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MRs. WM. HoLMES MARTIN, Editor VoLUME V.

DECEMBER, 1918

NUMBER 3

THE PHoENIX is published in October, November, December, February, March, April, May and June. Subscription is not open. Entry as second-class matter pending.


DIRECTORY ' - - : NATIONAL COUNCIL President-Mrs. Wm. Holmes Martin, N, 5 Cobden St., Roxbury, Mass. Vice President-Ida A. Jewett, AB, 500 Turner St., Columbia, Mo. Secretary-Margaret Veil, AG, Scalp Level, Penn. Treasurer-Ruth Duffey, AA, South Charleston, Ohio. Registrar-Naomi Caldwell, DD, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Historian-Mrs. Charles M. Chenery, A, 311 S. Jefferson St., Petersburg, Va. 路 Librarian-Mrs. Carl T. Brunson, 211 North vVeber St., Colorado Springs, Col. Ritualist- Minnie Shockley, GG, Alva, Okla. BOARD OF ADVISERS Alpha-Miss Mary E. Peck, High St., Farmville, Va. Alpha Alpha-Miss Martha Molyneaux, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-Miss Rosamond Root, K irksville, Mo. Alpha Gamma-- Miss Jean R. McElhaney, Indiana, Penn. Beta Beta-Miss Helen Payne, Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamina-Miss Minnie Shockley, Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Miss Elizabeth Garber, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Miss Catherine E. Strouse, Emporia, Kans. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Alumnae-Helen Boggess, AA, 236 E.1\'Iadison, Springfield, Ohio. Art-Grace E. Lyle, AB, Memphis, Mo. Examinations-Grace E. Fultz, DD, 3445 Trimble Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio. Extension- Edith E. Ramsey, BB, 122 East 8th Ave., Twin Falls, Ida. Music-Maude Barrigar, EE, 849 Balboa, Box 756, Ancon, Canal Zone. Paraphernalia-Ruth Dempsey, AG, 1002 Linton St., Johnstown, Penn. Scholarship-Frances Robertson, A, Blackstone, Va. Sorority Study- Mrs. Leroy Cole, GG, Fowler, Kans.


ALUMNAE SECRET ARIES Alpha-Inza Lea, Danville, Va. Alpha Alpha-Ethel E. Pfeiffer, 3194 Hi llside Ave., Cincinnati, 0. Alpha Beta-Claire D. McCallister, Milan, M~. Alpha Gamma-Martha Hill, 730 Horner St., Johnstown, Pa. Beta Beta-Ada A. Baker, 503 11th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Mrs. Frank G. Munson, College Hill, Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Naomi Caldwell, 88 University Terrace, Athens, 0. Epsilon Epsilon-Nell Grant, 1102 Commercial St., Emporia, Kans. ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS Cincinnati, OhioEdina, Mo.-Lettie Merr ick, Edina, Mo . Johnstown, Penn.- Margaret Veil, Scalp Level, Penn. Kirksville, Mo.-Mrs. Hoyt I ves, Kirksville, Mo. Norfolk, Va.-Sallie Rawlings, 430 Redgate Ave. Pittsburgh, Penn.-Beatrice Jeffries, Avalon, Penn. Springfield, OhioUnionville, Mo.-Glaoys Howey, Unionville, Mo. Washington, D. C.-Daisy Rankin, 1529 Eye St., N. W., Washington, D. C. CHAPTER EDITORS State Normal School Alpha Elvira Jones Farmville, Va.

Alpha Alpha

Miami University

Alice Ottman

Oxford, Ohio.

Alp路ha Beta

State Normal School

Helen Gardner

Kirksville, Mo.

Alpha Gamma

State Normal Schooi

Leona Maley

Indiana, Penn.

Beta Beta

State Teachers College Alpha Sigma A lpha House, Greeley, Colo.

Gamma Gamma

State Normal School

Elsie Sol拢

Alva, Okla.

Delta Delta

Ohio University

Helen Hoffert

Alpha Sigma Alpha House, Athens, Ohio.

Epsilon Epsilon

State Normal School

Hazel Harris

Alpha Sigma Alpha House, Emporia, Kans.

ASSOCIATION OF PEDAGOGICAL SORORITIES President-Mrs. A. J. Hathaway, SSS, Weiland, Ont. Secretary-Miss Ida A. Jewett, ASA, University of Missouri. Treasurer-Miss Helen Cook, PKS, 307 Adams St., Ypsilanti, Mich. Adviser to Panhellenics-Miss Maud Morris, DSE, State Normal School, Alva, Okla.


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THE PHOENIX of Alpha Sigma Alpha December, 1918 CHRISTMAS, 1918 A year ago the message of the angels came to ears dulled by the din of war. Then the purpose in the birth of the Saviour to bring "peace on earth" could be received and held fast only through a steadfast faith. This 路year the Christmas season "brings the song of the angels hovering over the plains of Bethlehem to the hearts of the people as a bright bow of promise arching over a world wasted by the storms of war and sodden with the blood of men. The earth again lifts up its face, pallid and scarred by the terrors and cruelties of horrid strife, and listens with throbbing heart and timid yet exultant hope, to hear the angels sing again, as , they sang above the sleeping shepherds so long ago : "Glory to God in the highest. Peace on earth to men of good will." Sobered and saddened by the frightful and humbling experiences of the last four years, men are inclined to look more closely into the song of the angels, and to seek to understand more dearly just the content of the message the heavenly hosts were sent to convey to the children of men on the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem. No longer is it possible to receive with easy assurance the message as the King James version of the Bible gives it: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." The great \tVorld War has shattered the ancient and pleasant belief that the song of the angels was designed to announce the coming of an era of peace to all men, without regard to their character or to their relations to God and to their fellow-men. The revised versions of the Bible, both British and American, give the message more correctly, if l ess elegantly: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased." All versions and the original in all manuscripts are agreed on the first phrase of the song : "Glory to God in the highest" (heavens), and on the fact that the song was intended to anounce the coming of peace on earth; but both the manuscripts and the versions differ as to the men to whom the coming of peace was promised . On the whole the Jew Testa-


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ment in Modern Speech (Weymouth) expresses the idea of the Greek original correctly and in the language of today: "On earth peace among men who please Him." Peace is the dominant thought in the minds and hearts of men throughout the world today. Depressed for four years by the terrors of war, the hearts of men have rebounded to hail with joy overflowing the coming of the day of peace. But the feel ing is wellnigh universal also that no peace is wanted which is not founded on righteousness through which all men shall secure their rights, and the world thus receive a guaranty of the permanence of the peace. And it is of deepest interest at this Christmas season to note that this is exactly the kind of peace of which the angels sang at the birth of the Saviour. Peace is there promised only to those who please God. Vlith vision clarified by the terrible sufferings of the war, men are reminded that the same Scriptures which record the Song of the Angels also say: ' "There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." And the reason for this is found, not in the nature of God, nor in His attitude toward men, but 路 in the character of the wicked themselves. Those who are familiar with the sea and have noticed how on the calmest days of summer it is never completely at rest can best appreciate the truth and vividness of the statement of Isaiah: "The wicked are like the troubled sea, for it cannot rest." (Revised Version.) To speak with all reverence, God himself cannot give peace to the wicked. How useless, then, for man to try to do so. This was the fact clearly intimated in the Angels' Song. Even the coming to earth of the Prince of Peace could not be assumed by the heavenly host to presage peace to those who should not be in harmony with the spirit of peace. Peace comes from God, and it can come only to those who love and obey Him. But to those who please Him He gives the "peace of God which passeth all understanding"; that peace of which Christ spoke in His last conversation with His disciples as he stood in the shadow of the cross: "My own peace I give to you." This is a different Christmas from any the world has ever had before. We are living in a new world. We hope it is going to be some realization 路of what John saw in his vision, of which he said : "I saw a new heaven and a new earth." A multitude of old ideas and ideals have been swept away by the war; a multi-


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tude of vtswnary hopes and expectations have been destroyed. We have reason to be thankful that mankind is being led back to fundamental realities. Too long has mankind been decoyed by will-o' -the wisps in politics and religion. We have learned that, as far as the peace and welfare of mankind is concerned, autocracy is an igni s fatuus. Shall vve not learn also that the pleasures of sin are a jack-o-lantern which mislead, and endure only for a season? The Sociali sts of Russia, Germany and of all nations would make a perfect society out of imperfect men and women. It is a swamp fire rising out of the miasma of decaying evil. A single person may be a hypocrite, concealing foulness under a correct exterior, but never a government. A sound and righteous political policy can be built only on sound and righteous people. Hereafter, it is hoped the governments of the earth are to be democratic; but a democracy is only what its members make it. If the world is to have peace by democracy, it can come only in the way told in the song of the angels, by men who please God. Therefore let this be a true Christmas. Humbly and reverently let us draw near to God, and listen .to the Song of the Angels He sent to tell the shepherds and all mankind the real meaning of the Birth of the Babe of Bethlehem . The war-worn world wants peace. It 路longs for real and lasting peace with all its soul. The world needs peace, 'a long and permanent peace, to heal the wounds of war, to bind up the broken hearts, gradually to fill the vacant places, and to restore in time the d~solated and demoralized channels of social, industrial, commercial . and political life. Let peace come, in the only way it can come, as God sent it to the world, through the coming of His Son! Acknowledge Him as Prince of Peace! Follow in the footsteps of Him who sought in all things to please His Father! Give glory to God .and gain His good will by doing His good will. For lo, the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold, \i\Then with the ever circling years Comes round the age of Gold ; When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.


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OUR CHAPTERS VIR GINIA The influenza epidemic was scarcely over when the student body plunged into the campaign for the Students' War Work The girls were divided into three teams, the "Reds," the "Blues" and the "Whites." Each team gave entertainments and all of the members worke<;l individually to put their color over the top first. v.r e had workers on all 0 f the teams, but when the campaign was ended, it was the "Reds" that had won, under the chairmanship of our very able Marie vVyatt. During the campaign we were most fortunate in hearing some fine lectures by speakers who were summoned as attractions. Perhaps the most enjoyable talks were those by John Kendrick Bangs, Kate Langley Bosher, John Garland Pollard and Dr. Samuel M. Zwemer. As a Chapter we pledged twenty-four dollars, and made arrangements to adopt a French orphan. Alpha's part in the work of the world reconstruction, therefore, is something that is not to end with the present school year. When the armistice news was flashed over the wires, the student body felt that it simply must celebrate, even though we were under quarantine. You can imagine our joy, then, over the holiday granted by Dr. Jarman. The day was full of jollity, and, when evening came, we danced in the reception hall until eleventhirty. The next evening was pledge night for the new students, so we had another celebration just among ourselves. We gave but .one bid, for material of the type that we want is not plentiful. We wish you could know Mary Mason of Lynchburg, who is now one of us .. Vle hope you won't think that we are conceited, but don't you think that we have a right to be proud of the fact that the two largest classes in the school chose their presidents from our group? Martha Fitzgerald holds that office in the Second Professional Class and Elizabeth Lewis in the lower one. Two of our alumnae, Mary Leigh and Frances Robertson, came back for a little visit the week before Thanksgiving. We were overjoyed to see them both, and hope that others of our


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recent graduates will make an effort to be with us on week ends during the year. Owing to the epidemic ban and the work connected with the campaign, we have not been able to plan for any special social affairs, but we seem to have a wonderfully good time just being together. We are following out Mrs. Brunson's suggestions for two business meetings, one program and one social affair each month, and are liking the plan very much. For our program night we have decided to devote the time to the study of the sorority system and also to touch somewhat on current events of importance. The social affairs are to be held in the rooms of the individual girls, each serving in turn as hostess. Miss Peck started us off by giving us a beautiful tea soon after pledge night. Everybody enjoyed it so much, for our new girls have grown as fond of our Adviser as ever we older girls were, and that is a high tribute, for I don't believe any other Adviser ever meant ;my more to a chapter than Miss Peck has to us. Alpha is glad to have this opportunity to express its delight over our new "PHOENIX." He most certainly has arisen this year more beautiful than ever befo re, and we are just bursting with pride over him. It is a little bit of a hardship to have to keep him hidden from other sorority people, for our pride in him is of the kind that makes us want to show him 路to everybody, but we know that the esoteric plan is best just now, but when we have made good our pledge to U ncle Sam and can show the magazine to interested folk, we shall have to have some sort of jubilee to work off our pent-up feelings. We searched the Honor Page eagerly for names of Alpha Alumnae, and were sorely disappointed not to find any there but we feel sure that Alpha will soon get into the running and show you all what Virginia can do when it is a question of patriotism. vVe didn't produce Washington, Jefferson and all the others who made this country what it is today just to fall down on a simple little proposition like this one that the Sorority is backing, for we don't do things like that in the Old Dominion. ELVIRA H. JONES, H istorian . Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Chalmers (Gordon Seamon) of Phenix, Va., are the proud parents of a son, Henry Rives, born on July 28. They are calling the baby by his middl e name in honor of Gordon's youngest brother who was killed in the battle of Argonne Forest on Sept. 29. Two othe; brothers are in the service, one with th e 27th Engineers, the other with the 138th Infantry.


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MIAMI To one familiar with another type of .rushing season, the methods employed at M iami University seem unusual. The President of our University believes in a short rush, and then a long, steady pull together at college work. That is how it happened that A lpha Alpha girls met incoming trains on Sunday and Monday, dined the people they liked on Monday at the Varsity Inn, lunched them on Tuesday at the Green Tree Inn, and pledged them on Thursday. Those of you who have long rushing seasons in which you can study the freshmen from every angle would naturally be skeptical of the results to be obtained. As a matter of fact, the plan seems to work amazingly well. At least Alpha Alpha secured eight splendid pledges, and a superficial glance at the other sororities would seem to indicate that they did fairly well also. Of course, the material that comes to Miami is exceptionally fine, for the university dates back to 1824 and has a reputation as great as its age. There are certain towns that feed into the "U," and when a sorority or fraternity has been in existence some time, it quite frequently has members resident in all the principal places, and therefore in a position to get first hand information about every possible matriculate, as well as to send all necessary data on to the home chapter prior to the opening of college. Under the circumstances there is but little risk run in a short spike. The town and the college were hard hit by th epidemic. There were in all about two hundred cases in the University hospital, but only five of these died. The well students were sent home promptly, as soon as the gravity of the situation was understood, and college did not reopen for five weeks. Even then there \vas a feeling of suspense in the air that interfered with the usual trend of college life, but this sense of impending danger did not dampen our ardor when news of the signing of the armistice reached Oxford. Classes were dismissed for the day, and a regulnar jollification followed. In the afternoon there was a parade, including the Home Guards, the S. A. T. C. men, veterans of the Civil War, school children and girls from the three colleges located at Oxford. In the evening every one assembled in the University Auditorium for a patriotic meeting. There were speeches by prominent citizens, as well as a spontaneous outburst of song, our own national airs,


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and those of France in particular. To wind up the day there was a dance in the Gymnasium. A few days later we held the formal pledging for five of our new girls, and had expected to be able to give the service for the other three who were detained at home on account of illness, but another threatening outbreak of the epidemic sent us all home hurriedly to await further word from the college authorities. We are hoping that conditions will soon be normal, as our college work and the chapter activities have been sadly interfered with during these weeks of suspense and enforced vacation. ALICE OTTMAN,

Historian .

C. R. Dustin, husband of Ruth Elder Dustin, is in the Naval Reserves, at the Officers' Training School, Municipal Pier, Chicago. Flora Duke, while visiting her sister, Lorna, in Brookville, Ohio, was offered a fine position in the schools, and decided to remain. Eloise Everett is teaching in the Springfield schools. In the same house with her is a former Miami and Pi Kappa Sigma girl, Marie Hill. Dorothy Clason has accepted a position in the Cincinnati schools , where she is living with her cousin. Arrangements are soon to be made, however, for several ASA girls to live together. Helen Boggess has resigned her position at Youngstown, in order to be at home with her parents. Helen Edwards is teaching in Sandhill, N. C., at the "Farmlife School." The boys do the farm work, while the girls are taught cooking and sewing. As head of the domestic science department, Helen is a very busy girl. Through her Class Robin, she discovered that Elizabeth Spivey is at Columbus, N. C., so the two are to meet soon. Ruth Stephenson is in Boston at the Gordon Bible College, where she is studying in preparation for missionary 路work. In addition to her college duties she is serving as director of music at the Boston Seaman's Friendly Society. Ruth Crawford and Ruth Donnelly are sharing a suite in the Masonic Temple of Chillicothe, while several Tri Sigs with Grace Fultz o f Delta Delta are located in another close at hand. Plans are under way for the formation of an Association. The sympathy of the Sorority is extended to Gail Trumbo, who has sustained the loss of her sister.

KIRKSVILLE After another enforced vacation due to the epidemic, the Normal School opened for regular work on November 25 . Very soon afterwards we held our pledge service for the new girls at the State Farm. It ~as a beautiful place for the ritual , and coming just at sunset the ceremony was most impressive. Our initiation was to have been held four days later, and Miss Jewett had promised to be with us as presiding officer, but by the time that she had arrived health conditions had become so menacing that all the students had been sent home quickly. At the present writing- we do not know when we can hold the service.


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There has been more than one disappointment. Word has been received that the S. A. T. C. boys will be mustered out soon. The end of the quarter, which had been changed from November 21, to conform with Government requirements, will now come on December 17. The winter quarter starts on December 30. There is still some hope that the boys have become deeply interested in the School during their stay and that .some of them can be induced to return, but it is not expected that any great numbers will. The departure of the boys will release the women's gymnasium, which was used as a barracks, as well as the rural school building, which will again house the children of the affiliated schools. From the signs of rebuilding we are encouraged to think that the science hall will be enclosed by January. This will mean that several departments, which were greatly hampered by the fire, will have spacious rooms wellfitted for their work. There have been several faculty changes during the term. It will be a shock to many former students to hear of the death on December 13 of Dr. Clarke. There had been signs of failing health since last summer, but he had courageously continued his work, knowing how handicapped the school was for teachers. He died, as had been his oft-expressed desire, " in the harness." Mr. Jamison, who had been serving with the Y. W. C. A. at the Great Lakes Training Station in Chicago, has returned to the faculty. He was released from the service on the petition of President Kirk, because of the very great need for teachers in the department of mathematics after the S. A. T. C. was established. Mr. Otterson sold his home recently to Mrs. Humphrey, Dear of ·w omen, and is going to Wisconsin, in the hopes of re-gaining his health. Vle were right sorry to have him sever his connection with the school, for he has been a very popular in.structor. His place has been filled by the appointment of Prof. Pyle of the University of Chicago. HELEN GARDNER, H istorian. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd I. Skirvin (Lulu Morgan ) of Knox •City on August 3, 1918, a son, Selbourne Dayton. Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Wilson (Mabel Vaughn) of Molino, on November 10, 1918, a daughter, Mary Josephine. Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Monroe Chamberlain (Ada Blakeslee) .o f Bolivar on December 2, 1918, a daughter, Dalanya Blakeslee. Henr; Gardner, brother of Marion Gardner Blackwell and H elen


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Gardner, who has been in the navy since June, 1917, has been made orderly to Admiral Benson to attend the Peace Conferences. He expects to visit most of the countries of Europe before he returns to his ship. Lettie Merrick, Mildred Nulton, Georgia Robb and Jeanne Willett have formed an alumnae association in Edina, where all are teaching. They are hoping to secure Ruby Murphy McReynolds of Knox City and Docie Woodward Hull of Baring, as additional members. Elizabeth U he's robin is signing joyously, because it leads all Alpha Beta robins this year in helping with the ASA loan to USA. Every girl on the list but one has responded to the appeal. Eight Alpha Beta girls had an hour's visit between trains in Moberly on November 17,-Lucy Reddish returning to Sedalia to teach, Virginia Victor, home from Kirkwood, Ruth Early returning to Centralia from Novinger where the epidemic had closed the schools, Ida A. Jewett returning to Columbia from a week end in Kirksville, and the following Moberly girls, Louise Estill, Mary Grubbs, Emilie Hickerson and Maurine Sparks. Paul Jones, husband of Lena Newmyer Jones, who contracted pneumonia while in the Naval Service, and whose life was despaired of for weeks, is now sufficiently convalescent to leave the New York hospital to which he was sent, so they are giving up their Brooklyn apartment and returning to the old home in Atlanta, Mo. Geo rge Adams was married on June 1 to Mr. Walter Meyer, SecretaryTreasurer of the Meyer-Roth Grocery Company of Hannibal. Dr. and Mrs. T. I. Butler have announced the marriage of their daughter, Carey, to Lieut. Moorman Boone at New York City, on Oct. 21. Eunice Schofield has been assigned to duty at Debarkation Hospital No. 2, Fox Hills, Staten Island, N. Y. Mrs. B. H. Stephenson has received word of the death of her brother路in-law, Warren Holtzclaw, who passed away at his home in Chandler, Fla., on Nov. 22. Mr. Holtzclaw has been in ill health for a number of years, so his death was not unexpected. Our sympathy is extended to his three children and to his wife, Clara Keith Holtzclaw, who is a sister of Mrs. Stephenson, and who was a member of Kappa Theta Psi.

PENNSYLVANIA When our last letter was sent the school was in quarantine. During the ban all gatherings of every kind were forbidden, but dancing was permitted in the grove on Saturday nights. There were many cases of the influenza in the building, but with one exception all recovered. Just about the time that we were expecting to be free to do as we liked, there was a fresh outbreak in the town, so we were again forced to stay on the grounds. In spite of these troubles we have had some good times. Football was allowed, as that was played in the open air. We saw some very interesting games. The best of all was that held with Johnstown. Our boys, who have been winning games regularly had expected to have rather an easy time on this occasion, but they found the Johnstown team a match for them. The score stood 0-0. In the evening following the game we were allowed to dance an hour later than usual. During the


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intervals a number of girls sold knitting bags for the benefit of the Red Cross. Our Eileen Cronin sold more than any one else. The Senior Dance was held on ovember 16. It was very different from the former brilliant affairs, for everything was of the simplest, but yet those present seemed to enjoy themselves. One of the most attractive things about the party was the program, which was the work of one of the boys, and which was worked out most successfully in the class colors brown and gold. Our Peace celebration consisted of a parade in the morning and another in the evening. That same night there was a big mass meeting, at which President Keith gave a splendid talk, and after which there was a patriotic songfest. "Indiana" has a conservatory with a strong faculty, so it always makes a fine showing when there is a program that calls for ensemble singing. We are not yet over the thrills that claimed us that night. How many other chapters have literary societies in their colleges? We have two, the Erodelphian and the Hughenian. Both date back to the early days of the school. There has been much rivalry between the two . As the Erodelphian is made up mostly of sorority girls and the other non-sorority, there is an additional reason for good hard work on the programs. The Erodelphian is at present planning for a big play, in which we hope to be well represented, as a number of our girls are in the try-outs. The S. A. T. C. boys have also been practicing for "The Man \Nithout a Country," and had made their plans for presenting it at some future date. \Vhether they will ever give the play is now in doubt, as word has come that the boys are to be mustered out of the service at the end of the term. \Ale are hoping that many will want to return as regular students after New Year's, but the outcome seems rather doubtful at present. â&#x20AC;˘ LEONA MALEY, Historian. Anna Schade is on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Business High School. Eleanor Lowry has had to resign her position in the Pittsburgh schools, owing to serious illness. The Sorority extends to her its best wishes for a rapid recovery. ¡ The 1919 girls are teaching as follows: Ruth Dempsey, Johnstown; Johanna Frasier, Butler; Katherine Froelich, Jeanette; Eleanor Mitchell, Johnstown; Edna Noble, Westfield, N. J. Isabel Saxman was married on June 27, 1918 to Dr. Joseph Irwin Steele. Dr. Steele is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the well-known Dental Fraternity, Delta Sigma Delta. The new home is at 400 Ligonier St., Lathrobe. The Johnstown and Pittsburgh Alum!lae Associations h!lve found it impossible to hold meetings thus far, owmg to the quarantme.


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COLORADO Of all inconvenient times for the epidemic to descend upon us, this was certainly the greatest! We were quarantined on Tuesday of Rush Week, but Beta Beta was so fortunate as to draw the day before as the date for its most important party. This affair took the form of a dinner party, and it assuredly called for some planning, for we had to entertain thirty-two at an expenditure of fifteen dollars, the limit set by Panhellenic. vVe never could have done it without the help of our Adviser, :Miss Payne, and our housemother, Mrs. Tisdal. There were eight tables, each seating four, attractively arranged in the dining and reception rooms. For decorations we used sumac, barberries and kinikinic. In the centre of each table was a red shaded candle that diffused a soft glow. The favor s were nut baskets made of red crepe paper. From the handles hung tiny Sorority letters of gold. The place cards, the suggestion of our artistic president, carried the Sorority letters in red and the winged sandal of Hermes. As the quarantine went into effect the very next day our rivals had no opportunity to show hospitality to any of the new girls. It therefore became a matter of personal rushing. The results have been a revelation to us, for the sororities heretofore have had the feeling that it was brilliant affairs that attracted the new girls. Beta Beta now knows that more can be accomplished by a quiet confidential talk with the girls about sororities in general and about the national standing of Alpha Sigma Alpha than can be done by all the parties, however delightful they may be. Victory Day was certainly a great one for Beta Beta. The quarantine was lifted as soon as the bells began ringing, and that was a signa1 for us to start rushing, for classes were dismissed, in order that the student body might take part in an impromptu parade. Our housemother loaned us her car, as did our new patroness, Mrs. Abbott. These two big automobiles were handsomely decorated by some of us while others went in search of the rushees. By the time that they were rounded up, we had every rushee of importance in school. Our rivals did not wake up to this fact, however, until they saw us all in the procession. The parade in the morning was made up entirely of Teachers College people, but the townspeople joined us in the one held


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in the afternoon. In the evening there was a mammoth bonfire at which Mr. Hozenzollern met with a very warm reception. It was one grand celebration from beginning to end. The next day showed the effects, so the quarantine lid was clamped down tighter than ever. Two other jolly affairs came on the birthdays of Frances Scott and Irene Spalding. Irene's came the day before Hallowe'en, so the girls decorated the dinner table with pumpkins, witches and cats. The favors were witch caps. When the cake was brought in with its twenty candles, Irene succeeded in blowing them all out at the very first trial, but she took it all very calmly. Frances had her birthday the Sunday before Thanksgiving, but she has looked thoughtful ever since 路 she failed to blow out more than one of her candles. vVe don't believe the candle had anything. to do with it, however, 路 for we know how seriously she has taken her responsibilities as presiding officer this year. That was ,why the girls tried to have her birthday table especially pretty, and it was indeed lovely with its decorations of crimson and gold. It was a sad student body 路that faced the prospect of a Thanksgiving in quarantine, but our beloved Mrs. Abbott saved us from utter despair by inviting us to her home for that clay. She gave us a most wonderful time with the kind of dinner that goes right to the heart of a healthy college girl. But it was not all eating, for there was coasting too, the greatest possible treat for those Coloradoans who live in the plains. A huge bonfire added much to the warmth and jollity of the day. Our Frances was not with us on thi s occasion, for she was honored with an invitation to dine with President and Mrs. Crabbe. E-:en with all the gaiety we have clone a great deal of hard work, for most of us are carrying extra hours. Thanks to the quarantine it was not so difficult a matter to put in long hours at our studies, as there were no shows, lectures or social affairs to entice us away from our duty. We know that Beta Beta will make splendid records scholastically this term, so there is that much of a silver lining to what at one time seemed an overwhelmingly black cloud. As the time drew near for bids to go out, the situation became rather tense. vVe have the "lawyer" system, as it is called in some places. All the bids are handed to the Dean of W omn.


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As soon as the names of rushees are known, she asks the new girls to list the sororities in the order o f their preference. Then she gives her the bid she prefers, or, if that is not available, the one nearest her preference. We happened to know that all our rushees were bid by other groups, so we were a happy bunch when we found that we had the eig ht finest g irls on the campus. Vve wi sh that you could all see them as we introduce them to you, -Do rothy Dalcon, M ary Johnson, M ildred Larson, Florence Mason, H elen Niesby, Ethel O linger , Maurie Perkins and Mildred Shaffer. Dorothy is a graduate of National Park Seminary, while Mary ha ils from Chicago. F lorence and Ethel are town girls, while Mildred Shaffer is the daughter of one of our professor s. :Mildred Larson and M aurie P erkins have long been chums, so they are especially happy to be together. H elen N iesby we did not di scover until the week before pledge clay, but we made up for lost time when we clicl, and we are more than happy to have her one o f u s. If the quarantine continues, we may not be able to have o ur formal pledging until a fter Christmas, but, although we know that the ceremony will mean much to the new g irls, we feel sure that they can scarcely be more a part of us than they are right now. If you want to feel at home with your new g irls from the ver y start, try "per so nal" rushing ! IRENE S P ALDI NG,

Acting H istor,ian.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bert R. Berry (Rebecca Hawthorne), a daughter, Dix ie Ann ette, on Jun e 30, 1918. Rebecca, whose marriage was solemni zed on October 4, 1917 at P ort Royal, S. C., is now living in Colfax, Ill., while a waiting the return of her husband, who is a Corporal in the Marines. Born to M r. and Mrs. Lloyd Moser (Gladys L eMaster ) of Montrose, a son, H a rry Stua rt, on September 28. The baby was named fo r a cousin who was killed in F rance during th e August drive. Hazel W hite is doing Gove rnment wo rk at Was hington. She is located at 1445 Ma ryland Ave., N. E . Anna and Esther W heaton are teaching at Wellington, Colo. Iva W atson is ser ving as assistant librarian at th e Colorado State Ag ricul tural College in Fort Collins. Ve ra Gill ett ha s been superviso r of art and mu sic in Delta for t wo yea rs, whil e R hea is teaching near th eir home in the d1路y-land s. L ela F rances Sargent spent th e summer in Colorado Springs with Agnes Sandine Brun son. She is now teachin g in M iami , F la. H ester Caldwell and H elen Hay a re both teaching in Denve r. Mari on Travis is with her sister in Fo rt Mo rgan. J essie Brunton has been very ill with typhoid feve r. Another who has had a serious illn ess is Ra e B roman . Sh e is now well enoug h to t each, and has returned to her work in Shoshone, Ida. Ada Baker is wit h th e Hext Music Company of Greeley. Miriam Smi th is teaching A rt in a school in O maha. H er add ress is 2544 Cass St.


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ALVA Did any one ever have a harder task than mine? I am supposed to be writing about "Northwestern", Gamma Gamma affairs, and things of town importance, and here I have been for weeks far away in the country and with nothing to see except rabbits, chickens and a darling baby sister, just learning to walk and talk. Everything on the farm is of the greatest interest to me, but it 'would hardly prove so to you, for what you want is Sorority news, and of that there is practically nothing to relate. Indeed we could almost sum up the whole Fall Quarter by saying, "We have clone nothing, we are doing nothing, and, so far as present indications go, we expect to be doing nothing for an indefinite period." After the first big wave of the epidemic had seemingly passed, we went back to school, but within a very short time there was a fresh outbreak and we were sent back to our homes. In the few clays that we were back we had a chance to. see one football game between Edmonton and Alva. Dr. Graves was warmly welcomed when he came over with the Edmonton boys, for he was a very popular President when he was here, but we were sorry that his boys defeated ours. Right after this the senior class decided to elect its officers and representatives. Lydia Rank was chosen president and Eugenia Huddleston reporter. Elsie Sol拢 was selected as a member of the Northwestern staff. None of these have had an opportunity, however, to show what they could do because of the quarantine. Twenty of the S. A. T. C. succumbed to the "flu" in one clay. Speaking of the S. A . T. C. reminds me of one bit of excitement that we had. The boys had supposedly been inducted into the National Army on October first, but owing to some hitch not known at the time the proper papers and authorities did not arrive until a few clays ago. Fortunately they came a little ahead of the order to disband the S. A. T. C. in all parts of the country. Otherwise the lads would never have had official recognition. That would have been too bad, for they have served most faithfully as guardians of the public welfare during the weeks of epidemic. Oh yes, we did manage to pledge our three new girl , as stated in the Novembei路 "PHOE rx", and we also succeeded in celebrating Founders' Day at Lydia Rank's, but they were not the kind of events that Gamma Gamma usually stages on these


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occasions, for we were forced by health regulations to keep down the number present, and also to have the gatherings as brief as possible. When conditions are once more normal, we shall have much to celebrate and can make up for all that we lost in good times these many weeks. LuciLE CHEW, Secretary. Blanche Stevenson is acting as bookkeeper for a wholesale firm in Okmulgee. Sylvia Lewis had a wonderful trip to California. Jewell Cavett, who is teaching in Gage, has just received word that her lover lad was killed in battle in France the day before the armistice was signed. Our hearts ache for her. Miss Morris of the faculty and a member of Delta Sigma Epsilon has applied for "overseas" service in comialescent camps. The Women's Federated Clubs are sending two from every State, and Miss Morris hopes to be one of the representatives from Oklahoma. It is a noble service to which to give oneself, and we wish her all good fortune. Miss Shockley did much volunteer nursing during the worst of the epidemic, but was so fortunate as to escape the dread disease herself.

ATHENS Ohio University opened again on November 19. You may know that we are overjoyed to be back, for a vacation of six weeks is a little too long, especially in the midst of the rushing season and after we had been in college but three v:reeks. We had hardly taken off our wraps and looked at the new paper on the walls of our chapter house, when we were told that Pledge Day would be the next morning. It was more than ever a "rush", as you can well imagine, but we are quite well satisfied with the results, for we were able to pledge three other fine girls, Emma Helsel of St. Mary's, Alice Larkin of Hillsborough and Dorothy l\.1 anze of Parkersburg, W. Va. In addition to these acceptances, we had one from Fern Gooley of New Holland, who has not yet returned to college on account of illness. Sara Long has been hoping to be with us, but just at present it seems to be the doctor's verdict that she may not return until next September. Y../ e are inconsolable over this, but we feel that Delta Delta is most fortunate in having Naomi back with us to serve again as president. This will be Naomi's third term in that capacity. We are so proud of her too as our representative on the National Council, and it seems very wonderful to hear the Council letters, as well as the Chapter letters. They make everybody seem very close to us. The presence of the S . A. T. C. and the S. N. T. C. has done much for college spirit. Before every football game there is a


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big "thuse" meeting, so the very air is tingling with "pep" when our boys go on the gridiron. Vle have seen some splendid games, for our State is noted for its many colleges, most of them enthusiastic over athletics. At the present writing there is doubt as to whether the sororities will be permitted to have dances this year. Instead there will be university dances every two weeks for the enlisted men and the college girls. These dances will be quite different from the ones to which we have been accustomed. Heretofore we have always gone with our escorts, but now the girls are to be taken to and from the dances by patronesses and matrons. I-lELEN HoFFERT, Historian . The Carey twins have fine positions in the Cleveland schools. Grace Fultz is teaching in Chillicothe, where she has met many ASA's from Miami. Goldie Adams, Bernice Fawcett and Florence Martin are all teaching in the same building in Wells ville, 0.

EMPORIA The fact that we are at school today is no assurance that we shall be there tomorrow. Emporia is by no means rid of the influenza. The city is again under quarantine, and will remain so probably until the first of the year. But we at the Normal continue to offer ourselves as living sacrifices on the altar of learning, for the school is isolated from the rest of the community. No social affairs whatever are countenanced by the school authorities, and to guard against possible needs the gymnasium club rooms have been converted into emergency wards, which together with the school hospital should take care of all student cases easily. Epsilon Epsilon has been hard hit. The week after school opened the second time, Miss Strouse and five of our girls were taken to the hospital. Lois Koontz, our president, the last member to be stricken, was cared for at home. There have been no disastrous consequences, we are thankful to state, but for a time every girl kept her suit case packed ready for instant flight at the slightest indication of illness or indisposition. Rooms and halls reeked with formaldehyde, until life seemed almost unbearable, but as the days passed and no others fell ill, our courage and spirits rose. The Thanksgiving football game between our Normal and


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the College of Emporia is quite the most exciting event of the whole school year for both townspeople and students, but this time it came pretty near to being played behind closed gates, for such was the decree of the health authorities. When, however, they discovered that " pep" meetings were being held preparatory to " rushing" the game, they very graciously consented to permit the students to attend. Afterwards the Normal gave its eighth annual football banquet at the Normal cafeteria. The entertainment consisted of musical numbers, toasts and speeches by the students and faculty. Another very interesting game was the one at which we defeated the team from Baker University 3 to 1. The social ban is causing any amount of inconvenience. We have had to postpone indefinitely the party that was planned as a joint celebration of Founders' Day and of our first anniversary as members of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Our initiation banquet has been called off too. We shaH make every effort to initiate our pledges before Christmas, as we know that it will mean greater happiness for them as weii as for us to have them wearing the Star on that Day. If we can not give the service before that time, we shall certainly do it immediately afterwards, for the fiat has gone forth that we are to have no holidays at ail, only Christmas Day. Such a thing has not been known within the memory of man, but this has been a year of surprises and disappointments, and since we have lived through more than eleven months of it, perhaps we can get through the remainder of it, even if we have to give up the cherished holiday season. We shaH at least have a chance to test the strength of our sacrificial spirit. HAZEL HARRIS,

Historian.

Grace McGinnis is staying with her sister, Mrs. Paul D. Higbee of Kirksville, Mo. Lora Lock spent the week-end of November 8 at the house visiting old friends and new. Marian Howard has pledged to A lpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas, and Margaret Ramseyer to Kappa Alpha Theta. Margaret Pughe O'Connell writes from Coldwate r of the j oys of ranch life. Faye Lock is super visor of music in the schools of Altamount. Philadelphia Reed Ladd did not return to her home in Manilla, as she found it impossible to get a transport. She and her two small sons have an apartment at 414 Harrison St., Topeka. Mrs. Reed's husband is a Captain in th e U. S. Army, and has been stationed in the Philippines for several years.


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THE GREEK PRESS BIDDING CONSIDERED I I TERMS OF SALESMANSHIP "During these strenuous times when the enrollment at various universities and colleges is way below normal, and consequently the available fraternity material is scarce, we must devise ways and means for the perpetuation of all of our various chapters. aturally, we must start at the source of the replenishment of our chapter ranks. An analysis of the situation proves that the source lies at the point of contact of our chapters with the incoming freshman class, which leads up to my subject of the 'bidding' of prospective candidates. "It has been my pleasure while in college to take a hand in a great many 'biddings,' and the privilege has been extended to me a number of times since, to sit in on so called important 'biddings.' Therefore, I know that there are as many different methods employed and policies followed in bidding, as there are chapters or men doing the bidding; suffice to say, there are poor methods followed out in bidding as well as effective ones. Therefore, as a protective measure for Delta Tau Delta, we should adopt only the effective ones. "Bidding of a candidate can be directly compared to the efforts of a salesman, for after all it resolves itself into a matter of salesmanship. Consider two competing salesmen selling similar articles. One is energetic, represents a large and old established house, has the best article at the best price, and furthermore, has a faculty of 'digging' up prospects and creating a demand. Everything is in his favor, but his ability to close a sale; here he falls down. He lacks the final punch of a finished salesman, and consequently loses the order to his competitor. "Now let us consider that conditions are not as favorable to this competitor. He is not partciularly energetic, does not bother to 'dig up' prospects, taking the other fellow's as an easier way. The house he represents is a smaller and inferior


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one and the article he sells is inferior; still, he gets the orders. Why? Because he is a true salesman. He knows how to set forth the sales talk that takes. "This comparison is a direct analogy to fraternities at any school. The oldest crowd with the largest and strongest alumni, with the best house and best reputation, and whose members 'dig up prospects,' may lose many a man to a smaller crowd whose house is poorer, national reputation weaker, prospects less, and whose members do not bother to dig up prospects, simply because they did not have a sales talk with the candidates. \Vhat a deplorable condition that is. Can Delta Tau Delta whose qualfications liken her to the first salesman and the first fraternity previously mentioned, afford to be relegated to their class when it comes to closing a sale or bid? "No doubt, all of our chapters can recall many a wily freshman who withstood all of the pleadings and oratorical endeavors of Delta's best bidders, only to walk away from the house, wearing no pledge button, but who ultimately ended up with another crowd. "Now that good men are so scarce we cannot afford to let this occur; and as a salesman, I am a firm believer that such would not occur if we went after our man properly with a sales talk that carries a punch. We have to do more than issue an invitation to become a member of Delta Tau Delta; for while we know that it is a signal honor we are bestowing on a boy, still, all other fraternities think the same thing about themselves, and it therefore resolves into a case of who can best convince the boy, and not a case of who really has the best to offer. "Some biddings are run off something like this, with three or four of the brothers lolling around trying to think of some inducement to chip in with: 'Well, Bill, I suppose you know what we have you here for. You have been around several times, have met all of our boys and we all like you, and want you to put on our pledge button. You are just the kind of a fellow to fit in with our crowd,' etc., with a summary of the greatness of Delta Tau Delta and of Chapter if the boy is backward about taking the button. Now this is just such a talk as the first salesman uses and on which he loses so 1~any orders. Pleading with a man to take his goods instead of making him anxious to be able to get them.


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"Would not a better method to create a desire in the mind of the freshman be to go at him somewhat as follows, with a setting arranged to make the prospect seem as small and insignificant as possible with the bidding members as large and menacing? 'Well, Bill, you are a freshman in this college and you are just as green, fresh, and insignificant as all of the other freshman. You probably have had dreams and ambitions of what you would do and make of yourself in college; we all have gone through that same stage. Well, our .upper classmen, who are among the biggest men on the campus, have realized their ambitions, but not through their own efforts alone, not on your life. Seventy-five per cent. of their college success is due to the work of Delts ahead of them, and who made them the big men they are today. You can't buck this game alone and you in particular will need all the help you can get and we can give. Now in pledging our ' freshmen we have the pick of some several hundred, and they mostly look about of like caliber. Your name was brought up and after considerable discussion you got through, not so much for what you are now, but for what we think we can make of you. Now keep this in mind, that we never bid a man twice (pause). A man usualiy knows and realizes what he is getting when he takes a Delta Tau Delta button, therefore, if you will stand up and come over here, I will put this button on your lapel with my congratulations.' "Of course, there are dozens of such talks that could b.e used with variation to suit the occasion, but the all important point is to get the boys in such a frame of mind by preliminary remarks that he would rather lose his right arm than lose a bid to Delta Tau Delta, instead of starting off by flattering him and making him think he is doing you a favor by taking up your bid. "Such a course of bidding is not for the amateur to trifle with; for if carried too far it may have a 'reverse English' effect. But it is a matter that should be really given serious thought and certain fundamentals, phrases, etc., worked up by an expert psychologist and salesman who knows the ways of a boy's mind today."-The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta.


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A GOOD SUGGESTION "Do you realize that you are something very different from the chapters of two years ago? \~That will be your contribution to the general fraternity? Here is one suggestion which, if followed, will add immeasurably to the power and pleasure and pride of your chapter. Make your chapter a SINGING CHAPTER in 1918-1919. "'The singing chapter is the live chapter.' We have heard that more than once. It is time to urge the working up of interest in chapter singing. Sing at the table, sing at chapter meetings, sing at banquets, sing evet;y time you get a chance. "And when you sing, sing something worth while. There is a real 'lift' to it when you sing words that mean somethingthat represents the SPIRIT which is the chief charm, and the chief value, of fraternity life. Sing, SING, SING !"-Delta Upsilon Q~tarterly. TOO MANY LIME-LIGHTERS ''In our active chapter we can always find men who will act as chairmen of social committees, delegates to conventions and interfraternity conferences, and, in general, who will participate in affairs that are liable to bring self-aggrandizement and pleasure, but how about the men who are willing to do the little detailed, sometimes disagreeable, tasks that lead only to the advancement of the fraternity and the interests of the brothers in the bond, without any magna cum laudes or medals? In our alumni chapters we find the same conditions existing. It is always easy to find men who will ride in the band wagon when our dignitaries appear, but how many can you find who are willing to g~t out and pull? There are hundreds who are willing to sing the fraternity songs and join in the fraternity yells, but how these hundreds dwindle down to tens and fives when you ask them to pay a house note or make a contribution to help pay for a memorial chapter house, erected at the birthplace of our fraternity in honor of our beloved founders. We have too many men who care for the peacock feathers, too many gold-banded bees."-Phi Gam11w Delta.


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WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER? "Are you an important cog in your chapter machinery, or could you be spared easily? Of course, the girls like you, and your friends would miss you in the event of your leaving, but would you leave a gap on account of your usefulness? Will the chapter exclaim, 'How shall we ever get along without Amy? She's always on the spot when it's time to do her 1share.' Don't beg off from committee work because 'I haven't time to do one thing more.' Don't let the other girls win all the honors for the sorority. It is just as hard and takes just as much time for another girl to arrange for that party or make that society. Earn your way wherever you go. Being a member of a sorority helps you. Pay your debt. You are getting much from your college. 路 Or are you? You'll get twice as much if you give . something in return. There isn't a girl but has ability in at least one line At least I would be, ashamed to confess I couldn't do something. And have you ever noticed that it is the girl with the most to do that always finds time to do the one thing more and to do it well? But don't put all the burden on one or two capable and willing girls. Even if you accord them all due praiseand you generally don't-it doesn't measure up to our American standard of fair play. Don't be a slacker. The slogan now is for each one to do her utmost. Let's make this our motto m our chapter life as well."-The T1'iangle of Sigma Kappa. THE THINGS THAT COUNT The college families are more and more seeking in the men they pledge the inner quality of personal life. They are looking for a simple, human kindliness which, underneath and over all external trappings, is working for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. The fraternity which is wise is not seeking specialized ability unless it can have with it an essential manliness. The war has brought home to us the high value of inwardness as an index to character. We see clearly that any real living is contingent upon serious service and feel with the great Roman emperor that "life is more like wrestling than dancing.'' It is necessary that underneath appearances we much search for character, kindliness, and self-control, which are the things that connt.-Sigma Chi Quarterly ..


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THE TEACHER'S DAY There was a time, not so very long ago, when the hardest name you could call a man was "theorist." Now we are having to eat that word. The theorists have made good. Twenty-odd years ago there was a young military officer in France leading rather a drab and humdrum life as a professor. While his classmates were campaigning in Madagascar or Timbuctoo, he was teaching war out of a book. In fact, he wrote books himself. His name was Foch. Gen. Foch survived and superceded all the veterans of the Madagascar and Timbuctoo sort of campaign-the supposedly "practical" men. When it came to the final scene of the war on the western front, Gen. Foch simply reassembled his old pupils and played the game out of a book. This game was so intricate, so vast, that people generally could not understand what it 路was that the French General was up to, until they rushed around and translated his books. There it all was-the theory. The man was a thinker. Through those long, humdrum years of the classroom he had matured his theories and mastered his methods. We are accustomed to think of these men of sovereign ability as Heavensent geniuses. That is mere ignorant superstition. Mostly, they are prodigious "pluggers"-men who are willing to take such infinite pains in the mastery of their subject that it becomes second nature to them. They are like great pianists; their technical skill has become so much a part of them that they do not have to give it a thought. It is not a question with them of expressing it a certain way; it is merely a question of which way to choose among many, all equally at their command. The other dominating figure in the world situation is also an incorrigible "theorist." Those who wish to trace the political thinking of President Wilson to its spring head can consult his thesis for the degree of doctor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. There he laid the keel on which he has been navigating these turbulent waters of home and foreign affairs. He, too, was a classroom man, teaching political theory, as Gen. Foch taught military theory, from a blackboard. He learned to know the machinery of the United States Government as intimately as an engineer knows his throttles. But he also learned


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the theory on which new machinery is built; that is, he was not merely a "practical" man who can do what he has been taught; but also a theorist who could invent new machinery. The day came when he wished to apply some of his theories of democracy to the college of which he was president. Then destiny played the greatest joke of history. The opposition to his plans for democratizing Princeton was so bitter that it resulted in his resigning his office. \Vhereupon, having lost the job of democratizing a college, he received the job of democratizing the world. Nor are these solitary cases of the triumph of the theorist. They are typical. The war has emptied the faculties of American colleges into Washington offices. In every belligerent country the professor has sat at the elbow of the administrator, if indeed, the professor was not himself the administrator. What was wanted was the ,man with exact knowledge. For more than half a century scientific research had been piling up this data, this raw material for the building of a new order. Prior to 1914 only that relatively small part of it which could prove that it was commercially profitable could get itself taken up and put into force in our daily lives. Class-room folk knew there was a vast deal more of it which would "pay" in a far higher than commercial sense-though it would do that, too ; but it was their despair to try to convince a doubting and inert world that the open plumbing to rid it of its plagues was all on blue-print paper and that it was cheaper to pay for the drains than to pay the doctor. The war created a situation in which these theorists no longer had to plead their case. Their case had long been proved. We had to have their services and we called them in without haggling over the fee. Measures which we had cheerfully stigmatized as " theoretical" we were glad to have enacted in sheer self-defense. In some quarters, it is true, there is a disposition, now that the danger is past, to stickle over the price, but this species of dead-beating the doctor is too ignoble to get very far. For the only price which these theorists exact is that we shall keep on with the theories as they prove successful. It is like America asking no rewards from her cobelligerents except that they adopt the American idea of open dealing for old world diplomacy.


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Even the re:volutions are the innings of the theorists. Like the war they drag the professor from his blackboard to the office desk of a decamped autocrat. The Bolshevik leaders are exhigh-brows, "ex" by reason of their conviction that the future belongs to the lowbrow. No oratorical-Da.ntons and Robespierres in these revolutions of today. Only trained, scientific thinkers need apply . . Nikolai Lenine is the author of exhaustive sociological books which only experts are qualified to comprehend. The last twelve months of the Russian revolution, "the proletarian dictatorship" under Premier Lenine, have been the fulfillment of the books of the author Lenine. "Prof. " Masaryk is the head of the new Czech State. The twenty-five years preceding the war was an age of applied science in business. The present age is an age of applied science in politics. And just as the former period called the theorist out of his academic laboratory into the power house and packing plant, so the present is calling the social theorist out of his study into public office. There is a bull market on " book larnin'." And those who object to political theorists in office today are likely to find themselves in the embarrassing position of the old-time farmers who scoffed at the idea of learning -tiow to farm at a college. "Book farmin'," like "'book larnin'," has called the turn. "The scholar in politics" was once a phrase of disparagement. The trouble with our politics, as we are now beginning to learn, has been too few scholars and too little scholarship. The thinker has been called to the colors.- Boston Globe.


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A PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY

A large percent of the college women of this country 路have been helping to run the war-machine. On November 11th the power was turned off. Those on whom the country has relied for war work, it naturally turns to now for reconstruction. The "Help Wanted" signs have simply been removed to other windows. The need is so great for the college trained woman and the field of service so varied, that the question resolves itself into one of personal inclination. Now, if ever, is the time to translate into action the thinking inspired by the war. In seeking a professional opportunity, the Blue Triangle of theY. 'N. C. A. has a special significance for the college trained woman. The program of reconstruction that the Association is planning, in this and other countries, calls for her general and specialized knowledge. This plan includes: Social and recreational work among industrial women. Club organization and activities in communities affected by war. Social and educational work among foreign-born women in the U. S. Extension of the Y. '0/. C. A. to women of France, Russia, China and other lands. Physical directors and recreation leaders. Cafeteria directors. Business secretaries. Religious work. Intensive and regular courses of trai!1ing are provided in these subjects for qualified candidates in all parts of the country. Such a candidate for a position in the Y. W. C. A. must have a college education, or its equivalent in experience, or technical training in: Household Economy, Physical Training, Business Training. She must be at least twenty-two years of age and a member of a Protestant Evangelical Church. Address the Personnel Bureau of the National Board of the Y. W. C. A., 600 Lexington Avenue, New York City.


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PLEDGING DAY Air:

"A Perfect Day."

I. \iVhen you come to the end of your pledging day, And you breathe a prayer in your thought, As you pledge your faith unto A. S. A., And the hour with all joy is fraught; Do you think what you vow on pledging day Should mean to a sincere heart, As you give your promise to A. S. A. And become of her a part?

II. You are joining yourself with a num' rous train In pursuit of lofty ideals; You have pledged to aspire and seek to attain To the crown that such living yields; . With what measure you mete will be meted yuo In service and love each day; And to give full measure your whole life thru Is your pledge to A. S. A.

III. Now, this is the end of pledging day. You've begun on a voyage new. May you find true comrades along the way, As you go all your journey thru . May you learn th.at the gladness of pledging clay I s only a foretaste faint Of the joy to be had thruout A. S. A. In fellow ship all acquaint. IDA A. JEWETT .

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