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NATIONAL COUNCIL President-Mrs. Wm. Holmes Martin, A and AA, 5 Cobden St., Boston, 19, Mass. Vice President-Ida A. Jewett, AB, Apt. 83, 106 Morningside Drive, New York City. Secretary-Mrs. Jerry M. James, AG, Hooversville, Pa. Treasurer-Ruth Duffy, AA, 1350 Ethel St., 路 Lakewood, Ohio. Registrar-Naomi Caldwell, DD, Wapakoneta, Ohio. Historian-Mrs. Charles M. Chenery, A, 311 S. Jefferson St., Petersburg, Va. Librarian-Mrs. Carl T. Brunson, BB, 330 N. Avon St., Rockford, Ill. Ritualist--Minnie Shockley, GG, 704 Church St., Alva, Okla.
BOARD OF ADVISERS Alpha Alpha-Miss Amy M. Swisher, "The Tallawanda," Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta- Miss Lola E . Brandenburg, Box 435, Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-Miss Edna F. Welsh, Greeley, Okla. Gamma Gamma- Miss Minnie Shockley, Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Miss Elizabeth Garber, Box 215, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Miss Catharine E. Strouse, Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Miss Bess Carter, 107 So. Miller St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Miss Eulalia E. Roseberry, 1610 So. Olive St., P ittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta-Miss Florence M. Whittemore, 31 Norway St., Boston, ' 17, Mass. Iota Iota-Miss Bonnie Andrews, 1117 25th St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Mrs. Sherman H . Doyle, 1811 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Alumnae-Edna McCullough, 1017 Rural St., Emporia, Kans. Art-Gertrude D. Halbritter, 1 Lindsey St., Boston, 22, Mass. Chapter Activities-Edna McCarty, 1106 N. Marion Ave., Washington, Iowa. Extension-Helen Boggess, 236 E. Madison, Springfield, 0 . Membership-Rosamond Root, Apt. 83, 106 Morningside Drive, New York City. Music-Marie Richter, 1050 Neil Ave. , Columbus, 0 . Scholarship-Mrs. Russell Magee, 160 S. S. Station, Springfield,
Sorority Study-Sue Edwards, Box 354, Alva, Okla. ROLL OF COLLEGE CHAPTERS
Alpha A lpha-M iami University, Oxford, Ohio. Alpha Beta-State Teachers' College, Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-State Teachers' College, Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-S tate Teachers' College, Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-State Teachers' College, Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-State Teachers' College, Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-State Teachers' College, Pittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta-Boston University, Boston, Mass. Iota Iota-Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Templ e University, Philadelphia, Pa. COLLE GE CHAP TER SECRETARIES
A lpha Alpha-Kathryn Osenbaugh, 22 Hepburn Hall, Oxford, 0 . Alpha Beta-Dorothy Martin, 301 S. Franklin, Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-Cora N. Sickles, 1644 E ighth Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Lucelle Chew, 829 Church St., Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Winifred Rosino, Howard Hall, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Lillian R ichardson, 1314 Highland St., Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Pauline Jaqua, 205 N . Maguire St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Edith Marsh, 101 E. Jefferson St., Pittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta-Priscilla Drake, 334 Bay State Rd. , Boston, 17, Mass. Iota Iota-Zela Hyten, 1065 26th St., D es Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-Irene E. Parker, 1811 N. Broad St. , Philadelphia, Pa
EX-COLLEGIO CHAPTER SECRETARIES
Alpha Alpha-Mrs. Daniel 0. Shoup, R. R. No.8, Dayton, Ohio. Alpha Beta-Jean McKinley, Unionville, Mo. Alpha Gamma-Mrs. Ralph Waring, 730 Horner St., Johnstown, Pa. Beta BetaGamma Gamma-Mrs. James A. Lane, 801 Centre St., Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Helen Hudson, Worthington, Ohio. Epsilon EpsilonZeta Zeta-Josephine Dixon, 616 vV. Lexington St., Independence, Mo. r Eta Eta-Maude Laney, Bazine, Kans. Theta Theta-Christina S. Little, 374 Princeton St., Boston, 28, Mass. Iota IotaKappa Kappa-
CITY ASSOCIATION SECRETARIES
Alva, Okla.-Lora Patterson, 1101 F ifth St.,, Alva. Bo ton, Mass.-Christina S. Little, 374 Princeton St., Boston, 28. Cherokee, . Okla.-Jewel Cavett, Cherokee. Cleveland, Ohio- Esther Kenney, 12700 Euclid, Cleveland. Columbus, Ohio-Helen Millikin, 77 Eldon Ave., Columbus. Des Moines, IowaEmporia, Kans.-Ada Shearer, 1226 Rural St., Emporia. Greeley, Colo.- Miriam Smith, 918 Twelfth St., Greeley. Johnstown, Pa.-Ruth Dempsey, 137 Green St., Johnstown. Kansas City, Mo.-Lucille Christopher, 204 N. River Blvd., Independence. K irksville, Mo.-Mayme Foncanon, 1205 So. Franklin, Kirksvi lle. Moberly, Mo.-Mae Middleton, 205 Hagood St., Moberly. Pittsburgh, Pa.-Mrs . Glenn H. Ferguson, 9 12 West St., Wilkinsburg. New York, N. Y.-Rosamond Root, Apt. 83, 106 Morningside Drive, New York. Vlarrensburg, Mo.-Mrs. Leslie A. McMeekin, East Gay St., '0/ arr__ensburg.
Ida A. Jewett, Apt. 83, 106 Morningside Drive, New York City.
Alpha Alpha-Helen Stepleton, 57 East Hall, Oxford, O hio. A lpha Beta-Louise Sublette, 516 E. Jefferson, Kirksville, Mo. Beta Beta-Mary White, 1625 Eighth Ave., Greeley, Colo. Gamma Gamma-Ibne Clark, 719 Maple St., Alva, Okla. Delta Delta-Maude Dorsey, Lindley Hall, Athens, Ohio. Epsilon Epsilon-Arlin e Brown, 828 State St., Emporia, Kans. Zeta Zeta-Ruth Roberts, 107 So. Miller St., Warrensburg, Mo. Eta Eta-Frances Hull, So. Olive St., Pittsburg, Kans. Theta Theta--Florence R. Haley, 44 Chambers St., Boston, 14, l\T ass. Jota Iota-Arline Elliott, 1161 26th St., Des Moines, Iowa. Kappa Kappa-
ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL SORORITIES Chairman-Miss S. Edith Todd, IlK~, 666 Lothrop Ave., Detroit, Mich. Secretary-M iss Maude Morris, Ll~E, School of Mines, Rapid City, S.D. Treasurer-Mrs. A. J. Hathaway, Jr., ~~~' Weiland, Ontario. Director of Local Panhellenics-Miss Ida A. Jewett, A~ A, Apt. 83, 106 Morningside Drive, New York City.
GROUP OF DRAKE UNIVERSITY BUILD1NGS
THE PHOENIX FEBRUARY, 1922
DRAKE UNIVERSITY Drake University was founded in 1881 by Gen. Franci!:> Ma rion Drake, at one time Governor of Iowa, by George Thomas Carpenter, who became the first Chancellor, and by other friends of Chri sti an education, all of whom were members of the denomination known as the Disciples of Christ. Though founded, fostered, and promoted by a certain religious sect, the university, by will of its founders, has always been independent of ecclesiasti c control. Its growth has been phenomenal and has resulted in th e establishment of various separate colleges such as a re found in only the largest universities, viz. the College of Liberal A rt s, the College of Education, the Institute of Fin"e A rts, th e Colleg e of Law, the College of the Bible and the School s of Commerce, Finance and Journalism. The high rank accorded Drake University is evidenced by the fact that it is on the roll of th e American Association of University Women, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the General Education Board, the Association of American Universities, and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Drake University is located in Des Moines, the capital of Iowa. No city in the West offers advantages superior to those possessed by Drake. Des Moines is easily accessible from all parts of the country, and, for that reason, is each year selected as a convention place by leading educational, industrial, political, and religious organizations. These conventions contribute much to that invaluable part of a student's education which is gained outside of the classroom. Another special advantage open to Drake students is access to the city and state libraries, in adJition to that of the university.
Drake University is admirably situated on the highest point of ground in the northwest section of the city, between Twentyfifth and Twenty-eighth streets, with Carpenter and University Avenues as the other boundaries. Nature and art have combined to make the surroundings pleasant and attractive and in consequence the university bqildings have an unusually beautiful setting. All have cherished associations, but Drake students are especially proud of the Observatory, opened in the fall of 1921, and under the control of Dean Moorhouse, one of the best known astronomers in the Middle West. Another source of pride is the magnificent Stadium, the gift of Norman Haskins. It is the best athletic field in the Mississippi-Missouri Valley, and will seat ten thousand. Drake's early experience with the Greek-letter system was very brief, for the first fraternity to enter was on the ground but three years when rulings were passed that put an end to all Greek-letter life. Student clubs still continued to exist, however, and these maintained relations with one another for some years through what was known as the Inter-Club Conclave. Gradually university sentiment changed, and in 1915 every group on the campus took a Greek name . . It was not until five years later that the Trustees were ready to grant these local societies the right to petition nationals. Soon after this permission was given, six sororities of the academic type entered. Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma. All the men's locals have petitions before famous fraternities, but as yet only one, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, has entered. There are, however, various professional fraternities on the campus, and a number of honorary societies. Until the fall of 1916 there had been no organizations in the 路 College of Education. At this time Dean W. F. Barr, with the co-operation of Miss Bonnie Andrews, head of the Grade Department, arranged for the formation of a society to be known as the Grade Club. It had for its purpose the creation of a strong esprit de corps in the department, and the formation of close friendships 'an~ong members. Both of these aims have been attained, and, in addition, many social and educational advantages have been enjoyed by the group. It is to be expected under the inspiration of membership in
a national organization, that the interests of the Grade Club will be extended, its accomplishments increased, and its scope of activities broadened. It is singularly appropriate that Alpha Sigma Alpha should be the eighth national to enter Drake, and the first to confine its operations to the College of Education. INSTALLATION OF IOTA IOTA T he week-end o f January 13, 1922, will long be remembered by the twenty-three members of the old " Grade Club" of Drake U niversity who were privileged at that time to take the vows th at made them members of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The beauty of the ceremonies, the solemnity of the obligations undertaken , and the fri endships made with girls ~rom near-by chapters, thrilled th em to the depths of their beings. A ll th e ceremonies took place in the Rose Room of Hotel Chamberlain, the ribbon pledge service on Friday evening and th e other services Saturday. The Rose Room made a beautiful setting for the various ceremonies, for by candle light the soft rose blended beautifully with the crimson and white of the A S A color scheme. Immense mirrors, extending from floor to ceiling, r efl ected and repeated the lighted candles, and gave an effect as of fairyland. T he formal pledge degree and the undergraduate initiation were foll owed by a luncheon at the "Green Mill," after which came the installation of the chapter and of the chapter officers. Last of the services was the Mother-Patroness degree given to Mrs. Arthur Holmes, wife of the President of Drake University, Mrs. W . F. Barr, wife of the Dean of the College of Education, Mrs. George Peak, a prominent club woman of Des Moines, and Mrs. C. Franzeen, wife of a professor in the College of Education. These are all charming, representative women of the community, and Iota Iota is fortunate in securing them as chapter mothers. With the efficient leadership of Miss Bonnie Andrews, Faculty Adviser, and the motherly care of these fine women, the new chapter bids fair to take the lead on its campus and in the Sorority. . The details of the installation were cared for by Miss Catharine E. Strouse, Faculty Advise~ of EE, assisted by Miss Bess Carter, Faculty Adviser of ZZ, Miss Lola Brandenburg, Faculty
Adviser of AB, Miss Wilma Wilson, ZZ, National Registrar elect, Miss Edna McCarty, BB, Supervisor of Chapter Activities, Mrs. David Pearl, of Des Moines, and the Misses Mary Friday, lone Smith, Eva Riggins, and Eunice Selby, all of Alpha Beta Chapter. Following the last service, the twenty-three new Alpha Sigmas, with the ten installing officers and the four patronesses, closed the clay most appropriately with a banquet in the Ivory Room of Hotel Chamberlain. Here the tables were made beautiful by baskets of narcissus flanking the artistic centerpiece, which had been decorated with crimson and gold by the head of the Art Department. This centerpiece was in the form of an altar and carried four candles shaded with gold. Each of its four sides had for its ornamentation a phoenix. Delicious food, witty conversation, and Alpha Sig songs, interspersed with original and clever toasts, made the hours fly all too .quickly. The toast program was particularly appropriate for a teachers college and for the "Grade Club," as it was called the "School of A S A." Miss Grace Davis, Chapter President, presided as toastmistress and the following toasts were given: Instructor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Strouse Senior Grader (Alumna) .. ..... ... ...... . Miss Mabel Payne Intermediate Grader (College Member) ....... Myrtle Wolford Kindergartner (Pledge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Betty Brown A Mother (Patroness) ........................... Mrs. Peak Parent-Teacher (Adv iser) .................... Miss Andrews IOTA IOTA INITIATES Faculty Adviser-Miss Bonnie Andrews. Alumnae-Louise 路 M. Boller, Lillian Hethershaw, Margaret Meek, Edna A. Parsons, Mabel I. Payne, Mayfred E. Stone, Leona Wilcox, Norma Campbell Adkins (Mrs. E. E.) Seniors-Inga C. Tesdahl, Edith Cain, and Florence Harley. Sophomores-Grace M. Davis, Margaret Bark, Elizabeth Dodson, Arline Elliott, Zela Hyten, Albertine Ringrose, Stella L. Schalk, Lela Stringer, Leona Welch, and Myrtle A. Wolford. Freshman-Cleo Brown and 路 Pledges Elizabeth Brown and Dorothy Wells.
INSTALLATION T OAST BY MYRTLE WOLFORD Once upon a time there was a beautiful fairyland called the Friendship Garden. To this garden a number of happy, carefree girl wandered one autumn clay. They looked about for some sign which should tell them where they were. Everything was beautiful with the loveliest of flowers everywhere and fairies flitting here and there. O ne of these fairies, seeing their wonder, said to them: "This is Friendship Garden. Here we always wear smiles; we greet each other with warm handclasps, and we love to help one another. Should you like to stay here with us?" The girl s were glad to accept the kind invitation and were very contented here until they heard of a sweet land where there might exist an even closer bond among them and where people were democratic and altruistic. The name of this land was the land of th e Greeks. Here they thought they might be even happier than in their present abode; so they set out in search of the new Janel. "O'er their pathway hung a Star and all along the way was a guid e-post, seen afar, gold-lettered with A S A. The Star led them straight to Happiness Town, to a grove of palms, to a royal crown, to sunlit Eldorado, the 'Land of their Hearts' Desire'." All the air was filled with the entrancing perfume of the narcissus. The fairies who welcomed them told them that amid all this loveliness there dwelt a happy people who knew only youth and youth's ecstasy and were pledged to high ideals of love and service. E~gerly they begged the rulers of this lovely land to admit them to their fellowship. Permission was granted on conclition that they strive ever to make themselves wholesome, studious, kind, and pure. All this the girls willingly promised. And the story-which is not yet brought to a conclusion- promises to end with these words: "And they lived happily ever after."
THE EDITOR SPEAKS "The Phoenix" is yowr magazine. What are you doing to make it the best magazine in the Greek world? What do you do for it besides pay your subscription and read its pages-and probably grumble that it hasn"t more news of the girls you know? Have you sent in the news you know? The items you know others would like to learn? Will you not do your part to make the "Phoenix" tell the news of every member by sending in promptly the items you have? Think what the magazine would be i-f every reader would follow that practice! Do it now, and help make the next issue the best of the year. The Sorority demands it; the readers request it; the Editor simply begs for it . Please. Has your college a "point system" whereby the extra-curricular activities are graded as to the amount of time and energy required for them? It is a means of keeping a few students from . doing all the work and getting all the development to be had from taking part in organizations and other work not listed in the curriculum . It also gives more students a chance to develop their powers. Are you getting all you should from this year of college? A re you getting the growth that comes from taking part in college activities? Are you sharing your dramatic talent by active work in the dramatic club? Are you helping in glee club or chorus? Are you contributing to the college weekly or annual? There is something each one can do if she will, something that will make the college a better place for others and for you . What are you doing for your college? It is doing much for you. Pi Kappa Sigma and Sigma Sigma Sigma have entered the State Teachers College at Ada, Oklah~ma. Sigma Sigma Sigma also announces the establishment of a chapter at Pittsburg, Kansas. Mrs. L. M. Leonard, ::.S::.S::.S, in stalling officer, inspected TriSigma's groups at Alva and Kirksville, where our chapters report delightful entertainments in her honor.
ALPHA ALPHA Sing a heigh and a ho for Miami girls, Just let your voices out, We're bound to win the championship In this year's basket-ball bout. We've won four games and lost but one And each was a thriller right ; Miami spirit always runs high To see the red team fight. The bigges,t affair of all the yearThe Junior Prom, you know, Made every other dance look pale, With its glory, pomp, and show. The gym was a regular fairyland In colors of rose and gold, With smilax covering the walls Like a picture of spring unrolled. The concert thai th e Madrigal gave Received the highest praise. Now the girls are going to Cincy U To repeat it, one of these days. Helen Edwards and "AI" Ottman Were here not long ago ; Blanche Wahlers has left our college walls; We're sorry to have her go. And now don't forget, dear A S A's, Our dance on April one; We're hoping that each and all of you Will try your best to come. We go on working-all of usA nd we hope our efforts may Assist in keeping high the name Of our dear old A S A. HELEN STEPLETON,
ALPHA BETA We've had some jolly times Since Christmas holidays; We've heard some splendid concerts And seen some clever plays. At program meeting a treat most rare Was a lecture on dancing by Mr. Dare. One Sunday, crispy, cold, and clear, We hiked out Still Pond way. Prospective pledges all so dear We took to a movie play. House dances have added to our fun; St. Valentine's was our biggest one. The ECHO staff a contest had For the Queen we'd all obey; The result has made us very glad, For the winner is our Beulah Way. On Feb. sixth we pledged three girls To learn our Alpha Sig lore( And yet we knew so very well Our sacred number is four !) Edna Mitchell comes from Bevier, A sister of V and a, long with us here. Constance Stubblefield, a fine arts "gun", Of our group will make a loyal one. Last, but not least, is Vesta Hall, The fourth of her family to heed our call. For one long week I've struggled hard To write this bit of verse, And every time I tried again It got a little worse! Now, though my meter's out of joint And words I use don't rhyme, Remember, I had to send it in To get it there on time. LoursE SuBLETTE, Editor.
BETA BETA vVe started off with Initiation At which a dance was our celebration. With green and gold and red and white We decorated for that night. Our favor dances, clever and new, Won admiration from not a few. A dinner then our new girls gave To which each "old girl" brought a knave. Next, to Mrs. Heilman's own fireside She invited us for tea after a ride, Together with Mesdames Jean and Smith, For them, you see, we're always with. Mmes. Davis and MacMillan then Invited us to cline with them. O llie Smelser and her sister "Sue'' Invited us to a dinner, too. At Esther Palmer's the fun was dandy And we were fed on cake and candy. Then off we went to the mountain side And came back weary from our ride To a "pot luck" dinner and an oyster stew, For we knew our friends were hungry, too . We then prepared a luncheonette For other girls that we had met. A waf-fle breakfast we prepared, At which the other girls all stared In envy of the rushees we had, Who now are pledges merry and glad; And we are all so happy, too, With Mildred, Esther, and Ouita, true. The Delta Psi Fraternity Invited us to their party. Long life, clear Saint, and health be thine, 'Tis thus we drank to Valentine. And other parties there were many, Fo r invitations we lack not any. MYRTLE MciNTYRE and EvA H. BARTLETT, Ed-itor.
GAMMA GAMMA The second semester started off with vim, For many more students ~1ave entered in. Of the twelve who strove in the debate tryout, That our Sue would win we had never a doubt. The reading contest puffed us up as well, For first on the list were Lucelle, lone, and Nell. Harold Kieth edits our paper this half; Sue and lone are both on the staff. Marion Montfort this year our annual planned; He has it now quite well in hand. Miss Wiggins and Margaret have left us-so sadBut to have known them makes us all glad. Our Leona we miss, as all can see; She left us to teach in Cherokee. Just after Christmas the Tri-Sigs did come Down to our room to help us have fun . We gave them a program of music and song, And enjoyed it all unti l ten o'clocK gong. Pi Kappa Sigmas as our next guests we took; We entertained them with progressive rook. On Valentine's Day as our guests one might see All the members of our staid faculty. Six pledges we have, worth a fortune, too, Please let me tell you what they can do: Minerva Lee sings high soprano; Thelma Halstead's a wonder at the piano; Mary McAlery stars at basketball, While Ella Isbell's violin holds you in thrall; Irene McGlassen's as sweet as can be, And the charm of Maude Hardy makes sorrow flee. These add to our strength; all by Miss Shockley inspired, You may soon hope to read that more fame we've acquired. loNE CLARK,
The second semester has started with vtm, And w路e see some new faces where others have been. 0 my ! how we've rushee\ since the Christmas vacationThe social whirl, cr_a mming for examination! A t the U niversity Mixer we all turned out; And th at we hac\ a good time there' s never a doubt; For 0. U. students are peppy and gay, In all that they do, be it work or play. A demure little maid with a ring on her finger With us for another semester no longer could linger ; So we A S A gitls, one Saturday bright, Initiated her, and that very night Together die\ gather at a dinner party, Full of love so true and merriment hearty. But we don"t spend all our time in a social whirl, For that's not our ideal of an A S A girl; She studies hard her philosophy and ethics And is also much interested in athletics. Ou r A S A basket-ball girls have won much fame For their playing has won every single game. Vve also take part in skating and hiking For such sports are much to our liking. Hark! what is the rumor we hear Of a strange animal approaching near? Though queer it may sound, it is called the "Green Goat'' ; It is laughter and fun from beginning: to end F ull of jokes on stud ents, but none to offend. We've told you only a few of our 0 . U. good times But space forbids extending our rhymes. We wish we could t ell you more that we do; Come visit us sometime at dear old 0. U. Two "Preps"-HERSHEY and ErsENBREY.
EPSILON EPSILON Hark! did you hear that joyous roar? Miss Strouse is back with us once more. With her and Edna both to guide We soon should become our National's pride. Already we've won a bit of r enown, For Isabel Poe, Ruth Wilson, and Arline Brown Were those who in chapel a part did play To celebrate as was fitting our Kansas Day; For these of our group and several more Are ardent disciples of Terpsichore. Another honor. we wish to relate'T is of our Student Council greatNow three of our girls its numbers swell: Violet, Beryl and Helen Brickell. Our only new pledge is Mi ldred Hurst. Emporia College she attended at first. ] ust to show her a welcome right hearty We had at a comedy a jolly line party; And after at Newman's we'd had a big dinner With our crimson and white we shortly did pin her. A new frat we now have at T. C. And Sigma Tau Gamma we welcome with glee, As B. A. Tau's requiem we sing Knowing the new order wider usefulness will bring. Annual Stunt Night cometh apace When we with others will join a big race To see whose stunt will be voted most clever; To win first place is our earnest endeavor. Though busy with this and our Valentine Dance We yet are striving our grades to advance; For a well-rounded mixture of work and of play Is the standard that's set for each A S A.
ZETA ZETA Come Alpha Sigs, and let me tell What Zeta Zeta did so well: When Rush Week was o'er How our spirits did soar! Our triumph was complete, you will agree, For while the Tri Sigs got two and the Pi Sigs three, We got eleven to add to our seven! Another thing, too, we've done That was really lots of fun; Vve painted and varnished .and waxed the floor. We rubbed and rubbed till it would shine no more. Then we bought sorhe new furniture \,Yhich took most of our cash, you may be sure, Dut never the less, every one will confess, Our rooms surely do look fine; So why for money should we pine? Ancl even at that, we saved enough ro buy some new initiation stuff. And our pledges showed a spirit right With a gift of forks and spoons of silver bright. On Feb ruary .eleven came our Valentine party; O ur decorations and welcome were equally hearty. Where the men all came from everyone wondered, For our guests numbered almost one hundred. New officers we found we'd need: Ida Piethman will edit; Margaret Wagner our songs will lead ; Mrs. Crosswhite will o'er our morals hold sway, For Mamie McDonald has gone far away. Now with best wishes to you I must say a fond adieu And close this chapter of my text "To be continued in our next ." RuTH RoBERT S,
ETA ETA Now list as we sing of our chapter affairs: When the new year' d scarce begun, Ruth Cronin started teaching in a Kansas town called Ford And Laura Bucher in the Kansas City Schools. To lose them we could scarce afford, But success be theirs! Mary Lance Smith now leads our songs And Ruth Cronin's work by Kate Nevius is clone. We held initiation for Faye Emmert and Margaret Hart, Two girls we"re very glad to make of A S A a part. After that we cleciclecl to go In a line party for to see "Molly-O". Our city paper and the "Joplin Globe," too, 路 Recently published an article By our Mabel Marshall on "The Model Kitchen". The John McCormick concert lately given here Was very well attended; People came from far and near. This was, of course, to be Expected, as this master singer has not been here before. And too, the concert by Miss Wagner arid Zanelli Won encore after encore. 'Most forgot to mention Eta Eta's "grandpa," Logan Anderson, has become a Phi Delta Kappa. Good Saint Valentine ruled the day At our Valentine masquerade. There were calico clowns and fairies gay, And guessing identities was a charade. We grand-marched through the darkened halls; Up winding stairs we groped our way, Round balcony and stage across. Just why we fell not as we stumbled along, hand 111 hand, I cannot say. With a gilded bow and Cupid's dart Each tried his luck at piercing a heart; We listened well to a sorceress fair Who our fortunes told, how to seek and where. FRANCES PuRLA HuLL, Editor.
To 31 Norway our members all flocked To join once again with those they hold dear, A christening service twice over they held, For the frat rooms and for the New Year. In five cozy rooms shrimp wiggle we ate And chatted of good times to come. All matters of business laid carefully aside, We started in for some A S A fun. Arrangements were made for Saint Valentine's Day The day of our loved patron saint, When love for, each other should ever hold sway With expressions not bound by restraint. In Gertrude Halbritter's home in Dorchester town We met to celebrate Saint Valentine's Day. With song and with dance, with jest and good fun Our tribute to him we did say. On January ten we met once again To talk of our business both the old and the new. That done and our dinner consumed, we then turned To our moments of fun all too few. A load on each mind did heavily press, For exams were close at our door; So farewell to each other we bade for a while, For over our books we must pore. Now all once again to meetings we come And exams are all far in the past; With work and with play we'll make old B. U. hum And June days will come all too fast. FLORENCE HALEY,
THE PHOENIX NEWS OF OUR ALUMNAE Alpha Alpha
Elizabeth Schaefer became the bride of Clinton ,E. Gilpin of Springboro on August 24. . A wedding of the early fall was that of Edna Fmdlay to Mr. Lee Wilson. They are making their home at S even Mile. The marriage of Alice Ottman to Mr. Edward Sauer was a December event. They are at home in Dayton. I ona Baldwin is a student at Ohio W esleyan this year. Sara Williams is studying a commercial course at Ohio U. H elen Lincoln Howard (Mrs. Paul) of W oodstock, Ohio. announces the birth of a future Alpha Sig, Nancy Alma, on December 30, 1921. On December 24, 1921 , there arrived a baby son for an indefinite stay with Bess Newhall J ohnson and Mr. J ohnson.
Alpha Beta A marriage that th e "Phoenix" is tardy in reco rding is that of \/\Tillie George to R. L ester Rhoades, a Phi Lambda of the Mis souri State T eachers College at Warrensburg. The new home is at 2407 East Central, Wichita, Kansas. Callye Davis was married to Dr. Vernon F. Still on January fifth. Callye and Dr. Still are making their home in Elizabeth, New .T ersey, wh ere Dr. Still will eng,age in the practice of Osteopathy with his father. On February fifth Katherine S ens was marri ed to Mr. Luther Jones. They are at home in Kirksville. A wedding of last summer which has just been reported t o the "Phoen ix" is that of Lillian Whaley a nd Dr. Ray Duncan. They are at home in Browning, Missouri . Santa Claus a nd the stork brought a partnership present to Virginia Sparling Reeves and her husband in the form of a fin e baby boy, born on Chri stma s morning in Kirksville. Isabel Robinson is teaching in Guilford College, North Carolina. Esther is teaching in S uperior, Wisconsin. Nelle Eubank Brooks (M rs. R. H. ) g ives her address as Hotel New Maryton, Los Angeles, California. Margaret Morris of Quincy, J ean McKinley and Nettie Dickerson of U nionville, Mary J o Harris of La Belle, and Clara Mudra of Chillicothe, were a mong the ex-coll egia members who attended Alpha Beta's Valentine dance. Winifred Sowers, of 'Sharon, P enn sylvania, has announced her engagement to Dr. E dwin M. Burkhart. After the wedding in March they will res ide in Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. J ohn C. Stewart (Saloma Smith) o f Basin, Wyo., are r ejoicing over the arrival of Charles Nathaniel on Feb. 27.
Alpha Gamma The Pittsburg Ex-collegia Association held a most enjoyable tea on December 27, at which were present nineteen Alpha Sigs. The merry gathering included: Cla ra Ferguson, Mary-Alice Watson Ferguson, Beatrice J effri es, Hazel McCreight, Manna Elms , Mary Neely Ketterer. Gula Sechler, Martha Henniger, L a mie Ellis McConnell, Isabelle Sax-
THE PHOENIX man Steele, Julia Crothers Larkin, Medora Graff Dietsel, Anna Schade, Lovell Rebhun , Gladys Alter, Eleanor Lowry, and Mabel Byers, (a member of old ASA). The Association decided to meet every two months on the second Saturday. The February meeting was a luncheon at McCreery's. Those present at this luncheon were: F lo Stonesipher, Daisy Goldsmith, Gladys Alter, Eleanor Lowry, Norma Piper, Beatrice Jeffries, Alice Weyman (Mrs. Jack Ely), Clara Ferguson, Anna Schade, and Mabel Byers. Clara F erguson is President of the Association and Mrs. Glenn Ferguson is Secretary. Margaret Hummel and Margaret Rose have announced their engagements, but have not told the '"Phoenix" the names of the fortunate young men. Marion Kaylor was married in January to Mr. David G. Price. They are at home in Windber. \i\linifrerl Sowers ( AB) has announced her engagement to Dr. Edwin M. Burkhart. The wedding will take place in March, after which they will locate in Kansas.
Beta Beta Miriam Smith , who studied in the Academy of Applied Art in Denver Ia t summer, is now studying at the Art Institute in Chicago. She plans to finish her work there in August. The Greeley Association enjoyed the report of the Kansas City Convention given them by Ethelyne Rhiner.
Gamma Gamma On D ecember 21 , Gerald Paul Beck arrived for an indefinite stay with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck (Belle Byers). Among the Alpha Sigs who spent their Christmas vacation in Alva were Bess Davis, who is teaching language and music in Shattuck, Fern Clifton and Elberta Patterson, who are in Cherokee this year.
Delta Delta Helen Cl em was married last June to Mr. Harry Ruse. home is in Pickerington, Ohio.
Zeta Zeta Marie Moore was married last August to Jesse Lee Campbell. Professor of Agriculture at the University of Missouri. Mr. Campbell is a member of Delta Tau Delta. On December 27, Lillian Ford was married to Mr. Leslie McMeekin. They are at home in Warrensburg. Some Christmas gifts from a lumnre included a coffee percolator from Ethel Warnick, plates from Miss Hatz, and two brass candlesticks from Miss Janney. Sixty-two of our seventy-four alumnre responded liberally with gifts for our Christmas bazaar. Ruth Engel made posters and Loutitia Yankee sent a big box of mistletoe to sell. The Chapter appreciates such loyalty as well as the gifts. New members to be introduced to our alumnre are :-Lodelle Williams, Ida Piethman, and Lillian Thompson, of Sedalia: Marie Burris and Edna Ball of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Crosswhite and Lillian Bradley of Springfield. Mary Taylor of Warsaw, Margaret Wagner, Louellen Russman. and Frances Broyles of Odessa. Babv Eleanor has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Palmore Greer (Emma Hogan).
ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA (The following article was prepared by our National President in response to requests .f rom university authorities for information concerning our Sorority. Its paragraphs hold much of interest for all Alpha Sigs.-E ditor.)
Alpha Sigma Alpha is a professional educational sorority of university rank. It places no chapters save in schools of education co.nnected with universities, or in teachers college offering the bachelor's degree following a four-year course in education. The universities now ori its roll are Boston University, brake' University in Des Moines, Iowa, Miami University and Ohio University. Petitions have recently been received from several other ~tate and private universities . . The teachers colleges on the roll of Alpha Sigma Alpha are Colorado State Teachers College at Greeley, Kansas State Teachers College at . Emporia, Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg, Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville, Missouri State Teachers College at Warrensburg, and Oklahoma State Teachers College at Alva. All of these institutions offer the four years course, and are empowered to grant the bachelor's degree in education, a degree that is regarded as the equivalent of any bachelor's degree given by the state universities in each case. All have their work accepted hour for hour by Columbia University. The high standards demanded and maintained by Alpha Sigma Alpha have been set by the women who are in charge of the sorority. All of these officers have their bachelor's degree, and several of them hold the master's degree. Two will shortly receive their doctorate. Quite a few of the officers are members of the honorary academic fraternity known as Phi Beta Kappa, and a number of them have been elected to membership in Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta. Two of the national officers are on the faculty of Columbia University. The high educational attainments of those in charge of Alpha Sigma Alpha are a guaranty of the fine quality of the sorority, and an assurance that it will continue to maintain its high standards. Alpha Sigma Alpha is in some particulars very similar to the high class sororities to be found in colleges of liberal arts, but it is radically different in one respect,-in its arrangement for a
system of faculty advisers for its chapters. This policy is such an unusual one that there is need for some explanation concerning it. In accordance with this plan for faculty adviserships, each chapter is required to have some woman on the faculty a full member of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The Sorority expects her to attend all meetings of the chapter, whether these ar~ called for business or for pleasure. 路 Faculty Advisers are ranked as national officers, and are regarded as the local representatives of the National Council. Alpha Sigma Alpha has arranged that they shall al~ays be present at the N ationl Conventions, in order that the Sorority may have the benefit of their experience in its councils, and in order that the different advisers may have an opportunity to meet one another for the discussion of common problems . Incidentally, the presence of these m,a ture women means that the college members who attend the conventions of Alpha Sigma Alpha are chaperoned during their entire absence from college. With one exception, all the faculty advisers are full professors. Some of them are at the head of their departments. One of them is a Dean of Women. This 路 Dean and several of the professors have served as visitors and inspectors of the chapters of A lpha Sigma Alpha on certain occasions. As such inspections mu st necessarily come during the time that the colleges are in session, it is not possible for faculty advisers to go on these trips, unless they secure leave of absence for the purpose. The fact that college presidents have been very willing to grant such leaves of absence without loss of pay is proof of the high esteem in which Alpha Sigma Alpha is held by college presidents and college faculties. The aim of Alpha Sigma Alpha is the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of its members. The Sorority believes primarily in a sound body as a dwelling place for a sane and vigorous mind. It believes also in a wholesome and supervised social life, but more than all else does it stress the Christ ideals as the basic essentials for potential womanhood. As an organization for teachers, it emphasizes constantly the importance of unqualified Americanism. During the late War its slogan was "for Christ and Country," and its work for the Red Cross, together with its many other patriotic activities, showed very clearly that the society not only possessed the machinery that
could carry any undertaking to success, but also that it had what was of even greater importance,-a membership imbued with the sacrificial spirit. The fine social service work that the chapters and the alumnae associations have performed since the War indicates that the activities of 1917 and 1918 were in some measure due to the teachings of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and to the Sorority's persistent urge toward consecration to high ideals.
Alpha Sigma Alpha, The Beautiful (Air, "America the Beautiful") 0 beautiful for high ideals For friendships fine and strong, For inspirational appeals That keep our lives from wrong,0 Alpha Sigma A lpha, dear, God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good of sisterhood With true democracy. 0 beautiful for sisterhood That outlasts college days, Thou giv'st us only of the good, To thee be only praise. 0 Alpha Sigma A lpha, dear, May we thy goal all gain; By thee imprest give of our best, Aspire, seek, and attain.
Ida A. Jewett.
THE STATUS OF THE EDUCATIONAL SORORITY (The article that follows was presented at th e National Panhellenic Congress, which met in Indianapolis last October, and which is composed of such sororities as operate in colleges of liberal arts. Through the Greek Press it has had wide distribution. All Alpha Sigs should familiarize themselves with th e material, in order that they may understand the claims of the Educational Sorority to an undisputed field, as we ll as the rights that have been accorded to it by all save those who are not well-informed.-Ed itor.)
To the Cha irmall, National Panhellenic Congress, !Hdimwpo!is, !lldiana: At the fourth biennial meeting of the Association of Educational Sororities, an organization devoted to the interests of such professional Greek-letter societies as operate in the teachers college field, a committee was appointed to lay before the N a tiona! Panhellenic Congress certain matters of common concern and mutual interest, to the end that these two bodies might co-operate in such action as would prove advantageous to both, and incidentally advance the great Greek-letter cause. It may be well for this committee to call your attention at the very outset to the fact that the educational sorority is not a new idea. The first society of that type was founded in 1870. It is sti ll in existence, and has a number of very strong chapters in the normal schools of New York state. There. are several similar societies in the same field, the youngest of which is more than thirty years old. All of these sororities are of junior college rank, since they operate in two-year schools. There is yet another class of educational so rontles, the kind that is found in the four-year teachers college, and which is therefore of full collegiate rank. Such are the Greek-letter societies on the roll of the Association of Educational Sororities. It may be of interest to know that one of these has been in existence for 27 years, another for 23 years, and a third for 20 years . A fourth is somewhat younger. All have exceptionally fine national organizations and numerous chapters. Each is doing a splendid work for women students in teachers colleges, and each counts as a distinct force wherever it has a chapter. Because of the growing ii11portance of these professional sororities, there are many groups in teachers colleges desirous of affiliation, but this privilege is being denied them by their college
faculties. The reason for this refusal is the encouragement" given by Congress Sororities, and because of which the faculties have hopes that their groups may soon be accepted as chapters of Congress Sororities. This attitude has interfered greatly with the extension of the professional educational sororities, and has also meant disappointment to many groups. The Association of Educational Sororities does not believe that any Congress Sorority is officially encouraging any teachers college group, or any member of a teachers college faculty to hope that a charter will be granted, and yet the Association knows that members of Congress Sororities have encouraged student groups and faculty members to believe that the time is not far dis.tant when the Congress Sororities will be ready to entertain petitions from teachers colleges. The Association is prepared to prove this assertion by referring you to a condition existing in the Colorado Teachers College, where there is a local society that uses as its main rushing argument the statement that it expects shortly to receive a charter grant from one of the Congress Sororities. The National President of this particular society was questioned concerning the situation. Her reply was a prompt denial. She even went so far as to assure Association officers that her sorority would not consider a petition from any teachers' college. So far as this one Congress Sorority was concerned, everything was clone that the organization could do to make its position clear, and yet every year the girls who accept bids ~o the aforementioned local society at Colorado Teachers College do so with the full expectation that they will one clay become members of a certain Congress Sorority. Proof to the contrary has been presented again and again, but without avail, for the expectations have become a campus tradition. Students, townspeople and faculty folk alike are confident that Congress Sororities will grant chapters to the college groups. If the situation at Colorado Teachers 路college were the only one of its kind, it might perhaps be ignored, in the hope that conditions would improve with time, but unfortunately there are similar problems to be met in other teachers colleges. For that reason the Association of Educational Sororities has felt that it must bring the matter to the attention of the National Panhellenic Congress and ask for redress. There were two motives for this
decision. In the first place, the Association is committed to the safe-guarding of the interests of all the sororities that comprise its roll. In the second place, it is cognizant of the protection it owes to all groups in its own field . There are many of these that are now denied the pleasures and privileges of membership in a 路 national sorority because of unwarrantable interference from members of Congress Sororities. The Association of Educational Sororities contends that the teachers college fi eld is its own peculiar and inviolate property. It is confident that the National Panhellenic Congress would not dispute this claim. Enough evidence, however, has been presented for the Association to know that there are many irresponsible members of Congress Sororities who have caused the Association Sororities much trouble in the past, and who will continue to complicate many local situations, unless they are made to understand that they can not rely on any one for support in their ill-advised effo rts. The Association of Educational Sororities believes that there is only one way to put a quietus uponthis meddlesome interference in the teachers college field . It therefore respectfully requests that the National Panhellenic Congress shall , as a simple act of justice, publish a statement to the effect that no so rority on its roll will at any time entertain a petition from a teachers college group. For the Association of Educational Sororities, InA SHAW MARTIN, Alpha Sigrna Alpha RuTH C. H ATH A W AY, Sigma Sigma Sigwta Committee.
OUR FRESHMAN Air: " Upidee"
The college year was just begun, Tra Ia Ia, Tra Ia Ia, When came on knowledge bent and fun, Tra Ia Ia Ia Ia, A maid who felt that our device Must surely stand for something nice:Alpha Sigma, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sigma, A lpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig. For other frats she did not care, Tra Ia Ia, Tra Ia Ia, And though they thought her very fair, Tra Ia Ia Ia Ia, And for her favor all did vie, She said, "Dear me! I'll always sigh, For Alpha Sigma, A lpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sigma, Alpha Sig, A lpha Sig, Alpha Sig." And now she'll be an Alpha Sig Tra Ia Ia, Tra Ia Ia, We're all so happy we could jig, Tra la Ia Ia Ia ; 路 For to us now she has confessed, "You know I always want the best, And it's Alpha Sigma, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha S ig, Alpha Sigma, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig, Alpha Sig."
-1 da A. Jewett.
The necessary preliminaries had been gone through with, the old business discussed at length (at a far greater length than usual ), and the special business of the meeting could no longer be avoided. The high tension that had been distinctly visible in every girl for several clays leaped into one seething flame. One could feel it in the heavy ilence that followed the president's quiet: "And now shall we discuss prospective members?' Nobody volunteered to start things. Every pair of eyes was looking straight ahead into space. In every mind was the recollection of some heated conversation of the past few weeks, and every girl hesit<:j.ted to suggest her particular favorite among the rushees. The President inwardly wriggled at the ordeal before her and added slowly: "Remember that this is a very serious matter. Remen'lber what it means to the girl you are passing judgment on, and what your bid meant to you. Remember that we are not all perfect. And please be frank and state your objections before you blackball. Afterwards your vote cannot be questioned." The president had never lost her ideals, although she had unfortunately passed through a bitter experience, the year before. Her best friend had not been taken into the Bond-because her quiet personality had been a shade too quiet for some of the girls to explore. The president remembered, and in the pang of remembering she ached to spare another the same suffering. Now she took up the list of rushees and made the plunge. ''The first girl happens to be Bobby Graham. We will hear a discussion of her, please." The chorus of "Oh-she's fine!" was too hearty and welcome for her to squelch. She simply couldn't do it! She smiled, and was about to pass to the next name when she noticed something . The two Professional Black bailers had not spoken! So she asked, " If anybody has any objections to Bobby, will she speak now?'' "Or forever hold her peace," a flippant sophomore finished, half under her breath. No answer. "Well,-would anybody vote her out? If so, IS she willing to tell us her reasons?
After a few seconds' silence P. B. No. 1 spoke up. "I, for one, think Bobbie too flip . She always has a date on! 'A heavy date', she calls it!" Indignant looks, despairing looks- but no real astonishment greeted her little speech. "Why-she has more B's than C's! Her record is perfectly 0. K. She can't help being popular!" burst forth from one of Bobbie's loyal supporters. "And she is so clever in everything, besides her popularity! She is really worth while. You don't mean you are serious in not liking her?" "I am!" P . B. No. 1 could not keep a certain sense of her own power stealing into the two nasty little words. Followed a long discussion.-P. B. didn't have to be Bobby's closest chum-you couldn't like all the girls the same! Bobby surely wouldn't harm the chapter's honorable name? To all of which P. B. No. 1 finally replied as a final squelcher, "Well-I don't like her, can't like her, never will like her! That's all." and settled back stubbornly into her corner. "Doesn't the fact that so many of us want her, and that we have rushed the poor girl to death alter your verdict any?" "One cannot let personal feeling and appeal enter into so lasting a proposition! Why,-it's for all time!" General collapse of the chapter. The clock's hands pointed to nine o'clock, but for once nobody had to get home early. Gallant escorts waited without in vain. The year's battle was on. Tears of bitter disappointment stood in more than one pair of eyes, P. B. No.2's among them. Bobby surely was a favorite. "The next name is Mary Allen." The President's voice shook -from what emotion nobody could tell. There were milder words of praise for Mary. All were agreed on her niceness. Evidently hers was not such a strong personality as Bobby's. There was some show of rejoicing at the lack of opposition to her name. Several more followed, with similar reception. And then the name "Ruth Sanders" fell like a challenge on the air. "Oh! She's a peach! "wailed someone. "We must get her!" Others echoed her sentiments. But P. B. No.2 was still thinking of Bobby Graham. The President in her deep wisdom (and
how wise and diplomatic must a chapter president be) took mental note of the grumpy face and set lips. "You all seem favorably impressed? Then we may reasonably count on Ruth's making it?" she asked, her eyes carefully scrutinizing the finger nails on her right hand. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief. It was time to vote. Several minutes later the results were announced. All were "in" except Bobby-and Ruth Sanders! Blank dismay was on every face-except the President's. Etiquette and law forbade questioning, but the atmosphere was so electric with accusation that P. B. No. 2 felt an insane necessity for speech. "Well-I did it!" she said defiantly. "I think she's something of a grind, and I abhor grinds. As much as some people hate dates!" It was out-all t~e blind, foolish way of "getting back," the bitterness, the self-justification. "And you all needn't look at me as if I were a criminal to 路 be shot at sunrise either! Is my desire of less importance than hers ? My vote of less value? You don't accuse her outright!" No amount of argument or pleading could change her decision. It was final. Whether it hurt P. B. No. 1 or not, it satisfied her own peculiar sense of justice. Who could say where the blame lay heaviest? Not the chapter-with its ruffled feelings and shattered hopes. Every girl hated in her innermost being this business of bartering and exchanging. But Bobby and Ruth were " wonders !" All was in vain, however, and the meeting closed abruptly. No one was happy, none content. There were whispered grumblings, such as "Now we'll get about two, and Delta Phi will gloat over our Bobby and Ruth. And they're such dears- and they really belong to us!" Who can estimate the depth of the tragedy, oft-repeated, never made right? The loss to spirit, ideals, and girls? And yet every year chapters lose in this way all of the beautiful opportunity of opening up joys of fraternity life to the eager, waiting girls of their choice! So much is spoilt by a scene like this! Where is the love, the spirit of true fraternity? I know that it is possiblefor I lived in the spirit of harmony for a year. I shall never cease to be thankful for that experience. Oh! let us never cease in our
efforts until every member of every chapter is made to see things in their true light,-to think less of self and more of "the other fellow. " A herculean task, you say? A great one, surely, but one that we must perform if we would not be hypocrites, "whited sepulchres .. , Let love rule in our fraternity world! M. K. S. in The Aglaia of <I>M
THE PANHELLENIC HOUSE AT AKRON, OHIO Akron has made her reputation by doing the unu sual and the unexpected, so it is not surprising that this city should sponsor the project of a Panhellenic Home for College Women. In deciding upon this venture, the Akron Panhellenic Club was influenced by the belief that of all the various classes of girls in Akron, the college woman, who is the usual high salaried young professional woman, had been most neglected in the provision for suitable rooming accommodations. So the idea of a Panhellenic Home to provide for the college women of Akron was born. Long a cherished dream, it finally became a beautiful reality thanks to the arduous labors of the Panhellenic Board. By every device known to women who want to achieve their goal, they started their fund. Dances and card parties and movies all paid tribute to the yawning coffers of the newly formed project. Then a company was organized and incorporated for $10,000. A large, comfortable and very attractive house in an excellent location is the home of the club. It is run on a dormitory plan, with a splendid dining room service, a large reception hall, and a number of parlors where the girls may entertain their friends. Two nights a week the house is reserved for the exclusive use of the girls. On all other nights it is open to guests. The business management of the house is under the Board of Directors and a House Committee composed of one girl from each fraternity represented in the city Panhellenic Club. The "home rules," which are as few as possible, are looked after by a committee of three of the g irl s living in the house and acting with the chaperon. The spirit of the house has been excellent for the girls are all eager to cooperate and there has been no friction.
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The house accommodates twenty girls and the dining-room takes care of a dozen more. In selecting the occupants, the di stinction was made against girls without a college education m erely for the necessity of limiting membership. It is not necessary that the girls in the house have a college degree, but only that they have attended college for a time, and that they are now doing really significant work in their chosen professions. A reporter who visited the Panhellenic Home a short time ago, was quite impressed by the various types of women represented. To quote from her report: " There wasn't a horn rimmed spectacle on the place! There wasn't anything, in fact, to indicate that of the twenty or so women gathered in the living-room here was one who held one of the biggest positions for a woman, in the rubber business; here was an artist and there a well known musician; that that little group about the library table included the head of the Junior Red Cross, a well known and successful doctor, two women who were drawing most interesting salaries in one of the big chemistry laboratories and a very unusual kindergarten teacher. There was just one thing that had drawn these women together-their mutual desire for a real home." The hom e is absolutely self supporting and in CJ.ddition to the benefit and pleasure which it gives to the girls who live there, it also suppli es an excellent place for the meetings and parties of the City Panhellenic Club. Although the house is only one year old, it has already justified its existence both financially and socially . It has achieved its aim of furnishing pleasant surroundings and a real home, to the lc nely college woman in our midst, and has become famous for its cordial hospitality. As far as is known the Panhellenic Club of Akron is the first organization of its kind to attempt such a project but it is rumored that the Cleveland Panhellenic Club is so charmed with the idea that it is planning a like venture.-The Arrow of IIB<I>.
THE FABLE OF THE THETA ALUMNA Once upon a time there was a Young vVoman who went to college and joined a fraternity . The fraternity was Kappa Alpha Theta and therefore the Young Woman became an active Theta.
As an active Theta, she acquired many privileges and also many duties, some of which she enjoyed, and some with which she wished she had never become acquainted. She became Keeper of the archives, and discovered the names of Theta alumnae of whom she had never heard, and from whom no one had heard for months or years. She became Corresponding Secretary and sent many letters to wrong addresses because the address catalogue was not up to date. She was chairman of an initiation banquet committee, and failed to provide place cards and places for several Worthy Alumnae, simply because they fai led to let her know they were coming. Then she swore a mighty oath: "If I am ever a Theta Alumna I will remember that Theta Actives are Human Beings and not Automatic Mind Readers." In due time this Active Theta was presented with a diploma and became a Theta Alumna. Remembering her mighty oath, she wrote often to the Theta Actives, and told them her new ad dresses, her achievements and successes in the great world. With her first earnings she bought for them a Victrola record. She came back for initiation. In still more due time all the Thetas she had known in college received diplomas and became Theta Alumnae and there was left no one to write to. But when a Certain Young Man sent the Active Chapter five pounds of chocolates she managed to drop in to help eat them. Then she and the Certain Young Man moved far away, and she was so busy keeping house and loving her Big Boy and her little boy and his little sister that she forgot all about a group of College Girls whose names she did not even know. Until one day she suddenly remembered it was ten years since her graduation, and her class' would be having a reunion, and she wanted to go. And she went. And there she found other Thetas of her class, and they said, "The girls are having June Spread tonight and you must come." There she met many Charming Young Women who gave her the grip cautiously and spoke her name with a question mark at the end. And one of them gave up her place at the banquet table for her, because she had come as such a delightful surprise that there had been no time to prepare a place card for her. But she
couldn't sing more than half the songs because she didn't know what they were singing about. Then they showed their new house which the alumnae had secured for them, and she hadn't known a thing about it! She peeped into the archives "for old time's sake" and discovered the last entry on her card to be the date of her marriage. And she had moved three times since then! Again she remembered her mighty oath, and added to it: "I will act as if I remembered that Active Thetas are Human Beings." Thereupon she presented the House Manager with a check for Furnishings. She sent in a life subscription to the Journal and bought a new songbook. Moreover, she learned the songs. Thereafter each year, she sent a birthday present to her chapter on Founders' Day, and sent as an answer to the alumnae letter which she received yearly a newsy account of herself and her doings. Here ends the fable of the Theta Alumna . If it has failed to amuse, let us hope it has not entirely failed to instruct .-Kappa Alpha Th eta.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE GREEK-LETTER SYSTEM? It must seem strange to the outside observer that an institution so beloved by its members as the college fraternity is so often attacked by college writers and critics. When Bishop H untington was old in years, he said, "Next to the Ch urch of God, I love old Psi U." When William McKinley was inaugurated President of the United States, he wore as his only piece of jewelry, his Sigma Alpha Epsilon badge; when Admiral Peary discovered the North Pole, immediately beneath the flag of his country, he nailed to the shaft he erected, the flag of his college fraternity. Former Secretary of War Baker once wrote the writer that if he was forced to give up what ' he obtained from his college or from his fraternity, he would give up what came to him from his college, for that he could obtain somewhere else, while what he had from his fraternity he could get from no other source. These instances could be multiplied manyfold. Are they not an answer to the question as to whether a college fraternity is useful or not?
路Did not these big men, great of life and heart, find some richness in them, if they were to remember them so loyally later in life? I s not their testimony of importance to the case? We could pile up ev idence beyond measure o f the u sefulness of a man's fraternity, but the best evidence is the experience he ha s had and what he knows in his own mind and heart. Maud e Adams, that incomparable artist o f the footlights, in her most winsome play, turn s to the audience as the curtain is r eady to fall and asks, '' Do you believe in fairi es?" It flashes on the audi ence that all the evening of charm and wonder can only be kept as a treasure trove of the future through an affirmative reply and a volume of "ayes' ' is the answer. It goes to prove that the A merican people have sympathetic imag ination and an affection for the lovely things of life. Today the question is being put to the Sigma A lpha Epsilon folk everywhere. 路 ''Do you believe in fraternity?" Has that world of wondrous companionship in which you lived for four years a r eality fo r you? Have the cheri shed ideals of your youth a place in your hea rt ? Have the moments about the fraternity fire side, whose coals spelled so much roman ce, still an appeal to you? Have the undying fri endship s of your chapter days any tug on your heartstrings? Vlas it all a dream to be forgotten forever or a green memory to carry deep down in your heart through life ? We wait with impetuous anxiety for the answer, for with it the endowment plan ri ses or falls . It follows, as night the day, that if you still believe in and are partial to your college fraternity, you will th en help bring its vi sion to pass.-The RecoTd of ~AE. COLLEGE ACTIVITIES O ne o f the most valuable experiences one may gain through contact with one's fellow students is through the numerou s distinctly college organizations that crowd our campH~es. It is with gr eat regret that we see any student leave college with out having been actively affiliated with such organizations. O ur Nati onal Cou ncil makes it a requirement that each m ember engage in at least two of these activities, not becau se we wish our chapters to show a li st of campus offices held at the end of each year, but because we feel th at there is something vitally lacking in a college life that is too one-sided.
The experience gained in such organ izations as the Y. W. C. A., the women's athletic associations, the dramatic clubs, the musical and literary societies and the hundred and one other organizations on each college campus are never duplicated in after life. It is a most valuable one in organization methods. Since the societies are managed entirely by college students there need be scarcely a student who does not have practical work to do with each. College days are days of enthusiasm . "We "dare" things that we never shall "clare" again perhaps, and, whatever one's future place in seciety, to have fought one's way through difficulties to success, to have managed the affairs of any organization efficiently, be it large or small, is to have learned a most valuable lesson. More than one college woman, listening to counsels of fellow-member s of some club of her more mature years, has found some amusement and the needed leadership, through remembrance Of big things clone by college boys and girls. May we repeat, at the risk of being tiresome, that in no place will college women find duplicated such experiences as they may gain through active membership in college organizations.-The Lyre of AX11.
THE NEWSPAPERS AND FRATERNITIES "I hate B," Charles Lamb once declared. "But you don't know him," protested a hearer. "I know that," Elia confided. "I couldn't hate him if I did." Isn't antifraternity sentiment grounded in the same frame of mind? It has been said that people always oppose what they do not understand. The fact is as old as the world itself. Adam fled from the darkness of the first night because he did not understand; but when he saw the light of day again, his fear was forever dissolved, and he slept. How much is the tendency of newspapers to spread ugly stories about fraternities actually due to a lack of knowledge of fraternities on the part of th e 1'eading public ? We all know the tendency. If the opportunity is present, .the innocent circumstance becomes an incriminating fact. The incriminating fact becomes a glorious fiction. To illustrate. Only a few months ago the New York papers devoted considerable space to a story concerning a fraternity initiation. The boys involved were arrested for disorderly con-
THE PHOENIX duct. As fortune would have it, Delta Sigma Phi was declared to be the offending fraternity. The simple fact was this. The offenders happened to be a small, unknown group of high school students-having no connection whatsoever with Delta Sigma Phi or any national college fraternity . But the story would have lost all its news value if the facts had been adhered to . As always happens in such cases the truth will never catch up with the slander. There are many such instances of misrepresentation. Evidently all of it is "news." But why? Perhaps part of the answer is to be found in the public's desire to look upon the genus student as a comic character. He affects odd styles of clothes; he cuts queer antics at sports; and he cultivates strange ways of establishing himself in the social life of the college. To the public evidently the fraternity epitomizes all the oddities of college customs. They are secret. They are mysterious. They do most of their work in the dark-except when some fool mitiation is pulled off. To the outside world their purpose seems to be to hide the best and parade the worst. Now the newspaper aims to give the public what it wants. It wants scandalous stories of illicit liquor traffic; salacious tales of social indi scretions; mysterious whisperings of outrageous initiations. And the public is bound to get what it wants-till the public is educ.a ted otherwise. There's the nub of the matter. Of all the fine noble activities of the fraternity, the public hears not a word. Here is the case of a brother, about to drop out of college because of financial misfortune , who is enabled through the generosity of his brothers to go on to graduation. Here is the case of a brother, afflicted with tuberculosis, who is sent, through the generosity of his brothers, to a resort where he is nursed back to good health . How many such cases have you heard? Fraternity history is full of the romances of an idealistic brotherhood elevated to the basis of reality. But of these things we are always forgetful. Perhaps properly so. But we doubt it.-The Can1Jation of Ll~<I>.
ATTENTION ALUMNAE! ( If the new D irecto ry now being co~p iled is to be C0114plete and accurate, it is imperative that you send the information requested below at once to Mrs. Wm. Holmes Martin, 5 Cobden St., Boston, 19, Mass. ) Alumnae Record Name in full........ ........................................................................................................................... . Chapter .................... ................................................................................................... . Honor , Hermes, P hoenix, or Annual RolL ................ . Present Address ························-·················································································· (Number, Street, City, State)
Date of matriculation at college .................................................................. (Month and Yea r )
Chapter offices (Give dates in each case) ........................................................... .
College honors (Give dates in each case) ..... ......................... ··············-········
Date of first graduation at college where you became a member of
Diploma or degree received .................................................................................................. . Later education th ere or elsewhere with diploma or degree received in each case. Give dates.
ATTENTION ALUMNAE! ( If the new Directory now being compiled is to be c0111plete and accurate, it is imperative that you send the information requested below at once to Mrs. Wm. Holmes Martin, 5 Cobden
St., Boston, 19, Mass. ) Alumnae Record Positions held since initiation into
Date of marriage................
Give places and dates
(Month, Day, Year)
Place of marriage ..... . (City and State)
Husband's name in full Husband's college, class and degree. Husband's fraternity
H usband's college and fraternity honors .................................... .
Husband's military service ........... . Names of children (Give birth dates in each case) ..........................
Name and address of some near relative or close friend in whose care mail can be sent in case of returned letters marked Unknown.