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THE PHOENIX of ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA ----.....J VoLUME

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Published in November, January, Mar.:h, May and July of each year at No. 30 North Ninth Street, Richmond, Indiana, by the Nicholson Printing Company, for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority having headquarters at Wellesley Farms, Mass. Business correspondence may be addressed to either office, but matter for publication and correspondence concerning the same should be addressed to Julia Lancaster, Wellesley Farms, Mass. Entered as second-class matter September 4, 1923, at fue post office at Richmond, Ind., under the Act of March 3, 1879.

Subscription price one dollar per year.


NATIONAL COUNCIL President-Mrs. Fred M. Sharp, ZZ, 1405. Hardy St., Independence, Mo. Vice-President-Miss Mary A. Wagner, KK, 58 Kensington Ave., Northampton, Mass. Secretary-Miss Leona Wilcox, II, 1916 44th St., Des Moines, Iowa. Treasurer-Miss Grace G. Fultz, 1111, West Main St., Rushville, Ohio. Registrar-Miss Evelyn G. Bell, III1, 8 East Depew Ave., Apt. 6, Buffalo, N. Y. Chaplain-Miss Louise K. Stewart, YY, 1330 Blue Ave., Zanesville, Ohio. Alumn~ Officer-Miss Doris L. Feeley, PP, 2547 3rd Ave., Huntington, W.Va. Editor-Miss Julia E. Lancaster, 88, Wellesley Farms, Mass. A. E. S. Representative-Miss Minpie M. Shockley, rr, Alva, Okla. BOARD OF ADVISERS 路 Alpha Alpha-Miss Amy M. Swisher, "The Tallawanda," Oxford, 0 hio. Alpha Beta-Miss Ethel Hook, 202 Conner Apts., Kirksville, Missouri. Alpha Gamma-Miss Ethel A. Belden, State Teachers College, Indiana, Pa. Beta Beta-Miss Elizabeth Luzmoor, State Teachers College. Greeley, Colorado. Gamma Gamma-Miss Ollie Shattuck, Alva, Okla.


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Chapter Editors Alpha Alpha-Mildred Spangler, 48 West Hall, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-Corenne Smith, Kirksville, Mo. Alpha Gamma-Julia Smith, Indiana, Pa. Beta Beta-Jean Nicholson, 1304 14th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Thelma Karrle, 917 4th St., Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Bernice Rawe, 127 E. State St., Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Esther McEvoy, 1416 West St., Emporia, Kan. Zeta Zeta-Irene Alley, 304 E. Culton St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Elizabeth Fain, 715 W. 8th St., Pittsburg, Kan. Theta Theta-Louise Musgrove, 334 Bay State Road, Boston, Massachusetts. Iota Iota-Helen Sailor, 2901 Rutland St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Mary Emma Lindemuth, r8o4 N. Park Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. Lambda Lambda-Carrie E. Fleming, 1052 S. Champion Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Mu Mu-Frances Edwj rds, 716 Pearl St., Ypsilanti, Mich. Nu Nu-Virginia Gulick, Drexel Institute, 33II Powellton Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. Xi Xi-Permal Shaver, 1912 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. Omicron Omicron-Geneva Brand, 202 S. Lincoln St., Kent, Ohio. Rho Rho-Virginia Shewy, I726 sth Ave., Huntington, w. Va. Pi Pi-Alberta Ottenot, r68 Villa Ave., Buffalo, N. Y. Sigma Sigma-Ellen Trevarthen, Gunnison, Colo. Tau Tau-Velma Krause, 317 W. 7th St., Hays, Kan. Upsilon Upsilon-L. Lucille Harris, III Thresher St., Granville, Ohio. Phi Phi-Clara May Shartzer, Residence Hall, Maryville, Mo. Chi Chi-Mary Rooksberry, 2430 Alabama St., Indianapolis, Indiana. Psi Psi-Fannie Faulk, Natchitoches, La.


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THE PHOENIX THE EDITOR'S BROADCAST STATION ASA The best of New Years to all of you! THE PHOENIX hopes your resolutions include taking an active part in Alpha Sigma Alpha. The most important step we have yet undertaken is the attempt to make the sorority democratic. It cannot succeed without your ~nthusiastic partnership in all phases of activity, of which THE PHoENIX is one of the most conspicuous, most permanent, and most imperative. It is a new idea for you all to have the responsibility of contributing material. We hope you will enjoy it a thousandfold more. The active chapters receive many stimuli from their officers, the officers are all working hard to keep efficiency rating at the highest level, now is the chance for ex-col.legio members to add their bit. THE PHOENIX is showing some new feathers in this issue. I wish you would write the editor and tell us how you like them. If vou have new ideas we want to know them. It is your magazine. Send us news of what you are doing, ex-collegios, and tell us what you would like THE PHOENIX to do for you in 193r. It should be a glorious year for A. S. A. if you will :tll join in taking part in making the sorority yours. Many of you are filling a big niche. We are proud of our membership and want to know all about you and your work. The next issue is to be the Graduate number. Will you send us all the news you can? We would like to have you send us articles about your work, too, whether it is teaching, business, home making or some profession. Let's have a roll-call of different occupations. It cannot be complete unless every excollegia member fills out the blank and sends it before February sixteenth. This is a sober yea~ for many people, a time when frienaship counts nwre than ever. I hope we are all building up a background of happy times and good fellowship. Such mem-


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THE PHOENIX 4· All members u ho are applying for a LIFE trip on the ((King Asa" for the firJt time. The cost of your LIFE trip will be twenty-five dollars plus an additional dollar for the four interesting copies of THE PHoENIX which you will receive while aboard the ship. Don't forget the ship sails February fourteenth. Be sure your name is enrolled on the passenger list. The party will be a most happy and enthusiastic one, so you can't afford to miss the one big opportunity of your lifetime. Here's hoping we all arrive in time for the sailing-February fourteenth. Don't forget the date. The National Council will miss you if you are not there. Grace G. Fultz, National T reasurer. GRADUATE PHOENIX ROLL-CALL Name: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Address: ......-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------······ Chapter:---------------------------------------------------------------:_____________________________ ____________ Year: -----------------------------Occupation: -----------·-----·-----·-----··· ·----------------------·------------------------·-----------------------------------------------------------· Are you willing to write something for THE PHOENIX?--------------------------------------What would you like to see in THE PHOENIX?------------------------------------·----------·-----------·

Mail this to JuLIA E. LANCASTER, Wellesley Farms, Mass.

SILENCE When trouble is brewing, keep still. When slander is getting on its legs, keep still. When your feelings are hurt, keep still. Silence is the most massive thing conceivable, sometimes. It is strength in its very grandeur. Imprudent speech has done more harm than has gunpowder. Alpha Beta.


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he will build up the highest estimation in the minds of those who are interested in him, and he will be called a sport, well deserving the honor of sportsmanship. A team of such individuals can obtain success under the most adverse conditions -that could possibly be imposed on them. Lulu Mae Herdman.

A bright toy lies upon the floor. A baby creeps toward it. He picks it up and discovers that it rattles when shaken. He listens to this and finishes the process by placing the toy in his mouth. His older brother enters the room. He, too, sees the toy and hears the rattle but instead of placing it in his mouth he tries to pry the two sections of the toy apart, to discover what causes the rattle. Repeated effort is of little use, for his strength is not great enough to use this as a means of solving the mystery. He looks at it intently. He discovers that one side is sufficiently indented to enable him to see a portion of the interior. He immediately begins to bend the other side of the toy at the joint of the two sections. Slowly and surely he divides the rattle and discovers the secret. A smile spreads over his face as he finishes the task. He has won! It is a great accomplishment for his young mind. From our very earliest years we have been solving problems. Every day new complications of this intricate world present themselves. We find that we must meet them and discover their solution. We studied long before we knew the meaning of the word. Later we became more familiar with the use of the term, but it carried with it a dread. Study became something terrible, something that kept us away from playmates, from the grass and from theHowers. Even our older brothers and sisters referred to study in a tone of anxiety. It began to be associated with a fear of examinations and class grades. We studied for college entrance, we studied to earn our degrees, or perhaps we studied to gain admittance to the bar or to pass a medical board examination . .Thus the misconception of the word "study" has evolved from childhood fears, yet the same process was used by the young man when he discovered the


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LOUISIANA RECIPE Pecan Pie What cou1d be better than a pecan pie? Alpha Sig girls of Louisiana think it is delicious and this is the way they made them: To one cup sugar add three tablespoonsful flour and mix thoroughly. Beat the whites of three eggs slightly, until foamy, and then add the whites and yolks to the mixture of sugar and flour. Beat will and add one cup syrup and last one cup,..pecans. Mix well and pour into uncooked crust and bake in moderate oven. This may also be baked in individual crusts. Virginia Coates.

HAPPINESS No matter what one's nationality, sex, age, philosophy or religion everyone wishes to become or to remain happy. Every person has a right to be happy, but he or she must find their own way to happiness. "The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts," according to a college professor. This definition 'places happiness where it should be, within and not without the sphere of attainment possible to every individual. So far as possible happiness should be like virtue, it should not be dependent upon things. It comes from within; and true happiness is a part of the personality. It is impossible for anyone to feel exuberantly happy all the time, but it is possible for you to have certain qualities in yom personality that cannot permanently be destroyed. In youtl: that old saying, "Down in the dumps and up again," is especially true because you have that happiness, that part of one'~ personality that comes from thinking interesting thoughts. To keep up requires those interesting thoughts that naturally de~ velop the mental, social, spiritual and the physical attitudes toward life. Be happy and keep happy for the secret of yout own happiness is within yourself. Edith Grogan.


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A MOCK OPERA General suggestions: I. Announce the stunt in some original, interesting, arousing manner, probably giving it the surprising title, "Casus Aedificii" or any similar non-revealing name. 2. Use characters with musical ability. There is fine opportunity for display of a powerful voice, although it can be used with girls of average musical ability. 3路 Set the few suggested words to different well known opera tunes and remember the effect becomes better the oftener the words are repeated. The actors should put much feeling ' and operatic action into it. Characters: Wife-( tall woman with powerful voice) Husband-( smaller girl) Occupants of apartment. Landlady-( owner of apartment house). Janitor of apartment liouse. All are dressed in suitable Italian costumes. Scene: A living room in the apartment. The couple is seated, both reading. Man (jumping up and looking all around): I smell smoke, I smell smoke. ( C'Jntinue with these words to suggested tune "Lucia D'Lammeramoor .") Woman (joins in the singing): I smell smoke, I smell smoke. (They continue until some climactic point in music is reached.) 路 Man: The house is burning down, the house is burning down, etc. Woman (joining in song): The house is burning down, the house is burning down. (Repeat many times.) .(Enter, the Janitor.) Janitor: I am the janitor, I am the janitor, Wife: He is the janitor, he is the janitor, Both to tune "Rigoletto." 路


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WILLOW The willow bucked the frosty wind And shook her tangled hair, Defiantly she gazed about On balded neighboring trees; Her supple grace staccato like Swung rhythmic with the breeze. But Father Oak and Mother Pine Just smiled at spindle shanks, The naughty stripling must be taughtFirst snow will end her pranks. Ethyle Porter, Patroness.

PATTERNS Thought curves, softly blended, from one dream to another Come to me And are kept for use againOr discarded. Some I will pick from out my dream shelf And to them say"Yes, you were good three years ago." And to others I will say"Could it be so? I wish it could." One may come Which will not fit into the pattern Which has been kept by hours of reverie. What does one do about patterns when thought curves play with them? Dorothy W eede, '30.


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Mary Clyde Newman, '30.

My mother says I'm shocking, My father c;;ays I'm gay; But really now, just what's the harm? They were young one day. They like to romp and fool and dance, Whene're they had a bit o' chance; And yet they say, "Be proper, you." I try my best, but that won't do. Now, if you were me, and I were you, I'd follow their footsteps, would'nt you?

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THE PHOENIX Soon they were all in the cranberry bog. 路It had not been, however, an easy task, for although the path had begun on stepping stones, they had ended up by pushing and wending their way in and out among the thick underbrush. Each chose a spot where she thought the biggest berries grew. The words now began to fly from mouth to mouth, almost as fast as the berries flew from vine to basket. "Lillian, did you know the Ladies' Aid Society was going to give a food sale this Saturday?" "Why, yes I did, and I've been asked to make a pie. I never can make good pies! My crusts either are too lardy, too crummy, or the pie runs out. Have any of you a good recipe for pie crusts?" Hilda (whose pies were the envy of all her friends) spoke up and said: "I have one which always proves successful, and my pies are delicious, too, even if I do say so." "Milton, what did you say? You want to pick where there are bigger berries? All right, but these here are whoppers." Soon Milton was engaged in picking a patch of his own choosing, quite some distance from the babbling tongues of the lady folk. "Sarah, have you an extra good rule for making cranberry sauce? Other years I have never had enough berries. Now that Mary has given me an opportunity to pick as many as I choose, I will be able to ha e all the sauce I can eat." "No, I never had .very good luck. It either doesn't jell, or it's too tart," was Sarah's reply. "But I have a recipe which always turns out well, and I'd be delighted to give it to you both," said Mary. Just then, up came Milton with his pail full. Then he began to look for his bag in which to dump the berries. Nowhere could the bag be found, although all four ladies turned and looked for it. He suddenly rem~mbered he had left it on the table when he went to get a drink before starting. "Milton," said his mother, "you can dump your berries into my bag. " _ "No, yours are not so big as mine," responded Milton. No amount of persuasion and suggestion could make him dump the berries. Finally, he decided to go to Billy Carpenter's house to play. So he started off.


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"Goodbye, Mary; thank you ever so much for asking me," said Sarah, when we again reached the Brown's homestead. "Mary," said Lillian, "I just finished making some picalilli today. Wouldn't you like some? I will have Eleanor bring it over to you." . "And I'll give you my recipe for making delicious cranberry pies," said Hilda. Elizabeth Barnes, 8 8.

AN ALPHA SIG Hark! ye who hear the name so dear, Of this blest sisterhood. These are the qualities to own Would we serve her as we should: Alert to do that which brings the good, L oving in thought and deed, P ersevering to attain our goal, Helpful in time of need, A miable when things go wrong,

S miling though skies be gray, I ncreasing knowledge through work well done, Generous, not thinking of pay, Mighty in virtuous living, A mbitious for higher goals,

A bounding in all good humor, L ighting darkened souls, Prepared for the day's new problems. Honest in all things done, Alpha Sigs will be loyal to Kappa Kappa each one. So let us determine to attain this goal Of character fine and true. Not only Temple needs such girls, The world needs you. Sara McCullough, '30, K K.


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please. They can't expect to keep a customer waiting fifteen minutes for change." "Let's go to B-'s. We can get them cheaper there." "Is it for a young man ? Does he like c-olorful ties ? This one is inconspicuously smart. Would you like to see it on?" "Oh, I forgot those chiffon stockings. Just the thing I wanted most!" "We have four minutes to get the train. We can make it, can't we?" "Just in time!! I wish we could get seats together. Perhaps we can later on. Will you loan me a dime? I'd like to get a paper, and I haven't any change. It seems so good to sit down .I" . Who wo4ld venture to say that shopping is not a pleasure? Mabel Priestman, 8 8. I My pledges, I know, must be the best; There's Doris and Lilburne and Rosa Pearl; They all, of course, work with much zest, There is Mary Kate-different from any other girl.

II Ernestine and Dorothy, who play so well, And docile Mildred, I must remember them all. Many lovely things more could I tell, But like all great poets I, too, must fall. III They all realize that they have much to achieve, But this fall they have accomplished much; A secret for you (so do not deceive), There is a reward for five of them soon-initiation and such. IV I only wish I were more of a bard To tell you more things-but it's hard For one so ungifted with poetic incline 路 To tell that Psi Psi pledges are the finest kind. Helen May Stephe{JS.


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Hail to dear old A~ A, We love her; She's the best on earth today, We love her. She's the one that we prefer, Her name 路 our hearts shall e'er stir, She is more precious than myrrh, We love her. Alpha Sigma Alpha, dear, We love her; To our hearts she is so near, We love her. Many, many years from today You'll still hear us say, Alpha Sigma Alpha, dear, We love her! Virginia Coates and Kate Flanagan.

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Alpha Sigma Alpha, dear, we love you; Alpha Sigma Alpha, dear, we're for you. As the college days go by Nothing can e'er break this tie, We are for you 'til we dieAlpha Sigma. Alpha Sigma, .we will be true to you'; Alpha Sigma, honor we'll bring to you. Seck, aspire, attain, in all we do, Dear one, we're all for you. Alpha Sigma Alpha, dear, we love you. Anna Werle McCampbell, A B.


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.ALPHA ALPHA CHAPTER Miss Swisher, instructor of art at Miami University, and Virginia Updegrove, a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, were taken into Delta Phi Delta, a National Professional Honor Fraternity, open to Men and W0men Art Students in American Universities, Colleges, and Art Schools. Delta Phi Delta was founded at the University of Kansas, May the 28th, 1909路. It was nationalized in 1912. Only juniors and seniors are taken who have a B aver.::tge. Miss Swisher is our sorority advisor. Jnstead of having a Christmas party as was always the custom, the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha filled a basket for a needy family in Oxford. December the 12th we took the little boy and the little girl from this family to a 路shoe store in Oxford and bought them each a pair of shoes. At the sorority meeting on Wednesday night, we wrapped the flannel pajamas, long-legged underwear, etc., for this family, and we had quite a lot of fun out of it. When we looked at the long-legged underwear it brought back memories of the day when we went to school with a book-satchel. We know this family is appreciative, and it surely makes our hearts feel light when we think of the joy we have brought to them. Tuesday evening, the 16th, the pledges entertained the actives with a formal banquet at Scot Manor. The theme was ~he "Old and the N ew. " The toasts were "Tod ay, " "Tomorrow, " an d "Yester d ay. " Th e decorations were representing Christmas. Mildred Spangler.

ALPHA BETA CHAPTER What a busy time for u~! Tonight, December twelfth, closes our biggest rush season of the year. We are having a Ship Dance at the Country Club. The Club will be decorated with flags, lifesavers, and other nautical decorations. Two favor dances will be special features of the evening. The first rush party of the season was given by the alumna:: of the chapter. We were entertained at the home of Mrs. M. D. Campbell, one of our patronesses, with a bridge party. As the guests entered the parlors of the Campbell home they were greeted by a receiving line composed of Mrs. M.D. Campbell, Miss Ruth Robinson and Mrs. Roland Zeigel. The prize for the highest score, a lovely candy dish, was awarded to Miss Frances Watson. The second price, a book, was won by Miss Edith Franklin, and the booby prize, a desk set, went to Miss LaRue


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ALPHA GAMMA CHAPTER Hello, Everybody! This is station A. S. A. b'roaClcasting from the studio at Indiana State Teachers College. Just a minute, sisters, and Alpha Gamma's program1will be on the air. The first thing we shall present in this report will be a discussion of Homecoming by a very charming young lady-Miss Virginia Karlen. "Homecoming! After several weeks of eager anticipation this muchlooked-for event arrived. And with it arrived several Alpha Gamma Alumnce, including Mary Emerson, Vivian Cartwright, Jean Beers, Ruth Rink, Mar y McColly, Irene Mertz, and Nell Russell. We didn't see much of them in the morning because they were discussing this problem of teaching school with the faculty, but they joined us at the football game. Between halves we rushed over to Miss Mahachek's cottage, where we drank tea, chatted, and warmed our frozen feet. Our pledges brewed the tt>a and served it. Of course, we did not attend the Alumn<e dance in the evening, but we know everybody had a good time-particularly the A. S. A.'s who attended. That's all--=and thank you." Thank you, Jinny. Now before the next speaker comes on the air, I must tell you about our Founder's Day Banquet. Because of the Senior Prom on Saturday, November fifteenth, we postponed our banquet until the following Saturday. It was formal, held at the Rose Tea Room at six-thirty o'clock. The table decorations were carried out in red and white. There was a centerpiece of red roses and white pompoms and red candles were placed at intervals along the table. The program committee is to be complimented on the programs which wex;e made in the shape of our pin-red, with white leaves and tied with white ribbon. We had as our guests Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Powers of the Pittsburgh City Association, Miss Wallace, one of our own patronesses, and Mrs. Foster and Miss Stewart from schooL An interesting program was presented during dinner, with Rutq. Tilton as toastmistress. After dinner we danced, talked and sang songs. Mary McColly, Vivian Cartwright imd Jo Buchanan were back for the banquet. I'm running over time, but Miss Margaret Braddock will now give you a glimpse of our pledges. "Hello, sister of A. S. A. Saturday, December thirteenth, we are going to give four of the very nicest upperclasswomen you have even seen, the S<mctuary Degree service. They are Barbara Egleston, Sara Gracey, Katheryn Hiteschue and Alta Welch. On the whole, they have been very agreeable pledges, doing everything the girls required of them. And, of course, since this semester is rapidly coming to a close, we are eagerly looking over the new girls. There are many charming ones. Looks as though rushing will be quite interesting this year!" We hope so, Peggy. Ah~ here is some proof that the girls of Alpha Gamma Chapter do have a serious trend of mind once in a while. We are extremely happy and proud to announce that Phyllis Glasgow, Barbara Egleston, and Anna Shafer are to be initiated into Kappa Delta Pi,


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Jane Young, Denver, Colorado. Caroline Reece, Denver, Colorado. Eleanor Tupper, Denver, Colorado. Eva Mahaffey, Fleming, Colorado. Thelma Bryan, Greeley. Ruth Drake, Greeley. Margaret Sanders, Gredey. Josephine Whitlow, Greeley. Florence Avery, Eaton, Colorado. Georgiana Breckenridge, Pehomal, Nebraska. Alice Mcintyre, Ault, Colorado. Winifred Johnson, Ault, Colorado. Helen Boney, Leadville, Colorado. We have found that it was an excellent pledge duty for our girls to write some+hing concerning Alpha Sigma Alpha. Many of these essays or whatever you may call them, were quite enlightening. Here are two that show that even pledges have some brains: WHAT ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA MEANS TO ME Kindness and thoughtfulness for others are brought out through intimate association of sorority sisters. We learn how to live with other people in this world of <>orrow and of joy. The genuineness and sincerity of A!uha Sig girls impresses me most. They don't try to be what they are nat. I value true friendship more since I became an Alpha Sigma Alpha, and what more is there in life than the beautiful friendships that we make?-Ruth Drake. FROM A PLEDGE Even a pledge can have opinions about her sorority and I have two about Alph'l Sigma Alpha. The first one concerns the pledge service. It is lovely. I am sure that as we hear it again and again, it will come to mean more to us. And isn't it a splendid way, when our new sisters give their pledge to renew the pledge that we have given! The Alpha Sig girls are the subject of the second opinion. Never in my life have I known a finer group of girls. I knew only a few of the girls when I joined. Now we seem almost old friends, and soon we will be. A sorority can mean a great deal to a girl if she will only let the girls mean a great deal to her.-Helen Bondy. Elizabeth Gregory.


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GAMMA GAMMA GIRLS of I930-3I Our President: Pearl Sonderup, blue eyes and tall, With blonde, long hair; Mabel Chew v.rith dark curlsLook at Ollie? we do not dare; But Sadie, her sister, is quite different nowNot so settled, and full of wow; Helen Johnson of dime-store fame, By working hard she won her name; Eunice Metcalf) you will know In her hurry and scurry Ponders and contrives much How the Alpha Sigs might grow; Tho' she has hair of a brilliant hue Vera Leeper is sweet and staunch and true; Iris Beck most any day you will find Laboring over shorthand notes And typing designs; Eleanor Houts, so handy with the pen And at entertaining with her violin; Then there are our pledges, The best to be foundLaura, Ruth, Irene, and FrancesWe love to have them around. And two good friends have we Singled out from all the others, For their many kipdnesses we love them, For their wisdom allied to goodness: Miss Shockley, the dean of women, And our willing advisor, Miss Shattuck. And me: I'm just Gamma Gamma editor.

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ZETA ZETA CHAPTER This is radio station Z Z, Alpha Sigma Alpha, broadcasting from Warrensburg, Missouri, on a frequency of every other month. Today we will give you step by step the rushing of Zeta Zeta chapter. All of the sororities are lined up on the campus ready to rush practically the same girls. Zeta Zeta chapter drew a party date for Saturday night, December sixth. The party is a Bowery Cabaret at the chapter house, with the house decorated as a speakeasy. They are entering the door, and they are being ushered up the stairs to leave their wraps. Here they come down the steps again. You should see the actives dressed as Bowery fellows, in their dark trousers, white shirts, black berets and brilliant scarfs around their waists. The ladies, you should see them with their flaming cheeks, red lips and short skirts. Here they are at the door, they must have the password. Oh, Yes, it's "Devils Den." They all know it. They all enter and start dancing. Some drink "wine" and eat pretzels and doughnuts at the bar; some sit out and talk. They continue to dance, eat, drink and he merry. There seems to be a pause. They are going to give an ent:ertainment; it's a Bowery tap dance. It was grand. They are applauded until they return. The dancers were Mary Greenwald and Alyce Gwinn. Everyone is dancing again. It's eleven-thirty. What's that commotion over by the bar? Ah, I see. They are lining up, getting sandwiches and coffee from 路the bar, and I've never seen so many sandwiches in my life. "" They are through eating now. Some of them dance, others get ready to leave.


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ETA ETA CHAPTER Tuesday, December sixteenth, the pledges entertained the actives with an unusual Christmas program. The time represented was 1976; the place, Alpha Sigma Alpha house. Several girls were studying by the labor saving method of swallowing some mysterious looking pills instead of delving deeply into massive volumes of learning as all of us so-called moderns do. Oh, yes, we do! The Alphas of the future were dressed in fantastic costumes with Greek letters lip-sticked on their foreheads. Their work was interrupted by a code message from Mars inviting the girls to spend Christmas on that planet. The next act took place in a sorority house on Mars with our Alphas attempting to impress upon the Martians just what sort of fellow Santa Claus was. It seems that the girls in those parts had never heard of him. Just then, who should enter but Mr. Claus in person, followed by Christmas Spirit, played by Pearl Rice, a pledge. Christmas Spirit read the following ballad, wP,ich she wrote: BALLAD OF CHRISTMAS When God into his Eden put Two mortals fair to see, He cautioned them to keep a foot From 'neath His appletree. Adam or Eve did take a bite Of one red apple raw; God said the wrong could be made right By obeying Moses' Law. Moses failed to lead his band From off the Egyptian Shore, And so, outside the Promised Land They'd dwell forevermore. But God in pardoning mercy said, "Nor flood sufficed, nor sword, Elijah must foretell ahead That I shall send a Lord. "He shall be of th~ Trinity . And shall take your sins away; You must be freed of iniquity Before the Judgment Day.

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IOTA IOTA CHAPTER We have had several social functions during the last two months. Our Founders' Day Banqyet was held on November seventeenth, which all those present enjoyed very much. The theme of the banquet was "Harvesting." Velma Jordan was toastmistress. Gwen Tackaberry gave a talk on "Planting." "Tilling" was given by Faye Lee. Lillian Buckles spoke on "Reaping," and Mrs. Barr gave a toast on "Giving." Autumn colors predominated in the decorations. Governor and Mrs. Hammill, and Mr. and Mrs. Haley entertaine路d us at a theatre party on November twenty-four. Later we were taken to the Haley home, where we were served a lovely luncheon. Our Christmas dance was at the Chapter House, December twelve. Our chaperones were Mr. and Mrs. Nissly, Dr. and Mrs. Fenton, and Mrs. McCormick.

KAPPA KAPPA CHAPTER Work and play- what a contrast! Yet that is exactly what the Alpha Sigs at Temple are doing; working with earnestness and playing with enthusiasm. While we do not do our rushing until second semester, we have had many other sorority and campus activities to attend-. During the Hallowe'en season our charming advisor, Miss Drummond, entertained the girls at her home. If any girl had by chance forgotten before the party that our hostess is a home economics leader, she was certain to recognize the fact when the "eats" arrived. We enjoyed the generous hospitality. During November the Panhellenic Association usually entertains the Freshmen; ~his year the party was a World Fair in which each sorority represented a different country. To us was assigned Italy, and since it is the land of opera we undertook to present a mock opera. Needless to say, this "tragedy" was the source of much comedy. At this party the cup for the highest average in scholarship during the past academic year was awarded to Pi Lambda Sigma. The week-end of November twenty-second was a very busy and delightful one for the University and for the sorority, as are all homecoming week-ends. However, this year we were especially honored in having with us Julia Lancaster, our natioq.al editor, and Mary Wagner, a K. K. alumna; now national vice-president. That early Saturday morning initiation service for Hannah Dietrich, Norma Nyce, Helen Poser, and Eleanor Smith, followed by a sorority breakfast will live in our memories for a long time. But the banquet, attended by forty-five alumna: and fifteen chapter girls, held at the Warburton House, Philadelphia, that Saturday evening, we are sure will be remembered for a longer time. Both Miss Wagner and Miss Lancaster offered many plans and suggestions, and we certainly hope we may follow them faithfully.


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a lamp and Mrs. Gaal, the mother of our president, gave us a lovely end table. So you see Santa Claus isn't forgetting us. I know he won't forget about our grades. Well, be sure and hang up your stockings and I know good old Santa Clause won't forget you. The Alpha Sigs of Lambda Lambda chapter wish all our sisters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Carrie Fleming.

MU MU CHAPTER Dear Diary: This certainly is a bmv week-end. This morning at nine o'clock we had formal initiation at the sorority house. The following girls were initiated: Ethel Ellis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kathleen Garret, Dowagiac, Michigan; Dorothy Hegaman, Armada, Michigan, and Phyllis Powers, St. Ignace, Michigan. We are very proud of our new members and expect great things from them. At one o'clock the chapter had a Bon Voyage luncheon in honor of Miss Bauch, our faculty adviser, who is leaving the first of January for a six months' trip abroad. The afternoon was spent in playing bridge. The prize of the afternoon, a green and gold fountain pen, went to our guest of honor. Several alumn~ members were present: Florence Bay-' ler, Mrs. Edris Brenkert, and Miss Mina Pollakowski of Detroit, Mrs. Gladys Erikson and Miss Ruth Stanley of Ypsilanti, Miss Ernestine Anderson of Ann Arbor, and Miss Mattie Striet of Quincy. I must tell you of the honor that has come to our president, Emily Schmid. At the convention of Home Economics Clubs of Michigan, held at Battle Creek, Emily was chosen as state president. We rejoice in the honor that she has brought not only to herself, but also to the sorority. We know she will bring to this new trust the same efficiency and resourcefulness that she has shown while president of Mu Mu chapter. Wednesday, December seventeenth, marks the close of the first term of school. We are looking forward to Christmas at home. However~ we shall be eager to get back to college at the beginning of the year, for the winter term promises some interesting times. With formal rushing to take up our attention for the first few weeks and our winter party, February fourteenth, we shall not lack work and good times. Frances E. Edwm路ds. MU MU CHRISTMAS PARTY Christmas time again, and so much to do this year. There are so many people who can have no Christmas unless someone more fortunate helps them out in their time of need. The girls of Mu Mu chapter decided that their Christmas Party should be a party 路for the needy children of the city. With hearts filled with feeling, and a strong desire to make the children happy, the proceedings for the party began.


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NU NU CHAPTER Exams-yes, finals-Christmas, and preparations for rushing parties! A compound subject needing no predicate to make it every breath the essence of excitement. Exams necessarily command attention, but a three-term year is a comfort when it sends yQu home rejoicing that finals are over instead of looming in the future. Christmas, too, receives attention, even during finals. It would be difficult to do no shopping-for there, in a big city like Philadelphia, is where one gets the worldly side of the Christmas thrill-when one friend or another rushes into your room each night with a little red nose and an armful of packages, whose contents have perhaps given more pleasure to the giver than they ever can to the recipient. Finals cannot extinguish this spirit. And yet, for Nu Nu through exams and even through the realization of . holiday dreams runs that anticipation of the rushing season with which we start the new year. Rushing really began, we old members think, when we started, amidst all this other excitement, to find a ballroom, orchestra, favors, food, and entertainment to lure innocent damsels to our formal and informal parties. The plans for the parties are almost hopping from my tongue to my pen and thence to PHoENIX, but I know they must be carefully guarded for a few more weeks. There are some talented, witty, pretty, and athletic freshmen we think we cannot do without, and there are still so many whom we do not even know. Rushing is fun, but with it come those doubts of our chapter's not gaining everything it might from the campaign. Now, our rushing is all speculation. May THE PHOENIX in his next flight spread his wings over a Nu Nu Chapter, not only increased in numbers, but enriched in character and ability, glowing with friendship and fun, and out to do big things for the organization this mysterious bird represents. Nu Nu enjoyed a visit with Miss Julia Lancaster, National Editor, and Miss Mary Wagner, National Vice-President, on Sunday, November twenty-three. Blanche Ball, a member of A. S. A. two years back, is with us again, completing a course interrupted by illness.


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OMICRON OMICRON CHAPTER Omicron Omicron has been doing things since you last heard from her. We started out the year by taking honors for homecoming. Mary Donze, our secretary, was the honored one. Her reign commenced with her presentation at the homecoming game, and continued on through the evening for the homecoming dance, where she was found in the receiving line. . We are very happy to announce, too, that another unusual honor was won by Omicron Omicron, all the officers from the Junior class are being held by Alpha Sigs except that of President. Our rush parties starte.i the seventh week with a formal bridge dance at the Hotel Fr~nklin ballroom. Decorations were similar to those found in an Italian cabaret. About forty rushees attended. Our second rush party was held at The Robinhood. This party was in the form of a "Bunco Party." Many alumni returned for this affair to help rush. Sixteen girls accepted our bids for pledge membership and we are exceptionally happy to present their names to you. Those who took the pledge are: Betty Anderson, Laurel Hanley, Bonnie Hart from Kent, Janet Jones and Zeta Welsher from Ravenna, Ohio; Mary Jane Matelsky, Louise Kist, Mildred Hall of Youngstown, Ohio; Kathryn Faulk and Betty Moor~ from Canton) Ohio; Helen Sloane from Cleveland, Ohio; Beatrice Shute of Akron, Ohio; Louise Grone and Mary Stoner from Stow, Ohio; Florence Bodman of Oberlin, Ohio, and Ardis Reichard. Formal pledging services were held at The Robinhood, preceded by a dinner.


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campus organizations, scholarship rating of the members and their compliance with tbe established 路customs and courtesies of the college. For the mid-winter rating Alpha Sigma Alpha was far in the lead in regard to the house, compliance with customs, and attendance and punctuality at the various meetings, but were slightly outclassed in special honors and scholarship. However, special honors and scholarship should not mean everything, and we feel sure that by the end of the semester we will attain a high level in those respects also, giving us more than a good chance for the cup. Virginia Shewey.

SIGMA SIGMA CHAPTER Dear Ruth: I'm honestly ashamed for not having written sooner to let you know all about our pledges. You are always interested, I know. We have six new pledges, Ruth, and they are peaches! V!virine Gratton, Gunnison, Colorado; Mary Murphy, Trinidad, Colorado; Allyne Fryberger, Lamar, Colorado; Clestia Yost, Pueblo, Colorado; Luree Stevens, Olathe, Colorado; Eunice Sage, Salida, Colorado. Allyne was chosen freshman queen this fall. She won by a large majority. She and Luree were also elected secretary and treasurer, respectively, of the freshman class last week. You see, we have every reason to be nry proud of our pledges. We were all so disappointed because you didn't get here for the pledge dance, Ruth. It was a darling dance! We were certainly the busy girls getting ready for it last week. The club hous.e looked adorable with decorated pine trees and candles. The lighting from the trees and candles made a very beautiful effect. I ~m enclosing one of the Santa Claus programs we had. Don't you think they are darling? Ruby Burmaster made them-leave it to Ruby! (You should have seen her out getting Christmas trees!) We also had a real Santa distribute gifts among the guests. Everyone had a lovely time I'm sure. Well, so much for that, Ruth. Now comes a big surprise. Clestia Yost has acquired a Mu pin and Allyne has been wearing hers in sight for the last two days. What do you think of it? I believe the Mus get a fever every fall. They serenaded us last Wednesday night, and we served hot chili and wafers for refreshments. I simply can't think of any more news at present, Ruth. This is test week and everyone is plenty busy. Pledges have no dates this week, and actives won't either, if they are wise. I think the tests will be sort of stiff. We have our Christmas party this Wednesday at Jean McKee's, and we're certain of a good time. Remember, last year it was at your house? All of the girls miss you more all of the time, and we will surely be glad to see you during vacation. Gatta' close now and go to school. Much love from all of us. Ellen Frenarthen.


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coloring we had balloons filled with hydrogen floating around the rooms. Instead of lunch cloths, we used pallets on each table besides one smaller one for the place card and the tally. Our favors were bright colored handkerchiefs. Each rushee was a model and each active was an artist, . so we wore smocks and berets. Last of all: we had a four-course formal dinner at the house . . The dining room was quite elaborately decorated, carrying out the palm green and gold color scheme. In the middle of the table there was a large green centerpiece containing yellow chrysanthemums and at either end there were two yellow candles in green candle holders. The favors were chrysanthemum corsages. During the dinner one of the girls favored us with several violin selections, and after dinner our group sang some Alpha Sig songs. As far as numbers are concerned our rushing season was quite a disappointment to us. We didn't get quantity, but we are certain of the quality and are more than happy to announce the pledging of the following girls on Monday, December first: Marjorie Archbold, Phoenix Lake, Plymouth, Michigan; Lillis Consaul and Alice Duncan, Toledo, Ohio; Elizabeth Scott and Helen Brugos, Cleveland, Ohio. December fifth was the date for all of the formal sorority dances on campus. We entertained at the Girls' Gymnasium and Christmas trees and the usual winter scene were the decorations. The lights were dim, only those from the Christmas trees being used, which helped to give the proper setting. Alpha Sigma Alpha's Santa Claus was very good that evening and brought each of the men a black leather billfold with a crest on it. Lunch, consisting of chicken salad, sandwiches and coffee, was served late in the evening. The formal fraternity dances were Friday night, December twelfth. 路 Thursday night, December eighteenth, we are having supper at the house路 and our Christmas tree. We changed our usual plan this year of giving presents to each other and decided that each of us woul9 buy something useful for the house. We regret very much that Mrs. Hawes, our adviser, moved to Columbus because we need her greatly, but our thoughts and best wishes are with her while she is studying for her Master's Degree at Ohio State University. Much love. L. Lucille Harris.

PHI PHI CHAPTER ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA GIRLS HAVE PARTIES Saturday, October twenty-fifth, was a gala day for Alpha Sigs. In the afternoon formal pledge service was conducted at the sorority house. FolJowing the service was the Founders' Day Banquet of Phi Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, which was also in honor of alumn:e and pledges, held at the Country Club.


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Realizing the economic state of. various homes in Maryville, the Alpha Sig girls decided to spend Christmas helping the more unfortunates instead of themselves. First they decided to, gather a group of little folks who would otherwise have no Christmas with a real, honestto-goodness Santa in it who comes with those foolish, unnecessary things we all like so well. The party is planned for December eighteenth, the night before the girls go home, that they might enjoy their own respective holiday entertainments more knowing they had made some little soul's heart happier and placed a toy in some eager hand.

ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA SORORITY HONORED Mesdames Yates, Brock, and Fredericks, patronesses and advisor of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, entertained the girls of the local chapter, Wednesday evening, October 29, in the home of Mrs. W. E. Brock. Jack-o' -lantern.s shed their weird lights over the rooms where black cats scaled the wall, bats and owls clung to the ceiling, and a fearful old witch presided over a glowing pot. The gruesome shrieks of the spirit of a long departed princess just visible behind a glass door, the gutteral prophesies of the old witch as she stirred her pot, lent an atmosphere of mystery to the scene. Fortunes were told) games were played till a late hour, when masks were thrown aside as the hostesses announced supper. A huge pumpkin embelli.shed the center of the table and candy witches and napkins adorned with bats and owls marked the places. A delicious luncheon consisting of chicken a la king in patty shells shaped like our badges, pear salad, hot rolls, coffee, pickles, olives, and jack-o' lantern cakes put to rout all spirit life and made the guests rejoice that they were mortals. The guests who enjoyed this lovely party were: Mrs. Wagner, sponsor; Misses Helen May Stevens, Fannie Faulk, Mildred Creaghan, Eulali:1 Tucker, Miriam Cain, Virginia Coates, Nell Scott, Ernestine and Doris Harrison, Mary Kate Burkley, Mildred Hammon, Lilburne Middleton, Lora Mayes, and Kate Flanagan. Mrs. Fredericks' sister, Mrs. Morris, was also a guest.


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