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Thero'a mcny s. frat,. but neli:lr a on<: J.dke ASA, l iko ASA, Por it hi.6.a o.ahievcd r;hat never was done. This \7ondorful ASA.!

If you will list to the tnle we'll tell, Youtro sure to aoknowledt;e, we know right well, 'Tis· a FOnderful, Honderful ASA; .ASA,


'Tis a wonderful, vronuerfnl ASA, A wonderful IillA! II

lived on the earth until be was born Savo .~A, suvc ASA. It was· fourteen year~ (~ld ~n its birthday morn, Th1o remarkable ASA! If' you will li3t tc. the tale we' 11 tell, You're sure tOi ncknoiTledgo, we knou r18ht \7ell, ''ris a remarkable, remarkable ASA, ASA, ASA! 'ria n romarkablo, rooarkable A~A. A remarka~lo AS~!




When a man h3a died, he is alwaya deed.

U•t II.'~A,: not AC)A .. ·It wa~ .t • tnlly killed, but life never fled Fr~~ this marvell•us ASA!1 If you will list to the tale ue'll tell. Ya-u' rc surO' tG o.cknowled ge, we knau rieht well, rTis a marvellou~, mnrvellous t . ~A,

'Tis a


A 3 A~ marve~lous, Qaryellous

A marvellous ASA!



N• man ever lived that hud birthdays tcro But !SA, but ASA. It can celebrate ~7 ice, as no Gther oan do. This astonishing ASA! . And now that you rve hoard the tale 'Vl e could tell, You're sure to aoknol-;ledse, \7e know ri t;h t well, rTis an astonishing, nsto,n iflhing AS.A, A~ll,


'Tis a.n G.f1toniAhing,•nishing ASA, A.n ast•nishing · ASAl

74 . l~e~o 11 anothP.r of the Phoenix ~e hope~ that you all nill 111:e 1 ~ e.~ ae vou eo. it :rou 1 :i:<.P.:~ the ot!.er. l:. ~rcct man. ~eoplc took tl1e trouble to 'r.'ri te to the Centre.l Cf~·ioe ane sa·:- that the·. thought 'lting :·. s;.rr just '"':>lend1G.'. Doroth; 3ntten ;rro:o th&t she had all tho teaoh~rs boc.::rdine v1he re she cloeg sinting 1t ~ r i th t:·.e 8rP.atest zest end not lit'tile anxious tha-;; the-,. too mieht clam his m jesty for their oun. One o~ the moat 1nt inj ClOI!lLen ts, honever, cane frau s auric Glover, t:ho is Stc:ce Searet&r~/ oi Georgia e.nd r;ho vms a s ·..u(;ent at :Brenc.u ·hen tho sroup of \7hiah she \'<e.a a member r>etitioned :.~:... for a chc.rter. But uo coing to let ~curie tell it in her cmn uorda. but before uo do so '!e rrc.nt to any &. fm : words afi a 11refc.ce. Inc1 •~ entc..l1·r vou \"ill ler.rn a little about the past history of .~~;. . ~~ " Bren&u Collec;e "i1aa opened il) 18 70, but soror1 t1os dicl not 81)")ear there until abo·llt 19 2.. The first from outside to enter was Phi ;.:u Gamma. Its establiJhment le~ to the orGanizntion oi several lodals, one !~otm as Sigt~a. Phi n,::Jilon, und another that uent into Bctr:. 3ie;ma Ou1c ren in 1907. {•S these tv:~ nati,> sa eme d to hc:vo a little a<lvantnee in rushing S1C?a Plli r:~~1lon c.eoiC:E?cl thnt it bed~~1tion< · sor•a strons society :Cor a oanrter. ~ .. s it did not l-~m1 juat hou to proceed, it s.c'1rressed a lat ·~ ar to the editor of "The Sorority Handbook" and aske ~ her advice. · : .. i'ter a oaro:fnl investigation of Brenan, she Cieaided that the college \7C.S not at that time suf~'iciently ~7e ll-knorm to attract any of the northern sororities, and beaidos abo thought th&t the· g1rlD o:r ~i[)mn Phi EpJilon tronlt'. be ·f nr ha.j!11er in a aorori ty thnt had other chapter A in the South, so she recommended AS!~. 1io\·; Vie wil,. let Rourio talk. ''V7hen ue were in c:rorre ~ pondonce ili th l~-·. . , ~Te nn turally wan tee to keep it quiet, but it nae 1m}10as1ble to keel) from tr.lking about it. -:Te bad a s·orority table in the dining room with thirteen sy!Es and n s~ teacher, so naturally at meals uc. eim~ly could not keep from talkin>.; about the matter. One G! the Presidents o:t Brenau, Dr. ~\ .!~ .VanJiooao·, rras my uncle. His first na.rne is }.zor and ia pronounced :'..t;A. Of course, I &lv.rays oelled him 'Uncle . ~~:or' and ver;.r so-on the bm1ch got to r,.o1nf! eo too. Then we decide~ to refFJr to r'. lpha ~ 1gma ./.lpha as " ! Z!.'', ant'. no one s1ts:>ected anythinc until the charter srv.nt r:as announce ~ . ''.:'J.fter thet uhcnever ve 't antet to na'!Ile for the soror-ity \.'C! oalloe it "". r.or inatnnoe, a drin:·. thn.t s u eone concocted uaa oalJ. od '!.. za'. Then ue he.d an olc1 'mam:.1:1 ' est anc three kittens in the chn:?tcr house. ThQ three kittens uere na~ed f ~ r our threa honorary members, and the old oat was oalloc: '1.-:othor .~4:sa' • I surely \'!ish the. t i i; rrero ~ossible for me to a.tten~ some oha:1iior initiation. Both times that I ues initiated, it uas such a burles~ue. \ ~en I was 1nit1ute n into Sigma Phi E's ilon looal, 1t was only a. yeo.r ol~. I too!~ the vo,::s in the ::1idst of horse '!:>lay. i'lhen 1't aame tiule to be initiated into .i.'.S-.'~., I must say tho.t I Ytc.a disn:J : ointed, thoneh I 'vas only a young tnin 0 at the time. There tras no form of ritual f{ t all.' Those of us \'Tho know whet l~SJ. srands for toda:r. \7ho have knelt before itA altar end sworn allagianoo, so long as life shall laat, to all that is hit;he::J"~'l best, kno thut Souric tlill not be diRo.p;.1oin:ted i7hen the new A?.A is revealed to her. In our hours of lic;1lt-hec.rted lauchtcr, such as are naturnl to all her..l thy, hap:x" hm'lr.n be in0;3 , WP. can j o:~c and a in-·· sill '17' son.r-·s ue can bubble over ,,.ith the joy of fun and concen1al ._, ., ..,\7FJ' can ,:;eave fa.noiitt 1 tales anc surronn d curse l ves -rr iJch a o jm~-,nnion!lhip, tabled atrrlo3nhera, but that does r.ot mFJan that we n ot s erions and sound at the .. acre. No ~ne cc.n i>c the right ~·~ind o:f' an 1..'0 4\ e.r: d not bo hair~y" euoeess!ul and a po\7er for rie;hte oneness in the world. L~.".. means bap...,iness to all who wear 1 t:J badge nnd 1 t ought to mean hnp·.1 inesR to e~rv person who ao~es in o~ntnot with the r.enrcr of the 'i~ur-pointed' '!)ir<~." Are· you 1nd1v1duslly tryin~ to ne.Jre it mean that to every Gno who knows l"OU? D-o people notice that there is a TtC\7 rcc\ iance in your faoo thoso dnys, a tender thought:Cnlness at o.ll times fo;r oth r. rsY

:-rcn o rr:.~y I -::.~~r:B~:iBHI?

ras~m~~ver' ~ all!lsion to tho !:..::morc.ry nembers of l1er ohl::_)tor suggests the Central Office tn~t it ~y oo u cood plan to touch upon th&t subject at the present time . \.~hen frt>.ternities first carne into extstenc.c thcv hcd ao me:mbe rs ~f prominence. beoanse it tcJ-:.HJ fron tuenty to !orty y~ars ~#ftor ~duation !rom colle 0e for a man to attain eminence in hts profession. !t'he fraternity· aysterc., moreover, ~G to contend with e. great decl of opposition from faculty and student bo~y. To protect themselves, it bec~o eustomary for fraternities to initiate men nhose ,rominence in the oo:;mrunitr or in the nation \-70s a Guarantee thut there r1as ~ot:1ing inherently nrong ~ the organization. There ttere :1eople who thouc;ht that the frc:ternity U£'.9 ~at n ~o.vcr for all kinds of wild e~co3ses and that~ it should be stamped out promJ)tly . When. tba foremost men in the nntion r;ere trilling to acce:;t honorr.ry membership, it vras felt to be convincine proof' that there perhcpa we nothing so very drer.. c~~.l about the s:,e t~m aftar all. · When the need :for· the ini tia.tion of prominent men passed as a proteotivo polio.y , the· prf.ctiaa was still kep ·t up, because the younee)' orders wanted well-known men whom thny could call the 1r or:n, aDd there '7as· also a ~iri~ of rivalry at times to see who would get the man thnt seTernl deired. All sorts o:r amusing!lles war-3 a7olve'd. Uen en route to lcoturo at f\ g1veJJ. town would bo met on t11o train by a frat~rni t~r d£1o~at1on and bedgod, so- that h11 m1eht ap?car on ~ho lecture plu·bform wearing the symbol o! s:omo g.r oup that hoped by that moans t ,) sV7ing r1csirable rttahoes their ~y . Gradually, koweTcr, as the yours pns3cd, oach frat ernity had more and aore of its men attain preminen~c, both locally and nationally, and tho ewstom of having honorary mombors fall into disuse. rrhen sororities oamo into existence, they had to meet tho same problomCJ that t .ho fratorni tics had faced, ao it carne to that thn;r extcnt:cd bonorary mcmbersh 1p to rro 11-J::nct."n womcm. Out of ~his id er>. grew the ous tom of bavine patronesses. ~omn 3Qror1ty ohaptera have thre e or four. others as mcny as fifteen. The~e patronessos are women of ~1 ealth, leisure and ocial ,osition, who arc uilling to ~ot aa anvisers t o the girls, to opon their ho~e~ for ente rtainrnr.:nt, t-o stnnd in tha rcc G1v1ng lims at :funetions given in the name o£ the sorority. Generall~ s~eakine. th e feuer tho pe.troneSAOS for 8 eivon ChE'.ptor, the 0l D3Cr iS the rela tion betw~en tho Women an~ tho girls, S ~~ )BtroneSSCS heve held their pluncs for yQnrs an« .hove been tnvnluablo fricnts to the different nc~bars, cs?coially in tho cuse o:C tho younc; sraduntc. who made the colle11 c town her residence ni'tor marriage and who but for the kindly in i erest of the chapter ~atronessos might baT(ItJ no s.o<Jial position for l?lease JlOte the dist1nat1.on botr:oen honorer:r mambc+S and 11atroncsaos. !onorary members-hip hna gene rally meant :full initiation, r:-hile such ,rivilege is never extended to tho patro,n ess. In the case of ..\SJ. . , it is not · e:xpocte d that there sitnll be more thnn one honornry memb e r for a eha:p.t .ur , , ~d it. is expec.tod that she shall be on tha schoo l fncmlty. Alpha and !l~ha Beta hav'3 some of their OHn graduates on t he faculty, go they do !l.ot need to alent an ho~ornry member, s inca they have on the·ir mm rolls- thooa 1ftlo can interpret the sorority to tbe faculty nnd the faeulty to the chapter. Alpha Gamma is 1n e school Where faoul ty rulins requires that shall be thl'ee faculty women initiated into cv·c ry so:r.·or it;r. There are certain advantages to bo obtained from such c:. custom, and f,lphll Sigma Alpha is more than glad to welcome such to full ~e~~ership privileges, as ucll as ready i, all times to reoeiTO advice and sugGestion fr~m these v:e~en. The s.ororitr believes that its chapt&rs can ncco~~l1ch more for the individunl me~bor, oan build up n atr~ngAr - organization, beth locally ana nationally, ~hero he school management can feel in :;!€rfc ct sympcthy uith the rork that is being done by the . group 1n the sohool to ce.rr~r out the plans ana ambi t ·ions· of the llationnl Council, /.lpha S'igt:lr. !~lphn ueloomea cr1 t.1cisms, as tTell ns geostions, at all times .


.".TfiY JOIN L l.,R.'.. TERUITY

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Collesc frr.ternity men in the past gel"iora.tion. whilo the \7orld

s been very busy w.ith 1 ts e.x<1ct scionca·s: l~ept tho lmnp o~ :;;>iri t lit in our ~ouncil balls •. ;7e been an er~c:.niz&tion that h&s built its eli' upon the spiritual relation, und ~hen the £Be draws touurd the sn1r1tunl wo uill cotting mto our oun. ·,1e will then :not be str&ngers to the life of tho we will not bo set aside as c secr~t amd mysterious body, but tho things ue have oherishe d will bo the things the wo:rld hcs oo1:1e t() value. Tb&t does not sound ver,r praatloal, anc1 yot r want you men to ranlize that the oollege fraternity has the o&pcci ~ies the. t I have been dusoribing. It is a. secret soci~t:" only becc.uae it has prolcnc;ed thls additional oa:l,) of childhood into more ma'tnre life; the love of mystery which adc1s Ao muoh beth to the efiioieno::r and tha joy of c.hilr..'novdo The college fraternity Wlis in its beeinnJ.::.lg founded on the theory and ha.s taught the belief that love for o:no DJ.jO 'i:;iler, nelpful hands that reach o.n t into the world ~.. those who are str.l{!gl:lng moro thun we are, ie in ~,. sound so...:tu.ty. Th., 0ollsgs ft·ate:rni ty h&s sought to add to tho training of. tho m~11cl <ih~ of ·cho spir:tt.. This Si,1lendid company of men reaching a.ll ()·v er ·che U:::1:l.ted Stutes hrs grown from a hand.fnl. It has been trimming a:ud l:eepiug bri 0ht tho lru:np of~irit, . :rt bns baen brinGing the education of 'the mtcllect into e.p}')lioe.tion an·:l uao in tho solution of the pro·blems of soeiGty. Your fraternity wht::m you joined it uas a oollege experience in ;>rocpeat. You joined it because 'the oth~r felloT"la in college joined: somo particular fellot7 was an e."ttre.oti'tre companion and we.s in the fraternity and rou thought it would bo -plea!Ja:nt to mo.l:e new· ties nnd stronger betueen him anc you. Perh&'s it wa3 for athletio rensone. But when you oomo to the time in life which I non occupy aztd are almost elieiblo to the quarter-· eon tury club, you find the friends of your oollego days, a~ you see tha.m from one yer.r to another, ready to rene7'7 the olcl acc:uainta.noe. lTei thor tho oares of active life~ nor the di3conrn.gemonts, nor the trials, count for Tery much t:'hen 70u :t:eeJ t:hat you have with t;.!.om an account in the bank of b·r otharhood, and tha.t e~ ery chec:-~ ya,u. 11rescnt will be culy accepted ane.. · paiCI. in full. The mere mooting ..if~ f:caternity men in after· galvanizes lost onpn<lit1Els into ne·a activity allli sturts tho min ~ agn i:n, a·s it was vl:'.}cn we were young, t.o brave deeds anc1 high ·thonghto. The oldest :man in this room 1s young again t0nieht. nnd tomo.rrow he v:iJ.l se~ the "'':orlil. and 1ts; problems wita freshness and ,;·ith hope '7hich wero not pt;>ssiblc1 to him yots t.e rorld~


1! avrton D·. Ba.ker, in l'HI G:J.rr.L\ DDLT!:. -

Fraternity is the death of selfishness, and vico vorsa.. A selfish man has no place in true. :fellowahip. You cannot eet anything for nothing 1n fraternity li:f9'. You mu:=!t leave some of yourself 1n it. ~he sponge,

the man who only absorbs and never gives or

shares ~ ia

the one who will got th~ lenst good tQ such a relationship. If ha gives nothing, nothinB will he: reo.e1ve. All tho effort, all the sacrifice and lo.v a you can put into the fraternity--will earn you unootmted dividends in tho love', friendship and sacrif1Ge from your fellows; not in this trans i t vry period alone., but in after years when the oonfliat of a <lold world mukes life soom hard. · That is Wh~re tho affection of your fraternity aounto most. Tho mora yo' a.o as an individual to make' your Fraternity a sucoeaa; the rr.ore you l'ive · up'to its ideals: the better you plny your part, the more you will love it, and tb~ greater will be your oapacity for love and sacrifice for good among the poople tn the lar~er field of activities in the future. Theso things me.ko -for character, wh1oh after all i~ the thing that oarries you farthest along the road of life,

Profile for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Asa phoenix vol 1 no 19 mar 1915  

Asa phoenix vol 1 no 19 mar 1915