THE PHOENIX of ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA _ _ _ __, VoLUME
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Published in November, January, March, May and Ju l y of each year at No . 30 North Ninth Street, R ichmond, Indiana, by the Nicho l son Printing Company, for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority h aving headquarters a t No. 1 L i nd sey Street, Dorchester, Mass . Business correspondence may be addressed to either office, bu t matter for pub licat ion and correspon dence concern ing the same should be addres.?e d to Gertrude D. Halbr itter, Editor, 1 Lindsey Street, Dorchester, Mass. Entered as second-c lass matter September 4, 1923 , at the pos t office at Richmond, Ind., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mail ing a t spec ia l rate of pos t age provided for in s~ction 1103, Ac t of October 3, 1917, authorized September 4, 1923. S ubscripti o n price o ne do ll ar per y ear .
NATIONAL COUNCIL Pre iclent-J\Irs. \iVm. Holmes Martin, t::. and AA, 5 Cobden St., Roxbury, Mass. V ice-President-Minnie M. Shockley, rr, 704 Church St., Iva, Oklahoma. Secretary- clcla Anderson, EE, 509 Laramie St., Atchison, Kans. T reasurer-Grace G. Fultz, t::.t::. , 253 Superior St., Rossford, Ohio. Chaplain- tlary A. ·w agner, KK, Box 151, Mt. Un ion, Pa. Registrar-M rs. F reel M. Sharp, ZZ, 1405 Hardy St., R. R. 6, Inclepenclence, Mo. Alumnce Officer-Katherine B. Nev ius, HH, 420 North 8th St. , Neodesha, Kansas . E ditor-Gertrude D. Halbritter, ®®, 1 Lindsey St. , Dorches ter, Mass. BOARD OF ADVISERS Alpha Ipha-M iss Amy M. Swisher, "The Tallawancla," Oxford, O hio. A lpha Beta-Miss Ethel Hook, 8 15 So. F ranklin St., Kirk sville, Mo. Beta Beta-Mrs. Les ter Opp, 717 17th St., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-M iss O ll ie Shattuck, 1043 8th St., A lva, Okla. Delta Delta-Miss E lizabeth Garber, Box 215, Athens, Ohio. Eps ilon Epsilon-Miss Catherine E. Strouse, 1304 Chestnut St., E mpori a, Kansas. Zeta Zeta-Mr . O rlo R. Nattinger, 108 South St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Miss Eulalia E. Roseberry, 16 10 So. Olive St., Pittsburg, Kans .
Theta Theta- /[iss Christina S. Little, 154 Circuit Rd., Winthrop, Mass. Iota Iota-Mrs. vV. F. Barr, 2842 Rutland Ave., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Mrs. Sherman H . Doyle, 181 5 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Miss M . 0 . Percival, 1142 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Mu M u-Miss Joy Mahachek, 611 E mmett St., Ypsilanti, Mich. N u N u-Miss Frances E . Macintyre, 4611 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. X i X i-Miss ell Grant, 18610 Marne Ave., Los A ngeles, Calif. Omicron Omicron-Miss Ada Hyatt, 325 E. Main St., Kent, O hio. P i Pi-Miss E li zabeth B. Small, 807 A uburn St., Buffalo, N.Y.
ROLL OF COLLEGE CHAPTERS Alph a .Alpha-M iami U niversity, Oxfo rd, 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 U niversity, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas. Zeta Zeta--State Teachers College, Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-State Teachers College, Pittsburg, Kansas. Theta Theta-Boston U niversity, Boston, Mass. Iota Iota-Drake U niversity, Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Temple U niversity, Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Ohio State U ni ve rsity, Columbus, O hio. Mu M u-State Normal College, Ypsilanti, M ich. N u N u-Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. Xi X i -U nive rsity of California, Los Angeles, Calif. O micron O micron-Kent State Teachers College, Kent, Ohio. Pi Pi-State Normal College, Buffalo, N. Y.
Editor-in-Chief Gertrude D. Halbritter, 1 Lindsey St., Dorche ter, Mas .
Chapter Editors lpha Alpha-\ irginia Stewart, 21 Hepburn Hall, Oxford, Ohio. lpha Beta-Dorothy Loehr, Karlton Apts., Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-Kathryn Stewart, Bungalow pts., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Anna Cleveland, 917 Seventh St., lva, Okla . Delta DeltaEp ilon Epsilon-Catherine Brower, 924 Market St., Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Annabel Stephenson, 502 S. Holden t., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Helen Brandenburg, 1801 S. Broadway, Pittsburg. Kans. Theta Theta-Elizabeth urtis, 280 Newbury St., Boston, Ma s. Iota Iota-Susan Hart, 2340 East Ninth t., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Frances Shirley, 1813 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Edith Miller, 52 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Mu Mu-Garcian Carpenter, 306 Normal, Ypsi lanti, Mich. Nu Nu-Edith Rood, 216 N. 34th St., Philadelphia, Pa. Omicron OmicronXi Xi-Sarah J. Howard, 601 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, aliÂŁ. Pi Pi-Ella M . Coleman, 2-t Tennyson Ave., Buffalo, ~. Y.
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Builders of the Future ((To l~ecp the heart of manhnd clean and pure: To lzeep one's own heart too, Pure, hnd, and true That is the tasll laid on me and on you. of only of 'y our quiet lives are 路we Constantly, watchfttll'y to be Custodians, but of that more g?'eat L1'je of the world; not some obscure gn'wt fate Decides the zvorld's far destin'y. of OU1'S, Our wills, our hopes, ouY Z'is ions arc 1/te, powers That shape our futures, and the zuorld' s as well. Let us then, g1'eatl'y build the invisible House of the world's soul, as we build our oz nEach thought, each act, a stone."
THE PHOENIX PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS Your National President's connection with A lpha Sigma Alpha, dates back much farther than the twelve years, during which it has occupied most of her thought a\1d time,-back, in fact, to the early part of 1905, when the Sororfty was only in its fourth year. and when it had but four chapters,-most of them long since dead by facu lty ruling again t sororities, and one of them-the Mother Chapter-dropped from our roll in 1919. Your National President's associations with this early Alpha Sigma Alpha came about as a result of her search for possible Southern nationals, in preparation for a little publication that was to be known as "The Sorority Handbook." Her decision to publish that book was her realization of the need for more sororities, as well as her desire to help the thousands of college women who wanted sorority affiliation, but who had no knowledge of how to find, or how to establish new Greek-letter societies. Back in 1905, when the first investigation was made, there were but ten national sororities known to the Greek-Letter V.Torld. The first edition of "The Sorority Handbook" introduced twelve others. Four of these had been founded at the Virgini a State Normal School,-Kappa Delta in October of 1897, Sigma Sigma Sigma in April of 1898, Zeta Tau A lpha in October of 1898, and Alpha Sigma A lpha in November of 1901. All four had a "mixed" roll, made up of seminaries, fin ishing schools and a college or two, in addition to the original group at the Normal School, but all seemed to have a measure of strength. Two of these societies, Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha, were much more ambitious than the other two, and, in the course of a few years, both gave up their mother chapters, as well as all those in secondary schools, thus qualifying as college sororities . Kappa Delta is now climbing toward a chapter roll of 60, and Zeta Tau Alpha is nearing the 50 mark.
Had lpha igma lpha and 1gma 1gma wma done the same thing, they too would have become famou organization in the academic field. Just why they did not follow the lead of the other two will never be known. Pos ibly the mother chapters would not permit their groups to be dropped from the roll. Po sibly there were inherent weaknesses in the organizations. For a time they seemed to flourish, placing new chapter in schools, seminaries and colleges, until faculties and trustees decided to aboli h sororities in many of the places where there were chapters. About that same year, all the chapters in colleges seemed to con icier it to their advantage to affiliate with strong academic nationals, and so both Alpha Sigma Alpha and igma Sigma Sigma found themselves with but one chapter,-the mother chapter at the Virginia tate Normal chool. What was done for both Alpha Sigma Alpha and igma Sigma Sigma in this crisis by the author of "The Sorority Handbook" is a matter of history. The success in the new field has been phenomenal, and surely demonstrates the need of the educational sorority. The rise into prominence of four other similar organizations, as well as the establishment of a number of others operating in the same field, would seem to show that the educational sororities have every chance of being as great in time as the academic sororities. The Alpha Sigma Alpha of 1914 with one chapter and the lpha Sigma Alpha of 1926 with seventeen chapters have little in common. The Alpha Sigma Alpha that convened at Miami University at Thanksgiving of 1914 was a sorority without a constitution, without a ritual, without a penny in the National Trea ury,-an organization with so little knowledge of the importance of finances that it voted to postpone the payment of national clues and initiation fees for a year! It is to be regretted that our first ational Treasurer Ruth Duffey, has been ordered to the pine woods of orthern Michigan, for she was on hand at the Miami Convention, a well as at the second Convention, held in this very hotel in 1918. 1iss Duffey could tell you much of those first four difficult year and much of the four that followed, when fund were low, when the collection of dues wa ometimes a serious problem. There i present, however, one who was merely a v1 1tor at the 1918 Convention, a vi itor from a year-old chapter, race
Fultz, our very capable National Treasurer, elected four years ago after splendid service on the Board of Supervisors, who knows from her study of past records what the conditions were in 1914, and who can tell you of our splendid financial status today. There is present also another who was here in 1918, who was made National Chaplain at that time, and who was later to take over the National Vice Presidency, following election at the Kansas City Convention,-Miss Shockley, whose membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha covers ten of the years since 1914, whose service to the Sorority was continuous from the moment of her initiation, since she became at once Faculty Adviser of Gamma Gamma. It will interest you all to know that Miss Shockley came to the 1918 Convention as the official delegate of Gamma Gamma, and not as a Faculty Adviser. Had she not come as a delegate from her Chapter, she could not have been present on that occasion, because Alpha Sigma Alpha was so poor at the time that it could afford to pay the way of only four National Officers. It was the 1918 Convention that realized the pressing need for an increase in national dues, so that the Advisers might be the guests of all Conventions. It was this increase that made it possible for all Advisers to be present at the Kansas City Convention, and at the one now in session. On neither occasion has it been possible for all National Officers to be present. The Convention Budget of 1921 provided for only one National Officer,-Miss Shockley. There is considerable question as to whether the present Convention will cover all expense, but we are hoping that it will, since three National Officers and five Advisers are not attending. , The very severe strain put on the Convention at this time is due to the fact that the Sorority has practically doubled its Chapter Roll since the Kansas City Convention, and also to the fact that but three of the eight new chapters have paid dues for the full four-year period between Conventions, one of the eight paying for two years only, and four paying dues for 1925-26 only. This serious financial problem is one that Alpha Sigma Alpha was not called upon to face previously, and one that it will not be called upon to face again, because the Committee on the Revision of the Manual has arranged to grant new chapters such
Convention money only as shall be determined by the number of annual payments into the Convention Budget. This Committee, which has been at work for a whole year, is composed of representatives of the Council, of the Board of Advisers, of the Board of Supervisors, of the Ex-Collegio Secretaries, of the City Associations, and of the College Chapters. It has made an exhaustive study of the plans and policies in use by the most successful Greek-letter societies, and it is ready with a sple11clid document. Your National President has enjoyed her associations with Alpha Sigma Alpha, and she is proud to be a member of an organization that has accomplished so much in the past, and that gives every promise of being a leader in the Hellenic vVorlcl. What has been accomplished in the past twelve years was the result of self-sacrificing effort on the part of many. No one of you can realize quite as well as does your ational President how much of the success that has come to our Sorority was clue to the very capable and very gracious women who have served the Sorority as Chapter Advisers. There are no finer women anywhere. To them in very large measure is clue the enâ€˘ viable position in which Alpha Sigma Alpha finds itself today,aclmired as it is by faculty and student body alike, both because of the fine type chosen, and also because of the high standards to which its members are known to be pledged. In this connection I want to pay special tribute to Gertrude Halbritter, who has filled so acceptably the office made vacant by the resignation of Ida A. Jewett, who was elected Editor by the Kansas City Convention, but who found it impossible to serve. Mention also should be made of another Theta Theta member, Christina Little, who has relieved your National President of the responsibilities in connection with the Advisership of the Boston Chapter. Thanks are due to hundreds of others, who have worked unfailingly to support individual members of the Council, or to serve the Sorority in some special way. We would like to list them all, but time forbids. In closing, your National President desires to say that the fine regard in which Alpha Sigma Alpha is held today, and the splendid spirit of loyalty everywhere in evidence, are sufficient rewards for any effort that she herself may have put forth in the last twelve years. Her one wish for
Alpha Sigma Alpha is that the strength so manifest today may increase with the increasing years ! It is customary in such an address or report as this to sign it "Respectfully Submitted," but such formality would seem strange to one who has been so intimately associated with the Sorority and its members, and so the ending is to be the old familiar one,Yours most affectionately,
Ida Shaw M a1'tin.
SORORIT Y IDEALS (Words to Alpha Beta's Pantomime at Convention Stunt)
I am a Herald: Ye who come to hear List now to what our A lpha means to show. A maxim old I give, so draw ye near And learn the good that all should seek to know. I run before rare beauty, youth and grace, A maid who would attain, yet scorns to give, Who with "Indifference" travels face to face And with soft ease and comfort sought to live, When " Love" came by and beck'ning called the maid. She looked and listened, longed, yet idly stayed. She gains at last the truth that all must learn, That service is the key to every door To enter into peace where hearts may yearn; Full measure give ye, give it o'er and o'er, The blessing of all riches here on earth Where gems and golden treasure lie and wait, The virtues of all life, the things of worth, Remain for "Love" to life, unbar the gate. So if success ye ask with joy to gain, Full measure give,-Aspire, Seek, Attain!
Mrs. H. C. McCahan, AB Patroness.
Council Wilma Wilson Sharp Minnie M. Shockley Adda Ande rson Grace G. Fultz Gertrude D. Halbritter
Advisers Maude C. Nattinger, ZZ Amy Swisher, AA E ulalia E . Roseberry, HH Ethel Hook, AB Mrs. W. F. Barr, I I Minnie Shockley, GG El izabeth Garber, /':;./':;. Effa P . Doyle, KK Catherine Strouse, EE J oy Mahachek, MM E li zabeth Bird Small, II II
Supervisors Edna McCulloug h, EE Sue Edwards,
Christina S. Little, 88
A lpha A lpha Chapter Martha Wads worth Marjorie Martin
H elen Bennett Katherine Shultz
Alpha Beta Chapter Dorothy Martin Sarah . Grim
A nn Brewington El izabeth Romans
Beta Beta Chapter Mary Breckenridge Sophia H. J ohnson Myrtle Mcintyre Li lli an Bradley Dorothy Masters
Gamma Gamma Chapter Selma Harzman Loui se Glazer Beula Farrand
Sue Edwards Luella Harzman Roberta Camp
Delta Delta Chapter Anna Lois Saum
Epsilon Epsilon Chapter Louise Bauman Doris West Jennie Jensen E mma Jensen
Edna McCul lough Naida Stevenson Helen Brickell V iolet Rando lph Ruth J eremy
THE PHOENIX Zeta Zeta Chapter D orothy Clark Chri stine Basham Kathleen Clark
Mrs. Otto H eberling Julia H atz Mary R ector Minten
Eta Eta Chapter Ardis M onroe Bernice Hansen
K atie Nevius Mr s. G. W . W eede
Theta Theta Chapter Grace W hitaker
H azel Hunt
Iota I ota Chapter D orothy H aley Louise Boller Mrs. Albertine Ring rose Geist Lillian H ethershaw Nellie Gabrielson
K appa Kappa Chapter Margaret Eoy June Smith A nne Sli fe r Mary W il son
D orothea Bishop Mary W ag ner F reida Bunting Ruth Nailor
Lambda Lambda Chapter Lucille \ i\T alter E velyn Whitsell Thelma Hutchfieid Mae Rollins
Gwendolyn Singleton Ethel Straw Rachel Van H ook E li zabeth F rederick
M u M u Chapter No rma Welch R uth Stanley June P ooler Doris Bullma n Ruth Bayler
F reida Smith Carlotta Corpron H elen Mitchell Ma rgaret Charters M ildred Gray
N u N u Chapter E lizabeth Darlington
O micron O micron Chapter H azel K eener
P i P i Chapter . Evelyn Bell
H elen Block
CONVENTION PROGRAM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON Opening Session
1. Song :-"Oh Beautiful For H igh Ideals." 2. Reading:Lord, T hou hast been our dwelling place in all generations . Before the mountains were brought fo rth, or ever T hou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. Of old Thou hast laid the foundations of the earth. The heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure; yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thot~ change them. But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end, for Thou, 0 Lord, shall endure forever; and Thy remembrance to all generations. 0 Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of riches. When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him ? Or the son of man, that Thou visitest him ? Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. 0 Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! 3. Prayer:All-Loving Father, the source of all wisdom, the fountain of all good, we earnestly seek Thy face and Thy favor at this hour. We render hearty thanksgiving for this organization, under whose auspices we are gathered here,-for what it has been, for what it has done, for what it is today, for what it is yet to be and to do. We thank thee for those loyal souls who laid its foundations in faith, hope and love, who builded better than they
knew. We thank Thee for the sacrifice and the serv1ce that were the watchwords of those earlier days. May that same spirit be deepened and confirmed in us, who are their successors and inheritors. We thank Thee for the rare opportunity that is ours to meet together in this intimate fellowship. Vouchsafe to us the guidance that Thou alone canst give, that we may make wise decisions, as we take counsel together for the welfare of our beloved Sorority, to the end that she may be known throughout the length and breadth of this land for the beauty of her Christian idealism, for the purity of her motives, for the strength of her purpose, and for the value of her contribution to student life 111 the teacher-training colleges of our Country. We ask it all in the name of Thy Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, whom Thou didst send to make clear the way to everlasting life. Amen. 4. 5.
Solo :-"A Prayer We Offer." Presiding Officer:It is customary at the opening of a new college year, and especially on such an occasion as this, to reconsecrate ourselves to Alpha Sigma Alpha. I will ask you, therefore, to repeat after me in unison the Vow that makes us one 111 our Fellowship of Love.
Solo :-"Our Own A. S. A." Roll Call and "Hanging of the Shields." As a greater appreciation of the size and growth of Alpha Sigma Alpha, I am going to ask each delegate, as her name is called, to step forward and receive the black shield bearing her-chapter letters and the year in which her chapter was installed . As the delegate hangs the shield upon the wall, she is to tell the convention something of interest concerning her chapter or college. 8. Song :-"The Shield of A. S. A." 9. Address of ational President. 10. "Convention Song." 11. Announcements. 12. Song :-"A Prayer."
THE PHOENIX THURSDAY MORNING General Session
Song :-" Oh Wonderful and Beyond All Praise."
Reading:Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies : and all things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand: and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her and happy is every one that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by under. standing hath He established the heavens. Through wisdom is an house builded; by understanding it is established. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, 0 Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Prayer:Dear Father in Heaven, we know for a surety that we can accomplish nothing of value without Thy guidance. We know that such success as has been attained by our beloved Sorority has come to pass, because its foundations were built upon Thy word, and because its structure was wholly dedicated to Thy service. 'vVe are met together to plan for the future strength of our organization, for the welfare and happiness, not only of the college groups that we know personally, but also of the countless thousands that are one day to follow in the paths that we are to mark with guide-posts at this Convention.
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May the standards that we are to establish for ourselves and for that unknown host of the future, may the goals that we are to set up and stamp with the mystic letters of Alpha Sigma Alpha, be the standards and the goals that will be assured of Thy special blessing. Help us to remember always, both now and in after years, that membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha means consecration to Thy service, and grant that we may be living examples of the truth that the supreme good of life is not in wealth, nor in power, nor in position, nor in fame,-that the real and abiding values lie in the realm of the spirit. Be with us in our sessions. Keep bright our visions. Steady our judgment. Point Thou the way. With Thee would we make a covenant, for Christ's sake. Amen. Solo :- "Dear One, For You." Reading of th,e Minutes. Roll call. Recognition Service It is a great occasion among the astronomers when a new star is discovered. Telescopes in all sections of the world are turned in that direction. It is with the same delight and interest that we of A. S. A. wait for the appearance of a new chapter and welcome it 路 into our constellation of A. S. A. stars. Those of us who have been scanning the A. S. A. skies since last convention have seen eight new stars appear above the horizon. Some of them a:re far distant, others near enough to radiate their brilliance directly upon us. All of them are visible at all times in the A. S. A. heavens. This new constellation makes a splendid showing and we are very proud of it. Advisers and delegates from Iota Iota, Kappa Kappa, Lambda Lambda, Mu Mu, 'Nu Nu, Xi Xi, Omicron Omicron, and Pi Pi Chapters, we welcome you to a place among us. As you rise to your zenith and become a part of the older constellation, may you shine so faithfully and so brightly that no one will be able to distinguish you from the brilliancy of the older stars. It is our hope that the galaxy of A. S. A. stars may increase so rapidly that by our next convention, the new con-
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THE PHOENIX stellation will be double-treble the size of this one just entering our midst. Song :-"Zeal Afire, Hearts Aglow." Association of Educational Sororities The Association of Educational Sororities is both an idea and an institution-a soul and a body. Fundamentally the idea is a fraternity. The idea is a union of individual sororities into one organization which is the skeleton of the body. The flesh and blood part of the association is the fellowship, the friendship, the co-operation of the groups, both locally and nationally. This is really the soul, the mind of A . E . S. This organization is of consequence only as it functions as a helpful structure upon which the real idea is builded and made manifest. In A. E. S. there are no particular axes to grind. The executive body or council is made up of women who have caught the vision of real fellowship and have a common ideal. That ideal is the concept of unselfish, practical, sensible, helpful service to each other and to the young womanhood of our schools. These women believe that she who serves well shall not be lacking in happiness. A. E. S. is et1gaged in a great adventure. It is endeavoring a really national institution functioning as a unit. It does not ask that a group be lacking in loyalty to its own national organization, nor lacking in appreciation of what it has accomplished. It is proper to give credit where credit is due. But we must sense that there are others who have done things also, and whose standards and ideals are high too. It is the common interests and ideal which unites us. Out of our co-operation, our good judgment and our fellowship will come a sound body, through which the ideals of service will be manifested . Again I say, A. E. S. is not merely an organization-it is a spirit. To some it may mean merely good fellowship, but to one with a vision, it is an inspiration for illimitable service. It is putting the welfare of all above selfseeking individualism. It is love made clear by co-operation. Discussion. Announcements. Song :-"Tender Loving Mother."
General Session 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Song :-"Devotion All Our Days." Roll Call. Reading of Minutes . Discussion. Announcements. Song : -" Our Glorious A. S. A."
1. Song :-"Commencement." 2 . Reading:New every morning is the glorious opportunity to make your life a force for righteousness in this beautiful world in which you are privileged for a time to play a part. Seize that opportunity gladly, and there shall be added unto you strength to meet every demand, wisdom to solve every problem, sympathy to soothe every sorrow, and spiritual power to face every temptation. Today is you,r day. Make the most of it, for perchance you may not pass this way again. Live each new day as though it were your last, and then, when you are nearing the end of the westering road, there shall be a glory round about you that shall bring peace and comfort to many. And when at last you shall draw the curtains of the night. leaving those who love you in the Shadow, there will be none who will not feel that your passing is but a journeying to new lands where greater opportunities await you . 3. Prayer:Father, we thank Thee for Thy tender love, which is new every morning. For the gift of sleep, fo r health and strength, for the visions of another day, with its fresh opportunities for work and service,-for 路all these, and more than these, we thank Thee. Before turning our thoughts to the issues of the day, we would look on Thee, who art the health of our countenance
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and our God. Not without Thy guidance would we take up the duties and the tasks of the clay. Thou hast called us into being. Thou hast set us in the midst of life to do our part in Thy great plans. Help us, we beseech Thee, to keep the vows that we have made to live up always to the highest in thought, word and deed. Bless our Sorority, and make it the means through which shall come to us all,- opportunities for growth, opportunities for service. Grant us the graces of a pure, earnest, consecrated life. Pour forth Thy Holy Spirit upon us, that we may be inspired with an unwavering desire to do Thy will, and to bring to pass Thy kingdom upon earth, through patience, through kindness, through generosity, with all sincerity, with all modesty, and with all sweetness. Amen. Quartette :-"Far Tho We Wander." Roll Call. Reading of Minutes. Song :-"Dear Mother Mine." Memorial Service. (Wilma .Wilson Sharp) Since we of Alpha Sigma Alpha met together in our National Convention in 1921 some of those whom we have known and loved have been taken from us"The golden chain is broken, one by one Our sisters have departed like the setting sun That only sinks aclown the west to upward rise And bring a brighter glow to other skies." Had it been possible to have known sooner of this memorial service I know that those of us who have a part in it would have sought in our best literature for some sweet passage that might fittingly express our feelings. Even so I am sure we would have failed in our search. For when one's emotions are so fraught with love, so filled with submissive sadness, so very personal and sacred, there are no words to tell them. But our hearts know, and the common bond of love and understanding is a silent testimony of our thoughts. So it is in this . spirit, conscious of our inabilities but very desirous of honoring our clear ones, that we pause for this memorial. I have asked some one from each chapter which has experienced such a loss, to speak of the girls whom she knew more intimately than was the privilege of many of us.
AA-Martha Wadsworth, in memory of Sarah Laughlin. Bll- 1ary Breckenridge, in memory of Irene Me Wharten. rr-Miss Shockley, in memory of Edith Webb. AA-Grace Fultz, in memory of Ruth Baker and Wilda Stuber. EE-Edna McCullough, in memory of Vera West and Mollie Wilson. There is a familiar quotation, "the sweetest songs are those that tell of the saddest thought.'' I know that when we bow our heads for a moment of prayer that from the heart of each of us will ascend "the sweetest song." Our dear Father: It is such a privilege when our hearts are heavy to turn to Thee for help. For in Thy great eternal plan we do find light and solace. Comfort us in the knowledge that these our sisters have at last "attained the highest. " Teach each of us that we can best show our love for them in lives potential for good, by an influence that "shall be as a shining 路 light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." Amen . 9. Discussion. 10. Announcements. 11. Song :-"Holding the Visions of Youth."
FRIDAY AFTERNOON General Session 1. Song :-"We Love You.'' 2. Roll Call. 3. Discussion. 4. Unfinished Business. 5. Election of National Council. 6. Installation. 7. Announcements. 8 . . s 路o ng :-"Naught Can Break The Tie.'' "Look to thi s day, for it is Life, the very Life of Life, In its brief course lie all the verities, and realities of your existence; The Bliss of Growth; the Glory of Action; the Splendor of Beauty. For Yesterday is already a Dream, and Tomorrow a Vision. But To-day well lived makes every Yesterday, A Dream of HappiNess and Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this clay.'' -Sanscrit.
THE PHOENIX TOAST PROGRAM
Toastmistress . . ......... . ......... Ge1'frude D. H a1britter, 速速 0 love of ma ny qualities Enfolding us each day You are the love as sign ifi ed By the STAR of A. S. A.
Council. ... ......... . .. .. ......... . . Minnie M. Shockley,
0 embl em of our fourfold aim, You show to us the way To gain the goa l that's set for us, The CROWN of A. S. A.
Adviser . . ............................ . Amy M. Swisher, AA 0 symbol of the greater things That each can do, and may Thus prove an aid to all mankind, The PALM of A. S. A.
Alumna .................. . ... .. . ..... L illian H ethers haw, II 0 bird that from the sun brought fire T o burn yourself, they say, Then rose more glorious than before, The PHOENIX of A. S. A.
College ............. . .... . ... . ........... Ardis Monroe, HH Poem written by Grace L. Carey a nd Milli cent Bender, AA
CO UN CIL TOAST
The history of astronomical observation is the history of man's attempt to bring the stars nearer to him. So the history of success has always been trying to bring the star of our hopes nearer to us, and in seeking diligently to bring the things so high above us to us, we eliminate the possibility of absolute failure. So great an effort is sure to bring some degree of success. When our shining star was chosen as an emblem of our sisterhood, the inspiration of the star-lit heavens must have thrilled the souls of the committee. One cannot view the blue sky with its countless stars without feeling that it descended to help them. Astronomers tell us that there are temporary stars which shine for a time, and surely for a purpose, and then are gone. The Star of Bethlehem was probably one of these, bringing the tidings that the Star of Jacob, the Light of the World, had come to bless
all mankind. We, too, have our temporary stars that shine awhile and then grow dim or pass on to God's realm. There are many bright stars along the way. There is also a bright path across the sky, the Milky 'vVay, "the road to the palace of heaven," the beauty of which all may see on a clear night, which is a multitude of invisible stars, and where, almost every year, a new star is discovered. Vve cannot all be stars of the first magnitude, nor even of the second or third, but we can join the multitude of dim stars that will light the path to heaven. A star is a star no matter what its magnitude, and has a much needed place in our constellation. In clays of old, before rrian knew and understood the stars, the brightest and steadiest were personified as gods and goddesses, Jupiter, Mars, Astrala, and many others. The brightest star in all the heavens, morning and evening star, glittering like a clear diamond, was called Venus, Love, whose pure light was strong enough to cast a shadow. As the rays of the sun may be seperatecl into the seven colors of the rainbow, so may the rays of this star of Love be made into the spectrum of Virtues, which are mentioned in I Corinthians, chapter thirteen: Humility-" Love vaunteth itself, it not puffed up." Patience-"Love suffereth long." Generosity-"Love envieth not." Unselfishness-"Love seeketh not her own." Kinclness-"Love is kind." Guilelessness-"Love thinketh no evil." Courtesy-"Love cloth not behave itself unseemly." Sincerity-"Love rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." So we as stars, dispensers of light, may radiate these virtues. In proportion as the rays of Love shine in and through us, will we realize the highest aim of life-Service. "Love is life's end, all joys, all sweets. Love is life's wealth, more rich by giving. Love is life's reward." And now I would call your attention to the Polarius of the A. S. A. heavens, the pole star that never sets, ever watching, ever guiding-Ida Shaw Martin, who through the years since that clay when A. S. A. was born again has been true to the trust,
who has been true to the Star of Love and pointed the upward way. So here's to .our president, who has stood the test of yearsAnd guided us through doubts and fears, Who has lead us onward and upward too, Shine on dear star in your own silent way, Shine on in love and truth we pray; With faith and cheer and hope and trust, Shine on, that all the world may pay Due homage and honor to A. S. A. Minnie M. Shoe/dey.
ADVISER'S TOAST I shall read this letter written by Catherine di Medici of old"Sweet, my coz, come hither at the eventide for there are rare jestings to be had. Thou knowest well that our noble uncle, the Duke, hath no love for his fair cousin, the Prince. Now it hath befallen that there has come hitherward an elderly learned rather well versed in Physics. This worthy soul hath distilled a poison most potent and reasonably swift, and my Lord, the Duke, hath penned a merry jest, He hath bidden the Prince come feast with him right merrily the night, and when it happens that we are all seated there will the Duke in mirth and jollity offer a toast unto the Prince-which having taken, the Prince will gently curl up and die. Could anything be more graciously sweet? My heart yearns to share the merriment with thee. Thine always and unalterably devoted, Catherine eli Medici." So they of olden times; but we hope that we of to-day are different. Sorority fellowship has helped us to abandon the poison from the cup we hand to our guests . vVe have learned that we cannot legislate Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men. As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. Dear Women, Advisers to a sorority family large or small, we have learned to develop sympathy, understanding, and peace, so necessary in this envious world. And so, as advisers, when we prepare the feasts for our sorority sisters, it should be with true understanding, . thougbtfulness, and courtesy. It might be more interesting to view. the adviser from the
standpoint of the sorority girl. Wilma Hutchinson, one of my girls, has volunteered to tell in her own way what the adviser means to the girls. "The voice of an absent A. S. A. joyfully takes this opportunity to have a tiny part in convention, and nothing could be nearer the hearts of all of us united as we are in the bonds of Love and Service than our faculty leader. And so as I repeat this little stanza, "0 emblem of our fourfold aim You show to us the way To gain the goal that's set for us The crown of A. S. A." I recall dozens of incidents that prove the importance of the adviser to the group. School days are busy days,-days crowded to the full with work and play. In our group, as in every other group, you will find different types of girls. Some of us go through the year tasting of all the pleasures our college life has to offer. A tea occupies our social butterfly's thoughts to-day, a spring formal to-morrow, and next week her only concern will be the proper technique for interesting her most special young man. As this dainty little thing flits here and there, her more studious sister pours over her books thrilled with the new interests that lie therein, and she is satisfied with this realm of the reading world. Our athlete, who is always bubbling over with excitement plays her part through life-the tennis cup and captaincy of the basketball team are hers, and she proved herself a veritable Robin Hood in the archery contest. But we hope we are more than just social, just studious, or just athletic, because we are wearing the badge of Alpha Sigma Alpha; and when we ponder over the mystic beauty of the symbolism, when we remember the soft glow of the candles and the voice of the president low and solemn as she reads the initiation service, we seek to become finer, truer, more worthwhile girls. But these things are not enough, -symbols existing as they do in the abstract are not alone strong enough, nor powerful enough to keep us ever aspiring, ever seeking to attain, but rather it is one person who most beautifully embodies all the ideals of the organization, who keeps our goal ever clearly before us-our faculty adviser. A faculty adviser does not nag, she does not preach, she does not insist, but her gracious smile, her calm, dignified manner, and her fineness make us want only to reach a higher spiritual plane. And so, it seems
to me, the absent one, if we ever become really worthy to wear the Crown of A. S. A. it will be because someone has worked with us, played with us, and loved us, who herself typifies all that is beautiful and noble." Amy M. Swisher, AA. ALUMNA TOAST As a representative of .the Alumna: of Alpha Sigma A lpha I bring greetings and best wishes to the convention delegates from all of the alumna: of our sorority. I count it a privilege to represent such a fine group of girls, and to have the opportunity at this time to interpret the aims and ideals of our group, and to tell you how much it means to be an alumna of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The college members may think that they are enjoying life to the fullest capacity, and are having the best time of their lives while being affiliated with the college chapter. We as alumna: want you to feel that way, but in case you have a feeling of unhappiness about leaving the college chapter, becoming an alumna and getting out into the world, I just want to say that the best is yet to come, as Browning says, "grow old along with me, the best is yet to come." The third stanza of the poem, written . by two of our girls, truly expresses the experience of an alumna. "0 symbol of the greater things That each can do, and may Thus prove an aid to all mankind, The PALM of A. S. A." As you know palm green is the color for the alumna:. It is found in the full grown leaf of the sago palm. It stands for Victory, but in the official stationery of the sorority the lighter green of the new leaf is atso utilized. In the embossing with the darker shade the thought is emphasized that the material used each year is perennially young, yet the essential feature of A . S. A. is its desire for the attainment and perfection of growth. Each color in A lpha Sigma Alpha denotes life, shows force, has promise of victory. Each color alone or in combination has a very special meaning either alone or in combination. Palm green has been selected as the color for the alumna:.
The color comes from the palm which has been chosen as one of the symbols of Alpha Sigma A lpha, because there is no other tree that is so useful to man as the palm. "All primitive peoples venerated the palm tree. It supplied them with fuel, food, shelter, oil and wine. Pliny says that the orientals ascribed to it three hundred and sixty uses. There are probably one thousand varieties, but the two commoner ones are those that have a main stem from which spring leaf lets, and those that form one large leaf, subdivided at the edge. The former resembles the fern leaves, and is found in the elate palms, the latter on the sago palm. The palm has always been greatly beloved by all people in whose lands it grew, and each has endeavored to account for it in some way . One of the legends is the story of the Tree of Life mentioned in the Book of Genesis. When Adam and Eve were banished from Eden, the former took a staff from the Tree of Life to cheer him on his way. This staff was passed on to his descendants and finally came into the hands of Jethro, a priest of the Miclianites. The Talmudists say that Moses became possessed of it in a very extraordinary manner. One clay while walking in the garden of Jethro and conversing with him about the misery of the children of Israel in Egypt, from which he himself had been forced to flee, Moses noticed a peculiar staff which was set up in the garden seemingly to no purpose. It was foursided, and on each of the four sides was inscribed the ineffable name of the Hebrew Jehovah. Jethro told Moses that he might have the staff, if he could pull it up. This Moses did with the greatest ease, although no other person had ever been able to do so. It was this incident that showed Jethro that the deliverer of the Hebrews had come, all in God's good time, and he told Moses the history of its preservation since the days of Adam, explaini.ng that with this rod in his hands all things would be possible for the A lmighty had decreed that that very instrument of the fall of man should one clay compass his redemption. This rod was the sign of divine authority, and a vis ible demonstration of God's power. This rod parted the waters of the Reel Sea, and this was the same rod that blossomed in the hands of Aaron when the people in the wilderness demanded a sign of their leader. The Hebrews considered the palm a sacred tree. It had been their greatest friend in the desert during their forty years wan-
dering for its presence had marked the place of the cooling springs, and its fruit had assuaged their hunger. In honor of this tree, the Hebrews to this day celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacle in the fall of the year, during which time they are expected to dwell for seven days in tents made of palm branches. Among the Madonna legends is one that tells how the Virgin Mother was comforted after the Crucifixion. In the midst of her terrible grief, an angel from Heaven brought her a palm that was grown in Paradise. It brought peace to her, and was buried with her later. The Christian church has many interesting legends of the palm. The Virgin Mother is said to have commanded the palms along the roads, as she fled from the wrath of Herod, to bow their heads, in order that the Babe might have shade. According to another legend, the Virgin was thirsty, but there were no means at hand to get the cocoanuts from the tall trees. The Infant Jesus ordered them to bow their heads, so that His Mother might pick the nuts and get milk with which to refresh herself. Because of its obedience, the child blessed the palm, saying that, since it had saved the life of His Mother, and therefore His own life, it should henceforth be the symbol of the salvation of the dying, 路and He promised that when He should enter J erusalem in triumph it should be with a palm in His hand. It is not surprising that the palm which was the symbol of life and beauty among the Hebrews from the earliest times, and which had so many beautiful legends connected with it, should carry over into the Christian Church those ideals, and that the palm should become the symbol of Victory over death." The palm stands for victory, attainment, accomplishments, and a contribution to the time in which we live. The palm means to the alumnce that we owe much in the way of work well done to the sorority and the world. It is not sufficient to just wear the badge of Alpha Sigma Alpha, or to be known just as an Alpha Sigma Alpha girl. But the ccollege girls have a right to ask of the alumna, "What are you doing that is worth while?" or "What have yo1;1 done that is a contribution not only to Alpha Sigma Alpha, but to the community at large? Are you as an alumna making a big effort to do your part well, whatever that may be? Whatever your chosen work may be, are you doing it the best that it is possible for you to do it?" It is said that in the business
world there is only two percent difference between the successful business man and the average business man. That also applies to those engaged in professional work. There is only two percent difference between the superior teacher and the average. That two percent is made up of three things: directed enthusiasm for one's work, thoroughness, and willingness to take on more duties. It behooves us as alumnce to belong to the superior group, that we be symbols of the greater things of life. We will reach those heights if we keep in mind the meaning of the palm, that it stands for attainment, and victory, and all these will come, although often times at the expense of a great self -sacrifice. The palm now has another meaning which has been brought to us at this meeting. The official publication of the ex-collegia chapter is called the Palm, and it is to be published at least two times a year. We hope that it will be another means of keeping before each and every alumnce, not only the attainments of each alumna member, but knit the bonds of friendship between us just a little closer. Let this publication remind us of our duty to our sorority, to our university, to ourselves, and to the world. May each one leave this convention with a determination to lead a richer and fuller life, and to give the very best for Alpha Sigma Alpha wherever she may find herself, and in whatever capacity she is working. Lillian H ethershaw, II. COLLEGE TOAST
"0 bird that from the sun brought fire To burn yourself, they say, Then rose more glorious than beforeThe Phoenix of A. S. A ." To Alpha Sigma Alpha, our Phoenix has a special significance in symbolizing the rebirth of our sorority in 1914. As a purer and more glorious Phoenix rose from the ashes, so a purer and more glorious Alpha Sigma Alpha has kindled its enthusiasm, and broadened and deepened its sisterhood and friendship. We find that every great social institution has undergone a great re-organization in the process of its evolutionary development. Our nation reorganized itself in its metamorphosic change from the government of the Articles to our government of the
Constitution. Success attended the Allied arms m the World War only after such a re-organization had been effected. It is Nature's method-the beautiful butterfly from a caterpiller. And spiritually we expenence a similar change in our character growmg. We college girls are just now passing through such a metamorphosis-from the ideas, ambitions, and habits of infancy to the new ideals, aspirations, and hopes of adolescence and adulthood. Our college life determines, to a great extent, whether or not these new-found idealizations will be more glorious than before. It is the purpose of the college chapters of Alpha Sigma Alpha to see to it that they shall! So here's to that greater at:d more glorious service of every chapter of Alpha Sigma A lpha. Ardis Monroe, HH.
THE BANQUET It is impossible for one who attended the A lpha Sigma Alpha convention banquet to describe the beautiful scene which opened to view when the curtains were pulled back and the banquet room , the Bal Tabarin Room in the Hotel Sherman, was shown. The long tables were placed to form a rectangle. The soft li ghts from the candles seemed but a reflection of the dimmed ceiling lights half hidden in the massive draping. The pearls in our huge pin supplemented these. In the center of the rectangle stood a mound of greenery clotted with white fringed asters, our autumn Bower, and bearing in the center a crimson letters, A. l. A. \i\Then each member had found her place by the cards attached to her lovely little aster corsage, everybody sang ''Grace before Meat." After the delicious banquet followed the toast program. The program and toasts will be found farther on in this number of the Phoenix. For three days we had been gazing at the lovely scholarship cup reposing on the table in the Convention room, and had wondered to whom it was to go next. Miss Christine Little, our national scholarship adviser, after the toast program, presented the cup to l\Iu Mu chapter, which had the highest scholastic average this year. Honorable mention was given to Eta Eta and Zeta Zeta chapters.
Suspense ran high while we waited somewhat impatiently for Miss Hook, adviser to Alpha Beta, to present the beautiful silk banner to the chapter having the most members present at con~ vention, and having come the farthest. The race was quite close and there had been much speculation for days before. However, we all rejoiced when Kappa Kappa was awarded the banner, for a total mileage of 15,336 miles. Other chapters running close were Beta Beta with 13,000 miles, Eta Eta with 11,360 miles, and Gamma Gamma with 10,999 miles. Beside our corsage bouquets we found a lovely bar pin m green gold with our seal in the center, which was the gift of Balfour & Co. our official jeweller, who had had a display of jewelry earlier in the week. As a token of appreciation for the efficient management of this convention Miss Roseberry presented Miss Shockley with a gold Phoenix recognition pin, with a promise that a pearl Gamma Gamma gu'ard was soon to follow . We were all very happy to become better acquainted with our national vice-president, and were glad to show her at this time our appreciation of the work which she has done for Alpha Sigma Alpha. In order to fill the space of time between the end of the banquet and our tin:e for broadcasting, various chapters presented a short program. Alpha Alpha-Alma Mater Song Miami March Song-Sung by the delegates . Beta Beta-Two recitations. " When Earth's Last Picture 1s Painted" and "Home Again." An invitation was given to every Alpha Sigma Alpha to attend the Beta Beta house party at Estes Park, Colorado, next summer. Gamma Gamma-A quintette sang "A Toast to A . S. A ." Delta Delta-Ann L. Saum told of the custom in Delta Delta of preparing the pledges for initiation the night before, by having them observe a quiet period which they spend in their rooms with only the Bible and the Symbolism for reading material. Epsilon Epsilon-A group of songs. Zeta Zeta-A group of songs.
Eta Eta-A burlesque, written in full in this number of the magazine. No one can realize how funny it was unless she had seen it. Theta Theta-An account of the thrilling houseparty last May when the cottage was reduced to ruins by fire , in spite of the valiant efforts of the girls to rescue it. Iota Iota- Iowa "Tall Corn Song" and others, by the delegates. Kappa Kappa-Song sung by ~~II fraternity to the A. S. A. girls at Temple. Then followed the broadcast. Martha Wadsworth, AA.
THE BROADCAST As a thrilling climax to our convention the management of Hotel Sherman arranged to allow us to broadcast the singing of our sorority songs from the Bal Tabarin Room through the courtesy of station WLS, whose studio was on the sixth floor of the building. It was an exciting notice that came at ten-forty-five, " You are next on the air." Indeed we felt as though we 路were treading on air. We knew our voices would sound squeeky. However, under the able training of Miss Strouse we put our best efforts into singing. A few of those who felt that their voices would not add to the harmony of the group went into the lobby of the hotel to listen, and to report the reception. Grouped around the microphone we sang our sorority songs which were interspersed with solos by Beulah Farrand of Gamma Gamma chapter, and Ruth Jeremy of Epsilon Epsilon chapter. The announcer told the world that most of us were school teachers and tried to make the public think we all taught singing. Well, from the sounds that came out of the loud speaker one might almost have believed this to be true. Instead of emptying the lobby, we filled it with eager listeners. The next day we received a telegram from Dorothy Haley's family, who reported that the broadcast came through splendidly. No doubt many other friends of Alpha Sigma Alpha could add their praises.
A TRIBUTE TO ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA Alpha, Sigma, Alpha, In those words, what do we find? Do we realize all they mean Or are we somewhat blind? Do we take those words for granted, Have we time our dreams to dream; Do we realize, I just wonder, What those words do really mean? Do we always keep before us Our ideals, a sunny smile, Helping with unselfish spirit Do we go the second mile? Do we think just what our colors, Jewels, and mottoes really say, The meaning of the badge we wear Above our hearts each day? Let us stop for just a moment, Thing our mottoes through and through, Why the flowers we have were chosen, Patron, Saints, and Jewels too. In A S A do we see written A little sacrifice and strain, Do we think, " I'll give full measure" To "Aspire, Seek, Attain?" Our colors, how sacred every one ; Pearl white, emblem of light, Innocence, faith, joy and life, Help us to do just what is right. Hearts crimson or arterial red, Selected for the initiate, Fills her life with love divine And leaves no room for hate. Palm green, leaf of the sago palm, For alumna who maintain
THE PHOENIX Hope for a fuller life and victory, A goal that all must gain. Gold for the council means fruitfulness, Personality, ease in social life, Characteristics which if attained W ill guide us without needless strife . Every color denotes life, Expresses force, vitality, Love, faith, and victory, And hope in immortality. A nd, how beautiful our jewels! P recious, th e pearl it seems, Whether tears wept by Mermaids Or crystallized sunbeams. The ruby typifies the blood Of Chri st, shed for mankind, A nd throughout future time O ur hearts will closely bind. The star that sheds its light Guides us always on our way; The crown each girl will wear, M ust be sought for every day. The flag! our banner fair, Beautiful , oblong, white, T he crimson P hoenix n smg from lambent flames, All symbols of things just and right. Valentine, an honored Saint, vVe know we'll always cherish, H is th robbing heart a treasured s1gn That love can never perish. Hermes, guardian of the Way, Possesso r of the magic wand, Restorer of health and happiness, T ies us in a closer bond .
THE PHOENIX King Asa, ruler wise and kind, Has taught us selfish ways to mend, Promises those who serve mankind, ] oy and gladness to the end. Our fourth Exemplar is Christ, Who died for you and me, Oh Father, may we seek, aspire, To be more and more like Thee. I arcissus with your fragrance sweet, Our "glorious wonder flower ," Passport to Elysian fields, Y ott" grow clearer hour by hour.
Aster, harbinger of the Christmas Star, Perfe_cted in the Land of Rising Sun, Rejuvenators of lost youth, A re Asters and Chrysanthemums. The Phoenix, our beautiful fabled bird, According to Herodotus, Burned to death in Heliopolis, The Divinity of Christ to prove to us. The palm, a saet路ecl tree, Brought to the Virgin Mother 111 her grief. Protective, rod of Hermes, A sign of hope, the palm leaf.
If we stop each clay to think, Keeping these ideals in mind, We will be just what we wish, Sweet, serene, and kind. In the clays and years May each girls do and O nly deeds and words That will honor A S
to come, say, of kindness, A. Fae McClung, II.
THE PHOENIX CONVENTION INITIATION
The initiation held on Thursday evening was the loveliest and most impressive part of the three days we spent together. With Miss Shockley at the high altar and other National officers holding places in the service, there was an added dignity and meaning to the beautif ul service. For most of us, it was our first convention, and the fact that we were with girls from all over the country united by the same ceremony, giving the same pledge, and striving for the same organization and its ideals, seemed to build up a new and stronger band of sisterhood. Never again can we think of our chapter in a local way, for it has become indissolubly bound with those other girls from other chapters, who are our sisters. More than any other part of convention did initiation service make us feel this common bond of friendship . Ruth E. Bayler, MM.
CONVENTION IMPRESSIONS I have indeed had an experience that will never be forgotten, -my first attendance at an Alpha Sigma Alpha convention. It is my only regret and every A. S. A . could not share the same expenence. When I first arrived on Wednesday morning for registration, I must confess that I was a little disappointed . I had anticipated meeting the many girls representing all p~rts of the country. As it was, each group of girls seemed to be going about her own affairs, little heeding her sisters from other chapters. However, as the days passed, and we met together in business sessions and thrashed out problems we had long struggled with, we came to know each other better, to tell each other of our own particular problems, and aims for the betterment of our own chapters, to give each other helpful suggestions. It has been a privilege and a delight to meet the members of the National Council. To me, they had been merely so many names and addresses to learn. Now each member has become a reality in my mind, and I realize the great and difficult task they are performing for the girls . I think of the Council, not as a
separate governing body, but as closely connected with each and every chapter. To me, the best part of the convention, the most inspiring, was the banquet, held the last evening. There the council, advisers, and girls met together, for an occasion fi lled with spirituality, happiness, and joy. Each girl opened up and became more personally acquainted with her sisters. The toasts and music were lovely, and gave us all a message to take home with us.
Dorothy M a?'tin, AB .
THE FATAL QUEST A Ten Minute Stunt in Three Acts-Author Un kn own Acted by Eta Eta Chapter at the Banquet
Characters : The King The Devoted Q,ueen The Duke The Princess The Curtain The Scene-shifter Properties : A scepter, a flour sifter , a live or toy kitten, a toy sword, a cup of poison. Directions : The lines are spoken as written, the characters really gtvmg their stage directions as a part of their speeches, at the same time suiting the actio'n to the words. Exaggerated and bright colored costumes and plenty of expression in each action will make this a very effective entertainment w ith only brief rehearsal. AcT I Curtain: The Curtain rises for the first act. King: Enter the King. Oueen: Followed by the devoted Queen. King: He eats himself on his throne, his scepter in his hand. Queen: The Queen stands gracefully beside him, gazing at him fondly. "My Lord," she says in gentle tones, "why do we keep the Princess hidden from the eyes of men? Will wedlock never be hers?"
King: The King waxes stern, "Fairy Queen," he says gruffly, "A thousand times have I repeated-the Princess shall become the wife of no man." Duke: Enter the handsome Duke. "0 King," he says in manly tones, "I have this morning come from your majestic borders. I have a message of greatest importance." King: "Speak," says the King with marked interest. Princess: The Princess enters at the left. At the sight of the handsome Duke she is startled. Her embarrassment increases her loveliness. Duke: At the first glance the Duke falls madly in love. King: The King rises in excitement. "Speak," he shouts at the Duke, "and be gone." Duke: The Duke gazes at the Princess, his message forgotten. Princess: The lovely maiden blushes and drops her eyes. Queen: "Daughter" says the gentle queen, "vVhy do you intrude yourself here without permission?" Princess : The Princess opens her mouth to speak. Duke : The Duke holds his breath. Princess: "Alas," says the maiden in tones melting with sweetness, "My Angora kitten has strayed away and is lost. " Duke: "Fair Princess" cries the Duke in tones choked with feeling, "Service for you were joy. The kitten I swear to find." \1\Tith high courage he strides away. King: "Stop him ! Stop him!" shouts the King fiercely. "My servants shall find the cat for the Princess." Exit the King. Queen: Followed by the devoted Queen. Curtain: The curtain fa lls. AcT II Scene Shifter armed with flour sifter : " I am the sheen sifter. The sheen is sifted." Curtain: The curtain ri ses for the second act. Princess: The fair Princess stands at the window. She hears the di stant sound of hoofs. "It is he," she cries, placing her hand upon her beating hea rt. King: Enter the King. Queen: Followed by the devoted Queen. Duke: The Duke steps m buoyantly, Puss m Arms.
t>rincess: "My kitten, my kitten," cries the Princess joyously. She takes her pet in her arms but her eyes follow the stalwart form of the Duke. King: The King is pierced with jealousy. Duke: The Duke falls upon his knees before the King. "0 King," he says manfully, "I have found the kitten! I have come to claim the reward, the hand of the Princess." King: The King trembles with wrath. "Be gone," he shouts furiously. "The hand of the Princess shall be won by no cat." Duke: The Duke departs . As he passes the Princess, he grasps her soft hand. "I will return," he whispers in her ear. Princess: The Princess does not speak, but her clear blue eyes reflect the secret of her soul. Curtain: The curtain falls. AcT III
Curtain: The curtain rises for the third and fatal act. King: The King stands morosely in the center of the stage. Queen: The Queen stands sadly beside him. "My Lord," she says in pleading tones, "Relent, the Princess weeps day and night, nor will she be comforted." King: The King turns his back. "Hold your peace!" he says in harsh tones. Queen: The Queen weeps. Duke: Enter the Duke, his sword at his side . "Oh King," he says in a white passion, "For the last time I ask you for the hand of your daughter." King: The King spurns him. "Begone" he shouts once more. Duke: The Duke draws his sword and stabs the king. King: The King gasps and dies. Queen: "My Lord, my Lord," cries the Queen passionately, and she falls dead upon the king. Duke: "Great Ccesar's Ghost, what have I clone!" cries the Duke in anguish. He drinks a cup of poison and falls dead. Princess: Hearing the cry, the Princess enters. She stops transfixed at the horrible sight before her. "Heaven help me," she cries waving her shapely anns. "I die of grief." She fall s dead upon the breast of her beloved. King: Vvoe, woe, the King of the Land is dead.
Queen: Alas, alas, the devoted Queen is dead. Princess: The princess is dead, and beautiful even in death. Curtain: The curtain falls. PosTLUDE Curtain: The curtain rises for the postlude. King : The King is dead. Queen: The devoted Queen is still dead. Duke: The manly Duke is still dead. Princess: The beautiful Princess is still dead and still beloved. Curtain: The curtain falls forever.
STUNT NIGHT PROGRAM A Tribute to A. S. A. (Fae McClung) .... Dorothy Haley, II Spanish Dance ....................... . .. Doris West, EE If I Were King .... Dramatic reading by Ardis Monroe, HH Songs Acted ....... . .. . ...... . .. . ..... Beta Beta Chapter King Asa's Message. P lay by Mary Harlan Alpha Alpha Chapter 6. Indian Dance and Songs .. .. ...... Gamma Gamma Chapter 7. Treasure Hunt . . . ....... .. .. . .. Play by Zeta Zeta Chapter 8. Solo Dance . .. ........ ... .............. Anna Slifer, KK 9. Musical. . . ...... . ......... . .... Lambda Lambda Chapter 10. Pantomime of Sorority Ideals . ... . ..... Alpha Beta Chapter 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
A FRIEND "Yes, a friend is one of God's wonderful gifts, sacred, beautiful, and invaluable, not to be tampered with. A friend has a peculiar niche of her own, a niche that even one's family cannot fill. My group of friends is like a jewel casket. I take them out one by one, and revel in their pricelessness."
ALP HA SIGMA ALPHA STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS For the Period from May 26, 1922 to May 25, 1926 To tal
Balance in TreasuryMay 26, 1922 ........ .... . . .. ReceiptsF isca l year ended May 25, 1923 DisbursementsFi sca l yea r ended May 25, 1923 Balance in TreasuryMay 25, 1923 ...... . . . . . ..... Receipts'F isca l yea r ended May 25, 1924 DisbursementsFi scal yea r end ed May 25, 1924 Balance in TreasuryMay 25, 1924 . . . .. . ...... . ... ReceiptsFisca l year end ed May 25, 1925 DisbursementsFiscal year ended May 25, 1925 Balance in TreasuryMay 25, 1925 ..... . .. . ... .. .. Receipts'F isca l year ended May 25, 1926 DisbursementsFiscal yea r ended May 25, 1926 Balance in TreasuryMay 25, 1926-represented by Cash a nd Secu riti es as sh own below ...... ... . . ... . ... . .. . .
Cert if. Fund
H a ndbook Fund
$385.39 $ 40.00
8,3 12.20 26,472.11
178.00 245 .00
Con tingency Fund
$ 9,302.25 $ 1,124.00 2,209.20 11 ,511.45
InstalParalation phernalia Fund Fund
Con vention Fund
Publ ication Fund
$ 372.73 $ 581.70 $ 410.79 $ 956.46 $16.00
$173.33 120.00 $ 4.00 293.33 4.00
591.00 1,1 72.70
1,095 .1 9
690.00 1,785.1 9
1,445 .05 4,320.31
690.00 2,223. 19
1,033.00 2, 137.60
7,693 .10 27,358.93
814.00 2,754.1 8
$701.38 $137.00 $27,355.93 $4,687.31 $580.60
$2,107.1 8 $3, 195.79
CASH AND SECURITIES As of May ZS, 1926 Cas路h in Bank The Rushvill e Banking Co., Rushv ille, OhioChecking Account ...... .. ...... . . . . . ......... $ 9,194.08 Savings Acco unt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,592.60
$14,786.68 Certificates of Deposit Citizens Trust & Savings Bank, Columbus, 0.-5% $10,000.00 The Rushvi ll e Banking Co., Rushville, 0.-4% . .. 8,344.58
$18,344.58 Total Cash ...... . ........... . . . ... . ..... . .... .
Liberty Bonds- Registered
Par Value Second Is sue-4Y4% . . . . . . .. ... .. . . . . .. .. . . . .. $ 1,050.00 Fourth Issue-474% . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,300.00 Total Par Value . . ......... . ........ .. ......... $ 8,350.00 Total Inves tment in Liberty Bonds at Cost ..... . $ 8,248.54
Total Cash and Securities at May ZS, 1926-as above
We hereby certify that we have examined the records of A lpha Sigma A lpha pertaining to the receipts and disbursements of the National Treasurer of the Sorority for th e per iod from May 26, 1922, to May 25, 1926, and that the resultant cash l:ia lance of $33,131.26 at May 25, 1926, is correct. The bank accounts aggregating $14,786.68 were verified by co rr espond ence with The Rushvi ll e Banking Company of Rushville, Ohi o, the depositary of th e Treasurer's Funds, which bank al so confirmed the holding for safekeeping of Certificates of Deposit in th e amount of $18,344.58 and Liberty Bonds with a par value of $8,350.00. R espectfully submitted, KONOPAK, HURST&. DALTON, Cert ified Pub lic Accountants , Toledo, Ohio.
Lower Row, left to ri ght,-Eli zabeth Garber t;t,, Ruth Stanley MM, J oy Mahachek Edna McCullough EE, Mrs. Barr II, Nellie Gabrielson II, Lillian H e1hershaw Second Row, left to right,-Miss Swisher AA, Martha Wadsworth AA, Hazel Marga ret Eby KK , Dorothy Bishop KK, Louise Glaser rr, Beulah Far rand Third Row, left to right,-Miss Small II II, Evelyn Bell II II, H elen Block II II beth Romans AB, E lizabeth Darlington NN, Ruth Sutherland NN, Julia Hatz Fourth Row, left to right,-Marj orie Martin AA, Sara Grim AB, Norma W elsh
M Sue Edwards rr Dorothy H aley II. 路 00 Grace Whitakej Rob;rta Camp rr, : rdis Monroe HH, K.l Miss Nattinger ZZ, . Ruth Nailor KK, A'
Vilma Wilson ZZ, G<路rt rude H albritter 00, Minnie M. Shockl ey IT, Adela Ande:son EE, Grace Fultz M'>, Chri stine Littl e 00,
Dorothy Masters BB, Li llian Bradley BB, Mary Breck inridge BB, Luci le W alter 6.6., Anne Slifer KK, Mary Wilson KK, H a rzman rr, Lue ll a IIarzman rr, Ruth J eremy EE. , Nevins HIT, Miss Roseberry I-II-I, Bernice Hanson HH, Carl otta Corpron MM, Miss H ook AB, Dorothy Martin AB, Eli za~ry Wagner KK, Freicla Bunti ng KK, Mrs. D oyle KK. . 1 SaUtn 6.6., H elen ll nnctt AA, June Sm ith KK , Dorothy Clark ZZ, Chri stine Basham ZZ, Mi ss Strouse EE, Emma J ensen EE.