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Official Organ of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority 

Edited and Published by Eta Chapter, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New Yorl< 
Office of Publication, 707 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New Yoric 



Foimden of Alpha Xi Delta 2 

Chapters ** " " ** 3 

Tlie Pratemlty Dlrectoi7 8 

Unlrenltj of Wert Vlr^nia 4 

The Third Aiintud ConTentloii of Alpha Xi Delta 7 

Report of the Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference 10 

Pan-Hdlenlam 16 

The Inrtallation of Iota Chapter 18 

Our Grand Officers 20 

8on«^'* The J0U7 Alphas" 21 

Brery Day Conndl 22 

BditorlalB 27 

Bxchangee 80 

Personals 82 

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Alpha XI Delta Is published In November. February and May by the Alpha XI Delta Fraternity. 

Alpha XI Delta will be sent to all subscribers until ordered discontinued and arrearages paid, as 
required by law. 

Eacchanges are requested to send one copy to Bertha G. Cleveland, Sayvllle, L. I. ; one copy to 
Gertrude E. Wright, 707 Irving Avenue. Syracuse, N. Y., and one copy to Mary E. Kay, 76 S. 
Union Avenue, Alliance. Ohio. 

Address all communications to the Editor-In-Chlef , Bbrtha G. Cleveland. Sayvllle. L. I. 

E. M. Grover. Printer and Binder. 
1905 • 1906. 

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Lombard ColUge, GaUsburg, JU., April ly, iSgS, 

Hattib McCullum-Gossow (Mrs. C. W. E.) Wichita, Kans. 

•Frances Cheney 

Almira Cheney Say brook, 111. 

Lucy W. Gilmer Quincy, 111. 

Eliza Curtis Everton (Mrs. J. L.) Hoopeston, 111. 

Bertha Cook-Evans (Mrs. Orrin C.) . . Beecher City, III. 
Maud Foster . 700 E. Fourteenth St., Minneapolis, Minn. 
Louie Strong Taylor .... Park City, Utah. 

Cora Bollinger-Block (Mrs. Louis) 

1514 Rock Island Ave., Davenport, la. 
Alice Bartlett-Bruner (Mrs. Murry T. . Joliet, 111. 



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i4/pAa— I^nJiatti'.Qo'uW •; 

Beta — Iowa Wesleyian:yf|^v{re|ity 
GHmma—Mt. UnioA Ocflifeg[€ ': . 
Z)e/ta— Bethany .CSoiwWitC:: I 
Epsilon — University of ^ou'tli *&akota 
Zeta — Wittenberg College . 
Eta — Syracuse University, 
Tbeta — University of Wisconsin 
Iota— University of West Virginia . 

Alliance Alumnae 

Mt. Pleasant Alumnae 

Galesburg, HI. 

Mt. Pleasant, la. 

. Alliance, O. 

Bethany, W. Va. 

Vermillion, S. Dak. 

Springfield, O. 

Syracuse, N. Y. 

Madison, Wis. 

Morgantown, W. Va. 

. Alliance, O. 

Mt. Pleasant, la. 



President— ELI.A Boston-Leib (Mrs. J. R.), Alpha, 1271 W. 
Washington street, Springfield, 111. 

Vice-President and Historian— Lokesk Grange, Epsilon, Brit- 
ton, South Dakota. 

Secretary^— Mkky Emily Kay, Gamma, 75 South Union ave- 
nue, Alliance, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mkry Power, Beta, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 

-Etfjtor— Bertha G. Cleveland, Eta, Sayville, L. I. 

Bertha G. Cleveland, Sayville, L, I. 

Associate Editor 
Gertrude E. Wright, . 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Business Manager 
Dora G. Lockwood, 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 


i4/p/ia— Bessie Williamson, .... Galesburg, 111. 

jBeta— Edith Van Cise Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gajnma— Elsie Jones, North Webb avenue, Alliance, O. 

Z>e7ta— Helen Tinsley, .... Bethany, West Va. 
Epsilon — Ethel Richardson, Vermillion, South Dak. 

Zeta — Anna Miller, Femcliffe Hall, Springfield, O. 

JSta— Nan E. Prussia, 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— Bertha Davis, 220 W.Gilman street, Madison, Wis. 
Iota— Bertha Smith, Morgantown, West Va. 

Alliance A/uxnna?— Kathryn Keith, . Alliance, O. 

Aft. Pleasant A/amna?— Louise Singer, Mt. Pleasant, la. 

uNivERsrrv of west Virginia 

Alpha Xi Delta entered West Virginia University by the instal- 
lation there of Iota Chapter on the night of May 8, 1905. 

Doubtless every member of every other Chapter whether she 
be active or alumnae, has been trying since that memorable 
date to gain a better knowledge of the West Virginia Univer- 
sity, because, with the exception of her own Chapter and the 
girls themselves who make up the new one, no subject is of 
deeper interest to an Alpha Xi Delta girl than the home of the 
** Baby Chapter." And now at the opening of the school year 
with another ** rushing" season upon us, when questions *'too 
numerous to mention" are asked, such a knowledge is not 
alone interesting but almost imperative. 

The West Virginia University came into existence in the year 
1868, by an act of the Legislature, but the school from which 
it grew and was finally formed, was incorporated in "Old 
Virginia" in the year 1814. 

Morgantown, the seat of the University, is the county seat 
of Monongalia County, and is a beautiful town of ten thous- 
and inhabitants, on the Monongahela River and the Baltimore 
& Ohio Railroad, one hundred and three miles east of Wheeling 
and the same distance south of Pittsburg. It has the modem 
conveniences of natural gas, waterworks, electric lights, street 
railway, local and long distance telephones ; and is noted for its 
healthful conditions, physical, social and moral. There are 
churches of the following denominations in the town : Presby- 
terian, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Protestant, Protestant 
Episcopal, Baptist, Lutheran, Christian, and Roman Catholic. 
There are no saloons in the city. 

Few institutions of learning have more attractive and nat- 
ural situations. The University is on a hill overlooking the 
Monongahela River, which affords a most picturesque view and 
a tempting spot for artists with either kodak or brush. The 
grounds slope gently to the river; — an excellent stream for 
boating in summer, and a place equally entrancing for skating 
in winter. The campus comprises about twenty-five acres. 
There is also a farm of about one hundred acres that is used by 
the Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Agriculture. 
Cheat River in the very heart of the " Switzerland of America " 


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is only six miles distant and the most delightful place imagin- 
able to go for picnics, hay-rides, or sleighing-parties. Mount 
Cheteau Hotel **on Cheat" has always a royal welcome for 

The University organization consists of the following colleges 
and schools : 

I. The College of Arts and Sciences. 

II. The College of Engineering and Mechanic Arts. 

III. The College of Agriculture. 

IV. The College of Law. 

V. The College of Medicine. 

VI. The School of Music. 

VII. The Commercial School. 

VIII. The Preparatory Schools. 

IX. The School of Fine Arts. 

X. The School of Military Science and Tactics. 

The fands for maintaining the University are derived from 
the sources mentioned below: (1) Interest on the land grant 
endowment of one hundred and fourteen thousand seven hun- 
dred and fifty dollars ; (2) the Morill fand ; (3) the Hatch fund ; 
(4) biennial appropriations by the State Legislature ; (5) fees 
and tuitions, the latter being paid only by students from other 

There are eight brick and stone buildings as follows : 

1. Woodbum Hall, a three-story building, containing lec- 
ture rooms and the Botanical and Zoological Laboratories ; 
Law rooms and Law Library. The third floor is occupied by 
the School of Music. 

2. Martin Hall, a three-story building, containing lecture 
rooms and society halls. 

3. Science Hall, a four-story building, containing the Presi- 
dent's and Treasurer's offices, lecture rooms, laboratories for 
the departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Geology, and the 
Museum of Geology and Paleontology. 

4. Commencement Hall, a large two-story building, con- 
taining a commodious chapel and the gymnasium. 

5. Agricultural Experiment Station, a two-story building, 
containing labaratories, library, lecture rooms and offices. 

6. Armory and Drill Hall for the Military Department. 

7. Mechanical Hall, occupied by the College of Engineering 
and Mechanic Arts. 


8. Library, containing general library, reading and seminar 
rooms. The School of Fine Arts occupies the third floor of this 

9. One frame house; — Fife Cottage, used by the Medical 

In less than fifty years the institution has risen from a status 
little higher than that of the modem preparatory school to a 
position of first rank among land-grant universities: — a univer- 
sity comprising ten colleges and schools, employing more than 
seventy instructors, using nine large buildings, and still cramped 
for room. The modem elective system is followed. Co-educa- 
tion (the boys say ** with a view to matrimony ") prospers. 

Among student organizations may be mentioned the Y. W. 
C. A. and Y. M. C. A., two literary societies, a debating club, 
the English Club, the Music Club, the Choral Society, the Ath- 
letic Association, the Publishing Association, the Engineering 
Society, the Aurora Grange, ana many others among which are 
the sororities and fraternities. 

The University has proven a splendid field for Greek letter 
societies. They have existed here since 1890. Delta Tau Delta 
and Phi Kappa Psi, each owns a handsome house ; Phi Sigma 
Kappa plans to build one this year. Sigma Chi and Kappa 
Alpna rent houses. Beta Theta Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi 
Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Theta Nu Epsi- 
lon, and Delta Chi have rented flats. Chi Omega, the second 
national sorority to enter the University, (Alpha Xi Delta was 
first) installed its Chapter on June 4, 1905. One local sorority 

The students enrolled last year, according to the Bulletin for 
1904f-6, numbered eleven hundred and five ; about three hundred 
of whom were women. (The boys* theory of co-education may 
not be without good reason.) 

The University report to the State Department of the Inter- 
ior gives the value of property and equipment as follows : 

Buildings, $450,000 

Apparatus, 10,000 

Machinery, 20,000 

Library, 40,000 

Other Equipment, .... 40,000 

Experiment Station farm and grounds, 225,000 

There are abundant indications of healthy and continuous 
growth in all departments of the University. The State is 
developing with great rapidity along industrial lines, and this 
development is marked by a parallel growth in the State's 
largest and best institution of learning, the West Virginia 
University . Bertha Jane Smith . 



June 21, 22, 23, 1905 witnessed the third annual conyen- 
tion of Alpha Xi Delta at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, with Beta 
Chapter as hostess. Each of the nine active and two alumnae 
Chapters was represented and taking into consideration the 
amount of business transacted and the brilliant social events 
of the three days, this convention was decidedly the most 
successful held in the history of the sorority. Too much 
cannot be said of the warm spirit of hospitality pervading the 
w^elcome extended to the visitors and the thoughtful atten- 
tion which made the convention days ones long to be remem- 
bered by all present. 

The majority of the visitors arrived on Tuesday, the day be- 
fore the formal opening of convention, and that evening a 
reception was tendered the guests and patronesses of the 
hostess chapter at the pleasant sorority house. A short musi- 
cal programme was rendered after which the " Alphas " occu- 
pied themselves in becoming better acquainted and in singing 
the rousing sorority songs. 

On the following day two business sessions were held and 
the evening was again given up to social pleasure. From 
seven-thirty until nine the guests were entertained at the hos- 
pitable home of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Van Cise, after which they 
repaired to Luberger's cafe, where an elaborate banquet 
awaited them. 

The menu and toasts follow : 


Frozen Fruit Sherbert 
Fried CmcKEN Creamed Gravy 

French Breaded Potato Balls 
Sweet Pickles Fruit Jelly 

Cucumber Sandwiches 

Brown ^ead Nut Cheese Sandwiches. 

Cherry Ice 
Sweet Bread Salad Almond Rolls 

Souffle de Russe Macaroons 

Cream Mushrooms in Thimble Shells 

Potato Chips 
Rose Ice Cream Marshmallow Parfait 

Assorted Cake 
CAFfi NoiR Cheese Sandwiches 


The toast programme was gracefiiUy presided over by ex- 
Grand Secretary Axie E. Lute, who introduced the speakers in 
a most pleasing manner. 

Electrician Axie E. Lute, Beta 

"Let us charge these guests with the electric current of our 
good feeling." 

To THB Alpha Girl Abroad, Bess Williamson, Alpha 

Here's to the loyal Alpha girl 
Who when across the pond 

Ne'er fails to let the other Greeks know 
Of which " frat " she's most fond. 

The Alpha Rose Lucille Strong, Gamma 

The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem, 
For that sweet odor which in it doth live. 

Spreads Lorena Grange, Bpsilon 

All human history attests 

That happiness for man,— the hungry sinner— 

Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. 

Angling Bertha Cleveland, Eta 

" For angling rod he took a sturdy oak, 
For line, a cable that in storm ne'er broke." 

Our Pin Bertha Jane Smith, Iota 

** The feather whence the pen was shaped 
That traced the lives of these good men 
Fell from an angel's wing." 

Our Ward Mrs. M. B. Huston 

A creature not too bright or good 

For human nature's daily food; 

For transient sorrows, simple wiles 

Praise, blame, love, kisses tears, and smiles. 

Throughout the evening an orchestra from the State hos- 
pital discoursed most beautiful music and furnished an accom- 
paniment for several of the sorority songs which were sung by 
the guests. 

On Thursday evening an elaborate affair was tendered the 
sorority by Beta's patronesses, Mrs. W. I. Babb, Mrs. W. S. 


Withrow, Mrs. W. B. Seeley, Mrs. R. S. Galer and Mrs. M. B. 
Huston at the beautiful home of Mrs. Seeley. A most pleasing 
program consisting of vocal and instrumental music and elocu- 
tionary selections was rendered, followed by an hour of in- 
formal sociability. This was one of the most pleasant of the 
social events and it was a genuine pleasure to all the visitors 
to meet these charming women who have been of so much as- 
sistance and lasting benefit to Beta. They are all members of 
the P. E. O. society between which organization and the local 
chapter of Alpha Xi Delta there exists a strong friendship. 

The business sessions came to an end on Friday at 2 p. m., 
when about twenty ** Alphas" went for drives in various con- 
veyances. The scenery about Mt. Pleasant is very picturesque, 
while the town itself is quaint and interesting, and the guests 
enjoyed this feature very much. 

Friday evening a Pan-Hellenic reception was held at the 
home of MilfS Ellen Ball, at which were present members of the 
Pi Beta Phi sorority and the Phi Delta Theta and Beta Theta 
Pi firatemities, as well as members of the faculty of Iowa Wes- 
leyan University and other invited guests. A pleasing feature 
of the evening was the singing of songs by each sorority and 
fraternity present and the rendition of the **yell" of the nine 
colleges represented. 

The house was beautifully decorated for the occasion and 
flowers were received from the IIB.*. sorority, Mrs. Hancher, 
wife of the president of Iowa Wesleyan University, Mrs. F. P. 
Van Cise, the P. E. O. societ3'^ and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. 

This ended the convention functions, and while most enjoy- 
able, a feeling of sadness was noticeable as a strong friendship 
had sprung up between Alphas from East and West; yet each 
took leave of the others with a new understanding of the true 
meaning of fraternity and a stronger hope of realizing the aims 
of Alpha Xi Delta. 



The Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference was called by Delta Delta Delta 
in Chicago, at the Victoria Hotel, the afternoon of Friday, September 16, 
1905. An all-day session followed Saturday. Eleven Sororities were repre- 
sented, as follows: 

Kappa Alpha Theta, 
Delta Gamma, 
Kappa Kappa Gamma, 
Pi Beta Phi, . 
Alpha Phi, 
Gamma Phi Beta, . 
Alpha Chi Omega, 
Delta Delta Delta, 
Alpha Xi Delta, 
Chi Omega, 
Alpha Omicron Pi, 

Mrs. LAura H. Norton, Chicago. 
Miss Elizabeth Williams, Chicago. 
Miss Cleora C. Wheeler, St. Paul. 
Miss Elizabeth Gamble, Detroit. 
Mrs. William Forsythe, Chicago. 
Miss Lillian W. Thompson, Chicago. 
Mrs. Richard Tennant, New York. 
Miss Amy H. Olgen, Chicago. 
Mrs. Robert Leib, Springfield, 111. 
Mrs. A. H. Purdue, Fayetteville, Ark. 
Miss Jeannette Wicks, New York. 

It was moved and carried that the ruling of the last Conference in r^^ard 
to holding of office hold good, and that Miss Olgen of Delta Delta Delta act as 
chairman, and Mrs. Leib of Alpha Xi Delta as secretary of the Conference. 
It was suggested that delegates to the next Conference bring credentials. 

Reading of the minutes of the Third Conference. Report of the Secre- 
tary for the past year was read and her recommendations to the Conference 
followed. It was moved and carried that the report with recommendations 
be filed. The expense account kept by Miss Olgen was referred to the Secre- 
tary and upon being verified was accepted. Reports of delegates followed: 
Miss Gamble for Pi Beta Phi; Mrs. Norton for Kappa Alpha Theta; Miss 
Wheeler for Kappa Kappa Gamma; Mrs. Forsythe for Alpha Phi; Miss Shep- 
herd, alternate delegate, for Delta Gamma; Miss Thompson for Gamma Phi 
Beta; Mrs. Tennant for Alpha Chi Omega; Mrs. Leib for Alpha Xi Delta; 
Mrs. Purdue for Chi Omega. Word from the Grand Presinent of the Sigma 
Kappa was read by Miss Olgen, Miss Wicks for Alpha Omicron Pi and 
Miss Olgen for Delta Delta Delta. 

These reports included the attitude of the fraternity on motions already 
passed, convention action having bearing upon the Conference, complaints 
and recommendations to the Conference. Petitions from five sororities seek- 
ing admission to the. Conference were read. A motion was made that no 
. sorority having less than five chapters or that has a single chapter in a school 
below collegiate rank be admitted to the Conference. The motion carried, 
and consequenty the Conference will not be enlarged this year. 

The second session was devoted to the consideration and formation of a 
simple working constitution to simplify the business of the Conference and 
the work of the Conference Secretary. 


It was moved and carried to frame a constitution to be approved by the 
Grand Presidents of the sororities represented in the Conference, and to go 
into effect when each Grand President has approved. The constitution was 
presented as follows: 


The name of this organization shall be the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

ARTICLE II.— Object. 

The object of the Inter-Sorority Conference shall be to improve the 
methods of rushing and pledging and to consider questions of general interest 
to the Sorority world. 

ARTICLE III.— Elgibiuty to membership. 

No Sorority shall be admitted to the Conference which has less than five 
chapters or which has any chapter in an institution below collegiate rank. 

ARTICLE IV.— Organization. 

It shall be composed of one delegate from each national Sorority repre- 

ARTICLE v.— Meetings. 

It shall assemble annually, time and place of the following meeting to be 
arranged each year. 

ARTICLE VI.— Calling of Meetings. 

Section 1. It shall be called by the Sororities in rotation. 

Sec. 2. The delegate from the Sorority calling the Conference shall 
act as chairman, and the delegate from the Sorority next in order shall act 
as secretary of the Conference, and shall continue in office until she calls 
the next Conference. 

ARTICLE VII.— Powers. 

The powers of this organization shall be two-fold: first, to propose legis- 
lation to the Sororities; second, to act as a standing court of appeal to settle 
local difficulties reported to it by the Sororities or Pan-Hellenic Associations. 

ARTICLE VIII.— Duties op Officers. 

Section 1. Chairman. The chairman shall preside at the meetings. 

Sec. 2. Secretary. The secretary shall keep the minutes. 1. She shall 
send reports of the Conference, within one week after adjournment, to the 
members of the Conference and to all Grand Secretaries of the Sororities 
represented in the Conference for distribution to chapters and officers of 
their Sororities. 


2. She shall issue questions proposed by the Conference to the Grand 
Secretaries for presentation to their Sororities and shall, upon receipt of 
the result, send notice of same to all Grand Secretaries. 

3. She shall prepare the program of the Conference meeting and in- 
structions to delegates, and shall issue the call for the meeting. 

4. She shall have power on application from any Pan-Hellenic Associa- 
tion to appoint a member of the Conference whose Sorority interests are 
not involved in the question at issue, to investigate and arbitrate any diffi- 
culty arising in the Pan-Hellenic. Expenses of the one sent to be paid by 
the local Pan-Hellenic. 

ARTICLE IX.— Methods of Procedure. 

Section 1. Actions of Inter-Sorority interest passed by any Grand 
Council or at any Grand Convention shall be reported at once to the Secre- 
tary of the Conference, and also to the Grand Secretary of each Sorority 
represented in the Conference. 

Sec. 2. Suggestions offered by the Conference shall be submitted as 
soon as possible by the Secretary to all the Grand Secretaries of the Sorori- 
ties represented in the Conference. Voting blanks will be sent for all mo- 
tions submitted to the Sororities and the result of the vote announced by 
each Grand Secretary to the Secretary of the Conference within two 

Sec. 3. The Conference Secretary shall then announce the result to all 
Grand Councils and Chapters. The motions that have received a unanimous 
vote of all the Sororities shall at once become binding upon all Chapters, the 
Grand Councils being responsible for the observance. 

ARTICLE X.— Legislation. 

Legislation enacted by a Sorority at the suggestion of the Conference 
can be repealed or modified only by formal action of the Sororities, who 
must follow the regular order of procedure. Legislation cannot be changed 
by any one Sorority or by the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

ARTICLE XL— Expense. 

The expenses of the Conference shall be divided equally among the 
Sororities represented at the Conference. 

These articles were all approved by the Conference. The delegates took 
luncheon together and the afternoon session convened for a consideration of 
new business. The stand taken by Gamma Phi Beta was discussod and well 
considered, and the consensus of opinion seemed to be that her action in 
refusing to co-operate in national rules for rushing and bidding, while willing 
to do so in the Social Service and other departments of work, was ill-consid- 
ered and hasty. The honorable action of Gamma Phi Beta in giving due 
notice of her withdrawal from the compact was commended. The sense of 
the Conference was that although Gamma Phi Beta has withdrawn from the 
Inter-Sorority compact, the compact is still binding on all Sororities in the 

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Inter-Sorority Conference until after the coming convention of Gamma Phi 
Beta. It is hoped that this state of things will be remedied, and a motion 
was made and carried that a strong appeal be made to the convention of 
Gamma Phi Beta, urging the Sorority to co-operate fully with the Confer- 
ence and that this appeal be made through the presiding officer of the Con- 
ference and the Grand Presidents of the Sororities. Moved and carried that 
in case any compact is broken in any institution by any Chapter of a Soror- 
ity, the ot^er Chapters be not bound. Moved and carried that in case any 
Sorority grants dispensation to one of its Chapters, that the agreement be 
no longer binding on the other Chapters at that institution. 

A petition from the Michigan Pan-Hellenic Association to allow pledging 
of non-matriculates was read. It is the feeling of the Conference that this 
petition should be granted on account of the peculiar conditions at Ann 
Arbor. Moved and carried to submit the petition to the Grand Presidents 
with the advice that it be granted. 

The settling of the question of calling the conference was next consid- 
ered, and it was decided to proceed in rotation according to the ruling of the 
last Conference, and then go back to the beginning of the list. Therefore 
Alpha Xi Delta will call the next Conference and Chi Omega will act as 

In order to facilitate the business of the Conference and to insure the 
best possible understanding of our position and aims at the various Sorority 
conventions, it is suggested that the del^ates to the Conference be, as far 
as possible, members of the Grand Councils of the Sororities. 

It was decided that the Fifth Conference be called in Chicago the Fri- 
day afternoon and Saturday of September, 1906, coming nearest the middle 
of the month. The Social Service Work of the Conference was considered 
at this time. It was moved to accept the printed reports of Mrs. E. Jean 
Nelson-Penfield and Miss Lillian Thompson, and that they receive the thanks 
of the Conference for their splendid work. Motion carried. Mrs. Penfield's 
report on securing the co-operation of college men in the formation of Social 
Service Leagues was read, as follows: 
To the Chairman of the Conference of 1905: 

At the last Inter-Sorority Conference a Social Service Committee was 
formed through which three lines of investigation were to be undertaken. 
As a committee we had one meeting and, as before reported, at this time 
the work was arranged. You have received the excellent report of Miss 
Thompson, Gamma Phi Beta; Miss Telling, Delta Gamma, is to report at 
the conference this month, and so it but remains for me to report on the 
possible co-operation of fraternity men. 

In the 64 colleges in which the Sororities of the Conference are located, 
we find 38 national, 11 local and 13 professional men's fraternities. We are 
associated with many of these in only one or two institutions, but there are 
20 with which we come more often in contact. The following are the num- 
ber of Chapters these men's fraternities have in the 64 colleges: Phi Delta 
Theta, 31; Beta Theta Pi, 29; Sigma Chi, 24; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 24; 
Delta Tau Delta, 23; Kappa Sigma, 23; Phi Gamma Delta, 22; Sigma Nu, 

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21; Phi Kappa Psi, 20; Alpha Tau Om^a, 20; Delta Kappa Epailon. 13; 
Delta Upsilon, 12; Kappa Alpha, 8; Chi Psi, 7; Psi Upsilon, 7; Phi Kappa 
Sigma, 6. Theta Delta Chi, 6; Sigma Psi, 5; Chi Phi, 4; Alpha Delta Phi, 4. 

Letters and Inter-Sorority Conference reports were sent to the Presi- 
dents of these fraternities. From some no response was received, but 
many letters were received expressing a spirit of appreciation and accord 
with the suggestions of the Conference, which convinced me that should our 
Sororities take up the formation of these Leagues (or similar work), as 
recommended by the Conference, we should find practical support from 
the men's fraternities. Stated in such general terms, this support seems 
intangible, but, as one president said to me (he was so much interested in 
the thought as to seek a personal interview), "the support of the men's 
fraternities will become actual and specific when the demand for it is made 
evident in local situations. ' ' Cne president pointed out the fact that interest 
in such work depends upon the man at the head of the fraternity at the time. 
Others seemed to think that, as men's fraternities always seek to foster 
the ideal in their men, any worthy appeal would find a ready response. One 
president suggested that where special changes were needed, resident 
alimini of influence and standing be quietly interested. A quiet word to the 
ofiicers of the various fraternities by those interested in establishing these 
Leagues was also suggested. In the mind of your chairman, it all resolves 
itself to a faithful study of local conditions and an intelligent and tactful 
reaching out for the right influences— depending upon Deans of Women, 
faculty and also resident alumni and alumnae for advice. 

As it has been suggested that where this work is undertaken it be done 
by the president of the Sorority flrst established at each collie, it will be 
of interest to state here the colleges for which each Sorority would be re- 
sponsible. This order of foimding does not recognize the first date of or- 
ganization where there has been a revival of an old Chapter, and considers 
only living Chapters: 

Chi Owwf^a:— University of Mississippi, Randolph, Macon, CJolo. ; South 
West Baptist University; University of Tennessee; University of Arkansas, 
and University of Kentucky. 

Gamma Phi Beto:— University of Michigan, University of Washington. 

Alpha Pfct:— Northwestern University and Syracuse UniAersity. 

Delta Gamma:— VLt. Union College, Albion College and Woman's Col- 
lege, Baltimore. 

Alpha Xi DeZto;— Wittenberg University, University of South Dakota; 
University of West Virginia and Bethauy College. 

Alpha Chi Omega:— ^ew England Conservatory and Pennsylvania Col- 
lege of Music. 

Kappa Alpha Cramwa:— University of Minnesota, University of Mis- 
souri, University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, University of Penn- 
sylvania, University of Wisconsin, Adrian College, Boston University, 
Barnard College, Buchtel College. Butler College, Hillsdale College, Adel- 
phi (}ollege, Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Kappa Alpha 7%«fa;— Swarthmore College, Vermont University, Van- 


derbilt University, Brown University (at Brown Delta Sigma, which has 
three other chapters, exists and was first, but is not in the Conference) , 
Gomell University, University of California, Wooster College, Toronto Col- 
lege, DePauw University, Alleghany College, University of Indiana and 
Leland Stanford University. 

Pi Beta PAi:— Ohio University, Simpson College, University of Texas, 
Tulane University, Bucknell University, University of Colorado, Columbian 
University, Denver University, Dickinson College, Franklin College, Uni- 
versity of Illinois, University of Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan, University of 
Kansas, Knox College, Lombard College and Middlebury College. 

Delta Delta Z>eZta;— St. Lawrence University, Wesleyan University, 
Baker University, Cincinnati College. 

Sigma Kappa:— Co\hy College. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. Jean Nblson-Penfield, 
Sbptembbr, 1906. Chairman. 

The Conference urges that these Social Service Leagues be formed 
wherever practicable. The three already formed at the Universities of 
Illinois, Colorado and Michigan are doing good work. After hea.ring Miss 
Thompson's report on the legislation now in force in colleges where Women's 
Leagues, Women's Dormitories and Sorority Houses exist, the Conference 
feels that there are grave social evils in colleges to be remedied, and rec- 
ommends that the Pan-Hellenics and Women's Leagues do all they can to 
remedy these evils. 

Other recommendations by the Conference are: 

1. That the Secretary of the Conference be sent copies of all the Soror- 
ity journals. 

2. That all Sorority journal editors be requested to send exchanges to 
officers of other Sororities and to all Chapters in colleges where the respec- 
tive Sororities are represented. 

3. That each editor send a complete list of names and addresses of 
officers and chapter secretaries to all other editors at the beginning of the 
college year. 

4. That each Grand Secretary send to the Conference Secretary revised 
lists of Chapter rolls and officers to facilitate her work. 

It is also recommended as a matter of Inter-Sorority courtesy that any 
Sorority member be empowered to purchase the pin of any Sorority found 
and be reimbursed for it. 

In closing the conference uiges greater co-operation in the Pan-Hellenic 
Associations and Women's Leagues through the year. 

Ella B. Boston-Leib, 
Secretary Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference. 


The business report of the Inter-Sorority Conference has 
been given. We hope it will be read with care and considera- 
tion by every Alpha; that its suggestions will be given the 
attention they deserve and that each one will consider her- 
self personally responsible for the attitude her chapter shall 
assume toward Pan-Hellenism. 

In the working out of the Pan-Hellenic idea, in the generous 
and liberal spirit which has marked its conception, lies the 
*'main chance" for many a Greek to be of personal and real ser- 
vice to her sorority. Pan-Hellenism is as far removed from all 
that is small, narrow, mean as the Bast is from the West. It 
is full of the spirit of the broader union, the more thorough 
understanding and co-operation of Greek with Greek for the 
good, not alone of each sorority, though that must follow, but 
of all sororities, and of all institutions in which sororities are 

Rightly apprehended the influence of this new and broader 
association can be rationalizing and educational. Through it 
all Greek interests may be strengthened and enriched till no 
institution of learning shall ever again hesitate to extend glad 
welcome to a Greek chapter within its doors. 

From an annual meeting of our delegates in Chicago, to 
these, results may seem a far cry. But let each delegate carry 
back to her sorority the true spirit of the Conference — let each 
chapter endeavor to work out that spirit in the light and 
reality of life and results will not long be wanting. 

As a new constellation in the Greek firmament Alpha Xi 
Delta has much to gain, and I believe much to give, in this 
union of unions. From her older and more experienced sisters 
she can learn to perfect her organization, to oil the wheels of 
her machinery, and thus save time, needless work and worry, 
and the ever needed and elusive cash. She can call many a les- 
son of reverence for the established order of things, without 
yielding, I trust, to that conservatism that kills. Yes and 
many more lessons can she learn. To them she can impart 
something of her youthful enthusiasm, cosmopolitanism, dem- 
ocracy of spirit and courage to do and dare along new and 


untried lines. She is in the beginning of her victories and the 
first fresh glory of them is a power in itself and an incentive 
and an impetus to greater and better things. 

Alphas — each one — know this — Circles of influence widen out 
eternally and grow. In justice to yourselves and to the dear 
old " Frat," your interests, your appreciative powers, your 
ambition and your ability in and for her must grow commens- 
urately. And again — 'Tis the little things that count. You in 
far off Dakota and Virginia, you in New York and Wisconsin 
and you nearer home must feel truly involved in that little 
Inter-Sorority Conference. It is yours. Your voice was heard 
there and your pledge given. To your lot it falls to make this 
truly worth while. First of all make your own Pan-Hellenic 
Association in your own college what it should be. Learn that 
these other Greeks, your rivals true, are still your sisters ; that 
a common ground of interest exists for you all. Let it be 
your first thought and your first joy in your own Pan-Hellenic 
Association to keep out all unpleasantness and strife. Make 
this common meeting ground a place for helpful discussion, and 
a source of better understanding. It lies with you. Alphas, to 
determine largely what the Pan-Hellenic shall really be in prac- 
tically one-sixth of the colleges represented in the Conference. 
The attitude of each one of you toward this new and import- 
ant factor in the fraternity world is no small matter. We owe 
it to ourselves to make our influence a strong and helpful one. 

Mrs, T. C. Kimble— Alpha. 


On May 9th and 10th an affair took place of general interest 
to all Alphas and of much importance to the sorority as a whole. 

Some time previous to this date, after much correspondence 
between the Beta Pi society at the University of West Virginia 
and the Grand Committee of Alpha Xi Delta, Mary E.Salmon, 
editor-in-chief of the sorority journal, was sent to Morgan town 
to look over the ground and investigate the general standing of 
the local. Her report was one of unqualified approval and her 
recommendation was printed in the elaborate petition which 
the society prepared and sent out a few weeks later. 

As a natural result of all these preliminaries the initiation of 
seven splendid specimens of the American college woman took 
place on the above named date. The rites were administered 
at the spacious home of Crystal Courtney by Julia E. White, 
an alumna of Delta Chapter, and Mary E. Kay, Grand Secre- 
tary. The girls who took the vows are as follows : 

Crystal Courtney, Morgantown, W. Va.; Lillian Ballard 
Smith, Charleston, W. Va.; Ethel Averil Green, Morgantown, 
W. Va. ; Drusilla S. Johnson, Cadiz, Ohio; Mary Hannah 
Cooper, Parkersburg, W. Va.; Bessie Julia Sadler, Point 
Marion, Pa,; Bertha J. Smith, Sistersville, W. Va. 

The initiation proper took place on the evening of the ninth 
of May and was followed by an elaborate spread. Brief words 
of welcome were given by the visiting delegates and warm let- 
ters of greeting from thoughtful sisters at Wittenberg, Syra- 
cuse, Bethany and Mt. Union were read. 

On the following day two business sessions were held when 
oflScers for the new chapter were elected and the constitution 
and by-laws of Alpha Xi Delta as well as the Inter-Sorority 
Conference report were carefully read and explained. Part of 
the day was spent in visiting the various buildings and meeting 
many of the professors and students. The occasion was one of 
much pleasure and long to be remembered by the visitors. 

Alpha Xi Delta has placed her standard in capable hands 
and need have no fear for her future at West Virginia Univer- 
sity. The members of Iota are all women earnest in purpose 
and of high standing socially and as students. 

Mary E, Kay. 


The seven girls who are charter members of Iota Chapter 
had worked so harmoniously and withal so secretly that few 
of the eleyen hundred other students in the University had even 
suspected their intention and desire. Mary Salmon, inspector 
from Gamma Chapter, came and went as ** a friend of Crystal 
Courtney's" and no one guessed her mission. Then came the 
installing officers, Mary Kay from Gamma, and Julia White 
from Delta, and on May ninth the secret was out. 

All arrangements for an early installation to be followed by 
a "spread" had been carefully planned and carried out as far 
as possible by the initiates. But who can plan successfully 
against Fate and the Baltimore & Ohio railroad ? Miss White, 
because of a late train, arrived not at 3:00 p. m., but at 10:30 
p. M. Miss Kay came at six o'clock in the evening, and after 
much anxious consultation among the girls the ceremony was 
postponed only until Miss White could arrive and be ready. 

The **frat hall" in the home of Crystal Courtney was made 
especially attractive by decorations of fraternity penants and 
W. V. U. colors, " old gold and blue." Here the seven girls were 
admitted to the sacred Sisterhood of Alpha Xi Delta. 

After the installation they all retired to the dining room where 
the "spread " was served. This room was prettily trimmed in 
Alpha Xi Delta colors and the table, too, was decorated with 
the colors and pink rose of the Sorority. When the feast was 
finished the yell and songs were practiced. 

On Tuesday momingrMay ninth, mach wonderment was 
caused and many questions evoked by those who wore the 
"double blue and gold " with a pink rose. But the other stu- 
dents soon learned that Alpha Xi Delta had come, and as the 
girls say, ^*had come to outdistance in all good works each 
and every similar organization that maycome later." Because 
others with "much pomp and ceremony " had been trying for 
some time to secure a charter from a national organization the 
quiet victory of Alpha Xi Delta was all the more enjoyable to 
her friends. Iota bore her honors as meekly as could well be 
expected under the circumstances and so no enmity ensued even 
fiom those defeated in the race to hold " first " place. 

The girls feel deeply that much of the honor of securing a 
chapter is due Crystal Courtney for her indefatigable efforts 


and earnest unwavering enthusiasm during the time of prepar- 
ing their petition, and also to Drusilla Johnson through whose 
life and work in her alma mater, Bethany, Delta Chapter be- 
came interested in their would-be-sisters at the University. 



The announcement that most of last year's grand officers 
were retained this year, was joyfully received by the members 
of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The sisterhood feels that the exe- 
cution of its business matters rests in competent hands. The 
old officers need no introduction; Mrs. Ella B. Boston-Lieb, 
Grand-President, Miss Mary E. Kay, Grand-Secretary, and 
Miss Mary Power, Grand-Treasurer. 

Our new Grand-Vice President and Historian, Miss Lorena 
Grange, is not so well known to the sorority. A few words 
concerning her life will be interesting to all. 

Lorena Grange is a Vermillion girl, havinglived in that town 
since her birth. Her early education she received in the public 
school of Vermillion. After completing the high school course 
she entered the State University at Vermillion and graduated 
from the college department with the class of 1904. 

Throughout her college course Miss Grange made a specialty 
of the modern languages. During her last year in school she 
took special work in primary methods and practice work in 
the public school with a view to fitting herself for a primary 
teacher. This year she is successfully demonstrating her ability 
and the thoroughness of her training in the primary depart- 
ment at Britton, S. D. 

Miss Grange is a thoroughly capable girl, a conscientious 
church worker, and a natural leader among girls. She has 
always been popular with the young people of her home town 
and of the University. It was largely due to her eflForts that 
Epsilon Chapter was established at Vermillion. 


Air : The Jolly Students. 

You may talk about your college f rats 

In north, south, east or west, 
And of all the Greek sororities 

But Alpha is the best. 
She stands up in her youthfulness 

And proudly meets them all, 
Who have longer waved their colors fair 

In every college hall. 
In all the seats of learning now 

Wherever she may be. 
The other f rats have come to know 

Our dear old Alpha Xi ; 
And their many gallant colors bow 

Before the gold and blue, 
The colors which we wave on high 

And to which we are true. 


For we are jolly Alphas, in our college town we've won renown. 

We're the proudest in the Grecian fold ; 

We wear the quill, the emblem that we love so well, 

Rahl Rah! Rah! 
Hail the double blue and gold. 



To the timnitiated,the social advantages of sorority life may 
seem most prominent. But the tme sister, no matter how re- 
cent her adoption, thinks as little of these superficialities as 
does the true daughter honor and love her family for the place 
in society it gives her. By her the sorority is loved and hon- 
ored in proportion as it helps her to a higher life. 

There can be no greater incentive to the development of our 
best selves than the constant companionship of some friend 
whom we love, who expects much of us, and than disappoint 
whom we would rather die. And such an incentive the soror- 
ity famishes. We dare not disappoint the girls who have 
trusted us. We dare not be anything but our best selves for 
their sakes. 

This is equally true for the girl who leads and the girl who 
follows. The one dare not prove unworthy of the respect and 
admiration she receives ; the other finds her greatest joy in win- 
ning the approval of the leader who serves as her ideal. And 
all this without a shadow of the obsequious. It is the natural 
law of many healthful, helpful friendships. 

Then, too, there are times in the life of every girl when she 
hungers for a sister who will understand, sympathize, and keep 
sacred the confidence she would give. This hunger is well illus- 
trated in the story of the little girl who had been sent to bed 
alone, and was afraid in the dark. Her mother tried to comfort 
her with her doll, and with the thought that God was near to 
take care of her. But, still she sobbed, "I don't want my dol- 
lie and I don't want God. I want a real skin face." The soror- 
ity supplies, in a most effective way, the "real skin face." 

True, the non-sorority girl may, perchance, find such incen- 
tives, and such companionships, but in the sorority they are 
planned for, made almost inevitable. They heighten aspira- 
tion, purify ambition, and sweeten all the experiences of life. 

Dracilla V. Johnson, lota. 



There is probably no term more abused in practical speech 
than this term of sane rushing. Indeed, much of the so-called 
sane rushing merges decidedly and incredibly into the insane. 
This may be putting matters a trifle strongly, but all of us who 
are acquainted with the rushing methods of the present system 
readily admit that they are very unreasonable. 

Not being able to speak in regard to fraternities altho' it is 
probable that the same things apply to both fraternities and 
sororities, but in the confusion and frenzy of the rushing season 
there is always a decided inclination to forget former pledges 
taken in saner moments. We all think every chance our last 
and feel certain that the desired girl is going over to the enemy 
and cannot be saved unless this one opportunity is seized. 
When everything is calm and the confusion has died away, 
judgment tells us that we have been foolishly rash, altho' we 
can readily excuse ourselves when we remember that during 
such a season we are practically irresponsible. No one would 
suggest dishonesty or lack of principle in a person because the 
rushing season is really a time of great consequence, eagerness 
and nervous excitement, especially in a small college where the 
desirable girls are less numerous than in a larger institution. 
Another thing to be wholly condemned in rushing is ** back- 
biting." This is no doubt practiced to a great extent almost 
everywhere during the busiest part of the spiking. If we can- 
not pledge girls to our sorority through our own personal 
merits — but instead are forced to gossip about our rivals in 
order to prejudice the new girls against them, let us give up. 
A fair minded girl will think less of one who will gossip about 
a rival to win her friendship. She will prefer not to become 
intimate with such a club of girls. It is both cowardly and un- 

Sometimes girls are inclined to be with a new girl too much. 
Cases have been known where she will become so tired of a cer- 
tain rusher that there will spring up a feeling of dislike. This, 
of course, ends all. Judgment should atid will tell us where and 
when to stop. 

Then, no doubt, we have all seen girls whose beads were 


turned by the amonnt of rushing and attention they receive at 
first because they do not understand it. 

It seems too bad also, to take a sudden notion to a girl, rush 
her steadily and yigorouly and then, finding her disappointing, 
to drop her, thus ruining her college happiness and placing her 
in a bad light with college companions. 

We should practice decided moderation in all things. Opin- 
ions should be formed neither too impulsively nor too deliber- 
ately, and our own knowledge of human nature should prevent 
us from being too much mistaken in our estimates. 

Nor should our rushing be of such a character that, when the 
girl is initiated and folly established in the sisterhood, she will 
find things somewhat disappointing. Our ideals of true wom- 
anhood and good scholarship should be made known and thor- 
oughly understood and the impression should not be conveyed 
that everything for which a sorority stands merges into the 
social whirl. 

Again, not for policy's sake but just because it is more 
womanly, should our relations with non-fraternity girls be 
perfectly intimate and friendly. 

Through all the pitfalls and temptations of a rushing season 
let us remember that we are collegians standing for all that is 
true and noble in American womanhood. 

Bessie Williamson— Alpha. 


Fraternity girls too often forget that the place which a sor- 
ority occupies in the mind of the college world depends largely 
upon the attitude of the neutral body toward the particular 
sorority. We, as members of Alpha Xi Delta, have good friends 
in other sororities, and often fail to remember that more than 
half of the college world is not affected by a good standing in 
the Pan-Hellenic association. Eta's college home, for example, 
is in a university where the neutrals far outnumber the Greeks. 
A common tie — we may think one of sympathy — holds the 
neutral body so closely together that as individuals they agree 
very closely upon the rank accorded to each fraternity. So, if 


we have friends among them, we may fairly conclttde that a 
large portion of the college people think well of us. Of course, 
it is manifestly impossible to seek the good will of the neutrals 
through any formal affiliation. But we, as individual mem- 
bers, have here a large responsibility. To one outside of fra- 
ternity circles, each particular girl is the type of her society, 
and to such a one we may all too easily give the impression 
that our ideals are simply selfish enjoyment and selfish ambi- 
tions. On the other hand, an evident desire to be friendly and 
to be helpfril in all the little difficulties incident to college life 
will win warm friends for us and through us, for the sorority 
which we represent. So let us strive earnestly to show to 
those who have no fraternity ties of love and sympathy that 
we are not setting ourselves apart to gain congenial and inti- 
mate comrades, but that we desire to be always courteous and 
considerate, and to raise everywhere the standard of woman- 
hood . Martha Hutcbings—Eta . 


Dear sisters, are we going to be warm with enthusiasm or 
cold with indifference toward the upbuilding and strengthening 
of our own dear Alpha Xi Delta? "Our own,'' we say, for it 
should be just as much a part of us as we can possibly make it ; 
"dear," for we should prize it as we do our best, most sacred 

How we value the girls in our chapter who really have the 
good of the whole order at heart and on whom we can depend 
for any little service for either sister or chapter. . 

Let us try to explain why it is that these particular girls are 
valuable as Sorority girls. Surely it is not because they are 
merely pretty or dress handsomely (though this will win a cer- 
tain kind of girl in rushing). No, on the other hand some of 
the dearest girls have not pretty faces, but they seem really 
beautifril to us as they go about among the girls of our band 
or other such bands doing little deeds of kindness, of love or 
sympathy; giving some little fiSte for strange homesick girls, 
justifying some poor misjudged girl where justice lies in her 
power and showing to all a heart full of sunshine and unselfish- 
ness. Then think you not that this girl is full of genuine Soror- 


ity spirit. True a girl cannot fill her highest duty to her chap- 
ter until she has made her self acquainted with the inner work- 
ings and principles of her Sorority as well as its social functions 
and has given her undivided attention to all of its business 
transactions. She must be able when the time comes to go 
abroad, and in a way reveal her principles to others by making 
them happy. What we want and need is more enthusiasm in 
Sorority, chapter and girl; enthusiasm that will carry us into 
the midst of all labors for Alpha Xi Delta interests, through all 
little troubles and worries and places us safely where we are 
needed in the world to do the duties expected of every true, 
loyal woman. Helen L. Tinsley—Deha. 


So much has been said about the kind of a girl we want in 
our Sorority that it seems reiteration to write more on the 
subject ; but the matter comes up to us every year, and it is 
well to think it over frequently , 

For an Alpha we want first — a girl who is a good scholar 
and stands well in the eyes of the professors ; we want one full 
of life and enthusiasm, who will work hard to carry out any 
plan she may undertake ; and we want a girl who will not run 
down other frats, for a girl that talks about people behind 
their backs is not always to be depended upon. 

It is not an indication of loyalty to one's own Sorority to 
say that it is the only one that is worth anything. Of course 
it is natural and right for each girl to love her own Sorority 
and think it is the very best, but don't let her ** tear the others 
to pieces," 

We want girls who have friends in all the other sororities, 
for we realize that '* we do not live for self alone." 

And when we are choosing our girls, let us be careful to see 

that each one is just what we want. Don't rush them just be- 
cause someone else is ; but remember that the ones we choose 
now, will hold the responsibility of the Chapter in their hands 
later on. 

If we find, however, that they have all the qualities that 
would make good Alphas, let us work hard to bring them into 
our fold, and teach them to love the double blue and gold. 

Beta Chapter. 


The editors and manager of Alpha Xi Delta for the year 
now opening, are deeply indebted to the editors and manager 
of the past year for many valuable suggestions and for much 
practical help. In the name of the sorority, as well as person- 
ally, we wish to thank them heartily and to state that any de- 
gree of success we may attain in our work is largely due to 
their patient advice. 

The members of Alpha Xi Delta realize the great debt they 
owe to past editor-in-chief, Mary Salmon, and to Mildred 
Tucker for the successful publicationof our journal for the year 
closing with our recent convention. We can understand that 
these two and the past associate editor must have given up 
nearly all their leisure hours during a year for our sakes. We 
know that they must often have taxed themselves beyond their 
strength in order that the Alpha Xi Delta might be a success. 
Much more might be said to poorly prove our appreciation of 
their services ; but all is best comprehended in the mere state- 
ment of our sincere gratitude. 

ji ji ji 

The first article of this issue brings up again the old question 
of conservatism as opposed to liberalism in a sorority. We be- 
lieve it narrow, indeed, to be too conservative in the admission 
of new chapters, but we also believe that there is a dangerous 
possibility of too liberal a spirit in the matter. There is a happy 
medium of kind-hearted reserve which we are pleased to see is 
the policy of our sorority. 

It may seem hard to refuse petitions for admission from 
groups of girls, whom we know to be desirable members, yet 
the good of the chapters and our organization as a whole 
should prompt us to unbiased judgment concerning all the 
attendant conditions such as the character of the college or 
university from which the petition comes, the prospects for 
growth, the number of other sororities in the field, etc. 

As a sorority we extend a hearty welcome to our last chap- 
ter, Iota. We feel that in this chapter we have loyal and help- 


fill members. Their cordial invitation to our next conyention 
is a proof of their fiitnre value to us. 

ji ji ji 

The next national convention of Alpha Xi Delta is to be held 
in the fall of nineteen hundred and six at the University of West 

To make a convention truly beneficial we need to plan for it 
firom the very close of the convention preceding it. Each chap- 
ter of the sorority should be sensible of its own needs and 
thoughtfiil for the needs of the national body. The convention 
at Mount Pleasant was a period of profit to us all. An almost 
incredible amount of work was done in the short space of three 
days. The enduring character of that work depends upon the 
committees appointed for its execution. May we take the lib- 
erty to urge that all committees from the last convention at- 
tend promptly to the performance of their alloted duties? Our 
sorority will be the more highly benefited the sooner it can en- 
joy the results of such work. 

Ji Ji Ji 

If we seek a good illustration of sorority spirit, we may 
find it in Beta's generous entertainment of our last convention. 
Surely the plans of those girls began a year in advance of our 
meeting with them. The cordiality of Beta's members, patron- 
esses and friends could not have been excelled. The visiting 
delegates and the sorority at large feel the debt of gratitude 
owing these members, and would thank them again through 
these pages, for the pleasant time, but especially for the fra- 
ternal spirit which prompted it. 

Ji Ji Ji 

The Pan-Hellenic movement does not aim simply to unite 
all the sororities of a college or university in one general soci- 
ety. We believe its motive is deeper than the promotion of 
common interests. It seeks rather to kindle a feeling of friend- 
liness and intimacy between each sorority and every one of its 
sister organizations ; to silence criticism ; to quell jealousy and 
unwholesome rivalry; to make each sisterhood true to her 



highest ideals ; in fact, to overcome by united endeavor all the 
inflnences which tend to make secret societies in colleges per- 
nicious. It aims to establish closer relations between fraternity 
and non-fraternity people. In our opinion, this motive is one 
of highest nobility and of vital importance. A sorority should 
be of use to the universities or colleges where its chapters are 
placed. The strained condition existing between fraternity 
people, as a whole, and '* neutrals," as a whole, in some places 
operates in an evil way upon the educational organizations 
there. Such a condition kills college spirit and frequently low- 
ers the membership of the school where it exists. We heartily 
endorse the work of the Pan-Hellenic Conference, and urge the 
attention of all chapters of Alpha Xi Delta to the splendid 
efforts of this conference. 


Through the kindness of Maxy E. Salmon we are able to report the fol- 
lowing exchanges received l^ the Alpha Xi Delta since oar last pablica- 

Sigma Chi Quarterly, The Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Tau Omega Palm, Kappa 
Alpha Journal, Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta, Eleusie of Chi Omega, Scroll 
of Phi Delta Theta, Delta of Sigma Nu, Record of Sigma Alpha EpsiUm, 
Delta Upsilon Quarterly, Shield of Phi Kappa Pei, Prater of Pai Omega, 
Deemoe of Delta Sigma Delta, Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Angelos of 
Kappa Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Themis of Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Phi 
Quarterly, Anchora of Delta Gamma and Arrow of Pi Beta Phi. 

With only eight chapters Alpha Xi Delta (women's) conducts not only a 
most creditable quarterly, but maintains it at a uniformly creditable l^nd' 
ard. — Kappa Alpha Journal. 

Unless there is unity of purpose within a chapter there can be no strength. 
It sometimes would appear that Sorority life is but for broad, noble spirits. 
All self-seeking and narrowness has little place among the members of a 
Sorority. Yet the good and true, the petty and small, must always go side 
by side. 

The ungrateful one will learn a lessou of fidelity,— the strong will receive 
discipline in bearing with the weak. Each nature has need of the other. 
Different types of womanhood are not moulded into harmony in a short time, 
since not all are capable of realizing what the Sorority expects of them. It 
is by a gradual development that some members come to realize what unity 

How often these ideals of unity are ignored! Yet there is always a re- 
newal of strength when the discords are smoothed out. Trifles cause lack 
of harmony. Therefore, a watchfulness is required upon the part of each 
member that she keeps control of those feelings that are tmnatural, seeking 
always to deal with each and every one on the highest plane. 

Each member is a part of the whole. All opportunities within the Sor- 
ority are equal. In order to thoroughly enjoy its blessings a member must 
put herself into harmony with the whole. To this end many personal sac- 
rifices must be made. Bitter feelings that cause unhappiness must give 
place to thoughts of love and goodness. Thus unity will bring strength, for 
in seeking to maintain harmony a Sorority woman will give forth the best 
she has, and in return the best will flow back to her.— Cresent of Gamma 
Phi Beta. 

To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship 
before social obligations, and character before appearance; to be, in the 
best seuse, democratic, rather than ''exclusive," and lovable rather than 
"popular;" to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose 
thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be 



womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word to be loyal under any 
and all circumstances to my fraternity and her highest teachings, and to 
have her welfare ever at heart, that she may be a symphony of high pur- 
pose and helpfulness in which is no discordant note. — Eleusis of Chi Omega. 

A few words concerning the general character of chapter letters seem 
pertinent here. One cannot read a group of chapter letters without feeling 
how inadequately they reflect the real life of the chapters. So identical are 
the accounts of events and the suggestions of the spirit of the different 
chapters, as indicated by these letters, that one would almost believe there 
were some pattern letter which all were supposed to follow as closely as 
possible. Sift the letters; what impressions remain? — new grirls, "pink 
teas," a Junior Prom., someone's engagement, offices won or to be won, 
banalities, platitudes. Is this all there is to say of three months of life and 
work at college? What are the girls of your chapter really like? What are 
they planning and thinking and doing? Surely all of them are not contin- 
ually, and merely going to dances, giving spreads, and dreading examina- 
tions! Tell us about your college or university. What are its peculiar in- 
terests and conditions, its customs and traditions? What is happening there? 
How is it growing? What is it doing? 

These are some questions we should like to have answered. We wish 
to know, so far as we may, the character and life of each college, the 
character and life of each chapter, how it is individual, and what part each 
Kappa is playing in ite development. Is there a danger that we are letting 
the deep and permanent interests and activities pass by, over our heads, 
while we play or drift, or dawdle or whirl through the things that are 
superficial and transitory at best? The more good times we can have, the 
better; and these good times are an important factor of college life. We are 
glad to hear of each other's fun; we should be just as glad to know some- 
thing of each other's work. 

At first it is difficult to account for the character of chapter letters in 
general. It is not that there is only the social side; it is not that fraternity 
affairs are in the for^round and college interests far back; it is not that 
the chapters are vying with each other as to which shall record the greatest 
number of gaieties and triumphs — though at first glance any of these might 
seem to be the reason for the remarkable uniformity as well as for the 
general character of chapter letters. Is it not rather because the letters 
are hastily written at the last possible moment? Have they not come to be 
in some d^^ee a troublesome task, more or less a dreaded duty? And do 
we not "dash off " something feeling that "anything will do! " and send the 
result to the editor with never a thought that the contents, tone and spirit 
of that letter are the basis upon which opinions are formed with regard to 
the chapter? We seem to have dropped into a rut in this matter of chapter 
letters, and we ought to get out of it. Let us send letters next time that 
shall be, so far as we can make them so, a true reflection of all sides of the 
college Hf e, and of all sides of the chapter interests. 

—Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma. 



Mrs. 0. C. Evans, a charter member of the local chapter of Alpha Xi 
Delta and a graduate of the class of '96 at Lombard has moved from Beecher 
City, III, to Litchfield, III, where Mr. Evans will take charge of the Uni- 
versalist Churdi. 

Frances Richey visited several weeks in Chicago this summer. 

Josephine Ericson spent a few days in Rockford, 111., this sununer as a 
guest of Florence Hollister. 

Ora Garver, an '06 graduate of Cummocks School of Oratory, is teaching 
elocution in Carleton College, Farmington, Missouri. 

Florence Hollister and Frances Richey spent several weeks with Bell 
Stryker in Joliet this summer. 

Marion Wrigley, '03, is principal of the vocal department at Hanover, 

Mary Brower is attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln this 


Cupid has made quite a raid upon our Chapter since the Convention and 
has formed the following combinations : 

Florence Courier, '02. G. Ware Stephens, Beta Theta Pi, '04. 

Emma Falkins, ex-'06. C. R. Willits, Phi Delta Theta, '05. 

Axie E. Lute, '08. Rev. Wm. Mitchell, Beta Theta Pi, '00. 

Mary Huston, '02. Meade Piper, Beta Theta Pi, ex-'02. 

Alice Campbell. Irwin Crawford, Phi Delta Theta, '99. 

Ina Duncan has accepted a position as reader with the Criterion Concert 
Company and will make a six months' tour through the Middle West. The 
entertainments are meeting with great success. 

Maude Marken, who attended the University of Southern California last 
year, is with us again this year and will graduate in June. 

Ellen Ball has been spending several weeks visiting and traveling 
through the west. 

Laura Clark has been re-elected President of the Y, W. C. A. 


On August 16, Miss Mabel Olive Dewey and Rev. Mr. Harry Knox 
Bright were united in marriage. The ceremony took place in the First 
Methodist Episcopal church of Massilon, Ohio, of which the bride's father 
is pastor. The large auditorium of the church was crowded with the friends 
of the bride and g^room. The bridal party consisted of eight persons. The 
maid of honor was the younger sister of the bride. Miss Treva Dewey. 


Miss Maiy Kay was one of the bridesmaids. The ceremony was performed 
by Dr. J. C. Smith, presiding elder of the Canton District, assisted by the 
father of the bride. 

After the ceremony a reception was held in the church parlors. A din- 
ner was served at the home of the bride's parents to about thirty-five of 
the most intimate friends. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bright left that evening for an extended trip through the 
Eastern States. 

While in school Miss Dewey was one of Gramma's most popular mem- 
bers. Mr. Bright graduated from Mount Union with the class of 1902. 
This last June Mr. Bright graduated from Drew Theological Seminary. 

Mr. Bright has joined the East Ohio Conference and has been appointed 
the church at New Waterford, Ohio, where Mr. and Mrs. Bright are now 
living. Mr. Bright is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. 

Early in July Miss Myrtle Carrier was married to Mr. William Clarence 
Mumaw. The wedding was a very quiet one and occurred at the bride's 
home in Vand^grift, Penn. Mr. Mumaw graduated from Moimt Union in 
1903 and is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Mrs. Mumaw has been 
teaching since leaving college two years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Mumaw are 
living in Burton, Ohio. 

Miss Fannie Porch has charge of the shorthand work in the High School 
at Kankakee, Illinois, this year. 

Gamma is proud of the two pledges, which she introduces to all Alpha 
Xi Delta's, Miss Treva Dewey and Miss Nellie Campbell. 

Bessie Galbreath was one of Mount Union's delegates to the Y. W. C. 
A conference at Lakeside. 

Olive Bracher spent her vacation in Franklin, Penna. 

Helen Miller spent two weeks at Lake Chautauqua this summer. 

Elsie Jones and Bessie Galbreath are Gamma's representatives in the 
Senior class. 

Elsie Roberts is teaching English and History in the public schools of 
Salem, Ohio. 

The undergraduates who begin the year are, Elsie Jones, Bessie Gal- 
breath, Lucile Strong, Helen Miller, Gussie Yost, Mary Taylor, and Olive 
Bracher. Mildred Tucker who graduated last year is taking up work in 


Delta of Bethany begins the year with seven gfirls to unfurl the tri- 
colors. Already three girls have taken their vows for Alpha Xi Delta. We 
are proud to announce these— Mayis Hudson, Washington, D. C, Roberta 
O'Bannon, Stanford, Ky., Bertha Kluberger, Painesville, 0. 

Muriel Scott, '05, will spend this year at her home in Charleroi, Pa. 
We are expecting a visit from her soon. 

Mayme Hoffman, '05, now of Toledo, 0., formerly of Circleville, 0., 


visited for a week not long since with the Misses Roberts, Camegfie, Pa. 
She will continue her study of elocution. 

Ellen Blair sends us pleasing reports of her new home in Alba, Pa., 
where she will spend the coming year. 

Pearl Saylor, '06, will remain at her home in Rudolph, O. 

Nan Roberts of Cam^e, Pa., will not attend school this year but we 
are looking forward to a visit from her in the near future. 

All Alpha sisters will be grieved to learn of the danger which threatens 
our sister, Virginia Stewart Erskine in Japan. Their house has been under- 
mined by the rioters and they are obliged to flee to the mountains for refuge. 

Five Alpha girls were representatives to the Y. W. C. A. Conference, 
Lakeside. A picnic on the rocks by way of a reunion will be remembered 
by them as a most happy occasion. Those of the party were Bessie €ral- 
breath. Gamma; Margery Smith, Clara Domblazer, Zeta; Crystal Courtney, 
Iota; Anna Kemp, Delta. 

Zeta and Delta feel very near with Anna Miller, May Fidler, Zeta, and 
Anna Kemp, Delta, residing in the same city, Mansfield, 0. The happy 
gatherings with visiting Alphas will be cherished among the happiest days 
of vacation. 


Olga Averkieff is continuing her medical course in the University of 
Iowa this year. 

Lorena Grange has charge of the primary department in the Britton 

2^1a Jones is teaching Latin and German in the Miller high school. 

After spending the latter part of the summer in S. D., Josephine Han- 
son has returned to her position in the schools of Carnegie, Pa. 

Mabel Richardson will retain her position in the University library. 

Georgia Hanson will not return to the University this year. 

Genevieve Ochsner visited the Portland Exposition this summer. She 
returns to the Tyndall school for the year. 

Helen Tarbell (pledge) has taken up regular work in the college depart- 
ment; she ranks sophomore. 

Clara Salmer will spend the year at her home in Vermillion. 

Zola Jones spent a part of the summer vacation with Lilla and Helen 
Tarbell at Watertown. 


Zeta's four graduates of the class of '05 have entered the field of teach- 
ing, Anna Miller is teaching German in the schools of Mansfield, Ohio; 
Elizabeth Houk teaches Algebra and History in Defiance High School; 
Jeanette Steck is one of the instructors in the Bojrs' Seminary of Frederick, 
Maryland; Myrtle Wildasin is teaching at Selma, Ohio. 


Mabel Winn is teachin^^ German this year in Defiance High School. 

May Fidler is teaching in the Mansfield schools. May and her sister 
Edna expect to enter next fall to complete a full college course. 

All Alphas of Zeta are enthusiastic over the prospects of a chapter 
house and think it possible for next year. One of our patronesses is help- 
ing us to bring our plans to realization. 

Senior class of Wittenberg College will give the Second Sheperd's Play 
and Fortune Artists during Commencement week. Our Senior Zeta, Mabel 
Bracher, will take part. 

Anna Miller, May Fidler and Mary Hubbell had a delightful visit this 
summer at the home of Maud Bushy, after indulging in many horseless 
carriage rides and many pranks, the four journeyed to Gallon to the home 
of Mabel Bracher and enjoyed themselves very much. It is so fortunate 
that the distance of their homes from each other is short, so such visits can 
be made frequently. Thus the ties that bind become stronger and tears at 
separation become fewer. 

We have a new pledge, one whom it will be necessary to pledge for 
many years before she will be eligible for entrance to our fold. But Zeta 
decided to introduce her to you now so the time which shall seem long to us 
all may be apparently shortened by the acquaintance and friendship which 
Alphas can give. Sisters, our pledge, Elizabeth Schneider, daughter of one 
of our honored patronesses, Mrs. John Philip Schneider. 

We are waiting with joyful hearts for the reunion of the girls who are 
not with us as active members this year and our present chapter. They will 
return to spend Thanksgiving vacation with us. 

All of the girls who have been active members with the exception of 
Jeanette Steck will be together again. We shall miss our loyal sister 
Jeanette, our school ma'rm of the east. How anxiously we await this 

Zeta entertained at the home of one of her patronesses, Mrs. Harris, on 
Stanton avenue, on Hallowe'en evening. 


Vacation days, pleasantly spent, have sent the Eta girls back with re- 
newed energy for college work. 

Helen McCormack visited Lena Baldwin in June and spent the month of 
August at the home of Nan Prussia. Leila Dowsland was also entertained 
at Miss Baldwin's home. Grace Fox entertained Miss Dowsland and Mar- 
garet Hoard. Susie Couch spent the summer at Yonkers, N. Y. 

The Misses Weller went on a camping trip to Keuka Lake in August. 

Of the girls of '06 Miss Bertha Cleveland is teaching at Sayville, L. L, 
Miss Theresa Tobin at Richfield Springs, N. Y., and Miss Laura Weller at 
Wellsville, N. Y. 

Helen Tobin, '07, has changed her course of Philosophical at Syracuse 
to that of Domestic Eksonomy at Pratt Institute. 


Elizabeth Loetzer is again at Syracuse after a year's absence teaching 
at Towanda, Pa. 

The chapter announces two new patronesses, Mrs. Nelson B. Snow and 
Mrs. F. A. Saunders. 

Mrs. A. G. Dowsland entertained the Alpha Xi Delta girls at her home 
on Delaware avenue on the evening of October the seventh. 

Gertrude E. Wright has been elected member of the senior society of 
Eta Pi Upsilon. 


''Rushing" and "Convention" are the chief themes for conversation 
among lota's girls. Two "rushing" parties have been given and a third is 
to be had before October is gone. Thanks to our Fraternity friends one 
skiff, one horse and trap, and one automobile is always at our command. 
Hence we are not without some means to win the feminine heart. 

Crystal Courtney was delegate from the University Y. W. C. A. to the 
Lakeside Conference in August. Four other Alpha girls were there and 
Miss Courtney assures us that it was a most enjoyable meeting. 

Mary Cooper, whose parents moved to Tennessee last spring, has en- 
tered the University of Knoxville. She writes very homesick kind of let- 
ters, but no wonder,— for there is not another Alpha Xi Delta there. 

Our patroness, Mrs. Lucy B. Johnston, with her husband spent three 
weeks of the summer at Washington, D, C, and Atlantic City. While in 
Washington they were guests of John Porter Lawrence, organist of the 
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. 

Prof. Green and family had a camp on Cheat River during July and 
Aug^ust. Lillian Smith, Crystal Courtney, Helen Smith, and Elizabeth 
Sadler were guests of Ethel Green there a part of that time. 

Miss Drusilla V. P. Johnson spent the vacation season at her home near 
Cadiz, Ohio. She is teaching again this year in the Greek Department of 
the University. 

Iota held her first initiation on Friday, October sixth, between the hours 

of 7.30 P. M. and morning. Helen Smith of Charleston, W. Va., Mary 

Atkeson of Buffalo, W. Va., Lucile Johnson of Cadiz, Ohio, and Mabel 
Weaver of Morgantown, W. Va., are now wearing the double blue and gold. 
Considering that "Billy" had never been turned loose into polite society 
before it is not surprising that he did unusual pranks upon the unwary 
initiates. But after he was brought again into subjection a "spread" was 
served that helped much to restore peace and trustfulness to our new Sis- 
ter's hearts. Bertha Jane Smith acted as toastmistress and Elizabeth Sad- 
ler as Song Leader. Toasts were given as follows: 

Alpha Xi Delta Crystal Courtney. 

Oiur Chapter Drusilla V. P. Johnson. 

Our Initiates Ethel Avaril Green- 
Reply Mary Meek Atkeson. 


Daring the "spread" a timely letter from Mary Cooper was read. Songs 
and the yell were thoroughly practised, then the happiest meeting in lota's 
history was adjourned. 

Bertha Jane Smith, del^^te to the Convention of '05, is again in the 
University as a member of the School of Music Faculty. She returned over- 
flowing with Sorority enthusiasm and many plans for our Chapter. 


Twenty-two girls are enrolled this year in Alliance Alumnae Chapter. 

Effie Allott has accepted a position with the Alliance Machine Co. 

Etta Bates has returned from a visit with Salem friends. 

Mary Bracher is employed as a stenographer at the Reeves Works. 

Mabel Hartzell spent the second week of September at Dayton, 0., at- 
tending a State convention of the Daughters of America. She is State 
Councillor of that organization. 

Alice and Helen Henshilwood visited Salem relatives recently. 

Jane Hughes accepted a position in Alliance Public Schools and returned 
from her home in Chicago, September 1. 

Anna Jones spent a part of the sunmier at Sandy Lake. 

Beulah Kirlin spent her vacation at her home in Beattie, Kan. 

Gray Milboume is employed in the office of the Alliance Machine Co. 

Grace Newhouse of Louisville, 0., was with the girls a few evenings 
ago, when we were delightfully entertained by Mary Salmon at the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. George Craven. 

Eloise Patton has returned from a visit of several weeks in Pittsburg. 

Louise Shedd-Roberts gave an informal rushing party at her pretty home 
on Arch avenue, September 28. 

Mary Salmon spent last Sunday with Salem relatives. 

The alumnae girls were entertained a few weeks ago by Delphia Aron- 

Mary Kay was unable to take up her school duties last week on account 
of illness. 

Edith Whitla-Gow has returned from a visit with Toledo relatives. 

The personals from Theta chapter and the chapter letter and personals 
from Mt. Pleasant Alumnae chapter did not reach us in time for this issue. 



Myrtle Carrier Mummaw, (Mrs. W. C.) . Burton, Ohio 

Mabel Dewey Bright, (Mrs. H. K.) . New Waterford, Ohio 

Fannie B. Porch 230 Dearbon St., Kankakee, 111. 

Ida Davis, Seubenville, Ohio 

Mary Scott McCoy, (Mrs. Roy) 800 Fourth Ave., So. Minneapolis, Minn. 
Mabel Taylor Campbell, (Mrs. A. R.) West Jordan, Utah 
Mrs. a. L. Roberts, Alliance, Ohio 


Lorena Grange, Britton, S. D. 

Genevieve Ochsner, Tyndall, S. D. 

Olga Averkieff, Iowa City, Iowa 

LiLLA Tarbell, Vermillion, S. D. 

Helen Tarbell, Vermillion, S. D. 


Gertrude E. Wright, (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) 707 Irving Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 
Susie W. Couch, (Yonkers, N. Y.) 707 Irving Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

Margaret Hoard East Syracuse, N. Y. 

Helen Tobin, (117 College PI., Syracuse, N. Y.) Pratt Institute, 

Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Theresa K. Tobin, (117 College Place, Syracuse, N. Y.,) 

Richfield Springs, N. Y. 

Elizabeth M. Loetzer, . 507 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Penn. 


Mary Meek Atkeson, 
Crystal Courtney, . 
Mary Cooper, 

Ethel Averil Green, 670 North High St., 
Drussilla V. P. Johnson, R. F. D. No. 4, 
Lillian Ballard Smith, 1123 Smith St., 
Helen Barrett Smith, 1123 Smith St., 
Bertha Jane Smith, 311 South Wells St., 
Elizabeth Julia Sadler, 
Mabel Jane Weaver, Spruce St., . 

Buffalo, W. Va- 

723 North Front St., Morgantown, W. Va. 

Crossville, Tenn. 
Morgantown, W. Va. 
Cadiz, Ohio 
. Charleston, W. Va. 
. Charleston, W. Va. 
. Sistersville, W. Va. 
Point Marion, Pa. 
Morgantown, W. Va. 

Matter addressed to any Iota girl care of Alpha Xi Delta, 723 North 
Front St., Morgantown, W. Va., will be promptly delivered. 



With love from Alpha Chapter to every Sister and Pledge of 
Alpha Xi Delta. 

There were just six of our old girls who returned at the be- 
ginning of the year, and although we were all disappointed 
that there were not more of us, we started ardently into the 
rushing season. As a result of this we were more than proud 
on Wednesday, September 27th, to bring out in colors Hazel 
Moffit of Wyoming, Illinois, and Mable Irwin of Little Rock, 

The Pan Hellenic rules agreed to by Illinois Beta of Pi Beta 
Phi and Alpha Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, have proven entirely 
satisfactory to both parties because of their fairness and rea- 
sonableness. I am sure no member of either chapter would 
dispense with them. 

During the two weeks which intervened between registra- 
tion and asking days Alpha Xi Delta girls gave several rowing 
parties to Highland Park, a reception and luncheon besides 
the usual number of spreads. The reception and luncheon 
were both held at the home of Mrs. J. K. Mitchell, a patroness. 
Mrs. Mitchell is a charming hostess and her home was prettily 
decorated with our colors, pennants and flowers. We held the 
reception in the morning from nine to twelve, inviting all the 
faculty ladies and new girls. 

At the luncheon a delightful time was had and later in the 
afternoon we all sat on the floor in true spread fashion and ate 
ice cream, cake and bonbons. 

We realize that our chapter is very small this year but we 
also realize that there is certain to be a very strong feeling of 
love and congeniality among us. We all wish our Alpha sis- 
ters the greatest prosperity and hope that each chapter may 
grow large and flourishing. Bess Williamson. 


** Swing, oh, swing the Alpha Banner high ! " That is what 
we have been doing ever since the opening of college; and these 
glorious fall days make us feel so enthusiastic. 


We started the year with eight of the fraternity girls and 
seven pledges, and we are expecting to have more pledges be- 
fore very long. The Pan-Hellenic Association here has decided 
upon November twenty-fifth as pledge day, so the mshing ex- 
citement will last for a while longer. 

Onr first social function this semester was a reception given 
for all the girls of the College, the ladies of the Faculty, and 
our Patronesses. 

Then we planned to have a picnic out in the woods, and in- 
vited just a few of the new girls, but showers smiled upon us — 
so we changed our minds and went to Mabel Day's home in- 
stead. We had to cook our "Weinies" and make our cofiee 
over a gas stove instead of a bonfire, but we had a jolly time. 

We will wait until after pledge day to have our annual Pall 
Reception when the masculine element is expected ; and in the 
meantime everyone will be kept busy working in College. 

Editb Vancise. 


School has been in session at Mount Union College for three 
weeks so we feel that we are really started in our year's work. 
This promises to be the best year in the history of the college- 
While the Dean has given out no official information the num- 
ber of students is known to be considerably in advance of the 
number in attendance last year. There have been a few 
changes in the faculty and we feel that the strength of that 
body has been increased by the appointments made. Two of 
our professors have been married recently and the students are 
glad to welcome Mrs. Yanney, the wife of the Dean of the Col- 
legiate Department, who was married June first, and Mrs. 
Gibbs, the wife of the professor of English, who was married 
on the seventh of August. Professor Lee, who is at the head 
of the Science Department, has been granted a year's leave of 
absence for study and is spending the year at Harvard. 

There are a large number of new students and the material 
for fraternity purposes seems to be good, but, since ''Asking 
Day" is still three weeks in the future we can tell you nothing 
of the results of our rushing season. 

Gamma chapter had her share in the festivities of Com- 


mencement week. On Wednesday, June fourteenth, we gave a 
lawn party at the home of one of our patronesses, Mrs. W. W. 
Webb. The affair was planned and carried out with Gamma's 
usual success. A larger function and one which was more of 
an inovation among the fraternities of Mount Union was the 
musical giren at the home of Mrs. George Craven. The talent 
was all drawn from Gamma's own numbers. We were es- 
pecially favored in being able to secure Miss Dora Brown of 
Cleveland for two numbers. She played as an encore the Alpha 
Xi Delta Waltz which she composed for the last number of the 
Journal. The program was excellent throughout and the 
chapter added one more to the long list of very pleasant even- 
ings and at the same time proved her originality and ability 
to give a most enjoyable program. 

On the third of June we were most pleasantly entertained 
by our patronesses at *'The Maples", the beautiful home of 
Mrs. Arthur Wright. A five course luncheon was served at 
one o'clock and the remainder of the afternoon was spent on 
the grounds surrounding the house. 

The annual reunion was held at the chapter house on June 
seventeenth. At twelve o'clock Mrs. A. L. Roberts, of Alliance, 
was initiated into the mysteries of Alpha Xi Delta. At twelve 
o'clock dinner was served and at this time we received two 
beautiful bouquets of roses from the local chapters of Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Tau Omega. After dinner the fu- 
tures of the five senior girls were foretold by those present and 
the rest of the afternoon passed quickly in reminiscences and in 
welding still more closely the ties which bind us together. 

On the tenth of July we held a ** convention picnic." Our 
delegates to the convention were present and gave their report 
of the proceedings of that session. Later in the month we held 
an initiation at the home of Miss Mabel Hartzell to initiate 
two of our S. L. sisters, Mabel Taylor and Ida Davis. 

We start the year with eight girls every one of whom is do- 
ing her best to uphold the high standard of Alpha Xi Delta 
and to make this the most successful year of Gamma Chapter. 
We began the year's work by giving a reception at the chapter 
house on September twenty-third, to the new girls and the 
new ladies of the faculty. On Tuesday the twenty -ninth Mrs. 


Roberts entertained about fifteen girls including several of the 
new girls in school. 

We wish for each and every chapter the abundant success 
which we feel sure you all deserve and hoipt to hear of many 
victories for Alpha Xi Delta from every quarter. 

Mildred L, Tucker. 


Dear Sisters : With the return of the Autumn leaves has 
come the reunion or the home coming so to speak, of the Alpha 
Xi Deltas in old Bethany. The collegiate year has opened 
with brilliant prospects for Delta Chapter. Already three girls 
have pledged themselves to be true to dear old Alpha Xi. 
They are Mavis Hudson, Washington, D. C, Roberta Oban- 
non, Kentucky, and Miss Kleeberger of Ohio. 

We regret very much that Sister Nan Roberts of Carnegie, 
Pa., will not be with us this year in school, but we hope to 
have her and sister Emily visit us often during the year. 

Our new home, a room which we have newly famished on 
Intellectual Avenue, is really beyond our fondest hopes in 

Sister Muriel Scott has given us glowing reports of the 
Convention at Mt. Pleasant. We all wish that there might be 
one grand reunion of the Alpha Xi Deltas when each individual 
sister might have the opportunity of knowing personally her 
every sister. Oh ! if we but made our lives conform strictly to 
all that Alpha Xi Delta sets forth might we not all hope to see 
and know each other in the bright beyond ? We are greatly 
rejoiced at the prospect of the next convention's being held in 
Morgantown. Already some of us are planning to attend. 

We extend our heartiest greetings to all and wish you a 
very prosperous and delightful collegiate year. 

Your Sister, 

Elizabeth Carson. 


Our Chapter Roll is as follows: — Anna Kemp, '06; Edith 
Justice, *06 ; Elizabeth Carson, '06 ; Helen Tinsley , '07 ; Kath- 
erine Keith, '07; Eunice Orrison, '07; Helen Marshall, '08. 



Epsilon begins the year few in numbers but mighty in re- 
solve. Five members and a pledge are all we muster, and for 
this reason we feel it necessary to plan with extreme care each 
step to be taken. As yet we have not definitely determined 
the character of our year's work, nor have we decided what 
our initial entertainment shall be; but plans for both are being 
discussed with interest bv the girls, and we trust that the next 
Journal may record the achievement of practical results for 

A shadow of sorrow has been cast over our little circle by 
the death of a brother of Clara Salmer, which occurred sud- 
denly in the early part of September. It came as a severe 
shock to all of us who knew and respected him for his own 
sake as well as for that of our dear sister, who has our deepest 
sympathy in her sorrow. Ethel Richardson. 


Dear sisters in Alpha Xi Delta : Zeta began her second year 
iKrith five members, having lost six last year, but soon we 
pledged four girls, Clara Schwarm of Wheeling, West Va., Ella 
S wartout of Van Wert, Ohio, Edith Smith and Hazel Wright 
of Springfield, O. The two former are Alphas now but the 
other two shall soon be sisters of ours. 

We have bright prospects for this year and hope to ever 
brighten the ideals of Alpha Xi Delta by constant striving to 
attain them. Our alumnae are very loyal to us and help us 
with our finances as well as their loyalty. 

We have held many afternoon teas and small affairs but the 
one we truly enjoyed was a slumber party held at the home of 
Clara Domblaser. We held a feast before we slumbered, in 
fact there was more time for the feast than for slumber. We 
indulged in heart to heart talks and thereby drew the ties that 
bind closer. The slumber party produced a good impression 
upon our innocent preps. They will not forget very soon the 
stunts they were called upon to do. 

We extend to you all our best wishes for this year, and hope 
every chapter will have above all the true love and enthusiasm 


for Alpha Xi Delta which is bound to make a most successful 

We hope to hear often from every chapter and thereby to 
become better acquainted with every member of our true and 
noble sisterhood. Yours fraternally, 

Mabel Bracber. 


To the members of Alpha Xi Delta, best wishes for the col- 
lege year now opening before us. 

In our busy life of rushing, reassuming college duties, and 
becoming established in our new chapter home, we find much 
to occupy each moment. 

Among the thirteen hundred freshmen entering the University 
this fall are many desirable girls. Confronted with the problem 
of wise selection, we realize the responsibility resting upon the 
present members in offering to others our name and allegiance. 
Especially do we desire to maintain the most straight-forward 
and just relations in the friendly rivalry with the other sorori- 
ties here. So far, our rushing has consisted of teas, parties of 
various nature, and calling: upon the girls who are strangers 
among us. 

To attempt to describe our satisfaction in being established 
in a house of our own, would be almost impossible. The mat- 
ter of selecting suitable fittings for our chapter home has been 
a pleasant task. Gifts in the shape of dainty table frimishings 
have come to us from our alumnae and city members. Our life 
together is a happy one — truly happy, and yet our minds so fre- 
quently revert to the girls who were such strong members last 
year but who are now exerting helpful influence in other circles. 

Two other sororities, Sigma Kappa and Alpha Gamma 
Delta have been added to the list of Syracuse sororities. The 
work continually in progress upon the buildings on our cam- 
pus prove that our University still grows in ways other than 
numbers alone. 

May each chapter be true to the inspiration received from 
the convention of last June and have attained great things to 
report at the one to come. 

Nan B, Prussia, Cor, Sec'v, 



Theta Chapter is happy to present as full fledged members 
of Alpha Xi Delta, Georgiana Chove, Lenore Henderson, Bessie 
Pcttigrew and Ruth Strong. The initiation took place in our 
new home at 504 N. Henry street, Friday evening, October 20. 
After the ceremonies dancing was in order, and an informal 
spread followed in anticipation of the formal banquet which is 
to be held this coming week. 

According to our University paper, **The Cardinal," **rush- 
ing season is about over and the Greek letter societies are 
once more living the simple life. The blue shirt and gingham 
dress have been taken from the drawers where they have rested 
the past few weeks ; the laundries are no more congested and 
the freshmen so much idealized a week ago, are commencing to 
find their level." 

And Theta chapter has done her share of rushing. There 
have been drives and dinner-parties, informal dancing and 
stunts of every sort and description. 

The stunt which was most successful was a farce given by 
the Alphas who live in town. Refreshments in the form of a 
choclataire were served after the play and dancing furnished 
amusement for the rest of the evening. 

Mrs. L. W. Dowling, one of Theta's patronesses, is away on 
a trip to Europe with her husband. Dr. L. W. Dowling, Pro- 
fessor of Mathematics. 

Our '05 graduates are all teaching this year. Gust a Larch 
at St. Croix Falls, Iva C. Allen at Merriel, Nellie Rhodes at 
Manston, Lulu Runge at Neillsville, and Eudora Cook at 

Three of our girls are not back this semester; Mary Mac 

Roe, who is teaching at Rheinlander, Jessie Mabbett of Edger- 

ton and Ruth Whittemore of Milwaukee, who remained at 
home on account of ill health. 

We want our sister chapters to know that we are proud of 
our new home, our new members and of the place that Theta 
Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is winning for herself among the 
numerous older Greek letter societies at Wisconsin. We hope 
that they have had success in their fall rushing and that the 
coming year may be most helpful and profitable. 

Yours in the bonds of Alpha Xi Delta, 

Ora L. Mason, Cor. Sec*y, 



The girls of Iota Chapter send greetings to the members of 
each other Chapter. 

Iota has entered upon what promises to be a pleasant and 
prosperous year. Though the "Baby" is only j5Ye months old 
she shows much strength and activity. Six out of the seven 
charter members arc in school, (Mary Cooper is in the Univer- 
sity of Knoxville), and on October sixth four girls, three fresh- 
man and one sophomore, were inducted into the sacred mys- 
teries of our secret circle. The Chapter has girls from each 
class in college, also two members in the faculty, one in the 
Greek Department, the other in the School of Music. Several 
new girls are being "rushed" much to the discomforture of our 
rivals, and another initiation may be held this term. 

Chi Omega, the only other National Sorority here, has re- 
sponded to our request for a Pan-Hellenic Association and ar- 
rangements for the same will be completed at once. 

The girls are already making preparations for the Conven- 
tion of 1906, and are eagerly awaiting that time to know per- 
sonally their Sisters in the bonds. 

Fraternally yours. 

Bertha Jane Smith, 


Dear Sisters in Alpha Xi Delta: To alumnae ^irls is not 
given the privilege of relating the varied experiences of college 
life. For we must leave this to our sisters who are in school. 
But we can tell of a busy rushing season, in which we have en- 
deavored to stand shoulder to shoulder with the active chap- 
ter, all working together to better our sorority. 

We meet every two weeks to sew and read and discuss fra- 
ternity matters. In this way the two chapters keep together, 
each knowing what the other is doing. Frat songs are a 
standing feature, and some of the girls have declared they will 
have "song-bags" for the song books ; they play so important 
a part in the evening's pleasures. Occasionally our patronesses 
meet with us and we are very glad to have them. 

Our chapter roll has been lengthened by the addition of the 


following names : Bffie Allott, Mary Bracher, Mabel Hartzell, 
Jane Hughes, Anna Jones, Gay Milboume, Mrs. Louise A. Rob- 
erts and Blanche Whitla. As several of the girls are teachers, 
we often have highly interesting experience meetings. Mabel 
Hartzell accepted a ygtj good position as teacher of Latin in 
Alliance High School. Mary Kay, Anna Jones, Jane Hughes, 
Mary Salmon and Blanche Whitla are also teaching in Alliance 
schools. We all miss Pannie Porch, who is teaching in Kan- 
kakee (111.) High School. 

Alliance Alumnae Chapter lost a loyal member by the mar- 
riage of Mary Scott, whose home is now in Minneapolis. Her 
marriage to Mr. Roy McCoy, a prominent newspaper man of 
Minneapolis, occurred last August. The wedding was a quiet 
home affair, the ceremony being witnessed by the relatives and 
close friends only. Mr. and Mrs. McCoy left at once for Min- 
neapolis. Before the wedding the girls spent an evening at 
Mary's home. A linen shower was the principal feature. We 
also presented her with a frat pin. 

Another marriage of special interest to Alliance Alpha girls, 
was that of Mabel Taylor to Arthur R. Campbell. Miss Tay- 
lor was an active member of S. L. club. After graduating 
from Mt. Union College, she went to Wellesley College, Welles- 
ley, Mass., where she was graduated in 1904. She became a 
member of Alpha Xi Delta last summer and left two weeks 
later for Utah where, September 5, she became the wife of Ar- 
thur R. Campbell. Mr. Campbell is a Harvard man. Before 
she left for the West the girls presented her with a half dozen 
silver spoons bearing the frat monogram. 

And, now, to every girl who wears the quill may this be a 
happy and useful year — a year of earnest endeavor to stand by 
our principles and attain our lofty ideals. 

With fraternal love, 

Blanche Whitla. 




The Arch Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity announces the 
installation of Gamma Kappa Chapter at University of 
Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, July 29, 1905. 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon established Iowa Gamma Chapter at 
Iowa State College, June I, 1905. 

Beta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Chi was established May 6, 
1905, at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Sigma Chi established Toledo Alumni Chapter, May 12, 1905. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma announces the installation of Beta 
Sigma Chapter at Adelphi College, May 20, 1905. 

Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity announces the re-establish- 
ment of Sigma Chapter at Toronto University, July 3, 

Official Organ of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority 

Edited and Published by Eta Chapter, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 
Office of Publication, 707 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York 




Ponndera of Alpha Xi Delta 60 

Chaptcni ** *' " '* 60 

The Pratemity Directory 61 

Annomiceinetit of the Installation of Kappa of Alpha Xi Delta 62 

The Unirerrity of Illinois 63 

The Legend of the Rose 69 

The Installation of Kappa Chapter 60 

Recent ImproTements at the University of Wisconsin 63 

Is the Sorority Worth All We Put into It 66 

The Ideal Alpha Xi Delta Oirl 68 

The Wide, Wide World 70 

Brery Day Council 73 

Bditorlals 79 

Bxchanges 81 

Chapter Letters 88 

Personals 89 

Corrections for the Directory 98 

Announcements 98 

AdTcrtisements 98, 94, 96, 96 

Subscription Price : $l.oo per year, payable in advance 

Alpha XI Delto is published In November, February and May by the Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. 

Alpha Xi Delta will be sent to all subscribers until ordered discontinued and arrearages paid, as 
required by law. 

Exchanges are requested to send one copy to Bertha G. Cleveland, Sayvllle. L. I. ; one copy to 
Gertrude £. Wright. 707 Irving Avenue. Syracuse, N. Y.. and one copy to Mary E. Kay, 76 S. 
Union Avenue. Alliance. Ohio. 

Address all communications to the Editor-in-Chief, Bbrtha G. Clevbland, Sayvllle. L. I. 

E. M. Grover, Printer and Binder. 

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Lombard College, Gaiesburg, JU,, April ry, I8g3, 

Hattie McCullum-Gossow (Mrs. C. W. E.) Wichita, Kans. 

•Frances Cheney 

Almira Cheney Saybrook, 111. 

Lucy W. Gh-mer Quincy, 111. 

Eliza Curtis Eyerton (Mrs. J. L.) Hoopeston, 111. 

Bertha Cook-Evans (Mrs. Orrin C.) . . Beecher City, 111. 
Maud Foster . 700 E. Fourteenth St., Minneapolis, Minn. 
Louie Strong Taylor .... Park City, Utah. 

Cora Bollinger-Block ( Mrs. Louis) 

1514 Rock Island Ave., Davenport, la. 
Alice Bartlett-Bruner (Mrs. Murry T. . Joliet, 111. 



Alpha-— Lombard College Gaiesburg, III. 

Beta — Iowa Wesleyan University Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gamma — Mt. Union College Alliance, O. 

Delta — Bethany College .... Bethany, W. Va. 

Epsilon — University of South Dakota Vermillion, S. Dak. 

2feta— Wittenberg College Springfield, O. 

Eta — Syracuse University, .... Syracuse, N. Y. 

Tbeta — University of Wisconsin Madison, Wis. 

Iota — University of West Virginia . Morgantown, W. Va. 
Kappa — University of Illinois .... Champaign, 111. 

Alliance Alumnae Alliance, O. 

Mt. Pleasant Alumnae .... Mt. Pleasant, la. 



President— Ei^i^A. Boston-Leib (Mrs. J. R.)i Alpha, 1271 W. 
Washington street, Springfield, 111. 

Vice-President and Historian— LoRmiA. Grange, Epsilon, Brit- 
ton, South Dakota. 

Secretary— Mary Emily Kay, Gamma, 75 South Union ave- 
nue, Alliance, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mary Power, Beta, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 

i^itor— Bertha G. Cleveland, Eta, Sayville, L. I. 



Bertha G. Cleveland, Sayville, N. Y. 

Associate Editor 
Gertrude E. Wright, . 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Business Manager 
Dora G. Lockwood, 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 


id/pAa— Bessie Wh^liamson, .... Galesburg, 111. 
Beta — Edith Van Cise, .... Mt. Pleasant, la. 

GaiD/na— Blanche Whitla, Alliance, O. 

De/ta—HELEN TmsLEY, .... Bethany, West Va. 
BpsiVo/i— Ethel Richardson, Vermillion, South Dak. 

2eta— Mabel Bracher, Springfield, O. 

£ta— Nan E. Prussia, 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

TActa— Bertha Davis, 220 W. Gilman street, Madison, Wis. 
iota— Bertha Smith, Morganton, West Va. 

iCappa— Winifred Campbell, 405 E. Green St., Champaign, 111. 
Aliance Alumnse — Mildred Tucker, Alliance, O. 

Aft. Pleasant Alumnse— hoxjisn Singer, Mt. Pleasant, la. 

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The University of Illinois is the largest of the state universi- 
ties which owe their origin to the Federal land grant of 1862. 
In February, 1867 it was founded by an act of the state legisla- 
ture, and a little over a year later (March, 1868) it was form- 
ally opened to students. The institution was then known by 
the name of *^ Illinois Industrial University." The faculty was 
at this time made up of a Regent and three professors, and the 
enrollment of students was about fifty. The University was 
then empowered to give only certificates showing the amount 
of work done, but in 1877 the legislature gave the University 
the power to grant diplomas and confer degrees. Finally in 
1885 the name was changed to the ** University of Illinois." In 
1870 an important step in its development had taken place 
when an act was passed admitting women, and from that time 
the women have constituted about one-fifth of the total at- 

From the National government the University of Illinois re- 
ceives annually about forty thousand dollars, altho the insti- 
tution depends chiefly on state appropriations for maintenance. 
The present value of its entire property is estimated at over 
two and a half million dollars. 

Since 1896 the following colleges have become affiliated with 
the University : the Chicago College of Pharmacy (1896); the 
Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons (1897); and the 
School of Dentistry (1901). The Armour Institute of Library 
Economy was transferred from Chicago to Champaign in 1897, 
and became the State Library School. 

At the present time the University of Illinois is fourth in 
point of attendance in the United States and has a faculty 
numbering over four hundred. 

The home of this state University is in the ** Twin Cities " — 
Urbana and Champaign, the University proper being within 
the corporate bounds of the latter town. However, as one 


town is simply across the street from the other, the larger part 
of the student body lives in Champaign, and it is here that all 
the fraternity houses are situated. Champaign is about one 
hundred and thirty miles from Chicago, on the Illinois Central 
Railroad, and is about fifty miles northeast of the centre of the 
state, geographically speaking. The two towns have a popu- 
lation of seventeen thousand. The Twin Cities are unusually 
beautiful and prosperous. 

The University occupies about two hundred and twenty 
acres of land, and there are over thirty buildings on the campus. 
Thfe campus itself is very beautiful and extensive. The grounds 
are kept in perfect condition, and during the warm months 
there is everywhere a profusion of flower beds and graceful 
shrubs. The campus has been called the most beautiful in the 
country, excepting the natural beauty of Madison. However 
the campus is not totally devoid of natural beauty, for a 
streamlet, historically known as "Silver Creek," but popularly, 
as the ** Boneyard," wends its murky way behind the Engineer- 
ing buildings and thru the town. How important a part in 
student life this insignificant little creek plays, can be eloquently 
set forth by any experienced freshman. 

The University comprises the colleges of Literature and Arts, 
Agriculture, Engineering, Science, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, 
and the schools of Music, Library Science, Education, Phar- 
macy and a Graduate school. The colleges of Medicine, Den- 
tistry, and Pharmacy are located in Chicago, but the other 
schools are housed on the campus at Champaign. 

The most beautiful of the buildings is the Library with its 
library of one hundred and fifty thousand volumes, library 
school rooms and offices of the different officers of the University. 

The Main Hall is the oldest building, and altho not a hand- 
some building, is nevertheless dear to all Illinois students for 
its traditions and history. The University Chapel, and music 
rooms are in this building, which is used mainly for recitation 

The Science department has a large handsome building of 
red brick, enclosing various laboratories and museums of 
stuffed animals whose names are beyond the power of man to 
pronounce. The atmosphere is permeated with odors suggest- 


ing specimens preserved in alcohol, and the air is thick with 
Latin names. The younger generation is often found wander- 
ing about the corridors here, flattening its nose against the 
cases of the stuffed wonders of the animal kingdom, and admir- 
ing the beautiful geological specimens. Connected with the 
Science department are the various experiment stations, geo- 
logical surveys. State entonological stations and State Lab- 
oratory of Natural History. 

The Engineering building is the home of one of the largest 
departments of the University. Connected with this depart- 
ment are several large and excellently equipped laboratories, 
steam, electric, hydraulic, mechanical, beside the wood and 
metal shops. 

The Agricultural Building is one of the most extensive on 
the campus, and is a worthy headquarters for that department 
for which the University is most noted. This department has 
its various green houses, and has extensive tracts of ground 
which are devoted to grain raising, grape culture, and — cruel 
temptation placed "in plain sight/' — orchards of different 
fruits. Beyond the campus proper is the South Farm where 
the visitor is shown exhibits of prize stock and beautiful horses. 
The Dairy department is one of great interest and the wing of 
the '*ag" building devoted to cream, cheese and butter — and 
cottage cheese and ice cream for thecliaace visitor, is one of the 
popular points of the University. 

The Chemistry Building is very imposing without and with- 
in. All the popular and unpopular perfumes can be enjoyed 
here to one's heart's content. 

The Law Building is a historic, ivy -grown home for the stu- 
dents of Blackstone. In the basement of this structure the Art 
department has its clay-modeling rooms. It is a sad fact that 
the Law Buildingissolackingin verandas thatduringthewarm 
weather the entire college of law can be seen dangling out of 
the many windows. 

The observatory, a most popular building, is far out on the 
campus, away from the rest of the buildings as it should be, of 
course. The University has here a telescope of unusual value. 
About the observatory are the various arrangements for ob- 
serving all atmospheric phenomena. It is in this course of 


astronomy, I believe, that I learned that "John the Baptist 
was the Great Dipper." Indeed, many and wonderful are the 
observations made aronhd this observatory on summer even- 

The men's gymnasium is a three-story building, very well 
equipped. Many, many times is thi^ the scene of exciting in- 
door meets, basket ball games, and water polo contests — and 
often has it been the scene of the most beautiful dances, for the 
floor of the "gym" proper is excellent for this purpose. The 
armory, next door, is said to have the largest unsupported roof 
in the country. It is, as its name signifies, the home of military 
science. This building is always in demand for various Univer- 
sity functions. And "last the best of all" the large buildings 
is the Woman's Hall — which has just been opened to the 
women of the University. It is pure colonial style of archi- 
tecture. The central part is the women's "gym " — with baths, 
swimming pool and lockers on the lower floor. The north 
wing is occupied by the Department of Household Science, and 
the south wing provides social club rooms. The enrollment in 
the Household Science department is very large. This depart- 
ment is deservedly popular, and is most interesting to the 
casual visitor. The laboratories are equipped as large kitchens 
and each student has her outfit of miniature kitchen utensils. 
There are trips to the meat market and grocery stores included 
in these courses, as well as dairy studies. The Household 
Science department gives a series of receptions to the curious 
masculine element when the culinary artists display and de- 
monstrate their newly acquired ability. It is at such times as 
these that it becomes a matter of regret that the Medical de- 
partment of the University is located at Chicago, a hundred 
and thirty miles away. 

The " social " wing of the building is a revelation of beauty. 
There are beautiful carpets, Turkish rugs, pearl inlaid furni- 
ture, and the mission style also — with its palms, pianos and 
lovely furnishings, the Woman's Hall is a home of which the 
University girls are more than proud. The difierent literary 
societies meet here, and this is the headquarters of the Wom- 
an's Self-Goveming League, which has just been established at 
the University. The Woman's Hall is presided over by Acting 


Dean of Women, Mrs. Daniels, and a more thoroughly lovely 
woman, the Illinois girls think, cannot exist. On the south side 
of the building is a glorious wide veranda, and its colonial pil- 
lars and wide stone steps are most imposing. The veranda 
looks out over the girl's tennis courts and basket ball field. 

The men's tennis courts are in front of their gymnasium. 
Behind the armory and "gym " is what is said to be the finest 
athletic field in the country. Here are the drill ground, the 
gridiron, baseball diamond, and track grounds. 

The student life at Illinois is about the same as in most 
large educational institutions. However, there is one unusual 
feature in that there are no dormitories, but all the students 
room in private houses and board in eating clubs. 

There are many clubs which correlate the work of the differ- 
ent courses, such as the English, German, French, Library, 
Mathematics, Household Science, Architects', Civil and Electri- 
cal Engineering, Agricultural and other similar clubs. < 

There are several honorary fraternities. The Phi Lambda 
Upsilon is chemical ; Tau Beta Pi, engineering ; Phi Delta Phi, 
law, Theta Kappa Nu, law, Phi Alpha Delta, law ; Alpha Zeta, 
agriculture ; and Sigma Xi, scientific. 

There are thirteen national fraternities having chapter houses 
in Champaign. These are Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Delta Tau 
Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Kappa Epsilon, 
Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma 
Nu, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Psi and Delta Upsilon. There 
are besides these several locals having chapter houses. 

The sororities also have their own houses, three of them own- 
ing their houses. The following sororities are represented at 
Illinois: Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Chi 
Omega, Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Xi Delta. There 
is also a local, Zeta Nu, petitioning for a charter from Delta 

Fraternities play a very important part in the life of the 

The musically inclined students have a great opportunity to 
display their talent. There are many recitals for the music stu- 
dents, which are open to the public. Then there is the Choral 
Society which gives very successful concerts twice a year. The 


University Orchestra is one of unusual merit, and combines 
with the Choral Society to give a most delightful program. 
The Illinois Band is one of about forty pieces and is contemp- 
lating enlarging its number still more. The band is one of the 
most popular of the University organizations. It has its an- 
nual concert which the student body patronizes almost as a 
whole. The Glee and Mandolin Club is another of the popular 
student clubs. The club takes a tour of about two weeks every 
year, giving concerts in Chicago and various towns about the 

The Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associa- 
tions have a large, comfortable house across the street from 
the campus, and this is a haven of refuge for more than one 
stranded student. These associations meet the trains at the 
beginning of the school year and find room and board for any 
student who has not made previous arrangements. The asso- 
ciations are very influential at Illinois and are most praise- 
worthy enterprises. There is one entertainment given each 
year which is of much material aid to the succeeding sopho- 
more classes, and this is the annual opening reception to new 
students. The freshmen, tagged with their class numerals are 
most easily captured as they leave, and are persuaded to do 
the usual hazing "stunts," the most popular of which is a 
** ducking in the boneyard." 

For one thing more is Illinois famous — that is that intangeable 
something called ** college spirit." "Illinois spirit" is already 
famous, it is becoming almost proverbial, and for a large uni- 
versity its sway is astonishing. Each and every student feels 
to his heart's core the meaning of: 

** We're loyal to you, Illinois, 
We're orange and blue, Illinois, 
We'll back you to stand 
'Gainst the best in the land- 
Illinois, Illinois, Illinois." 

Louise B, DeWitt, Kappa 


A pink rosebud was once blooming in a thicket, its beauty 
almost hidden by the surrounding green hedge, but its fra- 
grance was sweet. Many passed along the road but few noticed 
the rose in its green bower. Daily it grew more beautiful. The 
few who saw it, delighted in its beauty but still they passed it 
by. But, one day, a person, more thoughtful than the rest, 
saw it and said: ''What a beautiful rosebud, hiding itself 
away, yet brightening the world with its beauty and fragrance. 
It is full of promise. I will nurture it and watch each petal un- 
fold its golden heart." And so she did. Day by day. she 
watched the rose in its bloom until at last, it grew almost per- 
fect. And as the same people passed by, they began to notice 
the rose, now full blown. 

Gradually the people realized its worth and its mission— to 
help others by a touch of beauty and sweetness — and they 
wondered the more that they had so long passed it by. 

This little legend of the rose is a miniature of Alpha Xi Delta, 
the bower of the pink rose. With a small beginning, growing 
stronger each day, we add petals of the rose type and unfold 
more and more the heart, the purpose of our bond. We, who 
at first, were but slightly known hare acquired notice through 
following the example of" our flower." Few can realize the in- 
spiration of our rose, few can understand its help ; only to us 
who know what it means, is the desire to emulate our flower 
fully understood. Wherever we may be, whatever we may do, 
we can always remember that a rose of the most delicate form, 
with petals of coral pink and with a heart of gold is to be our 
constant guide. 

Though we may not be of great prominence in the world, 
though our mission in life may seem almost a nonentity, let us 
remember that like the rose : 

** Many a flower is bom to blush unseen. 
And waste its sweetness on the desert air." 

Helen McCormack^ Eta 


Alpha Xi Deltas are once more called to greet a new chapter 
of sisters in the bond. On December the fifteenth, nineteen hun- 
dred and five, Kappa was installed at the University of Illinois, 
and we may well be proud of each and every one of the twelve 
who compose the chapter. Our Epsilon sister, Clara Salmer, 
who spent last year at Illinois, had recommended the girls of 
the Omega Omicron local society so favorably from her inti- 
mate acquaintance with them that I expected to meet a splen- 
did lot of girls, and my expectations were realized. 

Those of us who were at convention last June remember the 
petition presented by Omega Omicron, which was not granted 
at that time, though all were favorably impressed. A more ex- 
tensive petition and a larger membership were required and the 
girls worked hard to come up to requirements, with the result 
that a charter was granted to the petitioners by the Grand 
Committee and chapters on November twenty-first. Much 
credit for obtaining Kappa is due to Epsilon chapter, Univer- 
sity of South Dakota, especially to Clara Salmer whose efforts 
have been untiring. It was my good fortune to enjoy a five 
days' visit with the Kappas, as I went to Champaign Thursday, 
the fourteenth. Although there was a difficulty, which for a 
time looked serious, in making connections between the receiv- 
ing committee and myself, it turned out well and is amusing to 
think of now. From the train I went to the Omega Omicron 
rooms, 405 East Green street, Champaign, where an oppor- 
tunity was given to meet all the girls. That evening a dinner 
was given for the charter members and myself by four of the 
girls: Winnifired Campbell, Louise DeWitt, Marion Bell and 
Clarinne Llewellyn. After the dinner we adjourned to the 
rooms where a most delightful evening was spent becoming 
acquainted, and chafing-dish dainties were dispensed by the 
girls who are artists in this line. 

Friday morning was spent in visiting the campus and differ- 
ent buildings of the University and attending classes with 
the girls. As a resident of Illinois, I felt proud indeed as I 


viewed the splendid University and realized fully the complete- 
ness of its equipment for educating the youth of our noble state. 

Friday afternoon Frances Richey of Alpha chapter, Lom- 
bard College, came from Galesburg, and we were driven about 
the pretty cities of Champaign and Urbana to view the sights. 

Friday evening the installation ceremonies took place at the 
home of Nellie Branch, 610 South State street. Champaign. 
Frances Richey, acting Grand Marshal, assisted the President, 
and twelve earnest, sincere girls took the vows of sisterhood 
in Alpha Xi Delta. On account of the multiplicity of things 
happening on Saturday, it was necessary to have both installa- 
tion and business meeting on Friday evening, so toasts were 
dispensed with at the installation supper owing to the lateness 
of the hour, but the new Kappas were too enthusiastic for 
Alpha Xi Delta to leave for home before singing several songs 
they had composed and dedicated to the sororit^'. These were 
highly enjoyed by the listeners, and I can assure the song book 
committee that they can look to Kappa chapter for songs for 
the new song book. 

Telegrams and letters of congratulation to Kappa were re- 
ceived from Iota chapter. West Virginia ; Alpha at Lombard ; 
Theta, Wisconsin ; Mary Kay, Grand Secretary ; Clara Salmer 
of Epsilon. These were much appreciated. 

The Kappa girls have been very fortunate in securing as 
patronesses: Mrs. William Branch, of Champaign, at whose 
home the installation was held and who so hospitably enter- 
tained the visiting Alpha Xi Deltas; Mrs. James W. Gamer, 
Champaign ; and Mrs. E. B. Wood, Urbana. With the benefit 
of the wisdom and guidance of women of their character, I feel 
no fear for the future of Alpha Xi Delta's ** baby " chapter. 

Although no sorority has entered Illinois for several years, 
the attitude of the fraternity world of the University towards 
Kappa was most friendly, courtesies being received from many 
of these. Especially to be thanked are: Delta Kappa Epsilon, 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Gamma Delta and Alpha Tau Omega 
among fraternities, and Kappa Kappa Gamma and Chi Omega 
among sororities. The Illini, the college daily, and the Cham- 
paign and Urbana papers accorded kindly notices to Kappa. 

The girls sat for the chapter picture Saturday morning, and 


the rest of the day was a busy one as the Fair given by the 
Women's League of the University and the Student's Carnival 
took place in the armory that afternoon and evening. It was 
a delight to one out of college for a number of years to view 
the exuberance of student life once more and get into the swing 
of it all, from the elaborate street parade to the real circus in 
the gymnasium. 

My visit is especially pleasing as all my time was spent with 
the girls. It scarcely seems possible that I have known them 
but five days, and the secret of this is that they are real Alpha 
Xi Deltas and true, and this spirit makes us all one. 

It was with deep regret that I left the girls, and I feel glad 
that I live near them. 

After the Holiday vacation, Mrs. Daniels, head of the 
Woman's Building, is to give a reception to the girls. 

The chapter officers elected are: Marion Bell, '06, President ; 
Louise Yale, '07, Vice-President; Clarinne Llewellyn, Record- 
ing Secretary ; Winnifred Campbell, Corresponding Secretary; 
Mattie Fargo, '06, Treasurer; Iris Wood, '07, Marshal; Louise 
DeWitt, '06, Historian; Rosalie Retz, '08. Chaplain. 

That readers of the Alpha Xi Delta may know more of the 
personelle of the new sisters of Kappa, I will give some points 
on each. 

BUa Boston-Leib, Gr. Pres 

These extremely personal notes have kindly been furnished 
by Louise E. DeWitt. They will be found among the items 
elsewhere in these pages. 


Great was my dismay, when told that I was to write one 
of Theta's articles for the February journal, and still greater 
was my dismay when told the subject upon which I was to 
write. But second thoughts are not only wisest but oftentimes 
happiest. My second thought was that only the most conscien- 
tious would read an article with such an uninteresting title, 
and since conscientious people are apt to be very charitable. I 
perhaps did not have so great cause for dismay as it at first 
appeared, so in accordance with the old saying, '* Do as you're 
bid and you'll not be chid," I began to look around for recent 
improvements. I soon found that I should have to limit my 
subject, for were I to include all the improvements along moral 
lines, such as cleaning up intercollegiate athletics, or the im- 
provements along intellectual lines, such as the late acquisition 
in the instructional force, I should have to issue a journal all 
my own. I shall, therefore, limit this article to recent improve- 
ments along the line of building. Of such improvements there 
are four. 

The first, in order of size, is the chemistry building, which is 
now in use by the four hundred and eighty students taking 
general chemistry as well as many more in the advanced 
classes. This building on the side of the hill, back of University 
Hall, fronts on University avenue. It is the first one belonging 
to the College of Letters and Science to be built on that side of 
the hill, and it certainly adds much to the appearance of that 
part of the University grounds. Its total cost was $100,000, 
excluding any furnishings. It is a three-story building with a 
central part of eighty by one hundred and eighty feet and two 
wings, fifty-one by sixty-one feet each. The eighty-foot front 
is of Bedford limestone and the remaining exterior is of sand lime 
brick, which matches the stone front in color. The plans were 
drawn to allow the addition, when necessity demands, of two 
wings of Bedford limestone, so that the whole exterior when 
complete will be of stone. The building contains an auditor- 


ium seating five hundred, seminarj rooms, four small lecture 
rooms and library, besides large laboratories for general chem- 
istry, advanced inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, electro 
and pharmaceutical chemistry with special laboratories for ad- 
vanced work in each department. The equipment thruout is 
modem and complete making, in all, a building not only of 
architectural beauty but one that will do much to bring the 
University to the front in this branch of science. 

Then there is the Hydraulic Building about which the engi- 
neers talk so much, to the mystification not only of the Alpha 
girls, but of all the ** co-eds." This building, on the lake shore 
just below the path thru the woods, is built of cement stone and 
is to cost when completed $20,000. It is forty-eight by ninety- 
six feet, with two main stories and a basement. It is designed 
both for instructional and investigational work. For the lat- 
ter, I am told, it will surpass anything of its kind in this coun- 
try. Much more might be said about this building, but I fear 
most of the Alpha girls would find fuller details tiresome and I 
will therefore leave it to engineer fi-iends to give any further in- 
formation regarding such a building. Anything they may claim 
for a hydraulic structure anywhere in the country is applicable 
to the one at Wisconsin, since this is to be all that any building 
of its kind can be made. 

The third improvement is not yet completed and it is, there- 
fore, hard to give any details relative to it. But since it is one 
that, perhaps, more closely concerns our girls than any of the 
others, I want to give it at least a mention. I speak of the new 
north wing that is being added to University Hall. This build- 
ing stands at the upper end of the campus and is the one where 
the Alpha girls go for the greater number of their daily recita- 
tions. This wing will not only add much to the architectural 
beauty of the building by making it more symmetrical in 
structure, but it will also mean much to the College of Letters 
and Science in that it is to give added recitation rooms and 
famish offices for the instructional force. 

Last but not least, as concerns university life, is the Y. M. C. 
A. Building which has been erected the past year and occupied 
this fall for the first time. This is a splendid stone building on 
Langdon street directly across from the lower campus, and on 


the lot adjoining the one on which the gymnasium stands. By 
virtue of such a location it commands a fine view of Lake Men- 
dota and to take advantage of this fact, each of the four stories 
is supplied with a balcony on the lake side. The building con- 
tains about forty double sleeping rooms with a comfortable 
study room off each, a commodious dining room and audito- 
rium with a seating capacity of several hundred besides' all the 
offices, and other rooms, that are found in every modem Y. M. 
C. A. building. In this building is met a long felt need at our 
University and it is safe to say that with such a home, the as- 
sociation will be able not only to continue its helpful influence 
over the student body, but is bound to become a greater force 
for good. 

Such are the building improvements at the University of 
Wisconsin. I wish that I might include in my paper a descrip- 
tion of the Woman's building but as yet this is but an air 
castle, however, we as Alpha sisters, together with all the girls 
at Wisconsin University are hoping and working to give to this 
''airy nothing nothingness a local habitation and a name." 

In sending this to the editor, I want to add, for the comfort, 
and perhaps reward, of the conscientious people mentioned 
above, a little rhyme found in an old book in the library which 
seems to be especially applicable to this article. It is as fol- 
lows : 

** If there should be another flood. 
For refuge here do fly, 
Altho all else be drowned 
This book will still be dry." 

Bess AdamSy Tbeta 



The ideal sorority, the sorority of our dreams, differs as much 
and in much the same way from the sorority of reality as all 
ideals differ from realities. The sorority whose traditions and 
organization become each year the property and life center of 
a different group of girls is primarily the sorority of reality to 
these girls to whom the labor and methods of sorority life are 
newest does this question most nearly apply. Those who lived 
with the sorority for so long a time that it has become almost 
a part of themselves cannot fail to answer in the affirmative. 
The fact remains, however, Can we prove it ? 

The sorority of reality demands of its members earnest 
effort, unfailing tact, broadminded intellect and much expense. 
Can we in all sincerity find justification for this expenditure of 
our best selves and most useful endeavor ? Do we get from it 
the sense of time well spent and resources rightly expended ? 
The only way to answer this is to find what we get out of it. 

Out of the sorority we obtain first of all lasting friendships 
and the projection of high ideals whether we accept them or 
not. Besides these, there are the more material gains of train- 
ing in organization and execution, the becoming accustomed to 
concerted thought and action, the habit of putting our best 
selves foremost and of being hospitable, agreeable and useful. 
While these benefits are secondary , still they are attributes of a 
well trained woman and are qualities in which no girl can be- 
come too perfect. 

Do these two columns of expenditure and income balance ? 
Does the debit of endeavor and strenuous effort equal the credit 
of friendships gained and invaluable training in becoming and 
being a woman who shall be worth while? Surely we can 
only answer yes. 

But the ideal sorority is still beyond us and if we obtain so 
much from the sorority of imperfections surely we can not fail 
to grasp much more of the deeper meaning from the more per- 
fect one. Is not the ideal sorority worth striving for ? 

Frances Ricbej 


In the fraternity world, we are frequently accosted by per- 
sons, who tinderestimate the worth and beauty of sisterly as- 
sociations, of which the ideal type exists in the sorority of col- 
lege women. These unbelieving ones will say, ** You put so 
much time and strength and affection into your sorority. Are 
these not wasted? Is your sorority worth all that you put 
into it?" And every loyal girl will unhesitatingly answer, 
*• My sorority is worth all and more than I can ever do for it." 

Who of us, on that eventful occasion, when the principles 
and ideals of our chosen sorority were revealed to us, did not 
thrill with joy at the thought that we had been given power 
and inspiration to work for the highest good for our sister- 
hood ? And as the years have passed and the friendships have 
become dearer and our ideals brighter and better, because of 
our honest endeavor or to live up to them, what girl is not 
eager to stand up in the face of bitter opposition and declare 
the worth of devotion to one's beloved sorority? 

As to the time and affection spent on one's sorority, who 
would want to call these wasted ? For when we remember the 
perfect confidence we possess one for another and the lofty pride 
we all cherish for our noble sisterhood, we know that we have 
gained more than we ever gave forth. 

So, sisters, let us consecrate the best of ourselves to showing 
the sceptical world that by serving our sorority, we are help- 
ing to uplift humanity. And with our lives full of lasting sun- 
shine, and our hearts full of truth and love, may we continue in 
our beautiful way, keeping ever in mind that leading us is a Di- 
vine hand and upon us in a Divine smile of approval. 

Alliance Alvmnse 


AH Baba in the Philistine said : ** The deeil sends us our rel- 
atives but thank God we can choose x)ur own friends." Most 
of us do not feel as bitterly as Ali Baba toward our relatives, 
but we are all glad that the privilege of making friends is ours. 
We are glad that we may choose those who shall be with us 
most and see our failures or successes and our habits and come 
to know our real selves. Friendships are often built on chance 
but we may choose if we will. The year's work has begun 
again. With whom shall we form the friendships that are to 
lighten the work and make it precious? As members of Alpha 
Xi Delta, whom shall we ask to be our sisters, to come into the 
closest relations with us and form a part of the chapter we 
have so earnestly worked to build ? What are the qualifica- 
tions we want most to see in a girl when we ask her to join 
Alpha Xi Delta ? 

It is hard to find the real ideal of a chapter because a state- 
ment of ideals is so often merely formal. It is much easier to 
vote against a poorly dressed girl than to put down in black 
and white that the one we want always looks stylish, and 
money considerations creep into a rushing party much easier 
than into our written ideals. But as sisters, let us ask each 
other: **What in reality are the qualifications we look for 
most in those we rush ; if we were to meet our ideal Alpha Xi 
Delta girl what would she be like ? " 

The girl who says she does not take dress into considera- 
tion makes a mistake — either she does not understand her own 
mind or she does not realize how much personality clothes ex- 
press. The ideal girl dresses neatly and with that indefinably 
air of fitness and simplicity and unity, which we call style and 
which does not depend on costliness of materials but on good 
taste and care. But we must not go too far. With most of 
us, our tastes and fancies are not the only considerations that 
decide what our dress shall be. If we only knew, perhaps the 
freshman whose dress we dislike hates it as cordially as ever 
we could wish and, if she were to have her way, would dress 
with all the charm of our ideal. But we do not know. Let us 


ask that her clothes be neat and clean and for the rest, let us 
learn to know the girl herself. 

The ideal Alpha Xi Delta girl is beautiful— physically so per- 
haps but added to that she has the beauty that comes from 
pleasant ways and pure thoughts, the kind of beauty we build 
for ourselves. If she has not this, any perfection of form or 
face will still lack that which is vital. 

We choose the ideal Alpha Xi Delta girl for herself— her in- 
trinsic worth — and whether she has wealth or social position 
does not enter into the question. We are strong just in pro- 
portion as we approach this standard. The chapter that looks 
to anything beside the girl herself will degenerate, just as every 
organization in history, founded on anything except pure 
worth, has degenerated. 

Scholarship is surely a requirement. But we want our ideal 
to be more than a scholar. I once heard a lecture on '^ Knowl- 
edge vs. Wisdom," in which the author spoke of wisdom as the 
power to use our knowledge to the best advantage, an under- 
standing of the right proportions of life as opposed to a mere 
accumulation of facts. Our ideal has wisdom. She sees that 
social life and outside work, as well as book learning may 
train for the future. She is a good student but she is more, — a 
broad minded woman. 

Her manners are charming, but what gives them their charm 
is the ring of sincerity and kindness in her voice and the simplic- 
ity and naturalness in her actions. 

She is more than dress, or manner, or beauty, or learning 
and associating with her you feel that these are subordinate to 
her own personality ; that, after all, what you most admire is 
her strong sweet womanliness. 

When we compare the girls we rush with our ideal, let us 
look for broadness, simplicity, enthusiasm, good scholarship, 
that is wisdom rather than knowledge, good manners that are 
bom of ease and naturalness, and good looks that are beauty 
of the heart rather than of the face. We may not find our ideal 
but perhaps in the effort we shall grow toward her. 

Bertha Davis, Tbeta. 



I am glad I can lay the responsibility of my subject on the 
Program Committee, for although my ability as a cook is un- 
questioned in my own home circle, I should never be so pre- 
sumptuous as to attempt the making of sufficient toast to 
cover the " wide, wide world.'* 

My literary toasting fork has grown somewhat rusty from 
long disuse, so if this one small slice I present at the Aluranal 
Board be not **done brown,*' please attribute it to that fact, 
and do not conclude that the fire of college spirit has grown 
cold on the hearth of my heart. * No, while the fitful flames of 
youthful enthusiasm have somewhat died down, there are still 
the solid, glowing embers of undying affection for my Alma 
Mater and a resulting warmth toward all that pertains to 
college life. 

If my subject means the 25,000 miles of space which must 
be achieved by the traveler before he can speak in the light of 
experience of the literal width of this old globe, the subject 
might better have been assigned to one of I. W. U.'s Philippine 
adventurers. A little summer trip " across the big pond " and 
up and down the tourist tracks of Europe, cannot be called a 
world-wide exploration; but I take it that by the "wide 
world" as a sentiment to which we are to touch glasses and 
drink a toast to-night, is meant the wide world of life — exper- 
ience — the world which is so constantly held up for the inspec- 
tion of the ever sanguine graduate and which is dinged into his 
ears so persistently, that it is surprising he does not acquire a 
great prejudice against it prior to his experience of it. On the 
contrary, he is always eager to make the plunge ** out into the 
world" and see for himself. It is because I have made this 
plunge and have been seeing for myself for eleven years, that I 
am called upon, I suppose, to testify regarding it, not on the 
supposition of a world wide experience. 

Some of the thoughts that come to me, which I would fain 
elaborate, but time forbids, are : — the contrasts in college world 


and the world of after life, and the comparison of my one-time 
gnesses and imaginings of what the world of life^xperience 
would be, with what it has actually turned out. 

The size of college world and real world depend entirely on 
the point of view. The hoary alumnus says in indulgent pa- 
ternal tones, ^' The college students move in a little world, all 
their own, don't they?" Mark the word "ifttfc." Do you 
think for one minute it seems little to them, the college stu- 
dents ? Why, the rivalry between fraternities, the election of a 
class president, and even the making of a schedule of dates for 
commencement, seem to them questions on which mighty issues 
depend. Pray do not think I mock. Do I not remember, as if 
yesterday, how the Class of '91 had their cuts and biographies 
printed in the Ottumwa Courier and felt confident that they 
had thereby been well introduced into the wide world. 

This feeling that they are the " observed of all observers " is 
common to the graduate, I believe. The morning after High 
School graduating exercises, I met two of our fledglings on the 
square. "Well, boys," I said, "how do you feel since you are 
graduated?" One of them replied with great frankness and 
sincerity : " Feel as if everybody is looking at us." 

Well, " we pass this way but once." What aglorious thing to 
feel at least oncCy that we are of vast importance in the eyes of 
the world ! 

But how do the dreams pan out ? The dreams that come to 
every one of these graduates as they face the dim vistas, the 
unexplored avenues of the wide, wide world ? At the risk of 
being called a croaker— truth compels me to state that several 
of my " castles in Spain " have already crumbled. But this old 
world is not all disappointment. Its resources are so infinite 
that when one castle tumbles, we can take up the refrain of 
that famous old game, " Skip to my Lou " and jauntily gazing 
upon the ruins sing, " I can get another just as good as you," 
and up and at the building again, with greater hope of success 
by the wisdom acquired in our previous failures. 

I have found it most of the time, a jolly old world, and when 
it seemed otherwise, it was I who was lugubrious, not the world . 
" Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep 
alone," is a statement not so much to the discredit of the world 


as might at first appear. If jou have to weep alone ^ you're 
not going to do mnch of it or keep at it very long— and the 
sooner over the better. 

We have it in our hands, I believe, to take the world either 
as Mrs. Gummidge, whose constant refrain was '' Everything 
goes contrary with me/' or we can, rather as Mark Tapley, find 
everything "jolly." 

" No matter what some folks say/' no matter what lions in 
the way, the birds still sing, the flowers still bloom, the sun 
still shines, " God's in his heaven, all's right with the world." 

Al clergyman once began his discourse as follows: "My 
beloved brethren, the heads of my sermon are two. I will first 
take my text— secondly, I will leave it." Following this wor- 
thy example, I will leave the discussion of "the wide, wide 
world." Bach one must explore for himself. 

Maisjr Scbreiner. 



** Did you ever open a drawer and find it filled with rich frag- 
rance, every article in it saturated with the odor? What did 
it? A little quantity of rare perfume hidden in a comer of the 
drawer. Such is the effect of true heart-purity in any woman's 
life. It's sweetness strikes through and is manifest in every 
feature, in every movement, in the speech, in the eye, in the con- 
duct and spirit. Other lives are touched and sweetened, — 
homes, whole circles, and communities, — all by the delicate 
purity of one tender, loving heart." 

Sorority life means nothing to us unless it is helpful to us. 
How can we be sure that it will be helpful to us ? 

By determining to be helpful to all in the sorority, for it is a 
universally-ceded truth that by helping others we help our- 
selves. Being sisters to each other is founded upon first prov- 
ing one's self a friend worth the having, really worthy of the 
name friend. Some one has said in substance, I want to prove 
to be such a friend that my friends will never try to get away 
from me, will never, never want to. By being such sisters to 
each other nothing but mutual helpfulness can result and we 
will all be helped toward having the true heart culture which 
we have mentioned in the introdution and which is so worthy 
an aim for every true woman. 

But of course being true sisters to each other is going to 
mean something to each of us, an expenditure of all the tact, 
courage, self-possession and unselfishness that we have com- 
mand of. And how well worth our while it is, how excellent 
the training. 

If we see in any of our sisters any very little thing that 
we feel is marring slightl3', perhaps the formation of a beautiful 
character, something which is not quite womanly, that might 
bring a tiny little spot on our ** fair name," then we may prove 
our helpfulness to that sister by going to her, and using that 
courage bom of true friendship, all the tact we possess, to tell 


her in that heart to heart manner, of the little thing we have 
noticed. We must be sure that our manner of telling her will 
leave no doubt in her mind but that we have done so because 
we love her and want to help her. This I believe is one way of 
being truly helpful to each other. Another point that I wish to 
emphasize is to be always frank with each other. This is one 
of the elements which will promote rather than destroy har- 

Now in closing may I say one little word which I hope may 
mean something to some of our Chapters if it happens to apply 
to any of them. It is this : ** I wonder if any of the girls who 
are wearing the quill are users of * slang.' ". If so, may we all 
stop long enough to remember that in so doing we are limiting 
our vocabularies most pitifully. Never was the need for origi- 
nality felt more than now. Why stunt our development along 
this line. Aside from this we instinctively feel that the use of 
slang is not an additional charm to a woman and if it does not 
add, it must detract so let us ask ourselves whether or not we 
can afford it, and act according to the honest answer we must 
give to this question. 

May all those who wear the cherished name Alpha Xi Delta 
be more mutually helpful in the year 1906 than in any preced- 
ing year. 

Elizabeth Carson^ Delta 


Zeta sends greetings of the New Year to her sisters in the 
east, west and south. May this coming year be full of success 
for every Alpha, is her wish. To live truer to her principles and 
more closely attain her ideals shall be her ambition. 

The church bells softly toll the death of the Old Year, a friend 
who has brought us so much joy, so much prosperity. He 
brought us friends, dear true friends whom we shall always 
admire, respect and hold dear. As the clock strikes twelve we 
shall see this friend dying and the bonny face of a new year 
appear for welcome. 


Every new year brings us new problems to solve, new diffi- 
culties to overcome, but it brings us new friends, new ideals, 
and better means to attain them. 

Let us resolve once more in the dawn of New Year's day to 
be more perfect than in the year just passed, to more bravely 
meet the demands of life made upon us and to live such lives 
that if at the close of this year we shall have gone to our peace- 
ful Home, everyone may be the better for having come in con- 
tact with us. 

Let us all rgoice and join our hearts for the coming year 

with stronger ties to bind us, and more loving hearts to g^eet 

each and every Alpha. 



The chapter-house — ^yes, how many sweet memories come 
back at the sound of that word. We all know what it is. It 
is a place where a group of girls live together as sisters, work- 
ing for a common end, sharing each others sorrows and joys. 

The house should be a ** home " to every girl. Of course, there 
are always some who are stronger in their influences than 
others, and those who know their power for good should use 
it here of all places, where it is most needed. 

In college life there are difficulties of every kind to be met. 
The frat girl must go on her a^ppearances and be judged by her 

When a girl first enters college little does she think how she 
is being ** sized up" by the boys; the faculty; and the older 
girls. Then is the time for the older frat sisters to guard their 
own actions and to guide others. 

One of the most important outward features of frat life is 
social standing. I have heard the remark that if you see a par- 
ticularly fine appearing house in the vicinity of the university 
you may be sure it is a chapter house. 

There is one great danger involved in incurring too great an 
expense in the maintenance of a chapter-house, and that is that 
on account of this expense worthy girls whom the sorority 
cannot well afford to lose cannot join, while the girl with 


money and not much else comes to the front. We cannot have 
social standing withoat the money but there is always a happy 
medium in everything. Let us not spend our time in trying to 
outdo "our friend, the enemy" all the while with our social 
functions and the like. Our time would be well spent in some 
other direction. 

After all what is dearer to the sorority girl than her chapter- 
house with all that it stands for. Would that every girl could 
have a taste of the life therein. 


During the past few months several incidents have come to 
my notice which convinced me that not all of the criticisms on 
fraternities are unjustified. If a fraternity does not help a man 
or a woman to be more of a man or woman and to be of greater 
service to his fellow creatures, the fraternity is certainly subject 
to severe criticism and justly so. 

The mission and aim of fraternities is primarily the making 
of strong friendships, and this carried out to its perfection can 
not do otherwise than make stronger and more useful men and 
women of fraternity members. 

But when a girl,inherfeelingof rivalry and desire to triumph 
over another fraternity, so far forgets herself and the reputation 
of her fraternity as to do things which would make her breed- 
ing and culture a subject of comment she has lowered not only 
her own dignity but the standing of her fraternity. 

No lady would consider for a moment the idea of seizing 
another lady by the arm and drawing her away from a third 
lady to whom she was talking, and yet not long ago I saw a 
fraternity girl do this very thing by another girl who was talk- 
ing to a member of a rival fraternity. In any other circum- 
stances she would have been shocked at the idea of such a thing 
and yet she would probably be among the first to denounce 
anyone who would say that being a member of a fraternity 
made a girl less a lady. And this is only one of many instances 
which might be cited to illustrate the same point. 

So if we would defend ourselves against our critics let us be 

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sure that we maintain our dignity as a fraternity before the 
world. And by this, I mean so conduct ourselves in the eyes 
of the world that no one can ever say that because a girl is a 
member of Alpha Xi Delta she is any less agreeable and useful 
to the community, but rather let them say that it has made 
her more attractive and womanly. 

In the Greek fraternity world, it seems that at times we for- 
get that a friendly and honest spirit should characterize our 
dealings with one another. The foolishness of the idea that 
members of different " persuasions " may allow this to interfere 
with the observances of good breeding, is clearly evident. A 
fraternity pin should suggest to those who see it, high aims 
and ideals. It should not be worn merely as an ornament. Its 
meaning should be exemplified morning, noon and night. 



The word loyalty is one of the most common words known 
to the Greek world, but how many of us really understand 
what that word involves. 

It has its own meaning to active member and alumna, but 
that meaning is ever the same. 

It is not enough for us to wear over our hearts the emblem 
of our sisterhood, to attend chapter meetings, and show a 
passive interest. That is not true Alpha loyalty. 

Rather let the love for our great cause burn within your 
breasts, and set its interests on a high pinnacle of your hearts to 
the end that you may count no service too great for your chap- 
ter or its individual member. 

Keep guard over your lives that you may never be the cause 
of internal strife, or bring the slightest heartache to a sister. 

Never suggest what others might do. Be a doer yourself. 

Never lower the standards of your sorority by being too 
narrow minded to recognize the merit in others outside of your 
own circle. 

Make'' the tie that binds " mean much to you during college 


In all your doings, remember that we are always striving 
for a nobler womanhood. 

Such are some of the precepts which an active member 
should follow to have the true loyalty for Alpha Xi Delta. 

If the alumna would be loyal, let her never lose interest. 
This, we believe, is one of the offences which alumnse are prone 
to commit. 

The activities of life after leaving college so engross us that 
we often forget to lend a helping hand to the sisters back in 
our Alma Mater, who so often need our aid. 

Porgetfalness should never be excused. Would that be called 
loyalty ? 

Never write back to the chapter which fostered you and ask 
the girls, ** How is j^owr chapter progressing ? " Let it always 
be my chapter, even though lands and seas divide you from 
that shrine where once you so joyfully worshipped. 

The success of a chapter depends on the individual, so does 
the prosperity of the whole sorority depend on the interest of 
the alumnse. 

Never let the fires of Alpha Xi Delta burn low in your hearts, 

whether you are the latest addition to the chapter roll or the 

first alumna who bears her name, and you will have only true 

loyalty for her. 

Anna Elizabeth Miller^ Zeta, ^05 


In this, our first issue of the year nineteen hundred and six, 
we wish to commend the chapters of our sorority for diligence 
and loyalty during the past year and to urge them to greater, 
more concentrated action in the future. Nothing is gained in 
any field of life without labor and sacrifice, without faith and 
works. Let us remember this as we fall to our tasks with re- 
newed zeals. We wish all success and a happy year. 

ji ji ji 

The journal desires to extend hearty greetings to our new 
chapter, Kappa, at Illinois University. We are highly gratified 
to receive these girls among our number. May they find in us 
help, strength, and faithful companionship, as we shall find in 
them loyalty and cheerful service. 

ji ji ji 

The editorial staff* feels compelled to make a few statements 
of a slightly unpleasant nature. We are constantly embar- 
rassed in our work by the chapters, or individual members of 
chapters, who fail to get their material in our hands at the 
stated time. The by-law passed at the last convention, re- 
quires each chapter to furnish two articles besides its letter and 
personals. These must be in the hands of the editor at least 
two weeks before the issueof the journal. For various reasons 
it is necessary for us to ask that we may have these articles at 
least three weeks before the date of publication. Some chap- 
ters comply readily with this request, while others send the 
material only a few days before the journal is to be issued. If 
Thb Alpha Xi Delta is to appear on time, the material must 
come to us promptly. 

Two articles are required of each chapter in order that the 
editors may have a chance for discrimination and selection. 
This means that not every article written will receive publica- 
tion ; yet some chapters, failing to see their work in print, write 


immediately to know the cause of the omission, or else con- 
clude that they need write nothing new for the next number. 
We may be obliged to lay aside some good work, for the sake 
of publishing that which, in our judgment, is better. Some- 
times articles come too late for one issue and may appear in the 
next. In either case we beg the good-will and cheerful assent 
of each chapter to the decisions which we try to make of the 
highest advantage to the journal. Thb Alpha Xi Dblta is 
worthy of only our best effort. Let us send to it no hurriedly 
or carelessly written articles. 

j» ji j» 

Will the chapters kindly send material for our next issue as 
early as the first of April ? 

ji ji ji 

We urge our members to patronize as far as possible the 
firms whose advertisements appear on our pages. This may 
frequently be done with but little inconvenience to the pur- 


Since the November issue of the Alpha Xi Delta we are indebted to 
the following journals for exchanges: 

The AngeloB of Kappa Delta, The ScroU of Phi DeltalTheta, The Beta 
Theta Pi, The Kappa Alpha Journal, The Delta UpeUon Quarterly, The 
Shield of Phi Kappa Pei, The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma, The Shield of 
Theta Delta Chi, The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta, The Arrow of Pi Beta 
Phi, The Alpha Phi Quarterly. Deemoa of Delia Sigma Delta, Kappa Alpha 
Theta, The Frater of Pei Omega, The Eleuaie of Chi Omega, The Delta of 
Signui Nu, Phi Chi Fraternity Quarterly, Themie of Zeta Tau Alpha, 
Trident of Delta Delta Dolta, The Phi Gamma Delta. 

The following clippings are copied from The Eleuaie of Chi Omega. 
They are taken from fraternity examination papers : 

"Mock initiations are very undignified and are not worthy of college 
women. They are in many cases dangerous and they lessen the dignity and 
solemnity of the real initiation. I think our initiation should be something 
that each one of us may look back upon with pleasure ; and this is not pos- 
sible if the 'horse-play' forms a part of it. Our ritual is very impressive 
and the memory of it alone is much prettier than the confused idea of a 
serious and a mock initiation both of which might stand, in a way, for our 
beloved Fraternity." 

"There is no doubt a good deal to be said for mock initiations and such 
joking before the initiation, because in some cases it does put the candidate 
into a more willing and humble frame of mind, but this is a doubtful result. 
I think the question can best be discussed personally, and I for one, with 
recollections of my own initiation, and those which I have watched or helped 
to conduct, do not care to see the practice of 'josh' initiations carried any 
farther. Our own ordeal tests the mettle of the candidate well enough. 
Very seldom does a freshman, with the memory of the mock trials fresh in 
her mind, see the significance of the ritual. The loss to the real ceremony 
is the strongest objection to mock initiations." 

"If one can put work under the head of a mock initiation I believe thor- 
oughly in making the freshman work : not manual labor or disagreeable 
tasks, but running little errands, getting things for seniors or juniors, and 
in all things looking to upperclassmen and alumnad for advice and leadership. 
To follow, to listen, to learn should be the freshman's motto and then as a 
senior she may live out the sequel to her freshman rule — ^to lead, to inform, 
to teach." 

"Mock initiations, if conducted in a ladylike manner and at the proper 
time can be of the greatest possible benefit to a freshman and even to an 
upperclassman. Very often fine girls enter college with the idea that they 
are just a little bit better than the ordinary run of girls, and they carry 


that little conceited air right through their college coarse unless little Willie 
Goatlet gets after them and by many knocks and bumps brings them down 
to the ordinary level of human beings. A mock initiation often shows a 
girl who IB inclined to talk a g^^^at deal that her ideas are not called for 
until she has proven her ability to understand fraternity matters." 

Rushing week is over and out of the twenty or more girls ^om we have 
entertained, five or six have been chosen to be Thetas. What becomes of 
the others? Some of them, of course, join other fraternities, but whxX 
about those who were "just impossible?" In the busy days which follow 
rushing, when we are all settling down to work, in the excitement of initiat- 
ing and entertaining for our freshmen, how many of us stop to think of the 
girls whom "we did not take?" Some one probably speaks of the matter 
in fraternity meeting, and a few scattering calls are made. But the fresh- 
man who is dropped realizes only that the girls who were so f rioidly, who 
helped her through the first hard weeks away from home and whom she 
looked forward to having as friends do not come to see her, nor do they 
invite her to any more jolly "spreads" or parties. 

Does it not seem too bad that our fraternity shouki have to answer for 
being directly the cause of a single heartache? Can we not, by taking a 
little thought and pains avoid this altogether?— 3^ Kappa Alpha TkBta, 

£2very chapter has its natural leaders. Loyalty and intelligent devotion 
also make them. Good ideas are bom of entiiusiasm more than of mere 
his^ mentality when they are such as to elevate and make more efficient the 
life of the chapter. A man's life is the reflex of his feelings, not of cold 
mental operations. A burning loyalty is at the bottom of every useful 
leadership — the loyalty that is shown in attention to vital details as well as 
in a large and wholesome comprehension of what the chapter can do and 
therefore must do. On the other hand misguided leadership is generally the 
result of selfishness and should early be detected and thwarted. It will 
cause dissention and may even wreck the chapter. The men selected to 
office should be the best and most capable men for their duties, not mere^ 
good fellows or men with swollen parses. Let every chapter have leaders— 
they are inevitable even in so purely democratic an organization; but let 
them be devoted first to fraternity, then to self, first to fulfillment of the 
Bond, then to their own advancement. Then shall accrue to them the finest 
and most abundant blessings of fraternity life.^EditoricU firom The Scroll 
of Phi Delta Theta. 


[We are sorry to be obliged to leave out letters and personals from some 
chapters, but we feel that our journal cannot wait for them. It is hoped 
that no chapters will be without representation in this department of our 
May issue.] 


With three cheers for Kappa Chapter. 

Alpha will put her news and personals in tog^ether if that will be per- 
mitted. We have been having: a very quiet time but nevertheless a very 
good time, and two fine new girls wear the pledge pin, Eva Kough of Den- 
ver, Colorado, and Berenice Atterbury of Missouri. We are contemplating 
initiation soon. 

Elskridge and Clio Pittman of Alpha Chapter were married at their home 
in Prescott, Arkansas, to Mr. Samuel Logan and Mr. Thomas McCrae, Jr., 
respectively, at eight o'clock Tuesday evening, December the twenty-sixth. 
Rev. Athalia J. Irwin of Little Rock, Arkansas, performed the ceremony. 
Because of the recent marriage we have not been able to obtain a detailed 
account of it but will do so for the next Journal. 

Football has been abolished at Lombard. Although the opinion of the 
students was to keep the game and reform it, we feel that our executive 
board was no doubt wise. The night after the decision was made known 
Liz, the football dummy, was suspended from the goal and in the wierd 
darkness and midst ghostly wails aud chants her body was consumed to 
ashes. The next morning her remains were carried solemnly around the 
chapel in a coffin and then were taken to the grave in the football field, fol- 
lowed by the entire student body and faculty. Fitting rites were performed 
and she was laid away on the scene of her many triumphs. 

The Lombard girls are glad that a Domestic Science department has 
been placed in the college under the supervision of Mrs. Dudley. Many of 
us are taking advantage of it. 

Florence Kober has visited us once since September. It is needless to 
say that we are always delighted to have our AlunmsB return to us. We are 
very sorry to lose Grace Cook, who has returned to her home in Beecher 
City, Illinois. 

Frances Richey reports a most delightful time at Champaign at the 
installation of Kappa Chapter. We are proud indeed to have another chap- 
ter added to our list and we wish them the greatest success. 

Fraternally, Beaa Williamson, Alpha, 


A happy new year to all the Alpha sisters everywhere is the wish of 
the girls of Beta Chapter. To be sure the year isn't so new now as it once 
was, but our wishes are just as strong. 

We have seven new pledges this semester of which we are very prou • 


They are Louise and Lucile Brady, Lucile Andrewa, EtBe Peden, laabeUe 
Pittenger, Alice Babb and Mabel Duncan. 

Our Pledge Day this year as agreed upon by our Pan-Hellenic Associa- 
tion, was November twenty-fifth, so on that eventful morning seven new 
pledge pins were worn to chapel. That evening we had a spread at Florence 
Courier-Stephens' and the new ones were soon as much at home singing the 
Alpha songs as the rest of us. 

The changing from the term to the semester system in the University 
has made a little difference in the plans for our social functions, so we have 
not much to tell about in that line this time. But you might be interested 
in knowing that we have subscribed for the Alpha Xi Delta for each of 
our patronesses. Edith VanCi—, 

To all Alpha's and our friends, the very best wishes for a happy and suc- 
cessful year during nineteen hundred and six: — Since Gamma's letter for 
this issue of the journal is necessarily written before the winter term at 
Mount Union has fairly begun, it must be mainly in the past tense. The 
present is being spent in arranging work and making plans for the fatore. 
The achievments of the past give us hope that these plans will be realized 
and then we will tell you more of them. 

Last term's rushing season was the first under the rules of the Pan- 
Hellenic Association, and while there were weak spots in the compact which 
showed themselves during the five weeks, we feel that we are better pre- 
pared to meet the difficulties and make a stronger and better compact for 
future use. The results of ' 'Asking Day ' ' were very satisfactory to Ganuna. 
Not all of the girls asked had the necessary qualifications for initiation but 
they all possess the true spirit of fraternity and will soon be ready to greet 
the world as full fledged Alpha Xi Delta's. 

The annual Hallowe'en party was held at the home of Efiie Allott, which 
is just far enough from town to make it interesting for such an occasion. 
The evening was all too short to learn all that the future held for us and the 
"Sybil's Cave" and the "Witches' Den" were constantly being filled by 
the curious minded. The supper was served in style appropriate to the 
evening. The only difficulty was in attempting to hold to the President's 
requirements as to the time for going home. There were about twenty-five 
present including our patronesses and their husbands. 

The attendance at college was unusually large. It has been hard to 
obtain exact figures but we know that much to be true. The new members 
of the faculty all proved their claims to the respect of all with whom they 
came in contact, and everything points to prosperity. 

Our chapter starts the new year with a membership that is capable of 
grreat things, and we hope that the results of the term's work will justify 
the statement that they have achieved great things. 

Wishing you all success and happiness, Gamma sends greetings to all her 
sister chapters. Mildred L. TVidbsr. 



My dear Alpha Xi Delta Sisters : 

A happy new year to each and every Alpha. The Delta girls returned 
after their very pleasant holidays, eager to meet again around the chapter 
camx>-fire. At our first meeting of the new year we opened our Christmas 
packages. The girls, instead of remembering evch girl separately, gave 
something for the chapter room as a Christmas gift. Mrs. Miller, onr pat- 
roness, shared bountifully in this Christmas giving. 

Nineteen-five has gone and with it has been taken the strongest and 
grandest in the college faculty, the kind and loving friend of every student. 
Dr. Keith was laid to rest on Thanksgiving day. It was then that we could 
extend our loving sympathy and comfort to a grief-stricken sister and her 
mother. Mrs. Keith and daughter, Katherine, expect to leave soon for Cal- 
ifornia where they will make their future home. We feel very keenly the 
loss which we will sustain in their going. Delta will lose a strong girl and a 
sympathetic friend. 

We are happy to announce a recent pledge, Miss Bessie Osbom of Spo- 
kane, Washington. 

The Delta girls entertained a few friends at their rooms just before the 
holidays in the way of a Christmas party. This was a happy close for the 
old year, yet not without a tinge of sadness when we remembered that it 
would be the last which our departing sister could share with us. 

And now, dear Alphas, far and near, it's much good cheer and great 
success we are wishing you for the whole of nineteen-six. 

From the Delta girls, Anna Kemp, Cor, See. 


My dear Sister e : 

Once more we are privileged to engage in a talk with all of our sisters 
through the kindness of our friend in common. The Alpha Xi Delta. Here 
we learn of the progressions, journeys and pleasures of each member, 
whereby we are helped to realize more fully the meaning of that broad 
term, sisterhood. 

In a few days we shall return to the duties of college and university, 
full of renewed energy and strength, ready to meet every difficulty with 

Zeta, though fewer in number than in the preceding year, is enjoying 
much prosperity. She has seven staunch true girls and soon will receive into 
her fold two friends, dear to each other, and we know they will be dear friends 
to each of us. 

Our sorority rooms are at the home of one of our patronesses, Mrs. C. Har- 
ris. We are much pleased with them but long for a home of our own. We 
realize we are young but we are forming a few plans to have a home next fall. 
As we plan we realize more and more what a great undertaking it is and we 
shall call upon our more fortunate sisters for advice. 


We hope to entertain our patronesses soon after Christmas at our rooms. 

Zeta sends new year's greeting to every chapter and best wishes for a 
prosperous year to all. 

May eadi day of the year nineteen hundred and six find you closer to the 
realization of your ideals and truer to our principles is the sincerest wish of 
Zeta. Mabel Braeker, Cor. Sec, 


To our Sisters in Alpha Xi Delta— Greeting for 1906: 

Encouraged by the capabilities and number of the initiates of a few 
months past, Eta has every reason to look forward to pronounced success 
for the year now beginning. 

The result of zealous rushing, is the following names to swell the records 
of Alpha Xi Delta: Elaine Putnam, Leila Eysman, sophomores, and Edith 
Wame, Frances White, Hazel Brush, Louise Hopkins, Hazel Algie, Laura 
Myers, Miranda Myers, Belle Parker, freshmen. 

Our initiation took place on the evenings of December seventh and eighth, 
followed on the ninth by a banquet at the Vanderbilt. Elizabeth Loetzer, '06, 
presided as toastmistress. 

During the rushing season our patronesses, Mrs. M. E. DriscoU and Mrs. 
F. A. Saunders, very pleasantly entertained us at their homes. 

Married on December the twenty-seventh, at the bride's home in Syra- 
cuse, Miss Leila Shewring Dowsland to Mr. Walter Davis, M. D., Nu Sigma 
Nu, '03. Mr. and Mrs. Davis will reside at Chester, New York. 

The women of Syracuse University have been interested during the past 
month in the Christmas Conference under the auspices of The Young Women's 
Christian Association. 


Theta Chapter is proud to announce that five new pledges will be initiated 
January sixth. On this date, just a year since we were installed as a chapter 
of Alpha Xi Delta, Agnes Ravn, '06, of Merrill, Marion Ryan, '06, and Winni- 
fred Ryan, '09, of Wausau, Ruth Ekem, '07, and Mary Rayne, '08, of Madi- 
son, will become full fledged members of our beloved sisterhood. This will 
make nine new members so far this year, a doubling of our number at its 

Four of our graduates who are teaching this year came to Madison to 
spend a part, or all of their Christmas vacation. Eudora Cook, who is teach- 
ing at Hurley, Nettie Cook at Rheinlander, Augusta Lorch at St. Croix 
Falls, and Lulu Rimge at Neillsville. Two stimts were given while these 
sisters were here, one at the home of Lulu and Alma Runge and the other 
at Augusta Lorch 's home. 

In addition to these stunts, we have given seven dinner parties, an in- 
formal dancing party and a Halloween stunt during the last two months. 
Within the last month Theta has received invitations to receptions given by 


the Alpha Phi's, the Delta, Delta, Delta's and the Gamma Phi's, and five of 
our members were invited to an informal reception given by the Kappa 
Kappa Gamma's in honor of a Spanish woman. 

Since the writing of the last chapter letter a little girl has been bom to 
our patroness, Mrs. Goodnight, and a boy has arrived at the home of another 
patroness, Mrs. Bode. 

Theta Chapter sends most earnest wishes for a pleasant and profitable 
new year to each member of our dear sisterhood. 

Yours in the bonds of Alpha Xi Delta, 

Cora L. Mason, Cor. Sec. 


7b the Grand Council and Chapters of Alpha Xi Delta, greeting: 

Kappa Chapter sends love and best wishes for a most happy and success- 
ful new year. Kappa is not a month old and feels its infantile helpfulness 
keenly, but hopes to develop a strong and vigorous youth. The girls of the 
baby chapter feel that they received the most noble and beautiful Christmas 
gifts when on December fifteenth they were given the right to wear the 
quill and to join in the bond of sisterhood with those united under the stand- 
ard of Alpha Xi Delta. Kappa Chapter feels the added responsibility that 
always comes with new and great privileges, and pledges her word to try 
and prove worthy of this new trust. It seems a very auspicious time for a 
new chapter to begin its work at the beginning of the new year, when 
everyone is filled with the enthusiasm of good resolutions and the energy 
and ambition to accomplish great results. 

Alpha Xi Delta was most cordially received at Illinois when the univer- 
sity had recovered from its start of surprise. Never was there anything so 
unheard of, evidently, as that "a bunch of girls could keep anything secret 
for a year." It was a hard thing to conceal, we must admit, especially dur- 
ing rushing season. Our immediate neighbors. Delta Kappa Epsilon and Phi 
Kappa " Liquid," were very much interested and mystified by the *' doings " 
of the girls in " Paradise " (as our suite of rooms is called) during the past 
six weeks of school — ^and how astonished our new girls were when they 
learned that we had been rushing them. One of them remarked in bewil- 
derment, "Why, I didn't know you were anything but a warm hearted 
'bunch' of upper classmen who were being good to forlorn freshmen." 

When it was announced in the "lUini," our daily, that we had received 
a charter of Alpha Xi Delta there was, therefore, wide spread astonishment, 
and then showers of hearty congratulations on every hand. 

Kappa wishes to say that her success was due in a large measure to the 
kindness of Miss Sloane, Deaconess of Osborne Hall, and Mrs. Daniels, the 
Head of the Woman's Hall. These two women have been untiring in their 
efforts to help us in spite of their unlimited official duties. Mrs. Wood of 
Urbana and Mrs. Branch of Champaign have kept continual open house for 
Kappa girls and their "mothering " has received heartfelt appreciation. 


After the hotidaya Mrs. Daniels will give a general reception in our 
honor. Following this Kappa will play hostess at an informal dance given 
to representatives of the sororities and fraternities. Further than these 
two large affairs we have not at present planned. 

We wish to thank our sisters for their kind and cordial letters, and to 
our next oldest sister, Iota, we send a fraternal hug for her telegram which 
was delivered just before twelve very awed girls were installed. 

The baby chapter wishes that some of its big sisters would "come and 
play" with her in Champaign, and extends a most cordial welcome to all 
Alpha girls to come and see what a good time they could have at Champaign. 

Kappa Chapter wants to hear from her sisters and to know what they 
are doing and what they are interested in, for we *'want to get acquainted 
and stay acquainted." 

Most cordially yours in Alpha Xi Delta, 

Louise E, DeWitt, Kappa. 


Now, that the busy holiday season is over, the Alliance Alpha girls are 
looking forward to our pleasant meetings. Beulah Kirlin, who last year 
took college work, is with us again, and Gay Milboume has reconsidered her 
decision to enter school and is still a member of our chapter. 

The girls are glad to greet Mary Scott-McCoy, who is spending several 
weeks with her parents. It seems like old times to have Mary with us agam. 

Louise Schedd-Roberts opened home to both active and alum, girls Decem- 
ber 11, when second degree was given to four girls, one of whom was our 
hostess. All enjoyed themselves immensely, save the four victims. After 
initiation, a joint meeting was held. A dainty Itmch was served by Mrs. 
Roberts, assisted by Helen Henshilwood, Eloise Patton and Jane Hughes. 

And, now, we wish that this new year may be the very best in the his- 
tory of oxar splendid sorority, and to this end may we devote our time and 



All the girls spent the Christmas vacation at their homes, returning to 
take up their work again on January 4. 

We were delighted to have our Grand Treasurer, Mary A. Power, with 
us for a few days. Thanksgiving week. 

Edith Springer, ex- '07, was married sometime in December to Mr. 
McCollough of Wapello, Iowa. 

Scenes from Dickens, as arranged by Mrs. Babb, one of our patronesses, 
were given in the College Chapel on December 11. Four of our Alpha girls 
took part. 


We are glad to have Edith Taylor with us again. She has entered the 
Department of Commerce. 

Helen Miller has entered Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio. 
We will miss her and her efficient work in the chapter. 

Since our last report the following girls have been initiated: Flossa Wil- 
liams, Eva Campman and Ethel Montgomery. 

At the home of Mrs. Roberts, on the evening of December 11, the second 
d^ree initiation was administered to Mrs. Roberts, Flossa Williams, Eva 
Campman and Ethel Montgomery. 

Mildred Tucker has been elected an assistant in the English department. 

EHsie Jones is the president of the Senior class. 

Elsie Roberts, '05, has visited us twice during the last term. All the 
graduates of last year are in Alliance, and we see them frequently in chapter 

Mildred Tucker and Elsie Jones were delegates to the State Convention 
of the Y. W. C. A., held in Columbus, in October. 

Bessie Galbreath will deliver the German oration on Class Day. 


Well here we are back again after our little Christmas "breathing 
spell " to take up our college work and the double blue and gold. 

Just as we were giving our three new initiates their finishing touches, 
Muriel Scott came in to make us a little visit. Though out of college this 
year, she had not forgotten how to hold the reins when '' Miss Nanny Goat " 
is driven through our ranks. We all enjoyed her visit very much and listened 
with much eagerness to every word from the convention. 

Roberta O'Bannon spent a very pleasant Christmas with Anna Kemp in 


Manfield, Ohio. She is our " Kentucky Babe/' and receives all the petting 
she can get. 

Marvis Hudson, our little Washington City girl, went home with a friend 
and she too reports a jolly time. 

Sisters Carson and Kemp went home with a very light heart and the as- 
surance that they had done their "Senior Speeches'' with credit, while 
Ehmice Orrison, Bertha Kleeberger and Helen Tinsley epent their vacation 
dreading the Thursday evening when they should make their first appear- 
ance in Junior Orations. 

Eldith Justice was in Cleveland for a fortnight visiting^ 

Helen Marshall spent a quiet time with her parents learning, as a young 
miss of her standing should, the art of '* house-keeping," and house-making. 

Since there are two girls behind the quill in Bethany, they needs must 
flock together: Katherine Kieth and Helen Tinsley, though they were only 
in Bethany, had a very pleasant time. 

We are all looking together for some new " spikes " and hope soon to tel 
you of some more initiations. 

Delta fears very much she will have to give up one of her finest and 
most loyal sisters when the time comes for Katherine Keith to leave us, each 
girl will miss her very much. 

More news of this wonderful, mystic ten is now locked up in the cold, 
cold embrace of snow and ice. 

One of the most delightful events of Greekdom was the entertainment 
given just before the holiday season, by Alpha Xi Delta, in her sorority 
rooms on Pendleton avenue. 

The hours were from eight to eleven, and the young ladies resolved that 
every moment of that time should be interesting and no guest allowed a dull 

A series of entertainments were arranged and as soon as all the g^uests 
had arrived the amusement began. 

First there was a unique Art Gallery, which each guest was expected to 
inspect and then identify with the pictures on their printed list. This proved 
quite a hard puzzle to most of the guests. 

Then the guests were shown into a library and presented with a list of 
books. Ekich guest could chose a book, to be kept only three minutes and 
then to be returned in as good a condition as when taken out. 

Imagine the siurprise of the gentleman guest with a literary turn of 
mind, when upon calling from his list, for instance for the book "Lovey 
Mary," he receives a charming young lady and the injunction to exchange 
or return within three minutes. 

This form of entertainment soon became lively, and interesting to a 
great deg^ree. 

When each guest had interviewed each book in turn the hour for refresh- 
ments had arrived. 

Again came a surprise in choosing partners for supper. All the girls 
stood on one side of a porterie, the gentlemen on the other side, and from 


the tip of a shoe toe extended from under the porterie, each gentleman chose 
his partner. It was surprising that every young man so readily knew his 
favorite's shoe. 

The dining room was decorated in holly and evergreens, the center-piece 
of the table being a miniature Christmas tree. 

The menu cards were puzzling, for each item was in the form of a rebus 
so very few of the guests had the least idea what they were ordering. 

However all were finally served with a bountiful supper. 

Upon returning to the parlors the most amusing part of the evening's 
entertainments was held. Each young man was requested to make his best 
proposal to each young lady in succession. She being a self-constituted 
judge of his ability, giving him according to her jndgment either a crimson 
heart or a cold white mitten. The young man who received the most hearts 
was awarded a prize of a pretty head done in pastel by one of the sorority 
girls, and which had been framed by the sorority. The booby prize of a 
fool's cap, was awarded to the crest fallen possessor of the greatest num- 
ber of mittens. 

Doubtless many other sources of fim were held in reserve, but the hour 
for departure arrived too soon, so they must await the next social of the 
Alpha Xi Delta. 

The guests were all Fraternity men, representing each of the fraterni- 
ties in the college. 

The chaperons were Miss Tinsley and Miss Keith 


Miss Ella Swartout spent the holidays at her home in Van Wert, Ohio. 

Miss Clara Schwann spent the holidays at her home in Wheeling, W. Va. 

Miss Mary Hubbell spent Christmas vacation at Columbus, Ohio. 

Miss Maud Bushy spent Christmas at Shiloh, Ohio. 

Miss Marjorie Smith spent the holidays at her home in Brookville, Ohio. 

Miss Mabel Bracher spent Christmas vacation at her home in Gallon, Ohio. 

Miss Clara Domblaser spent vacation at her home in Springfield, Ohio. 

Thanksgiving vacation was a very pleasant one for Zeta and her Alum- 
nae. She entertained the following alumnae: Anna Miller, '05 of Mansfield, 
Ohio; Elizabeth Houk, '05 of Defiance, Ohio; Mabel Winn of Defiance, Ohio; 
May Tilden of Mansfield, Ohio. Many social events were given but one of 
truest enjoyment was an oyster supper given at the sorority rooms by the 
chapter. This was given after an interesting sorority meeting was held, 
thereby giving Zeta's alunmae the opportunity to gather around the shrine 
of Alpha Xi Delta, as they were wont to do and behold the principles and 
loyalty of every Alpha burning with ever bright flames. 

The annual sorority banquet of Zeta will be held in the spring. 

The first initiation imder the new ritual will be held about the third 
week in January. The pledges to be initiated are Edith Smith and Hazel 



Although the rushing season is now past, we girls in Eta find ourselves 
always with much to do. 

The few girls who remained at the chapter house during the Thanksgivincr 
recess, assisted by the city girls, gave a very pleasant little party at that 
time, entertaining guests from several of tiie fraternities. Dancing was 
the feature of the evening. 

Dora Baker spent Thanksgiving at Lena Baldwin's home. R. Helen 
McGormack was at Albion, New York, at that time. 

Laura Myers, '09, was obliged to return to her home for several weeks 
in November because of illness. 

Several of the girls have entertained home friends at the chapter house. 

Bertha G. Cleveland was a guest in Syracuse during the Christmas holi- 
days, and was present at the Dowsland-Davis wedding. 

Leila Eysman, '08, entered S. U. as sophomore this year, having been 
at the University of Rochester last year. 

Theresa Tobin and Helen Tobin have been gladly welcomed at the chap- 
ter house when at Thanksgiving they were in the city. 


Miss Pow of Salem was the guest of Etta Bates recently. 

Mary Kay, on account of ill health, has resigned her position as teacher 
in the Alliance public schools. 

Four girls met the Alpha goat at the home of Mrs. A. L. Roberts, De- 
cember 11. 

Genevieve Ruth Bottomley delightfully entertained the Alumnae Chap- 
ter at the last meeting before the holidays. 

Mary Scott McCoy of Minneapolis is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Joshua Scott, 

Jane Hughes has returned from a short visit with Cleveland relatives. 

Beulah Kirlin is again with us. Last term she took work in the Depart- 
ment of Oratory. 

Several of our girls heard Calv^ at Canton, November 27. 

Mary Salmon spent Thanksgiving in Cleveland, as the guest of her sis- 
ter, Mrs. E. W. Myers. 

Blanche Whitla spent part of the Christmas vacation with New Castle, 
Pa., relatives. 

Alice Henshilwood has returned from a visit with Cleveland relatives- 

As is customary, the Alumnae Chapter remembered the College Chapter 
at Christmas. 

Mabel Hartzell has returned from a trip to Columbus and Springfield. 

Mrs. Wright, our patroness, has had as a guest, her cousin, Miss Qax- 
ter, who has recently been elected Dean of Women at the Lawrence Univer- 
sity, at Appleton, Wis. 

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Progrcsa at Syracuse UniTeralty 96 

Marxinal Notes on Life in Salt Lake Valley 98 

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PreserTia^ the Traditions at Wisconsin University 105 

A Sign of American Idealism 107 

The Woman's Social Service Lea^ne 110 

The Aim of a Sorority 118 

Her Alpha Xi Delta Day 115 

Pounders' Day 117 

Fraternity Notices 118 

ETcry Day Council 119 

Bditorials 128 

Bxchanfi^es 125 

Chapter Letters 128 

Personals 136 

Corrections and Additions for the Directory 139 

Bnrollment in Alpha Xi Delta 139 

Announcements 140 

AdTertisements 141, 142, 143, 144 

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Lombard CoUege, Galesburg, III., April ly, I8g3 

Say brook, 111 

Quincy, 111. 

Hoopeston, 111, 

BeecherCity, 111 

Hattie McCullum-Gossow (Mrs. C. W. E.) Wichita, Kans. 
*Frances Cheney .... 

Almira Cheney .... 

Lucy W. Gilmer .... 

Eliza Curtis Eyerton (Mrs. J. L.) 

Bertha Cook-Evans (Mrs.Orrin C.) 

Maud Foster . 700 E. Fourteenth St., Minneapolis, Minn. 

Louie Strong Taylor (Mrs. E. A.) Park City, Utah 

Cora Bollinger-Block (Mrs. Louis) 

1416 Rock Island St., Davenport, la. 

Alice Bartlett-Bruner (Mrs. Murray T.) 
203 Fifth St., Aurora, III 



Alpha — Lombard College . 

Beta — Iowa Weslevan University 

Gamma — Mt. Union College 

De/ta—Bethany College 

Epsilon — University of South Dakota 

Zeta— Wittenberg College . 

Eta — Syracuse University, 

Tbeta — University of Wisconsin 

Iota — University of West Virginia . 

Kappa — University of Illinois . 

Alliance Alumnae 

Mt, Pleasant Alumnae 

Galesburg, 111. 

Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Alliance, O. 

Bethany, W. Va, 

Vermillion, S. Dak, 

Springfield, O. 

Syracuse, N. Y. 

Madison, Wis. 

Morgantown, W. Va, 

. Champaign, 111. 

. Alliance, O. 

Mt. Pleasant, la. 



President— ELtLA Boston-Leib (Mrs. J. R.), Alpha, 1271 W. 
Washington street, Springfield, 111. 

Vice-President and Historian— hoRUiiA Grange, Epsilon, Brit- 
ton, South Dakota. 

Secretary— Mary Emily Kay, Gamma, 75 South Union ave- 
nue, Alliance, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mary Power, Beta, Bloomfield, Iowa 

Btf/tor— Bertha G. Cleveland, Eta, Sayville, L. I. 



Bertha G. Cleveland Sayville, N. Y. 

Associate Editoi 
Gertrude E. Wright, . 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Business Manager 
Dora G. Lock wood, . 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 


A/pAa— Bessie Williamson, .... Galesburg, 111. 
Seta— Edith Van Cise, .... Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gamma— Blanche Whitla, Alliance, O. 

De/ta— Helen TiNSLEY, .... Bethany, West Va. 
Fps//oxi— Ethel Richardson, Vermillion, South Dak. 

2eta— Mabel Bracher, Springfield, O. 

JSta— Nan E. Prussia, 707 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— Bertha Davis, 220 W. Gilman street, Madison, Wis. 
iota- Bertha Sbhth, Morganton, West Va. 

iTappa- Winifred Campbell, 405 E. Green St., Champaign, 111. 
Aliance il/umna?— Mildred Tucker, Alliance, O. 

Mt. Pleasant Alumnse—hovisn Singer, Mt. Pleasant, la. 


Syracuse University has been rapidly growing during the 
last two years, and many new buildings are in process of con- 
struction on the campus. 

The registration for 1905-6 shows an attendance of nearly 
two thousand, eight hundred students, over two hundred in 
the faculties, and a graduating class of three hundred. Syra- 
cuse University has more Liberal Arts students than any other 
College in the State and more teachers in the public schools of 
the State than has any other college. 

The campus now contains 98 acres. There has been recently 
purchased a most beautiful plot of ground of 14 acres, just 
across the avenue from the campus. On it there is situated an 
historical castle of Norman architecture, which would cost to 
build over $200,000. This building is to be remodeled during 
the summer and used next year as a Teacher's College. The 
castle is surrounded by large trees; there are rustic bridges 
and charming nooks, all adding to the picturesqueness of the 

John D. Archbold of New York, the President of the Board 
of Trustees, is untiring in his efforts for the advancement of 
Syracuse University. Excavations were begun a year ago for 
a stadium, the gift of Mr. Archbold. It is to be of classic style, 
in the form of an ampitheatre. The cost is not yet known. 
Only one other stadium in the United States will seat 15,000 
and will accommodate 20,000, as this one will have capacity 
to accommodate. 

During the past week. Chancellor Day signed a contract for 
the construction of a men's dormitory, also the g^ft of John D. 
Archbold. This is the first structure of its kind to be erected 
on the campus. It is to have 208 feet frontage, with a project- 
ing angle of 108 feet. There will be two hundred rooms in four 
stories and a basement. The dining hall will seat over two 
hundred men and the culinary department will be conducted 




after the fashion of a good hotel. The building is to be fire 
proof, with concrete floors and iron stairways. The cost, with 
furnishings, will be $150,000. It will be ready for occupancy 
by the beginning of the next college year. 

One of the best additions to our University is partly com- 
pleted. It is a library, the gift of Andrew Carnegie. It has 
150 feet front and is 160 feet deep. This library will accom- 
modate half a million books. There will be a large reading 
room, about twenty seminar rooms, and a suitable room for 
the School of Library Economics. The cost is $150,000, beside 

Well under way in construction is a Mechanical Laboratory 
for the College of Applied Science, the gift of Lyman C. Smith, 
the founder of this college. Its size is 215 by 54 feet, it has 
three floors, and the cost is $100,000. 

The late John Lyman of Syracuse bequeathed money for a 
Hall of Natural History, which is partly constructed. The size 
is 150 by 160 feet, it has four floors above the basement, and 
is to cost over $200,000. 

Last but not least, is a Chemical Laboratory, the need of 
which has been greatly felt for many years. Its size will be 
100 by 150 feet, it will have four floors, and the estimated cost 
is $100,000. 

During a period of twelve years. Chancellor Day has con- 
tracted for fourteen new buildings, and he tells us that he in- 
tends to contract for twelve more, yes, twenty more, during 
the next twelve years. 

Gertrude E, Wright, Eta 



To most eastern people, the thought of living in Utah would 
be most displeasing, even repellent. Its Mormon taint and its 
newness have created prejudices against the State, which only 
a real testing of its merits can dispel. But life in the Salt Lake 
valley is a pleasant surprise, from its wonderful mountains and 
interesting capitol, to the peculiar people who have changed 
arid plains to marvelously productive gardens. 

I imagine anyone coming here, as I did, straight from the 
wooded Catskills would, at first sight of Utah's mountains, 
experience somewhat of a shock, not of disappointment but 
rather a sensation of surprise. Their bold, rugged heights are 
startling; and one instinctively longs for the eastern moun- 
tains with their exquisite, refined beauty. In fact, to me the 
Catskill mountains seem as the finished picture; those huge 
piles, the reality from which the artist drew his picture. But 
this is only a first impression. On looking again and again, 
the ever-changing colors, the purpureal glow, about which 
poets talk, the gorgeous sunset and sunrise hues upon them, 
compel the explanation, "They may not be as beautiful as the 
mountains of our eastern land, but they are grander ; they are 
glorious!" To see them, snow capped, completely encircling 
the valley as a patriarchal wall of protection, gives one the sense 
of a kind Providence, a great Guardian Spirit, and a continuous 
delight and inspiration. And that early lack of appreciation is 
soon forgotten in an ever increasing love. 

But these mountains have a material as well as a spiritual 
value. They are the gatherers and distributors of the water 
supply. They are snow covered except for a few weeks in sum- 
mer, and it is the melting of this snow that makes possible the 
productiveness and verdure of the valley. Then , too, they are the 
custodians of the State's wealth, its great mineral resources. 
They hold millions in embryo, while stakes, marks of claims and 
working mines dot their sides. So it is not only their magni- 




tude and arrangement, but also their commercial value that 
suggests The Great Giver. 

Salt Lake City, situated in the heart of the valley enclosed 
by these mountains, is usually pronounced by tourists a beau- 
tiful city. And it is beautiful when one becomes accustomed 
to its kind of beauty. It is a city of straight lines and angles, 
and seems at first too regular to be especiallj' attractive. The 
unvarying regularity of its streets and the straightness of its 
poplars — Utah's almost only shade and ornamental tree — rob 
one of any surprises. But the second impression is happier. 
The streets are extremely broad and have streams of sparkling 
running water on each side. Then the trees, although stiff and 
straight, are wonderfully fitting to the landscape. And after 
all, and best of all. Salt Lake City is individual; one would not 
change it to eastern ideas. A large part of its charm is its abso- 
lutely western structure and atmosphere. 

The city contains many reminders of a worse day, a time 
when polygamy was publicly practiced. — It is still secretly 
carried on. For instance, the state superintendent of schools 
spends much time skulking- with his various wives. — One old 
house, with seven street doors and seven gables, where the 
seven wives of a former Mormon lived, may yet be seen. The 
Lion House, the home of Brigham Young's wives, and the palace 
of his favorite wife are in good repair. The city square also is 
still adorned by Brigham Young's statue. This statue, with 
one hand stretched out to the east for God's help, yet its back 
towards God's temple, has not lost its significance, in that 
Brigham now stands with his back to the church and his hand 
open toward the city bank. 

But the chief Mormon features of the city are the temple 
and tabernacle. These are not particularly imposing structures, 
although they are, of course, wonderful buildings as no nails or 
bolts were used in their construction and because of the years 
of toil they represent. Tourists are allowed to enter the taber- 
nacle, only, for the temple is kept sacred to the saints. — The 
Mormons call themselves Latter Day Saints. — The tabernacle 
is in the shape of a huge cocoon, built entirely of wood, and 
was achieved, as mentioned above, without the use of either 
nails or bolts. It is bare, even crude, inside and out. It has, 



however, unsurpassed acoustic properties and contains an 
organ that has but one equal in the world. To hear this organ 
is a rare treat. The **Vox Humana" is exquisite, ravishing. 
For the sake of the organ music, one would never tire of visit- 
ing the Mormon tabernacle. 

Salt Lake, the city's chief pleasure resort, is unique. The 
pictures of tourists, sitting on the lake, holding sunshades and 
reading, are not an exaggeration. In fact, it is much easier to 
sit on the water than to walk in it, and one sees many amus- 
ing episodes of preverse feet insisting on sticking up instead of 
down. To me, the water is too salt for pleasure bathing and 
the pavilion is far from an attractive place. As a curiosity, 
however, Salt Lake will always command interest. 

To the Mormons who have made tillable the land of Utah, 
great credit belongs . Of course they have had a glorious climate 
to aid them, but the task of elaborate irrigation has been labor- 
ious. Yet after they have accomplished so great a feat, when 
there is plenty of water, when much of their land produces sixty 
bushels of wheat to the acre, they have not learned how to /ire. 
Most of them were originally European peasants, people of the 
soil. Mormons practices have not tended to increase their in- 
telligence and since conveniences were unknown to the life in 
which they were reared, it is not a great wonder that, despite 
opportunities for betterment, they are blind to the comforts of 
life. To the gentile coming out here, these people are a con- 
stant source of surprise. Their ways of living, their lack of am- 
bition and American activity, and their ignorance of the finer 
things and instincts of life are at times appalling. And yet 
they are not so much deserving of censure when their source is 
considered, and when one remembers the isolation from civiliza- 
tion this valley formerly afforded. But progress is on foot. In 
Utah, probably more than in any other state of the union, an 
Americanizing of Europeans is going on. The schools are good, 
the city schools excellent; and since Mormonism cannot live 
where there is a high standard of education, Utah has every 

It would be an inexcusable oversight, if in speaking of Mor- 
mons one failed to mention "Utah's best crop," namely, babies. 
This is a tourist joke laden with fact. Babies can be counted 




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per acre just as sugar beets ; and many of their little faces are 
quite as expressionless as the article of commerce. The sight 
of parents with their more than numerous offspring is so com- 
mon that it soon ceases to be amusing. The thought of the 
homes into which they are crowded, and of their lives that sel- 
dom seem to become worth while is replete with pathos. And 
one devoutly wishes that **Utah*s best crop " might have more 
of quality and less of quantity. 

In closing I would say that, with the mountains about us 
with their ever changing colors, their shifting of light and 
shade, in easy access to Salt Lake City, in the midst of a pecu- 
liar people, life in Utah is far from dull. Besides these interests, 
there is an indescribable something in the great west that gets 
hold of one, a sense of freedom and bigness. Utah is free and 
big and as they say out here, ** God's country, in which it is a 

joy to live." 

Mabel Taylor Campbelly Gamma 



Alpha Xi Delta is especially interested in the scholarship of 
her girls. It is true that the earnest, conscientious student has 
much less time for the social side of life than has the girl who 
has neither the function nor the spirit of the student ; and the 
flower that springs up immediately, because it has no depth of 
earth, has more time to blossom and to charm because it has 
not wasted itself in rooting. But when the sun is up — what 

Sorority life, as all life, has its outside and its inside, its 
superficial things, and its depths, its flowers and its roots. The 
uninitiated are interested only in the outside, the superficial, the 
visible flower. To them the sorority is an organization which 
promises a girl a certain " advancement in life." And they are 
right, provided only they give to this ** advancement in life " its 
true meaning. But too often they make " advancement in life " 
mean '* becoming conspicuous in life." And, of course, one way 
to become conspicuous is **to get into good society," or rather, 
not to get there, nor even to be there, but to be seen there. 

And I wonder if it can be said of any of us who have pledged 
loyalty to Alpha Xi Delta, that ** the want to get into good 
society not that we may have it, but that we maybe seen in it; 
and our notion of its goodness depends primarily on its conspic- 
uousness? " If this betrueweneedmakenomoreof scholarship. 
Such an evanescent, fruitless flower needs no rooting. But if 
the charge is false ; if we are, indeed, seeking true advancement 
in life ; if our desire to get into good society is only that our 
friends may be true, and our companions wise, because we real- 
ize that **in proportion to the earnestness and discretion with 
which we choose both, will be the general chances of our happi- 
ness and usefulness ; " then, of the sincerity of such desire, what 
better test can be had than the promptitude and aptitude with 
which we seek the scholarship that procures for us an entrance 


into the society of the great and leamedof every age and clime? 
But all this is chiefly of the outside, the superficial, the flower. 
What dare we say of the inside, ths hidden things, the rootings? 
What has her scholarshiptodo with the faithfulness of an Alpha 
Xi Delta girl to the ideals hidden away in her heart ? Much 
every way. But the sacredness of these ideals makes it neces- 
sary for every girl to make her own investigation and decision. 
To help her in this investigation, will you let me quote at 
length from Ruskin ? In fact, it was a recent reading of Ruskin's 
" Sesame and Lilies " that helped in the formation of a large 
proportion of whatever thought you may find in this article. 
And he says just what I want to say in so much better way 
than I can say it that I am sure you will be glad to hear him : 
" It is of no moment as a matter of pride or perfectness in her- 
self, whether a woman knows many languages or one ; but it is 
of the utmost, that she should be able to show kindness to a 
stranger, and to understand the sweetness of a stranger's tongue. 
It is of no moment to her own worth or dignity that she should 
be acquainted with this science or that; but it is of the highest, 
that she should be trained in habits of accurate thought; and 
that she should understand the meaning, the inevitableness of 
natural laws. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ It is of little consequence how many 
positions of cities she knows, or how many dates of events, or 
how many names of celebrated persons, — it is not the object of 
education to turn a woman into a dictionary ; but it is deeply 
necessary that she should be taught to enter with her whole 
personality into the history she reads ; to picture the passages 
of it vitally in her own imagination; to apprehend, with her fine 
instincts, the pathetic circumstances and dramatic relations, 
which the historian too often eclipses by his reasoning, and dis- 
conneets by his argument ; it is for her to trace the hidden equi- 
ties of divine reward, and catch sight, through the darkness, of 
the fatefril threads of woven fire that connect error with its re- 
tribution. But, chiefly of all, she is to be taught to extend the 
limits of her sympathy with respect to that history which is 
being forever determined, as the moments pass in which she 
draws her peaceful breath ; and to the contemporary calamity 
which, were it rightly mourned by her, would recur no more 


What, indeed, bnt reason can determine what is tme? Will 
yon believe me, to find the truth or falsity of any proposition 
which life may present, requires the same quality of reasoning 
as is required to prove the truth or falsity of a proposition in 
geometry. Righteous judgment is possible only to those who 
are able io sift and weigh evidence. The friendship to which 
our association pledges us implies discipline, is, itself, disciplin- 
ary, and needs a girl who knows what discipline means. In 
short, every loyal Alpha Xi Delta seeks **to fill her mind with 
knowledge and thoughts which tend to confirm its natural in- 
stincts of justice, and refine its natural tact of love." 

Drusilla V. Perrin Johnson, Iota 



It might have been the added weight of antiquity we felt 
after the Jubilee, or possibly it was 'a mere freak of an idle hour, 
that inspired the class of 1905 to promulgate a ready-made 
body of tradition for the guidance of freshmen and sophomores. 
"We have," they argued, "no body of underclass, tradition, 
such as eastern colleges have. Let us make one." Whereat, 
with true western enterprise, one was made. 

And now, no freshman, except he be a wearer of the ** W," 
may appear upon the streets of Madison carrying a cane, 
smoking a pipe, or topped with " any derby or stiff hat what- 
ever," on any occasion save only prom night. Moreover, no 
frieshman or sophomore may under any circumstances sit upon 
the fence in front of the gym. The fence in question scarcely 
looks like a comfortable resting place, but since it is tabooed for 
underclassmen, there is longing among them for the time when 
they in their turn shall perch on the two-inch iron cylinder that 
forms the top rail, and look down upon the sophs and freshies. 

Another tradition we have — one that has established itself 
in spite of us — arose out Lake Mendota's reiterated call for a 
member of the senior class, so that since the last victim, three 
years ago, it has been unwritten law that no senior, in the 
spring of his final year, go upon Mendota in row-boat or sail- 
boat. Superstition ? Yes. And doubtless a skilled mathema- 
tician could demonstrate it to us bv the law of chance. But 
when, year after year, by some curious coincidence, that siren 
Mendota has claimed — so it seems — a sacrifice, always shortly 
before commencement, and always from the senior class, do you 
wonder at the strength of the tradition ? 

Pleasant traditions we have, as well as sad ones ; traditions 
for upperclassmen as well as underclassmen woven in and about 
the Hill and the lakes. Naturally, we think ours an ideal uni- 
versity site, with its Hill, and the drives, and the three lakes — 
Memdota, Monona, and Wingra. To be sure, when we are 
breathlessly trying to make an eight o'clock, up the long side 


of the Hill, in three minutes instead of five; or when, in winter, 
the Hill is smooth with ice, and we know not which side of the 
upper campus we least dread, since it is as humiliating to slip 
down in front of the law building — where in fulfillment of an- 
other tradition, the '' Laws " hang out of the windows to laugh 
at unfortunate ** co-eds " — as it is to fall on the other side where 
the Engineers hold forth ; when such things happen, we often 
wish that the Hill was not a hill at all. But when spring comes, 
with the larches and oaks and elms just leafing out, we forget 
the winter's mishaps, and thank the forethoughtful men of early 
days who set our light of learning on a hill in the midst of this 
little lake region of ours. 

Among the traditional spots on the lakes there are Picnic 
Point, Maple Bluffs, and Esther Beach, all with the reminiscent 
glamour of bygone picnics lingering about them. Even before 
your first trip, you feel you know the place; and after the second 
time, you think of the Point, the Bluffs, or the Beach as an old 
friend — one you have known always. 

Picnic Point, a long, thin line running: out into Mendota, 
sparsely scattered with trees, seems, when you catch it between 
you and the sunset, a hit for a painter's brush. Perhaps quite as 
renowned in local fame, although not as picturesque, is Middle- 
ton — doubtless every co-educational institution has its Mid- 
dleton — traditional little town, a convenient number of miles 
away, where prom parties may dine, and spring couples sup, 
with a moonlight drive on the return journey. One's education, 
says tradition, is incomplete if it does not include at least one 
trip to Middleton. 

Of course, we do other things besides picnic on the Point, 

drive to Middleton, and lie in wait for offending underclassmen, 

but most of us do a little — some of us a great deal — toward 

preserving the traditions. 

Marion E. Ryan, Tbeta 


The commercial expansion of the past two generations has 
left its stamp upon the people of the present. The confidence 
which a man reposes in his fellows is valued not so much in the 
abstract as it is in a requisite to business success ; ambition is 
expressed not so much in military exploits as in business enter- 
prises ; and devotion to a purpose is most characteristically ex- 
emplified by business ** hustle" and **stick-to-it-iveness." Par- 
ticularly in this country are the standards of life expressed in 
business terms. This was the conclusion which Mr. James 
Bryce reached after his recent visit to America. 

To call this a commercial nation has usually been regarded 
as equivalent to a severe judgment upon it. This has been to 
ignore the difference between the outward manifestations of a 
spirit and the spirit itself. Commercial activity has been con- 
fused with materialism. As a matter of fact, there are many 
signs which indicate that behind this immense development of 
industry, commerce, and finance there is a genuine idealism. In 
particular, religious idealism is evident. This commercial period 
has compassed the establishment and growth of three of the 
most remarkable religious orders of all time — the Salvation 
Army, the Young Men's Christian Association, and the Young 
People's Society of Christian Endeavor. Of these three, one 
was planted and two have found most fertile soil in this com- 
mercial nation. This period and country have shown their 
character, moreover, by responding to that severest of all tests 
of religious idealism-the summons to engage in foreign mis- 
sions. Never was the response to this summons more emphatic 
than at present. In witness to the truth of that statement is 
the Student Volunteer Movement. 

Twenty years ago Mr. Dwight L. Moody invited some col- 
lege students to Northfield to spend a few weeks in the study 
of the Bible. Out of the gathering of two hundred and fifty 
students there has come this movement. Originally simply an 
unorganized body of men with a common purpose, it is now an 


incorporated body. Those who make this declaration, "It is 
my purpose, if God permit, to become a foreign missionary/' 
are known as the Student Volunteers. The organization does 
not sent out missionaries ; the Volunteers all go out under their 
own denominational boards. Allied with this purpose of enlist- 
ing recruits for the service is that of promoting in the home land 
an intelligent knowledge and interest concerning the subject of 
foreign missions. 

Some conception of the extent of this movement may be 
gathered from the following facts : Up to the beginning of this 
year almost three thousand volunteers had sailed for the foreign 
field ; one thousand of these have gone in the last four years. 
Text-books on missions have been prepared, and twelve thous- 
and students in our colleges in over one thousand groups are 
studying the subject under highly qualified men. It is safe to 
say that never before have so many men gone forth from our 
colleges with so broad a view of the forces working for and 
against the regeneration of the world. 

Once in a "student generation," that is, four years, the Stu- 
dent Volunteers hold a convention. The latest, held at Nash- 
ville, was marked by a characteristic spirit of earnestness and 
idealism. There is something convincingly genuine about the 
words uttered in a convention whose members are ready to 
back up their faith by voluntary exile. The confidence which, 
directed to one end, gives security to commence was at Nash- 
ville a faith in the ultimate world-wide prevalence of the influ- 
ence and principles of Christ; ambition, which drives some men 
into constructing great industries, was there the impulse to 
have a part in bringing that dominion to pass ; and devotion 
to a purpose, which is the secret of success in commercial enter- 
prise, was there manifest in the determination of those four 
thousand delegates thus expressed to make known to all the 
world "in this generation " the Good News. 

The Good News is something more than the propaganda of 
a doctrine; it is a message that is told in lives of service to men. 
That message is conveyed in curing the sick by medical missions ; 
and in spreading good will among peoples by missionaries of 
statesmanlike stature, such as Dr. Arthur H. Smith of China, 
Bishop Brent, of the Philippines, and Rev. Robert Hume, of 


India. The testimony of Sir Mortimer Darand, the British Am- 
bassador, to the high service of high missionaries in the Bast 
as he knew it at first hand, as well as his estimate of the deli- 
cacy and importance of their task, did not too greatly empha- 
size the variety of gifts which can and ought to be employed in 
foreign missions. The Student Vounteer Movementisanunder- 
taking to bring into the service of foreign missions men of the 
highest training as well as religious earnestness. Its success is 
not only a promise that foreign missions are to have a larger 
and more beneficent eflect upon the world than ever, but also 
a revelation of the latent spiritual power and religious idealism 
of this commercial but not materialistic people. — [Copied from 
" The Outlook " with the permission of its editors. 


The Inter-Sorority Conference wishes to establish the Wo- 
man's Social Service League wherever possible, as we know 
from the eflforts in that direction at our late conference in Chi- 
cago. There has seemed to be so much uncertainty and con- 
fusion in the minds of some, as to just what a league should 
stand for and do, that Mrs. Lieb, the Secretary of the Pan- 
Hellenic Association, aided by Miss Wheeler of Kappa Kappa 
Gamma, has formulated the following sample constitution to 
famish a simple working plan : 


Article I— Name. 

This organization shall be known as the Woman's League of 
the of. 

Article II— Object. 

Section 1. The object of this League shall be to promote a 
fellowship among the women students of the University, irre- 
spective of department, to increase their sense of responsibility 
toward one another, to establish friendly relations between the 
faculty women and women students, and to be a medium by 
which the social standards of the University can be made and 
kept high. 

Section 2 . A special object of the League shall be to organize 
upper class women in such a way that systematic work may be 
done each year in welcoming and aiding incoming women. 

Article III— Membership. 

Section 1. The following shall be eligible to membership in 
this League : 

a. All women students. 

b. All women members of the facultv. 

c. All faculty wives. 


Section 2. Any woman eligible to membership may become 
a member of the League upon the payment of the regular dues. 

Article IV—Dues. 

Section 1. Memberships may be granted or renewed upon 
the payment of twenty-five cents. The same to be payable at 
the beginning of the college year. 

Article V—O&cers and Duties of 0£Scers. 

Section 1. The officers of the League shall be: President, 
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. They shall be elected 
by ballot at the May meeting. 

Section 2. The President, who shall serve through her Senior 
year, shall preside at all meetings of the League and Council. 

Section 3. The Vice-President shall assist the President and 
preside in her absence. 

Section 4. The Secretary shall keep all records of the League 
and file the reports. 

Section 5. The Treasurer shall have in charge all funds of 
the League and shall deposit the same in some bank approved 
by the Council. All orders on the Treasurer shall be signed by 
the President. 

Article VI— Council 

Section 1 . The officers of the League, together with certain 
class and faculty representatives, shall constitute a Council of 
eighteen, which shall have general supervision of the work of 
the League, and present a report at the annual meeting in May, 
and at such other meetings as the President shall direct. 

Section 2. The following class representatives shall be 
elected by ballot at the May meeting : Four from the Junior 
class, three from the Sophomore class, two from the Freshman 
class. At least one representative from each class except Fresh- 
man shall have previously served on the Council. 

Section 3. These Council members (Section 1 and 2), shall 
elect five representatives from among the faculty women. Two 
of whom shall have previously served on the Council. 


Article VII— Social Li& of the League, 

Section 1. There shall be a reception during the month of 
October tendered to all women of the college. 

Section 2. Groups composed of one or two faculty women, 
two Seniors, three Juniors, four Sopomores, five Freshmen, or 
in like proportion, may meet once a month during the college 
year for an informal afternoon or evening, time and place to be 
at the pleasure of each group. All names are to be chosen by 
ballot of the Council once or twice a year. 

Section 3. All business meetings shall be at the call of the 

Article VIII— Quorum, 

One-third of the members of the League shall constitute a 
quorum for the transaction of business. 

Article IX— Amendments, 

A majority vote of two-thirds of the membership shall be 
required for the amendment of this constitution. 


It IS at the time of her initiation into a sorority, that the 
novice first feels the sacredness of the oath and the duties which 
it entails. It is the first oath, the first initiation through which 
she has ever passed. It is a ceremony, by her, never to be for- 
gotten. No matter what secret organization she may join in 
after life; there is never anything suflSciently impressive to take 
the place of that sacred and beautiful ritualistic ceremony of 
the introduction into fraternity life. She has taken upon her- 
self obligations, duties and responsibilities. She has promised 
to give her best, untiring efforts for the support of the sorority. 
What has the sorority promised for her ? What is its aim ? 

The advancement of the civilization of the world is due, to a 
large extent, to fraternal relations which now exist. The age 
of "live and let live" has come. Witness the great fraternal 
organizations constantly increasing in number and member- 
ship. They exist in all walks of life and are educating the peo- 
ple in the benefit that co-operation and fraternal association 
can render the needy and unfortunate as well as teaching, that : 

True worth is in being, not seeming 

In doing each day that goes by 
Some little good — not in dreaming 
' Of great things to do by and by. 

For whatever men may say in business, 
And in spite of the fancies of youth. 

There is nothing so kingly as kindness 
And nothing so royal as truth. 

It is for such a purpose that the sorority finds a reason for 
her existence. She is teaching young women at an early and 
formative period of their lives, the nobility of character and 
the necessity of true worth in its formation, together with the 
value and necessity of fraternal sympath3' and co-operation. 
In the college world the sorority is doing her part toward the 


education, encouragement and uplifting of the individual for 
her own good and the good of all. The chief aim of the soror- 
ity, then, is to develop pure, noble women — women who shall 
better the world because they have lived in it. When young 
women are stimulated to higher ideals and nobler ambitions 
for themselves and the race, the sorority's purpose is fulfilled. 

I cannot read your minds, but I can tell you what is in my 
own. I frankly say that from the time I first heard the im- 
pressive, ritualistic ceremony accompanying my initiation into 
Alpha Xi Delta, I have never forgotten that the purity, honor 
and glory of the sorority is entrusted into my keeping. That 
thought has been my strength. Accompanying it, whenever I 
have attained success or accomplished any good, down in mN* 
heart, although unspoken, has been the further thought, that I 
have, in a small measure at least, proven myself a worthy sister 
and added some lustre to the sorority. If these thoughts ani- 
mate and inspire you and other sorority girls, as I know they 
must, then indeed is the work of the sorority a glorious one in 
the upbuilding of character and the attainment of a higher 
standard of better living. 

It was said in olden time, to account for rare flowers that 
the angels came to earth and where they had trod, beautiful 
flowers sprang up to mark the place. And so with the sorority, 
where her presence has touched the college world, rare and 
beautiful flowers have sprung up — flowers of sympathy, kind- 
ness — love. So it has been in the past, is now and will be in the 
future. I say, ** Long live all sororities, and long live Alpha Xi 


Hazel MoiBtt, Alpha Chapter 


** O, what is so rare as a day in June. 
Then, if ever, come perfect days, 
Then heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, 
And over it gently her warm ear lays 
And whether we look or whether we listen. 
We hear life murmur or see it glisten." 

Yes, it was a typical June day, fall of life and beauty, a day 
that made one long to get out of the city and, care free, to 
wander on into the country fields and woods. 

In a New England city, far from her home was a girl, young 
and beautiful, the possessor of a face that rivaled that morn- 
ing. Dorothy, for thus we shall call her, was hnishing her first 
year of teaching, after the completion of a college course which 
had covered four joyous years. 

On this particular Saturday morning she rose early and 
running to the window looked out to see the sun beaming 
kindly down from a clear sky. Delighted by the idea of a long, 
faappy day, she dressed in haste and set out with light steps, 
for was not this day all her own to be spent in the country. 
Having taken a car which carried her beyond the city limits, 
she wandered on, filled with rapture at the green fields, the 
leafy trees and the springing flowers. And now, as she strolled 
along, wrapped in thought, she went back in memory to her 
happy college days. Once again, as in a dream, she saw the 
girls, one and all so dear, the dear old chapter house with all its 
scenes of joy. And then how she wondered and let her fancy 
play ! She tried to imagine the new girls, she longed to see the 
old friends and sisters, to talk to them, if only for a moment. 
Anon she hummed a tune. Sister catch the words, for it was, 
•' Alpha Xi Delta, we do bring the love and praise 
Glad memories of thee ere shall cheer our ways." 

As she was thus lost to the world about her, her steps grew 
slower until she had been long in the world of fancy, she looked 
up suddenly; to see that the sky was dark and a storm close 
upon her. Par ahead, through an old orchard, she saw a house 
toward which she made her way. On nearer approach she saw 
that no smoke curled from the chimney. This house was a low 
lying, spacious farm house, on whose gabled roof and weather 


beaten sides the moss had gathered. The low hanging eaves 
shaded bare windows, which looked out from a bleak and 
empty interior. She crossed a field and passed through a gate 
which creaked on its rusty hinges as she opened it. The rain 
which now fell in large drops made her hasten her steps to the 
porch from which she looked about her. 

From the house, on one side, the ground sloped down to a 
noisy brook which went babbling along over the stones. Cresses 
grew on its margin, and here and there willows overhung the 
stream. Half way down the slope was the well, one of the old 
fashioned kind which we think of as containing the old oaken 
bucket, and indeed the curb was green with moss. Around the 
house, in tangled profusion, grew a garden. The pathways 
was overgrown, the weeds grew among the flowers, but these 
flowers were of the dear old fashioned kind that grandma 
tells about. Bachelor buttons were there, primroses growing 
among thorns, phlox, southernwood, mignonette and lady slip- 
pers in twisted profusion ; the small pink and old fashioned rose 
were not forgotten. 

The rain half ceasing, Dorothy looked up to see through the 
sparkling drops a rainbow with great arch spanning the sky. 
She looked and looked again and then cried out in amazement, 
for as she gazed it changed. One by one the colors grew dim, 
all except three which, perhaps by contrast, seemed to grow 
more brilliant and spread until at last they stood forth bright 
and clear, a rainbow of dark blue fading into the most delicate 
sky blue, while the yellow and orange blending formed a band 
of gold. 

No wonder that she cried out, for were not these colors, in 

that bow of promise, those of her own dear Alpha Xi Delta? 

Was not this a promise, and that from God above, that Alpha 

Xi Delta shall go on growing and spreading, keeping its own 

beloved principles, until it shall reach like this bow of promise 
from shore to shore. Then it faded, and as she slowly walked 
through the garden she plucked a single pink rose which grew 
there and lovingly placed it in her golden hair. 

As she walked homeward, her heart in tune with nature, she 
thanked God for that day, her Alpha Xi Delta day as she still 
calls it, and still more for dear old Alpha Xi Delta. 

Elaine Putnam , Eta. 


The May Alpha Xi Delta goes to press too soon to contain 
any account of the varions ways in which its chapters will ob- 
serve April seventeenth, Founders' Day. 

In several chapters this has been made a gift day, when 
active and alumnse members may have the pleasant opportun- 
ity to give their chapters birthday presents. 

A favorite method of celebration seems to be the presentation 
of a play by the two lower classes for the possible edification, 
and the certain amusement of the seniors and juniors in their 
chapter. In turn, the upper classmen give the properly serious 
tone to the afternoon or evening by reading the chapter and 
sorority histories and by paying fitting respects to our foun- 
ders. Alpha Xi Delta's youthful years happily avert sadness 
firom these occasions, for our eulogies concerning chapter mem- 
bers are not yet turned to elegies. 

But one of our founders, Frances Cheney, has been removed 
from us by death. In her case ** it were too late to praise." To 
her name we will pay sad and tender tribute on Founders' Day; 
but to the rest we will gladly accord both praise and gratitude 
for the efforts which have made possible the helpful associations 
which we enjoy in Alpha Xi Delta. Eta 



At the last national convention of Alpha Xi Delta it was 
decided to hold the next convention in the fall of nineteen hun- 
dred six. This decision was subject to the will of the Grand 
Committee. It seems advisable to the committee to change the 
date for convention to a year from the time decided upon at 
Mt. Pleasant. Doubtless all chapters of Alpha Xi Delta will, 
upon consideration, see that the action of the Grand Committee 
is wise, and will welcome the announcement that the next con- 
vention will be held at Morgan town, West Va., in the latter 
part of the year nineteen hundred seven. 


The examination questions for this year's use in Alpha Xi 
Delta have been sent to each chapter president. It is hoped 
that the results of these will be satisfactory. 


The Song Book Committee is not satisfied with the number 
of songs they arc receiving. Will the chapters try to attend 
more earnestly to this demand? Send all songs to Theresa K. 
Tobin, Richfield Springs, New York. After June twentieth, Miss 
Tobin's address will be 117 College Place, Syracuse, New York. 




It is asked, "Does our Sorority do for us what it aims to 
do? " Yes and no. Just how much a sorority association can 
do for a girl depends upon several things — the girl herself, her 
attitude toward the sorority and that of the girls with whom 
she affiliates toward her, toward their organization and to- 
ward the outside world generally. 

Primarily, however, it rests with the girl herself. No matter 
ho^w noble the sorority ideals, nor how unselfishly^ loyal to 
them and to each other the chapter girls may be, if the girl her- 
self comes with only a selfish idea of what it will **do" for her — 
merely for the good time or social advancement it may bring 
her,— she will gain little permanent good by the association. 

Soritity life is like everything else, good and beautiful and 
true. The more we are willing to give the more we receive. 
The girl who takes up her sorority life with the honest endeavor 
to be worthy of it, who tries to bring its ideals into her daily 
life, who feels herself responsible before the world for the repu- 
tation of her sorority as regards dignity, courtesy, kindliness 
and all the various little refinements of life, who is willing to do 
her best for it through good days and evil and is loyal to it and 
to her sister members under all circumstances, will find in it a 
wealth of precious associations and a world of meaning that 
cannot but influence her whole life. Epsilon. 


One of the most important duties which devolves upon the 
members of a sorority, is the duty toward its journal. There 
is a certain standard to which the journal should be raised and 
kept, regardless of other sorority publications. Alpha Xi Delta, 
in its own realm, should look to the best interests and highest 
ideals along this line. Oftentimes the work is neglected, with 
the thought that other things are of more importance. 


The journal gives life and strength to each chapter, and it 
keeps them in touch with one another in social, as well as bus- 
iness matters. Each individual member owes a certain loyalty 
to the journal, the same as to the sorority itself. 

The journal is exactly what the sorority makes it, according 
to the interest taken and the effort put forth. Let us devote 
more thoughtful attention to the publication which should 
interest every member of Alpha Xi Delta. 

Maude Maiken, Beta. 


During the short time before the holidays. Kappa will be 
busily making plans for the summer. As several of our mem- 
bers will not be active next year, four numbering among the 
graduating class, our first thought is to strengthen our chap- 
ter. Disbanded, scattered and perhaps far from Illinois, we 
may yet be able to know much about the girls who are to be 
our fellow students in the (following) coming year. For these 
girls we wish to begin by making the first college days, full of 
welcome and suggestively homelike. This year we have enter- 
tained our friends in a very unconventional but decidedly en- 
joyable manner. This was done when we were scattered in 
groups which were, in some instances many blocks apart. How 
much greater would be the possibilities, if we were all in one 
place, which we could call a home ; what the delights and ad- 
vantages of such a home may be, can only be known from ex- 

To secure a chapter house for the following year will call 
forth our most willing effort. We realize immediately that this 
is decidedly a business proposition. We want to establish a 
house on a sure and economic basis, so that there will be no 
need to consider, either the means of our future members, or 
any possibility of calamity to the present. We feel confident 
that this can be done. 

First, we wish to secure a competent and congenial matron. 
Most of the linen for the sleeping rooms will be furnished by 
the members. In the many questions which must be decided 


and acted upon, concerning this work, we know we can rely 
npon onr patronesses for trusty advice. 

In these happy holidays so soon to come, Kappa's will hope 
to be remembered often by their sisters. 

Nelle W, Branchy Kappa. 


There are few things more grand and beautiful than the 
calm and persevering progress of an earnest spirit. It is only 
by reflection that we derive a just appreciation of the value of 
perseverance. When we see how much can be accomplished by 
the ability of the one who resolutely perseveres in the course of 
action adopted as a ruling purpose of their life, we then arrive 
at a just estimate of the value of perseverance as a factor in 
success. Let us know no such word as fail. By defeat we will 
gain power; diflSculty will teach the necessity of redoubled 
exertions ; danger will give us courage and the sight of great 
labors inspire in us corresponding exertions. In this way we 
will be of worth, of influence and will win the confidence of 

If we wish to win friends, we must be steady and true to 
ourselves. Opposing circumstances will create strength and 
will give us greater power of resistance. Let us set our aim 
high and resolve to remit no labor necessary for its realization, 
but cheerfully take up the trials that may come to us and carry 
them forward to a glorious result. Nellie Tribby, Beta, 


Would an exchange of sorority journals prove a benefit? 
From the standpoint of the smaller school, at least, I should 
say yes, decidedly. 

One of the first and most serious difficulties that a sorority 
chapter must meet in a school where liational organizations 
are few and recently established is a lack of appreciation of 
true fraternity spirit, through lack of understanding its mean- 
ing. The new member, up to the time she joins, often has no 
very definite idea of what a national organization, as opposed 
to local, signifies. To become familiar with fi-atemity life, its 


ideas and ideals, to become imbtied with the idea of loyalty 
always, and, if need be, sacrifice for the organization whose 
colors she wears, to feel the inspiration of numbers banded to- 
gether in a common purpose, to experience the peculiar quality 
of fraternity friendships and the uplift of their high ideals, a 
girl needs, first of all, to know not only her own fraternity but 
fraternities in general, and nowhere can she so easily learn of 
other organizations, their ideas and ways, and the progress 
of their work, as in the journals where these things find ex- 

Every sorority girl, new or old, can find new inspiration and 
enthusiasm for her own sorority work, and new ideas for carry- 
ing it on, in reading the experiences and examples of other or- 
ganizations of like character and aim. Epsilon. 


As the influence and accomplishments of any organization 
are more noticeable than those of an individual, it is still as 
true that those of a band of girls are felt more than those of 
each separate one. We all know that the people around us are 
influenced by everything we do, although perhaps slightly, 
and that there is always someone who is following us as an 

Being sorority girls, we are naturally subjected more to pub- 
lic opinion than non-sorority girls, and for that reason, if none 
other, we should be very careful in every thing, in order that we 
may never bring the slighest dishonor upon the name of Alpha 
Xi Delta. 

In the first place, I think we should be most careful among 
our own sisters, as the influence exerted, especially by the older 
girls, is more keenly felt because of the close relationship and 
association. Then too, we influence the girls outside the soror- 
ity, for although they do not know what Alpha Xi Delta means 
to us, they do know that it is a true, noble organization and 
that we should conduct ourselves accordingly. 

I believe if we all fully realized the wide-spreading influence 
we have, we would strive to reach higher ideals, than we even 
now do, both individually and as a sorority. 

Roberta O^Bannon^ Delta. 


Since our last issue, two grand officers have asked for an 
editorial concerning promptness on the part of chapter officers, 
especially secretaries. That fact in itself constitutes enough of a 
plea for the cultivation of this quality. If chapter officers real- 
ized how much they inconvenience and often seriously hamper 
national officers by procrastination, they would set about to 

remedy the evil, 

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We are exchanging for our chapters with journals of several 
sororities that have chapters meeting ours at different univer- 
sities and colleges. These exchanges will be sent to the chapter 
secretaries of Alpha Xi Delta. It is the duty of each chapter 
secretary to see that the different journals are placed where all 
members of the chapter may have access to them. 

We have arranged these exchanges in accordance with sug- 
gnestion two of the last Inter-Sorority Conference ; for we feel 
that if the official organs of other sororities are rightfully used 
by our own, that it will result in good to us in many respects. 
We trust it will increase our spirit as an organization, will 
make us more sympathetically interested in other sisterhoods, 
will broaden our knowledge of sororities, and will give us ideas 
tending to increase our power and usefulness. 

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Our Song Book Committee is working hard for us ; but it 
cannot bring forth an Alphn Xi Delta Song Book worthy the 
name without the co-oi^eration of every member of our sorority. 
We understand that the committee does not expect productions 
of wonderful poetical conception and skillful musical composi- 
tion ; but it would like the number of good songs which must 
be found, perhaps, as yet voiceless, in each truly spirited chapter 

of Alpha Xi Delta. 

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Although our chapter letters are faithfully written, and with 
a greater or less degree of care, some of them are a little lack- 


ing in substance as well as form. Perhaps it would be well to 
suggest that our assistant editors in these letters write of col- 
lege events, of reasonably important chapter happenings, and 
of alumnae news, as far as it is possible to obtain them. 

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The growing interest on the part of universities and colleges 
in foreign missions and in college settlement work, seems to de- 
note a movement toward making higher education of more 
efficient use in raising the moral and spiritual condition of the 
socalled lower classes. The recent Nashville convention has 
been a great factor in assisting this movement. We have gladly 
noted the interest many of our own girls have in this cause. A 
recent number of ** The Outlook " contained an instructive edi- 
torial on the Student Volunteer movement, which we obtained 
permission to copy, as it shows that the college attitude to- 
ward this subject is attracting the interest of all America. 

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We desire to extend hearty good wishes to all our graduates 
of 1906. May the commencement season with its little time of 
college honor and glory, be the beginning of lives happy because 
indeed honorable and glorious. We wish all Alpha Xi Deltas 
merry and restful vacation days. 


The "Alpha Xi Delta," acknowledges with thanks the following ex- 
changes received since January the first. 

The ShMd of Phi Kappa Psi, Kappa Alpha Theta, The Anchora of 
Delta Gamma, The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma, The Arrow of Pi Beta 
Phi, The ScroU of Phi Delta Theta, Phi Chi Fraternity Qyarierly, The 
Delta Upeilon Quarterly, The Crescent of Gamma Phi Beta, Beta Theta Pi, 
The EHeusia of Chi Omega, The Phi Cramma Delta, Themis of Zeta Tau Al- 
pha, The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delia, Desmos of Delta Sigma Delta, The 
Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, The Triangle of Sigma Sigma Signui, The Alpha 
Phi Quarterly, Kappa Alpha Journal, Trident of Delta Delta Delta. 

The March Crescent contains a charmingly informal description of the 
first chapter home built by the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. It has recently 
been erected at Madison, Wisconsin, by the Gamma Chapter of that sorority. 
The house is of the English order of architecture of wood and plaster, 
in light and dark brown. Using the sorority colors, which in this case are 
so suitable for external decoration, is a happy and unique scheme. The 
financial obligations of building were met by forming a stock company 
and selling shares mostly to members of the sorority. A few outside 
shares are being bought up by the Gamma Phis so that the house is practi- 
cally all their own. 

In the last Alpha Phi Quarterly, Iota chapter of Alpha Phi has also an 
interesting account of a house recently completed at Madison. The plan of 
raising funds was practically the same as that adopted by Gamma, of Gam- 
ma Phi Beta. The new Alpha Phi chapter house is of colonial architecture, a 
style admirably suited to a building of this kind. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, and Delta Gamma of Wisconsin 
University, all own their homes, comparatively few chapters of sororities 
are so fortunate. This progressive movement at Madison may be followed 
to advantage in other college communities. 

The February ScroUr-PiA Delta Theta— has, as a leading article a his- 
tory of the fraternity with illustrations of pioneer chapter houses and vari- 
ous badges. It was written by Walter Benjamin Palmer of Emory '77, 
Vanderbilt '80. 

What do the chapters owe to their alumni ? Respect, appreciation, fra- 
ternal devotion. This question will be chiefly discussed at the celebrations 
this year, and it would seem intensely appropriate that every chapter unite 
with its neighboring alumni in the celebration. The discussion will hardly be 


fruitful if the undergraduates do not get at first hand the lessons involved. 
There is a training greatly needed as to the duty of the chapters. Their 
alumni deserve all the appreciation and devotion that can be lavished upon 
them, and no chapter can afford to appear indifferent to them. Often the 
active members experience a timidity toward the older men that is unfor- 
tunate. They should rather importune them often to visit the chapter house, 
attend a chapter meeting or a social fimction, or to indulge in the pastime 
the most pleasing to them — relating reminiscences. We know of one chap- 
ter that treats its alumni truly as older brothers. Frequently it sends to 
them informal reports of chapter activities, a list of honors won or a lot of 
personal items. The alumni of this chapter do not look upon its regard for 
them as mercenary, but when solicited for contributions they cheerfully give 
because their hearts are kept in accord with the spirit that was written large 
in the Bond. Then the chapter owes the alumni the duty of being as strong 
and as fruitful of achievement as it possibly can be. It should first justify 
a devoted interest and then maintain an intimate relation that exemplifies 
the exalted ideals upon which the relation is based. May the discussion of 
this question bring out all these higher duties chiefly, for in them all the 
material phases are involved. 

—Editorial from *' The Scroll " of Phi Delta Theta. 

Every girl who puts herself and her best effort into her chapter life real- 
izes a great benefit and gains more than she gives. Fraternity does much 
for its members. It has accomplished wonders in ** bringing out " g^ls and 
making them more capable members of society. It drills them in loyalty 
and unselfishness. It urges on the timid and restrains the too impulsive. It 
rebukes snobbishness and teaches sisterhood. 

In the end the question narrows down to this : — have the best people in 
college a right to separate themselves even if they work for mutual advance- 
ment? In all grades of society are foimd cliques, in the neighborhood, the 
club, the church, everywhere are "sets" to which fine clothes, money or 
ancestors are often the only "Open Sesame." These have always existed 
and always will, and however dubious we are at times about fraternities, we 
will always maintain that they represent the "clique" in its highest and 
purest development. 

[The above is taken from the close of an article headed "Afterthoughta *' in " The 
Arrow" — Pi Beta Phi. The idea is old, as most ideas are; but it is set forth in a re- 
markably attractive and convincing waj.] 

There are many girls who begin their college career with no definite end 
in view. This lack of purpose is a dangerous evil. Without a fixed aim our 
energy is not concentrated and we are drawn this way and that by mere im- 
pulse. Watch two boats on the water. One leaves a crooked path as it 
drifts aimlessly along; the other guided by a firm hand, holds a straight 
course through the waves. There is a way of drifting through college, and 


there is a way of spendinfir the days so that every one counts. An aim, 
whether it be to specialize in one study, or to gain a working knowledge of 
many, should in no way narrow us. It should give us a nucleus about which 
our general knowledge may center; it should direct our effort and help to 
make life full of well-spent endeavor. ~-7%0 Key^ of Kappa Kappa Gamma, 

Every college graduate, while looking back upon days of study and pre- 
paration for life will feel the truth of these statements. 

The March Kappa Alpha Theta is an historical number, containing his- 
tories of the Grand Council and the journal, an historical resume, and 
chapter histories. 

The last number of the Shield of Phi Kappa Psi is largely given up to 
the " Fifty-third Annual Report of the Secretary of the Phi Kappa Psi Fra- 


The following articles appearing in recent fraternity publications are 
especially worthy of commendation: 

"The College Woman in Government Service."— Florence Lorraine 
Bingham in The Arrow, Pi Beta Phi. 

'* Education in the Pacific Northwest. "—Jessie Godard in The Anohora, 
Delta Ganmia. 

''The Arthurian Epic," a literary study, by Kathryn Acree, in The 
EHeuaie of Chi Omega. 

" Fraternity Idea in American Life," an address by Newton D. Baker 
before a graduate dinner at Indianapolis.— 7%« Phi Gamma Delta, 



Nothing eventful has happened for some time, but of late there has been 
much class spirit shown at Lombard. Several days ago the Freshmen fla^^ 
appeared in a conspicuous place and when the classmen came to chapel 
wearing their colors, it was taken for a signal for a class rush. 

Down on the second floor the enemies met and such a struggle ! The 
girls stood on their side of the hall and the boys fought and tore with a 
vengeance. President Fisher was absent that day, but Dean Rich went 
into their midst and sought to quiet them. 

The Alphas were entertained at lunch last Saturday, March the twenty- 
third, at the home of Mrs. F. S. Bartlett. Alice Bartlett Bruner was there 
with her little daughter Lois. 

The Alpha girls gave a progressive luncheon several weeks ago. The 
first course was served at the home of Mrs. F. W. Rich, from there we 
went to Spake 's restaurant, where the second and third courses were served, 
then to Mrs. J. W. Mitchell, and lastly to Mrs. Cullison's, a Beta Alpha Xi 
Delta girl. 

A debate takes place next Monday evening, between the Zetecalian and 
Eroeophian societies, and we girls hope to win. 

Lombard has eleven new pianos. The boys took the boxes and put them 
on top of the ladies' hall and the fire escapes of the college. President 
Fisher called the roll the next morning in chapel and each boy answered 
guilty or not guilty. It was supposed to be solemn, but the girls all 

We have about eight more weeks of school at Lombard and we are al- 
ready commencing to think about next year. Be88 WiUianiMm, 


There has been a good bit going on since our last letter to the journal, 
as you will see; but even though we don't write of much but parties, we 
have all been very busy between times. 

In the first place Axie Lute-Mitchell came back to visit her parents and 
us, in January ; so we had a chafing dish party for her at Florence Currier- 
Stephens. Every one knows what an Alpha chafing dish party means, so I 
won't need to say anything more about it. A little while later she enter- 
tained all the Alpha girls at her mother's, and we had another fine time. 

On the twelfth of February, we gave a valentine party for the ** boys," 
at Mrs. Galer's home. We had the house profusely decorated with strings 
of hearts in the Alpha colors, had candle shades and, shades for the chande- 


Hers made in the colors, which shed a soft glow over everything. Valentine 
stories were written, Alpha songs sung, and a two-course supper served by 
six of ' * our little girls. ' * 

March third, our pledges entertained the "fellows," at a "Hit or Miss" 
party in the gymnasium. The schedule was arranged by drawing names, 
and they had a net-work of threads filling the entire room, by which they 
found partners for supper. 

Friday, February 23rd, we initiated Alice Babb and Mildred Brady; and 
Mrs. Babb celebrated the fact by entertaining all the Alphas and pledges 
and gentlemen friends at her home on Alice's birthday, March 10. It was a 
surprise party and every one had a splendid time. 

Again on March 12, we were entertained. This time by the Pi Phis, 
who held a Pan-Hellenic reception at Mrs. Snider's. A contest on Frater- 
nity pins, colors and flowers was entered into during the evening. Luella 
Hightsho^, one of our girls won the prize. 

Aberta Stephens spent a week with us the last of March, during which 
time we had a spread for all the Alpha girls and pledges to meet her. 

Edith Van Cise, Beta Chapter. 


Dear Sister Chapters: 

We of Gamma send our greetings to you from hearts which feel the peace 
which comes from work accomplished, for we have finished the second quar- 
ter's examinations. By the time you read this we will be hard at work and 
planning for our Commencement festivities. 

During the term that has just passed we have initiated two very worthy 
candidates, Treva Dew^, of Massilon, Ohio, and Nellie Hawkins, of Salem, 
Ohio. We will probably have no more initiations this year but there are 
some good Alpha Xi Delta girls among our pledges and so we look forward 
to great things next year. 

We are planning a banquet for the celebration of Founder's Day, and 
hope to have several of our out of town sisters with us. 

The Mount Union Pan-Hellenic Association is at present working on a 
plan to promote greater fraternity fellowship, and if we are successful, 
we will tell you about it in some later issue. 

We were all very sorry to have one of our patronesses, Mrs. Craven, 
leave us. Before going to Cleveland, where she will reside, she entertained 
all of the Alpha Xi Delta girls and pledges. Mary Kay, in behalf of the 
girls present, presented to her our gift of remembrance, a set of Alpha Xi 
Delta spoons. 

On March 19, Gamma entertained in honor of St. Patrick. It was the 
greenest affair that has occurred in Mount Union for a long time. Every- 
thing, the invitations, the decorations, the refreshments, and the souvenirs 
were green. The company of sixty guests would probably object to being 
inchided, so we will say nothing about them except that they enjoyed the 


celebration of the Irish saint's anniversary as much as thou^rh they had all 
come from the " Emerald Isle." 

We are looking forward to the 1906 convention and are bes^inning to lay 
our plans to send a large delegation. Mildred L. Tucker. 


My Dear Sitters: 

It is with a feeling of regret that we write this last letter of the college 
year. These balmy spring days with all their joys have a tinge of sadness 
when we think of the parting to come. Delta will loose three seniors, but 
the girls who have donned the quill this year will more than make up the 

We are glad to announce two new pledges, Eola Smith and Effie BishofF. 
Since our last letter we have initiated two former pledges, May Madden and 
Bessie Osbom. 

We have been quite anxious for some time about Elizabeth Carson, who 
has been ilL She is improving, however, and we hope she may be with us 
in a short time. 

Katherine Keith writes to us frequently from Santa Barbara. She is 
very happy, yet longs often for the Delta circle. 

We are looking forward to many good times during the remainder of the 
year. The one of special importance is the annual banquet in May at which 
time we hope to have several alumnae with us. 

Delta sends greetings and best wishes for a happy vacation with renewed 
consecration to the principles of Alpha Xi Delta. 


Anna Mary Kemp, Cor, Sec. 


Epsilon comes with a greeting of double warmth because of her Febru- 
ary delinquency—for which, however, you must blame the Dead Letter Office 
whose cavernous depths, much to our r^ret, swallowed up our little offering. 

Affairs at the University of S. D. are progressing very favorably of late, 
and Epsilon feels herself much stronger than at the beginning of the year. 
Our members are still few, but we feel that each girl within our little circle 
stands for what we most desire in Alpha girls, and that unity of purpose and 
action can accomplish more for us than mere numbers. 

One of the most enjoyable events of our year was a luncheon given to 

the members of Alpha Xi Delta by Mrs. Droppers, wife of our University 

president, in honor of our home-coming members at holiday time. 

Our meetings have been especially pleasant and helpful since the begin- 
ning of the new semester, although we nave lost one sister— a charter mem- 
ber—in Mabel Richardson who left us January 27th for the University of 
Illinois. Edna Gable and Marjorie Breeden are taking up the work as en- 
thusiasticallv as we could wish, and, all things considered, our present out- 
look is very hopeful for completing a successful year and building up a solid 
foundation for next year as well. 



My de^r SUtera in Alpha Xi Delta: 

This letter announces to all Alphas, two new sisters of Zeta» Edith 
Smith and Hazel Wright, of the class nineteen hiuidred and nine. We initi- 
ated them into the mysteries of our sorority on the evening of February, 
the tenth. The goat was very anxious to meet them, so the initiation was 
a grand success. The Freshmen were somewhat reluctant at first, but 
when they saw the determination of the goat to acknowledge the introduc- 
tion with the greatest friendliness, they yielded. After the ceremonies a 
lunch was served. 

Another delightful event, was the entertaining of the patronesses at our 
rooms. We entertained them on Valentine afternoon, and the rooms were 
prettily decorated in hearts. Light refreshments were served. Such events 
cause the friendship to increase between wards and patronesses and we 
realize more fully the close relation between us. 

Our campus is becoming beautiful in its spring verdure. This reminds 
us too vividly of commencement and of the parting, bound to come. 2ieta 
wiU lose three members, two as graduates from the college course and one 
from the department of music. 

Soon will come Founder's Day, the time most joyously celebrated by all 
Alphas. Zeta will celebrate it at the home of Clara Domblaser. We are 
going to make it very informal, just a quiet time. 

Zeta wishes every chapter a happy commencement week. 

Mabel Bracher, Car. Sec. 


Eta desires to announce the names of four new pledges— Helen Chase, of 
Syracuse, N. Y., and May Laurence, of Palmyra, N. Y., also Katherine 
Thompson, of Syracuse, N. Y., and Molly Curtis, of Fabius, N. Y. 

March the fourteenth was the date of the Freshman party given by the 
chapter, at which twenty-five freshmen from the various fraternities were 

The class of '06 have elected for their vice-president, Gertrude E. Wright. 
Miss Wright has recently accepted a position as teacher of English at De- 
posit, N. Y. 

E<ta gave a reception on February twenty-second to the women of the 
University and the wives of the faculty members. Miss Tobin was in the 
city at that time. 

Next Year the chapter will be located in more spacious quarters at 716 
Irving avenue. 

The Syracuse Pan-Hellenic have voted upon a second semester pledge 
day. Definite action was taken upon the rushing to be done. 



Theta sends greetings and kind wishes to her sister chapters. 

A new semester has begun at Wisconsin, and every earnest student is 
beginning with new courage and determination to surpass his past record. 
The senior ** Swing Out, " where we first aired our caps and gowns, is a thing 
of the past, and people who had been taking us for freshmen no longer stare 
in open-eyed astonishment at our "mortar-boards." We are falling in line 
again, keeping step with the pace set by our Alma Mater. 

Theta wishes especially to send greetings to our new Illinois sisters. We 
were sorry not to see their pictures in the journal, but we were glad to know 
about the university. 

While Ruth Lyon was attending the National Student Volimteer Conven- 
tion in Nashville, Tenn., she met one of our sisters. It takes just such little 
instances to make us realize how great is the bond which unites all Alphas ! 

We are pleased to announce two new pledges this semesteiv-Florence 

Simon and Edna Olin. 

Ora L, Mason, Cor. See. 


Iota presents two new sisters, Columbia Crertrude Menef ee, from Keyser, 
West Virginia, and Nancy Coplin, from Boothsville, West Virginia. 

In January the girls of Iota had a "Dutch" party at Mary Atkeson's 
home. The guests were the Chapter "pledges," several new girls, Miss 
Moore, Dean of Women, and our patroness. The house was prettily decor- 
ated with scarlet paper tulips, double blue and gold windmills, Dutch plaques, 
and sketches of German scenes. 

Two little girls, Elizabeth Cooke and Margaret Grant, dressed in quaint 
Dutch costume, showed the guests to the dressing room and later assisted 
in serving refreshments. Miss Moore told, partly in German, three German 
folk-lore tales, several German songs were sung by the company and then 
the contest of the evening began. Numbered cards with pencils attached 
were distributed; the person having an odd number joined the one holding 
the even number next higher, and then, as portrait making is very charac- 
teristic of the "Dutch," each were requested to sketch her partner's por- 
trait. Later the drawings were pinned up and the " artists " guessed whom 
the pictures represented. The one having the largest number of correct 
guesses received a little Dutch maiden done in water-color. The consolation 
prize was a downy goose on wheels. 

Coffee, sandwiches, cheese, German fruitcake, and pretzels were served. 
The favors were tiny windmills in the sorority colors, and of course each 
girl received her own portrait as a souvenir. 

Iota gave a reception to new girls on Friday afternoon, April sixth, at 
the home of Mabel Weaver. 

Under the leadership of Iota, a Pan-Hellenic has been established in West 
Virginia University between Alpha Xi Delta and Chi Omoga. The Articles 


of Agreement became effective April 3, 1906. These Articles, lieatly bound 
in pamphlet form with magenta paper and tied with silk cord, created much 
comment among those not in the secret when they were given out by the 
Dean of Women on Registration Day. 

Plans are being made for the celebration of Founder's Day but since the 
gradxiate members of Iota are to be her hostesses at that time and as they are 
not telling their intentions, little can be said. However, since our alumnse 
are charter and also active members we do not question the appropriateness 
of the event. 

A box of jewelry came from Lamphear this week and many of the girls 
are buying pins and "novelties." 

The local sorority. Kappa Delta, expects the Kappa Kappa Gamma in- 
spector to visit them on April thirteenth. They will give a reception in her 
honor for which three hundred invitations are issued. All the members of 
both national sororities here are invited. The girls seem quite confident of 
their success and all the national organizations in the University sincerely 
hope they may not be disappointed. 

Ben Greet and his company presented ' ' Twelfth Night " and ' ' Macbeth ' ' 
in Commencement Hall on the evenings, February nineteenth and twentieth, 
respectively. Iota made up a party for each play. 


Kappa chapter presents to Alpha Xi Delta, Frances Grace Spencer, '08, 
and Josephine Ruskamp, '09, as pledged members of our sorority. No 
initiation has yet taken place, but Kappa hopes for a very successful one in 
a short time. 

We have been most fortunate in obtaining Mrs. James Wilford Gamer, 
Mrs. Frank Oliver Dufour and Mrs. Arthur Newall Talbot as our patron- 

Sodally, Kappa has been fairly busy. We have given a rushing spread 
at the home of Nellie Branch. This proved very pleasant and gave us one 

We made our first public appearance February seventeenth. Upon the 
evening of that ever to be remembered date, we gave our first dance to 
about sixty " lUinoisians. " We made our debut in fear and trembling, but 
the dance proved most successful. In addition to the dance, Mrs. Gamer 
gave us a very pretty afternoon party, which gave us another pledge. We 
have been pleasantly remembered by Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Upsilon and 
Delta Tau Delta with invitations to receptions given by them. 

This then, has been the history of Kappa chapter, during the past two 
months. May each chapter have all the success in the world, gain every 
pledge they want, and want only the best pledges. 


Winifred. Campbell^ Cor. See, 




Dear SMers in Alpha Xi Delta : 

The girls of Alliance AlumnsB Chapter are glad to again exchange greet- 
ings with the girls of other chapters. We are just the same in number as 
when we last wrote you, but all are a bit better off for the pleasant winter 
evenings spent together. 

Mrs. George R. Craven, our enthusiastic patroness, entertained both the 
college and alumnae chapters recently. Fancy work and music helped to pass 
a very delightful evening. Mrs. Craven was assisted in serving by Mrs. 
Arthur Wright, another patroness. The girls tried to express their appre- 
ciation of Mrs. Craven's deep interest in them by giving her a half dozen 
spoons with the fraternity monogram. 

Mary Bracher entertained the chapter January 9th. A five pound box 
of candy was presented to the girls by Baby Gow, who arrived in town on 
that date. This is the only baby in the alunmse chapter and he was well 
remembered by his " aunts." His mother is Edith Whitla-Gow. 

Perhaps the principal social event of interest was the term party, March 
19th. Our chapter was well represented. 

. Fraternally yours, 

Blanche Whitla, Cwr. See. 



Clara Stryker of Joliet, 111., has been visiting her sister Bell, for sev- 
eral days. 

Florence Kober, Emma Garst, and Edna Epperson have been recent 
Lombard visitors. Florence stayed with the Alpha girls for several days. 

Mrs. Murray Bruner and daughter, Lois, of Aurora, Illinois, have been 
visiting at the home of Mrs. Bruner 's mother, Mrs. F. S. Bartlett. 

Bom to Mr. and Mrs. William Hugh Erskine, Akita Ken, Japan, Janu- 
ary 17, 1906, a daughter. 


Helen Coe was a Y. W. C. A. delegate to the Student Volunteer Con- 
vention, at Nashville, Tenn. 

We had another ''pop call" from Grand Treasurer Mary A. Power 
about the middle of March. 

Mildred Brady has been elected president of Hypatia Literary Society; 
and Ina Duncan holds the same office in Ruthean. 

Stella Bamett is the Y. W. C. A. president. 

The last two weeks in March the I. W. U. Glee Club made its annual 
tour through Iowa, including some places in Missouri and Illinois, accom- 
panied by Ina Duncan, reader, and Mabel Day, accompanist. 

Beta chapter sympathizes with one of her patronesses, Mrs. R. S. Galer, 
in the loss of her devoted niece, Florence Allen, whose death occurred Feb- 
ruary 28. 


Helen Miller, who is attending Ohio Wesleyan University, spent the 
spring vacation in Alliance. 

Elsie Roberts, '06, our Salem school teacher, surprised us all by visiting 
us one Sunday in March. She was on her way home from Cleveland where 
she attended the Eastern Ohio Teachers' Association meeting. 

We regret very much to learn that Grace Darrow, '04, has been obliged 
to give up her school work on account of ill health. She is at her home in 

Lucille Strong was ill at her home in North Benton for two weeks during 


Delta misses very much her ''artist" sister, Katherine Keith, who went 
with her mother to California. 


Miss May Madden and Bess Osboume are now the girls behind the quills, 
while Miss Effie Bishoff and Ek>la Smith are pledged Alpha girls. 

Delta regrets very much the illness of Miss Elizabeth Carson who had 
the diphtheria in slight form. It is our earnest wish that she may be able 
to go on with her work and receive her sheepskin in June. 

Miss Anna Kemp spent the few days between terms with Miss Muriel 
Scott and Miss Wan and Emily Roberts, all "old " Delta girls. 

Miss Bertha Kleeberger visited with a friend in Steubenville. 

Miss Eunice Orrison had a pleasant visit with her parents. 

The girls who were away for our brief Spring holiday could not go at 
once to their rooms in the Hall because of the little diphtheria scare. 


Helen Tarbell was one of U. S. D's representatives at the Nashville 
conventicm of Student Volunteers. She gave a very interesting and instruc- 
tive report before a joint meeting of the Y. M. and Y. W. C. A., March 18. 

Georgia Hanson expects to return to Vermillion and ESpsilon next year. 

Marjorie Breeden and Edna Gable were initiated into the mysteries of 
Alpha Xi Delta January 27th. 

Mabel Richardson is taking a course in library science at the Univenity 
of Illinois this semester. 

Marjorie Breeden will spend the Easter vacation with friends in Sioux 

Julia Sweet has recently been pledged to our chapter. 


Miss Marjorie Smith will spend Easter at her home, in Brookville, Ohio. 

Miss Mary E. Hubbell will spend Easter at her home in Columbus, Ohio. 

The annual banquet of Zeta will be held at the Arcade hotel of Spring- 
field, on the evening of April, the twentynseventh. 

The senior class of Wittenbeig will g^ive two plays on the evening of 
April, the twentieth, at the Opera House. The plays are ''Secundo Pas- 
torum" and "Old Fortunatus." Mabel Bracher will take part in the 

Miss Maude Bushey and Miss Mabel Bracher spent a few days at their 
homes, after the closing of the examinations in March. 

The sorority picnic will be an event in the near future. 

Zeta expects to entertain some of her alumnae during commencement 


Nellie Angell, Ruth Strong and Ora Mason went home for a short visit 
between semesters. 

Bessie Pettigrew, Ruth Lyon and Nellie Angell attended the National 
Student Volunteer Convention in Nashville, Tenn., from Feb. 28 to March 4. 


Bessie Adams entertained the Alpha Xi Delta girls at her home, Satur- 
day, February 17, from 3 to 6 o'clock, in honor of Miss Ella Fehlant, from 
Waukesta, Wis. 

The girls gave a spread after frat. meeting Monday, Feb. 26, at the 
Chapter House in honor of Mrs. Koch who had been visiting with Edna 
nearly a week. Edna went home with her mother for a short vacation. 

During the short season of sleighing several weeks ago, the Alphas of 
Theta gave a sleighride party. It is not necessary to mention its complete 
success for such stunts are alway jolly. 

Nellie Angell and Bessie Pettigrew visited with Jessie Mabbett at her 
home in Edgerton recently. The girls were greatly disappointed that Jessie 
- couldn't be with us again this semester. 

The Delta Gammas g^ve a reception in their new lodge on Langdon St., 
February 24. Many of our girls attended. 

Winnif red Ryan, who has been ill for several weeks, left Tuesday, March 
6, to join her parents in Biloxi, Miss., where she will stay until she is strong 

Several of our girls attended the Jimior Prom. 

Word was received from our patroness, Mrs. Dowling, that she and her 
husband, Dr. Dowling, were enjoying their trip abroad very much and that 
they expected to be back in time for the opening of the University next fall. 

The Self-Govemment Association gave a unique entertainment at Library 
Hall, Friday, March 2, in the form of a "Trip Around the World." The 
sororities, together with a few other University organizations, each had booths 
representing some country. We Alpha girls had Mexico and it was a great 
success in every respect. A few of our g^irls, attired in Mexican costume, 
made and sold eatables peculiar to that country. 

Between semesters a dinner party was given at the Chapter House in 
honor of Bessie Adams' friend. Miss Fehlant, and Miss Vinal from Appleton 
who has been visiting Georgie Chave. 


Crystal Courtney was ill during the month of February from an attack 
of typhoid-pneumonia. She was confined to the house nearly five weeks with 
the result that she had to sacrifice part of her school work. 

Ethel Green has been elected to membership in the English Club of the 
University. This is a very select club whose requirements are exceptionally 
high; hence we have another cause to be proud of our " little sister." 

Bertha Jane Smith spent the few days between terms at her home. 

Elizabeth Julia Sadler takes some of the solo parts in "The Messiah " to 
be rendered by the University Choral Society on February twentieth. This 
is especially worthy of mention since such stars as Frederick Wheeler, John 
Young and Anito Rio sing on the same program. 

Mary Meek Atkeson has two poems in recoit issues of " The Mononga- 
lian," the University's literary magazine. 


The class of ''Naughty-Nine" is said to be the most original that ever 
entered the University. Nancy Coplin is its secretary. 

At the annual election of officers of the Young Women's Christian Asso- 
ciation in March, Crystal Courtney was unanimously elected to the pres- 

Columbia Menefee was sick from a severe cold when school opened for 
the winter term, so lota's initiation was not held until March sixth. ' 'Alpha's 
Nanny Goat " was decidedly wild but both initiates rode splendidly. 

Elizabeth Julia Sadler, who is teaching vocal music in Uniontown, Pa., 
gave an afternoon recital in her studio there on March twenty-first. She 
was assisted by Mrs. Williams, accompanist. 


Alliance Allumnae chapter regrets the departure of Mrs. Craven to her 
home in Cleveland. She has been a staunch friend to Alpha Xi Delta girls. 

Beulah Kirlin is planning to spend her vacation at her home in Beattie, 

Alice Henshilwood is visiting Cleveland relatives. 

Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gow, January 9, a son. 

Mary Salmon, Anna Jones, Jane Hughes and Blanche Whitla spent a 
day in Canton last month, visiting schools and shopping. 

Kathryn Keith has been promoted to a position as clerk in the office of 
the L. E. A. and W. railroad. 



Jessie Pingrey Wolfe (Mrs. Channing E.) • Coon Rapids, Iowa 

AxjCE Bartlett Bruner (Mrs. Murray T.), 203 Fifth St., Aurora, III. 
Louie Strong-Taylor (Mrs. E. A.) . Park City, Utah 

Cora Bollinger Block (Mrs. Louis), 1416 Rock Island St., Davenport, la. 
Eskridge PiTBfAN LoGAN, (Mrs. S.) . Prescott, Arkansas 


LuciLE Johnson, Cadiz, Ohio 

Columbia G. Menefee, Keyser, West Va. 

Nancy Coflin, Boothsville, West Va. 



EnroUment 73 Enrollment 64 Enrollment 16 

New initiates 3 New intiates 7 New mitiates 4 

Illinois 39 

Iowa 1 






South Dakota 






Unknown 3 

BETA 73 

E2nrollment 42 

New initiates 2 

Iowa 36 

Illinois 2 

Wisconsin 1 

Ohio 1 

Minnesota 1 

Unknown 1 

Ohio 54 Ohio 11 

Pennsylvania 7 Maryland..... 1 

Kansas 1 West Virgrmia 1 

Illinois 1 Unknown 2 

Utah 1 Deceased 1 

DELTA 64 ETA 16 

Enrollment 23 Enrolhncait 31 

New initiates 5 New mitiates 10 

Pennsylvania 7 

Ohio 6 

West Virginia 5 

Kentucky 1 

Washington, D. C 1 

Japan 1 

Unknown 2 


Enrollment 18 

New initiates 2 

South Dakota 10 

Pennsylvania 1 

Unknown 2 

New York 25 

Pennsylvania 4 

Nebraska 1 

India 1 



Enrollment 31 

New initiates 12 

Wisconsin 18 

South Dakota 1 

Illinois 2 

Ohio 1 

Iowa 1 

Unknown 8 







Enroliment 11 

New intiates 4 

West Vireinia 5 

Ohio 1 

Unknown 5 


Enrollment 12 

Illinois 10 

Nebraska 1 

Wisconsin 1 

'- 12 


Alpha 73 

Beta 42 

Gamma 64 

Delta 23 

Epsilon 13 

Zeta 16 

Eta 31 

Theta 31 

Iota 11 

Kappa 12 



Ohio 75 

Illinois 54 

Iowa 48 

Wisconsin 27 

New York 25 

South Dakota 12 

Pennsylvania 19 

West Virginia 11 

Arkansas 3 

Nebraska 3 

Kansas 2 

Minnesota 2 




Washingrton, D. C 







Deceased 2 

Address unknown 23 



Anna Coleman 
Grace Schnur 
Louie Strong-Taylor 

Mildred Brady 

Ruth May Madden 
Bessie Osborne 

Marjorie Breeden 
Edna Gable 

Eula Hazel Wright 
Edi^ Hawkins Smith 

Polly Fenton 
Ida Fenton 
Theo Fenton 
Ruth Ekem 
Mary Elizabeth Rayne 
Agnes Roon 
Winifred Ryan 
Marian Ryan 

Helen Smith 
Mabel Jane Weaver 
Lucile Johnson 
Mary Atkeson 

No. recorded in Baird's 

Manual, 217 (Feb. '06) 

Gain 99 (Apr. '06) 


Pi Beta Phi Fraternity announces the re-establishment of 
Iowa Gamma Chapter at Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, 
February twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred and six. 

« - ' 


Official Organ of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority 

Edited and Published by Eta Chapter, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 
Office of Publication, 716 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York 



Poonden of Alpha Xi Delta 2 

Chaiyten '* ** " " 3 

Tlie Pratemlty Directory 3 

Pziendsliip Among Women 4 

The Lrile of the Illlnoli Girl 6 

Inter-Sororlty Criticism 9 

The Greek Letter as an Bdncational Infltience 10 

Sorority Bxtenaion 20 

Idea* Brotigrht Out by the Bxamlnatlon 26 

In Memoriam 30 

Chapter ATerages and Grades 82 

Rei>ort of Fifth Inter-8orority Conference 88 

Brery Day Council 39 

Bditorials 43 

Bzchangcs ^ 46 

Greek News 56 

Chapter I^ettcrs 67 

Personals 63 

Advei li se m ents 62, 66, 67, 68 

Sabscription Price: $l.oo per year, payabk in advance 

Alpha Xt DelU Is published In November, February and Msy by the Alpha XI DelU Fraternity. 

Alpha Xt Delta will be sent to all subscribers until ordered discontinued and arrearages paid, as 
required by law. 

Exchanges are requested to send one copy to Bertha G. Cleveland. Sasrvllle. L. I. ; one copy to 
Gertrude E. Wright. Deposit. N. Y., and one copy to Mary E. Kay. 76 S. Union Avenue. Alliance. 

Address all comnunicattons to the EdItor-ln-Chlef. Bertha G. Clbveland. Sayville. L. I. 

E. M. Grover. Printer and Binder. 



Lombard College, Galeshurg, III., April ly, I8g3 

Hattib McCullum-Gossow (Mrs. C. W. E.) Wichita, Kans. 
•Frances Chbnby 

Almira Chbnby Saybrook, 111. 

Lucy W. Gilmbr Quincy, 111. 

Eliza Curtis Eybrton (Mrs. J. L.) Hoopeston, 111. 

Bbrth A Cook-Evans (Mrs. Orrin C.) . . Beecher City, 111. 

Maud Foster . 700 E. Fourteenth St., Minneapolis, Minn. 

Louie Strong Taylor (Mrs. E. A.) Park City, Utah. 

Cora Bollingbr-Block (Mrs. Louis) 

1416 Rock Island St., Davenport, la. 

Alice Bartlett-Bruner (Mrs. Murray T.) 
203 Fifth St., Aurora. 111. 



A/pAa— Lombard College Galesburg, 111. 

Seta— Iowa Wesleyan University Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gamma— Mt, Union College Alliance, O. 

Z>e/ta— Bethany College .... Bethany, W. Va. 

£5psi/oi2— University of South Dakota Vermillion, S. Dak. 

2eta— Wittenberg College Springfield, 0. 

Eta — Syracuse University, .... Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— University of Wisconsin Madison, Wis. 

Iota — University of West Virginia . Morgan town, W. Va. 
iiCappa— University of Illinois .... Champaign, 111. 

Alliance Alumnae Alliance, 0. 

Aft. Pleasant Alumnae . , , . Mt. Pleasant, la. 



P/TesiVfeiit— Ella Boston-Lbib (Mrs. J. R.), Alpha, 1271 W. 
Washington street, Springfield, 111. 

Vice-President and Historian— hoRBSA. Grangb, Epsilon, Brit- 
ton, South Dakota. 

Secretary— Mary Emily Kay, Gamma, 75 South Union ave- 
nue, Alliance, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mary Power, Beta, Bloomfield, Iowa 

Editor— BuRTHA G. Clbybland, Eta, Sayville, L. I. 

Secretary of the Fifth Inter-Sorority Conference— J OBEZ,z.n Hol- 
COMB, Chi Omega, Camall Hall, University of Arkansas, 
Fayette ville, Arkansas. 


Bertha G. Cleveland, Sayville, N. Y 

Associate Editor 
Gertrude E. Wright, Deposit, N. Y. 

Business Manager 
Dora G. Lockwood, .... Cape Vincent, N. Y. 

Assistant Business Manager 
Martha Hutchings, 512 Bear street, Syracuse, N. Y. 


i4 /plia— Bessie Williamson, .... Galesburg, 111. 

Beta— Alice Babb, Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gamma— Mildred Tucker, Alliance, O. 

Z>e/ta— Helen TiNSLEY, .... Bethany, West Va. 
Epsilon— Etukl Kichardson, Vermillion, South Dak. 

Zeta — (Name not given) Springfield, O. 

£ta— Hazel Brush, 716 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— Winifred Ryan, 504 N. Henry street, Madison, Wis. 
iota— (Name not given) Morganton, West Va. 

Kappa— F. Grace C. Spencer, 716 S. Second st., Champaign, 111. 
Aliance Alumnse— -Etta S. Bates, Alliance, O. 

Aft. Pleasant Alumnse—hoviSB Singer, Mt. Pleasant, la. 


In the every day rush of things, the work and worry , festivi- 
ties and fun which make up a girl's life at college, there is often 
scant time for breathing space. So excessive are the demands 
made upon us that we may well be forgiven for not always 
having time to think of more than the obviously necessary 
things of the moment. 

But there are many times when it would profit us much in 
the end to make haste slowly. How many times in the whirli- 
gig do we, figuratively speaking, tread upon each other's toes 
— and without so much as noticing that anyone has suffered 
thereby ? How many times do we pause to consider what the 
effect of what we are about may be on others ? Very often the 
quick word, the hasty judgment, the unkind thought or deed 
means nothing more than over strained nerves or all-absorb- 
ing hurry. But, unfortunately, results cannot always be 
measured by intention, and what boots it that an injustice oc- 
curs from ill-considered rather than malicious action ? 

There is a very common saying— I have never admitted it as 
a true saying, though it is often put forth as such — that a 
woman cannot be generous, or even just, to another woman. 
Whatever foundation there may have been for this idea in the 
days when woman's position made the out-distancing of her 
rival her only hope for consideration and respect, when she 
was forced to use any means at hand from sheer necessity of 
nature's first law, self-preservation, I cannot believe that it is 
true of women to-day, of American women, at least, in any 
general sense. That there are cases of deliberate selfishness 
and callous disregard of others among women no one can 
deny. But such cases occur among men also, and that any 
great majority of cases fall to our side of the balance, I am not 
ready to concede. 

Whether or not we, as a sex, deserve this ugly charge, it is 
certain that the reputation is ours. Whether it shall remain 


oars depends apon the attitude of the indiYidual girl or woman 
toward others of her sex. 

It would seem that the sorority girl, above all others, repre- 
senting as she does the most intelligent and broad minded 
class of women, and bound as she is by sacred ties of fellowship 
to others of her kind, has a special opportunity — and, there- 
fore, responsibility — ^for counteracting this impression by the 
influence of her daily life. Loyalty to the sisterhood is one of 
the basic principles of fraternal organization. The girl who 
rightly understands and tries to live up to the sorority spirit 
will never be found lacking in kindness, in sympathy, in consid- 
eration and charity for her sister members. It is only one step 
farther to apply the same principle to all womankind — not 
only in theory but in ordinary everyday life. 

Someone has said that the essence of Christianity may be 
summed up in the words '* Love God and treat your brother 
white.'* Shall we let it be truly said of woman that half the 
command is a sealed book to her ? It is through thoughtless- 
ness which we fail most often — we have so lately learned re- 
sponsibility. If each one of us should take careful thought of 
words and deeds — ^never knowingly, even in the least, offend — 
we might go far toward removing this stigma from our fair 
name, and toward proving to the world that woman has as 
keen a sense of honor and fair play as ever man had, and that 
she will hold to it with as steadfast a singleness of purpose as 

man himself can boast. 




For thirty-six years women have been attending Illinois 
University . In that time the number has increased from twenty . 
four, the number of women enrolled in eighteen seventy and 
seventy-one, to over eight hundred. The courses offered and 
advantages held out to them have increased accordingly. 
Woman here, the same as elsewhere, is entering into all fields of 
labor. She can take any course from Domestic Science to Archi- 
tecture. Domestic Science and General Literature and Arts hold 
the leading places while Science comes next. Occasionally a 
woman is enrolled in the Law school or the Engineering or 
Chemistry schools. 

Until last year the women had no special building of their 
own. Now the Domestic Science department, women's gym- 
nasium, club rooms and parlors are in the new building for 
women known as ** Woman's Hall." This is a place where every 
girl is made to feel at home and in which she takes much pride. 
Aside from this, the university life of the woman at Illinois is the 
same as that of any other co-educational institution. The men 
and women meet in the same class rooms and laboratories. The 
size of the classes ranges from six or seven members to one hun- 
dred fifty, and individual attention is given to each person as 
much as possible. 


At present there are two women who look afber the welfare 
of the girls. Miss Kyle, who acts as Dean of women, and to 
whom all deficient work is reported, and Mrs. Daniels, bead of 
•* Woman's Hall." Aside from these two, no other woman is 
appointed to hear our sorrows and joys. The gymnasium in- 
structor is very particular concerning the physical welfare of 

each girl. 


If parents wish their daughters to become strong, healthy, 
self-reliant women, Illinois is an excellent place to send them 


providing they have a firm foundation to build on. Here the 
girl is thrown entirely on her own responsibility. There is no 
dormitory or hall for women consequently they live in sorority 
and boarding houses. Landladies are requested not to take 
men and women in the same house to live but in some cases 
little attention is paid to this provision. At the tables of club 
houses, the boarders are generally of both sexes. If a girl is 
inclined to care more for pleasure than study there is ample 
opportunity for her to gratify her desire. The landladies of the 
boarding houses have no further control over the girl than to 
make certain parlor rules and grant or withhold certain house 
privileges. In some cases the girl is not allowed the use of the 
parlor. This is extremely unpleasant for it causes the girl to 
be more or less on the street. If she falls behind in her work 
she is reported to Miss Kyle who sees the girl and, if possible, 
finds and tries to remedy the cause of the deficiency. 

Mrs. Daniels is the real social adviser and looks after each 
individual girl in sickness. She entertains the girls at small 
afternoon sewing bees or teas where she becomes personally 
acquainted with them. The women instructors and wives of 
the faculty members are all charming women, who invite the 
girls to their homes, offer them advice and counsel with tact 
and discretion whenever it is sought. The great difficulty lies 
in the fact that there are not enough of these women to go 
around and meet all of the girls, consequently many of them 
are entirely without this help, not from a lack of willingness on 
the women's part but from a lack of opportunity. 


Each girl is subjected to a physical examination when she 
enters the gymnasium and if she is found to be weak in any 
particular respect she is advised as to a proper course of exer- 
cise. When a girl is sick Mrs. Daniels calls on her, the Young 
Women's Christian Association gives her attention and the 
Hospital Association, if she is a member, permits her to go to 
the hospital in Champaign, where she receives the most careful 



The chief amusement is dancing, and as the girls are in the 


great minority, nearly every girl who is at all successfal socially 
is given ample opportunity to enjoy herself and in some cases 
the opportunities are so frequent that she breaks herself down 
physically and mentally. In this, as in everything else, the girl 
must rely on her own judgment and exercise her own common 
sense, for there is no one to say to her '* nay." 


When the sorority life of Illinois is discussed we enter a very 
narrow field, for only about one-fourth of the girls are taken 
into consideration, and these are not the typical Illinois College 
girls. (The editor would be grateful for an explanation of this 
statement.) Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Kappa 
Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa, Phi Delta Psi Jun- 
ior Sorority, Delta Gamma and Alpha Xi Delta have chapters 
here. They all live in their own houses and have a chaperone 
of their choice to look after them. They also have the advan- 
tage of coming in contact with the wives of some of the faculty 
members, who act as patronesses. It is an education in itself 
for a girl to come in contact with many of these women. 


Illinois is too young to have many particular events of its 
own. The women have their annual Maypole dance, which is 
conducted by the gymnasium instructor, and in which every 
gymnasium girl is supposed to participate. Woman's Hall is 
strictly the girls, and here they hold dances, give plays and 
meet generally. The Woman's League was organized last year. 
Every woman who enters the university is a member. This is 
controlled by an advisory board, selected from the various 
clubs and sororities. There are three women's literary socie- 
ties which do excellent work. The Y. W. C. A. has unlimited 
influence among the girls and their work cannot be commended 

too highly. 

F. Grace C. Spencer. 


Though this subject has been discussed frequently before, it 
assumes a new aspect since the inter-sorority compact has been 
formed. The substance of this compact is the general property 
of all who care to inform themselves. Outsiders are not slow 
about noticing any tendency to evade an article of the compact. 
If this compact stirs the disinterested to comment, how much 
more does it encourage sharp criticism from the members of 
Panhellenic ? 

Bach girl should oflferall unfavorable criticism to her own sis- 
ters or she will run the risk of cheapening her own fraternity by 
running down another. 

Under the Panhellenic the success of the rushing depends 
upon the merits of the girls individually, more than the stand- 
ing of the fraternity, as nothing can be said of fraternity when 
rushing. Therefore, let every girl have a care lest she drop 
some word that would cause the new girl to distrust her. 

We need not limit ourselves to unfavorable criticism. Not 
to be narrow, we might acknowledge the good points of our 
rival. This will help us to increase our own number of good 

Let all criticism be ruled by a clear sense of justice and the 
aim of our criticism be to upbuild our fraternity. 

Gamma {Anna L.Jones.) 

[Copied from The Outlook^ because of its value in settling fraternity 



By Clarence F, Birdseye 

In August, 1826, William Morgan, a Royal Arch Mason, 
who had threatened to expose the secrets of Freemasonry, was 
abducted from Canandaigua, New York. Vigilance committees 
traced him and his abductors to Port Niagara, and thence in a 
boat to Lake Ontario, where he finally disappeared, his body 
never being found. Amidst the most intense excitement, espec- 
ially throughout New York State, the Anti-Masonry party was 
formed, which was dominant in New York for twenty years, 
and affected National elections, even preventing Henry Clay's 
nomination for the Presidency, because he was a Mason. The 
feeling against secret societies ran so high that over three thou- 
sand Masonic lodges gave up their charters. Yet it was during 
this time and in New York colleges that the older ** College 
Secret Societies" (excepting Phi Beta Kappa, which till then 
had been a secret society, and Kappa Alpha) were founded, as 
follows: In Union College, Sigma Phi, 1827; Delta Phi, 1827; 
Psi Upsilon, 1833; Chi Psi, 1841; in Hamilton College, Alpha 
Delta Phi, 1832. These societies were at first strictly forbid- 
den, and known members were expelled from college or lost col- 
lege honors. Pins were usually worn inside the vest pocket, 
and meetings were held in secret. In 1832 Phi Beta Kappa was 
forced by Harvard's President to relinquish its secret features. 
Yet it was during this period that the fraternities adopted the 
constitutions, policies of administration, and traditions which 
have since largely governed and hampered them. 

After some years the secret societies were tolerated and even 
recognized, although earnestly opposed by many who believed 
that they were inherently wrong, or that their growth would 
kill the college debating societies. During this second period 
simple lodge-rooms were hired in some business block, or even 


in the attic of a hotel. The societies had little intercourse be- 
tween their various chapters or between their active and grad- 
uate members. Their infrequent conventions consisted of a 
public address, and probably a poem, by prominent alumni, and 
a private banquet. The active members met as a body only 
once a week — on lodge nights. Although the colleges were 
constantly asking for large sums to build dormitories, no one 
dreamed that the fraternities would largely solve this problem 
by housing their own members. 

About twenty-five years ago the fraternities entered their 
third or present stage. Their position in college life is now 
recognized and influential. They own many fine chapter houses 
and maintain close relations between their graduates and un- 
dergraduates, and between their various chapters. Most of 
their members room and often eat in the fraternity houses, 
which are sometimes built on land leased from the college. 
Some colleges in which the fraternities are strong have ceased 
to build new dormitories. Within thirty-five years Amherst (a 
good typical case) has increased its student body 80 percent. In 
1870 135 (53 per cent.) of its 255 students roomed in the dor- 
mitories, and the remainder in town boarding-houses. In 1905, 
of its 455 students 109 (24 per cent.) lodged in the dormitor- 
ies, and 205 (43 per cent.) in the twelve fraternity buildings. 
Amherst could not house these 205 students without hundreds 
of thousands of dollars of additional endowment. Thus the 
forbidden secret societies have finally become students' clubs 
(representing part of the college endowment), in which their 
members eat and room and are largely relieved from all direct 
faculty control. 

Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities, sixth edi- 
tion, 1905, gives full details of thirty-one general fraternities 
for men, with 179,351 graduate and undergraduate members, 
and 970 active and 379 dormant chapters ; owning 290 houses 
and renting 368. Since 1883 the membership has almost tre- 
bled, while the chapter houses used for living purposes have in- 
creased over fifty fold. Evidently the chapter house has come 
to stay. Men's local, women's, and professional societies have 
an additional membership of 63,150, with 716 active chapters, 


owning 27 chapter houses and renting 185. Princeton has no 
Greek -letter fraternities; Harvard practically none; while at 
Yale the fraternity conditions materially differ from those in 
other colleges. In some colleges eighty-five per cent, of the stu- 
dents are fraternity members. In 363 colleges and universities 
there are 1,700 active chapters of general, local, women's or 
professional fraternities. The University of Michigan leads, 
with chapters of seventeen general, seven women's and thirteen 
professional fraternities— thirty-seven in all. The chapters have 
from ten to forty undergraduate members. Surely this great 
increase of these small units cannot be accidental ; especially 
since it has synchronized with the decline of the small educa- 
tional unit in our colleges and preparatory schools, and pre- 
paratory schools, and the individualism connected therewith. 
Meanwhile, especially since the Civil War, there have been mo- 
mentous changes in educational methods and conditions. 

To the great college teacher of former times, each of his 
handfril of pupils was an immortal soul, to be molded morally 
and mentally by constant intercourse during four years. The 
college was nothing except a means to an end, and that end 
was the upbuilding each year of a few chosen individuals who 
should go out to aid a poor and struggling world, usually as 
ministers, missionaries, or teachers. Substantially all the col- 
lege presidents, professors, and trustees were clergymen, and 
the colleges were founded principally to educate the clergy. 
Until 1872 all of Yale's trustees were ministers. Of Harvard's 
first fifteen classes, 77 per cent, became clergymen, and of the 
first eighteen classes at Yale 68 per cent, became clergymen. Of 
Amherst's first nine classes (1822-30), 65 per cent, became min- 
isters, 9 per cent, doctors, and 3 per cent, lawyers. To-day the 
personal element is largely absent in our colleges, and in our 
larger institutions professors and students have hardly a bow- 
ing acquaintance. 

The present college atmosphere is too often an unfortunate 
one, and the college view point a fafee one. One can get a bet- 
ter college education to-day than ever before; but without the 
proper spirit and training, the amount required to be done 
(largely without personal touch with the professors) and the 


distractions of college life tend to shiftless or dishonest ways of 
shirking good work. The earlier colleges had no competition 
in higher education, and could not turn out enough men to sup- 
ply the demand in the then learned professions — ^medicine, law, 
ministry, and teaching. To-day there are scores of professions, 
all needing fine technical knowledge, long and accurate prepar- 
ation, and often specialization. We are gradually coming to 
the overcrowded conditions of the professions in Europe. 
Whether the college man is to enter business or a profession, he 
cannot afford to have devoted the four years of his college 
course to learning to be extravagant, dilatory, unpunctual, ne- 
glectful of details, inaccurate, or to acquiring shiftless or worse 
moral and mental habits that he must actually unlearn before 
he can become a successful man. Yet there has been no syste- 
matic attempt to minimize or prevent these evils. Abundant 
proof can be found on every side that these words are not too 
strong. The report of the committee of Harvard's faculty, 
published in the ^^ Harvard Graduates^ Magazine^*' June, 1904 
based on answers from 245 instructors and 1,757 students, 
shows that in Harvard — 

(a) In addition to twelve hours of lectures required per week, the ma- 
jority of the 1,757 students studied less than twelve hours per week. 

(6) "There is too much teaching and too little studying." 

(e) "Examinations have, on the whole, an undue weight." 

(cO "There is too much tendency to cramming." 

(e) "Skillful coaches have perfected the art of preparing men super- 
ficially and transiently for the examinations," and have issued "unauthotized 
printed or typewritten notes of the lectures, and summaries of the prescribed 

if) The lecture system, which is "an entirely new form of instruction 
to hundreds of freshmen," is supplemented by a number of "young and 
inexperienced assistants," each of whom meets "each of his men for ten or 
fifteen minutes at a time about once a month." 

(g) The increasing disorder in the lecture rooms comes "from large 
bodies of students who cannot hear the lecturer, or can hear him imper- 

(h) The "fact that ambitious students find little incentive to take honors 
is one of the glaring failures of our system." 

(t) "The average amount of study is discreditably small." 

Undergraduates are the victims, not the authors, of these 
conditions. The fault lies, not with them, but with the facul- 


ties and alumni who, afflicted with megalomania, have been in- 
tent on increasing the wealth and size of the colleges, and, neg- 
lecting to safeguard the individual, have forgotten that im- 
proved opportunities do not necessarily imply improved indi- 
vidual training. 

As the individualism of the former small college units has 
disappeared, there has grown up the small fraternity units of 
from ten to forty members each, which daily influence the stu- 
dents throughout their course. This influence, whether good, 
bad, or indifferent, is dominant in many colleges. If our huge 
faculties cannot, like their smaller prototypes, closely touch the 
lives of their individual pupils, may not this be done through 
thoughtful alumni acting on the undergraduate members of 
their own fraternity, thereby greatly increasing the number of 
those who will pursue their college course earnestly and for its 
own sake ? 

The recent great growth of the Greek letter fraternities has 
not been fortuitous. Although their true meaning has not been 
studied or understood — to the greater shame of the faculty sys- 
tem—these fraternities are to-day great educational influences 
which furnish our most available means to raise the moral and 
mental tone of our colleges and universities — and as well as of 
preparatory schools — and to aid our sons and daughters in a 
struggle against greater odds and temptations, and moral, 
social, and athletic distractions, than the older generations 
ever dreamed of. 

Surely the power of these alumni is great enough. From the 
President, Vice-President, and Chief Justice of the United States, 
through all our educated classes, the pick of our alumni in 
wealth and influence are fratemitv men. If a tithe of this 
power can be turned back into the lives of the undergraduates 
to supplement the efforts of the faculties, we can do much to 
restore individualism. It has been under the faculty rule that 
moral, mental, and athletic conditions have steadily grown 
worse, although they are now improving in some ways. Cer- 
tainly no harm can come from organizing the alumni to con- 
sider and help end the present evils. Neither college nor frater- 
nity conditions are at present ideal. They are often bad, and 


there is real fonndation for all complaints. Unless promptly 
checked, the evils will grow far worse and more difficult to root 
out. This question must be studied by its friends, and the re- 
form must come from the fraternity alumni ; for the fraternities 
can be awakened and developed, but not driven, nor driven 
out. Like every other historical, educational, or social ques- 
tion, this must be studied carefrilly and with open minds by 
many alumni and from different standpoints, so as to cover 
widely divergent conditions in institutions that may be univer- 
sities or colleges, rich or poor, large or small, old and conser- 
vative or recent or radical, public or private, at the North, 
South, East, or West, and therefore governed by widely differ- 
ent religious, social, educational, and political influences. The 
wide distribution of its various chapters adds greatly to the 
perspective and corrective power of every fraternity, and makes 
it an ideal instrument for wisely investigating and righting un- 
dergraduate conditions at the same time in widely scattered 
institutions. The true fraternity alumnus can mold the lives 
and motives of his younger brothers. In most colleges the fra- 
ternities are so strong that if we can change the atmosphere of 
the fraternity houses, which for four years are the undergrad- 
uates' homes, we can change the whole undergraduate situa- 
tion. The fraternity alumni haye contributed hundreds of 
thousands of dollars for housing and otherwise helping the 
undergraduates. Every fraternity has many loyal and devoted 
graduates who willingly give time or money or both to the 
true interests of their younger brothers, and whose word is law 
to them. The character of the influence of each chapter depends 
largely upon the local alumni, strengthened, guided and im- 
pelled by a strong central organization. Why not apply mod- 
em business principles and systematic organization to this all- 
important problem ? We have 1,700 fraternity chapters in 363 
of our institutions of higher learning as foci from which the 
good influences might constantly and powerfully radiate. There 
has been too much tendency to make the fraternity the end and 
not the means. The alumni have not realized that the atmos- 
phere of the chapter-house determines the character of the 
chapter's influence on its individual members, and. that the 


ultimate responsibility for this atmosphere is on the alnmni. If 
we would make this atmosphere permanently good, we must 
appreciate that the alumni are the permanent and the under- 
graduates the transient body— completely changing every three 
years ; and the seniors, the governing boily, every year. We, 
as the permanent body, have no right to furnish our under- 
graduates with fine and exclusive homes, and then shirk respon- 
sibility for the future conduct and influence of those homes. 
The proper government of a chapter is a strict one, with the 
power in the hands of the upperclassmen, especially the seniors, 
who are in turn held strictly accountable to alumni who are in 
constant touch with the situation and personally acquainted 
with every undergraduate and his work and needs. Where 
such conditions are continuous, the chapter's success is assured, 
and the efiect on the undergraduates is highly beneficial. The 
fraternities, through strong central organizations, must make 
these conditions prevalent and continuous in every chapter. 
This has long been the theory, but the practice has been poor. 

The fraternities, with their numerous chapters in different 
institutions, have the best possible opportunities for the inves- 
tigation and correction of the wastes and for the enforcement 
of economies in college life. No one can measure the waste and 
lack of economy, to the college, the fraternity, the community, 
the family, or the individual, of a failure in college life, from 
whatever cause it comes. It is criminal that we have not 
studied these wastes in our colleges as we have in our factories, 
railroads, and other great industries, and that we have allowed 
the pendulum to swing so far to the other side, and have not 
long ago returned it to its mean, and found educational influ- 
ences to replace the small units of the earlier colleges. 

It is now time for the college fraternities to advance into the 
fourth period of their existence, and to devote their great 
wealth and influence — 

First, to a careful study of present undergraduate conditions, 
and to improving those conditions in all their own chapters. 

Second, to inciting their own active members to do their 
best possible work and get the best possible training during 
their college course. 


Third, to realize that in many ways they are their under- 
graduates' only hope for true individualism. 

Fourth, to co-operate in a large way with one another in 
the study and elimination of the too prevalent waste of lives 
daring the college course. 

Fifth, to reach backward into the preparatory schools and 
clean up moral conditions there. 

Let the fraternities, and as well the colleges, be judged, not 
by wealth or age or numbers, but by the results which they 
work out in the lives of their individual members; by the real 
value of their output, and not by the size of their capital or 
plant. These theories have been tried in a small way, and have 
been successful, but these conditions can be brought about only 
from within the fraternities themselves, and not by any pressure 
from without. The fraternities must themselves study thor- 
oughly, conscientiously, and systematically the great problems 
of student life which have recently grown up, and which the 
faculty system has been powerless to solve. In such a work 
they will have the hearty co-operation of their own alumni 
within and without the faculties, and of many alumni who 
never belonged to a fraternity. The chief danger is that we 
shall undertake a really great work in the narrow-minded and 
bigoted "secret society" spirit that has so long prevailed in 
fraternity matters ; that we shall treat it as a fraternity and 
not as an educational problem. It is no longer a fraternity ques- 
tion, but one of educational and vital importance to thousands 
of undergraduates, whether they belong to a fraternity or not. 

[That we may have both sides of the question we publish, also, a letter 
written in criticism of the above article.] 


As a regular subscriber and constant reader of The Outlook 
permit me to enter my protest against the article by Clarence 
F.Birdseye on " The Greek-Letter Fraternity as an Educational 
Influence," and also against your accompanying editorial on 
the same subject. I take exception to your position and object 
to the existence of these fraternities in colleges for the following 
reasons : 


1. They create and foster an unnatural class spirit, obtain- 
ing special privileges for a few in disregard for others. 

2. Their "special privileges" are not confined to their own 
club-rooms or fraternity houses, but are spread out over all the 
college life, usurping what should be the equal privileges of all, 
so that those who are not members find themselves ostracised 
and practically excluded from most of those pleasant, refining 
influences and associations which they might otherwise enjoy 
and which they have a right to expect in college. Indeed, your 
very articles plead for these privileges, but only in behalf of a 

3. Membership in these fraternities is not open on a fair 
basis to all students alike, to be won by them in an honorable 
way, but is dependent upon the whims and personal likes and 
dislikes of every undergraduate member of the organization at 
any particular time — one " blackball " of a college man already 
a member being sufficient to keep another college man out, no 
matter how worthy or how well liked by other members he 
may be. 

4. This arrangement breaks up instead of perfecting the 
natural bonds of fellowship which should exist between stu- 
dents of the same or congenial temperaments and tastes. Of 
two close fiiends — roommates, they may be, companions in 
study, having equal rank in the class-room — one is taken, the 
other left ; and the further close association of these two is dis- 
countenanced if not actually forbidden. One thus often sees 
himself cut off from the companionship of those in college 
whom he really loves and longs to be with. 

5. Many of the members of any local chapter of a fraternity 
are selected chiefly because of their wealth, social standing, or 
other external influences, or for other '* sporty " qualities, which 
render them valuable adjuncts in maintaining the all-around 
popularity of the chapter. This opens the way for what we 
may call a certain " black sheep " element in the local organiza- 
tion — that element whose worth can hardly be defined in terms 
of moral character. When this element predominates, as is apt 
to happen frota time to time, we have the "black sheep" chapter, 
which, no matter what the reputation of the National organi- 


zation may be, is a disgrace and a shame to any college. Under 
cover of their name and protected by it, the members often per- 
petrate the vilest things, until in some instances their chapter 
houses come to have a concealed reputation differing little from 
that of a house of ill-fame. Under cover of their fraternity name, 
members of this chapter appear among and associate with the 
respectable men and women of the college, and pose as leading 
college men. In the name of their fraternity, also, these people 
solicit and take in new members, who at the time are innocent 
and unsuspecting of the real character of some of the men (much 
less do the fond parents at home know of this), with the result 
that good young boys from Christian homes are demoralized 
even to such an extent that they have to be expelled from college 
before they have finished their course. 

6. The fraternity tends to develop in all of its members an 
air of exclusion and false superiority, which, in so far as it des- 
troys the feelings of universal sympathy and brotherly love for 
the weak as well as the strong, the neglected as well as the suc- 
cessful, the poor as well as the rich, and the ability to see and 
give equal credit for the good qualities in all people, is un-demo- 
democratic and unchristian. 

These objections we do not find in a local college club, organ- 
ized to meet the needs of a local body of students drawn to- 
gether by natural bonds. Neither do we find them in the more 
general secret orders, composed of adults, which almost any 
man under ordinary circumstances can join if he chooses. Even 
if a man upon his voluntary application for membership should 
be refused his request by three or more blackball votes, still the 
world is too large and there are too many other privileges at 
hand to make this rejection bother him. But at college many a 
man, compelled by circumstances which he could not control to 
forego the ordinary associations with his fellows, has spent the 
most bitter, the only bitter ^ years of his life at college, suffering, 
but resolved to fight it out. As he looks back on those years 
now, he thinks he could not be induced to repeat those experi- 
ences even at the cost of giving up the coveted college educa- 
tion. At least he would go to another college. 

College Graduate 


So often of late has Alpha Xi Delta been called npon to con- 
sider petitions from groups /desiring affiliation with her, that 
the question of extension has become almost painfully import- 
ant. A petitioning local much desired by certain of her chap- 
ters is voted down by others. It is time for thechapters to un- 
derstand each other in this matter. The following article gives 
the views of most of the chapters on this question. It is hoped 
that those who have no part in this statement of ideas, will ex- 
press themselves on this subject in the next Alpha Xi Dblta. 

The word expansion brings to our minds that problem 
which faces the body politic and it is no less grave a one for 
the body fraternal. In each case the vital issue is unity and 
strength, and in each it is frought with stem responsibility. 

As in all problems which confront us, our solution must be 
found in the greatest good for the individual and the organiza- 
tion. So it is in sorority expansion. Just so long as expansion 
of numbers and territory covered results in the most perfect 
unity of the sorority, the keenest sense of chapter responsibility 
and the greatest development of the individual, so long is it not 
a problem but an unerring guide. 

But the question arises, ** Where shall we stop?" "How 
many chapters will result in most perfect unity?" That is a 
question which can only be answered ultimately by experience 
and only conjectured by present fraternity status and their his- 
tory. The stopping place is like the bridge, " when we come to 
it," and to find it requires watchful vigilance all along the line. 
Above all it must be remembered as in the case of the body poli- 
tic that there is no secession and that prosperity is obtained 
only by mutual interdependence. 

Frances Piebey^ Alpha, 

How proud we all are of Alpha Xi Delta ! and why should 


we not be when the quill is worn by so many worthy girls in 
such worthy universities ? 

The time has come, far sooner than was dreamed, when we 
can carefully select the schools where chapters of Alpha Xi 
Delta shall be placed, and can still more carefully maintain our 
ideal standard of womanhood in these schools. 

But at the same time there is great room for work, and for 
hard work. We are still young and our name is not so widely 
known as that of other sororities ; so while we take for our 
motto "Quality not Quantity" we must remember there are 
splendid schools from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and in many 
of them typical Alpha girls are waiting eagerly for some stand- 
ard sorority to add their names to its ever increasing roll. 

Alice Babby Beta Chapter. 

The American watchword of to-day is extension. 

What could be better, then, for our fraternity than to adopt 
it as our watchword also. 

Although extension in the broad sense of the word is admir- 
able there is such a thing as being too extensive. 

Much must be considered most carefully by every individual 
wearing the quill before granting a chapter, thus giving rein to 
a band of girls to use as they like the power to drive Alpha Xi 
Delta's vehicle of extension, her reputation into safe or unsafe 

Equally and as earnestly to be considered is the standing of 
the college and the chances of its growth. 

We want our beloved blue and gold to float only in the at- 
mosphere of the live, wide-awake college. The college which, if 
it has not yet attained its maturity lies in line for steady • 

Extend Alpha Xi Delta westward, for the Western Univer- 
sity of to-day will be the Yale and Harvard of to-morrow ; ex- 
tend Alpha Xi Delta to the sunny South-land where lie for us 
the unopened "Fields Elysian" and let our fraternity grow in 
strength, in culture and in unison. 

V, Mavis Hudson, Delta. 


The much-mooted question of expansion is one which may 
well engage our most careful attention, for upon it depends, in 
ereat measure, the standing we are to maintain for ourselves 
Smong our brother and sisir fraternities, and before the bar- 
barian hordes as well. 

Being young in years, Alpha Xi Delta's policies are still in the 
formative period, and any course now entered upon must of 
necessity have far-reaching and permanent results. 

Alpha Xi Delta has long since passed the experimental stage. 
Her standing is unquestioned and her success, under ordinary 
conditions, assured. She has no need of haste in accepting new 
petitioners, nor of admitting any except those in every way de- 
sirable. We must not make the mistake of being too conserva- 
tive, for the continued prosperity and final success of Alpha Xi 
Delta as of any normal organization, depends upon a healthy 
growth and activity. We must increase our ranks if we are to 
advance upon — or even to hold — the ground already gained. 
We must widen our sphere of influence and raise our standard 
in many places where we are as yet but little known. 

But we can and should insist that each new chapter added 
to our roll shall meet the requirements for a desirable chapter 
in every particular — location, local strength, prospects, charac- 
ter and qualities of the girls who compose it should all be care- 
fully considered. That one chapter may fall a bit below stand- 
ard in some particular should never be made a reason for ad- 
mitting another on the same plane. Better the average — or 
at least maintain it — should be our watchword for the new 
chapter, that with each addition we may make a definite gain 
in strength, dignity and prestige. Better one such chapter each 
year than a dozen weaker ones, and better none than one of 
doubtful standing. Keep to the standard. 


The general opinion of our chapter seems to be that we 
want conservatism. We greatly desire to enter prominent 
eastern colleges, yet we wish to guard against mushroom 
growth, springing up so rapidly that we lack strength and 
endurance. Eta 


Alpha Xi Delta being a comparatively new sorority, meets 
little opposition in entering any institution. Therefore onr 
strength must assert itself in the character of the individual 
chapters. If we are careful to select chapters composed of girls 
who are representative, good scholars, and good mixers, we 
will be stronger with a large chapter roll. Maintaining such a 
standard as this we cannot fail to win against the strongest 
and oldest of nationals. We should think first of the institu- 
tion, considering only such petitions as come from universities 
of a wide and strong influence. Kappa 

When the horticulturist plans for the transplanting of some 
valuable fruit-bearing tree, his first care must be to know 
whether the prospective soil and climate will be advantageous 
for its growth, and whether, in the field of its adoption, its 
fi-uit shall have a market. 

It is well for us, to whom have been entrusted the care and 
cultivation of the principles of Alpha Xi Delta to make a can- 
vass of their adaptability to new environments, the fitness of 
new fields for their resetting, and the demand there found for 
what their growth produces. 

All the initiated know what hardihood, and tenacity, and 
vitality these principles possess. Wherever human hearts are 
found they struggle for a rooting. They penetrate the very 
bed-rock of our civilization. And where the soil has been en- 
riched by Christian culture and the higher education, their 
growth is strong and vigorous. 

It may be that different fields have difierent atmospheres. 
We have been accustomed to believe that East and West and 
North and South are thus distinguished. Is it worth our while 
to ask if these difierences can affect the growth and mainte- 
nance of that to which our sorority has pledged us ? Has it been 
found so in New York, or in South Dakota, or in Wisconsin, or 
in West Virginia ? Let the girls there answer. 

Forthefruits of our Alpha Xi Delta there is universal hunger. 
To procure them men have dared the dangers of the deep, stood 
fearless in the face of war, and toiled patiently in time of 


Then, because it cannot be hampered by environment ; because 
its principles are universal ; because its culture is foundational, 
and cannot be dispensed with in any situation, Alpha Xi Delta, 
cannot be sectional. There can be no limit to her territorial 
expansion. This truth, however, needs no argument. It has a 
practical demonstration in the fact that already we have pros- 
perous chapters in the East and West and North — and shall I 
say the South ? New England calls West Virginia south, Ala- 
bama calls her north. Poor West Virginia. This denial of re- 
lationship does not argue as it seems, for once the North and 
South fought over her, and it must be onlycourtesy tothe other 
that makes each disclaim her now. But that's neither here nor 
there. We have no chapters '* down in Dixie.'' And we ought 
to have. There is no field more inviting. There are no girls 
who can embody our ideals with more grace and sweetness 
than can the daughters of the Huguenots, or Cavaliers. Rich 
in their appreciation of that ideal named second in our creed, 
because of their inheritance from the ageof chivalry, they clothe 
the ideals that remain with somewhat more of tenderness than 
did the Puritan who thought to have established over them a 
particular protectorate. 

We need New England girls, too, to vow a new allegiance to 
the principles that helped to form the basis for New England 
character and culture. And everywhere that worth prepares 
the way our beloved principles ought to be established. 

But how ? We must be very careful not to entrust our in- 
terests to incompetent or unworthy hands. Careful investiga- 
tion should be made of every group petitioning for the honor 
of such custody. But should we always wait for chance or 
circumstance, to bring about such petitioning ? Occasionally, 
some one of our girls goes to another college where Alpha Xi 
Delta is not represented. There she may see an opening, and 
attract a group of girls who seek adoption. But this means 
slow growth, because it does not often happen. More often a 
fraternity interested in us plans for our advancement. But this 
method is not always satisfactory. It tends, too much, to the 
impression that there is some bond between the sorority estab- 
lished and the fraternity that helps in its establishment. This 
ought to be avoided. 


Would it not be possible for Alpha Xi Delta to have an officer 
whose dnty it should be to make asystematic investigation of 
conditions at the colleges and universities where we are not 
known, and when conditions seem to justify, to visit such insti- 
tutions, and take the initiative in creating a desire among the 
eli^ble to investigate our merits, and try for our approval ? Of 
course, such a move must be attended by the greatest tact and 
caution. Perhaps its mere suggestion should be reserved for 
secret council. (If so, sister editor, you are at libertj^ to sup- 
press it here.) But I did want to say something that might 
seem practical. 

With all our zeal to share our blessings we must still be care- 
ful not to lower our standards, nor cheapen what we now hold 
dear. Only bona fide colleges and universities should attract 
us. Girls in secondary schools are usually too immature to 
understand the function of sorority life and work. There is 
enough for us to do on higher ground. Let us be about it. 

Dmsilla V, P. Johnson, Iota 


"In my humble opinion we ought to be neither tooconserva> 
tive nor too liberal in our extension policy. The girls peti- 
tioning might be desirable, yet there are other things to be con- 
sidered, such as the character of the institution, the existing 
conditions and prospects for growth as well as the number of 
other sororities in the field." 


" Second degree work has been a great source of fian for me, 
but I am coming now to believe less in it and to enjoy it less. 
While one does not think of initiation without the usual goat 
ride and mystery accompanying it and while we all enjoy talk- 
ing to the pledges about what awaits them, I really believe our 
initiation could be improved, made more sacred and impressive 
without the second degree." 

" My opinion is that the mock ceremony ought to be done 


away with entirely and at once. After the solemnity and beau- 
ty of the first degree to go then with the mock ceremony low- 
ers the dignity, and really I can see disappointment in the faces 
of some of the fine girls we take in when that is in progress." 


'' My sorority has done more for me than I can tell or even 
realize, yet as the days of college draw to a close, its fuller 
significance is impressing itself upon me. It has presented 
principles which will influence my whole life. It has caused me to 
form more lasting and deeper friendships than otherwise possi- 
ble and has taught me to judge people from an all-round stand- 
point. My sisters have taught me lessons I could not possibly 
have learned at home, being an only child : to be less selfish, to 
yield petty differences, to give up some cherished hope without 
feeling terribly wronged and to control my temper. All these 
things tend to make a girl more womanly and give her the true 
poise of a noble woman." Delta 

''My sorority has brought me closer friendships than I 
would have formed in any other way. It has helped me to fos- 
ter and develop the small executive ability I possess, and has 
been to me a school in right living." Alpha 

"I think that the best policy for Alpha Xi Delta to adopt 
in regard to extension is that chapters shall be placed in large 
colleges where the membership is flourishing and amply suf- 
ficient to supply the sorority with good material. Chapters 
should not be too numerous. Let us expand slowly, steadily 
and surely. There should be no weak link, as we all know that 
a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Let us be sure of 
our ground and plant ourselves firmly, where we can have op- 
portunity to grow and material to use." Alpha 

" Executive ability and tact are results of sorority life ; also 
insight into the best of womanly nature." 

•* The best extension policy for Alpha Xi Delta is to place 
chapters where there is plenty of material fi-om which to draw 


membership, either in large institutions or in smaller colleges 
not already overcrowded with sororities." Gamma, 

*' At this time an Eastern and Southern growth seems desir- 

'' A mock ceremony or second degree initiation adds much to 
the variety that seasons sorority life. In moderate doses it is 
not harmful and yields much amusement to those who have al- 
ready passed through this "ordeal." I fear that to destroy 
"Alpha's Nanny Goat" would be to rob the pledges of that 
mysterious, awesome, incomprehensible fascination of becoming 
a Greek." Iota 

•* My sorority has given me twelve strong friends upon whose 
sympathy and help I may rely. It has given me an interest in 
my sisters all over the United States and a strong interest in 
their collegiate chapters. It has made me feel more than ever 
that I want to come back to Illinois. It has made me appreci- 
ate what friendship may do for a group of girls, and has shown 
me more fully what sororities stand for." 

"A girl should be a good student, come from a good family 
and show some social power. She should be well bted, of an 
agreeable disposition and show some character and individu- 
ality." Kappa. 

" The thing to consider first in a prospective member is, what 
the girl's ideals are, for these will determine her life to a great 
extent as well as the good she will do the sorority. Popu- 
larity is not always a true test, but it is well to consider why a 
girl is popular or the reverse as people in most cases judge accu- 
rately. Her manner, her yielding to others and her care of her 
personal appearance are all indications of her ideals. She should 
be honest, capable and loyal to start with, for the initiation, 
beautiful as it is, cannot transform heron the spot but can only 
help her in her ideals." Iota 

"A good program for Pounder's Day should include some 
music and some entertaining features — a play, recitations or 


something of like nature — and a complete history of the chap- 
ter's work in the past year. I think some account of the begin- 
ning of the national sorority and of the local chapter should 
be included." Eta 

"Sorority life has broadened ray outlook, given me friends, 
taught me the value of people and trained me in a business way. 
It also teaches one how to act in an emergency, gives added 
zest to college life and trains one in patience, broadmindedness 
and perseverence." Eta 

" In choosing a girl, I think we should look for one of good 
scholarship and one in favor with her instructors. We should 
know of her home life as far as possible, and we should look for 
a girl of high aspirations — one who is willing to work, and 
work hard for any good cause ; for a girl who we judge will 
live up to the standards of our organization." Eta 

" I think mock ceremony, or second degree work, is a relic of 
barbarism. It certainly does not prepare a girl to enter into 
the spirit of such a beautiful and impressive ceremony as our 
initiation service is. Or how can a girl who has just been initi- 
ated and whose heart is still aglow with what she has just 
vowed, feel in the mood to go through a mock ceremony if it 
follows the other? Again, how can girls who are aiming at 
such high ideals as we are striving for, take pleasure in such 
work ? As for the plea that some such thing is needed to rub 
oflF the " freshness " of the new members, some better and more 
uplifting plan than mock ceremony can be found to bring about 
the same result . * ' Tbeta 

**A good plan for the observance of Founder's Day is for the 
girls to assemble and first of all have the Constitution read and, 
if necessary, explained anew. We should be reminded of the 
purpose for which we exist; of our principles and aim. The 
meaning of Founder's Day should be explained and the story of 
our individual chapter's growth should be related. It is a good 


day for an initiation of new members. Then a spread or ban- 
qnet is in order. The meeting should not close before some rous- 
ing Alpha Xi Delta songs has been sung and the yell given with 
true Alpha enthusiasm." Tbeta 

** Sorority life has given me a wider and better view of social 
life. It has made me more careful in everything I do. It has 
helped me to be less selfish and more thoughtful of those with 
whom I associate." Beta 

"A good and suitable program for Founder's Day, we think, 
is an informal party for our own chapter girls. We like to spend 
this day above all others by ourselves. A history of the pre- 
ous year is read and also a short sketch of the sorority from its 
very beginning. It helps us to realize the standard we are try- 
ing to maintain, and above all we can look back and try to 
appreciate what the founders have done for us." Zeta 


On Saturday, June ninth, one of the most faithful and best 
beloved of Gamma's members was called home after a long and 
patiently borne illness of tuberculosis. In her the chapter has 
lost an ideal member, as well as one of the most talented girls 
who ever added honor to her sorority. 

Dora Brown was bomin Minneapolis, October 5, 1881. After 
some years spent in New York, she came to Mt. Union College 
with her parents who were at the head of the musical depart- 
ment. She showed marked musical ability at an early age and 
during her six years at Mt. Union was one of the most profi- 
cient pianists. Her work in public of which she did much was 
of a very high order, being exceptional in intelligent apprecia- 
tion, strength, delicacy and refinement. Dora also possessed a 
very pleasing soprano voice and for several years was a mem- 
ber of the Mammon quartette. In 1898 she graduated from 
the musical department with the degree of Mus. B. 

During the years of her college life Dora was most loyally de- 
voted to S. L. C, now the Gamma chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, 
and when separated from its associations her love increased 
rather than waned. During commencement week of 1904 she 
with a number of S. L. C. alumnae, returned to take the vows 
of the national organization. The sorority and its interests 
were second to none outside of her home. 

In the fall of 1901, Dora went to Cleveland with her parents 
where she met with marked success, both as a teachejr of music 
and as a piano soloist. Her work as accompanist for the Phil- 
harmonic Singing Society and also for the Epworth Choral 
Union was highly spoken of by the Cleveland papers. 

During the eighteen months of her illness, she was hopeful, 
cheerful, courageous, receiving the loving attention of numer- 
ous friends with the deepest gratitude and appreciation. In 



January of this year Dora went to the sanitarium at Asheyille, 
N. C, and for a time improved nnder the treatment. After her 
return to Cleveland in April, the disease gained fresh impetus 
and complication arose from which she succumbed June ninth. 
Wholly above all meanness or petty strife only those who 
knew her best can appreciate what her affiliation with the 
chapter has meant and what an inspiration her life has been, 
and willcontinue to be, to her fellow members. 

Whbrbas, The Almighty God, in His infinite mercy has 
taken our beloved sister, Dora Brown, unto himself, be it 

Resolved^ That we, in behalf of Alpha Xi Delta sorority do 
tender to her bereaved family our smcerest and most tender 
sympathy, assuring them that every individual member of the 
sisterhood feels the deepest regret for her demise. And be it 

i?eso7ved. That these resolutions be published, in the next issue 
of the Alpha Xi Delta journal and another copy be spread 
upon the official records of the sorority. 


Bessie B. Williamson, (Alpha) 
Frances Richy (Alpha) 
Nellie Tribby (Beta) 


The following chapter averages and the grades of those 
ranking 95 per cent, and above in the recent sorority examina- 
tion are respectfully submitted . A grade of 95 per cent, excuses 
a member from the examination to be held in January, 1907. 

In general the papers were very good, some excellent ideas 
being brought out in those questions requiring originality and 
individual opinions. 


Chapter average, 91 per cent. 

Frances Richey 97 

Florence HoUister 97 

Besse Williamson 96 

Chapter average, 86 per cent. 


Chapter average, 89 per cent. 

Lucile Strong 97 

Elsie Jones 96 

Augusta Yost 95 

Chapter average, 84 per cent. 


Chapter average, 89 per cent. 

Alice Breene 95 


Chapter average, 85 per cent. 


Chapter average, 81 per cent. 

Dora Lockwood 95 

Lena Baldwin 96 


Chapter average, 90 per cent 

Polly Fenton 97 

Mary Rayne 96 

Georgia Chase 96 

Chapter average, 85 per cent 

Drusilla Johnson 95 

Crystal Courtney 95 


Chapter average, 90 per cent 

Marian Bell 96 

Clarinne Llewellyn 96 


Mary Emily Kay, 

Grand Secretatj. 



The Fifth Inter-Sorority Conference was called by Mrs. Robt. Leib, 
Alpha Xi Delta, at the Victoria Hotel, Chicago, Friday afternoon, Septem- 
ber 14, 1906. Miss Jobelle Holcombe, Chi Omegra, acted as secretary of the 
Conference. A committee on credentials was appointed and the following 
del^^tes were enrolled: 

Kai^pa Alpha Theta— Mrs. Laura H. Norton, 2541 N. Paulina St. , Chicago. 

Pi Beta Phi— Miss Elizabeth Gamble, 565 Cass Ave., Detroit. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma— Miss George Challoner, 456 New York Ave., Osh- 
kosh. Wis. 

Delta Gamma— Miss Margaret Sheppard, 225 Greenwood Boulevard, 
Evanaton, 111. 

Alpha Pni-Mrs. J. H. McEboy, 153 E. 54th St., Chicago. 

Gamma Phi Beta— Miss Lillian W. Thompson, 326 W. 61st Place, Chicago. 

Alpha Chi Omega— Mrs. Richard Tennant, 824 S. 5th St. ,Terre Haute, Ind. 

Chi Omega— Miss Jobelle Holcombe, Camall Hall, Fayetteville, Ark. 

Delta Delta Delta— Mrs. Amy Olgen Parmlee, 918 Chase Ave. , Chicago. 

SiGBCA Kappa— Mrs. G. A. Marsh, 1219 Washington St., Hoboken, N. J. 

Alpha Omicron Pi— Mrs. Clifford Bigelow, 396 S. 41st Ave., Chicago. 

Alpha Xi Delta— Mrs. Robt. Leib, 1271 Washington St., Springfield, 111. 

The secretary read the report of the Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference. 
Mrs. Lieb then read a report of her work as secretary of the Fourth Inter- 
Sorority Conference. This report was a resume of the work accomplished 
during the year, and is in part as follows: 

After the close of the Fourth Conference the secretary had printed 500 
copies of the record of Conference proceedings and sent copies to the Grand 
Secretaries for distribution to chapters and officers, to conference delegates, 
and to the five sororities that had petitioned the Conference for membership. 
Five hundred copies were too few this year on account of the increased in- 
terest in the Conference. Gamma Phi Beta decided at her November, 1905, 
convention to co-operate with the Conference in all points. The Conference 
Secretary took a vote of Grand Presidents at the close of the Conference to 
permit the Michigan sororities to pledge non-matriculates. The Grand Presi- 
dents voted to ratify the recommendations of the Fourth Conference, and 
Michigan was granted the dispensation for one year. During the year, the 
Secretary, at the suggestion of Miss Wheeler, Kappa Kappa Gamma, investi- 
gated the best points of the constitution of Women's Social Service Leagues 
then in operation, with the result that a model or sample constitution was 
formed. This has been given wide circulation, having been sent to the 
Deans of state institutions and to many interested persons. In December, a 


conference of Deans of women of state institutions was held in Chica^ and 
the secretary of the Conference was asked to arran^re a session with repre- 
sentatives of the Ck>nf erence. Consequently the Chicas:o delegfates to the 
Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference were present and a pleasant and helpful 
meeting was the result. Letters from Deans of fifteen institutions have 
since heen received by the Secretary. The Wisconsin Pan-Hellenic sent a 
petition for investigation of local conditions to the Grand Presidents of sor- 
orities and to the conference delegates. It was decided to send an investi- 
gating committee before the close of the school year. Most of the sororities 
having Wisconsin chapters sent a delegrate. The committee secured valuable 
information concerning the situation. All Grand Presidents except two have 
unconditionally approved the constitution for the Inter-Sorority Conference 
which was proposed by the Fourth Conference. The expense of the Confer- 
ence for each sorority this year is two dollars ($2.00). The Pan-Hellenics 
have done a good work through the year with but few difficulties arising to 
detract from the whole. The Secretary recommends that the Conference 
formulate a working constitution for Pan-Hellenics for their assistance. 

Reports were then read by the delegratesfrom the several sororities with 
the exception of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega. These 
three reports were deferred until September 15. The reports included tlie 
sorority's progress in Pan-Hellenic and Social service work, convention action 
bearing upon the Inter-Sorority Conference, conflicts and difficulties arising^ 
from the inter-sorority compact, attitude of the sorority toward granting ex- 
ceptions to inter-sorority laws, recommendations to the Inter-Sorority Con- 

Information was asked by Mrs. Tennant on Pan-Hellenic and Social Ser- 
vice work. Mrs. Tennant was appointed a committee of one to correspond 
with the visiting delegates, or with such persons as perform the duty of 
visiting delegates of the several sororities, with a view of interesting them 
in the Social Service work, and of obtaining a report on the work done by 
each chapter along this line. 

The question as to whether a unanimous or a majority vote should prevail 
in Pan-Hellenic transactions was brought up. The question as to whether 
eligibility to chairmanship in Pan-Hellenics date from establishment of a 
chapter as a local or as a national was also brought up. 

After some discussion a motion was made and carried that a committee, 
with Mrs. Leib as chairman, be appointed to draw up a model constitution 
to be submitted to Pan-Hellenics as a guide in framing a constitution. This 
committee was composed of Mrs. Leib, Mrs. Norton and Miss Gamble. 

A motion was made and carried that the editors of the several sororities 
be requested to insert in the directory page of the journal the name and ad- 
dress of the Secretary of the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

A motion was made and carried that each sorority send $5.00 to the Sec- 
retary as soon as possible to defray the expenses for the coming year. E^ch 
delegate was instructed to inform her Grand President of such action* 

The Conference adjourned until Saturday, September 15. 


At the second session the reports deferred from the preceding session 
were read. The reports of the standing committees were then taken up. 
Mrs. Parmlee gave the report of the representative committee sent to Madi- 
son, Wisconsin. This committee met the local Pan-Hellenic and heard the 
claims of the sororities for special dispensation. The request from the Pan- 
Hellenic was read. The sororities asked for dispensation for two years and 
promised to pledge only seniors in High Schools, and to abolish floating pledges 
if the pledge does not enter the University one year from September follow- 
ing the pledging. It was moved and carried that the Ck>nf erence recommend 
to the Grand Presidents that the request be granted on the conditions men- 
tioned above. 

The petition from Michig^an was then read. It was moved and carried 
that the Conference recommend to the Grand Presidents that dispensation be 
granted to Michigan for one year, provided only seniors in the High Schools 
be pledged and the pledge be withdrawn if the yoimg lady does not enter the 
University one year from September following the pledging. 

A motion was made and carried that one sorority at Wisconsin and at 
Michigan University be interested in the conditions existing in those two 
universities and asked to study those conditions with a view to improvement. 
Mrs. McElroy was appointed a committee of one to interest Alpha Phi at 
Michigan, Miss Challoner, to interest Kappa Kappa Gamma at Wisconsin. 

The delegrates took luncheon together, and the afternoon session convened 
for the continuation of reports of standing committees. Miss Thompson, as 
chairman of the committee appointed to confer with the Deans of Women 
on matters of sorority interest, gave her report which is printed in separate 
covers for distribution. It was suggested that the Grand Presidents be asked 
to send to the Secretary of the Inter-Sorority Ck>nference the addresses of 
(KMsible representatives in the Deans' Conference since it was suggested 
that each sorority be represented in the Deans' Conference. 

It was moved and carried that the Conference present to the several 
sororities the following motion for their consideration: Resolved, that soror- 
ities in High Schools and other secondary schools should be discountenanced, 
and that after four years from date of notification by Grand Presidents each 
sorority in the Inter-Sorority Conference refuse to admit any yoimg w6man 
who has been a member of a sorority in a High School or a secondary school. 

The committee on the model constitution for Pan-Hellenics submitted a 
constitution which, with slight variations, was accepted. The constitution 
is printed separately for distribution. 

The constitution of the Inter-Sorority Conference was then taken up. 
Since a tmanimous vote could not be obtained on the constitution as pre- 
sented by the Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference, some amendments were 
made in hopes that a working constitution may be adopted. The constitu- 
tion is again presented to the Grand Presidents for their consideration. The 
constitution is as follows: 



The name of this oiganization shall be the Inter-Sorority Conference. 


The object of the Inter-Sorority Conference shall be to improve the 
methods of rushing and pledging and to consider questions of general interest 
to the Sorority world. 

ARTICLE III. -Organization. 

The Conference shall be composed of one delegrate from each national 
Sorority represented. 

ARTICLE IV.— Eligibility to Membership. 

No Sorority shall be represented in the Conference which has less than 

five chapters or which has any chapter in an institution below collegiate 


ARTICLE v.— Meetings. 

The Conference shall assemble annually, time and place of the following 
meeting to be arranged each year. 

ARTICLE VI.— Calling of Meetings. 

Section 1. The meetings of the Conference shall be called by the Sor- 
orities in rotation. 

Sec. 2. The official list shall be : 

1. Pi Beta Phi. 

2. Kappa Alpha Theta. 

3. Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

4. Delta Gamma. 
6. Alpha Phi. 

6. Gamma Phi Beta. 

7. Alpha Chi Omega. 

8. Delta Delta Delta. 

9. Alpha Xi Delta. 

10. Chi Omega. 

11. Sigma Kappa. 

12. Alpha Omicron Pi. 

Sec. 3. Additions to official list shall be made in order of electi<» to 

Sec. 4. The delegate from the Sorority calling the conference shall act 
as Chairman, and the delegate from the Sorority next in order shall act as 
Secretary of the Conference, and shall continue in office until she calls the 
next Conference. 


ARTICLE VII.— Powers. 

The powers of this organization shall be two-fold: first to propose legis- 
lation to the Sororities; second, to act as a standing court of appeal to set- 
tle local difficulties reported to it by the Sororities or by Pan-Hellenic Asso- 


ARTICLE VIII.— Duties op Officers. 

Section 1. Chairman: The chairman shall preside at the meetings. 

Sec. 2. Secretary: The duties of the secretary shall be as follows: 

She shall keep the minutes. 

She shall send reports of the Conference, within two weeks after ad- 
joamment, to the members of the Conference and to all Grand Secretaries of 
the Sororities represented in the Conference for distribution to chapters and 
officers of their Sororities. 

She shall issue questions proposed by the Conference to the Grand Sec- 
retaries for presentations to their Sororities and shall, upon receipt of the 
result, send notice of same to all Grand Secretaries. 

She shall report all measures of Inter-Sorority interest passed by any 
Grand Council or by any convention at once to the Conference. 

She shall send to each Grand Secretary voting blanks for all motions 
submitted to the Sororities by the Conference. 

She shall prepare the program of the next Conference meeting and the 
instructions to delegates, and shall issue the call for the next meeting. 

She shall have power on application from any Pan-Hellenic Association to 
appoint a member of the Conference whose Sorority interests are not in- 
volved in the question at issue, to investigate and arbitrate any difilculty 
arising in the Pan-Hellenic. Expenses of the one sent are to be paid by the 

k)cal Pan-Hellenic. 

ARTICLE IX.— Legislation. 

Legislation enacted by a Sorority at the suggestion of the Conference 
can be repealed or modified only by formal action of the Sororities, who 
must follow the regular order of procedure. Legislation cannot be changed 
by any one Sorority or by the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

ARTICLE X.— Amendments. 

This constitution may be amended by a unanimous vote of all the Sor- 
orities represented in the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

It was suggested that the following motions, that have already been 
acted upon, be emphasized in the report of the Fifth Inter-Sorority Confer- 

1. A pledge day shall be adopted by the national sororities in each col- 
lege where two or more of them exist. 

2. The pledge day in each college shall be fixed by the Pan-Hellenic as- 
sociation existing there. 

3. No student shall be asked to join a sorority before she has matricu- 


4. HstriculfttkKi shoU be defined as the day of enrollment u a stadent 
in the university or college. 

The conference wishea to emphasize also the recommendatione of the 
Fourth Inter-Sorority Conference: 

1. That the Secretoiy of the Conference be sent copies of all the soror- 
ity journals. 

2. That all sorority journal editora be requested to send exchanges to 
offlcers of all other sororities and to all chapters in collies where the re- 
spective sororities are represented. 

5. That each Grand Secretary send to the Inter-Sorority Conference 
Secretary revised lists of chapter rolls and officers to facilitate her work. 

The Secretary was asked to investigate the laws of the states concren- 
ing the making and wearing of badges by unauthorized persona. Some com- 
plaint was made that unauthorized jewelers are putting on sale cheap, un- 
official pins that may be purchased by any person. The Conference was 
asked to do what it could in the matter. 

The Conference adjourned till September, 1907. 


Secretary FSfih Inter-Sorority Con/erenee. 



How often do those of ns who have so recently bade fare 
well to college days revert to the scenes which made every day 
and every hour of our life there so dear and hallowed ! 

Just as we miss the fostering fold of our Alma Mater and 
live over in memory the days that are past, so we miss onr 
daily worship at the shrine of Alpha Xi Delta. 

We are gone but Alpha Xi Delta lives on, her principles are 
from everlasting to everlasting! Other true, loyal Christian 
girls have taken onr places and are striving to attain to an 
Alpha's ideal of true womanhood. Dear sisters, raise your 
standard high, and keep the ensign of double blue and gold for- 
ever unfurled before you. 

Our ties with you have not been broken and " there's a tie 
that binds us closely" has as much significance as ever. Our 
interest is with you and our love ; we are ready and waiting to 
do as you would have us do. 

We, who have placed our names among the illustrious alum- 
nae, bid all new girls welcome and trust that Alpha Xi Delta 
and her sacred emblem, the quill, will mean to you as much as 
it has meant to us, a hope in every sorrow, a shelter from much 
pain. /. A, S., '05 


What combination is the best in North or South or East or 
West, but Alpha Xi Delta ? What a thrill it sends through all 
our hearts whenever we hear it ! No one, who does not know 
its inner meaning, can tell what our sorority means to us. It 
means, in many instances, the moulding of certain phases of 
our character which, perhaps, would not have been broadened 
otherwise. It means the true, lasting friendships without which 
life is miserable. 


So often strangers ask tts if onr sorority is a national one 
and how prond we are to answer, yes. That one little word 
gives tts a prominence and a value which no other conld give. 
Our sorority rises instantly in their estimation as one worthy 
to be looked up to. We, ourselves, are proud of Alpha Xi 
Delta, but we feel so much more proud of her when we know 
how high she stands in the estimation of those outside of her 
mystic circle. 

Not only is our sorority known as a national one but she is 
among the few who take part in the international conference. 
This makes our dear Alpha Xi rise still higher in the minds of 
our friends. When it means all this to those who do not really 
know her, what must it mean to us. 

Dear Alpha Xi Delta sisters, we have a name and a standard 
to uphold of which we may justly be proud and for which we 
should give our best thought and work. The more we love 
any one the more we want to work for that one. Why should 
it be less true of Alpha Xi Delta ? Let us ever strive, not only 
as active chapters but as alumnse also, to keep our standard 
high and to live the life of our rose. Delta. 


Advice is cheap, I know and of course, would be coming 
from one, so young in the arts of sorority life as I. 

The question has been asked me, ** What do you think that 
girl will add to our sorority ? " A new girl does not necessarily 
need to be qualified to add any new benefit to our sorority but 
if she is a true, honest girl she will tend to strenghten the sororl 
ity, generally. Again, it does not seem to me that high stand- 
ing in college work must always be a necessary qualification. 
Not every girl, though she may be very studious, can acquire 
high grades. We want girls with kind loving dispositions, those 
who will be sisters to the girls and who will '* stand pat " in all 
trials and tribulations of a sorority. 

Let each girl think twice before she acts and consider the 
question whether or not she will be, in any way injuring the 


good reputation of her sorority. Let her be as watchful of her 
sorority's reputation as of her own. 

Let her not forget that her rival sororities are the possessors 
of true-minded girls as well as is her own sorority. Let her not 
be so narrow-minded as to see only noble qualities in those she 
terms "our girls." Flossa V. Williams , Gamma 


Never were girls made happier than those sixteen members 
and pledges of our chapter who, last July, received invitations 
to a house party at the home of Misses Mildred, Lucile and 
Louise Brady of Richland, Iowa. And when upon the chosen 
day we all arrived from different points of the state, the hearty 
welcome tendered us made us feel at home at once, and gave 
assurance of good times to come. 

The second floor of the hospitable home had been vacated 
for our use, and here we bunked, holding midnight revels and 
exchanging confidences until the wee small hours of morning. 

What glorious days those were, and why should they not 
have been with such perfect weather, such congenial girls and 
such unlimited hospitality to make them so ? 

Each day we were invited to the home of some Alpha sister 
or college friend who chanced to live in the vicinity, either for a 
meal or to spend the afternoon or evening. One of our favorite 
pastimes at these gatherings was to get up impromptu theatri- 
cals, and by the end of the week we were in such perfect train- 
ing that I doubt if the scenes both comic and tragic could he 
surpassed on any stage. 

When no other recreation was afforded, the piano and our 
local Alpha song books were always ready ; never were songs 
sung with such spirit and enthusiasm as those. I am sure that 
it was with a feeling of envy that the passersby heard the merry 
voices with which theirs could not join. 

Today that July week is but a memory and is stored away 
in our minds with many of the other happenings of a student's 
life, yet I speak the sentiments of all sixteen girls when I say 
that it will ever hold a prominent place among these recollections 
both for the good time's sake and for an example of true hospi- 
tality. Alice Babbf Beta 



What joy and pride thrills the heart of a giri when she first 
wears the knot of double blue and gold ! Prom that moment 
the one thing uppermost in her mind is the time when she shall 
be joined in the bonds of sisterhood. The time between pledg- 
ing and initiation is a very important one. Then is the time to 
bring the new girl close to the heart of Alpha Xi Delta and to 
make her feel that there is something good and grand awaiting^ 
her. A girl, exultant and enthusiastic at the time she is pledged, 
may become indifferent if she feels that the same interest is not 
taken in her as before. Pledging a girl for a long time tends to 
make her dissatisfied. Be cautious in choosing a member ; then 
it will not require months to prove her. When the time comes 
to accept this new sister let us do it in such a way that she will 
be impressed with all that it means to us. Bring out strongly 
the principles for which Alpha Xi Delta stands so that she may 
realize fully the help that she can derive from it. Public initia- 
tions and stunts practised by Greek organizations are often se- 
verely criticized. Comments on the sad ending of a fraternity 
initiation recently at an Ohio college shows how quickly the 
public are willing to judge. Can we afford to thus prejudice 
people against an institution which we feel is above reproach ? 
Harmless, yes. It may be a little peculiarity in dress or speech 
but it is conspicuous. And does the fan pay ? 

A. M. K., Delta 


The article in this issue which we have copied from a sum- 
mer number of Tbe Outlook ^ is written for the fraternity, but 
in some respects it applies no less acutely to the sorority. 

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One of the greatest functions of each chapter of a sisterhood 
is to set a standard of the best possible work in college and to 
strive for the best results in training from that work. This 
statement does not mean that such a function is the only im- 
portant one a sorority possesses. If it were, each chapter 
would be a mill for ''grinding," using the term in its sense of 
college slang. But some of us have a careless notion that the 
sorority's great aim is to brighten college days, to introduce 
new friends, to educate socially, forgetting that true sisters in 
a society as well as in a family, share not only the joys of life, 
but also its duties and responsibilities. 

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The statement made by Mr. Birdseye that the fraternity is in 
many ways the undergraduate's only hope for true individual- 
ism is also true, and has been often commented upon. His say- 
ing that there is a too prevalent waste of life during the college 
course is not so common. We believe this is true in the case of 
the sorority. Time spent to no purpose is time lost. As we 
grow older we realize this more and more, many of us regret- 
ting time thrown away in the younger days. Students in a 
sorority should co-operate to help each other to the best and 
highest employment of the college days. 

If Mr. Birdseye's suggestions are followed, it must come in 
time that fraternities will ** be judged, not by wealth or age or 
numbers, but by the results which they work out in the lives of 
their individual members." 

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A short time ago we had. the pleasure of conversing with a 
well known college president and one of his professors on the 


subject of college sororities. Both these men stated that they 
had long since ceased to judge their students by the quality of 
their work, alone. They realize the greater importance of 
womanliness and strength of character gained in life outside 
the classroom. The president stated emphatically that his in- 
stitution cannot do for the individual what the sorority can. 
In illustration he cited a case that had come to his notice, of a 
girl who entered college with an unusually keen mind and a 
striking personality which was greatly injured by a rather 
boisterbus manner. ** Contact with the other students did not 
seem to help her," he said, "until she entered a sorority. Then 
it was surprising to see her rapidly change to a quiet, dignified 
girl." The professor corroborated this statement and added, 
**That is by no means the only case of its kind I have ob- 

The sorority in consideration was not Alpha Xi Delta, but 
we trust that the spirit of kindly, helpful criticism in our or- 
ganization must work out a similar transformation. A soror- 
ity can do no work nobler than to bring about the silent, al- 
most imperceptibly increasing improvement of character, the 
true individualism of which Mr. Birdseye speaks. 

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A prominent member of Alpha Xi Delta has written that she 
would not have the writers for our journal strive so much for 
excellence, polish and perfection that they lose originality, 
power and sisterly spirit. She says we are a small sorority 
and should be a friendly one. We quite agree with her in this 
and do not wish any member to think that a previous editorial 
pleading for carefully written articles and dignified chapter let- 
ters and personals means for a moment the repression of origi- 
nality, power, or friendliness. We desire these qualities especi- 
ally. The last is comparatively easy to secure. We believe 
that our journal is not lacking in a friendly or sisterly spirit. 
But power and originality are not given to the ordinary inex- 
perienced writer. The girls whose work appears in our pages 
are seldom girls who make a practice of writing, and still less 
frequently girls who write for publication outside our journal. 


We want the expression of the thoughts of our members, even 
if these thoughts be clothed in words that are not their most 
fitting garments. We should feel sorry to have anyone misun- 
derstand us in this. We are a sisterhood. Our journal is our 
organ of communication, not a literary magazine. We merely 
ask for care in writing that shall place our productions upon 

the college level. 

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Alpha Xi Delta is expectantly awaiting the new song book 
which our committee is faithfully working upon. It may be 
well to state that the committee has not yet enough satisfac- 
tory material. There is still time to send songs for publication. 

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We call the attention of our members to two changes of ad- 
dress in the editorial staff,— Dora G. Lockwood to Cape Vin- 
cent, N. Y., and Gertrude E. Wright to Deposit, N. Y. We have 
added to the staflF Martha Hutchings, 512 Bear street, Syra- 
cuse, N. Y. 

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It will be a matter of great convenience to us, if each chap- 
ter correspondent or secretary, upon receipt of this November 
issue, will send a list of her chapter officers to Bertha G. Cleve- 
land, Sayville, N. Y. We are at present without the names of 
two chapter correspondents. We are particularly anxious to 

have these supplied. 

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We congratulate Alpha upon receiving the highest average 
in the recent examinations. 


Alpha Xi Delta acknowledges with thanks the following exchanc^es 
received since April first:— 

The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, April, June; Kappa Alpha Journal, April, 
June, October; Beta Theta Pi, April, June; The Shield of Phi Kappa Pat, 
April, June, August; The Arrow of Pi Beta Phi, April, July; The Anehora 
of Delta Gamma, April, July; The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta, March, June; 
Themis ofZeta Tau Alpha, May; Kappa Alpha Theta, May; The EleuMs of 
Chi Omega, May, August; The Alpha Phi Quarterly, February, May; 7%« 
Delta of Sigma Nu, February, May, August; Desmoe of Delta Sigma Delta, 
May, August; The Trident of Delta Delta Delta, March, June, September; 
The Crescent of Gamma Phi Beta, June; The Garnet and White of Alpha 
Chi Rho, June; The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma, April, July; The Delta 
Chi Quarterly, June, August; The Delta Upsilon Quarterly, Jime; Alpha 
Sigma Alpha Magazine, May; The Shield of Theta Delta Chi, March; The 
Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega, June; The Angelas of Kappa Delta, June. 

What are the duties of an associate editor? Are they performed when 
the subscriptions, advertisements, letters and articles are sent in ? Yes, just 
as much as one's duty to the fraternity is performed when one has paid her 
initiation fee and annual dues. If a fraternity journal is to be really good it 
must receive the support of a majority of the chapters. This does not mean 
grudgingly meeting the constitutional requirements after repeated warnings 
have been received. It means doing anything and everything for the im- 
provement of Ano^toror— arousing alumnae interest, keeping the editor in- 
formed about everything of general interest that happens in college, and 
sending in the best articles the chapter can produce. But the whole of this 
responsibility should not rest on the associate editor. If she is very enthu- 
siastic she can conceal to some extent the lack of enthusiasm on the part of 
her chapter, still, in the end, she is as powerless and the unsupported presi- 
dent. If the spirit of the chapter is loyal to Anehora the editor will per- 
form her duty, in the highest sense.— Anehora Editorial, 

The spirit of Alpha Xi Delta is quite similar to the opinion of Anehora' s 
editor as expressed in the above article. The chapter editors may do more 
for the success of a journal than the editor; for each of them is directly in 
touch with active life in the chapter. 

How often have we heard the remark that "such and such" a fraternity 
has a weak chapter here, or a strong chapter there, but have we ever 
stopped to ask ourselves the question, why is a chapter weak, or just what 
points constitute a strong chapter ? If we did so we would probably answer 


in some such indefinite way as, "To be strong a chapter must have the very 
best girls everyway, must be able to get just the girls it wants, must in 
fact be 'just about it' and be so recognized." Yet on second thought we 
see that this answer is very general and is simply a big statement covering 
many smaller but important details. The very words "best girl everyway" 
covers so many things. It means that the girl must be of good character 
and have a strong personality so she may make her influence felt for the 
better. She must be a good student so that the faculty will respect and 
admire her and of course think more of the sorority to which such a girl be- 
longs. She must be a loyal Pi Phi, always keeping in mind the good of the 
fraternity and trying to live up to its ideals, ambitious for its sake as well 
as her own, and capable, for what is ambition worth without the capability 
of living up to it ? She must be careful not to become narrow minded in 
excess of enthusiasm, and forget to take an interest in things outside her 
own little fraternity world, but must have an interest in all college affairs. 
Then if possible she must be active four straight years, for a chapter suffers 
from shifting membership. Girls coming and going always leave it in a 
state of uncertainty and not knowing exactly on whom to depend. 

With a full chapter roll of such girls we might almost be tempted to say 
we had a strong chapter, but there are still other considerations. The 
chapter must have strong officers, who are capable of filling their positions and 
can skillfully avoid factions, for factions are probably the very worst menace 
to a chapter. To accomplish anything the girls must be perfectly congenial. 
One good means of promoting this is the chapter house, where all learn to 
know each other so well and know just what part of the work a girl is best 
fitted to do. Then, each one falling naturally into her own particular place 
all should have the enthusiasm and spirit to work for the accomplishment of 
whatever is best for the chapter. A realization of what Pi Phi really means 
and is,— to know all about our fraternity — to attend reunions and conven- 
tions and meet other girls who have a common interest, practically insures 
this Pi Phi spirit and gives us all the necessary pride of organization. Then 
when we grow tired and discouraged how much it means to have good 
alumnae to cheer us on. 

So we see the many, many things that contribute to a strong chapter 
and yet how important is every little detail, so that when all are taken to- 
gether we can say that the chapter is "just about it, and so recognized." — 
The Arrow oj Pi Beta Phi. 


We have elsewhere given a full account of the Pierson tragedy and ex- 
pressed our sympathy with all connected with the sad affair. To obviate a 
repetition of such cases we propose a remedy. Of the seven cases discussed 
by one article, it should be noted that though two have occurred in Kappa 
Alpha and two in Delta Kappa Epsilon, three occurred in other fraternities, 
and still others have been accused of more or less serious accidents. All 


fraternities are open to these disasters, and if there were a Pan-Hellenic 
board of any sort, we should present our remedy to such a body for adop- 
tion. One each of the K. A. and of the D. K. E. deaths occurred after dark 
out in the country. Both the other of their two fatalities occurred in broad 
daylight. Kappa Alpha's again in the country, D. K. E.'s on a city street 
(New Haven) . It is, therefore, evident that neither in city nor country, in 
either daylight or dark, can safety be assured. And in all these four cases 
the fatality (assuming the fraternities' statements to be correct) were not 
due to anything done by the Fraternity members. 

In one case the neophyte slipped down a bluff accidently; in another fell 
into a ditch and was drowned; in another was hit by the pole of a passing: 
wagon; and in the last struck by a passing train. Daylight or dark, Ohio, 
New York, or Connecticut, all died ! The first lesson then should be that 
under no circumstances should any part or any concomitant act of any Fra- 
ternity initiation ever take place outside the chapter hall. In the chapter 
hall the members know their ground. They also know where the candidate 
is, what he is doing, what may be happening to him. If he is to be killed, 
they will have to do the killing, and they will know just how it happened, 
and that they are to blame. 

The second lesson taught by these seven deaths is that, since three deaths 
occurred as the result of violence in chapter halls, not immediately but re- 
sultantly, one being a leg injury, resulting in sceptic inflammation and death; 
another being heart failure, due to effects on a weak heart of dope and 
general violence, no violence should be permitted, for no one knows what 
the effect may be on the candidate, and accidents are always liable to occur. 
A third set of factors should always be considered, even if no serious physi- 
cal effects occurred. These farce initiations take up valuable time; they in- 
terfere with the regular initiatory ceremonies; they are not either ethically 
or mentally uplifting, but in both cases are quite the contrary. On their 
own lack of merit, because of their inherent worthlessness and injurious 
qualities, farce initiations should not be tolerated in any high-idealed, self- 
respecting Fraternity chapter. There is still a fourth class of objections, 
based on policy and reputation, which also condemn farce initiations, but 
they are so self-evident toany thinking man as to require no more than men- 
tion. Having specified the lessons from the deaths detailed, and briefly dis- 
cussed the subject of farce initiations themselves, we herewith present our 
remedy. It is as follows: 

(1) Let every Fraternity chapter immediately vote on and adopt and 
enforce the following resolutions: 

(a) No part of any initiation of members into this Fraternity shall occur 
outside of our Fraternity hall, and this shall include all preliminaries, and 
all subsequent acts which the candidate for initiation shall have any reason 
to think or to suspect are a part of or in any way connected with his initia- 
tion into our Fraternity. 

(6) During or in any way connected with initiations into our Fraternity, 
all horseplay, violence, rough, ridiculous or humiliating treatment of a candi- 


date, and the use of anything: which contains an element of injury or possi- 
bility of danger to the person being initiated, are positively and forever 

(e) We do not believe recklessness is a virtue nor that the ability to de- 
rive pleasure from a friend's misery is evidence of a very high state of 
mental or moral development. 

"The joy which does not spring from joy. 
Which I in others see, 
How can I venture to employ 
Or find it joy for me?" 

(d) Besides the danger and mental and soul hurtfulness or farce initia- 
tions, they take our time, interfere with the due effect of our ritual, and 
give fraternities an evil reputation. And as these evils are not confined to 
our own chapter, and as when indulged in by other chapters they react in- 
juriously on our own influence and reputation, we urge upon our national 
officers and our next national convention the adoption and enforcement of 
suitable laws forbidding forever and effectively all farce initiation work 
in our Fraternity. 

(2) Let every national body, as soon as possible, in effective, legal man- 
ner adopt laws forbidding farce initiation work of any and all kinds. 

With chapters and national conventions adopting these resolutions, and 
living up to them, the remedy for the present situation will be complete. 

The Delta of Sigma Nu 

A bill was introduced into the recent l^g^islature of the State of New 
York " To exempt real estate and personal property of Greek letter frater- 
nities connected with a college or other institution of learning, from taxa- 
tion, and repealing all laws in conflict therewith." 

Although Delta Upsilon has eight chapters in New York State, seven 
owning houses and one about to purchase, we did not and could not support 
the measure as class legislation for the benefit of the few at the expense of 
the majority is eminently unfair. A chapter house is no more entitled to 
exemption from taxation than a boarding house in a college town or a stu- 
dent's own home, which might be next door to a chapter house, and certainly 
not as much as the house of a college professor who is aiding in the cause of 
learning. We believe heartily in chapter houses and in paying our own way. 
— Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

We too believe in paying our own way. Greek letter fraternities do not 
need government charity. 


I believe in judicious fraternity extension. Nothing so proves the sagac- 
ity of a fraternity as its timely pre-emption and occupation of good ground. 
Nothing so surely indicates its narrowness and unrealized weakness as the 
conceited conservatism which fails to reach out for the good on every side. 


A fraternity does not " reach out " for good, however, when it enters an 
inferior field or when it enters a good field too late. Nor does it show its 
sagacity when it secures a new field by mortgaging too heavy the old one. 
Such acts indicate rashness not progressiveness. 

To be open minded and liberal does not mean that one must be foolishly 
impressionable any more than it follows that a fraternity ever ready to open 
its doors to what is worthy, should become lax in its judgment of merit. 

We cannot be too careful in our investigation of petitioners. Let us not 
be carried away by personal appeals nor allow our sympathy to bear the un- 
wise fruit of a meaningless indorsement, but on the other hand, let us wel- 
come all who can make good their claims. 

E. Jean NeUon Penfield, The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma 


(The following article from The Garnet and White expresses some com- 
mendable views of Alpha Chi Rho.) 

The Landmarks of Alpha Chi Rho are defined to be the Principles which 
" constitute the essence of the identity of the society." They are afi&rmed 
to be the " Foundation-stones upon which the Institution is erected." Too 
much importance cannot be attached, therefore, to the study of these Prin- 
ciples in all their bearings by every Brother in Alpha Chi Rho. On these 
Principles rests, and always will rest, the right of the Fraternity to inde- 
pendent existence; to a lofty and secure standing among fraternities uncon- 
ditioned by the accidents of age or external prestige; to the zeal, love, and 
undivided support of its sworn Brothers. The Landmarks are no mere Tra- 
dition in Alpha Chi Rho: they are the life-springs and heart blood of the or- 
der, and of all the beautiful fabric of Ritual, the strength of Constitution, 
and wisdom of policy in which the Fraternity is embodied and rooted, the 
Landmarks, in which the identity of the Brotherhood rests, are alone wholly 
and permanently unchangeable. 

To the Knight of the Order, therefore, the full knowledge and under- 
standing of these Prmciples is indispensable. The future Victory of the 
Fraternity, and the esteem in which it is held by its own Brothers and by 
those without, rests upon its ability to keep these foundation-principles un- 
crumbled and untarnished, and to suffer no violation or weakening of their 
least implication or command. When the Landmarks were attacked by dis- 
loyal hands in the years of the Fraternity's extreme youth, the instant rally 
to their defence, and the quick separation from those who, although in the 
Fraternity, were not of it, made possible the steady advance and strong de- 
velopment of the Brotherhood of to-day. The experience and the ensuing 
victory have not failed in their lesson. 

The First Landmark of the Fraternity is the simplest of achievement. 
Alpha Chi Rho holds the principle of Christian Membership not alone, but 
in company with the best Greek letter fraternities of the country. The dif- 
ference between the standpoint of Alpha Chi and that of other bodies on 


this matter may be stated to be, that while with many fraternities the ob- 
ject to be obtained is purely negative,— that of the non-admission of He- 
brews, who with all their racial excellences, do not seem to possess the gif-t 
of ready assimilation,— in the Brotherhood the object is positive, — that of 
eecnring alone men whose Ideal of manliness is the same, and rests not on 
the mistiness of a concept only, but upon that Historical Personage in Whom 
centers the faith, the adbniration, and the loyalty of the whole upward-striv- 
ing Christian world. The concept of manliness, morality, and brotherhood 
thus gained rests back upon the Christian Religion for its validity, but in 
the Fraternity the use made of it is not a "religious " one. In fact, many 
earnest non-Christian minds recognize its transendency as an Ideal: the 
necessity of the Landmark is due to the fact that to the Christian alone such 
belief is not a matter of mutable opinion, but rests upon a sanction which is 
felt to be indisputable and supreme. The ultimate norm of excellence in 
character is thus sought out by the Fraternity; to those alone who will un- 
reservedly accept this norm she offers her Privileges and her Brotherhood; 
upon this unchangeable bedrock she plants her foundations and her super- 
structure, and declares as her first immutable principle of identity that no 
one may be pledged to her Brotherhood who, among all his uncertainties and 
shifts of opinion, has not one sheet-anchor of belief below it all,— in the con- 
crete existence and example of one perfect human life. 

The purpose of every fraternity worth the name being the upbuilding of 
character, the pertinency of such an underlying bond of conviction is evi- 
dent. Nor does such a condition of membership militate against breadth of 
sympathy in the least. Entire absence of narrowness is compatible with 
the deepest faith. The fraternity is not designed, as Masonry, Socialism, 
or the Church, to bring all ultimately under its influence and within its cir- 
cle; rather it is a carefully selective society devoted to the intensification of 
certain fraternal ideals in a limited soil specially suited for their growth and 
development. " As it is a general law of logic *\ says a writer in the Kappa 
Alpha JoumcU, "that the qualities implied in a term become fewer as the 
number of objects included by it is increased; so, conversely, the organic 
strength and vitality of any co-operative association of people is impaired as 
the number of important differences of opinion amongst them on vital ques- 
tions is increased. It would seem, therefore, a mistake to bring such people 
into intimate association for the accomplishment of any purpose less vita] 
than the things in regard to which they differ, especially if that purpose in- 
clude ideas with which a part of them are out of sympathy. It may be ob- 
jected that to abstain from intimate relations in this way is the way to per- 
petuate differences, not to obliterate them. But the object of a fraternity 
is one which implies initial congeniality on important points, and it is not, 
therefore, the means by which to reform the ideas of people whose whole 
lives are passed under intellectual and social influences inimical to our pro- 
posed reform." The fraternity's mission is not to make Christians; it is not 
to make moral men; it is not to teach the brotherhood of man. We are nei- 
ther a church, nor a reformatory, nor a social cult. Thank heaven these 


offices are filled by other institutions than a college fraternity. But from 
the ranks of those who already bear a brotherly spirit towards the world, 
and who, in the words of the Exoteric Manual, already "profess the Chris- 
tian Faith and hold to Christian Ideals/' Alpha Chi Rho draws those whom 
she deems fit for a deeper Brotherhood, founded on belief in a common Ideal, 
growing by the mutual respect of earnest workers after what is best in col- 
lege life. No fraternity founded on or for a mere whim can have more than 
ephemeral life; no such fraternity can have any but a constantly lowering 
standard. The strength, the permanence, and the existence of Alpha Ghi 
Rho depend upon her loyalty to her Landmarks as the purpose and moAus 
Vivendi of the fraternity. H. C. Staunton. 

We copy the following from Kappa Alpha Theta. May the time soon 
come when Alpha Xi Delta can establish a similar fund :— 


As the idea of Kappa Alpha Theta scholarship originated with a mem- 
ber of Iota AlumnsB chapter, Mrs. Josephene Cook Lippincott, a member of 
Kappa chapter while in college, Iota Alumnae chapter, has made the con- 
sideration of this matter its special work. 

At the Convention, recommendations were submitted by Grace Lavayea, 
of Iota Alumnae, formerly affiliated with Phi from Upsilon chapter. These 
recommendations were received with approval by the Convention. Since 
then Iota Alumnae has appointed a committee who have this matter in 
charge. This committee begs to present this as its report of active work 
being done by this chapter. Two hundred dollars stand to the credit of 
Iota Aiumnae chapter as pledged to this fund, and yet a thorough canvass 
has not been made. Plans for the best investment of this fund are being 

It is necessary to raise a fund of ten thousand dollars in order to pro- 
duce an annual income of four hundred and fifty dollars. This income is as 
small as it is considered practical to have to provide sufficient means for 
special study abroad. 

In order to interest other alumnse chapters in this work, Iota Alumnae 
proposes to send a personal letter to every alumnae chapter, suggesting a 
plan in detail for work. 

We regret to announce to the fraternity the news of the recent serious 
illness of Mrs. Josephine Cook Lippincott, the prime mover in starting this 
scholarship fund. She is now in Kansas City with her sister, Mrs. Harriet 
Cook Moore, also of Kappa chapter, while recuperating her strength. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Irene Taylor. 

Ada Edwards Laughlin. 

Edith M. Jordan. 

Georgia A. Caswell. 

Ida.B. Lindley. 


Recommendations presented to the Convention, 1905, by Iota Alumnae 
chapter : — 

I. That the scholarship fund be raised by subscriptions. Alumnse chap- 
ters shall assist by individual subscriptions. Active chapters may assist. 

II. That the Grand Council authorize an Alumnas chapter to collect the 
sabscriptions, and make said chapter the permanent custodian of the scholar- 

III. That the question of investment of fund be decided by an attorney, 
whether by forming a trust or corporation. 

IV. That in selecting the applicant, personality, natural mental ability, 
health and future prospects shall count twenty-five per cent. Previous ac- 
complishments and prospects of future advancement shall count seventy-five 
per cent. 

V. That the beneficiaries of this scholarship fund shall be the most de- 
serving, according to the judgment of the committee on Scholarship Ap- 
pointment, regardless of chapter rotation. 

VI. That the recipient must be a collie graduate or one who is to do 
work equal to graduate work in a special line. 

VII. That the scholarship shall be awarded for only one year, on con- 
dition that it can be extended at discretion of the committee on Scholarship 

VIII. That should the recipient of this scholarship be prospered, it is 
desired that each of them so prospered be reminded, excepting those whose 
moderate wants press upon their means, to render aid to this scholarship 

IX. That the chapter which is custodian of the fund shall with the ap- 
proval of Grand Council, appoint a Committee of Scholarship Appointment. 

X. That the Conmiittee of Scholarship Appointment shall hold the final 
decision as to such questions as to whether the candidate shall undergo an 
examination or write a thesis, and whether the judges shall be college pro- 
fessors or members of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. 

Motion carried to accept report. 

Motion carried to adopt recommendations 1 and 2 and refer the other 
recommendations to the authorized custodian as suggested. 


Not long ago a fraternity girl was heard to boast that her chapter "could 
control every election for ofiice in the college." If that is true, affairs at 
her college must be in a bad way; for, if her fraternity could find no foeman 
worthy of their steel, or, if by sheer force of numbers, her chapter could elect 
its chosen candidate over all opponents, regardless of the girl selected for 
the position, a thoughtless arrogance towards other fraternities and non- 
fraternity girls, and a lack of interest on the part of the girls outside her 
own circle would be quickly developed. 

Such a position in collie affairs shows a lack of generosity, to say the 
least. What honor is there in "running the college" after such a plan? 


What honor or pleasure can be had in winning a contest in which no oppo- 
nent has the least possibility of victory ? Is not a hard won victory or even 
a hard fought defeat of more permanent benefit to a chapter? 

Without worthy competition any organization will inevitably degenerate 
into a hopeless tyrant. It is so in the business world, where the trusts, by 
crushing all competitors, bring upon themselves the condemnation of all 
right-minded people and eventually defeat their own ends. A wise business 
man will invite and gladly welcome a strong competitor. Let fraternities 
profit by their example.— TAemw of Zeta Tau Alpha, May. 

Each one who strives to De just like the rest 
And so keeps close within himself the best 

His dull thoughts know, 
Goes weakly searching in the trodden dust 
To mind the footprints of the one before, 
And loses all the shinuner of the stars. 

The winds that blow. 
The grand simplicity of things sincere 
That his man-nature mars to tawdry show. 

Strong and all glowing with the thoughts of youth— 
For springtime fancies are the truest truth,— 
Let each one seek to live his own life sure. 
When he has found what is the truth for him, 
Just as a tree within some mountain pass. 

In lonely height 
Grows deep, and knows that all of it that coimts 
Will stand and not drift out into the night. 

Ethel Hanna McCleary, Columbia, 1906, Class Poem, 

—Arrow of Pi Beta Phi, 

Sometimes we wonder how diverse or variable are the ideals of collie 
men. A complex civilization like ours — even the best of it— is probably ani- 
mated by very different purposes and views of life. Conceptions of real 
manhood vary according to the ratio between character and dollars. How 
to maintain a perfect balance between old-fashioned chivalry and gentility 
and the desire for gain is the weightiest problem in modem manhood develop- 
ment. We know of no quest that would be more interesting than to ascer- 
tain what particular standards are uppermost in the minds of college students; 
how far these standards vary in different sections or in different kinds of in- 
stitutions; and whether scholarship is cultivated by the great universities as 
a means of getting wealth and power, or by the smaller institutions as an 
equipment for doing good in the world. We fear sometimes that the duty 
of developing strong, resourceful manhood for its own sake is being obscured 
by the passion for material power and luxury. The glory of self -attained 
achievement is becoming dimmed, the hardening power of enforced self-reli- 


ance is undervalued, the true and rugged virtues are coupled with material 
and superficial matters in the formation of the nearly prevailing ideals. 
Although our best institutions do really seek to exalt simple virtues and un- 
erring aims, their endeavor is poorly perceived in the multifarious distrac- 
tions abounding in and around them. 

--Editorial from The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta. 

The Beta Theta Pi for April has an interesting and clear headed statement 
of plans on 'The Purchase of a Chapter House." Five plans for securing 
the building fund are ably discussed ;— the stock plan, the stock and bond 
plan, the gift and bond plan, the note and bond plan, the building and loan 

In conclusion the writer says : — "An increasing difficulty about this entire 
chapter-house proposition is that, with the hopefulness of youth, and the 
lack of judgment of immature minds, almost every chapter wishes to occupy 
a house costing from two to ten times as much as it ought to cost, consider- 
ing the place in which the chapter is located. It requires the restraining in- 
fluence of older heads to prevent this kind of extravagance. It will happen, 
and is happening all the time, that with half a dozen or more chapters in a 
college, each cnapter tries to secure a house more costly than the chapter 
which preceded it, and the result is a rivalry in extravagance, which is in- 
jurious to the chapter in many ways, and ultimately, of course, to its fra- 
ternity. Securing too large a house means that the chapter must necessarily 
increase its membership, irrespective of quality, in order to secure an in- 
come sufficient to meet its expenses. It also means that, having the facili- 
ties for increased social pleasures, it expends its energies in receptions and 
balls, rather than in attending to the college work which its members should 
accomplish ; and it will readily be seen that in many instances by educating 
a boy for three or four years to live in a house provided with appointments 
much better than those to which he has been accustomed to, he becomes dis- 
satisfied with the conditions and facilities to which he must return after his 
collie course is completed. '^ 

We wish that our readers who have access to The Beta Theta Pi would 
look this article over, if they have not done so. Alpha Xi Delta needs 
chapter houses. 

There are several articles of especial merit in the exchanges received since 
our last issue. Among these are the following: 

"Two Points of View." (classical and modem)— Ruth Elona White, The 
Trident of Delta Delta Delta, March. 

*' Installation at Ames, Iowa State College." --The Arrow of Pi Beta Phi. 

" Kappa Alpha Spirit."— -J. Rion McKissick, Kappa Alpha Journal, April. 

"The Queen's Flower " (a poem)— Austiana Taylor Goreth, The Crescent 
of Gamma Phi Beta, June. 


"The Jewels of Stanford." — David Starr Jordan, president of Leland 
Stanford Jr., University, Ths Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

"The Scroll and the Palladium. "-Walter B. Pahner, The SerM of Phi 
Delta Theta. 

"To What Extent, if any, is Section Three of the New York Labor Law 
Violative of the Ri^^hts Preserved by the Federal Constitution. "—Roy Grant, 
Delta Chi Quarterly (a law school fraternity) . 

Delta Upsilon has formed a plan for the formation of a Pan-Hellenic fra. 
temity library. This library is to be located in the New York public library 
under the care of Dr. Billins^s, the librarian. It is desired that all fraterni- 
ties unite in the scheme in order that the library may be complete. 

We have received the first official publication of the Alpha Sigma Alpha 
Maagzine. This sorority has at present a roll of seven chapters, four in Vir- 
£^nia, one in West Virginia, one in South Carolina and one in Washington, D. C. 


Phi Kappa Psi has placed its Ohio Epsilon chapter at Case School of Ap- 
plied Science, Cleveland, 0. 

Sigrma Nu has recently entered Syracuse University. 

The supreme governing council announces that Zeta chapter of Chi Omega 
was installed at the University of Colorado, September 3, 1906. It also an- 
nounces the Kansas City Alumnae chapter added to its roll. 

Pi Beta Phi has re-established its Iowa Gamma chapter at Iowa State 
College, Ames, Iowa. 

The summer and fall past have been the time for several conventions. 
Delta Delta Delta met at Syracuse, N. Y., June 25-29. 

Pi Beta Phi held convention at Indianapolis, Ind., June 26-30; Gamma 
Phi BeU at Seattle, Wash., October 16-19; Chi Omega at Washington, D. C, 
June 26-30; Zeta Tau Alpha at Knoxville, Tenn., June 14-16; Phi Kappa 
Psi Grand Arch Council at Washington, D. C, April; Phi Ganmia Delta at 
Fortress Monroe, Va., July; Beta Theta Pi at Denver, Colorado, July 23-26; 
Delta Upsilon at Middlebury, Vt., October; Kappa Kappa Gamma at Madi- 
son, Wis., August 20-27; Delta Chi at Ann Arbor, Mich., June 21, 22-23. 

Theta Delta Chi met in convention at Boston, Mass., February 22-26, 1906. 
Sigma Nu will meet December 31, 1906, and January 1 and 2, 1907, at Chi- 
cago, 111.; Delta Kappa Epsilon at Springfield, Mass., in November. Alpha 
Sigma Alpha held its first convention at Richmond, Va., November 30, 1905. 

The Fifth Inter-Sorority Conference was held at The Victoria, Chicago, 
September 14-15. We hope to have its report in time for this issue. 



The Alpha girh have started the new college year very propitiously, 
having nine active girls enrolled with bright prospects for two more in the 
winter and spring terms. 

The rushing season has not been at all strenuous, as both sororities feel 
more or less sure of their girls, but the Pan-Hellenic rules were broken and 
new members were pledged sooner than was expected. 

The two new pledges whom we have taken are Beuta Pittman of Pres- 
cott, Arkansas, and Florence Imes of Colchester, Illinois. It is needless to 
say that we are very proud of them. 

During the rushing season our formal reception was held in the after- 
noon, Saturday, September the eighth, at the home of Frances Richey. 
The new girls and faculty ladies were guests. We were restricted to two 
formal parties. Our second was given at the club house. 

Mrs. Leib, our Grand President, has been with Alpha Chapter for a short 
visit and has done us an immense amount of good by her inspection. We 
feel that we are better organized now than ever before and hope sincerely 
that each chapter visited will be helped as much as we have been. We have 
given several informal affairs in Mrs. Leib's honor and a formal dinner at 
the Loongataha Club House, at which our patronesses and Miss Edith Miller 
were guests. Miss Miller, our first Grand Treasurer, is now instructor in 
Elocution and Physical Culture in our college. We are delighted to think 
that we can have a charter member of our sorority with us. 

The enrollment at Lombard is very good this year and the students enter- 
ing seem very desirable. We feel that the institution is growing and pros- 

Alpha Chapter wishes her sister chapters much success. 


It is with the feeling of greatest pleasure that Beta Chapter sends her 
first greeting of the year. 

Wesleyan opened September twelfth with a decided increase of students 
over last year and the outlook for Alpha Xi Delta is most encouraging. 

According to the intersorority rules of Wesleyan, pledging day is not to 
be until later in the fall, so we have nothing to report in this line; however, 
with eighteen members and pledges, each doing her best, we feel no fear 
for the future of our chapter. 

Mrs. Florence Currier-Stevens is spending the year in Madison, Wis., 


where her husband is taking a special course of study. No doubt she will 
be warmly received by Theta Chapter. 

We welcome back Mrs Lura Clark-Morgenson, whose husband is at the 
head of the Commercial department of the University. She expects to con- 
tinue her work in school and graduate with the class of '07, in spite of the 
perplexities of housekeeping. 

Maude Maiken, of '06, has gone to Los Angeles, Cal., where she expects 
to teach this year. She will soon be followed West by Mabel Spry whose 
father and mother are moving to Oregon. 

It pains us greatly to state that the health of Mrs. Galer, one of our 
patronesses, has becoms so poor that she has been forced to go to Denver 
for several months. We most sincerely hope that Mrs. Galer will rapidly 
improve and that she can be able to be with us again before the end of the 

Beta Chapter sends best wishes for the coming year to all loyal Alphas. 

Alice Bahb, Car. See. 


Dear Alpha Xi Deltas : 

Gamma makes her best bow to ''you all " and wishes you a most pros- 
perous and happy year. It is a long time since we have heard of any of you 
through the journal, and since this is our chief means of conununication we 
hope that your letters will tell us all about you. 

Our last letter was written just before Founders' Day, and our Founders' 
Day celebration this year was voted the best of any that we have had yet. 
The banquet was all that we could hope for and the toasts were a surprise* 
to ourselves although we knew that the g^irls selected would do well. 

The next notable event was our lawn party which was held at the home 
of our patroness, Mrs. Wright, whose lawn has possibilities for a party 
which it would be hard to duplicate. Of course Gamma upheld her reputa- 
tion for being entertainers of a high order. 

Then came Commencement Week with its usual festivities, beginning with 
our reunion which always brings tc»gether all the girls within any reasonable 
distance. The reunion dinner and the toasts were of an unusually high stand- 
ard, and the day was made more enjoyable by the remembrances of flowers 
from the fraternities in Mount Union. Roses were also sent by Mr. William 
McKnight, whose engagement to our sister, Eloise Patton, was announced 
at the dinner. 

Commencement took away from our chapter Else Jones, who is teaching 
in Poland, Ohio, and Bessie Galbreath, who is preparing to leave in Novem- 
ber for the missionary field in India. 

This year is as yet mostly in the future tense, but one very successful 
reception to the new girls has been held and from the appearance of the 
girls who responded to the invitation Gamma ought to have some good news 
for after "Asking Day," and if her determination to work has the result 
that usually follows, she will have. 


The girls who have come back to us are all good, strong girls of course, 
and we are so happily situated in our new house that we feel very happy 
over our prospects for the year. 

With best wishes for all Alphas everywhere. Mildred Thieker 


My Dear Sister » : 

With the return of these golden days, comes anxiety for the college girl. 
Anxiety bom of restless waiting for matriculation day, when old friendships 
are renewed and new ones formed. Delta girls send greetings to all Alpha 
sisters and welcome those who will be sisters ere this goes to print. 

The Commencement at Bethany this year marked the close of a very 
successful term. The class of nineteen-six claimed three Alpha girls: May 
Madden, Elizabeth Carson and Anna Kemp. Alpha Xi Delta was proud to 
have a sister chosen by the faculty for valedictorian. May Madden's address 
was mariced by a thought and earnestness peculiarly her own. Elizabeth 
Carson won first place for reading in the Inter-Society Contest. Her reading 
is full of that sincerity and depth of feeling which characterizes her life. 

The annual banquet of the Delta girls, to which the young men and friends 
are invited, was given on the evening of May twenty-fifth at Evergreen Vale. 
This IS the place of pilgrimage where hundreds come to visit the home of the 
founder of the college. His daughter, Mrs. Barclay, still lives there. She 
and Dr. Barclay were among the honored guests. The banquet hall was 
festooned with larch ropes, caught up by glimmering lights in the center of 
the arch above, from which floated long streamers of double blue and gold. 
Many candles from beneath their yellow shades cast a mellow radiance over 
alL The place cards were imique, being an envelope, delta shaped, with 
pink-rose decoration. Within were the meni!k and toast cards. These were 
designed and sent to us by Katherine Keith. We felt very happy to think 
she still remembered us in such a practical way. 

It was a merry company that feasted and toasted there and the hours flew 
all too quickly. But the Seniors had rather heavy hearts in all the gayety 
when they remembered that this was the farewell. But some of us count 
ourselves quite fortunate in having the opportunity of still being in touch 
with the chapter for another year, and trust that we may still enjoy another 
banquet with the girls of Delta Chapter. 

With best wishes for prosperity and success to every Alpha in whatever 
field she may be. Fraternally, Anna M. Kemp 


A merry greeting to all from EJpsilon. The school year has opened aus- 
piciously at the University of South Dakota. Our new president. Dr. Frank- 
lin B. Gault of Tacoma, arrived in Vermillion September 20, and entered at 
once upon his official duties. A formal reception of welcome was held for 


him and his wife and son at the armory, October 3, by the university faculty 
and students and the citizens of Vermillion. 

EJpsilon's first social fimction of the year, a reception and dance to which 
all the faculty, most of the collegiate and a few preparatory students were 
invited, was held in the armory, September 29, from eight to half after 
eleven. As one of our patronesses, Mrs. Grange, could not be with us. 
Misses E^el Forbes and M. Alice Matthews, members of Phi Beta Phi from 
the University of Illinois and at present members of the U. S. D. faculty, 
with Mrs. Akeley, received with us. The armory was prettily decorated 
with banners and flowers in blue and gold and the university red. Edward 
of the room, children of our patroness, served grape juice in one comer 
and Marion Akeley, while Clark Elmore and Rosa Grimmels presided over a 
bowl of fruit punch in another comer. The night was ideal, and the affair 
pleasant in every way. Epsilon congratulates herself on a very successful 
opening reception. An informal party for new girls will be given, as usual, 
a little later. 

Josephine Hanson, who has been teaching in Carnegie, Pa., since her 
graduation in 190S, was married June 20, to Mr. Joel Hedeen of Sioux City, 
la. Sister Josephine's wedding was a unique affair, coming as a surprise to 
the friends who had gathered at the invitation of her brother. Rev. L. P. 
Valentine of Pittsburg, for a farewell reception in her honor. Mr. and Mrs. 
Hedeen enjoyed a month's travel in the east, visiting a number of points of 
interest, before returning to Sioux City where they are now at home. 

Epsilon misses a number of last year's girls, but has begun the new 
year's work with enthusiasm. Our ranks are already increased by five ini- 
tiates and two pledges, and we are looking forward to a very pleasant and 
successful year. We wish for each of our sister chapters the same measure 
of success that we hope for ourselves—that is, the best year of all. 

E^hel Richardgon 


At the end of the first two days of rushing Theta Chapter announces 
the following pledges: Elizabeth Erb, '07, of Appleton, Frances Albera, '06, 
of Wausaw, and Signe Raim, '10, of Merrill. 

Most of our last year's Seniors are teaching, and are located as follows: 
Ruth Lyon, Lansing, Michigan, (secretary of the Y. W. C. A.), Bess Adams, 
Madison, Bess Pettigrew, Waupaca, Agnes Raun and Marion Ryan, Merrill, 
Edna Koch, Two Rivers, Lenore Henderson, Stoughton, Alma Runge, Pal- 
myra, Bertha Davis, Poynette, Polly Fenton, at home, Madison. 

We regpret the loss of the following members: Gretta Flower, who has 
moved to Black River Falls, and attends the Normal School there, Theo 
Fenton, who is studying Domestic Science at the Stout Training School at 
Menominee, Bessie Underwood, who has moved to the State of Washington 
and attends Washington University. 


We announce the marriage of Ora Mason to Mr. Eklward S. Males, in- 
stmctor in mechanical drawing here in the university. The marriage is to 
take place Christmas. Yours in A S A, 

Winifred Ryan, Cor. Sec. 


Eta is located in her fine new home at 716 Irving avenue. If only our 
" old girls " were here we should be perfectly happy. 

The strenuous life of the rushing season has begun again here in Syra- 
cuse under entirely new, very strict rules of the Pan-Hellenic association. 

Dora Baker, '07, our president has recently been elected vice-president 
of her class. As Gertrude Wright, '06, was vice-president of the Senior 
class last year, Alpha Xi Delta feels highly honored in Syracuse. 

Four of our girls of 'Qp, Grace Fox, Lena Baldwin, Elizabeth Loetzer 
and Dora Lockwood received the honor of Cum Laude last year. 

Eta presents to Alpha Xi Delta Jennie M. Clark who was pledged last 
year. HcLzel Brush, Cor. Sec. 


The beginning of the fall term in West Virginia University finds Iota 
ready and eager to enter upon an active campaign for ASA. Although 
feeling keenly the loss of some of our most zealous workers for the sorority, 
we who remain are trying to carry on their work, and to make our chapter 
stand, as it has always stood, for all that is best in college life. 

The rushing season is on and we of A g A feel that we are holding our 
own in this important line of work. Up to the present we have given two 
rushing parties: one at the home of Ethel Green on last Friday afternoon, 
and the other at Mary Atkes<m's home this afternoon. At each party there 
were present besides our own members, about ten girls who have recently 
entered the University. 

Alpha Xi Delta has met Chi Omega, the other member of our Pan-Hel- 
lenic association, and together we have made some slight changes in the Ar- 
ticles of Agreement which were formulated last spring when the Pan-Hel- 
lenic was established. 

October 4, 1906. Iota 


Dear Sitters: 

Nine members and two pledges reported at the Alpha Xi Delta house at 
the beginning of this school year. Marion Bell is cataloging at Bryn Mawr, 
Mattie Fargo is in the Normal school library at Cedar Falls, la. ; Louise 
Dewitt is in the library at LaGrange, 111., her home town; Clarinne Llewel- 
lyn is taking up physical training in Chicago and Louise Yale is in Chardron, O. 


We have a pretty chapter house and anticipate a deli^htfal year. Jnat 
now we are scraping and bowing to freshmen and analysing their faults and 
virtues as soon as they are out of sight. 

The pledges Louise Retz and Josephine Ruskamp were taken into the 
sorority this evening. 

We have, according to the Pan-Hellenic rules, five more weeks of rush- 
ing season. The life is more than strenuous and everyone will be glad to 
settle down to work when all the freshmen have been safely gathered in. 

Fraternally yours, 

F. Grace C Spencer 


pbotpgr ap lHr 

402 S. Safina St - Syracuse, N. Y. 

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Syracuse, New York 



210 East Genesee Street, . . Syracuse, N. Y. 



Mrs. J. R. Lieb of Springfield, 111., has been visiting with Alpha Chapter 
for a short time. 

Edith Miller of Monmouth, 111., is now instructor of the departments of 
Elocution and Physical Culture at Lombard. 

The Universalist convention was held in Galesbuig from the twenty-fifth 
to the twenty-eighth of the month inclusive. 

The Alpha girls were grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Frank Epper- 
son who passed away at her home in Reselle during the month of August. 
Mrs. Epperson was the mother of Edna Epperson, at one time our Grand 
President. Miss Epperson is pursuing her musical studies this year. 

Bell Stryker of Joliet, 111., is visiting with Alpha Chapter. We hope to 
have her with us during the winter and spring terms as a student. 


Columbia G. Menefee was married to Mr. Eugene Hildt Bamhart, June 
28, 1906 at her home in Keyser, W. Va. Mr. Bamhart is a member of the 
Delta Tau Delta fraternity and was graduated last June in civil engineering. 
The wedding was very quiet, only the immediate families being present. 
Mr. and Mrs. Bamhart spent their honeymoon in Virginia, and are now 
living in Indiana. 

Bertha Jane Smith, one of our charter members, is spending this year 
at her home. We miss her greatly, both as chapter correspondent, and as 
one of our most loyal and faithful members. 

Elizabeth Sadler of the class of '05, who took post-graduate work here 
in music last year, is filling a three weeks engagement to sing in Mont- 

Mary Cooper another of our charter members, who spent last year at 
the University of Tennessee, has returned to Morgantown. She is teaching 
in the public school here, and taking some work in the University. She ex- 
pects to take her degree next year. 

Mary Atkeson was ill with typhoid fever for some weeks this summer, 
but has recovered sufficiently to enter school. 

Nancy Coplin is teaching Latin and German in the high school at Mann- 
ington. She will probably retum here to continue her work after Christmas. 

Lucile Johnson and Helen Smith are not back this term, but we hope to 
have them with us again soon. 

Crystal Courtney spent two weeks visiting in Ohio, and from there went 
to Winona Lake, Ind., as a delegate to the Y. W. C. A. convention. She re- 
mained for two weeks at Winona Lake, and reports a very inspiring and en- 
thusiastic convention. 



Our new house-mother, Mrs. Kirlin, has come to us from Kansas to take 
care of Beulah and, incidentally, of all the fsia\B in the house. 

The £^rls are reporting good times during vacation, but when they all 
talk at once it is hard to get them straightened out. 

Mildred Tucker spent her vacation weeks in the White Mountains and 
New York City. 

Treva Dewey spent a part of her summer visiting friends in and near 

Eva Kampman is teaching this year and Flossa Williams is studying 
music. We shall miss both of these enthusiastic Alphas very much. 

Grace Darrow, '04, is teaching in Leadville, Colo. We hope she will 
keep up her fraternity spirit while she is so far away. 

Gamma is particularly proud of Lucile Strong who won the German prize 
last Jime. This was awarded by competitive examination. 

Olive Bracher has deserted us for the time being but as she is still in 
town and favors us with frequent visits, we do not lose her entirely. 


Alice Brenne and Nina Wallace are teaching in the primary grades at 
Kimball and Scotland this year. 

Olga Averkieff has gone to Iowa City to take up her work as Senior in 
the College of Medicine. 

Georgia Hanson will spend the winter with a sister in Washington. 

Lorena Grange has returned to Britton and Zola Jones to Miller for the 
year's school work. 

Lilla Tarbell expects to be with us for the second semester. Until then 
she will remain at home in Watertown. 

Mabel Richardson will leave us soon to finish her library course at the 
University of Illinois. 

Olga Aveykieff, Georgia Hanson and Mrs. Joel Hedeen (Josephine Han- 
son) were in Vermillion during the opening week of school. 

Five girls, Julia Sweet, Helen Tarbell, Lucy Camerer, Margaret Miller 
and Mabel Green have been initiated into the mysteries of A S A this fall. 

Epsilon is sorry to miss Mary Nichols and Edna Gable who have not re- 
turned to school- 

Effie Vance and Helen Miller are recent pledges to A S A. 


Mabel Hartzell spent the first week in October in Trenton, New Jersey, 
attending the National Convention of the Daughters of America. 

Helen Miller has returned to Delaware, Ohio, to resume her studies at 
Ohio Wesleyan University. 


Bom to Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Mumaw (nee Myrtle Carrier) June 16th, a 

Flossa Williams is studying music in Cleveland. 

Mary Scott-McCoy is now located in Pittsburg. 

Mildred Tucker made an extended visit in New York and the New Eng- 
land states during the summer. 

Delphia Aronhalt-Teeters is recovering slowly from a long illness. 

Jane Hughes, after spending the summer at her home in Chicago, has 
retumed and taken up her work in the public schools. 

The wedding of Miss Eloise Patton of Alliance, 0., and William E. Mc- 
Knight took place at the home of the groom's parents at Mt. Lebanon on 
September 12th. The groom is convalescing from typhoid fever, and the 
ceremony was performed at his bedside by his uncle, Rev. D. K. McKnight, 
assisted by Rev. E. C. McCown, the pastor of the Mt. Lebanon United Pres- 
byterian Church. The bride was gowned in a white lace robe and carried 
white roses, and the decorations was carried out in green and white. Only 
the immediate families were present. Mr. and Mrs. McKnight will be at home 
after November 1st on Academy avenne, Mt. Lebanon.— Pitte6ttr^ Dispatch. 
Alliance Alumnse extends best wishes but regrets the departure of the bride 
from our midst. 

Gay Melbourne has retumed from an eight weeks stay at Battle Creek 
Sanitarium greatly benefited in health. 

Mary Kay, Mabel Hartzell and Katherine Keith spent a week in August 
at Chautauqua, N. Y. While there they had the pleasure of meeting Dora 
Lockwood and Elaine Putnam of Eta Chapter. 

Etta Bates spent June and July with friends in Philadelphia, Boston, New 
York and Scranton, Pa. 

Anna and Else Jones enjoyed a visit with a cousin in New York City re- 

Mary Salmon has moved to Cleveland with her parents. She is greatly 
missed at the Alumnae meetings. 

Helen and Alice Hinshilwood spent their vacation among the lakes and 
woods of Canada. 

Elsie Jones has accepted a position in the academy at Poland, Ohio, as 
instructor in Latin and German. 

Louise Roberts visited in Chicago during the summer. 




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i4/pAa— Lombard College Galesburg, 111. 

Beta — Iowa Wesleyan University Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gamina— Mt. Union College Alliance, O. 

Z>e/ta— Bethany College .... Bethany, W. Va. 

Epsilon — University of Sonth Dakota . Vermillion, S. Dak. 

2eta— Wittenberg College Springfield, 0. 

Eta — Syracuse University, .... Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— University of Wisconsin . Madison, Wis. 

Iota — University of West Virginia . Morgantown, W. Va. 
Kappa — University of Illinois .... Champaign, 111. 

Alliance Alumnae Alliance, 0. 

Aft. Pleasant Alumnae , , , . Mt. Pleasant, la. 



President— ELJ.A Boston-Leib (Mrs. J. R.), Alpha, 1271 W. 
Washington street » Spring^eld, 111. 

Vice-President and Historian— Lokbha Grangb, Bpsilon, Brit- 
ton, South Dakota. 

Secretary— Mary Bmilt Kat, Gamma, 75 South Union ave- 
nne. Alliance, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mary Power, Beta, Bloomfield, Iowa 

Editor— Bbrtua G. Cleveland, Eta, Say ville, L. I. 

Secretary of the FiAb Inter-Sorority Conference— Jobmule Hol- 
COMB, Chi Omega, Camall Hall, University of Arkansas, 
Payetteville, Arkansas. 


Bbrtha G. Cleveland, Say ville, N. Y. 

Associate Editor 
Gbxtrude E. Wright, Deposit, N. Y. 

Business Manager 
Dora G. Lock wood, .... Cape Vincent, N. Y. 

Assistant Business Manager 
Martha Hutchings, 512 Bear street, Syracuse, N. Y. 


il/pAa— Bessie Williamson, .... Galesburg, 111. 

Beta— Alice Babb, Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gamma— Mildred Tucker, Alliance, O. 

Z>e7ta— Helen TiNSLEY, .... Bethany, West Va. 
.^psi/on— Ethel Richardson, Vermillion, South Dak. 

2eta— Mary E. Hubbell, .... Springfield, O. 

^a— Hazel Brush, 716 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y, 

TAeta— Winifred Ryan, 504 N. Henry street, Madison, Wis. 
iota— Crystal Courtney, 723 North Front street, 

Morgantown, West Va. 

Kappa— V". Grace C. Spencer, 716 S. Second st., Chamj)aign,Ill. 
Aliance Alumnse— Etta S. Bates, Alliance, O. 

Mt. Pleasant Alumnae— Loxnsn Singer, Mt. Pleasant, la. 



What does our University do for her girls ? Does it pay for 
a girl to spend four years in college study ? These trite but im- 
portant questions parents are continuously asking. I want to 
consider these questions from the stand point of a girl who is 
just about to leave her college life. 

First, college reveals to a girl her limitations. The girl who 
is thrown daily into close association with hundreds of others 
soon learns that despite all her supposed ability, there are very 
few things that others cannot do better than she. She finds 
there are better musicians, better scholars, and girls more effi- 
cient in society relations. She learns that she has been much 
over estimated among her little circle of friends. 

College life also demonstrates with equal exactness a knowl- 
edge of one's possibilites. It brings self revelation. From reg- 
istration to graduation the girl is ever finding herself placed in 
new circumstances. She learns she can do things of which she 
never dreamed herself capable. She finds that she can solve 
problems that she was once told only men's superior minds 
could solve, she learns that she can make friends, she finds that 
she has executive ability, that she has a personality. 

But some one asks, ''Of what use is it, after all, if she does 
not intend to earn her own living?'* I can scarcely refrain 
from pitying anyone who fails to see the use. If a girl never in- 
tends to earn one penny, her college course is nevertheless in- 
valuable. It makes life worth more to her and makes her of 
more worth to life. She has become ambitious and dignified, 
appreciating the intellectual and moral responsibilities of a life 
of activity. She has acquired the ideals which make life worth 
the living and which fit her for responsibility and service. 
Through the sciences the wonders of nature become a delight. 
History enables her to understand our national life. Litera- 
ture puts her in touch with the greatest minds of the age. A 


study of the laws of the mind reveals to her the motives back 
of the actions, and gives to her that altruism which raises her 
from the field of pettiness into the realm of nobility. 

In these co-edncational courses the university does all for a 
girl that can be desired, but in the courses devoted to the 
woman alone there is a noticeable weakness. This fact has 
been recognized, and as a result, a domestic science course has 
been established. This is a step in the right direction. The de- 
partment deals with problems that arise in housekeeping and 
home making. It teaches not only how to cook, but it gives 
courses in house management, house sanitation, and house dec- 
oration, thus fitting the girl to become a home maker in the 
true sense. 

Considering the obstacles with which it has had to contend, 
the department has already accomplished a marvelous work. 
But only when the sentiment of the people of the state gives 
this department the encouragement it deserves, will the course 
be eagerly sought by all the girls. With this encouragement 
and an increase in the number of instructors and facilities for 
practical work, the course will accomplish all that it should. I 
ask for your enthusiasm in the department of domestic science. 

Another department which is laboring under difficulties is 
the girl's gymnastic course. The object of this course is to help 
the girl to gain a strong healthy body, to develop her physi- 
cally as the other university training develops her mentally. 
Enthusiasm among the girls is not lacking; public sentiment 
favoring this course is strong. The department is weak only in 
equipment. The great need is a gymnasium. At present there 
is none. The room by courtesy called the girls' gymnasium is 
one small, inconvenient, poorly ventilated room in Chadbourne 
Hall. Is there any reason why the great University of Wiscon- 
sin cannot provide for its six hundred girls a suitable gymna- 
sium in a woman's building, A woman's building that shall 
be a home for all organizations of benefit to the girls. 

Surely the state which has done so much for its University 
will not long delay in meeting this great need. 

Wisconsin stands high in what it does for the aesthetic de- 
velopment thru its natural surroundings. We love the build- 


ings with their ivy covered walls, but most we love the campus 
with its green rolling hill, the woods with their paths and 
drives, and the lake with its willow shores, its changing waters 
and glorious sunsets. The rest and inspiration which these 
surroundings bring is beyond estimate. 

Aesthetic development comes also by contact with high 
talent in the musical, literary, and artistic world. During a 
girl's stay in Madison, opportunities are offered to hear the 
best lectures, to listen to the best music, and to see the choice 
products of the artistic world. Likewise are presented eflectivc 
incentives for taking advantage of such opportunities. These 
rare privileges help our girls to become women of cultivated 

But greatest of all is the moral development the University 
brings thru its character building. Despite the opinion that 
the University of Wisconsin is no place to send a girl, I say 
there are no four years of a girl's life that can do more toward 
raising her ideals than those spent at our University. Certainly, 
there are temptations here ; temptations to neglect duties for 
pleasure ; to obtain something by dishonest means ; or to be- 
come selfish. Does anyone doubt that the girl who for four 
years has daily met and overcome such temptations is not 
morally stronger ? Overcome them she must. If she fail, there 
is for her no place of honor,. no esteem from her class-mates, no 
respect from the faculty. The moral standard of the girl stu- 
dent at Wisconsin is high. Scholarship, money, and good looks 
may enter into the estimate of a girl, but above all, character 
determines her standing among her fellow students. The sources 
of character building are many. The influence of strong, true 
men and women in the faculty is an important source, and 
equally important is the association with college friends. The 
girl learns that she must distinguish between acquaintances and 
friends. Thus she becomes a better student of human nature. 
If she is broad-minded, she will make her friendships extensive 
as well as intensive. The college snob receives her punishment 
in what she misses by her snobbishness; while the democratic 
girl receives her reward in what she gains thru her democracy. 

But we must not confine ourselves to what the college does 


for a girl. Let us look also at what college makes the girl capa- 
ble of doing for others. The type of womanhood most needed 
today is represented by the unselfish, the earnest, the resource- 
ful, the happy girl, happy not in what she has, but in what she 
IS. Whatever the future may have in store for such a girl, the 
world about her will be the better for her college training. And 
if there comes to her woman's highest vocation, that of being 
a wife and mother, she will be the noble center of a true home. 
The college girl who does not become an ideal home-maker, 
would be even less ideal without her education. The fault lies 
in her, not in the University. For the true girl, college is a train- 
ing school which checks the growth of her imperfections and 
develops her excellencies. 

Then because our University reveals a girl's limitations and 
possibilities, because it makes her of more value to herself, be- 
cause it develox)S and strengthens her intellectually, physically, 
aesthetically, and morally, because it widens hercircle of friends, 
because it makes her a better wife and mother, in other words, 
because it makes her a noble woman, I say it is worth while for 
a girl to attend the University of Wisconsin. 

Bess Adams, U of W., '06 


Some one has said that Pandora released not spirits of 
disease and crime, but little sprites of fun, frolic and innocent 
mischief. We believe that observation will strengthen this ver- 
sion. It must have been a dull world before she opened the box 
and our college days would be cheerless and irksome without 
the winged creatures. Whenever any of these little sprites 
enticed one of the Alphas to have a little fun, we captured it 
and put it in a strong box. We had captured several and one 
evening, like Pandora of old, we opened the lid a little way and 
let out two, one at a time and held them fast until they told us 
what fan and frolic they had caused among our Alpha girls. 

The first one told us this story. One of the " old girls " had 
returned for a visit and the frat girls in Hersley Hall were going 
to have a spread for her one evening after lights were out. The 
** children " were not invited for they had been out late the night 
before. Everything was purchased for the spread and stowed 
away in the room of one of the frat girls remaining at home 
that night. During the evening one of the pledges came in, and 
saying that she had been invited to the spread and was going 
to carry the provisions up stairs for one of the girls, walked 
out with all our good things. Just before lights went out the 
trick was discovered. A search was quickly made and the half- 
consumed spread taken away from four pledges. One of the 
hostesses had some fruit from home and so the feast did not 
have to be given up, but was enjoyed only the more on account 
of the extra fun and excitement of finding the provisions. 

The second little sprite that came from the box that evening 
told of this escapade. Two girls had carefully made some 
fudges for two of the boys and the candy was cut, packed 
away into a box and hidden. About that time this little sprite 
whispered to two of the other girls and enticed them to take 
that box of candy. Half an hour later the loss was discovered. 
How the girls searched. 


"Do yoti know who took onr candy? Oh, it was just fine 
too ! Girls, who took it away ? We want it, we spent at least 
an hour and a half making it." These were the cries that met 
the cars of the guilty and the guiltless. 

Shortly after, the two guilty ones slipped the box back into 

the place where they had found it and later, when the candy 

makers discovered their lost fudge, went into wonder and com- 

. ment about the returned box and express doubts as to whether 

it had ever been taken from its hiding place. 

The memory of these two instances livened up the evening 
for us and we closed the box for that night. We decided then 
that when we went from college for the last time we would 
gather up all the little winged sprites that could tell us of the 
fun, frolic and pranks of our Alpha sisters and store them in a 
Pandora box, and on future evenings we could open it and 
grow young again listening to these little creatures tell of 
happy Alpha larks. 

Helen Coe 


No doubt, the dearest thing to Alpha Xi Delta sisters every- 
where is our own journal, because it brings us all together in 
fellowship and understanding. Naturally, then, we all feel the 
greatest interest in its welfare and wish it to fulfill its office in 
the best possible way. The following suggestions are made, 
not with any idea of criticism, but of promoting a friendly dis- 
cussion pro and con. 

It seems to me that the most important function of a soror- 
ity journal is to be a place of discussion, a debate platform, as 
it were, for all general sorority matters. In this discussion 
every member from the oldest to the newest initiate should be 
heard, in order that all sides of the question may be given due 
consideration. This plan would, I think, not only bring out 
many otherwise unsuspected phases of the subject, but would 
be of great value to the girls who take part. 

How this proposed debate may be brought about to a 
greater extent in our own Alpha Xi Delta Journal, I fear I am 
not well prepared to answer. I dare say that questions of in- 
terest to all the chapters often come up in Alpha Xi Delta meet- 
ings—questions that, if brought to light in the Journal, would 
provoke lively discussion. Perhaps, also, suggestions might be 
found in questions discussed in other sorority and fraternity 

As the second function of a sorority journal, I should place 
that of getting us acquainted with the life of Alpha Xi Delta 
girls at other Colleges and Universities, and the varied condi- 
tions with which they have to deal. This phase of the JoumaPs 
usefulness appeals particularly to me, for, being a professors 's 
daughter, I have been **born and brought up" within the con- 
fines of one University. Besides the interest of such articles, I 
think we can understand and appreciate our sisters in Alpha 
Xi Delta far better if we know the conditions under which they 
uphold our principles. 

Another thing to which I should like to have more attention 
given is that of the means of entertaining new girls. Many 


times it happens that in the height of the rushing season, with 
several healthy sororities in the field, a clever little entertain- 
ment or a few mirth-provoking "stunts" by the girls send the 
new girl home with the impression that the Alpha Xi's are a 
"jolly crowd" and tip the balance in our favor. Perhaps you 
think her attitude should be more serious, but I assure you, 
even a studious, thoughtful girl prefers a sorority whose girls 
•* always have a good time together ". What I mean is, that if 
you have reaped the benefit of some such happy idea, why not 
pass it on to your sister chapters, not in elusive suggestions, 
but in a description that they can follow? 

I perceive that some of my elders are frowning at the idea of 
sueh frivolity in a sorority journal. If this is frivolity, then I 
fear that I am incorrigibly frivolous. Indeed, I do not think it 
beneath the dignity or in any way averse to the principles of 
Alpha Xi Delta for one sister to g^ve another points on the 
cleaning of fingernails or a becoming way of ** doing" her hair. 
Why, then, should not we sister-chapters help each other in a 
similar way ? 

Besides these matters of closer sorority interest, our Journal 
might well devote some space to the discussion of general ethical 
and literary matters. Anything which would be of general in- 
terest, whether dealing directly with sorority problems or not, 
might be added. For instance, I think that a series of articles 
dealing impartially with the foundation and history of the many 
fraternities would be of value in manv wavs. Historical arti- 
cles concerning the customs and religion of the ancient Greeks 
might give us useful information of the source from which we 

We all wish our Journal to be the very best possible, but how 

can we make it so ? Though we have an efiicient editor, the 

Journars power must always depend largely upon contributions 

from the Chapters. The above suggestions are merely sugges- 
tions, and may or may not meet with your approval. But what- 
ever plan is followed in the Alpha Xi Delta Journal there is just 
one thing certain, and that is that the responsibility for it rests, 
in a great measure, on you, sisters in Alpha Xi Delta, and by 
your efforts only will it be successful. 

Mary Meek Atkeson, Iota 


Alpha Xi Delta, thou the bestloved care, 

Of thousand bright inhabitants of air ! 

Know, thou, that countless spirits round thee fly. 

The light winged minions of the azure sky. 

These, tho' unseen, are near us every day 

To prompt each act, to guide us on our way. 

The well-known subject of sorority spirit is an old, old story, 
yet ever new. Well may it be kept uppermost in our thoughts 
for by far the most valuable of all our possessions is that vague, 
undescribable something, called sorority spirit, which lies back 
of all form and tradition, back of every motive and action. 
It is the sorority in essence, that best part of the thought, char- 
acter and life of each girl, welded by strong bands into one 
magnificent whole which stands for Alpha Xi Delta. Moreover 
it is not only the most precious of our possessions ; but it is of 
such inexpressible depth and complexity that if we introduce 
into it or allow to develop into it anything but the noblest and 
best we cannot foresee how calamitous the reaction may be. 

Therefore it is our duty to guard it as a priceless treasure, a 
treasure of greater worth than any material gift because it has 
been handed on to us by the giris who have gone out into the 
wide world, and are still our inspiration. 

What would sorority life be without that power which 
makes our hearts thrill with joy when, far from our sisters, we 
hear the name, and look upon the quill or the double blue and 
gold of our dear Alpha Xi Delta. 

For some time a fancy has pervaded my thoughts which 
makes me love to imagine that the air about us is filled with 
mystic, transparent forms, too fine for mortal sight, spirits 
dressed in airy garments, dyed in the tincture of the skies. 
Ours ever hover near in their sky robes of tinted blue and gold. 
They are our guardian angels, who are ever ready and eager to 
guide us if we will only listen to their promptings; but 
especially do they love to promote and develop sorority spirit. 


How dearly they love our Alpha Xi, none can realize save 
those who have been initiated into our mystic circle to share 
our joys, and sympathize in our sorrows. They aid us in count- 
less ways. With their silent influence they unite the hearts of 
all Alphas until we feel that every individual member has a love 
for every other, in each chapter from Alpha to Kappa. They 
flit from our most eastern college to the far west, bearing a 
message of love and cheer. 

Within each chapter they are ever present. Not only love 
and peace and vnity follow them but they prompt each girl, 
and guide her so that thoughtful deeds and loving words 
attend her. They early teach the lesson that you get as much 
as you give ; every sacrifice becomes a pleasure ; the more you 
put into Alpha Xi Delta the more it means to you. 

They prompt us to be kind, not only to our own loved circle, 
but to use the highest courtesy to those without our number. 
Their mission will be incomplete if we forget that there are good 
and noble girls about us who are hurt by careless neglect. 
Never be too busy to be polite. 

All these things they prompt us to observe. Let us one and 

all keep our ears open for the still voices which come to us, the 

voices of our guardian spirits, our own true, loyal hearts which 

can not let us forget that Alpha Xi Delta needs our personal 

loyalty, service, love and above all noble womanhood. So shall 

we keep division far from our doors, and lock without with an 

iron key everything, even the thoughtless word which would 

bring the slightest heartache to a sister. And let our lives be 

now and ever, a book from which the world may read high 

ideals nobly lived. 

Blaine Putnam, Eta 


Fraternities at Illinois are of comparatively recent origin. 
In 1882 there were just two fraternities in the University. These 
were, Delta Tau Delta, established in 1872 and Sigma Chi in 
1881. During the next ten years all organizations were barred, 
but in December of 1891, these two were allowed to reorganize 
and others came in rapidly. Kappa Sigma, 1891 ; Phi Kappa 
Sigma, 1892; Phi Delta Theta, 1894; Alpha Tau Omega, 1895; 
Phi Gamma Delta, 1895; Sigma Alpha Upsilon, 1898; Beta 
Theta Pi. 1902; Sigma Nu, 1902; Phi Kappa Psi. 1904; Delta 
Kappa Epsilon, 1904; Delta Upsilon, 1905, and Acocia, 1906. 
Beside these, there are five local fraternities, which, like the 
nationals live in chapter houses. Four, Alpha Tau Omega, 
Sigma Chi, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, own 
their chapter houses. 

The fraternities stand supposedly for high scholarship and 
they do to a certain extent — however, they are largely so- 
cial organizations. The Greeks are not only leaders in social 
affairs, but also in political. Until recently they have been not 
at all united, but there is now a tendency toward centralization 
of fraternity interests. This is manifested in the inter-frater- 
nity organizations— the ** Phoenix'* club, senior men, and the 
*' Helmet " which is exclusively sophomore. 

—Elizabeth W, Abbott, Kappa 


JUNE 19. *06 

But little more than half the round 

Of a century has rolled 
Since men of forethought broke this ground 

To yield us wealth untold. 
They toiled, nor was their toil in vain : 
Where once the wilderness held sway 
Are shimmering fields of wheat today. 
Their children harvest golden grain. 

And we who gamer, ere we turn 

From out this fruitful field 
To where life's desert sun will burn, 

Our thanks would gladly yield 
The men who gave to us that wealth 
Which, being shared, but grows the more 
For him who grants from out his store 
The priceless gift of mental health. 

Long years upon these reverend walls 

May thy leaves, O Ivy, make 
A mantle green to grace the halls 

Wherein all may partake 
Of Learning's feast and Wisdom's stor 
Here many a nation sends her youth 
To seek the right, to search for truth, 
The paths of science to explore. 

Here we have learned to recognize 
True courage, and the strong 
And noble soul of high emprise 

That strives against the wrong. 
The best that men have writ and said. 
Have thought, and done, and tried. 
Was ours to ask. It will abide 
With us when love and youth are fled. 


But, lyy, let not those who come 
In search for Wisdom's fount 

Believe that books contain the sum, 
Or even half the count 

Of good. Companionship, the power 
That ever comes of soul to soul, 

And human kindness head the roll, 

'Tis these that fill the final hour. 

Hills that stand in majesty, 
Verdure-covered, crowned, free,— 
Stately oak and elm and pine. 
Nature's beauties e'er be thine. 
Ne'er may vandal's ruthless hand 
Spoil you ol your forests grand 
Nor break the lawn of tender green 
That decks you now in summer-sheen. 
Lakes that shimmer in the sun. 
Calm when days of storm are done 
With your fitful, changing grace. 
Whether frown or smile have place. 
Ever greet, as now, our eyes — 
Mirror, ye, of trees and skies, 
Mocker of the stars by night. 
Of heaven's blue when day is light. 
Elms that arched in comely row 
O'er the green your shadows throw. 
Sturdy oaks of tempest born, 
Pines that stand and moan, forlorn, 
Long display your cooling shade 
Of tangled leaves and branches made. 
Grow, and ever grow more strong 
As the decades glide along. 
Alma Mater, mayest thou be 
Ever crowned with these, thy three 
Glories, such as few may wear,— 
Nature's chiefest jewels rare. 

ivy ODE 83 

We, thy children consecrate 

Aa ivy to commemorate 

The happy, toilful hours we passed 

Beneath thy shelter. Now, at last. 

Needs mast -we, relnctant, roam 

Far from this, oar foster-home. 

Hills and trees, your p£eaiis send. 
Lakes, your rippling murmurs lend, 
Birds, lift up your song in praise. 
Little flowers, your soft chant raise, 
Our Alma Mater's land to swell, 
l^y, guard, O, guard her well. 

Marion E. Ryan, U. of Wis.. '06 


There was a tnoon, the kind that children cry for, the kind 
that grown ups long to lose themselves in. A great big round 
moon. It bathed the snow covered ground in a glittering, soft, 
white light. It filled the crispy air with mellow, silvery tints. 

There were two people walking in the back campus. Did 
you say it wasn't the proper place to be ? Why not ? Wasn't 
there a moon ? They were there anyway ; and the whole world 
could have seen them, had it been there instead of only the 
moon. They were walking on the creaking snow talking of— 
well — most anything, perhaps that very moon ; when suddenly 
they came to an almost violent stop. A large stone lay directly 
in their path. They hadn't seen it before running into it. No, 
of course not. They were looking up, not down. Havn't I said 
before that there was a moon ? 

** What is it ? " she asked. 

** A stone," came his answer. 

'• Where did it come from ? " 

** Oh ! havn't you heard about that ? " 

** Never. Do tell me," she pleaded. 

*' It's only a little Indian story. You know when the white 
people first came to Illinois there were Indians here as well as 
everywhere else. And here like everywhere else, they drove 
them out until there were only a few scattered wigwams left. 
Right here there was a little Indian village; and the few re- 
maining young braves danced Indian attendance on the prettiest 
Indian maid the soil had ever known. Oh, what's the use of 
telling the story, it's only more of white man's treachery." 

** Please go on," the girl said softly. 

The moon still shed its soft, white, silvery light over them. 

•• Well, a white man came," he resumed his story, ** and the 
Indian maid, Winona, lost her savage heart. The white man 
played the heathen another way. Of course, he made love to 
her, he couldn't help it. A month passed and he was ready to 



leave. The Indian maid stormed and raged. It was the savage 
coming to the front. Then she pleaded and told him of all her 
love, — still the primitive nature. Then she pined away and 
died. That was the woman. They buried her here. This stone 
marks her grave. That's all except some young braves went 
on the war path.*' 

There was still the same silvery glowing light. A long si- 
lence followed. 

** Are men always so untrue ? " she faltered. 

**God forbid,*' he said tenderly. 

The moon looked big and fatherly. 

Grace Spencer ^ Kappa 


Our sister, Mary Elizabeth Houk, was born in North Lima, 
Ohio, in 1883. She attended high school in West Liberty, 
where she was graduated with first honor in 1901. 

During her college course at Wittenberg, she was ranked 
among the first in her class. In every phase of college life she 
was active, so that we can scarcely recall a scene that is not 
clouded with sadness at the thought of her death. Every stu- 
dent knew her as a young woman of the best scholarship, as a 
most devoted worker for the Y. W. C. A., and as representative 
of the highest type of womanhood. At one time she was presi- 
dent of the Y. W. C. A. 

Her influence was helpful to many in causing them to desire 
to live a higher Christian life. She was present everywhere in 
sorrow and affliction. She was our peacemaker and comforter. 
No one knows how we, who were so closely associated with 
her, miss that helpful word, that comforting smile. No gather- 
ing of her friends has been held that did not feel the sorrow of 
the vacant chair. 

Having been privileged to be a room-mate of this sister, I 
can tell you of the beautiful life she led, of her daily Bible read- 
ing, and of her loving acts of kindness to everyone. She was 
often spoken of to me as an ideal Christian. 

Almost two years have passed sinceshe was graduated from 
college. The first year she taught in Defiance High School, this 
second year she began to teach in Van Wert High School, but 
became* ill after one month of work. She died with typhoid 
fever, on November twenty-second, at her home in Conroy, 

Whereas, Our beloved sister, Mary Elizabeth Houk, has 
entered into eternal rest, be it 

Resolved^ That we, in behalf of Alpha Xi Delta sorority do 
tender to her bereaved family our sincerest and most tender 
sympathy, assuring them that every individual member of the 
sisterhood feels the deepest regret for her demise. And be it 

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the next 
issue of the Alpha Xi Delta and another copy be spread upon 
the official records of the sorority. 

Signed, Bessie Williamson, 
Frances Richey, 
Nellie M. Tribby. 






Of all beautiful flowers, the Alpha rose seems to me the love- 
liest of all. Whether it bloom, a perfect flower, in a carefully 
guarded hot-house bed or on a straggling bush exposed to the 
sun and rain, it sends forth the sweetest perfume and its deli- 
cate beauty makes the spot where it grows seem holy and pure. 
Thus we, of whom it is the chosen flower should strive to live 
the life of our pink rose. Where or under what conditions we 
may be placed we should so live that by our noble, beautiful 
lives the hearts of those about us may be gladdened and up- 
lifted. The thorns of modesty, reserve and purity should 
always surround us to shield us from the evils which tend to 
destroy our beauty. So, with this new.year let us each strive 
harder than ever to be a beautiful Alpha rose in God's flower 

garden of the world. 

Mabel Hendel^ Alpha 


In discussing this subject let it first be understood that the 
writer is not moved by any spirit of criticism. Our alumnae in 
all probability, are quite as true and loyal to their respective 
chapters and to Alpha Xi Delta as a whole, as the alumnae of 
any other sorority. 

We who are still active members, may say, perhaps, that 
when we become alumnae we shall feel just as much interest 
and keep in just as close touch with the affairs of our sorority 
as we ever did. But when we are out in**thewide, wide world," 
separated from our dear sisters, perhaps never seeing anyone 
else who wears the beloved quill, we, too, absorbed in a hun- 
dred other matters, may become a little negligent in our duty 
to the sorority. So let us not judge our alumnae too harshly. 

But this very negligence is what we should guard against. 
If we keep in close touch, not only with the other alumnas of 
our chapter but with the active members as well, there is no 
danger whatever that we will ever lose interest in the sorority. 


The alumnae probably do not realize what help and encour- 
agement they might give to the active members by writing to 
them, showing an interest in all matters pertaining to the 
sorority and giving them the benefit of their wider experience. 
Write to your active chapter members, dear alumnae, and in so 
doing help both yourselves and them. 

There is no way in which the alumnae can keep in touch with 
the sorority as a whole except by taking the Alpha Xi Delta 
journal. And every alumna should take the journal. It is the 
means of communication between all Alpha Xi Deltas through- 
out the land. When we read of all our Alpha sisters and realize 
that we are all striving for the same ideals, we are drawn very 
closely together and we long more than ever to do something 

really worth while. 




To one not enjoying the privilege of Greek friendship, this 
question seems to deserve the answer that it undoubtedly hin- 
ders scholarship,— not that the sorority girl fails to show up in 
her class as well as the non-Greek girl, but that the social life of 
the sorority gives the prejudiced person the impression that 
social affairs are to her the chief thing. 

One not in the circle does not know the increased ambition a 
girl has when she knows that her chapter sisters are expecting 
something of her, and the pleasure she has in keeping the chap- 
ter's standard up to the high mark that her predecessors have 

She has an impetus to stand high in her classes that a giri 
not in the sorority cannot know. 

Alpha Xi Delta has always stood for good scholarship and 
no girl who is a true Alpha will lower the standard and have it 
said, that her sorority does not stand for what is best in col- 
lege life. 

When a girl pledges herself to a sorority it is not only the 
local chapter with which she has affiliated herself but with a 
national organization ; and she knows that her scholarship is 
of importance to her sorority nationally as well as locally. 



From time to time we receive reports from the members of 
the Grand Council who are making official inspection of the 
chapters of Alpha Xi Delta. The reports are gratifying be- 
cause they bring information of vigor and enthusiam in each 
group of girls. They tell of the sources of help and the almost 
as helpful sources of opposition which supply zest and strength 
to these groups. It is the growing opinion of the Council that 
inspection of chapters should regularly be made in the year in 
which convention is not held. They think by practice the in- 
spectors can make these investigations more systematic and 
thorough, and thus proportionally increase their benefit. 

ji ji ji 

We call especial attention to the ideas in ** What Our Journal 
Should Be," by Sister Mary Atkeson. All Alpha Xi Deltas feel 
a great interest in the welfare of their magazine, and eagerly 
accept suggestions leading to its promotion. The success of 
any fraternity organ depends in a degree, of course, upon the 
skill and resources of the editor, but as Sister Mary says, more 
largely upon theindividual members. Comparatively few Alpha 
Xi Deltas write for the journal ; and never does anyone write, 
unless requested to do so. This is no doubt because of proper 
reserve, which we should like to dispel. To secure breadth and 
variety of topics in the journal requires the work of more than 
the chapter editors and the few obliging literary girls whom 
they draft into the service. It would be entirely modest in the 
writers, and most delightfully refreshing for the editor, if sev- 
eral voluntary contributions were oflFered for each issue of the 
journal. These would form the most valuable part of the 
magazine; for they would consist of helpful ideas carefully 
worked out in the minds of busy Alpha Xi Deltas, who still 
find time to plan for the interests of their sorority. 

If we may be pardoned a critical and perhaps heretical word, 


we shall suggest that ourjotimal needs a lit tie less of the didactic 
tone in such expressions as *^ We should strive to uphold the high 
standards of Alpha Xi Delta, etc./' and a little more of practi- 
cal, commonsense suggestions for material improvement, his- 
torical articles, short stories, etc., as the article we referred to 
above proposes. We can say this freely now, for in this issue 
there is nothing of the preaching type ; but we confess humbly 
that we have cut out dozens of such true but overworked ex- 
pressions from the material received during the last year. We 
need a little of such beneficial advice, of course, but are inclined 
to give ourselves too much. Perhaps we are unromantically 
practical, but it is in an effort to do, not to dream of doing. 

ji ji ji 

The Song Book Committee is still waiting for songs. The 
chairman writes that not all of the chapters have responded to 
her call for material. She thinks that they must have chapter 
songs that the whole sorority can use. Genius does not bum 
at will, but maybe when it is burning in some of the chapters, 
they will hasten to send the products thereof to the chairman 
of this burdened committee, and save her the trouble of writing 
individual letters. 

ji ji j> 

Alpha Xi Delta does not exist to be first among sororities, 
but to be strong within herself She exists to help her mem- 
bers, to brighten college days, and perchance after college. She 
exists to do what she can for others. If she should strive pri- 
marily to grow great in the eyes of the outer world, she would 
become hollow and useless within. 

ji ji ji 

The editor regrets that this issue of The Alpha Xi Delta 
is late. A long illness kept her from work and made delay un- 
avoidable. Even now she has been obliged to spend much less 
time than usual upon the journal and trusts that the kindliness 
of her sisters will overlook its defects. 


We gn^tefally acknowledge all exchanges received since October first. 
We give, below, a list of these exchanges, calling the attention of Alpha Xi 
Deltas, to a few of the articles of general interest which the magazines 

The Shield of Phi Kappa Pei: 

October— Bid Kappa Psi's in Public Life ; Fraternity Men in Congress ; 

The University and the Fraternities, 
December— The Source of Successful Men. 
January— Phi Kappa Psi in Football ; Bishop Charles Caldwell McCabe. 


November— The Chapter House of the Syracuse Chapter ; The University 

of Toronto, 
January — Westminster College; The Silver Gray Dinner at New York. 

The Garnet and White of Alpha Chi Rho : 

Not}ember— The Government Polity of Alpha Chi Rho; The Landmarks, 
/aftuary— Fraternity Instruction; The Landmarks. 

The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta : 

October— The University of Toronto. 

Decembers-Ohio iSeta and Her Home; Chapter House Financing; Old 
Fraternity Records (continued). 

Kappa Alpha Journal : 

December— A Permanent Pan Hellenic League. 

The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta : 
November— LoLfayette and Nu. 
January— BetSL Eta at Minnesota. 

The Delta Upeilon: 

October— Some New Delta Upsilon Homes; Historical Sketch of Delta 

December— Rughea as a Campaigner; The Convention; The Measure of a 

Phi Chi Quarterly : 

October— Oration in Medicine; Laws of the Fraternity. 

Deemoa of Delta Sigma Delta : 

November— Wh&t College Students Read. 

2%« Delta of Sigma Nu : 

December— An Original Fraternity Building House Plan. 

The Phi Gamma Delta : 

iVcwewfcer— Williamsburg— A Pilgrimage. 


The Record of Sigma Alpha EpsiUm : 

December— The Fraternities and Business Life; The Alumni Problem^ 

The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma : 
October— A Convention Number. 

Kappa Alpha Theta : 

November— (This number contains profitable sketches of the manage 

ment of different chapter houses of the sorority). 
Jantiary— Butler College. 

Alpha Phi Quarterly : 

Novembei^-lmpreasiona of the Convention ; Nebraska University. 

The BReueie of Chi Omega : 

The Lyre of Alpha Chi Omega: 
December— (Both convention numbers.) 

Themie ofZeta Tau Alpha: 

November— (A convention number.) 

The Trident of Delta Delta Delta: 

The Anchora of Delta Gamma: 

December— The Relation of the Collie Woman to Social Questions. 

Alpha Sigma Alpha : 


The Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity announces the installation 
of Lambda Chapter in Southwestern University, Georgetown, 
Texas, May the thirty-first, nineteen hundred and six. 

The Grand Council of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity an- 
nounces the re-establishment of the Gamma Chapter at Butler 
College, Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, November the 
third, nineteen hundred and six. 

The Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity announces the installa- 
tion of the Alpha Iota Chapter at Washington Universit3'', Saint 
Louis, Missouri, on Friday, November the thirtieth, nineteen 
hundred and six. 



Lombard College is now rejoicing over a one hundred thousand dollar en- 
dowment fund. The raising of this amount has been in prog^ress for several 
years and was successfully completed at the end of nineteen himdred six, 
Andrew Carnegie donated twenty-five thousand dollars. 

Alpha Chapter girls have all been enjoying a two weeks vacation. The 
Lombard faculty thot it wiser to eliminate the spring vacation and add a few 
more days to the Christmas holiday. All the girls are now back and Belle 
Stiyker is with us again, making eleven active girls in our chapter. We 
initiated Florence Innes and Berta Pittman after Thanksgiving, using two 
nights for the two deg^rees. The evening before the initiation we gave a 
Thanksgiving party which was very enjoyable and unique. We dressed as 
oddly as possible and attempted to imitate the typical old fashioned family. 

Mrs. J. K. Mittchell entertained delightfully for us one afternoon at her 
home on North Broad street, in honor of our new patroness, Mrs. Bertha 
Davis Taggart. We feel highly favored in securing Mrs. Taggart as a pat- 
roness. She has recently gone south with her mother to spend the winter 

Tuesday, December the eighteenth, we held our f rat meeting at the home 
of Mrs. Bartlett on North Academy street. Alice Bartlett Bruner was visit- 
ing at home with her little daughter Lois. We were very pleasantly enter- 
tained and enjoyed being with three alumnsB girls, Mrs. Bruner, Edna Epper- 
son and Edith Miller. 

As yet Alpha Chapter has given but few strictly formal affairs, but we 
take much real pleasure in many small informal spreads which we find almost 
indispensable. They bring us more closely together and add vastly to 
sorority life. 

Alpha wishes her sister chapters much success during the coming year 
and extends to Zeta chapter her sincerest sympathy in her sorrow. 

Be88 WUliamsan 


Beta Chapter sends greetings and love to her sisters in Alpha Xi Delta. 
The year thus far has beeu one full of prosperity for our chapter and hope 
for better things. Pledging day was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as 
is our custom here, and as usual Alpha had her share of good material. The 
new pledges are Ethel Milspaugh, Irene Plank, Elizabeth Lauer and Amy 
and Alice Cheny, all worthy and eligible girls, and we are confident that 
Beta will never have cause to feel anything but pride for any one of them. 

We have had three initiations since the beg^inning of the semester, mak- 
ing our total number of members ten and that of our pledges nine. 


The social life of our chapter has been rather quiet this year, for these 
are busy days and every minute seems to be full. In October we gave a six 
o'clock dinner to all the members, pledges and some of the new girls. The 
room was beautifully decorated in autumn leaves. After the five course 
menu had been served, impromptu toasts were given upon subjects which 
were desigrnated upon leaf -shaped place cards. The entire affair was a grand 
success, and we wished that all the chapters might have been there to share 
in the good time and feasting. 

This is the most that we, as a chapter, have undertaken, but individual 
members have done their share in entertaining and thus we have not lacked 
for something doing. Isabel Pettenger, one of the pledges, delightfully 
entertained us and our gentlemen friends at a Hallowe'en party, and a few 
weeks later May Johnson gave a series of dinners for us. Both of these 
functions were elaborate and gave the usual good times. 

With best wishes for all chapters of Alpha Xi Delta, 

Alice Rabb, See'y 


A most happy and successful new year is Gamma's wish for all of you. 
Since you are Alpha Xi Deltas, of course, we expect you to be successful. 
One good thing which will come to us during 1907 is the Morgantown conven- 
tion, and many of us are already planning for it. 

Before the old year left us, it saw us all well started on another college 
year, and in many ways Gamma has reason to feel that the beg^inning was 
auspicious. Our chapter house arrangement is so much more satisfactoiy 
than it has ever been before. The house is so well adapted for the purpose, 
and our matron is all that we could wish for. 

When we last wrote to you, we were in the midst of that very strenuous 
time, "rushing season." Now Asking Day belongs to history and we are 
rejoicing in the enthusiasm and assistance of five Freshmen who have been 
initiated into the "mysteries." The Pan-Hellenic rules in many ways are 
a g^reat help but we feel that there is something yet to be desired, and we 
are trying to revise them so that they will be more generally satisfactory. 
Like all things worth knowing, the best methods of adjusting rushing diffi- 
culties will be learned by experience alone. 

The various functions of the rushing season were of the usual order of 
small parties, spreads, and one or two large affairs at the house. Gamma's 
annual Hallowe'en party was held at the chapter house and was unusually 
successful. All of the old features of such occasions which claimed notice 
were disguised so as to keep their identity hidden and to add to the general 
interest of the occasion, and several new ones were introduced. 

One of the most pleasant occasions of the term was the farewell spread 
given by the chapter to Bessie Galbreath just before she sailed for India. 



Epeilon's girk are taking up the work with new enthusiasm after the 
holiday vacation. 

Oar first meeting was held at the home of Lorena Grange, whose school 
duties began a few days later than the opening of the University, thus making 
an especially pleasant meeting possible. After the regular meeting some 
lively second degree work was indulged in at the expense of the four pledges. 

We are more than delighted that Mrs. Gault has become one of our 
patronesses, and have great hopes of the good to result from this relation- 
ship with the wife of our new president. 

We are looking forward with much pleasure to a visit from Mrs. Lieb 
who, we hope, will be with us in February— and with rather a mixed state of 
feeling to that threatening list of examination questions. 

An event of much interest in the University was the installation in Decem- 
ber of Tridentia, a local society, as a chapter of Phi Delta Theta. As this 
is the first recognized national organization, aside from Alpha Xi Delta, to 
be located here, Epsilon feels that it marks the beginning of a better under- 
standing and appreciation of the fraternity spirit in the University of South 


A most prosperous new year for all Alphas is the hearty wish of every 

Zeta Chapter is enjoying a very prosperous year, considering the imus- 
ually small number of girh who entered Wittenberg this fall. We have 
initiated three freshmen, and have recently pledged a fourth. 

Work on our new Carnegie Science Hall has been begun, and it will be 
ready for use by the opening of the next school year. 

A chafing dish party was given on the evening of November ninth, at 
the home of Hazel Wright. The evening was spent in displaying our artistic 
abilities, and teaching the young men the culinary art. 

We were very glad to have Miss Mary Kay with us during our Thanks- 
giving vacation. We had sorority meeting on Saturday afternoon. It seemed 
quite like "old times," as we had five old girls with us. After sorority 
meeting we went to the Arcade Hotel, where we had dinner. After this we 
held initiation at Clara Domblaser's, bringing Leta Conduit into the fold. 
We enjoyed Miss Kay's visit very much, and shall be delighted to have her 
with us at any time in the future. 

Edna Fidler, of Mansfield, Ohio, Helen Domblaser, of Bucyrus, Ohio, 
and Leta Conduit, of Springfield, are 2^ta's latest initiates. Lilian Seybold, 
of Springfield, is now wearing the pledge pin and will become an Alpha sister 
soon after the beginning of the next term. We shall then have ten girls, 
and feel quite encouraged, for this year has been an unusually hard one for 
fraternities and sororities at Wittenberg. 




Eta sends the wannest of greetings to all Alpha Xi Deltas and wishes 
them the best of success in the new year. 

In the next number we are in hopes to announce a number of new mem- 
bers, as our '' rushing " season is nearly over. The pledge day, agreed upon 
by the Pan-Hellenic association, comes in February, and we are anxiously 
looking forward to letting our goat loose. 

Eta has enjoyed many parties during this ''rushing" season, but per- 
haps the most enjoyable was a party given by one of our patronesses, Mrs. 
M. E. Driscoll. Mrs. Driscoll is the wife of Congressman DriscoU and trav- 
eled in Japan with Secretary Taf t's party two years ago. She has a beauti- 
ful home filled with many curios which she picked up in her travels, and 'we 
spent a very happy and pleasant evening there. Miss Theresa Tobin was here 
at the time. 

Another memorable event of the ** rushing" season was a dance given 

at the chapter house. Everybody reported a good time and we plan to h&ve 

another soon. 

Fraternally, Hazel Brush, Cor. -See. 


Theta Chapter enjoyed rather a strenuous week of rushing when 'Varsity 
opened this fall. 

Our first stunt was a camping party at Rayne's cottage on Lake Monona. 
About sixteen girls went out and all had a fine time. Some of our other 
means of entertainment were an informal dancing party at our lodge, a 
dancing party at Mendota Beach, and a formal afternoon tea and reception. 

At our initiation we received the following pledges: Frances Albers, '06, 
of Wausau, Louise Erb, '07, of Appleton, Helen Davis, '10, of Madison, 
Chorlotte Gardiner, '09, of Madison, and Signe Ravn, '10, of Merrill. Im- 
mediately after the initiation, we held our annual banquet. The color scheme 
was pink and was carried out in decorations of pink roses and ferns and in 
the menu. Most of our patonesses were present. 

Later we held a few more rushing stunts and pledged Una Reardon, '10, 
and Florence McRae of Rhinelander, both of whom have been initiated since 
Thanksgriving. Winifred Ryan, Cor-Sec. 


Dear Sisters: 

Iota wishes to introduce two new sisters, Mary Stewart Fravel, and Leda 
Cordelia Atkeson. We have had a very successful term, with rushing par- 
ties, spreads and informal receptions galore. We gave an informal recep- 
tion at Ethel Green's the first of the term for the new girls, which was both 
successful and very delightful. A great deal of fun was created, when it 


was announced that every one had to write a poem about her favorite flower. 
It is needless to say that there were all kinds, comic, tragic and real love 

An afternoon "affair " at Mary Atkeson's proved very pleasant. Three 
progressive games were the entertainment, and the refreshments ice cream, 
cake, and coffee did not come amiss. Chafing dish parties have been all the 
rage this term,*and the Alpha girls have not fallen behind. Various accidents 
and incidents have occurred, such as the cheese for the rarebit failing to ar- 
rive until the party was over, and not having enough crackers to go around. 
Probably the most successful one was g^iven by Ethel Green in honor of 
Hattie Field of Lombard, 111. 

We are very proud of our new patroness, Mrs. T. C. Atkeson. She 
"mothers" us to our heart's content and entertains us royally. We are 
sorry that she has only two daughters to become Alphas. 

We hope next term will be a successful one to every chapter, and send 
each and all our heartiest greetings. 

Bertha Jane Smith remembered us at the last meeting of the term, by 
sending a big box of salted almonds. It wasn't Bertha Jane but it was the 
next best thing and we ate every last one. 

Kappa Kappa Gramma was installed here the twenty Hsecond of December. 
Iota sent flowers and congratulations and with the other Greek fraternities 
cordially welcomed Kappa Kappa Gamma into the Greek world here. 

Iota, CryatcU Courtney, Chapter Editor 


Dear Sisters far and near : 

Kappa sends each and every chapter of Alpha Xi Delta new year greet- 
ings and sincere wishes for the most profitable and pleasant year they have 
ever known. 

We are hoping every day to hear that we are no longer the youngest 
chapter of the organization, for we are anxious to extend to a new sister 
the kind and affectionate courtesy that you have all extended to us during 
the past year. 

Kappa is in the best of health and spirits. She takes pleasure in an- 
nouncing Sarah Nelson as a new member, and Miss Case as a pledge. 

Miss Llewellyn, an alunma member, has just returned home from a six 
months tour abroad. 

Miss Abbott has just recovered from a slight attack of quinsy. 

All the rest of our eighteen members are enjoying the best of health, 

and are in excellent spirits because the mid-year examinations are a thing 

of the past. 

Fraternally yours, Grace Spencer, Cor. -Sec. 



Alice Bartlett Bruner and little daughter Lois have been spending the 
holidays with Mrs. Bruner's mother, Mrs. F. S. Bartlett. 

Mrs. Helen Miles Smith moved recently from Galesburg to the State of 

While in Quincy recently, Mabel Hendel visited a short time with Miss 
Grace Schuur. Miss Schuur is now teaching in the Quincy public school. 

Miss Frances Richey spent the holidays in Chicago. 

Miss Sallie Cook and Mr. John Lorton were united in marriage on Christ- 
mas Day, at the home of the bride's parents. Dr. Cook, father of the bride, 


We miss Gussie Yost very much. Her efficient help is hard to replace. 
She is the book-keeper and stenographer for a lumber company in Hopedale, 

A number of Gamma girls attended the State Y. W. C. A. convention at 
Youngstown in November. 

We are very sorry that Nellie Campbell's health will not permit her to 
return after the holidays. 


Birdie Richardson and Deborah Slocum are recent pledges to Elpsilon. 

Margaret Miller attended the State Y. W. C. A. convention at Redfield 
as one of the U. S. D.'s delegates. 

Nina Wallace spent the Thanksgiving vacation in Vermillion with her 
sister, Mrs. Maynard. 

Mrs. Gault, wife of the U. S. D. president, is now one of Epsilon's pat- 

Lorena Grange and Olga Averkieff spent the holidays in Vermillion. 

Lucy Camerer has filed on a quarter section of government land in the 
western part of the State, and will take up her residence there in a "claim 
shanty " during the summer vacation. 

Margaret and Helen Miller entertained the Epsilon girls at dinner 
December 26th in honor of Olga Averkieff and Lorena Grange. 


Effie Vance spent the holiday vacation at the home of her uncle. Dean 
Sterling of the Law school. 

Genevieve Ochsner has accepted a position in the Sioux City schools, and 
will take up her new duties in January. 


Miss Mary Kay spent a few days with us the last of November. 

Miss Lillian Seybold, '10, of Springfield, is wearing an Alpha pledge pin. 

Mary E. Hubbell has been elected prophet of the class of '07. 

Marjorie Smith, Mabel Bracher, Maude Bushey and Mabel Winn visited 
us during our Thanksgiving recess. 

Helen Domblaser, '10, has been elected historian of her class. 

Ella Swartout of Van Wert is assisting in the library in her home town. 

Edna Fidler and Helen Domblaser, two of our freshmen, play first violin 

in the college orchestra. 

Mary Hubbell spent the holiday vacation at Defiance, Ohio, with Mabel 

The Alpha girls of the dormitory were entertained in Brookville, Ohio, 
at the home of Marjorie Smith, the last week of October. 

Miss Anna Miller, '06, is teaching German in the High School at Mont- 
zulier, Ohio. 

Miss Mabel Bracher, '06, teaches Latin in the High School of North 
Baltimore, Ohio. 


ESverybody is looking forward to a happy new year. 

Laura Myers spent a week at her home in Kingston, Pa., called there by 
the illness of her mother. We are glad to say her mother is much better. 

Two of our other girls have our deepest sympathy and that of all Alpha 
Xi Deltas. Miranda Myers and Kathryn Thompson have both lost their 
mothers lately. Miranda Myers was absent two weeks at her home in Fall 
City, Neb., and Kathryn Thompson has not returned yet. We are hoping 
she will come back the second semester. 

Leila Eysaman, ex-'08, is at present visiting at the chapter house. She 
expects to come back to college the second semester. 

Congratulations are in order for Susie Couch, ex- '08. She is to be mar. 
ried at her home in Yonkers, New York, January 1st, to George Hastings, 
ex-'08, of Syracuse University, a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. She 
will live in Malone, New York, after her marriage. 

Lena Baldwin, '06, spent a week at the chapter house. Susie Couch also 



Mrs. Leila Dowsland-Davis, '06, visited her home here in the city a few 
weeks ago, and also spent some time at the chapter house. 

Hazel Algie, '09, who at present is living in the city, is expecting to 
come to live in the house before long. 

Hazel Brush, Cor, -See. 


We are glad to have Mary McRae, '07, of Rhineland, with us again after 
a year's absence. 

Una Ruth of Keokuk, Iowa, may return next month. 

The following alumnae have visited us this year: Lenore Henderson, '06; 
Bertha Davis, '06; Alma Runge, '06; Augusta Lorch and Jessie Mabbit 
Ruth Strong of Lake Mills, also comes in occasionally. 

We are pleased to have two members of the Beta chapter with us this 
year, Charlotte Stough and Florence Currier-Stevens. 

Mary Olin, '07, took part in a German play given by the Grermanistische 
Gesellschaf t at Music Hall. 

Mary McRae was elected to the Girls' Glee Club. 

Winifred Ryan, Cor^-Sec. 


Helen Barret Smith was married December 27 to Mr. Carl Harrison 
Smith of Morgantown, at the bride's home in Charleston, W. Va. After a 
brief wedding tonr they will be at home to their friends in Morgantown, W. 
Va. Mr. Smith is a contractor, and is one of Morgantown's best young men. 

DrusiUa V. Johnson spent vacation at her home in Cadiz, Ohio. 

Mabel Jane Weaver visited friends in Manning^n several days last term. 

Hattie Field of Lombard, 111., visited Mabel Jane Weaver in October. 
She IB a pledge of Alpha chapter. 

Mary E. Kay visted the chapter during the term. Her visit was very 
short, and we hope that she will come of tener and stay longer in the future. 

Mary Cooper spent the holidays with friends in Parkersburg. 

Elizabeth J. Sadler visits us often and gives us much valuable advice and 
help, for '' Bess " is a loyal "Alpha," and one of our charter members. 

Prof, and Mrs. Atkeson spent several weeks in Denver, Col., attending 
the National Grange Convention. 

All the girls passed the fall exams, safely, and will be ready for hard 
work next term. 


Mary Kay visited the chapters at Bethany, Morgantown and Springfield 
during December. 

It is indeed an honor to report that one of our sisters has taken up work 


in the mission field. Bessie Galbreath left in November to spend five years 
in Sironcha, Central Provinces, India. Letters from her along the route re- 
port a pleasant and profitable journey, thus far. It is the intention of all 
the girls to write and keep her in touch with home news, and we bespeak for 
her good health and success in her work of love and sacrifice. 

Eloise Patton-McKnight of Pittsburg, visited her parents through the 
holidays. During her stay the Alumnae girls spent a very pleasant evening 
with her. 

Alliance Alumnae has another wedding to announce— that of Efiie Hoiles 
and Ross Hilles on December fourth. Owing to the recent death of the 
bride's mother, the ceremony was performed very quietly at home in the 
presence of the immediate family. The girls regret exceedingly the sad 
circumstances of the wedding, but are pleased to know that Efiie will con- 
tinue to live in Alliance and in time will be with us at Alumnae meetings as 

Mary Salmon of Cleveland, spent a few days in January with Anna 
Jones. Etta Bates 




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Ponndcn of Alpha Xi Delta 10-4 

Chapter! " " " " 104 

The Pratemitj Directory 106 

Annotincetnents 106 

TnfU Collei^ 109 

The Installation of Lambda Chapter Ill 

The Rose of Alpha Xi 114 

In the Jtinflrles of India 116 

A Summer at Harrard 119 

The Hic^h School Sororltj 121 

Pi Beta Phi 128 

Good Order in Chapter Meeting 126 

Model Constitution for Pan Hellenics 128 

Report of Deans and Advisers of Women 131 

An Open Letter to American College Pratemal Orgaoizations 183 

Brery Daj Council 136 

Bditorials 146 

Bzchanges 148 

New Chapters of Pratemities 160 

Chapter Letters 161 

Personals 169 

Directory 162 

AdTcrtisements 173, 174, 176, 176 

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Lombard CotUge, GaUsbtug, IB., April ly, 1898 

Hattie McCullum-Gossow (Mrs. C. W. E.) Wichita, Kans. 
•Frances Cheney 

Almira Cheney Sajbrook, 111. 

Lucy W. Gilmer Quincy, 111. 

Eliza Curtis Eyerton (Mrs. J. L.) Hoopeston, III. 

Bertha Cook-Eyans (Mrs. OrrinC.) . . Beecber City, 111. 

Maud Foster . 700 E. Fourteenth St., Minneapolis, Minn. 

Louie Strong Taylor (Mrs. E. A.) . Park City, Utah. 

Cora Bollinger-Block (Mrs. Louis) 

1416 Rock Island St., DaYcnport, la. 

Alice Bartlett-Bruner (Mrs. Murray T.) 
203 Fifth St., Aurora, 111. 



Alpha — Lombard College Galesburg, 111. 

JSeta — Iowa Wesleyan University . Mt. Pleasant, la. 

GaxD/na— Mt. Union College Alliance, 0. 

Z}e/ta— Bethany College .... Bethany, W. Va. 

Epsilon — University of South Dakota Vermillion, S. Dak. 

2(eta— Wittenberg College Springfield, 0. 

Eta — Syracuse University, .... Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— University of Wisconsin . Madison, Wis. 

Iota — University of West Virginia . Morgan town, W. Va. 
Kappa — University of Illinois .... Champaign, 111. 

Lambda — Tufts College Boston, Mass. 

Alliance Alumnae Alliance, 0. 

Mt, Pleasant Alumnae .... Mt. Pleasant, la. 
Boston Alumnae Boston, Mass. 




President— El,l,a Boston-Leib (Mrs. J. R.), Alpha, 1271 W. 
Washington street, Springfield, 111. 

Vice-President and Historian— l^o^cssK Grange, Bpsilon, Brit- 
ton, South Dakota. 

Secretary— Milr^ Emily Kay, Gamma, 75 South Union ave- 
nne, Alliance, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mkby Power, Beta, Bloomfield, Iowa 

Erf/tor— Bertha G. Cleveland, Eta, Sayville, L. I. 

Secretary of the Fifth Inter-Sorority Conference— ]oBmAJB HoL- 
COMB, Chi Omega, Camall Hall, University of Arkansas, 
Fayetteville, Arkansas. 


Bertha G. Cleveland, Sayville, N. Y. 

Associate Editor 
Gertrude E. Wright, Deposit, N. Y. 

Business Manager 
Dora G. Lockwood, .... Cape Vincent, N. Y. 

Assistant Business Manager 
Martha Hutchings, 512 Bear street, Syracuse, N. Y. 


i47piia— Bessie Williamson, .... Galesburg, 111. 

Beta — Alice Babe, Mt. Pleasant, la. 

Gaxmna— Mildred Tucker, Alliance, O. 

Z>e7ta— Helen TiNSLEY, .... Bethany, West Va. 
-Bpsi/on— Ethel Kichardson, Vermillion, South Dak. 

Zeta — Mary E. Hubbell, .... Springfield, O. 

Eta — Hazel Brush, 716 Irving avenue, Syracuse, N. Y. 

TAeta— Winifred Ryan, 504 N. Henry street, Madison, Wis. 
iota— Crystal Courtney, 723 North Front street. 

Morgantown, West Va. 

Kappa— F. Grace C. Spencer, 716 S. Second st., Champaign,Ill. 
Lambda— AsmB McCoy, 62 Main street, Somerville, Mass. 
Alliance Alumnas—BTTA S. Bates, Alliance, O. 

Mt. Pleasant Alumnas—I^ovisn Singer, . Mt. Pleasant, la. 
Boston Alumnas— Ruth Sibley, 640 Washington street, 

Brookline, Mass. 


will be held on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd, at Mor- 
gantown, West Virginia, with Delta and Iota Chapters as 


(Those wishing accommodations address Crystal Conrtney* 723 North front 
street, Morgantown, West Virginia.) 


















Tufts College originated in a movement begun in 1847 
among Universalists in the United States, who felt it important 
that the denomination to which they belonged should take 
more active part in the cause of liberal education. Among 
those who were influential in this enterprise were : Rev. Thomas 
J. Sawyer, Rev. Hosea Ballou, Rev. Thomas Whittemore, Rev. 
Otis A. Skinner, Thomas A. Goddard, William J. Walker, and 
Charles Tufts, whose name was given to the institution by rea- 
son of the fact that he was its most liberal benefactor. But al- 
though the College owes its beginning to the support of the 
Universalist denomination, it is, by its charter and administra- 
tion, non-sectarian. 

At the outset the College of Letters was the only depart- 
ment, but in 1869 engineering courses were begun with a de- 
partment of Civil Engineering; later were added Electrical, 
Mechanical, and Chemical Engineering. In 1869, also, the Di- 
vinity School was established. The success of the previous 
branches of the College warranted the opening in 1893 of Tufts 
Medical School. In 1895 four year courses in Biology, Chemis- 
try, General Science and Medical Preparatory were begun. Ow- 
to the fact that the Medical School had so well filled a need of 
the community, its complement, the Dental School, was organ- 
ized in 1899 by the absorption of the Boston Dental College. 

Such has been the academic development of Tufts College up 
to the present date. Its presidents during this period have 
been: — Hosea Ballou, D. D., who is well known for the atten- 
tion he gave to the study of History, at a time when that study 
was hardly recognized in American Colleges; Alonzo Ames 
Miner, D. D., LL.D., who was inaugurated in 1862; Elmer 
Hewitt Capen, D.D., LL.D., (1875-1905), and Frederick W. 
Hamilton, D.D., who was inaugurated in 1906. 

The original faculty numbered five and the first class to be 
graduated consisted of three members. At present the faculty 
includes one hundred and forty-two professors and instructors 
and thirty-five assistants. In 1906 two hundred and twenty- 
five students received degrees. 



At the beginning of its career Tufts College possessed a 
single building known as Ballon Hall. Now, as you climb the 
broad, shaded walk which leads from Professors Row to Bal- 
lon, on the summit of the hill, at your right, is the chapel of 
notable architecture, its pure Norman tower being greatly ad- 
mired and widely copied. Beyond the chapel the fresh red brick 
and gleaming marble of our new library, Andrew Carnegie's 
recent gift, are in pleasant contrast to the dull yellow of the 
Divinity Buildings. Passing on from Ballon Hall you come to 
the old library, on either side of which are the men's dormitor- 
ies, east and west halls. 

Crossing the quadrangle, to the west of Ballon is the mu- 
seum given by that world famous man, P. T. Bamum, and con- 
taining the equally famous Jumbo. 

Besides these buildings within the bounds of the campus, 
there are several without, notably, the Gymnasium, Dean and 
Curtis Halls, two men's dormitories, Metcalf Hall and Start 
House, two for women, Robinson Hall, the Bromfield-Pearson, 
and the Chemical Laboratories, the commons dining room, and 
the College PostoflSce. 

In addition to the buildings of the departments on the hill 
there are those of two in Boston, the Medical and Dental 

A feature of the College which can hardly be included among 
the buildings, but which is one of its greatest beauties, is the 
reservoir, which is raised even above the summit of our hill. 
The walk around it is beautiful at all times but it is best of all 
in an evening in spring. Then, after the sun has slipped behind 
the western hills you turn from watching the mists which are 
gathering there and the twilight settling upon the valley to 
look down over the hill all of whose familiar buildings are com . 
ing out in points of light. And just before it disappears in the 
gathering dark you look once more at the Brown and Blue, and 
you're glad you're a Tufts girl. 



After a correspondence of nearly a year, an event fall of in- 
terest to Alphas everywhere took place on the eighth of March, 
when the Tan Epsilon Sigma society at Tufts College became 
the Lambda Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. 

Following an inspection of the local by Bertha G. Cleveland, 
sorority editor, some months ago, a most excellent petition in 
printed form was submitted by Tau Epsilon Sigma. Accord- 
ingly it was with expectations raised high that the installation 
committee of three started for Boston: — Grand Secretary, Mary 
E. Kay ; Associate Editor, Gertrude E. Wright ; and Katherine 
Keith, of Gamma Chapter. To say that their hopes were more 
than realized when the Alphas-to-be were met and plans for the 
installation were unfolded is no exaggeration. Never has 
Alpha Xi Delta welcomed a more enthusiastic band of girls, 
and with the thorough understanding of sorority life gained 
through eleven years of existence as a local, the future of the 
new chapter bids fair to be one of unrivalled success. 

The initiation ceremony was held at the home of Ethel Fuller. 
You who know how impressive our ceremony can be made may 
close your eyes and try to imagine it with the added inspira- 
tion gained by receiving forty-five earnest young women into 
the fold. Twenty-five of the number were alumnae, and form 
the nucleus of the Boston Alumnae Chapter. Four seniors^ 
seven juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen make up the 
active chapter. 

At the conclusion of the initiation ceremony, a course supper 
was served, but the lateness of the hour made impossible the 
carrying out of the toast program as planned. The presence 
of Mabel Anderson-Edwards, Beta, who is now located in 
Boston, was an added pleasure. 

On the following morning the visitors were escorted to the 
chapel service, and afterwards made a tour of the grounds 
and buildings. The College is very beautifully located and the 
campus is an unusually attractive one. In the afternoon a 
lengthy business session was held at the home of the Misses 


McCoy. At five o'clock an informal tea gave an opportunity 
for farther sociability, and a large theatre party in the city 
that evening closed a very strenuons day when a party of 
twenty witnessed **The Grand Mogul." 

Lambda is very fortunate in having as patronesses Mrs. 
D. L. Mausby, Mrs. Chase and Mrs. W. K. Dennison, all wives 
of Tufts faculty members, and Mrs. McCoy, whose three daugh- 
ters wear the quill of Alpha Xi Delta. 

The members of Boston Alumnse Chapter are : Julia Gibbs- 
Adams, Lucie M. Gardner, Olive Ryan, Ethel G.Reed, Daisy M. 
Bartlett, Agnes McCoy, Wilna V. Marshall, Florence Garton, 
Dora L. Johnson, Grace Carlton-Mansfield, Alice J. Cummings, 
Gussanda Countway, Hazel L. Watkins, Lura C. Watkins, 
Betsey B. Harmon, Mertie Crowell- Saunders, Ada Buzzell- 
Macomber, Mabel E. Hall, Lena P. Abbe, Edna Johnson- 
Austin, Fannie M. Clement, Alice H. Edwards, Laila C. Nye, 
Phebe C. Johnson, Ruth Sibley, and Mabel Anderson-Edwards, 

Those of Lambda: Persis D. Hannah, Gertrude Johnson, 
Beatrice McFarland, Ethel Fuller, Emily Cate, Miriam Carle- 
ton, Marian Vere, Amy Richards, Eleanor Ladd, Irene Craw- 
ford, Nellie Kimball, Ethel Aiken, Annie McCoy, Geraldine 
Douglass, Louise Smith, Beth Nash, Marie Wood, Helen Bum- 
ham, Katherine Cragin, and Estella Butterfield. 

Following is an account of the organization and progress of 
Tau Epsilon Sigma, now Lambda of Alpha Xi Delta: 

On December 9, 1896, the constitution of the sorority, Tau 
Epsilon Sigma of Tufts College, was adopted by the four char- 
ter members, and the real life of that organization began. 
Statement was also made on that day of the aims and purposes 
of the society, from which the ritual was the gradual out- 
growth. And by the opening of the new year, work was sys- 
tematically begun toward a realization of those ideals for 
which the sorority stood. 

In its ten years* life Tau Epsilon Sigma consistently main- 
tained a conservative policy — resulting in a strong, closely-knit 
alumnae body. The limited number of women in the College 
likewise made rapid progress in membership impossible. 


In the matter of scholarship, the society had a record of 
which it was justifiably proud. Of the twenty-nine graduates, 
three represented the women of the College on the Commence- 
ment platform ; eight were elected to the honorary society of 
Phi Beta Kappa, nineteen received first honors, and fifteen hon- 
orable mention. 

Social requirements were met in such a way as to put Tau 
Epsilon Sigma upon an equal footing with other secret societies 
of the community. A tea, given for the women students and 
wives of the faculty members, was most successful in acquaint- 
ing the younger members of the active chapter with the women 
of the College, and in interesting the latter in the sorority. 
During the winter of founding, a dancing party was given, 
which afterward became an annual affair. Card parties and 
receptions had their place during the social season, and in the 
year 1904-1905 the social and literary work of the society cul- 
minated in the presentation of Sheridan's ** Rivals" before the 
women of the hill — a presentation which was regarded by those 
competent to judge as one of the best performances of the kind 
ever given by Tufts women. Attempts toward philanthro- 
pic work were less successful, and the well-meaning but unscien- 
tific efforts therein attained no far-reaching results. 

In the All Around Club, which cotlsists of all the women of 
the College, and which controls their interests, Tau Epsilon 
Sigma was always recognized, and for the past few years its 
members held the majority of offices. 


We've gathered flowers along life'8 way 
Fragrant and fair to see, 
Bnt found no flower as fair and sweet 
As the Rose of Alpha Xi. 

Chorus : 

As the lovely Rose of Alpha Xi ; 
The Rose of Alpha Xi ; 
But found no flower as fair and sweet 
As the Rose of Alpha Xi. 

For all the rest fade in a day, 
Thou Rose of Joy, but thee, 
But thou shalt live as long as youth. 
Oh, Rose of Alpha Xi. 

And when that youth and thou art dead 
We'll make a potpoure, 
Of memories sweet crumpled leaves, 
From the Rose of Alpha Xi. 

Persis Hannah, Lambda 


The hour of midnight drew near. Since the going down of 
the sun, we had passed station after station. By the dim lights 
were visible strange little one-storied buildings with long arched 
verandas covered with vines — the depot of the Indian village. 
The shrill whistle of the train deeply impressed upon us the fact 
that the end of our railroad journey was nearing. Already we 
had looked upon the last white face that was likely to be seen 
for many weeks, and now we were about to leave the last faint 
glimmer of western civilization. 

As the train pulled in, two brown faces welcomed us by their 
"salaams" (peace). Trunks, boxes, bedding, suitcases, grips 
of all sorts, hats and umbrellas, — all, the necessities of Indian 
travel were quickly taken from our coach and carried into the 
little one-roomed depot. 

From the faint light forcing its way through the smoked 
chimney of a little lamp, we could discern the rude furnishings 
of this apartment. In the center stood a small table, in one 
comer a stand on which rested a little mirror and a blue enam- 
eled pitcher and pan, and along the wall stood two old benches. 
The bedding was unrolled and spread out, and two tired trav- 
elers soon forgot the strange surroundings and were lost in 
quiet sleep. In the room close to the bolted door, slept our 
great Mohammedan servant, guarding, that no evil befall. 

At an early hour we arose, and, after partaking of a hearty 
breakfast, made our way through the narrow streets purchas- 
ing vegetables and fruit for our journey. 

At the noon hour, having completed our preparations, we set 
out. What a procession there was! At its head walked the 
great Mohammedan — tall in stature, brown faced and with a 
shaven head ; for before starting, he had patronized one of the 
barbers who in India set up shop along the roadside with only 
a razor and a customer. About his head, yards and yards of 
red cotton cloth were wound, rolled and tied in a fashion that 
only an Indian hand can devise. He wore a black and white 
checked coat adorned by two large, well-filled pockets. His 
trousers, extending a little below the knee, were of unbleached 
cotton and were girded at the waist by a red and black striped 


belt fastened by a great, brass, shield-shaped buckle. Along the 
stony path he wore sandals, but most of the way he trudged 
ahead with feet unencumbered by shoes. With a gun over his 
shoulder, he led the way, a protector and guide. 

Behind were two heavy two-wheeled carts, each drawn by a 
pair of white oxen. Over each cart was stretched a bamboo 
net, warding off the direct rays of the tropical sun. Within 
each was a tape cot, which served as a chair or couch accord* 
ing to circumstances. These were the heavy, springless, riding 
carts, which were to convey us over ninety miles of jungle road 
paved with stones, rocks and roots. Closely following were 
six like carts, bearing provisions, boxes, trunks, chairs, and 
other articles necessary for Pullman travelers. 

Just as darkness fell, we entered a little village. Passing 
through the narrow streets, we came to a traveler's bungalow 
— a little low, one-roomed hut, protected on two sides by mud 
walls. Here preparations were made for an evening meal and 
a night's rest. Two little fires were started in one comer of the 
bungalow, each surrounded by three stones which served as a 
protection for bare feet and a support for the two small pans 
containing food for the meal. Two chairs and a stand were 
brought from the cart. By the aid of these we attained a civil- 
ized attitude, while we satisfied ravenous appetites and re- 
warded the efforts of an Eastern cartman who had hastily at- 
tained the position of caterer. After an elaborate '' banquet " 
and *' toasts" on reminiscences, we retired to the parlors of the 
"Cart Hotel." 

After the furniture had been repacked for the journey, and 
the riding carts moved up to the open place in the bungalow, 
our guide lay on the floor near us and we slept till our little 
time piece pointed to the hour of two. Then the procession 
moved through the narrow streets, out into the open. 

Before the morning broke, the trees and low underbrush all 
about, told us we were entering the tiger jungle. Before us 
strode the great guide, who carried, in addition to his gun, an 
Indian candle lantern. Mile after mile the heavy carts rattled 
along, winding in and out through the dense thicket, here 
reaching a little open space, there entering again among the low 



brushes and trees, now and then crossing what in the rainy sea- 
son is a river. 

At noon we reached an open space near a small lake, where 
we stopped for a two honrs' rest. Again our cartman, native- 
preacher, and guide proved their adaptability to any situa- 
tion. They prepared vegetables, skinned a chicken, and had a 
steaming dinner on our little table in a remarkably short time. 
At the same time, a few yards from usthecartmen cooked their 
own curry and rice and partook of their noonday meal. 

In the afternoon we passed great rocks, where dwell the 
jungle natives who come down upon the lonely traveler and 
rob him of all his possessions. 

Late in the evening we again camped, this time near a vil- 
lage where we might secure protection from tigers. Here sur- 
rounded by the carts, we slept beneath the beautiful stars of the 

At an early hour we resumed our journey, soon entering the 
thickets. Before the light broke, we had passed over a long 
section of stony road. We shall never forget the experience of 
those hours. (Even the initiation into Alpha Xi Delta is no 
more severe.) Rocks, stones and roots, rough and smooth, 
large and small, tossed us about, in no careful manner, until the 
light of day came. Then, enduring it no longer, we left the 
carts and joined our guide, where we felt secure under the 
shadow of his gun. 

Early in the morning we crossed a deep river bottom where 
we saw the fresh tracks of a hugh tiger. What a big fellow he 
must have been— his foot leaving a print in the sand so large 
we could not span it. During the day we caught sight of a 
deer and a wolf. Now and then some beautiful tropical birds 
would fly across our path. Here and there we noticed strange 
new trees. Sometimes we approached great rocks. Near the 
top of one were strange white marks. When we ascended to 
investigate, we found odd-shaped chalk marks, called by the 
natives the foot-prints of Hannamun, the monkey god. Many 
are the natives who have climbed these rocks to worship. 

During the day we passed a beautiful grove of palm trees. 
The people of India care nothing for the graceful fronds of 
the palm, so much admired in our land. They remove the large 


leaves and on their stems hang vessels to catch the sap, from 
which they make their liquor; for India, as well as America, 
knows the curse of intemperance. 

Late in the afternoon of the third day, we reached a ^eat 
riyer, the Godavary. From its banks, away in the distance, 
among the hills and trees, we caught the first glimpse of our 
new home. What joy even the sight of the bungalow brought ! 
The river was low and could be forded. Following along the 
banks a short distance, we came to a tributary, the Pranhiti, 
which we also forded. Through a little village on its bank, 
then two more miles of jungle, and we were at the end of our 
journey. We had reached our new home and work in safety. 

Even the ordinary hardships had been withheld from us, and 
the unusual seemed to have occurred to add to our comfort. 
The cool drops had at one time comedown like an April shower. 
Through one whole day the sun had been hidden behind clouds. 

On the evening of our arrival, great white clouds in spotless 
beauty, heaped one upon another like a mountain of dazzling 
snow, reached far into the heavens. The sun went down re- 
flecting such beautiful tints on this white mass that our very 
souls went out to drink in the beauty. In such a glory began 
our new life in our new home and new work. 

Bessie E. Galbreatb^ ^06. Gamma 
(M. E. Mission, Sironcha, Central Province, India.) 


Summer vacation will soon be here again, and Alpha girls 
£Eir and wide are looking for the best ways of spending it. Per- 
haps you will be interested in hearing what possibilities a sum- 
mer at Harvard offers for a good time. If any of you have 
school work which you would like to do during the summer, if 
only the thought of stud3ring on long hot days does not have 
a hot-water bath effect upon your ambitions, perhaps I can 
help you solve your problems, for I can imagine no more pleas- 
ant way of spending a summer than in the Elm city, with a 
crowd of jolly Alphas. 

The people one meets at Harvard during the summer are a 
study in themselves. Last summer there were something over 
eight hundred students, and they came seemingly from all four 
quarters of the earth. The variety of people in my English 
composition class was really amusing. There were two nuns, 
a priest, an Episcopal minister, an African, a Norwegian, who 
could not speak a word of English, a German who spoke 
brokenly and understood with difficulty, and a bright little 
Spanish girl, a student from the University of Madrid, who 
could come no nearer to saying **the" than **2e". The rest were 
teachers, reporters and college students, and they came from 
any place between Maine and Porto Rico, We spent two reci- 
tation periods during the term in discussing the colloquialisms 
and slang phrases of our various states. Often too, we had 
interesting arguments over the differences in our every day ex- 
pressions. I thought it strange when my Baltimore friend 
asked me how far I meant by a **block," but when she began 
to direct me by "squares," I had a confused idea that I must 
somehow go in all four directions. Each was usually loyal to 
his own J in these discussions, but in this case we were forced to 
admit that the eastern **five minutes walk" is more to the 

As a rule the instructors do not require heavy work. In fact 
the majority of the professors evidently believe with Franklin, 
that the chief essential of a university education is ** rubbing 
against the buildings." The class in English composition was 


cautioned in the first lecture against spending too much time 
in study, and urged to get acquainted with the uniyersity and 
its vicinity. The work in American history is especially worth 
while, because of the many places of historical interest in the 

But it is in opportunities for entertainment and amusement 
that Harvard excels most. The committee in charge of the 
summer school arranges series of excursions, a series of parties, 
and a series of lectures for the benefit of the students. 

The excursions are on every Wednesday afternoon and every 
Saturday of the term. On Wednesday afternoons trips are 
taken to places near Cambridge, such as Boston or Arlington, 
and on Saturdays the excursion goes to more distant places, 
such as Plymouth. One of the professors usually guides the 
excursionists, and often the students are granted inner views 
which the average traveler does not get. 

On the first Friday evening a reception is given to the stu- 
dents, and on each succeeding Friday evening, a party. At 
these, dancing is the amusement of the hour. 

The lectures are given on Monday and Thursday evenings of 
each week by the professors and other noted men. 

Besides these there are the famous canoeing at Riverside, ten- 
nis on the university courts, and bathing at the beach. Then 
you will want to explore the museums, the Arnold Arboretum, 
Washington Elm, the old burial grounds, "Old North Church,'' 
and the many other landmarks with which the vicinity of Cam- 
bridge and Boston fairly bristles. 

If you are a western girl you can plan a delightful trip home. 
By way of the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes to Cleveland, is 
a favorite route. And many interesting trolley trips, affording 
an excellent opportunity of seeing New England may be planned, 
for as you know, the New England states have a veritable net 
work of trolley lines. 

Mabel Heckler^ Gamma 


Resolved, That Lambda Chapter of Alpha Xt Delta disap- 
proves of High School Sororities. 

Resolved, That Lambda Chapter of Alpna Xi Delta disap- 
proves of adopting rales excluding members of High School 
Sororities from becoming members of College National Sorori- 

I do not know how it is in the West, but during the last few 
years High School Sororities have become very prevalent in 
Massachusetts . 

In school, groups of girls form into little *' cliques " and it is 
from the most influential of these groups of congenial girls with 
the same circle of friends that a sorority is formed. Its object 
in nine cases out of ten is social, purely. Dances, afternoon 
gatherings and theater parties are its aims, a jolly time its one 
ideal. In most High Schools only seniors are eligible for mem- 
bership, so that the girls have only a short time to really know 
one another. At the end of the year they separate, some to 
go to college, some to enter business, and all to broaden their 
horizon beyond the limits of school life. 

How different this social club, for it is nothing more, is from 
oar college sorority. In the one we are careless girls, in the 
other, women ; in the one we seek only for pleasure ; in the other, 
for something nobler ; in the one we think only of ourselves ; in 
the other we are taught to think of others ; in the one we seek 
amusement, in the other truth. 

In the High School Sorority we pledge ourselves to nothing, 
in the college, to a life of devotion and loyalty. The two are 
alike in name, only. In the former you know a few girls of 
your own age in a superficial way for one year, in the latter you 
know women older than yourself to whom you look for exam- 
ple, and younger than yourself who look to you for guidance^ 
during many years, for what girl, after four years of intimacy 
of sorority life could ever forget her ** Frat ? '* 

In the High School Sorority there is no idea of improvement* 
of mutual help, or of ethical elevation. In a National College 
Sorority there are all. 

As all college girls know, rushing is becoming more and more 


difficult owing to the increase in the number of entering fresh- 
men, and of sororities. 

In Tufts College, if the Inter-Sorority Convention adopted 
the rule that no member of a High School Sorority should be 
admitted to a college national, Lambda would be heavily 
handicapped, as she is the only national chapter at Tufts, and 
hence would alone be subject to that rule. 

In Massachusetts, the very best girls as to intellect, social 
standing and natural gifts are members of the High School 
societies. And yet, how can they be prevented from joining 

As everyone knows, the value of pleasure in the present is 
much greater than that of any hopes of pleasure in the future, 
especially in this age of uncertainty, and very few girls would 
forego the pleasure of joining a High School Sorority, even if 
the prospect of becoming a member of a College National were 
offered to them. It is a well-known economic law that present 
advantages outweigh future ones. 

So the girls enter, and must they be debarred from College 
Sororities for that reason ? Does it seem just, that, because a 
girl is a member of a dancing club with a Greek name for one 
year, that she should lose the opportunity of becoming a mem- 
ber of a rea/ sisterhood, broader and nobler than anything she 
has known, for the rest of her life? Does it seem just that be- 
cause she entered a High School Sorority, the College Sorority 
should lose her comradeship and support, for it must be remem- 
bered that these girls are of the most desirable kind in many 
ways. The College National needs them; must it stand by 
quietly and see them enter local societies when it knows the 
strength which they could give to it ? 

And so when the question is asked in the covention, " Shall 
members of High School Sororities be excluded from member- 
ship in College Nationals?'* think of these points, remember 
your Lambda sisters, and vote, ** No." 

Eleanor Ladd^ Lambda 


Pi Beta Phi is, nationally, the oldest Greek letter sorority. 
Founded at Monmonth College, April, 1867, it was first known 
as a local society, called the I. C. Sorosis. This society started 
with twelve members, who adopted as a badge a tiny gold 
arrow, with the letter I. C. engraved on the feather. For some 
years after becoming national. Pi Beta Phi kept the name un- 
der which she was organized. In 1883, feeling that she was 
placed at a disadvantage in having no Greek name, the society 
adopted the subtitle Pi Beta Phi. Five years later the I. C. 
was dropped and the Greek letters alone retained. 

Pi Beta Phi has been confined to collegiate institutions since 
1884. All chapters established outside of collegiate institutions 
prior to that time are now inactive. In 1889, the society was 
incorporated under the laws of Illinois. 

The chapter at Monmouth was known as the grand chap- 
ter, and had authority over the other chapters. In 1884 it was 
killed by anti-fraternity laws, and the same year a convention 
was called at Iowa, which vested the supreme power in conven- 
tions, to be held biennially. During their recess, the fraternity's 
affairs are carried on by a grand council, consisting of five 
members, elected by the convention. A literary bureau was or- 
ganized in 1890, to keep the chapters informed concerning mat- 
ters in the fraternity world, and to prepare courses of instruc- 
tion and yearly examinations upon such subjects. In 1901 the 
bureau was abolished and its work turned over to the province 
presidents. For convenience of administration, the fraternity 
is divided geographically into provinces, each having its presi- 
dent, who is consulted in all matters affecting the fraternity 
within her province. 

The society has held fifteen conventions, the first at Green- 
castle, Ind., in 1872. 

April 28, of each year, is known as Founder's Day, and is 
appropriately observed. 

In 1892 an alumnse association was formed under a perma- 
nent constitution. There are now nineteen alumnse chapters 
and state organizations with headquarters at Indianapolis, 
Ind., Denver, Colo., and Columbus, O. 


Pi Beta Phi has issued two complete song books. In 1893 
an historical sketch of the fraternity was published. The -ptn- 
odical journal called The Arrow, was first published in May, 
1885, under the management of the Kansas Chapter. It was 
issued, from time to time, by different chapters, and in 1896 its 
management was removed to the chapter at Madison, Wis., 
where it has since been published. 

The badge of the fraternity is the gold arrow, bearing the 
Greek letters Pi Beta Phi transversely on the feathers, with a 
loop chain pendant from the shaft. The colors are wine red 
and silver blue. The fraternity flower is the carnation. The 
chapter roll is as follows : 

1867— Ills. A, Monmouth College (1884) 84 

1868— la. A, Iowa Wesleyan University 320 

1868— Ind. A, De Pauw University (1868) 3 

1872— Ills. B.Lombard University 196 

1873— Kans. A, University of Kansas 236 

1874— la. B, Simpson College 185 

1877— la. r, Iowa State College (1891) 103 

1881— la. B, South Iowa Normal School (1887) 79 

1882— Ills, r, Carthage College (1888) 26 

1882— la. Z, University of Iowa 127 

1884-Ills. A, Knox College 159 

1884-Neb. A, York College (1888) 50 

1884— Col. A, University of Colorado 103 

1885— la. A, Callanan College (1889) 12 

1885— Neb. B, Hastings College (1887) 8 

1885— Col. B, University of Denver 103 

1887— Mich. A, Hillsdafe College 110 

1888— Ind. A, Franklin College 123 

1888— Mich. B, University of Michigan 118 

1889— D. C. A, George Washington University 76 

1889— Ohio A, Ohio University 80 

1890— Minn. A, University of Minnesota (1896) 35 

1891— La. A, Tulane University 88 

1892— Pa. A. Swarthmore College 64 

1893— Yt. A, Middlebury College 66 

1893— Ind. B, Indiana University 136 


1893— Cal. A, Stanford University 37 

1894f— Pa. B, Bucknell University 74 

1894f— Ohio B, Ohio State University 36 

1894 — His. E, Northwestern University 64 

1894 — Wis. A, University of Wisconsin 86 

1895— Neb. A, University of Nebraska 88 

1896— N. Y. A, Syracuse University 107 

1896— Mass. A, Boston University 116 

1896— Ills. Z, University of Illinois 90 

1897— Maryland A, Woman's College of Baltimore 66 

1897— Ind. r, Butler College 65 

1898— Vt. B, University of Vermont 38 

1899 — Mo. A, University of Missouri 51 

1900— Cal. B, University of California 35 

1902— Texas A, University of Texas 42 

1903— Penn. r, Dickinson College 27 

1904r-N. Y. B, Barnard College 20 

Active chapters, 34; inactive, 9; membership, 3,788. 


There is an old saying, "Because is a woman's reason/* In 
the olden days, she was not supposed to reason. Her judgment 
was seldom asked concerning questions to be reasoned about, 
but her intuition served many a good turn. It still does, but 
her reasoning power has been so cultivated that logic has no 
longer any terrors for her, and ''because" is only the beginning 
of her logical reason. 

A woman's inability to conduct a business meeting is another 
time-honored belief. The woman of fifty years ago had little 
need for this, but times have changed. This is the day of 
organizations. In church, school, social circles, every phase of 
life, there is the society, guild, and club, with its organization 
requiring a presiding officer. And how many times are these 
filled efficiently ? 

It should be the college woman who can be depended on to 
fill these positions creditably. She has had this training in her 
literary societies and fi-atemity meetings. Yes, in fraternity 
meetings, but has she ? Here is a point worth considering. Are 
our chapter meetings conducted in a business-like way ? 

The weekly chapter meeting is something to look forward 
to. It's jolly, makes you feel good ; it's stirring, makes you 
feel ambitious; it's uplifting, draws you nearer to Alpha Xi 
Delta. And yet it is not conducted according to parlimentary 

The presiding officer calls the meeting to order with several 
raps of the gavel. After a sufficient silence is obtained the 
business begins. A motion is made, seconded and a discussion 
follows. A few of the speakers address the chair and are ac- 
knowledged, while the others chatter busily or voice their senti- 
ments with eager enthusiasm to any who may lend ear. At 
length after a prolonged discussion a vote is taken. Perhaps a 
third of the members respond, while the others are still in the 
midst of their reasonings. A second vote is called for which 
finally decides the question and so the business proceeds. 

Earnest, spirited, eager to decide questions the best way 
possible, these college women plunge into the business of their 


fraternity regardless of law and order. With such training, 
how can they conduct the business of the societies and study 
clubs over which they will be called upon to preside ? The per- 
fectly poised college woman will not lack enthusiasm, but she 
will be able to express herself in a forceful, concise way and at 
such a time that she will receive a hearing. 

This question of good order in chapter meeting may not be 
a vital one, but it certainly is one which affects every other. It 
is only in a well-regulated business meeting that the vital ques- 
tions receive their needed attention. It saves time, fosters self- 
control in the enthusiastic members, encourages the more re- 
served members to express their opinions, and adds a dignified 
tone to the chapter meeting. 




Because of the numerotis problems that have arisen in the 
Pan Hellenic Associations during the three years of organiza- 
tion and growth, and because these questions have been sub- 
mitted to the Conference Secretary or to the Inter-Sorority 
Conference itself to solve, the Fifth Conference formulated a 
model constitution to cover the points. 

Every Pan-Hellenic is expected to model its constitution and 
by-laws after the model given below, and the attention of 
every Alpha Xi Delta is called to it. It is as follows : 



The name of this organization shall be the Pan-Hellenic As- 
sociation of the 



This Pan-Hellenic shall : 

1 . Fix the date of pledge day. 

2. Regulate the rules for rushing. 

3. Regulate other matters of Inter-Sorority interest in this 
college presented to it for consideration. 

4. Co-operate with the college authorities and all college 
organizations in questions of general college interest. 



This Pan-Hellenic shall be composed of one active and one 
alumna member from each chapter of the National Sororities 
represented in the institution and from such locals as they may 
see fit to admit. 



Sec. 1. The officers of this Pan-Hellenic shall be : President, 
Secretary and Treasurer. 


Sbc. 2. The officers shall serve for one year, dating from 
the first meeting of the Pan-Hellenic after the Christmas holi- 

Sec. 3. The office of President shall be held in rotation by 
the chapters, in the order of their establishment as Nationals in 
the College ; the locals to hold office after the Nationals in the 
order of their organization. A local becoming National shall 
take its place among the Nationals according to the date of its 
installation as a National. 

Sbc. 4. The Secretary shall be chosen from the chapter 
which is to have the presidency the following year. 

Sbc. 5. The duties of the officers shall be those usually de- 
volving upon such officers. 



A unanimous vote shall be necessary to fix the date for 
pledge day and make rules regulating rushing. 



This constitution can be amended by the unanimous vote of 
the Pan-Hellenic. 


I. The date of pledge day shall be the 

II. It shall be considered dishonorable for a fraternity mem- 
ber, active or alumna, to speak disparagingly of another fra- 
ternity or of one of its members to a rushee. 

III. The constitution and by-laws of this Pan-Hellenic shall 
be printed not later than May 1st of each year and five (5) 
copies of the same shall be sent by each chapter to its Grand 

IV. These By-Laws may be amended by the unanimous 
vote of the Pan-Hellenic. 

I wish particularly to emphasize the following points: in Ar- 
ticle III, Organization, that the Pan-Hellenic must include one 
alumna member from each chapter, as in some institutions the 


alumns have hot been introduced into the Pan-Hellenics as was 
the original and still pervading idea of the Conference ; atten- 
tion is called to Article lY, Section 3, Officers, as it settles the 
chairmanship question in Pan-Hellenics, some discussion hav- 
ing arisen as to whether elegibility to chairmanship should date 
from establishment of a chapter as a national or a local ; Arti- 
cle V, Voting, is perhaps the most important point settled, in 
that the unanimous vote is necessary in making pledging, rush- 
ing and bidding rules, as it is in the Conference itself where 
nothing becomes a rule until ratified by all the sororities in the 
Conference; By-Law No. 2 indicates the strong stand taken by 
the Conference against the too common practice of "running 
down " another sorority ; the Pan-Hellenic rules for the school 
year are to be made early in the preceding year in order to 
avoid haste and in order that every Grand President may make 
herself familiar with the rules of the different Pan-Hellenics in 
which her chapters are represented and that she may have these 
rules on hand before the convening of the Inter-Sorority Con- 

Ella Boston-Leib 



In December, 1905, the Deans of Women, and Advisers of 
Women of State Universities met for a conference in Chicago. 
To one of their meetings they invited representatives of the 
Inter-Sorority Conference, that they might together talk over 
matters of interest to women in State Universities. The repre- 
sentatives of the Inter-Sorority Conference were very much in- 
terested by the discussions and opinions they heard . A few sub- 
jects were selected which are recommended to all Pan-Hellenic 
Associations for discussion during the year. 

J. High School Sororities, — Are they to be encouraged or dis- 
couraged ? The unanimous opinion of the Deans was that these 
sororities are very harmful to the girls who join them, and to 
the high schools in which they exist. One means suggested for 
discouraging them was for Sororities to refuse to take girls be- 
longing to them, after having given due notice of this decision. 

IL Cutting Classes and Poor Work, — It seems pretty well 
established that cutting and poor work are not at all confined 
to non-Sorority girls. Most Sororities have some plan for keep- 
ing up the standard of scholarship among their members, but 
these plans do not always work. Some outside pressure is 
often needed, and the Dean is the proper person to apply that 
pressure. How can we, as Sororities, make the Deans feel that 
we expect and welcome supervision of scholarship? We cer- 
tainly should take some strong stand in this matter through 
the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

III. Increased Expenditure. — Some Deans complained of the 
lavish decorations and expensive refreshments in vogue in their 
colleges. They said the men were fairly forced to hire carriages 
and wear evening dress on many occasions that should be en- 
tirely informal and simple. The tendency is toward greater 
formality and lavishness rather than toward simplicity. They 
asserted that these expensive functions were often beyond the 
girls' means and circumstances, and were, therefore, in poor 
taste ; and that much simpler entertaining would be a better 
social training. Other Deans said they had no fault to find 


with expense. Conditions seemed to vary greatly in this re- 
spect, and some colleges are taking very sensible and decided 
stands on the question. It should be careftilly discussed every- 
where, and the Deans should be consulted in regard to the 
proper style of entertaining. 

IV, Attitude of Sorority Girls to Non-Fraternity Men. — It 
seems to be the custom in many colleges for Sorority girls to go 
with no one but fraternity men. Is this generally true? Is it 
wise? Some Deans think this is very narrow, and not at all 
fair to either men or girls. 

V. Attitude of Girls to Men Whose Conduct Could Justly 
be Criticised. — Do we as Sororities take a strong enough stand 
in this matter? It is quite possible for us to practically ex- 
clude such men from college society. 

VL Cheating.— The Deans feel that there is quite too lenient 
a feeling toward cheating in colleges, and that a great deal of 
it goes on. They wish that we would make a determined effort 
to change the tone in regard to cheating, which is often laughed 
at as clever and amusing. 

The Deans made one request of the Conference. They wish 
that all Sorority Grand Presidents would do as a few already 
do, and write once a year directly to them for the scholarship 
records of the chapters* They will be glad to send accurate 
and detailed reports, such as cannot be gained through any 
other source. They feel sure that such reports, followed by 
praise or blame from the Grand Presidents to the chapter, 
would help greatly to raise the standard of scholarship. 

They stated that they were very much in favor of Sorority 
houses, and thought them best managed by the older alumns. 

The meeting was a very helpful and enjoyable one, and the 
representatives came away determined to urge the Conference 
to aid the Deans in every possible way in the splendid work 
they are doing. 

Lillian W. Thompson, Gamma Phi Beta, 

Chairman of Committee 


To all American College Fraternal Organizations :— In view 
of the steady growth of the College Fraternity System through- 
out the United States and Canada the publications edited by the 
separate units of the same are becoming steadily more numer- 
ous and valuable as well as more difficult to handle in individ- 
ual collections. 

Every fraternity, at its best, has one or more complete files 
of its own literature and a heterogeneous mass of other mater- 
ial that is almost worthless on account of its incompleteness 
and lack of proper classification. 

Concentration of eflFort and material is the watchword of 
to-day and the following fraternities and sororities have united 
in placing before the fraternal system at large a scheme for the 
formation of a Pan-Hellenic fraternity library collection which 
shall be of no financial burden to the fraternities themselves and 
which will be managed in the interest of all college fraternal or- 
ganizations equally. 

Alpha Phi Kappa Kappa Gamma 

Delta Upsilon Sigma Alpha Epsilon 

Kappa Alpha Sigma Chi 

Kappa Alpha Theta Theta Delta Chi 



1. That the entire college fraternity system throughout the 
United States and Canada unite in forming a Pan-Hellenic fra- 
ternity library collection which shall include all college frater- 
nal publications and such other material as may be relative 

2. That each individual organization supply said library 
with as complete a collection of its publications as may be pos- 
sible, also aiding the library in securing complete files of such* 
other fraternal publications as it may be in need of. 

3. That each fraternity shall continue to supply said library 
with such material as may be necessary to keep it at all times 
up to date. 

4. That such material shall become the property of said 
library to beheld, arranged and catalogued by it; the library 


agreeing at all times to welcome suggestions concerning the 
welfare of said property. 

5. That each fraternity supplying said library with mate- 
rial shall appoint a representative who shall be empowered 
to act for that organization in all matters pertaining to said 
library collection and who is to keep the library informed as to 
his or her address. 

6. That the said library collection, its supervision and care 
of material, shall be of no expense to the various fraternities 
other than the forwarding of material to the same. 

7. That the aforesaid fraternity material be turned over to 
the care of the New York Public Library (Astor, Lenox and 
Tiljden Foundations), which has assured the librarian of Delta 
Upsilon of its extreme willingness to supply room for said 
librarv collection and to handle such material under the condL 

tions herein set forth. 

• • • 

All college fraternities and sororities are both invited and 
urged to aid in the accomplishment of this scheme which, when 
once well started, will take care of itself. 

Kindly send all such material, from now until further notifi- 
cation, prepaid and addressed to 

The Pan-Hellenic Fraternity Library Collection, 

New York Public Library, 

425 Lafayette Street, 

New York City. 
explanatory note 

The scheme proposed is not a demand on any fraternity for 
a complete file or their only file but a request of them for as fall 
a line of their publications as the3'are willing and can afford to 

The idea is to accomplish an end by getting all interested in 
an individual as well as a mutual benefit. 

Where certain ones may be adverse to making public their 
private literature the case is entirely understood and respected. 

All will have free and equal access to study and profit by the 
recorded experience of their brother and sister societies. 

The library from time to time will issue lists of material on 
hand or required. 

Complete files will thus be insured for the ftiture while the 
past will be taken in hand before it is too late. 



This subject is of great importance to each chapter of Alpha 
Xi Delta, for her strength can be measured only by the number 
of girls who are ever ready to "do" at the first request. The 
easy way is to suggest what it would be well to do but, — when 
the committee asks for those who are ready to do, how many 
silently wait to see if it is possible to get enough workers. 

Is not Alpha Xi Delta worthy of our every effort? Then why 
hang back or oppose the efforts of some willing spirit, unless 
perhaps, we have a better proposition to substitute for the 
work in view. Let us look at what the willing spirit has done in 
the past, then with loyal hearts we will strive toward the high 
ideal of our sorority and give courage to the willing spirit. For 

** True worth is in being, not seeming 

In doing each day that goes by 
Some little good — not in dreaming 

Of great things to do by and by." 

Beulab G. Kirlin, Gamma 



In the Februarynumberof our journal appeared an excellent 
article upon Alpha Xi Delta spirit. It was defined as " that in- 
describable something which lies back of every motive and ac- 
tion, the Sorority in essence." The very sacredness of this spirit 
forbids that we allow it to become subservient to any other. 

Oftentimes we find in the smaller colleges and universities, 
that the social relations between fraternities and sororities 
brings the question of fraternity preference. This is inevitable. 
But we also find that because of this fraternity preference many 
times there arises in a sorority two factions. We are allowing 
a little thing like fraternity preference to come between sisters 
of the same sorority. I am proud to say that the Alpha girls 
of our college are rising far above such trival matters. 

If we consider the question, *• Is it consistent with our prin- 


ciples to become subservient to local factions ? '* we will instinc- 
tively say no. Every tme sorority girl will never allow her fra- 
ternity preference to m the slig^htest degree detract from her en- 
thusiam and loyalty to her own sorority. 

Many times the sororties are drawn into the conflicts of 
" College Politics." Then it is that the spirit of fraternity pref- 
erence becomes most rife and then it is that each Alpha must 
feel her own Alpha Xi Delta spirit pre-eminent above all other 
feelings of loyalty. Let every sorority girl put her own sorority 
first, acting in everything she does' in such a way that she will 
bring honor and glory to herself and thereby to her sorority, 
and may she always give fraternities a secondary place. 

In each and every department of college life we Alphas can 
not be too jealous for our sorority interest. To fall below 
the average of scholarship not only affects us personally, but 
detracts from the standard of our sorority. And farther let us 
ever keep in mind that the outsider reads the principles of our* 
sorority in the bearing of the sorority's members. We should 
always remember this and try as best we can to live up to our 
standard. By so doing we cannot help becoming more like "an 
ideal Alpha girl/' the truest, the most conscientious, the most 
charming, the most agreeable, the most intelligent and most 
inspiring girl of all girls. 

Last but not least, we must never forget, first, that our so- 
rority is an organization in and of itself and should have such 
strength and character that it will never once think of becom- 
ing subservient to local factions; second, that the consistent 
local chapter must not become ** boycotted^* but that it should 
think of higher and loftier things. 

Louise Brady, Beta 


The inspection of the several chapters of Alpha Xi Delta is a 
necessary and very profitable thing for the chapters themselves. 
Although a chapter may be very much alive and alert to all 
that is happening, yet it is always well to consult with those 
in authority by personal meetings. Much inspiration may 


also be gained from what they bring to us from onr other dear 
Alpha sisters. 

From the very nature of the sorority it is well to keep all 
the chapters as closely bound together as possible. As the in- 
spectors travel from one chapter to another, they gain a gen- 
eral idea of what each one is doing, and they in turn can report 
to the presiding officers and also have a complete knowledge of 
the affairs of the sorority. 

After a visit from one of our grand officers, there seems to be 
an awakening of interest among the members of the chapter. 
They strive to uphold the standards of the sorority more than 
has been done in the past. Bach sister feels a closer interest in 
the affairs of her own chapter and also in that of the grand 
officers and other chapters. We gain much enthusiasm by com- 
ing in contact with others of our circle who are deeply inter- 
ested in all the things of our sorority. 

Each chapter is growing and expanding all the time. The 
inspector gains many new ideas in going around to the differ- 
ent chapters. An exchange of these ideas is helpful to all con- 
cerned and all derive mutual benefit. 

Another valuable use of chapter inspection is that the in- 
spector may criticise where she finds it necessary, and help the 
chapter over many rough places. 

A chapter is very apt to get into a rut in doing many things, 
but by a little fiiendly criticism the inspector may help it along. 
At the same time the chapter is much benefited. 

Considered from all points of view, chapter inspection is 
very valuable and should be frequently practiced by those in 

The chapters are always glad to welcome their grand officers 
and to have a personal acquaintance with each of them. 

Helen Tressler Domblaser, Zeta 



How well we remember those days of mingled joy and sor- 
row, anticipation and suspense of our '* pledghood ! " How 
proud we felt on the day we received the invitation to enter the 


Greek world ! Of course our knowledge of Alpha Xi Delta and 
what it meant was very limited indeed. We only knew that it 
stood for some womanly principle and ideal which we couldn't 
define but longed to possess. They were manifest in those girls 
of our acquaintance who wore the quill, and we wished to be 
like them. 

Now, since I am a really and truly a ** frat " girl I often won- 
der if some little *' pledging" is looking at me in the same awed 
manner and, while it is amusing in a way, yet on second 
thought I think how careful we as ••frat" girls must be in order 
to be the best examples. 

The life of a mere •* pledgling" is usually one of many ** ups 
and do wns "—especially •'downs." She is far enough **in" 
that she is safe and causes no more anxiety and yet how far 
•'out" she feels. She wonders if she is losing those qualities 
which made her so sought after before. Oh, yes, the girls are 
nice to her, yet she knows nothing of and is not united to them 
by that bond which makes all Alphas true sisters, and then— 
those happy, crowded and enticing days of rushing are over for 
her. She knows, of course, that she must go through long, 
weary days of training before she is like those seniors so digni- 
fied and — ideal, or the juniors, all w^ise, and even as she looks 
at the sophomores she becomes discouraged, for she feels she 
never will know as much about things as they seem to. 

What pledge has not felt the humiliation of being politely 
told that she was not wanted, when without the slightest idea 
of eavesdropping or intruding, she has entered a room where 
several fraternity girls were putting their heads together. 
Pledges, like other women, are endowed with that curiosity 
which oftentimes leads them into temptation and diflSculty. 

Yes, the little •' pledgling " has much to contend with and we 
must be patient with her. Instead of making her feel that we 
are the high and mighty and she but the shadow of an iota, let 
us rather smooth the way as much as possible, helping her over 
the difficulties and nourishing her with showers of encourage- 
ment and smiles of sunshine until the little green bud blossoms 
into lovely, full bloom. 

Mabel Duncan^ Beta 



The question couceming the high school sorority is indeed 
becoming one af much importance to the college sorority. 

One objection given the high school sororitj' is, that the so- 
called ''cliques'' are formed in the high school. This should be 
avoided and the high school girl should be very democratic. 
Wherever a number of girls are thrown together there is bound 
to be the ** clique." It is a perfectly natural result. Girls tastes, 
ideas, etc., differ, and dififerent girls are mutually attracted to- 
ward one another. 

The chief objection to the high school sorority is that it de- 
tracts from the dignity of the college sorority. Some things 
should be left distinctly for college life. Sororities should be in 
this category. 

A high school sorority girl, upon entering college and becom- 
ing a member of a sorority is likely to have too light an idea of 
a sorority. While this may be the exception, rather than the 
rule, there is still danger in it. Some girls do not realize, upon 
entering a sorority, the real seriousness of the sisterhood and 
regard it too lightly. This must be most strenuously guarded 

The movement now on foot concerning the high school so- 
rority may seem very severe, but a severe measure is necessary 
if any action is to be taken concerning the matter. 



I have heard that a toast to be successful, should contain a 
bit of humor, a witticism and a platitude. I am not witty 
enough to attempt a witticism, I only know two funny stories, 
neither of which is applicable here ; therefore, all I say must per 
force be a platitude, that it may come within the realm of an 
after dinner speech. 

Our toast mistress has asked me to say something about the 
kind of girl we want. That is certainly a personal question, 
and one that comes home to all of us. Just now, as we are do- 
ing our quiet spring time rushing, and at the same time, laying 
plans with which to entrap next year's desirable freshmen, we 


are more than ordinarily interested in the girls, whom we may 
contemplate as sorority sisters. 

We talk a great deal about the '' Alpha Xi Delta type "—Is 
there an Alpha Xi Delta type? Do we want just one type? 
That word does not appeal to me. It takes all kinds of {people 
to make a world, and it takes all kinds of girls to make a soror- 
ity. A sisterhood made up of girls of one type and personality, 
seems to me, a narrow concept of the real meaning of the word. 
In our rushing we will run up against all sorts and conditions 
of girls. Pretty girls, dressy girls, quiet girls, jolly girls, bril- 
liant students and patient digs ; any one of whom, if she be the 
right sort, will provide excellent Alpha Xi Delta material. 
However, a good part of all this is superficial. Let us not 
choose a girl because 

** She is pretty to walk with, 
Witty to talk with. 
And pleasant to look on." 

Good clothes, good looks and good family are, of course, to 
be considered commendable traits, for , in such things we do not 
wish to be criticised adversely. But let us not consider them 
the only essentials, but learn to look more deeply into the girl- 
nature and realize Tennyson's meaning in his " Vere de Vere," 
where he says : — 

*' A simple maiden in her flower. 

Is worth a hundred coats of arms." 

And you may find that a girl may be of highest sterling worth, 
though she wear her hat with last year's cup shaped brim, 
rather than this year's ** mush room glory." 

We want society girls. We need them. We need girls who 
can get out and meet people cordially and upon a plane of 
equality, but above all do we want true hearted, honest, high 
charactered, loyal, go ahead (if you will pardon the adjectives), 
girls, who will act together, and do their part to place Alpha 
Xi Delta near the topmost notch at Illinois. For my part, I 
feel that Byron in his *' Don Juan," has summed up what I want 
to say, in the words :— 

" And whether coldness, pride or virtue singly, 
A woman, so she's good, what does it signify. 

WiniSred Campbell^ Kappa 


So much has been said in Alpha Xi Delta concerning what 
one sister has a right to expect from another along the line o^ 
kindness, charitableness and womanliness, that it might be a 
matter of interest to discuss the other side of the question, L e., 
what every true woman has a right to expect from her men 

Man occupies one plane and woman another. Let man sin 
ever so grievously and fall far from his high estate, the pitying 
world will vote that he have another chance. Woman, on the 
contrary, holds a certain position which she maintains only 
through the greatest diligence. About her storm powerful forces 
that beat with pitiless wrath against her breast-plate of pur- 
ity. Unless she walks with great care and with almost the 
foresight of an angel, a single mis-step will plunge her from 
heights to which she can never again attain. Since woman is 
obliged to maintain so high a standard, is it inconsistent that 
she demand as much of man — is she not unwise if she fail to do 
so? More than unwise, is she not positively sacrificing her 
womanliness and taking the first step downward when she 
fails to condemn in a man what would be condemned in a 
woman ? 

In one of our growing Western towns the young women 
suddenly awoke to the fact that their men friends were treat- 
ing them with scant courtesy. When they met on the street, 
the men sauntered by with a careless nod, hands in pockets, 
hats awry, cigarettes in mouths. The girls held a meeting and 
decided to recognize no man of their acquaintance who, on 
meeting them, failed to take cigar or cigarette from the mouth, 
speak politely, and remove the hat. After a week of amaze- 
ment, a light dawned upon those men that has worked in that 
town a moral revolution. 

Men are not so indifferent to what their women friends 
think, as they appear to be. The higher the standard we set 
for them, the harder will they strive to attain to it, and the 
greater will be their respect for us. 

Edith Lawrence^ Eta 



** For myself as I turn the pages of his journals I seem to see 
the image of the crude and simple society in which he Uved." 

H. James, Jr. , {Nathaniel Hawtbome) 

The above quotation appeals to me in the handling of this 
subject. James says as he turns the pages of his journal he may 
see the image of the crude and simple society in which he lived. 
It occurs to me this is quite expressive of what " Our Journal " 
should be. It should reflect an image of true and simple Alpha 
Xi Delta life or society, not of the ideal standard alone but of 
spirited college life as well. Alphas, we will admit, are unusual 
girls and the image of their lives would be different from that 
of most girls ; at the same time they are " girls " and we do not 
wish to have this side of their lives excluded in this reflection. 

Just here arises an important question, who will send these 
spicy and interesting pieces for the journal? The girls. Here 
hinges the whole problem of the success and helpfulness of this 
publication. Of course the editorial staff* is all one could ask 
for but **in union there is strength." The privilege of aiding our 
paper lies within the grasp of every Alpha, active and alumna. 

We don't hear, through the columns of our paper, from the 
last mentioned, as much as would be appreciated. If we had 
more material presented by old girls, perhaps the publication 
would be more interesting to all and especially more so for the 
alumnae. I am sure every young Alpha would enjoy such help- 
ftil suggestions and experiences, as these girls could give us, after 
having been out of school and seen more of the world, so to 
speak, than the active girls have. 

It is the aim of every Alpha to strive for a broad, uplifting 
education. Perhaps some good current events or something 
which may appeal especially to one sister would prove useful 
to others. Why not give them the benefit of your knowledge? 

How would the girl of the east, or of the west, or of the 
south, enjoy a paper from the girl of the north, telling some- 
thing of interest concerning her territory, its colloquialisms and 
peculiarities, and visa versa .^ These might be beneficial to 
many. Of course, as has been suggested, if we have given the 


life of the girly at different colleges, this would be included to 
some degree. 

However, it does not occur to me that Alpha Xi Delta journal 
is so greatly lacking in what it should be. Perhaps we might 
accomplish more were everj Alpha to work with the idea of 
helping our capable editorial staff. This problem would cease 
to confront us and the journal would be what it should be. 
Let us review our old resolutions and those who have made 
none make them now to surprise our editor with material for 
the next issue. Bach Alpha should be anxious to write some- 
thing for her paper without having to be requested and having 
a topic assigned her. 

In other words, our journal is what it should be. Now let 

every alert and energetic Alpha do all in her power to aid in 

the continuance of its present standing ! Naturally as Alphas 

grow and broaden, their writings will grow and broaden and 

be more and more helpful as time goes on; so then, will our 

journal improve all the time, merely continuing to be what it 

should be. 

Mabel Irwin, Alpha 


An open fire is suggestive of warmth, and cheer, and home. 
It is here, at the twilight hour, we love to gather and relate the 
experiences of the day — telling alike our victories and defeats* 
and building anew those beautiful Spanish castles dear to every 

So I have called our magical Alpha Xi Delta circle the 
*• hearth circle." You can see in the meeting of these sisters the 
same spirit which pervades the enchanted space about the fire, 
the same light in the eye, the same warm clasp of the hand, and 
even the rankest outsider cannot misunderstand these tokens 
of true fellowship. We love one another, we are happy to be 
together, to confide in each other — yes, more than that, to 
listen to another's confidences ! 

Alpha Xi Delta spells ** home " to us. Whatever is best and 
noblest in our college career, we owe to the influence of our so- 
rority. How proud we are when we can lay our laurels at her 


feet ! How glad we are to work for her ! And we do not comrt 
the best we have too good to give for her dear sake. 

Even after our college days are over, we are happy in the 
knowledge of still being a part of the old "hearth circle/' and 
whenever we grow homesick for the companionship of onr sis- 
ters, we have only to drop down among them to be welcomed 
royally, and even if we have never before seen one in the circle, 
there is no stiffness. We are ''bone of their bone "—sisters in 
the highest sense of the word, and they will make way for ns 
about the fire, and gaily place before the eyes once more, the 
old rose spectacles through which every loyal Alpha Xi looks at 
the world. 

Wherever there is a band of our sisters, we find that same 
beautiful, "home-fceling." May we always be able to gather 
about the fire at twilight, small worries laid aside, and sing 
from our hearts, ** Strong are the ties that bind us." 

Sarab Anna Smith 


We elsewhere make announcement of the approaching con- 
Tcntion of our sisterhood on October thirty-first, and Novem- 
ber first and second, at Morgantown, West Virginia. The 
success of this convention, and the proportion of benefit to be 
derived therefrom, depend not on the grand officers but on each 
member of each chapter. In many organizations there is a ten- 
dency, among the members as a whole, to rest passively, trust- 
ing the energetic few to make a success of any undertaken 
enterprise. In some eases by Herculean eflfort, the faithfiil few 
bring the transaction in hand to a happy, even praiseworthy 
end, deceiving the world at large, and often themselves, into 
thinking that the society as a whole is full of vim and spirit. 
Such forced success, however, cannot be attained in this case. 
Our convention will be unable to achieve its purpose by the 
presence and the labors of a few, as such an assembly depends 
for a prosperous termination upon numbers. Practical business 
fails in its point and scope if it is transacted by a too slender 
proportion of members ; while enthusiasm, that intangible but 
most potent influence of a convention, although aroused, loses 
force in dissemination, if only two or three members try to 
carry it back to the chapter group. 

When a fraternity convention meets at one of our universi- 
ties or colleges, the fraternity as a whole, is judged, and rightly 
Judged, by the number, character, earnestness, and enthusiasm 
of the assembled delegates. This reason for attending conven- 
tion, although it is perhaps superficial, ought to help influence 
us to make every plan from now till November, level obstruc- 
tions in the path to West Virginia. 

If the convention could consist of all our members it would 
be perfect, — a Roman comitia centuriata, a New England town 
meeting. But as that is impossible each chapter will surely 
send two or three delegates at least, and others will go in an 
unofiicial capacity. 

Of course we all want to go to Morgantown. Our argu- 
ments are not calculated to arouse that desire, but to convince 
the many who can go by a little planning and sacrificing, that 


the need of their presence at convention is abundantly worth 
careful plans and even sacrifice. 

ji ji ji 

In several fraternity journals have appeared statements to 
to the eflfect that Alpha Chi— a misspelling for Xi— Delta has 
recently installed chapters at the Universities of Nebraska and 
Michigan. We wish to correct that error. The only chapters 
installed by Alpha Xi Delta since 1905 are Kappa at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois and Lambda at Tufts College. 

ji ji ji 

The Alpha Xi Delta extends a hearty welcome to the 
Lamb — da of the flock. Two members of our staff have had 
the pleasure of meeting these new sisters, and feel more than a 
formal interest in bidding them God speed. 

ji ji ji 

As the problem of improving our journal is ever before the 

minds of the editorial staff we have asked Alpha Chapter to 

comment in this issue on the words of Iota in the February 

number. It will be helpful to read this second article in the 

light of the first. 

ji ji ji 

In the present Alpha Xi Delta, we commence a series of 
historical articles dealing with our sister fraternities. We trust 
that they will serve the double purpose for which they are in- 
tended,— to broaden our knowledge of other fraternities and to 
make us appreciative of their work and sympathetic with their 


ji ji ji 

The Sorority Hand Book is a volume that cannot fail to 
be of use and interest to the many college women who belong 
to the national Greek letter organizations. We wish to call the 
attention of our sisters to this book. It contains chapters on 
"The Higher Education," dealing with the growth of educa- 
tional opportunities to women, on** The Evolution of the Soror- 
ity System,'* and on ** The Mission of the Sorority." It contains 
all available information concerning women's fraternities, their 
officers, chapter lists, badges, pledge pins, colors, flowers, mag- 


azines, conventions, etc. It is published in a college edition at 
seventy cents and the edition de Lnxe at one dollar. All com- 
mnnications should be addressed to Mrs. Wm. Holmes-Martin, 
Iveagh Park, Bay State Road, Canton, Mass. 

ji ji ji 

The eflfort to establish a Pan-Hellenic Fraternity Library 
Collection will no doubt be approved by all Greek-letter organ- 
izations, as it has already been commended by several. The 
power of the fraternity and sorority as an educational and so- 
cial factor in the college world is not slight and transitory. It 
is strong and established. For this reason, the filing at some 
library, of fraternal publications, which are constantly increas- 
ing in historical and literary value, is an action almost de- 
manded by the expanding fraternity system. The fraternity, 
the prime initiator of this movement, and the fraternities and 
sororities combined with it to present the library plan to the 
Greek world, are to be commended for so materially promoting 
Pan-Hellenic interests. 

ji ji ji 

The May Alpha Xi Delta has been witheld until the con- 
vention dates conld be permanently fixed. It is probable that 
the November issue will not appear the first of that month, in 
order to allow the accounts of the convention to be brought, as 
soon as possible, before the chapters. 

ji ji ji 

The report of the deans and advisers of women in joint meet- 
ing with representatives of the Inter-sorority Conference needs 
no comment to clarify or enforce its suggestions for discussion. 
None of the evils enumerated are beyond the province and 
power of the sorority to better, or beneath its dignity to legis- 
late upon. 


We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the fraternity journals listed 
below. We could profitably and entertainingly quote pages from them; but 
must rest content with two clippings, for the rest merely mentioning som* 
of the leading articles. 

The Shield of Phi Delta Theta : 

February^The Washingfton Convention. 

Phi Chi Quarterly : 

January-'A Bit of Obscure Medical History. (Dealing with the Medicis of 
Florence in the 16th centuxy. ) 

Kappa Alpha Journal : 

February— K Kappa Alpha Brigadier (E. A. Garlihgton, U. S. A.) 
Apri^~The Fraternity System by W. M. James; The Use of the Superla- 
tive in Chapter Letters by Alfred Allen Kern. 

The Shield of Theta Delta Chi : 

December— The John Hay Memorial Window; The Kappa Semi-Centennial. 

The AngeloB of Kappa Delta : 

Feftruary— Concerning the Convention. 

The Phi Gamma Delta: 

February— FTzternity Progress. (An address of Newton D. Baker, presi- 
dent of Phi Gamma Delta); An Address by Robert Stickney; The 
Wooing of Melville R. Corydon. (A story reprinted from "Ck>mell 
Stories" by J. G. Sanderson.) 

Marc A— Avery Hopwood's "Clothes"; College Athletics; Lincoln and 

The Shield of Phi Kappa Pei : 

March— Fifty-fourth Annual Report of the Secretary of Phi Kappa PsL 

Beta Theta Pi : 

February— The University of Wooster; A Legal Decision Concerning the 
High School Society. (An account of an action against a board of 
school directors in Seattle, Wash., to prevent them from enforcing 
certain rules which deprive members of Greek letter fraternities of 
the privileges of the high school, except that of attending classes.) 
The writer says: 
"This case is important to the college fraternities because in principle it 
is clearly applicable to all institutions of a public character and the 
authorities of which are controlled by legislative enactment. Admis- 
sion to a public institution may not be denied to a member of a college 
fraternity, but he may be denied participation in all the student organ- 
izations. Of course, private institutions governed by a self-perpetu* 
ating board of trustees, or trustees selected by a religious denomina- 
tion or the like, may make such rules as they please with respect to 
the matter. If the students do not like these rules they can go 


Demnos of Delta Sigma Delta : 

Tke Record of Sigma Alpha EpMon : 

Mareh^The Atlanta Convention by Elmer B. Sanf ord ; A Cloaer View of 
Our Grand Old Man (Col. John Barrett Rudolph) by M. E. Holder- 
nesse ; Indiana Univexsity by Edward A. Lawrence. 

Tke Garnet and White of Alpha Chi Rho : 

Mwrch—Ovac Landmarka ; The Paramount Duty of Brotherly hove Be- 
tween the Members by Edward Fmgen ; The Ninth Annual Convention. 

The Delta Upeilon Quarterly: 

Marchr-A New American Dramatist (William Vaughn Moody); Frank 
Ramsey Adams— A Successful Writer of Comic Opera ; Reminiscences 
of James A. Garfield's College Career ; Culture as a Fraternity Ideal 
by Arthur Upham Pope. (We quote a portion of this article.) 

"The source of our national disease is in a false standard of values, in 
perverted notions of what thing^s are really true and good. We have 
in our excitement confused means with ends. Industrialism, the ser- 
vant, is lording it brutally over Life, the rightful master, and imtil 
Justice is here restored we need not seek much relief from laws, 
reform, or the church. 

Money, power, social and political influence have been made the ultimate 
ends of life, and so long as they are considered the supreme worths, 
above all else desired, so long will our national evils increase and we 
shall with justice be made to suffer our hideous afflictions. 

We need a new heaven and a new earth here in America. Not until the 
former things are passed away shall we see salvation. The vigor and 
power of American character must be turned toward true values and 
high ideals— or else our sons and grandsons shall reap the whirlwind. 

It is here the gospel of culture speaks sweet words of cheer and promise. 
Culture offers us values that are true, ideals that are beautiful. She 
comes bearing treasures all may share, she seeks to bless and comfort 
the lowly, to delight and inspire the youth, to enrich and beautify life 
at all times. It is her task to cleanse and renew; to bring courage, 
order and sanity; her gifts are peace, knowledge, and the redeeming 
vision of lovliness ; her mission the diffusion of sweetness and lights 

Culture consists not in achievements or capacities. It is rather a certain 
temper of mind, a fineness of spirit, alien to everything mean and 
harsh, akin to all that is beautiful and perfect." 

Kappa Alpha Theta : 

March — ^The Installation of Alpha Iota Chapter by Mamah B. Cheney. 
Washington University; Improvements at the University of Nebraska. 

The Crescent af Gamma Phi Beta: 

March^The Elect (a poem) by Katharine Aldrich Whiting; A Trip to 
Convention by Marion D. Dean; Some Views on Expansion. 


The Lyre oj Alpha Chi Omega: 

March~The Schools of Dickens by Sadie Van Buskirk; Installation of 

Themis ofZeta Tau Alpha: 

February— The Fraternity Principle by Winona Wiley; Our Responsi- 
bilities by Eliza Bryan; Our Chapter Letters. 

The Alpha Phi Quarterly: 

February— Mrs. Martha Keef e Phillips (an appreciation of the efficient 
editor of Alpha Phi^ who has recently been succeeded by Elizabeth 
S. Brown) by Geneva Gwynn Wiley; Our National Officers; On a 
Foreign Mission (the installation of the Toronto Chapter of Alpha 
Phi) by Martha K. Phillips; A History of the Baby Chapter by Flor- 
ence Lang; The Rebuilding of Stanford University by Laura Wells. 

The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma: 

February — Stanford Ideals by David Starr Jordan, President of Leland 
Stanford; The Pan-Hellenic by Lucy Sprague, Dean of Women, Uni- 
versity of California; West Virginia University by J. M. Callahan, 
Professor of History, University of W. Va. ; The Installation of Beta 

The Eletuis of Chi Omega: 

February— The Installation of Beta Chapter; Something about Canada; 
Something about New Orleans. 

The Trident of Delta Delta Delta: 

February— Kenldry and Its History. 

The Anchora of Delta Gamma: 

January— Mt. Union College by Eva Lorenz-Baily. 


Kappa Kappa Gamma has recently installed its Beta Upsilon Chapter at 
the University of West Virginia. 

On December 8, 1906, Chi Omega installed Beta Chapter at Colby (}oll^:e, 
Maine, and in February, Delta Chapter at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penn- 

Alpha Phi has recently placed its Xi Chapter at the University of Toronto. 

Alpha Iota of Kappa Alpha Theta, was installed in November at Wash- 
ington University, St. Louis, Mo. 

Alpha Chi Omega has a new chapter. Lambda, at Syracuse University. 

Indiana Gamma of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was installed at Bloomington, 
Indiana, in January. 



Dear Sister Chapters: 

With the coming of the spring term there have been many social fimc- 
tions held at Lombard— assemblies, informal house parties and fraternity 
amnials. We Alpha Xi Delta g^irls held a skidoo party in the gymnasium on 
the twenty-third day of February at which we attempted to carry out the idea 
of the skidoo and twenty-three. Our decorations were large red twenty, 
threes and black skidoos used in abundance. Twenty-three couples were 
present and the Grand March formed the ^g;\ire& twenty-three. There were 
twenty-three dances, including four favor dances, where the boys caught 
toy balloons with the partner's name attached, were given mittens, size 
twenty-three, containing a name, and matched different colored twenty- 

For refreshments there was a country store owned by S. K. Doo & Co., 
where Mabel Hendel and Mabel Chum presided and gave out bananas, ice- 
cream, bon bons and cake upon receipt of a card entitling the bearer to the 
amount of twenty-three cents' worth. The best feature of it all was the 
visit of our old girls, Florence Kober, Mabel Sammons and Maud Andrews. 

Alpha Chapter is planning busily for the celebration of Founders' Day 
on April the seventeenth. We are anxious to make this a most elaborate 
occasion and have invited a number of Alumnse g^irls, whom we fully expect 
to have with us. 

The four senior Alphas have invited the undergraduate Alphas to a feast 
next Thursday evening at the f rat rooms. The coming of the Commence- 
ment season brings the thought that there cannot be many more spreads 
enjoyed together, so the seniors are planning for an extensive menu. 

We are heartily glad to welcome Lambda chapter to our number and 
feel that Alpha Xi Delta has acquired much to be proud of. We are especi. 
ally interested because of intimacy with one of the initiates and highly 
appreciate the tribute paid us in the petition. 

Fraternally, Bess WiUiamsan 


Beta Chapter sends heartiest greetings to all the Alpha sisters. From 
the letters in the previous journal we feel that we can also offer the warmest 
congratulations for the year's work. 

We have had a prosperous year considering the unusually small number 
of new students who entered Iowa Wesleyan. Five people have been init- 
iated, making our chapter roll thirteen, and we feel proud that it is so large 
after the poor prospects in September. 

May Johnson, one of our town grirls, entertained twelve of the fraternity 
girls and pledges at her beautiful home March 9th and 10th. We came in 


time for supper and left the next day late in the afternoon. Anyone wha 
has been to a house party can imag^e the fun that we had, and how few 
hours were spent in sleep. 

Aside from this, the society life in our chapter has been very quiet. The 
college this year has been trying to arouse more spirit for itself as a whole and 
this fact has to a great degvee modified the fraternity enthusiasm generally. 

Small-poz has visited the school, scaring everyone but doing no harm 
whatever. The Phi Delta Theta Chapter House was quarantiaed for six 
weeks. It was a group of jolly boys who were released a week ago for th» 
first time i& many days. 

We sincerely hope that the next journal will give enthusiastic proapecti^ 
ler the coming year in the work of both colleges and sorority* 

AXiae Bahb^ B€ta 

Dear Alpha Xi Deltas: 

Sometimes I wish that our college year began in April, for there is wo 
much of inspiration in the spring' time that it seems as though it would be & 
good time to begin a new year's work. Most of us need the inspiration, 
however, for that busiest of all college seasons. Commencement, is at hand. 
This year Gamma will lose none of her members by graduation, so we caa 
enjoy the season without the feeling of sadness that usually comes at thia 

Our college year is divided into three terms so this letter is written just 
at the beginning of our last term. The term which has just closed was a 
very busy one in many ways. The examinations were the first things which 
claimed our attention. Then, during the first dajrs of February, we held & 
donation party for the benefit of our chapter room. As a result, the room 
presents a much better appearance, for as often happens in every home, we 
needed all kinds of new things. The Alumnse Chapter and our pledges 
showed their loyalty in a very practical way, and so many girls were able to 
be present that it seemed like a mid-year reunion. 

On February 22, the State Conclave of Alpha Tau Omega met with the 
local chapter and Gamma was at home to the local chapter and their guesta 
for an hour in the evening. 

On March 14, Gamma entertained about sixty g^^ests to a musicale. 
A very interesting program was rendered. Mrs. Katherine Fenton-Miller 
assisted by giving a very interesting reading. A two course luncheon was 
served ; and after the formal part of the program, the remainder of the 
evening was spent in an informal way. President and Mrs. Riker, Professor 
and Mrs. Gibbs, Professor Webster, and Professor Robinson were the guests 
of the chapter. 

Next in order is Founder's Day, and while plans have not been completed. 
Gamma will celebrate the day in a fitting way. The celebration will be held 
at the chapter house this year. A program has been arranged for but the 
details are not all in shape to be announced at this time. 

With best wishes to all of you. Gamma 



Dear Sisters: 

All Delta g^irls send love and best wishes for a bright lu4>py springtime. 

Delta feels that just a little apology is not out of place in this letter for 
not having our privilege of greeting our Alpha Xi's in the last issue of our 
joumaL Through some miatAlcft in the mails our journal nuiterial did not 
reach its destination in time. 

On the evening that St. Valentine usually makes his appearance. Delta 
girls received their friends and patronesses amidst red hearts and red can- 
dles, and true to the shade of hearts gave all a warm hearty reception. 

One feature of the evening was the sewing of the goat. All the young 
men were given needle and thread to embroider tiieir conception of the 
A]^ha Xi Delta goat. The lucky young man received an Alj^ Xi pennant. 
Then our silhouettes were guessed and the evening was spent all too sooa. 
SeffeabBientB carrying out the red heart ideas were served k buflEet. When 
the carriages came aU seemed loathe to leave. 

We are now ensciMiced in oar new chapter room— new in the sense of 
being doQe over,— aa4 we feel quite fine in it. 

Ail the Quristmas gifts from the girls to the roem are now in array and 
add greatly to its general effect. Among them are a laige engraving in a 
heavy black frame, a framed picture of the four graduating Deltas, and a 
liacn table cev«r. 

Delta girle spent a v^ry enjoyable day in Steuben ville, Mardi the twentjp^ 
fifth, having pictures takem 

Not quite three months and all school work will be over for some of us 
and out for vacation for the rest. Each Delta girl feels sad to think of sepa- 
sating so soon from those she has learned to love in the bonds of Alpha Xi 

In ckaiag we bid you the last good-bye for this school year. 


Helen L, JSnsley, Cor, See, 


Epsilon comes with better assurance than ever before— with a list of ten 
active members and four pledges. All but three of our number will be here 
next fall for the opening campaign. We shall lose Marjorie Breeden, who 
graduates from the law course in June, and two of our pledges, Effie Vance 
and Deborah Slocum, who, at present, do not expect to return next year, but 
we hope to have two of our absent members, Lorena Grange and Georgia 
Hanson, with us to help fill the places of those we lose. Nina Wallace, also, 
may be with us next year. 

We are much disappointed that Mrs. Leib could not visit us in February 
as was planned, but we hope now that she will be with us in April, and are 
confident that her coming will help us greatly. A formal reception and 
several informal gatherings have been planned for her visit. . 


For Founders' Day our present plan is to cut all classes and spend the 
entire day having a "rousing good time " together at the home of some one 
of our members. 

Altogether we feel that our year has been a successful as well as a pleas- 
ant one and that our prospects are bright for the future. We extend the 
heartiest of welcomes to Lambda. May she ever feel it a proud privilege 
to uphold the banner of blue and gold which we have so gladly entrusted to 
her care. EHhel Richardson, E^paUon 


To the ''Alpha Xi Delta'* of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority: 

Zeta brings spring greetings to you all, and sends her love and best 
wishes to our new Lambda sisters. 

Since our last letter to the Alpha Xi Delta we have taken a new sister 
into the fold. We wish to introduce Lillian Seybold, '10. 

The Alpha g^rls of the Hall were entertained at tea on the afternoon of 
Valentine Day by our patroness, Mrs. John Philip Schneider. 

One afternoon in the last of February the Hall Alphas entertained their 
city sisters at a chafing dish feast. Even though their weren't enough 
plates and forks to go round, the affair was a most enjoyable one. 

We were delighted to have Marjorie Smith, '06, with us for a few days 
the last week in March. Marjorie is teaching school n^ar BrookviUe, O. 

Zeta is busy making plans for Founders' Day, which she expects to cel- 
ebrate with the usual Founders' Day dinner. 

Zeta if looking forward to the time when she, too, can have a house, 
Wittenberg is growing and we hope that the number of girls will soon be 
too great for Femcliff e Hall and that we shall be permitted to move. 

As this will be our last letter this school year Zeta girls send you all 
wishes for a happy spring and summer. Fraternally, 

May Leslie Fidler, Zeta 


Eta chapter is rejoicing over the end of the rushing season and over the 
ten new members. The season was long and hard and everyone was tired of 
rushing parties, but we feel that "the end justified the means." The ini- 
tiation ceremony was held Friday evening, March second, and the banquet 
Monday evening, March fourth, at the Vanderbilt hotel. Lena Baldwin, '06, 
acted as toast mistress, calling on Nettie Britton, Edith Lawrence, Kath- 
ryn Thompson, Margaret Chamberlayne,',Eklith Wame, and Eva Elliot for 
toasts. After some informal toasts and songs the company disbanded feel- 
ing more in love with, and ready to work for Alpha Xi Delta than ever be- 

We were very glad to have Mary Kay and Katherine Keith here with us 
for two days inspecting the chapter. We held a formal reception to the 


senior women of the University in their honor. It makes Alpha hearts more 
doeely united to meet and become acquainted with sisters from other chap- 

Eta is making plans to have the celebration of Founders' Day this year 
the best it has ever been. Besides other things the freshmen are going to 
give a play which will certainly be enjoyable. The celebration will not be 
held on April seventeenth, but on April twelfth, as the latter date will bet- 
ter accommodate some of the alimmse who are planning to pay us a visit 
then. Eta sends the best birthday greetings to all Alpha Xi Deltas. 

The students of Syracuse University have been very much interested in 
dramatics lately. A short time ago they presented "The Rivals" at the 
Wieting Opera House and later the Fine Arts students held a Fake show 
which they hold every two years. They filled Grouse College with posters, 
side shows, and all kinds of fakes and held four performances of the " Big 
Show,"— a comic opera, the music and words of which were written by stu- 


Mrs. Florence Currier-Stephens (Beta) and Mrs. Mary Vorhies (Beta) 
entertained Theta (Chapter in honor of Miss Alberta Stephens (Beta) who is 
attending Wisconsin University this semester. 

Polly Fenton ('06) entertained the seniors at a six o'clock dinner. 

Mrs. L. W. Dowling, one of our patronesses, entertained the chapter at 
an Easter party. 

We have entered the inter-sorority bowling contest. The finals have not 
yet been played. 

January twenty-fifth Theta Chapter gave an informal party at Keeley's 

We have a new chaperone. Miss Field of Sun Prairie. 

Una Reardon has come to the house to live. 

Una Ruth has come back to take up her work this semester. 

The following girls spent their Easter vacation out of town: Signe Ravn, 
Una Reardon, Frances Albers, Winifred Ryan, Elizabeth' Erb, Charlotte 

Marion Ryan and Agnes Ravn, two of our last year's seniors, will spend 
the summer abroad, sailing June fifteenth from New York. 

Bessie Pettigrew, '06, is visiting at the house. 

Zana Ruth, who has been visiting her sister, has returned to Keokuk, la. 

Theo Fenton, who is attending Stout Training School at Menomonier 
spent her Easter vacation here. 

Mary Olin has returned to her home in Belleville, Ohio, on account of 

Two of our rushing stunts since Christmas were a pantomime and a mas- 

Lenore Henderson, '06, visited us for a day. 

Mary McRae has returned to her home at Rhinelander. 

Winifred Ryan, Car See. 



Iota sends hearty greetings to all the chapters far and near. 

Sucoess and prosperity still attend our efforts, and we have two new 
Alphas to introduce, two sisters, MabeUe Roy, and Blanche Elizabeth Wat- 
kins of GraftMi, W. Va. Already they are entering into the w(»1c with 
hearty good will. 

We feel highly honored in securing Mrs. W. J. Leonard as a patroness; 
she is head librarian, and popular amcmg the faculty. Her husband is at the 
head of the art department. 

Mrs. T. C. Atkeson, one of our patronesses, entertained in honor of Iota 
last term. The affair was an "Irish Evening." The parlor and dining 
room wero decorated in festoons of shamrocks and Irish flags, whOe in the 
hall Alpha Xi Delta colors prevailed. " Kissing the Blarney Stone," a hunt 
for four-leaf shamrocks, and Irish songs sung by Mr. Kinkaid made the 
evening very pleasant and jolly. The color scheme, gfi'een and white was 
carried out in the refreshments. The favors were tiny g^reen silk flags 
stuck in the ice. About forty guests were present, including a number of 
the wives of the faculty, the Dean of Women, and several of the g^irls in the 

We had chafing-dish parties galore last term. One of the most pleasant 
was given at the home of Mrs. H. S. Green, for the members of Iota and 
our patronesses. The evening was spent talking over fraternity affairs 
local and national, and incidentally enjoying some very good creamed chicken 
and sandwiches. 

We are very sorry to announce the death of Bess Sadler's father, Feb- 
ruary 4th, in Pt. Marion, Pa. The g^irls were deeply grieved at his death, as he 
was personally known to most of us. Iota has many times enjoyed the hospi- 
tality of the Sadler home, and always found him a gracious and lovable man, 
ever a friend to the "grirls." Four of our members, Drusilla Johnson, 
Mabel Weaver, Lillian Smith, and Crystal Courtney attended the funeral. 

Plans are being made for Founders' Day, and we are anticipating a jolly 

Ethel Green is teaching in West Liberty Normal this term. She would 
have taken her degree in June, but will finish during the summer term now. 
She expects to see the Bethany girls often, as she is only four miles dis- 
tant. We miss our little Ethel very much, as she was one of our best work- 

Ben Greet and his company presented "Everyman" and "Merchant of 
Venice," February twenty-first, at Swisher's Theater. 

The sororities aro not rushing much this term as thero are not many 
girls in college. 

CrystaL Courtney^ Ccr, See, 



Instead of writmg a panoaal letter I am goiog to describe the dinner or 
rather the banquet we gave at the chapter house on the seventeenth) of April 
in honor of Founders* Day. 

The dinner was served at six o'clock. Nineteen members and our chap- 
erones were present. The table, in the form of a large T, was artistically 
decorated with the pink rose of the fraternity. I know you will all be inter- 
ested in the menu, so here it is : 

Soup — Cream of Tomato. 

Long Branch Crackers. 

Pickles—Dill. Beets. 

Chicken — A la Lyonnaise. 

Celery. Radishes. 


Potatoes — A la Crovencale. 

New Peas— Pure! a la Catties. 

Salad— Bananas a la Newburg. 

Dessert — Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream. 

Coffee. Bon-bons. 

After dinner we gave the following toasts: 

Toast Mistress: Grace Spencer. 

Our Chaperone, Rose Retz 

Senior in the University, Freshman in the Fraternity, . Willa Gentch 

The Story of Our Founders, Elizabeth Patrick 

Reminiscences of 0. Nellie Branch 

Miss Rosalie, Mary Swartz 

Alpha Xi Delta from the Standpoint of an Atticus, . Myrtle Coker 

The Kind of a Girl We Want Winifred Campbell 

The Little Den, Kitty Blake 

A Stranger in a Strange Land, .... (Chaperone) Mary Gaut 

Thoughts from the Outside, Iris Wood 

Alpha Xi Delta Next Year, Lucile Kays 

Boys, Nita Barrett 

Girls and Their Eyes, Sadie Nelscm 

Sunday Dinner, Eva Rule 

Eating at the Freshmen Table, Agnes Shannon 

Our First Year in the Frat. House, .... Elisabeth Abbott 

Cases, Jo Ruskamp 

On Being a Freshman, Carrie Rule 

Miss Rosalie Gaut, our chaperone's sister, also responded to a toast. 

I am sending Miss Canq>beirs toast as I think it will be of interest to all 
the AH^ha Xi DelU girls. Gntce Spencer, C^r, See. 



Lambda wiahes to thank her older sisters for the cordial letters and the 
hearty welcome which they nve their baby sister on March eighth. 

Twenty girls were just^ proud to receive the consratalations of the 
other societies and fraternities at Tufts and Ths Tufts Weekly says, "Tau 
Epeilon Sigma has enjo^^ed a career of increasing prosperity^ ajid from now 
on Tufts will watch with interest the gn^wth and prosperity of the new 
Lambda chapter of Alpha Xi Delta." 

Our first good fortune was the happy selection of four patronesses. 
Three of these are faculty wives, Ifrs. Maulsley, Mrs. Chase, and Mrs. Den- 
nison, and the other is Mrs. McCk>y, the mother of three Alpha Xi Delta 

Mrs. pennison very pleasantly entertained us the other day, and we en- 
joyed looking over some rare books and valuable autographs. 

The '09 play of the All Around Club this year was entitled " The False 
Note." Three Alpha Xi girls took part in it, Gertrude Johnson, Beth Nash 
and Annie McCoy. 

The big event now is the annual All Around Club luncheon at which 
Persis Hannah, who is chairman of the Social Committee, is to be toast 
mistress. Eleanor Ladd is also to speak at tiiis luncheon from '06. 

Geoi^anna Clarke '04, Florence McCoy 1900. and Ella Bowker '05, have 
been initiated during the past month into Lambda Chapter. 

The All Around Club is preparing for a concert to be given in May, in 
which Alpha Xi Delta will maintain its usual place. 

Altogether Lambda is leading a rather strenuous life for a baby, but she 
hopes to thrive and be a worthy addition to the double blues and gold. 

Annie McCoy, Lambda 


We who are the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta have brought 
hearts ready to love and hands preparea to work for the new aims and broad 
purpose of Alpha Xi Delta. We believe that we have learned how to love 
and how to work under our old standiu*d: now we are glad to try to apply the 
lesson under our new. We feel already that we owe much to Alpha Xi Delta 
and we hope that, in years to come, we can repay, at least some part of our 

Our Boston Chapter was founded with twenty-five women as charter 
members: Lucie M. Gardner, Salem, Mass.; Grace C. Mansfield, Mehnose; 
Lena P. Abbe, Salem; Ethel G. Reed, Norwood; Edna J. Austin, Bellevue, 
Penna.; Asfnes I. McCoy, Somerville; Julia G. Adams, Waltham; Olive K. 
Ryan, Waltham; Mabel E. Hall, Somerville; Gussanda Countway, Ware; 
Mertie C. Saunders. Dorchester; Betsey B. Harmon, Somerville; Alice Cum- 
mings, Medford: Daisy Bartlett, Somerville; Hazel Watkins, South Man- 
chester, Conn.; Florence H. Garton, Somerville; Wilnah V. Marshall, New 
Salem; Ada B. Macumber, Hardwick; Lura C. Watkins, South Manchester, 
Conn.; Fannie M. Clement, Upton; Alice H. Edwards, Tufts College; Phebe 
C. Johnson. Spencer; Laila C. Nye, Somerville: Ruth A. Sibley, firookline; 
Dora L. Johnson, Smith College. 

On Monday, March eleventh, Georgianna M. Clark, of West Newbury, 
was initiated, and on the following Monday, March eighteenth, Ella W. Bow- 
ker, Newport. Vt., and Florence McCoy, Hardwick, Conn., became members 
of Alpha Xi Delta. 

We are to hold the first meeting in our new sisterhood on April sixth, 
and we shall feel that sisterhood more deeply if, as we hope, Mrs. Edwards, 
formerly of the Beta Chapter, is with us. 

Ruth A. Sibley, BoeUm Alumnm 



Mrs. F. W. Rich left last month for California where she will remain a 
year, hoping to improve her state of health. 

Maud Andrews, Florenae Kober, Mabel Sammons and Edna Epperson 
have visited Alpha Chapter recently. 

Mrs. Ella B. Leib, Grand President of Alpha Xi Delta, has been for 
some time in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her hiisband. Dr. J. P. Leib, 
miderwent an operation for appendicitis. The operation was entirely suc- 
cessful. We hope Dr. Leib will rapidly regain his health. 

Miss Osbom, one of the Universalist church missionaries to Japan, has 
been visiting in Galesburg, the guest of Mrs. J. K. Mitchell. She reports 
that Miss Agnes M. Hathaway, at one time Dean of Women at Lombard 
Hall, has been very ill and is recovering slowly, as the climate is not condu- 
sive to her health. Both Miss Osbom and Miss Hathaway are well known 
to many Alumnae Alphas. 

Miss Emma B. Wait; formerly instructor of French and German at Lom- 
bard College met with the misfortune of having her home completely des- 
troyed by fire. Miss Wait has been living at Mountain Home, Arkansas. 

Mrs. Anna Gillis Kimble visited Lombard with her little daughter Kath- 
rine. Mrs. Bertha Cook Evans, one of the charter members of the local 
Alpha Xi Delta has been here also. Mrs. Cook's father. Dr. Cook, has 
moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he has assumed the pastorate of 
the Universalist church. 

Mabel Hendel of Colchester, Illinois, Bell Stryker of Joliet, Illinois, and 
Florence Hollister of Rockford, Illinois, have visited at their homes recently. 

Bess Williamson 


Miss Ina Duncan is the reader for the I. W. U. Glee Club this year. 
ESverywhere she is greeted with enthusiam. 

Misses Louise Brady and Alice Cheny attended the State Y. W. C. A. 
convention as delegates. 

Stella Bamett was a delegate to the Iowa State Oratorical Association 
which was held at Indianola. 

Miss Mary Power was with us a few days in March. 

Ellen Ball was elected President of Chapter Onginal A, P. E. 0. at Mt. 
Pleanant, Iowa. 


Elsie Jones, '06, has visited us several times this last term. 
Elsie Roberts, '06, was at the chapter house on February 22. 


Treva Dewey is the oiganist at the Union Avenue M. E. Church. She 
has been filling this position for the last three months. 

Kathryn Keith presented the coat-of -arms of the sorority burned on leather 
to the chapter room. It is our sister's own work and beautifully done. 


The Delta girls entertained their gentlemen friends on the evening of 
February 14th, at "The Mansion/' the delightful home of Miss Helen Tins, 
ley. The dining room was decorated with red hearts and red carnations in 
honor of the day. The prizes were awarded to Mr. George McClary and Mr. 
P. A. Jones. Altogether it was a very enjoyable occasion, and all were 
sorry when eleven o'clock came. 

Miss Mary Gray entertained Miss Mavis Hudson at her home in Pitts, 
burg, the first week in February. 

Miss Eimice Orrison was the guest of Misses Carson and Scott of Char- 
leroi, Pa., the first of February. 

The Alpha Xi Delta girls are rejoicing in the renovating of Delta Hall 
which has been repapered and refitted lately. 

Miss Elizabeth Gatts spent Washington's birthday with her father in 
Woodland, W. Va. 

Miss Helen Tinsley is again among her friends after her long illness. 

Miss Anna Smith and Miss Ehmice Orrison spent the week-end of March 
first at the home of Miss Orrison. 

Miss Helen Tinsley was the guest of Miss Helen Marshall of Pittsburg, 
for the spring vacation. 

Miss Anna Mary Kemp entertained Misses Orrison and Hudson at her home 
in Mansfield, Ohio, during the spring vacation. 

The girls of Delta Chapter spent a day in Wellsbury, W. Va., seeing the 
fiood caused by the Ohio river in the recent uprising. 

On the 25th of March, the Alpha Xi Delta girls, with banners streaming, 
and ribbons waving, left for Steubenville, Ohio, where they spent the day in 
having their pictures taken, and doing some necessary spring shopping. All 
declared the day well-spent, and voted the trip a success. 


Julia Sweet spent the Blaster vacation visiting in Scotland, Menno, and 
Sioux Falls. 

Lilla Tarbell has returned to the University for the second semester. 

Deborah Slocum enjoyed a week's visit from sister Maye, in March. 

Clara Salmer spent several days in Centerville and Sioux City recently. 

Georgia Hanson is spending the winter with a sister in Caldwell, Idaho. 

Marjorie Breeden graduates from the law school in June— the first young 
woman to receive a degree from the South Dakota law school. 


Helen Tarbell spent the Easter vacation in Centerville, and Effie Vance 
in Bridgewater. 

Josephine Hanson-Hedeen spent a week with Clara Salmer in April. 

Lucv Gamerer played a leading part—that of Juli»—in Richelieu as pre- 
sented by the Sophomore class April 13th. 


We were delighted by a visit from Marjorie Smith, *06, during March. 

Miss Mary Hubbell spent Easter at her home in Columbus. 

Miss Mav and Miss Eldna Fidler spent a few days at their home in Mans- 
field, recently. 

Miss EMith Smith is busy with rehearsals for the Sophomore play, "The 
Lady of Lyons," in which she has a prominent part. 

Miss Helen Domblaser's mother paid her a visit a few weeks ago. 

Miiss Clara Domblaser is recovering finely from her recent operation. 

Miss Grace Schwann of Wheeling, visited her sister recently. 


Those initiated into the mysteries of Alpha Xi Delta were Edith Law- 
rence, Lucile Thornton, Inez Holt, Cecile Horton, Margaret Chamberlayne, 
Helen Truair, Corinne Ensign, Ethel Patterson, Florence Curtis and Lucy 

Lena Baldwin, '06, spent a week at the Chapter House. She was here 
at the time Mary Kay and Katherine Keith visiteci us. 

Helen Chase, *09, plaved at a public recital in John Grouse College a short 
time ago. We are proua to say she held the place of honor on the program. 

The Chapter House is to be closed during the Easter vacation as all the 
girls are going away. 

Dora Baker, '07, is teaching a class in Freshmen Latin in the University, 
She is majoring in Latin and makes a very efficient teacher. 

Eta is expecting to hold her annual Freshman party soon. Although no 
plans have been decided upon it will probably be a dance. 

Margaret Chamberlayne is expecting to come into the Chapter House 
after E&ter. 

Gertrude Wright, '06, represented Eta at the installation of Lambda at 
Tufts College. 


Mabelle and Blanche Watkins spent the Blaster vacation at their home in 
Grafton, W. Va. 

Mabel Weaver, Drusilla Johnson, and Crystal Courtney visited Elizabeth 
Sadler several times last term. 

Nancy Coplin was down for " Ben Greet " Februaiy 21. She spent sev- 
eral days visiting friends and "Alpha sisters." Nan is only a freshman, 
but she is a " mighty dignified school marm." She will re-enter school next 

Mrs. C. H. Smith (Helen Smith), is housekeeping in her new home in 
South Park. She says it is delightful, and we are constantly in fear that 
some others of our members will loUow suit. 




In cases where there are both a home and temporary address, the home 
address is given first. 

Abbe, Lena Pease — Lambda 984 Liberty street, Springfield, Mass. 

Abbott, Ej.izabeth — Kappa 325 South Market street, Hoopeston, IlL 

Adair, Emma — Gamma Salineville, Ohio 

Adams, Bessie Eliza — Theta Mifflin street, Madison, Wis. 

Adams, Julia Gibbs (Mrs. G. H.) — Lambda. .51 Harris st, Waltham, Mass. 

Aiken, Ethel May — Lambda 96 Clark street, Everett, Mass. 

Albers, Frances C. — Theta 501 La Salle street, Wausau, Wis. 

Algie, Hazel — Bta Ogdensburg, N. Y. 

Allott, Effie — Gamma Alliance, Ohio. 

Allen, Iva C— Theta Merrill, Wis. 

Andrew, Mary Maude — Alpha New Salem, IlL 

Angell, Nellie Nadine — Theta Sun Prairie, Wis. 

Arnold, Frances — Beta Denmark, Iowa 

Arnold, Mabel — Alpha Rio, IlL 

Atkeson, Leda Cordelia — Iota Prospect street, Morgantown, W. Va. 

Atkeson, Mary Meek — Iota Prospect street, Morgantown, W. Va. 

Atkins, Laura — Gamma 41 Springfield avenue, Canton, Ohio 

Austin, Edna Johnson (Mrs. W.W.) — ^ZrOtnftrfa, Florence ave., Bellevue, Pa. 
AvBRKiEFP, Olga a. — Bpsilon Sartov, Russia ; Iowa City, Iowa 

Babb, Alice — Beta Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Baker, Dora — Bta Gravity, Pa. 

Baldwin, Lena Grandin — Bta 670 Euclid avenue, Elmira, N. Y. 

Ball, Ellen — Beta 500 West Monroe street, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Barnett, Stella— B^to Freemont, Iowa 

Barnhart, Columbia Gertrude Menefee (Mrs. E. H.) — ^/ota .. Marion, Ind. 

Barrett, Anita — Kappa .Butler, IlL 

BartlEtt, Daisy Mae — Lambda 47 Madison street, Somerville, Mass. 

Bates, Etta — Gamma 75 South Union avenue, Alliance, Ohia 

Bell, Marian — Kappa Box 605 Brynn Mawr, Pa. 

BiCKLE, Mary — Kappa Geneseo, IlL 

BiSHOFF, Effie — Delta 229 Third street, Rankin, Pa. 

Blaine, Ellen — Delta Alba, Pa. 

riiLAKE, KatherinE M.— Kappa Watseka, IlL 

Block, Cora Josephine Bollinger (Mrs. Louis) — Alpha 

1416 Rock Island street, Davenport. Iowa 

BoDCER, Flora May Cutter (Mrs. A.)-^Alpha Camp Point, IlL 


BoTTOMtEY, Genevieve Ruth (Mrs. Percy) — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

BowKER, Ktxa Wai^lace — Lambda.. 2 Hillside ave., Somerville, Mass.; 

Newport, Vt 

Bracher, Mabel G. — Zeta Galion, Ohio; North Baltimore, Ohio 

Bracher, Mary C. — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Bbacher, Olive — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Brady, Louise — Beta Mt. Pleasant, Ohio 

Brady, Lucille — Beta Mt Pleasant, Ohio 

Brady, Mildred — Beta Mt Pleasant, Ohio 

Branch, Nellie — Kappa 6io State street, Champaigne, III 

Breeden, Marjorie — Bpsilon Pierre, S. D. ; Vermillion, S. D. 

Brenne, Alice H.— Bpsilon Kimball, S. D. 

Bright, Mabel Dewey (Mrs. Harry) — Gamma New Water ford, Ohio 

Britton, Nettie— £/a Onondaga Hill, N. Y. 

Brower, Mary— Alpha Galesburg, III. 

♦Brown, Dora — Gamma 

Bruner, Alice Helen Bartlett (Mrs. Murray T.)— Alpha 

203 Fifth street, Aurora, IlL 

Bruner, Maude Ella — Alpha Monmouth, IlL 

Brush, Hazel — Eta Movia, N. Y. 

Buchanan, Jennie Marriott (Mrs. Wm. D.) — Alpha.. Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

BuELL, Clara Matson (Mrs. L.) — Alpha Lake Geneva, Wis. 

BuRNHAM, Helen Stanley — Lambda. .Box 137, West Newbury, Mass.; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Bushey, Maude — Zeta Shiloh, Ohio 

ButterJield, Estella Elizabeth—- Zraifid(ia Jacksonville, Vt. ; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Camerer, Lucy Almira — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Campbell, Mabel Taylor (Mrs. A. R) — Gamma West Jordan, Utah 

Campbell, Nellie — Gamma Webster, Pa. 

Campbell, Winifred — Kappa Albion, IlL 

Carleton, Miriam Stanley — Lambda. .10 Lewis place, Lynn, Mass.; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Carrell, Laura — Beta Sigoumey, Iowa 

Carson, Elizabeth — Delta R. F. D. No. i, Spears, Pa. 

Cate, Emily Morgan — Lambda 205 Lowell street, Waltham, Mass. 

ChadbournE, Bell — Bta 1640 West Genesee street, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Chamberlayne, Margaret— £to Osseola, Pa. 

Chanler, Elsie May — Lambda. .46 Andover street, Peabody, Mass. ; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Chase, Helen — Bta 309 Beech street, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Chave, Georgie E. — Theta Tomahawk, Wis. 

Cheney, Almira L. — Alpha Saybrook, 111. 

♦Cheney, Frances— ^//»^ 

♦ Deceased. 


Chxny, ^kJjcSr-Beta Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Cheny, Amy— Beta Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Clark, Bsuje Fleharty (Mrs.) — Apha Pandena, CaL 

CXark^ Geoboianna. }ilAai$r-Laimbda 60 Central street, Somer> 

ville, Mass. ; West Newbury, Mass. 

Clement Fannie May — Lambda 4 Dean street, Everett, Mass. ; 

West Upton, Mass. 

Clevelajyo, Bertha G.—£to.. Naples, N. Y.; (After Sept 1) Waterloo, N. Y. 

Clock, Jessse Bsown OAms,)— Alpha Winoaa, Minn. 

CoE, Helen— Be/a 414 West Fourth street, Muscatine, Iowa 

C^KER, Myrtle— /iCo^^ff. Harrisburg, Dk 

COLEMAN, Annie Brown— ^^/ui 125 Main street, Dallas, Tex. 

CoLUNS, Jessie Evelyn- ^i^^jbo. (^lesburg, UL 

CoNDiT, Leta- Zfto South Plum street, Springfield, Ohio 

C^K, Eudora Idahlla — Theta Lake Mills, Wis. 

Cook, Grace— ^//>Aa Beccher CUty, III 

Cook, Nettie May— T/teto Lake Mills, Wia. 

Cook, Sara Lucy — Alpha Beecher City, IlL 

Cooper, Mary Hannah — Iota Crossville, Tenik 

Cope, Florence S.— Gamma Smithfidd, Ohio 

CopLiN, Nancy — Iota Boothville, W. Va. 

CocTNTWAY, Gussanda — Lambda, .28 Robinson st, Somerville, Mass. ; 

Ware, Mass. 

Courier, Florence — Beta Indianola, Iowa 

Courtney, Crystal— /o/a 723 N. Front st, Morgantown, W. Va. 

Cox, Laura Gladoice — Alpha Augusta, Wis. 

Cragin, Katherinj( Fairchild — Lambda Bedford, Mass. 

Crammond, Lena — Eta Fort Edward, N .Y. 

Crawford, Irena May— Lofntda North Dana, Mass. ; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Cum MINGS. Alice Josephine — Lambda aop Maine st., Medford, Mas& 

Curtis, Florence— £fa Watertown, N. Y. 

Curtis, Mary— £fa Fabius, N. Y. 

Darrow, Grace — Gamma Leadville, Colo. 

Davis, Bertha Eleanor— T/i^/o 220 West Gilman street, Madison, Wis. 

Davis, Helen Z,— Theta 220 West Gilman street, Madison, Wis. 

Davis, Ida Isabel — Gamma Bridgeport, Ohio 

Davis, Leila Dowsland (Mrs. W.)— £/a Chester, N. Y. 

Day, Mabel— B<?to 504 East Washington street, Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Day, Nellie Jessie— /4//>/ia Augusta, Wis. 

De Voll, Inez May— Alpha Stoughton, Wis. 

Dewey, T^zva— -Gamma Massilon, Ohio 

De Witt. Lovist— Kappa 22 South Wiola avenue, La Grange, 111. 

Donaldson, Jessie Hillyer (Mrs. Chas.)— Gamma Willdnsburg, Pa. 

Dornblaser, Clara Hill— Z^ta 183 Linden avenue, Springfield, Ohio 


DwKBLASlK, Hsi«SN^Z«ia. .Btfcyrvs, Ohio; Perncliffe Hall, Springfield, Ohio 
Douglas^ AfAUOS Gkraldins— IrOmdJa. .Hull, Mass.; Tufts College, Boston 

DowN£R, l^tUn-Betd Wilton Junction, Iowa. 

Draxe, £lua M. Cubsis-Evxbxon OJisiS.)—'Apha Hoopeston, 111. 

DaoiiCMQND, Maude— ^cte 409 East 14th street, Davenport^ Iowa 

DuNCAV, Ina— B^to. 107 Hamlane stveet, Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

D«rNCAM^ MASEL^B^/a Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Epwaros, Auce Haywari>— Z^m^cfa Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

EvwAKDS^ Mabel Anderson (Mrs. F. C.)— B^/a Beacon, Iowa 

Eksrk» Ruth l^.—Theta 116 North Henry street, Madison, Wis. 

Eluot, Eva— £/a Trout River, N. Y. 

Eltinc, Grace Hzum— Alpha Sperry, Iowa 

EvsKN, C(misN«^£l0 51J Bcftr street, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Epperson, Edna ^JxHWir^Alpha Rio, Ilk 

£■% Eueabeth E — ThgiOK 430 College avenue, Appleton, Wis. 

ISme, Lodisa U.—Tketa 430 College avenue^ Appleton, Wis. 

Ericson, Jo^phins havistr-Apha 1417 Grand avenue, Gaiesburg Ul. 

EuKiNE, ViBGiMiA Strwabv (Mrs. W. K,)— Delta Akita, Japan 

Evans, Berta Alice Cook (Mr3. Orrin C.)— Alpha Beecher City, UL 

EyestonE, Eunice— jBeto 415 Second street, Mt Vernon, Iowa 

EsrsAMEN, Leila— £to H«uvclton, N. Y. 

Fenton, Elizabeth — Gamma Conneaut, Ohio 

FtoTON, Ida M. — Theta 422 Dayton street, Madison, Wis. 

Fenton, Polly A. — Theta 422 Dayton street, Madison, Wis. 

Fenton, Theo. — Theta 422 Dayton street, Madison, Wis. 

Fergo, Mattie — Kappa Care of Iowa Normal, Cedar Falls, Iowa 

Fetti, Katherine— D^/to Fairmount, W. Va. 

FiDLER, Edna — Zeta Mansfield, Ohio; Femcliffe Hall, Springfield, O. 

FiDLER, May Lester — ^Z^/a, .Mansfield, Ohio; Femcliffe Hall, Springfield, O. 

Flower, GrETTa— T/i^/a River Falls, Wis. 

FoRSTER, Pearl Stewart (Mrs. Emmet) — GamPM Martin's Ferry, Ohio 

Foster, Julia Maude — Alpha. .1S06 4th avenue, South, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Fox, Grace M.—Bta Wolcott, N. Y. 

Fravel, Mary Stewart — Iota Care U. of W. Va., Morgantown, W. Va. 

Fuller, Ethel Luella— Lam&rfo 63 College street, Everett, Mass. 

Gabel, Edna— £/>ji7on Hartington, Neb. 

Galbreath, Bessie — Gamma Sironcha, Central Province, India 

Galbreath, Ida — Alpha Walton, Indiana 

Gardiner, Charlotte G. — Theta 416 W. Washington st., Madison, Wis. 

Gardner, Lucie Marion — Lambda 4 Lynde street, Salem, Mass. 

Garst, Emma Estella— ^//»/ia Bellflower, 111. 

Garton, Florence Harriett — Lambda, 113 College ave., W. Somerville, Mass. 

Garver, Ora — Alpha Church street, Rockford, III. 

Gatts, Elizabeth— D^/to Bethany, W. Va. 


Gentsch, Wjlla— Kappa 164 East avenue, New Philadelphia, O. 

Gii,MER, Lucy M,— Alpha 1338 No. Ninth street, Quincy, IlL 

Glendenning, Pauune Paine (Mss. Jas. A,)—Beta 

622 Foster street, Burlington, Iowa 

Gossow, Harriet Mc Cullom (Mrs. C. W. K)— Alpha Witchita, Kas. 

Gow, Edith Whitla (Mrs. Fred)— Gainffui Alliance, Ohio 

Graham, LucY--£to Plymouth, Pa. 

Grange, Lorena— H^ji/on Vermillion, S. D. ; Britton, Si D. 

Gray, Mary — Delta Crafton avenue, Crafton, Ohio 

Greene, Mabel Frances— H^ji/on Vermillion, S. D. 

Green, Ethel AvEril— /oto 610 N. High street, Morgantown, W. Va. 

GuNDER, Edith — Alpha Arcanum, Ohio 

Hall, Mabel EnaiE — Lambda 9 Veazie street, Somerville, Mass. 

Hannah, PERas DwiGHi^-LamWa 53 Oakland street, Med- 

ford, Mass. ; Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Hanson, Georgia — EpsUon Beresford, S. D. ; Caldwell, Idaho 

Harmon, Betsy Barker — Lambda Adams, Mass. ; 120 Col- 

lege avenue, West Somerville, Mass. 

Harsh, Alta E. — Alpha Baxter, Iowa 

Hartzell, Mabel — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Hastings, Susie Couch (Mrs. George) — Bta Malone, N. Y. 

Hawkins, Nellie — Gamma Salem, Ohio 

Heckler, Mabel — Gamma Montdair, N. J. 

Hedeen, Josephine Hanson (Mrs.) — Bpsilon Sioux City, IlL 

Heerman, Harriet Lapham (Mrs.) — Alpha 96 Fulton st, Tucson, Ariz. 

Hendell, Mabel — Alpha Galesburg, IlL 

Henderson, Lenore — Theta Cambridge, Wis. 

Henney, Virginia C. — Alpha Mitchell, Iowa 

HightshoE, Luella — Beta 411 Pine street, Fort Madison, Iowa 

HiLES, Florence Bush (Mrs.) — Alpha Quincy, IlL 

Hill, Helen HvNt^-Epsilon Springfield, S. D. 

HiLLES, Effie Hoiles (Mrs. Ross) — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Hinshilwood, Alice — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Hinshilwood, Helen — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Hoard, Margaret — Bta East Syracuse, N. Y. 

Hoegh, Nanna M. — Theta Spring Grove, Minn. 

Hoffman, Mayme — Gamma Lorain, Ohio 

HoLLisTER, Florence — Alpha Church street, Rockford, IlL 

Holt, Inez— £/a Norwood, N. Y. 

HoLTz, Fern FoglE (Mrs. Wilbur) — Gamma 7201 Monticello 

street, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Hopkins, Louise — Bta Weedsport, N. Y. 

HoRTON, Cecil — Bta Wolcott, N. Y. 

*Houk, Mary Elizabeth — Zeta 

HuBBELL, Mary—Z eta Columbus, Ohio; Fcmcliffe Hall, Springfield, Ohio 


Hudson, Mavis — Delta Tacoma Park, Washington, D. C 

Hughes, Jennie — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Huston, Mary — Beta Spcrry, Iowa 

HuTCHiNGS, Martha — Bta 512 Bear street, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Imes, "PumXHCEr-Alpha Galesburg, 111. 

Irwin, Mabel— v4/^/ui Qalesburg, 111. 

Jarn, Nell— Gamma Homestead, Pa. 

Johnson, Dora haaujii-^Lambda. . . .Uxbridge, Mass. ; Smith Col- 

lege, Northampton, Mass. 

JoHKSON, Drusilla V. F.^ota Cadiz, Ohio 

Johnson, Gertrude Christine— ZomMa. . . ,S. Manchester, Conn. ; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

JoHMsoN, Lydia Lvcnj^—Iota Cadiz, Ohio 

Johnson, May-— B^<» Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

JoHHSON, PhebE Chania^er — Lambda Spencer, Mass. 

Jones, Anna — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Jones, EtsiE^-Camma Alliance, Ohio 

Jones, Zola Olga — Bpsilon Miller, S. D. 

Justice, EDrrR— Z>Wia Mercer, Pa. 

Kampmann, Eva B. — Gamma Wellsville, Ohio 

Kay, Mary £. — Gamma,, 75 Sotith Union aventie, Alliance, Ohio 

Kays, LuciixE— iCa^^ 510 North Sixth street, Phoenix, Arizona 

Keith, Katherine— £>W/a 216 West Valerio street, Santa Barbara, CaL 

Keith, Katheryn— Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Keiaogg, HtLEv—Alpha Clinton, 111. 

Kemp, Anna— rDWto Mansfield, Ohio 

Kern, Gertrude Kidder (Mrs.) — Alpha, .1613 Prospect street, LaCrosse, Wis. 

KiMBAU,, NeluE Lodema — Lambda 49 Elmhurst Road, Newton, Mass. 

Kimble, Anna Gillis (Mrs. P. C.) — Alpha Abingdon, 111. 

KnaiN, Beulah G. — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Kober, FtoRENCE hecttBJ^— Alpha 405 Calhoun street, Macomb, 111. 

Koch, Edna — Theta Fairdale, 111. 

KoPTA, Bertha Rains (Mrs. Prank)— ^/^Aa Hutsonvillc, IlL 

Kleeberger> Bertha— Z>Wto Columbus, Ohio 

Ladd, Eleanor— I^amfrJa 66 High street, Medford, Mass. 

Lang, Pearl — Gamma Canton, Ohio 

Lauer, Mabbi/— TA^to Winfield, Iowa 

Lawrence, Edith— £/a Shortsville, N. Y. 

Leet, Lela Caskey (Mrs. Kune) — Gamma Cleveland, Ohio 

Leib, Ella Boston (Mrs. J. R.) — ^^/^^. .1271 Washington street, 

Springfield, III. 

Lester, Ada Luetta— i4/^Aa Superior, Neb. 

Lewellyn, Clarinne— ATa^^a 324 South 6th street, La Grange, IlL 


LiNQuiST, Lillian ^rtux,— Alpha Galesburg, IlL 

LocKwooD, Dora G. — Eta Olean, N. Y. 

LoETZER, Elizabeth — Bta Elmer avenue, Sayrc, Pa. 

Logan, Eskridce Pittman— (Mrs. S.)— -Alpha Prescott, Ark 

LoRCH, Augusta — Theta 626 Langdcm street, Madison, Wis. 

Low, J AiftX— Alpha Ncwall, Iowa 

Lyon, Ruth Erema— -TA^to Care Y. W. C. A., Lansing, Mich 

Mabbitt, Jessie— TAtf/o Edgerton, Wis. 

Macomber, Ada Buzzell (Mrs. E. L.) — Lambda, .Ctntnl Village, 

Westport, Mass. 

Madden, May — Delta Hebron, Ohio 

Maiken, Mavdz— Beta Albia, Iowa 

Mansfield, Grace Carleton (Mrs. H. B.) — Lambda, .506 Main st, 

Melrose, Mass. 

Marshal, Wilnah ViROiifi a— -Lambda New Salem, Mass. ; 

West Wardsboro, Mass. 

Marshall, Helen — Delta 29 Warren street, Crafton, Pa. 

Matson, Clara Cristine — Alpha Galesburg, III. 

McAcHRAN, Ruth Ellen — Alpha Bloomfield, Iowa 

McCoRMACK, Ruth Helen— B to 2405 7th avenue, New York, N. Y. 

McCoy, Agnes Irene — Lambda 62 Main street, Somerville, Mass. 

McCoy, Annie Rebecca — Lambda 62 Main street, Somerville, Mass. 

McCoy, Florence Lydia — Lambda 62 Main street, Somerville, Mass. 

McCoy, Mary Scott (Mrs. Roy)— Gamma ia8 Walter st, Pittsburg, Pa. 

McParland, Beatrice Mary — Lambda. .21 Cedar st, W. Somerville, Mass. 

McKnicht, Eloise Patton (Mrs. William) — Gamma Pittsburg, Pa. 

McLaughlin, Abbie — Gamma Canal Pulton, Ohio 

McRae, Florence E.— Theta 636 Eastern ave., Rhinelander, Wis. 

McRae, Mary Ethel — Theta 636 Eastern ave., Rhinelander, Wis. 

Melrose, Mary— HCa^^a Grayville, IlL 

Mercer, Mabel — Delta Rudolph, Ohio 

MiLBOURNE, Gay — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Miller, Anna Elizabeth — Zeta Mansfield, Ohio; Montpelier, Ohio 

Miller, Edith Louise — Alpha Monmouth, IlL 

Miller, Helen — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Miller, Helen Burrell — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Miller, Margaret Burrell — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Mills, Mabel Louise — Alpha Ossair, Iowa 

Mitchell, Axie Lute (Mrs. Wm.) — Beta Cleveland, Ohio 

Moles, Ora Mason (Mrs.) — Theta 301 Murray street, Madison, Wis. 

Montgomery, Ethel — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

MoREY, Jessie Collins (Mrs. T. 1^.)— Alpha McFarland, Wis. 

MoRGENSON, LuRA Clark ( Mrs. ) — Beta Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Mum AW, Georgia Bernard (Mrs. Welker) — Gamma 3009 East 

Tuscarawas street, Canton, Ohio 


Mum AW, Myrtle Carrie (Mrs. W. C) — Gamma Burton, Ohio 

MusGRAVE, EsTEiXA — Alpha Hutsonville, 111. 

Myers, Etta May Salmon (Mrs. W. E.) — Gamma Cleveland, Ohio 

Myers, Laura — Bta Kingston, Pa. 

Myers, Miranda — Bki Falls City, Nebraska 

Nash, Beth Hazel — Lambda 1748 West 24th street, Los 

Angeles, Cal. ; Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Nelson, Saidee — Kappa Princeton, 111. 

Newhouse, Grace — Gamma Louisville, Ohio 

Nichols, Mary — Epsilon Chamberlain, S. D. 

Nipper, Nettie Friedline (Mrs.) — Gamma Somerset, Pa. 

Noble, Effie Smith ( Mrs. ) — Alpha Fooseland, 111. 

Nye, Laila Campbell — Lambda 33 Electric avenue, W. Somerville, Mass. 

O'Bannon, Roberta-— DWto Stanford, Ky. 

Ochsner, Genevieve — Epsilon Tyndall, S. D, ; Sioux City, S. D. 

Oldfield, Maude Olivia — Alpha Mitchell ville, Iowa 

OleEn, Evelyn — Alpha 3202 Beacon street, Chicago, III. 

Olin, Edna — Theta Bellville, Ohio 

Olin, Mary K.— Theta Bellville, Ohio 

Orne, Marion Frances — Lambda 43 Fairmont avenue, 

West Somerville, Mass. 

Orrison, Eunice — Delta Morristown, Ohio 

Parker, Belle— £/a Illion, N. Y. 

Parker, Ella — Beta Mediapolis, Iowa 

Patrick, Elizabeth — Kappa 2292 Wesley street, Chicago, 111. 

Patterson, Ethel— H/a FuUon, N. Y. 

PettigrEw, Btssit— Theta Sioux Falls, S. D. 

Pierce, A/argaret Curtis (Mrs. W. E.) — Delta Cameron, W. Va. 

Pingrey, Grace Olive — Alpha Coon Rapids, Iowa 

PiNNELL, Ada — Beta Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Pittman, Berta — Alpha Galesburg, 111. 

Porch, Daisy — Gamma Johnstown, Pa. 

Porch, Fannie — Gamma 230 Dearborn street, Kankakee, 111. 

Powell, Ada — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Powell, Ida Edith Buckley (Mrs,)— Alpha Galesburg, 111. 

Power, Mary — Beta Bloomfield, Iowa; Box 391, Knoxville, Iowa 

Pritts, Emily— Delta Somerset, Pa. 

Prussia, Nan E. — Eta Albion, N. Y. 

Putnam, Elaine — Eta Canisteo, N. Y. 

Randall, Katherine Jackson (Mrs. J. A.) — Beta New London, Iowa 

Randle, Lulu — Beta Centerville, Iowa 

Ravn, Agnes — Theta Merrill, Wis. 

Ravn. Signe — Theta Merrill, Wis. 


Rayne, Mary K—Theta 653 East Gorfaam street, Madison, Wis. 

Rearoon, Una h.—Theta 215 Atlantic street, Rhinelander, Wis. 

Reed, Ethel Gardner— Z^mdcf a 249 Chestnut st, W. Newton, Mass. 

Reeves, Maude— 5^to Washington, Iowa 

Retz, Louisa J.— Kappa 1625 East street, Ottawa, IlL 

Retz, Rosaue— iCa/»/>a 1625 East street, Ottowa, IlL 

Rhodes, Nellie — Theta Fondu Lac, Wis. 

Rich, Gertrude— -^/^/w Galesburg, IlL 

Richards, Amy Viola — Lambda no Lewis street, Lynn, 

Mass. ; Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Richardson, Bertha Kingsley — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Richardson, Ethel — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Richardson, Mabel Kingsley — Bpsilon, .Vermillion, S. D., Champaign, IlL 

RiCHEY, Frances — Alpha 817 Beecher avenue, Galesburg, IlL 

Roberts, Elsie — Gamma Damascus, Ohio 

Roberts, Emily — Delta Carnegie, Pa. 

Roberts, Louise Shedd (Mrs. A. L.) — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Roberts, Nan — Delta Carnegie, Pa. 

RowELL, Edith Brickey ( Mrs. ) — Alpha Foosland, IlL 

Rule, Carrie — Kappa 416 26th street, Cairo, IlL 

Rule, Eva — Kappa 416 26th street, Cairo, 111. 

RuNGE, Alma Matilda — Theta Murray street, Madison, Wis. 

RuNGE, Lulu Lillian — Theta Murray street, Madison, Wis. 

Rusk AMP, Josephine — Kappa 1013 Ohio street, Quincy, IlL 

Ruth, Una G. — Theta Keokuck, Iowa 

Ryan, Marion Eva — Theta 509 Grant street, Wausau, Wis. 

Ryan, Olive Katherine — Lambda 274 School street, Waltham, Mass. 

Ryan, Winifred E. — Theta 509 Grant street, Wausau, Wis. 

Sadler, Elizabeth Julia — Iota Pt. Marion, Pa. 

Salmer, Clara — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Salmon, Mary — Gamma 6414 Belvidere ave., N. E*, Cleveland, Ohio 

Salzman, Nettie — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Sammons, Mabel Alta — Alpha 103 Mound street, Joliet, IlL 

Saunders, Mertie Crowell (Mrs. A.)-^Lambda 12 Fowler 

street, Dorchester, Mass. 

♦Schmelz, Lillian May — Zeta 

Schune, Gracz— Alpha Galesburg, IlL 

Schwarm, Clara — Zeta 38 13th street, Wheeling, W. Va. ; 

Femcliffe Hall, Springfield, Iowa 

Scott, Muriel — Delta Charleroi, Pa. 

Seybold, Lillian— Z^to 308 Cliffton street, Springfield, Ohio 

Shannon, Agnes — Kappa 73 Douglas avenue, Freeport, IIL 

Shilts, Edna Robens (Mrs. W. D.) — Gamma Akron, Ohio 

Sibley, Ruth Annie — Lambda 640 Washington street, Brookline, Mass. 

Simon. Florence A. — Theta 129 South nth street, La Crosse, Wis. 


Singer, Louise— B^to 300 South Main street, Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

StocuM, Deborah Margaret— £^jt7<7». Alcester, S. D. 

Smith, Ada Louise— Lam&cf a. .Franklin, Mass.; Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Smith, Annie— D^/to Wilmington, Ohio 

Smith, Bertha Jane — lota Sisterville, W. Va. 

Smith, Edith — Zeta 226 West Mulberry street, Springfield, Ohio 

Smith, Geneva — Beta Wellman, Iowa 

Smith, Helen A. Miles (Mrs.)— -^/^/mi Hermon, 111. 

Smith, Helen Barrett (Mrs. C. H.) — Iota Morgantown, W. Va. 

Smith, Jessie— De/to Wilmington, Ohio 

Smith, Lillian Ballard — Iota Charleston, W. Va. 

Smith, Marjorie— Z^to Broofcvillc, Ohio 

Smith, Maude Hopkins (Mrs.) — Alpha Rushville, 111. 

Spencer, Grace — Kappa 181 1 South 3rd street, Terre Haute, Ind. 

Sprague, Bertha — Delta Bethany, W. Va. 

Springer, Edith — Beta Wapello, Iowa 

Spry, Mabel — Beta Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Steck, Jeanette a. — Zeta Frederick, Md. ; Masonic Home, Ithaca, N. Y. 

Stephens, Aberta — Theta Wapello, Iowa 

Stephens, Florence C. — Theta Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Stickney, Carrie Kuct— Alpha Woodhull, IlL 

Stiles, Abby Dee — Beta Joliet, 111. 

Stough, Charlotte — Theta,. 2011 Aldrich avenue. South, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Strawn, Evelyn — Kappa Albion, IlL 

Strong, Lucille — Gamma North Benton, Ohio 

Strong, Marion Ruth — Theta Lake Mills, Wis. 

Strong, Vivian — Gamma North Benton, Ohio 

Stryker, Elizabeth ^zu.— Alpha 402 Union street, Joliet, 111. 

SwARTouT, Ella— Z^to Van Wert, Ohio 

SwARTz, Mary K — Kappa 801 South Vine street, Urbana, 111. 

Sweet, Julia May — Bpsilon Vermillion, S. D. 

Sykes, Katherine— ^/^fl 121 1 East North street, Galesburg, IlL 

Talkins, Emma — Beta Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Tarbell, Helen Isadore— £^«7on Watertown, S. D. 

Tarbell, Lilla Marguerite— B/>jt7on Watertown, S. D. 

Taylor, Edith — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Taylor, Louie Strong (Mrs. Ew A.)^Alpha Park City, Utah 

Taylor, Mary — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Teeters, Delphia Aronholt (Mrs. Walter) — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

TiNSLEY, Helen— DW/a Bethany, W. Va. 

Thomas, Pearl — Gamma Columbus, Ohio 

Thompson, Alleyne— /4/^/kJ Galesburg, 111. 

Thompson, Katheryn — Eta Easton, Pa. 

Thorn, Mary Esther— /4/^A<j 416 Park street, Elgin, III. 

Thornton, Lucile— £to Homell, N. Y. 

ToBiN, Helen— £/a 117 College place, Syracuse, N. Y. 


ToBiN, TtusSK—Eta 117 College place, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Tribby, ^tUdt—Beta 400 South Main street, Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Truaib, Helen — Eta 414 Irving avenge, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Tucker, Miij>red L. — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Underwood, Btssit-^Tketa Care U. of Wash., Seattle, Washington 

Vance, Effie Sterling— £^ji/on Le Roy, IlL 

Van Cise, Edith— Bf to 603 Monroe street, Mt Pleasant, Iowa 

Wadsworth, Blanche — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Walker, Ada — Beta Moulton, Iowa 

Wallace, Belle Bishop (Mrs.) — Alpha ? California 

Wallace, Nina Nattie— H^^on Monticello, Iowa, Scotland, S D. 

Warne, Edith — Eta Lucknow, India 

W ATKINS, Blanch Elizabeth — Iota Grafton, W. Va. 

Watkins, Hazel Loraine — Ijimhda South Manchester, Conn. 

Watkins, Laura Clarinda — Lambda South Manchester, Conn. 

Watkins, Mabel Ray— Iota ..Grafton, W, Va. 

Watson, Jessie Walker ( Mrs.)— Alpha Barry, IlL 

Watson, Pearl Sayler (Mrs,)— Delta Van Wert, Ohio 

Weaver, Mabel Jane — Iota Spruce street, Morgantown, W. Va. 

Weller, E. Louise— £to Watkins, N. Y. 

Weller, Laura G.— £to Watkins, N. Y. 

White, BmrnA— Alpha Barry, 111. 

White, Frances— £to Malone, N. Y. 

White, Julia E — Delta Belmont, Ohio 

White, Blanche — Gamma Alliance, Ohio 

Whittemore, Ruth — Theta Milwaukee, Wis. 

Wildisin, Myrtle — Zeta West Columbia street, Spring- 

field, Ohio ; Selma, Ohio 

Williams, Plossa— Gamma Burton, Ohio 

Williams, Julia — Delta Akron, Ohio 

Williamson, Bzssin— Alpha 458 North Kellogg street, Galesburg, IlL 

Wilson, Blanch Robison (Mrs. John) — Gamma Akron, Ohio 

Winn, Mabel — Zeta Defiance, Ohio 

♦Wise, Lorena — Alpha 

Wittich, Catherine — Gamma Ashtabula, Ohio 

Wolfe, Jessie Pingrey (Mrs. Channing E.) — Alpha Coon Rapids, Iowa 

Wood, Effie Marie — Lambda Mattapoisett, Mass. ; 

Tufts College, Boston, Mass. 

Wood, Iris Leota — Kappa 603 Orchard street, Urbana, IlL 

Wright, Gertrude — Eta Ogdensburg, N. Y. ; Great Neck, N. Y. 

Wright, Hazel — Zeta 157 South Plum street, Springfield, Ohio 

Wrigley, Anne Marion — Alpha Evarts, S. D. 

Yale, Louise — Kappa Chardon. Ohio 

Yost, Gussie V. — Gamma Hopedale, Ohio 

Zang, Mayme Reeves (Mrs. A. G.)— Gamma Alliance, Ohio 


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Stephens, Florence Courier, (Mrs. G. W.) Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 

WiLLETS, Emma Falkins. (Mrs. C. R.) Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 

Mitchell, Axie Lute, (Mrs. Wm. S.) 

Norvello, 4 North Olive St., Cleveland, Ohio. 

Piper, Mary Huston, (Mrs. A. M.) 

3922 Center Drive, Des Moines, Iowa. 

Crawford, Alice Campbell, (Mrs. Irwin) Des Moines, Iowa. 

Edwards, Mabel Anderson, (Mrs. F. C.) Pella, Iowa. 

PiNNELL, Ada, Milton, Iowa, 

HiGHTSHOE, LUELLA, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. 

Davis, Leila Dowslamd, (Mrs. W. W.) Chester, N. Y. 


Delta Delta Delta Fraternity announces the establishment of 
Alpha Xi Chapter at Randolf-Macon Women's College, 
Wednesday, November twenty-ninth, nineteen hundred 
and five. 

The Delta Upsilon Fraternity announces the establishment of 
the Illinois Chapter at the University of Illinois, Thursday, 
December twenty-first, nineteen hundred and five. 

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