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THE PHOENIX of ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA _ _ ___} VoLUME

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MAY, 1926

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Published in Novembe r, January , M a rch and May of each year at No. 30 North Ninth Street, Richmond, I ndiana, by the Nicholson Printing Company , for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority having headquarters at No. 1 Lindsey Street, Dorchester, M ass . Business correspon dence may be addressed t o either office, but matter for publicati on and correspon d ence concerning the same should be addressed to Gertrude D. Halbritter, Ed itor, 1 Lindsey S treet, Dorchester, Mass. Entered as second -class matter September 4, 1923, at the post office at Ri chmond , Ind., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mailing a t special rate of postage provided for in Section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 4, 1923. S ubscription price one dollar per year.


NATIONAL COUNCIL President-Mrs. Wm. Holmes Martin, A and AA, 5 Cobden St., Boston, 19, Mass. Vice-President-Minnie M. Shockley, rr, 704 Church St., Alva, Okla. Secretary-Adda Anderson, EE, 509 Laramie St., Atchison Kans. Treasurer-Grace G. Fultz, AA, Rushville, Ohio. Registrar-Mrs. F. M. Sharp, ZZ, 1405 Hardy St., R. R. 6, Independence, Mo. Historian-Mrs. H. S. Toms, BB, 1222 N. Sutter St., Stockton, Calif. Ritualist-Ruth Duffey, AA, 1386 Hall Ave., Suite 1, Lakewood, Ohio. Editor-Gertrude D. Halbritter, 速速, 1 Lindsey St., Dorchester, Mass. BOARD OF ADVISERS Alpha Alpha- Miss Amy M. Swisher, "The Tallawanda," Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-Miss Ethel Hook, 602 So. Franklin Street, Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-Miss Rhoda B. Permenter, 1630 9th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Miss Minnie M. Shockley, Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Miss El izabeth Garber, Box 215, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Miss Catharine E. Strouse, Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Mrs. Orlo R. Nattinger, 405 So. Holden St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Miss Eulalia E. Roseberry, 1610 So. Olive St., Pittsburg, Kans.


Theta Theta-Mrs. Wm. Holmes Martin, 5 Cobden St., Boston, Mass. Iota Iota-Miss Bonnie Andrews, 1080 22nd St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Mrs. Sherman H. Doyle, 1815 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Mrs. M. 0. Percival, 1142 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Mu Mu-Miss Jeanette Garrett, 306 N. Normal, Ypsilanti, Mich. Nu Nu-Miss Mildred Burdett, Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. Xi Xi-Miss Nell Grant, 1861 0 Marne Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. Omicron Omicron-Miss Ada Hyatt, 325 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Alumnae-Edna McCullough, 1017 Rural St., Emporia, Kans. Art-Carol D. Pierce, 3 Linden Ct., Ayer, Mass. Chapter Activities-Dorothy Yelton, 1410 W. 8th St., Riverside, Calif. ' Extension-Grace Fultz, Rushville, Ohio. Membership-Rosamond Root, Apt. 6D, 520 W. 122nd St., New York City. Music-Mrs. Harry McMillan, Peculiar, Mo. Scholarship-Christina S. Little, 154 Circuit Rd., Winthrop, Mass. Sorority Study-Sue Edwards, Box 354, Alva, Okla.

ROLL OF COLLEGE CHAPTERS Alpha Alpha-Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-State Teachers' College, Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-State Teachers' College, Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-State Teachers' College, Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-State Teachers' College, Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-State Teachers' College, Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-State Teachers' College, Pittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta-Boston University, Boston, Mass. Iota Iota-Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.


. Mu Mu-State Normal College, Ypsilanti, Mich. Nu Nu-Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. Xi Xi- University of California, Los Angeles, Calif. Omicron Omicron-Kent State College, Kent, Ohio .

COLLEGE CHAPTER SECRET ARIES Alpha Alpha-Donna Gray, 20 Hepburn Hall, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-Dorothy Sens, 602 E. McPherson St., Kirksville. Mo. Beta Beta-Elizabeth White, 1732 11th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Vivian Chandler, 813 Second St., .Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Viola Doxee, Lindley Hall, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Louise Bauman, 929 West St., Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Dorothy Clark, 114 Broad St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Ruth Watson, 104 W. Quincy St., Pittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta-Virginia Scott, Student House, St. Stephen St., Boston, Mass. Iota Iota-Josephine Boterman, 7078 25th St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Margaret Brenholtz 1813 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Henrietta Haas, 2566 N. Fourth St., Colum-= bus, Ohio. Mu Mu-Dorothy Zimmer, 209 N. Normal, Ypsilanti, Mich. Nu Nu-Sara Thompson, 214 N. 33d St., Philadelph ia, Pa. Xi Xi-Nell Nonamaker, 863 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. Omicron Omicron-Ethel McMaster, Moulton Hall, Kent, Ohio.

EX-COLLEGIO SECRETARIES Alpha Alpha- Mrs. R. A. Healey, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-Elizabeth Romans, 41 6 E. Jefferson St., Kirksville, Mo. Alpha Gamma-Mrs. Glenn H. Ferguson, 7511 Hutchinson Ave., Swissvale, Pa. Beta Beta-Mildred E. Schaefer, 816 20th St., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Mrs. James A. Lane, 801 Centre St., Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Sara E . Long, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Mrs. Everett R. Barr, 620 W. 4th St. , Emporia, Kans. 路


Zeta Zeta-Mrs. Edgar A. Kibbe, California, Mo. Eta Eta-Katie B. Nevius, Vilas, Kans. Theta Theta-Caroline G. Wasgatt, 346 Lookout Ave., Hackensack, N.J. Iota Iota-Leona Wilcox, 2423 49th St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Irene Parker, 112 William St., Salisbury, Md. Lambda Lambda-Ethel Straw, Ohio City, Ohio. Mu Mu-Carlotta Corpron, 6D, 520 vV. 122d St., New York City. N u N u-Hazel Thompson, Gallandet College, Washington, D. C.

CITY ASSOCIATION SECRETARIES Alva, Okla.-Lucile Chew, 829 Church St., Alva. Boston, Mass.-Christina S. Little, 154 路circuit Rd., Winthrop, Mass. Cherokee, Okla.-Elberta Patterson, Cherokee. Chicago, Ill.-Ann Br,ewington,5701 Kenwood Ave., Chicago. Cleveland, Ohio-Ruth Duffey, 1386 Hall Ave., Suite 1, Lakewood. Denver, Colo.-Oilie Smelzer, 1022 Washington, Denver. Des Moines, Iowa-Beulah D. Dunbar, 1117 26th St., Des Moines. Emporia, Kans.-Mrs. Marshall Randel, 1020 Washington St., Emporia. Greeley, Colo.-Ethelyne Rhiner, 1018 14th St., Greeley. Kansas City, Mo.-Ethel Phillips, Merton Hall, 40th and Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. Los Angeles, Calif.-Mabel E. Anderson, 684 S. New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles. Pittsburg, Kans.-Helena Van Gastel, 1803 N. Locust St., Pittsburg. Pittsburgh, Pa.-Mrs. Howard A. Power; 271 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, Pa. New York, N. Y.-Rosamond Root, Apt. 6D, 520 W. 122nd St., New York City. Unionville, Mo.-Nettie B. Dickerson, Livonia, Mo. Warrensburg, Mo.-Mrs. Leslie A. McMeekin, East Gay St., Warrensburg.


EDITORIAL STAFF

Editor-in-Chief

Gertrude D . Halbritter, 1 Lindsey St., Dorchester, Mass.

Chapter Editors

Alpha A lpha-Martha A. Wadsworth, 29 Hepburn Hall, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-M. Kathryn Brown, 416

. Marion, K irksville, Mo.

Beta Beta-Barbara Oxley, 1221 18th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Ruth F. Hall, 1011 Normal St., Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Luella Frey, 78 Mill St., Athens, Ohio: Epsilon Epsilon-Dorothea Gufler, 612 W. 12th St., Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Louise W hitman, 136 Gover St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Esther Wilson, 117 W. Lindbury St., Pittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta-Gladys Ray, 97 St. Stephen St., Boston, Mass. Iota Iota-La Vona Auestad, 1814 J efferson St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Ruth Nailor, 1813 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Elsie F. Schneider, 52 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Mu Mu-Ruth E. Bayler, 706 Emmett St., Ypsilanti, Mich. Nu Nu-Helen Lindemuth, 3314 Powellton Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. X i X i-Altha F . A rcher, 245 Hill St., Ocean Park, Calif. Omicron Omicron-Virginia Skelly, 439 E. Main St., Kent, Ohi o.


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flf)otnix INSTALLATION OF OMICRON OMICRON CHAPTER

Spring sm iled radiantly on Omicron Omicron, Alpha Sigma A lpha's youngest chapter, upon its installation day. It seemed as if the great sun god himself had gathered up all those little illusive sunbeams, to place them on the high altar of Alpha Sigma Alpha, that the sacred beauty of her might envelop all in the warm g low of Chri stian love, the crystaline loveliness of sisterhood. Install ation was a g loriously happy time for Omicron Omicron. On Friday evening, April ninth, the alumnae returned to be pledged. Satu rday, April tenth, brought to Kent more charming guests. In the afternoon the installation services were held at the Franklyn Hotel in Kent. O ur presiding officers included Miss Grace F ultz, National Treasurer, Miss Amy Swisher, Faculty Adviser at Miami University, Miss Mary Wagner from Temple University, Miss Katherine Schultz of Alpha Alpha, President of the A lumnae at Cleveland, Miss Gertrude Haun, also an alumna of Cleveland, and Miss Helen Robinson from Miami University. Other guests contributing much to make our banquet truly delightful were our gracious Dean of V~Tomen, Miss Blanche Verder, and our patrons and patronesses, Mr. and Mrs. Hale B. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. James Green, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Wagner. The after dinner speeches of our guests made our installation banquet still more beautiful. An address of welcome was given by Miss Hazel Keener expressng the appreciation of Omicron Om icron for the rare privilege of having our sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha at home with her at Kent. A splendid response was given by Miss Fultz. Miss Swisher gave a delightful expression of welcome to Alpha Sigma Alpha, which made a deep impression on the hearts of all the members of Omicro.n Omicron. "The


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Spirit of A lpha Sigma Alpha" and "The History of Our National" were other interesting talks. The words of Dean Verder on "Ap ril Tenth, Its Significance" wi ll not soon be forgotten. Yet with all these sunbeams two little shadows hovered about Omicron Omicron at the banquet. We missed Miss Ada Hyatt, through whose efforts many of ou r dreams, our eager longings for Alpha Sigma Alpha at Kent, materialized into the beautiful reality of Ap ril tenth. Our other sister, who could not be with us, sent us a message assuring us that she was with us in spirit. Omicron Omicron looked upon Sunday morning rather sadly because it meant the departure of ou r guests. Yet Omicron Omicron could not bid farewell without that reassuring promise which A lpha S igma Alpha gave even to her youngest, her most timid of daughters. OMICRON OMICRON CHAPTER

Chapter Adviser Miss Ada Hyatt Alumnae Marguerite Cond ron Esther John son Margaret Davis Marie Lengs Margaret Hughes Ethel McMaster Mary Hopton Ruth Winter Seniors Loui se Drownell Rosalind Hathaway Ruth Felt M ildred Poto Miriam Seese Jeanette Geiger Virginia Skelly Juniors Alice Young Hazel Keener Sophomores Helen l\1 urphy Hilda Bachman Margaret Stage E lizabeth Kist Freshmen Naomi Johnson Henrietta Beechy Jean Gorham Pledges Katherine Green


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KENT STATE COLLEGE In speaking of Kent State College, it is natural to assume that the name "Kent" came from the city in which it is located. The fact is, the name of the city and the name of the college came from the Kent family. It was Zenas Kent who was honored when the name of the city was changed from Franklin Mills to Kent, and it was \i\Tilliam S. Kent for whom our college was called the Kent State Normal College. The work Kent then is not a mere geographical term, but should suggest to us a very pronounced sacrifice made to promote our educational, social, and . moral life. Kent State College was founded in 1912. Zenas Kent donated the land upon which the college grew. In the pioneer days of this institution, education received a powerful impetus under the strong, forceful leadership of President McGilvery. Even before the buildings were completed, our enthusiastic president gave an incentive to this great intellectual movement by a splendid zeal and efficiency. At first, there were only three buildings, Science Hall, Administration Building, and one dormitory. In 1914 the enrollment increased forty percent, and in 1915 doubled in the number attending students. The adding of a degree course in 1915 to Kent State College has contributed to the phenomenal growth of the institution. Kent degrees are accepted now at nearly every university in the country. Columbia University accepts Kent State credits at full value. This gradual prestige establishing itself throughout the intellectual circles of our country, brought about a change in the name of the institution, substituting in 1924 "Kent State College" for "Kent State Normal School." With the wonderful evolution of the physical education department at Kent, we find the rise of a full fledged college campus, the building of the new gymnasium, the largest and best equipped in the state. The student body might truly be proud of Alma Mater with her lofty intellectual aspirations, her cultured conscientious faculty that has inspired her to expand, to grow in the vast intellectual world to be ever "The Chambered Nautilus."


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HISTORY OF OMICRON OMICRON CHAPTER

Sororities were first recognized at Kent State College in 1923 . P revious to this time a group of girls had form ed a society, which in March, 1923, became known as Phi Lambda Tau sorority. The aim of the society was threefold: to promote fri endship, to promote schola rship, and to enrich the traditions of the college. Eight girls were charter members : Mary Hopton, Margaret H ughes, Nancy Sheldon, Ethel McMasters, Marie Lengs, Ruth 路w inter, Kathryn Green, and E lizabeth Kist. As there are no national sororities on the campus, we did not hav e a Panhellenic council to govern the groups which had been formed as locals. For th is reason we had no rushing parties, but entertained informally at teas at the homes of our members. Our first real social event was a spring formal. It was held at Meadowbrook Inn a short distance from Kent. The rooms were attractively decorated in the sorority colors and flowers. The sorority was very active in the summer term of 1925, as many of the members attended summer school. However, no new pledges were taken during this term. In the fall of 1925 twelve pledges were taken into the sorority and a success ful year was certain. Although happy in our local society we desired to join a national organization, and to work for ideals with college girls in other colleges and universities. Since we were fam iliar with the atta inments of Alpha Sigma A lpha, we petitioned the soro rity, and were informed that Miss Grace F ultz, the national treasurer wou ld vi it us . O ur sisters in other chapters can well imagine our great joy in being accepted by Alpha Sigma A lpha national sorority. Kent State College considers it an honor to have th is organization on the campus, and we shall do all in our power to line up to its ideals and stand ards.


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HOW DO YOU DO, OMICRON OMICRON! Hazel Keener Alpha Sigma Alpha leader, Fair as judge, persuasive pleader. H ear her g rateful sisters cheer For their President so dear.

Hilda Bachman An able aid is Hilda B. Independent lady she, Never flinching at the test, Serving what she thinks is best.

Ethel McMaster Ethel McMaster, minute girl, On the spot with pep she'll twirl , Banish sadness, gloom, and fea r, With her most contagious cheer.

Kathryn Green American g irl, all, K athryn Green, Is true to "Style" whenever seen, Athletic beauty as should be Girl of "Land o f Liberty."

Elizabeth Kist Indeed there is upon this list Fidelity's hand maid, E lizabeth Kist. Quiet, pretty little g irl, Soft brown tresses all in curl.

Miriam Seese Miriam "Cease" we oft did cry As our pennies said "good bye." King Midas' wondrous gift hath she, A nd all that spells "Efficiency."


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Henrietta Beechey

H er luminous orbs are a ll aglow Henrietta Beechey, you all must know, It's good to meet this happy miss ; She' ll make you think of hope and bliss. Alice Young

The cold statuesque, yet the warm brown glow , Frail femin ine beauty, languid lids low, Tru ly a "Brow ning's woman" would eyes but op en a nd her reveal, Soul o' you, cha rm o' you, over us to steal. Virginia Skelly

V irgi nia's the maid who framed these verses tru e路 A nd a right good job we'll say she can do. A conscientious worker as we know S he' ll make her mark where'er she' ll go. Mildred Poto

Calm and sweet should be the photo Of demure Miss Mildred Poto. Damon and Pythias gave their keys T o Mildred Poto an d Miriam Seese. Helen Murphy

In this age of Charleston-oh! Watch thi s beauty step and go, H elen Murphy is her name, Sweet and dainty little dame. Mary Hopton

vVith joy our first president we cal l, And in reverence say, "H owdy H ops." Ma ry, your dig nity and g race Like a mantl e over us fall. Margaret Hughes

P eg, though far Our sorrow and Laughter, tears, The love of our

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THE PHOENIX Ruth Winters Ruthie on the canvass of time, Your fr iends paint you smiling. Your tw inkling toes so fin e, A re always merril y dancing. Margaret Davis Ou r lovely Marg almost divine, Tall and gracious dignity sublime, Vvc th ink of you though fa r away, And wish you with us every day. Marie Lengs Marie, to you so full of vim, Despite the fac t that yo u a re slim, We know you a lways lend a hand, To help with anything we plan. Marguerite Condron Now our Margue rite you'll agree F r om ego she surely is f ree. Quiet, demure, fu ll of ambition, Capable, I'm sure, of any position. Esther Johnson Only alumna here, Esther, Queen in name, not stature, A fr iend to our active chapter, When in need, "yes," she will answer. Louise Brownell How we envy Louise Brownell, Who's ne'er been guilty of one marcel. Those raven tresses make a crown, A ll soft and curled her head around. Margaret Stage Margaret Stage one nine two SIX (1926) Right up to date in that and thi s, A modern g irl both fine and sweet, Step forth "Ye Ancients," this maiden g reet.

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Jeanette Geiger Delicate, dainty, and demure, As the "Maid of Astalot," and with her lure J eanette g lides softly to all our hearts, For the quiet charms of her are fata l darts.

Ruth Felt Ruth of the qu iet student What golden treasures fill For truly you "drink deep And quaff the de lights the

ways, your clear Kent clays, of the P ierian spring," Muses bring.

Rosalind Hathaway Grace and vogue you all wi ll say Of this Miss R ose Hathaway; Plays a clever hand at Bridge, L oads her "coup" aclown the ri dge.

Jean Gorham J ean Gorham who can cast a spell With wondrous ticlclle, we should not tell, But keep thi s secret, it is true, Orpheus, does her bow string woo.


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INITIATORY RITES OF SECRET SOCIE TI ES The initiation into some sort of secret society is almost as old as mankind itself. In primitive days we find many great peoples using thi s sort of rite. The tribes of Australia had puberty institutions whose cerem onies concerned themselves with: depilation, head-biting, sprinkling with blood, drinking of human blood , immer sions in filth , scarification, smoking and burning of the body. The cer emonies were conducted by the elders of the tribe and the subj ecti on to such ordeals was designed to change the entire nature of the youth. This period of confinement was utilized as a time in which to convey to the novices a knowledge of tribal traditions, customs, and habits of respect and obedience to the older men. The Tuscarora Indians of North Caro.lina had even a more puberty initiation . There the youth was placed in a house of correction where he underwent severe physical tortures ; then he was taken into the ranks of men and made ready for marriage and af ter a period of instruction from the elders he was given a certificate from Niter, significant of rebirth. This certificate of membership was a stick ornamented with rooster and cassoway feathers. Moreover, it was required that all the laws relating to class and totemic divisions be learned plus the songs, marriage system and tribal government. In this training each lad was attended by an elder who instructed him every evening in his duties and gave him advice in so kindly, fatherly, and impressive a manner that it often softened their hearts and drew tears from the youths. By the time the initiation ceremonies were ended the young men were under their control to s~tch an extent that they thought their superiors were possessed with magical and mysterious powers. Such beliefs led to tribal societies and totemism, the latter having a deep spiritual trend accompanied by dramatic and mystical rituals. \i\Then we turn from primitive society to the middle ages we find again two great examples of the secret order in Mohammedanism and the Templars . The question as to who should be Mohammed's successor gave r ise to societies of wisdom. These societies held meetings twice each week at which all members dressed in white. There were nine degrees offered and the training for each was similar to the mediaeval university course.


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Degree One infused doubt in the mind of the aspirant resulting in a blind confidence in the teacher, Degree Two consisted of the oath concerning God and imans, Degree Three informed him that he was a member of these blessed and holy imans, Degree Four concerned the mystic number seven and its relation to the lawgivers, Degree Five concerned twelve apostles, Degree Six instructed them in precepts of Koran, Degree Seven was the mystic Pantheism Communion, Degree Eight concerned the positive precepts of his religion, and Degree Nine inculcated the principle "naught was to be believed-everything to be done." The Templar society based its beautiful ceremonies upon religion and chivalry. Its origin is due in great measure to the crusaders of the twelfth century, for nine knights of the Crusaders formed the association which took as its patroness "sweet mother of God," and for its vows those of chastity, poverty, obedience, and protection of the Holy Land. A seal was employed and three classes of Templars grew up: the Knight, the Chaplain, and the Serving Brothers. The ritual for initiation into any one of these classes took place in a special chapel, in the presence of the assembled chapter and was made up of vows, prostration, and finally the donning of the habit of the order, a white mantle with a red cross. To-day probably the finest examples of secret societies are to be found in Freemasonry and the Greek Letter Fraternity. The Masonic ritual is based upon the thirty-three years of Christ's life and for each year a degree is assigned . College fraternities employ a ritual that is the outgrowth of all that has gone before. The "Greeks" to-clay are abolishing the mock initiations and all performances that are similar to those employed by the primitive Australian tribes, and are stressing the re-birth of the initiate along social, intellectual, and spiritual lives. The ceremonies are simple yet impressive, a great deal of symbolism is used, the virtues are stressed, and a vision of the ideal is held out to the youth who aspires to the attainment of a life of serivce based on love for his fellow men. Mary Wagner, K. K.


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FROM FAR OFF CHINA (Marga ret Roberts, 8 8 , the author of thi s interesting letter, is teaching in a boarding school for Chinese g irl s supported by the Ameri can Church M ission. The school has about 230 g irl s, ranging f rom the seventh g rade through high school. Margaret writes that the institution consists of a large school bui lding, including dormitories, dining r oom, class r ooms, a gymnasium, small infirmary, a beautiful chapel, and a residence fo r the foreign facu lty. Margaret states that a few of her "hardships" are learning the Chinese language, teaching in an unheated building, and living outside the city gates, wh ich are closed and locked nightly at sunset. H oweve r, ju st think of the four servants she has to look after her wa nts !)

Saint H ilda's School, Wuchang, H upeh, China . March 2, 1926.

Dear A. S. A.'s: The fifteenth of the first month of the Chinese yea r is the Feast of the Lanterns which is celebrated in this part of the country with great gusto. Just as it begins to grow dark the people start marching around with paper lanterns and huge paper dragons which are made to go through all so rts of contortions as they a re carried by several men on bamboo poles. T hese dragons are really fascinating for they are so cleverly made of tis sue paper in all colors and are a t least ten feet high as they a re carried. Soon candles are lighted inside the dragon s and in the lanterns and as it grows dark they show up better than at first. Hundreds of candles are placed all over the fields and in th e little shrines . These are burned to propitiate the gods and ensure good crops, rain, etc. Later in the evening the dragons a re burn ed and the bonfires add to the beauty of the scene. From a hill nea r our school th e surrounding fields and clusters of hamlet s were simply dotted w ith dancing lights which mo ved to and fro as a small procession passed back and forth or a dragon played in grotesque fashion . Graduall y the lig hts began to die out for th e Chinese candles used by th e people a re only about two inches long. F ireworks and firecrackers were, of course, part of the fun for they are indispensable at all Chinese celeb rat ions. T he next day was unu sual for it had been chosen as being ausp icious for the fun eral of Hs iao Yao Nan, th e govern or of thi s province, Hupeh. The weather didn't agree with th e pries ts as


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to the auspiciousness of the day for we had heavy rain in the early morning and a thick mist later on, but the funeral had to take place even so. We were fortunate in being near the line of march outside of the city where the crowds were not so great. The most marvelous part of the occasion was that the powers that be actually fixed up the road out from the Little East Gate which has been so rocky and horrible! The coolies were still carrying ashes and dumping them on the road when the procession came along. 'vVe had the pleasure of waiting two solid hours for things to happen, but it was worth it. If only the scene could be pictured as it was beforehand! There were soldiers and policemen in their padded, shapeless uniforms, puttees wrapped around their padded trousers; barefooted coolies selling horrible looking fried cakes and candy, pulling rickshas, carrying loads on a bamboo pole placed across their shoulders; women with tiny, bound feet and tightly coiled hair; cute dirty little children in their bright colored padded clothes; gentlemen in long silk gowns and round black caps, usually with the gown held or pinned up in back to keep it out of the mud ; in fact people of all sorts and kinds were out to see the show (as it really is for most of them) . At last the procession arrived. It was very long and elaborate. It took about an hour to pass us including a fifteen minute delay in the middle. There were a number of bands which played more or less-mostly Iess-in tune-one instrument being an old Chinese horn which sounded like a bag-pipe which they always use at a grand funeral. There were loads of priests, Buddist and Taoist, some wearing beautiful embroidered robes which had not been improved by the rain, many civilians, soldiers, sailors and many beggars in white mourning robes carrying scrolls. The paper boat, automobile, ricksha, sedan chair, etc., were very realistic. They were for Hsiao's spirit to use in the next world. For the same purpose were all sorts of things to eat made of paper and set out on a table. A pig and a young lamb were to be offered for sacrifice at the temple. There were a great many lovely embroidered umbrellas and pictures in silk as well as paper and cotton ones. Hsiao's picture, framed, appeared several times. His empty ricksha, his horse and his carriage were rather pitiful. The cedar wreaths with artificial flowers were an


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attempt to introduce a foreign touch as were the black armbands worn by the officials . The Chinese mourning color is white, but other colors appeared in rosettes which were worn by the soldiers. It seemed strange to see a man all dressed up in mourning clothes walking along with bare feet and carrying his shoes in order to keep them from getting muddy. All along the way were tables set out with candles, incense, and candy for the spirit. The people who had arranged these were given a few cents and looked entirely satisfied with it. The scene was far from gloomy for many of the mourners were smiling and having a fine time of it. The coffin itself was entirely covered with embroidered silk and was carried by 64 men. There was a marvelous dragon in the front. Behind this came the relatives-walking, or riding in rickshas or sedan chairs bound around with white cloth. A modern touch was added by a system of electric bells and wires carried on bamboo poles which kept the d ifferent parts of the procession in touch with each other. The whole thing seemed a terrib le waste of money and the superstitious belief in the need for all these observances struck on as almost unbelievable, but nevertheless very real to the people concerned. Love to all the A. S. A. Gi rl s, ]Jfargar et Roberts, ÂŽ ÂŽ.

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CONVENTION PROGRAM H ote1 Sherman Chicago, Illinois August 24-28, 1926

T uesday, 9 :00 1 :00 2 :00 6 :00

August 24to 12 :00 A. M.-Council Session P. M.-Luncheon to 5 :00 P. M.-Adv isers' Session P. M.-Dinner

Wednesday, August 259:00 to 12 :00 A. M.-Registration 1:00 P. M.-Luncheon 2 :00 to 5 :00 P. M.-Opening Session of Convention 6:00 P. M.-Dinne r 8:00 P. M.-Reception, Chapter Programs T hursday, Aug ust 269:00 to 12:00 A. M.-Business Session 1 :00 P. M.-Luncheo n 2 :00 to 5 :00 P. M.-B usiness Session 6 :00 P. M.-Dinner 8 :00 P. M.-Model Initiation Friday, Aug ust 279 :00 to 12:00 A. M.-Business Session 1:00 P.M.-Luncheon 2 :00 to 5 :00 P . M.-B usiness Session 6 :00 P. M.-Banquet and Chapter Programs. Saturd ay, Aug ust 28Sight-seeing trips to be arranged. Council and Adv isers wi ll chaperone.


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CHICAGO Our Convention City

" This will be the gate of the empire, this the seat of commerce. Everything invites to action. The typical man who will grow up here must be an enterprising man. Each day as he rises he will exclaim, ' I act, I move, I push', and there will be spread before him a boundless horizon, an illimitable field of activity. A limitless expanse of plain is here-to th e east, water and all other points, land. If I were to give this place a name I would derive it from the nature of the man who will occupy this place-ago, I act; circum, all around; 'Circago'." Thus predicted the French explorer, Robert Cavelier de Ia Salle in 1682, and truly his prophecy has come true, for Chicago has become the Great Central Market of the continent. Because of its strategic position at the head of the Great Lakes, and because all railroads have a terminus there, the city has become a favorite place for conventions. Chicago is noted for its great financial institutions, its excellent park system, its universities, and its public school system. The business section of the city is the first point of interest for the visitor. The crowded streets, the high office buildings, show the tremendous growth of the city. In this section one finds the great retail mart which has no equal throughout the country and is a direct result of the large railroad system. It is one of the busiest places in the United States, a place of continual noise and confusion. In the center of the city is the big department store district which, of course will appeal to feminine hearts. State Street contains nine of the largest retail stores in the world, some of them covering almost an entire square. A journey up this street is a never-to-be-forgotten event. Investigation discloses the 路fact that as an educational center there is no city of greater importance than Chicago. The city possesses schools and colleges of the highest order in every branch of learning. Its excellent libraries offer extensive means for research, while many of its institutions are famous the world over. Many of the newer features of the educational world, such as the open-air schools, technical training schools, and the four semester college, have either originated or found their highest '


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development in Chicago. The University of Chicago campus, covering ninety-five acres of land, is situated seven miles from the business center, and is an institution of world-wide reputation. The university, founded in 1886, has had a marvelous growth in wealth, influence, and number of students. The largest contributor to its endowment fund has been John D. Rockefeller. The university has a four-semester college year thus enabling a student to complete his entire course in three years. The group of buildings comprising the university are of English Gothic style in blue Bedford limestone, and having the Oxford, England plan of special quadrangles. It is well worth the time to visit this famous university. Chicago is equally important in the fields of art and music. The Art Institute, recognized as the center of art in the city, is famous for its galleries which form one of the best large ranges of exhibition rooms for paintings in the country. The Field Museum of Natural History in the classic Greek style, covers nine acres. The museum comprises four departments: anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology. Many costly expeditions have been dispatched to all quarters of the world for research and collecting, and they have gathered priceless collections for the museum. Any student interested in natural history will be delighted by a trip through this museum . . In music, Chicago takes first rank among American cities. Particularly famous is it for the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Musical Club, and many other societies. The musical colleges are distinguished for their excellent teaching corps. The Chicago Grand Opera Company is the first permanent grand opera organization ever established in the West. Especially renowned is Chicago for its extensive and highly improved park and boulevard system. The public parks cover an area of over four thousand acres. The great boulevards of the city encircle the metropolis and connect the parks and squares. These great roads, shaded by trees, are throughout the year the favorite highways of automobilists. One east and west drive, Jackson Boulevard, connects the circuit in the center, and by using this street it is possible to take up either half of the boulevard system without duplicating routes. It is possible to take a drive from the central downtown district either north or south,


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completing the itinerary by passing over the great west ide boulevard system, a drive of nearly sixty-eight miles. More than thirty public parks are on this circuit. For an August convention it must be mentioned that Chicago is also an ideal summer resort. To the visitor from the lakeless regions of the West and Southwest there is a perpetual fascination in the ocean-like expanse of Lake Michigan, with its varying moods and ever shifting colors. Swift passenger steamers and smaller pleasure boats are on the water front. Nearly twenty-four miles of lake frontage are included in the city limits. In addition all large parks have artificial lakes of considerable area. The climate of Chicago. is delightful in summer, for hot days are quickly tempered by lake breezes, and the large excm-sion steamers, which eros;; the lake several times a day, offer immediate relief from the heat. WHY GO T O CONVENTION

Why go to convention? For many reasons . The convention of Alpha Sigma Alpha is an inspiration to serve the sorority more, to further her high ideals, and to live life more fully. I shall never forget the time when Nettie Laughlin told of her initiation at convention. She was greatly impressed by the solemnity and the beauty of the occasion. It gave her one of the biggest thrills of her life. I should think it would! Even the local initiations are,- what shall I say ?- awe-inspiring? The adjective hardly suits the noun, but think what an initiation at convention would mean! Then there are the lasting friendships that are formed. Many of us do not know what it means to see a great many members of our sorority, from all chapters, together at one time. A group-no, a congregation, from Boston to California, bound by the same ties of sisterhood. Also, to see the actual organization of Alpha Sigma Aipna in operation would be of interest to any member. Girls who go to convention, always return home just bubbling over with new ideas and are ready to put them into operation. Hooray for convention! Let's go! Esther Wilson, H. H.


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The time is drawing near when representatives of every unit of our golden sisterhood will again convene and in the spirit of mutual love and friendship repolish the four points of King Asa's crown and cause his star to shine with a clearer light upon his happy universe. What a great privilege is ours in being able to contribute to such a fulfillment of our ideals. How can we best make this contribution, as well as reap the fullest benefits of this great gathering? Most certainly we should send delegates from our chapter. Sorority publications and correspondence are tremendously influential in the unification of our sisterhood, but the national convention, which makes possible every four years personal contact among all officials and chapters, is an indispensable factor in fostering friendships and organized effort. Certainly we shall not lose this fine opportunity to help burnish the standards of our sorority, to strengthen the bonds of love and sympathy among the members, to receive the mighty stimulus that inevitably comes from such a gathering of inspired leaders, indeed, to enable us to catch the fullest gleam of King Asa's star and thus see in a truer, clearer, perspective the ideals of our own Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Ina M. Bain,

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NATIONAL CONVENTION

The National Convention! How often of late have. we heard the word, "Friendship is the scarlet thread Jet clown from the windows of heaven to bind human hearts together"? All of us are bound by this thread, for we could not live up to our Sorority ideals and not be, but w.ill not a ational Convention, bringing together as it does every chapter, make this thread still stronger. Since our Sorority, like society, is not static, we must expect that it is necessary to make changes-rejections possibly and additions certainly, in our Constitution. T hen, too, a convention furnishes a forum for discussion of all matters pf interest to our organization . Our Council will be strengthened-if possible-as members will be brought closer in contact with the girls with whom and for whom they are working. Our chapters next fall


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will be spurred on to greater endeavor through the inspiration of their respective delegates . Enthusiasm is contagious. Will not the influence spread to our Ex-collegio chapters and City Organizations? 'vVe are prone to think of our Sorority, with its strong foundation and rapid growth, as perfect or nearly so. Still we wish to progress. Look to our aims! Could not they in some way be more fully realized? Physically! Sociall y! Mentally! Morally! Kappa Kappa realizes that there is a vast opportunity to make the Sorority a more vital force in the University and in the Sisterhood. Should not Alpha Sig girls p<;>~sess still more character and personality? Must not there be a stronger continuity of friend ship? More stability? More love? Self-sacrifice? We all must take the Sorority as we find it, but we are not justified in leav ing it so. We cannot all go to Chicago, meet our sisters and enjoy all privileges and advantages that will be theirs. We all wish, however, to aspire tb attainment. We wish as individuals, and as a Sorority, to take a step upward on the ladder toward perfection. And how better can all these ideals be attained than through the determination of each one to make "The National Convention of 1926" a success. A challenge to all Myra H. Prentice, K. K

CONVENTION! THE BEST OF ALL! The greatest thing in my college life-Alpha Sigma Alpha. The most inspirational part of that-Convention. WHAT!

A convention, a good old convention , Where we get the attention As kings, queens, and presidents, By the Chicago residents, Who know we're the best By the A. S. A. zest. When we part-we'll have gained And they'll have attained, The truth of our reputation:-That it's the best in the nation.


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WHERE!

Chicago. The city of the world.

WI-IEN!

August 24-28, 1926.

WHO !

All loyal Alpha Sigs. Delegates Advisers Alumnae Council

WHY!

To bring together the numerous links of our chain of friendship and to show how the wonderful hospitality, capability, cordiality, love, and loyalty of our members is imbued with the true Alpha Sigma Alpha spirit. Convention changes names into real flesh and blood sisters, gives a much broader national outlook, teaches what a sorority really means, impresses us with the admiration for the self-sacrifici g faithfulness of our faculty advisers and council, and gives the true meaning and spirit of Alpha Sigma Alpha. H elen G. L indenmuth, N. N.

WHAT CONVENTION WILL MEAN TO OUR CHAPTER

We, of the Xi Xi chapter of Alpha路 Sigma Alpha, are as yet very young but we want to grow stronger. We were wondering what would be the quickest way to become stronger like our sister chapters, when we heard of the Convention to be held in August. Who could think of a quicker way? At this convention there will be representatives from all of our older sister chapters and probably from our new little sister, Omicron Omicron. They will talk over the events of the past year and tell what they have been doing as individual chapters. Some will be filled with awe when they hear of the many many things some other chapter has done. They will all hear many new things and the Xi Xi representative will come home filled with tales of many strange and interesting things to tell to her Xi Xi sisters. Then they will know how to grow stronger. And at the next convention, many will listen amazed to the happenings during the previous year in Xi Xi chapter-the chapter which learned how to grow at the Convention of 1926. Altha Fern A?'che?', Xi Xi.


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CONVENTION BOOSTER SONG Tune: "Dwe lling in Beulah Land."

"Come today, be on your way. The great convention's coming, Make your plans and do not wait Unti l it is too late. Sound the word to one and all, Keep every thing just hummingChicago in August We'll meet you there. We'll meet you and we'll greet you, With a handshake and a smile. Inspire you, entertain you And all will be worth the while. Oh, yes we're going Make a showing, Bring the bunch, count the ways And have a good time all the days.路路

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THE SORORITY BANNER

An official soro rity banner will be on display at convention for the first time. This banner will be awarded on the last evening, during the banquet, to the chapter having the largest number in attendance, counting col lege and alumnae members. The decision wi ll be made according to the distance w.h ich the delegates had to travel in order to attend convention. This is done so that the distant chapter will have as much of a chance to win the banner as a nearby chapter. Come! Help your chapter to win the banner! ALUMNAE NOTICE

If you a re planning to be at convention do not fai l to detach the last page of this number of the PHOENIX and, after filling in the required information, mail to Miss Fultz before July first. It is very necessary that you do this in order to have your room reserved for you. The committee would also li ke to know your probable time of arrive! in order to have someone meet you and direct you to the proper place. Detach your page now-fill it out-and mail it.


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TRANSPORTATION Any member wishing information concerning transportation may obtain this information by writing to her section chief. Eas t of th e A ll egheny Mounta ins-Miss Ch ristina Little, 154 Circuit Rd. , W inthrop, Mass. Between the A llegheny Mts. and th e Miss iss ipp i River-Miss Grace F ultz, Rushville, O hi o. West of th e M ississ ippi Ri ver-Miss M innie 1. Shockl ey, 704 Church St. , Alva, O klahoma. Because of th e earl y date which thi s magazine had to go to press, it was impossible to obtain definit e informat ion . . If we have two hundred a nd fifty delegates, we shall get reduced r ailroad fa res.

Sightseeing Trips O n Saturday, Aug ust 28, sightseeing trips will be planned for all those wishing to stay over after the business sessions of Co nvention have closed. If you wish any furth er informati on co ncerning th ese kindl y write to M iss Shockl ey. EXHIBITS Do not fail to inspect the chap ter exhibits at Co nvention. Each chapter will have two mounts show ing pictures of th e memb ers in the chapter, campus views, chapter house pictu res, menus, programs, favo rs, etc., used at pa rti es . Then t here wi ll be college banners, yea r books, magaz ines, newspapers, etc.-all to ma ke you better acqua inted with Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters. Help your chapter make a splendid showing. SUGGESTION It is wise to r ead the back numbers of THE PHOENIX before you go to Conventi on. Then you will be acquainted with the chapters before you start, and will be able to converse more freely and intelligentl y with the delegates.


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IN MEMORIAM

The circle of our sisterhood has again been broken by that sinister visitor-Death. When we learned of the passing of our beloved sister, Fay Burnison, on January 14, 1926, we were deeply shocked and grieved by the suddenness and sorrow of it. Those of us who knew Fay found her a true Alpha Sigma Alpha girl. Her life was one of usefulness and activity. As president of Beta Beta in 1919-1920, she was an untiring and devoted worker, and stood always for the highest and best things in life. Our group under her guidance did many useful and outstanding acts. At the time of her death she was completing her fifth successful year as teacher in the Sacramento, California, schools. The earthly life of Fay has closed, but the memories of her good deeds and inspiring example remain in the hearts of all who knew her. "To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die." B eta B eta Chapter.

FAY B. BURNISON Beta Beta Chapter Tnitiated April 21, 1919 Died January 14, 1926

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VERA M. WEST Epsilon Epsilon Chapter Initiated January 7, 1922 Died February, 1926


ALPHA ALPHA CHAPTER Initiation. A new custom has been established m Alpha Alpha this year. On Friday night before initiation the actives serenaded the pledges beneath their windows with Alpha Sigma Alpha songs. We ended with our lovely pledging song. The initiates enjoyed the singing immensely, and have decided to make it a regular custom. Initiation was held in McGuffey Hall on Saturday, February thirteenth. The service was beautiful, and each of us older girls felt newly inspired. Eight girls were initiated. They are: Wilma Hutchison, Bucyrus, Oh io Kathryn Long, Ottowa, Ohio Hazel Pundt, Lewisburg, Ohio Erma Schmidt, Cincinnati, Ohio Virginia Stuart, Portsmouth, Ohio Genevieve White, Camden, Ohio Lucille Wolfe, Leesburg, Ohio E lizabeth Wykoff, Portsmouth, Ohio

The actives entertained the initiates with a banquet at the Spinning Wheel on Saturday evening. We used Valentine decorations throughout the large room. Red hearts of various sizes were suspended in the air and scattered here and there on the table. The programs were red hearts containing the program, menu, and an added feature, namely, snapshots of the actives and initiates, making this program a valuable keepsake for everybody. The toastmistress, Helen Bennett; told us of the great castle where the good king ASA reigned. The outer wall of the castle was represented by the pledges. Kathryn Long gave a toast on the key of faith which unlocks the outer wall. Martha Wadsworth represented the actives who are the flowers in the court garden. Mrs. Viola Healey told about the castle windows, each of which was an alumnae . Mrs. Frances Gibson Richard, one of our patronesses, represented one of the towers of wisdom in the palace of King ASA. Dean E li zabeth Hamilton also gave us a very


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interesting talk. During our musical program Marjorie Martin and Carmen Richard both sang several lovely numbers. Dorothy Smelker played a piano solo. We enjoyed the pledge songs which our new sisters sang for us. Hoffman's string trio played softly during the banquet. Among the alumnae who returned to Miami for initiation were Helen Boggess of Springfield, Ohio, Dorothy Clason of Cincinnati , Ohio, Juanita Wolfe of Wyoming, Ohio, and Ruth Neff of Eaton, Ohio. The next day we all attended church, the initiates wearing their corsage bouquets, and then we had dinner in the private dining room of Vlells Hall. Two more girls were initiated on February twenty-seventh. These new sisters are: Marguerite Wood, Mt. Healthy, Ohio Mary Margaret Tener, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Our next letter will tell you about our spring dance. Ma1'lha Wadsworth .

ALPHA BET A CHAPTER Annual dance. The important social affair of this month was our annual dance. It was in the form of a dinner dance and was the most elaborate, as well as the most successful, social event of the year. The valentine idea was carried out in the decorations, and the tables and dining room were beautiful in their colors of red and white. The centerpiece for each table was a clever representation of a lacy valentine with reel hearts as place cards. A special feature of the decorations was an immense reproduction of the sorority pin which occupied a prominent place in the room. The background was in black to resemble the black enamel of the pin. The letters were outlined in gold, and an arrangement of electric lights made a clever representation of pearls with which the pins are set. . A four-course dinner was served during which the music was furnished by the orchestra which later played for the dance. There were two favor dances. In one French dolls dressed in bright costumes were presented to the ladies. To each doll was attached the name of the gentleman with whom the lady was to dance. For the other favor dance bamboo canes were distributed Kathryn B1'0'Wn . to the men.


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BETA BETA CHAPTER

Beta leads! We are proud to announce that Beta Beta is leading in scholarship in the college. Our average, 87.56 % , is above the school average. Second in line came Sigma Ups ilon, a local on our campus. Rushing has occupied us lately, and we entertained with a waffle supper at the Woman's Club, and a fudge party at the chapter house. As a result we have pledged the following girls: Catherine Stewart, Scottsbluff, Nebraska Ruth Hess, Denver, Colorado Suzanne Davi s, Burlington, Colo. Florence Oakes, Las Vegas, New Mexico.

On February twelfth we held a Valentine Tea Dance at the Women's Club House. This is an annual affair for all the Greek members on the campus. About one hundred and twenty guests were entertained. In the Associated ,Women Students election two of our girls are to hold office. They are Dorothea Wycoff, president; Emma Carter, secretary. Barbara Oxley. GAMMA GAMMA CHAPTER

The Tournament. Though the shortest month of the year, February has more crowded into it in the way of school activities than any other. This year was no exception. Each week brought something to mark it from the others. The first social meeting of our chapter was an old time "candy-pull." We made the candy in our room in the Main building. While waiting for it to cook and cool we danced, played cards and sang, just as the various girls wished. It was a most enjoyable evening. The next occasion was our annual celebration of St. Valentine's Day. As custom has decided, this was our big party to which we invite our friends of the masculine gender. Our room was beautiful in its dress of crimson and white with hearts everywhere. The Valentine idea was carried out in the entertainment and refreshments. The bi-monthly luncheons are the most enjoyable feature of the chapter's social life. It is then that we are like real sisters who are together after what seems weeks of separation. In


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schools where there is a chapter house one would not find such a gathering so full of friendly thrills as the girls are together every day. February 17, 18, 19 was the time of our annual Basket Ball Tournament. It is an invitation tournament, but all high schools are invited to send teams to compete for the championship cup offered by our school. This year fifty high schools entered. The town folks were kind and opened their homes to the visiting teams for sleeping. The Domestic Science department served the meals free. Breakfast, dinner and supper were served all the time. Many Gamma Gamma girls helped Miss Shattuck during these days. Gamma Gamma opened its room for rest room that the visiting girls could have a quiet place to spend the waiting periods between games. Some one of our girls acted as hostess very hour. The " Ranger Queen" was crowned with elaborate ceremony the Monday night following the tournament. For a wonder the result of the contest was kept secret until the curtain was drawn and the "Cat" was let out of the bag. Verda Mattson, a TriSigma, was the lucky one. She is a very bright and vivacious girl. She is an Alva girl and is very popular with the town as well as the college. Our College Basket-ball team has been very successful. Only two games of the conference were lost. There was some splendid playing done in the game between the team from Tulsa University and the Rangers last week, here on the home court. We are proud of our boys. They are first class in every way. To honor Mr. Wyatt, who was the Athletic coach for many years and who is still the idol of all our teams, the corner stone of our new gymnasium bears his name. With the name is this, his favorite expression, ''The team that won't be beat, can't be beat." This was the slogan that Mr. Wyatt threw at his teams on every occasion when a contest was on and has become the slogan for Torthwestern. How we wish that all Gamma Gamma could go to convention! Vve do want to meet you of the other chapters and to know you as sisters. On March eighth the sanctuary degree was given to Esther


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Albright and Anna Cleveland. Each time we g 1ve this service new beauties seem to be brought out. March the twelfth, the chapter gave a dinner at Ranger Shop as a farewell to some of the girls who were leaving for awhile. These farewells leave a sadness in our hearts. 'vVe have been lea rning to love our friend s and shall miss th em. We had been counting on having E dna Kerst Chamberlin with us during the sp ring and summer. She came and enroll ed, expecting to finish for her A.B. The change of her husband 's position and place of business, made it necessary that they should go to Ft. \No rth , Texas. Edna bade us good-bye and has entered the college in Ft. \No rth to compl ete her work for a degree in physical edu cation. Ruth Hall. DELTA DELTA CHAPTER Concerts. The firs't of a series of Sunday aft ernoon sp ring concerts, which are given every spring by the musical organizations on the campus was held on February twenty-eighth by Sigma Alpha Iota, the h<?norary musical so rority. O ur vicepresident, Helen McClaflin, was one of the soloists . In the concert given in Gallipolis on Februa ry twenty-fifth, by the combined glee clubs of O hio University, Helen was also soloist, and Dorothy Hollinger, one of our pledges, gave several readings.

O ne of our patronesses, Mrs . Garrett, entertained us on Friday evening, March twelfth w ith a delightful house party at her home. \ Ne are certainly very gratef ul and appreciate highly what our patronesses have clone for us. We are extremely sorry to lose one of our pledges, Bertha Davis, who was compelled to return home because of the illness of her father. \ N e hope that she will soon be back with us. Delta Delta entertained with a house party at the home of M rs. Garrett, one of our patronesses, on Friday evening, March twelfth. The decorations, favors, and refreshments were in keeping with Saint Patrick's Day. T he music was furni shed by a three-piece orchestra. Luella Fry .


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DELTA DELTA ALUMNAE Alumna Week-end. How I wish all alumnae members of Delta Delta could have been back to old 0. U. for the alumna week-end. vVe just had the most delightful time. Shall I tell you all about it? The first festivity was the formal dance on Friday evening at the Hotel Berry, where a "peppy" ten-piece orchestra and a lovely ball-room contributed to one of the best dances of the season. Everyone was made to feel very much at home and had the happiest time. Saturday morning the girls proved themselves to be most gracious hostesses when they entertained with a breakfast at the Windsor. Some of you alumnae of former years may not be acquainted with the Windsor, but let us just give you this hintit is a lovely place to dine. It is situated just across from the campus on the west side of Court Street not far from the Alumna Gateway. On Saturday afternoon we had an informal party in the sorority room I wish I had the words to tell you what a happy time it was. You missed seeing the finest and clearest group of pledges our chapter ever had. They blend so well together to form one harmonious whole, which gives strength to the group not often fo und. When another alumna week-end rolls around, won't more of you try to come back. We have the finest active chapter for you to see, and we know we can make you feel at home. We know you will be doubly glad to say that you are proud to be an Alpha Sigma Alpha girl. Sara Long. EPSILON EPSILON CHAPTER Our Venus! Gladys Thomas, one of our girls who is a teacher in the grade schools, has won the one hundred dollar prize for being the most perfectly physically formed woman in Emporia. The contest was conducted by the Gazette. The presentation took place after the showing of the picture, "The American Venus," when Gladys Thomas appeared on the stage dressed in a white evening gown beaded with rhinestones. We are proud that an Alpha Sigma Alpha won this contest.


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Will Rogers appeared one evening during the month of February and kept his audience amused until eleven fifty-five . He also brought a male quartette with him . From the length of the program and the number of encores you may guess the popularity of this group of entertainers. Spring as usual brings examinations and all thoughts run m that channel. Dorothea Gufler.

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Notes. During the last week of February many important happenings took place. Panhellenic gave a program for the American Legion, and several A lpha Sigs took part. vVe gave two English country dances and one Russian dance. Then the chapter as a whole attended a performance given by the CoffeeMiller players. Also the Osborne Literary Society, of which most of us are members, including the president of the society, gave a very lovely school party. The program was in the form of a radio program, only two actors in sight. The lights were turned low while the two actors manipulated the dials bringing in the concert which was given off-stage. It was quite enjoyabl e. After the program we had dancing and games making the affair a truly "big" time. The annual May Queen contest is going on now. There are four candidates, three of whom are Alpha Sigs. Jewe! Vivian is candidate from the Osborne Literary Society. Dorothy Clark from the sophomore class, and Louise Whitman from the senior class. The contest closes on March fifth . Our next letter will tell the results. Anyway we have three chances out of four. A new dramatic fraternity has been installed on our campus and is named Theta Alpha Phi. At the election of officers Louise \1\Thitman was made secretary. Tri-outs for the annual Panhellenic musical comedy have been held and we are anxiously awaiting the results. \Ve are hoping that we have a few actors in our group . Louise I,Y Jn"tman.


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ETA ETA CHAPTER Valentine Day. Alpha S igma Alpha held its annual Valentine celebration in Carney Hall last Saturday night at 7 o'clock. Guests were received in the Social rooms, and then all went to the dining room where a delightful four-course dinner was served by the Phi Upsilon Omicron sorority under the direction of Miss Annie Marriott. Six persons were seated at each table. The nutcups were made from four red paper hearts. Place cards were gold arrows piercing one of the hearts. Two lighted candles were placed at each table. The gentlemen found at their plates small leather memorandum books with the sorority letters engraved in gold, as favors . Toasts were given between courses. Blanch Emery gave a toast to the gentlemen, and Profesosr S. J. Pease responded in their behalf. Lodema Wiley gave a toast to the patronesses and Miss Roseberry, and Miss Alice Lanyon responded. Miss E ulalia Roseberry, adviser, gave a short talk, and Nell Marie Davis gave a toast to the sorority. President W. A . Brandenburg also made a brief talk commending the high ideals of the sorority. The guests were again shown to the social rooms where the orchestra struck up a lively tune, and the remainder of the evening was spent in dancing. Rook tables were provided for those who preferred not to dance. P unch and wafers were served by Esther Pease, Anne Bailey, and Ruth Emery. Faculty members and patronesses present were: Mrs. C. F. Spencer, Mrs. G. W . Weede, Mrs. Nannie Rogers, Miss Alice Lanyon, Professor and Mrs. J. S. Pease, Professor and Mrs . E . F . Monroe, President and Mrs. W. A. Brandenburg. Each lady guest present and Miss Roseberry, adviser, were presented corsage bouquets. Members and alumnae present were: Margaret Flottman, Ada Frerer, Annette Vehlow, Blanch Emery, Beth Marsh, Ollie Mae Aspinall, Geraldine Welty, Esther Wilson, Faith Crandall, Nell Marie Davis, Laura Belle Iles, Thelma Myer, Helen Brand-enburg, Ruth Gray, Lorena Mae Long, Nell Amrein, Nellie Ross, Ardis Monroe, Gertrude Robinson, Velma Hagood, Gladys Parks, Lillian Tankersley, Lucile Tankersley, Frances Bailey, Mrs. Harry Zook, Maxine Smalley Carter, Bernice Hansen, Mae Phillips, Lodema W iley, and Mabel Roseberry.


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Since our last letter Eta Eta has initiated eleven girls. They are as fo llows : Ada Frerer, Carthage, Mo. Ardis Monroe, Pittsburg, Kansas Bernice Han sen, Pittsburg, Kansas Laura Belle lies, Pittsburg, Kansas . Helen Brandenburg, Pittsburg, Kan sas Thelma Myer, Winfield, Kansas Lucile Tankersley, Arenas Pass, Texas Lillian Tankers ley, Arenas Pass, Texas Lodema Wiley, Fredonia, Kansas Mae Phillips, Columbus, Kansas Geraldine Welty, Wa lnut, Kansas.

February also meant our annual Valentine party. Our rooms were prettily decorated in red and white, and the whole affair was ideal. Hobo Day at Pittsburg was certainly an exciting day. Classes were dismissed at eight-thirty, and faculty and students turned hoboes for the day. The weary willies assembled n the auditorium in Carney Hall at nine-thirty, where a program was provided. The stunts were many and varied. Following this came the parade through the town in dog carts, and every broken-down vehicle which could be procured. Even the schools were dismissed, so that all could view our parade. The college cafeteria served lunch to the weary willies at noon, and then came a hobo track meet. In th e evening our annual Stunt Fest took place. Each organization gave a ten minute stunt. Our stunt received honorable mention. Ruth Flottman was presented the first prize of five dollars in chapel for the best hoboess. The cornerstone of our new library was laid on March eighteenth, Commemoration Day, which is also apple day. The students fined the faculty a barrel of apples路 to be large enough to contain one apple for each student. Apples were given out in chapel. Esthe1' Wilson

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A Valentine Tea. Here it is time to greet you again and chat with you awhile. February was a happy month for Theta Theta. One of the pleasant meetings was that of February eleventh, at the sorority rooms. This was social meeting and took


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the form of a Valentine tea. We invited as guests the members of Pi Sigma Tau, a girl's sorority from the College of Business Administration of B. U. Our rooms were very prettily decorated in reel hearts and candles. Julia Lancaster, (for whom this affair was a welcomehome) poured tea while Edith Carleton, Hazel Killam, Elizabeth Lyon and Gladys Ray furnished the music with banjo, violin, ukulele and piano. Our guests were very appreciative of this courtesy and showed their appreciation by inviting Alpha Sigma Alpha to be their guests at a masquerade dance on the evening of March fifth at the Fritz-Carleton Hotel. On February the twenty-fourth we had a very important business meeting. Among other things discussed was the B. U. School of Education year book-the Sed. Theta Theta voted to give a complimentary advertisement to the year book. Two of our members, Virginia Scott and Evelyn Lindell are important members of Sed staff. Theta Theta's next social affair will be the annual spring dance. This is planned for the ninth of April, the first week after spring vacation. O ur chapter is rather proud of an honor that has recently come to one of our alumnae. Maud Wheeler, a 1922 graduate of B. U. School of Education and now doing graduate work at Cornell University, has been elected to membership in Pi Lambda Theta, a national honorary professional fraternity which corresponds to Phi Beta Kappa in the under-graduate world. We are glad that an A. S . A. girl has won this scholastic honor. The School of Education had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Marsh, the new President of Boston Univers~ty, at Assembly the last week in February. A right royal welcome has been extended to Dr. Marsh from each of the maQy colleges of old B. U. Ruth Twiss, an A. S. A . girl Theta-Theta, 1925-26, was one of the speakers at a Y. W. C. A. conference in Boston in February. Dorothy Hancock, one of our new members of this year, has been at her home in New York for a month the most of which she has spent in a hospital recovering from an attack of appendicitis. We are hoping that she will soon be able to return to school. F lorence Knowlton, Theta Theta's Treasurer of 1925-26, was in Boston for a few clays in February.


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Theta Theta extends its condolences to Ruth Belknap upon the death of her mother in February. Theta T heta is glad to announce a new member of this letter. Elizabeth L. Curtis of Derby, Vermont, was given the pledge pin on March twenty-fifty, and was initiated on April fifth. Our service, held at Mrs. Martin 's home, seemed unusually pretty this time. We were fortunate to have the service just at the time of the house party at Mrs. Martin's, and were consequently honored by the presence of Mary Wagner, president of Kappa Kappa chapter, Charlotta Corpron of Mu Mu chapter; Esther Berkshre of Delta Delta chapter, now of Washington, D. C., and Carol Pierce of Gamma Gamma chapter. Gladys B. Ra'y.

KAPPA KAPPA CHAPTER Here and There. We gi rl s of Kappa Kappa are very proud to own E lizabeth Eby as a sister. E li zabeth is famous for her readings and mimicing. On Friday evening, February twelfth she came back to give an entertainment for the sorority and its friends. The proceeds amounted to thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents . The program consisting of Irish, Italian, Negro and other dialect monologues, short-story readings and songs, was delightful , and many critics said it was the best of its nature ever given at Temple. The next day, Saturday, February thirteenth, we held the Phoenix P ledge Service in the Mus ic Room of Conwell Hal l. Six girls took the sacred vow. After the service we returned to the dormitories where a party was given in honor of St. Valentine by Mary Wagner and Ruth Nailor . Mary read to us the beautiful story of St. Valentine. A large part of the afternoon was spent in playing bridge, but we might as well have called the game, a game of hearts, for everybody was bidding high on that suit. Hearts it was, though, in candies and cakes. On February twenty-second we gave a Martha Washington tea in honor of the women members of the faculty. It was held in the Recreation Room of the Dormitories. The idea carried out was colonial in spirit. Mrs. Smaltz was dressed as Martha Washington, Mrs. Beury as Nellie Custis, Miss Peabody as George \i\Tashington, and Mrs. Doyle as a colonial lady. Mrs. Beury and


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Mrs. Smaltz poured. Olive Worth and Leonie Lindsley, both attired as young colonial girls met the guests at the door and ushered them into the room. Our decorations were red and white. With the tea we served old-fashioned mints and cakes. The napkins were replicas of samplers. A delightful program was given by members of the faculty,-a vocal duet by Miss Smith and Mrs. Kirby accompanied by Miss Bennet. The dialogue between Sir Peter and Lady Teazle as given by Miss Walters. Over fortyfive members attended the tea. We were highly honored during the last week in February by two visitors, Miss Christina Little of Theta Theta chapter and Miss Carlotta Corpron of Mu Mu chapter. On Friday evening we gave a model business meeting, after which we had an informal fudge party. During the meeting Carlotta brought us greetings from Mu Mu, and Christina spoke about election of officers and Convention. Since her talk we are all longing to go to convention. On Saturday afternoon we held our initiation service in the Reading Room of the Dormitories. The service as路 usual was simple and beautiful. Our new members are: Olive Wirth, Ruth Huppman Frances Shirley

Christine K li ne Evelyn Kratz Regina Nichols

At six o'clock we journeyed to the College Club, where we were served with an initiation supper. In the center of each table we placed a bouquet of red and white carnations which the initiates later took home. Our president acted as toast mistress and called upon the following people to speak: Miss Little, who brought a message from our beloved president, Mrs. Martin ; Miss Corpron, who brought greetings from Mu Mu chapter; Mrs. Doyle, who welcomed our new girls; Mrs. Beury and Mrs. Smaltz who spoke on their regards for Alpha Sigma Alpha, and last Frances Shirley, who addressed the chapter on behalf of the initiates. After the toasts we sang our songs until time for departure. We were sorry that the next day meant parting with Carlotta and Christina, but we are looking forward to seeing both many more times before the end of the year. Ruth N ailm-.


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LAMBDA LAMBDA CHAPTER

Busy! The quarter system here at Columbus truly keeps us busy, especially when both college and sorority examinations come so closely together. It seems as though we jump from one set of finals to the other. For Alpha Sigma Alpha the month of February was quite uneventful. Monday, February eighth, began a week of probation for two of our pledges. They were quite obedient pledges and certainly earned their pins. This was followed by our initiation held at twelve noon on Sunday, February fourteenth. Ilee Cornell and Thelma Hutchfield, both of Columbus were the initiates. Following the ceremony, we had a lovely dinner honoring St. Valentine and our new active members . Saturday, February twenty-seventh, the Ohio State coeds gave their annual prom or Mardi Gras. This year every sorority was asked to elect a queen from its group, and the organization selling the most tickets for the prom, would have its queen presiding. Lambda Lambda elected Luciie Walter, our president, as queen. Then we worked hard, and sold many tickets. No, our Lucile did not become queen, but we were third in place, and had our girl chosen as one of the queen's court. Ohio State has continued to play fine games of basket ball. We even won from Michigan. The games proved close but very exciting. March second ushered in another rushing season for Lambda Lambda. Our parties consisted of a sailor-ship affair, a poverty party, and a rose tea. For the ship party all were costumed in middies or sailor suits topped by "gob" hats. We sang rollicking songs, danced a sailor's hornpipe, told old sea yarns, and played old sea games. Lunch was a compostion of sails, logs, and brine. The poverty party proved nothing original, the girls were cleverly made up and the success was due to the informal air which made each one a friend. The rose tea was so pretty! The girls were dressed in rose dresses, the lights were rose, the cakes and ice cream blended, and each girl received a tea rose. As a result of these parties, we pledged four more girls : Neva Ketchum, Pauline Reed, Dolores Wise, and Margaret Shelby. Bernice Linicome is again with us, but Margery Rutledge and Gladys Glenn did not return this quarter. On the campus-the Intramural Festival was held. It is truly


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a three-ring circus in which fencing, basket-ball, volley-ball, boxing, wrestling, etc., were all going on at the same time. This year a Charleston contest was held, in which our Ike Cornell held third place. Elsie F. Schneider. MU MU CHAPTER

Initiation. February proved a busy and delightful month for Mu Mu. Initiation was the first of two important events. The service was held on Friday, February fifth at Starkweather Hall, on the campus, and was followed by a dinner at the Hotel Huron. We were very sorry that illness caused several members to be absent. Florence Gee was toastmistress and gave evidence of becoming a promising young poet since all her speeches were cleverly made into poems. Gladys Lackie, our president, welcomed the new girls, and Norma Welch responded for the initiates with a fine original poem on "Loyalty." Luella Aldrich spoke on "Aspire, seek, attain ." Miss Mabel Paine of Ann Arbor gave an informal talk on the "Sorority Girl." Miss Ethel McCrickit told us, in the way that only Miss Ethel can tell us, of what a sorority should mean to us and should do for its girls. Donelcla Morrison, the last speaker of the evening, talked of the various organizations for women . We missed Miss Garrett, who had been called home because of the illness of her father. He is much better now and we are very glad to have her with us again. Our initiates were: Geneva Bond, Memphis Doris Billman, Kaleva Garcion Carpenter, Marshal Lulu Frieling, Muskegon

Katherine Crabill, Monroeville, Ind. Kasylda D erbin , Clawson Norma Welch, Flint

Mrs. Harry Smith and Mrs. Guy Kennedy entertained Mu Mu and a few rushees at a most delightful Valentine party at the new home of Mrs. Kennedy. The house was hung full of hearts and the first game was a heart hunt. The next game was a unique intelligence test, followed by a flower masquerade. Then everyone had her turn in throwing the arrow at the heart to see how many years remained until wedding bells would ring for her. A buffet luncheon was served, during which the guests began in the dining room and went from there through the serving and kitchen collecting their food. Each guest received a reel heart full of


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candy. Altogether it was one of the loveliest parties imaginable. Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Smith proved to be the most delightful of hostesses. As a culmination of several small parties, ribbon pledging was held on Monday evening, March fifteenth. The following girls received the ribbons: Cora Collins, Helen Cummings, Kathryn Lang, Anna Lisa Hoglund, and Dorothea Lyons . Katherine Krabell, who was ill in the hospital for a couple of weeks, has had to give up her work for this term and return home. We are hoping to have her with us again next term. Ruth Bayler.

NU NU CHAP TER Ten! How proud we were on the first of February when we pinned the pearl white and crimson knots on ten new pledges! On February eighteenth at five o'clock we gave these girls the Phoenix pledge following it on Saturday afternoon, February twenty-seventh, with the regular initiation service. The ceremony took place in the Art Gallery. We were sorry that three of the girls could not be initiated at this time because their scholastic . record was not quite up to our requirement. As soon as they raise their grades we shall initiate them. We have great hopes for the future of these, our new sisters: Mary Jane Clark, Johnstown, Penn. Mary Beulah Hafer, Frostburg, Maryland Helen Margaret Knisely, Harrisburg, Penn. Ruth !della Reaser, Gettysburg, Penn. Ruth Anne Rife, Duncannon, P enn. Edith Minnie Rood, Cattarougas, N ew York Ruth Sutherland, Washington, Penn.

Our pledges are : Helen Ellsworth, Washington , D. C. Ruth Hassenfuss , Philadelphia, Penn. Nancy Jones, Chatham, Virginia.

On Sunday, February fourteenth, we celebrated the birthday of our dear patron saint. At three-thirty we all went to vesper services at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at Thirteenth and Locust streets. The services were very impressive. On our return we read the history of the life of our patron saint in our Symbolism. We then settled down for a few days until the week end of Washington's birthday when several of the girls went away to


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VlSlt friends . When we returned we had the great pleasure of having as our guest for three days, Miss Christina Little, who has charge of the Scholarship affairs on the Board of Supervisors. We feel that we have gained much by her visit. We asked question after question and fea r that" we were instrumental in making l\~iss Little lose her voice. We surely enjoyed having her here and words are not to be found to express how much we profited by. having her. On Sunday, February twenty-fourth, we were delighted to serve tea in our practice house to Miss Carlotta Corpron and three Kappa Kappa girls. Miss Corpron brought greetings from Mu Mu and made us very enthusiastic about attending convention. H elen G. Lindenmuth. XI XI CHAPTER February 14, 1926: On Sunday afternoon, February fourfeenth-Valenti.n e's Day, the Xi Xi girls met at the beautiful home of Betty 路Fellows in Los Angeles. We sat around and .talked and listened to the phonograph and then s~ng some of our songs. Mrs. Fellows, our other hostess, soon called us to supper which we enjoyed immensely. The color scheme was red and white, very appropriately, a1l.d the table was lighted with large red candle~. 路 After supper we talked a while longer and then separated; some going to the theatre, while those of us who were less fortunate went home to study, but with a more willing attitude after having spent such a pleasant afternoon. The month of March was filled with many days which were typical of California summer, so we took advantage of that fact and had four beach parties. The first three were in the afternoon. We met at the home of one of the girls and from there we drove down to Santa Monica. Our fourth beach party was at night. After a business meeting we drove to Castle Rock at Santa Monica. We surely had lots of fun , and talk about good "eats"! After we had eaten, each girl had to get 路up before the fire and do a stunt. There were songs, poems, jokes and stories. When every girl had done her bit it was quite late, so we very relu!:tantly left to go home. Altha Ferne A1'cher.


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LAST MINUTE NEWS Alpha Alpha. On March twentieth at seven o'clock m th e morning we initiated the following girls: 路 Margaret Cordwin, East Liverpool, Ohio Margaret Cruikshank, Hicksville, Ohio Margaret Hoffman, Hicksville, Ohio Mabel Band, Littl e Hocking, Ohio Martha Kennedy, Well svi lle, Ohio Grace Phillips, Wellsvill e, Ohio Margaret L eopold, M,ansfield, Ohio Dorothy Hollinger, Massillon, Ohio

In the evening we entertained the new initiates with a formal dinner at the Colonial, and had our patronesses as guests. Alpha Beta. Spring rush season opened with its share of parties. The first was a theatre party. Closely followmg this came. a slumber party. The girls assembled early in the evening at the home of Martha Burk and were first taken for a car ride. Upon returning to the Burk home they were taken to the spacious third fioor, which had been transformed to resemble a Japanese room. The girls spent the evening with various stunts and telling ghost stories. These were interspersed with refreshments followed by breakfast next morning at the College Cafeteria. The most delightful of the week's entertainments was a "Treasure Hunt." The girls met at the home of Mrs . Ruth Gardner Sherard and there were divided into groups and given instructions. Interest was intense as the groups visited place after place in their wild desire to be the first to discover the treasure. At each_ place instructions as to how to proceed were found _in mysteriously worded notes. After visiting several places they found a note telling them to go to "Grim Inn." At the Grim home the rushees found a number of strings and they were told if they would follow these they would find the treasure. The "Chests" when discovered, were found to contain gold and silver nuggets which in reality were candies wrapped in gold and silver paper. The pledges taken in during the Fall and Winter Quarters entertained the Active members with a dance on April ninth. The guests were asked to come dressed in sport costumes, ready for a sail on the S.S. ASA. Upon first entering they perceived a sign which told them to get passports and from these they learned of


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their trip around the world and stops to be made. The room was decorated to represent a room aboard ship, with life savers, ropes, steamer chairs, and various other things. At one side of the room was a bar where one could get pop for the asking. There were two favor dances. In one the boys were given packages of life savers and in the other the girls were given Japanese parasols. Martha Burk, who is much sorrowed by the recent death of her father, was unable to be there. Alpha Beta also joins Martha in her bereavement . We have five very attractive new girls. They are: D orothy Loehr, Kirksville, Mo. Juanda Hawkins, Gower, Mo. Marie Williams, Memphis, Mo. Lillie Ralston, Queen City, Mo. Roberta Clarkson Hatfield, Hannibal, Mo.

Zeta Zeta. On March twenty-third we held pledge service for Lucille Thornhill. This same week the alumnae association and their patroness, Mrs. \iValter Marron, entertained the active chapter and Mrs. Nattinger, at Mrs. Marron's home with a bridge luncheon. The small tables were attractively decorated with spring flowers . Bridge was played, and favors for high scores were awarded to Jewell Vivian and Annabel Stephenson. Mrs. Luther Hunt of Windsor was our guest. An honor was bestowed on one of our members, Louise Whitman, when she was elected May Queen by popular vote. Louise is a senior and has accepted a position for next year as Girl Scout Commission in Jefferson City, Missouri. She left on the first of April to attend a ten day convention in St. Louis. Iota Iota. During the month of March the girls of Drake put on a musical comedy, composing every bit of it themselves. Five of our girls took part in the production, but one played a prominent role, Fannette Walker, who accompanied the dancing and singing. Fannette is a new pledge and a talented musician. About the middle of March Governor and Mrs . Hammill entertained us at a theatre party. Mrs. Hammill is a patroness. We had a lovely time and felt greatly honored. A new member has been pledged, Suzzane Hart, a sophomore. A lice Jensen, who was in the hospital last month, is back again at college. Clare Lockhart was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Abbie Betts was elected to Kappa Delta Pi . Mu Mu. We gave the ribbon pledge to five new girls just


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before the close of the winter term. P ledging was held at the home of Dr. and M rs. George. Norma \ iVelch was hostess and we had a delightful social evening together. O ur new pledges are: Cora Co llins, Tecumseh Helen Cummings, Bay City Ann a Lisa Hoglund, Fort Wayn e, Ind. Katherin e Lang, J onesvi lle Dorotha Lyons, Owas so

M u M u is very proud of F lorence Gee and Margaret Gotts, who were elected to Pi Kappa Delta this year. Vila Jones has graduated with the closing of the winter term, and Esther Kitti returned for the Spring term. Gamma Gamma Alumnae. Belle Byers Beck ann ounces the birth of a son, Maurice, on January 16, 1926. Her new address I S 1235 South Quaker, Tulsa, Okla. Ethel Utterback i teaching in Ponca City. A son, Bruce Ralph, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M illes (Leona Edmundson ) ' on November 27, 1925 . Beta Beta Alumnae. Ruby Blanche \i\Torl ey and Mr. George vVaterbury were married in Cleveland, O hi o, Saturday, Feb rua ry 27, 1926. The couple will make their home in Cleveland at 1933 East 73rd St., Suite 3. About eighteen Beta Beta alumnae enjoyed a pleasant evening at the home of Lois Greer on April sixth. We inspected Ruby Worley's shower gifts, and then spent the remainder of the evening playing bridge. A delicious luncheon was served by our hostess. Geraldine Rundell is teaching in the Honolulu High School this year. Lorna MacGinnis has just r ecently resigned her position in Plattville, Colorado, to accept a position to teach F rench and Spanish in the vVestern State College at Gunni son, Colorado. L orna taught in the summer school at \i\Testern State last summer. Helen Sprinkle is head of the Home Economics department in the Greeley High School this year. Marian Smith teaches art in the Senior High School in Fo rt Collins, Colo. A nna 路w heaton Allman teaches English in the Junior High School in the same city. F lorence Wolf teaches the sixth grade in Fort Collins also. N eomi E rickson is teaching in Clemenceau, Arizona. Myrtle Mcintyre is teaching literature in the Junior H igh School in Brighton, Colo.


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CONVENTION REGISTRATION BLANK NameAddressChapterRoute by which you intend to travelProbable time of arrivalDayHourHotel room desiredAll members intending to be present at convention will kindly fill out the above blank and mail to Miss Grace Fultz, Rushville, Ohio, before July first. Address all questions concerning transportation and hotel accommodations to Miss Fultz.

Profile for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Asa phoenix vol 11 no 4 may 1926  

Asa phoenix vol 11 no 4 may 1926