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Directory of Officers 2
The Court of the Universe Rochelle Gachet, n
I n Which Our Grand President Changes Her Name 9
Margaret Henderson Dudley, 25 13
The Installation of Upsilon Chapter Gladys C. Britton, 25 16
The University of Washington Laura Hurd, Y 17
Washington Customs and Traditions L. H., Y 19
Alpha Upsilon A Mother of Alpha Upsilon 21
The Gift of Pietro Joanna C. Colcord, T 23
Loyalty Gertrude Jennison, X 33
Wahrlich Camilla Jennison, X 71
The Installation of N u Kappa Chapter
The Southern Methodist University Erma Baker, N K
The Panhellenic Creed
The Editors' Congress Virginia Esterly, 25
The Panhellenic Congress Virginia Esterly, 25
Business Manager's Report
Active Chapter Letters
Alumnae Chapter Letters
News of the College and Greek-letter W o r l d
DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS
FOUNDERS OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Jessie Wallace, Alpha, '98, 663 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, N. Y .
Helen St. Claire Mullan (Mrs. George V . ) , Alpha, '90, Andrew Avenue, Uni-
versity Heights, New York.
Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , Alpha, '98, 2243 Green Street, San
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, Alpha, :q8, 456 Broad Street, Bloomfield, N . J .
Grand President, Isabelle Henderson Stewart (Mrs. B. F . , J r . ) , Sierra City, Cal.
Grand Recording Secretary, Helen N . Henry, Whittier Hall, 1230 Amsterdam
Ave., New York City.
Grand Treasurer, Lillian Gertrude MacQuillin, 155 Angell St., Churchill
House, Providence, R. I .
Grand Vice-president, Jean Loomis Frame (Mrs. J . E . ) , 606 W . 122nd St.,
New York City.
Grand Historian, Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H . ) , 2243 Green St., San
Registrar, Marie Vick Swanson (Mrs. A. E . ) , 522 Church St., Evanston, 111.
Auditor, Helen Dickinson, 1646 Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, Cal.
Examining Officer, Linda Best Terry (Mrs. W . L . ) , 231 Avalon Place,
Chairman Committee on New Chapters, Viola Clark Gray, 1527 So. 23rd St.,
Editor-in-Chief of To DRAGMA, Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Business Manager of T o DRAGMA, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W . F . ) ,
Delegate, Anna Estelle Many, 1325 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, L a .
EDITORIAL BOARD OF TO DRAGMA
Editor-in-Chief, Mary Ellen Chase, Bozeman, Montana.
Business Manager, Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe (Mrs. W. F . ) , Bozeman,
Assistant Business Manager, Antoinette Treat Webb, 134 Cottage St., Nor-
Exchanges, Helen Charlotte Worster, Caribou, Maine.
Chapter Letters, Margaret June Kelley, 52 Essex St., Bangor, Maine.
ALUMNA ASSISTANT EDITORS
Pi—Alice Ivy, 1556 Calhoun St., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Elinor Byrns, 27 Cedar St., New York, N . Y .
Omicron—Roberta Williams, 1510 Faust St., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kappa—Nannie Vaden, 120 Cowarden Ave., Richmond, Va.
Zeta—Elsie Ford Piper, Wayne, Neb.
Sigma—Mrs. Ward B. Esterly, 244 Alvarado Road, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Irene McCleod (Mrs. Le Roy), Browns Valley, Ind.
Delta—Mrs. Maurice J . Keating, 244 Weston St., Waltham, Mass.
Gamma—Elizabeth F . Hanley, Caribou, Maine.
Epsilon—Agnes Dobbins, 386 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Rho—Mrs. Carolyn Piper Dorr, Berwyn, 111.
Lambda—Corinne Bullard, Porterville, Cal.
Iota—Mary Wells, Watseka, 111.
Tau—June Wimer, Elmore, Minn.
Chi—Ruby Davis, 17 3rd Ave., Gloversville, N . Y .
Upsilon—Vivian So Relle, 4740 14th Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
ALUMNAE ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGERS
Pi—Mrs. George P. Whittington, Alexandria, L a .
Nu—Daisy Gans, 497 Halsey St., Brooklyn, N . Y .
Omicron—Harriet Cone Greve, College of Women, Columbia, S. C.
Kappa—Frances Allen, 1012 Federal St., Lynchburg, V a ,
Zeta—Mrs. B. O. Campbell, 1971 Sewell St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Emma F . Black, 2913 Fillmore St., San Francisco, Cal.
Theta—Ceilia Bates, Winchester, Ind.
Delta—Genevieve L . Fosdick, 3 Summit Ave., Somerville, Mass.
Gamma—Alice Farnsworth Phillips (Mrs. G . A . ) , 11 Norfolk St., Bangor, Me.
Epsilon—Isabella Stone, 27 Lincoln St., Needham, Mass.
Rho—Elizabeth Hiestand, 1506 Fargo Ave., Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Mrs. E . F . Cykler, 2810 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, Cal.
Iota—Annette Stephens Shute, 5818 Erie St., Austin Station, Chicago, 111.
Tau—Zora Robinson, Breckenridge, Minn.
Chi—Ethel Harris, Verona, N. Y .
Upsilon—Laura A. Hurd, 4626 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
CHAPTER ROLL (Inactive)
Alpha—Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City.
P i — H . Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, L a .
Nu—New York University, New York City.
Omicron—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—University of California, Berkeley, Cal.
_Theta—De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Jackson College, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—University of Maine, Orono, Me.
Epsilon—Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y .
Rho—Northwestern University, Evanston, 111.
"Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
Iota—University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Tau—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
__Nu Kappa—Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
New York Alumna;—New York City.
San Francisco Alumna;—San Francisco, Cal.
Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I .
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumna;—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumna;—Lincoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumna—Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind.
Pi—Solidelle Felicite Renshaw, 741 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Mary B. Peaks, 244 Waverly Place, New York City.
Omicron—Mary Dora Houston, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Helen Hardy, College Park, V a .
Zeta—Edna Hathway, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Elaine Young, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Edna McClure, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Lydia Piper, Metcalf House, Jackson College, Medford, Mass.
Gamma—Leola Chaplin, Balentine Hall, Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Viola B. Dengler, Sage College, Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Louise Hoffman, Pearsons Hall, Evanston, 111.
Lambda—Constance Chandler, A 0 I I House, Stanford University, Cal.
Iota—Leota Mosier, Urbana, 111.
T a u — E l s a H . Steinmetz, 406 n t h Ave. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
C h i — E m i l y A. Tarbell, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Ruth Fosdick, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Erma Baker, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
New Y o r k — E d i t h Dietz, 217 W. 105th St., New York City.
San Francisco—Blanche Ahlers, 2300 Divisadero St., San Francisco, Cal.
Providence—Louella F . Darling (Mrs. L . M . ) , 37 Kossuth St., Pawtucket, R. I .
Boston—Blanche Hooper, 125 Professors Row, Tufts College, Mass.
Lincoln—Jennie Piper, 1731 D St., Lincoln, Neb.
Los Angeles—May Chandler, 623 Park View Ave., Los Angeles, Cal.
Chicago—Elva Pease Pettigrew (Mrs. J . ) , 21 E . 155th St., Harvey, 111.
Indianapolis—Irene B. Newnam, 620 E . 13th St., Indianapolis, Ind.
Pi—Clara W . Hall, 1231 Washington Ave., New Orleans, L a .
Nu—Jane Monroe, 144 West 104th St., New York City.
Omicron—Alice Calhoun, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kappa—Helen Hardy, College Park, V a .
Zeta—Helen Wehrli, 1232 R St., Lincoln, Neb.
Sigma—Helen Clowes, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—Beatrice Woodward, A 0 I I House, Greencastle, Ind.
Delta—Helen Rowe, 20 Vine St., Winchester, Mass.
Gamma—Elizabeth Bright, Mt. Vernon House, Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Mary Albertson, Risley Hall, Ithaca, N. Y .
Rho—Alice Kolb, 555 Arlington Place, Chicago, 111.
Lambda—Alice Moore, A 0 IT House, Stanford University, Cal.
Iota—Opal Trost, 511 W . High St., Urbana, 111.
Tau—Vivian Watson, 406 n t h Ave. S. E . , Minneapolis, Minn.
Chi—'Frances Carter, 503 University Place, Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Esther Knudson, 4732 21st Ave. N . E . , Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Lucinda Smith, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex.
I S A B E L L E H E N D E R S O N S T E W A R T , Grand President
T o DRAGMA
YOL. X I NOVEMBER, 1915 No. 1
To DRAGMA is published at 450-454 Ahnaip Street, Menasha, Wis., by George
Banta, official printer to the fraternity. Entered at the postoffice at Menasha,
Wis., as second-class matter, April 13, 1909, under the act of March 3, 1897.
To D R A G M A is published on the twenty-fifth of November, February, May
Subscription price, one dollar per year payable in advance; single copies
Mary Ellen Chase, Editor-in-Chief. Marguerite Pilsbury Schoppe, Business
W h a t do we want most at this T h a n k s g i v i n g season? T o
be good people; to do right; to grow in grace; to develop
character and strength and unselfishness; to love and to be
loved, and as far as lies in lis to promote righteousness on
Let us be thankful then for all the right choices we make
when we have to choose; for all the unseen influences which
daily help us; for whatever withholds or diverts us from a
course which is not our true course; for any denial of apparent
advantage or present ease which constrains us towards the
fulfillment of a nobler destiny.
Edward Sanford Martin.
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THE COURT OF T H E UNIVERSE
(A toast given by Rochelle Gachet at the Convention Banquet)
The o l d Puritan idea of the wickedness of beauty has always
been to me almost incomprehensible. L i f e , offering such manifold
and unescapable beauties on every hand, must indeed have been to
them a hard problem f r o m which to educate themselves away.
Surely we of this generation are not wrong i n our changed idea of
not educating ourselves away f r o m l i f e , but into i t . I f anyone ques-
tions this attitude of making the whole w o r l d but a field f r o m which
to draw for the enriching of our lives, a justification could surely
be f o u n d in the beautiful Court of the Universe of this great
Here i n the celebration of a great national event, we have appealed
to every sense. W i t h o u t bodily weariness f r o m the traversing of miles
we can immediately pass f r o m other delights into this, where our eyes
may feast and even revel in beauties of both line and color, amid the
fragrance of flowers, and the sounds of the music of fountains. N o
sense has been deemed unworthy of being made a part of the enjoy-
ment of the whole. A n d as a consequence we have a final result,
the equal of which f o r harmony has never been known. Beauty of
color and beauty of line here are so inseparable that it seems strange
to think they are not identical. The statuary in its unprecedented
plan and arrangement seems only natural, the flowers seem but parts
of the buildings.
Surely a l l this is no accident. W e have only to look on either
side of the court and ponder but a moment on the massive sculptures
of "The Nations of the East" and "The Natipns of the West" to
feel the cause. A l l the beauty which we enjoy is but the expression
of one thought, and that thought is unity, fraternity. The "Nations
of the East" and "The Nations of the West" are only dissimilar, not
d i f f e r e n t ; the "Elements" are the same f o r b o t h ; the " R i s i n g "
and "Setting Sun" symbolically the same i n the lives of each ; both
are gladdened by "Music" and "Dances"; and i n the history of the
world the time has now come when, through an "Energy" that
works f o r both, the "Column of Progress" is a common one.
We are gathered here tonight because of our belief i n the value of
this thought of unity, of fraternity. W e are but a small part of the
great Court of the Universe, but we are endeavoring to have our
part i n harmony w i t h what we believe is the plan and final purpose
of the whole. I n our fraternity history, the chapters, which are
our nations of the East and West, are now indeed facing each other
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The home of our f r a t e r n i t y , as of our nation, was i n the East.
But the East was not large enough to satisfy either. The nation in
order to attain greater unity built a Panama Canal f o r intercourse
through which differences might become exchanged. M r s . Perry
f o r us went southward also and established IT chapter as our stepping
stone to the West. A n d now w i t h easy n a t u r a l passage established
between the two, we leave our leadership in the West with a feeling
of perfect unity. We have not lacked our "Fountain of Energy,"
nor are we without our "Column of Progress."
But we are due the pleasure of pausing a moment to enjoy the
beauty of the place i n which we now find ourselves. A r o u n d our
court are now shining twenty-three stars, w i t h a new one soon to
appear and a prediction of still another in our southern skies. I n
the structures in our court cannot we feel that we are combining beauty
of line with beauty of color, joining to the standard of scholastic
ideals the beauty of social service? Have we not even made the
flowers seem part of our buildings? Surely the graciousness o f
Sigma's and Lambda's hospitality has impressed us a l l as a b e a u t i f u l
blossoming of the A O I I spirit. A n d is i t not true that i n carving
out the statues of our achievements we have molded them into our
background w i t h harmony, f o r our history offers pages singularly
free f r o m discords and clashes.
I f our Court of the Universe is to continue beautiful, surely it
must be not by the development o f one idea, but of many ideas
harmoniously blended into that one a l l embracing thought. Can we
not carry as our w o r d into the f u t u r e that nothing is too l i t t l e and
nothing is too great?
R O C H E L L E G A C H E T , Pi, '09.
IX W H I C H OUR GRAND PRESIDENT CHANGES H E R
The day after our splendid convention, Isa said laughingly to
Rochelle Gachet, "The little 'Praying Joseph' that you gave me
three years ago when I was in New Orleans, hasn't done what he is
supposed to do—bring me a husband."
Thereupon Rochelle answered, "Let's exchange ' J o s e p h s ' • I have
mine that you gave me here in my purse."
So the exchange was made w i t h the result that during Isa's three
weeks' vacation i n the mountains, the new "Joseph" found a man
for his new owner, and let us hope that the other one w i l l bring to
Rochelle what this one has brought to Isa.
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T h e impression must not be l e f t that the three weeks covered
their entire acquaintance, f o r they had met and known each other
a year ago. Perhaps the little "Praying Joseph" had helped them
to decide that they belonged to each other.
The wedding took place much sooner than they had at first
planned. M r . Stewart came down from the mountains for a two
weeks' vacation "to visit the Fair" and incidentally to try to persuade
her to return w i t h him. So on Sunday, the 19th o f September, she
said she would marry him the next day at three o'clock. I t was a
very quiet wedding, and small, only her mother and sister, Margaret
Dudley, small niece and nephew, Jane and Jack Dudley, and one very
dear f r i e n d being present. T h e ceremony was performed by the
Rev. A l b e r t Palmer of the Plymouth Congregational Church. She
wore a pale green afternoon gown with a bunch of p i n k roses at her
waist and was as b e a u t i f u l a bride as any man could wish f o r .
They spent the remaining few days of their vacation at the Hotel
Stewart in San Francisco, leaving on Sunday evening for her new
home, which was really her first home, as she was born i n this same
little mountain mining town, Sierra City. Her father and older
sister, who were there on their vacation, met them and are helping
them to get settled.
M r . Stewart, whose f u l l name is Benjamin Franklin Stewart, Jr.,
is a civil engineer by profession and holds a responsible position
with the Monarch and Cleveland Mines at Sierra City. H e came to
C a l i f o r n i a f r o m his home i n Parkersburg, YV. Va., and is a college
man having attended Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, Marietta
College and the University of West Virginia.
She remarked the day of her wedding, " W h o says the West isn't
progressive—a new chapter, Upsilon, installed at the University of
Washington on the 18th, permission telegraphed to the Texas girls
to f o r m a chapter there on the igth. and the Grand President married
on the 20th.
M A R G A R E T H E N D E R S O N D U D L E Y , Sigma, '03.
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T H E I N S T A L L A T I O N OF UPSILON CHAPTER
On Saturday, September 18, A l p h a Omicron P i was welcoming
Upsilon into our loved fraternity and to me was entrusted the sacred
duty of installing our youngest chapter. I t was on Friday, the seven-
teenth, that the boat which took me f r o m Tacoma, where I had been
enjoying a little visit with a Sigma sister, sped on its way across the
lovely waters of Puget Sound to Seattle where I was to meet the
girls upon whom I was to confer the stewardship o f Upsilon chapter,
and to whom I was bringing everything that makes A l p h a O dear
to all who wear her pin.
When I set out on my journey f r o m C a l i f o r n i a , it was w i t h a
feeling of deep responsibility f o r the confidence that had been placed
in me, but as I drew nearer and nearer my destination, my eagerness
to be with the f u t u r e sisters rather upset my dignity and I am a f r a i d
I was not the awe-inspiring person that was expected. Instead, it
was a very expectant and rather excited installing officer, doing her
utmost to contain herself, who stepped from the boat at Seattle to
be met by f o u r of the A l p h a Upsilon girls, one of whom, Carrie
Bechen, w i l l be remembered by those of you who were at convention.
She was one of the two girls who were at the convention tea the day
the charter was granted, and she wore the- same happy smile that
was hers when she was told how delighted we were that the petition
had passed. W i t h her were the three Kraus girls i n their b i g car,
which "Pat" Kraus drives so well. I sat w i t h "Peggy" and pro-
ceeded to work off some of my pent-up excitement by p l y i n g her with
questions, while under the guidance of our very able chauffeur, we
sped through Seattle's busy streets and on to the university, where
I was f o r the first time introduced to the beauties of Washington's
campus. We drove over the winding roads past interesting looking
buildings and lovely gardens and everything of interest was eagerly
pointed out to me. Washington campus is situated i n such a way
that it commands a wonderful view of the city and mountains and
waters surrounding, and I surveyed it all with growing delight and
the certain belief that i f everything were to be as lovely as this,
all of our fondest dreams and hopes f o r Upsilon would surely come
Upon leaving the campus we drove around the district in which
the f r a t e r n i t y and sorority houses o f ^ W a s h i n g t o n are located and
finally drew up before a very attractive house, and I was t o l d that
I had reached my destination. A f t e r my long trip from California
I was really there and was about to meet the girls who had so
patiently worked and waited f o r Alpha O. I t was surely an en-
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thusiastic, happy group that welcomed me with such kindly feelings
into their home and made me one of them. I was with them for
four days and f r o m the moment I entered their home u n t i l I bade
them a reluctant good-bye, not the slightest thing that might add to
my comfort was overlooked. Everyone f r o m the charming house-
mother down to the youngest freshman was always ready to do
something for my pleasure and convenience. Southern hospitality
has a formidable rival in the Northwest.
Friday evening before dinner I brought out the songbook, and we
all gathered around the piano and joined i n A l p h a O songs after
which the girls sang their college songs and i t almost made me home-
sick as I heard the Washington songs to the tune of " B o o l a " and
"Jolly Sophomore." Then the twins, Eloine and Eloise Fleming,
sang their latest song, "It's a Long Way to Installation," to the
tune of "Tipperary," and a very clever piece of work i t was. But
I understand the twins are always up to such things.
A f t e r dinner I met Laura H u r d , that splendid and very capable
g i r l to whom Upsilon w i l l always t u r n f o r advice. I t is she who
has worked hardest and most f a i t h f u l l y f o r A l p h a Upsilon and
has made it what i t is today, Upsilon of A l p h a Omicron P i . W i t h
Laura and the chapter president, I began the actual work of in-
stallation. We laid all of our plans for the following day, and went
over the various branches of the fraternity work and chapter duties
w i t h which Upsilon must be f a m i l i a r . R i g h t here I must say that
I wish that a l l of you could have been w i t h me i n Seattle to see the "
interest which every member of Upsilon is taking in Alpha O, and
the eagerness w i t h which they questioned me on the government of
the f r a t e r n i t y . Such enthusiasm, such desire to be acquainted w i t h
every phase of the work, and such earnestness of purpose did me
worlds of good. Alpha O is fortunate in adding to her membership
girls o f such sterling w o r t h as we have i n Upsilon. N o r does their
interest and enthusiasm end with their fraternity. They carry it
into their college life. The girls have always held a prominent place
in college activities, and of the scholarship record that they have
attained, we may w e l l be proud.
When Saturday, the day of days, dawned, everything was buzzing
w i t h excitement in the house and now that i t is a l l over I ' l l admit that
it was rather hard f o r the installing officer to keep her dignity and
composure f o r the enthusiasm that was going around surely was
intoxicating. T h e air was f i l l e d w i t h a certain indescribable some-
thing that I believe none of us could have explained and when at
f o u r o'clock we gathered f o r tea, I venture to say that I was not
the only one who was f o r c i n g herself to eat f o r fear of starvation
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before the banquet, which was to follow the installation and formal
A t five o'clock we began the installation. I was very fortunate i n
that I had the help of five A l p h a O's who live i n and around Seattle—
Grace Batz Guyles, 2 , ' 0 9 ; Marjorie Sayre, A, ' 1 3 ; lone Titlow,
A, '17 ', Fannibelle Leland B r o w n , A , '05, and H e l e n Shipman, A , '14.
Many thanks to them, f o r their assistance made it possible f o r me
to make our initiation ceremonies a l l that they should' be, and 1
truly believe that we w i l l be rewarded f o r our efforts, f o r only a
few days ago a letter came f r o m one of the new sisters i n which
she wrote, " I have re-lived last Saturday over and over again and
I hope i t w i l l be possible f o r us to make A l p h a O as b e a u t i f u l to
others as it has been made to us."
Thirty-two members of Upsilon were initiated, and a more loyal
group of A l p h a O's I have never seen. Our hearts were one i n our
love and hopes f o r our fraternity. H o w I do wish you all could
have heard those thirty-two voices j o i n us i n "Once M o r e U n i t e d . "
I t was with hearts b r i m f u l of the promise " f a i t h f u l l y thee to serve,"
that we came to our last verse, and as we l e f t our f r a t e r n i t y room i t
was as though we had always been sisters i n A l p h a O.
I t was a happy throng of girls that climbed into the automobiles
that were waiting outside to take us down to the N e w Washington
Hotel where the banquet covers were laid f o r forty-five. Jacquiline
Wood, A, '15, and the Upsilon pledges joined us at the hotel. We
gathered in the red room where everything was carried out in
cardinal and the tables were banked w i t h jacqueminot roses. As
we sat down the girls said their final farewell to A l p h a Upsilon
by singing their A l p h a U song for the last time. Laura H u r d was
a d e l i g h t f u l toastmistress at what she termed "the celebration of
the wedding of her only child Alpha Upsilon to Alpha Omicron P i . "
As she called on the various speakers, we heard f r o m Carrie Bechen
what June 13, the day of granting the charter, meant to Alpha U
and w i l l always mean to Upsilon chapter. A message of welcome
f r o m our Grand President was read, and R u t h Fosdick spoke on
the present of Upsilon and Ethel Kraus on her future. Then we
heard f r o m the A l p h a O's present who represented other chapters,
and several telegrams of congratulation were read. When the last
word had been said it was w i t h reluctance, but w i t h vows and pledges
freshly i n m i n d and hearts filled w i t h love f o r our f r a t e r n i t y , that
we left the birthday banquet of Upsilon chapter.
Upsilon installation has come and gone but the memory of it w i l l
always remain w i t h those of us who were so fortunate as to be
present to welcome the new sisters into our fraternity. O f the many
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intimately personal things that find a way to one's heart at such a
time, I can only say that their sweet recollection w i l l always stir in
the heart o f the installing officer the love that she w i l l ever cherish
for her Upsilon sisters. A n d now that installation is but a memory
may the enthusiasm and loyalty that was yours, Upsilon, on that
night, be w i t h you always to carry you successfully f o r w a r d in your
progress in Alpha Omicron Pi.
G L A D Y S C O U R T A I N B R I T T O N , Sigma, '10.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
The foundation f o r the establishment of the University of Wash-
ington was l a i d i n the first t e r r i t o r i a l legislature o f the State o f
Washington. Governor Isaac I n g a l l s Stevens i n his message to the
legislature i n 1854 recommended that Congress be memorialized to
appropriate money f o r a university. T w o townships were subse-
quently granted, and in January, 1861, the legislature located the
Territorial University at Seattle. On February 22nd, the Board of
University Commissioners met and organized for work, and by May
21, 1861, the corner stone of the main building was laid. On Novem-
ber 4th following the university was opened f o r students.
The government of the University is vested in a Board of Regents,
consisting of seven members appointed by the governor. Each regent
is appointed f o r a term o f six years.
The university derives its support entirely f r o m the state. A t
present the property belonging to the institution as an endowment
yields l i t t l e revenue. T h e income f r o m this property w i l l some day
almost entirely support the university. The old university site now
lies i n the heart of the business district of Seattle and has rapidly
enhanced in value.
T h e present campus is ideally situated, part o f the campus l y i n g
between two lakes, Lake Washington and Lake Union. The natural
beauty o f the campus has been preserved as much as possible. There
are twenty-seven buildings now i n use on the university campus and
the last legislature appropriated funds f o r the erection of two more
buildings. One o f these is to be the new women's b u i l d i n g which
in time w i l l f u r n i s h club rooms f o r the university girls as well as
quarters for the women's gymnasium, the Commons, and the Home
Economics Department. Every women's organization on the campus
is raising funds f o r the furnishing of this building and leading club
women of the state are lending their support.
A n estimate o f the t r a i n i n g the university affords its students is
indicated by the names of the schools and colleges, Liberal Arts,
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Science, Education, Engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, me-
chanical), Mines (coal and metal mining), Fine Arts (music, draw-
ing, architecture), Forestry, Pharmacy, Law, and Graduate. While
not recognized as separate colleges, definite f o u r year courses leading
to a degree are offered in home economics, journalism, library and
commerce. The standards of scholarship have gradually been raised
u n t i l the University of Washington has been placed in Class A
by the United States Bureau of Education.
T h e intellectual and social l i f e on the campus is carried on by
various organizations. There are fifteen national honorary f r a -
ternities. T h e university has a branch of the American Collegiate
Alumna? Association. The Women's League and the Young Women's
Christian Association are the two largest organizations f o r women
on the campus.
Twenty-one men's fraternities, two of which are local, are on
Washington's fraternity row. Fifteen national women's fraternities
have chapters at this institution.
Recently a change i n administration has been made, and the
university has a new president, H e n r y Suzzallo. H e is a western
man, having taken his first degrees at Leland Stanford, Jr., Univer-
sity, although his latter work was taken at Columbia University.
H e has been called a " f o r w a r d - l o o k i n g " executive, and the university
is expecting greater expansion and development during his ad-
ministration. T TT r i l
LAURA HURD, Upsilon.
WASHINGTON CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
This is a time of change at the University of Washington. The
students are beginning to exercise the powers of student self-
government. D r . H e n r y Suzzallo i n his first address to the students
September 17th placed the responsibility of government on the stu-
dents themselves w i t h the promise that as long as they were awake to
their own problems and tried to solve them in a cooperative manner,
the faculty would never interfere.
Every Washingtonian on his matriculation automatically becomes
a member of the Associated Students of the University of Washing-
ton. T h i s organization, through a Board of Control elected each
spring, handles all student activities, athletics, debate, dramatics,
and musical productions. The faculty, the alumni and the students
are represented on the Board of C o n t r o l . A t least two of these
members are women.
Democracy i n college l i f e is becoming a slogan at Washington.
" M i x e r s " are common and the best of f e l l o w s h i p is enjoyed.
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T h e "Frosh" is no longer a disciplined youngster here. Once
upon a time he was the victim of the tie-up and the pushball contest.
A year ago the f a c u l t y abolished a l l contests of such a nature as
being "undignified and barbarous." So the "Frosh" now takes life
easy and even the l i t t l e green cap w i t h the l i t t l e pearl button has
become a memory. The first year woman has adopted the little
green bow as her emblem and this is w o r n as a badge of recognition.
Washington's field f o r intercollegiate competition was widened.
Twice the crew has traveled across the continent to Poughkeepsie.
T h i s year f o r the first time Washington w i l l meet both Colorado and
California on the gridiron in addition to representatives from the
"Far Northwest" colleges. Plans for intra-mural sports are being
formed. For the women there is hockey, basketball, baseball, volley-
ball, tennis, and crew.
Each year the Women's League holds a County Fair in the gym-
nasium, the object of which is to raise funds for scholarship f o r de-
serving college women. Various campus organizations provide the
stunts for entertainment.
T h e May Fete is one of Washington's most beautiful traditions.
I t is woman's day on the campus. Early in the spring practice for
the dances begins. Usually the Fete is held on Rainier Vista near
sunset. A l l women of the university are expected to be i n some
dance or, at least, in the procession. The magnitude of the Fete
can be realized when one knows that the fourteen hundred women en-
rolled at Washington take part in this beautiful pageant. .
Spring is a busy, happy time on the campus. There are the class
picnics and canoe parties to the various picnic grounds on Lake
Washington. There is Junior Day with its water carnival and con-
tests, canoe races, canoe wars, diving exhibitions, swimming contests,
etc. Campus Day is a university holiday. The men, both faculty
and students, organize f o r one grand "clean-up" day. New paths
are made; rubbish is b u r n e d ; and the campus beautified. The co-ed
is not idle. Out on the l a w n , tables have been spread, beans have
been baked and lemons squeezed, to say nothing of the preparation of
the rest of the "feed." A t noon the chimes call the laborers from their
toil, and the feasting and the speech-making begin. For this day all
f o r m a l i t y is t h r o w n aside. I t has been a custom f o r years that no
man shall be seen on the campus on Campus Day wearing a collar and
woe to anyone violating this rule. T h e governor of the state is
usually the guest of the students f o r the occasion, and each year at
this time a new tree is planted in Governor's grove. I n the after-
noon a baseball game is held, and a shirt-waist dance in the evening
i n the gymnasium closes the day.
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" M o v i n g - u p " day is a custom here as it is i n many other colleges
when the class officers hand their insignia to their successors.
Social functions are not permitted by faculty regulation during the
first month of college or within two weeks of examinations. The
organizations are limited on the number of functions they are allowed
to give during the year.
To repeat, this is a time of change at the university. W e have a
new president, a new Dean of Women, Miss Ethel H . Caldwell,
successor to our late dean, Miss Isabella Austin, and student govern-
ment. Undoubtedly new customs and traditions f o r coming college
generations are in the making.
L . H . , Upsilon.
[ I t is interesting to note that in a recent number of The Independent, Wash-
ington's plan of student government was explained and complimented, as well
as advised for other institutions.—THE E D I T O R . ]
November 20, 1911, marks the birthday of Alpha Upsilon. I t
had its foundation in the friendship of three girls. These girls held
secret meetings u n t i l their plans f o r organization were complete.
The circle of friendship was enlarged until it included ten loyal col-
lege girls, and these ten girls were f o r m a l l y announced as charter
members of A l p h a Upsilon. The colors chosen were turquoise and
silver. The flower was the white rose. T h e emblem was a combina-
tion of the Greek letters, Alpha and Upsilon. Three helpful women
were chosen as patronesses, and they have been of great assistance to
the chapter in an advisory and social way.
Alpha Upsilon had a favorable and vigorous growth both in
strength and numbers. T h e girls moved at once into a chapter house
and began their fraternity life. Housekeeping duties were divided
among them, each g i r l having her appointed task. Aside f r o m the
f a c t that we passed through fire and water, f o r the house "nearly"
caught on fire when a blazing log rolled out of the fire place onto
a rug—and the pipes broke and drenched the first floor w i t h water—
everything passed serenely. Many were the happy evenings we
passed i n f r o n t of the roaring fire, p l a n n i n g f o r the f u t u r e of A l p h a
Upsilon. The greatest of these dreams, our installation, has just
T h e next year we took a house nearer the campus on what is known
as University Boulevard. O u r members were w e l l represented i n the
various campus activities. We had our share of honors and officers.
I t was here that we met our first A l p h a O, Katherine S t i r l i n g , who
16 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
shortly afterwards married and went East. Many is the time we
have wished she were s t i l l a resident of Seattle.
Our present chapter house is one of the prettiest i n the university
district. From our sleeping porches and sun parlor we have an un-
obstructed view, and we can see f o r miles down Lake Washington.
We are just beginning our third year of residence i n this attractive
home, i n which i t is easy to entertain, as w e l l as comfortable f o r
l i v i n g purposes. I t is here that Roberta Boyd of Sigma chapter
came to inspect us, and although we found her not the least terrify-
ing, nevertheless we experienced all the joys and thrills and anxieties
of inspection. Almost two years have passed since that time. T r u l y
it has been a long road to installation but the waiting, no matter how
long, has been rewarded.
T h e active chapter is loyal and enthusiastic, and the alumnae of
Upsilon chapter are interested in the welfare of the girls and are
giving them undivided support. Every member is an I . W .W. which
in our college l i f e means " I work for Washington." W i t h the
same spirit we are looking to A l p h a Omicron P i . W e are g r a t e f u l
for the past. We look with hope and confidence to a broader and
more useful fraternity.
Just one word more—installation was truly more beautiful,
impressive and inspiring than we can ever express. M r s . Britton,
who came to install us, won the hearts of a l l of us. W e are sorry
that more A l p h a O's could not have been w i t h us, but we were glad
to have Helen Shipman and Mrs. Fannibelle Brown of Alpha, Mar-
jorie Sayre, lone Titlow, and Jacqueline Wood of Lambda, and
Mrs. Grace B . Guyles of Sigma with us. May Upsilon prove worthy
of your trust!
A Mother of Alpha Upsilon.
[The following poem is reprinted from the Charily Organisation Bulletin,
105 E . 22nd St., New York City, and was written by Joanna C. Colcord,
District Superintendent of the Charity Organization Society. O f course, the
District Superintendent must have the dignity of her full name, but to all
Gamma Girls, she is "Nan," and in this little poem they see the love and
the understanding and the "bigness" which she gave, and still gives to Gamma
THE GIFT OF PIETRO
H e glided in, a thin, stooped, tired man.
" N o work yet Pietro?" "Signorina, no.
Each day I climb the stairs and climb the stairs;
T h e boss is sorry, but there is no w o r k :
I f any comes, he give to me, I know.
So many weeks i t is, I am a f r a i d
ALPHA OMICRON PI HOUSE, UPSILON CHAPTER
LiviNd ROOM \NI> M r s i c ROOM
HALL AND DININC ROOM
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 1
M y hand w i l l lose its cunning, and my heart '06.
Its courage. Better times, they say, w i l l come:
A h ! che lo sa? a j o b is hard to find,
And were it not f o r this Societa
My little girls would hunger."
'Neath his arm
He had a package wrapped in newspaper.
Holding it out, " I bring you this," he said,
"For you to give it to some l i t t l e b o y ;
Some ragazzino who must stay f r o m school
Because his clothes are torn and thin and old.
Knee-pants f o r boys is all that I can make ;
I have made nothing else f o r many years.
I had some cloth, and while I have no work
I make a pair to fit a boy of twelve.
The signorina must know many such.
See!" and he slipped the wrapping-stuff aside,
Unrolled and showed the g i f t of love he brought;
The cheap coarse cloth, the careful workmanship.
—She took the meager bundle reverently!
J O A N N A C . C O L C O R D , Gamma,
Tune—Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Dear Alpha, we gather in friendship tonight.
And our vows of allegiance renew;
Oh, naught shall e'er alter thy place i n our hearts.
T o thee we shall ever prove true;
A n d where e'er our path leads, though afar we may roam,
T h y standards we'll always keep high,
A n d our love shall remain as tonight, deep and strong,
For thee, A l p h a Omicron Pi.
When our pathways are severed, and we f a r apart
F r o m this spot and these sisters so dear
Journey on through life's mazes and mysteries unknown,
Still thy memory w i l l strengthen and cheer.
I n our thoughts and fond hopes A l p h a foremost shall stand,
As the years i n their swiftness pass by,
A n d w i t h loyalty ever, our praise shall resound
T o thee, Alpha Omicron P i .
G E R T R U D E E . J E N N I S O N , Chi, '14.
Word9 and Music by
CAMILLA J E N N I S O N . (Chi.)
1. What are those col - ors fair and bright That keep us
2. The pet - als of what flow - er fair Bring us its
3. What home of ours is ev - er blessed With loy - al
ev - er in the right? They are the Car - di - nal and
mes - sage, "Do and Dare"? They are from our Red Rose so
hearts in hon - or dressed? I t is our
mCol - lege Home—the
mi f c f a f c i
White: Our A l - pha 0, our Al pha 0.
f a i r : Our A l - pha O, our Al pha o.
best: Our A l - pha 0, our A l pha 0.
H eP -1 g -f in
T O DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 19
T H E INSTALLATION OF NU KAPPA CHAPTER
N u Kappa of A l p h a Omicron P i was installed at Southwestern
Methodist University on Saturday, September 25th, with Margaret
Vaughan o f K a p p a chapter and five initiates.
Margaret Bonner Bentley (Mrs. W . P.) — ( a pledge at Randolph-
Lucinda Smith ]
Martha Smith r Dallas
Maud Rosbury j
Erma Baker—Spur, Texas.
There were seven A l p h a O's—all f r o m Kappa chapter—who were
present at the installation.
Linda Best T e r r y ( I n s t a l l i n g officer)—Memphis, Tenn.
Annie Kate Gilbert—Dallas, Texas.
Leland Laure—Dallas, Texas.
Julia Anne Smith—Kansas City, Mo.
Nell Streetman—Houston, Texas.
Courtenoy Chatham—Aledo, Texas.
Margaret Vaughan (entering as a student)—Greenville, Texas.
T h e university has f o u r beautiful buildings at present, and f o u r
hundred students have matriculated.
Six sororities have practically entered—ours being the first installa-
A A A has ten transfers f r o m other colleges.
Five Z T A's are also bidding freshmen.
I I B $ Local—expects to receive a charter within a year.
«£ M and A A I I have G r a n d Officers i n Dallas and are b i d d i n g
T h e faculty wants fraternities, and rooms are being built f o r them
in the construction of the dormitories.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
Enthusiasm is the one w o r d to express the mutual feeling, the
work, the accomplishment, and the determination f o r success o f the
persons so deeply interested i n the establishment of the Southern
Methodist University. When opportunity came f o r the fulfillment
of the dreams and desires, to have a university unsurpassed i n this
part of the United States at least, the people of Texas organized
themselves into eager forces, and systematically raised and con-
tributed the funds required by the General Board of Education of
New York City.
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These plans being in continuous action through the earnest and
sincere work of the people, there became known throughout the state
and other interested neighbors the establishment of an institution to
be k n o w n as the Southern Methodist University.
For such a great achievement as this, there was necessarily selected
a very beautiful location, a sloping tract of land covering many acres.
There w i l l never be a fear f o r lack of room, f o r our campus is large
enough to contain the grounds of any of our prominent schools, col-
leges or universities. Our halls are very complete. The main build-
ing which is called Dallas H a l l is furnished to the very best ad-
vantage, and there are decorations of architecture and of columns to
make it beautiful. I t is f o r instruction, and well equipped in every
department. There has been nothing neglected which could pro-
mote its high rank. Besides this we have our dormitories, as w e l l as
other buildings, which w i l l later be used f o r athletics. For our ath-
letics much may be said. As an illustration our football team which
on account of the r u l i n g of our Interstate Athletic Association is made
up only of freshman boys, was able, with good coaching and practice
to w i n its second game, played w i t h a high score.
W h e n we have finished our college work and are out i n the w o r l d ,
somehow our spirit of loyalty never fails us, and we are proud of the
fact that our college has this or that distinguished quality. Perhaps
i t is f o r certain arts, sciences, the general good feeling, or some
tribute of each of these that we may boast. I t is this college spirit
that continues our progress. T h i s is the one thing which we stu-
dents in Dallas do not lack or wish to lose.
For the future there are great plans f o r the university. Our
present enrollment surpasses any opening of such a college. I n our
E n g l i s h department alone, the number was so great that two new
professors had to be supplied. T h e dormitories are crowded and
there are many day pupils. Surely by those who are so desirous of
our success, there can be nothing here founded but a great center of
E R M A B A K E R , NU Kappa, '19.
TO DRAG MA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 21
THE PANHELLENIC CREED
ADOPTED BY T H E 14TH NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONGRESS
We, the fraternity undergraduate members, stand for good
scholarship, for the guardians of good health, for whole-hearted
cooperation with our college's ideals for student life, for the
maintenance of fine social standards, and for the serving, to
the best of our ability, of our college communit//. Good college
citizenship as a preparation for good citizenship in the larger
world of alumnae days, is the ideal that shall guide Our chapter
We, the fraternity alumnae members, stand for an active,
sympathetic interest in the life of our undergraduate sisters,
for loyal support of the ideals of our Alma Mater, for the
encouragement of high scholarship, for the maintenance of
healthful physical condition in chapter house and dormitory,
and for using our infiuence to further the best standards for
the education of the young women of America. Loyal service
to chapter, college, and community is the ideal that shall guide
our fraternity activities.
We, the fraternity women of America, stand for preparation
for the realization of these fraternity standards. Cooperation
for the maintenance of fraternity life in harmony with its best
possibilities is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.
We, the fraternity women of America, stand for preparation
for seri'ice through the character building inspired in the close
contact and deep friendship of fraternity life. To us fraternity
life is not the enjoyment of special privileges but an oppor-
tunity to prepare for wide and wise human service.
E L I Z A B E T H R A Y M O N D , Tau, ' 1 4 .
Died August 20, 1915.
ATHERINE GRESHAM HARRISON, Omicron,
Died in June, 1915.
K A T H L E E N D O U T H A T , Omicron, '07.
Died August 16, 1915.
W h a t is excellent,
As God lives, is permanent.
Hearts are dust, hearts' loves remain,
Hearts' love w i l l meet thee again.
H E L E N X . H E N R Y , Grand Secretary
. I I X I A X G . M A C Q U I L L I N , Grand Treasurer
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 23
THE EDITORS' CONGRESS
I t is always wise to write up a convention as soon as i t is over.
I know this and have preached it f o r five years—and then d i d not
f o l l o w my own preaching. So at the present time my memory has
generalized the impressions, probably detracting from their vividness.
To me the Editors' Congress was the most interesting part of the
Panhellenic Congress. I think that it appealed to me especially
because so much was discussed i n such a short space of time. Editors
learn by weary experience the value of few words and to the point.
I arrived early to find only M r s . Lang of the Adelphean and Mrs.
Foulds—representing Florence A r m s t r o n g of the Lyre—before tf£&
We were deep in the discussion of the trials and joys of a fraternity
editor, when the other editors and deputies began to arrive so fast
that I had only a confused impression in futurist style of the hearty
laugh of Mrs. Slover, the glint of humor i n Miss Tukey's eyes—
Mrs. Collins' personality—Miss Corbett's keen interestedness—and a
general atmosphere of Highbrow—dynamic at that.
Then Mrs. Parmelee—Chairman of the N . P. C.—came with the
sad news of the death of Louise Fitch's brother, and the request that
another chairman be appointed in Louise Fitch's place. W e were
greatly disappointed, as I think we a l l who know Miss F i t c h looked
f o r w a r d to the t h r i l l of a congress under the direction of an editor
who has not missed a single chapter letter i n ten years, and who i f
material is scarce, can compose a whole issue herself!
Miss Green, editor of K A ©, was elected chairman and Miss Tukey,
Business Manager f o r Delta Gamma, was appointed Secretary.
T h e session was crisp and interesting and the discussions so brief
and to the point that they can best be reported i n tabulated f o r m .
The Editors' Congress has no legislative power, but is a meeting
for open discussion and opinion—each editor having f u l l power over
her own journal's material. The printing of syndicated articles is
to be l e f t to the discretion of the individual editor.
T h e first subject discussed was that of Finance w i t h the f o l l o w i n g
methods and results given:
A X O at their last conference made life subscriptions compulsory f o r
every one initiated after date—at $10. One hundred l i f e sub-
scriptions were gotten at the last conference.
A A I I reported only one l i f e subscription, and that they d i d not con-
sider it a good business proposition, but that every alumna is sup-
posed to subscribe for the magazine f o r ten years. Their alumnoe
dues include subscription to the magazine.
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A A A . Every alumna initiated after date of the last conference is
compelled to take a life subscription—$25. Thirty-five new life
subscriptions were gotten at last convention.
<£ M. Every alumna initiated in a new chapter takes a life subscrip-
tion, $15, and every active girl, in her junior year does the same,
either by cash, three year notes, or installments.
K A ©. Life subscriptions optional—$15. Each $100 is invested in
six year bonds at 6%. This has proven a financial aid from the
beginning. They also manufacture their own badges, saving more
. than half the cost—$2 of this saving, from each badge goes for a
two year subscription for the magazine.
K K r . One-third of the alumnas associations' membership is re-
quired to subscribe for the magazine.
A H A . Alumnae dues include the magazine.
A r. Life subscription voluntary, $15.
I I B $ . Life subscription compulsory—$10.
r $ B. Life subscription optional—$25, and a compulsory five year
subscription for every initiate.
The discussion of subscription campaigns and financing of private
or secret journals followed, but a report of this would scarcely be
of interest to the fraternity in general.
The report on the gathering of material, however, is very interest-
K K T requires one article a year from each chapter—the chapter
to choose its own subject—and the chapter is fined i f the article
is not in. These articles form the Parthenon department.
K K r publishes the names of chapter editors and the nature of de-
ficiency—even if the paper on which the material is sent in is
not of regulation size.
A X f i has the same system.
K A © requires one thousand words from each chapter during the
year; a list of the topics are given out in the fall.
X ft has a system of collect telegrams i f material that has been asked
for is not in.
<I> M returns every special delivery letter—will not print any.
A A A has a system of collect telegrams.
A O I I has a system of assistant alumna; editors, from whom material
Miss Corbett, Miss Land, and Mrs. Lang were appointed to draft
certain rules for style to apply to all articles and chapter letters.
The consensus of opinion was very strong against the use of Frat
for Fraternity and school for college.
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Use of Cuts
Mutual exchange of cuts was suggested as materially lessening the
cost of the journals. Dr. Hopkins, Z T A. suggested that one person
keep all cuts of general interest and that a list of the cuts published by
each magazine be sent to her. Miss Elizabeth Corbett, A T A , was
appointed to be custodian of these cuts and catalogues.
Mr. Banta was here introduced to the Congress and gave a very
interesting report of the Greek Exchange, saying that it was the
only magazine of its sort which had survived its second summer—
(it is now two and three-fourths years old)—that it has paid only
$0°/( of its costs so far, but that it would be continued at any cost.
He suggested that it be made the official organ of N . P. C.
Syndicated advertising was discussed at some length but was
thought to be impracticable for magazines of this order, as the size
of page and style of type and paper are different.
The advertising rates in the Fraternity Journals were discussed and
were found to range from $25 to $40 per year for a f u l l page. Miss
Armstrong was appointed to look further into the matter of syndi-
The Style Committee reported that they would recommend:
1. The use of Banta's Typographical Tips.
2. The use of the word Fraternity instead of Frat.
3. College or University instead of school.
4. To discourage the use of slang and extravagant speech.
5. To decide on a uniform writing of the word Panhellenic.
Report on a Code of Ethics:
The first Code of Ethics was published in 1912-13. I t reached its
final form in 1914.
The Editors' Congress decided to recommend to N . P. C. the
publication of a Panhellenic Creed instead of a Code of Ethics, as
the latter was unnecessary in a fraternity journal.
The Editors and Deputies present at the Conference were:
Mrs. J. R. Lang, editor, Adclphcan, Alpha Delta Pi.
Mrs. W. B. Esterly, deputy, To Dragma, Alpha Omicron Pi.
Leigh Foulds, deputy, The Lyre, Alpha Chi Omega.
L. Pearle Green, editor, Kappa Alpha Theta.
Polly Fenton, editor, Alpha Xi Delta.
Mrs. Katherine Mullin, editor, The Key, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Elizabeth McFetridge, editor, The Aglaia, Phi Mu.
Elizabeth Stephenson, deputy, Lamp, Delta Zeta.
Elizabeth Corbett, editor, Angelos, Kappa Delta.
Mary McLeod, exchange editor, Triangle, Sigma Kappa.
Grace Slover, editor, Trident, Delta Delta Delta.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA 0 MIC RON PI
Mary Rayne, business manager, Alpha Xi Delta.
Martha Land, editor, Eleusis, Chi Omega.
Mary L. Patrick, business manager, Themis, Zeta Tau Alpha.
Ethel M . Tukey, editor, The Anchora, Delta Gamma.
VIRGINIA E S T E R L Y , Sigma, '06.
O the little birds sang E a s t ! BROWNING.
And the little birds sang West!
And I smiled to think God's greatness
Flows around our incompleteness,
Round our restlessness His Rest!
T H E P A N H E L L E N I C CONGRESS
It is unnecessary for me in writing a report of the National Pan-
hellenic Congress to give a report of the measures passed and recom-
mended to the different fraternities. They will be printed in due
time in the newly appointed official organ—Banta's Greek Exchange.
There is need here of only the general impression—and that to me
was a thrilling one, probably because it was my first Congress, but I
think mostly because of the wonderful women gathered there.
One hears always of the frenzy for legislation that attacks women's
organizations. I t assuredly was not true of the Panhellenic Con-
gress—as witness the official report. The discussions at times nearly
attained fever pitch—only to be calmly and sanely controlled by the
resulting ballots. I could wish that every anti-fraternity man and
woman could have attended the sessions. There could be little left
to wish for in dignity, sanity and high purpose—and above all, sim-
plicity of aim—the aim to unify fraternities the land over, to live in
accord, and to mutually strengthen one another in standing first for
the college and its principles.
Of jealousy or rivalry there was none. And the cordial spirit made
us all feel that we belonged to a larger family, bound harmoniously
by the same ideals, and only next in our affections to our own loved
The unity of purpose was evident in the unanimous desire for abate-
ment of secrecy—the putting of the college good first in every dis-
cussion—the discouraging of complicated and expensive rushing, and
the wish to go on record as against high school sororities.
A great deal of the time was taken up by the report of the com-
mittee on codification of our Constitution and By-laws.
There was, of course, an open session though it was not well
attended. At this meeting the reports of wider interests were read.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 27
The first of these was on Local Panhellenics, and, after the report
it was moved to change the name Local Panhellenics to College Pan-
The report on City Panhellenics was most interesting. There are
forty-six active City Panhellenics. The membership in Atlanta is
273, in Indianapolis, 135, and in Cleveland, Ohio, 112.
The Committee on Secrecy reported that in every case there was
a wish for the abatement of secrecy. Some few fraternities expressed
their willingness to file their constitution and by-laws with the Secre-
taries of State in the states in which they have chapters. The
majority wished to keep the ritual, motto, and signs secret. Four
wished to keep all chapter business secret.
Mrs. Collins' Report on the Fellowship plan of Chaperonage and
on cooperative catering was important. Chi Omega is trying the
plan of Fellowship Chaperonage and it is working very well. They
offer a fellowship of a stated sum to graduate Chi Omegas—which
will allow them to do graduate work in a university, in return for
which they are asked to live at the chapter house, chaperon the
undergraduates, and be general Big Sister Advisors. The plan
seems very attractive. I t is true that there is always a gap in the
sympathy or better in the wider standing between young and old, and
also that a fraternity alumna would undoubtedly have more influence
over and sympathy and interest with her fraternity sisters than w-ould
a stranger who simply lends the dignity of age. I hope the rest of
us will follow Chi Omega's lead. I t seems good in every phase—good
for the college because of the advanced work done—good for the
chapter because of having such a representative in the college and be-
cause of the fellowship and sympathy between them and the gradu-
ate, and good for the graduate because it allows her to do advanced
work. I t would tend to make the individual chapter a competent
self-governing body. Their fellowship is four hundred dollars a
Concerning the subject of cooperative buying and catering it is
interesting to know that following the Wellar's System at Cornell,
$28,000 wras saved the fraternities in one year. The menu should be
worked out between the Home Economics department of the univer-
sity and the purchasing agent.
The Committee on Social Customs reported a tremendous advance
over the reports of thirteen years ago. Then the fraternities pledged
girls—children—entering high scool. Now college matriculation is
necessary. The report stated that social life in the fraternities is not
so overly great as commonly supposed. This opinion was upheld by
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statistics. There is a general swing back from late to matriculation
Panhellenic wishes to go on record as making no rushing rules.
The suggestion was made by Dr. Hopkins, Z T A, chairman of the
Committee on Antifraternity Legislation, that it would be wise
never to have a party to which fraternity men exclusively were asked.
The Panhellenic Luncheon not only disseminated the same fine
spirit of the Congress sessions, but it also by its splendid after-dinner
speeches contributed largely to the wealth which we all carried away.
The invited guests numbered over three hundred and fifty women
and one man.
The fraternity representations were: X O—32
n B #—12 A O IT— 25
Z T A—20
K A ©—20
K K T—28
A r—21 A T A—16
T 4> B—16 A A II—9
A X O—36 A Z—15
A A A—59 $ M—6
A E A—17 K A—3
The small tables were grouped by fraternities and decorated with
the fraternity's colors. As the luncheon progressed each fraternity
sang one fraternity song. As the room was very long and narrow
it was impossible to hear them all, but the enthusiasm was great
The tables were removed after the luncheon and the chairs grouped
about the Speakers' table; Mrs. Parmelee, A A A , Chairman of
N . P. C , presided. The three-minute speeches lasted in many cases
from five to twelve minutes, but we regretted the termination of each.
It is impossible here to give more than the speakers and their sub-
jects, although I am wishing with all my heart that every fraternity
girl in the land might have caught and held the splendid, fine, big
spirit permeating each message.
The program was as follows:
The Friendly Spirit—Mrs. Baldwin, A H A .
A Certain Phase of Fraternity Life—Mrs. Collins, X fi.
The History of the National Panhellenic Movement—Miss Dyer,
The Spirit of Service—Miss Green, K A ©.
Fraternity Service to Undergraduates—Mrs. Brown, A F.
The Value of the Fraternity to the College—Mrs. MacElfresh,
TO PRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 29
The Service to the Community—Mrs. Kearney, I I B <J>.
Civic Service—Miss Corbett, K A.
The Service of One Fraternity to Another—Miss Hart, <£ M .
The Fraternity and the Undergraduate—Miss Leonard, A T A .
Duties and Privileges of Fraternity Women—Miss Kyle, K K T ,
The Obligations of Fraternity Women to One Another—Miss
MacLeod, 2 K.
Scholarship—Miss Harson, r $ B.
The Fraternity and the University—Mrs. Lang, A A I I .
Fraternity Individuality—Mrs. Perry, A O I I .
The Future of Panhellenic—Dr. Hopkins, Z T A.
VIRGINIA E S T E R L Y , Sigma, '06.
BUSINESS MANAGER'S REPORT
Following is the standing of the chapters on the books of the
Business Manager of To DRAGMA, October 25, 1915. I t speaks for
itself. Are you proud of the standing of your chapter? I f so, what
will you do, in cooperation with your alumnae business manager, to
maintain and improve it? I f not, what will you do—today—to help
better it? I n our endeavor to make T o DRAGMA self-supporting, we
need the help and cooperation of every loyal Alpha O. May we not
have it—at once?
MARGUERITE PILSBURY SCHOPPE, Business Manager.
Chapter No. Alumnae No. Subscribers Per cent
Upsilon 10 10 100 %
Chi 22 14
98 56 63.6+%
Sigma 46 21
Rho 37 16 57.1 %
Epsilon 50 19 45.7--%
Lambda 91 34
26 8 43.5+%
Gamma 58 16
Tau 86 20 38 %
Pi 81 17 35 %
Alpha 53 7 30.8 %
Kappa 44 8 27.6 %
Nu 101 17
Iota 46 7 23.3 %
Theta 121 14
Omicron 122 14 21 --%
Zeta 18.2 %
Delta 16.8 %
30 TO DRAG MA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
ON the twenty-fifth of September was installed in the new South-
ern Methodist University at Dallas, Texas, N u Kappa chapter
of Alpha Omicron Pi. The name is significant. As is elsewhere
recorded in these pages, the leader of its founders was a member of
Kappa chapter, and chose to carry the ideals and inspiration of
Alpha O to a new field. We gladly welcome Nu Kappa into our
fellowship, of which she is now a part, trusting that her members
will indeed be "new Kappas" in the promotion and furtherance of
those aims and aspirations for which Kappa chapter has always stood,
and only in which is seen the true spirit and the real strength of
Alpha Omicron Pi.
T H E READING OF T O DRAGMA
" ¥ ) ROBABLY it is the memory of my own undergraduate days that
A prompts this editorial. I used to "skip" much of To DRAGMA.
I t was "too national" or "too general" or "just Panhellenic." But
now that I am the Editor of it, I don't want you to skip a line.
Especially do I want you to read and study the reports of the
Editors and Panhellenic Congresses written by Mrs. Esterly.
They may seem just reports of National Organizations, but they
embody much that is vital to you and to your chapter, they are in-
structive, they will make you broader fraternity women, they were
written for you. Read them! Don't be local in soul! That's the
trouble with society!
T H E FEBRUARY ISSUE
TH E great majority of our alumna? are teachers; the great
majority of our undergraduates intend to enter the profession.
It is doubtless sadly true that some, we hope not many, are in the 1
service ( f o r it is a service) and some are entering i t not from any
genuine love of teaching, but from force of circumstances. I t offers
a living, and of course, we say, having been through college we are
able to teach. We are not here discussing this fallacy, though it
offers a ripe and ready field, but we are announcing that our
February number is to be a Teachers' Number. I t will honestly aim
to help our Alpha O teachers, and to make our undergraduates more
eager for real service in a vocation which shall be chosen by them
and not thrust upon them. For it we are soliciting practical articles
on the teaching of various subjects, on the cooperation of parents
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 31
la n C teachers, on the understanding and appreciation of the child's
point of view.
The Editor wishes more articles—accounts of experiences which
have helped you, and will help us all. Won't you contribute? As
one feature there will be an Experience Exchange. For this we want
short descriptions of how you teach English Grammar so that the
children don't hate it, of the means you use to inspire friendly and
valuable rivalry, of your own successful methods in teaching a certain
subject in History, in keeping a class in Latin Prose awake, in mak-
ing Geometry something besides a bugbear.
We want a practical, truly helpful number—a number which shall
bring us alumna? closer together, which shall interest our Alpha O
mothers, the greatest teachers of all, and which shall help our under-
graduate sisters to decide upon rather than to accept teaching as the
means of making a life, and not just a living.
ALPHA O SONGS
P ERHAPS it is because the Editor, like Charles Lamb, is "senti-
mentally inclined toward harmony but organically incapable of
a tune" that she writes this editorial. True it is that she wants all
Alpha O's to learn the new songs published in this issue. We are
indebted to Chi chapter for them and for two more to follow.
"Nothing there is," writes Thomas A. Kempis, "that so unites in
spirit as a unison of voice." Let's sing our two new songs in unison,
and be better Alpha O's in spirit!
BANTA'S GREEK EXCHANGE
I A M not here paying an unmerited compliment, nor am I seeking
to "work" our Wisconsin publisher, but I am saying most
genuinely that I wish every chapter of Alpha O would take Banta's
Greek Exchange as a textbook of knowledge on Collegiate and
Interfraternity matters. I t is issued quarterly, costs but $ 1 . 0 0 a
1 year, and is worth more than can be estimated in figures. Purely
local interest is menacing our active chapters and the fraternity world
at large. The Inter sorority Handbook is most valuable, but it is
statistical, and cannot, of course, be as timely as the Greek Exchange.
May I recommend the latter as good material for rushing and for
T H E BOOK OF CHRISTMAS
TO anyone who is seeking for a book which will give material
for Christmas in the shape of carols, poems, stories, descrip-
tions of Christmas in other lands—in short which holds a real
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Christmas within its covers—I would recommend Hamilton Mabie's
The Book of Christmas, published by Scribner, and costing $1.00 in
cloth, and f i f t y cents more in leather. I t was given me a year ago
and I have found it a treasure-house of the best.
"GETTING READY EARLY"
ET'S begin to get ready early," said one of my girls in
Mm,d Chicago two years ago. " I t makes you feel so nice and
So we began early. We told Christmas stories and learned Christ-
mas poems and read of Christmas in other lands. We even sang
carols the last ten minutes of recitation, and we each wore a piece
of holly, and hung a wreath in our room. It was surprising how
"nice and warm inside" we did feel. We had a month of Christmas
instead of just a day—more than a month, for the "nice and warm"
feeling lasted far beyond December.
Shan't we begin early too—we Alpha O's—not especially in gift-
making and in festal preparation, but in a house-cleaning of the
spirit, so that Christmas shall be not a season, but an atmosphere,
in which shall grow and flourish that love which is not for Christmas
And the Editor wishes you all that "nice and warm" feeling!
So Christmas and Thanksgiving clasp
Their hands and brightly bridge December.
Close met within that heart-felt grasp,
A l l friends One Friend of A l l remember.
Two feast-fires glow across the snow,
Dead voices answer to the living,
As home to meet our own we go;
"Praise God for Christmas and Thanksgiving!"
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 33
ACTIVE CHAPTER LETTERS
ALPHA, BARNARD COLLEGE
PI, H. SOPHIE NEWCOMB MEMORIAL COLLEGE
Hazele Beard, '16 Rielta Garland, '17
Sara Bres, '16 Jean Hill, '17
Grace Duval Gillean, '16 Lessie Madison, '17
Clara Wendel Hall, '16 Kathleen O'Niel, '17
E r i n O'Niell, '16 Mary Raymond, '17
Solidelle F . Renshaw, '16 Mildred Renshaw, '17
Jane Cordill Snyder, '16 Mary Clayton Sumner, '17
Lilian Fortier, '17
The twenty-fourth of September meant registration day at New-
comb, and even though all of us strove to outdo each other in accounts
of wonderful summers, we were genuinely glad to be back at college,
glad to see again the old students and glad to be able to welcome
the new ones. The formal opening exercises of the University do
not take place until the twenty-seventh, to which date the seniors
art eagerly looking forward, for then they march into chapel for the
first time in their caps and gowns, wearing on their gowns the roses
sent them by their sister classmen, the sophomores. On Monday
afternoon the freshmen will be entertained by the student body and
faculty at a reception. We are trying a new plan this year for the
"taking care" of the "green" students—each senior and junior is
held personally responsible for one freshman; it is the duty of the
upperclassman to familiarize her charge with the rules and regula-
tions of college, and to steer her way clear through the maze of
course planning, schedule fixing, and the thousand and one other
intricacies attached to the first weeks; she is also to make her feel
that she is interested in her, and is there to be called on in time of
need throughout the year.
It was good to get back to our fellow students but it was better
to get back to our fraternity sisters, and IT is fifteen strong. From
our chapter of last year we lost Delie Bancroft and Rosalie Dufour,
who both received diplomas, and Clara Lee Snyder who received
a two years' certificate. Of course we miss all three of them dread-
fully, but we know that they are as interested in us as ever and that
they are with us and we with them always in thought. We were
particularly fortunate this summer in meeting many girls from other
chapters—I do not refer only to those whom we met at convention,
but also elsewhere, as, for instance, those whom Grace Gillean met
when she was president delegate to Y. W. C. A. convention; and
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to those who passed through New Orleans, or who were in Alexan-
dria. I n Alexandria there were so great a number of A O TVs that
they practically held a convention of their own, and entertained
each other and their rushees in every possible way—the Whites had
them at their summer home in the piney woods, "Blackjack," and
Mary Whittington (IT) and Elizabeth Bryan ( K ) had them at dinners
and luncheons. TVs last rushing party was given today, and tonight
our bids go out, and, in accordance with local Panhellenic, we are
to hold no communication with the rushees until Monday noon when
the answers are received. Every sorority at Newcomb is very anxious,
for the rivalry this year has been unusually keen, and every sorority
is in a state of uncertainty.
To our new sister chapters in Seattle and Dallas, IT sends the
warmest of welcomes and love.
S O L I D E L L E F . R E N S H A W , Chapter Editor.
NU, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Florence G. Hoag, '17 Elizabeth J . Monroe, '16
Cecile Iselin, '16 Mary Bradford Peaks, '17
Dorothy Kenyon, '17 Helen M . Williams, '16
Dear members of A O IT:
We are just reassembled after the summer and dismayed to find
that neither Alison DuBois nor Katherine Gront is in college this
year. We are insisting upon their presence at meetings, but we shall
not have them with us daily. The rest of us are deep in work and
play. Come pay us a visit as soon as our new curtains are up.
The most exciting vacation, apparently, was that which fell to our
president. Cecile has told us all about her trip to California and the
Convention. The f u n clearly outweighed the horror of helping get
the Constitution so elaborately amended. N u sends greetings to
the old chapters and is especially glad to welcome her sisters of
Upsilon chapter, and those of N u Kappa at Dallas.
MARY B . PARKS, Chapter Editor.
OMICRON, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Margaret Conover, '16 Dorothy Nolan, '18
Aubry Faulkener, '16 Mary D . Houston, '18
Mary Annie Landry, '16 Ruth Tarpley, Spec.
Pauline Hobson, '16 Elizabeth Ayres, Spec.
Ellen Converse, '16 Edith Verran, '17
Wista Braly, '17
Not quite a week has passed since yre old girls came back to the
H i l l , and welcomed our new college mates. Omicron chapter is
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 35
well represented this year, eleven members being back. This is one
of the largest chapters we have ever had to begin with, and this
year's prospects seem to be unusually bright. We are very sorry,
however, to announce the departure from school of three of our
sisters. Alice Calhoun and Margaret Rogers, who remained at their
homes, and Kathryn Wiekey, who has taken it upon herself to teach
instead of to be taught. The loss of these has been counteracted
to a great extent by the return to the H i l l of Edith Verran, one of our
old girls whom Omicron is very happy to welcome "back home."
This past week, being the first, has been spent in "getting ac-
quainted" mostly, and last night at the Y . M . C. A. the old students'
reception to the new was given. This is always a delightfully in-
formal affair, especially when everyone gathers around a big bonfire
and toasts marshmallows, roasts popcorn and eats apples. The first
football game of the season is to be played this afternoon on Wait
Field, and Tennessee hopes again to be a contender for the Southern
Since we have been here such a short while, we haven't been able
to get all the girls "straightened out," but there is a large number of
attractive "fish" that will bear inspection. I n closing, Omicron
wishes to send cordial greetings to our new chapters and to wish for
them the best that Alpha O has to give.
MARY D. HOUSTON, Chaper Editor.
KAPPA, RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
Virginia Allen, '16 Clara M. Smith, '17
Margaret Atkinson, '16 Augusta Stacy, '17
Lucy R . Somerville, '16 Annie Earle Reid, '17
Rebecca Lamar, '16 Helen E . Hardy, '17
Susie Mann, 'l6 Fannie Butterfield, '17
Lucile Marsalis, '16 Virginia Strother, '17
College opened September 22 and since then we have been in a
whirl of matriculating and rushing. Three of Kappa's undergradu-
ates did not return and with our two * 15's gone, wre miss them badly
these first days of college. Margaret Vaughan, ex-'17, went to
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, to help install the chapter
there and to become a student.
September 25 was pledge day and Kappa has the four finest pledges
in college, Frances Hardy, Louise Swift, Bernie Palfry, and Helen
Scott. Pledge day was much quieter this year than last because of
a change in our method of bidding. We had closed bids and after
sending them out had no communication with the girls until they
gave their answers. Up to the time the bids went out we had
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engagements with our rushees and entertained them in different ways
though we gave no formal rushing party.
Kappa begins the year well represented in the college organiza-
tions. Virginia Allen is president of the student body, Lucy Somer-
ville president of one of the literary societies and house president of
West Hall, and Susie Mann, fire chief and editor-in-chief of our
annual. Three of our girls are members of the athletic board, six of
the student committee and we have one representative on the staffs
of our college monthly and weekly publications. Kappa is expecting
a glorious year and sends best wishes to all her sisters that this may
be the most prosperous they have ever had.
H E L E N HARDY, Cor. Sec.
ZETA, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
Edna Froyd, '16 Doris Deyo, '18
Gladys Dominy, '16 Helen Ayres, '18
Ethel Chase, '16 Edna Hathway, '18
Helen Wehrli, '16 Verna Keene, '18 •
Irma Hauptman, '16 Jeannette Adams, '18
Doris Scroggin, '17 Roma Rush, '18
Beulah Rush, '17
Our new year has begun auspiciously with a splendid, long list
of pledges. We are so proud of them. Many of them we secured in
the face of strong and energetic competition. These are they:
Katherine Ralston, Weeping Water, Nebr.; Elizabeth Ralston,
Weeping Water, Nebr.; Lillian Dickman, Omaha, Nebr.; Winifred
Moran, Hyannis, Nebr.; Orene Olson, Loup City, Nebr.; Marie
Olson, Loup City, Nebr. j Mildred Gillilan, Hardy, Nebr.; Ruth
Dominy, Hardy, Nebr.; Gladys Whitford, Arlington, Nebr.; Marie
Studts, Lincoln, Nebr.; Helen Johnson, Lincoln, Nebr.
One of the '13 pledges, Hermine Hatfield, has recently returned
from a year of study in Switzerland.
While we welcome all of the new faces this fall we sadly miss the
"old" girls who did not return. Carrie Marshall, '18, was unable to
come because of her mother's illness. Elizabeth Renard, '18, was
also prevented from returning by illness. Veva Young, '16, is teach-
ing at Pender, and Gladys Lowenberg at Newmans Grove. Nelle
Nisson, '17, is taking kindergarten work at Chicago.
Four of our girls, Doris Scroggin, Edna Froyd, Breta Dehl, and
Grace Cannon went to the convention this summer, and have returned
with tales of the good times they had. They declare they are "crazy
about Lambda and Sigma." They brought home some good looking
pictures to verify their statements.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 37
Our girls were scattered far and wide this summer, and each has
something interesting to tell us. Some of us went to summer resorts,
and some of us had a good lazy time at home, but wherever we were,
w e are glad to be together again.
We are proud of our representation in Girls' Club Board this year.
Edna Froyd, president, A O I I ; Genevieve Seeger, secretary (non-
sorority) ; Marie Rowley, «J> I I ; Edith Youngblut, A S A ; Doris
Scroggin, A O I I ; Loretta Lord, A A A ; Mildred Perry, T * B ;
Doris Slater (nonsorority) ; Marian Kastle, A X f l ; Jean Burroughs,
A T ; Blanche Randall (nonsorority).
Hoping that this will be a happy and profitable year for all of our
sisters in A O I I , I am,
E D N A M . H A T H W A Y , Zeta Chapter.
SIGMA, U N I V E R S I T Y O F CALIFORNIA
Alice de Veuve, '15 Helen Slaughter, '17
Kathryn Hubbard, '17
Edna Taber, '16 Marguerite Neely, '18
Kathleen Manis, '16 Dorothy Boyd, '18
Frances Corlett, '16 Bernice Hubbard, '18
Ruth Brownlie, 'l6 Marion Bachman, '17
Olive Frenler, ex-'16 Vira Georgeson, '16
Evalyn Homage, '14 Christine Finnell, '18
May Preuss, '16 Grace Adams, '18
Elaine Young, '17 E l l a Crawford, '18
Elizabeth Elliott, '17 Ruth Perolat, '18
Helen Clowes, '17 Marie Butler, '18
Rosalinda Olcese, '17 Margaret Forsyth, '19
Gladys Schmidt, '17 Thelma Donovan, '19
Ethel Moroney, '17 Alleen Evans, '19
Gladys Goeggel, '17 Lucile Graham, '19
Gertrude Schieck, '17 Helen Schieck, '19
Elsa Obedeener, '17 Dorothy Weeks, '19
Jean Armstrong, '19
Dear Sisters i n A O I I :
Have you ever longed for and planned and looked forward to
some big event and then had it come upon you so suddenly and
disappear so rapidly that you almost have to hold your breath and
pinch yourself to realize that it has come and gone?
It is this dazed state of mind which pervades Sigma at present.
We can hardly realize that all our hopes of the past year have been
realized in our splendid convention; that our sisters have come and
gone and left but the memory of a pleasant and fleeting friendship
behind them. But short as these days of acquaintance were, we will
never be able to tell you all how much we enjoyed them; how wonder-
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f u l it was to be able to meet and like our sisters from all parts of the
United States. The benefit which we gained from knowing so many
splendid girls even for that length of time w i l l , I am sure, be shown
for a long time in the future by the stronger enthusiasm with which
we shall carry forward our work of A O I I . .
Like a storm at the end of a summer day, rushing fell upon us
after our convention and pleasant summer vacations. Perhaps we
dislike rushing here even more than some of the rest of you do be-
cause of the inability of our rushing system to cope with affairs on
this campus. The chief work of Panhellenic this year will be, I
believe, to attempt an improvement of this system. Our season is
practically over now and we are able to hold our heads up with
the rest and point to seven fine new freshmen. This number is a
little below Sigma's usual haul, but the girls felt that our chapter
was large enough for the coming year and that the addition of very
many new members would increase it to the "large size chapter,"
something which we wish to avoid.
Of course, with Vira Georgeson, '16, president of the Associated
Women Students, we are starting out with and looking forward to
a year of great activity in campus affairs. May Preuss, '16, holds a
position on most of the big committees on the campus. Helen
Slaughter, '17, has been appointed girls' song leader; several of the
girls are working hard in Y . W. C. A. and we are well represented
in the various musical organizations. Two of our new freshmen have
exceptional musical ability, and we are expecting great things from
the whole dear bunch of them.
We are becoming very much enthused at present over the prospects
of a new house and although now we are able also to send you the
heartiest of Christmas greetings and the very best of wishes, we
hope that by the next chapter letter we may send you the glad news
that Sigma's chapter house is no longer a dream, but a fast growing
E L A I N E YOUNG, Chapter Editor.
THETA, DE PAUW UNIVERSITY
Florence Foster, '16 Anne White, '18
Clara Dilts, '16 Margaret Donthitt, '18
Frances Kelly, '17 Marguerite Bennett, '18
Georgia Gilkey, '17 Jessie Jones, '18
Edna McClure, '17
Beatrice Woodward, '17 PLEDGES
Esther Morris, '18 Nelle Ringo, '17
Merle Huffman, '18 Ruth Layne, '18
Mary Kibele, '18 VevVille Hosman, '19
Dorothy Dunn, '19
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 39
Bertha Ruby, '19 Ethel Pike, '19
Melva Hendrix, '19 Kernice Wilhelm, '19
Wilhelmina Hedde, '19 Luella Driscoll, '19
Marie Hedde, '19 Mary Bicknell, '19
Maurine York, '19 Jessie Bicknell, '19
Helen Hagenbush, '19 Esther Conaday, '19
Ruth Little, '19 Avanelle Carter, '19
Agnes Lakin, '19 Gertrude Jayne, '19
Theta once again sends greetings and best wishes for a prosperous
year. Thirteen of us were back at the first of the year ready for
all work. School opened September 13. The first week was devoted
entirely to the freshmen. I t was termed "De Pauw Week." No
sorority girl who was enrolled in college wore her pin. Last week
was "spike week." Panhellenic honored us with a large number of
rules which sent us out early in the morning to camp by some popular
freshman's door to get a date with her. Even though it was a hard
week on us, we are more than thankful for the twenty strong girls
we gained for A O I I . Theta certainly expects to do things this year
and to make her alumnae more than proud of her.
We have yet to tell you about our most enjoyable house party this
summer. On August 9, eleven girls turned their thoughts toward
A O IT and Bass Lake. I t was a very hot day but the last of us
were heartily welcomed by the few who had arrived before us.
Through the kindness of Mr. Dilts, Clara's father, we had charge of
his cottage and the wonderful beach for the entire week. We lost
no time in enjoying ourselves. The beach was grand and the days
that permitted bathing were spent mostly in that sport. The two
days which were rainy were spent in tatting and crocheting and
listening to convention news and stories of the West from Clara, our
delegate, who had just returned a short time before.
I t was certainly fortunate for us that we did not have to send in
our letter any sooner for just yesterday was pledging and open house
last night for the new pledges.
E D N A M C C L U R E , Chapter Editor.
DELTA, JACKSON COLLEGE
Ruth Burbank, '16 Dorris Morse, '17
Mildred Emerson, M6 Helen Rowe, '17
Madeline Jeffers, '16 Mildred Simpson, '17
Marion Hall, '16 Priscilla Young, '17
Emilie Osborn, '16 Madeline Perkins, '18
Lydia Piper, '16 Kennitha Ware, '18
Marjorie Dean, '17, Elizabeth Sargent, '18
Marion Jameson, '17 Margaret Durkee, '18
40 TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
A l l Around Club—President, A S A ; vice-president, X f i ; secre-
tary, non; treasurer, A H A . Student Government—President, Lydia
Piper, A O IT; secretary, A H A ; proctors, Ruth Rurbank, A O n,
A H A , Dorris Morse, A O IT, X fi. Christian Guild—President,
non; vice-president, X ft; secretary, non; treasurer, Dorris Morse,
A O I I . Athletic Association—President, X O ; vice-president, A H A ;
treasurer, X O; secretary, Elizabeth Sargent, A O I I . Class officers
to be elected. Jackson Representative on Tufts Weekly, 2 K ; Fire
Chief, X n.
The last few months of the school year are always such busy ones.
An operetta, The Japanese Girl, was given under the auspices of
the A l l Around Club, in which Ruth Seavey, A O n, Kennitha
Ware, A O IT, and Dorothy Houghton, A O I I , had prominent parts.
The freshman play, Mid-Summer Night's Dream, was a great
success. I t was given on two consecutive nights and then later i n
the Somerville High School.
A linen shower was given Gladys Keith at Madeline Jeffers's home.
How the secret ever was kept we do not know, but Gladys was really
surprised and hadn't even an inkling of what was going to happen.
After the dainty pieces of embroidery had been admired, there were
games, dancing and a spread.
The A l l Around Club gave its annual reception to the seniors.
At the chapel exercises class day, Gertrude Hooper, A O IT. read
a splendid poem which she had written. Ruth Seavey and Eleanor
Bisbee graduated magna cum laude, Eleanor being elected to Phi
Beta Kappa. Dorothy Houghton and Marion Davis graduated cum
The day after class day, Dr. Herman Carey Bumpus was in-
augurated president of Tufts College. There were many famous
men present and a number of speeches were given in the afternoon
by the different visiting college presidents.
After all the excitement of convention week, it was very pleasant
to go to the camp on Lake Altatash, Amesbury, Mass., for a few days.
Edith Sanborn or "Sammy," one of our alumnae who lives in Ames-
bury, was splendid to us. Her support was of the substantial kind,
bread, cake and many good things, so much appreciated when the
housekeeping is rather "light."
The time was spent on the piazza and in the grove around the
camp, with an occasional canoe trip around the lake.
LYDIA PIPER, Chapter Editor.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 41
GAMMA, UNIVERSITY O F MAINE
Elizabeth Bright, '17 Frances Lougee, '17
Ruth Chalmers, '18 Vera Mercereau, '18
Leola Chaplin, '17 Mona McWilliams, '18
Zella Colvin, '16 Emma Perry, '18
Doris Currier, '16 Gladys Reed, '18
Helen Danforth, '17 Madeline Robinson, '16
Pauline Derby, '18 Sibyl Rusell, '16
Alfreda Ellis, '17 Doris Savage, '17
Fannie Flint, '18 Grace Sawyer, '16
Florence Greenleaf, '16 Jessie Sturtevant, '17
Vera Gellison, '18 Helen Stinchfield, '18
Flora Howard, '17 Evelyn Winship, '16
Lillian Hunt, '17
Dear Sisters in Alpha O:
Once again we have come back to the activities of college and
fraternity life and all is excitement. After three long months of
absence it seems so good to see all our Gamma sisters gathered to-
gether at the first of each week, but we miss sadly eleven dear faces
from our circle. Beth, Rita, Peg, Rachel, Muriel, Myrtle, Edith, and
Gladys graduated from Maine last June. Helen Greeley, '17, enters
Wellesley this fall, Mildred Dow, '17, is teaching at Vinalhaven in
the French and English departments of the high school, while Helen
Norris, '16, is to be married October 5.
Perhaps the most important event of the near future will be
Helen's wedding at Auburn. A large number of the girls are
planning to attend. Doris Currier will be her maid of honor.
After that we shall be busy with our annual reception for the
faculty, our tea for all the freshman girls and last, but by no means
least, the bidding of our new little sisters. As there are so many
fine girls in the entering class this year we feel that this task of
bidding will be a difficult but altogether a most pleasant one. You
who are in women's colleges or in institutions where co-education has
existed for a long time cannot realize our delight in welcoming two
hundred girls back to college this year. We trust that the number
before many years will reach the thousand mark which the men have
already attained. Yet I am sure that even then we could not have a
better group of girls from which to choose future Alpha O's than we
have at the present time.
So, dear sisters, we hope to tell you all about your new sisters in
the February issue of To DRAGMA. Gamma wishes to extend to all
of you the very best wishes for success in the all the undertakings
of the year.
LEOLA C H A P L I N , Chapter Editor.