Epsilon.
Scholarship Officer—Edith Goldsworthy.
Song Committee—Chairman, Mae Knight Siddell, Sigma, Lower Lake,
Cal.; Ivah S. O ' H a i r ; Margaret Perry Maxwell.
Atlantic—June Kelley. Chairman, 16 Everett St., Norwood, Mass.
Southern—Lenora Perkins, Kappa.
N . E. Central—Helen Haller, Omega.
N . W . Central—Esther Hagenbucher, Chi.
Pacific—Erna G. Taylor.
Committee on Examinations—Chairman, Examining Officer.
Atlantic—Avis H . Rumpp, Psi.
Southern—Florence Tyler, Nu Omicron.
N . E. Central—Mary Mcllvean, Beta Phi.
N. W. Central—Lucille Haertel, Tau.
Committee on Nominations—
Chairman—Margaret Branscombe (Mrs. Harvey), 195 Claremont Ave.,
Apt. 60, New York. N . Y.
District Superintendents, members.
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May, 1924 145
TABLE OF CONTENTS 156
National Philanthropic Work 160
The Installation of X i Chapter 161
The University of Oklahoma 167
The Fraternity Jeweler 170
In Memoriam 174
To Have or Not to Have 174
Items of Interest
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dropped off, and' when it was all finished there was no one who
wasn't supremely happy. Twenty one girls went in as charter
members, and twelve were the first intiates of X i chapter.
Following the installation we had a little time to rest before
we went to the grand climax of the day, the initiation banquet.
That was held only a few blocks from the chapter house, and very
luckily f o r our finery too, f o r the Heavens were determined that
our new infant should be properly baptized. I n a large room,
hung with red streamers, and under red shaded lights, a Pi-shaped
table was ready f o r us. There were roses and red candles, A O II
menus and corsages f o r all the visitors. A n d then the f o o d ! A t
the risk of seeming most materialistic I am constrained to men-
tion its excellence. H o w we did appreciate i t ! Even those of
us who had speeches to come forgot our terrors and ate, drank,
and were merry. Between two of the courses, Hylogene Robber-
son, the small sister of two of the girls, danced f o r us, a little
dipping, rising, floating, fairy-like dance. The program of toasts
had been very cleverly arranged by Theresa Pistocco, one of the
girls who graduated last year, but who still lives at the house and
works on a local paper. I t was headed "The Family Argument"
and following are the participants: "Baby Lisps," by Theresa
Pistocco of X i Chapter, " B i g sister thinks that—" Mrs. Arthur
M i x , " I ' d do this—," Alice Kizer of N u Kappa, "When I was a
K i d — " Lillie Lawson, of X i Chapter, " M y Advice is—,"
Mary Rose Barrens, of Phi Chapter, "Let Me tell y o u — " Anna-
bet Robberson, of X i Chapter, and "The Family Peacemaker,"
Theresa Pistocco. I n the midst of the argument, we had a few
minutes of harmony when Helen Miles, accompanied by Mary
Louise Fox, sang an Alpha O song. A f t e r the prepared victims
had been sacrificed, Theresa suggested that we request some spon-
taneous offerings, and so girl after girl was called upon and each
gave her bit of praise f o r the past, appreciation f o r the present,
and hope f o r the future. I think we all felt that the best inspira-
tion of the evening came f r o m these heartfelt and sincere little
speeches. Then there were letters and messages f r o m the Grand
Officers and many of the chapters, so many in fact, that not all
could be read aloud, or we should have been out long after clos-
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Sunday was almost as busy a day as Saturday had been. I n the
morning we had chapter meeting for the election of the officers,
and also pledge service. I n the afternoon there was a reception to
which came many fraternity men and women and faculty people,
and we all stood up in line with large, f a t corsages pinned on us
and shook them by the hand. Mrs. Oliphant, the housemother, and
Mary Louise Fox, the president, stood at the head of the line, and
then beside the visitors afore mentioned, there were Mrs. Immen-
hizer, a N i l Kappa f r o m Oklahoma City, and three patronesses of
the chapter, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Bennett, and Mrs. Decker. The
house was so filled with flowers which had come from all the
other organizations at the University, that there was hardly room
for the guests. There were also the two other requisites to a
reception, a string orchestra, and ice cream and little A O I I
cakes. I t was a most festive occasion, and even the sun, which
had been most coy f o r several days, came out to grace it. One of
the faculty guests said it was the best-looking party she had ever
attended (and we heard she was a person of experience, t o o ) .
A t any rate, all the girls reminded me of a song we used to sing,
back in Epsilon days, which asserted that Alpha girls had "style
all the while, all the whi-i-i-ile."
You would think that by the end of the afternoon we would
all have been ready to sit down and take the strain off our satin
slippers, but do you suppose we could? I f so, you don't know
how much standing up an installation entails. A t seven we had
a formal meeting and the installation of the new officers. A t
nine we were all mighty thankful to sit down to a jolly Sunday
night supper, where we ate up the leavings f r o m the party and
talked it all over.
Monday was the day that we gathered up all the ravellings,
as some one said, and tried not to forget any of the directions
which must be given to all the new office-holders. That noon we
went to a luncheon at the new Tri-Delt house, which is of sur-
prising architectural beauty and magnificence. A n d right here,
let me pay a tribute to Oklahoma hospitality. Everybody was so
kind to us all the time that we were there. The second day after
Mrs. Higgins and I arrived we were guests at a most charming
luncheon given at the home of Mrs. Barton, which is also the
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parsonage of Southern Methodist church. Mrs. Barton is the
daughter of Mrs. Oliphant, and a very ready and helpful friend
of the girls. The only reason that we didn't go to more places,
was because we couldn't stay long enough. I t was not because
the invitations had run out.
A l l things have to end, (except this report, do I hear the tired
editor say?) and we finally had to come home. I t had been a
wonderful experience for us all and will give us many happy
hours of recollections, when the installation of X i Chapter shall
have become ancient history to be handed down to the next gen-
You may all be proud of your new sisters i n Norman, Okla-
homa. They are splendid girls, active and alumnae, true in spirit
and fine in ideals. W e are lucky to have them.
KATHERINE L. M I X ,
UPON A VASE OF RED ROSES
Their mellow fragrance- told me of their hloom
And led me hastening toward the spacious room,
Wherein among the deepening shadows there
A vase of roses stood with stately air;
In crimson grandeur, tall, their silent forms
They reared majestic, sad of all life's storms
They seemed, and dulled by all past glories vain
Like love's great passion now attending pain.
I closed my eyes that elegance to see
And what appeared was Paradise to me.
D . Doller, Omega, '2.*
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THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA—AN HISTORICAL
TH E U N I V E R S I T Y of Oklahoma is founded upon the authority
of an act of the legislature of the Territory of Oklahoma, ap-
proved December 19. 1890, entitled, " A n act to locate and estab-
lish the University of Oklahoma." The act provided that when
ten thousand dollars and forty acres of land should be given to
the territory by the city of Norman the school should be located
at that place. These requirements were met, the University of
Oklahoma was established at Norman, and students were accepted
for the first time in the fall of 1892. I n the spring of 189.3 work
was begun on the first building, which was occupied the follow-
The University of Oklahoma is located at Norman, within
a few miles of the center of the state. A l l of the work in resi-
dence is done at Norman except the third and fourth years of the
School of Medicine, which are carried on at Oklahoma City.
Norman is eighteen miles south of Oklahoma City on the Santa
Fe railway, and is the southern terminus of the interurban road
which connects it with Oklahoma City, Guthrie, Edmond, and El
Reno. I t is near enough to Oklahoma City, with hourly interurban
and frequent train service, to secure the advantages of the city.
The University of Oklahoma occupies a campus of one hundred
and twenty acres situated in the southern part of the city of Nor-
man. This tract, which is rectangular in shape, includes besides an
original forty acres given by the people of Norman in 1892, twenty
acres given by Norman in 1902, and sixty acres additional, lying
contiguous to the original campus, obtained in 1914 in exchange f o r
a section of land granted to the university by Congress in 1907.
W i t h i n these bounds, in the southwestern quarter, are the Nurs-
ery and Greenhouse, with experimental plats for horticulture, agri-
culture, and pharmaceutical botany. In the southeastern quarter
are the Gymnasium and Armory with athletic fields f o r men and
women. The northern half of the campus is occupied by the
main halls. A t the north end of the oval, facing the boulevard
which leads f r o m the central part of the city to the campus, are
Gothic gateways, memorials of the classes of 1915 and 1917. Fac-
ing the other avenue leading to the campus from the city are simi-
lar gateways, memorials of the classes of 1919 and 1920.
The foresight of an early administration of the university pro-
vided f o r the planting of an abundance of trees, which have
grown to such proportions as to increase the natural beauty of
the location. During the last few years the campus has been
beautified by careful planting of flowers, shrubs, and trees and
the rearrangement of walks and driveways.
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THE FRATERNITY JEWELER
DO U B T L E S S a discussion to fit this title would be timely f o r some
fraternities all the time and certainly for all sometimes; but
it is particularly apropos for our own group just now. Inquiries
have been pouring in f r o m all sides that suggest the need of an
Certain unscrupulous jewelers have been advertising widely
and insiduously in an attempt to divert at least a part of the Alpha
O business f r o m the properly authorized jeweler. The advertis-
ing is truly clever, because it would convince those who had no
means of knowing the real situation that it is quite ridiculous to
give trade to an "official" jeweler; and all this through a com-
parison of apparent prices and values.
The word "apparent" is used advisedly, because experience
has proved that value, quality of work, price, and honor in fill-
ing contracts are rarely to be found in one concern. I t was be-
cause our preceding Executive Committee, after a most careful
investigation, found an almost hopeless lack of consistent coop-
eration on the part of other jewelers that they unhesitatingly gave
into the hands of one official jeweler the entire work of our fra-
ternity. I t is because that jeweler has never failed to give satis-
faction in all the points named above, has always been ready to
correct any error due to him or his workman, has been ever scrup-
ulous in the matter of correct authorization, that the present Exec-
utive Committee has never considered a change in the method of
ordering and obtaining fraternity jewelry of any kind. In other
words, our present jeweler has proved worthy of the trust imposed
One of these advertisements referred to above reads, "Com-
pare our prices with 'official' jewelers. Who pays the freight?"
Whenever any business concern attempts to influence people to
break a law f o r any reason whatever, that concern will bear
watching. This advertisement admits that it knows the regula-
tion we have regarding the manufacture of jewelry, yet insults
members of our organization by suggesting that they are disloyal
to the express orders of our Grand Council. This firm will bear
watching; it cannot be trusted; we are told that it is a branch of
another jewelry concern with whom we have already had deal-
ings and who proved unsatisfactory. This is their method of try-
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ing to regain what they have lost, and they are counting on their
wily advertising to appeal to college girls who do not happen to
know the facts and are likely, on that account, to be taken in or
made discontented with the conditions that exist.
No organization of any standing whatever has any possession
or emblem that is quite so sacred to it as its official badge. That
would mean nothing i f it were possible for everybody to obtain
and wear this badge. The Phi Beta Kappa key would mean less
than nothing, i f any person, envying the benefits of membership,
were able to procure and wear the key, without deserving the
honor. The thing that gives our pin a real significance, that makes
us proud to wear it rather than any other, is the fact that it rep-
resents all members and all traditions, it is an Alpha O pin, the
emblem of our own fraternity. Any person who in any way
changes our emblem hurts our fraternity; if it is changed, it no
longer has the significance it has held as our official badge. N o
Alpha O has any desire to wear such an emblem. I t may be that
someone thinks the pin would be more attractive i f it were a d i f -
ferent size; realizing that only one size has been authorized by
the founders and the Grand Council members, no loyal member
will care to wear any other than that, because much of its signifi-
cance as a fraternity emblem is lost i f individual taste infringes
on national judgment.
Since it is not possible to patent fraternity emblems, the main-
tenance of their standards depends entirely upon the honor of the
members wearing them and the jewelers manufacturing them. W e
cannot prevent any jeweler from manufacturing any kind of
jewelry he finds profitable; but i f he has no sale f o r any one kind,
he will soon discontinue its production.
The purpose of this discussion is to place these facts before the
members of Alpha Omicron Pi. realizing that the knowledge will
be the only measure necessary to protect the pin. A l l attempts to
solicit the trade of our fraternity through otAer channels than com-
munication with members of the Executive Committee are dishon-
orable, because they are made in the full knowledge of our national
ruling. The quality of materials and work provided by our present
jeweler are above reproach. The price is as low as quality permits.
The speed of service is a matter of the chapter secretary's prompt-
ness and accuracy. A l l these statements are made after a careful
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investigation by national officers. I f at any time, dissatisfaction
with service or quality arises, members will find the Executive
Committee ready to take up the matter carefully; if any person
feels that better service could be secured i n any other way with
protection to the badge, and will place the facts before the com-
mittee, they will be thoroughly looked into and a report made.
There are some alumnae who do not know the procedure nec-
essary to order a pin. For their benefit, I will say that i f they
do not live near their own chapter, the best thing is to write i n a
complete description of the badge desired to the Grand Secretary.
She has all the necessary means of identification and needs only
to know your name and chapter and the kind of jewelry you wish.
W i t h that much information, she can put i n your order and under
ordinary circumstances you should have your pin within two weeks.
Some alumnae have been finding fault with the jeweler when an
order placed with their chapters is not filled promptly. That is not
the fault of the jeweler, but of the chapter secretary. She has, i n
each case, failed to send the necessary order blank to the Grand
Secretary. I n one case, the jeweler has had the order filled ready
for release for several weeks and has written the Grand Secretary
twice f o r the authorization. She has, in turn, communicated with
the chapter secretary through whom the order was placed, and also
with the chapter president hut has failed to get anything except a
courteous note from the latter saying that she had called the atten-
tion of the former to the matter. This case is cited to show you
that what looks like lack of cooperation on the part of the
jeweler is really care in protecting our badge by having proper
authorization for every bit of Alpha O jewelry.
Communicate with the Grand Secretary direct if there is any
cause f o r complaint that cannot be traced in the chapter itself, or
if you have any reason to believe that more favorable conditions
might prevail. Further, be especially careful to report i f at any
time you think perhaps the pin is being worn by any person not
initiated into our order. Several such cases have been found.
Your vigilance will help protect our dearest emblem.
MELITA H. SKILI.K.V
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loHarij Uatta Sfmtatmt ^arratt
M OST great shocks come to us when we least expect them and
so it was, when word came the night of A p r i l 10th that
Mary D . was dangerously i l l , and the following morning, that
she had passed away.
The fraternity has lost one of her most earnest, interested
workers, the Southern chapters, a splendid, zealous superintendent
and N u Omicron and Nashville Alumnae their inspiration. I
remember so well how Mary D., active member of Omicron,
began to conceive of A O I I at Vanderbilt i n 1916—and
painted her true worth i n such glowing colors—that I felt the
only thing possible to do upon entering Vanderbilt was to gather
a small group of girls into a local and petition A O I I . This we
did. Mary D . transferred from the University of Tennessee to
Vanderbilt at Christmas and in A p r i l our local became N u Omi-
cron of Alpha Omicron Pi.
She was the first chapter president and from the first proved
a diplomatic, efficient officer. A f t e r our graduation in 1918, until
she was made District Superintendent, she served as Alumnae
Advisor. The girls found in her a wise and sympathetic counsel-
lor. The foundation of the Nashville Alumnae chapter was also
largelv due to her efforts. Those who attended Convention well
remember the pleasant trip the Nashville delegation and other
southern girls enjoyed to Knoxville in her father's private car.
The loss to her personal friends is too deep f o r words. W e
are shocked and grieved beyond measure and can only express to
her heartbroken family, husband and dear little five-weeks-old
son, our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy.
KATRINA OVERALL MCDONALD.
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TO H A V E OR NOT TO H A V E
T i n : M E R R Y old controversy goes on and on—round and round
—shall the chapter letter be printed or shall it be cut out? I t
is quite self-evident that most of the sorority magazines favor
the chapter letter, perhaps f o r the reason expressed by Sarah Blue,
once upon a time, that the chapter letters are the very best part
of the magazine.
Unfortunately some of our Greek brothers do not agree with
this f o r they have been cutting and are still cutting their chapter
letters out. We might, perhaps, venture a wholly feminine thrust
here—and say that perhaps the reason that the men don't care so
much about chapter letters is that chapter letters written by men
are not as interesting as the ones written by women.
Garnet and White says, editorially: "That hardy institution
known as the chapter letter, which f o r so many years has been one
of the main features of every fraternity magazine, has recently
fallen f r o m its high estate in several of the more radical and pro-
gressive publications. The Signet of Phi Sigma Kappa has aban-
doned it entirely. The Phi Delta Theta Scroll includes it in only
two out of its five issues f o r the year. I f the rest follow suit, the
traditional chapter letter will become a thing of the past.
''This rather drastic action appears to result f r o m the opinion
that these letters, however well written they may be, are of interest
only to the members of the individual chapters and not to the f r a -
ternity at large. This is especially true of organizations number-
ing forty or fifty chapters. The abolition of these letters means a
great conservation of space as well as energy to the fraternities
involved. I t will be interesting to note what effects this movement
will have upon the more conservative elements."
The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta says: "This past volume has
contained but two issues containing chapter letters. This was
caused by numerous things, mainly because of our own personal
trouble in getting the magazine ready f o r the press during the past
year. I t also partially resulted f r o m a discussion at the dinner of
fraternity editors at the last Interfraternity Conference where the
subject of chapter letters was very thoroughly discussed. Some
fraternity magazines have gone so far as to eliminate them entirely.
Others stand by old custom and always carry them. W e are uncer-
tain as to which course to pursue in the future, but do not intend
to eliminate them entirely. We would like to know from our read-
ers what they want in this regard. Our subscription list has tre-
mendously changed during the past twelve years. Formerly more
than two-thirds of the magazines went to active men only, but now
the situation is reversed. The life subscription plan has brought
about a situation where two-thirds of the magazines printed go to
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alumni, so that now our magazine is really more of an alumni insti-
tution than one of the active chapters. W e want to suit our pub-
lication conditions, and we would like to know f r o m our readers
whether or not they really read all the chapter letters or only the
the letter from their own chapter, or whether the chapter letters
in the present f o r m are of sufficient value to use the space re-
quired. Without at all criticizing the chapter reporters, we must
confess that the similarity of the contents of ninety chapter letters,
issue after issue, year after year, is something of a bug-bear to us.
We are considering changes in future Scrolls and hope some new
plan will be evolved so as to retain all the benefits of the chapter
letter and yet get away f r o m the monotonous repetitions of style
and contents that have always been characteristic of chapter letters
in the past. What do our readers want?"
I n the Sigma N u publication, The Delta, under the caption:
"The Chapter Letter is Passe," we read: " I n combination with
the reporters' chapter features, we believe that these presentations
of chapter conditions f r o m varying angles will enlighten alumni
and encourage the active men, effecting positive results in improve-
ments. They provide a real setting f o r vital news and will interest
our readers more than the old style hackneyed chapter letter, which
is fast going out of Greek journalism. They are more readable
and informative, which is the secret of interest to the reader, be
he member of the chapter or an alumnus from another college.
"The reporters have, f o r several issues, been furnishing their
feature stories to the Delta. Many of them, at first at a loss to
think of subjects to write about, find that this state of mind is their
own fault or their chapter's defect. I t is little trouble usually to
select the outstanding points i n the chapter life that make Sigma
N u Fraternity known on the campus or abroad.
"What does your chapter stand f o r ? "
In spite of the agitation being put forth against the harmless
chapter letter, it is quite noticeable that very few of the fraternity
organs have banished it altogether.
And the sororities? What of them? We have never read a
sorority magazine which did not habitually publish chapter letters.
Perhaps that is some of the "conservatism" of which the editor
of Garnet avid White speaks. But let the ladies speak f o r them-
selves. This f r o m The Crescent of Gamma Phi Beta: "The chap-
ter letter is on trial for its life and the chapter paper presents itself
as a successor. Here are the pros and cons—the first quotation
f r o m the Aglaia of Phi Mu, and the second from the Lyre of Alpha
Chi Omega: 'Shall the Aglaia cease to print chapter letters? I t
sounds like a radical proposal, yet some of the men's fraternities
are seriously considering a similar course, or have already put it
into effect. Our sister sorority journals omit chapter letters from
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an issue when other good material is present i n abundance, or
when the budget calls for a lessening of expense.'
" ' "They say," that the chapter letter in fraternity magazines
is doomed, so much dead wood. Perhaps ! I t is certainly true that
most chapter letters are as uninteresting to the average reader as
certain genealogical portions of the Bible, f o r instance. As a
matter of fact, some letters remind one of just that and nothing
more. But chapter letters can be made as humanly interesting as
anyone could wish i f only the ideal chapter editor existed in each
chapter. Alas, she does not! W e are very ready to admit that
after having read i n manuscript page after page of such copy as
many editors send i n , it is a shame to waste the paper and ink to
print it. But now and then there is a veritable gem, which proves
that there is reason i n the world why all chapter letters cannot be
" ' A fraternity magazine filled with ideal chapter letters would
be the most interesting piece of reading matter that one could find
in many a long day. I t would give the reader who appreciated it
a picture of the student life, college doings, educational changes
and progress that no other source could give him. I f one should
not visit a college f o r twenty years and should have had the ideal
chapter letter to read four times a year during that period she could
go back with a feeling of intimate acquaintance with students, pro-
fessors and the institution as a whole. Y o u would not hear her
complaining when her son or daughter went to college. " I can't
understand i t ! Things were not like that in my day!" She could
be a good pal as she was in her own college days, f o r she would
be ready to understand and sympathize with the point of view of
her college children. A n d how popular she would be i n the chap-
ter house, when she went to visit them !
" 'We fear that a magazine filled with ideal chapter letters is
only a day dream. The chapter letter may be dead now. I f it is,
the sooner we eliminate it from the Lyre the better- And the more
underclassmen we have appointed as chapter editors, the sooner
will the obsequies be held; and we shall all drop a red carnation in
memory of the past—and the chapter letter will be no more.
" 'However, we are not yet ready to inscribe requiescat in pace
on our chapter letters—not without a valiant effort to make them
truly representative contributions. A n d we ask your cooperation,
chapter editors, in making them live, vivid, and worth-while.' "
The Crescent says f o r itself: "But to return to the chapter let-
ter, it still has a mission in Gamma Phi i f we may judge f r o m the
report of the chairman of examinations, who, upon inquiry, dis-
covered that this department in the magazine proved most interest-
ing f o r the college girls, and f r o m this following tribute to its pos-
sibilities : 'Would that the correspondents—I speak as one of
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them—realized the interest with which their letters are looked f o r
and read by the alumnae and the students. I n the past year we
used the magazine i n our rushing with great success; and the chap-
ter letters were the things the rushees looked at first and read
longest, since they contained the actual life of the chapters of the
sorority, which is the thing that counts. Here's to the time when
there will be nary a delinquent chapter and every letter will arrive
on the appointed day!' A n d from the heart of the editor comes a
fervent repetition of this last sentence."
The Sigma Kappa Triangle devotes an entire department to
undergraduate opinion on this question. We quote from several
of the most interesting letters: " I t would seem that most under-
graduates have a wrong conception of their connection with the
sorority as a whole, and with the magazine which forms the one
connecting link between their own chapter and the entire organ-
ization; i f such is not the case, why is there a necessity f o r impos-
ing fines f o r late material, and f o r continual pleas f o r more care-
fully written chapter letters?
" I f it be true that a letter is the mirror of one's personality,
then inevitably, the quarterly letter is the reflector of each chap-
ter, i n which are revealed those things in chapter life which are
less commendable, as well as the achievements of which we
boast. Almost the only means that we possess of judging sister
chapters, are the chapter letters which they write. I n this day of
extensive advertising, we grant at once that it pays to 'sell' your-
self. W e should fail to find a purchaser i f we omitted interest
in slip-shod, carelessly written reports, or indulged in wearisome,
commonplaces which fail to interest even our own members, to
say nothing of those who know us only f r o m afar. I t is safe to
assume that the latter will be satisfied to continue our acquain-
tance f r o m an even greater distance. As f o r the girls who are
separated f r o m the Sorority after graduation, the disappoint-
ment they feel i n a hasty, uninteresting chapter letter is doubly
" I n one respect the Triangle correspondent is the most i m -
portant officer i n a chapter; at least she is second to none. We
find it easy to become absorbed in our own chapter interests; to
forget that our own little group alone is not Sigma Kappa. The
correspondent has the interesting but difficult task of keeping us
in touch with the whole sorority. She deserves the cooperation of
the chapter fully as much as does the president, the treasurer or
any other officer. I f each chapter individually and collectively
will feel the necessity for putting its best effort into its chapter
letters, we shall have a department of the Triangle to which every
Sigma will turn enthusiastically as soon as she receives her copy
of the magazine.
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"The names of 'ye splendid pledges' are not half as interesting
as the characteristic news of the college world, clever ideas for
parties or new programs for chapter meetings, intimate personal
tradition and customs which are dear to the hearts of your girls.
The chapter letters are strong links in the chain that binds Sigmas
together, Sigmas new and old, Sigmas shy and bold, and all the
others, too—they like chapter letters, especially good ones.
"The chapter letters are always interesting reading matter f o r
Sigma Kappas all over the land, but they might be made even more
so i f they were more chatty and not just records of events."
—The Angelos of Kappa Delta.
DELTA GAMMA AND T H E CHAPTER L E T T E R
TH E C H A P T E R letter has been a source of great worry to
The Anchora editor. We aim, always, to produce a better
magazine with many pictures, but a "better" magazine costs so
much money! One of the largest items of expense is the depart-
ment of chapter letters, and in this connection we dare to say that
it is no infrequent thing f o r the editor to receive letters criticising
the chapter letter most severely. I t has been suggested that the
editor re-write the chapter letter making it less trivial and plat-
itudinous; but the editor rebels! I t has been suggested that we
omit the chapter letters altogether; but this seems a somewhat
too drastic remedy. The best suggestion, we belive, is that chapter
letter-writing be considered a competitive, or at least a qualitative
exercise, and that only those letters which will be a real ornament
to The Anchora be accepted f o r publication. The editor feels that
this plan has great possibilities, so beginning with the November
number, letters f o r which are due September 28, the editor will
print all letters which measure up to a not-too-elevated standard
of interest, and will withhold from publication, without comment
or explanation, all those which fall below that standard.
I n selecting your Anchora Correspondent, therefore, please
select your very best literary celebrity. H e r only duty will be to
write three acceptable letters a year on the subject of her college
and her chapter, describing the distinctive features of their life
and omitting the obvious ones. Hereafter a chapter letter i n The
Anchora will be a mark of real distinction.
—The Anchora of Delta Gamma.
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APROPOS OF T H E CHAPTER LETTER
A s S I R R O G E R remarked, "There is much to be said on both
sides of the question." And about every thing has been said
in the two exchange articles printed in this issue, which we hope all
of you will give your careful attention. This editor believes—yea
—even after deciphering, retyping and blue penciling all effusions
about the coming of spring and the nearness of fraternity ex-
aminations, that the chapter letter serves a very definite purpose,
and that no publication truly representative of Alpha Omicron Pi
could be quite complete without it. I t serves as a link between
actives and almnae, between alumnae and the college world, and
between the fraternity as a whole and single units within the
The success of the chapter letter depends, of course, upon who
writes it. A n editor who submits a careless and dull letter brings
discredit upon herself, upon her chapter and upon the fraternity
at large. Your chapter editor should possess originality, in all
things except spelling, the ability to use the English language well
and to follow instructions, and a typewriter or a legible hand writ-
ing. Surely these things are not too much to demand of a group of
Next year our instructions will be quite detailed and sent out
in ample time. Our policy with regard to chapter letters will be
a severe one. Careless and badly prepared material will be repri-
manded in the magazine. W i l l you escape?
I f every next year's editor possesses the qualifications enumer-
ated here, the Chapter Letter Department will be a success. W i l l
Y O U help us ?
The following fraternities, sororities, and clubs lost their homes
in the Berkeley fire, the figtires given representing their- approximate
values: Delta Delta Delta, $25,000; Zeta Tau Alpha, $20,000; Delta
Zeta, $25,000; Alpha Chi Omega, $25,000; Alpha Tau Omega, $40,000;
Tau Kappa Epsilon, $20,000; Del Rey, $15,000; and Abracadabra, $20,-
000. The Theta Chi and Kappa Sigma houses were damaged in part.
Most of the organizations made immediate plans to rebuild. Few of
the houses were fully insured.
The Tomahaxvk of A 2 3 > .
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A L P H A O M I C R O N P I is proud to announce the installation of
three new chapters, one active, and two alumnae. X i , at
the University of Oklahoma, whose installation you have read
about in the interesting report of Katherine M i x , the installing
officer, adds thirty three loyal Alpha Os to our number. The
Memphis Alumnae chapter, installed by Lillian Marshall on April
2nd, has seventeen members. Mildred H . McDonald installed the
Miami Valley Alumnae, consisting of ten members, on March
29th. Alpha Omicron Pi extends best wishes to these new sisters
who have come to her, and welcomes the banding together into a
more effective organization those who were already Alpha Os.
T H E E X E C U T I V E C O M M I T T E E is glad to be able to accept f o r the
fraternity at large the invitation of Tau chapter to hold the
Convention of 1925 with it as hostess.
T H I S Y E A R the editorship of T o D R A G M A was i n so confused a
state that, due to the fault of no one in particular, some mat-
erial has been unavoidably omitted f r o m our pages. The editor
has taken the liberty of printing, in this issue, some Alumnae
Notes which were forwarded to her too late to go in in the last,
and which have not been duplicated. The editor wishes especially
to compliment the Alumnae Assistant Editors of Iota and Epsilon
chapters on the informality of tone, the completeness, and the
excellence in form, of their notes. The department of Alumnae
Notes is an important one, the organization of which we expect
to spend a good deal of thought upon next year. The editor urges
that the Alumnae Assistants use the notes of these two chapters as
models, and that they try to make their notes complete in every
T H E F O L L O W I N G announcements refer to the purchasing of
fraternity supplies and should be carefully read by every one:
1. Song books may be purchased f r o m the Grand Treasurer at*
$1.00 per copy.
2. Constitutions may be purchased f r o m the Grand Treasurer at
$0.15 per copy.
3. Directories may be purchased from the Grand Treasurer at
$0.50 per copy. ( N o t e : A l l copies ordered and paid f o r at the
former price, $0.40, will be sent out at the price advertised. The
increase in price is due to enlargement of the directory.)
4. A l l orders for model ritual equipment f o r officers or members,
all office stationery, clerical supplies for chapter secretaries
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and treasurers, subscriptions f o r Banta's Greek Exchange and
the Sorority Handbook are to be placed with the Grand Sec-
retary. A n y charges will be placed on the chapter account and
collected by the Grand Treasurer.
IN S T R U C T I O N S f o r ordering magazine subscriptions and station-
ery are given at the end of the article on National Philan-
thropic W o r k . Send in your order and help the Fund.
A C T I V E C H A P T E R S E C R E T A R I E S — P l e a s e notify the Busi-
ness Manager of addresses of all graduating seniors and other members
who leave college this spring and who do not expect to return in
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YOUR OWN PAGE TO EDIT
To make our magazine a success every To D R A G M A reader
must place herself on the Editorial Staff.
W I L L Y O U DO YOUR SHARE?
I f you know of any Alpha O who is doing especially interest-
ing things, let us know about iter and her work. We should have
a department in each issue devoted to prominent alumnae.
I f you know of any Alpha O who has had a story, poem, or an
essay published in any periodical or college publication let us
know about it, and, i f possible, send us a copy.
I f you know of any Alpha O who is living or travelling in
" f u r r i n ' parts", and who might send us an interesting letter or
article f o r a future Cosmopolitan issue, let us know her name and
L E T US KNOW!!!
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T HE FOLLOWING recommendations which are appended to the Alpha Omi-
cron Pi Constitution and By-Laws now in the press were made at
the 1923 Convention at Whittle Springs, and seem particularly appropri-
ate at this time of the year, a few months before many of our actives
will once more take upon themselves the duties of sponsors, and when
the chaperon question for next year is being discussed in those of our
chapters living as groups in chapter houses.
1. Each sponsor shall feel definitely responsible to and for her pledge
a. See that all necessary fraternity information is supplied her.
b. Give helpful criticism and advice on personal and fraternity mat-
c. Urge and help the achievement of high scholarship.
d. Assist the pledge to take an active part in college life.
e. Become her close and intimate personal friend.
1. The chapter chaperon shall be the type of woman who:
a. W i l l receive from the members of her group, respect, educationally,
socially, and for all qualities of character.
b. W i l l be able to direct the members in social usages and amenities.
c. Is gifted with the kind of personality that appeals to young people,
and possessed of tact and understanding.
2. Whenever the local situation requires or makes advisable a salary, Alpha
Omicron Pi shall be ready to pay as high a salary as is necessary to
secure the type of woman desired.
3. The position of chaperon in the chapter house shall be of two-fold
a. She shall be the official chaperon for all occasions and as such shall
he held responsible by our national body for whatever personal disci-
pline may be necessary to maintain our high national standards of
group life and campus reputation. Obviously, this means that the
chapter will give her complete support. Whenever the judgment
of the chaperon is called into question, the matter is to be referred
to the Alumnae Advisor before being discussed in meeting.
b. She shall be housemother to the group and as such shall give sym-
pathetic advice, help and oversight in an unobtrusive way to members
in personal matters.
3. I t is understood that the chaperon shall not dictate the policies of any
chapter in any way. or carry her problems outside the house, until she
has attempted to find the solution with the Alumnae Advisor and her
4. The question of the house duties of the chaperon shall be a local mat-
ter depending on stewardship conditions.
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5. The chaperon shall be accorded the unfailing courtesy that is consistent
with the high ideals of Alpha Omicron Pi.
6. These recommendations regarding chaperons shall be sent to each chap-
ter of Alpha Omicron Pi living in a chapter house and posted on the
bulletin board. Copies shall be given to the present and future
chaperons, and to each Dean of Women concerned with Alpha Omi-
cron Pi chaperons.
THE PANHELLENIC CREED
We, the fraternity undergraduate members, stand for good scholar-
ship, for the guardians of good health, for wholehearted cooperation with
our college's ideals for student life, f o r the maintenance of fine social
standards, and the serving, to the best of our ability or our college
community. Good college citizenship as a preparation for good citizenship
in the larger world of alumnae days is the ideal.that shall guide our chapter
We, the fraternity alumnae members, stand f o r an active, sympathetic
interest in the life of our undergraduate sisters, for the loyal support of
the ideals of our Alma Mater, f o r the encouragement of high scholar-
ship, for the maintenance of healthful physical conditions in the chapter
house and dormitory, and for using our influence to further the best
standards for the education of the young women of America. Loyal
service to chapter, college, and community is the ideal that shall guide our
We, the fraternity officers, stand f o r loyal and earnest work for the
realization of these fraternity standards. Cooperation for the mainten-
ance of fraternity life in harmony with its best possibilities is the ideal
that shall guide our fraternity activities.
We, the fraternity women of America, stand for preparation f o r
service through character building inspired in the close contact and deep
friendship of fraternity life. To us fraternity life is not the enjoyment of
special privileges but an opportunity to prepare for wide and wise human
—Prepared by the Editor's Conference.
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Items of Interest
T HE DISTINCTION of being the first grandmother in Alpha Omicron Pi
is claimed by Mrs. Ellen Schmidt of Ithaca, New York, a member of
Epsilon chapter. Mrs. Schmidt is the wife of Professor Nathaniel Schmidt
of Cornell University. She was taking special work in the university in
1907-1908 when a group was colonized by Edith Dupre of Pi chapter to peti-
tion Alpha Omicron Pi, and Mrs. Schmidt became a charter member of the
Dagmar Schmidt, now Mrs. Oliver Sandford Wright of Philadelphia,
entered Cornell with the class of 1918 and on pledge day donned the Sheaf
of Wheat of Alpha Omicron Pi. Following her graduation with the degree
of Bachelor of Arts she did newspaper writing in New York f o r a few
months and in the spring of 1919 was married to M r . Wright at her par-
ent's home in Ithaca. Her two children, Dagmar Ellen, aged four, and
Nathaniel Oliver, aged two, confer upon Mrs. Schmidt the happy title of
grandmother. Dagmar Ellen Wright expects to enter Cornell with the
class of 1940 and to be the first of the third generation in Alpha Omicron Pi.
Professor and Mrs. Schmidt travelled for several months last year in
Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Palestine. They will be in Boulder, Colorado,
for the 1924 summer session of the University of Colorado where Professor
Schmidt is to give a series of lectures, returning to Ithaca for the opening
of Cornell University in the fall.
T HE FOLLOWING from the New York Sun of March 17, 1924, will inter-
est the many Alpha O's who knew Clara Graeffe, Epsilon '15, at the
San Francisco convention which she attended as the delegate of Epsilon
chapter, and, at the Syracuse Convention where she represented New
York Alumnae chapter.
"Speedily forgetting what one has so laboriously acquired in school days
seems to be the rule, with very few exceptions to prove it. This almost
universal experience is the thing that makes the story of Miss Clara
Graeffe of Brooklyn unique in the list of business successes.
She has a gift shop. Now there are g i f t shops and g i f t shops, to the
undoing of many a generous purse, as every girl knows. But Miss Graeffe
advertised, and she put into her advertisements such challenges to the
memory that her venture into commercial life has proven a success far
beyond her dreams. Her advertisements are on the following lines:
"Some years ago the novelist Balzac, curbed his renowned passion f o r
grapes for a whole month. W i t h the money saved by this deprivation he
purchased two pieces of pottery that had taken his fancy on the shelves
of a Parisian g i f t shop. Pottery as beautiful can be had today without such
heroic abstinence at the Butterfly G i f t Shop."
"Napoleon Bonaparte loved ghost stories. So much so that he set aside
a special room f o r this pastime, and had a designer produce a peculiar gray
toned candle shade that gave a ghostly appearance to the nook where his
favorite stories were told. You will find that we have been quite as
scrupulous as Napoleon in the choice of our lamp shades," etc.
"Some three hundred years before Christ, the Emperor Ho-to of China
sought the good will of the Roman court. W i t h all the resources of the
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wealthy Oriental monarch, what do you think he sent? A thousand sheets
of home-made paper. Writing paper is truly the g i f t of kings—especially
the rich looking, distinctive kind which you will find."
Sir Walter Raleigh appears in print to point out that the best place for
smoking accessories is the Butterfly Gift Shop; every little bit of human
interest in history that she knows is tied up with something on her shelves.
Why? Because—hut let Miss Graeffe tell i t :
"Every one forgets what is learned in school immediately after leaving
it. I use my advertising as a medium for remembering. I want to prove
to myself that school days are not wasted; that I can put to practical use
the lessons I have learned."
\ X iss JOANNA CARVER COLCORD, a Searsport girl who has achieved suc-
*™" cess in her chosen field, that of Social Welfare work in New York
City, has compiled a book of songs of the sea which will be published in the
spring. The book contains besides a large collection of "chanties," bits of
interesting information concerning sea songs. Words and music of the
chanty, which is a type of music in a class by itself, are given. Miss Col-
cord was born at sea, off the Australian coast, in her father's sailing vessel.
A graduate of U . of M . , she specialized in chemistry. Several years ago
she went to New York and took up settlement work. For about eight
years she has held the position of superintendent of the Charity Organiza-
tion Society of the City of New York. Three years ago she was granted
a year's leave of absence by the Society to take charge of public health
work in the Virgin Islands, under the Red Cross. Two years ago her
book, "Broken Homes," a text book f o r social workers, was published by
the Russell Sage Foundation. Another branch of her work is lecturing, and
she has done a good deal of interesting disaster relief work. Last week
she spoke before the Women of Maine Club at the Hotel Waldorf on
"Shanties," her own spelling of the word. She recounted the vigorous inci-
dents which went into the making of those rythmic songs of the sea. I t
was the story of a strenuous life, "More pointed than polite." Above all
it was the story of American seamen, Maine seamen, often, of the packet
trade to Liverpool, the tea trade about New Orleans, where the negro steve-
dores added their bit to the ballads of the sea. I t was a glimpse into the
romantic days of sailing ships, when it took many strong men and a chanty
to haul in the foresheet. Some of the chanty songs Miss Colcord sang,
unaccompanied.—Bangor Daily News.
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Active Chapter Letters
PI—H. SOPHIE NEWCOMB MEMORIAL COLLEGE
NU—NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
OMICRON—UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
During our Christmas vacation we made plans for our welfare
work, and made a start by giving a basket. Our next plan was
picture books for little crippled children. Then, not long after, came
the sad and forlorn time for the "goats"—just freshmen now. They
had a right lively time, and I think by the looks and expressions of
most of them they enjoyed their "goating" as much as we did. When
initiation came, they were all properly excited and thrilled. We were
able to initiate five out of six freshmen at one time. The other one,
Eli2abeth Walker, was i l l so a few weeks later a special initiation was
held. To top the first initiation was the annual banquet. I t was
held at Whittle Springs Hotel, which some of you may remember
f r o m convention. The table had as its center-piece red roses. Each
one of our freshmen received a corsage betokening our love and good-
will. Mary Rowe Moore, of our chapter last year, but with the
Cincinnati University now, was with us at the banquet. The next
event was the election of our freshmen, Mary Moore Shanton, as
the vice-president of the Freshmen class. Great was the rejoicing in
Last week we entertained a visitor whom some of us were meeting
for the first time and others had met last June—Mrs. Marshall f r o m
the New Orleans chapter. We all fell in love with her, and were
thankful for her kind help and advice.
Plans for the yearly U . T. Circus are a foot. Here's hoping we
win all the cups available.
VIRGINIA JEANNE FRANTZ.
KAPPA—RANDOLPH-MACON WOMEN'S COLLEGE
Can all of you realize that Easter is nearly here and that about
a month later we will have exams and then go home? Tempus
certainly does fugit this time of the year.
Lily Blanks Clarke is going to be May Queen this year. Isn't
that wonderful? We're so proud of her, as well as of the other A O
n ' s who are in the court. They are Grace Manning, Lucile Lamar,
and Mary Burnley Wilson. I wish all of you could be up here and
see May Day. I t is always one of the prettiest things we have at
I know you w i l l be sorry to hear that Jean Jones had to stop
school after mid-year on account of her health. She is much better,
and at present is visiting up here at school. W e hope she'll be able
to come back next year perfectly well and full of her old time
Our Pledge Day banquet was a great success. Everybody had a
wonderful time. Simmons Purdy was the only out-of-town alumna
who came back for the occasion. She has come back for the banquet
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both years that she has been an alumna, and we hope she'll continue
to do so; Pledge Day would hardly seem natural without Sallie
ZETA—UNIVERSITY O F NEBRASKA
Spring vacation is over and we are all back ready to start on the
last lap of the year with mingled emotions of gladness and sorrow.
I t is mostly with sorrow that some of us—the ten seniors—think of
commencement just two months off when we w i l l no longer be
active A O n's.
We have had so many surprises since our last letter, in marriages
and engagements. The marriages are: Ethel Weidner, '24, to John
Bentley. Beta Theta Pi. March 15. at Kansas City; Pauline Moore,
'24 to Floyd Ryman, Delta Chi, March 28, at Tecumseh, and Vera
E r w i n , '24 to Allan Wilson, Pi Kappa Phi, A p r i l 5, at Kansas City.
Ethel and Pauline will make their homes in Lincoln, and Vera in
Houston, Texas. The girls who are flaunting fraternity pins are
Dorothy Hilsabeck, '24 to Elton George, Delta Upsilon, and Bonnie
Hess, '24 to Hugh Drake, Sigma N u .
We are proud to announce that every one of our freshmen was
eligible for initiation in March.
Margaret Watson, '25. has been elected president for next year,
and Elizabeth Pleak 25, house president.
Gladys Rice '24, our president this year, recently brought great
honor to us by being elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Pauline Gellatly and Darline Woodward are busy practicing for
the Kosmet Klub show. "Polly" also took part in "Macbeth" which
was given by the University Players recently.
Early in March our Lincoln alumnae gave a lovely benefit bridge
to raise money for our building fund. I believe we forgot to tell
you about two of our lovely Christmas gifts, a mahogany rocker from
the Lincoln alumnae, and some money for new furniture f r o m the
Besides our campus activities, we are all busy working for frater-
nity exams, and planning our big spring party to be given on May 2.
Zeta's homecoming banquet will be held June 6, and we hope that
all our alumnae will make a special effort to be with us then.
How we wish that there were a Convention every year when we
could meet all our A O n sisters. Anyway, we can wish you all a
happy summer and the best of luck.
SIGMA—UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Sigma is happy to have four new pledges for the spring semester.
Floris Holland and Roberta Georgeson are sisters of Alpha O's.
Evelyn Kendall is f r o m Maine, and Elizabeth Hawkins is a transfer
This semester has been so f u l l of work and pleasure, that we
have scarcely had time to breathe. W e are all studying hard, so
that we w i l l have a high scholarship average, and cherishing a hope
that we may have Alpha Omicron Pi engraved on the silver cup which
privilege Panhellenic offers each semester to the. sorority with the
highest scholastic standing. This custom was introduced last year,
and Kappa Kappa Gamma was the first to have the honor.
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Sigma girls believe in devoting as much lime as possible to campus
activities. Elizabeth Hesser has been made a member of Alpha Nu,
household science honor society. Mildred Bell and Mariam Collins
are active " Y " workers. Isabel Jackson and Evelyn Kendall are
valuable members of the Daily Californian staff, and Connie Morris
is working on the Blue and Gold annual. Anita Avila has one of the
leads in the Parthenia, annual women's pageant, and seven or eight
Alpha O girls have dancing parts. Some of the rest of the girls are
serving on Senior Week, Prytanean Fete, or class committees, while
others are interested in swimming, archery, rifle practice, or Crop and
Saddle riding club.
February 11th was Sigma's birthday party. As is the custom,
each class gave an amusing stunt, but the most exciting part of the
evening was the lovely presents we received f r o m the various classes
and the alumnae. "Gee," our cook, took great delight in baking us a
huge birthday cake with Alpha Omicron Pi written on the icing.
"Big C" circus is no makebelieve. but a great big real Barnum
and Bailey tent, with a regular circus parade, too. This is the way
the University of California celebrates February 29th every four years;
and all the sororities and fraternities support it by having floats in the
parade and the side shows in the circus.
March 6th, we held initiation, followed by a most impressive ban-
quet at which Rose Gardner Marx presided as toast mistress. Sigma
entertained formally at a dinner dance on A p r i l 4th.
The problem which now confronts us is, " H o w many and who
of the eleven graduating Alpha O's will announce their engagements
at Senior Banquet on April 10th?" The answer to this very impor-
tant question will be published in the next issue of To DRAGMA.
A N N E C. STONE.
T H E T A — D E PAUVV U N I V E R S I T Y
Business seems prettly lively about Theta these days, and I ' l l jot
down facts as they pop into my head (disregarding, perhaps, all the
rules of rhetoric.)
First of all, I must tell you how proud we are of my room-mate,
Margaret Safford, Panhellenic president, who has just presided at
a state Panhellenic conference held at De Pauw. She was quite the
belle of the ball—giving speeches, introducing Deans, and serving
as toast-mistress upon several occasions. W e regret that there were no
visiting AOITs here. Mrs. McDonald, our District Superintendent,
who was here for the conference, was entertained at a tea given in
our chapter house Sunday afternoon after which there was quite a
revelling held in the kitchen. Quarts of maple ice cream and boxes
of French pastry were left—until we were finished washing the dishes
and wrapping up borrowed glassware.
Over the week end we were delighted by having Cleon and Natalie
Johnson, f r o m Omega chapter, w i t h us.
Last week we were entertained at a dancing party in Golda and
Ruby Larkin's beautiful new home in Northwood. Many clever ideas
were carried out and eleven o'clock hours were enjoyed by all.
Go back just another eight days and you would see us all at the W . S.
G. A . circus. Katherine Davis was at the head of the main show, and
played a perfect role as ring leader. Helen Wells attracted scores
of masculine admirers by her effective interpretation of a doll dance.
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Some of the girls were in charge of various booths; some were Italian
flower vendors, and still more of us were merely spectators.
I have saved the best until last. W e initiated twelve wonderful
girls on March 8th, and had a delightful initiation breakfast at the
Grand Central Hotel.
Katherine Davis has been made a member of Theta Sigma Phi,
national honorary journalistic sorority. Frances Gray has been ap-
pointed social chairman of W. A. A.
HELEN L. WOODS.
GAMMA—UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Mid-semesters, ranks, vacation, all are over and "Spring has come,"
at least we dare to hope that it has.
Although initiation and banquet have long been past it is indeed such
a happy memory that I want you to know about it. I t was held at
the Bangor House, and the long tables, with the bowls of jacquemin-
ots in the red light of the candles thrilled us all. The freshmen put
over some very clever speeches, and they themselves were adorable.
We enjoyed having so many of the alumnae back—and especially the
telegrams f r o m some who were unable to be there, but who cherished
memories of former Alpha banquets. Ruth Morris and Wilma Koelsch
were just what A O I I sisters of Delta should be, and we were all
so glad to meet and know them. The initiation dance which was
held the next evening was a fitting climax to the week end. The
music, the hall, the decorations, the people; i t was wonderful.
Our freshmen girls at present are out for campus activities. Anna
Lorrens and Anna Stinchfield have solo parts in the Maine Musi-
cal Show", which is to be given May second, while others are in the
chorus. Anna Lorrens also has the leading role in the "Maine
Masque" presented Junior Week, and Clara Peabody has one of the
A f t e r finals, our circle was made larger when "Molly" Watt from
Presque Isle, Maine, who claims that the best Pi, is AOn, joined us. "Sally"
Palmer, one of our dearest freshmen had initiation f o r Molly at her home.
It is such an attractive home, and she had such marvelous "eats" that
we can all add it to our list of "wonderful times."
Sherwood Eddy was on the campus recently, giving a series of
Lois Mantor, our president last year, visited us the week before
B E U L A H E. OSGOOD.
Now that initiation is over and the twelve young pledges have
all become regular sisters with the right to wear a pin and sit around
with a dignified air at the weekly meeting, Epsilon's most strenuous
social activities are over until the annual spring dance. I n the
meantime, however, we spend our Sundays trotting off to teas, en-
tertaining faculty members and their wives, and exchanging dinners
with the Alphi Phi's, who are our best friends and our worst rivals.
Yet in spite of all this, which is sometimes more bother than i t is
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pleasure, there isn't one of us who would give up being a fraternity
girl, an A O I I .
Once again women's Student Government politics have filled the
air at Cornell, and once again the annual elections are over with A O
I I in two of the coveted fourteen positions for next year, that of Cen-
sus Taker going to Hilda Wilson 25, and that of President of Sage,
a women's dormitory, being filled by Frances Eagan '26, who has been
class president this year. Among the frosh, Elizabeth Michael has
been selected to take the part of the hero in the women's freshman play,
while Muriel Drummond has an acting part in the Cornell Dramatic
Club. Otherwise activities are on the slump at the present time, though
the crew machines are filled w i t h a goodly number of A O ITs at
To dig back to initiation for news, we had our first engagement of
the year at the banquet when Marjorie Kimball '24 announced her
engagement to John Gephart, a 2 $ E senior. We only trust that this will
serve as an inspiration to those reluctant sisters who are keeping f r o m
us our rightful "five pounds."
Rho is very busy w i t h her varied activities. Saturday, March 8th,
we initiated seven girls—Reta Biandi, Ruth Batterson, Mildred James.
Blanche MacGregor, Mary Stephenson, Margaret Snook, and Vivian
After the ceremony, which was held at Dot Duncan's in Glencoe,
we had a wonderful banquet at the New Orrington Hotel. I t was
a radio program. Helen Schmidt, as toastmistress, was the announcer.
Mary Stephenson gave a most delightful bed-time story for the fresh-
men. Eselwyn Larson broadcasted the jazz for the peppy sophomores.
Anne McCabe gave the stock reports for the level-minded juniors.
Helen Thompson gave the sermon for the stately seniors. Marie
Vick Swanson as world crier gave a few appropriate words for the
'Alums'. The new initiates furnished the vocal numbers on the
Our athletes are still busy, Margaret Mackay is Captain of the
archery team for next year. Lucile Hurley made the apparatus team.
Agnes Biesemeier and Kathleen Prindiville made the swimming team.
Many of the girls are now out for baseball and track practices.
Besides having athletic fame, Margaret MacKay was awarded a
prize as one of twelve honor pupils in last year's freshman class.
The alumnae are giving us a subscription dance f o r the benefit
of the House Fund, which is progressing very rapidly, on Saturday,
Dan Cupid is busy w i t h the f u l l force of spring, for Irene Peter-
son '23 visited us f r o m Kansas City last Friday, March 28th, at
which time she presented the chapter with the customary five pounds
and showed us her beautiful diamond and her Acacia pin f r o m
Leonard Haried, '24. The following Monday night at supper Dot
Duncan, '25, displayed a beautiful diamond f r o m Frederick R. Blay-
lock of Ponca City, Oklahoma. This evening we feasted on Fanny
May's five pounds.
M A R I A N E. ROGERS.
LAMBDA—LELAND STANFORD UNIVERSITY
We have just been registered a week for spring quarter and are
already submerged in an overwhelming wave of activities and social
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affairs. W e are also looking forward very hopefully to a final week
of rushing in the near future.
The chief dramatic activities on the campus at the present time
are the Junior Opera and the Women's Pageant. W e are very proud
to have five A O Pi's in the Opera and seven in the Pageant. Florence
Stanley '26, Grace Read '25, Doris Bailey '23, Helen Richardson '25,
and Marjorie Anderson '24, are the successful ones in making the Opera,
while Mary Virginia Dungan '25, Alice Lundberg '24, Helen Hoefer
'23, Helen Richardson '25, Frances Jongeneel '26, Florence Stanley '26,
Grace Read '25 and Marjorie Anderson '24, have received parts in the
Anna Fitzhugh '25 has been elected President of the Y . W . For
her success in the past and her executive ability she has also been
elected delegate of the Y . W . to attend the convention to be held
in New York the last of April. We are very proud of her various
I n athletics, Florence Stanley '26 made the swimming team, and
Mary Virginia Dungan, the archery team.
From all appearances Cupid has been playing around our vicinity.
Ellowene Delahoyde '24, has announced her engagement to Daniel
W. Evans. The marriages of Velda Hancock to Othmar Berry, Phi
Kappa Sigma, and Marilyn Smith '26, to Cecil Putnam, Sigma Nu,
have also been announced. F r o m various rumors we have reason
to believe that wicked little Cupid is still with us. Time and Senior
Breakfast will tell!
We are looking forward to a visit f r o m our district superintendent,
Daisy Shaw, in a couple of weeks, with much pleasure.
IOTA—UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
TAU—UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Spring! and we think of green grass, budding trees, sunshine, and a
host of busy college days. For the seniors there are the final weeks
crowded with the last college activities. A n d this year the seniors
at Minnesota are going to revive the Senior Circus with the traditional
"big top" and side shows. One "spread night" during March the active
and alumnae chapters, by the aid of mysterious signs, were directed
to the home of Edna Schlampp. Here the dignified seniors gave a
vaudeville and spread, and the result was $38.00 which they are using
to help "dress up" the house.
Mrs. Cummings, our "very own" chaperon, was called home because
of the illness of her mother and they are now resting at Pasadena, Cali-
fornia. The chapter will entertain at an A l l " U " tea for our new
chaperon, Mrs. Edward Heim, on Thursday, April 10th. Elizabeth Duvall
proved to the chapter that "in Spring a young Man's fancy," when she
appeared on the campus, after spring vacation, with a beautiful ring
elaborated with diamonds. M r . Lawrence Anderson is a law student at
Minnesota. Tau extends "best wishes."
Tau announces the initiation of Louis Travers of Duluth. Dorothy
Remington is in charge of a benefit bridge to be given by the actives
at the Radisson on April 29th, Dorothy Womrath has been nominated
for treasurer of W. S. G. A. Tau welcomes Lucille Campbell, Ethel
Johnson, and Blanch Meade who have returned to college this quarter.
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Margaret Brix received her A. B. degree in March. Gladys Bamberry
spent her spring vacation in Washington, D. C , with her sisters and
did want to stay in the East, but had to "go West." Doris Abels has
cancelled her registration and will move south with her family. Irene
Fraser is working in the reference department of the Public Library and
is pleased to have the girls come to her f o r help.
They are still "shearing the sheep" and bobbed heads appear every-
where. I am wondering whether we, who still possess the long tresses,
will be interned?
O h ! yes, and excavation f o r our Stadium is in f u l l blast!
MARIE M . BREMER.
W i t h the coming of the second semester, Chi chapter started in
working with a bang. First we helped the alums put over a movie benefit
and then we held a benefit dance down at the Onondaga, Syracuse's
"aristocratic" hotel. For the same purpose, though with rather a contrast
in size, we have started a diminutive candy store here in the house, which
is fairly successful so far as the store goes, though rather hard on the
We are very proud to announce the initiation of Helen McNees, Hazel
Olin, Ruth Caskey, Helen Lutz, Anna Spalding and Marion Moody. The
success of our banquet in their honor was greatly increased in that we
had Mrs. Huntington and two of our sisters f r o m Cornell there. Mrs.
Huntington was also one of the speakers at the annual Panhellenic
banquet of Syracuse University. I t has certainly been lovely to have
her come down and visit us. Marineal and Virginia Black f r o m Omicron
are also at Syracuse this winter. We surely are glad to have them here,
and everybody falls for their southern accent.
Class basketball season is over now, three of the girls made the
teams, a sophomore, a junior, and a senior, so you can see the competi-
tion was quite keen here at the house. Mary Williams has been elected
chairman of Chapel Committee and is up for vice-president of the Junior
class. She and Dorothy Marble also made the honorary mathematical
society, Pi M u Epsilon.
We have been having several parties lately but we have not confined
them all just to ourselves. One was an informal soiree for the mothers
and fathers of our city girls. Another was an all-university tea one
Sunday afternoon, and we're having another one next Sunday.
HELEN How ALT.
UPSILON—UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON.
NU KAPPA-SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY.
Here we are with examinations casting a gloomy, black shadow over
our usual light-heartedness, just at the time when the Spring Fever is
about to creep into our bones! Texas weather is evidently trying to
prove how changeable it can be—with snowy days and spring days alter-
Last Sunday Lois Turner entertained at her home with an AOD. tea.
Sunday, two weeks ago, Mary Terry Smith had all the AOn's at her
home. W e always enjoy these Sunday afternoons together—most of us
are so busy at school that we have very little time to enjoy each other
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Since the University authorities have refused to let any other sorority
move out of the dormitory unless they build a house of their own on a
certain allotted space, we have started a House Fund. Every week
two girls make sandwiches and sell them in the dormitory. Thev usually
make something around ten dollars. We also had a rummage sale down
in "Negro Town," and cleared twenty-five dollars f r o m that.
BETA PHI—UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA.
Beta Phi held its spring initiation March 8. The new initiates, whom
we are proud to announce, are: Anabel Sproul. Bedford, Indiana; Kathryn
Lawerance, Terre Haute. Indiana; Mary K . Geake, Fort Wayne, Indiana;
Grace Miller, Bloomington, Indiana; Mildred Schnider, Jas'per, Indiana,
Marjorie Ashley, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Kathryn McFall, Terre Haute,
Indiana, and Olive Derbyshire, Southport, Indiana.
Allison Bolitho, '25, was recently elected president of W. A . A . She
will soon take a trip to Berkeley. California, to attend the W . A. A .
national convention. A f t e r serving as vice-president of Y. W . C. A.,
Allison was also elected undergraduate representative of Y. W. C. A.
Last month Beta Phi received second prize in the "Show Down." The
name of the stunt was "the Artist's Palette," a large artist's palette formed
the background of the stage and six colors were displayed. Each color
Was represented by a girl giving an appropriate dance or song. Mildred
Wight, '26, coached the various dances.
Mildred Wight was made dance director of Jordan River Revue.
Mildred certainly showed her talent in dancing and her ability in coaching
by making Jordan River Revue one of the most successful shows given
by Indiana University. She is also to be dance director of the approaching
Kathryn Bolitho. '26, recently made varsity basketball team. Gladys
Alger, '25, made three firsts in varsity swimming meet. Dorothy Clark,
'26, made Intermural team.
Five of the girls in the chapter were chosen to serve on the mem-
Helen Henry of Sigma chapter recently made our chapter an un-
expected visit. Most everyone knows or has heard of Helen and knows
how glad we were to have her visit us.
DOROTHY N A S H .
ETA—UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN.
To begin with—we've initiated all of our pledges but three (who were
just recently pledged) and we're so happy to enlarge our rather small
circle. Irene Olson, Mildred Engler and Leone Glow look enviously at
the shiny new pins—but they know "a good time's a'comin' by and by"—
so they are content to answer phones and door bells, clean silver and
Leone Glow is now a member of Glee Club and she and Maude
Gray are very good about practicing before the sisters. Carol De La
Hunt is upholding the chapter in the dramatic line—as she is to be in
the latest play of the University Players and Jo Snow is still doing
splendid work in the athletic lines. Jimmie Hughes, our freshman
Physical Ed. is starting out well by adding frosh basketball team to
her list of interests.
A f t e r the usual, yearly melee of voting—we are proud to announce
as our officers:
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Ruth Mcintosh, treasurer, Ruth Baldwin, secretary, Carol De La
Hunt, corresponding secretary, Jean Fisher, rushing chairman, Irene
Jones, social chairman, Frances Jones, assistant rushing chairman, Janet
McQuary, chapter editor to To DRAGMA, and Jean Jewell, her co-partner.
Honey Tegtmeyer is to be married on April 9th to George Stege
of the University of Illinois and they will make their home in St. Louis.
Persis Talcott surprised the house with a five pounder the other
day and Margaret Stally is hastening to leave this glorious bachelor life
for joys unknown.
Those of us who are about to graduate are clinging to these
last few college days, tenaciously, and alumnae banquet will see the
departure of Jo Keech, Dot Gay, Debbie Sandborn, Marion Lynch (who
is to be married next fall to Harwood Gregory—long live the Sigma Nus—
and their generous habit of lending silver, lamps and table linen) Jo Snow
(and, in connection with Jo, Dot Weiler graduated in February), Marian
Habbegher, Eleanor Sikes and Mary Louise Mulhall. Who will reprimand
the pledges, run the house, and keep the finances straight—entertain in
just the right way or create just the right atmosphere? We seniors
hardly see how the chapter will survive, but still, we are not afraid
to leave, f o r the glory of AOn shall never drop—with such a fine class
of undergraduates as we are leaving behind us.
We added another cup to our collection, the inter-sorority bowling
trophy. We are thinking of building a trophy room now.
Elaborate plans are being made for the formal, and we are hoping
to entertain our alumnae by having them all come back
ALPHA PHI—MONTANA STATE COLLEGE.
Five new initiates from Alpha Phi answer to our national roll call
since our seventh birthday anniversary and initiation service February the
twenty-third. Following our usual custom a number of alums came back
for the big day and a sumptuous formal banquet and an evening "at
home" to our patronesses completed the gala event. The usual candy
surprises at this time carried over again this year and we feasted upon
two boxes, one f r o m Lillian Evers Swan and the other from Henrietta
We announce two new pledges, Elizabeth Hart, '26, and Borghild
Anderson, '27, the latter has already distinguished herself by making an
" A " flush, a rare accomplishment f o r a freshman. Margaret Conkling
and Laura Asbury both shone for us in receiving " A " flushes this quarter
also, helping us to gain second place in scholarship, missing first only by
nine hundredths of a point.
Margaret Conkling and Helen Waite made Phi Kappa Phi and were
among the first group to be initiated.
"The Prince of Tonight," a musical comedy, is the main attraction
on the campus at this time; and Lucille Staebler again has the lead,
completing her record of carrying the lead in each annual production for
four consecutive years. Mercedes Staebler has second lead and Laura
Asbury, Barbara Nye, and Helen Walter are also in the "show."
Our Lucille is also to have the lead in the Dramatic Club play, "The
Unchastened Woman" to be presented this spring. Mercedes has a part
in this too.
Joy Noble has returned to school and we are happy to have her in
the house again.
Harriet Nordstrom has left to represent Montana State College at
the Intercollegiate meeting of College Women at Tucson, Arizona. We are
indeed proud of our "Harry."
MARY L. BALDWIN.
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NU OMICRON—VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY.
Nu Omicron is glad to announce that all her pledges, of whom she
is justly proud, are now safely within the fold. Initiation took place
on February the second. Mid-year examinations have all been passed,
much to our relief, and we are looking forward greatly to our spring
activities, for the winter term has been a rather quiet one.
In January we entertained at Saturday luncheon all the Greek
letter girls on the campus whose chapters are not represented here. On
March the twentieth we gave a luncheon for Miss Lumpkin, a National
Y. W. C. A . worker. On April the third and fourth we enjoyed very
much a visit of Mrs. Carl Marshall, acting for Mrs. Sarratt as our
District Superintendent. Several social festivities wer6 given f o r her,
at which she proved most charming and interesting. We hope that she
will visit us often in the future.
Three weeks ago our Freshmen surprised us most delightfully with
a lovely new Victrola, from which we get great pleasure. We have spent
nearly the entire past week in cleaning house. We scrubbed until we
ached, but it was worth the effort. We are making arrangements f o r a
rummage sale to assist our finances. We are planning a week end camp
at Sycamore Springs this term, which will be more f u n than anything
I can imagine.
In the recent elections f o r next year, Irene Wade was elected
Secretary of Student Council, and one of our Freshmen, Frances McKee,
was made Vice-President of Y. W . C. A. Cornelia Lamb played one
cf the leading roles in The Amazons, presented by the University Dramatic
Club in March. We are also very proud of Elizabeth Perry, who made
Phi Beta Kappa this year. Our mid-year reports show the result of
increased application to study during the winter term, and we are glad
to see our scholarship climbing.
PSI—UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Psi is proud to announce the initiation of seven new girls. A l l of
these girls are active both in campus and social activities. Margaret
McHenry and Dorothy Anderson, two of the freshmen, have recently
made quite a name f o r themselves in a play given by Zelosophic Literary
Society. Three others, Louise Reidinger, Eleanor Culin and Mary Howes
are trying hard for the basketball team while Margaret Lynn and Mar-
garet Jardin are both working to achieve the girls' honorary society.
The initiation banquet was given at the Hotel Normandy with
Pinkney Glantzberg as our honored toastmistress. Mary Glowacki, Ruth
Clement Norton and La Rue Keller Crosson also came back for
the initiation and banquet. Altogether we had Phi Epsilon, Kappa,
Upsilon and Rho represented, as well as Psi with six of the seven
charter members. A f t e r the banquet, Kathryn Irwin gave a dance to
the active chapter in honor of the freshmen.
Emma Fritche, a loyal Alpha O, has recently married Charles
Garnsey. They are going to Cuba and Florida on their honeymoon
and from there are going to Chicago to live. We wish Emmie as much
happiness in her new home as she found in her old.
The girls are selling Easter eggs f o r the building fund and are
giving a rummage sale f o r the same fund. On May 3rd the active chapter
is giving a subscription dance at the Philadelphia Cricket Club for the
general treasury fund and from then on we will be' busy with exam-
inations until it is time for our annual picnic.
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This year the girls are planning a week-end visit at a Woman's
Club outside of Newtown Square where we can swim and- ride and enjoy
a happy week-end together.
PHI-UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS.
Spring has arrived in all her glory, and with Easter vacation not
far in the future we find it rather hard to keep our minds going in the
Phi takes the greatest pleasure in announcing the initiation of Mildred
Osborne, Frances Kosar, LaVerne Stugard, Alberta Davis, Helen Leib-
engood and Marie Isern. Mildred and Frances are not in school this
semester, but we expect them back next year. We also wish to announce
the additional pledging of Eleanore Graff, '27. of Abilene; Icy Irene
Purcell, '26, of Eldorado; and Gladys Filson. '27. of Kiowa.
Alberta Davis is a member of the cast of "The Passing of the Third
Floor Back" which the K . U . Dramatic Club is sending on the road in
connection with the K . U . Extension Division.
In athletics, too, we have made a showing, f o r Betty Bolinger is
on the Sophomore basketball team, Gladys Filson, Marie Isern and
LaVernc Stugard on the Freshman team, Gladys being the captain of
the Frosh. The inter-sorority basketball tournament begins in a few
weeks and we expect to enter with a strong team.
Alpha O had a booth "From K . U . to Kiang" at the K. U . Karnival,
which is given under the auspices of the Y. W. and Y. M . C. A., which
drew much favorable comment and of which we were very proud.
Mary Rose Barrons and Valborg Swcnson represented Phi at the
installation of the new Oklahoma chapter. The installation service and
initiation was most inspiring and the occasion which furnished the op-
portunity f o r meeting all the new sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi will be a
never-forgotten one. Phi certainly enjoyed the short visit of Mattie
Higgins. the assistant installing officer of X i chapter, and only when
she promised to come again soon did Phi think of letting her go on to
the Kansas City alumnae.
Springtime and especially April brings politics to K. U . Eva Drumm
is running f o r College Representative to W . S. G. A., and since we are
backing her to the limit, we are sure she will win.
Cupid must have been working overtime this spring f o r he has
already captured three Alpha O's. Eva Drumm has "Bud" Stacey's D. U .
pin; Alberta Davis, Orrin Eckelbcrry's Delta Chi pin; and Alida Brauchcr
has donned Danna Hale's Phi Beta pin.
Phi had a rummage sale last Saturday and it proved so worthwhile,
that a food sale and another rummage sale are on our program in the
near future along with our annual Mothers' Day. Senior Breakfast and
Birthday Banquet. Wc are also planning a rush party to be held at
the Country Club on May 17th.
VALBORG S WEN SON.
Back again f o r the last lap of the year's work! Spring vacation was
fine but just a bit too short to be fully appreciated. Now exams and final
semester arrangements are the darkest clouds that we must face.
Really an alumna returning to Miami for the first time in five
years would scarcely recognize the place. Wells Hall, the new dormitory
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for women, has finally been completely furnished and is so cozy and
home like that underclassmen will have to step in line early i f they want
a chance to live there next year. The new hospital is in f u l l running
force and is a much needed addition to our campus. Ogden Hall, the
dormitory for men, will be ready f o r occupation in September. And now
wc understand that a new recitation hall is to be the next contribution.
On February 16 we were glad to welcome as our new sisters in Alpha
0 : Helen Simpson, Irene Wilt, Nancy Cornell, Edith Dietz, Ruth Shat-
snider, Ruth Reigle and Thelma Nickel. Our inspiring banquet was held
in the University Commons with fourteen alumnae as guests.
Members of Omega were pleased to have Katherine MacDonald, our
district supervisor, with us from March 28-30. A f t e r the installation of
the Miami Valley Alumnae chapter, on Saturday, she returned f o r formal
inspection of Omega on Sunday.
Bcrnadette Winters of Newark, Ohio, is our new pledge. Formal
pledging was held just a week before vacation.
Frances Ivins has been elected president of Madrigal, Girls' Glee club,
for the coming year. This automatically puts her on Student Council
and Student Senate.
I f all chapters could have an alumnae advisor like ours, they certainly
could thank their fates. " M i l l y " Rothaar sprung a surprise on us last
summer bv marrying M r . Dennr'son, one of the Economics professors,
and thev "came to Oxford to live. Milly is always ready to help us
with otir thousand and one little troubles. Her whole soul seems
bound up in Alpha O. Just after semester grades came out, she gave a
dinner in honor of the four people who rated highest scholastically in their
respective classes. Everyone has decided that i f that is to be the order
of things, those four girls will have to work harder i f they wish to be
A t present we arc busv making plans f o r our spring dance which
is to be held in McGuffey Auditorium. April 26. This is the only dance
the sorority is permitted to give during the year and we hope to make
it a big success. _
OMICRON PI—UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.
Since our last letter, Omicron Pi has six new initiates whom we are
very proud to introduce to you. They are: Elizabeth Cody, '27, Flint;
Elizabeth Hayes. '25. Detroit; Lylas Hayes. '27, Lakcwood, Ohio; Mary
Kent-Miller, "*27, Ann Arbor; Alda Weber, '27, Lakcwood, Ohio; and
Marjorie Weber. '27, Detroit. We also have seven wonderful new pledges:
W i n i f r e d Benedict. *26, Detroit; Doris Bessinger. '27, Detroit;> Annette
Burkhardt. '27. Menomonee Falls. Wisconsin; Elizabeth Cossitt. '27. Con-
neaut. Ohio; Nellie Dickenson. '26, Sterling. Colorado; Marjorie Miller,
'27, Romeo; and Harriet Weston, '26, Lansing.
The most important event which had taken place recently is the
Junior girls' play, which was a great success. Lucile Bellamy was
chairman of the music committee. She also directed the orchestra, wrote
several of the songs, and took part in one of the choruses. Frances
Barrett. Doris Bessinger, Helen Boorman, Margaret Hanselman, Betty
Hayes and Frances Murray also took part in the play. The first perform-
ance of the play is given in honor of the Senior women. Our seniors
entertained f o r our "actresses" at a supper party after the play on the
We had our formal dance February 21. and were fortunate to have two
guests from Rho chapter, Hortensc Reynolds and Bernice Anderson.
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Tomorrow campus elections will take place. Faith Dumas is nomin-
ated for vice-president of the Athletic Association, and since Faith was a
star player on the Junior basketball team, we feel she has a good chance.
Betty Hayes is a nominee for Senior Representative on the Athletic
Board. Mary Kent-Miller is nominated f o r Sophomore Representative
of the Women's League.
Just another word of something that is to come—Senior girls' play
is given during Commencement week—Charlotta Ewing has been given
the part of the heroine, and Isabel Waterworth that of the hero, and
Velma Leigh Carter is also in the cast. The play will be " I f I Were
IRENE M. SWAIN.
ALPHA SIGMA—UNIVERSITY OF OREGON.
Spring has come to Oregon f o r sure, and with it a most tremendous
attack of spring fever; but with the aid of grandmother's never failing
remedies, a teaspoonful of molasses and sulphur and an unholy amount
of sassafras tea, the Alpha Sigmas seem to be withstanding the urge, and
have started the spring term with a super amount of spirit and enthusiasm.
We are now past the middle of the second week of the new term
with April Frolic, the annual co-ed stunt show and costume dance, looming
up as the big affair on the college calendar. Consequently the house is
being ransacked from attic to basement for all manners' of intriguing
disguises to make our charming sisters "look like what they ain't." Every
other year each house is responsible for a number on the stunt pro-
gram ; but this year we shall be among the spectators.
April 19 is the date set for our formal dance, and the committees
are buzzing about making ready for the preliminaries of the grand occa-
sion. The affair is to be given in an adorable little rustic tea house by the
mill race, and the room is to be transformed into an old-fashioned garden,
employing whole trees of the delicately tinted f r u i t blooms and othef
This term we are establishing a new precedent in our chapter by
holding our spring initiation and birthday banquet at the same time.
Although the date of our birthday is May 5. we shall celebrate our
banquet on the evening of Saturday, May 3. We are hoping that some
of our Upsilon sisters and Portland alumnae will be able to help us
celebrate this, our very first birthday. Also, at the same time we are
anticipating a visit from our district superintendent.
According to the new University ruling, preppcrs are not to be
entertained on the campus during Junior week-end. Alpha Sigma is
planning a special week-end for rushing late in May. We shall take
our rushees for a house party, spending the two or three days in a
lovely mountain lodge up the McKenzie river. Just the right amount
of hiking, dancing and swimming will make it a memorable occasion f o r
the guests as well as the sisters.
For the past several days we have been enjoying a visit from Betti
Kessi. ex-'22, and the first president of Alpha Sigma. Betti is affiliated
with the Ellison-White lyceum and celebrity bureau with headquarters in
Marion Crary, ex-'23, gave us a very delightful surprise by coming
f r o m her home in Aberdeen, Washington, to attend our annual tea. given
the first of March in honor of .our house mother, Mrs. Lucy Abrams,
Virginia Judy Esterly, of Sigma, and our patronesses.
At the present time we are all overjoyed, for just today Mary Lee
Andrus was pledged to Kwama, the sophomore woman's honorary society.
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Elections are based on leadership and democracy, and the candidates are
pledged at the second assembly period of the spring, term.
XI—UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Your newly acquired sisters of X i chapter are inarticulate when we
attempt to express our deep pleasure in at last being admitted into sister-
hood in Alpha Omicron Pi.
Probably we are more proud than is usual in the case of a new
chapter for we have waited nearly four years on the outside seeking
admittance. This is an unusually long period of petitioning in Oklahoma
where chapters spring into being overnight, just as Athene sprang f u l l
grown from the brow of Zeus (was it Athene, or somebody else?).
You just can't imagine our pleasure in going about those necessary
but often futile preparations for installation during the hectic two
weeks which preceded the grand event. The house was overhauled, the
furniture was stacked to the ceiling and odd pieces bought, stolen or
merely borrowed, until we had an ensemble that closely resembled a
For into that home came the older girls who had been Omicron Pi's
with us and who through thick and thin had stayed with us with a
boundless loyalty and cheerful spirit. Just think, for two days we had
with us all the girls who had formed the local bunch with the exception
of less than a half dozen (by actual count of noses).
Let me tell you a little about ourselves.
We were members of our Panhellenic council nearly two years
before we were given a charter in Alpha O and we have the distinction
of being the first local sorority on our campus to have ever achieved
that significant honor.
A year ago we bought our own home which was also another bit
of pioneering work in the life of the locals in Oklahoma. I t is a rather
small house with room for only about twenty-five girls but that is as
large as we need until we are older and can command a larger sphere
in the university.
But to gather together the threads of my rather aimless story—we
had with us during installation a group of Alpha O's who made us very
happy that we had stuck to our first choice of a national sorority. How
glad we were when the ceremony which bound us together gave us the
right to call them sisters in AOn.
In the group was Kathryn M i x , who made us members of A O I I .
Kathryn had a terrible time persuading us that we might call her "Kathryn"
for we had had a rather perverted opinion of all Alpha O officers after
our stringent four years on the outside.
Mattie Higgins from Zeta chapter impressed us with her charming
compatibility and "stood up" f o r the entire thirty-four of us who
Then there were our neighbors—Mary Rose Barrons, of Phi, who is
rapidly becoming a favorite "house cat" with us, and Valborg Swenson,
whom we found as hearty and wholesome as her Norse name.
Nu Kappa at Dallas, Texas, sent us four girls of whom we inordi-
nately proud and whom we kept with us as long as possible and who
left an empty place in our little home when they left. They were Linna
Laura Wallace, a stately brunette, Alice Kizer, a petit blonde, and Roberta
Blewette, and Kathryn Mason, as sweet as the other two.
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Their delectable southern drawl compelled our admiration as it did
the admiration of the masculine population of our school.
But all things must come to an end, and by Tuesday evening after
the installation, we were all lonesome and tired and by ourselves again.
Only our pins and a memory of new obligations and the thought of a new
life, reminded us that we had ceased to live as Omicron Pi, and were
truly Alpha O's as the campus had been calling us since January when
the telegram f r o m Rose Gardner Marx filled us with such pleasure.
And now that we are talking with our own immediate family, let
us talk of intimate things. Yesterday, we traded some of our old furni-
ture to a second hand dealer and went to Oklahoma City and bought a set
that will prove an inspiration to all the beaux who are allowed a peek.
We bought overstuffed brocaded velvet furniture f o r the main living
room and moved the blue upholstered set which is a relic of our local
days to the north living room. Now we are planning f o r a better wicker
set for our sun parlor and down stairs anterooms and then we are dressed
for the next few years.
Oh, yes we also have a new fangled floor lamp that graces a spot in the
house which was formerly filled with plants. New curtains will soon be
the password among the sisters and then you have visited with us will
have to be introduced all oveY to Xi's chapter house.
This year we have three girls who were selected as R. O. T. C. spon-
sors, Pi Beta Phi being the only other sorority who was able to "land"
as many girls in that group of "army queens." These sponsors are chosen
by the captains of the various R. O. T. C. divisions and they grade the
annual festivities of the R. O. T. C.
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Alumnae Chapter Letters
NEW YORK ALUMNAE
This time we shall have to wish everybody a "Happy Easter!"
I n February a goodly number of us enjoyed our meeting at the home
of Edith Dietz, Alpha, in the heart of New York. The chief topic was
the card party to be held at Mrs. Glantzberg's, Pi, on Valentine's eve. Inci-
dentally the party was a great success, not only financially for our philan-
thropic fund, but every one who went enoyed themselves with bridge,
mah jongg and dancing to say nothing of the refreshments. After our busi-
ness meeting Edith served delightful refreshments which gave us ample
opportunity to chat.
March found us in the home of one of our lawyers, Mrs. Griffin, Nu.
Zilpah had some interesting mail f r o m our little French orphan to read and
Rochelle Gachet had some news to tell us in regard to the Panhellenic
house in which we are all intensely interested. We discovered after the
business meeting that our hostess is not only clever as a lawyer but also
has knack at making punch.
Last Saturday, a delightful spring day in this part of the country, we
wandered way up town to Elizabeth Boyer's, Nu, where a lengthy but
interesting business meeting took place. We were all very happy to hear
of the remaking of N u chapter which had dwindled to one girl, but which
now boasts of nineteen pledges whom we. hope to entertain shortly. Our
next year's officers had to be nominated but we were remarkably well agreed
on that subject. Home made cake, tea and talk topped off the afternoon.
EUNICE L. BASSEMH*.
SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNAE
I t is almost nine months since a letter from this chapter has been pub-
lished in To DRAGMA, and so it is possible to give only a brief resume of
the various meetings and social gatherings which have marked the work of
San Francisco Alumnae since last summer.
Our initiation was thoroughly satisfactory, in that it brought five new
members whom we welcomed most heartily, and f r o m whom we trust to
receive the loyalty and friendship which have always marked the older
The annual bazaar, which had become such a burden on both active and
alumnae members has been definitely abandoned and replaced by a series of
card parties, the proceeds of which are to be added to the furniture funds
of the two active chapters, Sigma and Lambda. The first of these was given
September 29th, and though socially a pleasure, was somewhat discourag-
ing because it was not as well attended as was hoped to insure its complete
In order to avoid the yearly entanglement between the alumnae meeting
dates and the football games of both colleges, Monday afternoon meetings
were advocated for October and November. Accordingly we assembled at
the house on October 8th, and found to our delight, that some who were
always busy on Saturdays, were able and glad to be with us on Monday. A t
that time, the greatest catastrophe that Berkeley has even known, had
occurred, and we found that among the many made homeless by the great
fire, there were five alumnae of Alpha O.
A keen desire to help these sisters even in a small way, was mani-
fested and plans were made for an evening bridge party on October 20th,
the proceeds to go toward purchasing new, warm comforters for the un-
fortunate ones. These plans were well executed, and at the November
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meeting, we had the pleasure of materially expressing our interest and
sympathy in the presentation of these comforters.
National, as well as local interests demanded a more concrete celebra-
tion of Founder's Day than we hitherto held, and a luncheon at the Hotel
Fairmont, in San Francisco, was the ultimate decision of the committee in
charge of the plans. This enabled Stanford as well as California active
and alumnae members to be present, and the joint celebration of the three
chapters was most successful. The toasts, interesting and well delivered,
were as follows: Rose Marx, "Personal Impressions of the Founders;"
Anita Avila, representing Sigma, "The Founders Gift to Us," and Mar-
jorie Anderson of Lambda, "Our Gift to the Founders." The message
from the founders was enthusiastically received, and the fraternity spirit
quickened by the singing of the various Alpha O songs.
Every year, one poor family of Berkeley is made glad by receiving all
the good things necessary for a happy Christmas dinner, and the children
rejoice in toys which the Alpha O Santa has brought. This custom of
many years standing was again carried out under the able and willing
management of Olive Freuler.
The National Philanthropic work made a demand upon us immediately
after the New Year, but little could be done for that until February, when
a card party netted us close to $50.00 f o r our contribution this year. The
sale of magazines and stationery will of course be encouraged and by that
means we hope to raise even more.
The election of new officers came in April, and the group which is to
take over the work for next year, is a most capable one, and we are all
delighted at their willingness to serve. Frances Howard, as President, and
Olive Freuler as Vice-President, bring to their offices some years of active
experience in fraternity life, both in college and since leaving, and their
success in this preliminary work brings us assurance of their success along
executive lines. Elizabeth Roberts as Secretary, will give us enthusiasm
and zest for her duties, and we know that Genevieve Groce will just per-
suade the dollars out of our purses. We are delighted that Hattie Bac-
chus will be editor, and give to these letters the definite expression of her
loyalty and enthusiasm.
May will practically close the year with the annual party to the
seniors of Lambda and Sigma, and this year a bridge tea at the Fairmont
Hotel will be the means of greeting these girls into our group.
A L I C E DE VEUVE CAGWIN.
This has been such an irregular winter for the secretary of this chap-
ter, that she finds it a difficult task to write a letter of "approximately 300
words," concerning the chapter, although she might fill volumes with vari-
ous personal experiences which no one cares about. The really interesting
item to be recorded is that Elsie McCausland Crossley is spending the winter
in Providence while her husband sojourns in Germany.
Our January meeting was held with Louella Darling, our February
meeting with Alice Chase, and our March meeting with Merle Potter. This
March meeting was very well attended, and a very enjoyable time was spent
at mah jongg. Unfortunately the secretary was unable to attend any of
these meetings, and as nothing of importance has been reported, she judges
that no business was transacted at any of them.
MAUDE E. C. COVELL.
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Congratulations to our newest chapter in Oklahoma!
As announced in the last To DRAGMA, our January meeting was a huge
success at "Polly" Lambert's with Elsie Tufts, Doris Morse and Gladys
Bryant assisting. Old and young were there and we were pleased to wel-
come five Gamma girls, Lennie Copeland who teaches at Wellesley College
so seldom comes out, and Betty Mills Towner is a newcomer to Boston. It
was a frigid day and the high wind caused the lights to go out in the midst
of our business meeting, but it was all the more unique to eat by dim candle
light. Every one spoke of what a good time we had.
The February meeting coming near the holiday, found many girls away
for winter sports, but about twelve met at Marion Morrison's apartment in
the Fenway and had a pleasant party. Plans were discussed for our March
meeting when we decided to entertain Delta.
The meeting, held at Packard Hall, was a great success and made us
think of the '"hoodangs" of former days. W i t h Margaret Angell chairman
of the "Eats" assisted by Blanche Hooper and Ruth Brooks, Ruth Robinson
and Betty Sargent acting as hostesses for the games, you may judge what
a happy time we had. A f t e r games of all kinds, we had a delicious supper.
The tables were so attractive with red roses and favors, while red and white
dunce caps added a jaunty air to the group. Besides the actives there were
about twenty-five alumnae present. A t our business meeting we voted to
offer a prize of five dollars to that active who passed the best fraternity
As yet we have taken no action about national work, although we are
intensely interested in it, because all Tufts women are working hard and in
a variety of ways to meet our pledge f o r the Tufts Foundation drive.
Besides selling soap and stainless steel knives, we are holding benefit theatre
parties and in other ways keeping busy. We hope to complete this in June
and then we feel free to start on work f o r the fraternity. We should be very
well fitted to do this, as we are having good training and know our territory.
Each meeting brings out some diffierent girls so that it is rather a disjointed
group with which we deal. Louise Prescott is to have charge of the work as
soon as we feel ready to start. This by way of explanation as to why Boston
alumnae does not appear on the list of what chapters are doing.
ALICE J. SPEAR.
LOS ANGELES A L U M N A E
In February our chapter met at the home of Elsie Fitzgerald with
Katherine Follmer assisting hostess. By way of adding something to our
treasury the girls decided to give a bridge party at the Rosenilde Party
House, Saturday, February twenty-third. I n spite of the weather this
proved to be a very successful party, and we made nearly one hundred and
Darrina Turner, Carol Cornell Reeve, and Ruth Farquhar went to
Kansas City to attend the wedding of Vera Erwin and Allen Wilson which
took place April fifth. Ruth was Vera's only attendant.
Helen Walpoe Dunker of Omaha was the guest of Darrina Turner and
Carol Cornell Reeve in February.
Helen Piper Hagenbuch returned to her home in Roanoke, Virginia,
early in February, after an extended visit in Lincoln with her parents and
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Emma Schreiber Hunter stopped off in Lincoln for one day en route to
Chicago to attend the Superintendents' and Principals' meeting with M r .
Hunter. This one day was too short f o r Emma's friends. Many of us
didn't catch a glimpse of her.
Melina Waters spent her spring vacation visiting in Gregory, So. Dak.,
and at Norfolk, Nebraska. "Mellie" is teaching in the Whittier Junior
High School in Lincoln, which is reported to be one of the finest in the
U . S. This summer "Mellie" will teach in the Normal at Emporia, Kansas.
Martha Walton returned from Europe just before Christmas. She
spent eight months in England and the continent and was her own "per-
sonal conductor." Martha is now in New York City; her address is 38
West 9th Street.
The Alpha Omicron Pi European tour has aroused a great deal of
interest. Madeline Hendricks of Waloo is seriously considering going
with this party.
Lucile Johnson Maus of Loup City, Neb., and Helen Johnson Cobbey of
St. Louis were home several weeks this winter, called by the serious illness
of their mother.
Our annual banquet will be the first week in June—Homecoming and
Reunion week. We are expecting more than one hundred girls back. I f
we have fair weather our expectations shall be realized as many can drive
down. Our banquet is a real event.
JANE LOUISE PIPER.
The Indianapolis Alumnae chapter has been rather busy socially this
winter. Our first and biggest event was the state dance and luncheon which
was held February the sixteenth. There were one hundred at the luncheon
and about seventy at the dance. The luncheon was a very pretty affair, with
its red roses, red candles and novel place cards. The toasts and songs were
especially enjoyable. The dance, of course, was lovely—what dance isn't—
especially an Alpha O dance? We were ever so happy to have Melita Skillen
with us at this time. We only hope she enjoyed the luncheon and dance
as much as we enjoyed having her here. The next day we had an informal
tea at Mildred MacDonalds in honor of Melita.
Our next social venture was a Saint Patrick's Day party for our "men."
We played bridge and mah jongg. Needless to say part of the evening was
devoted to food and to gossip.
Just about a week ago we discovered Helen Henry was in town f o r a
short time. About twelve or thirteen of us got together f o r a little tea in her
honor. I t was such a pleasure to meet and talk with Miss Henry. We were
ever so grateful for the opportunity we had to know her.
And now for the stray bits of news. First of all we are ever so glad
to have Ethel Hippensteel and her husband return to Indianapolis to live.
Florence Srout Triggs announces the arrival of James Martin Triggs,
we understand it is Jimmie for short.
There are, no doubt, other very interesting items that have escaped
me, but I seem to recall nothing else of especial note.
ELSIE NOEL WALDO.
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NEW ORLEANS ALUMNAE
We have been a busy chapter since our last letter was published, and
now, knowing for certain that Convention will be here next summer, we are
busier than ever. We want to make it the best Convention ever, so we
are making plans already.
There have been several card parties during the last two months to
make more money for the new house furnishings. The last bridge party
was at Margaret Boothroyd's home. There were twelve guests, and the
receipts amounted to $7.50. These "shin-digs" as we call them have proved
to be quite successful. A good game of bridge and eats appeal to every one
of us. Edith Goldsworthy and lone Jackson are planning the next one to
be at Edith's home some time in April.
As usual the alums will serve spread for the actives after the fraternity
examination Saturday afternoon, April 19th. Adele Ziegelmaier and
Lucille Haertel are in charge. The alumnae chapter offers a prize of $5.00
to the girl having the highest standing in her examination.
Election of officers took place April 8th at the regular meeting of the
chapter. We are glad to announce: President, Margaret Boothroyd; Vice-
President, Irene Frazer; Secretary, Elinor Willets; Treasurer, Alma
Boehme; Alumnae Editor to To DRAGMA, Mary Dee Drummond, and
House Fund, lone Jackson.
Minneapolis Alumnae! Our regular meeting night is the first Tuesday
of each month—at the chapter house. Please come, because we need and
Your sisters in Maine have just passed through an ideal winter and are
now enjoying that wonderful time of year, spring. Estelle Beaupre has
already begun to take lessons in driving her new car. She will soon be
an accomplished driver.
For the last two years we have adopted the plan of having three hos-
tesses f o r each meeting. I t has proved very satisfactory f o r it gives each
girl a chance to entertain where otherwise she might not be able to open
Our business meeting is followed by a chat while the industrious sisters
sew. You should see our Madeline Robinson embroidering and marking
linen. I n June she is to be married to Dr. E. L. Herlihy. Madeline is one
of our most loyal members and we are so delighted to think that she is
going to live here in Bangor and still be one of our active group. Mollie
Wheeler is also to be married this summer and we are sorry to say that
she will be leaving our chapter. During the social period of the afternoon
the hostesses serve refreshments usually consisting of coffee, sandwiches
and cake, with variations.
A t the January meeting in " K " Stewart's home, Lilla Hersey gave a
most interesting talk on her trip abroad. How delightful it would be to
join the Alpha O. tour abroad this summer.
In February Helen West opened her home to us and at that time we
laid our plans for the annual active party which is to be held in April at
Marion Day's home. I will tell you all about it in my next letter.
Last month eighteen Alpha O's gathered at Ida Sugden's f o r the meet-
ing. A f t e r the business of the day we listened to a review of Stella Stern
Perry's book, "Come Home."
194 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Helena Derby is living at home and teaching in Hampden Academy
this winter so she is able to attend our meetings. We are so glad to have
her among us.
DORIS CURRIER TREAT.
We don't know what happened to our Happy New Year letter—We
only know we wrote it, took it to the January meeting and mailed it with
half the chapter for eye-witnesses. Yes—there were stamps upon i t ! So
I guess we will have to blame our Uncle Sam.
We hope that you all missed us a little, for we missed "ourselves" very
Our November luncheon at the Soverign; the delightful bridge benefit
which Mrs. Kilham, one of the active mothers, so successfully managed;
our December meeting with the Alpha Sigma's home f o r Thanksgiving and
the hastily cleared after luncheon table piled high with gleaming "pretties"
made by the alumnae for the actives to sell at their Christmas Bazaar; our
January meeting of Panhellenic Council, at which Alpha O's duly appointed
delegates were present; these are too far in the past to write of in detail
now. But their pleasant memory still lingers and helps to round out the
f u l l measure of a year which the Portland Alpha O's unanimously acclaim
the happiest and most successful year of our chapter.
The New Year starts out with even greater promise. Our January
meeting was held at Minnie Bauman Force's, January 12th. I t was a won-
derful luncheon, with wonderful red carnations centering the exquisitely
appointed table—wonderful food—and wonderful fun—wonderful red
hearts for dessert—and a wonderful surprise at the end! For as each girl
turned over her place card and read a wonderfully rhymed, but not very
illuminating recital of Portland Alumnae chapter's career, the bewilder-
ment grew, until Edna Froid. reading the last magic four lines, solved the
mystery with the flash of the "wonderful" diamond on her "third left."
Edna's engagement to Everett B. Scott, a Phi Gamma Delta f r o m the
University of Nebraska especially pleased the chapter for most of us have
met "Scotty" and the general consensus of opinion seems to be that he is
"Just right" for our Edna—and, i f you know our Edna, you must know
that means Rather Nice!
The February luncheon at the Sovereign (which Ye Alumnae Editor
missed, as she was sky-larking in the Sunny South) was a very busy and
business-like affair, all filled up with committees and sub-committees, plans
and counter-plans for the big bridge benefit to be held on March 17th.
The March luncheon, held at a dear little new tea room, The Grey
Cottage, was occupied with business-like reports of the same. And the
benefit itself was an unqualified success even in the eyes of the weary
committee. (We have consistently refrained from interviewing the com-
mittee's several husbands as to their opinion of benefits.) We had over
fifty tables at bridge and mah jongg at the Irvington Club House, followed
by afternoon tea and, although the reports are not yet in, we seem to have
cleared about a hundred and twenty-five dollars. (We have written out
the total in f u l l so that it will sound as large as it looks to us!)
And while we are boasting of our assets, we just want to mention our
six new members: Mrs. Tracy Coombs (Marjorie Armstrong) f r o m
Sigma; Mrs. L. C. Merriam (Katherine Cox) f r o m Sigma; Mrs. C. Young
(Ruth Baker) from Upsilon; Mrs. K. E. Roberts (Margaret Kinear) from
Upsilon; Mrs. L . A. Morphey (Mary Stranahan) from Alpha P h i ; and
Mrs. E. H . Sheary (Hazel Guimm) from Upsilon.
EVELYN N . CORNISH.