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"20th Annual Convention, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Cleveland, Ohio, Deaember 27-31, 1927



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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL * Secretary, Jos. H. B. Evans, 035 Beckwith Street, S . W. Atlanta. Ga. Treasurer, Percival R. Piper, 3807 Kirby Ave. W.,, Mich. Editor, T H E S P H I N X , Oscar C. Brown, 225 E . 53rd Bank S t r e e t , Chicago, 111. B. J a c k s o n , 5912 C e n t r a l A v e . , C l e v e l a n d West James H . Hilburn, 1944 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore, 9 0 4 Md. Peyton F. Anderson, fli VV. 130th Street. N e w York C h a r l e s S. W e s l e y , D i r e c t o r , D e p a r t m e n t of H i s t o r y , H o w a r d U n i v e r s i t y , W a s h i n g t o n , D . C .

President, Raymond W . Cannon, J4O0 Oakland nue, Minneapolis, Minn. First Vice-President, Charles W . Greene, A v e . , N . E . , Atlanta, Ga. Second Vice-President, B . A n d r e w R o s e 402 S. Street, Dayton, Ohio Third Vice-President, R o b e r t P. D a n i e l , 181 13>th S t r e e t , New Y o r k City Fourth Vice-President, M a r i o n R . P e r r y , Broadway, Lie Rock, A r k


I N S U R A N C E E N D O W M E N T COMMISSION W. F. Jerrick M S Davage, Chairman J . G a r l a n d Wood, S e e ' y 1843 C h r i s t i a n St., l ' h i l a . , P a . Clark University, Atlanta, Ga. 3763 S. W a b a s h A v e . , C h i c a g o Chapters. P I C H A P T E R , Case School of Applied Science and A L P H A C H A P T E R , Cornell University, Iti Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. N . Y. pr; o. E. Cohron, nil Ave. P r e s i d e n t , O. B . C a s s e l l , 217 W e s t A v e . Cor. S e c , W. Robt. Smalls, 2554 E. 40th St. B E T A C H A P T E R , Howard University, Washington, R H O C H A P T E R , Temple University and PhilaD. C. delphia College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia. Pa. President, Deckle McLean, 127 G i r a r d S t . , N . W . President, W. F. Jerrick, 1213 Christian St. 'Cor. S e c , Robert Jason, 7J7 G i r a r d S t . . N W . Secretary, Kirkscy L. Curd. 048 N. 13th Street. G A M M A C H A P T E R , Virginia Union University, IA C H A P T E R , Boston University and Ma Richmond, Va. chusetts I n s t i t u t e of Technology. Boston President, H . R. Mitchell. President, David E. Lane, 20 Wellington St. Cor. Secy., Chester L. Washington, Virginia Union T A U C H A P T E R , University of Illinois, Champaign, University. Illinois. D E L T A C H A P T E R . Montreal, Canada (Inactive). President, Virgil McKnight, 602 E. Clark E P S I L O N C H A P T E R , University of Michigan, Ann S e c ' y , F e r d i n a n d I,. I iCinnaird S t . Arbor, Michigan. President, Remus G. Robinson, 1103 E. Huron St. UPSILON CHAPTER, University of Kan Cor. S e c , J. Leon Langhorn, 1103 E. Huron St. Lawrence, K I Z E T A C H A P T E R , Yale University, New Haven, President, John D. Bell, 1101 Conn. Cor. S e c , James A. Da r.sippi St. President, J. M. Ross, 445 Orchard S t r e e t P H I C H A P T E R , Ohio University. Athens. Ohio. Cor. S e c , H. G. Tollivcr, 002 Chapel St P r e s . , G i l b e r t L. E d w a r d s , 72 * • • St. E T A C H A P T E R , New York City College, Columbia and New York Universities. New York City. S e c ' y , H e n r y A . S m i t h , 72 < ir S t . President, Frank A. Walker, 203 W 138th St. C H I C H A P ' l h R , M e h a n y Medical ( (Fisk Secretary, A. M. Moore. 203 W. 138th St. University), Nashville, Tenn. T H E T A C H A P T E R , University of Chicago, UniverPresident, D. V. .! v Medical Col: sity of Illinois and Northwestern University, ChiCor. S e c , Ivan B. Hificm-,. Meharry Medical Colcago, 111. _ . lege. President, C. Blythe Andrews, 3621 State St., c / o P S I C H A P T E R , University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Chicago Bee. President, Raymond P. . Secretary, Sumner T. Bohee, 6412 Rhodes Ave. I O T A C H A P T E R , Syracuse University, N. Y. Rudolph Winston, 4047 Aspen St. ident, A. L. Royster, 809 i St., ALPHA ALPi I P T E R , University of Cii Syracuse, N. Y. Ctncinnal Sen cil G. Cook, 809 E. Fayette St. K A P P A C H A P T E R , Ohio State University, Columbus. Ohio. President, Chas. W . Warfield, 220 Lexington Ave. Secretary, W . C. Pyant, 202 E. Spring St. MU C H A P T E R . University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. President, Chauncey I. Cooper, 606 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Cor. S e c . Archie James, 606 St. Anthony A v e , Paul, Minn. N U C H A P T E R , Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pa. President, Richard Hill, Lincoln University. Asst. S e c , John Haywood, Lincoln University. XI C H A P T E R , Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. President, Wade Ellis, Wilberforce University. Cor. S e c , Wra. Randolph Hunt, Wilberforce University. O M I C R O N C H A P T E R . Carnegie Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. President, Gerald Allen. 28 Junilla St. S«cretary, Arthur T. Crockett, 606 H«rron Ave.

etary, Theo. M. Berry, i A L P H A B E T A C H A P T E R , Tal ladga, Ala. A L P H A G A M M A C H A P T E R , Providence. R. I. President, Joseph Lubrey Dral ALP of Southern ("aliform i. 1 n, III, 2116 W 20th St. , James W. [or, 17S3 W 38th St. A L P H A E P S I L O N C H A P T E R , Universit) of California, Berkeley, Calif. President, G< 547 33rd St., Oakland, Calif. Asst. S e c , Alvin Nurse, 3856 West St., Oakland. A L P H A Z E T A C H A P T E R , West Virginia Collegiate Institute, W . V a . President, Alonzo Shaw Harden, W. Va. Institute. Cor. S e c , Miles M. Jefferson, W . Va. Collegiate Institute.


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FEATURE SECTION All Paths Lead to Cleveland Pi Chapter h won'i be long now Prom our President The history of Alpha Phi Alpha "Have Graduate Fraternities A 'liaison D'Etre'V The Fourth Pan-American Conference.


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Beta; Gamma: Kpsilon; Theta; Iota; Mu; Nu; Sigma; Tau; Rho; Phi; Alpha Reta: Alpha Kpsilon Alpha Omicron; Alphu t'i; Alpha Rho; Alpha Si^ma; Alpha Phi; Beta Beta; Beta Gamma; Epsilon Lambda Theta Lambda; Nu Lambda; Omicron Lambda; Sigma Lambda. EDITORIALS Religion, Politics, and the New Negro 28 The Messenger Debate 28 Congratulation to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 28

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Brother George A. Singleton,. BroE. F. Alleyne, B.S., M. D Can Case's Jesus Save Ua Read This A Salesmen Wanted

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CUPID'S CORNER Bloom-Lewis, Lisberg-Mullon, James-Galvin, Harris-Wingfield, Brazier-Lorden, Robinson-Logan, Hateney-Brown, ToulesRountree, Wear-Grant, Streeter- Dixon Byrd-Brown, Arnold-Carter.




ALL PATHS LEAD TO CLEVELAND Smoker, Opening Night, and Dawn Dance, Are Features—Dr. John Hope to Be Convention Speaker By






T H A T the 20th Annual Convention which convenes * in ( leveland December 87-31, 1927, will be the largest within our history is the opinion of close observers. The reason? Some of the most important issues ever before this loily since the 1910 Convention in < hicago, which adopted the "Go-to-High-School, Goto-CbI!ege" program, will come up. There will be Propositions to expand oar educational efforts and to perfect our internal organization by adoption of the executive secretary" plan of government. But thai is not all; Cleveland is noted for its hospitality, its splendid homes, its cordiality. The success which attended the 1924 Republican national conventtonal and the 1926 Elks convention has spread the tame of the city far and wide. Hope to Address Public Session Dr. John 11.>(J<-. president of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga., will be the main speaker at the public session scheduled for Wednesday evening. He is a wonderful orator as well as an instructive talker. All-Ohio Committee Ml the Ohio chapters have united in pledging 100 Per cent attendance at the convention, which in itself i'vsures a larger session than ever before. Letters have been received from many pasl general officers who are planning to attend this convention, some of me old "war horses" like Raymond Pace Alexander ''"1(| Lucius M d Entertainment And not the least of these, my children, are the s K ' 'ial features. One would not believe thai so many good things could be crowded into a week's time. "•ere will be formal dances every nighl up until the *ee small hours, given by the local committee and '.'"'er fraternities and sororities. Of c u r s e "the tux" ,s quite correct in Cleveland at formal dance-. Smoker lie smoker will be a real feature this year. It comes on Tuesday following the first session. A 1 "'Tel supper will be served at the exclusive MetroJjohtan Club and the brothers will gather again to ,ln "l< deep of the "spirit" (not spirits). Le1 no one m » a this smoker or you Will forever afterwards re Bret it. 1

Dawn Dance h e annual prom will be a dawn dance, From IS to *i with red-hot music. So get ready now. r

Ladies , Don't forget, brothers, that all day long every day ""•'•e will be breakfasts, luncheons, card parties, teas, ;'."(l theatre parties for the ladies, so bring your wives, "ances, sweethearts, mothers, sisters, and friends.

The tentative program follows: Preliminary Program TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27,


8:0OA.M.—Registration of Delegates and Visiting Brothers at Convention Headquarters, Mt. Zion Temple. S. I'., corner E, 55th St. and Central Ave. 10:00 A.M.—Meeting General Officers and Executive Council. Committee Room, Mt. Zion Temple. 1 :00 P. M.—First Session, Mt. Zion Temple. 1. Called to Order, Bro. Geo. E. Cohron. 2. Invocation, Bro. Russell S. Brown. 3. Alpha Phi Alpha Hymn. •). Welcome Addresses: (a) On behalf of Pi Chapter, Bro. Rohert Brooks. (b) On behalf of Ohio Chapter. Bro. Rose, Dayton, Ohio. .v Respond, probably Bro. Oscar C. Brown, Editor S P H I N X , it. Introduction of General Officers. 7. Introduction of General President by Bro. Clias. H. Garvin, Ex-General President. s. Annual Address of General President. 9. Appointment of Officials of the Convention, Committee on Rules and Cre. t dentials. It). Short Recess. it. Report of Committee on Rules and Credentials. 12. Roll Call and Seating. 13. Exchange of Grip for Convention with Founders. • , 11. Communications. 15. Appointment Special Committees. 16. Announcements, Bro. Geo. P. Hintou. 17. Song, led by Bro. James Pierce, Director of Spirit and Enthusiasm. Adjournment. 5.-SOto 9:30 P. M.—Smoker and Buffet Supper. Met ropolitan Qui). t0:30P.M.—Open Dance, honoring visitors, etc., at Chamber of Commerce. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28,


9:30A.M.—Business Session. Mt. Zion Temple. 1. Call to Order; Invocation. 2. Roll Call. 3. Reading of Minutes. t. Reading of Communications. 5. Reports oi Standing Committees. 6. Report of Director of "Go-to-HighSchool, Go-to-Cbllege." 7. Half Hour Recess. 8. Introduction of Visiting Honorary Brothers. 9. Founders' Address, probably Bro. C. S. Chapman


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HI. Introduction oi other Founders present. 11. Announcements. n P. M.—Meeting of Committees.

2:,00-4:00 P. M.—Meeting of Committees.

Public Session. 6:00 P. M.—Mt. Zion Temple. E. 55th St. and Central Ave. Master of Ceremonies, Bro. George 1".. Cohron, 1. Song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." :.'. Invocation, Rev. Bro, Jones, St. Johns Qiurch. 3. Addresses of Welcome: (a) On Behalf of the City, Mayor I. 1). Marshall. (b) On Behalf of the fraternities, probably Dr. las. Owens, Kappa Alpha Psi. (c) On Behalf of the Sororities, probably Miss Pearl Mitchell, Alpha Kappa Alpha. i. Sung, Pi Quartette, Bros. Geo. Cohron, H. Atkins, Leon Evans, B. P. Styles. .">. Response to Welcome Remarks, Bro. Gen. Pres. R W. Cannon. 6. Solo, Pro. \V. R. Smalls, Pi Chapter. 7. Open Convention Address, Pro. John Hope, Pres. Morehouse College. 8. Introduction of G< neral < Iffio rs. '.'. National Alpha Pi Alpha Hymn. M :00 P. M.-:;:<><) A. M.

Kappa Alpha Psi I lance.

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Business Session, Mt. Zion Temple. i. Call to Order; Invocation. 8. Roll Call. 3, Reading of Minnies. t. Communications. 3. History of Alpha Phi Alpha by Pro ( h a s . Wesley. S. Remarks in History hi ..'her Jewels present.


.'. Annual Fraternal Address, Dr. VV. I'". Jerrick. 8. Announcements.

B;00-9:00P.M.—Entertainment, Party.

Delta Sigma Theta

10:00 P. M.-2:00 A. M.—Reception Alpha Sorority. FRIDAY,






10:00 A. M.—Business Session. Mt. Zion Temple. i. Call to ()rder ; Invocation. 8. Roll Call. 3. Reading of Minute,. :. '• ummunications, 5. Reporl of Special Committees. •I Announcements. 2:00P.M.

Animal Convention Picture.

3:00 Pi M.—Pilgrimage to Urn. I). I). Fowler's grave. 5:00-10:00 P. M.—Entertainment. H :(l11 P. M 3:05A. M.




Formal. 1927

lOfOOA. M.—Business Session, Ml. Zion 'I'emple. i. Call in ()rder; Invocation .'-'. Roll Call. 3. Reading of Minutes. i. i 'ommunications. • ' • 5. Reports of Committees. '>. Xi mination and Election of Officers. 7. Selection of next meeting place for l!)2N Convention. 8, Announcements. <i. Installation of Officers. 8:00 P . M .

Annual Banquet, suggested Caterer's ( lull.- Selmo C. Glenn, Toastmaster; I up Awards ; Honors : Addresses.


A l . P H A PHI A L P H A ' S Pi in Cleveland is ready * » w i t h all trimmings lor the greatest convention ever. Prom the chapter president dnwn to the newest neophyte, the sweetening process has heen stirred in and all now remains is In put on the meringue. nst coat of meringue was laid on a few days when Bro. Ctayborne George brought home a seat in Cleveland's ( ity Council. For some time Brother George has led a group of stalwart fighters on behalf ol the colored citizens of what is known as the Easi E n d This was begun through the organization of Ihe P.ast End Political Club of which he was presili is just like George to keep heating away at the opposition until he could bring home (o us this d Weill fill meringue for Pi. Cards are out telling us that Dr. Stanley K. Brown, a former presides) of Pi, was married to a Miss Viola Christy Hateney, of Newport, News, Va.. last June. Hie C o s all knew it long ago, but Starlit1} <iiil\ grinned and kept flirting with the Other fellows' gi in an efforl to fool 'em. IncidentJy, Dr. Brown, jusl :! fev ime in For certain recognition by hems appointed on the staff at Lakeside Hospital for the i ir, eye, nose and throat. Th" Green for Judge Committee had a hard working secretary in Bro. Perry B. Jackson, and the telling which Attorney Green secured evidenced this. Rrother Jackson has just indicated recentlj thai although his candidate did not succeed in securing election to the Municipal Court of Cleveland, the com-

mittee does not intend to slop hut is going to push forward until Pi has had some very definite pari in causing the election of a colored man to a seat upon the Municipal Bench of Cleveland. Bro: Norman L. McGhee, our former General Secretary; is said to have earned the reputation of being a hard and steadj w o r t e The b >ys of Pi believe this: Witness the arrival of Norman, Jr., two months ago. This is Mac's second edition. Watch your step, Iri'iher! I say, watch your Step! The lace is not to the swift- hut to him thai endureth to the end. Pi cannot help but hoist of the high type of spiritual leaders on its roster: There is Bro. Rev. 11. P. lones, pastor of Si. John's V M. I-'.. Church: Pro. Rev! Pus set) s. Brown, pastor of Mt. Zion Congregational Church, and Pro. Rev. (iranmtm, pastor of Cory M. p. Church. A learned, intelligent trio, capable of lead ing aright a splendid Community like Cleveland. Pro. W. 11. King, Sr., who came to us from F.taLambda at Atlanta. Ga., is making rapid inroads into the business life of Cleveland as General Manager of the Anchor Life Insurance Company, It looks as though Pi appeals to good men. Pro. Alfred [>. Price is now District Manager of the Ordinary llcpartntcnl of the Domestic Life Insurance Company at Cleveland Brother Price has found time to enter fully upon the work of preparing Pi for the hundreds of brothers who will he with us during the week of the G R E A T BIG C O N V E N T I O N .

The Sphinx, December, 1927 As chairman of the Convention Entertainment Committee of Pi, Bro. Dr. B. C. Styles promises some surprises for everybody. He has intimated that he has a unique program of social activities—in fact, tor fear of a stampede to Cleveland on the part ot brothers throughout the country. Brother Styles is afraid to let even the brothers of Pi know what good tilings thev are in for. No use' worrying about lodging places, says Kro. Harvev B. Atkins, chairman of the Homing Committee' lust bundle up your glad rags, pennants and other junk and conic on to Cleveland and try a slice ot Pi, 11.lines — real-honest-to-goodness-homes — o u r brothers and friends ain't got nothing but. And, by the way, he is arranging a steering committee to see that none of the WHS become strayed or stolen while gazing on the fair damsels who infest the garden spot City of the world. In the event you slip out of the hands of the steering committee, however, Brother Atkins plans to put a label on every delegate. There is awful small chance for the brother! of the "Arrears Brigade" to make a back door entrance into convention activities this year. The why is P i s eagle eyed secretary, Bro. W. R. Smalls. He intends to cooperate with the General Organization m seeing that every entitled delegate finds a warm, hearty reception on all sides. Incidently, he will turn the gun on the "Arrears Brigade." Perhaps you won't believe, but Pi is actually overloaded with good "'en. The funny thing about it is that every one of them is up to bis neck in work in his particular field. An old story found true at W, the busier the man the better the job. Ample proof, Bro. Pres. George. E, Cohron of Pi. Despite his many duties pertaining to bis daily work, being compelled to IK- out of Cleveland two and three days out of every week, still the work of Pi goes forth with dock-like regularity. Further proof. Bro. Dr. Chas. 11. Oarvin, perhaps'one of the busiest medical practitioners of our group in Cleveland. You will find him at practically every chapter meeting. Same is true ot Assistant County Prosecutor, Bro. Selmo C. Glenn. That's the type that makes Alpha Phi Alpha the thing it should be, Back to convention plans. A warning to sister chapters. Do you not know that Pi is going to make >t awful hard for the entertaining chapters that follow after the 1!>27 Convention. If any of you plan to hid for the HI2H Convention, you had better send an instructed del. cation for they might have to change their notions after witnessing Pi's meringue. Uont l e bashful though—come, Pi does not really expect .vou to measure up to the things our entertainment committee is going to provide for you.



The General Convention Committee of Pi Chapter has just about completed all the plans for the greatest convention in the history of our organization. This is no attempt at a publicity stunt, but a true observation of one who is not a member ot the committee at all. From all appearances it seems that all we need is the presence of about live or six hundred brothers, their wives, sweetheart*, and lriencts and our convention might as well begin now. tlut it Won't be long nov. before we shall be able to show you the results of the plans which have been so carefully worked out. Every feature for your and your friends' entertainment has been considered. AI W « •S asked is that each brother who can come do so. t>i wishes this, our Twentieth Annual Convention to & marked by a representative from each chapte . We shall show vou that Ohio is the natural come, 'icn state and Cleveland the logical convention city 01 •he Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. You will find more Negro students of c.llege rank b . r . than in anv other


northern state. We shall show you eight live chapters of our fraternity, which is more than any other itate can do. You will find that out Ohio way a man >s a man. hut the best men are Alpha Phi Alpha men. You will see the city that we love with its three N'egro councilmen, one of which—the one in whom Cleveland has the most hope and confidence—is an Alpha Phi Alpha man. We shall have you see our main churches of which Alpha Phi Alpha men serve as ministers in the leading three. You will meet and know Alpha men engaged in every worthy endeavor, trying to be of service to our progressive citizens. T o be sure, these are busy _ men, but not too busy to make it pleasant for you and your friends during this our Twentieth Annual Convention. The colored population of Cleveland is about 70,000. They have the rugged characteristics of the inhabitants of the Middle West upon which is superimposed a love for culture, learning, and all that is beautiful and fine in civilized man. You will also meet any number of lovely sorority girls, for, as every one knows, the Alpha Kappa Alphas are convening here at the same time. Then there will be men of other fraternities, fine men whom we like to know; for every fraternity likes to listen to a good fraternity man at heart when he speaks the language of fraternity, his and others. Many, many other things and persons you will enjoy, but we need not mention them for, surely, it won't be long now before we shall C L E A V E




B B O T H B I IN' A L P H A P H I A L P H A .


The time is drawing near when we must assemble the work of the year and to plan for again to review tlie future. Reports from the entertaining chapter indicate that everything is being done to insure your comfort and convenience. We hope this shall be the greatest convention. \ s the year is coming to a close, I wish to thank the chapters and the brothers for their fine co-opera tion The support given me this year in serving our fraternity has been greater than, and exceeded that, of all previous years. ,. . . . . , . _ . | also wish to thank you in behalf of the Cciicral Organization for the fine work which has been accomplished this year. The Umightv in His goodness has been generous with our fraternity. He has seen fit to grant us another year of prosperity and progress. For this we are thankful, and by this we should be urged to continue to do for this great organization. 1 am urging all of you who can do so to come to the 'convention. Those of you who have never attended a convention should do so now. It will mean much both to vou and your chapter. All elements of our membership will be there—Jewel and graduate, undergraduate and honorary. There arc a number of things which could be mentioned here. Hut I do not think the columns ol 'I lit SPHINX are appropriate places in which to discuss the innermost and vital matters of this fraternity. Consequently) I shall mention just this one item lor the benefit of those whom chapter communication^ do not seem to reach. The fraternity is still using a rule which has been in force for several years. It is in effect, the same as that now famous quotaTHE t i „ of some years ago. " H E W H O S H U N S DUST OF T H E ARENA SHALL NOT SIT ' N E A T H T H E O L I V E T R E E . " This applies to •ill business and social sessions. In other words, good 'standing both with the general organization and the chapter is nocoisary to be eligible to attend. And re-

The Sphinx, December. 1927 member. ' T H E W H E E L S S H A L L N O T B E GUMMED." 1 hope that this has been a fruitful year for each of you, and that I may have the pleasure of seeing all of vnu in Cleveland. With best wishes for a M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S and a H A P P Y N E W YEAR. Sincerely and fraternally, RAYMOND W.



complete our history in some definite study—it will not be an attempt, but The Preparation of a History of the Fraternity. FOUNDERS, SPEAK UP! GENERAL OFFICERS OF T H E PAST, SPEAK U P ! CHAPTERS, SPEAK U P ! Write ANY INFORMATION you may have to— CHARI.ES H. W E S L E Y ,


T H E HISTORY OF ALPHA PHI i In preparation)


Did vim know that the Historical Commissi, n was at work, and need- your help, and without it, cannot succeed? Did von know that the history of our group, m the making as it is. must be a cooperative endeavor? _ Did you know that Y O U R C H A P T E R has not sent in its history, and because of this, two results may follow: ( 1) It may receive small space in the main account, or (2) it may only be listed as one "f the chapters The answers are up to you, and you alone will determine your chapter's place in the records. The Historical Commission is determined to


The Historical Commission. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Howard University, Washington, I). C. We are familiar with the resplendent record of achievement marking the rapid growth of Alpha Phi Alpha in numbers and power. We know that its fundamental principles are true and strong. We believe that the men of the college world and other citizens of the United States see in it the embodiment of all that is noble in Negro manhood. Let us make our achievements a matter of permanent record. Urge your chapter to reply early to the questionnaire which is being sent out by the Historical Commission. It is your mandate. Help us to put it over. THE



"Have Graduate Fraternities A 'Raison D'Etre'?" By




H E seeming affront to fraternalism, suggested by the titular line-, might cause some to think that the writer is not an enthusiast for Greek-letter organizations—but such is not the case Having been privileged with serving in both an undergraduate and graduate chapter, in capacities ranging from "a floor member" to chapter president— from doorman to conventinii delegate, evidence should be contained herein of sincerity—if not of consistent reasoning. lie who is familiar with Greek-letter organizations among Negro college men known that the problems of the undergraduate chapter are as different from those presented by the graduate fraternity as college life, generally, is unlike the life "out in the world." To the college undergraduate the Creek-letter fraternity is as much necessary to bis fundamental development and education as is athletics or chemistry, but to the college man, who is out tackling the task of obtaining bread and meat—it mean, - •inethiiig quite different The warmth of friendship, the stimulating effect of inter-fraternal rivalry, the invaluable result of having the high ideals of Greek-letter c rgani/.i tions instilled within the youth at a time when he needs it most, constitute such a cherished constituent of student life that he increasing number of former members, finishing schools every year, made the establishment of graduate chapters inevitable. Hence , ne of the pioneers in Alpha Phi Alpha banded down this challenge to the graduating youth: "Not Alpha Phi Alpha lor College—but Alpha Phi Alpha lor Life"! The membership had now become consider ably large, but over half of the men were not only out of college but out of touch with the General Organi zation. so the task of "reclamation" began. How well success has attended the effort is evidenced Hi the establishment of some twenty-five graduate chapters which, with the forty-five undergraduate chapter-. has a potential membership of over 3,000. About



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1,700 of these are said to be "in touch" with the fraternal work. But the words "in touch" are used advisedly here and actually represent :><> per cent more names than appear on the latest financial directory. (See S r i n x x lor October. 1987, pp. 88-27.) Is there any wonder that the question arises: "Have Graduate Fraternities a Right to Kxist :" The average graduate chapter is faced with some such problems as the following: (1) Recently-initiated college men, who graduated from schools in which there was never a Creek-letter fraternity or before such an organization was established there, naturally seek membership. These newlyelected brothers find it exceedingly difficult to catch the "Fraternity Spirit." not having had it instilled within them while they were in a suitable environment and of a more impressionable age. It is almost like the effort to keep a coal of fire red hot while it is removed from other heated coals in the grate. (•8) There is a marked tendency for the graduate brother to regard the organization similarly to a lodge; not meaning any disrespect to the latter organization either; however, college fraternalism should be altogether upon a different plane than secret society relationships. The business or professional man joins the lodge to increase his clientele, the laborer usually identifies himself for the protection afforded in sick and death benefits. The Greek-letter fraternity offers neither—the main incentive lor join ing being the intellectual festivity, presented through contact witli equals. (3) The organization was founded by undergraduates and is therefore better suited to undergraduates, 'I'he graduate student has outgrown the particular need for which the organization was founded. I I I The "National Educational Week" movement. in consideration of support given it nationally, is placing such stress upon education until the existence

T h e Sphinx, December, of a fraternity, whos* chief purpose is to urge young people to "Go ti high school and college," becomes unnecessary. (5) I hat r.'nmiti chapters, especially, have drifted far from the "old landmarks of fraternalism" and by their past record prove that they have no real reason for existence. In possible refutation of the charges set forth the following n a y be said: (1) Enthusiasm is a natural characteristic of college students, while older persons, OUl experiencing the reality of life, are less emlmed with it. However, such is not so essential at this period, in so lar as fraternal work is concerned. The graduate brother may not exhibit so much of the "fire" of fraternalism, hut he uses the wealth of his experience to prevent the existing lire from consuming everything. (8) Lodges are parent- to Greek-letter organisations and have furnished much of the background and training for the progress which has been made. No child should speak disparagingly of his parent. In this case the secret order should be emulated, rather than imitated. CO The fact that the college fraternity was founded by and suited to the needs of the undergraduate student is doubtless true, but the mantle of responsibility to keep the organization alive for the student IS Still upon his shoulders after he leaves the ivy-covered walls and stately halls—out in the world. |_ I D The "National Educational Movement is doing a great work in furthering general education for all classes, hut it has not (hat peculiar appeal to nieiuof the Negro group that the "Co-To-HighSchooL. Go-To-College" effort has. Education—especially higher education for Negroes—is in need of all possible encouragement and aid. C.) With over half as many alumni chapters as graduate ones, and three-fifths as many members, the graduate organizations are forging ahead—in spite of mistakes made and criticisms received. Today they occupy the position of affording the best medium for keeping the alumni brother in touch with that which is worth while in contemporary college lite. DISCUSSION: After all has been said on both sulci, the writer is quite aware of the fact that the rhetorically balanced phrases above will not dispel all doubt from the reader's mini either way. Although the alumni chapters of ilu- Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity were considered, vet— •'That which is sauce lor the g o o s e Is also sauce for the gander." Negro Creek-letter fraternities have unquestionably Strayed Ear from the ideals of the founders, in allowing sub-standard persons to membership m order ° swell numbers, in prostituting noWe ideals embodied in the rituals of such organizations, and indulging m other fraternal practices unknown to the best wluti Greek-letter fraternities. Some have advocated depriving alumni chapters of the right to initiate candidates, hut to have their membership rather made up frcm members who have either graduated or come to the seat of the alumni chapter, already acquainted with fraternity work. So many have joined sucti organizations lor the mere prestige which flaunting a "frat pin" affords him in promoting selfish motives. The unsympathetic membership is largely recruited frcm the alumni chapters—those who d.d not join w e rnity while a student. Creek letter are " C n trial" t o d a y - a s never before. 1 IK- numbers have become vast and any large body savors oi a moD and is unwieldly. . f ,i,„ These organizations must become conscious o i t n e fact that the) are under the scrutinizing test ot letting only the lit'survive. In these days even the church luts been challenged as to whether it has a n g n i



exist. Xo less prominent a minister than Dr. T. Mordecai declared in a sermon the other day that : "The church has nothing worth fighting for- -nothing worth dying for!" Have alumni chapters measured up to the standard ? A new day has dawned for the Negro college student and student unrest, the ci untry over, attests to that day's arrival. Have Creek-letter organizations been a help or a hindrance in bringing such to pass? Is anything "north fighting for" or ••north striving for" applicable to such organizations:Have Graduate Fraternities a Reason for Existence!


Member, Executive

Counril and Chairman Legal Advisory Board.

BROTH sits IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,


For a number of years it has been the opUKOO, freely expressed by delegates and officers of the several conventions of our beloved fraternity, that there was genuine need for a stronger and more centralized national government for llie Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. It is believed that the time has come when, in common with similar organizations, we must perfect our internal government thru it may better function for the good of us all: that we may get the most out of every dollar that we spend. At many previous c< nventions proposals looking forward to this end have b u n submitted, most of them calling for the creation of the < ffice id" executive sceictary. Their failure of adoption has been not so much because of their merit, as on account of a lack of proper understanding by the delegates of how the machinery could be put in operation and how it would he financed. At the coming session in Cleveland* the motto is, ••Cleaving Closer ill Cleveland," and in line with that motto a proposal will he submitted looking forward to the creation of the office id" cxcculive secretary. While it may need to be amended, yet the plan has been given Ci nsiderable expert attention and you will be advised by letters to your chapters as to the financial budget required. We believe that the time is ripe, and that the occasii n is auspicious for the launching of this forward step by our fraternity. We are asking the brothers to give the matter their careful consideration b»rffc>re ii mine, to the convension and to approach the sufjject with the customary open mind of Alpha Phi Alpha brothers, with only one thought in mind and that, the betterment and progress of our noble order. May it suffice to say in conclusion that the prop ft d plan if adopted will not only reduce overhead operating expenses hut firing with it increased efficiency.

FAIL NOT Again the railroad; have granted US the privilege under the certificate plan wherein the return trip from the Convention will lie at hall-fare if we base 250 persons who attend the coming Convent!. 11. This applies to delegates, visiting brothers and their families and their friends. In order to take advantage , i this reduced rate a C E R T I F I C A T E must be obtained with each ticket at the time of purchasing tickets T O Cleveland. BE S U R E , therefore, to get tickets and C E R T I F I C A T E S the day before departure if possible. In sialic cities it is easier to eet the certificates at the


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city ticket office rather than to depend on getting them at the station. One thine, is certainly trut—if you wait until the last minute and try to net the ticket and C E R T I F I C A T E at the station, you are going to have trouble, especially if there is a crowd at the ticket window.

BY A L L M E A N S B E T A C E R T I F I C A T E — a n d we are nearly pursuadcd to say, I F Y O U N E G L E C T TO GET A CERTIFICATE, DON'T COME



The Fourth Pan-African Conference T P H F Fourth Pan-African Congress, meeting in * New \"<.1 k from August 81-24, 1927, was one "f the most notable gatherings held in the United States of authorities and students of many phases of the race problem. Close to two hundred delegates, a total attendance of more than 5.000 auditors, nationally known speakers, scientific studies, a carefully prepared and strictly executed program, vigorous discussion, daily notices by the white press, and a general atmosphere of serious, scholarly study, made this Conis a memorable and significant landmark in the efforts toward racial unity and international understanding. That the Congress had elicited widespread interest was evinced by the presence, first of all, of a delegate from California, one from Oregon, and one from Wisconsin. The neighboring stales sent a full quota; practically every sorority and fraternity commissioned duly elected representatives. From abroad wire delegates from Haiti, Cold Coast. East India,

Liberia, Grenada, San Salvador, Barbadoes, Dutch West Indies, and Central Africa. T o be sure, some of these had not come for the specific purpose of attending the Congress. The." •;/e however, without exception, men and women fully ,. Alined to speak of the particular problems in their varii us countries. The most popular personality was that of M. Dantes Bellegarde, former Haitien Minister to France, delegate to the League of Nations, and Commander of the Legion of Honor. Speaking with the verve that had gained him fame at the League of Nations, and with a passion fired by revolt at the oppression of his own people, he brought against the American occupant n an indictment thai all the rep.iris of the Amen can High Commissioner and a press blinded by the bi gej of the "White Man's Burden" can not answer. It the Congress did nothing more than acquaint thou sands with the true situation in Haiti, it was a success. Sec* ni] in I)iin was Chief Amoah the Third, of the (JI hi Coast, Africa. Appearing now in multi-colored toga and turban, or again in correct afternoon or evening attire, he was living evidence of the ability of the African to retain the dignity of his proud past and to assimiliale occidental civilization. It was a delight to hear this full blooded African explain with an impeccable Oxford accent the intricacies of native production and marketing and the aspirations of one of the most progressive conglomerations in Africa. He is, incidentally, reported to he connected wilii a group of native producers who are negotiating a loan of $2,(100,(1(10 from Wall Street for the exportation < I cocoa, of which his country is the world's greatest producer. In the Honorable T. Augustus Toote, a barrister from San Salvador, the Congress recognized a man I f exceptional training which had given him on two different occasions the temporary position of attorneygeneral of the island. It was very gratifying to learn, also, that he was a delegate to the House of Assembly of that island. These men are typical of the delegates from the other foreign countries and show clearlx thai tin PanAfrican Congress is something more than a PanColored-American meeting. The morning and afternoon session filled die Grace Congregational Church to overflowing, The commit-

tee had been afraid to secure too large a church for these sessions; they had failed to evaluate properly the extent of the interest of those in attendance. At these meetings, specialists in various subjects led discussions which were followed by talks from the floor. Nor was this mere palavering. A decorum that would have done credit to the "most august assembly in the world." an earnestness that impressed even indifferent and hostile auditors, and a scholarly presentation of facts that showed years of study and observation prevailed at all times. Mi ic formal speeches occupied the attention of a nightly audience of more than 1,000 men and wcmsil d i m all walks of life. The principal speeches were "The Passing of False Traditions About Africa," by Brother l)r. Charles Wesley, Howard University; "The Suppression of the African Slave Trade and the American Occupation of Haiti," by M. Dantes Bellegarde; "The African Negro and His American Half-Brother." by Professor Melville J. Herskovitz, of the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University; "The Economic Development of Africa," by Chief Amoah the Third, and Dr. Leslie Pinckncy Hill, ['resident of Chcnv Institute; "Education in Africa," by Dr. Wilhelm Mensching" ; and "African Civilization," by Mr. John Yandcrco k. At one of

the afternoon sessions Brother



Hansberry, Howard University, outlined the archaei h gical history of Africa. Out of these discussi.,ns grew a serL-s of resolutii ns that represent what may be called the demands of the Negro for a reci gnition of the facts (hat lie has a definite contribution to make to civilization and that a policy of oppression is not only unjustified, but is detrimental even to the so-called superior nation.. Through them all runs the convict! n that interracial r i peration and better understanding are the only means by which real democracy and g i\ernmen!s based i n the consent of the governed can he attained. In addition, then' was formed a committee empowered to form a permanent organization and lo begin preparations for the Fifth Pan-African Congress which is to be held in 1920. The chairman of this committee is Brother Dr. W. F. Du Bois, who served as general presiding officer with an impartiality and a grasp of all subjects which evoked the astonishment of all. and as chairman of the Committee on Resolutions with a comprehensive objective view of world problems that entitles him to the profound esteem of even those opposed to him. The success of the Congress was due. however, to in ne of the persons already named. The arduous and even tedious work of organization, the raising of funds, and the arousing of interest, all fell upon Mis. Addie W. Hunton, the widow of the late Mr. William Hunton. Although she constantly kept herself in the background, Mrs. Addie W. Hunton and her Circle for Peace and Foreign Relations organized, financed, and realized the Fourth Pan-African Congress.

Be Mire to get a certificate when you purchase your ticket to Cleveland. issue.

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Meharry Medical College and Fisk University (Editor's Note: The letter of Chi Chapter has been brought forward because it is felt that everyone ought to be impressed with tlie splendid activity of this chapter. The chapter is to be commended and we hope that all other chapters will make an effort to emulate this outstanding example.) BROTHERS I \




We are writing on the eve of the 23rd and while our minds, at the present time, savor of things pertaining to Thanksgiving, yet high and prominently placed on our scroll of thought are things Alpha. ()l these things that which is foremost is our 1027 Convention. ('hi. therefore, greet you in the name of our coming convention and add our wish for an unbeatable and successful meet. The house here is teeming full and congested with news for the rest of the family of Alphas, and we hasten to unbelch and so fiad peace in sharing our news hag with you. Chi opened its activities on October lath by a welcome party to the new brothers who joined us from various other chapters. This, of course, is only in accordance with our usual custom. The affair cer tainly stood out in its uniqueness and was enjoyed by all who attended. The scene of the festivities was created in the attractive home of Dr. and Mrs. S. M. I'tley. Our entrancing dance music, furnished hy Bro. B. P.. Conner's "Jazz Bandits," was without question the feature of the evening. Record cannot he omitted of the galaxy of beautiful ladies which graced the occasion. This is always a characteristic feature of Chi's festivities and as a sine quo Hon need none but passing' mention. The Brothers Welcomed In this the faculty has joined the student hrothers in adding to their number Bro. C. 1- Cooper. B.S., P h . C , from Mu Chapter at the University of Minnesota. Bro. Prof. Cooper is an Alpha addition to the



Mu has labeled him

Alpha Phi Alpha and Chi unconditionally concedes. From Tan Chapter at the University of Illinois comes Hi... 11. I). West. B.S, Bro. Prof. West is attached to tin- Department of Chemistry and brought us the Formula Aioo* Vioo, lie claims it represents a tpirii impossible to disorganize: so ipso facto will synergize onlj with such things as are Alpha Phi Alpha. Other hrothers welcomed, for lack of space can

only be mentioad here: Pros. K. E. Bland, from Eta; Bill Harris, from Xu : Ted White, from Beta; Adams, Iron, Beta: Calvin, from Alpha Rho; W, A. Green, from Gamma; Baker, from Xi: Wilson, from Nu; Hoover, from Xi: lones, from Alpha Beta: llohnan. from Alpha Theta, To the chapters from whence

they came they create a loss; for us it is an appreciable gain. Another social event given hy Chi which will long linger in the minds of those who attended, is that

which took place immediately following the FiskHoward game, Planned for the entertainment of the hrothers from Beta Chapter, the affair was given at the palatial residence ,,i the Misses Stones (cor. 17th and Jefferson), and ohl how can we recall the many favors of our charming hostesses? The affair was typically Alpha Phi Alpha. We have, therefore, said enough. Our Meetings While the routine form of chapter meetings is a thing common to all. it is worthy ol note to mention a S P E C I A L F E A T U R E form which Chi has set in vogue during the present administration. The credit "l this is due to our little president. Bro. I). V.

Jamison, jr., as sponsor in chief. This special feature consists of an additional item lo our ordinary business program. The item, is contributed hy one of our outstanding graduate hrothers and have, in the past, taken the form of addresses on various aspects of Alpha Phi Alpha life. To say that these items have been without exception a source of interest and stimulation, an awakening of spirit, an impetus to devotion and fortitude, is to hut only inadequately attempt to enumerate the effects which these meetings have carried in their trail. Some of the hrothers who have been the medium of these messages are Bro. Rev. Dr. T. R. Livingstone, Bro. Dr. I. L. Moore. Bro. W. S. Ellington, Jr., D.D.S. Brother Doctor Livingstone with his usual high-typel oratory conclusively showed us how Alpha Phi Alpha means Faith, Vision, and Victory. Brother Ellington's address was an admonition to live up to the Alpha calibre, creating and maintaining the high standards for which she stands. Alpha Standardizes It i.s interesting to note, in the light of the standards established hy the graduates of Pharmacy from Meharry, that the faculty of this department is nearly 100 per cent Alpha. The head of the department is Bro. Prof. U. S. Bains, Ph.C. (University of Minnesota) ; Bro. C. C, Lark, P h . C , B.S., is professor of Botany, Materia Medica -tm\ Pharocogliosy; Bro. (.'. I. Cooper, B.S., P h . C , is our latest addition to this department. All these hrothers arc graduates of the famous School of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota and have installed the Minnesota methods here. Brother Prof. Lark assisted Dr. E. L. Xewcomh, chairman of the Commission of Botany and Pharmacognosy, in the revision of the U. S. Pharmacopeia X. ,• nd also Natural Formulary \*. He is now working for his Master's Degree taking summer work at Minnesota. In these hrothers Mu makes to Chi a contribution too dear to price. Graudeamus Igitur! Xo! quite a year ago in one of our letters we acquainted all with the fart that Bro. Dr. [•". p. Alleyne of this college had journeyed across to Europe to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. In doing this Doctor Alleyne selected one of the outstanding seats of learning to which the medical world lows in ever reci gnition—the University of Vienna, Austria. Reacting Vienna a little over a year ago Brother I), c'.or Alleyne entered the university and sought work under t i c personal instruction of the following famous men; Gynecological and Cross Pathology, Professor I't.nkle and Dozent Erdheim. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Werner and Dozent Kolisch. Operative Gynecology, Professor Craff. General Surgery, Professor Shoenbaur and Dozent Plank. Orthopedic Surgery, Premerius Bachler. Endocrinology, Professor Bauer and Dozent Schiller. Cystoscopy, Professor Paschkas and Dozent Loeflk-r. In accomplishing this intensive study and work, Brother Doctor Alleyne acquitted himself with such efficiency d e l the faculty at Vienna saw lit to award Irm 'he Golden Key of the University and an outStanding diploma in recognition of his accomplishments. Brother Alleyne is today the only Negro to earn this award. Graudeamus igitur we say! "Let of rejoice!" for his accomplishments are Alpha's and to us he rightfully brings the first honor.


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After his studies at Vienna Brother Alleyne traveled through Europe doing some brief work in Berlin, Paris and London at the Queen's Royal lh>spital in pediatrics. In hi> observation t'uir he makes special note of hi> stay in Venice where he visited the home in which Browning died, also the home ol Michael Angelo (we wonder if he studied painting too!). In S w i t z e r l a n d , which he c o n s i d e r s a most b e a u t i f u l c o u n t r y , he t r a v e l e d o v e r t h e F o u r S e a L a k e s and h a d here his best E u r o p e a n r e c e p t i o n . In

France he sandwiched his scientific work with observation tours, and relates having stood on the grave ol Napoleon at the Palais Valedrome, going on top of Eiffel Tower, standing at the grave of the Unknown Soldier,





i'anik inch's.


Smellie-Vent*' and Madame l.i i hapelle's clinics, leaving at the last tamed a small token in behalf of M e h a r r y Medical Coll In E n g l a n d B r o t h e r A l l e y n e did some w o r k in p e d i a t r i c s at Q u e e n ' s Royal H o s p i t a l , L o n d o n ; visited W e s t m i n s t e r A b b e y : stood beside the g r a v e of B r o w n ing. P a r t i c u l a r l y i m p r e s s e d w a s he w i t h t h e i n s c r i p tion on L i v i n g s t o n e ' s g r a v e , which r e a d s : " M a y H e a v e n ' s b l e s s i n g s c o m e d o w n on T u r k , A m e r i c a n o r E n g l i s h m a n w h o m a y h e l p this c u r s e of t h e w o r l d . " O f Course we u n d e r s t a n d t h e " c u r s e " r e f e r r e d to is

that of the disposition of the Caucasian to the peoples of Africa for and with whom this immortal pioneer and missionary died. Brother Alleyne did not omit to take service at W e s t m i n i s t e r a n d to visit t h e t o m b s of


In this tour Alpha Phi Alpha can say that she has not only s t r e t c h e d h e r h a n d s a c r o s s a span of Ocean to s n a t c h a coveted key, but h a s t r a c k e d the s a n d s on

the scenes of history and left its imprints in the balls of

fame. W e m a y m e n t i o n h e r e that u n d e r the m a n a g e m e n t of B r o . J. B. M a t t h e w s ("hi pla n o n s t r a t e in t h e next feu d a y s its a p p r e c i a t i o n and r e c o g n i t i o n of Brother Alleyne's achievements, More a n o n - watch our next S P H I N X letter. .Another a c c o m p l i s h m e n t we can not Fail to m e n t i o n is t h a t of B r o . W . A. M a s o n , J u n i o r Medical S t u d e n t ,

who Ixis successfully passed the Part I Examination of the N a t i o n a l Hoard of Medical E x a m i n e r s g a i n i n g h o n o r s in p a t h o l o g y . B r o t h e r M a s o n sat to t h i s e x a m i n a t i o n at t h e c o m p l e t i o n of his s o p h o m d r e y e a r h e r e last J u n e and his success h a s e a r n e d c r e d i t not only for M e h a r r y but for himself and t h e f r a t e r n i t y . B r o t h e r M a s o n e n t e r e d the Medical School here t w o and o n e - h a l f y e a r s a g o , c o m i n g from Kappa C h a p t e r at O h i o S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y w h e r e he had his pre-medical work. A conscientious, devoted and " t h r o u g h a n d t h r o u g h " A l p h a P h i A l p h a m a n . he is e v e r r e a d y to place his s h o u l d e r s to the wheel in p u t ting t h i n g s A l p h a o v e r , and t h e boys on t h e b a s k e t b a l l

team feel his "go" at practices I We congratulate Brother Mason. Leaders on the Campus M u c h h a s been said and yet we h a v e but b e g u n t o u n f o l d t h e h a p p e n i n g s at ( h i . In e v e r y s p h e r e of o u r college affairs w h e n e v e r d e m a n d s t o r service and l e a d e r s h i p a r e m a d e . A l p h a Phi A l p h a m e n s t a n d out

t h e U n i v e r s i t y of M i c h i g a n Medical S c h o o l ) and P r o . Dr. E. P . F e r g u s o n ( g r a d u a t e of 1927 and n o w int e r n i n g at M e r c y H o s p i t a l , to begin posl g r a d u a t e s t u d i e s next M a j ). Both these b r o t h e r s will j o i n t h e

facultj '0 the Medical School on the completion of their extra studies. And BOW we cannot forget t o pay o u r r e s p e c t s t o the t e n d e r h e a r t e d t h o s e w h o h a v e h e a r k e n e d t o the b i d d i n g s of the c u n n i n g God of H e a r t s a n d h a v e slidden c h e e r f u l l y from sweet b a c h lordOCTl to the s u b lime r e a l m s of m a t r i m o n y . P r o . Dr. ('. E. D i l l a r d fell to the e n t i c e m e n t s a n d c h a r m s of the b r i g h t eyed little n u r s e Miss G r s >. oi W i c h i t a , lxans., a n d late of M e h a r r y ' s N u r s e T r a i n i n g S c h o o l . Did we h e a r m a n y s a y i n g they t o o would fall? P r o . H e n r y H a m p t o n , of t h e S e n i o r Medical C l a s s , soon followed suit and claimed lor his p a r t n e r the efficient and gentle Miss J u l i a V. G u l a t t e , R.N'., of D a l l a s . T e x a s , and late S u p e r v i s o r , H u b b a r d H o s p i t a l . l i v e s of m a r r i e d folks r e m i n d us, W e can live o u r lives as well ; A n d , d e p a r t i n g , leave behind us

Such examples as shall "tell." S u c h e x a m p l e , that a n o t h e r W a s t i n g time in idle s p o r t , \ forlorn u n m a r r i e d b r o t h e r , S e e i n g , shall l a k e heart and c o u r t . Shadows "Coming events cist their shadows before." If you will a l l o w us to i n t e r p r e t the s h a d o w s w h i c h o u r coming e v e n t s cast we a r e compelled to m e n t i o n : O u r

Reinstatement Efforts bisk University's New Chapter—Our Basket Pall Season—and Our Winter Initiation. Our General Secretary, Brother Evans, will be d to o ' s e r v e that we a r e d o i n g e v e r y t h i n g p o s s i ble to b r i n g b a c k t h e d e l i n q u e n t s . W e t a k e ibis op-

is to tlie chapters to whom we write for their expeditious coopet T h e b r o t h e r s at b i s k a r e on ti ing t h e i r n e w c h a p t e r . By the l i m e p r i n t t h e c h a p t e r will be an a c t u a l i t y .

of c s t a b l i s h this goes into T h i s , we feel.

will he another formidal le fori in our fraternal world. Basket Pall—Our 1927 8 team entertains only the thought of a victorious season, Under the enthusiastic and e d guidance of our manager, Pro. A. K. Smith, Chi is confident of the list possible The con ing initiation promised to add to the fold some ' rial. I f what we ob erve at the a by tlie S p h i n x C l u b a few w e e k s a g o is

indicative of anything, we feel su e there is hardly a letter source We. then


which to d r a w . on and confidently



dawning of new days when before- Sol's illuminating r a y s these s h a d o w s will fade o n l y to reveal t h e actuali lies which they fori > W e a r e s i g n i n g off pro tempore until next issue

Cordially and fraternally yours, I.


B R A D S H A W •] I IGGI \ ' s .

('orresponding Secretory.

ady choice of the majority, and iii this regard tin


forms no e x c e p t i o n to t h e rule.

In our student organizations our Corresponding Secretary, Bro. I. Bradshaw Eiiggins, holds th ti.uis of President of the Hubbard Medical Society (the most important organization of the medical stu dent 1 odj ). President Mi harry Bibli ,md we understand bis latest added office to be Parlimentarian of the Senior Medical ('lass. O u r little o r a t o r . P r e s . P r o . I). V. J a m i s o n . J r . , h a s been elected to the p r e s i d e n c y of t h e l-'wel Xeil D e n t a l S o c i e t y , while front the a d m i n i s t r a t i o n h a s come t h e offer of t w o F e l l o w s h i p s for e x t r a studies to P r o . I)r. ('. I'"., D i l l a r d ( n o w doing post g r a d u a t e w o r k in

(Excerpt from the Chicago Defender) VOTERS ELECT THREE COUNCILMEN IN CLEVELAND Ohio City Heads List in Representation. Cleveland, Ohio. Nov. is. Attorney Clayborne was elected to the city council from the Eourth district at the regular biennial municipal election. Tuesday, November 8. George, who ran as an independent, made a surprisingly good run. polling 4,090 first choice votes, to become one of the :.;:> cotmcilmen.

The SpkinA, December, 1927



George's election means that the Race will have three representatives in the council for the next two years. The others are the veteran, Thomas W. Fleming, who was re-elected for his first term, and Dr. E. J. Gregg, who was also elected for his first term. Both Fleming and Gregg were elected from the populous third district. Fleming being a Republican, and Gregg being indorsed by the Democratic organization. Gei rye is a prominent attorney, a World W a r veteran, a Mason, Elk. and a member of the Boule. He is active in civic and religious affairs. He is the president and founder of the East End Political Club, composed of TOO members.

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it from a broad, unbiased, modern point of view, unhampered by fear and traditions in an attempt to make of religion a vital, practical, workable companion. One has but to notice the tremendous sale of Bruce Barton's "The Man Nobody Knows" and "The Book Nobody Knows" to realize how farreaching, how pertinent is this new interest in Jesus and the Bible. It is in this connection that we publish the article below by our own Bro. George Arnett Singleton. Brother Singleton is a teacher of Social Science at Allen University, Columbia, S. C. At present he is mi leave of absence and is attending the University of Chicago where he is working for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, majoring in Church History. It is hoped that if Mr. Wright, editor of the Christian Recorder of the A. M. E. Church, should be elevated to the office of bishop that Mr. Singleton, whose keen insight and gift of letters are being increasingly appreciated, will be given the editorship of this, the oldest extant Negro journal in the country. Brother Singleton bears the additional distinction and honor of having been recently elected a member of the American Historical Association.

The above article could have added that Attorney George is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brother George was one of the Old Guards of Beta, and during bis time in Cleveland he has been cne of the staunch supporters of Pi Chapter.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Editor.




Ecu if any subjects today are receiving more widespread and intelligent study than that of religion. Mam oi the best minds of our country are studying


Bro. Dr. E. F. Alleyne, who has just returned from Europe with the Golden Key and Diploma of the famous University of Vienna, Austria, where he specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, is a worthwhile pride of Chi Chapter. Brother Alleyne was lorn in Barbadoes, B. W. I., and after the completion of his high school training in this island and Trinidad came to the United States and took his pre-professional education in Howard University and City College, New York. He graduated in medicine from Meharry Medical College in 1H22, serving internship at Hubbard Hospital of the same college in the following year. Subsequently Brother Alleyne was engaged in quantitative work in the Pathological laboratory of


The Sphinx, December, 1927

Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, then served a year on the staff of the Berwin Maternity (limes and the Lying-in Hospital, New York City, receiving diplomas from both hospitals. In 1985 Brother Alleyne joined the faculty of Meliarry Medical College as House Obstetrician and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. More than a year ago Dr. Alleyne sailed for Europe

entering the University of Vienna, Austria, and specialized under the personal direction of the world famed professors of this university in the branches of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Endocrinology. The only Negro yet to be awarded the Golden Key of the University of Vienna, Brother Alleyne is now head of the Department of Obstetrics at Meharry Medical College.




N beginning his first lecture on "What is Christianity?" Prof. Adolph Harnack, of the University , of Berlin, says: "The great English philosopher. John Stuart Mill, has somewhere observed that mankindI cannot 1 e too often reminded that, there was once a man of the name of Socrates. That is true; but still| more important is it to remind mankind again and again that a man of the name of Jesus Christ once Stood in their midst." _ , During the summer months a very unique book on Jesus was brought out bv Prof. Shirley Jackson Case,', world-renowned New Testament and Church Historyf scholar, of the University of Chicago. The title oft the bonk is "Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A New Biography." It l s j u s t what the adjective implies, a new slant and interpretation of Jesus. The author went about his job in the t spirit of the true scientific historian. His one interest


was truth.

Consequently he searched the inter-testa-

f mental literature, apocalyptic and pseudepigrapha, oi the Jews in an effort to discover the social antecedents5 of Jesus. From contemporary sources he attempts aI reconstruction of the environment in which Jesuss Uvea and did his work as an historic person. No man can l>e understood apart from his environy ment and the social forces which determine very largery his character. From this point of view Professor Case approaches the study of Jesus. He accounts for the gospels, or early biographies of Jesuss as the result of oral tradition which finally took written form to meet the demands of the early followerss U of Jesus, but back of the gospel narratives, including 6 Mark which is the oldest, he posits the I.ogia and e Ouellen savings and sources of Jesus. He takes the narratives for what they are worth a1 their face value i and is not interested in dogma, doctrine, or creedalL ,. formulae. He discovers in Mark a hero-divinity ina terest: in Matthew, a Messianic interest; in 1,like, a humane interest, and enlargement upon the earlierr i, sources- and in lohn, an attempt in the introduction

to accommodate Jesus to Gentile thought-concepts,s and finally a Spiritual interpretation.


When this book made its appearance the daily news-n papers gave it wide publicity of a negative type from !t

the extreme so-called orthodox point of view. But(T newspaper men are good psychologists, and knowingn the public mind they played their trick well. ( ertain IV brethren of the cloth immediately condemned the new , biography without having read a line of it, nor thee ie 1 ok to which it is a sequel, by the same author, " I he ;(, Historicity of Jesus." They were wrought up because Professor Case failed to state categorically the doc-,t trine of the Virgin Birth, but his interest was nott 3 doctrinal. One good saint from the Pacific coast er wrote b u n : "Gel all the publicity you can get now. for there are no newspapers in hell." , The great desideratum is not doctrinal or metaphysical. for some questions which we might raise are inscrutable mysteries, but ethical, moral, and social. Can Case's Jesus save us? Is he adequate for the redemption of sinful human nature? Can we organize our lives around him as a common center, appropriate somewhat of his dynamic spirit, and gaze at life from

his point of view? Those are some of the practical implications. Must a man believe in miracle to be saved? Someone will have to define miracle. I he old fashioned theologian who still thinks in terms of an absentee God will have one definition, and the scholar who was horn since the Protestant Keforma tioii and linmanuel Kant will have another, for he thinks in terms of Divine Immanence. He will have much in common with the modern scientist who thinks in terms of energy and force. And in the meantime the man on the street, living in the world of naive realism, will have another conception. Another will step up and say: "I do not believe Jesus because of miracle, but I believe miracle because of Jesus." Another group will come along and charge his brothers with being like the Jews who would test the validity of Jesus by smeia, signs. The hardheaded missionary will wave all this aside and present the crucified Christ, "The Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world." Perhaps there are thousands of saints among the heathen in the world today who never heard of the Virgin Birth. Professor Schermerhorn. of Garrett Biblical Institute, says, "Religion is a constant; theology is a variant." In every age of the world's history theology receives new interpretations and new meanings, but the overmastering personality of Jesus is the "same yesterday, today, and forever." The fathers at Nicea might have thought one thing, and the Reformation leaders another surely the recent leaders at the Lusanne World Conference on Faith and Order were far removed in thought from their ancestors of former times. hoots it if a man works out an approach to Jesus which appears somewhat novel and moves outside of the usual groove of thinking, if he has experienced a new birth in the sense of a revaluation of values, and has the mind of Christ, he is saved for building the kingdom of God. If after having come in contact with Jesus he experiences a new insert of heavenly power, is deeply conscious of a brotherly fellow feeling and social sympathy; if he goes forth with a passion to assist in the salvaging of the .race and attempts to follow Jesus with everincreasing fidelity, it would seem to me that his conversion has point. For after all, men are known by their fruits; not by their toots or shoots. In the final analysis I am persuaded that Professor Case's Jesus is the Jesus of Paul. And to be sure the Pauline Jesus has a social message to suit this present age in which prophets here and there are trying to interpret His mind and forth tell His will. While standing in the presence of Case's Jesus, revealed as an historic personality, and against the background of contemporary social forces, one is constrained to say with the young lad in the ancient day : "Sir, I will go with three whithersoever Thou leadest."

Be sure to get a certificate when you purchase your ticket to Cleveland. See full details elsewhere in this issue.

T h e Sphinx, December, 1 9 2 7 READ THIS Mr. Oscar C. Brow.i, Chicago, I I . I >KAI< O S C A R :

I am taking this liberty to write you. and at the same time inclose a copy of a notice sent out by one of the members of Kappa Lambda Chapter, at Greensboro. There is always that careless method shown by brothers in nearly every chapter relative to the notices sent about a proposed meeting. It seems as though this brother has the spirit, and when lie put the n lice in some such form as this, I hardly think that anj hi other could use the old method of sticking the card-notice in his pocket and thinking about the meeting the next night after the meeting was held; instead, I think that no brother could forget such a colorful notice. You may he able to use this in I m SPHINX in en effort to make chapter secretaries use some methed other than old postal card method for notices for meetings. A. and T. College. Greensboro, N. C. Oct. her 17, 1927. DI'.AK


l.ass weak vou uuz written two bout makin an date with your frat brulhers for Oct. 19, 1927 A. D. at Room 107,â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Agriculcha Bldg, Greensboro. Guilford Co. Norcalina. 8:00 P. M. Eastn Standnd Time.


Now Ink on your memo pad an sea if you dune as you wuz instrucdid. Now Ink in your gagement BukÂŤ| an at your Kalinder (if you have one) an you shell sea that vvhut i am remindin you of aint nothin mi. if this aint enuff reminda, supposen you ty a string round your fingure. Now awl jokes aside Buddy i think you had aughta come out. We grot sum nu candydates an i think thai shood be your cooperates rathen then your successes. The skipper sez two notyfy you (which you have bin did twicst.) He sez if i dont have a full bouse he most likely will suspen me four neglect of dooty, 1 [oping you, the same, Brotherly yours. AL I'M \.



A manufacturing concern of the first order, manufacturing' a long-established brand of A-l merchandise. desires the services of an intelligent, energetic young man who has selling capabilities. Must have a clean record, Rood character, personality and be able to furnish bond. Travel, salary and commission. A real opportunity for the right man. In your reply state age. amount of education and schools attended; experience and other qualifications; also state whether single or married. Rm. 3, 83 E 35th St., Chicago, 111.

BETA CHAPTER W a s h i n g t o n , D. C. BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A .


The first recess oi the year is at hand and many brothers are leaving for Philadelphia to see the Howard-I.incoln game ami enjoy the various social events. Although Brother Captain Martin's team has not met With the expected success, he says. "Watch OUT stull on Turkey Day." Brother "Bobo" Miller has put up a wonderful game all season at tackle and is awaiting his last chance at the Lincoln I.ions. On Saturday, November 12, our pledgees gave a dance at Thomas' Cabaret, which was given m honor of the Atlanta and Howard teams and brothers. 1 he invitations read from 10 until 2, and it was m its gayest mood at 18, but the "Law" saw fit to revive an ancient statute which prohibits the opening '>t places of amusement in Washington on Sunday other than between hours of i and 11 P. M. Every one was disappointed, as the affair promised to be one oi the most pleasant of the season. The committee on arrange ments, consisting of Pledgees Prudhomme, ["Oliver and Hamtii, are to be complimented tor their et" On November is we held a smoker at * e residence of Brother Daugherty. The smoker was well attended by Beta and Mu Lambda, pledgees and members, the Freshman class. This is a late day for our initial smoker, the delay being caused by our inability to i„„l a suitable place, as we are without a fraternity house to date. The plans for the renovation of the h,,,^^ we purchased during the summer are being settled and we expect to be settled shortly. Brother Baxter Goodall, who worked so energetically in our Gotto-High-School, Go-to-College Campaign last spring, has jumped right into thr activities o n t h e hill At present he is editor oi the Hilltop and Brother Stephen a m e m b e r of the Student Council. Stafford has been elected president oi the 1 . M. U A . and is increasing the scope of its activities in campus ' Christmas is just over the hill, and that draws our attention to the convention. Besides our delegates, several other brothers have planned to make the trip. The Delta Sigma Theta holds its convention here Christmas, and we are preparing I novel feature lor their entertainment. \,n. ng the brothers from other chapters with us this w a r are " T o m " Brown, Wilbur Strickland Goode, Robinson, French and Anderson. Beta is glad „, h.-,ve these men lure. They are joining m with the true Alpha spirit. Best wishes from Beta. Fraternally yours. HORACE <). P011 ARD.



Virginia Union University, Richmond, V a . BROTHERS IN A L P H A




Once more the brothers of Gamma are back again and working with enthusiasm to make this oui best year Gamma extends greetings to all sister chapters

and wishes each success in both college and fraternal endeavors this year, We had several brothers to leave us this year. Some are continuing their education, and others have gone to fill their places in tile world's work. Brother George Downing, who was an "All Time" president when here, is now attending Boston University Law School. Brother R, W. Scott is also taking the same line of work at Fordham University. Brother C. "Gut" Williams is now connected with one of our leading race insurance companies in Pittsburgh Pa. Brothers Allen Gaskins and Kirk Gaskins received their A.B.'s in Education last June and are now filling their places "out yonder" in the world. Gamma continues to shine in extra-curricula work. This year we have an excellent representation on the football squad. Brother A. T. Tobiu was re-elected captain and is having a very successful year. Brother ( otton is "running wild" in his fullback position. Brother Boothe is considered one of the best defensive ends Union has had for some time. Brother Merrilt is a tower of Strength in tackle, and Brother Dandy is tilling in as a flashy substitute halfback. Along with these brothers are Pledgee I. A. Brcatix. quar terback and All C. L A. A. selection for thai position in 1926, and Pledgee Puffin, who was selected on the mythical eleven at end for 192S. These pledgees are lighting hard and making a name [or themselves and I 'nil 11.

In the classroom Gamma men are excelling. Broth rrs F. E. Davis and W. !•'.. Brown are assistants in the Department of Chemistry and are ranking stu dents. Brothers " T o m " Henderson and Charles Gandy are assistants in the Departments oi Physics and Economics, respectively. These brothers are making good in their class work and holding up the work of Gamma. Oilier brothers who should be com mended for their class work are Brothers Fred Pierce, Wm. Segar. James Robinson. Pledgees Lyman Brooks and Murray Brooks were the honor students for their classes last year. They had an average oi 92 per cent and 93 per cent, respectively. These men are being encouraged to keep up their good work. The big Turkcv Day classic between Union and Hamilton'will be played here. We are expecting a large number of brothers and visitors. Gamma plans big things for the week-end. One of these "red hot" parties which no one but Gamma can give will be held on Friday, November 25. Wish all you brothers could attend, for 11 is known to all the ability oi I,annua to entertain. Will let you hear more oi the affair in the next issue. Thanksgiving brings to a close the football careers of two of Union's most noted athletes. Both will play their allotted time out. and it is with regret that thest br< ibers have the gridiron, never no more to fight for Union, These brothers are Brothers Merrilt and •robin. The latter was All-American selection for L92S at center. They have kepi the faith and have [ought a good light. The newly-weds, Brother Prgf. and Mrs. K. w . Logan, are residing on the campus. Brother Prof. Logan is by far the mosl popular and well-thought-ol member of the faculty. His efficiency as an instructor is well known to many. Last summer he and his charming bride spent part of their honeymoon trip motoring in Canada.

The Sphinx, December, 1 9 2 7 Brothers I.. \V. Davis, Jeffries, Dr. D. W . Davis, Jr., \V. 11. Spurlock, C. T. Russell, and Honorary Brother J. W . Barco are serving as heads and instructors on the faculty. We are hoping for Alpha Phi Alpha a very successful convention this year, which will surpass in all expectations previous conventions and be in keeping with Alpha ideals. Wishing all a Merry Xmas and a successful New Year, I am, Fraternally yours. AUBREY T. TOWN,

Associate Editor to SPHINX.



University of Michigan BROTHERS IN A L P H A



Brother Robinson. B.S. '2?, is a sophomore in the medical school. As president of the chapter he has demonstrated that he is a true and capable man of action. Brother Alexander, B.S. '27, is an untiring worker in the b.mds of Alpha Phi Alpha. He has served the chapter ably for three years as secretary. II, j , a student in the graduate school and we feel that the ideals ui the fraternity will permeate him as much in after hie as in college. Brother "Al" Conn. A.B. '2.">, is a senior law and one who has the earmarks of success. All of these men are fit representatives; they have all seen long service here, ami together with the resl of our men we hope that we can join wholeheartedly in this reunion. "Cleaving Closer to Cleveland" is our motto. Wishing you all the felicitations of the season. Fraternally yours, J. l.Kox


Corresponding Secretary.


This is an age of criticism and inquiry, and in whatever assembly a man finds himself he is under thr critical eye. What hath he done or what is he doing? is the question which reaches every man. Things are moving along sublimely at Epsilon is ever. With our eyes fixed expectantly upon the Twentieth Annual Convention, we note here the more important events which have transpired since our last

communication. Socially, Epsilon men have not neglected themselves. Those affairs, indicating the wish of the brothers to mingle with "the more dangerous of the species,' which have already come to pass, predict a brilliant social season. October 88, the day of (he Ohio State (Stadium dedication) game, was our Homecoming, and our entire program was a grand success, even more so than we ourselves expected before hand. There were quite a few brothers here from other cities and the key to the chapter was turned over to them. On Friday nigh! we had "a little get-together" at the house.

Saturday nighl we climaxed tin week cud with a large dance, given at Klks' Rest. Among the visiting brothers who enjoyed the frivolities at Epsi Ion's expense were "Ed" Paris, formerly of Alpha Kappa;

"Cas" Johnson and Pendleton, formerly of Beta. New men should be the nucleus for the fostering of the noble and most sacred ideals of the fraternity. Our "Sphinx Club" consists of quality and not quantity, To demonstrate their prowess, they OOi "» a

little party the Friday night preceding the Navy game that would not quit. The Saturday following the "breakdown" the Board of Trustees of the chapter house held its annual meeting. The Board discussed and took action upon a large number of problems con

fronting the brothers in the management oi the house, and devised plans for a greatly improved and more effective program for the year. The brothers oi the chapter are exceeding!} pleased to note the great interest and enthusiasm shown by the alumni brothers

and feel that closer contacl between the alumni and undergraduate brothers produces effective results. _ Brother Dr. Wiggins, '21, now a successful physician in Philadelphia, was one of the many visitors that visited the chapter during the football season. We have in our midst Brother Dr. Charles D, lard, formerly of Chi, and a charter member of Alpha Alpha Chapter. Brother Dillard is taking special \ - r a > work in the University and we are proud to welcome him in our fold. , Once more we think of our annual convention aim cry, "All out for Cleveland." Don't be f » T , r , s e d . * ° see us coming in carloads from dear old Epsilon, JUM exponents oi prowess among fair maidens and gOOO

fellowship. , n r Our representatives this year are Brother K. uRobinson, senior delegate; Brother L E, Alexander, junior delegate, and Brother A. B. Conn, alternate.

BROTHER FREDERICK H. ROBB, THETA CHAPTER It seems to be a truism that "if you want to get something done, give it to a man who already has more than he can do." We know of many cases that go to prove this; but we know of no case that shows it more clearly than a recent accomplishment of Brother Frederick H . Robb. He graduated this year from Northwestern University with the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence. In addition to the school work required of him as a senior, he carried a regular job that took a great deal of his out-of-school time and he took a very active part in the religious and civic life of Chicago. These things seem to have been enough to kill the average m a n ; but they served only to stimulate "Fred" and make him undertake what proved to be a triumph. He originated, edited, managed and compiled the Intercollegian Wonder Book. or "The Negro of Chicago from 1T7H to 1927." This Wonder Book includes an historical review of the Negro in Chicago for one hundred and forty-eight years and such general information as to indicate the scope of his educational, economic, social, civic and commercial life. Photographs are profusely inserted as a study in personality and types. A Who's W h o is given to suggest leaders, a Directory to point out many of the more successful business and professional men and women, and to show our possibilities. Celebrated characters, facts and figures about the Negro for thousands of years are given as a setting for the progress of the Chicago Negro. Although the volume is small, covering briefly the majority of the major activities on the Southside, it is very comprehensive. This accomplishment by Brother Robb seems almost superhuman, when we consider his many other activities. But to know him is to know the "nth power" of human dynamics. He graduated with honors from the Hartford. Conn., high school; finished Howard University, with degree A.B., in three and one-half years. While in high school and in college he served as delegate to seventeen church, student, "Y" and debating conferences in various parts of the United States. As a freshman he made the Howard Varsity debating team, and was a member for the full time of bis college career. He was president of nearly every organization at Howard, and was editor of the 1924 Senior ( l a s s Annual, the best that Howard had ever produced. These are just some of the high spots in Brother Robb's career. "Fred" sails soon for England where he will further pursue the study of law. and he is going to do this with money that he has saved while going to school. Alpha Phi Alpha thanks God for giving us this true representative of Alpha Phi Alpha; and we point to him with pride and as an example for those who aspire to be true to faith of Alpha.


T h e Sphinx, December. 1927 IOTA CHAPTER


Syracuse University, Syracuse, N . Y.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A , Greetings:




As time goes on and Alpha Phi Alpha progres so does Iota Chapter progress apace. Since the open ing of the new school year, the brothers seem to be

A n o t h e r school y e a r h a s c o m e a n d a g a i n y o u n g m e n a n d w o m e n a r e p u r s u i n g their studies at t h e


university. Mu ( hapter is also carrying on once more. We have lost several brothers, all good men, hut the

with increased vigor. The goal is to make this a bigger and better year. The chapter grieves the loss of Brother Arthur

c h a p t e r will e n d e a v o r to proceed with t h e w o r k t o he done in an A l p h a P h i A l p h a m a n n e r just t h e s a m e . The chapter president. B r o . ( hauneey Cooper,




f< t tIns


all g o about

O u r eminent



h a s g o n e OUt

into the world to succeed in order thai his name, tun, might be claimed b) posterity. Brother Grant is now sor of Zoology at Philander Smith College. Brother Cecil G. Cooke, former intercollegiate quarter-mile champion, and outstanding contender for the 1028 Olympic quarter-mile championship. Yes, Brother Cooke or "Babes" is missing ir.nn the fold this year, for he is now coach at Texas College, Tyler, Texas. The y e a r also r e v eal s t h e loss .if B r o t h e r

Lionel 11.

Maloney. Brother Maloney is making much progn in Medical School at University of Indiana. Now for tin gains of the year. We are very much pleased by having with Us again this year Brother Hugh 1. i-'ontellio Xantou. who is now continuing his studies in Medical School. Brother Nanton is one of the m o s t - n e e d e d

m e n in the c h a p t e r .

T h e very


or the expectation of his loss would he something to grieve for. We rejoice in learning that Brother Clarence Maloney, of Buffalo, has passed the New York Stale Bar and is now an active attorney. Brother Mai is a man of unusual ability; he may even he called a genius. Those who read the account of the Colgate-Syracuse game were thrilled, who saw it were both thrilled and excited over the spectacular playing of Brother Raj Vaughn, the stellar Maroon fullback. Many








brought to their feet to gasp at one of his vi< tackles. ..r to follow up one of his pile-driving line plunges ( i Igate would have been at a loss without the s t a l w a r t , husky V a u g h n , S y r a c u s e would h a v e c r u s h e d C o l g a t e h a d it not heeu for h i m . H e is o n e

of the luminaries of the Last for All-American honors. But



are other


and events

in o u r

We are now occupying our new. beautifully

decorated chapter house. T h e r e is every condition p. ssible c o n d u c i v e to study a n d t o the w c l l - h c n r the b r o t h e r s a n d pledgees. W e a r e pleased very m u c h , for all of us h a v e s h o w e d o r a r e s h o w i n g a ÂŤ r e a t a m o u n t of e n t h u s i a s m . O u r first social event of the season w a s the C o l g a t l S y r a c u s e d a n c e , w h e n t h e m e m b e r s from C o l g a t e a n d H a m i l t o n C o l l e g e s w e r e o v e r . T h e r e w e r e many out

of town guests present. The music was furnished by the Century Night Hawks. On a whole, the dance was a huge success. On November 12th and t3th we were honored with the preseno ol Brother Robert 1'. Daniel, our Third I astern Nice President, who was touring his district m i r d e r to l e a r n m o r e ahoitt the activities of the c h a p t e r s in h i s j u r i s d i c t i o n . B r o t h e r Daniel h a d a

derful fashion.

message, a message rendered in the he T h e r e w a s n o dotiht left in t h e m i n d s of the

brothers, for not a single question was left swered. Well, the convention

is h e r e , t h a t




And so the cry, "See \.ni in Cleveland." becomes "So this \% C l e v e l a n d . " I'Taternalh yours. W i r i . i w i S A N I BL I >DOMJ

graduated in pharmacy in June. Brother Cooper spent the s u m m e r

at his h o m e

in St. Louis.


fall h e

joined the faculty at Meharry Medical College as an instructor in tin- Pharmacy Department. Here Brother Cooper will meet several other brothers of Mu Chapter in the persons of Brothers Lark, Haines, and Stephens, Mi h a r r y .







Bro. .Alfred Llkins received his M.D. degree. Brother Elkins is entering at the Glen Lake' Sani tarium. ( d e n Lake,


Brother Ransome, Pharmacy "86, has left the Twin ( ities to l a k e a position St. Louis.

with a chemical



Bro. Lafayette Fields left September 36th on an extensive trip which will finally take him to Cleveland where he plans to inter business. Brother Fields' i t i n e r a r y is as f o l l o w s : K a n s a s City, C h i c a g o , D e t r o i t , Philadelphia. New Y o r k , Buffalo, a n d C l e v e l a n d .

I'.rother fields graduated from the Pharmacy School in 1926. tie has been diligentlj working since thai t i m e a n d is n o w ready

to e n t e r his life


Bro. Atty. W. T. Francis has gone farther from us than am brother Ins Brother Francis, a reliable member of Mu. was appointed United States Minister and Consul General to Liberia. Brother Francis left St. Paul, September 8 t h The chapter will certainly mis, all of the departed brothers, nevertheless we wish t h e m success a n d ÂŁ d f o r t u n : . 'file e d u c a t i o n a l Campaign w a s t r u l y



one. Bro. John Lawrence was stale campaign manager for Minnesota: Bro, Samuel Jackson was chapter chairman of the "Go-To-High-School, Go-To College" campaign committee: Bros. Chauncey Cooper and Leon Smith assisted on the committee. On Sunday. May 1st, the campaign opened. Brothers spoke concerning the campaign at various churches in the Twin Cities. A proclamation was sent to Duluth to he read at the Calvary Baptist Church by the pastor, Reverend Beasley. The chapter's plans and program were told to htm dreds of people in this way. ' i n Monday, B r a George Hamilton announce.I the opening of tin- campaign over W i l l ) , the local radio station. On Tuesday and Wednesday various sttidints were met by brothers and Alpha program of service and uplift was explained to them personally. Thursday evening a mass meeting For all high school students and grade school students was held at Little Pilgrim Baptist Church. Friday and Saturday were used in winding up the week's work. In the state of Minnesota there were nineteen colored high sch. ol graduates. These young people w e r e invited bj letter l o e n t e r an . s s a \ contest conducted by t h e Chapter. T h e subject of t h e essay w a s ,

"The Advantages of Having a Higher Only




St. Laid


Education." the


These were: Miss Marguerite Tresvan, Miss Anna h o s i e r . Miss D o r o t h y H a l l , a n d Miss V i c t o r i a S t o k e s . At t h e final m a s s m e e t i n g S u n d a y , M a y 8th, t h e w i n n e r nf t h e t w e n t y five d o l l a r s c h o l a r s h i p w a s a n nounced. Miss V i c t o r i a S t o k e s w a s picked by the judges, as h a v i n g t h e besl essay. Miss S t o k e s e n t e r e d Minnesota, m i s fall. T h e p r o g r a m at t h e final m a s s

meeting w as as foil. >ws i 1. America


The Sphinx, December, 1 9 2 7 :.'. :>. 4. 5. (i. 7.

Invocation Rev. I.. \V. Harris, D.D. Vocal Solo Miss Ruth Brown Remarks.. Bro. Chauncey Cooper "In Praise of Our Old High" Varsity Four Purpose of the Movement Bro. Samuel Jackson Vocal Solo ...B. F. .Miller "Open the dales of the Temple" 8. Introduction of Speaker Bro. William T, Francis 9. Address Bro. George W. Hamilton 10. Alpha Phi Alpha Hymn Mrs. S. E. Hall it. Reading of Winning Essay Miss Stokes 13, Presentation of Schotarship....Bro. John Laurence L3, Remarks of General President Bro, R. Cannon i i. Offering. 15. "Onward Christian Soldiers" Audience Hi. Benediction Rev. L. W. Harris The judges of the essays were1: Miss Margaret Martin, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; Mr. Ferdinand Johnson, Kappa .Alpha Psi, and Mr. Earl Wilkins, Omega Psi Phi. The judges performed very efficient and commendable work, The work of the "Co-ToHigh-School, Go-To-College" campaign is over for the year, hni the results will exist forever. Bro. John Thomas attended the summer school sessions at the university. Mn was visited by several brothers from sister chapters during the summer. Brothers Rabb and Benton, of Chi; Brothers Wheeler and Raglan, of Alpha Theta; Brother Simmons, of Xi. and Brother Buggs, of Alpha Rho, were in the Twin Cities mos'l oi the summer. Bros. (,. Lark and S. Stephens, of the faculty at Meharry Medical College, visited in St. Paul. Bro. Mason Fields, of Chicago, visited St. Paul in the early part of summer, Bro. Samuel Jackson spent the summer ill Chicago. On Fridaj evening, September 16th, the "college" hoys entertained at a "College Boys Ramble." The "college" hoys included students from various colleges and universities. These hoy.-, under their chairman, Mm. F. O. Washington, of Alpha Xi, promoted a very fine affair. The scene of festivities was Yeomen's Hall, Minneapolis. Mu Chapter, with an average of 1.038, maintained a standing of "C" for the year 1926-27. All of the brothers were very studious and as a result the.other Side was safely reached. May we do still better next lime. Here, however, lei me remark thai the leading fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa, had an average of 1.39. Mu Chapter for a feu months has escaped the arrow.- of Dan Cupid, hut due to tin fact that one 1 rother's pin has disappeared we can not he safe f.Âť.n this little gentleman wry long, Mu Chapter had no neophytes in the past school year, hut we shall have some new blood this year. As in the past only the best, only men of Alpha caliber shall be considered. Mu again extends greetings to all chapters in Alpha Phi Alpha; may this year IK- a successful one in all _ u.u s. BRO. W. T. F R A N C I S Pro. Ally. William T. Francis, recently appointed United States Minister to Liberia, is an honorary meml er of Mu Chapter. Brother Francis was always faithful in every cause and was a great aid to the chapter. Brother Francis ha- lived in St. Paul since 1882 Me was educated in the schools there and graduated from the St. Paul College of Law. For many years he was associated with the legal department ol the Northern Pacific Railway Company. Brother Francis lilled his position with efficiency and diligence IPs work was commendable, After nineteen years service with this company in which he rose from stenographer to chief clerk and attornev, Brother Francis entered law practice for himself. Bv dint of hard, energetic work Brother


Francis built a large clientele and gained a host of friends. He was honored and respected in all courts of the slate of Minnesota. In 1923 Brother Francis was appointed chairman of the Western District. Colored Division of the Republican National Committee with headquarters at l."il Wrigley Building, Chicago. Again Brother Francis brought more plaudits to his name. IK- was connected with the Supreme Court of the G. I". 0 . < ). F'.. and was Grand Master of the Masons for Minnesota. Brother Francis was also a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, a professional organization. In July, 1927, Brother Francis was appointed InPresident Calvin Coolidge .as Minister Resident and Cbunsul General to Liberia. This was a signal for every organization Brother Francis belonged to to honor him. Brother Francis' Christian principles were eulogized at his church. Pilgrim Baptist, where a great testimonial meeting was held August 31st. Mu Chapter honored him with a smoker given Monday evening, September 5th, at the home of Dr I'.. Weber, St. Paul. The slate of Minnesota honored Brother Francis at a testimonial held Tuesday evening, September 6th, in the St. Paul City Council Chambers. The following program was rendered: "America" Audience Invocation Rev. Win. H. Griffin Introduction of Master of Ceremonies.... G. James .O. (.'. Hall. Master of Ceremonies Chorus, "Here O Lord" St. Paul Chorus Remarks, Our Mayor L. C. Hodgson Solo. "Lovely Flowers, Will Ye". Mrs. Mae B. Mason Remarks, For Minneapolis William R. Morris Remarks, For the Bar William I. Quinn Folk Song, Selected. St. Paul Chorus Remarks, X. A. V C. I'. George W. Hamilton Solo, Selected Claude Jackson Remarks. F"or Urban League Elmer Carter Presentation Charles Miller Response Hon. W. T. Francis Chorus St. Peter's Choir, Minneapolis Benediction Father Lealtad At this testimonial Brother Francis was presented with two traveling trunks and his wife with a hat case donated by citizens and organizations of Minnesota. The money that remained after the purchasing of these .articles was also given to Brother Francis. ( )nr In-other and his wife took their leave Thursday morning. September 8th. After visiting Mrs. Francis' relatives in Nashville, Term., they proceeded to Washington, D. C . where Brother Francis Conferred with the Slate Department. October -Hit they sailed for Africa hy way of London and Paris. Much praise is due our brother. We have wished him Cod speed. We know his service For his country will he excellent. Fie is lint type of man. Alpha Phi Alpha is proud of him. May he know of our fraternity work through our organ. T H E S P H I N X . May he know that we remember him .and wish him well although thousands of miles separate us. Let the work of our older Alpha Phi Alpha men inspire- tin- younger ones to do big things and live a life of service to mankind. Fraternally yours, JOHN




of Mu.

Things are progressing rather nicely at Mu. We meet regularly under the leadership of Bro. Vke-Pres. Samuel Jackson. Bro. Pres. Chauncey Cooper is not affiliated with Chi. having become a member of the faculty at Meharry Medical College. Mu Chapter maintained a "C" average in scholarship last year, and is determined to do a little Fetter this year. From the reports received at mid-quarter, Mu should he well near the top of the list, as mane of the brothers had excellent marks,


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On Friday. October :!M\i, our chapter entertained the new students of the university at a dancing party. The Sterling Club was the scene of festivities; dancing was the principal enjoyment from ten until two. The hall was decorated with Hallowe'en effects. Bros, Robert Lyle, Leon Smith and F. Q. Washington were the committee that promoted the dance. Among our graduate brothers present were, Bros General President Raymond Cannon, C. W . Washington. George \V. Hamilton, and Jasper Gibbs, All of the brothers and the guests evidently had a delightful evening of pleasure. Our delegate to Cleveland will be glad to meet delegates from every chapter in Alpha Phi Alpha. W e hope you shall be there fraters in lull bloom and with plenty oi pep, May you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Yours fraternally,

Yu reiterates her pledge to continue in the van guard of progress, to live up to your expectations and to always maintain the standards of a sister chapter in Alpha Phi Alpha. With best wishes to all the chapters for continuous success, \ u closes.

fraternally yours, t'. THEODORE VALENTI HE,

Associate Editor to Tin: SPHINX.





Lincoln University, P e n n s y l v a n i a BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m



With plans definitely set and firmly ensconsed In an orderly way of things, Nu broadcasts to her sister chapters that she is '"making the grade." Yu extends her felicitations to the originators of the convention slogan, "Cleaving Closer in Cleveland," and has adopted as her local slogan, "Cleaving Closer at Yu," for such a slogan is representative of the sentiment and attitude that prevail at Yu. Nu assumes that her sister chapters are interested in Nil's successes and achievement', atid in line with that assumption submits the following record: The Theodore Milton Selden Memorial Prize of a gold medal given by Yu Chapter. Alpha Phi Alpha, awarded to the freshman making the highest scholastic average for the year was won by Bro. Charles T. I [olloway. In the trials for the varsity debating team the choices for the first team are one hundred per cent Alpha. The presidencies of the Delta Rho, a varsity debating society, and the Y. M. C. A. an- held by Bros. Thurgood Marshall and Richard Hill, respectively. Bro, James horsey is the director of the College Glee Club and College Quartet. Incidentally the College Quartet is seventy-five ]>er cent Alpha. Bro. Henry McPlicrsoii, a baritone. is the most promising soloisl on the campus and Yu proudly feels and predicts a brilliant future as a vocal artist for Brother MePhcrsoii. Brothers Sinkler, Murray and Jason, in addition to leading their classes Brothers Sinkler and Murrayare seniors, Brother Jason is a juniorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are under graduate instructors. The purpose of submitting this ri-a>rd is not begotten of a desire for idle boasting, not is it begotten of a desire to say again with facts that \ u is running "true to form." But rather it is submitted with p i t s cntatic ns of actual facts that in cases where merit decides appointments Alpha men excel. Yu plans, in fact Yu has put into actual execution. the sending out of a fully equipped fraternity basket hall team under the managership of Bro. William Sinkler. And lest I forget let me mention that despite a season oi football reverses for the once mighty Lincoln Lions. Brothers Dyer and Motley are playing "hang-up" games at center and halfback, respectively, and doubtlessly will contribute mightily toward

Howard's defeat Thanksgiving.



A Flawless Jewel from N u Nu submits, with pardonable pride, the record ot Bro. Richard Hurst Hill. Brother Hill has an heritage of Alpha stock. Ibis fourth in line of lux- brothers, all of the superior clay that is characteristic oi Alpha men. Brother Hill is unquestionably the most man on Lincoln University's campus. He hut why say home; here's his record, judge for yourself. 1. Four years a member of Varsity Debating Team. 2. Vice-president and for two years president Delta Rho Forensic Council; instituting inter-racial debates with leading white colleges. .'f. Vice-president Yu Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha, 1926. 4. President Yu Chapter. Alpha Phi Alpha. 1027. .1. President Y. M. C. A.. 1927-1928. 6. President. Y. A. A. C. P.. I.. U. Branch. 19261927. 7. President Delta Sigma Chi National Debating Fraternity. 8. Only Yegro student member of Yew York Sum mer Service Group under Yatic ual Y. M. C. A.. 1926. 9. Member New York Student Council. in. (Inly Yegro representative on American student delegation to Russia, summer of 1(127, and member of

exei utivc committee. II. Y, M. C. A. delegate to Milwaukee and Kings

Mountain, North Carolina, conference.

The Sphinx, December, 1927 12. Declined Fellowship to Switzerland. l.'i. Member Varsity debating team which debated Oxford University team in first Inter-Racial Intercollegiate Debate, 1926. 14. Member Lincoln University Choir and Glee Club, 1925-1986. I.">. Plans to study law at the completion of his college work at Lincoln. Brothers, doesn't this record "do yen proud?" Y e p ! W e feel the same way.

SIGMA C H A P T E R Boston, M a s s . BROTHERS IN ALPHA P H I ALPHA, Greetings: A little while has passed since we last had the pleasure to tender our "hello" to you. However, we now greet you with the renewed, effervescent spirit ol a traveling brother who comes on a happy visit home. This is a joy that cannot be substituted, nor can it be fully explained. Nevertheless, in all its fervor it is ours! With the school year and college life in full swing we find among our ranks the inspiration from the Sphinx-god. From the first call to the fold Sigma has had new and vigorous life. She has started with a dynamic force that is bound to carry her on and on for years. Fire has kindled in her soul and the Light of Alpha has burned brightly and constantly. Never before in the history of Sigma has such interest and zeal been shown. Brother have answered the call so faithfully that the books show the highest number of financial brothers ever on record. And there is still the possibility that more are coming! Surely Sigma lias cause to be happy and express her joy. We planned to make this a Sigma year in Boston, and we have a wonderful start. "Alpha" has been the one word on every lip, uttered with fervor and reverence. W e regret very much the absence of Brothers Bethel, Hope and Taylor from our midst. Our hopes are that they are meeting with success in their respective field's. On the absence of President Brother Bethel we held an election to install new officers. Secretary Brother banc was elected as our new president, Brother Cbfer as our vice-president, and Brother Rousseve as our secretary. Brother Hutchinson kept the keys to the treasure chest. Brother Lane has taken the governing reins well in hand, and with wonderful cooperation lias given Sigma the impetus needed to carry her forward. W e all pledge our support to Brother Lanel Beyond the waters of the Nile there it another promise of the Sphinxâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that of the largest Sphinx Club ever on record. As far as we can see and determine this is not a mirage but a reality. The Sphinx has called for followers, and they com* faithl nil\ in the ever-decreasing distance. A few weeks ago we held a smoker in conjunction

with Alpha Eta Chapter. This was on the evening of the Harvard-Dartmouth game. In all respects this get-together smoker was a great success. W e all had a wonderful time. Thrilling speeches came from the brothers and everyonr left with brimming inspiration. So far the biggest social event of the season was our biennial dance with Alpha Eta, on the 18th of November, the evening before the Harvard-Yale game. It was given in the form of an informal dance in the beautiful Robert Burns Hall, which has one of the finest floors in Boston, Sigma proudly hung a "brand new" banner, and everyone liked it very much. I he ball was most beautifully decorated in our own black ^u] gold. Under the effect of the subdued lights the beauty of the girls was even more pronouncedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and under the spell of the beautiful strains that floated on the air many a gallant gentleman breath**" t*ft tale*


of love in willing ears (someone has classified them as "sweet nothings"). Many brothers from out-oftown honored us with their presence and made many of the Boston girls quite happy, it is whispered. During the intermission a young talented couple entertained with songs, jokes and dances. They made a great hit and were encored over and over. With this and delicious refreshments the intermission was well enjoyed. The only sad part of the whole affair was its closing. When the strains of "Good Night Ladies" came to our ears I am sure there was a deep regret in every heart. Everyone was so well pleased that "the Alpha dance" is still the talk of the town. Many a secret tete-a-tete is held as to the charms of "the sweet little Miss So-and-So" and the gallantry and perfect dancing of "the handsome Mr. So-and-So," etc. With this as an introduction, we plan several more such happy times for the brothers and their friends. You will hear more from Sigma soon. W e are up and doing, and shall be pleased to hear from you and let you hear from us. May good fortune prosper all. Yours fraternally, FERDINAND L. ROUSSEVE,



to Sigma.


Champaign, 111. BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,


The moment fast approaches when the humble disciples of the Most Exalted Sphinx will make their annual crusade to the seat of His Immortal Majesty which this year is Cleveland. On the journey, many achievements of the past year will be recounted, rivalling in beauty, power and enthusiasm the impressive "Canterbury Tales" of never-dying Chaucer. Tau Chapter of the University of Illinois, very humbly contributes to the entertainment of its brother crusaders the "Tale of the Knights." By mere dint of scholastic efforts we are still maintaining our equilibrium in the Inter-B'raternity Council which governs the destinies of more than seventy fraternities. The prerequisite for admittance into this august body is a three point average for three consecutive semesters. Being the only Negro fraternity which has satisfactorily stood the test, Tau Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha is the legal spokesman of nearly i ne hundred and twenty-five Race students. The searchlight of the entire university is constantly focused upon us; yet, we are proud to tell you that we have never had the occasion to shun its glare. Tau Chapter entered upon its activities for the scholastic year 1927-28 with three benign brothers and nine humble pledgees. One of the pledgees, Reginald I'. Fisher, was inducted into the mysterious realms of Alphaism on the night of October 1st and most sincerely vowed t" be a true subject of the Sphinx. Brother Fisher, who was a member of the Star Rhetoric. French and Spanish sections in his freshman year and has not a grade lower than " B " on his record, is a member of the Inter-Racial Commission of the university and its secretary, member of the International Commission, French and Spanish Clubs, and is participating in various community activates. The chief of us all, Bro. Virgil McKnight, is most creditably leading us upward to the heights. Brother McKnight is a dignified senior and is both joyfully and regretfully planning to desert us next June. H e is the sociologist of the group and is sought by all in matters of community welfare. Brother McKnight is a member of the Inter-Racial Commission and is. also, our worthy representative on the Inter-Fraternity Council. He is planning to enter the social service arena and will be a success if we can judge by his tuecessei in t kec feminine world.


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( )ur most trusted financial secretary, Bro. Morris Hughes, is fittingly capable of handling our money affairs since he is majoring in mathematics. He is a junior and is excellent at counting (easily told by his ability to count the co-eds whom he has been forced to jilt). Bro. Richard Robinson, our precise chapter secretary, has returned to us after an absence of a year. His seriousness is attested to by his inelcfatigability in plugging through school. Brother Robinson, also a junior, is the most handsome of us all and fittingly sets off bis masculine pulchritude with his "good looking rags." The remaining student brother is Bro. Harvey Kent who, because there is now a Madame Kent, resides in town. Brother Kent, a junior, is thought quite fortunate in that he has been able to acquire so soon both a wife and a Cadillac. The Roman of us all is B r a Arthur Woodruff, who has been with the chapter from its incipiency. This is Brother Woodruff's home, therefore, we have the opportunity of asking him for the benefits of his sage w isdora at any time. Tail misses largely Bro. Alpheus W. Booker who was our president last year and who was affiliated with a number of worth-while projects. He was elected to Phi Kappa EpsiloR, international honorary fraternity, because of his ability. Brother Booker is now teaching in Shelby, N. C , fitting himself to study law at Harvard. Brother Maurice M. Shaw also left us and is now studying medicine in Chicago. We miss him with hi> debonair manner. Tan's social calendar is always quite full. One of our first activities of the year was our smoker for the new men on the campus. Brother Woodruff, Mr. Richard Edwards, and Mr. Woodward Thomas were our patrons present who gave the new men instructive words of advice. We were filled with enthusiasm as \\e sang the musing old songs replete with the spirit of Tau and of our Alma Mater. Inspiring words of encouragement were given by each of the brothers. At the end of this smoker we pledged Gilbert Radcliffe and Willami Harris, loth of Xew Haven, Conn.; Romeo Xeal and Fletcher Turner, both of Washington, 1). C ; Edward Mouzon, of New York; Eugene Burdette, of Chicago, and John Nailor, of St. Louis, Mo. They with Turner Smith, of Washington, and Edward Turner, of Lebanon, 111., complete our list of pledgees. We have an excellent set of pledgees and we are expecting big things from them. Nearly every one of them is ably representing Tan's Sphinx ( Hub in the social world. One of our most lavish functions of the year was our Homecoming Dance at Masonic Hall on October 29th. This is one of the biggest times of the year as thousands of Illini come hack home, a number of whom are old warriors from Tau. This was an especially jubilant time as the old Illini gloriously defeated the invincible rivals from Michigan. ( In theFriday night before homecoming we had an informal dance at our chapter bouse. Every one expressed himself as having been highly elated with Tan's hospitality. Our dance at the hall was one of beauty. The decorations themselves would have done credit at any affair in a cosmopolitan city. Among our many visitors were Brothers Harewood, Powell,

Mundy, Randall, and Robb, of Chicago; Brother Scott, of St. Louis, and Brother Ellis, of Decatur. The event second of importance in the fall season was Dad's Day on November 12th. Many visitors were here from Chicago and elsewhere in order to see the undefeated Illini lay Chicago in the dust. The interesting affair on the calendar was the dance given by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Tau has a place of her own in the intra-mura! basketball league. The team this year, composed of Turner and Smith of Washington, Nailor and Brother

McKnight of St. Louis, and Brother Hughes of Indianapolis, promises to he second to none. We are always interested in noting the moves of our brothers who leave us behind. We have cause to be inspired by the worth-while things they do. Of these who so recently were among u s : Bro. George T. Kyle is teaching in Prairie View, Texas, and Bro. Harold D. West is teaching at Meharry. Roth these I rotbers recently were members of the faculty of Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Bro. Nathaniel W. Hudson, the budding attorney, has left the field of single blessedness and has allowed a certain young lady of Huntington, W. Ya., to bold bis heart and hand forever. His brothers here wish him unmitigated and eternal happiness. Bro. A1 v in Moss is bidding lair to win a name for himself in the field of law in Springfield. Bro. O. (). Nance is one of the favored teachers in the beautiful new Vashoii High School in St. Louis. Tau's chapter house is assuming quite a beautiful and imposing appearance. Our visitors in comparing its present condition with its past are forced to rein irk on its improvements. The house has been recently painted and reshingled; various rooms have I ecu repapered; necessary painting has been clone: and new furniture has been bought among which is a beautiful new Brunswick Orthophonic. Our home is one of the most I eauliful and convenient sites in the university district. It is hoped that within a lew years Tau will build a dignified and lovely stone edifice in true fraternity style. Our Sphinx Club is one of which we are very proud. Being composed of nine pledgees, enthusiasm naturally runs high. In it; weekly meeting, business, such as it is, is dispatched in an orderly manner. Interesting papers which would reflect credit on a more august body are read and discussed. Part of the business routine is the recitation of all (he fraternity chapters. All in all our pledgees are a set of well-developed men who are buoyant to the fullest degree. The year 1927-28 glides swiftly by and, as it glides, Tau is wending its way day by day closer to the climax of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the 20th Annual Convention of Alphia Phi Alpha in Cleveland singing joyously, "We're marching to Cleveland and one hundred pelcent we'll be, and there is joyous splendor each other's face we'll see." REGINALD







Philadelphia, BROTHERS IN A L P H A





Rho Chapter inel October Hi, L927, 10 p. m. at "Marion Tea Room." Brother Jcrrick opened the meeting with his usually high spirited Alpha greetings. Brother Curd read communications from our general officers also from many chapters. The brothers received the good news in the spirit ill which it was sent, full of good cheer.

Brother President appointed Bro. I). W. Winter as insurance commissioner for Rho Chapter. All who wish insurance to safeguard the name of Alpha seeBrother Winter. Rho Chapter is fortunate in having many brothers who have been placed in positions of gre-at importance-. Brother Burwell, president-elect "f the- National Midi cal Association: lire.. Wayne Hopkins is secretary e>f Armstrong Association; Bn>. Mercer Lewis was endorsed by the' independent organization for magistrate; Brother Curd was elected captain of the- Volley Ball Team.

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have played prominent parts. The dedication of Silsby flail of Science, Sunday, November 13th, at Talladega College, was an outstanding occasion that assembled the most distinctive and representative I. M. LAWRENCE, group of educators ever seen at the college. Some of C 'hipter Editor. the outstanding brothers who were present and participated in the anniversary celebration were, Bro. W. T. B. Williams, Field Agent of Slater and Jeanes Fund ; PHI CHAPTER Bro. Dr. St. Elmo Brady, Ph.D., Professor in Fisk University; Bro. Dr. Michel U. Dumas, M.D., former Ohio University, Athens, Ohio President of the National Negro Medical Association; Bro. Dr. John Hope, LL.D., President of Morehouse BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m A I . I ' H A , Greetings: College; Bro. Dr. Davage, President of Clark UniAs the yule-tide season rolls around, we have but versity ; Bro. Rev. Henry Barnwell, Southern Secraone thing on our minds. It is needless to mention tary of the American Missionary Association of New what that is but at "ole" 1'bi Chapter all the gang is York; many other brothers were present to make the studing, retiring, and awakening to the tune of meeting a success. Rev. Charles E. Burton, D.D.. "(leaving closer to Cleveland." secretary of the National Council of Congregational The brothers at Phi have little time to sleep. They Church of America, delivered the sermon of the mornare engaged in raising the scholastic standing of the ing. chapter and in extra-curricular affairs. Bro. G. L. Monday evening the pageant commemorating the Edwards has written quite a few articles for t h e . sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Talladega various newspapers of the country. W e are fortunate College was presented in the chapel. Too much praise in having with ux this year Bro. Nelson O, Woody, cannot be given our own Brother President Sharps formerly of Kappa Chapter. Brother Woody is a for the splendid way in which he carried out a leadvaluable asset to Phi Chapter. Although he has only ing part of the pageant as announcer. All of these been on the O. U. campus a few weeks, nevertheless things go to show that our own dear college is makhe has become quite a power. H e is a member of the ing rapid strides forward, and Alpha Beta hopes in Cosmopolitan Club and at the present time is attemptMime way to help make the burden lighter. ing to form an inter-racial conference. Finally we hope that the convention will be one of Our pre-"Go-To-High-School, Go-To-Cbllege" cam- the best in the annals of the history of the fraternity, paign went over big. The echo of it will no doubt be and that at that time especially every brotber will beard mi many campuses next year. Bro. Walter E. feel more keenly that good old spirit oi Alpha Phi Wiley is a soloist of no little repute and a wrestler Alpha running through it all. With best wishes for to be feared. The arts of singing and wrestling form a time of goodwill and joy in Cleveland. a unique combination but a strong "Alpha" man. Now In the bonds of Alpha Phi Alpha, that the gridiron is closed for repairs, Brothers CorA. D. GRAY. biu and Kdwards will no doubt make a good impression of Alpha Phi Alpha upon other candidates for the hardwood court. ALPHA EPSILON CHAPTER Our officers for the year a r e : President, Bro. G. L. E d w a r d s ; Secretary, Bro. H . A. Smith; Treasurer, University of California Bro. S. Llvod Corbin. W e have just received word BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A , Greetings: that Bro. Ward V. Rountree, ex-president of Phi Chapter, is no longer a bachelor but is now a benedict. Alpha Epsilon has been honored at its meetings In 1 refer you to Cupid's corner. visits and talks from Bros. William C. Matthews, We have a quite proficient Sphinx Club. There is Special Assistant to the Attorney General, of the a fair amount of material in it. Among these is United States, and R. (). Lanier, young Florida edupledge Jess Wilson, ex-star lialfback of Columbus cator. now a post graduate student at Stanford UniWest High. versity. The scribe wishes to report a casualty in the ranks Brother Lanier may be called that "Rare Bird," the of Phi. A good brother has had a mishap. I again only Negro to attend Stanford in years. T h e result refer you to Cupid's corner. of his attendance is (hat, through ethno- socio Well brothers, I must dose. You will have little time to read of past accomplishments when you con- anthropo- and many other logical observations upon him, as he says, "Stanford is certainly going to get sider the future. T h e ball is in your hands. One minute to play. The goal is Cleveland. Will we put something out of him, whether lie gets anything out of Stanford or not." it over? See m u there. Alpha Epsilon has sponsored a Sphinx dance in H E N R Y A. S M I T H . Sacramento, to be given after the final examinations Corresponding Secretary. in December. This is in accord with the policy of the chapter to keep in close touch and assist the youngsters at the Junior College. ALPHA BETA CHAPTER The Big Game Dinner Dance of the chapter was canceled out of respect to Pledge Bowen Gillium, a Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. student at University of California, who collapsed on the campus the day on which he was to have been BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A , Greetings: initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha. The college lost a When the loyal brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha think good student, our race and the fraternity a promising of the national convention a feeling of satisfaction and man. pride swells up within them as they dream of that Bro. Atty. Walter Gordon presented San Francisco vast number of brothers meeting again to carry out Bay region the sight of its first all-colored football the will of the Gods, that Alpha Phi Alpha shall congame. His team, the "Collegiate Hell Cats," defeated tinue to excell and stand out as the oldest greatest the "Acron Club" in a well played game. Alpha Phi and best Negro fraternity in the world, l o Alpha Alpha "Hell Cats" were, "Smoke" Francis of last Beta Chapter this has become a part of our religion year's California Varsity. George Hurd oi this year's because we fee! that as an organization of social California goof squad; Attorney H. L. Richardson, uplift its ideals cannot be excelled. Pearl Williams, Kenneth Johnson and several of the During the past months many notable events have pledges, all of whom were stars in high school days. taken place on our campus in which our own brothers Brothers Fleming and Sht ppard are full fledge members of Rho, per p lymeril of $1.">.()0 each. "On to Cleveland. '


The Sphinx, December, 1927

After only two practice scrimmages Gordon had taught his team several of the most successful plays of the great coaches, and in such a way that they were run off without confusion. Alpha Epsilon introduces to Afro-Americana, Bro. Walter Gordon, first Ail-American to be selected by the late Walter Camp from the Pacific Coast, an unsung Negro coach. H e was the assistant line coach during the five years that the late ' A n d y " Smith produced the famous University of California "Wonder Teams." For the past three years he has been the critic and scout for the University of California, and as such has earned the respect of " P o p " Warner, Howard Jones and the other coast coaches, because of his football knowledge. Perhaps, through the influence of Alpha Phi Alpha, men of his ability could be used to tiring Negro college football out of its present mediocre status. Fraternally yours, LKI.ANII S. H A W K I N S .


Editor t<> T u t : S P H I N X .

destination; but their way is not clear. Many steps will be spent in this infernal region before they will see written upon the horizon: "It won't be long now." All hands are busy preparing for the various activities which generally precede the annual convention. Brother Gilliard, our financial secretary, has sounded the bell which means empty pockets to all unfinancial brothers. Brother William C. Burnett is our convention delegate, and Brother Clarence K. Simmons is alternate. Trusting all chapters will cooperate with Pi Chapter in making our Twentieth Annual Convention the greatest in the history of the fraternity, I am, Very fraternally yours, THKO. I.. PLAIR,

Corresponding Secretary. ALPHA PI C H A P T E R Atlanta University BROTHERS IN ALPHA P H I ALPHA, Greetings:



Johnson C. Smith University BROTHKKS IN ALPHA I'm ALPHA, Greetings: As the university bell sent forth its mellow vibrations, which so often burst into notes of welcome, tinbrothers of Alpha Omicron, with befitting solemnity, assembled to hear the first roll call of a new school year. A feeling of sadness encircled the brothers as

they reflected and gazed upon the vacant seats oi brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;C B. Stewart, N. L. Gregg, C. I.. Murphy. W . P . Jennings, E. L. Avery, W . J. Hardy, and A. R. L a r d ; and it was not until they beheld in their midst the sparkling faces of Brothers C Frederick Woodson and C. Randolph Taylor that they felt duly

a mpensated for so great a loss. Brother Woodson occupies the chair of mathematics and Brother Tayl ir is head of the department of physics and athletic director of the university. It is with outstretched a n u s that we welcome these brothers into our fold, ami we are expecting them to reflect much credit to Alpha Phi Alpha. We are informed that Brother R. P. Perry (class '25) who, after having received his M.A. in chemistry from Iowa State University, is now teaching his hobby at Prairie View State College of Texas. Brothers Murphy and Jennings arc pursuing graduate courses in art and chemistry in New York City. WÂŤ often think of Brother Murphy's "warm" designs which made our spring banquet the talk of the Carolinas. Brothers Lord and Gregg can be seen very often on the campus. These brothers' fraternal love (as well as matrimonial promises) would not permit them to stray very far from us and the city of Charlotte. Brother Lord is teaching physics and chemistry at the ( i t \ High School, while Brother Gregg writes policies

for the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company. Alpha Omicron looks with pleasure upon her son and poet, Brother G. I.. Allen. Brother Allen won first prize in the annual poetry contest conducted by the Pioneer, a white magazine published in Statesville. N. C. This is Brother Allen's second triumph in poetry within the period of a year. Brothers Dockery, Lyerly and Wilson are doing their bit on the football squad. Brother Plair is student manager and Brother Taylor is the coach. Our Sphinx Club, which is about 30 strong, represents the cream of the campus, and they're all regular fellows. We feel certain that we have a strong aggregation of real Alpha material. Four pledgees can be seen wandering across the burning sands, with sincere hopes of reaching their

Things are going very favorably for Alpha Pi Chapter so far this year, and the brothers are all engaging in many worth-while activities, in addition to the strenuous efforts that are being put forth by each brother to maintain the standards of our fraternity scholastically. At about this time last year several brothers left school for Nashville and Fisk. Later on, several more decided to enter the insurance business. Then graduation time claimed several more, thus leaving only seven men to guide the destinies cf our chapter. But every cloud has a silver lining, and the chapter at present is enjoying one of the best years in its history. W e were very glad to welcome Brother Bryant !o i UT fold, although we feel sure that Alpha Rho misses him. Then our stock rose even higher when, i n October 27th, three fine young gentlemen were led across the "burning sands." They all arc worthy additions to the fold and are at present the biggest Alpha men in existence. They are Brother Edward L. Oates, manager of the student publication and .in

all-around good student; Brother Brainard S. Burch, a very brilliant sinner in the glee club, assistant manager of the student paper, an unsophisticated senior, and a big society m a n ; and the third man is Brother Archibald Brown, a tiddler (lie plays the violin), a member of the Scroll Board, and a big church worker who gies to conferences and the like. The old brothers are busy, as Alpha men on this campus always are. Our president. Brother Weathers, has had more leisure than all of us [nit together this y e a r ; that is, he has had a two-weeks' vacation. Brother Weathers was pushing some of the favorite daughters so close for honors that the faculty saw f't to give him a rest so the others could catch up. Brother Stanley, as alternate captain of the foot ball team, is quite busy, as are brothers Jones and Ramsey, two varsity ends. Brother Stanley almost runs this school, being president of his class, secretary of the chapter, associate editor of tin- Scroll, captain of the basketball team, attorney fi r the "Lucky Thirteen," and head janitor for Miss Han cock of the chemistry department. In addition to playing football, Brother Jones is serving as editor of the student paper and president of the Y. M. C. A Brother Mike Towns and Brother Burch are the head cheer-leaders, and their enthusiasm and pep have enabled our team to play through the season without a defeat to date. Brother Towns is manager of the basketball team, and Brother Neophite Burch is a varsity forward. Br, ther King is one of the centers on the football team and is planning to finish in January. H e says he is sure of it. hut be better say "I reckon."

The Sphinx, December,



We are working hard p . uphold and improve the The Sphinx Club is one of extraordinary talent and standards of Alpha and it is our sincere hope that ability. Pledge In hers II. Jones. Robinson, Cobb, this ambition is cherished by every Alpha man. Edwards, Simon, W. Clay, and Blackburn have all Fraternally yours. made good records on the gridiron this year, with A L P H A Run. Robinson and Jones as strong candidates for A11 J U L I A N C. BROWN, American berths. Not a center has ever come near outplaying Robinson in a game, and Jones is unquesCorrespondent. tionably one of the fastest backs in the game. In addition to these athletes the club has good students and talented men who are determined to measure up to the ALPHA SIGMA C H A P T E R standard and see "the light" when the next initiation rolls by. Wiley College, Marshall, T e x a s We feel sine that the next convention will be a BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A , Greetings: great one and we hope that no some will he left unturned in an effort to outline plans for the Fraternity's With our eyes turned toward Cleveland, Ohio, and growth and advancement, Alpha Pi will have a repthe Twentieth Convention which gathers together the resentative there to give the greetings from Georgia. quick in mind, the quick in consideration of other's The writer would Surely like to he there, hut he has needs, and the quick in the promotion of a race conUrgent business calling him to Alabama. sciousness. Alpha Sigma extends greetings to Alpha With every good wish to all the brothers for a Phi Alpha the world over and wishes each sister merry Christmas, and hoping a grand time to all at chapter a year of success that, in surpassing others, the convention, we are, will eclipse itself. A L P H A P I CHAPTER, During these pre-conventi. n days, Alpha Sigma S. \ . JONES, J R . . realizes that mankind is standing in the daybreak of Chapter Editor. the greatest period in all world achievement. Every race in every walk of life is calling to her suns P. sustain h e r : for there is work to be done. New things aie taking the places of the old and there is swinging ALPHA RHO CHAPTER into play a world spirit which happens to be the same as that of Alpha Phi Alpha. It is the spirit that M o r e h o u s e College, Atlanta, Ga. solicits the cooperation of every member <.f every race BROTHERS I \ A L P H A F i n A L P H A , Greetings: or group. It is a spirit of united effort to secure the In thai vast mysterious realm of Alpha Phi Alpha best results. It is a spirit of the exchange of thoughts is a group nf noble sous bearing the stamp of Alpha and ideas. It is the spirit of progress that carries a Rho. Noble sons! yes, one and all, bound by brotherly desire to lift while it climbs. In the light of this love and spurred i n by an all-powerful impetus to degrowing spirit, Alpha Sigma hopes that Alpha men velop intrinsic value and exhibit it in everyday living. the world over will recognize the call and leave their Be good? N o ! be good for something. What have stray habitats in answer to the loudest call that will you? N o ! what can you do? These are the fundabe made at the Twentieth Convention. There must mental questions and answers as set forth by Alpha he reorganization of isolated chapters and Straj Rho. There may be a better expression of these brothers must heed the call. We sincerely hope that plans that will gather together our remnants will be standards in the language of the poet, Henry Van discussed at length by this able body of brothers—and I >ykc : tbat working plans will be sent to each group: for we "Four things a man must learn to do believe that only an arm that is strengthened by the If he would make his record t r u e : united efforts of every brother can raise the standards To think without confusion clearly. of Alpha Phi Alpha to even a higher plane in the To trust his fellowmcn sincerely, new light of world progress. To work from honest motives purely, To trust in God and heaven securely." Since the last edition of this organ. Brother Harry Hedges, a charter member of this chapter, has reWith these facts stamped amid the folds of their turned to us. Brother Hodges has been absent a year. active brains, these noble sons of Alpha Rho have Brother Hodges is an " A " student and is very active entered into the diverse fields of scholarship and extrain the college social life. curricula campus activities, determined to shme. The International Relations Study Club is working There is a general race between the brothers as to sm.othlv under the guidance of Brothers Burnett and Who will make the greatest number of A's lor the first Dansby, president and vice-president, respectively. semester. Good luck and best wishes to all. Brother Burnett, our president, and undisputedly the W h a t ! "Gloom" Young is a varsity debater? Yes best student on the campus, delivered an Armistice 'tis so; every word of it. W e are expecting great l)av address to the students and faculty that held all things nf Brother Young as a phorensician and we are within its grip and drew forth the compliments of all certain that we will not be disappointed in him. , • . „ ' , „• ,, , This year's quartel is a wow! Maybe it is due to who heard him. \lpha Sigma is proud oi Brothers Hightower and the presence of thai mellow, entrancing, yea. enrapturing tenor of Brother Levi Terrell. Again, it may be Dansby. who are tutors in the departments of mathdue p . the presence of Pledgee Howard Branch as the ematics'and chemistry, respectively. We encourage our members to shape their college lives by being barytone. Speaking of music, we might mention some active in things extra-curricula. Brothers 1 lodge and ten or twelve who enhance the personnel ol the Olee Morris have taken the lead by proving themselves Club and Orchestra. . , worthy of the presidencies of the senior and sophoHush! there is something in the wind. What is it. classes, respectively. Oh, ,„ thing much, save the fact thai the day will soon more It was a swell affair that was given lor the Sam come when our group of "Barbs" will wake to tma Huston "Dragonettes" backers of the fighting Sam (hat they a i r "m. re than they used to be. It wont Huston Dragons. The "fair footballers" came to '"• long now." , Marshall t.> eheer the Dragons in their clash with A certain Brother Livingston, a forceful evangelBishop Many and varied entertainments were given ist, spoke to us at chapel service a few days ago in honor of the fair damsels. A shy brother has reand was very successful in "keeping us awake. w« marked that football is tolerable when it brings such Were very proud of and inspired by this message 01 a good omen. ' 'octor Livingston.


T h e Sphinx. December, 1927

In the light of football, Alpha Sigma loves to mentit n the names i I Brothers Scott, Miller, Cavil, Young and Lorden; but regrets the loss of Brothers Scott, Miller and Lorden, who are seniors; for they are playing the last, but the great games, of their lives. Brother Young is among the greatest ends of the West, white Brother Cavil is (without an equal as a "ball-toter." There is still to be heard remarks of that wonderful debate last spring with I Inward. 1 Inward was opposed by a tram composed of Brothers Burnett and

Brother Lorden's wm-k in the Go-to-High-School, Gd-tO-College






verj favorable comments especiallj his speech broadcasted over station WBAP of F t Worth, Texas. Having


t h e a b o v e t h i n g s , it w o u l d


be luting to dose without mentioning the fact that Brother Lorden has developed another side equallj as well. Miss Elizabeth Brazier, the talented daughter oi the prominent Doctor Brazier, of New Orleans and a s o p h o m o r e here, w e a r s what is d e a r t o all A l p h a men. "It won't be long n o w . "



\\V are glad to have in our midst Brother Houchins, i i Vlpha Chapter. Brother Houchins is head of the department of English. And, too, we are not unmindful of the services rendered in advice by our faculty brothers, Daniel, Long, and Wilson. We have been visited this year by Brothers of


Daniel, of ( h i : Law a n d T a y l o r , of N u ;

M. hr. of Xi; Ward, of Chi, and Clark of Eta. Wc are glad to have these graduate brothers in our midst, for they seem t o carry t h e spirit of A l p h a wl they g o .,king forward to the greatest convention oi all t i m e s . A l p h a S i g m a h o p e s to see within t h e g r o u p t h e d a w n i n g of a b r i g h t e r a n d b i g g e r day that will be

resplendent in the gh ries of new achievement and in the rapid rise of a strengthening race. Fraternally yours, W'.M. I.ol i

Associate Editor to T H E SPHINX,



ALPHA PHI CHAPTER Clark University BROTHERS IN ALPHA I'm ALPHA, Greetings: W e . t h e r e m n a n t of A l p h a P h i , greet you with a heroic smile. W e h a v e , so far, been m a s t e r s of o u r f a t e s a n d c a p t a i n s of o u r souls s c h o l a s t i c a l l y . T h e m e m b e r s of A l p h a P h i a r e still dning real c o n s t r u c tive w o r k . A n d we have ever b e f o r e us t h e beacon light t h a t l i g h t e t h all t h e w o r l d â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A l p h a I'hi A l p h a . It is n o w t i m e for o u r m i d - t e r m e x a m i n a t i o n s , a n d

as we have conquered up until this time, we feel as s u r e d that we will o m e out v i c t o r i o u s in this little


We always shoot at A and many times

find o u r s e l v e s bitting A phis. \ s each d a y goes b v t b i s t a n d a r d of A l p h a Phi is raised. W c b e t t e r o u r s e l v e s and raise t h e s t a n d a r d by t a k i n g a d v a n c e d c o u r s e s .

Napoleon, the great emperor, marched bis soldiers to t h e foot of t h e g r e a t A l p s , w h e r e they Stopped a n d


"Napoleon, the Alps!"

Napoleon, with un-

w a v e r a b l e c o u r a g e a n d u n s h a k e n e d confidence, ex claimed, " T h e r e a r e no A l p s ! " Just as Ibis g r e a t g e n e r a l said to bis m e n , A l p h a P h i says to all that e n t e r h e r r e a l m s . " T h e r e a r e no A l p s . " But t h e r e is is victory t o those that a p p l j t h e m s e l v e s t o their daily t a s k s . W e have c o m e t o no A l p s o r W a l t c r l o o . a n d o u r m o t t o is " O n w a r d . " W e a r c looking f o r w a r d with g r e a t e n t h u s i a s m to the c o m i n g c o n v e n t i o n , which is to be held at Cleve land, O h i o . Rest a s s u r e d that we will d o all that is in o u r p o w e r t o m a k e it a success. Also, we shall be r e p r e s e n t e d by m e m b e r s o i Alphi P h i .

BROTHER WILLIAM A. LORDEN Alpha Sigma presents, with cut, Brother William A. Lorden as one of her outstanding brothers. Aside from being a good Student, as is a t t e s t e d bj bis m e m b e r s h i p iii A l p h a P h i A l p h a , B r o t h e r L o r d e n is a s t e r l i n g a t h l e t e a n d student leader.

Brother Lorden did his high school work lure and is now a c a n d i d a t e for t h e A . B . d e g r e e in J u n e . 1928 In a t h l e t i c s . B r o t h e r L o r d e n h a s s t a r r e d in baseball and football. Last > e a r be w a s c a p t a i n of the W i l e y baseball t e a m a n d this y e a r he is d i s p l a y i n g r e m a r k able ability a s g e n e r a l of t h e W i l d C a t eleven, a f t e r

W e have several pledgees that tire s t r i v i n g h a r d to see tin light of A l p h a P h i A l p h a . T h e y tell us that they have ( a k i n off their shoes In walk oil holy g r o u n d , a n d that t h e b u r n i n g sand u n d e r t h e i r Feel s e r v e s a s an i m p e t u s t o t h e m while they a r e s t r u g g l i n g heroic ally to see the g r e a t light w h o s e altiuie r a y s h e a t e t h the sand u n d e r every n e o p h y t e ' s feet. A l p h a Phi is well r e p r e s e n t e d on the g r i d i r o n by Brother H a r r i s and Pledgees " D u k e " Williams, "Big T r a i n " Chambers, "Little M a n " Lagan, "Bozo" Chris topher, and " W a l t " Haincy. These men a r e making an excellent r e c o r d on t h e g r i d i r o n . T h e y a r e not only p e r f o r m i n g on t h e a t h l e t i c field, but doing excel lent ( ' a s s w o r k . P l e d g e e " B i g T r a i n " C h a m b e r s h a s c a r v e d out a little niche in the a t h l e t i c w o r l d t h a t will b u g be r e m e m b e r e d by the best of fans. P l e d g e e s b'agau. J o h n s o n , C a r t e r , a n d C h r i s t o p h e r

ha\ing been shifted from halfback to quarterback at the opening oi the conference season. He has gen- gave a smoker for the members of Alpha Phi. We were myalls entertained. Short addresses were made. ended the team to four consecutive triumphs and with only o n e g a m e

to play

s t a n d s on t h e t h r e s h o l d of

claiming the southern athletic championship. Brother Lorden's ability as an orator was first r e c o g n i z e d h e r e w h e n he w a s a w a r d e d t h e Scott m e d a l . H e w a s one Of t h e first W i l e j m e n t o p a r t i c i p a t e in an i n t e r c o l l e g i a t e d e b a t e ; a n d h a s been active in d e bating since thai t i m e . l i e is t h e p o s s e s s o r of t h e A l p h a Phi O m e g a d e b a t i n g k e y .

a n d t h e e v e n i n g w a s quietly spent p l a y i n g g a m e s a n d listening t o the niiisie. T h e service w a s s u p e r b . B r o t h e r H o r a c e M. C a r r o l l lost bis pin at the C l a r k M o o i e h o u s e g a m e . H e w a s very m u c h w o r r i e d about

it. and asked Brothers Dykes and Nyabonga to help him b o k for it.

W h e n B r o t h e r Dean B r a w l e y f o u n d

Brother Carroll's pin it was under the watchful care of

a most




Y e s , w e all a r e

The Sphinx, December, 1927 likely to loose our plus. Emerson says. "For every loss there's a gain." We trust and hi i c that all is well with our sister chapters. We are ending up the year lil-'T" in fine shape, and ex; .ct to start the new year off with the spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Fraternally, Dr. W I T T S. D Y K E S ,

( orresponding



"Lei us dwell together in brotherhood 1" This is the motto that lias inscribed itself upon the hearts of the Beta Beta men at Lincoln, Nebr. And, due to this spirit of unity, we have made great strides toward perfecting a chapter in this city. Our task has not always Keen an easy one. We have suffered from the great handicap of Negro college men—lack of money. W e have had dissension, hut in either case we have emerged successfully. We have profited by our shortcomings, and now we face a marvclously bright future. The Alpha Phi Alpha men in this city have much to l e proud of. First, we have the recognition of our university. Second, we have the respect of our fellow citizens. Last, we are proud even to the extent of being boastful of being able to send our president to the National Alpha Phi Alpha Convention.

Greetings to the other chapters, I 1 i : \ R Y ROTTS.

Chapter Editor of T m : S P H I N X .



Virginia State College, Ettrick, V a . BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,


The migration of the bird northward, the turning of the grass and trees from brown to green, the balmy weather of spring, and many other wonderful changes Wrought by "Mother Nature" caused us to realize that the school year was at its end. Again the time had come when we were to strike out into our new fields of endeavor, form new contacts and associations, and, most important of all, to labor unceasingly that we might return to school. Yet with all these problems before us, the question foremost in our minds w a s : Had we done our best during our "initial" year for the uplift of Alpha Phi Alpha? With this question before us unanswered, we left school in the spring for our various fields of endeavor resolving that our efforts during the next school year should be pregnant with the desire of doing our best for the uplift of Alpha Phi Alpha. Thus September found the group wending its way lack to the "beloved" State College. We were sorry to learn that several of our brothers would not be with us during the year, as duty called them elsewhere. On the other hand we were fortunate in that some of our brothers have been able to meet with us from time to time. We have been very happy to note the progress of our brothers who have lett us and their idea seems to l e that Alpha Phi Alpha shall "transcend" all. This idea has caused them to enter Upon their duties with the determination to do their verv best. Graduation deprived us of several oi our brothers who are now serving in various fields of activity. Hrothers Wildy and Richardson are credi'ablv serving as principals of county training schools. Hrothers Hill and Fackson are serving as instructors in accredited high schools of the state. Brothers


Chisolm and Hnnvn are away from us at present, but both plan to re-enter school after Xmas, the former going to Meharry and the latter to Howard. Brother I 'otman is serving as assistant to the dean of men. and Brother Cogdell is serving as an undergraduate assistant to the Science Department. Brothers Epps and Edwards are yet engaged in athletics. Brother Epps, who has "played his time out," is assisting the coach ; Brother Edwards is a member of the varsity squad. Brother Telfair is again with us and maintaining his usual excellent records both in the scholastic and the social world. Beta Gamma is proud to acknowledge that since our last report, Bro. L. H. Foster has l>een brought into the fold. Brother Foster is serving as business manager for "State College," and is widely recognized as one of the best in bis line. W e regret very much that Brother Puryear, of Nu Lambda, has left us and it was with great regret that we saw him go, hut we are always happy when our brothers recognize and seize their opportunity to forge ahead in the world of affairs. We are beginning our new year with vigor and we sincerely hope that our program for this year will go over with great success. We heartily join in with our brothers and lend our support to the slogan: "On to Cleveland and a greater year." With best wishes for a most pleasant and profitable year to every brother, Fraternally yours, WALTER W. JOHNSON. J R . .





St. Louis, M o . BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,


Kpsilon Lambda Chapter, -St. Louis, Mo., may well toast of the fact that it is composed of a jolly, congenial and highly socially inclined bunch. The fellows to a man are very much interested and each monthly meeting is well attended. But just a minute. Do they come out for the "feed" or from interest in the "frat"? Well, we will give them the benefit of the doubt and say interested in old Alpha Phi Alpha. We think Brother Ex-President Buckner gets plenty kick out of being among the boys—if for nothing else, just to oppose Brother Sykcs when he gets off on his "Suit case Morris" tyrades. Well, when Brother Sykes is absent things just don't go right some how. At our October, 1987, meeting just as we thought a motion to adjourn was in order, Brother Sykes got the floor and gave ds a real humorous talk. Well, he had it coming for he had been absent for two meetings. We regard this as one of the' most successful yearsin the history of our chapter—better attendance—more prompt than Ivefore—quicker dispatch of business— better system of keeping our accounts—more n u n paid up promptly—more money in the treasury than before—prompt in the payment of our scholarship— put on the best picnic that has been pulled off in St. Louis for many years—put on a "(Jo-To-High-School, Go-To-College" rally that just would not quit. In fact St. Louis was made to know that we are around here. Epsilon Lambda Chapter. St. Louis, will I e in Cleveland in December strong for everything that goes ior the betterment of the general convention. We have elected Bros. W. H. Huffmon and I. I.. McLarflore to represent us. Yes. the big mid-winter dance is being worked ou*. With Bro. John A. Davis on that committee—a dead game sport, you know things will be stirring something awful. We regret very much that our fellows have not seen lit lo take to our insurance proposition. Let us hope


The Sphinx, December, 1927

that "ttr delegates to the Cleveland Convention will become as well sold on the proposition as the writer was at the Richmond Convention, and that they will return and sell it to the other fellows. W e feel that Bro. Oscar Iirowti deserves much credit for the very good publication he has gotten out lot US this year. Brother Brown evidently puts much of his time on this matter without even a suggestion of pay--all for our benefit. Our chapter is in mourning for our good Brother Gray who lost his dear wife just a lew days ago. The

—what a picture—when we shall mix our multicolored hues together with the dazzling gowns of the matrons and maidens. Brothers you are the judges. The Associate Editor begs to be excused for this short note. He is also the chapters secretary and at this time he is trying to satisfy Brother Cannon and especially one Bro. J. H . B. E. and that means work spelled with a big " W . "

Fraternally yours. J. F. BUSH,

Associate Editor SPHINX.

Bora! offering was in keeping with the high pace wc always set when things must he done just right. W e trust that Brother Gray will soon be himself again and be at his usual seat among us at our monthly




Petersburg, Va.

Look for us at Cleveland. W e are going up sin ng for everything that means "forward march" Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally. S. E. '', \RNKK,



I'. S.— Urn. J. B. Isaacs. Beta Lambda K. C , was transferred from hirst Church K. C. 1" St. James' A. M. E. Church. St. Louis, and has signified his intention to join our chapter. Brother Isaacs is the only minister in our chapter, thus you see we have the

spirit with us From another angle. THETA LAMBDA CHAPTER Dayton, Ohio BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m



Again it is our pleasant duty to inform you through our unexcelled medium. THE Srui.vx, that Theta Lambda is still on the map. not as a mere dot, but as a five-pointed star which means Capital. Delegates At iuir last meeting. November 17th, Bro;. Drs. R. E. Peteferd and A. L. Biggs were elected senior and junior delegate-, respectively to the National Convention in Cleveland. The redoubtable " j i m m y " Fierce was elected as alternate to both delegates. T o back up this formidable array, our good Bro. Second Yicc-Pres. B. A. Ruse will be on hand with a host uf visiting brothers, at least the visitors will I);' there fur the annual prom. Theta Lam'da's cry is "on to ( leveland." Annual P r o m Ye gnds! December !) is the date of the Annual Prom which, from all indications, promises to be the grandest affair of Dayton's social season. The committee, composed of Brothers McFall, Stokes and Pierce, is leaving no stone unturned to make this prom an affair that will he heralded down the ages, Just think, fellows, an eleven-piece orchestra from "Chi"; the place, the Granada ballroom, and ii is Spanish, too, as the name implies. Theia Lambda is opening it with the first strictly social affair, and Brother Cox, the general manager, is neither sparing pains or money in making it just right for us. Before we leave this subject just a few words about the furnishings. etc.. that you may have an insight of its elegance. At the entrance you are met by a six-foot Footman in livery. The lobby is a dream, and the ballroom proper needs another language to do it justice. Just a word about the lighting system—well, in short, all colors of the spectrum are 1 rought into play by the candelabras, stationary revolving arcs and crystal ball. Sometimes it is daylight, moonlight and night—starlight—and all other lights in hcIwecn, ab< ve, beneath, and around. Imagine the effect



The Nil Lambda Chapter reports with sincere regret that Brother Thomas L. Puryear, for three years President of our Chapter, has left Petersburg, to become director of the Urbana League, in Newark, N. J. The departure of Brother Puryear is a very real loss to the local Chapter, to Virginia Stale College, and to the Stair of Virginia. For eight years, this loyal Alhp.i Phi Alpha man has served as Dean of Men at tin State College, lie has given efficient and tireless service to the institution, and to the State. lie has, in all respects, been a builder of men. I lis influence has always been felt in athletics, in the cause of religion, and in every good work. We who know this man realize that he has always lived die life of Alpha Phi Alpha. H e was in a large way responsible for the organization here, of graduate and undergraduate. Chapters of our fraternity. That Brother Puryear has lived and labored among us is possibly the best promise of the future usefulness of Alpha Phi Alpha in this locality. We wish to congratulate the Urban League, the citizens of Newark, and brothers located in that vicinity, thai they gain the services of our Brother Puryear, and we wish for him a life of largur usefulness, With the going of Brother Puryear, Brother Byron J. Fauntlcroy has become our Chapter President. Brother Fauntlerdy is a former member of lota

Lambda Chapter, and is a graduate of Purdue University, We are fortunate to add to our Chapter this year.

Brother J. M. Ellison, formerly of Gamma, and Brother


A. Richardson,




Lambda. Brother Ellison assumes the duties of Col lege Minister, and Brother Richardson becomes a member of the English faculty. Each year Nu Lambda awards a scholarship to a young man of merit entering our college. This year Mr. F . L. Peterson receives the award. Fraternally yours, J. H. JOHNSTON.



Birmingham, Ala. BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m A L P H A ,


The newly-elected Editor to the SIOIINX feels highly honored in being privileged to "tune in" with the interesting activities of Alpha Phi Alpha, through these columns. Having served in a similar capacity for Chi, in days when the "Good Ship Alpha" first venture;! Southward, the memory of such contact becomes more and more pleasurable. Here's hoping that, in the "ether of Alpha," there will hereinafter be no static. Omicron Lambda is proud to report progress during the past and high anticipation for the future. In our first meeting of the year, the following officers were elected:

The Sphinji, December, 1927 Brothers G. W. Reeves, President; Dr. C. S. Giscompe, Vice-Presicl.nt; I,. R. Hall, Secretary; Dr. F. D. Bradford. Assistant Secretary; Dr. G. N . Adamson, S P H I N X Editor; Dr. C. J. Johnson, Treasu r e r ; Dr. P. V . Walls, Chaplain; Dr. B. J. Anderson, Sergeant-at-Arms. November will be remembered as the time of that "smoker," which was held in the offices of the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Co. It was one of those good old gatherings, which reminds one of the days when such occasions were meant for "he men" only. A delightful repast of chicken salad sandwiches and soft drinks was had. The year's program was outlined and all brothers were urged to pay their burget assessment. Brother G. Norman Adamson was elected delegate to the Cleveland Convention, and Brother A. J). Shores was chosen alternate. Brother Adamson represented Chi at the Sixteenth Convention, while Brother Shores hails from Alpha-Beta. Omicron Lambda plans to have rendered under Its auspices, "The Tongues of Fire," by the "Little Theater" players, of Talladega College. Brother B. J. Anderson, widely known in these parts for his shooting ability, both of game and "bull", has recently returned from another hunting trip. There seems to be no truth in the report that he actually bough) the rabbits from a Fourth Avenue market. Brother A. C. Williams, of Alpha Beta, is teaching at the Lincoln School, of Birmingham. Brother A. D. Shores, who has transferred to our Chapter from Alpha-Beta, is Assistant Principal of Bessmer High and director of athletics. It is being rumored that Brother Shores has given his heart and pin to one Miss Sadie Walker, of Talladega College. Brother Dr. U. G. Mason had the honor of being a member of a recent Interracial Conference, held in Birmingham, and also of addressing the graduating class of State Normal School, at Montgomery. His address was well received. Brother A. J. Topps has been appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of the Birmingham Communitv Chest (colored division). , Brother Carol Hayes has added another s u m m e r s studv to his effort to obtain a Master's degree front Columbia. From all reports he is making remarkable progress. , Brother Dr. Bray, who is Executive Secretary ot the C. M. E. Church, has recently returned from Chicago, where he spent several days in interest of his Brother Dr. Dowdell has completed his new home, and reports have it that it is beautiful, spacious, ana comfortable, as would befit an Alpha man of his standing. , ., The wife of Brother Richard Ellis has recently finished the Alabama State Normal School. Now, who says that Brother Ellis does not believe m going to high school and college? Brother roseph Fletcher has just completed another beautiful building for Talladega College. This time it is a spacious dining hall. Brother Dr. M. G. McCall had just moved into his neat offices, at the Masonic Temple, when he received the sad news of the demise ot his mother. Alpha Phi Alpha shares this brother's sorrow.


Brother Peter R. Shy is "reading" at Northwestern for an "M. A." degree. Brother Shy is to be congratulated. Brother W. E. Shortridge has remodeled his undertaking parlors, and they are claimed to look so inviting, until it makes one have a slight inclination to die. Brother H. C. Trenholm has been elected to the head of the high school department of the National Teachers' Association. He is also president of State Normal. Brother Jos. F. Drake, recently from Eta, after receiving his Master's degree from Columbia, has accepted the presidency of the A. & M. College, at Normal, Ala. Brother Drake also delivered one of the addresses at the recent exercises mi the dedication of the Silsby Hall of Science. Lastly, our Brother President Reeves has returned from his vacation so that the social life of Birmingham may again be enlivened. With every best wish for the success of all that is Alpha's, we hope to remain, Fraternally vours, OMICRON LAMBDA CHAPTER, G. NORMAN ADAMSOX. M.






N e w Orleans, La. BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,


The shock of our last chapter letter being so conspicuously placed has left your humble servant with nothing to say. Thanks, brothers, that was quite a boost for Sigma Lambda. Elections and convention time are now upon us. Let us give serious consideration to these important matters. Sigma Lambda will be represented at the convention, but I can not say by whom, because that particular election will not be held until the day after "Turkey Day." We have received many responses to our circular letter, but there are many Chapters still holding out on us. If it happens to be your Chapter, please let us hear from you. Due to change of addresses, etc., some of the letters returned to us. Did you get yours? If not, write us, and the special commission will send you one, Our Vice-President, Brother C. C. Haydel, was elevated to the Presidency, upon the resignation of Brother Rudolph Moses, who is doing post-graduate work at Columbia University. We hope to see all of the cleavers at Cleveland in December! Fraternally yours, ALEXANDER P.




Be sure to get a certificate when you purchase youj ticket to Cleveland. See full details elsewhere in this issue.





It is to be hoped that the present inquisitive and aggressive attitude of the New Negro in the hitherto much-neglected and berated fields of religion and politics is indicative of progress of "the kind that endures." Too often, in years past, it has been the policy of our best-trained minds to assume an air of complete indifference on matters religious and political. In many cases we have found the religions and political situations greatly muddled ; weighted with superstition on the i ne hand and clouded with corruption on the other. Feeling ourselves above the fears born of ignorance and tradition in religion, and not wishing to In associated with the evils which prevailed in politics, we have held ourselves aloof, leaving these all-important questions to the hands of those who in the majority of eases are unfitted by reason of lack of training for constructive efforts in either field. We have been too prone to criticize when what was needed was txerdse—-the exercise- of our own trained minds for a stronger, better program. The time has passed when there is anything to be gained by knocking the church and knocking religion. The church and religion have endured with great benefits for main years and from all indications will live for many more. Though the church has faults (and what institution has not?) they are far outnumbered by virtues. If we object to the policies of many of the churches and churchmen, then we must go to the churches, become a part of them, icork with the members. and for them, in an effort to right the wrongs. This must be the true spirit of the New Negro. We call attention in this connection to an article appearing elsewhere in this issue by our own Bro. I .eorge Arnett Singleton, in which he "thinks through" a question pertaining to religion in contract to the old attitude of "acceptive reverence" that characterized one school of . n r God-fearing persons. It is this sort of clear thinking and fine acting that will help US get religion across. We know of the great work being done by our Alpha Brothers who are pastoring three of the hading churches in Cleveland. They deserve our earnest cooperation here anil the church does wherever we are. So it is with politics. Instead ol the polic) 01 'hands off." which too often is the case of men who are "on the level." we need fighters and workers of the liner, trained type; men who are willing to go down and battle and match their wits against those of the other fellow in a program for building stronger, better communities. Only by becoming a part of the battle can we hope to gain a full measure of good. It is with pride that we point to the activities of our group in New York. Chicago, and recently in a very unprecedented manner in Cleveland, where three N'egro men were elected to the city council—one of whom is our own Brother Claiborne (ieorge. Our pride is increased when we reflect on our knowledge .,f Brother George's character; a man of sterling qualities and a fearless leader in whom we may have as Miranee that be will b« a true representative and will never "sell out." With no reflection on past leadership and with all honor to the earnest workers who have brought us to OUT present point of progress, we believe that if there is to be a high degree of continued progress in religion and politics it must be through the- active participation of trained leadership. This is the problem of the New Negro. Alpha musl come forward armed

with knowledge, fired by zeal and consecrated devotion. This is the challenge! We throw it out to you.

THE M E S S E N G E R D E B A T E The June, 1927, issue of the Messenger carried a debate between Mr. James W. Ivy, a member of the

Omega I'si Phi Fraternity, and our own General President, R. W. Cannon. The subject discussed was. "What Good Are College Fraternities?" Mr. Ivy attempted to prove that "They have no useful function," while Brother Cannon maintained that college fraternities are "A racial and national asset." The November, 1927, issue of the Oracle, the official organ of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, discusses this debate editorially. As would he expected, Mr. Ivy is "raked over the coals" in good fashion. Among many other things about him. this editorial says: "Mr. Ivy's discourse bristles with incongruities and absurdities so palpabk that it is difficult to believe that they were written by a man of training and intelligence.'* It seemed not sufficient to deal quite harshly with Mr. Ivy. As a matter of further revenge, a "broad side" was taken at Brother Cannon from the viewpoint of his being President of Alpha Phi Alpha. T h e editorial concludes by saving: "It is a regrettable thing that as late as the year 1927 the General l'resi dent of Alph Phi Alpha Fraternity feels that the merits of the institution which he heads is still open to debate—especially with James W. Ivy." The Omegas seem to have taken the debate seriously. W e are sure that no one in Alpha did. We didn't take it as a personal Alpha matter at all. To us i was simply a discussion between two individuals upon a subject that was of some general public interest. And it is quite an anomally to find that they would try to make it appear that Brother C aim n's burden was to show "the merits of the institution which lulu-ads." The fact is. Raymond W. Camion has been so impressed with the merits of his own fraternity that he will venture to defend the virtues of similar . rgantzatii us in general. Alpha Phi Alpha stands on her own merits. .Alpha l'hi Alpha is her own d« sense! And no amount of discussion of it, pro or ci n. will weaken a foundation so nobly wrought. And we are happy to conclude by saying that as late as the year 1927, after twenty-one years of existence. Alpha men, bj virtue of their experience in their own fraternity, are of the unanimous opinion that college fraternities "have a useful function."

( From (i contemporary.> The following is taken from a recent issue of the Ivy Leaf, the official organ of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority :



We wish to heartily commend the liberality and cordiality evinced In Alpha l'hi Alpha continuously ben tofore and most recently in its post-convention issue of THE SPHINX, its official journal. In this issue the photos anil messages ,,i greeting were carried from all of the National Presidents of Collegiate Creek Letter Croups amongst us. Such breadth will make for more cardial relations between the heads and members of the various croups. Kft'orts in this direction

The Sphinx, December, 1927 have been noted before. The inter-fraternity receptions sponsi red by another fraternity come under a like cataloging. Such is as it should be! If all of us will live up to <mr professions, our interests will not be antagonistic but mutual, rather! Therefore the mi r<- pleasant the relationship the more effective each group's accomplishment. The energy which has been too often and too largely used heretofore in petty rivalry, backbiting, misrepresentation, may hereafter

F RAT A big advantage in having a stenographer is thai >•< 11 can use big words you don't know how to spell. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps everybody away.


be swung toward constructive effort, as individuals and groups, within and without. Again, we a ngrattdate Alpha Phi Alpha upon this i fficial recognition and its willingness to help create such an atmosphere amongst us. "Exeunt" all else! as stage directions in life's drama would dictate! PAULINE SIMS-PURYEAR,


Basileus, Alpha Kappa Alpha,


FUN She: "Is it dangerous to drive with one hand?" l i e : "You bet. More than one fellow has run into a church doing it." \t first the world was Sat. Then someone discovered it was round. Now it is crooked.

I he i pular permanent wave is a wonderful thing for women, but we think it's about time for some inventor to give us men a "permanent shave."

No domestic science course is necessary to enable a girl to make a traffic jam.

Man} a man's popularity begins and ends with himself.

Sis Etta washed her hair with dog soap and then wondered why it dried out all snarly. When ice cream grows on macaroni trees, When Sahara's ^and^ are muddy; When cats and dogs wear overshoes, That's when I like to study.

I fe : I'm choking." She : "Can't I help you?" A penny saved is a pocket burned. She: "I'm the happiesl girl alive! I'm marrying the man I want !" I lei : "That's nothing to the joj of marrying the man someone else wants." They called her loud-mouthed such vivid lipstick.

because she used

\ . w here is Man- Phi Beta, She's the standard of her kind. She isn't much to look at. But she's mind, all mind. "See that man over there''" "Ych, what about him ?" "Well, he saves five hundred dollars every day." "Gosh; he must be ambitions!" "Oli. no. He rides to work every morning on the subway and there's a live-hundred-dollar line for spitting ; and he doesn't spit." The world was belter when there were fewer billboards and more washboards. "What's your business'." "Moving picture,." "Actor, eh?" " N o ; interior decorator."

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Ding : "This tonic is no good." Done : What's the matter:" Ding: "All the directions it gives are for adults. and I never had them." She: "You must be very fond of automobiles. l i e : "What makes you think that?" She: "1 hear inn have a truck farm." Sa\ it with flowers, Say it with sweets: Say it with kisses, Say it with eats; Say it with jewelry, Say it with drink. Bm a l w a y s be careful Not to say it with ink. W o m e n don't like sermons over the radio. can s;o Ihi ir millinery.

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And he buried his face in his hands. Must have been extremely dirty hands. "Didjever see thuh sea sick?" " N o : but I seen the ocean blue." Visitor: "Mow did this Cowan ?" Native: "It used to be the Calf died." "Give the most important "1906." "Why, what important ! ear?" "1 was born."

town receive the name of called Cow and Calf, but date in history." event




At a fraternity house the boys are either all out ir all in. We know a halfback who is so lazy he sprinkles water on his letters to make them run. "Use 'despair' in a sentence." "We had a flat tire today and pop had to use despair." "1 lost 170 pounds since I saw you." "How SO?" "My husband left me." Footprints on the sands of Time are not made by sitting down. Probably the reason for the decline of the popularity of chaperons is the increasing belief in the power of guardian angels. What are Roman numerals? Athletic awards at the University of Rome. Prof.—Name a collective noun. S Hide—Ash can. "Did you learn anything at Sunday School today? AT T H E BLACKSMITH'S. "Did that man make the horse, Mummy?" "Certainly not, dear." "Well, that's funny; I just saw him tack the feet


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together, let not man put asunder." Matt. 19:6.



Brother Morris Lewis, formerly of Alpha Beta, but Don of Sigma Lambda, has taken unto himself a "better half," in the person of the former Miss Frances Bloom. The couple were married on November 5th al Corpus Christi Catholic Church. And since then Brother Lewis is the "BIOS1 smilin' man" you have ever seen. H e has a good reason to smile, too. Here's hoping they may go "Smilin' Thru" all the years.

Brother Stanley K. Brown, of Pi, is receiving many congratulations here of late, for he is a well-deserving and lucky man, we say. First be is to be congratulated on his appointment on the staff at Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, lor the ear, eye. nose, and throat. And in addition, is also receiving both congratulations and best wishes iii news of tin- announcement of his marriage to the pleasing Miss Viola Christy Hateney, oi Newport News, Va.


Brother t orbin's pin has been missing for quite a few days. It is suspected that a fair co-ed of Ohio University, is furnishing a background for it. If the pin doesn't turn up. we shall be able to make a definite statement concerning it.

Not to lie out done by Brother Lewis, of Sigma Lambda, we learn of the marriage of Brother Vance Mullon, of the same Chapter Vance surprised his brothers, but we are not sorry. His bride was Unpopular and charming Miss Clara Belle Marguerite Lisberg. Alpha Phi Alpha joins Sigma Lambda in wishing them continued joy. James—Galvin "It's all over now," so says Brother Gregory Galvin. Last summer. Brother Galvin joined hands with Miss Rosa James, and repeated the proverbial "1 will." and "I do." 'I bey are now as happy as "two bugs in a rug." Gamma Chapter wishes .Item much success and Happiness. The wedding was of much interest, especially in Virginia and Kentucky, because of tlte popularity of the couple. Miss James, white a native of Richmond, formerly taught in Louisville, Ky., and has a best oi friends and admirers in both places. Harru—WingfUM The) all tall sooner or later is a true saying. Ibis time it is Brother Thomas Wingfield. Brother Win.i:iuld is a popular member of Gamma, and i properous business man. He and Miss (Ira Harris were united during the past summer. The wedding to..1, place iii Richmond, where the couple are bap pily located. Here is hoping they maj have the happiness that stub an admirable pair deserves. Brazier—Lorden Brother Win. A. Lorden may truly he described a! a "well rounded" character. For while we read with interest and pride oi his achievements in the scholastic, oratorical and athletic fields, we find him conquering yet another field tin realm of romance. The charming lady fair is Miss Elizabeth Brazier, who is the talented and much-beloved daughter of the prominent Dr. Brazier, of New Orleans. Miss Brazier is a sophomore at Wiley, where she may be seen wearing that precious emblem that makes us believe






Robinson—Logan Brother Rayford Logan, that capable, dynamic, and much-beloved young professor, at Virginia Union University, has added to his realm of already noteworthy achievements in bis "selection and acquisition" of a lovely and charming bride. This happy couple are making their home on the school campus, we are told, and it is safe to guess, an- adding much to the spirit and dignity of campus life. Mrs. Logan was formerly Miss Ruth Opal Robinson, and a graduate of V. X. I. I., Petersburg, Ya.

Toules—Rountree Brother W a r d Y. Ri uutree, of Phi Chapter, lccenth joined the matrimonial band in company with Miss I belma 'loules, the pride of social Xcnia, Ohio. The brothers at 1'hi wish him Godspeed on his happj ourne\. Wear—Grant Iota Chapter is happy to announce .be engagement of Miss Evelyn C. Wear, of Topeka, Kans., to Brother .Arthur "Mauk Face" Grant. The charming Miss Wear is librarian at A. & N. College, Tallahassee, b'la., and Brother Cram is now teaching at Philander S - i t h < olle-e. I ittle Rock, Ark. Brother Grant's romance is a culmination, "some Mist a week's maneuvering into the land ol romance. lota wishes the couple much success. Al last the so-called Dan Juan, the breaker of i thousand hearts, is conquered. Streeter—Dixon Brother Albert C. Dixon, of Kappa Chapter, has been se-rioiisK effected by the charms, personality and sweetness of one of Chicago's prettiest and talented young damsels. The young lady is none other than Mis> Edwina Vivian Streeter. "Al" says he won't linger any longer, and has given bis pin and affections to "Ed." It won't be lone; now. Byrd—Brown Although we have received no word from Zeta Lambda or from Omicn n reporting the details of the Byrd-Brown wedding, we feel (hat such an event cannot go unmcntioncd further. Brother Homer Brown, of Omicroti, and formerly oi Gamma, was married Julj 3, 1927, to Miss Wilhelmina Byrd, the pretty and talented daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D. W. Byrd, of Norfolk, Va, "Billie." as she is known to her host of friends, is a graduate of Oberlin, lias traveled far and wide, leaving always wherever she journeyed a new link in an already long chain of friendships and admirers. The wedding, aside from being beautiful to the nth degree, was of great social interest, particularly in the East and South, anil was the culmination of a romance oi school days. Brother Brown is a successful attornej i f Pittsburgh, Pa., and is prominently identified with civic, business and religious circles of bis home town. May unbounded joy and happiness be theirs as ihcv embark on this, "The (beat Advert lure'"

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were close-fitting models of metal cloth. Their flowers were pink roses. We are fortunate in receiving a detailed account of The next to enter was the flower girl, little Roberta the Arnold-Carter wedding, which we feci will be of Williams Arnold, the winsome little niece of the especial interest because of the' connections of the bride, wearing a dainty frock of turquoise blue taf"contracting parties." The former Miss Arnold is feta, with streamers of coral ribbon velvet falling the sister of Brothers J. C. Arnold and C. E. Arnold, from the shoulder and a cunning little hat matching of Eta Lambda, and as Brother Carter is himself a her dress. product of the S P H I N X , the wedding may be said to The bride entered with her brother, Mr. James C. have been essentially "Alpha" in spirit. Would that Arnold, who gave her in marriage, and was met at we might receive more such reports. Following is the altar by the groom and his best man, Mr. Maythe account: nard J. Wartman. The charming bride was lovely in a striking costume of French biege transparent velvet, elaborately trimmed in brocaded metal cloth of gold and brown, Miss Arnold W e d s Mr. Carter at Beautiful Cerefalling to the side in graceful folds. Her hat was a m o n y in A t l a n t a close-fitting model of velvet and metal cloth matching Atlanta, Ga.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;An Atlanta wedding in which social her dress. She carried a shower bouquet of Columinterest centered, was that of Miss Sibyl Elizabeth bia roses, valley lilies and orchids. Arnold, of Atlanta, and Mr. Artcmus Murry Carter, The bride's mother was gowned in gray satin back formerly of Paris, Ky., now of Atlanta, which was crepe, trimmed in reversed folds of the same material. solemnized at 9 o'clock on the morning of November Mrs. Carter, the daughter of the late Dr. G. W. 'J at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Arnold, Arnold and Mrs. G. W. Arnold, is a graduate of 1!>1 Ashley Street, N. W., and was witnessed by relClark University and has done graduate work at atives and a large number of friends. Oberlin Business College and Simmons Business ColThe ceremony was performed by Dr. J. W . B. lege, and was formerly a teacher at Clark University I'.owen, of Gammau Theological Seminary, and took and Burrell Normal School. place before an improvised altar of palms banked in Mr. Carter, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carter, the spacious living-room. White chrysanthemums of Paris, Ky., is a graduate of Clark University and in pedestal baskets starred the altar, while cathedral did graduate work at Columbia University. He is a candlesticks with lighted tapers flanked each side. well-known actuary with the National Benefit Life Preceding the ceremony Miss Ada Olive, soloist at Insurance Company. Standard Life Division; trustee Clark Universitv, beautifully rendered two nuptial of Clark University, and member of the Alpha Phi selections, "Love] Here Is My Heart," and "Because." Alpha fraternity. The strains of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March,' Mr. and Mrs. Carter left on a motor trip through softly played by Prof. Frederick Hall, accompanied Kentucky and will be the guests of the groom's parby Mr. John Wilson, violinist, announced the arrival ents, and also visit the old home of the bride's mother, of the bridal party. Louisville, Ky. While in Louisville they will be the house guests of Mrs. C. B. Anthony and family. Upon The first to enter was Miss Carrie Watts, followed their return to Atlanta they will reside at Ofifi Washby Mrs. Edward L. Parks. The next to enter was ington Place, S. W. the maid of honor. Miss Emma Arnold, sister of the bride, who was followed by Mrs. James Crogman Arnold, the matron of honor, sister-in-law of the bride. All wore gowns of brown velvet with traceries Be sure to get a certificate when you purchase your of biege satin outlining the jabot cascading in graceticket to Cleveland. See full details elsewhere in this ful lines at the left side of the bodice and skirt, and issue. belted with beautiful rhinestone buckles. Their hats Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carter


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