A Dean and Fraternities (Excerpts from D ean Stone's report to the President of West Virginia University)
Two years ago I took up with the University Social Committee the need for economy on the part of fraternities in social affairs. I moved that a limit of $100 per evening be set for orchestras for university dances closing at 11:30 or earlier. This motion was carried unanimously by the Social Committee and became effective with the beginning of the school year 1929-30. It was violated by three of the twenty-four social fraternities for men, each of whid1 continued to expend $300 per night for an orchestra. They forfeited their social rights during the succeeding semester for the violation. During the year just closed all fraternities have kept within the $ 100 orchestra limit. I have attended dances at many of the fraternity houses, accepted invitations to dinner, made informal calls at the houses on various occasions, and in other ways kept in friendly touch with fraternity men. I have at all times been received courteously. I feel that our fraternities recognize the fact that cooperation between administration and men for the welfare of the university is our common goal, I believe that the majority of our fraternities see their relationship to taxpayers and parents whose financia l support make their very exist, ence possible. . . . During succeeding months, group meetings and personal conferences with the officers of fraternities were held for the discussion of budgeting, "hell week," maintenance costs, the collection of fraternity accounts, group buying, cooperative buying, standardized menus, commercial discounts, costs for help, rental charges, purchase pl ans, fraternity house regulations, the house mother idea, etc. A national survey of cooperative buying was conducted by my office and a local survey was made by Mr. Orren Jones, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. A West Virginia Buyers' Association was formed with twelve fraternities participating. Price comparisons were made by fraternities each week. Some cooperative buying was done. More is planned for the coming year. Fraternities belonging to the West Virginia Buyers' Association rendered service during the w inter to unemployed people by issuing free meal tickets obtainable through the local charity headquarters, each fraternity agreeing to supply two free meals daily on presentation of tickets. Christmas parties were held for poor children by some of our fraternities for men . Other fraternities purchased food and clothing for poor families . Very few chapters were lacking in social spirit and interest in those less fortunate than themselves. The chi ef result to date has been greatly increased interest of fraternity men in the business affairs of their groups . ... More than six hundred men room in the various
fraternity houses for men during the winter season. They expend for food and supplies annually more than $150,000. It will be seen that they are business in· stitutions as well as fraternal organizations. Each year our office is visited· by sectional supervisors and na· tiona! officers who go over the business, social, and educational problems of these groups. During the past year financial problems of frater· nities have demanded more carefu l planning than be· fore. Some fraternities have improved their condition materially by budgeting, reducing social expenses, buying cooperatively, and purchasing for cash, thus sav· ing discounts. I am often asked whether fraternities are good or bad. They may be either. It depends on the degree of supervision and help they receive, and on the type of men in control at a given time. I believe that the wellregulated fraternity offers opportunity for young men to gain that education that comes from the g ive and take of group life. I feel that fraternities offer training ground for democratic living. Fraternities and frater· nity men sometimes make mistakes, but so do groups of older men. I have found a fine spirit of cooperation on t:he part of fraternities in correcting mistakes when they do occur ....
Houses Send Alumni Letters Twelve hundred letters were sent to out-of-town alumn i by four organized houses Wednesday and Thursday as a part of the "loyalty campaign" being conducted by the university alumni a-ssociation to publicize homecoming, November 13 and 14. Gamma Phi Beta and Beta Phi Alpha sororities and Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities sent the letters, and Theta Upsilon and Alpha Gamma Delta soror-ities, and Lambda Chi Omega fraternity are expected to send similar letters this week-end, according to Dave Pollock, alumni secretary sponsoring the camplllign. -University of lJVashingto11 Daily Editor Albert S. Tousley of the Delta Chi Quarterly goes in for pithy and perti nent paragraphs; viz: "These may be days of depression but that is no excuse for scholarship going down along with other things. " It isn't always the man who talks most or loudest in chapter meetings who has the most to say. " Don 't worry about !:he cut of the clothes of the men you pledge. Just take care that the seat of the trousers isn't too shi ny from an abnormal amount of use. "If we wou ld g ive more care to selecting men who were not interested in only a four-year loaf because their parents had plenty of dough, perhaps we'd find some with less crust."
THE STAR AND LAMP
Published on Jul 25, 2012