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OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER AT POSTOFFICE AT ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
VOLUME XXXIX. Number 2
What Does Your Sorority Mean to You? • THE early edition of The New York Tim es on October 8, 1953, carried a news story-STATE UNIVERSITY BANS NATIONAL FRATERNITIES. Within the next two days the Associated Press from coast to coast publicized the action of the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the State University President, Dr. William Carlson. The press mentioned that this was a drive against racial and religious bias. · Three months have passed since this press release and National Sorority and Fraternity presidents with chapters in the thirty-three constituent units of the State University have not been informed orally or in writing of the action of the Board of Trustees. However, an available certified copy of the resolution of the Board of Trustees of the State University of N. Y. states: "RESOLVED that no social organization shall be permitted in a State-operated unit of the State University which has any direct or indirect affiliation or connection with any national or other organization outside the particular unit; and be it further "RESOLVED that no such social organization, in policy or practice, shall operate under any rule which bars students on account of race, color, religion, creed, or national origin or ·other artificial criteria; and be it further "RESOLVED that the President be, and hereby is, authorized to take such steps as he may deem appropriate to implement this policy, including the determination of which student organizations are social as distinguished from scholastic or religious, and his decision shall be final." On November 25, Sigma Tau Gamma, national fraternity, filed in Federal Court a petition that affects their organization and other like social groups, describing the action of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York in direct violation of the constitutional rights, especially Article XIV of The Constitution and Part I of the Bill of Rights. Further charges mention the rights of free
• How MUCH interest do you now or have you manifested in your sorority since you left college? Would Alpha Sigma Alpha be able to accomplish all that it has, if all members showed the same interest and spirit as you? If you had to pass a selection test, depending upon the faithful and loyal service rendered to your sorority since your college days, would you be reelected? R emember-a chain is as strong as its weakest link. It would be interesting to see, if a roll were taken, just what percentage of our members are Life Members. Many of you have not contributed anything or perhaps just a small amount of your Life M embership. Are you one of these? Many of the · college girls are now becoming Life Members while in school. The treasurer of the alumnae group in your vicinity will be most happy to send in any amount .of money given her. A five dollar payment entitles you to a year's subscription of THE PHoENIX. If there is not a group in your locality, send your payment directly to the National Treasurer. When the Life Membership goal is reached, that is-if you have paid the $25.00 which makes you a Life Member, you automatically become a life subscriber to THE PHoENIX and you will be entitled to wear rubies in the four corners of your badge. Won't you join the Life M embership Roll and fire your sorority with the inspiration and enthusiasm to go forth with greater and better influence in the life of the college and our beloved sorority? Show that your sorority does mean something to you by becoming one of its Life M embers.-JEAN C. RicH ~RD, National Treasurer. assembly and the absence of an opportunity to be heard. The national officers of Alpha Sigma Alpha are alert to this situation which might endanger the personal rights and privileges of citizens of our free world. Further developments will be reported to the entire membership so that all may be informed on this important issue.-EVELYN G. BELL, National President.
NPC Meets in California • MRs. FRED M. SHARP, ASA delegate to N ational Panhellenic Conference, and our national president, Evelyn G. Bell, attended the 1953 meeting, held November 3-7, at H otel Huntington, Pasadena, California. The principal theme of the convocation emphasized the potential force of the fraternal world in providing leadership in civic affairs. A detailed report of the meeting will appear in the March issue of THE PHOENIX. Alpha Sigma Alpha was given recognition through continued membership of Mrs. Sharp on the College Panhellenics Committee. The invocation was given by Mrs. Sharp in an opening session of the Conference, and many requests have been received for copies of her address. D espite the fact their schedule was very full with affairs connected with the Conference, Mrs. Sharp and Miss Bell were able to greet Alpha Sigmas living in the:! area at a reception given in their honor by the Los Angeles alumnae chapter. Mrs. Clinton Berry, former national registrar, and other A~As attended open meetings of the conference.
Grant Available for Graduate Study • A GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP has been established and named for Miss Amy M. Swisher whose generous gift has starte d the fund from which $100 will be granted each year to a worthy Alpha Sigma Alpha for graduate study. The fellowship is available this year for the first time and will be given in May. Applications must be in by M arch . Information regarding the grant and application forms may be secured from the Central Office, 372 Argonne Drive, Kenmore 23, New York.
Installation of Chapters • THE NATIONAL CouNCIL of Alpha Sigma Alpha announces the installation of Beta Psi chapter at Western Michigan College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, on April 18, 1953, ::md of Beta Omega chapter at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on October 24, 1953.
The sweet little mother of Wilma Sharp is convalescing at home after being hospitalized for several weeks, and good thoughts are being held for her.
Magazine Chairman Says "Thank You" • YouR magazine subscriptions are greatly appreciated. The Christmas gift plan was used extensively, and you will find magazine subscriptions a welcome gift the year around. Order new subscriptions or renew present ones through your chStpter magazine chairman or from the N ational M agazine ChairmanMRs. ARMIN J. SIEGENTHALER 17303 St. Mary's Detroit 35, Michigan
Start Your Piggy Bank For 1955 Convention • HoTEL BuENA VIsTA, Biloxi, Mississippi, will be th~ site of the 1955 Alpha Sigma Alpha convention. Save your dimes, quarters, and dollars. Join your Alpha Sigma sisters from all over the country, July 5-9, 1955, at beautiful H otel Buena Vista on the Gulf of M exico.
Cut this out and mail to the Officer m Charge of the Central Office, MRs. CLAYTON RicHARD, 372 Argonne D rive, Kenmore, N. Y. Please change my address or name and address on the files as follows: FROM NAME
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Award Winners • AMY M. SwiSHER AA was the recipient of the 1953 Wilma Wilson Sharp Award. Grace Elaine Matz BE was the winner of the Elizabeth Bird Small Award. The Frost Fidelity Award was preented to Mary Hayden BT.
Sympathy Is Extended • D EATH came to Mr. W. N . Wilson, father of Wilma Wil on Sharp, and to the father of Zelma Sargent K ah, in November. Our sympa thetic love goes out to Wilma and to Zelma.
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r/tee~e ~aftte'U i<eptPtt a~e '7'Mi~'UJ.ftfl • BESIDES the national fellowship and magazine programs the alumnae chapters have various philanthropic projects in their localities. Clothing collections are made for the Children Home and magazines are collected for the Crile Hospital in Cleveland by the AKRON alumnae . In BOSTON the proceeds of the Christmas Sale will be used for recreational therapy equipment at the Chelsea Naval Hospital. The BUFFALO alumnae members have been working as shoppers and library assistants at the Veterans' Hospital and have collected and sent clothing to Korea. Th~ CHI~AG<? alum?ae chapter has two main philanthropic pr~Jects m .which members participate. They send magazmes to Hmes Veterans Hospital and make hospital gowns from men's shirts for the Cook County Hospital. Again this year the COLUMBUS chapter is donating to the Alum. Crest Hospital. Members are still excited over the recent purchase of a shampoo chair whi ch was presented to the County Home near CUMBERLAND. Now they are busy collecting cards and pocket book novels to be sent to the boys at Newton D. Baker V eterans Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia. As a Christmas-through-the-year proj ect in DAYTON, the Alpha Sigs are trying to provide clothes, toys, and funds so that Bean Ballew Sickinger and h er doctor husband, Glenn, can help th e chldren in a " down on th eir · luck" section of th e city. The DENVER chapter is busy making new garments for the Needle Work Guild, a project of th e Panhellenic. Members also contributed 125 hours of volunteer clerical work in the Easter Seal D rive. Besides those two proj ects ' they also take their turn among thirty alumnae groups to furnish sandwiches and hostesses at the USO. The DETROIT DELTA PHI chapter is planning to make it a happy summer for several youngsters who will go to the Grace Bentley Camp for Crippled Children . Detroit' s SIGMA RHO CHI alumnae chapter is purchasing books for the Hoyt-Henshaw-Stevens Library which supplies books to home-bound school children in the Detroit area. In FARMVILLE the alumnae act as receptionists a t the Southside Hospital each Sunda y night. One of th e members does Gray Lady work a t Camp Pickett, a nd they all do civic work. GREELEY alumnae had a rummage sale to ra ise mon ey for th e beginnings of a pia no fund for th e Beta Beta chapter. The proceeds of a white elepha nt sale of th e INDIANA, Pennsylvania, alumnae will go towa rd s the philanthropic project. This summer the INDIANAPOLIS alumnae sponsored a boy for a six-week p eriod at th e Bridgeport Nutrition Camp . M emb ers of the Grea ter KANSAS CITY alumnae chapter are continuing their monthly entertainm ent a t the Children' s Convalescent C enter. The High School Girls' Emergency Fund of the Zanesville high school insures funds available for anything from " galoshes to corsages. " This is the project of th e LICKING-MUSKINGUM VALLEY alumnae.
The •L OS ANGELES a lumnae cha pter is continuing its work at W adsworth General Hospital. The girls have adopted a wa rd w~ich t.hey visit bi-monthly. R ecently ~h ey g~ve t~e h~spital ~Ight recrea tion ch airs, presented m COnJunction with R egion V 's gift. The MARYVILLE alumnae chapter is giving a C hristmas basket to a need y family. In MUNCIE the a lumnae a re continuing th eir custom ?f sending a Christmas basket to a needy family and m January, they join with the Chi C hi college memb ers to roll bandages a t Ball M emori al Hospital. Collecting books for th e Albany V eterans' Hospital is the phila nthropic project of the NEW YORK CAPITOL DISTRICT alumnae. A benefit bridge a nd canasta p art y was th e first in a series of ben efits to be given in behalf of th e new children's ward of the Arlington Hospital. The NORTHERN VIRGINIA chapter hopes to bu y a piece of equipment with the proceeds. Three projects have taken the time of the OKLAHOMA CITY Alpha Sigs. They h ave supplied spending money, clothing, and small items for a foster child. Two needy families received left over rummage from their annual rummage sale a nd they have dressed dolls tha t were presented to orphans a t Christmas. H eart House, a convalescent home for cardiac children in V alencia, Pennsylvania, gets the attention of all PITTSBURGH alumnae for Monna Elms Power AB is a memb er of the Board at H eart House. The 'chap~ ter also supports Panhellenic Scholarship Fund projects. The RICHMOND A~ A s are continuing to devote time and talents to th e Richmond Chapter of th e Ameri. can Cancer Society. They also have set aside $50 to buy equipment for th e Woodrow Wilson R eha bilita tion C enter at Fishersville. A lovely Christmas dinner with all the trimmings was provided for a group of elderly p eople by the SOUTH BEND chapter. Appropriate gifts were presented when some of th e girls made a personal visit to extend some warm and cheerful holiday greetings. M ental hea lth, cerebral pals y, a nd therapy for the handicapped children get the attention of the TERRE HAUTE chapter . M embers also contributed to holiday baskets. The TOLEDO chapter is active in th e Panhellenic scholarship fund for Toledo University. The alumnae a re planning to contribute to a fund for teachers a nd make things for the Crippled Children's Home. A lett er of thanks was r eceived by the TRIPLE CITIES ch apter for th e clothing m emb ers sent to an orpha nage in Korea. They have also work ed on purchasing a backres t a nd rubber seat pads for a local nursing home, and a re continuing to collect m agazines for Binghamton State Hospital a nd clothing fo r needy familie.s. The WASHINGTON, D. C., alumnae chapter is continuing to direct its m ajor phila nthropic efforts toward Junior Village, th e Distri ct' s W elfare home for younger children. WI CHIT A alumnae a re working to furni sh badly needed equipm ent for use in the physical therapy room of th e Winfield Training School for the M entally R eta rded Children. Bibs wer e made for children a t th e Governo r Bacon H ealth C enter in WILMINGTON.
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• Bv giving gifts and love, ALPHA chapter hopes to make a pleasant year for a little girl whom they have adopted. ALPHA ALPHA's float won first place in the Homecoming parade. ALPHA BET A alumnae entertained the college chapter at their annual Founders' D ay banquet at which time Eleanor Scott received their annual scholarship award. Founders? Day found the members of ALPHA GAMMA college and alumnae members at a luncheon at Rustic Lodge. BETA BETA placed first in the Greek house Homecoming decorations. EPSILON EPSILON members enterta1ned their alumnae with a chili supper at the house on Homecoming. ZETA ZETA's Joyce Davis was selected as a football princess for Homecoming. Winning first place in the Homecoming house decorations is ETA ETA' s big news. For th e second time in four years, THETA THETA has received the silver scholarship platter. KAPPA KAPPA has possession of the outstanding trophy for ach ievement a nd service to Temple Universit y. A Christmas party for the deaf and dumb children of St. Vincent's hospital was NU NU's rewarding philanthropic project. PI PI's lovely Patricia Fisher was crowned Miss Varsity at the annual Crystal Ball. RHO RHO won the R ed Cross trophy for having the largest number giving blood to the R ed Cross Blood Bank. Homecoming activities and preparing their skit for th e annual "Mountain D ewin's" has kept the SIGMA SIGMAs busy. Homecoming found TAU TAU members winning first place with their house decorations and entertaining their a lumnae at a tea in honor of the chapter's Twenty-Fifth anniversary. For the fourth consecutive year PHI PHI has won the supremacy cup, an award given for outstanding p articipation in homecoming activities. Homecoming found both CHI CHI and PSI PSI chapters winning third place with th eir floats. BETA GAMMAs walked off with first place at Stunt Night. This Thanksgiving BETA EPSILON adopted a needy family and prepared a large basket of food to make th e holiday more meaningful. The week end of November 14, members of BET A ZETA entertained seven members of Psi Psi. BETA ETAs have had two candy sales to rais e money for thei r national philanthropic proj ec t a nd for Christmas toys for th e children of a needy family. BETA THETAs paid for a year's supply of milk for ten children through the Church World Service a nd th ey serve each week as volunteer workers for th e R ed Cross Blood program. Members of BETA IOTA are prepari ng a Christmas basket for a needy family and are sending puzzles and games to a four-year-old polio victim. The BETA KAPPAs went Christmas caroling at The Elms the night before they went home for th e holidays . BETA LAMBDA's Dorothy Hudgens, p resident of th e college division of the Arkansas State Home Economics associa tion, presided a t the a nnu al state mee ting. BET A MUs used th e "Old South" as th e th eme of their rush pa rty. The BETA NUs are preparing for th eir Christmas Bazaar, the Mistletoe Ball , an d a trip to Fort Campbell. BET A XI chapter is very conscious this fall of the warmth of closeness whi ch they have felt as members of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The Skyliner was the theme of the ma p a nd dar t game, co-sponsored by RHO CHI chapter and Alpha K appa Psi fra ternit y at Wintermart, th r ann ual winter
carnival. BET A PI was awarded the scholarship trophy at Concord College. BET A RHO won third place with their Homecoming float. "Skunk 'em," the theme of BETA SIGMA's Homecoming float portrayed the predicament of the judges as well as that of team---'final decision, they shared first place. BETA TAU is particularly proud of Betty Hayden, winner of the Frost Fidelity award and its nine membel"6 who were recently elected to Kappa D elta Pi. BET A UPSILON has been asked to serve at an open house in January celebrating the opening of a new rehabilitation center for Cerebral Palsy located in Terre Haute. The annual Inter-sorority Ball on the campus of Stout Institute is headed by the BETA PHis. BETA CHis are giving a Christmas party for the homeless children at the J ane Wayland home. Each week finds members of BET A PSI sewing cancer bandages at the Kalamazoo Cancer Society Center. Many members of BET A OMEGA are members of honorary fraternities on Bucknell's campus.
'DVt-eeto!Uf , , , NATIONAL COUNCIL President-Miss Evelyn G. Bell, 767 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo 22, N.Y. Vice President-Miss Virginia Carpenter 14325 Drexmore Rd. Shaker Heights 20, Ohio. ' ' Secretary--Miss Helen L. Corey, 6310 Sherwood Avenue Overbrook, Philadelphia 31, Penna. ' Treasur er-Mrs. Clayton Richard, 372 Argonne Dr . Kenmore 23 N.Y. ' ' R egistrar-Mrs. Bert C. McCammon, 3743 N. M eridian, Indianapolis, Ind. Editor-Miss Esther Bucher, Suite 226, 1025 Grand Avenue Kansas City 6, Mo. ' Alumnae Director-Mrs. Ralph E. Kah, 2413 Christel Ave., Middletown, Ohio. Officer in Charge of C entral Office-Mrs. Clayton Richard . 372 Alrgonne Dr. , Kenmore 23, N. Y.
NATIONAL CHAIRMEN Alumnae Editor- Mrs . William Niemeyer, 21 Forestdale Park , Calumet City, Ill. Alumnae Orgamzer-MTs. E. A. Kreek, 7141 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo . Art-Mrs. Robert Wolf, R.R. I, Rexford, N . Y. Chapt er Alumnae Secre taries- Mrs. B. F. Leib. 35 15 N. Pennsylvania, Apt. 8, Indianaoolis, Ind. College Chaplains- Miss Betty Sue Choate, Box 170, Natchitoches, La. College Editor--Miss Mary K. Reiff, Apt . 318, 3000 Tracy, Kansas City, Mo. Constitution-Mrs. R obert C. Grady, 2400 Swartwout Ave. ; Richmond 28, Va. Con vention-Miss Helen L. Corey, 6310 Sherwood Rd., Overbrook, Philadelphia 31, Pa. Fellowship--Mrs. Harvey E. Bumgardner, East Long Lake Rd. , Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Found ers' Day--Mrs. William C. Thomas, 3404 Linneman Ave. , Glenview, Ill. Historian-Mi ss Louise Stewart, 1330 Blue Avenue , Zanesville, Ohio Magazine-Mrs. Armin J. Siegenthaler, 17303 St. Marys, Detroit 35, Mich. Music-Mrs . Arthur L . HeUrich , 55 Huntington Ave. , Buffalo 14, N.Y. Paraphernalia- Miss Louise McArthur, 11535 Byron Ave ., Detroit, Mich. Philanthropic-Mrs. Wayne W. Byers, 525 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Scholarship-Mrs. Reinard Schlosser, 2800 Dexter St. , D enver 7, Colo.
NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE Chairman-Mrs. W . H. Hutchinson , 5545 Penrith Rd. , Sea ttl e 5, Wash. A.l: A Delegate-Mrs. Fred M. Sharp , 1405 Hardy Ave ., Inde· pcndence , Mo .
P., h!i·· hed in Novem ber. Ja nua ry, ~ arch. a nd May of each yea r a t 2642 University Avenue, St. Paul 14, Minnesota, by Leland Publishers, Inc. (The Fraternity Press), official sororit y publishers to Alpha Si~ma Aloha , for the Aloha igma Alpha orority, havin g headq uarters at Kansas City, Missouri. Business correspondence may be addressed to either office, but ma tter for publication and correspondence concernin g the same should be addressed to Miss Esther Bucher, Suite 226 . 1025 Gra nd Ave nue, Kansas City 6 Missouri. PoSTM ASTER: Send Form 3578 to Kansas City addrtss: Entered as seco nd-ci a s matter, September 4 1923 at the post office_ at St. Pa ul , Minnesota, under the Act' of March 3 1879. Applica tion for special permit mailing has also been made. '