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Published by Alpha Omicron Pi, 2015-09-17 16:31:54

1910 November - To Dragma

Vol. 6, No. 1

To Dragma


Alpha Omicron P i Fraternity

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History of Tufts College . . . . . . . 5
History of Delta Chapter . . . . . . .10
Customs and Traditions at Tufts . . . . . .15
The Social Side of the Convention . . . . . .17
Convention Attendance . . . . . . 30
The G i f t Committee 49
Installation of Lambda . . . . . . 51
Report of Ninth Pan-Hellenic Conference ... 59

Active Chapter Letters . . . . . . .

Alumna? Chapter Letters . . . . . . .

Engagements . . . . . . . .


News of the Alumnae . . . . . . .

Exchanges . . . . . . . . .

News of the College and Greek World . . . .



Jessie Wallace Hughan, Alpha, '98, 663 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, N . V.
Helen St. Clair Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha, '98, Andrews Avenue, Uni-

versity Heights, New York.
Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha, '98, Overlook Avenue, Hacken-

sack Heights, N. J .
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha, '98, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N . J .



Grand President, Ruth Capen Farmer (Mrs Walter), 7 Courtland
Street, Nashua, N. H .

Grand Recording Secretary, Blanche H . Hooper, Tufts College,

Grand Treasurer, Lillian G . McQuillin, 87 Central Avenue
Pawtucket, R . I .

Grand Vice-President, Viola C . Gray, 1527 S. 23d Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Grand Historian, Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. G. H . ) , Overlook Avenue, Hacken-

sack Heights, N . J .
Registrar, Mrs. John A. Britton, J r . , 152 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, Cal.
Auditor, Anna E . Many, 1327 Henry Clay Avenue, New Orleans, L a .
Examining Officer, Kate B. Foster, 2717 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, C a l .
Chairman, Committee on New Chapters, Carrie Green Campbell (Mrs. W m . ) ,

715 Court Street, Port Huron, Mich.
Editor of To D R A G M A , Viola C. Gray, 1527 S 23d Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Business Manager of To D R A G M A , Mattie M. Woodworth, 1300 G Street, Lin-

coln, Neb.


Delegate, Lula K . Bigelow (Mrs. C . G . ) , 1610 South 7th Avenue, Maywood, 111.
Secretary, Marguerite B. Lake, A T, Crannog, Forrest Hill, Md.


Alpha—Barnard College, Columbia University, New York.
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—DePauw 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.
New York Alumnae—New York City.
San Francisco Alumnae—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I-
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumnae—Lincoln, Neb.


W ~^———Alpha—Louise M. Sillcox, 527 West 121st Street, New York, N . Y .
— Pi—Cora M. Spearing, 1419 Amelia Street, New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Mabel E . White, 535 Second Street, Brooklyn, N . Y . fos f f y

\ ^ Omicron—Beatrice Armstrong, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Annie Linn, R. M. W. C , College Park, V a .

^ Zeta—Gisella Birkner, 226 South 27th Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Olive Cutter, 2260 Grove Street, Oakland, Cal.

. Theta—Iva Smith, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
—• Delta—Zilpah Wilde, 12 Raymond Avenue, West Somerville, Mass.

Gamma—Luella Woodman, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Me.
\ ^ / - - « ^ _ E p s i l o n — M i l d r e d Mosier, Sage College, Ithaca, N. Y .

Rho—Merl V. Anderson, Willard Hall, Evanston, HI.
Lambda—Natalie B. Ferand, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.



Alpha—Eleanor New, 207 West 116th Street, New York, N . Y .
—Pi—Mary Thomas, 1231 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, L a .

Nu—Mabel E . Witte, 535 Second Street, Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Beatrice Armstrong, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Eleanor Somerville, College Park, Va.
Zeta—Edith Hall, 1315 C Street, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Mary DeWitf, 2519 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Iva Smith, A 0 II House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Katherine Bickford, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Celia M. Coffin, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Mabel de Forest, Sage College, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Pauline Pearson, Chapin Hall, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Natalie B. Ferand, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.


New York Alumnae—Mrs. Jean L . Frame (Mrs. J . E . ) , 606 West 122nd
Street, New York, N. Y .

San Francisco Alumnae—Blanche Du Bois, San Leandro, Cal.
Boston Alumnae—Clara Russel, 182 Cambridge Street, Winchester, Mass.
Providence Alumnae—Helen Eddy Rose (Mrs. A . D . ) , 25 Fruit Hill Avenue,

Providence, R. I .

To D R A G M A

VOL. 6 NOVEMBER, 1910 No. 1

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

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The movement resulting in the founding of Tufts College was
set on foot in 1847, through the efforts of the Rev. Thomas Sawyer,
of New York, the Rev. Hosea Ballou, of Medford, and the Rev.
Thomas Whittemore of Cambridge. Charles Tufts gave twenty acres
of land on Walnut H i l l , Medford, embracing the present site of the
college, and announced his intention of increasing his gift of land
to more than one hundred acres, thus becoming the largest benefactor
of the young institution, which accordingly received his name. Mr.
Packard, a Boston merchant, who from the beginning made the col-
lege his peculiar care, bequeathed to it his entire fortune. Among
other benefactors, who may be numbered among the found-
ers of the college, were Oliver Dean, who gave it ninety thous-
and dollars and Thomas Goddard, whose gifts, though unob-
trusive were constant. Mrs. Goddard continued the generosity of
her husband, and at her death made a substantial bequest to the
college. While the college owed its beginning to the effort and
support of members of the Universalist denonimation, the non-
sectarian character of its work is amply shown by the membership
of its faculty and student body. The truth, and not the maintenance
of any religious or political doctrine, has been the aim of its research
and instruction.

The first faculty meeting was held October 9, 1854, when there
were in college, students forming the sophomore and the freshman
classes. The original faculty numbered five, and the first class, of
three members was graduated in 1857.

At the outset, provision was made for a course of study leading


to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. The only feature of its work
peculiar to Tufts College in these years of its beginning was the
attention given to the study of history. The first president of the col-
lege, the Rev. Hosea Ballou, D.D., was likewise professor of history
and of intellectual philosophy, and gave instruction in history
remarkable alike was its quality and quantity, at a time when the
study was hardly recognized in American colleges.

Dr. Ballou was succeeded in the presidency by the Rev. Alonzo
Miner, D.D., L.L.D., whose incumbency was marked by large fin-
ancial additions to the college, and by the further growth of a
broad and scholarly spirit.

In March, 1875, the Rev. Elmer Capen, D.D. was elected to the
presidency vacated by the resignation of Dr. Miner. Dr. Capen's
administration, which was characterized by the expansion of the
college to university porportions and was marked by the material
and intellectual advance of all departments, was terminated by his
death in March, 1905.

Rev. F. W. Hamilton, D.D., L.L.D., was appointed acting
president in 1905, and was inaugurated as president June 19, 1906.

The engineering courses were begun in 1869 with a department
of civil engineering. The great development of electricity was
promptly recognized, and a department of electrical engineering was
opened in 1882. This side of the college work had rapid develop-
ment; in 1884 the field was broadened by the addition of a course in
mechanical engineering and in 1898 by one in chemical engineering.

In 1869 the Crane theological school was established, and in
1893 the medical and dental schools.

I n 1881 the late Phineas T . Barnum gave fifty-five thousand
dollars for the establishment of the Barnum Museum of Natural
History. The years 1882 and 1883 saw the completion of Goddard
chapel recognized as one of the finest pieces of Romanesque archi-
tecture in the country, the g i f t of Mrs. Mary Goddard as a memorial
to her husband, the first treasurer of the college. Goddard gym-
nasium, a gift from the same source, was also completed in 1883.
The gift of one hundred thousand dollars from Mr. Andrew Car-
negie secured the erection of an adequate library building, called the
Eaton Memorial Library.

The development of the college in its internal life has been the
notable fact of recent years. I n 1866 the degree of Bachelor of
Philosophy was offered to students but this degree has more and
more fallen into disuse, in favor of Bachelor of Arts. Two new de-
partments were instituted in 1892, in response to the tendencies of
educational development,—those of biology and history. Depart-


ments of music and philosophy have since been added, the work of
political science has been broadened, and provision made for the
study of public law.

I n response to a pressing demand the college was, in the summer
of 1892, opened to women on the same terms as to men. In the f a l l
of 1894 there was provided, for the accommodation of women
students, Metcalf Hall, the gift of Albert Metcalf of Newton.

1910 has seen several changes in the policy of the college. Most
important of these is the long talked of segregation, and the establish-
e d of Jackson College for women. Whatever the view of the college
public may have been last spring, when this change was first an-
nounced, both students and faculty are now unanimous in their praise
of it. One of the most welcome features of segregation is the addi-
tion to the faculty of Mrs. Caroline S. Davis, Wellesley, '87, as dean
of Jackson. The need of a dean of women had long been felt, but
up to this time the college authorities had not felt that there were
enough women students to justify the creation of such an office.

Another important change is the addition to the college cur-
riculum of a department of education and psychology, under the able
direction of Dr. Colin A. Scott. A series of prevocational courses
have been arranged, leading to the usual B. S. and A. B. degrees,
but offering special preparation for journalistic, professional, business
and consular careers.

The opening of the new girls' gymnasium and of Richardson
House, a new dormitory for girls, are indications of the future
expansion of Jackson which we all believe is assured.



Alpha Delta Sigma was organized as a local Greek letter society
by six young women of Tufts College in the fall of 1895. Co-educa-
tion at Tufts had* been established three years and the new society
was the outcome of a desire on the part of its founders to attain
for themselves those advantages which come from a banding to-
gether of tried and true friends in the close comradeship of fraternity
life. I t was thought, too, that such a society would engender a
deeper love for the college among its members. The aims and ideals
set by the founders of Alpha Delta Sigma were of the highest. They
were designed to foster the truest friendship among its members, to
cultivate a generous and liberal spirit toward others, and to make
the society itself a prominent factor in the moral, intellectual, and
social life of the college.

The six charter members of the society were: Grace Fickett,
'96; Georgia L. Hodgdon, '97; Frances C. Gifford, '98; Martha
Root, '98; Kate E. Cousens, '99; and Carrie L. Worthen, '99. The
founder was Grace Fickett, and it was to her zeal in initiative, en-
couraged and supported by the others, that Alpha Delta Sigma owed
its establishment and promotion. Before the close of the first year,
the number was increased to about twenty. During this year the work
of the society was mainly of a social nature, and the chief endeavors
of its members were directed towards making the foundation secure,
and cementing more closely the bond of good fellowship among

The second rushing season was most successful and the member-
ship was materially strengthened by a goodly aggregation of initiates,
and thenceforth there was no longer any question about A A 2
holding its own in the fraternity world at Tufts. During this year,
the friends of the society were entertained on several occasions with
much success. A t society meetings the social work of the previous
year was supplemented by some work of a literary nature under Grace
Lane's wise suggestions, and this plan proved most successful in this
and subsequent years.

Each year the fraternity added to its numbers a fair share of the
best, the entering class had to offer. These new members soon
assimilated the spirit of the sorority and became loyal advocates of
its principles. The internal life of the society was always most
happy. Each year it gave its influence and support to various college
interests by participation of its memebrs, and received in return the
friendship and encouragement of the faculty.

From the founding of the society, it had been the aim and desire


of its members to make the society a chapter of a larger organization,
having branches in other colleges, as soon as the desired opportunity
should present itself. That opportunity came in the spring of 1901,
when after the necessary preliminaries the two local societies Alpha
Delta Sigma of Tufts and Delta Sigma of Brown were united by
vote of the active chapters, to form a new intercollegiate fraternity,
known as "The Secret Order of Delta Sigma."

Two years later, this union was strengthened by the addition of
Phi Gamma of the University of Maine. The alliance was an
admirable one, as later developments have conclusively shown. A l l
three societies were strong locals and of such personnel and policy
that they fused at once. For five years A 2 served as an excellent
training school for the larger national life that was to follow.

The initiation of A of A 2 into A O EE as A chapter had been
planned for the evening of Monday, April 13, 1908, but actually
took place in the "wee small hours" of the next morning. The
installation was conducted by Mrs. Mullan, grand president, Eliza-
beth Toms, grand secretary both of A and Helen Hoy of Nu. On
the afternoon of the same day came the initiation of some seventy
alumnae at the home of Gladys Waite, 1910.

Our history of the past two years is but a continuation of the old
life with very much the same ideals, yet with a broader outlook
inasmuch as the members of this great family live not only in New-
England as formerly, but are scattered over the wide continent.

The convention did more for A than years of national life would
have done; for it brought her into contact with other girls than those
of her chapter, and taught her the beautiful truth that A O I I girls
are alike the world over.



The question of segregation of women students which has been
agitated for the last three years will probably be settled before this
number of To DRAGMA goes to press. The alumna? of the college
favor this move, and probably no alumnus will disapprove. The
relations between the men and women students at Tufts College has
always been most friendly. The women cannot complain of the
unpleasant demonstrations of ill-will which have occurred in some
co-educational colleges. The Tufts men who do not favor co-
education seldom forget what becomes a gentleman.

The woman's privilege of changing her mind is seldom exercised
when once she has chosen her college. Why this constancy in a being
proverbially fickle? Does the virtue lie in her, or in the college?
I f it is in the college what is the charm that keeps a girl at Tufts,
when she is free to change her mind i f she doesn't like the life, and
go elsewhere in search for a mater which seems more deserving of
the attribute alma?

To begin with, Tufts college is on a hill. From its summit rises
the square tower of the chapel, a great shaft of stone visible for miles
and miles. 'Tis a good thing to see this when one is returning after
an absence from the hill. The "old grad" is cheered by tender
thoughts of the past, and the student is reminded not to over cut
morning chapel exercises. Much might be written on the influence
of this chapel tower on student life.

It has been the center of freshman-sophomore struggles, the
scene of lonely vigils by obedient freshmen who braved hunger,
thirst, and November cold that bold sophs might not flaunt from its
summit the boastful flag of victory. Its bell summons students and
professors to daily work and prayer, and often in the dead of night
sends forth merry token of a victory won by a distant team; through
its doors have passed not only gay crowds of commencement guests
but also grave throngs of mourners following to their last chapel
those men who have helped to make Tufts College what it is; and
the stone cross which tops the tower has given a name to an honorary
senior society of men, "The Tower Cross," whose aim and ambition
is to make the college life the highest and best thing on College H i l l .

I f the chapel tower stirs a responsive chord in every heart, a no
less potent charm is exerted by the "Rez." The "Rez" is a square
reservoir discarded by the Metropolitan Water Works, surrounded by
a broad promenade, and fairly bristling with traditional etiquette
with respect to its use by students.


From the promenade one gets a complete view of the horizon
on all points of the campus. On a clear day or in the evening
when the million of lights of Greater Boston make a fairyland of
beauty, the "Rez" is the most fascinating place on the Hill—but—
there are unwritten laws as to the time and place, etc, etc. For
instance—no freshman girl must walk around the "Rez" unless
she is accompanied by an upper class girl or by some of her family,
who have come to see how the college looks. I t is not considered
good form for girls to walk round the "Rez" for pleasure often
during the fall, but this is quite excusable i n the first warm days of
early spring. At all times of year, our promenade may be used as a
thoroughfare to Medford Hill-side without causing comment. I t is
bad form for men and women students to walk round the "Rez"
together or to sit on the benches. Women students do not walk
round the "Rez" after dark or on Sundays. On the occasion of a
college dance in the late spring, by special permission, men and wo-
men students may walk around the "Rez" together between dances

The best men in college usually keep away from the "Rez" on
Sunday, when its promenades are frequented by "Sunday couples."
I t is considered bad form to frequent the "Rez" when the Co-eds are
enjoying it. On class day and commencement day none of these
traditions are i n force, the promenades of this little lake are gay
with pretty girls, happy students and faithful alumnae and alumni.
During the college course each student is guilty of writing at least
one theme on "Sunset from the Rez." Sunrise is no less beautiful,
but according to statistics compiled by the English department, a
much less popular subject.



Sweet Viola Gray telegraphs to me, "Please write up the conven-
tion on its social side and send at once."

That reminds me of an experience that came to a man I know.
A famous merchant for whom he was writing advertisements sent
him this order: "Let me have something that has never been said
before. The boy will wait."

A l l the good times we had at the convention in couples, in homes
and in dormitory rooms; in groups and i n great "togetherings,"—
why, Viola Gray, i f I related them there would be room for nothing
else in the magazine. And, as for me, I should delay the publication
longer than I shall probably have to do as it is. There were as many
social experiences of importance as there were delegates at the con-

As a matter of fact, we all know and cannot forget the whole
delightful entertainment that was proffered us. We remember and
have told our chapters and alumnae sisters about every bit of i t , —
from the impromptu parties at the dormitory with each chapter taking
turns at nonsense and fun and song and revel, all the way up to the
beauteous dream-party in the wonderful house on the hill-top in a
marvelous rose-garden.

That beautiful historic old house where room opened into room
in radiant vista and we sat "close as close" on the floor, hearing the
gifted ones sing and read and tell stories ! John Brown's statue was in
the hall—the house used to be a station of the Underground. And Pi
chapter delegates from New Orleans, preeminently fitted for evening
gowns and looking as if they knew the reason why evening gowns
were, snuggled up to Maine and Boston sisters, delighted to find them
"so very Southern," so like themselves at a party,—in the shadow of
John Brown's statue.

Record it all? I t is forever recorded. V. G.,—it all seems too
good to forget. Even the walks in the rain, of which there were
a-plenty, even they make pleasant memories now. And who is going
to forget Polly Lambert's house, or the dinners at which everything
was discussed from college colors to the suffrage? We shall be sure
to remember Dorothy Safford's anti-suffrage argument,—worth re-
membering, for it is the only frank anti-suffrage argument on record.
"Just because!" said Dorothy.

And the Rambles 'Round Boston Town and the man in Cam-
bridge who, when asked the way to Lowell's house said, "Lowell?
Don't know him!" And the party of hero-worshipping us who went
into the Longfellows garden, crossed it and pressed reverential


noses against the window panes until driven away by a maid,—for,
alas! we did not know the house was occupied,—some of us will
long be unable to let the dead past bury that deadly moment.

Memories come thronging, slight and too great for telling, those
I have named as they pass through my mind, and those there is
neither time nor place to name. We need no printed record to keep
them with us.

But the convention on its social side gives me some longer

I am using the term "social" in its limited sense, meaning pleasur-
able or graceful human intercourse.

Among the critics of college life for girls, two kinds have of late
been particularly vociferous. These are, first, those who, mistaking
abuses for uses, disapprove of the existence of the fraternities, and,
second, those who insist that colleges make teachers and writers
and professional women very thoroughly but spoil femininity for the
laces and graces of ordinary life's daily decoration.

These claimants refute each other, and conventions like ours
entirely prove it.

The fraternities,—this apart from the bigger, nobler things that
fraternity-life at its best can give us,—inject into the daily hail-
fellow-well-met-ism of class-room and campus something soft and
romantic, something precious and social, something loyally to be
guarded by the sweetest womanliness and prettiest devotion; some-
thing that does not interfere with the great and sturdy virtue, the
manliness that only college-bred women have as a class, but keeps
it from interfering with honest sentiment and social charm.

Who can deny, even on the small but by no means unimportant
social side, the enlarging and educating advantages of these fraternity
conventions? On its face, it is broadening that college girls from
Illinois and San Francisco and New York City and New Orleans and
Maine and Nebraska and Ithaca and Virginia and Boston and Ten-
nessee and Indiana and Providence should spend days together
bound by the closest ties of affection and high endeavor.

Wherever provincialism must be,—east or west, north or south,—
surely it is well for us to learn to lose its sensitiveness and self-seek-
ings, and soon the provincialism itself. Wherever we see sectionalism
in one another, surely it is good for us to learn to forgive, overlook,
and by that means cure the fault we ourselves are at the same time

Surely on this limited social side, as for that larger social wel-
fare that our hearts seek for the world, there is nothing truer, finer,
better or more gracefully winning that women can acquire than the


tried and proved knowledge that a common cause and a great love
can bridge distance, bridge time, bridge diversities, and bring youth
and maturity, east and west, north and south, together in a harmon-
ious, self-enjoying, single-minded, heart-in-hearted whole.

Over and over I heard it said joyfully, "Isn't it wonderful how
alike we all are? Isn't it great to feel that big solidarity behind
everything? Isn't it fine that you feel as i f you had known every-
body here since the day you were born?"

The social value of such a state needs no enunciator.
But we recognize it when we remember the good times we had
together at Tufts College last summer, while hearts throughout the
land continue to hold steadily that constant, unseen, but very real
convention of Alpha Omicron Pi.




ALPHA—Beatrice Anderson, Edith Dietz, Jean Loomis Frame,
Margaret Kutner, Stella Stern Perry, Josephine Pratt, Beatrice
Ritch, Lillian Schroedler, Louise Sillcox.

Pi—Rochelle Gachet, Sue Gillean, Innes Morris, Mary Thomas,
Dorothy Safford.

Nu—Jesse Ashley, Marion B. Cothren, Helen Ranlett.
OMICRON—No delegate.
K A P P A — N o delegate.
•--"U-ETA—Lulu King Bigelow, Merriam Carter, Viola Gray.
SIGMA—Gladys Courtean.
THETA—Ruth Safford.
DELTA—Katherine Bickford, Marion Brooks, Dorothy Brown,
Mrs. Louise Bun-age, Dr. Maud Carvill, Octavia Chapin, Emma
Clough, Helen A. Cook, Beatrice Davis, Ethel Davis, Mary Eaton,
Ruth Carpen Farmer, Margaret Fay. Genevieve Fosdick, Beatrice
Fraser, Carolyn Fraser, Bernice Glidden, Mrs. Edith Hapgood,
Blanche Hooper, Mabel E. Jackson, Mrs. Helen Keating, Mrs.
Mary Ingalls Lambert, Pauline Lamprey, Mrs. Maidelle de Lewan-
dowski, Pearl Longley, Mrs. Dora Lough, Charlotte Lowell, Lillian
MacQuillin, Elise McCausland, Helen Miller, Isabelle Owler, Etta
Phillips, Monica Pipe, Ethel Remele, Jane Rextrow, Alice Rich,
Beatrice Rich, Helen Eddy Rose, Clara Russell, Edith Sanborn, M i l -
dred Sawyer, Marion Shorley, Alice Spear, Mrs. Elizabeth Stebbins,
Katharine Stebbins, Adeline Steinberg, Ethel Sturtevant, Dora
Thayer, Elsie Tufts, Frida Ungar, Edith Vande Bogert, Gladys
Waite, Gladys Wells, Zilpha Wilde, Alma Wiley, Mrs. Ethel Wood,
Edna Woodbury.

GAMMA—Alice Harvey, Carrie Green Campbell, Edith L . Jor-
dan, Mildred Prestiss, Antoinette Webb.

EPSILON—Melita Skillan.
RHO—Mae Barlow, Edna Betts, Elizabeth Hiestand.



The g i f t committee would like an opportunity of telling the mem-
bers of Alpha Omicron Pi something of its aims and desires. I t was
appointed at the convention for the sole purpose of 'raiding funds.
The fact that there was very little money available was apparent i n
the early part of the meeting. I t was therefore suggested that a
systematic appeal be made to the generosity of all our girls. We
fully appreciate the grand spirit that has developed in Alpha, and it
is to that we make our appeal for financial aid. Send us any sum
you can, no matter how small, it will be duly appreciated. A l l gifts
of one dollar or less will go to help the magazine, any balance to the
grand treasury. Please help us make this really substantial.

I t has been very difficult to get correct addresses, and so I am going
to ask that i f you do not receive an appeal, and know of any girls
who have not, please see that the love gifts are sent just the same.
Mrs. Lough 190 Andrews Avenue. University Heights, New York,
N . Y., will be more than glad to receive them. The results are
somewhat encouraging. There has been received one hundred and
nineteen dollars in cash, and pledges amounting to fifty-one dollars.

The heartiest thanks of the committee to all our sisters who have
helped and are helping in this work.




Miss Kate Foster, examining officer, and Blanche Ahlers, presi-
dent of Sigma, were delegated to install the chapter at Leland
Stanford University. Happy at the prospect of welcoming our new
sisters into the fraternity, sixteen of the Sigma girls and eleven of
the San Francisco alumnae chapter accompanied them to Stanford
on Saturday, November the fifth.

Fourteen of the petitioners were initiated, Lulu Biger, Adele
Ehrenberg, Natalie Ferand, Marguerite Knox, Ruth Cripen, Sheda
Lowman, Chetanna Nesbitt, Mabel Nesbitt, Helen Montague, Vir-
ginia Moore, Alice Weyse, Lois Walton, Patra Johnston, and Bertha
Knapp and Lambda, the thirteenth chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi,
was installed. Immediately the new chapter held an initiation, and
Marjorie Sayre was admitted to membership.

Upon the conclusion of the initiation, a formal meeting was
called and four of the alumnae read the constitution, and by-laws of
Alpha Omicron Pi, and also the rules and regulations of grand coun-
cil. Every thing possible was done to familiarize the new members
with the business side of the fraternity, and to make it intelligible.

After the installation ceremony, the initiation and the business
meeting, we adjourned to a banquet. There were forty-two of us,
all Alpha O's, and we felt it was good to be there. The new chapter
was given a welcome as sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi, by the presi-
dent of Sigma. Jennett Miller spoke on the significance of T o
DRAGMA. Blanche DuBois, president of the alumnae chapter, gave
us the advantages of being a college graduate, and Rose Gardner
told of the relation of Alpha Omicron Pi to the college world.
Lilian Rice concluded the toasts with fraternity ideals.

We spent the night in the chapter house, and a merrier household
could not be found. We all had the jolliest of good times, our only
regret being that the whole fraternity could not be with us. We have
a right to be proud of our new sisters, and we all feel that Lambda
chapter will help to carry on the work of Alpha Omicron Pi most
enthusiastically and successfully.




Chicago Beach Hotel, Chicago, III., September 16-17, igio


The Ninth Pan-Hellenic Conference was called to order Friday,
September 16, 1910, at 10 a. m., by Mrs. A. H . Roth, Kappa Kappa
Gamma, presiding officer. Miss Marguerite B. Lake, Delta Gamma,
acted as Secretary.

The following delegates presented credentials and were duly

Pi Beta Phi.—Miss Elda L . Smith, 710 South 6th street, Spring-
field, I E

Kappa Alpha Theta.—Miss Eva Hall, 327 W. Sycamore street.
Sycamore, 111.

Kappa Kappa Gamma.—Mrs. A. H . Roth, 264 West Tenth
street, Erie. Pa.

Delta Gamma.—Miss Marguerite B. Lake, "Crannog," Forest
Hill, Maryland.

Alpha Phi.—Mrs. John H . McElroy, 1514 East Fifty-fourth
street, Chicago, 111.

Gamma Phi Beta.—Miss Laura Hutchins, Sheldon, 111.
Alpha Chi Omega.—Mrs. Richard Tennant, 824 South F i f t h
street, Terre Haute, Ind.
Delta Delta Delta.—Mrs,. E. N . Parmelee, 7318 North Ashland
Boulevard, Chicago, 111.
Alpha Xi Delta.—Miss Mary E. Kay, 75 South Union avenue,
Alliance, Ohio.
Chi Omega.—Miss Jobelle Holcombe, 425 College avenue, Fay-
etteville, Ark.
Sigma Kappa.—Mrs. Antha K. Miller, 1232 Fifty-sixth street,
Chicago, 111.
Alpha 0micron Pi'.—Mrs. C. G. Bigelow, 1610 South Seventh
avenue, Maywood, 111.
Zeta Tau Alpha.—Miss May Agness Hopkins, University H a l l ,
Galveston, Texas.
Alpha Gamma Delta.—Miss May Willis, Winona, Minn.
Alpha Delta Phi.—Miss Lillian Moore, 923 South Seventeenth
street, Birmingham, Ala.
Delta Zeta.—Miss Martha Railsback, 1624 North Illinois street,
Indianapolis, Ind.
I t was moved and carried that the reading of the minutes of


the Eighth National Pan-Hellenic Conference be dispensed with,
as copies were in the hands of the delegates.

The report of Miss Stoner, Secretary of the Conference 1909-
1910, was read by Mrs. A. H . Roth.

Secretary's Report.

Ten hundred and twenty copies of the report of the Eighth
Conference were printed and distributed.

Seventy-five copies of a letter to librarians in colleges where
the conference sororities are represented were sent out, asking which
colleges would accept the magazines of the conference sororities.
From 71 librarians addressed, 51 were willing to receive the maga-
zines, 9 did not wish them, and 11 made no response.

Forty copies of a letter to the Grand Presidents were sent out,
submitting all the recommendation of the Eighth Conference to the
votes of the Grand Presidents.

Seven hundred copies of the Constitution were printed by order
of the Eighth Conference.

Two sororities have been admitted to the National Pan-Hellenic
Conference during 1910—Alpha Delta Phi, January 11, 1910, and
Delta Zeta, June 27, 1910.

From the results of the work of the year, the secretary feels first,
that i f the work of the National Pan-Hellenic Conference is to
accomplish real reforms, a vote less than unanimous is necessary—
and second, that the Ninth Conference will find a part of its work
the drawing up of a Constitution for local Pan-Hellenics, as the one
submitted by the committee of the last Conference did not survive
the votes of the Grand Presidents in good order.

Other work of the Secretary was the correspondence incidental
to the office.

The financial report of the Seretary was as follows:

Total receipts for the year $119.54
Total expenditures for the year 100.70

Balance on hand $ 18.84

Moved and carried that the Secretary's report be accepted and
referred to the Committee on Recommendations and the Financial
Report to an Auditing Committee, said committees to be appointed
by the chair.

Each delegate then presented a report from her fraternity, giv-
ing convention action on subjects of Pan-Hellenic interest, condi-
tions of local Pan-Hellenics, and recommendations from her fra-
ternity to the National Pan-Hellenic Conference.


I t was moved and carried that a committee be appointed by the
chair to condense the reports, and to put them in some accessible
form to be placed in the hands of the delegates and the Grand

The chair appointed the following committees:

Recomm nidations:
Miss Smith, Pi Beta Phi.
Miss Holcombe, Chi Omega.

Constitutions for Local Pan-Hellenics:
Miss Hopkins. Zeta Tau Alpha.
Mrs. Parmelee, Delta Delta Delta.
Miss Hall, Kappa Alpha Theta.

To Compile Informal Report:
Miss Railsback, Delta Zeta.
Mrs. Miller, Sigma Kappa.
Mrs. Parmelee, Delta Delta Delta.

Constitution for National Pan-Hellenic Conference:
Mrs. McElroy, Alpha Phi.
Miss Lake, Delta Gamma.
Special reports upon Pan-Hellenics conditions at Northwestern,

California, De Pauw and Indiana were presented.


The second session was called to order at 2:20 p. m., Friday,
September 16.

I t was moved and carried that the privilege of the floor be ex-
tended to the visitors present.

Mrs. Tennant, Alpha Chi Omega, presented her report on Chaper-
ons. This committee, of which Mrs. Tennant is chairman, keeps
an application list for sorority houses wanting chaperons, and women
wanting positions as chaperons. During the past year six applications
for the position of chaperon were filed. With one exception, all
asked for some remuneration for services. As was stated in the report
of this committee at the Eighth Conference, there is, as a rule, no
definite agreement between the chaperon and the girls. The chaperon
has no definite idea of what is expected of her, and before the end of
the year there are apt to be misunderstandings on both sides. The
position of the chaperon is not recognized i ncollege as it should be.
The committee recommends again, as last year: (1) that a small


salary in addition to board and room be offered the chaperon, (2)
that the chaperon be required to confer twice a month with the Dean
of Women, and once a month with the social committee, where one
exists; and (3) that a definite and clear agreement be entered upon
on the part of the chapter and the chaperon.

Mrs. Parmelee, Delta Delta Delta, then presented the report
of the committee appointed to attend the Conference of the Deans
and Advisors of Women in State Universities. The three members
of this committee, Mrs. Parmelee, Delta Delta Delta, Mrs. Mc-
Elroy, Alpha Phi, and Mrs. Bigelow, Alpha Omicron Pi, attended this
Conference, which was held in December, 1909. Of the 41 institu-
tions which are members of the "Association of State Universities
of the U . S. A.," 21 listed a Dean or Advisor of women, and 14 of
these 21 were present at this conference. The questions of Chapter
Houses, House Rules, Chaperons, Scholarship Eligibility, Fraternity
Conventions and Visiting Delegates were discussed at length and the
following recommendations are taken from the brief printed report:

Recommended that:—sorority houses should stand in as close a
relation as possible to the University through the co-operation of
students and chaperons; that no fraternity conventions be held
during term time; that the conference concur with the National
Pan-Hellenic Conference in recommending sophomore pledging,
the abolition of rushing, and a scholarship requirement for member-
ship in fraternities.

Moved and carried that sufficient copies of this report be made to
put into the hands of each delegate.

The petition from the Michigan Pan-Hellenic for dispensation
to pledge high school seniors was presented. Mrs. Schlotterbeck,
Chi Omega, spoke for the local Pan-Hellenic at Michigan. I t was
moved and carried that for this one question only, those delegates
of the fraternities having chapters at Michigan vote upon the peti-
tion, with the understanding that this conference make provision
for voting in similar cases.

It was moved and carried that the dispensation be granted for
another year, until September, 1911, allowing the fraternities of the
Michigan Pan-Hellenic to pledge senior high school students,
provided that if the pledged girl be not initiated within the year,
she is regarded as dropped.

The report of the Committee on Extension was presented by
Miss Smith, Pi Beta Phi. The committee reported that the chap-
ter rolls of Alpha Delta Phi and Delta Zeta were investigated, and
these two fraternities were admitted to the National Pan-Hellenic


Conference. Four applications for membership in the Conference
have been received—Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma,
Kappa Delta, and Phi Mu.

I t was moved and carried that this report be referred to the
Grand Presidents.

The report of the Committee on Scholarship Standards was
presented by Mrs. Roth, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Letters were sent
to the conference fraternities asking for information concerning the
eligibility requirements in the respective fraternities.

Committee on Scholarship Requirements.

Pi Beta Phi—(1) Only regular music or art students in the
music or art departments in an institution which recognizes its work
by a diploma or a degree, shall be eligible to membership.

(2) No special student in any college of Liberal Arts who car-
ries less than three-fourths the number of hours required of a stu-
dent in regular course in that college, or who has less than 1-10 the
number of credits required for graduation from that college, shall
be eligible to membership.

Kappa Alpha Theta—Requires 12 hours out of a f u l l require-
ment of 15 hours. Four-fifths of the published catalog require-
ments for one year, in a f u l l four years' course in a college or uni-
versity where the fraternity has a chapter.

Kappa Kappa Gamma—No student shall be initiated who has
not fulfilled the entrance requirements, and who does not take at
least two-thirds the required amount of work. No music, fine arts
or domestic science students shall be initiated except those who
have fulfilled the entrance requirements in their respective institu-
tions, and are taking two-thirds the required amount of work leading
to a degree, and some work in the Liberal Arts Department.

Delta Gamma—Must have fulfilled the entrance requirements,
and must register to take two-thirds required work.

Alpha Phi—Registered for a degree, with standing of a regular
student, taking at least twelve hours' work. Exceptions are some-
times made in special cases where work is equivalent to that of a
regular student. This is rarely done, and only with the sanction of
the General Board.

Gamma Phi Beta—No requirements made by their rules.

Alpha Chi Omega—(1) Regular Freshman (Liberal Arts) clas-
sification. (2) Must take f u l l music course, i f in music school. (3)
50 per cent, allowed in Liberal Arts Department; must carry 12
hours' work, 3 of which may be in the regular music course.

Delta Delta Delta—Regular work, no specials.


Alpha Xi Delta—Must be fully accredited freshmen ; no specials.
Chi Omega—Must be f u l l freshmen. Not more than one-third
membership of chapter to be taken from schools other than Liberal
Arts. Chapters urged to take only girls who plan to take a degree.

Sigma Kappa—No regulations.
Alpha Omicron Pi—No regulations. Policy not to take many
Zeta Tau Alpha—Only those who register for a prescribed course
leading to a degree.
Alpha Gamma Delta—Registered as regular student. No spe-
The report of the Committee on Rules and Regulations of
Chapter Houses was presented by Miss Sheppard, Delta Gamma.
The committee recommended the following rules for the considera-
tion of the fraternities:

Model Chapter House Rules.

1 A l l rules of the house shall be in force during vacations and
while any member of the chapter is living in the house.

2 A l l house rules shall be binding upon guests visiting the house.
3. The chaperon has unlimited authority to enforce rules of
calling and such other rules as affect the common good. She has
the power to confer twice a month at least with the Dean of Women
on chapter house conditions.
4. The social committee shall consist of the chaperon, the
president of the chapter, and two members whom the president shall
appoint. The social committee shall be accountable to the social
committee of the university for enforcing its rules.

5. A l l Self-Government Association ( i f there be any) rules
are house rules; namely: A l l girls must leave parties at 12 o'clock.
No girls shall attend mid-week parties, etc.

6. Gentlemen may not call during the week except on permis-
sion of the chaperon, but may call Friday, Saturday and Sunday-
evenings until 10:30 p. m.

7. Freshmen can have no mid-week social engagements except
with the consent of the Social Committee of the chapter.

8. There shall be a committee of upperclassmen who shall have
supervision of the freshmen in regard to their college work and
general conduct.

9. Quiet hours for rest and study shall be from 2 p. m. to
5 p. m., and from 7 :30 p. m. until 12 noon, except on Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday afternoons.

10. No member of the chapter shall be out of the house after
10 o'clock except by special permission of the chaperon.


11. No entertaining shall be permitted at the house that is not
approved by the chaperon before arrangements are made and the
invitations given.

It was moved and carried that the report be accepted and re-
ferred to the Committee on Recommendations.



The third session was called to order at 10 a. m. Saturday, Sep-
tember 17. 1910. The following questions were discussed:

1. That the National Pan-Hellenic Conference be given legis-
lative power. Leader, Miss Smith, Pi Beta Phi.

It was moved and carried that the fraternities be asked to vest in
their delegates such limited legislative power as the conference
may deem necessary to make its action effective.

2. That, a majority vote be the deciding vote in the conference.
Leader, Miss Holcombe, Chi Omega.

It was moved and carried that a seven-eighth vote be adopted
as the deciding vote in matters voted upon by the conference.

3. That there be a ratio representation in the conference.
No action was taken upon this question.
The report of the Committee on Social Customs was presented
by Mrs. Parmelee, Delta Delta Delta.
It was moved and carried that the recommendations in the report
on Social Customs be adopted and recorded in the minutes.
Your committee further recommends that the National Pan-
Hellenic urge each fraternity to seize its opportunity to help im-
prove the social conditions surrounding chapters by the adoption of
customs or rules :—

1. That will keep the college business day free from social
engagements. Such respect for the business day as the salaried
business world demands and receives without question.

2. That will prevent any fraternity social affair from conflict-
ing with any college social function. I f college loyalty of fraternity
members is not sufficient to lead them to participate in the college
social life they should, for the sake of the fraternity cause, be required
to refrain from exhibiting their disloyalty.

3. That will establish in every chapter a definite rule limiting
the number of college offices or other work any one member can
undertake at one time. Our reputation for scholarship, and more
vital still, the health of our members demands such legislation.

4. That will not permit any chapter to entertain in any hall
that is not approved by the Dean of Women and also by its fra-


ternity's national president, or some one to whom she delegates her
authority in the matter. The committee feels that the use of public
halls should be prohibited our members, but. until data is at hand
to show i f this can be done fairly, we feel we must be content with
the above expedient.

5. That will make fraternity membership imply obedience to
university rules. Living off the campus, or at home, should not
exempt fraternity members from this obligation. The reputation
of fraternities, especially in our city colleges, is menaced by this
failure of their large town membership to come under the regula-
tions of normal college life. Each chapter should insist upon such
conformity from all active members.

6. That every fraternity party must be properly chaperoned.
We believe this to be a general custom now. We know it must be-
come an inviolate rule.

7. That each fraternity uphold the efforts of the college toward
better conditions, by requiring its chapters to conform to college
rules as to hours, time, etc., of parties, even when the chapter chooses
to give the same off the campus and thus technically beyond college
jurisdiction. The evidence is strong that fraternities frequently
choose to entertain in outside halls and nearby towns to evade college
rules on these matters. Such a practice is harming the whole frater-
nity world.

Furthermore your committee suggests that the National Pan-
Hellenic recommend to every local Pan-Hellenic:—

1. That it take cognizance of the tendency of social affairs to
conflict with college duties, and of fraternity affairs to conflict with
college social affairs, and that it attempt to pledge its fraternity
chapters to reform along these lines.

2. That it endeavors to pledge its chapters to conform to all
the college social rules,- though by living in chapter houses or homes
the members are not under these dormitory and campus rules.

3. That its attention be called to the superabundance of fun for
the fraternity girl and often the sad lack of pleasure for the other
college girls, and it be urged to improve this condition by at times
substituting the outside girls for members of other fraternities with
whom there is, at present, a constant interchange of social courtesies.

4. That it consider the days when fraternity girls will entertain,
or accept entertainment, and the hours when parties shall close. I f
the college has rules or customs regulating these matters, insist upon
their adoption by the chapters, unless they are too lax. I f none
exist, the Pan-Hellenic should at once make its own, and then,
through fraternity members in other organizations, try to bring such
reform into the larger college social life.


5. That it should arrange a social calendar that will distribute
social activities of its chapters over the college year, instead of over-
filling certain months popular for entertaining.

6. That it try to limit the number of social functions to be given
by each fraternity.

7. That a definite pro rata cost be established for each type of
entertainment, and that this plan be made effective by a wise auditing
system. By agreement, the extravagance in decorations and other
non-essentials so sharply criticised by the colleges can be eliminated,
since social emulation between chapters is the chief cause of this dis-
play. We do not wish even to appear to disapprove of college f u n ;
we fully desire our members to enjoy all possible college good times,
but we seek to divorce social life from the nervous strain, the excess,
and the extravagance which makes the individual cost outweigh the

I t was moved and carried that the present committee on Social
Customs be continued another year.

The report of the committee to draft a constitution for local
Pan-Hellenics was presented by Miss Hopkins, Zeta Tau Alpha.

I t was moved and carried that the model constitution be in-
corporated in the minutes as a suggestion to local Pan-Hellenics,
and this constitution be printed separate from the minutes.

I t was moved and carried that the report of the committee
appointed to draft a constitution for the National Pan-Hellenic
Conference be deferred until the Tenth Conference, and that the
present committee be continued.

R eco m mendatio ns.

The report of the Committee on Recommendations was pre-
sented by Miss Smith, Pi Beta Phi. The following recommendations
were approved by the conference:

1. That the Committee on Extension be continued, and be
given authority to define a standard of admission f o r fraternities
in the National Pan-Hellenic Conference, and to enforce this stand-

2. That a committee be appointed to tabulate the recommenda-
tions of the past conferences, to send copies to the secretary of each
local Pan-Hellenic, who shall report (a) the action taken by the
Pan-Hellenics on each recommendation, and (b) the success or fail-
ure that has attended the recommendations adopted.

3. That a committee be appointed to study the situation at the
University of Nebraska, with a view to merging the Pan-Hellenic
in the University Council.


4. That the University of California, through Mrs. Colby, be
granted three or more hundred copies of the next N . P. C. report.

Recommendations to Grand Presidents.

1. That at some time the sororities have their conventions at
the same time and place, with one open or general meeting.

2. That a seven-eighth vote of the Grand Presidents, instead
of a unanimous vote, be required on recommendations from the
National Pan-Hellenic Conference.

3. That students in a university summer school be declared
ineligible for fraternity pledging.

4. That the suggestion of a dean of women be observed, viz.:
that an officer of the fraternity obtain from the dean of women,
when possible, an official report of the scholarship of the members
of each chapter.

5. That the governing councils of fraternities be urged not to

allow chapters to withdraw from local Pan-Hellenics under any


Recommendations to Local Pan-Hellenics.

1 That scholarship be encouraged in every possible manner,
such as (a) the offering by the local Pan-Hellenics of scholarship
prizes to which every woman student shall be eligible; (b) the
sponsor system, by which each underclassman is assigned to an

upperclassman who shall supervise the social, moral and scholastic
standing of her charge.

2. That all chapters supporting a chapter house where as
many as ten girls room, pay a cash salary to the chaperon, who shall
be given unlimited authority to enforce rules of calling and such other

rules as affect the common good; and who shall consult with the
Dean of Women in regard to chapter house conditions.

3. That the local Pan-Hellenics adopt the "no rushing" policy.
I t was moved and carried that each fraternity be requested to
increase the annual subscription from five (5) dollars to ten (10)

dollars payable within thirty (30) days. ,

I t was moved and seconded that the Tenth National Pan-Hellenic

Conference meet in Evanston, Illinois, the second Friday and Satur-

day in October, 13 and 14, 1911.

I t was moved and carried that the Grand Presidents be urged

not to allow their chapters to withdraw from the local Pan-Hellenics
under any conditions.

Committees Appointed by the Conference.

Committee on Extension: Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Phi Beta,

Alpha Delta Phi.


Committee on Chaperons: Alpha Chi Omega.
Committee to Report on Deans' Conference: Delta Delta Delta.
Committee on Social Customs: Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha
Theta (Miss Green), Delta Gamma (Miss Shepard).
Committee on National Pan-Hellenic Constitution: Alpha Phi,
Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi.

The conference was declared adjourned until October, 1911.

MARGUERITE B. L A K E , Delta Gamma,

Secretary of Ninth Pan-Hellenic Conference.


The committee o'n a model Local Pan-Hellenic Constitution begs to submit
the following:

Model Constitution for the College Pan-Hellenic Association.

Article I—Name.

The name of this organization shall be the Pan-Hellenic Association
of (name of College).

Article n—Purpose.

This Pan-Hellenic Association of the shall

1. F i x the date of pledge day.

2. Regulate the rules for rushing.

3. Regulate other matters of local Pan-Hellenic interest.

4. Encourage the chapters to take an active interest in all college activities
for the common good.

Article in—Organization.

1. This Pan-Hellenic Association of shall be composed of three

delegates from each chapter of the National Fraternities represented in the

institution, and from such locals as they may see fit to admit. The delegates

from any one chapter to be one alumna, one senior and one lowerclassman ; the

lower classman of one year to be the senior of the next year whenever possible.

a. These delegates shall be elected by their chapters to serve for one college
year; and are not to be substituted for, unless the delegate leaves college.

3. Every delegate shall be assessed a fine of (sum to be fixed by

the unanimous vote of this Local Pan-Hellenic) for non-attendance at any regu-

lar meeting, unless her excuse in writing is accepted, prior to the meeting in

which she expects to be absent.

Article IV—Meetings.

1. Regular meetings of the Local Pan-Hellenic Association of

shall take place .

2. Special meetings shall be called at the request of any chapter represented
in the Local Pan-Hellenic.

Article v—Officers.

1. The officers of this Pan-Hellenic Association of shall be

2. The officers shall serve for a term of . The term of office to

3. The duties of the officers shall be those usually devolving upon such


Article VI—Voting.

t. A (preferably less than unanimous) vote shall be necessary to

fix the date of pledge day and make rules regarding rushing, and a majority

vote shall be necessary to carry all other questions.

2. The power to vote shall be granted each delegate.

A rticle Vll—Penalties.
1. Any chapter pledging a girl in violation of the rule for "lifting" in by-

law No. 2, shall be reported in writing by the officer of the Local Pan-Hellenic
to the Grand President of the fraternity of the offending chapter, and to the
National Pan-Hellenic Conference.

2. Any chapter breaking any of the rules of rushing, pledge day, etc.,
which she has promised to abide by in this constitution, shall be reported by the
officer of the Local Pan-Hellenic to the Grand President of the offending chap-
ter and to the National Pan-Hellenic Conference.

3. No girl who has broken her pledge to one fraternity shall be asked to
join another for one calendar year.

Article Mil—Amendments.

1. This constitution can be amended by the vote of the delegates

of the Pan-Hellenic Association of .


1. No girl shall be asked to join a fraternity until she herself has matricu-


2. Any girl pledged to a fraternity leaving college before she is initiated,
shall be considered released from her pledge at the expiration of one year's
absence from the college. In case she returns, she is open to bids from all

3. There shall be printed rules on rushing and a copy of these rules shall
be mailed to every girl who is being rushed by any fraternity.

4. No chapter shall initiate any girl until she has passed (i.e., registered
for the course, attended lectures and passed satisfactory examinations in) at
least ten (10) hours per week of collegiate work.

5. There shall be a standing committee, representing three different fra-
ternities to be responsible for all fraternity magazines in the College Library.
They shall notify any editor whose magazine is missing from the files, and
report at each meeting the magazines to be found in the library. They shall
provide for binding of all magazines every two years at' the expense of the
Local Pan-Hellenic Association.

6. The constitution and by-laws of this Pan-Hellenic Association of
shall be printed not later than May 1st of each year and five (5) copies of the
same be sent to each of the Grand Presidents of the fraternities represented
in the Local Pan-Hellenic.

7. A l l chapters shall announce any expected visiting delegate, and she shall
be asked to address the Local Pan-Hellenic.

Respectfully submitted,


Grand President, Zeta Tau Alpha.

EVA R. HALL, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Grand Vice-President,


Inspector of Alpha Chi Omega.



Are your back numbers of To DRAGMA bound ?

The convention i n Boston, June 16, 17, 18 has come and gone,
but not without leaving its impression. As the convention and its
details have been narrated elsewhere in these pages, no attempt w i l l
l>e made to repeat them here. Other conventions may have in-
augurated more legislative changes, may have granted more new
chapters, but surely none has succeeded in bringing together so large
a number of members from our scattered chapters, and in making
them feel the unity of our organization. A certain indescribable feel-
ing of satisfaction seemed to possess every one, and succeeded in pro-
ducing the sensation of being related to all we met. This contact
with one another, and the unfolding of the various view points, w i l l
certainly do much toward strengthening the fraternity, and our bond
of sympathy. May there be many more conventions like the last one!
The next convention will be held June 15, 16 and 17 at a place to
be decided upon later. I t is none too soon to begin to think about
going. Sometimes thinking and wishing for a thing, makes it a
reality- Let us hope that every Alpha O can make her attendance
at the next convention a reality.

A l l members of Alpha Omicron Pi who were initiated before
September nineteen hundred nine and who desire membership certi-
ficates, may secure them by sending twenty-five cents to Mrs. John
A. Britton, Jr., 152 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland, California.

To DRAGMA takes this opportunity of welcoming Lambda chapter
into our midst. I t is a great satisfaction to see our chapter roll
increased by as worthy an organization as that which the Walden
club at Leland Stanford has maintained for several years. We are
proud to have such influential factors in a college community as the
representatives of Alpha Omicron Pi.

Our list of alumnae chapters shows an increase of two, one at Los
Angeles and the other at Lincoln. There is evidently interest, and
therefore activity, among our alumnae. Growth i n this direction is
very much to be desired as it shows there is a spark of something
vital in our organization, which draws us together after graduation
into groups for the continued developing of ideals which we have in


At the present time, four of our chapters are living in the so-
called "frat houses." Rumors are afloat that two more chapters,
Kappa and Epsilon, are planning to start houses in the near future.
We are wondering i f it is any too soon, for the rest of us to turn our
attention in this direction. O f course in those institutions where the
system of housing students forbids the fraternity house, this plan is
out of the question, but where this is not an obstacle, we strongly
advise your considering the step. A house has many advantages,
but the one which appeals just now is the feeling of understanding
which is the out growth of living together. There is nothing like
sleeping under the same roof, for making fraternity sisters understand
one another's motives. A n incomprehensible disposition ceases to be
a wonder, and an unmanageable one becomes softened by the contact.
New material is more easily put in sympathy and harmony with the
ambitious of the chapter and more readily develops into the type
of girl that her sponsors foresaw. The resulting effect is a unity of
ideals and purposes, and an organization of greater strength.

Elsewhere in these pages will be found the report of the Ninth
Pan-Hellenic Conference. I t is the advice of your delegate, as well
as of your editor, to read every word of that report. You may be
assured that it will be surprising how much more interesting and
intelligible the expression Pan-Hellenic conference will become.
Read it, to be well informed on the present needs of fraternities. I t
has been somewhat discouraging to your delegate to find that many
of the chapters show an ignorance of matters that would be perfectly
clear, i f any attention had been given to the reports of the conference.
Many letters of explanation must pass back and forth before the
chapter's correspondent is in condition to give reports to our delegate
in a satisfactory way. Let the present officers of chapters see to it
that this complaint can not possibly attach itself to them.

With this issue, the services of the present editor and business
manager will terminate. There have been many pleasant experiences
attendant upon our duties, and many regrets that our efforts have
amounted to so little. It is our hope that the next staff of the mag-
azine, whose names have not yet been made public, will receive your
support from first to last, in respect to both big and little things.
We speak from experience when we say that the duties connected
with the magazine would be made much lighter, i f the appeals for
contributions, both literary and financial, were met with your unfail-
ing support. Here are the best wishes of the season for all Alpha



I t has always been a question to know just how to arouse the
interest of the different chapters in T o D R A C M A ' S subscription list.
A l l the active g i r l s are obliged to subscribe f o r the magazine, so
there is no ground f o r complaint in that direction. I t is with the
alumnae that the problem assumes proportions. There is given below
the number o f alumnae subscribers f r o m each chapter, and the
number o f subscriptions expiring w i t h this issue. I t is our hope that
the chapters w i l l be interested in ranking higher in this list, and will
try to increase the number o f their subscribing alumnae. We also
hope that each chapter w i l l have the expired subscriptions renewed,
or w i l l interest enough new subscribers to more than take the place
of the o l d . As each subscription expires, a notice w i l l be sent i n the
f r o n t of the last magazine you are entitled to, n o t i f y i n g you that the
l i t t l e book w i l l be sent no longer. Before dismissing this f r o m your
mind, be sure that this is not your last issue.

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W o r d has just arrived that a chapter of A l p h a Omicron P i has
been granted fo the Delta Omicron petitioners at the University o f
Illinois. The installation w i l l take place almost immediately.




A l p h a has three new members since her last letter. Last M a y we
initiated Cecilia Sillcox, '08, Mildred Schlesinger, '09, and Eleanore
New, '12, and are very glad to introduce them to the fraternity.

Now, before starting the account of Alpha's doings, we want to
say a word of the convention. T e n of us went, six graduates and
four actives, to join the happy family of Alpha Omicron Pis. Right
here, we want to thank Delta again f o r her kindness to our delegates.
How they enjoyed i t a l l , we can't begin to tell you.

T h e delegates f r o m Sigma, Zeta, P i , Rho passed through New-
York on their way home. We were very glad of this opportunity
to see more of our sisters. Innis Morris and Dorothy Safford of Pi,
Mae Barlow and Edna Betts of Rho. stayed long enough to go down
to the first week of our house-party, at L i l i a n Schoedler's summer
home at Oak Beach, Long Island. The graduates came down on
the f o u r t h . Such times as we h a d ! Oak Beach is a small island w i t h
Oreat South Bay on one side, and the Atlantic on the other; a real
Arcadia, where we wore jumpers and old skirts, when we weren't in
our bathing suits. L i l has a small, but trusty, cat-boat, which she
sails, like an old tar. We sailed, rowed, swam and loafed all day.
I n the evening Bee R i t c h t o l d us w o n d e r f u l fortunes. She read the
cards like a gypsy. The night of the fourth, we had a huge bonfire
on the beach. We toasted "spuds," marshmallows. mosquitoes and
ourselves to the tune of "Vive la A . O. P i " and "Sans Souci." The

next day came a sailing party w i t h many adventures, later an
aquatic carnival, and a fudge party given by a Kappa Kappa Gamma
girl, Barnard '09. But enough of house-party doings. One or two
things happened last spring that we must take time to tell about.

Late last year. Pan-Hellenic fixed the scholarship standard f o r
entrance into fraternities. A n A counts plus three; B, plus t w o ; C,
plus one; D , minus t w o ; F, minus three. A candidate must have
at least a plus 1 average f o r entrance. A new rule has just been
passed, that no transfer or special student can be asked to j o i n a
f r a t e r n i t y , u n t i l she has been i n college a month. A t present Pan-
Hellenic is t r y i n g to make special rushing rules f o r the dormitory
girls. T h e present non-rushing rules (defining rushing, as the pres-
ence of more than one f r a t e r n i t y g i r l w i t h a freshman) are not prac-
ticable at our dormitory, where parties have always been given f o r
all f o u r classes.

Just before college closed last June, '09 came back to college,


and repeated its junior show, " I f I Were K i n g , " with the help of '11.
Adelaide Richardson, '09, as Katharine, and Jess Cochran, '09, as
Hughette won much praise and admiration. Mildred Schlesinger,
'09, and L u Sillcox, '11, had smaller parts. T h e rest of us either ush-
ered, or gathered in admiring groups in Addie's and Jessie's dress-
ing-room, hetween acts. Addie, and Jessie, and Margaret Yates, had
parts i n the plays of the Graduate Dramatic C l u b as w e l l .

Graduation i n June robbed us of our f o u r seniors. Those days
made us prouder of them than ever, but we miss them greatly. W e
have started the new year with eight actives and high hopes.

Louise Sillcox, '11, is chairman of the senior tea committee, which
regales the classes in t u r n on Tuesday afternoons. She is also on the
undergraduate study committee. L u works harder than a l l the rest
of us put together, at fraternity business, w r i t i n g letters, interview-
ing photographers, and scolding Newman.

L i l i a n Schoedler, ' 1 1 , is our athlete. She is president of the
athletic association, 'varsity basketball captain, college and class
cheer leader, glee club leader, and is, at present trying to show the
college how to play hockey. L i ] was voted "Best a l l round" in her

I n Hester Rusk, '12, we have our scholarly element. She is gen-
erally to be f o u n d haunting the library, when she is not " s i t t i n g " on
our rash impulses, or c o m f o r t i n g us i n our troubles.

Eleanore New, '12, is engaged, but nevertheless very sociable.
H e r room i n the dormitory is our favorite dropping-in place. She is
always ready w i t h the very latest gossip, and also some extremely sane
suggestions regarding daily perplexities, fraternity and otherwise.

Elizabeth Jones, '12, is one o f our head rushers. She is always
ready to take a sophomore walking or dance with a freshman. She
too, is on the undergraduate study committee.

Margaret Kutner, '12, is chairman of the j u n i o r study committee,
and, ably assisted by a committee including Eleanore and Beth,
rearranges banners, hangs pictures, and bosses janitors i n a frenzied
attempt to keep the study neat.

Cecilia Sillcox, '08, is the assistant i n Chemistry department, and
is invaluable to A l p h a . She adds the calming note of " f a c u l t y . "
Between her and Mildred Schlesinger, '09, we feel most grand f o r
Mildred is research assistant to Professor Sherman at Columbia.
Y o u might think that both these personages were most staid and
proper on a l l occasions; but, when they get together and take to
"cutting up," they are worse than the rest of us.

Such are our actives. Our graduates, we can't begin to tell
you about. There are no others like them, and they are very good to


their little sisters. Our plans for the year include a fraternity apart-
ment, a dance and a banquet at Christmas, and many smaller parties.

But aside f r o m these frivolities, we are working hard f o r college
and Alpha. The chapter registrar is straightening out our roll w i t h
Miss Woodworth's help. We have begun a chapter library, with a
sorority handbook, Alpha song book, and T o D R A G M A S . I n short, we
have started a new year, happy and hopeful. We send our very best
wishes to a l l our sister chapters, and hope this may be f o r a l l of us,
our most successful year in Alpha Omicron Pi.


" A l l good things come in small packages I " That's the way we
feel about P i this year! We feel b i g because we are small ( p h i l -
osophical reasoning!). College opened with four Alpha Os to
strive f o r and support Alpha's interests, so to that end on pledge-
day, Betsy Dupre, of a long line o f sisters, came half-way into our
ranks, and w h o l l y on October the fourteenth. I t may seem strange to
some o f our sisters that we have b i d only one g i r l , but when they
will consider the girls, and the faculty rules at Newcomb, well, then
we are to be congratulated. Betsy is president of her class, and as
every professor would vouch, one of the finest girls i n college. T h e
faculty rules prevent any fraternity from even bidding a girl unless
she has registered as a regular sophomore w i t h no conditions, w h i c h
makes the great majority ineligible f o r that or other reasons.

A t Betsy's initiation there were present plenty of the alumnae,
A l p h a songs, A l p h a flowers and A l p h a spirit. Mrs. Spearing, Cora's
mother, chaperoned, of course not at the initiation though we wished
even f o r that, and w i t h her help the evening passed most d e l i g h t f u l l y .

So now we have six i n our chapter, f o r E m i l y Freret is coming
back to take post-graduate art work, and Julia Byrne, has already
matriculated in the post-graduate art department.

W e are already directing our energies and also our eyes upon
the freshmen many of whom are "dear, dear things" to us already.
We have planned a reception f o r next Monday and have invited a
member f r o m each f r a t e r n i t y at college, as a means f o r introducing
the freshmen, of course. Anyway there is much to be done!

But because we are busy w i t h the freshmen does not mean that
we are not t u r n i n g our abilities into other fields. I f you could only
see how lovely and clean the f r a t rooms look, you would t h i n k we
were a l l graduates i n domestic science and household economy, i f
you could only see how Betsy slings a broom, you w o u l d know that
she belongs to the Newcomb athletic association; i f you could
hear Dagmar criticising the color scheme of our pennants, you
wouldn't blame her class f o r making her president; i f you could


catch Cora's gentle admonishment, you would realize that she is
greatly responsible f o r innovations, such as, keeping things straight
behind the curtain, etc. Cora has resigned the presidency of the
Y. W . C. A . because she does not feel physically able to keep up the
work, but we are g l a d to have her w i t h us i n the chapter, where she
can exert the Y. W . spirit. M a r y is p a i n f u l l y overcome with the
task of getting news f o r "The Tulane Weekly" and "The Arcade"
of which she is respectively editor-in-chief f r o m Newcomb and head

T h e memories of the convention are still w i t h us, and our dele-
gates are yet crying out the praises o f Alpha, and the good that the
convention d i d f o r them and w i l l do f o r us. We have had a regular
meeting given up to convention news and this was a source of interest
and possibly revelations to those who were left behind or were out-
side the pale of a good time.

But i n a l l our work there is always time f o r the spirit of A l p h a
to so f i l l our hearts that we can lustily sing to her praises w i t h a l l
our sisters, to whom we send greetings and a " M i z p a h . "

We finished last year w i t h a party to certain selected members o f
Delta Chi, the men's fraternity of the Law School: those who had
been especially solicitous f o r keeping the draughts f r o m us i n the
library, and f o r relieving us of carrying our books and umbrellas
being the favored ones. Our room, which up to that time had been
a closed sanctum, proved a source of interest to the men, who vowed
they had never guessed the location of our retreat, and indeed they
made their surprise and appreciation very apparent. Some of our
members have been entertained during the year at the Delta C h i
house. I n fact, a very good spirit of friendliness exists between
their organization and ours.

Mrs. M a r i o n B . Cothren, '09, as secretary of the commission
appointed by Mayor Gaynor to revise the pay roll of the public
school teachers, has published her report. I t has been received w i t h
great satisfaction by the teachers of Greater New York.

Crystal Eastmen, '07, is to be congratulated upon the splendid
w o r k she d i d as secretary of the commission appointed by Governor
Hughes to frame a new Employers Liability Law. The recom-
mendations of the commission were adopted by the legislature, and
this much needed reform i n our law marks an epoch i n the history
of the state of New York.

Grace A. Woodelton, '10, achieved the distinction of being the
only woman to capture one of the university prizes f o r scholarship
last June.


Mable E. W i t t e , '10, is practicing law i n Brooklyn.
Ruby E v e l y n N o r t o n , '10, is acting as attorney f o r several real
estate and building corporations.

I d a Cassasa, '10, is managing clerk i n the law office of the

secretary of the Law School.
Our chapter boasts nine active members. T h i s may not seem

large to some of our western sisters but, as the law is not yet the most
popular profession f o r women, we do not expect to be great i n num-
bers. But i n loyalty and good-fellowship we are strong. O u r
monthly dinners are well attended by the alumnae.

We shall hold our first dinner of the year on October 31st, when
the professors w i l l be our guests. M e n again! Surely our sister
chapters w i l l be relieved to know how very frivolous we really can be.

Omicron feels that she is quite fortunate on account of the re-
turn of six of her last year's girls, a l l of whom are enthusiastic
A O II's and have entered upon their frat duties with just the proper
O w i n g to some new rules in the university, one of which is the
fourteen point requirement, there are not so many entering girls as
usual, hence, not so many desirable freshmen f o r f r a t e r n i t y material.
But each of the girls has made up her m i n d to put her best efforts
into the work and to get the ones whom we think would make
good A O II's.
Omicron is delighted to introduce another fine g i r l into our
ranks. T h i s is M a r y Rust o f Nashville, Tennessee, whose initiation
took place i n our f r a t e r n i t y rooms, on the t h i r d floor of Barbara
Blount H a l l , on September the twenty-third. "Rusty" is a lovely
girl, of whom we are all quite proud and who, we are sure w i l l make
a splendid A O I I .
Our girls a l l seem to be f u l l of the true college spirit. We go in
for Y . W . C. A., glee club, bible class, dramatic club, athletics and
society. B. Armstrong is secretary of Y. W . C. A. and secretary
and treasurer o f bible class. Jess M c F a r l a n d is secretary o f the
sophomore class.
Rushing parties have not begun to any great extent, but we are
planning quite a number to be given soon.
One of the prettiest affairs of this season was a luncheon, given
by one o f our most beloved patronesses, M r s . Richard McCargo, as
a special compliment to Myrtle Cunningham and Lucretia Jordan,
who were then her guests. Mrs. McCargo was wise enough to
invite several freshmen and we were glad f o r them to know her.


Another pretty affair was an i n f o r m a l reception, which we g i r l s
gave to our mothers and patronesses.

Myrtle Cunningham, '10, and Lucretia Howe Jordan, '08, both of
whom were present at Mary Rust's initiation, have returned to their
homes, the former to Memphis and the latter to Asheville, N . C ,
where she has accepted a position to teach i n one of the best schools
of that city.

Ada Donaldson, K , '09, and Mattie Ayres, I I , '04, are alumnae,
whom we delight to have at our f r a t meetings.

H o w splendid i t seems to be back at college and f a i r l y settled
once more! T h i s is the first breathing spell our girls have had since
college opened, but we can certainly show splendid results f r o m our
five weeks of hard work. K a p p a returned ten girls this year, a l l
eagerly enthusiastic, w i t h the interest and welfare of A O n first and
foremost. Well, we all started with a vim, and worked hard deter-
mined to make this a red-letter year. Rushing breakfasts, dinners,
parties, succeeded one another so rapidly that the freshmen were too
bewildered to t h i n k . Finally, after five weeks of suspense and excite-
ment, the eventful day came, the list of regular freshmen was posted,
—result—wildest excitement, a big sigh of satisfaction and relief,
and K a p p a settled down to regular work. N o t h i n g seems better to
us than to be able to announce the pledging o f ten girls, Juno W r i g h t
'12 and nine freshmen, Lida Bell Rrame, Mary Craig, Katharine
Gordon, Leland Laure, Shirley McDavitt, Molly Minkwitz, Flise
Paxton, Ruby Toombs and Nanny Vaden, who realize already that
there's nothing quite so nice as A O I I .

Kappa has quite a few good representatives i n active athletics so
far. We feel sure that when the class basketball teams are chosen,
at least five o f our g i r l s w i l l be selected. T h e final election o f fresh-
men officers took place a few nights ago, and A O I I had the honor
of one of its girls l>eing elected treasurer.

I ' m sure we have a l l returned to college this year w i t h higher and
nobler ideals and resolves. W i t h the events o f an entire year fresh
on our minds, we can look back and realize wherein we have failed,—
not always where we have done wrong, but just avoided our best
A l p h a 0 precepts by neglecting to do right. Shall we not try this
year to do earnestly a l l in our power f o r our chapter and fraternity—
to raise its standard both in our own eyes and i n those of the public?

Now let us hear of the sister chapters—what of your success i n
rushing, what o f your college l i f e ? I think these chapters letters
should make us a l l feel very near each other, f o r are we not, near or
far, a l l sisters i n A O I I ?


Kappa wishes to take this first opportunity of welcoming into the
ties of our fraternity our new chapter.

The unavoidable discussion of sophomore pledging seems to have
gained a very prominent place in the conversation of fraternity girls
at Randolph-Macon. The last assembly of Pan-Hellenic was ad-
dressed by the college president on the disadvantages of the present
rushing system; and suggested as a possible remedy, sophomore
pledging. T h e final vote has not been taken, but it is thought that a
motion to that effect w i l l be carried and the system introduced at the
opening of the 1911-12 year.

Among the many honors received by Randolph-Macon is the
annual meeting o f the United Student Government, to be held N o v .
10, 11, 12, 13. Randolph-Macon has the presidency. Arrangements
have been made by a committee o f six f o r various trips to places o f
interest in and about Lynchburg, and we feel sure that this feature
w i l l be quite a success. One of our seniors, Iris N e w t o n , has the
honor of being on the committee. Many of the representatives have
probably never visited V i r g i n i a , and many efforts w i l l be made to
give them the opportunity of seeing everything possible during their
limited stay, and to have them feel that Virginians justly deserve
their reputation for cordial hospitality.


Since our last letter, many things of interest have happened to
Zeta. First, I want to mention our banquet of last June, at which
sixty-five, including our patronesses, alumnae and active girls, were
present. We had the pleasure of having w i t h us Jeanette M i l l e r and
Gladys Courtean of Sigma, f r o m whom we learned much of the l i f e
and interests of our California sisters. This visit was of especial
interest to us, since it was our first opportunity of entertaining any
active sister f r o m another chapter.

O u r rushing rules seemed rather severe to us this f a l l , but in the
end they proved very successful, and their adoption is quite certain.
Rushing lasted two and a half days—from Wednesday noon until
Friday evening. Friday evening invitations to become members were
written to the girls, whom we wished to join, and were taken to the
chairman of the inter-sorority council for mailing. I f any girl had
two or more invitations, they were placed i n the same envelope and a l l
invitations were mailed Saturday morning. Each rushee was re-
quested to return the invitation with her acceptance or regrets, and
to appear at four o'clock Saturday afternoon, at the house o f the
sorority, she wished to j o i n . You can easily imagine the tenseness and
excitement at every sorority house at that hour. I n less than an hour
a f t e r four, twelve girls were wearing the red ribbon. They are as


f o l l o w s : E d i t h Taylor and Cassel Apgar of Monroe, Louisiana;
Abbie Hemler and Ruth Wheelock of Beatrice, Nebraska; Lucile
Johnson and Loreene Bratt of Lincoln, Nebraska; Jesse Correll of
Adair, Iowa; Georgiana Jeffrys of Sloan, Iowa; Mary Wade of
Sioux City, Iowa; Mabel Ritchie of North Bend, Nebraska; Hazel
Williams of Ponca, Nebraska and Belle Tyson of Skidmore, Missouri.
About one hundred and four invitations were sent out by the different
sororities to girls, and from this number ninety-eight girls pledged.
Since there are ten sororities i n college, we feel that we certainly have
pledged our share.

The most of the girls pledged were freshmen and can not be
initiated u n t i l February, when they must have passed successfully a l l
the studies f o r which they registered in September. So f a r we have
taken into f u l l membership three girls; Nell Webb, Edith Taylor
and Belle Tyson.

T h e reports of our convention, which were brought to us by Viola
Gray, were listened to w i t h great interest, and made us very proud o f
A l p h a O. We are hoping that the next convention w i l l be held nearer
L i n c o l n so that more o f us w i l l be able to attend.

We have been very quiet socially but the girls have been making
their scholarship take first place i n their activities. W e have had only
one party this year. T h i s was a Hallowe'en dance given f o r our
freshmen, on Saturday, October twenty-ninth, at the chapter house.
The decorations were unique and characteristic of the season. We are
already planning f o r our formal party, which w i l l be held March

T h e outlook f o r Zeta is unusually bright this year. Ever)' one
seems anxious to forget her l i t t l e mistakes, and to make amends by
working beyond belief for the chapter. We are living only a block
f r o m the university, which is much nicer than in the country, as we
were last year. Miss W a l t o n is w i t h us again as chaperon, which
means infinitely more than we can explain.

We extend our best wishes to our new chapter, and our congratu-
lations to Alpha Omicron Pi, f o r having added to themselves such a
strong, earnest band of workers.

One o f the Sigma girls had a house party this summer at her
home on C a t i l i n a Island. Perhaps you do not know that C a t i l i n a is
off the Southern coast o f California, and a by-word among Califor-
nians for all that is jolly in the summer time. About a dozen of the
girls were her guests and they came home, i f somewhat sunburned,
w i t h the most alluring tales, nevertheless, of swimming, automobiling


and dancing. "When we were at Catilina " became the

familiar slogan of rushing days.

A n d what a very p r i m rushing season we had this autumn, w i t h

the f r o w n i n g Priscilla of "sentiment" at every turn. T h e house was

open on registration day to our freshmen friends. D i d the dearest

new curtains figure in those young eyes, d i d they f a i l to notice the
gold-bordered dishes on which came the rushing luncheon? W h o
knows, for freshmen are queerish mortals. We had f e w of the old
f a m i l i a r affairs that are associated w i t h rushing, this year, because
of the new plan adopted by Pan-Hellenic. There were no definite
rules, nor was there a definite bidding day,—all was governed by

"sentiment." "Sentiment" decreed that we should bid a freshman,

when i n our just minds and calm hearts we felt we knew her well

enough. We had luncheons after luncheons for the freshmen, for that

seemed to be the only way i n which we could have natural intercourse.

Theatre parties and the like were tabooed by "sentiment." We were
however permitted to have one informal dance to which the "rushees"
might be invited.

Soon after the dance we pledged f o u r freshmen of whom we are
very proud, Hertha Hermann, Pearl Pierce, Ethel Toskett, Reta
Keane and Phyllis Maguire, a sophomore. Although we are delighted
at our success, the general sentiment of the A l p h a Os is that the more
definite rules are the best tactics f o r rushing, and by a l l means a
definite b i d d i n g day is desirable.

I t was the morning after the night before, on which night there
was an initiation, that an event occurred which w i l l go down in the
annals of Sigma chapter and be rehearsed to a l l our friends f o r years
to come. I n the early dawn of this morning, the girls were aroused
by the cry o f " F i r e ! F i r e ! " N o pandemonum ensued as the news
papers declared, but there was great commotion and excitement. The
whole t h i r d floor was inaccessible i n five minutes after the alarm. We
escaped i n various apparel and the work o f rescue began. I f i t had
not been that a club of boys is next door to us, doubtless we would
have saved very l i t t l e . T h e very day of the fire, we collected our
belongings f r o m nearby houses, and had our f u r n i t u r e moved into
another house. We lived i n this other house a month, even rushing
there and pledging as a result a very dear freshman, May Cameron.
N o w we are back i n our o l d house which has been altered in many
ways. The t h i r d floor rooms are nearly every one new i n some
feature, and we boast of a very spacious bed-room i n place o f the
old t r u n k - r o o m where the fire started. W e are g l a d to be settled
again, and even hope to continue rushing this semester.

T h e g i r l s are not feeling the expense o f the fire as much as they


otherwise would, due to a most welcome and thoughtful surprise on
the part of Pan-Hellenic. A f t e r the Monday night meeting, the last
in our temporary house, Pan-Hellenic gave us a surprise party.
About four representatives f r o m each of the sororities came i n upon
us bringing bedding and linen in abundance. They also gave a
present o f two fine couches. Most of the girls, except the few who
were i n the secret, were greatly astonished, and we are a l l deeply ap-
preciative of this kindness on the part of Pan-Hellenic.

Seldom before have Sigma girls teen so prominent i n the college
w o r l d ; a fact which offsets such calamities as fire and moving. Rose
Gardner '11, is president of the Associated Women Students and on
the literary board o f the "Occident." Jeanette M i l l e r M 1 is president
of Treble Cleff, the musical society of the women. Treble Clef re-
cently gave "The Mikado" i n which Phyllis McGuire '13 had one
of the principal parts. Olive Cutter, '11, drew the poster for the
English Club play, "Cresar and Cleopatra." This poster was an-
nounced as the test ever submitted by a student, and it won the
prize o f five dollars. Grace Weeks '12 submitted a poster also,
which came second and was given honorable mention. The other
girls have had a share of prominence and are serving every now and
then on various committees.

A n d we remember in sending test wishes f o r the success of our
sister chapters, that trials strengthen our ties of fraternity and show
what we may in the future accomplish by close comradeship.


The members of Theta are glad to be together once again, and
we are looking forward to a very successful year.

We are s t i l l l i v i n g in our teautiful old brick home, which is
very homelike.

O u r spike this f a l l , has been very sane and quiet, i n f a c t we con-
gratulate ourselves on conducting a very dignified rush. A l l the
sororities could not agree as to the length of the rushing season, and
as a result Pan-Hellenic was divided into two factions,—some agree-
i n g on a long rush and a fixed pledge day,—the others on a short
rush with no definite pledge day being able to pledge any time after
matriculation. We were in favor of the short rush, and we feel that
we could have done no better, i f rush had been prolonged f o r weeks.
We have pledged nine splendid g i r l s ; Blanch Babcock, M a r o Beck,
Olive I.angwith, Iva Beeson, Helen Sharp, Olive Young, N e l l
Leachman, Ruby Jones and Roxie Stafford.

As is the custom at DePauw, we held open house Oct. 24th
from 4 to 6 in honor of our pledges.


W e need not say we feel keenly the loss o f last year's seniors,
having lost six strong girls, but instead o f m o u r n i n g their loss too
greatly, we feel our freshmen must have our attention and be taught
to become f a i t h f u l to A O I I .

So f a r this f a l l , three of our o l d girls have spent several days
with us, M a r y Duncan, Ethel T i l l e t t who is i n Y . W . C. A . T r a i n i n g
School at Indianapolis, Ind., and Florence Irwin.


Y o u who have never passed through the most t r y i n g ordeal of
segregation cannot realize A's j o y at finding herself s t i l l i n existence.
H o w surprised we would have been last year at this time, to know
that the f o l l o w i n g autumn w o u l d find us enrolled as students o f

Jackson College!
Even yet we can hardly think of the night of the celebration in

our honor ( ? ) , without a wee feeling of homesickness f o r things as
they used to be. Shall we ever forget that night when we watched
from the roof of Metcalf the great bon-fire, the torch-light and
pajama parades, and listened to the w i l d cheers o f the men f o r
Jackson? Seated on piles of sofa-pillows and wrapped in anything
f r o m blankets to opera capes, f o r the night was cold, we tried to take
a philosophic view of the case, and to convince ourselves that it was
not our own funeral pyre that we were watching. Indeed i t was

N o w , however, it is only f a i r to confess that we are happily dis-
appointed i n the change: there is a larger entering class than ever
before, and the outlook f o r Jackson College is very bright.

A has at present twenty members. Helen Harmon '12 and Elinor
Collins '12 did not return to college, but Frances Huntington '12
our Maine transfer raised our number to twenty.

We have found that there is nothing like rushing to develop the
girls of the fraternity individually, and to bind them closely together
f o r the "team-work" which is so necessary to the success of a chapter.
There are unusually attractive girls in 1914 and, as usual, the three
fraternities A H A, X fl and A O IT are w o r k i n g f o r the same ones.
Pledge day is the tenth of December, and, with the exception of the
reception given the freshmen at the beginning of the year, no form
o f entertainment or refreshment can be offered them, u n t i l they are
ours. A w i l l w i n , of course, but it seems as i f the strain were never
before so tense. We were very glad to have our grand president,
Mrs. R u t h Capen Farmer, w i t h us at the Hoodang, also about twenty-
five of our alumnae.

A t the senior elections Adeline Steinberg was made vice president


and M i l d r e d Sawyer, member o f the class day committee. Ruth
Penniman, '13, is president of her class and Katharine Bickford,
Marion Shorley, Mildred Sawyer, and Zilpah Wilde are i n the cast
for the senior play. Adeline Steinberg '11 is chairman o f the social
committee, Edith Vande Bogart '12 vice president, and Etta Phillips
'13, sophomore at large of the All-Around Club. Katharine Bick-
ford, '11, is secretary of the student government association.

Last week we had the pleasure o f meeting Helen and Evelyn
Bancroft o f 2. W e were doubly pleased to learn that they were to
spend at least part o f the winter i n Boston. W i t h Sue Gillean o f I I ,
and Margaret F l i n t and Florence Harvey o f T, we ought to be able
to hold a miniature convention on the " H i l l " now and then.

Speaking of convention, you cannot know how much it meant to
us to have the chance to play the hostess last June, and to meet the
girls who were but names to us. We only wish the continent were
not quite so broad, that we m i g h t meet oftener.

Among the nine girls who have returned this f a l l to continue
their studies at Cornell and work f o r Alpha's interest, there is not a
single charter member. T h i s is a new experience f o r us, since
Epsilon is very young. A l l the first members are now gone, to w h o m
we looked always f o r advice and sympathy, and the responsibilities
that were theirs, now are ours. O u r numbers are few, it is true, but
they are the average at Cornell where there are only about 400
women and six national sororities. A Z, which has lately become a
national f r a t e r n i t y , has been admitted this f a l l to the local Pan-

Perhaps our sister chapters m i g h t be interested i n the new rush-
ing rules at Cornell. Our previous experience warned us against a
short intense rushing period, w i t h the result that we have extended
it to include the whole first term. N o money is to be expended on a
freshman except f o r carfare, sodas, and one big party f o r each
fraternity. There is no intercourse w i t h freshmen on Mondays and
Thursdays, which both f r a t e r n i t y g i r l s and freshmen find a big
relief. Rushing is restricted to the period between two and six
o'clock i n the afternoon, which is divided into two sections. A
f r a t e r n i t y that has a g i r l f r o m two to f o u r o'clock, can not have her
f r o m four to six. As all engagements are made by phone or note at
1 :45 o'clock, the freshman who receives several invitations has the
opportunity of choosing, which may help her in the end to decide
which group of girls she prefers. W e are a l l delighted w i t h our new
system as it diminishes the evils o f rushing and permits us to get
acquainted with new girls in a natural way.


When Mrs. Eustis, Pi, made a short visit in Ithaca. Epsilon gave
in her honor a little party at the home of Prof. Schmidt. T w o other
brides were present, Mrs. Barras. Theta, and Mrs. Wright, Epsilon.
We opened the evening w i t h a ritual meeting, and then we spent a
very pleasant time together, chatting about our chapters

Epsilon chapter, though small, is an influential force i n the col-
lege l i f e about i t . Her girls are known f o r their high university
standing, clean class politics, and friendliness with all those outside
the fraternity. We sincerely hope we may preserve and hand down to
those that come after us, this true A O I I spirit.


T o all the girls of Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma chapter extends
her hearty greetings. W i t h the beginning of this college year,
Gamma girls are hard at it again with an active chapter o f twenty
members. A l t h o u g h we lost only one g i r l through graduation two o r
three others, who are teaching or studying elsewhere, are not with
us this f a l l and we cannot tell you how we miss each one of them.

I t was w i t h hearts f u l l of eagerness and enthusiasm that we

came back to " M a i n e " this f a l l , with those feelings peculiar to those

who come back to their alma mater f o r their second, t h i r d , or f o u r t h


Although letters and chance meetings during the summer gave

those of us who d i d not go to the convention some idea of the good

times and the A O I I spirit shown there, it remained for the first

f r a t meeting to give us our first real share i n i t a l l . Since that meet-

ing every now and then "Tony," or "Olla," or " B i l l y " w i l l break out

with, "Oh, girls, don't you remember ," and then how we all

listen and ask questions, galore, about our unseen sisters.

I must tell you a l l that this same " T o n y " and " O l l a , " who are

known more f o r m a l l y as Antoinette Webb and Alice Harvey, are the

two 1913 girls who have been chosen to speak at sophomore "Decs"

in Deceml>er. I can tell you we are proud o f our sophomores!

Gamma has been rather quiet socially so f a r this f a l l . We have

not had a rush party yet, as we do not pledge u n t i l a f t e r the mid-year

examinations. We find that our freshman girls are unusually strong,

and we feel sure that there w i l l be splendid material f o r A O I I .

I t seems a long way back to last June, but we must t e l l you a l l

of the honor that came—or almost came, it depends upon your point

of view—to Gamma chapter last spring. The senior Skull society

offered a cup to the fraternity at Maine having the highest average

scholarship. Our hearts beat h i g h ! A t commencement our Mrs.

Balentine presented the cup, but alas! we were not to be considered

in the competition on account of what Mrs. Balentine called "obvious


reasons," and the cup went to one of the men's fraternities. We
were somewhat consoled by the fact that Mrs. Balentine announced
that our sorority, i f allowed to compete, would have been the proud
possessor o f the cup.

A n d now, in closing, we wish our sisters east, west, north, and
south, the best k i n d o f a college year.

Thirteen active girls returned to Rho this fall to begin a very
strenuous and highly successful rush. We tremble when we think
of our seven mighty seniors, who w i l l leave us this year: Mae Barlow,
Merle Anderson, Virginia Walker, Avaline Kindig, Edith Moody,
Margaret Wynne and Marie Vick. But we w i l l have our juniors:
Elizabeth Hiestand, Caroline Power, and A n n C u r r y ; also our sopho-
mores Margaret Pittman, Edna Betts, and Pauline Pearson. We
hope soon to initiate Edna Allen, a sophomore pledge. «

Dean Potter verly graciously complimented us on our rushing
this year, saying that all the other sororities admired our dignity
very much. As a result o f a very exciting season, we present ten fine
girls now pledged to A O I I : Edna Allen from Iowa City, '13; and
the f o l l o w i n g o f the class o f ' 1 4 : Coila Anderson o f Preston, M i n n . ;
Edith Meers of Evanston, 111.; Geraldine K i n d i g of Rochester,
I n d . ; Arie Kenner of Macomb, 111.; Barbara Minard of Blue
Island, 111.; Bella Westwick o f Galena, 111.; L o u Chace o f Stanton,
Neb.; Ruby Rapp o f Evanston, 111., and J u l i a Fuller of Ravens-
wood, 111.

We have had our formal pledging and a grand reunion luncheon
in Chicago. Here we had w i t h us Hess Medburn. Merva Dolsen,
and Julia Norton of last year's seniors, also several Chicago alumnae.

Our patronesses, Mrs. Row and Mrs. Clark, have opened their
homes to us, and have proved charming hostesses d u r i n g the rush.
T o their kindness and that of our dear mothers, we owe much o f
the success o f the year. A n d the f u n we have a l l had along w i t h our
anxiety, w i l l not soon be forgotten! We are beginning to settle
down now and to get better acquainted w i t h our pledges. On No-
vember 4, we shall give an alumnae informal at the Birchwood
country club to introduce our pledges. O n December 3, we have our
regular fraternity dance i n the new gymnasium.

We are proud to say that last semester we stood t h i r d in scholar-
ship among the ten sororities. T w o o f our three seniors were <I» B Ks.
We have the treasurer of the local Pan-Hellenic. Avaline K i n d i g is
treasurer o f woman's league and o f the senior class, and president o f
Alethenai Literary Society. Three of our other girls also hold
offices i n the college literary societies.


We one and a l l j o i n i n best wishes to every chapter o f our dear



First of a l l , let me tell you how proud and happy we are to be

members of Alpha, and that we intend heartily to co-operate and to

make ourselves worthy sisters.
We opened our house on August twenty-fourth, a week before

registration day, w i t h fifteen g i r l s ; t w o post-graduates, three seniors,
six juniors and four sophomores. Four days were given over to the
renovation of curtains and sofa cushions, table linen, and other
necessary equipment, and busy we were indeed. The house was
thoroughly settled and in good running order for two days before
registration. FoHowing this, the girls gave themselves up entirely
to freshman calls, incident to rushing. Owing to the fact that we
were to start the year as Walden, expecting soon to be national, we
rushed with Pan-Hellenic and subject to the contract drawn up by
them f o r the long season, ending November nineteenth. O u r girls
went into the season w i t h a v i m , very commendable under the uncer-
tain circumstances. T h e long season was an experiment and as such,
I may say, it has proved very unsuccessful. I am sure the three
to six weeks contract w i l l prevail in the future.

We received the grand news that Walden had been granted a
chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, on Saturday, October twenty-ninth.
Everyone has been splendid about i t , and the welcome extended us
by other houses on the campus, has been a royal one. M a n y notes
and flowers poured i n , and teas and receptions have been given us.
We were formally installed by Sigma chapter f r o m the University
of C a l i f o r n i a on Saturday, November fifth, when twenty-seven o f
the girls came down.

B i d d i n g day, which has been so important an event to us, is now
a thing of the past. We consider ourselves very fortunate in getting
five splendid girls, favorable answers to the five invitations sent.
We are very happy over i t , f o r this is by f a r the hardest year we have
ever had, or ever shall have, I ' m sure. T h e new girls are as f o l l o w s :
Ella Cates, Los Angeles; Beatrice Frenler, Berkeley; Harriet
Maines. Los Angeles; Irene Cuneo, San Mateo, and Eileen Everet,
Orange, C a l i f o r n i a . We expect to initiate these girls and five
alumnae on December fourth. T h i s is about all concerning frater-
nity matters, except that f r o m now on a l l our efforts are to be devoted
to arranging matters concerning the stock f o r our new house, the
plans o f which we already have i n hand. We hope to have every-
thing in shape to begin work by next spring.

T h i s has been a very busy college year so f a r , and has kept every-


one hurried most of the time. The first t i l i n g that has taken place,
was the freshman-sophomore rush, an exciting contest o f tying one
another up and depositing as many as possible i n pens. T h i s ended
all hazing and determined the superiority o f one or the other. Foot-
ball practice takes every one's time after four o'clock f r o m now on.
We go and sit on the bleachers, and lend what moral support that
is , to the "heroes" below.

O n September sixteenth, the senior class held a " j o l l y up," very
large, informal dance where every senior i n college gets acquainted.
These have since been held by a l l the other classes i n college, and
are the one event where every class member meets the rest of his

Every month during the year, the women of the university meet
in Roble H a l l for the women's league meeting. They carry on the
business of the associated women and hold i n f o r m a l meetings also.
One of our girls is secretary of the women's league, and also a mem-
ber of the president's conference of young women. Another o f our
seniors is very prominent in the V. W . C. A . Three o f the under-
classmen hold various committee positions in the Association. V i r -
ginia Moore, one of our juniors, is one of the associate editors of the
Daily Palo Alto, the college paper, and several others are strenuous
athletes, so A l p h a O is represented i n a l l phases of college l i f e .

Dramatics are very strong at Stanford, as every t h i n g attempted
in that line succeeds here. Four of our girls are members of the
Shubert club, one of the dramatic clubs. We are hoping to have a
young actress in our midst soon in Alice Weyse, who is to have a
part i n the sophomore comedy to be given next semester.

T h e great inter-collegiate football game l>et\veen Stanford and
the University o f California took place November t w e l f t h , and we
were defeated i n a splendid game by a score of twenty-five to six.
We took this occasion to become very much l>etter acquainted w i t h
our Sigma sisters, who are a l l exceptionally charming girls, very
progressive and well thought of in their college.

W e are looking f o r w a r d now to T h a n k s g i v i n g recess, a short
respite f r o m the strenuous times we have just been through. Decem-
ber t h i r d is the date set f o r the sophomore cotillion, the largest dance
given beside the j u n i o r prom o f next semester. T h e n w i t h the finish-
ing o f that excitement every one settles down to the good solid dig-
ging of the next few weeks before the Christmas holidays.

We are looking forward to our visit f r o m Mrs. Farmer, and hope
that she may be able to stay some time. W e were disappointed i n
not having her here to install the chapter, but i t seemed impossible
under the circumstances to wait.




Several delegates attended the convention at T u f t s , and came
back tremendously interested in a l l the problems that meet Alpha
Omicron Pi, and enthusiastic over our "newly-found" sisters. Several
of the New York alumnae girls attended the house-party on Long

Island soon after.
O u r meetings are late i n beginning this year, so we shall have

more to tell in the next letter.

The San Francisco Alumnae chapter has had two meetings, one
in M a y and the other i n August. T h e M a y meeting was held at the
home of Margaret Henderson Dudley and fourteen members were
present. We had the pleasure of seeing Florence Schultze Martin
and Una Call Kiister, two Sigma girls who live in the southern part
of the state and consequently are not members of the San Francisco
alumnae chapter. One of the greatest advantages of an alumnae
meeting is the opportunity it gives us to meet the A l p h a O's who live
so f a r away, that it is only occasionally that they are i n the neighbor-
hood of Berkeley. The officers f o r the coming year were elected,
and when business was finished, vacation and the coming convention
were the chief topics of conversation. We a l l wanted to go to Boston,
and were enthusiastic in talking over plans with Gladys Courtean,

Sigma's delegate.
O u r next meeting was held the last of August at the fraternity

house i n Berkeley, an innovation f o r us. Some of our members
live i n places so f a r f r o m Berkeley, that i n many cases i t means a
long journey f o r some of the girls to get to the home of the hostess,
and so we decided to t r y the plan o f meeting at the f r a t e r n i t y house,
and of having t w o o f the girls act as hostesses. J u d g i n g f r o m the
number present, the plan was a success. A s at the previous meeting,
convention was the subject of the hour, and Gladys Courtean gave
us a report o f what happened there. We were conscious of a new
bond connecting the chapters, and look forward to meeting Mrs.
Farmer this f a l l when she is i n C a l i f o r n i a .


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