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THE LYRE 



T^^Alpha Chi Omega 

A QUARTERLY MAGAZINE 



Vol.. XI October, 1907 



THS OPPICIAI. ORGAN OP 

AuHA Cm Omega Fkaternity 



PUBLISHED BY 

THE FRATERNITY 

Buu Patton Wade, Editor 

2236 AGhland Avenue 

Indianapolis, Indiana 



THE NEW YGRKi 

PUBLIC LIBRAi<J0NTENTS 



ASTOH, LENOX AND 
TILDEN FCUNrATiJN8. 



LYRB EDiTORIAIv BOARD 3 

ALPHA CHI OMKGA SORORITY 4 

THK UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - - - . 5 

THE INSTALLATION OF NU CHAPTER OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 7 

HOW A SISTER FROM EPSILON SPENDS HER SUMMER - 10 

BETA'S REUNION 12 

IOTA'S NEW HOME 15 

EDITORIALS 16 

CHAPTER LETTERS 19 

PERSONALS 29 

COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP - - - - - - 37 

EXCHANGES - 62 

SPARKS FROM MANY FORGES 63 

A TIMELY WORD 70 



The Lyre will appear regularly the first of December, 
March, June and October. All matter for publication should 
be in the hands of the editor the first of the month pre- 
ceding the month of publication. 

Subscription price per year, $1.00, payable in advance. 
Per Copy, 25 cents. 

For advertising rates address the editor. 

Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at Indi- 
anapolis, Ind., under the act of Congress of March 3, 1897. 






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THE LYRE EDITORIAL BOARD 



EDITOR. 
Mrs. Elma Patton Wade, Alpha Indianapolis, Indiana 



ASSISTANT EDITOR. 
Jennie McHatton, Alpha. . : Indianapolis, Indiana. 



ASSOCIATE EDITORS. 

Alpha — Mayme Winans 408 Elm Street, Greencastle, Indiana 

Beta— ^Florence Fall Albion, Michigan 

Gamma — ^Blanche Ballamy Willard Hall, Evanston, Illinois 

Delta — Mary Greene Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania 

Epsilon — Carrie Trowbridge .. College of Music, Los Angeles, California 
Zeta — Gertrude Damon.. 144 Hemenway Street, Boston, Massachusetts 
Theta — ^Louise Van Voorhis. . . .407 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Iota — Grace Ewing 502 Elm Street, Urbana, Illinois 

Kappa — Sarah Morgan. . . .141 South Butler Street, Madison, Wisconsin 

Lamibda — ^Louise Sanders 6060 Strom Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

Mu— Lena Dalrymple i Indianola, Iowa 

Nu Boulder, Colorado 

Alpha Alpha — Mary R. Vose 638 Judson Ave., Evanston, Illinois 

Beta Beta— Mrs. Ella Hill Thompson, 

41 West Drive, Woodruff Place, Indianapolis 



ALPHA CHI OMEGA SORORITY 

FOUNDED 1885 



GRAND COUNCIL. 

President — Mrs. Edward Loud 504 E. Erie Street, Albion, Mich. 

Vice President — ^Mrs. Robert Howell 

1613 University Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Secretary — Imo E. Baker 702 University Ave., Champaign, 111. 

Treasurer — Laura A. Howe .912 North Street, Logansport, Ind. 

Inspector — Mrs. Richard Tennant 

, 824 South Fifth St., Terre Haute, Ind. 

Historian— Mabel H. Siller 716 Clark St., Evanston, 111. 

Editor of Lyre— Mrs. Will H. Wade 

2236 Ashland Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 

Assistant Editor — Jennie McHatton, 5332 Julian Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 



DIRECTORY OP ACTIVE CHAPTERS. 

Alpha — ^DePauw 408 Elm Street, Greencastle, Indiana 

Beta — ^Albion College Albion, Michigan 

Gamma — ^Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois 

Delta — ^Allegheny College Meadville, Pennsylvania 

Epsilon— College of Music, University of Southern California, 

Los Angeles 

Zeta — New England Conservatory of Music Boston, Massachusetts 

Theta — University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Iota — ^University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois 

Kappa — ^University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin 

Lambda — Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 

Mu — Simpson College Indianola, Iowa 



DIRECTORY OF ALUMINAE CHAPTERS. 

Alpha Alpha— Chicago, 111. 

Beta Beta — , Indianapolis, Ind. 



CORRESPONDING SECRETARIES. 

Alpha — Pearl Fuller 408 Elm Street, Greencastle, Indiana 

Beta — Cleora Miller 409 East Porter Street, Albion, Michigan 

Gamma — ^Hedwig Brenneman Willard Hall, Evanston, Illinois 

Delta — ^Alice McDowell... .North Main Street, Meadville, Pennsylvania 

Epsilon— Louise White 1085 W. 36th St., Los Angeles. Cal. 

Zeta— Hilda Swartz, 129 Heminway St, Boston, Mass. 

Theta — ^Lucile McLouth 407 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Iota — Mary McNally 309 John Street, Champaign, Illinois 

Kappa — ^Anna Rueth Chadbume Hall, Madison, Wis. 

Lambda—Ruth Harlow 6060 Strom Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

Mu— Carrie McFaddon Indiaaiola, Iowa. 

Nu:— Irene Hall 1162 12th St, Boulder, Colorado 

Alpha Alpha — ^Marjory Grafius 1 Chicago, 111. 

Beta Beta— Daisy Steele Wilson Blind Institute, Indianapolis, Ind. 



INTER-SORORITY SECRETARY. 
Elda L. Smith i 710 S. 6th St, Springfield, 111. 



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ALPHA CHI OMEQA 

Vol,. XI iNDIANAPOIfIS, IND., OCTOBBR, 1907 NO. 1 

THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 



The University of Colorado is located at Boulder, a city 
of ten thousand inhabitants, about thirty miles north of Den- 
ver. The campus is situated on an elevation a short distance 
from the business portion of the city and commands to the 
east a view of Boulder Valley, a rich farming and fruit rais- 
ing district; to the west the snow-capped peaks of the range; 
to the north I-ong's Peak rising almost fifteen thousand feet 
above sea level. In the canons and along the mountain roads 
the scenery is grand and beautiful. 

By an act of the Territorial Legislature of 1861 the Uni- 
versity was incorporated and ten years later three citizens of 
Boulder gave fifty-two acres adjoining the city. In 1876 the 
Constitution of Colorado provided that upon its adoption 
the University at Boulder should become an institution of the 
state. In September of 1877 the school opened with two de- 
partments, preparatory and college. The Medical school 
wias established in 1883 ^"^ the Law school in 1892. The 
gradual withdrawal of Preparatory classes from the Univer- 
sity was begun while now the Preparatory school has a sepa- 
rate organization, grounds and buildings. The college of 
Engineering was opened in 1893 ^^^ finallyin 1906 a college 
of Commerce was added. 

. The buildings are arranged on the campus in the form of 
a quadrangle. "Main," the first structure to be erected con- 
tains lecture and recitation rooms for the college of Liberal 
Arts, the administrative offices, the Auditorium, the art 
rooms and Christian Association's rooms. The "Hale" 
science building is occupied by the physical laboratory, math- 
ematical, biological and geological departments and the Mu- 
seum. At present quarters are also provided in this building 
for the Law school. The central portion of the Library is 



6 THE LYRE 

now completed and in use. A large Engineering building is 
devoted entirely to the college of Engineering and is fitted 
with the required machinery and instruments. We have also 
a Chemistry building, Medical building, Anatomical build- 
ing, Hospital, Woodbury Hall, a dormitory for men stu- 
dents. Ladies' Colleges No. i and No. 2, a heating and light- 
ing plant, a Gyninasium and the President's House. Plans 
have been drawn for a new Law building, a large Auditori- 
um and heating and lighting plant to be erected during the 
coming year. 

Among the student organizations we have the combined 
student body known as the "Associated Students" and the 
Christian Association. The women are organized into a 
"League" which has for its object the furnishing of relaxa- 
tion and forming acquaintanceship among all the women. 
The Richards Literary Society, the University of Colorado 
Debating Club, the Oratorical Association and Dramatic 
Club are open to those who wish to belong. 

The student publications are four in number; a weekly 
paper which is named after the University colors, "The Sil- 
ver and Gold;" the "Coloradoan," an annual published by 
each Junior class; a journal of Engineering published an- 
nually by the students of the Engineering school; the "Uni- 
versity of Colorado Hand-book," by the Christian Asso- 
ciations. 

On account of the need of large dormitories on the camp- 
us all of the fraternities have their own houses. Delta Tau 
Delta, Sigma Alpha, Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Tau 
Omega, Sigma Nu, Phi Delta Theta, Omega Epsilon Phi, 
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Beta Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Kap- 
pa Gamma, Chi Omega and Alpha Chi Omega are now 
active here. 

This is the home of Nu Chapter and the home of all 
Alpha Chis who wish to come to Colorado. 

Jessie Rodgers, Nu. 



OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

THE INSTALLATION OF NU CHAPTER OF 

ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



When I was asked to write an account of the installation 
of Nu Chapter for the Lyre, it was suggested that I should 
tell a little of my visits with Epsilon, too, so I shall describe 
the events in the order that they occurred. 

To begin with, 1 left home June 23, and had a delightful 
trip out west via the Canadian Pacific, feeling that it was 
surely an inspiration to see those magnificent Canadian Rock- 
ies so different from the Colorado Rockies ; the Sierra Neva- 
das, and from the Alps. When I reached the coast the trip 
was made still more enjoyable by stop-overs at Seattle, Port- 
land and San Francisco. 

Before I reached Los Angeles I wrote the Epsilon girls 
that I expected to be in the neighborhood of their city all 
summer, and so, after I arrived, three of thenn called but 
much to my regret, I was out. However, I had the pleasure 
later of being guest of honor at a matinee party followed by 
a dinner at "The Angelus" on Aug. ist. There were four- 
teen Alpha Chis around the table which was very attractive, 
with red carnations, ferns and the dainty Alpha Chi place 
cards. It was, indeed, a delight to meet those interesting 
girls and to know that they were Alpha Chis. I did not have 
the opportunity of seeing all of the girls as often as I would 
have wished owing to the fact that my time was divided be- 
tween Los Angeles, Pasadena, Ocean Park, Riverside, Red- 
lands and Catalina, but when I left Los Angeles Aug. 27th, 
I appreciated the courtesy of two of the Epsilon girls who 
came to the station to tell me good bye. 

My howeward trip was very pleasant with stop-overs at 
Salt Lake City and at Denver, but miy one engrossing 
thought was my visit to Boulder. On Thursday, Sept. 5 th, 
when I arrived in Boulder, I was met by several of the girls 
who took nte to what is now the Alpha Chi house, for Nu 
Chapter is fortunate in being able to begin life in an attrac- 
tive frat house under the kind direction of a lovely "Alpha 
Chi mother," Mrs. Hall. The first evening was spent in- 
formally in getting acquainted. 



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At four o'clock Friday afternoon, Sept, 6th, the pledging 
ceremony took place in the frat house, and nine girls were 
proud of their scarlet and olive ribbons ; while that evening 
at eight the formal initiation was conducted followed by the 
reading of letters and telegrams of congratulations and now 
I have the pleasure of introducing to you our sisters of Nu 
Chapter : Irene Hall, Ethel Brown, Jessie Rodgers, Francis 
Foote, Helen Rice, Willa Wales, Bertha Howard, Flora 
Goldsworthy and MoUie Rank. I wish that all of you might 
know them personally as I do, for they are surely a group of 
earnest, enthusiastic girls who promise to make a good loyal 
chapter for Alpha Chi, Following the initiation ceremony 
a dainty spread was served at a table prettily decorated with 
our red carnation and smilax. The lateness of the hour was 
the only reason why the college songs and Alpha Chi yells 
were not louder and longer than they were. 

On the next day we had business meetings both morning 
and afternoon, electing oflSicers and going over ceremonies; 
while not the least point of interest for the girls was the se- 
lection of their frat pins from the samples which had been 
sent, and so anxious were they to have themi that nearly all 
bought samples without* waiting to order. Saturday evening 
we had the installation banquet at O'Connor Hotel where 
the private dining room and table were beautifully decorated 
with our effective scarlet and olive green, the color scheme 
being carried out in the place cards, toast programs and even 
in the dainties served; but the greatest attractions in the 
room were the ten happy, interested girls proudly wearing 
their jewelled lyres. 

After we had done full justice to the delicious repast, we 
turned all of our attention to the toasts. Helen Kice, as 
toastmlstress, introduced the following : 

Our Ideals Bertha Howard 

The Girl We Want. Ethel Brown 

Ten Years Hence Irene Hall 

Alpha Chi Omega Mabel H. Siller 

Then the delightful evening was brought to a close w'th 
Alpha Chi yells. 

On Monday we had more business meetings interspersed 
with a little rushing and preparing for a little informal re- 



OFALPHACHI. OMEGA 9 

ception which was given in my honor that evening at the 
prettily decorated frat house. On this enjoyable occasion I 
had the pleasure of meeting some members of the faculty 
and of the other fraternities. The next twt) days there was 
more rushing, the principal event being a chafing-dish party 
at the house Tuesday evening, while in the morning I enjoyed 
attending the Pan-Hellenic meeting. 

I was sorry, indeed, when it was time for me to leave on 
Wednesday, and I appreciated fully the cordial invitation to 
stay the rest of the week, but all good things must have an 
end, so it was it was with regret, yet with pride, that I bid 
good-bye to the nine new sisters whom it had been miy pleas- 
ure to initiate into our beloved Alpha Chi Omega. 

Mabel Siller. 



MEMORIES. 



"When I was little, and my head • 

Just came to mother's knee, 
I'd watch the clouds sail overhead. 

And wish they'd sail to me. 

I thought the sky wtas Just a bowl 

lOf blue, turned upside down; 
And when I heard the thunder roll, 

I thought it was God's frown. 

I thought the stars were little holes 

Thru which the angels peep. 
To look down here on me and you. 

When we are fast asleep. 

I wondered why God didn't tear 

Apart a star or two. 
And make a hole big enough 

To liet an angel thru. 

The little new moon seemed to me 

A cradle, all afloat 
Upon a blue and nuptic sea. 

Just like a little boat 

I wished that I mighrt; be on high, 

And sail both near and far 
In that cradle boat — and I longed to try 

To peep in thru a star. 

Florence Pall, Beta. 



10 THELYRE ^ 

HOW A SISTER FROM EPSILON SPENDS HER 

SUMMER. 



No doubt most of you have had delightful outings this 
summer and my own experiences will not be new to many, 
however, in crossing the continent from Pacific to Atlantic I 
have visited numerous interesting places which I will mention 
for the benefit of those who may not have seen them. 

Leaving Los Angeles, June the eighth, 1 was showered 
with letters, flowers and many other little reminders to enjoy 
on my trip. Our girls were at the station to give me a good 
start and how I wished they were all to go with hdc. The 
first three days were quite uneventful, first through the moun- 
tains then across a stretch of desert, stopping for a short time 
in Salt Lake City, then on through Wyoming; a wee corner 
of Colorado, the state of beautiful coloring; and finally 
Nebraska and Illinois, reaching Chicago several hours late, 
very dusty and tired. Despite the rain and wind for which 
this city is noted I was able to visit many places of interest, 
including parks and public buildings. I greatly admired the 
public library with its beautiful marble interior. 

My first mishap occurred when I was ready to leave for 
Toledo, Ohio. Through some delay on the elevated I missed 
the train, so contented myself with a book and watched the 
constant rush of the people until time for another train. 

I found Toledo a pretty place and visited with friends for 
a few days, leaving for Oberlin early the following week to 
attend the commencement. 

The little city was in gala attire in honor of the occasion. 
Trees, I am sure could not have been more beautiful, while 
at every turn one was greeted by the fragrance of that lovely 
flower, syringo. You may imagine what general spirit of 
excitement prevailed, many guests were there and I found 
that a stranger at Oberlin was well cared for. 

There were calls, drives and dinners between the regular 
exercises which latter were very impressive and interesting. 
Many of the ceremonies were held on the campus which was 
beautiful in itself, and adding the vine covered buildings as a 
background we had a charming picture. 



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The Elijah was sung with splendid effect by the large 
chorus with organ and orchestral accompaniment. 

I was loathe to leave this delightful place, but remembered 
that my trip was hardly begun. Returning to Toledo I took 
several short trips to nearby places and found the country so 
beautiful with an abundance of wild flowiers on every side. 

Th^ boat trip up the Detroit river I must mention for it is 
so pleasant. One could enjoy for hours the view of the banks 
carpeted with the grass and fringed with such a variety of 
lovely trees. 

It was raining again when I reached Detroit, but nothing 
daunted, I took a ride about the city, leaving for northern 
Michigan just in time to escape the worst of the storm. 

The extremely warm weather almost made me wish for 
Califorhia, but occasional visits to the lakes helped to relieve 
us. We went to a funny little German village where we were 
ser^^ed a typical German dinner. 

My next stop was Chautauqua, N. Y., where I remained 
for six weeks, taking a course of lectures. 

This is a most unique institution, so democratic and a place 
where one may absorb some benefit even from the natural 
beauty of the surroundings. 

I might write pages on the customs of this place. It was 
surprising to me that so many people were so content to 
observe the strict rules which are in use. Old and young were 
provided with some form of delightful amusement or study 
and the many sports one usually expects in a summer resort 
were entirely lacking. There was rowing or riding or one 
might explore the woods while the more serious minded could 
attend lectures every hour of the day. 

We visited the Hiawatha village where the beautiful poem 
is given in such realistic manner by the Indians, using for a 
stage the small clearing in the woods with its wigwams and 
other characteristic features. 

After Chautauqua came Buffalo and Niagara, that never- 
to-be forgotten place. I took the famous Gorge ride cross- 
ing to the Canadian side where one has such a splendid view 
of the falls. 

Two days in Buffalo gave me time to see that city of beau- 



12 THELYRE 

tiful homes. I went to the fort and one of the most novel 
places to me was the retail market. 

After leaving Buffalo only a few stops were made before 
reaching New York City. With so many places of interest 
here I found it necessary to count each moment. I spent sonue 
time m the Metropolitan M iseum of Art, enjoying each de- 
partment and wished that my time was not so limited for one 
could spend days in such a place. 

Friends took me to some new place each day and I shall 
always remember my stay there with much pleasure. 

Returning, I shaU stop in Albany, taking that delightful 
trip on the Hudson, spend a few days in Chicago and reach 
home in time for the fall work. 

I only wish you all might have visited many of these 
places with me. Some are ever new and interesting 
though we may have seen them oft before. 

Carrie Trowbridge, Epsilon. 



BETA'S REUNION 



"All things come to her \\4io will but wait," so at last the 
long looked for date of Beta's twentieth anniversary came 
around. To the active girls, who had begun to plan and 
think about this auspicious event early in the fall, the occa- 
sion was fraught with significance. 1*o the alumnae the re- 
union brought renewal of college friendships, of old associa- 
tions, and, perhaps, a renewed sense of love for and loyalty 
to Alpha Chi Omega. But the active girls, as they became 
acquainted with all the splendid "old girls," became endowed 
as never before, with an unswerving faith and love for the 
dear sorority to which they belong. 

On Friday afternoon, June fourteenth, the festivities be- 
gan, with a reception, to which all the ladies on the faculty, 
the professors' wives, and all the members, alumnae and 
active, of Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta were in- 
vited , "to meet the alumnae of Beta of Alpha Chi Omega." 

The reception was followed by a good old-fashioned pot- 
luck supper, and after this came frat meeting. That frat 
meeting! Will we ever forget it? It was as different from 



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an ordinary frat meeting as anything that can be conceived 
of enthusiasm ! Why, you couldn't see for the enthusiasm. 
And the readiness with which the responses were given to 
every request, even that for the Lyre subscriptions was noth- 
ing short of amazing. The business meeting over, an excep- 
tionally good musical and literary program followed, which 
consisted of these numbers : 

Vocal solo J esse Blanchard, '02 

Current Events Jean MacDonald, '07 

Vocal Solo Ruth Griffin Cogsball, '03 

Vocal Solo Katheryn Granger, '02 

Original Poem Florence Fall, '06 

Vocal Sol Bessie Shanley, '04 

Piano Solo Sue Greacen, '07 

The best part of the evening, however, was not the supper, 
nor the program, but the jolly good chat which everyone had 
been longing for, but had been unable to have before, and 
which /came immediately after the adjournment of frat 
meeting. 

The "actives" will long remember the next morning — in 
fact, they will be reminded of it every time they go to the 
lodge. Our town alumnae had arranged a luncheon at the 
lodge for Saturday noon, so we actives had nothing to do but 
make ourselves agreeable. What was our surprise and 
delight to find, upon reaching the lodge, two beautiful mis- 
sion rocking chairs, a present from our out-of-town alumnae. 
Needless to say, those chairs were occupied every minute of 
the morning and during the delicious luncheon served by 
our town alumnae. 

At eight o'clock the clan again assembled, this time at 
Hotel Albion where our reunion banquet was served. Our 
charming president, Alta Allen Loud, made a most efficient 
toast mistress, cleverly introducing the speakers. The toast 
program was as follows : 

Toastmistress Mrs. Alta Allen Loud, '94 

The Present — ^The Future .... Miss Gertrude Babcock, '06 

Looking Backward Miss Jennie Worthington, '87 

The World vs. an Alpha Chi Miss Eva Pratt, '94 

The Alumnae and the Fraternity . . . . , 

* Mrs. Jennie Dickenson Reid, '96 



14 THELYRE 

Daughters of Music, Come Higher . . Miss Olah J. Hill, '06 
One very interesting feature of this reunion is that seven- 
teen of the twenty years since Beta chapter was founded 
were represented. '89, '91 and '97 were not represented. 
At the banquet the roll was called of all the members ever 
initiated or pledged to Beta, and forty were marked present. 
Beta's twentieth anniversary and reunion is over; but its 
effects will be lasting, let us hope, on every one who attended 
it. And the success^f this reunion will undoubtedly be re- 
peated in all those to follow. 
Those who attended were : 

Jennie Worthington '87 

Belle Fiske Leonard '88 

Delia Sprague '88 

Jeanette Allen Cushman '90 

Hortense Osmond Miller '90 

Sybil Davidson '92 

Cora Belle Harrington '92 

Mary Mitchell '93 

Ora Woodworth '94 

Eva Pratt '94 

Lina Baum '95 

Emma Phelps Vary '96 

Grace Disbrow '96 

Jennie Dickenson Reid '96 

Ada Dickie Hamblen '98 

Alta Allen Loud '94 

Orpha Willis '99 

Maizie Goodenow '00 

Carrie H. Bolster '00 

Belle Loder '00 

Margaret Moshier '01 

Georga Goodenow '02 

Jessie Blanchard '02 

*Mae Allen Striker '02 

Katheryn Granger '02 

Madge Wilcox '02 

I-ulu Babcock '03 

Ruth GriflSin Cogshall '03 

Bessie Shanley '04 



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OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 15 

Cleora Miller '04 

Gertrude M. Babcock '05 

Florence Fall '05 

Lucretia Down '05 

Daisie Newcomer '05 

Marguerite Bower '05 

Olah Hill '05 

Jane Pattinson '07 

La Vida Darby '07 

Jean MacDonald '07 

Adeline Ballamy '07 

Sue Greacen '07 

Florence Fall, Beta, '09. 



IOTA'S NEW HOME 

The new home of Iota, built especially for them, was com- 
pleted early in September, 1.906. It is located in a new addi- 
tion on John street, three blocks from the can^pus, and is in 
quite a fraternity center. The Chi Omega, Delta Gamnta 
and Delta Kappa Epsilon are the near neighbors. 

The home was largely planned by the girls themselves and 
has a very open downstairs, the parlors, hall, den and dining 
room having such large doors between that they can almost 
be thrown into one, making it especially fine for parties and 
entertaining on a large scale. Another aid for parties are 
the waxed floors, which being finished light form a pleasing 
contrast with our dark woodwork. All the rooms are large 
and light and the girls chose their own paper, which is equiv- 
alent to saying it is all in good taste, of course. Dark green 
predominates. We have an excellent kitchen with plenty of 
roomy cupboards. 

The upper floors contain ten large rooms and it is in these 
that we gratify our individual tastes to the limit, and post 
our favorite fraternity banners always with a dear old scarlet 
and olive green one in the most lured place. 

The house faces the north and a good sod tennis court 
adjoins it on the east. Altogether we are most satisfied wiith 
our home and hope to add to its many attractions each year. 

Cora Van Galder. 



16 THELYRE 



Bbltodals 



L. Clarke Seelye, D. D., LL., D., president of Smith col- 
lege, gives us an article on "The Influence of Sororities" in 
the September number of the "Ladies Home Journal," 
which should make every Greek feel that his fraternity should 
be even on a higher plane than it is. We feel that he has 
only emphasized one side of the question, and in doing so 
might prejudice those who might have no way of really know- 
ing the whole truth. The ideals of the many fraternities are 
high and we must do more to realize them so that we can 
convince the educational authorities, that, while they are a 
permanent institution, they are for good and not evil. We 
will adn^it that many of Dr. Seelye's accusations are true to a 
certain extent, but the fraternities are doing all they can to 
banish these things which are detrimental. That some chap- 
ters of all sororities must fight the clannish spirit is true, but 
the fact that the national Pan-Hellenic is helping to abolish 
this tendency by assuring help in the great "League" work 
shows that this is only a result in a few places and not an 
outcome of Sororities as a whole. That all girls are not 
helped by Sorority life is true but that it is a direct result of 
being a member of a Sorority is what we object to. All So- 
rorities are deceived in some girls and when the local chapters 
do all they can for such, any mistakes should not be laid at 
the door of the Sorority movement. Dr. Seelye says, "In 
their combinations to monopolize college honors, to put in 
oflSice those whose eligibility is determined not by personal fit- 
ness, but by society membership, the societies give rise to the 
most disturbing and belittleing factions of college life." This 
is also true, but I very much fear that in a college where fra- 
ternities do not exist the politics would not bear inspection, 
and could not be used as an example. We feel, however, that 
this refers to the fraternities rather than the sororities. 

The college fraternities see the evil of high school frater- 
nities and feel the effects of them* as much as the secondary 
schools themselves. They are willing to do all in their power 
to abolish them completely and really shall be glad when the 
last one is gone. They are only an imitation of the artificial 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 17 

srde of the fraternity movement and have never caught the 
true and deep meaning for which the fraternity exists. The 
greatest reason for this is that the high school students are 
not old enough to fully comprehend the deeper side, and 
therefore could never reach the place where they could be 
what the college fraternity hopes for in each of its members. 
Each fraternity holds up a high standard of studentship, 
both moral and intellectual, before each member and is con- 
stantly urging him toward this. If we can ever reach what 
we hope for no such criticisms could be written. Really, 
should not our ideals for which we work be counted, rather 
than the mistakes we make. 



It has been our great pleasure to welcome a new chapter 
in each of pur last two issues of the "Lyre," and now we can 
greet another. Our baby chapter is both "new" and **Nu," 
and while we hope she will always be our "Nu" chapter, we 
do not want to always call her "new"." ^e hope that many 
other bands of girls will succeed each other in being the 
"new" chapter, and our welcome to each will be none the 
less hearty because of the many others who have joined our 
ranks. Our sisters in Colorado are well organized and are 
ready for their work among us. We know they feel the re- 
sponsibility which rests upon them and will do their part in 
upholding the honor and standard of Alpha Chi Omega. 
Because of our confidence in them our welcome is most hearty 
and sincere and our hope for their success is real to the ex- 
tent that we are ready to do our part in helping toward 
the goal. 



Since the Grand Council meets in Indianapolis, the home 
of the "Lyre," we feel that as part hostess we can express 
our pleasure at having these Alpha Chis with us. They are 
all loyal and true and have the success of our fraternity so 
much at heart that we are sure their enthusiasm will give 
our whole Indianapolis Alumni new life. We feel that it is 
a privilege to entertain them, and what little we can do for 
them is very little compared to what they are doing for 
Alpha Chi Omega. We are sorry that the entertainment 



18 THELYRE 

side of this meeting must comprise so little a part, but the 
fraternity has such an enlarged scope to cover that these 
members who are at the wheel must work as well as play. 
We shall try to put in enough fun to leave a pleasant feeling 
in their memories toward our Hoosier Capital and some of 
its residents. . 



The directory which appears in this number of the "Lyre" 
is just as complete as we could make it, and we are now going 
to ask the help of our Alpha Chi sisters for our more com- 
plete directory which we hope to get out soon. We ask each 
chapter to go over its own lists and write out the corrections. 
When a girl has married give her husband's name as well as 
her maiden name. This should be taken up in frat meeting 
and done systematically. Then any of our alumni seeing 
any mistakes should notify us at once. Send all this informa- 
tion to Miss Mable Siller, 716 E. Clarke St., Evanston, 111. 



The Council is anxious that nothing should be omitted 
from this meeting which is of importance to the fraternity, so 
if any chapter knows of anything which should be discussed 
and passed upon please send such Information to the Grand 
Secretary, Miss Imo Baker. 




IHTBRIOR VISWS OP IOTA'S KOMB AT CHAMPAIGN, lU,, 



OFALPHACHI OMEGA 19 

Cbapter Xetters 

ALPHA 

The summer is almost at an end and Alpha girls, after an 
enjoyable vacation, are eagerly looking forward to a happy 
reunion in September. We will greatly miss the seven girls 
whom we lost by graduation and their places will be hard to 
fill, but in spite of this we are hoping for a house full of 
girls, ready to do some earnest rushing. 

Our life at the chapter house this coming j^ear will be 
somewhat changed. We will have the entire house for our 
use, and for the first time, we are going to try boarding here. 
We wish it will be a success, and it will certainly be much 
more convenient, as well as more home-like. We have en- 
gaged a chaperon and cook and one of the girls will manage 
the table. 

We are very hopeful of the spike this year, as we always 
get a large share of the best girls in school. 

The rushing season will not be such a long drawn out one 
this year, as it was last. The sororities in Pan Hellenic felt 
that four mbnths was unnecessary and much harder on the 
girls, both old and new, than a shorter termi. As a result of 
their meeting they fixed the date of pledging on the last 
Monday in October, making a little over five weeks spike. 

By our next letter to the Lyre we hope to add more loyal 
names to the roll of Alpha Chi Omega. 

Mayme Winans. 



BETA 

The shortening days remind us that it is almost time for 
school to begin, which signifies to all true Beta girls the be- 
ginning of the most exciting season of the year — rushing sea- 
son, or, as our sister colleges sometimes call it — the **big 
spike.'* And every loyal Alpha Chi feels a thrill of joy to 
think of those lovely girls who are soon to don the good old 
scarlet and olive. Some of these "victims" may be all uncon- 
scious of the honors awaiting them, but they will appreciate 
them all the more when tlie time arrives. 



20 THE LYRE 

On looking backMrard over the year's work, we feel rather 
incHnded to pat ourselves upon the back, if you will excuse 
the expression. Never has a more loyal bunch of girls gath- 
ered weekly in the lodge, and never have the girls been more 
congenial. We have not confined ourselves to fraternity 
affairs, either. Alpha Chi was represented in almost every 
department of the college. We had several members on the 
faculty, the secretary of the student senate was a Chi, the 
president, vice-president and a committee chairman of Y. M. 
C. A. were Chis ; and last but not least, one loyal Chi was 
elected to membership in a select literary club, the member- 
ship of which does not exceed twelve members. 

Our social events have been among the leading festivities 
of the college. To prove this conclusively just ask "the boys" 
if they ever. went to a dinner where they had more fun than 
at the Chi dinner given in the lodge last May. Or ask our 
worthy alumnae whether the present chapter know how to 
entertain or not. We may sound as if we were bragging, 
but we cannot help congratulating ourselves on our good 
year, in public. 

Our prospects for next year, too, are very bright. At 
least ten and very probably eleven or twelve girls will be 
back to start in the new college year together, to say nothing 
of the new girls we hope to gather in. We will feel the loss 
of the three girls who gradui'ied. Lulu Bibcock und Jeanette 
Freeman, literary, and Jessie Blanchard, conservatory. One 
or two others too, will not return. But we, who are left will 
only be drawn closer together in the attempt to fill in the 
places of those who are gone. 

Somie changes interesting particularly to Alpha Chis will 
have taken place in the Albion college faculty, when we re- 
turn this fall. Dr. Chace, formerly head of the conservatory, 
will not be with us this year. He has accepted a position in 
Seattle, Washington. His place will be filled by Prof. Jf. 
Cozine, of Chicago. Mr. Columbus has been engaged 
to teach piano and organ, and Prof. Cozine will teach* voice, 
harmony, counterpoint and public school music. Both of 
these men come well recommended, and will be an addition 
to the school. 

We hear rumors that before this issue of the Lyre goes to 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 21 

press a new chapter of Alpha Chi Omega will have taken its 
place upon the earth. Beta sends heartiest greetings to the 
new baby chapter in Colorado, and wishes her long life and 
prosperity. 

May each and every chapter enjoy the same prosperous 
year that Beta feels confident is opening to her. 

Florence Fall, Beta '09. 



DELTA 

Delta sends greetings to her sister chapters and wishes 
them every success during the coming year. We start this 
year with twelve of our old girls back and with such a good 
start we are looking for a successful and happy year. Ac- 
cording to the Pan heavenly agreement, rushing season lasts 
for six weeks with one formal and one informal event for 
each , sorority. Delta's formal party comes during the first 
week of the rushing season and this means hard work for us 
but we cheerfully will put our shoulders to the wheel for the 
cause of Alpha Chi Omega. Delta, on the whole, has passed 
a pleasant summer and hopes her sister chapters have had as 
pleasant a one and are all back ready for another year of 
work. 

Mary B. Greene, Delta. 



EPSILON 

Ei^silon sends grcietings to her sisters. We have all great- 
ly enjoyed our vacation but are looking forward to the open- 
ing of school, September sixteenth, when we will be together 
again. 

Although scattered this summer, we have managed to 
have several informal gatherings. Soon after school closed, 
we met at the home of Louise White, for an all»day meeting, 
taking our sewing and enjoping a typical Epsilon spread. 

July second we went to the home of Hazel Heame, in 
Sierra Wadre, for a picnic, spending the day in one of the 
canons there and returning in the cool of the evening. All 
who went greatly enjoyed the outing. 

Before school closed, we had the pleasure of seeing a Pan- 



22 THELYRE 

Hellenic formed among the four sororities of the college 
and rules governing rushing printed. 

Phoebe JosHn. 



ZETA 

At the opening of the new school year this fall, Zeta hopes 
to hav^e a goodly percentage of her old members return to 
active chapter life. 

At the last initiation, at the close of the year, two more 
girls were made our sisters; Miss Jess Northcraft, of New 
York City, and Miss Carrie Aiton, of Belfield, Va. 

Probably the last gathering of Zeta girls, before they scat- 
tered to the four winds for summer vacations was at the 
Alumnae Reunion of the Conservatory, held on the evening 
of commencement day. There, some Alpha Chi graduates 
participated in the reunion some few days after the last 
gathering of our own had been held. 

It is rather interesting to chronicle the different places in 
which vacations are being spent. Three of Zeta's girls are in 
Canada, eight on the Atlantic coast, one on the Pacific coast, 
nine in the Middle states, five in the south and one traveling 
in Europe. 

Miss Hilda Swartz has accepted an offer to do concert and 
oratorio work in New York this coming season. 

Miss Rachael Osgood will teach in Asheville, N. C. 

We are hoping for the return of Misses Elizabeth and 
Ida Kirkpatrick to active chapter life this year, after an ab- 
sence of a year. Also of Miss Ruth Tucker, who was com- 
pelled to give up her work on account of illness in the spring. 

Miss Trma Watson will be in Salt Lake City this coming 
winter, having visited Jamestown and other points of interest 
on her return trip from Boston this summer. 

Miss Blanche Crafts is in Banff, Alberta, Canada, for the 
summer, and Miss Gladys Olmstead in Europe. 

Zeta extends best wishes to her sister chapters for a very 
prosperous and successful year. 

Winnifred Byrd. 



■I I BBmBI I I: 




INTERIOR VIBW5 OP IOTA'S HOME AT CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 23 

THETA 

There is not much news from Theta as it is two weeks be- 
fore college opens. Prospects are bright for the coming 
year, although we regret that six of our active girls of last 
j^ear will not return. 

We expect the following girls to be in the house : Persis 
Goeschel, Laura Sherffius, Louise Van Voorheis, Edith Steff- 
ner, Maude Klein, Myrtle Harris, Elizabeth Salliotte, Edith 
Leonard and I^la Phelps. 

Miss Edith Steftner will be physical director of the girls' 
gymnasium of the Ann Arbor high school this coming year. 

Mrs. Craig, of Indianapolis, who was with us for a short 
while last year as chaperon, will be with us again this year. 

There were several reunions of Theta's girls held this sum- 
mer in various parts of the state. 

Theta had two graduates from the Literary department 
of the University this year, Isla Jones, of Grand Rapids, 
and Helen B. Gallagher, of Manistee. 

Just before the close of the year we gave a banquet and 
initiated a new patroness, Mrs. Henderson, of Ann Arbor, 
and two new girls, Lola Phelps and Mildred Lehner, of 
Kalkaska, Mich. 

We also pledged another Kalkaska girl, EfFie Landrum. 

During summer school Vera Burkhart and Edith Steffner 
kept the house open, and we rented two rooms to young 
ladies in summer school. 

We are very sorry that on account of sickness during the 
sunmier Miss Mildred Lehner will be unable to return to 
college. 

It is the wish of Theta that all the sister chapters may 
have a successful year. 



IOTA 



Success was with the Iota chapter to the last day of the 
year 1906-7. Every final was cheerfully passed, every social 
event, and they still crowded into June, was a merry one and 
then the dear old bunch broke up and parted, not without 
tears to be sure, and every girl arrived in safety. 



24 THELYRE 

A jolly round robin letter kept us in touch through the 
summer and joy it brought to every girl's heart, but sadness 
too, as one by one the girls wrote that they could not return 
this fall. At last it became evident that only six of our jolly 
eighteen would return to the chapter home. Seven of us 
accepted positions as teachers and five more even kept away 
by home duties. 

We are gathering back now to begin work and work it 
m,eans to rtcruit our depleted ranks. The empty rooms op- 
press us. Our rushing season here numbers eighteen busy 
days but we hope for the same success that attended us all 
last year. The house is nearly ready for the "family" we 
hope to secure. It was an easy matter to get it in order as 
two of the girls kept it open during the summer session and 
of course it had good care. 

In our next letter we will tell of our freshmen. 

Iota extends greetings to the other chapters and renews 
the welcome to those who are new. 

KAPPA 

How fast the summter is flying and how soon we will be at 
work again. Though our vacation is nearly over, it is not 
with regret that we look forward to September 25th, which 
is registration day at Wisconsin. Our girls are perhaps 
more eager for the opening of the university this year than 
heretofore, as this year we are to have a home of our own. 
The town girls have been busy looking after the papering 
and soon the house will be ready for the girls who come from 
out of town. Everybody is making pillows, curtains and 
banners with which to make our home attractive. 

Mrs. Showalter, the mother of one of our girls is to be 
our chaperon. This makes us very happy, as we feel that 
she will take more interest in our welfare than a stranger. 

Our chapter will number about fourteen at the beginning 
of the school year. During inter-scholastic we pledged two 
fine girls from Milwaukee, Inace and Marian Carpenter, 
who expect to enter the university a year from this coming 
fall. 

The music school will be strengthened this year by the 
appointment of Mr. Cole as director. Mr. Cole is a promi- 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 25 

nent musician from Chicago and is well known as an author- 
ity on harmony and musical composition. 

Under Prof. Parker, who becomes director emeritus, the 
school of music has been steadily growing and to him Madi- 
son owes the opportunity of hearing many prominent 
musicians. 

Kappa sends greetings and wishes her sisters much success 
in the coming year. Sarah Morgan. 



LAMBDA 

Vacation is almost over and while all Alpha Chis are look- 
ing forward to the opening of college, the girls of Lambda 
are especially eager for the seventeenth of September to 
come, for then we will be all together in our own home for 
the first time. The house is at 606 Ostrom ave., faces the 
east and has large pleasant rooms that we expect will be very 
home-like when we are settled there. We are all full of 
courage and ready to work for the welfare of the fraternity 
in Syracuse and are looking forward to a most delightful, 
and, we trust, a very prosperous year. Lambda will be very 
glad to welcome any Alpha Chis at her new home. 

At our last chapter meeting of the past year, we initiated 
Grace A. Young, thus bringing the number on our chapter 
roll up to eighteen. We expect to begin the new year with 
seventeen to work and hope and plan. 

Mrs. Grace Hammond Holmes, Delta, entertained the 
Alpha Chis on June 3, and although a number of the girls 
wiere kept at home on account of examinations, those of us 
who could go, had a most delightful time. 

Syracuse has been favored by visits from two Alpha Chis 
of other colleges, since the publication of the last I^yre. Mrs. 
Ralph B. Dennis, Gamma, passed through Syracuse early in 
August on her way to the Thousand Islands and Miss Lois 
Bcrst, Theta, visited Syracuse at conunencement time, when 
her brother graduated from the College of Applied Science. 

Some time ago Chancellor Day appointed a committee to 
investigate the question of fraternities. The report made 



26 THELYRE 

was extremely favorable. He has since appointed another 
committee, and while the result is not known it is feared that 
the chancellor himself is opposed to the fraternities. 

Lambda wishes all her sisters a very happy and prosper- 
ous year. Rudi Harlow. 



MU 



We girls of Mu chapter are expecting a great deal of 
pleasure and benefit from the year of active life that has just 
opened for us. Eleven of us have returned to school and 
our prospects for pledges are bright. Pledge day this year 
will be November twentieth. Late in the spring term we in- 
itiated Lois Smith, '06, and Olive Jones, ex.-'og, who were 
charter members of Alpha Alpha Gamma, and Fern Ogg. 

We were very glad to have with us during commence- 
ment week, our patroness. Miss Alice Barrows, who had 
just returned from a two years' study of music in Berlin. 
After spending the summer with her parents in Columbus, 
Ohio, she will return to Berlin to study another year, after 
which she will resume her work as instructor in piano at 
Simpson Conservatory. 

On Wednesday evening, June twelfth, we initiated our 
patronesses, Mrs. B. F. Clayton and Miss Alice Barrows. 
After initiation we entertained our mothers at the home of 
Mrs. Clayton in honor of our initiates and our seniors. We 
enjoyed this family gathering so much that we planned to 
have another this year. 

We have no house, but have secured the parlors in the 
same private house in which four of our girls are rooming. 
This we call our homie, and to this house we shall be very 
glad to welcome any Alpha Chis who may come this way. 

Lena Dalrymple. 



NU 



We of the Nu Chapter wish to express our sincere appre- 
ciation of the cordiality with which we have been received 
into Alpha Chi Omega. The congratulatory mlessages were 
not only a welcome, but an inspiration to us in our new rela- 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 27 

tionship. We are proud to be included in the bond — a bond 
which even now means doubly more than wie could realize at 
the beginning, and whose ideals and aims we shall do our 
utmost to uphold. 

The opportunity of meeting and knowing Miss Siller has 
further increased our regard for our fraternity. We appre- 
ciate her loyalty and the earnestness of her efforts in behalf 
of the baby chapter. It is our hope that the baby chapter 
may do merit to the parent organization. 

Our installation, coming as it has, with the opening of the 
school year has launched us immediately into the midst of 
things. Since only the one week is allowed here for the 
"rushing" season, we have found it necessary to enter upon 
decidedly active fraternity life from the start. We are 
already located in our new home and are looking forward to 
a busy but thoroughly happy year. 

May the Nu Chapter extend greetings to her sister Alpha 
Chis? 



ALPHA ALPHA 

The regular monthly luncheons of Alpha Alpha chapter 
will be begun the first Saturday in September and held on the 
first Saturday of every month during the year. We hope to 
meet at the same place every time this year so that the girls 
will always know Where to find us. Any Alpha Chi visiting 
in or near Chicago will be cordially welcomed to any of 
these luncheons, and can learn the time and the place by 
writing to Mrs. Ray Calwell, 1452 Leland ave., Chicago. 

Mary Vose. 



BETA BETA 

We have returned from the pleasures and discomforts of 
summer vacations, tired, yes, and paradoxical as it sounds, 
rested by the change. Beta Beta girls and matrons seemj to 
have taken their vacations diversely. Mrs. Wild spent the 
summer in Minoegua, Wisconsin; Miss Roberts and Mrs. 
Francis in Kentucky; Mrs. Ruick enjoys her summer home 
on White river; Miss McHatton spent several weeks in 



2S THE LYRE 

Cleveland; Mrs. Taggart has been at her country home 
since early spring. One of the most delightful meetings we 
have ever had was our June meeting with Mrs. Taggart. 
The girls went out early in the afternoon and the **Alpha Chi 
men" came for the bounteous picnic supper. 

Some of us, we are in the minority fortunately, have spent 
the summer in Indianapolis and the interesting events have 
not been confined to the lakes of Wisconsin or the hills of 
Kentucky after all. Mrs. Wade has a new son and Mrs. 
Cottingham a new daughter — that is something worth while. 

We had our first meeting last Tuesday with our president, 
Miss Roberts. We had with us as a guest Mrs. Laura 
Adamfs Henry, who was married last June and now lives in 
Iowa. We will miss her in this year's work for she was an 
enthusiastic worker. We are glad to welcome into the alum- 
nae chapter, Marie Wood, who finished her work at De 
Pauw last year. 

Beta Beta is planning now for the entertainment of the 
Grand Council, which will meet here the last week in Oc- 
tober, the business sessions will be held at the home of Mrs. 
Wild and the principal social function will be a reception to 
all the sororities in the city. Two members of this council 
we have with us and we look forward with pleasure to meet- 
ing the other members. 



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personals 



ALPHA 

Our girls, though widely scattered this summer, all seem 
to have had a fine time. Our seniors have probably been 
mapping out their future careers. 

Sadie Mochlan, who graduated in June, will teach in Mul- 
berry, Indiana, this year. 

Marie Wood, graduate in pianoforte, will be in the Met- 
ropolitan School of Music, Indianapolis, under Mr. An- 
thony. 

Catherine Elfers, who was forced to leave school last fall 
on account of ill health, will return this year. 

Anwng the caniping parties enjoyed this summer was the 
one at Vernon, Ind., including the Robinson, 111., Chis: 
Grace and Maud Meserve, Mary Barlow, Fay Newlin and 
Lydia Buler, of Bluffton, Indiana. 

Fay Newlin enjoyed a delightful trip to Niagara, Mon- 
treal, Quebec and Thousand Islands. 

Edna Walters spent several weeks in visiting interesting 
and historic points in the east. 

Virenda Rainier spent a part of the summer with her 
sister, Mrs. Gwinn, Alpha, of Rensselaer, Indiana. 

Marie Neal enjoyed an outing at Lake Wawasee this sum- 
mer, with a party of friends. 

Marie Wood, who has been with her parents at their sum- 
mer home. Culver, Ind., will return home in September. 

Miss Grace Bryan, Alpha, was married July 17, at her 
home. 



BETA 



Miss Kate Calkins and Mrs. Ethel Calkins McDonald, of 
Chicago, spent the summer vacation with their parents in 
Albion. 

Mrs. Nella Ramsdell Fall passed the summer at Smith's 
Cave, Nova Scotia. 

Marie White Longman recently visited friends in Albion. 



30 THELYRE 

Jeanette Allen Cushman, of Minneapolis, spent the sum- 
mer in Albion, 

Born, to Mae Striker, a son, Allen Daniel Striker. 

Mrs. Elin Gustafson Turrentine, of New York City, 
called on Albion friends in June. 

Madge Wilcox will teach in Chelsea high school this year. 

Jessie Blanchard expects to spend the winter with her 
father in Nebraska. 

Lulu Babcock has accepted a position as history teacher 
in East Jordan, Mich., high school. 

Lina Baum and Frederic Van Roy were united in marriage 
in June. They will live in Detroit. 

Mary Dickie spent the summer at Lake Placid in the 
Adirondacks, and has returned much improved in health. 

Mary Ferine has returned from her trip abroad. She vis- 
ited Rome, Switzerland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, 
England and Scotland. 

Cleora Miller and Gertrude Babcock attended the Y. W. 
C. A. convention at Lake Geneva. 

Marian Childs left in the spring for a trip to Europe. 

Florence M. Bailey and Charles Hayden, Sigma Chi, 
were miarried on the twenty-fifth of June. 

Born, to Fannie Dissette Tackels, a son. 

Miss Emma Crittenden recently left for Brooklyn, N. Y., 
where she will live with her sister, Mrs. Redfield. 

Louise Birchard McClintock and Grace Armstrong Burn- 
ham visited Lucie McMaster Niles in Oak Park, this sum- 
mer. 

Katherine Brandon Harris has been obliged to move to 
Denver, Colorado, on account of ill health. 

Ada Dickie Hamblen visited in Kenosha, Wisconsin, dur- 
ing the summer. 

Margaret Moshier will take up the study of Domestic 
science in Detroit this fall. 

Belle Fiske Leonard visited recently in Detroit. 

Emma Phelps Vary spent August at Higgin's Lake. 

Cora Harrington spent the summer at South Haven. 

Grace Brown spent the vacation in Albion and Angola, 
Indiana. 



OFALPHACHIOMEGA 31 

Helen Hough visited friends in Ann Arbor at commence- 
ment time. 

Susie Ferine spent the summer in Albion. 

Eva Pratt spent the summer in the Adirondacks, and at 
home in Albion. 

Mrs. Bolster recently spent a few days in Chicago. 

Jennie Worthington took the Georgian Bay trip to the 
Soo, visiting, on her way, in company with Hortense Os- 
mond Miller, Miss Davidson, of Port Huron. 

Georgia McClellan spent the summer in Macomb, Illinois. 

Jeanette Allen Cushman passed a few days with Gertrude 
Fairchild Lott at Three Rivers, and with Beatrice Brecken- 
ridge Cushman, at Cleveland, Ohio. 



DELTA 

Helen Trax Wynne, daughter, in July. 

Belle Chase Layng, daughter, in July. 

Mary Roberts Philp, daughter, in August. 

Alice McDowell, of Meadville, visited Frank Harper, of 
Butler, during August. 

Mabel McLean, of Union City, spent part of her vacation 
at Chautauqua. 

The Rev. Appleton Bash has been called to the M. E. 
church Sewickly, and Rev. Crissman, its vacating pastor, has 
been chosen president of Beaver college. Miss Bash and 
the Misses Crissman are Delta girls. 

Carrie Marie Waters, of Nashville, Tenn., is spending 
the summer at the home of her aunt, Mrs. C. C. Laffer, of 
Meadville. 

Miss Ethel Moore made a trip to_ Buffalo in August. 

The Alpha Chis of Meadville and Greenville had an out- 
ing at Conneat Lake on August 12th. A movement is on 
foot to make this an annual outing. 

Miss Cloe Lord, of Meadville, attended a house party 
near Du Bois, Pa. 

Louise Lord has returned from an extended trip including 
Cleveland, Chicago and Sister Lakes, Mich., visiting Miss 
Shires, of Mansfield, Ohio, on her way home. 

Mary Howe visited at New Castle and Greenville. 



32 THELYRE 

Mrs. Kate Templeton Shcparson, of Zeta, and her hus- 
band, were members ot a party that camped on the shore of 
Lake Erie for two w:eeks in July. 

Sarah Evans, of New York City, spent the month of 
August at her home in Greenville. 

Miss Vesta Lect, of Greenville, visited at Meadville and 
Conncautville. 

Miss Jess Merchant, of Meadville, spent several days in 
New Castle, Pa. 

Mary B. Greene, of Bellevue, visited Miss Wicks, of 
South Fork, Pa. Miss Louise Chase, of Greenville, was 
Miss Greene's guest during the latter part of August 



EPSILON 

This summer finds our girls widely scattered. August 
third, Isabel Curl sailed for Italy where she goes to continue 
her studies, expecting to be gone two years this time. 

Carrie Trowbridge left us before the close of school to 
spend her vacation in the east and studying at Chautauqua, 
New York, under William Sherwood. 

Sue Shenk has been spending her vacation in Mexico. 

Mrs. Van Cleve and Mrs. Young have a cottage at Ocean 
Park, where they are being benefitted by the ocean breezes. 

Louise White left August 25, by boat, for San Francisco, 
where she expects to visit for several months. 

Maude Hawley spent the summer in New York and is 
now visiting relatives in Iowa. 

Maude Anderson spent some time in the mountains of 
northern California. 

Erna Reese visited friends in Ventura and in Long Beach. 

Faye Buck has been the organist at the First Congrega- 
tional church during Professor Skeele's absence. 



ZETA 



Miss Sarah Morton returned from Paris in June, in time 
for the conwnencement season at the conservatory. 

Miss Gertrude Dawson is summering in the mountains of 
western Pennsylvania. 



OF ALPHA CHI OMEQA 33 

Announcements are out of the marriage of Miss Caroline 
Schmidt to Mr. Carol T. CuUey, August 20th, at East Las 
Vegas, N. M. At home after September ist, at Jackson, 
Miss. 

• 

Misses Merle Reynolds, Lucy Peery, Rachael Osgood and 
May Hall, made a jolly party of Alpha Chis visiting New 
York in June. 

Miss Mabel Davidson, who has been pursuing her musical 
studies for the past two years in Berlin, is one of a party of 
twelve American musicians forming a summer colony in one 
of the mountain resorts of Germany. 



THETA 

Douna Savage, of Lansing, took a long eastern trip this 
vacation. 

Nell Gallagher, of Manistee, entertained Blanche Hayes, 
of Pittsburg, and Louise Van Voorhis, of Evanston, 111., at 
her home for two weeks. 

Florence Clemens, of Ann Arbor, entertained Nell Galla- 
gher, Blanche Hayes and Louise Van Voorhis at her summer 
cottage at Portage Point, Onekama, Mich. 

Mrs. Alberta Yutzy, of Ann Arbor, is very ill. 

Mrs. Virginia Fisk Green, of New York, has a son born 
in July. 

Mary Benedict, of Bay City, will spend next winter in 
California. 

Lois Berst, of Erie, Pa., may go abroad soon to study. 

Helen Gallagher, of Manistee, is teaching mathematics 
this year in a Pittsburg high school. 

Edith Steffner is going to be gymnasiumi teacher at the 
Ann Arbor high school this year. 

Mrs. Craig, of Indianapolis, who was with us for a time 
last year, will be our chaperon this year. 

Miss Grace Harner, Theta, will study cello in Chicago 
this year. 

Miss Helen Gallagher, Theta, is teaching mathematics in 
the high school at Swissvale, Pa. 

Miss Bonnibel Butler, Theta, is studying at the Chicago 
Art Institute. 



34 THELYRE 

Miss Leslie Smith, Theta, is teaching in Chicago public 
schools. 

Miss Louise Bradley, Theta, is in Palo Alto, California, 
for her health. 

Miss Winnifred Bartholomew, Theta, who has been 
south for several months, visited Ann Arbor friends on her 
return home. 

Miss Lois Berst, Theta, is teaching music at her home in 
Erie, Pa. 

Miss Lydia Kinsley, Theta, is librarian at the normal 
school in Warrensburg, Missouri. 

Miss Margaret Waddell, Theta, is now in Viewfield, Up- 
per Largo, Scotland. 

To Ora Bond Burnam, Theta, of Chicago, 111., a son. 

To Virginia Fiske Green, Theta, of New York, a son. 

To Mrs. James Henderson, patroness of Theta, Ann Ar- 
bor, Mich., twin sons. 



IOTA 



Lucy Lewis will return to the University this year after an 
abscense of a year. 

Bertha Walters, '07, is teaching in Woodstock. 

A son was bom to Mr. and Mrs. L. Brown, of Moline, 
111., Sept. 5. Mrs. Brown (Clara Fisher) graduated from 
Illinois in '04. 

Ethel Wood, '07, is teaching in the Prescott, Arizona, high 
school. 

Five others of lota's girls here last year arc intending to 
teach school this year. 



KAPPA 

lola Harker, Kappa, was married to Mr. Morton Withy, 
Sept. ID. 

Miran Verbeck, Kappa, has accepted a position in the 
high school at Sibly, Iowa, where she will teach English and 
music. 

Winnifred Showalter, Kappa, has gone to Menomonce, 
where she will take a course in domestic science. 



OF ALPHA CHI OMEQA 35 

LAIMBDA 

Adelaide Durston, Lamjbda, one graduate of last year, is 
to teach Latin and English in Rushville, N. Y. 

Martha Lee, Lambda, visited in Erie, Pa., through June 
and had the pleasure of meeting Lois Berst, Theta. 

Olive Morris, Lambda, was at Lake Placid, N. Y., for 
July and August. 

Frances Waldo, Lambda, has been spending th^ summer 
at Thousand Islands Park, finishing her season with a trip to 
Quebec and Montreal. 

Helen Cunningham, Lambda, has been in Nantucket for 
a part of her vacation. 

Stella Crowel attended summer school in Syracuse. 



MU 



Lora Hagler has been elected principal of the academy at 
Simpson. 

Florence Armstrong, '06, spent the summer at Estes Park, 
Colorado!. This fall she will enter the Bible Training 
School in New York City. 

Lois Morrell Smith, '06, and J. Harry Crann, of Summit, 
New Jersey, were married at the bride's home in Winterset, 
la., July 14. 

Ada Louise Schimelfenig, '07, spent six weeks of the sum- 
mer at Iowa State University, specializing in Latin and in 
English, which she will teach in the Odebolt high school this 
year. 

Olive Jones, ex.-'og, will teach this year at Meaford, Ore. 

Myrtle Bussey and Ethel MacFadden spent the summer 
touring in Europe. 

Fern Ogg, '10, will teach at Elliott, North Dakota, this 
vear. 



ALPHA ALPHA 

Bom, to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice S. Miller (nee Hol- 
brook) , a daughter, on August 21st. 

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. George W. WooUey (nee Childs), 
a daughter, on June 21st. 



36 THELYRE 

Mrs. Ralph Dennis spent the summer in New York. 

Miss Mabel Jones spent six weeks in Boston, Brooklyn 
and several other cities. 

Mrs. E. L. Pratt spent three weeks in Boston and New 
York City. 

Mrs. W. H. Wydsoff spent six weeks at Lake Geneva, 111. 

Miss Theo Chaffee and Miss Grace Ericson spent several 
weeks in August at Pine Lodge, Mich. 

Miss Mabel Siller spent two months in California and on 
her way home stopped at Boulder, Col., to establish a char- 
ter chapter in the state college there. 

Miss Tina Mae Haines spent her vacation at Bay View, 
Mich. 

Miss Cora Seegers has returned from Colorado and spent 
the summer with her parents. 

Miss Monie Wemple spent several weeks in the east. 

Mrs. Eugene Hinckley spent tv\'o months at Emm'ett 
Beach, Mich. 



BETA BETA 



Born to Mable Johnson Weaver, a daughter. 
Born to Daisy Steele Wilson, a daughter. 
Bom to Sara Neal Washburn, a son. 



OFALPHACHIOMEGA 87 

Complete flE^embersbip 

ALPHA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

Estelle Leonard • Union City, Indiana. 

Mrs. Harry M. Smith (Anna Allen) « Greencaistle, Indiiana. 

Mrs. Scoby Cunningham (Bertha Denlston) IndJiaoiapolis, Indiana. 

Mrs. Nellie Gamble Chllds ,. . .. Martinsville, Illinois. 

Mrs. Olive Burnett Clark '. . . . . . Andeirson, Indiana. 

Amy Du Bois. 

Mrs. Bessie Grooms Keenan Leroy, niinois. 

HONORARY MEMBERS. 

Madame flaflinie Bloomifield Zeisler Chicago, Illinois. 

Mrs. Mary Howe Lavin. 

Maud Powell. 

Madame Julia Rive King. 

NeaMy Stevens. ,^ Chicago, Illinois. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. 

Lena Eva Alden Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Mlrs. Cecelia Epptmghousen Bailey ^ Shelbyville, Kentucky. 

Mrs. Jennie Allen Bryant. 

Mrs. Newland T. De Plauw New Albany. 

Mrs. Anna Dahl Dixon. 

Mrs. E19ia G. Elarp Muncie, Inidiana. 

Mrs. John P. D. John — * Greencastle, Indiana. 

Mrs. Alice Wentworfch McGregor Providence, R. I. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 

Alexanider, Mrs. John (Claudia HUT) Greensburg, Indianot. 

Aliexander, Whillie. t Wingate, Indiana. 

Anderson, Bemiice Rushville, Indieoia. 

Andrews, Josephine — Brazil, Indiana. 

Andrews, Lucy. Brazil, Indiana. 

Atkinson, Lulu. . .• Indianapolis, Ind., 1948 Central Ave. 

Atkinson, Lulu Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Aydelott, Helen Mowequa*, Illinois. 

B 

Rainier, Vlrenda R » Lafayette, Indiana. 

Barlow, Mary Robinson, Illinois. 

Barnes, Myrtle Thomburg Winchester, Indiana. 

Blakeslie, Mabelle Forshee Carthage, Missouri. 

■Bridges, Dellia Phillips. Amo, Indiana. 

]^rd, Mrs. Lulu Parkhurst Bourbon, Indiana. 

Baldwin, Mrs. Lula West B^. Branch, Indiana. 

Bamum, Vivian Manilla, Indiana. 

Bamett, Mrs. Ida Steele Greenfield, Indiana. 

Barry, Bunny Sheldon, Illinois. 

Beeson, Alice Milton, Indiana. 

Biederwolf, Abbie Ellen Monticello, Indiana. 

Benn-et, Mrs. Clam Marsh Okahumpka, Blorida. 

Berger, Mrs. Ethel Sutherlin Chicago, Illinois. 

Birch, Helen Hamna i Greencastle, Indiana. 



38 THELYRE 

B«eler, Lydia Alice Bluffton, Indiana. 

Beeler, Ada M , Bluffton, IndLana. 

Bliss, Mrs. Minnie Hargrrave Princeton, Indiana. 

Booler, Lyda .< Farmer City, Illinois. 

Banner, Ruth Greensburg, Indiana. 

Branson, Clo iRockville, Indiana. 

Branson, Cora. 

Bnunfield, Flora Petersburg, Indiana. 

Burton, Grace ., Gosport, IndlaniEL. 

Busick, Blianch Tipton, Indiana. 

C 

Caln^ Florence Peru, Indiana. 

Campbell, Eva , Coiatisyille, Indiana. 

Campbell, Mary Indianapolis, Ind., 951 Keystone Ave. 

Canady, Lora Winchester, Indiana. 

Caldwell, Bei-nice Winchester, Indianai 

Carter, Mary , Shelbyville, Indiana. 

Ohenowlth, Byrde , . .Winchester, Indiana. 

Chrifltly, Slyvia Boswell, Indiana. 

Clark, Ethel A Pendleton, Indiana. 

Clymer, Mrs. Glascow Goodland, Indianlai. 

Codlier, E^sther Ellen. Dana, Indiana. 

Colwell, Mrs. Ray M 1452 Inland Ave., Chioago, Illinois. 

Collins, Jene Knoxvilie, Iowa. 

Cobbum, Marion. 

Conrey, Carrie , ShelbyviUe, Indiana. 

Copeland, Nellie Bolton St Paul, Minnesota. 

Coopear, Vera Muriel Goshen. Indtaina. 

Cottingham, Lillian Moore Jndiantapolls, Ind., 716 N. East St. 

Cowperthwaite, Anne Tonls River, New Jersey. 

Cox, Emma Anderson, Indiana. 

D 

Darby, Mary Odell Brodlhead, WliMonsin. 

Davis, Grace Bryan Bloomfield, Indiiana. 

Dye, £}dna Monticello, Indiana. 

Dye, Lulu Monticello, IndianoL 

Davis, Minnie , Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dorsey, Fanny Jane Farmersburg, Indiana. 

DeVore, Okah , Attica, Indiiana. 

Dresser, Mrs. Nellie Dobbins Lafayette, Indiana. 

E 

Elfersi, Catherine i Rising Sun, Indiana. 

Bills, Pearl Pleasantville, Indiana. 

Esterbrook, Mrs. Dora Marshall Orleans, Nebraskiai. 

F 

Faucett, Alda Bloomfield, Indianai 

Finch, Juliet Logansport, Indiana. 

Fox, Jessie Y. 

French, Gertrude H .iBoxford, iMass. 

Pugua, Leota , , Casey, Illinois. 

E^dler, Pearle Charleston, IllinoiSw 

Filancis, Helen Dalyrymple Indianapolis, Indiana. 

G 

Gallihue, Mayme Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Gilling Jess. Pendleton, Indiana. 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 39 

Gray, Mra Carrie lAloore Galveston^ Indiana. 

Gray, Biai&:^erite ^,,, Ohrisrman, Illinois. 

Green, Rhoda Gary ^ 9hell)yyille, Indiana. 

Gaild, iMasrme. Medaryyille, Indiana. 

Guller, Grace , Raymond, Illinois. 

Gwin, Susa Ranier Slensselaer, Indiana*. 

H 

Harris, Grace Conner Sesrmour, Indiama. 

Harris^ Mary i. Greencaetle, Indiana. 

Hawkins, Edna M. Oxford, Indiana. 

HamiHoii, Florence Greensburg, Indlaiia. 

HamiUoin, EMna Marie Newman, Illinois. 

Hammerly, Lydia. Marshall, Illinois. 

Hunter, Mrs. Lydia Bosler t. .Los Angele^, California. 

Hand, Mi-s. Lillie Throop Carbon, Indiana. 

Heaton, Alice Carey , ,.Knightstown, Indiana. 

Heston, Maud. .Terre Haute, Indiana. 

HiHls, Editli Kokomo, Indiana. 

Hirt, Sarah .* Greencastle, Indiana. 

Hollingsworth, Mrs. Myrtle Wilder Bna^il, Indiana. 

Hood, Nelle Litchfield, Illinois. 

Hombrook, Mrs. Stella Heston Princeton, Indiana. 

Howard, Mrs. Lydia Woods Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Hughes, Mrs. Ella Curtis Greencastle, Indilana. 

Henry, Laura Adams Bedford, Iowa. 

J. 

Jackson, E>thel N. (Mrs. Martin) .Otterbein, Indiana. 

Jamisons, Mrs. Pearl Armitage Texas. 

Jaquess, Retta W. < ^ Owensville, Indiana. 

Johnson, Myrtle Boltz. Dayton, Ohio. 

Jones, Mrs. Anna Augustus ., Parte, Illinois. 

K 

Kelly, Jennie Sullivan, Indiana. 

Kenedy, Mirs. Roy (Zula Shera) St. Paul, Indiana. 

Kewley, Mrs. Adaline Rowley. ., Onargia, Illinois. 

KIrkbam, Mrs. Kittle Crowder (Sullivan, Indiana. 

Kiefer, Bemice G Greencastle, Indiana. 

L 

Lank, WUhemina S Greendastle, Indiana.| 

Lathrope^ Emma Delphi, Indiana. 

Latimer, Bessie. Auburndale, Mass. 

Leaoh« Hazel. Gas City, Indiana. 

Leonard, Estelle ..Union City, Indiana. 

Llghtfoot, Mrs. Marguerite Smith Rushville, Indianla. 

Line, Edna B Portland, Indiana. 

Link, Mrs. Maud Rude ) Paris, niinois. 

Linscott, Mrs. Josephine Lingley New Mexico. 

Lipman, Edith Smiith ". .....Seattle. Waslhington. 

Little, Carrie M. , Thorntown, Indiana. 

Lockridge, Elizabeth Greendastle, Indiana. 

LeweUing, Besse. . . . '. Salem, Indiana. 

M 

iMan^biall, Zella Lesai .Chicago, Illinois. 

Mansfield, Dollie Ramsey > Koleen, Indiana. 

MachUm, Sadie New Palestine, Indiana. 



40 THELYRE 

Miller, Anna Mabel Miartinsville, Dlhiois. 

McCoy, Aldah Lake, Intliania. 

McGurdy, Mrs. Jo^hn Bunger Ft Wayne, Indiana. 

McHatton, Jennie Indianapolis, Ind., 5^2 Julian Ave. 

McReynoldB, Katherine H Washington, D. C. 

Merica, Mrs. 'RSlla Jones. 

MeHdith, Era R. Muncie, Indiana. 

Meserve, Maud v Robinson, Illinois. 

Miiller, Enmiia C Greencastle, Indiana. 

Meserye, Grace Robinson, Illinois. 

Montgomery, Nellie Mound City, Missouri. 

Mossiman, Clara Beil Blnffton, Indiana. 

Morgan, Mrs. Isabel Sbafer Westport, Indiana. 

Mlorse, Estelle A Wiabash, Indiania. 

N 
Neff, Mrs. Isaac (Libbie Price) .. South Bend, Indiana, 1103 N. Mich. St 

Nesbit Mrs. Eiva. Osburn Manito, Illinois. 

Neal, Marie. Indianapolis, Loidiana. 

O 

O'dell, Helen C , Walcott, Indiana. 

Obenchain, Raebum Cowger Winslow, Arizona. 

P 

Parker, Loretta Shelbyville, Indiana. 

Parrett, Bessie Patoka, Intliana. 

Paul, Grace Indianapolis, Incliana. 

Pleak, Elizabeth Greensburg, Indiana.. 

Patton, Carrie Paxtoni, Illinois. 

Price, Bess Allendale, Illinois. 

Price, Mrs. Geo. (Rhodta Darby) Fowler, Indiana. 

PuMen, Mrs. Grace Wilson .Centralia, Illinois. 

Puterbaugh, Alice Peru, Indiana. 

Peck, Mra Wm. (Delia Broadstreet) Danville, Indiana. 

Potteroof, Clair Smith Greencastle, Indiana. 

R 

Heed, Kiate Newton, Indiana. 

Reep, Mrs. George Albert. .<.. Fortville, Indiana. 

Rice, Mrs. Louise A Centralia, Illinois. 

Roberts, Alta Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Riickll, Leota. .i Casey, Illinois. 

Rose, Mabel , Litchfield, Illinois. 

•flEloberts, Mrs. Mayme Jennings Shelbyville, Illinois. 

Ross, Nelle Ellen Oklahoma. 

Rowland, Maud Covington, Indiana. 

Ruick, Mrs. Samuel K Indianapolis, Indiana. 

lElussell, Cora Mound City, Missouri. 

Russell, Ida Mae Rockville, Indiana. 

Rutledjge, Mildred Greencastle, Inddana. 

Ryan, Anna. French Lick, Indiana. 

8 

Sayers, Mrs. Nellie Bridges Greencastle, Indianai. 

Shaffer, Minnie . . ., Windsor, Illinois. 

Shannon, Mrs. John. Alexandria, Indiana, 283 E. Broadway. 

Smiley, Mrs. Leteih Walker Irvington, Indianau 

Smith, Edith Maryville, Missouri. 



OFALPHACHIOMEGA 41 

Smith, Mrs. Katherlne Power New Albany, Indiana. 

Snrith, Shellie L. Brazil, Indiana. 

Sparks, Mrs. Cli-arles (Lena Barrett) E)dien, Indiana. 

Sonieryille, Mrs. Pearl R. Colliver Missouri. 

Smtith, Margaret New Palestine, Indiana. 

Starr, Ethel .Charleston, Illinois. 

Stanford, Katherine Brookston, Indiana. 

Steorit, Anna Vae Los Angeles, Oal., 110 Magnoliia Ave. 

Stevenson, Mrs. Vollie Van S^ndt lOarbon, Indiana. 

Seppe, Mrs. Olive Ferris Rockford, Illinois, 328 N. Main St. 

T 

Taggart, Mrs. Joseph; Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Taggart, Cora. 
TaggjBirt, Laura. 

Tennant, Mlrs. Richard Terre Haute, Indiiana. 

Thompson, Mrs. Horace M Indianapolis, Indiania. 

Thomas, Mrs. T. (Pearl Shaw) Clarksburg, Indiana. 

Thornburg, Myrtle. Winchester, Indiana. 

Tingley Flora Marion, Indiana. 

Tolin, Josephine Conn Rockville, Indiana. 

V 

Vaught, Ruth Lebanon, Indiana. 

Vess, Ida New Richmond, Indiana. 

Vansant, Sadie Van Buskirk Greencastle, Indiana. 

W 

Walters, Edna. Logajisport, Indiana. 

Wild, Lena Scott Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Wade, Mrs. Will H. (Elma Patton) Indianapolis, Ind., Ash>land, Ave. 

Walker, Mrs. Mae Headley Pendleton, Indiana. 

Wamsley, Gertrude , Charleston, Illlnole. 

Warren, Mrs. Minnie McGlll Watseka, Illinois. 

Watson, Mrs. Marie Hirt Greencastle, Indiana. 

Waugh, Pearl. Llpton, Indiana. 

Weaver, Mrs. Mabelle C. (Johnson). .Indianapolis, Ind., 2103 Park Ave. 

Weissel, Mrs. Lellia Bell. Bluffton, Indiana. 

Whisnand, Mrs. Flora Van Dyke Charleston, Illinois. 

Wilhite, Mrs. Mary Danville, Indiana. 

Wilson, Dora » .(Joodland, Indiana. 

Waslibum, Sara Neial Alberta, Canada. 

WilliamB, Ethel Jones i Joplin, Missouri. 

Wilkina, Lala , Linden, Indiana. 

Wilson;, Mrs. Daisy Steele Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Wilson, Mary Janet < Greencastle, Indiana. 

WBndle, Mrs. Jessie Heiney. Newark, Ohio, 496 N. Fourth St. 

Winans, Mayme Columbus, Indiana. 

Woodi, Belle Barrett Pendleton, Indiana, R. F. D. 

Wood, Marie. ., Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Wood, Feme Evaaisville, Indiana, 108 Powell Ave. 

Y 

♦Yates, Blora Stillwater, Minnesota. 

Yurgey, Mrs. (Helen Hur) Columbia, Pennsylvania. 

PLEDGED MEMBERS. 

Ina Ballinger Williamsburg, Indiana. 

Maude Biddle Danville, Indiana. 

Myrtle Boltz Johnson .^ Dayton, Ohio. 



42 THELYRE 

Stella Braofion Parmersburg, IndHana. 

Mrs. Lieonore Boaz Brown Kokomo, Indiana. 

Mrs. Woods (Daisy Burton) Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Mrs. William Wray (Lizzie Byers) Shelbyville, Indiana. 

Olive Carter Brazil, Indiana. 

Mrs. Minnie Bowman Oase Covington, Indiana. 

Emma Creek Yoeman, Indiana. 

Blanch Clark Colfax, Indiiaina, 

Hanna Davis Kraft Bourbon, Indiana. 

Evalyn Foster ..Attica, Indiana. 

Klatherlne Foster Palmyra, New York. 

Mrs. Louise Rush Graham K-aioapolls, Kansas. 

Mrs. Nellie Zimmerman Harper Brazil, Indiana. 

Emma Romney Haywood, Indiana. 

Emima Hester Terre Haute, Indiiuia. 

Adele Johnson Grahiam, Texas. 

Agnes, Jones (Reese's Mill. 

Maud Maley Edinburg, Indiana. 

Dema Martin Mewlin, Indiana. 

Cora May EUettsville, Indiana. 

Myrtle Misaller Huntington, Indiana. 

Florence Murphy Steinman Evansville, Indiana. 

Emma Nickle , Winfield, Indiana. 

Edith O'dell Fullerton, Nebraska. 

Myrtle Lucimda Porter > Jamestown, Indiana. 

Mrs. M. F. Powell Wabash, Indiana. 

Graice Powers Milroy, Indiana. 

Crystal Roberts Greencastle, Indiana. 

VaJverde Rupp Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Mrs. Donna Williamson Stonecypher. 

Fannie Troy Eden, Indiana. 

Grace Vess New Richmond, Indiana. 

Elstun, Olive Stansfield Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Bridges, Delia Phillips .Spring Brook Farm, Amo, Indiana. 

Chenoweth, Bird Winchester, Indiana. 



BETA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 
Crittenden, Emma. 
Defendorf, Fioremce Reynolds. 
Hall, Flora Adgate. 
Reynolds, Harriett. 
Smith, Elizabeth. 
Worthington, Jennie. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. 

Bolster, Mrs. George Albion, Michiigan. 

Longman, Marie White Chicago, Illinois. 

Siamidi, Zella Brigham. Toledo, Ohio. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 
A 
Allen Blanche Dunday. 

Allen, E. Mae To Konsha, Michigan. 

Allen, Minnie McKeand Detroit, Michigian. 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA i3 

Alleni, Myrtle Wallace Detroit, Michigan. 

Armstrong, Lillian Kirk Ludington, Michigan. 

Austin, Irene Clark Albion, Michigan. 

Austin, Llda H , Marie, Michigan. 

B 

Ballamy, Adeline 406 Birney St, Bay City, Michigan. 

Babcock, Anna LuXu Albion, Michigan. 

Babcock, Gertrude May Albion, Michigaii. 

Bal'laimy, Blanche Bay City, Michigan. 

Baum, Lfina Belle Albion, Michigan. 

*Baum Nellie. 

Blanchard, Jessie Cliaire Albioni, Michigan. 

Bower, Marguerite Clarkston, Michigan. 

Bowman, Myrtle flatswell Bay City, Michigan. 

Bradley, E«dith Nashville, Tennessee. 

Browtne, Alberta laabelle Plain well, Michigan. 

Brown, Grace Lansing, Michigan. 

Buck, Gertrude Philadelphia, Pennsylviania. 

Burnham, Grace Armstrong Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Ballyntine, Cofa Bliss .Detroit, Michigan. 

C 

Calkisie, Kate Lena Chicago, Illinois. 

Childs, Marian Calumet, Michigan. 

Cogsihall, Ruth Griffin South Hiaven, Michigan. 

Colby, Martha Reynolds.^. Albion, Michigan. 

Collins, Mabel R Saginaw, Mlchigaju 

Critteniden, Emma Albion, Michigan. 

Culver, Grace E. Detroit, Michigan. 

Cushman, Mrs. Harry D Cleveland, Ohio. 

Cushman, Janette Allen 'Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Cushman, Jessie M Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Corbett, Anna Leidy New Bethlehem, Pennsylvlan/ia. 

D 

Darby, La Vida Kalkaska, Michigan. 

Davidson, Eusegia Noyer . . .|. Port Huron, Mlchig^an. 

De Lamarter, Elsie Lansing, Michiigan. 

Dickie, Mary Albion, Michigan. 

Disbrow, Grace G Addison, Michigan. 

Defendorf, Blorence Reynolds , Dowagi^c, iMichigan. 

Drown, Lucretia. Elko, Nevada. 

Dunbar, Blanche Bryant > Adrian, Michlgam. 

E 

Bchlin, Daisy Luell "The Bryan Mahr," New York City, New York. 

Eiggleston, Nina Marshall, Michigan. 

F 

Fall, Nella Ramsiall 211 E. 15th St., New York City. 

Fall, Florence ATblon^ Michigan. 

Falrchild, Minnie Three Rivers, Michigan. 

Fellows, Mabel Nix , Homer, Michigan. 

Fenn, Jean Whitoomb 1170 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

French, Blanche iSherwood, Michigan. 

G 
Gillette, Eva. 

Garfield, Marion Howlett Albion, Mlcihigan. 

Gamett, Salome Mobile, Alabamia. 



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GoWberry, Katie Roode Qulncy, Michigan. 

Goodenow, Georgia Albioii, Michigan. 

Goodenow, Maizie. Albion, Michigan. 

Granger, Katheryn .' Albiouj, Michigan. 

•iGrant, Nell Margaret. 
•Gulick, Hattie Lovejoy. 

Guanels, Dorothy Toledo, Ohio. 

Greacen, Sue Kalkaska, Michigan. 

H 

Hall, Flora Adgate Ionia, Michigan. 

Hamblin, Ada Dickie SO Garfield Ave., Detroit, Michigan. 

HaDdy, Alida Roberta. Bay City, Michigan. 

Harrington, Ck>ra Belle 302 First St, Jajckson, Michigan. 

HarriA, Katheiryn Brandon Toledo, Ohio. 

Henning, Florence Woodhaus Detroit, Miohigan<. 

Hough, Helen Nancy Albion, Michigan. 

Howey, Gertrude May Lake City, Micihigan. 

Hiune, Ida Billinghurst Muskegon, Michigan. 

Hill, Olah Albion, Michigan. 

Hubbard, Maude Armstrong Detroit, Michigan. 

Hayden, Blorence Bailey. 

I 
Ives, Hattie Chicago, Illinois. 

J 
Jacobs, Mabel Butler Battle Creek, Michigani. 

K 

Keech, Mabel Louise Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Kinsman, Ethel M > Calumet, Michigan. 

Knickerbocker, Louise Lane Miairshall, Michigan. 

Koonsman, Mildred Leah Lansing, Michigan. 

L 

Lott, Gertrude Fairchild Three Rivers, Michigan. 

Landig, Lulli Kellar Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Laughlin, Dorothy McLellan Galesburg, Illinois. 

Leidy, Anna E New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Leonard, Belle Fiske Albion, Michigan. 

Loder, Belle Albion, Michigan. 

Loud, Altai Allen Albion, Michigan. 

Lovejoy, Nellie Valentine Saj^naw, Michiigan. 

Lovell, B. £}thel Menominee, Michigan. 

M 

Master, Mary Marguerite Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

Maker, Delia Morgan Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

McClintock, Louise Birchard .Detroit, Michigan. 

McDonald, Ethel Calkins Chicago, Illinois. 

McDonald, Winifred Cadillac, Michigani. 

Macdonald, Jean ,. Mason, Michigan. 

McDougall, Elizabeth Pei'kins Albion, Michigan. 

McHattie, Addle Cedar Springs, Michigan. 

Miller, Cleora Athea Albion, Michigan. 

Miller, Elizabeth Avery Phelps, New York. 

Miller, HortensiO Osomun Port Huron, Michigan. 

Mills, Glenna Sh'iajitz Grand Rapids, Mlchlgian. 

Miner, Perclval. 

Moore, Josephine Parker Fondulac, Wisconsin. 



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Mosher, Mw^ret D. Albion, ICohlgan. 

McL«Uan. Oeorgiana Gale AlblM, iMlchtean. 

Mitchell. May Agens ,....Bay City, Michigan. 

Newark, Caroline BllzabGtb Caijlllae, Michigan. 

Newcomer, DaUJo Bell Mon.roe, Michigan. 

Nicholas, Madge Estelle Bast Jordan, Michigan. 

NIggeman, Henrietta Crosswell, Michigan. 

Nilee, Lijcia MoMaster Chicago, IllinolB. 

Noble, aara Bngle Chlcaeo, IllinolB. 

Osgood. Daisy St johnB, Michigan. 

P 

ftftUaon, Emma Manitotique, Michigan. 

PntUBon, Jane Manlrtique. -Michigan. 

Parmenter, Belle Simpson Petoeiey, Michigan. 

PMlne, Susie Adaline Albion, Michigan. 

Pertae, Mary LucSnfla Albion. Michigan. 

Pratt. Bto, Lucy Albion. 

R 

Beid, Jennie Dickinson Faulktown, Sontb Dakota^ 

Heynolda. Harriett F. Albion, Michigan. 

KogerB. Daisy Hudson. Michlgatt. 

Scotten. Anaa.... Detroit. Mlchlgani 

^nley, Beesie Marie Albion. Michigan. 

Sbeda. Pear] Prambes Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Sberk, Mildred Ethelynn Crosawell, Michigan. 

Smith. Belle Merrill Grand Kaplda, Michtean. 

Smitt. Bessie Tefft. Detroit, Michigan. 

tolth. KitUe B^eston .Hillsdale, Michigan 

Smith. Elizabeth Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Snell, Maiude Elgin, nilnols. 

Sprague. Delia .Kalamazoo. Michigan. 

Spence. Minnie Lewis Oberlin Ohio 

Stewart, Clarissa Dickie Albion. Mtehtgan^ 

Suyliandt, .A-nna May Gadwln. Michigan. 

Sjrmes, Florence Howey Lake City, Michigan. 

Stewart, Mattle Miller Mwlne City, MIchlgatt. 

TackelB, Fannie Dlaaette Detroit, Michigan. 

Thomas, Nellie Smith St Clair, Michigan. 

Tinney, Eva Marzolt StUlsville. Michigan. 

Townsend, Belle Miller Champaign, lUInois 

Travis. Cora Traverse City, Michlgnn. 

Triphagen, Edna Miarlan Mulliken, Michigait 

Taylor. Mabel D Ludlngton, Michigan. 

TurrenUne, Elln Gustafaon 262 W. 43d St., New York, N. Y, 

Vary, Emma Phelps Battle Cr«ek, Michigan. 

Watson, Myrtle Cedar Springs, Michigan. 

Welsh, Winifred Estelle Homer, Michigan 

Whttcomb, Rose Abernathy Philadelphia, PennBylvanla,. 

White. Florence Hoag Detroit, MiChl^n. 



46 THELYRE 

White, Theo. I Bay City, Michigaa. 

Wilcox, Madse Ella ,. .Ludington, Michic^an. 

WiHls, Orpha OwofodSLgO, Michigan. 

Wright, Lottie Weed , Lake Odessa, Milchlgan. 

Wolfe, Mame Harris ^ Flint, Michigan. 

Woodworth, Ora Verona Detroit, Michigan. 

PLEDGED MEMBERS. 

Atwood, Katherine Shellan 354 Miass. Ave., Buffalo, N. Y. 

Gary, Clara Shotwell Detroit, Michigan. 

Custer, Elizabeth Pana, Illinois. 

Foster, Mabel L 21 Grand Ave., Detroit, Michigan. 

Freeman, Jeanette Manistee, Michigan. 

Modie, Bessie Allen 57 Dwight Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Mumford, Lena Crosby Lansing, Michigam. 

Osborne, Sadie A South Bend, Indiana. 

Rockafellow, Lulu Carson City, Michigan. 

Sherk, Ella , Mayville, Michigan. 



GAMMA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 
*Burdock, Mae. 

Casper, Lizzie S-tehu Walla Walla, Washln^on. 

Gabin, Lulu Piatt Clark, South Dakota. 

Stanford, Mary , Chicago, Dlinois. 

Sutterfleld, Mary Bstherville, Iowa<. 

Weller, Jeanette Marshall Omaha, Nebraska. 

Walker, Mary Chicago, Illinois. 

ASSOCIATE MEiVIBERS. 
•Coe, Sadie. 
Mrs. Geo. A. Coe. 

Haines, Ineu Mae Evanston, Illinois. 

Kirkham, Mrs. 

Watson, Regina Chicago, Illinois. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 

Abbott, Carrie Woods Schuyler, Nebraska. 

Atwood, Louise Beloit, Kansas. 

B 

Bartholomew. Laura Michigan City. 

Brennteman, Hedwig Peru, Illinois. 

Brown, Leila Skilton Los Angeles, California. 

♦Bolaii, Marguerite. 

Beckett, Minnie Chicago, Illlmoia 

Botsford, Alice Grannls. Los Angeles, California. 

Brown, Ethel Lillyblade San Francisco, California. 

Board, Lispeth Phel/ps Port Huron, Michigan. 

Boiley, Mabel Cleamnite, Kansas. 

Bradistreet, Elizabeth Tompkins EiVanstoni, Illinois. 

Beemajn^ Corai , , Waukon, lowEu 

Barlow, Mabel , Bethany, Missouri. 

C 

Casper, Elizabeth Stine Walla Walla^ Washington. 

Chester, Laura Budlong Bowmaofiville, Illinois. 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 47 

Chaffee, Theodora uEvanffton, Illinois. 

Caldwell, Pramces Chicago, Illinois. 

D 

Dennis, Myrta McKeen EvaiLston, Illinois. 

DeGroff, Hazel. Spring Valley, Illinois. 

E 
Bricson, Grace ,. .Evanston, Illinois. 

F 
Ford, Ethel Ravenswood, Illinois. 

G 

Gamble, Grace Slaughter Omaha, Nebraska. 

Grafton, f^nnie. Evanston, Illinois. 

Gould, Christmas Olao^y, Illinois. 

Glrton, Edith A. , 'Madisoni, South Daikota. 

Gfllan, Fannie E Wellington, Illinois. 

Gainer, Sarah E Helena,. MonLtaiua. 

Gallagher, Bay. .>. : Canton, Illinois. 

Gurnee, Mrs. iRyckoff ..Chicago, Illinois. 

H 

Harshbarger, Ethe} Ladoga, Indiana. 

Haines, Ina Miae Evainston, Illinois. 

Hiaithaway, Kate D , < ;Rochelle, lUlinois. 

Ham, Suzanne Mlilford Washington, D. C. 

Hayes, Edith Gordon .Chicago, Illinois. 

HancNm, Cordelia L 755 Chase Ave., Rogers Park, Illinois. 

Hough, Jane Jackson, Michigan. 

HiufCkley, Blanche Hughes Sheridan Park, Chicago, Illiinois. 

Howard, Nina Kellog. Plainfield, New Jersey. 

Hansen. Enuma L. Rogers Park, Chicago. 

Hardcastle, Ronmine Evanston, Illinois. 

Hinman, Esther , Belaire, Michigan. 

Hopwood, Grace , Evanston, Illinois. 

Hall, Louise White. Houghton, Michigan. 

I 

Inglis, Ruth. . ., Wilbur, Wiashington. 

Isbester, Esther Denver, Colorado. 

J 

Jackson, El Fleda Coleman Muscogee, Indian Territory. 

JODies, MabTe A Ehranstoni, Illinois. 

Jones, Bllanche Canton, Illinois. 

K 

Kelly, Florence South Madison, Wlsconsiik 

Kinkade, Agatha Lanark, Illinois. 

Kuhl, Florence Harris Beardston, Ililinois. 

Kindig, Valeria Lyre Chicago, Illinois. 

Kidder, Irenea Stevens Evanston, Illinois. 

Kin£;ery, Stella Chamblin. Oak Park, Illinois. 

^Kirkham, Eleanor. 

Kutao, Ethel. ^ Audubon, Iowa. 

L 

Ijarsen, Bessie Grant St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Lindner, Bess Mattoon, Illinois. 

M 

Mansfield, Jane iMankota, Minnesota. 

Maxwell, Jeanette Evans Winona, Mnneeoibai. 



48 THELYRE 

Mbi^an. Gamble Helen Perry, Iowa. 

BAcCk)rkle, Athlena. 

Mclntyre, Mildred Memphte, Tennessee. 

Martin. Amy Mimieiapoiis, Minnesota. 

Mitchell, Beulalh Hough Evanston, niinoia. 

Miller, Carrie Holbrook 238 Lincoln Park, Chioajgo. 

Moulton, Matie Vaughn Deadwood, South Dakota. 

Madson, Mabel Dunn Chicago, Minols. 

Marshall, Mary , Eyanston, Illinois* 

Marshal], Julia S , Evanstan, Illinois 

N 
Newgardt, Alice Rogers Park, Illinois. 

O 
O'Brien, Loretta , Evanstomv Illinois. 

P 

Patrick, Elizabeth ; Dea Moines, Iowa. 

Parkinson, Ella Mt. Carmel, Illinois. 

Pratt, Mariam Ewall ,. . .Evanston, Illinois. 

Pratt, Ida , Rogers Park, Illinois. 

Plcherefln, May Laken, Illinois. 

Patterson, Francis Meredith , Memphis, Tennessee. 

Porter, Bertha Apple River, lUinoiA. 

Paidus, Viola Chicago, Illinois. 

R 
Rising, Pearl. 

Ramage, Barbara Strickler ,. McGregor, Iowa. 

Read, Eva Brown .Dwight, Illinois. 

Richardson, Grace 106 Buena Ave., Chicago, Illinois. 

Rowley, Cornelia Porter. ». . .Rogers Park, Illinois. 

8 

Schmidt, E. Gnaimus Mankato, Minnesota. 

Strong, Ella F Waukegan, Illinois. 

Skiff, Blanche. 

Shack, Arta Bellows. .; 408 X. Y. Block, Seattle, Washington. 

Scott, Gene McGregor, Iowa. 

Siller, Mabel H , Evanston, Illinois. 

Smith, Mae I , Kewanee, Illinois. 

Seegers, Cora 1944 OakdaJe Ave., Chicago, Illinois. 

Scales, Katherine ^ i Buena Park, lUinc^. 

Scales, Elizabeth Buena Park, Ultnois. 

Smithj Christine Atwood , Chicago, Illinois. 

Seebach, Marie Peru, Illinois. 

T 
Trumble, Edna Stanton iMajrinette, Wisconsin^ 

V 

Vose, (Mary R. Evanston, Illinois. 

Vanderholf, Mrs. Wilfred Qrand Forks, North Dakota. 

Van Ryper, Relda New Carly6>le, Indiana. 

W 

Wayman, El Freda Coleonan Muskogee, Indian Territory. 

Wykoff. Lillian SUler. Evanston, Illinois. 

Williams, Maude Wimmer ) Perry, Iowa. 

Wemple, Nonie Waverly, Illinois. 

Wooley, Florence Childs — Evanston, nitnois. 

Wlhallon, Irene Snyder ,. . , . Altoonia, Pennsylvania. 



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Wemple, Bdithi Waverly, Illinois. 

White, Marie ,. .Bvanetoii, niinois. 

Williams, Rachel. . .: Senaca, Kansas. 

Y 

Young, Ella L 510 Greenleaf St., Evanston, Illinois. 

Toung, Adolyne Richardson .* Bonam, Texas. 

PLEDGED. 
Schrenifcgen, Mabel Pratt Council Bluffs, Iowa. 



DELTA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

Brown, Antoinette Snyder MeadTille, Pennsjluaiila. 

Evana, Ruby Kriick Kane, Pennsylyania. 

Osigood, Sasonie Tate Marseilles, Illinois. 

Robinson, Mae Bredin Tidionete, PennsylYania. 

Stevens, Fern Pickard New York, N. Y. 

Tinker, Etta Mary Detroit, Michigan. 

Wileon, Elizabeth Tate Boise City, Idaho. 

HONORARY MEMBERS. 

Deoca, Madiaflne Marie Washington, D. C. 

Hfull, Juvia O Meadville, Pennsylvania. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 
Andrews, Jennie McMaster Hartstown, Pa. 

B 

Baker, B^atherlne Warren, Pa. 

Bowen>^ Margaret Barber t. . . .; Meiadville, Pa. 

Byers, Prances Cooperstown, Pa. 

Ba/teci^ Florence Meadville, Pa. 

Borland, Anna Oil City, Pa. 

Brock, Mary Gibson .,. .1. Meadville, Pa. 

Brady, Mayme Goodnough 26 Westwood Ave., Lakewood, Ohio. 

Bash, Vera : Beaver, Pa. 

Blit^hart, Edith Cambridge Springs, Pa. 

C 

Cribbs, Bertha Oil City, Pa. 

Cowan, Lillian , Apollo, Pa. 

Church, Agnee Pearson Meadville, Pa. 

Crissmian, Nell Pearl Swlckly, Pa. 

Crwnllss, Mabel Muse. West Newton, Pa. 

Carlburg, Dora Waters Union City, Pa. 

Clark, Mabel Adam Greenaburg, Pa. 

Crissman, Jess Sewlckly, Pa. 

Cuawford, B. Mabelle New Castle, Pa. 

Chase, Louise Greenville, Pa. 

CutHn, Elsie Klefer Pittsburg, Pa. 

D 

Davenport, Lydla Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dick, Mrs. John. .. : Meadville, Pa. 

Donnelly, Elizabeth McAllister Mifflin, Pa. 

Dunbar, Myrta ICnox, Pa. 

Dermitt, EMlth '. Watsons Run, Pa. 

Davlft, NeU. ., .Wllklnsburg, Pa. 



50 THE LYR E 

E 

EvBna, Sara Prancis. , New York, N. Y. 

Ensign, Predericka Trax MeadYille, Pa. 

Everaon, Marian Wellsville, Ohio. 

F 

Pair, Lee E OU City, Pa. 

•Poote, Mary Rhoda. 

Paber, Elsie Kiefer Bellone, Pa. 

Paaa, Ethelivyn Porter Pittsburg, Pa. 

ProBt, Amy Luck S ,. Pittsburgh, Teiin. 

Parr, Anna M Raymore, Mo. 

Q 

Cteitchell, Helen Orris Lancaster. New York. 

Oraham, Mary Thorpe Meajdvllle, Pa. 

Gummson, Harriet McLaughlin Brooklyn, New York. 

Gamble, Nelle White , Meadvllle, Pa. 

Gates, Pearl Wilklns Union City, Pa. 

Green, Mary Belleone, Pa. 

H 

Hay, Lou Blodgett Youngsville, Pa. 

Hunter, Jennie Ogdea , 428 Oak St., Chicago, Illinois. 

Harper, Florence Esther Meadville, Pa. 

HoUister, Carrie Gaston East Palestine, Ohio. 

Holmes, Grace Hammond 210 Fitch St., Syracuse, N. Y. 

Hampsan, Mabel Beyer Wilkinsburg> Pa. 

Hempstead, Eleanor Brush Indiamapolis, Indiana. 

Howe, Miary Meadville, Pa. 

Hammond, Lyda Barron .Bolivar, Pa. 

Hiall, Ella Lovell Fairmount, W. Va. 

Harper, Frances , — Butler, Pa. 

Henry, Olga Punxatawny, Pa. 

I 

Irwin, Rebie Hood New York, N. Y. 

Irvin, Archibald Mrs. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

J 
Johnson, Efla-e Sherred Greenville, Pa. 

K 

Kesler, Evylyn Bright Greenville, Pa. 

Kent, Lauretta Bamaby Byrome City, N. J. 

Kelky, Lina HoUenbeak Springboro, Pa. 

L 

Lenhardt, Ada Leona Jersey City, N. J. 

Laffler, Gertrude Sackett Meadville, Pa. 

Love, Clara Maxwell Independence, Kansas. 

Laird, Lois MoMullen Hattersburg, Miss. 

Lord, Catherine Mary Meadville, Pa. 

Layng, Belle Chase .Greenville, Pa. 

Lillard, Theo. White Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Lord, Louise Meadvittei, Pa. 

Leffing^ell, C. Mabelle Cleveland, Ohio. 

Leet, Vesta '. GreenviMe, Pa. 

Linn, Elizabeth P West Newton, Pa. 

Lane, Arline Meadville, Pa. 

M 
McGill, Jene Bobson. La Mirada, Qalifornia. 



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Merchant, Jessie Meadville, Pa. 

MocMne, Mary MilHcent SunKmerville, Pa. 

MleCartney, Heleni Howe Greenville, Pa. 

McAllister, Eleanor West Newton, Pa. 

McCk>rd, Bertha Weiteburg, W. Va. 

Biiller, A. Maude Meadville, Pa. 

McDowell, Alice C Meadville, Pa. 

Marsh, Ruby Ironville, Pa. 

Moore, Ethel Meadville, Pa. 

Moore, Florence L. Meadville, Pa. 

McClean, Mabel Union City, Pa. 

N 
Nutt, Suzanne Porter 2049 Ashland Ave., Toledo, Ohio. 

O 
OgdesL, Gertrude Helen S07 Fine Arts Bldg., Chicago, Illinois. 

P 

Porter, Caroline Virginia Toronto, Canada. 

Pentz, Edith Moore Canton, Ohio. 

Powell, Helen EdsaU Nashville, Tennessee. 

PendletOD, Flora. ., Metz, W. Va. 

Prindle, Elizabeth Patton 146 Elm St., Batavia, Illinois. 

Porter, Juvenilia Olivia New York, N. Y. 

Porter, Myrta Beaver, Pa. 

Parsons, Caroline Charleroi, Pa. 

R 

rRamsey, Bird Knight — New Brighton, Pa. 

Ray, Anna Clemsoni Meadville, Pia. 

RobeKUi, Harriet Veith Detroit, Michigan. 

Boddy, Eidith' Jeanette Meadville, Pa. 

Robinaon, B^ora Eastlman. Kane, Pa. 

Roberts, Mary Meadville, Pa. 

' 8 

Shjrres, Cecelia Mansfield, Ohio. 

Steele, Ethel Punxsatawney, Fa. 

Setgle, Charlotte Weber New Brighton, Pa. 

Sigendall, Myrtle Sheldon Springboro, Pa. 

Sockett, Bertha .Meadville, Pa. 

Stephenson, Blanche Utica, Pa. 

Strickle, Marian Miller CoiTy, Pa. 

Smith, Helen Knight Wheeling, W. Va. 

Swan, (Ruth Anna Meadville, Pa. 

Steffner, E. Mlae Meadville, Pa. 

T 

Tyler, Elizabeth Reed Meadville, Pa. 

Taylor, Alta Moyer East Orange, N. J. 

Timmiiis, Hairriet Rea Fargo, N. D. 

Trax, Helea Meadville, Pa. 

W 

Wheeling, Clara Oil City, Pa. 

Wilson, Elizabeth Tate : Boise, Idaho. 

Wlanans, Esther Rich Seattle, Washington. 

Wright, Jennie Homed Monessen, Pa. 

Waid, Adelaide WUson Guy's Mills, Pa. 

Walters, Carria Marie. Nashville, Tennessee. 



68 THELYRE 

Y 

Toun^, Caroline Byer Dayton, Pa. 

Youni^Bon, Elizaibeth Meadvllle, P)a. 

PLEDGED MEMBERS. 

Jack, Ella May , Apollo, Pa. 

Nichols, Marie Spring Creek, Pa. 

McKay, Marian Tampa, Florida. 

EPSILON 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

Garrett, Bertie Phelps 1701 W. Adams St, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Johns^ Lulu Clara. 2637 Francis St, Los Angeles, Cal<. 

Keep, Comeltai R, Germany. 

Snarely, Flora Parker 1042 W. 24th St, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Van Cleve, Louise Davies 940 W. 37th St, Los Angeles, Cal. 

HONORARY MEMBERS. 

Yaw, Ellen Beach , Europe. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 
Abbot, Delia Hoppin 628 W. Pico St, Los Angeles, CalifCHnia. 

B 

Barrow, Blora M. 3040 Key West, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Burton, Nellie. 

Buck, Faye Los Angeles, Cal. 

C 

Ohalfln, Mattie Mabel 317 W. Slst St, Los Angeles, Oal. 

Curl, Isabel 934 W. 35th St, Los Angeles^ Gal. 

E 
Elliot, Margaret Cook Compton, Cal. 

G 
Gothard, Ina Lewis Burbank, Cal. 

H 
Hardwick, Loanna Mae. 

Hjawley, Maude Lawrence 711 W. 35th St, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Holmes, Mrs. Heurvey '. Los Angeles, Cal. 

4 

Johnson, Eitha Kepner Topeka, Elansas. 

Jofllin, Phoebe 323 W. 28th St, Los Angeles. 

M 

Millard, Ora 2716 La Salle Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. 

Mlann, Mary Alice. Arizona. 

MacEwen, Lillian Wlhetton San Francisco, Cal. 

MlcArthxu*, Myrtle Agnes ..Grand Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. 

McMillam, Oarrie 3509 Hough Aye., Los Angeles, Cal. 

N 
Neff, Essie Maude 3456 Wesley Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. 

R 

neevee, Lulu Santa Monica, Cal. 

Reid, diye Baringer 1323 Arapahoe St, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Reese, Erua Gilbert 1717 Griffith Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. 

S 

Shenk, Susie South Pasadena, Cal. 

Stump, Blanche Hewet, Cal. 

Smith, Marie Luellia 677 W. Lake Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. 



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T 

Trowbridge, Carrie 221 W. Jefferson, St, Los Angeles, Cal. 

W 

Wbeeier, Nellie Green Oakland^ Oal. 

White, Jessie Leone Davies 499 N. Las Robles Ave., Pasadena, Cal. 

PLEDGED MEMBERS. 

Oook, Margaret Compton, Cal. 

MiacKensie, G^trude. 



ZETA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 
Buchanan, Bertha Thompson. 
Ellis, Elsie Loutee. 
Enams, Nelle Durand. 
Lewis, Susan Anna. 
Lofiin, Helen M. 
Ligoumey^ Belle M. 
Wood, Jessie Belle. 

HONORARY MEMBERS. 

Beach, Mlary Cheney, Boston, Mass. 

Lang, Margaret Rnthven , Boston, Mass. 

SzmnowskGb, Antonette J. Adamonski. .169 Walmiut St., Brookline, Maos. 

WEIflon, Helen Hopeklrk Brookline, Mass. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. 
Brandt Pauline Woltman. 
Fi;ander8, Mary Ayers. 
Nelson, Clam Tourgee. 
Stamaway, Mabel A. 
Thompson, Barah M. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 
Armstrong, Mary C Bowling Green, Ky. 

B 

Baker, Eugenie Blaisdell Haverford, Pa. 

Ball, Susan Lewls.t 9 Park Vale St., Brookline, Mass. 

Bradford, Helen Laiflinv. Milwaukee, Wis. 

BemBA^ Helen Kennett Square, Penn. 

Brandenbourg, Oiga. 

Bowden, Girlie M. Bessemer, Mlcb. 

Best, Blanche Laura Valley Falls, Ark. 

Bates, Elizabeth , Cambridge, Mass. 

Bull, LdlliaDi Wlnnepeg, Canada. 

Byrde, Winifred. Salem, Oregoa 



Cook, Annie May -329 Pearl St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Qeumpbell, Florence Wheat. . . . .> Lima, Ohio. 

CoUin, Helen Maud Rochester, Minn. 

Grafts, Blanche Blue Hill Parkway, Mattapan. 

D 

Dayis, Miabel C Norwood, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dodson, LUiian Norfolk, Virginia. 

Dteon, Elsie Elliss , Brookfleld, Maists. 

Drunkle, Estelle McFarlan. ., Jamaica Plain, Mass. 



54 THELYRE 

Dailey» Enma Cleveland Houston, Texas. 

Davidson, Mabel Ft Worth, Texas. 

Damooi, Gertrude . .| Boston^, Mass. 

Daniels, Louise Boston, Mass. 

E 

Eversole, Jessie May Logansport, Ind. 

Evans, Nelle Dunand 14 Queens Gate Terrace, London, England. 

Evajns, Annita. .^ London, E^n^and. 

Egleston, Ethel Elizabeth Caldwell, Idaho. 

Ely, Bessie Chapman Newton, Mass. 

Ellis, Elsie Louise Providence, R. L 

Eidmond, Caroline Trenton, N. J. 

F 

Farnum, Emma Faye MacGregor, Iowa. 

Farel, Lade Marie Tltusvillei, Pa. 

Freeman, Edith G Wayn«, Pa. 

Q 

Gannley, Irene Spencer Great Falls, Montana. 

Griffin, Edith Manchester 156 Clifford St., Providence, R. I. 

Giles, Bertha L Ellsworth, Maine. 

Gage, Alpha Wintzer Warren, Pa. 

H 

Hall, May Good Manitoba, CEunada. 

Hjowe, Launa A. Logansport, Indiana. 

Hopper, Luow .Lafayette, Indiana. 

Hazeltine, Florence iRipon, Wisconsin. 

Handy, Byrnie Monroe, Louisiana. 

J 

Johnson, Violet Truell Truell Court, Hainfleld, N. J. 

Jarvis, Anne Burgess Ft. Worth, Texas. 

K 

Kimbark, Mary Johnson 47 Brevoort Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Kidd, Mary Carson Houston, Texas. 

Keyes, Eva. B. 

L 

Little, Bertha Buchanan 483 Beacon St., Boston, Maes. 

Ligourney, Belle 134 Olive St., New Haven, Conn. 

Lynder, Agnes E Philadelphia, Pa. 

Lawrence, Nelle Jones Cleveland, Ohio. 

M 

MacCracken, Mary Patterson ■ Munich, Germany. 

Mlayo, Elizabeth B Dunkirk, New York. 

Miller, Lilla JcAnia<m Amiericus, Georgrla. 

McGean, Grace Phillips Cleveland, Ohio. 

Middaugh, Ethel Alberts Alfred, N. Y. 

McCranie, Pearl Sherwood _^ Homer, Louisiana. 

Mork, Lilly P. Owotonna, MSum. 

•Medora, Edith P. 

Morton, Sarah Delano New Bedford, Mass. 

Mackay, Marian A. , Tampa, Florida. 

McMillans Lillyan > Beverley, Tennessee. 

Marti, Alma New Ulm, Minn. 

N 

Newton, Prenda 72 Donald SL, Winoiipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 

Norris, Lizzie Warner Cumberland, Md. 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 55 

O 

Olmsteiad, Gladys LivlAgston .7 Ivy St., Brookline, Mass. 

Osborne, Estella HibbiaTd Chicago/ IllinoiB. 

P 

Prtnce, Editli Stualey .Carlisle, Pa. 

PHtman, Elizabeth... ..Henderson, N. C. 

Parlout. Mabel Cleveland, Ohio. 

Peery, Lucy K Albany, Missouri. 

R 
•iRennyson^ Gertrude Margaret, .with Savage Englii^ Opera Co. en tour 

Rucker, Lara Lewis 2751 W. 32d St., Denver, Colorado. 

Rich, Rebecca Alice Winterpark, Florida. 

Ransona, Anna Wellington, Ohio. 

Ripley, BSanche North Grafton, Mass. 

ReynoMs, Annie M .Ft. Worth, Texas. 

8 

South, Fannie Heaiton .Frankfort, Ky. 

Swartz, Jessie iMJrian 189 S. Pearl St, Albany, N. Y. 

SouMton, LiUiian 3 Rutland St.. Boeton, N. T. 

Sisson, Alice Eugenia Storm Lake, Iowa. 

Shepanson, Katherine Templeton Greenville, Pa. 

Stanley, Carol B Frederick, Maryland. 

Schmidt, Caroline Las Vegas, New Mexico. 

Shicere, Jessie Wood. 443 Vincennes Ave., Chicago, 111. 

Smdth, Alice Parker The Townsend, Mlddleton, N. Y. 

South, Spicie Belle. .| .Frankfort, Kentucky. 

Smedes, Margaret H , Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Sterling, Annie BuU Winnipeg, Canada. 

Samuels, M«ay Ft Worth, Texas. 

Spofford, EHlatheda Coldwa>ter, iMichigan. 

Smith, Maud Webb , Parlin, N. J. 

U 
Upcraft, Margaret E. .... .National Park Seminary, Washington, D. C. 

Uhl, Hettie Elliott .Logansport, Indiana. 

V 

Vass, Eleanor «M. ., Raleigh, North Carolina. 

yam Buskirk, Winifred ; Logansport, Indiana. 

W 

Willing, Jessie McNalr Ft. Leanvenworth, Kansas. 

Well, Estelle Burgheim Alexandria, Louisiana. 

Watkin, Marian. . ., Dallas, Texas. 

Wilson, Margaret Pittsburg, Pa. 

Walleir, Clara Bull ; Winnipeg, Canada. 

Walk, Alice ,. . .Billings, iMontana. 

Wood, Grace -. Worcester, Mass. 

Wilson, Ida C. 



ETA 

PLEDGED MEMBERS. 

Reed, Alice. 

Bartol, BeUe Lewisburg, Pa. 

Gilbert, Amy Blysburg, Pa. 

Hirooh, Jessie 'Steiner .Lewisburg, Pa. 



66 THELYRE 

Kerstetter, Mary Woods Lewlsburg, Pa. 

*Pauiin, Ida List Lewisburgr, Beu 



THETA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

Bartholomew, Winifred < Charlvoix, Michigan. 

CondoiL, Lydia E : , (. . .Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Qreen, Virginia Fiske .Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Mothersin, iRa<^el McKenzie , Zion City, niinoia 

Nichola, flora Koch Ann Arbor^ MicShigpan. 

Spence, Florence Ann Arbor, Michigan^ 

Tutzy, Marion Daniel Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

HONORARY MEMBERS. 

Adele, Aus Der Ohe. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 
Allen, Louise Tpeilanti, Michigan. 

B 

Baker, Helen I Ltfinsing, Michigan. 

Blanchard, Josephine > ,. . .BufCailo, New York. 

Bovee, Mary Tinker New York, New York. 

Bobb, Florence E HoUeywood, California. 

Bissel, Maude Miller. ., Lakeview, Michigan. 

Butler» Faith , Frankfort, Michigan. 

Bumam, Ora Bond ' Chicago, Illinois. 

Bradley, Louise. Palo Alto, California. 

Butler, Bonnibei K Frankfort, Michigan. 

Bruce, ISasry E Lafayette, Indiana. 

Bedford, Mattie L Charlvolx, Michigan. 

Burkhart, Vera Louise Buffalo, New York. 

Bacon, Mabel < ^Chelsea, Michigan. 

Benedict, Miary Killmaster. ., Port Haven, Michigan. 

C 

Cheever, Arllne Valette Chicago, Ill!i!oois. 

Carlson, Ruth Cushman .Rapid Riyer, Michis^ok 

Clemens, Florence R , Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

D 
Donville, Mary Claudine < Wesl AUis, Wisoooisln. 

E 
Btdres, Maude Manistee, Michigan. 

F 
Fisher, Alice Reynolds Walla Walla, Washington. 

Q 

Greene, Mabel Fairbank , Detroit, Midiigan. 

Goeschel, Elizabeth Bay City, Michigan. 

Germomde, -Mandrelle M Cleveland, Ohio. 

Goeschel, Persis Saginaw, Michigan. 

Goes6hel, Eleanor H Saginaw, Michigan. 

Gallager, Helen Manistee, Michigan. 

H 

Hofmann, Gerda Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Harris, Myrtle Tamarack Mines, Calumiet, Mich. 

Horver, Gertrude Montegue Kansas City, Missouri. 



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Hovey, Ivy Susan Taicoma, Washington. 

Baimah, Alice Weiao&tein Phillipsburg, Montana. 

HlUiker, Nellie Ann Arbor» Michigan. 

Hoff, Addle G , Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Hale, F. Mame Ann Arbor, Midhig^aai. 

Hhiikle, Qttna Philadelphia, Pa. 

Hamer, Grace Lynn : Traverse City, Michigan. 

Holmes, Enid Chelsea, Michigan. 

I 
Iflieubel, Mabel Beatrice Jackson, Michigan. 

J 
Jones, Isla Helen Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

K 

Kileyn, Maude 125 W. 11th St, Holland, Michigan. 

Kin'sley, Lydia E Manistee, Michigan. 

Keys, Helen Day Glendale, Ohio. 

Kyer, Mrs. Retne Lang Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

L 
Leonard, Edith 117 Horton Ave., Detroit, Michigan. 

M 

MacGregor, Alice Tpsilanti, Michigan. 

Miller, Mabel Heiath Duliith, Minnesota. 

Marsell, Fern Hibbing, Minnesota. 

Murfin, Josephine H Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

O 

Oreirpack, Nellie , Manistee, Michigan. 

(XHara, Frances Loley Toledo, Ohio. 

P 
Potter^ Florence B ^ Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

R 
Rolfe, Alice Bailey Philadelphia, Penn. 

8 

Salliotte, Elizabeth Ecorse, Michigan. 

Simmons, Edith E. r Detroit, Mlchigaaii. 

Stum, Helen. Paris, Fnance. 

Sdbuyler, Nellie Pauline Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Smith, Leslie G ..Schoolcraft, Michigan. 

Starret, Alza Detroit, Michigan. 

Stimson, Leda. .r. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Sink, Mabelle R. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

SberlBns, Laura D Eyansrille, Indiana. 

T 

Taylor, Mabel D Grass Lake, 'Michigan. 

Trowbridge, Nellie Big (Rapids, Michigan. 

V 
Van Vorhls, Louise Eyanston, Illinois. 

W 

White, E^stelle Blanche Chelsea, Mi<diigan. 

Wilcox, Myrtle E Hancock, Minnesota. 

Woodruff, Vera Hall Bay City, Michigan. 

WaddeH, Margaret A Pine Banks Thorpe, Notwioh, England. 

Z 

Zeit/, Charlotte E MinneatK>lls, Minnesota. 

PLEDGED. 
Fiske, Ethel Detroit, Michi0an. 



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Green, Frances Big Rapids, Michigan. 

TaJlagher, Helen Manistee, Mich. 

Hardin, Nora ,. .Chicago, Illinois. 

Snover, Bernice Port Huron^ Michigan. 

IOTA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

Collins, Edra Urbana, Illinois. 

Femie, Alison Marion Pbiladelphia, Pa. 

Fuller, EJmma Quinley , Urbana, Illinois. 

I>naper, Charlotte Albany, New York. 

Daniels, Eunice Dean Urbana, Illinois. 

Gere, Clare Champaign, IMinois. 

Kinley, Kate Nead Urbana, Illinois. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 

AndersOD, Josephine Annette Roseville, Illinois. 

Alllnson, May Champaign, Illinois. 

Allison, May <:;hampaign, Illinois. 

B 

Bushong, Mable Lieone. 312 Harnon Aye., Danville, Illinois. 

Bryan, Elizabeth Chami)aign, Illinois. 

Busey, Kate Urbana, Illinois. 

Byers, Bessie B Charleston, Illinote. 

BuffuiQ., Ruth Irene Taylor Ridge, Illinois. 

Bean, Elsie Blue Mound, Illinois. 

Biaiker, Imo. , Champaign, Illinois* 

Baker, Alice , Decatur, Illinois. 

Bryan, Helen Champaign, Illinois. 

Breneman, Mae Urbana, Illinois. 

Burril, Irene i Urbana, Illinois. 

Busey, Frank Urbana, Illinois. 

Barker, Mary , Chicago, Illinois. 

Beebe, Wilma Kankakee, Illinois. 

Barnard, Lela , Chicago, Illinois. 

BreckeiDiridge, Blanche Urbana, Illinois. 

Breckenridge, Gladys Urbana, Illinois. 

Busey, Kate ,. . . .Urbana, Illinois. 

Bushong, Mabel Danville, Indiana. 

Bryan, Sarah Champaign, Illinois. 

Brown, Clara BHSher ; Mollne, Illinois. 

C 

OaoT, Flora Fay i Charles City, Iowa. 

OoUins, Blanche 1724 College Ave., E. St Louis, Illinois. 

Collins, Edora. , Urbana, Illinois. 

Chester, Mabel i Champaign, Illinois. 

Carey, Alice LaGrange, Illinois. 

Can*, Flora Saginaw, Michigan. 

D 

Daniels, Eunice t Urbana, Illinois. 

Draper, Charlotte Albainy, New York. 

E 
Swing, Grace St Joseph, Missouri. 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 59 

F- 

Fickliii, Emily , KansaB City, MisscmrL 

Femie, Alison , Phlla4elphia, Pa. 

FreeoDiaii, Jessie Champaign, Illinois. 

Q 

Gregg, Ida Tuscola, Illinois. 

Grofins, Miarjorie. ......< .Chicago, Illinois. 

H 

Httckins, Clara Gere Newburg, New York. 

Hasrward, Mabel » Ottawa, Illinois. 

Hardin, Josephine Woodine Peoria, lilinois. 

Heath, Lillian White Heath, Illinois. 

J 
Juthon, Mary Busey .Oak Hill, Illinois. 

K 

Kinley, Kate «XJrbana, Illinois. 

L 

Lewis, Lucy Elfa. ., Danville, Illinois. 

Lewis, Mannie Fairburg, Illinois. 

Lilliman, Henrietta Toulon, Illinois. 

M 

Mann, Jessie. . ., Oak Piark, Illinois. 

Medbury, Olin. * Reynoldsbmrg, Ohio. 

McColloh, Helen Mattoon, Illinois. 

McNally, Mary C. 6 Carlisle Place. Pueblo, Col. 

Maserve, Gladys Robinson, Illinois. 

MoGinley, (Gertrude Knowles Moaweque, Illinois. 

P 

Palmer, Anna Urbana, Illinois. 

R 

Robinette, BrA Urbana, Illinois. 

Rothgeb, Katheryn Nelson Champaign, Illinois. 

Rose, Bess t Rankin, Illinois. 

8 

Stevenson, Bess Urbiana, Illinois. 

Shipley, Alta Petersburg, lUinols. 

W 

Wilcox, Ruth Amboy, Illinois. 

Walters, Bertha Woodstock, Illinois. 

Weilepp, Lila Cisco, Illinois. 

Wittlinger, Emma Pecatur, Illinois. 

Williams, Florence ; Chicago, Illinois. 

Wright, Eleanor Toulon, Illinois. 

Wrtght, Helen w Toulon, Illinois. 

Wyeth, Ola Charleston, Illinois. 

PLEDGED. 

Bryan, Bees Champaign, Illinois. 

Lewis, Lucy , Danville, Illinois. 

Molt, Imma Mowbray Chicago, Illinois. 

Knox, Goldie Olive 536 W. 5th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Potter, Maiy 3d St, Chamipaign, Illinois. 



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KAPPA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

OomcUn, Bether East Troy, Wisoonsin. 

Richards, Elizabeth Davis 591 Spruce St, Morgantown, W. Va. 

Bvans, Ldora Fayette Seattle, Washington. 

Flennlken, Julia McGrew Morgantown, W. Va. 

Swensotni, Edna G Madison, Wisconsin. 

Toennlnges, Ellaibbeth Patton DeKalb, lUlnols. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. 

McMorphy, Russel Oak Park, Illinois. 

Regan, Alice 321 Hamilton Aye., Madison, Wisconsin. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 

A 

Alford, Hazel. . . .; , W. Dayton St., Madison, Wis. 

Alford, Alice W. Dayton St., Madison, Wis. 

D 
Dixon, Sarah Manston, Wisconsin. 

H 

Hener, Josephine Ill Wilson St, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Harker, lokk , Shxdsberg, Wisconsin. 

J 

Jeomings, Helen , Sparta, Wisconsin. 

Jenkins, May Blroy, (Wisconsin. 

L 
Langlors, Emrette Hnmbolt, lowia. 

M 
Miorgan, Sarah: 141 Butler St, Madison, Wisconsin. 

R 
Rueth, Anna Madison., Wisconsin. 

S 

Sutherland, Sadie 421 Lake St, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Showalter, Winifred Conklin Place, Madison, Wisconsin. 

T 
Theobald, Almfoa Mae Madison, Wisconsin, 

V 

Verbeck, Vivian Lodl, Wisconsin^ 

Van Bpps, Miabel i Comanche, Iowa. 

W 

Wjmn, Margaret Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Winder, Grace ( Butler St., Madison, Wisconsin. 

PLEDGED. 

Doubler, Margaret Madison, Wisconsin. 

liatu, Ida C Rutledge St., Madison, Wisconsin. 

Riley, Katherine Darlington, Wisconsin. 



LAMBDA 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

Adelaide Durston i Auburn, New York. 

Olive C. Morris Syracuse, New York. 

Nellie R. Minott t Bowdoin, Maine. 

Fraaices L. Waldo Syracuse, New York. 

Jessie B. Lansing <. . . .Clinton Miills, New York. 



OFALPHACHIOMEGA 61 

CHAPTER ROLL. 
C 

Gimnlnghami, Helen A Mt. Vernon, New York. 

Crowell Stella Seneca Falls, N. Y. 

G 
Griffith, Mary Emma Syracuse, New York. 

H 
Hiarlow, -Ruth G Auburn, New York. 

K 

Kaufhold, Florence Scrantoni, Pa. 

' L 

Lee, Martha. Broadalbin, New York. 

Logan, Dorothy R. Richmond Hill N. Y. 

M 

Mickelson, Alice Geneva^ New York. 

Moore, Harriet G Cazenovi», New York. 

P 
Peterson, Evalyn C. Bayonne, New York. 

8 
Standers, Louise South Richmond Hill, New York. 

W 
Wall, Marjorie West Pittston, Pa. 

Y 
Young, Grace Waterloo, New York. 

MU 

CHARTER MEMBERS. 

E2mma Brown Shelby, Iowa. 

Myrtle Buasey .Bussey, Iowa. 

Ellen Conrey Leon, Iowa. 

Lena Dalrymple , Indianola, Iowa. 

Lora Hagler Shenandoah, Iowa. 

NeMie Harris .Creston, lOwa. 

Mayme Johnston Mediapolis, Iowa. 

Carrie MoFadon Enunerson, Iowa. 

Ethel McFadon Emmerson, Iowa. 

Bessie Reed Indianola, Iowa. 

Ada Schimelfdnig Inddanola, Iowa. 

Margaret Schimelfenig Indianola, Iowa. 

Effle Silliman. Indianola, Iowa. 

Mayme Silliman Indianola, Iowa. 

CHAPTER ROLL. 
Ogg» Fern Indianola, Iowa. 



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apolis, Ind. 

Miss Jennie McHatton, 5332 Julian Ave., Indianapolis, 
Indiana. 

The Lyre acknowledges the receipt of the following ex- 
changes : 

May — The Record, of Signia Alpha Epsilon. The Al- 
pha Phi Quarterly. The Kappa Kappa Gamma Key. 

June — ^The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta. The Shield of 
Phi Kappa Psi. The Crescent of Gamma Phi Beta. 

July — ^The Anchora of Delta Gamma. 

August — The Delta of Sigma Nu. The Shield of Phi 
Kappa Psi. 

David Starr Jordan, President of Leland Stanford Uni- 
versity, in an article prepared for the Key of K K L, refer- 
ring to the purposes of a university, has the following to say : 

**The ultimate end of education is the regulation of hu- 
man conduct. Its justification is the building up of an en- 
lightened common sense. It is to help make right action 
possible and prevalent that the university exists. So its final 
function is the building up of character, and to this end all its 
means for securing thoroughness, fitness, friendliness and 
genuineness must be directed, for wisdom and virtue can not 
be set off one from another. Wisdom is kno\\^ing what to do 
next. Virtue is in doing it. Sound training of the mind 
yields wisdom ; sound training of the will yields virtue, and 
where these are the real joys are likely to gather together. 
Soundness comes from contact with realities. Some methods 
are more helpful than the actual information. The search 
for truth is more to us than the truth w'e win in the searching. 
Self-direction is more important than innocence. Any fool 
can be innocent; it takes a wise man to be virtuous. — ^The 
Record. 

The interest which is growing in The Crescent is evident 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 63 

from the deeper realization that the quarterly can not be 
made by one mind, but must be contributed to by ntany. We 
have never realized a great lack of responsibility as shown in 
missing chapter letters. A few have been wanting at times 
and this has been felt. Many issues have contained a letter 
from every chapter, which should always be the case. If 
each Associate Editor would stop to realize how many read- 
ers are disappointed when no word appears from their chap- 
ter, she would never fail to send it. These letters are not all 
that go to show what Gamma Phi Beta is and is doing. The 
contributions have been of a wide variety, and of literary 
merit. Some of the chapters have been well represented in 
the contributors' pages — and a few have been conspicuous in 
neglecting this matter. However, we realize that all do not 
feel themselves proficient along literary lines. In short, it 
can not be denied that the interest in The Crescent is con- 
stantly being manifested, and we hope for much greater 
things as this interest increases. — The Crescent. 



SPARKS FROM MANY FORGES 



The truly ideal relation between active and alumna chapter 
springs from a threefold source. Every girl in the active 
chapter is the possessor of the characteristics and qualities 
from which the well-balanced, cultured and broad-miinded 
woman of our dreams is moulded. Secondly, every alumna 
has become the flesh and blood realization of these aspirations 
of college days. Lastly active girls and alumna women are 
personally acquainted, mutually working for greater good to 
Alpha Phi. 

In the realm of practical life the third step toward ideality 
claims first consideration. We are not all acquainted, the in- 
spiration and help which come alone from personal contact 
can not be gained. If every Alpha Phi could attend every 
convention, or even one convention, what a marvelous in- 
spiration it would be. At best, many of us, do not know all 
of our own chapter members. With regard to the first and 
second points, our own best selves admit defeat. 

"Man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven 



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for/' With the materials at hand then we whist work. Each 
chapter should communicate with each of her alumna at 
least once a year, and each of these letters should be ans- 
wered. Have one letter full of college life; enthusiasm and 
news sets one to "dreaming the old dreams over" and so 
"freshens the sometimes staleness of later days." What a 
pleasure it is to the active girls to hear from some alumna, 
possibly never seen, who uses some of her busy moments to 
send a letter of greetings and encouraging words. After all, 
do we comprehend the blessings of these two-cent mes- 
sengers ? 

Then, alumna women, revisit the scenes of your college 
years. If you cannot enjoy a return to college life, cannot 
relish fudge, chicken sandwiches or chocolate served fromi 
the cosmopolitan pantry of a college girl, and eaten at un- 
earthly hours of the night, if you cannot relish, as in days of 
yore, a glass of cherry ice at the comer drug store, then you 
have indeed outgrown all hope of renewing your youth. Our 
city alumna and active chapters have excellent facilities for 
meeting at lunches and the various regular meetings of the 
chapter. It is a different matter when alumnae are scattered 
to the four corners of a state. But even such isolation may 
be overcome, little gatherings may be planned at some con- 
vention point, active and alumnae girls may meet and enjoy 
a day of social intercourse, the circle of Alpha Phi acquaint- 
anceship and friendship may thus be widened. Each Alpha 
Phi has some good influence to pass on to her sister and the 
giver is in turn the recipient of some helpful word, else they 
would not be Alpha Phis. 

If in truth personality is the potent force in all endeavor, 
why should it not be between active and alumna chapters. 
We should cultivate more and more the fraternity spirit — 
not the offensive, boastful brand, but the helpful spirit which 
can recognize the good in all fraternities while realizing the 
dearness of the fraternity of our choice. 

Ruth Conlogue Reeve, Gamma. 
— ^The Alpha Phi Quarterly. 



OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 6^ 

We find much in the following clipping from the Eleusis 
of Q U, though written especially for the sorority, which we 
believe aptly applies to the fraternity as well : 

Cicero has said: "Nothing is more noble than loyalty. 
Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellencies and 
endowments of the human mind." Perhaps one of the hard- 
est things for us to remember at all times, is how very nar- 
row the interval is between loyalty and fraternity conceit. 
And even when we do remember this, there may be still a 
question in our minds as to where the one ends and the other 
commences. The ideal fraternity girl is the one who is ever 
ready to praise her sorority — the one, of all others, which is 
dearest to her — but who never drinks her toast to the "Best 
Fraternity." 

Again, the ideal girl is the one who has learned most grace- 
fully from her fraternity tjie art of thinking of others — the 
one who has most thoroughly acquired the true fraternity 
spirit of unselfishness. She understands perfectly how the 
reputation of her fraternity depends upon the character and 
actions of each member, and tries to the best of her ability 
to live up to an ideal which she fixes in her own mind and 
which is in all probability^ something like the following, 
which the Thetas call their ideal : 

"To be lovable rather than popular," wrote one of our Xi 
sisters once, "to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sin- 
cerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and 
conscience demand; to be womanly always; to be discour- 
aged never ; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circum- 
stances to my fraternity and her highest teachings, and to 
have her welfare ever at heart, that she may be a symphony 
of high purpose and helpfulness in which is no discordant 
note." — ^The Record. 

The following is an extract from an article on "The Greek 
Letter Fraternity As An Educational Influence," by Clar- 
ence F. Birdseye, which entire article was printed by "Th'fe 
Crescent:" 

The fraternities, with their numerous chapters in different 
institutions, have the best possible opportunities for the in- 
vestigation and correction of the wastes and for the enforce- 
ment of economics in college life. No one can measure the 



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waste and lack of economy to the college, the fraternity, the 
community, the family or the individual, of a failure in col- 
lege 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 influences 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 condi- 
tions, 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 
during the college course. 

Firth, to reach backward into the preparatory schools and 
clean up moral conditions there. 

Let the fraternities, as well as 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 them- 
selves study thoroughly, 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 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 61 

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 question, but one of educational and vital 
importance to thousands of undergraduates whether they 
belong to a fraternity or not. — ^The Outlook. 

Don't forget that the active chapter is in a growing college 
where conditions change from year to year. 

Don't think, then, that affairs can always be run in just 
exactly the sanie groove in which they were run in your day. 

Don't imagine that the active girls are not interested in 
you because they do not pay as niuch attention to you as they 
give to sisters their own age. 

Do make a point of calling upon the new girls, if possible, 
soon after initiation. They'll probably be too busy ever to 
return your call, but you may be sure that this little attention 
will win a warm place for you in their hearts. 

If you cannot call, do, in same way, get acquainted each 
year with the initiates. It doesn't give outsiders a good im- 
pression of a sisterhood if members pass each other on the 
street without recognition. 

Do tell the girls collectively and individually when you 
are pleased with some honor Which has come to them, or with 
some action which they have taken. 

Do help them in their rushing by opening your homes 
and making yourselves agreeable to the girls being rushed. 
It is not enough to attend the parties in your best attire. Do 
something to help the stranger girls to have a good time. 

Do send a delegate from the alumnae chapter to the meet- 
ings of the active chapter and have a regular report upon 
such meetings. Unless ypu are informed upon the details of 
the chapter life you cannot give intelligent help. 

Do go to the active meetings yourselves once in a while. 
The girls will be glad to have you come and you'll get the 
same personal touch which you get from visiting a friend in 
her own home. 

Do inspire the college girls by your own personal example 
in matters intellectual, moral and spiritual. Take an earnest 
interest in the larger affairs of life as well as in the more 



68 THELYRE 

personal matters of your own home, and make Alpha Phi 
count outside as well as inside of college. Do keep abreast 
of the times for the sake of yourself, your fraternity and the 
college that gave you your degree. 

— The Alpha Phi Quarterly. 

The Key prints an article on "The Fraternity Question," 
by Charles E. Brown, which all who can should read. We 
can all give many '*pros" so we give a few of Mr. Brown's 
cons: 

**But in the second place there are certain offsets in frater- 
nity life. There is a constant tendency to spend more time 
and more money than many a student can afford. No one of 
spirit can be entertained continually by others without striv- 
ing to return the courtesies. A few in a fraternity with rich 
fathers, a large allowance and warm^ hearts, can with no sort 
of wrong purpose, set the pace in such a way as to demoralize 
a whole group of young people. Students of modest means 
and simple habits, dependent upon hard working fathers for 
education and for all the comforts of home life, are appar- 
ently forced into a gait that is wrong. They do not intend to 
be mean or cruel, but they adopt a scale of expenditure which 
they cannot afford ; and become unjust to parents who make 
sacrifices for their education. It requires more grit than nine 
out of ten young people of the high school or college age 
possess, to stand up and oppose the course of action that 
leads to these ill-advised 'good times.' " 

To be perfectly frank 1 regard the high school fraternities 
as nuisances. I know how many of the best students are 
members of them, laboring to make them helpful, not hurt- 
ful. But when you add it all up the losses, in my judgment, 
outrank the gains. The spirit of social exclusiveness is op- 
posed to the true spirit of our public schools and encourages 
the developmjent of qualities that have no rightful place in 
American young people. 

In the expression of this view, I represent a great body of 
opinion. For the last six years I have been speaking at high 
school commencements and at teachers' institutes in various 
parts of our state. I have never heard a single high school 
teacher or principal openly defend the fraternity. Some 



OFALPHACHIOMEQA 69 

have been non-committal, but many have frankly uttered 
their condenmation of the fraternity, as prejudicial to the 
legitimate work of the school, as weakening the more inclu- 
sive class loyalty and as offering an effective temptation to 
social dissipation. I may not hope to carry all high school 
students with me in this judgment, but if I asked all parents 
who believe fraternities tend to alienate young people from 
their homes, all high school teachers who believe that more 
evil than good results from fraternity experience, through 
loyalty to a part instead of to the whole school, all young 
people who having passed on look back fromi college and 
nature life upon those earlier fraternities as cases of imma- 
ture development to line up, you would be amazed at the 
verdict against the high school fraternity ! 

We are constantly hearing that it is hard for girls to finish 
the high school course without breaking down. I believe the 
nervous collapse is due less to faithful study than to the un- 
necessary excitements of fraternity rivalry and to the irregu- 
lar hours and social dissipation consequent upon fraternity 
life. 

The rightful place of the fraternity is in the university 
where boys and girls have become young men and young 
women, better able to guard such organizations against these 
abuses; better able to see to it that no barriers are built be- 
tween them and those whom they ought to know; better 
able to extend their generous admiration to those not of their 
particular clique. Wisely ordered, the fraternity may be 
made a useful center for social sympathies and for the deep- 
ening of these wholesome intimacies and thus become a use- 
ful educational force. 

You ought to make your fraternity experience preparatory 
to the larger social status into which you will enter as a ma- 
ture man or woman — a status where the narrow exclusiveness 
of the snob finds the door shut in its face by people of sense. 
If you have really gained a genuinely social spirit, you will 
be better able to take your place in the business world or in 
the home as one ready to aid in building it on the basis of 
honor, integrity and mutual consideration. If you have 
rightly learned, the lessons of fraternity life, you ought to be 
ready to work in harmony with women striving for kindli- 



70 THELYRE 

ness in social life and with men who are bent upon making 
the state an organized expression of wise and just principles. 
— ^The Key. 



A TIMELY WORD 

For the evils of college fraternities I know of but one rem- 
edy — bring in better men. These organizations are good or 
bad according to the aggregate influence of the men in them. 
If a college has a large body of young men in training to be 
gentlemen of leisure, idlers, triflers, or snobs, it will have fra- 
ternities composed of just these fellows. If a college is de- 
termined to educate only men worthy of the money expended 
on them, it will make no provision for the idler. The **gen- 
tleman of leisure" at the best is only deadwood in our body 
politic. But even if he is to be encouraged, the best training 
for his youth, as well as for all other youths, is to make him' 
work. The best preventive for youthful vices is to keep the 
boys busy. If a college will drop from its rolls all who can- 
not or will not do the work expected of them, at the time 
when it is due, and by the man himself, not by a hired coach, 
then decent men will be left — all that are worth educating. 
If decent and industrious men are gathered into fraternities, 
these again will be decent and industrious, as well as demo- 
cratic. There is nothing which so promotes democracy in 
college as to hold every man alike up to his work, while the 
rest, rich or poor, are led quietly to the edge of the camjpus, 
to be dropped off into a less strenuous life. 

DAVID S. JORDAN, Cornell, '72. 

(President of Leland Stanford, Jr., University.) 

— Delta Upsilon Quarterly. 



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Volume XI JANUARY, 1W8 No. 11 



THE JJfRE 



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ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



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THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



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at Ripon, Wis. 



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le XI JANUARY, 1W8 No. 11 



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ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



A QUARTERLY MAGAZINE 

THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



Pending entrance as second-class mail matter at the poAoffice 

at Ripon, Wis. 



Published by 
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CONTENTS 

PAGES 

Grand Council Session of 1907 5- 8 

The University of Xel)raska 8-1 1 

The Installation of Xi Chapter 12-16 

Harmony 16-17 

The Law of Heredity 19-20 

Handling the Chapter Meeting 20-21 

Report of the Sixth Inter-Sorority Conference 23-30 

Our Retiring Editors 31 

Editorials Z^-yj 

Chapter Letters 38-48 

Personals 49-57 

Ey^a Kat V. v d a { Exchanges ) 58-63 



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EDITOR 

MRS. WILLIAM E. HASELTINE, Zeta, Ripon, Wis. 

BUSINESS MANAGER 

MISS LAURA A. HOWE, Zeta, Logansport, Ind. 

ASSOCIATE EDITORS 

ALPHA — Mayme Winans, Greencastle, Ind. 

BETA — Florence Fall, College Court, Albion, Mich. 

GAMMA — Myrtle E. Jensen, Chapin Hall, Evanston, 111. 

DELTA— Mary B. Greene, Hillings Hall, Meadville, Pa. 

EPSILON— Hazel Hearne, 1045 W. 37th Street, Los Angeles, Cal. 

ZETA — May Hall, 125 Hemenway Street, Boston, ^lass. 

TH ETA— Elizabeth Salliote, 407 N. Ingalls, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

IOTA — Edna Hamilton, 309 E. John Street, Champaign, 111. 

KAPPA — Margaret H. Doublis, 702 State Street, Madison, Wis. 

LAMBDA — Louise Sanders, 606 Ostrom Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

^lU — Lena Dalrymple, Indianola, Iowa. 

NU — Irene C. Hall, 1203 Penn: Avenue, Boulder, Col. 

XI— Vera Upton, 1133 "L" Street, Lincoln, Neb. 

ALPHA ALPHA — Mary R. Vose, yz?> Forest Avenue, Evanston, 111. 

BETA BETA — ]\Irs. Horace Thomson, 42 Woodruff Place, Indianapolis, Ind. 

GAMMA GAMMA— :^Irs. Frank A. Fall, 116 East i8th St., New York City. 



ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

GRAND COUNCIL 

President -------- MRS. EDWARD LOUD 

504 K. P>ie Street, Albion Mich. 
Vice-President - ' - - - - - MRS. ROBERT HOWELL 

161 ^ S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
Secretary - - ' - - - - - "^ " . " I^IO E. BAKER 

702 W. University Avenue, Champaign, 111, 
Treasurer --------- LAURA A. HOWE 

912 Nort# Street, Logansport, Ind. 
Inspector ------ MRS. RICHARD S. TENNANT 

824 S. 5th Street, Terre Haute, Ind. 
Historian --------- MABEL H. SILLER 

716 Clark Street, Evanston, 111. 
Editor of Lyre ------ MRS. WM. E. HASELTINE 

537 Watson Street, Ripon, Wis. 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARIES 

ALPHA — Hernice Caldwell ------ Greencastle, Ind 

BETA— Jean McDonald - - - - 709 Perry Street, Albion, Mich. 

GAMMA — Mae Smith - - Willard Hall, Irvington Ave., Evanston, 111. 
DELTA — Louise Chase _ _ _ - Hulings Hall, Meadville, Pa. 

EPSILOX— Phoebe Joslin - - ^23 W. 28th Street, Los Angeles, Cal. 
ZETA — Florence Larrabee - - 486 Warren Street, Roxbury, Mass. 

THpyi A — Myrtle Harris - - - 407 N. Ingalls, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
IOTA — Cora Van Galder - - - 309 E. John Street, Champaign, 111. 
KAPPA— Anna Rueth - - - - 702 State Street, Madison, Wis. 

LAMBDA — Ruth Harlow - - - 606 Ostrom Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 
MU — Carrie McFaddon ------- Indianola, Iowa 

NU — Ethel Brown ----- 953 mh Street, Boulder, Col. 

XI — Harriet Bardwcll - _ - - 1971 Euclid Ave., Lincoln, Neb. 
ALPHA ALPHA— Mrs. Roy Caldwell - 1425 Leland Ave., Chicago, 111. 
BE'i'A BETA— Mrs. Daisy Steel Wilson. "School of the Blind," Indianapolis 
GAMMA GAMMA — Florence .Armstrong - - - . 

"The Montclair, 541 Lexington Ave., New York City 

DIRECTORY OF ALUMNAE CHAPTERS 

ALPHA ALPHA --------- Chicago, 111. 

BETA BE TA --------- Indianapolis, Ind. 

GAMMA GAMMA -------- New York City 

DIRECTORY OF ACTIVE CHAPTERS 

ALPHA — DePauw _ _ _ _ 408 Elm Street, Greencastle, Ind. 

BETA— Albion College ---_-__ Albion, Mich. 

GAMMA — Northwestern University ----- Evanston, 111. 

DELTA— Allegheny College ------ Meadville, Pa. 

EPSILON — College of Music, University of Southern California Los Angeles 
ZETA — New England Conservatory of Music - - - Boston, Mass. 
THETA — University of Michigan - _ - - Ann Arbor, Mich. 

IOTA — University of Illinois ------ Champaign, 111. 

KAPPA — University of Wisconsin ----- Madison, Wis. 

LAMBDA — Syracuse University ----- Syracuse, N. Y. 

MU — Simpson College ------- Indianola, Iowa 

NU — University of Colorado ------ Boulder, Col. 

XI — University of Nebraska ------ Lincoln, Neb. 

INTER-SORORITY SECRETARY 

ELDA L. SMITH ----- 710 S. 6th Street, Springfield, 111. 



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Grand Council Session of 1907 

What would we do without our alumni ! Beta Beta has since her 
organization been deeply interested in Alpha, and the girls owe 
them much for their many kindnesses, and now, the last days of 
October, they opened their horn of plenty and the Grand Council 
owes them many thanks for a warm welcome, and the opportunity 
to have such a delightful, even if busy, time. 

Most of us arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday, the thirtieth 
of October, and we spent that evening visiting and in making plans. 
On Thursday morning at nine-thirty, business began. We had five 
busy sessions, an account of which will doubtless have reached you 
before this will be in print. Between morning and afternoon business 
sessions there were such homey, informal luncheons, dispensed with 
cheerful hospitality. The Hallowe'en party given by Dr. and Mrs. 
Thompson was more than successful. 

For the first part of the evening various games afforded much 
amusement. For one thing, our hostesses gave to everyone a slip of 
paper containing an advertisement cut out of a magazine, and from 
it we were to write a telegram of ten words ; either an of¥er of mar- 
riage or an expression of affection or esteem. Most entertaining re- 
sults were obtained in many instances. From an advertisement for 
Fairy soap, the following telegram was constructed : "Most pure, 
fair, virtuous beauty go hand-in-hand with me." Another which was 
constructed from an advertisement for stove polish was : "Fairest 
vision, change your name. Artistic home awaits. Don't reject." 
Prizes and speeches kept us busy until a typical Hallowe'en supper 




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m. • 

was served, with none of the accessories omitted. When we had 
done full justice to this, we had some music, and sat around the 
room and talked and danced and toasted marshmallows until it was 
way past time to turn in for the night. 

On Friday evening, we attended the theater, and all of these 
little functions made each member of the Coimcil count these 
as red-letter days in her year's calendar. On Saturday, the 
afternoon of November second, all of the fraternity women of In- 
dianapolis were invited to meet the visitors and local Alpha Chis 
at the home of Mrs. Helen Dalrymple Francis. Alpha Chi colors and 
emblems carried out in the details of decoration and refreshments, 
and the charming personality of Mrs. Francis and her mother, Mrs. 
Dalrymple, made us feel that we were in a real Alpha Chi home. 
In spite of the threatening afternoon, a great number of women from 
other national fraternities came to extend greetings. 

To touch upon the business accomplished at the meetings, we will 
all extend a most cordial welcome to our new alumnae chapter of 
New York, and wish her a prosperous career. It is good to receive 
these new chapters, for they keep alive the spirit of sorority in the 
members who have left the active chapters. Our newly initiated ac- 
tive chapter, too, will be a happy bit of news for us who heartily 
believe in expansion, for while we all think liberal conservatism is 
a good policy to follow, a new Greek letter chapter brings fresh 
vigor and enthusiasm to the entire fraternity. 

With the resignations of our retiring editors, we must extend 
grateful thanks to them for their service during these few years, for 
there have been many difficulties and a vast amoimt of work neces- 
sary to carry on the Lyre successfully. I think that many of the 
active girls would bear a deeper feeling for the Lyre and for the 
fraternity if they appreciated, even partially, the amount of time and 
energy so unselfishly given to the fraternity by the editors. They are 
women of many other ties and interests, and yet they are happy in 
making these earnest, pains-taking efforts, and consider the time 
well spent. It is urgent that we give, in a large measure, our loyal 
support to Mrs. Haseltine, our new editor, who has so much enthu- 
siasm, combined with a lively sympathy with fraternity girls, and a 




8 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

knowledge of fraternity conditions. The Council realizes that to 
her work effectively, she must be given the uncomplaining assis 
of every chapter, and begs each girl to see to it that her already 
pen is not required to make strenuous efforts to bring delinquents 
time. With these new influences and plans, we trust we will rea<^^ 
a high place for the Lyrk among fraternity journals. 

The Council, too, has recommended to the chapter to accept the 
I. P. C. constitution. I think all chapters are coming to understand 
the value of the I. P. C, and the spirit of helpfulness which it cre- 
ates, rather than a spirit of rival criticism. Active co-operation of all 
chapters of all fraternities will mean a great power to remedy any 
prevailing evil, and the function and purpose of the I. P. C. is steady 
future progress. 

These and many other questions were thoroughly discussed, and 
before adjournment it was heartily moved to extend a vote of thanks 
to the Indianapolis Alpha Chis' for their charming hospitality ; and 
we gave a little sigh of regret when the time came to take our leave. 
We rejoice in the things accomplished during these few days, and 
look forward with anticipation to better results for the fraternity in 
the vear which is to come. Marcia C. Howell. 



University of Nebraska 

The University of Nebraska is located at Lincoln, the capital of 
the state, and was founded by an act of legislature which took effect 
February 15, 1869. The buildings on the campus are the University 
Hall, built in 1870, Chemical Laboratory, Nebraska Hall, Grant 
Memorial Hall, Plant House, Electrical Laboratory, Astronomical 
Observatory, Library, Mechanic Art Hall, University Soldiers' 
Memorial Hall, University Museum. P)esides these, the new $100,000 
Temple, and the School of Music are just outside the original cam- 
pus, and seven fine buildings on the University State Farm, two and 
one-half miles from the campus. The Temple will be the home of the 
literary societies, the Y. W. C. A., Y. M. C. A., and has a large 
auditorium for social and musical meetings. The I'niversity library 




SCHOOL OF MUSIC, NEBRftBKh UH\>lt.t^%\t'* 



10 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

contains over 70,000 volumes, and the Historical library some 10,000 
volumes and a collection of over 30,000 articles pertaining to the 
history of the state. 

Among the organizations are the Y. \V. C. A., Y. M. C. A., three 
literary societies. Dramatic Club, Debating Club, English Club ; and 
four honorary clubs, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Theta Kappa Nu, 
and Deta Sigma Rho. 

Besides the University Journal, several of the departments issue 
quarterly l)ulletins. The student publications comprise "The Corn- 
husker," published annually; the Law Book, Nebraska Engineering 
Blue Book, and the "Dailv Xebraskan." 

The College Settlement work is partly supported by faculty and 
students. 

The University chorus gives two or three musical works a sea- 
son. The Cadet liand gives one concert each year and appears before 
the student body many times during the year. The Glee Club has 
made numerous concert trips and is well known over the state. 
^ The Faculty numbers over 150, with the well-known educator and 
writer, E. Benjamin Andrews, as chancellor. 

The Conservatory of Music was established in 1880, and in 1894 
became affiliated with the University of Xebraska. The school offers 
a com])letc course in ])ianoforte, voice culture, organ, violin, violin- 
cello, brass and wood wind instruments ; in harmony, counterpoint, 
and composition, history of music, theory of music, analysis, ear 
training, public school music and kindergarten methods. There are 
about thirty teachers, with an enrollment of five hundred and sixty- 
one, with ten graduates last June. A large number of public concerts 
are given during the year, in which many of the advanced students 
take part. Among the important musicals are the recitals by mem- 
bers of the Faculty, the ''concerto evening," University chorus and 
soloists in oratorios ; chamber of music series, the individual recitals 
given by members of the graduating class, and the undergraduates' 
concert at the close of the school year. 

A large number of Greek letter fraternities are represented 
in the University, many of whom have their houses in various parts 
of the city. The only dormitory is the "University Woman's Build- 
ing," located one block from the University campus. 



12 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

Installation of Xi Chapter 

What a lot of things can happen in a few hours! What great 
changes can take place in the life of an individual or in the life of an 
organization — changes that guide the course of that life's channel 
into entirely different directions ! 

In the few hours which are required for initiations, an element 
was added to the lives of ten lovely girls, which will be a lasting in- 
fluence ; and at the same time a new element entered the life of the 
Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity. A new child came into its family and 
with it all the hopes and aspirations attending such a birth. 

To be sure, we were in Lincoln for more than a few hours. Miss 
Siller and 1 left Chicago at six o'clock Wednesday evening, reaching 
Lincoln at ten forty-five on Thanksgiving morning, amidst the 
most glorious sunshine that the Nebraska capital can produce. I 
think all of the prospectives must have been there to welcome us — 
there were so many — and they carried us oflf in the splendor of a 
large touring car, which one of "our" patronesses put at the dis- 
posal of Xi during our stay. After a delightful ride over the city, 
which we found to be quite imposing, with fine public buildings, the 
University, lovely homes and fine streets, we were taken to the Lin- 
coln Hotel, where the headquarters were to be. Our room was most 
conveniently situated, just off the beautiful parlor of the hotel, which 
the management allowed the Xi girls to use as they wished. Such 
an arrangement, you well know, was especially adapted to our cere- 
monies. 

At two o'clock that afternoon we pledged the girls. In the even- 
ing at eight o'clock the initiation took place. We were able to make 
the ceremony quite complete with the assistance of two alumnae — 
Mrs. P. C. Sonierville, Alpha, who is now located at University 
Place, Xeb. ; and Mrs. Grace Slaughter Gamble, Gamma, of Omaha. 
They proved themselves loyal Alpha Chis, and we feel that our 
new girls are very fortunate, indeed, in having such good friends so 
near them. If more of our alumnae retained or renewed the enthu- 
siasm that these two women manifested, what an ideal organization 
we would be. After the ceremony, which was very, very pretty and 



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impressive, we introduced the girls to our song book, and they all 
did the orthodox thing, by falling in line with the "Goat Song." 

Friday morning was turned over to business. Officers were elect- 
ed and the various departments of work explained. At one o'clock 
Mrs. Fames entertained the Alpha Chis with a delightful luncheon, 
to meet a number of alumnae of other fraternities. Mr. and Mrs. 
Eames have been very kind to the Alpha Chi girls, and have mani- 
fested their interest toward the organization of the chapter in many 
ways. From Mrs. Fames' home (which was in itself most interest- 
ing because of the evidences of individuality throughout) we went to 
the conservatory parlors, where the Xi girls held a little reception 
for us to meet the faculty. This, of course, was very enjoyable. Mr. 
Kimball, Dean of the School of Music, and his wife, have been es- 
pecially interested in our girls and have supported them with en- 
couragement and sympathy in their step toward Alpha Chi. 

I hardly know how to tell you about the banquet. Oh, it was 
lovely, and it's just a shame that more of the Alpha Chis could not 
have participated. Such delicious things to eat, and such beautiful 
things to look at all the time — gorgeous table decorations and pretty 
girls in pretty gowns, and artistic menus with the toast-list. I was 
almost overcome to find myself toast-mistress. This accomplishment 
is entirely out of my line, and I was sorry that these new girls did 
not have an opportunity to enjoy one of the real toast-mistresses 
of which I know Alpha Chi to be possessed. With the ten active 
girls were seated three patronesses, the two alumnae whom I have 
already mentioned, and Miss Siller and myself. 

Because of the inexperience of the girls, I confess being sur- 
prised in the excellence of the toasts and the repose with which they 
were delivered. 

The first one, **Xi," by Lilah David, told us how the news of 
the prospective chapter was received in Lincoln. She said : 'There 
came from the depths of some writer's unfathorned mind a statement 
to the effect that sorority material was running short in the Uni- 
versity ; that the Greek letter societies already framed had practically 
exhausted the 'good' timber, and that there was scarcely room for 
another chapter of the kind which we dare launch this week." She 




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believes, however, that the tendency to discourage their efforts was 
not widespread — ^that there is a place for Alpha Chi in the Univer- 
sity of Nebraska, and that the Xi girls are there to fill that place. 
She expressed a true fraternal spirit by saying : **^\'e shall extend the 
hand of good fellowship to all the others, even to those who under- 
took to say that we should not be permitted to anchor in this port." 
: Beulah Goodson responded to the toast, **To Our Patronesses.'' 
She very aptly told what their relation to the chapter was and \YOuld 
be. I want to quote her remarks : 

"Patroness is the feminine of patron, which is dignified in the diction- 
aries with ponderous definitions. It is from an ecclesiastical source that we 
get the word *patron/ which, according to one authority, means a 'saint re- 
garded as the peculiar protector of some special person, country' or cause.' 
So if we apply the opposite gender to the word, remembering that saints are 
commonly considered masculine and that their counterparts must be denom- 
inated 'angels/ we have this conclusion : *A patroness is an angel who is the 
peculiar protector of some special person, country or cause.' And we are all 
ready to admit that our patronesses are angels, but take issue on the word 
'peculiar,' preferring something like 'particular' in its stead. However, as to 
this, only their chaperonage can show." 

"Ye Daughters of Music, Come Up Higher," was the subject for 
Harriett Bardwell's toast. At first she gave herself over to the seri- 
ous side of our open motto, but in conclusion she made us all laugh 
by saying : 

"Therefore, 

Ye Daughters of Music, come up higher, 
And many noble things inspire, 
Choose a deacon or a squire. 

Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, 
But not to fill your linen chest. 

Ye Daughters of Music, reach the summit of the peak. 
Sing and warble — even squeak! 
Win the honors which you seek. 

Study, read and use the pen — 

Be proud of them. 

Though marriage is the decree of fate. 

Cling to music while you wait !" 

Of the excellence of Emma Farrow's toast to ''Harmony/' you 
may judge for yourselves, as we will print it separately in anotlier 
place. 



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In conclusion, Miss Siller gave a very interesting history of Al- 
pha Chi, to which the girls listened eagerly. When the many tele- 
grams and letters were read, we told them of Xu's experience at the 
time of her installation. She received a telegram from Mu, which, 
owing to a mistake on the operator's part, read : "Ma sends congrat- 
ulations to the new babv." 

I must introduce you to the patronesses, charming women, who 
will chaperon our girls while they are in school. Mrs. C. G. Critten- 
don, to whom we were indebted for the automobile during our stay ; 
Mrs. A. L. Gale, a sister of Beulah Goodson ; and Mrs. Homer Hon- 
eywell, whom some of the Zeta girls will remember as Henrietta 
Hollowhesk. She attended the Conservatory when Zeta chapter was 
installed. 

How I should like to tell you of each individual girl — but I'm 
afraid it would lead me to extravagances. I hope you will know 
them through the Lvrk and through conventions. They made every 
moment of our stay a delight. On Saturday afternoon, with a feeling 
of sorrow, we said "good-bye" to the same bright, sweet-faced girls 
who had so recently met us at the same station. 

Yes, many changes can take place in a short time ! In those few 
days I had experiences that will always be happy memories, and I 
doubt not, many others are saying the same. 



Harmony 

(A Toast Responded to by Aiiss Emma Vanow at the Banquet Follozving 

the InstaUation of Xi Chapter.) 

Although this is my maiden effort in responding to a toast, I do 
so with real enthusiasm, owing, first, to my subject, and second, to 
the deep and sincere interest I feel for our new chapter. 

My definition of Harmony tonight is : ''The Science of combining 
girls — and the Art of using such combinations under the laws of the 
good, the true and the beautiful." 

The Element of Harmony is the most needful and absolutely in- 
dispensible factor in the success of any work. 

While today our music is filled with dissonances, they are there 
only because of the gratification which fills us when consonances fol- 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 17 

low. Have we had any dissonant chords? Perhaps 1 have for- 
gotten, but if there were any woven into the composing of this chap- 
ter they were placed there that we might learn the value, the sweet- 
ness and the power of the harmony which resulted. 

Dissonances are forgotten in the repose of consonant harmonies, 
but they are not to be decried or under-valued. 

They weld together as do our honest differences, our friendships, 
and make for progre^ and advancement. 

Indeed, the danger is only in holding in our hearts the Major 
Consonant Harmonies upon which our chapter and sorority is com- 
posed. 

We must progress, however, in a manner not allowed in the har- 
mony of tones, viz : We must progress in parallel motion, and always 
in an ascending direction. 

Never m/ust ive move long in contrary lines, or make of ourselves 
''Suspensions," which, as you know, usually cause ''Retardations/' 
and the result will be the same with our advancement. 

Let us be in harmony not only with our own life's symphony, but 
with the variations of the same themes we are daily meeting all 
about us — in harmony with other efforts towards self-upliftment by 
other girls — in time with the long, long work that our fathers and 
mothers are daily doing. 

To our sisters not actively engaged in music, let us say and 
truly feel: 

"If Music, and Sweet Poetry agree, 

As they must needs, the Sister and the Brother, 

Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me, 
Because thou love'st the one — and T the other." 

— Barnefield. 

My subject and my object and my zvish for us all is encompassed 
in the toast allotted me. 

For ziHth harmony we have a real mission and will fulfill it — 
without it, we will fail absolutely. The influence of this chapter of 
the Alpha Chi Omega must be towards an uplifting concord of ef- 
forts and ideals, and the harmonies which result from unity of pur- 
pose and ideal will be as music born in our hearts and felt long after 
it is heard no more. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 19 

The Law of Heredity 

{An Extract from a Response to a Toast by Hamilton Dou^^las at the 

Sigma Chi Banquet, August J.) 

In the Boston library, last summer, I saw Abbey's beautiful series 
of pictures, depicting Sir Galahad's search for the Holy Cirail. It is 
an allegory of the heart of man Seeking after the highest good. You 
remember the picture called the **\'ision," where the radiant Grail, 
luminous though veiled, appears to the young Galahad. That vision 
determines his life. Ever after he follows it. The thought of the 
child gives direction to the life of the man. 

As to Galahad, so to each of us, come visions, and the response 
that we make to those visions determines our lives. There is no truer 
heredity than that which Wordsworth expresses when he says : "The 
child is father to the man." 

For fifty years the wearing of the white cross of Sigma Chi 
has meant loftier hopes, aims, and aspirations ; it has meant to us 
fidelity to our own highest ideal, and loyalty to each other. In the 
strength of that ideal we have gone out into the world to conquer. 
"In hoc signo vinces." 

It has been many years since some of us older boys plighted troth 
with Sigma Chi. Some of us have reached the divide, and are now 
going down on the other side. The dawn of another day is streaking 
our heads with gray. This is our message to you of the to-morrow : 

Keep your vision undimmed. 

Never forget your ideal, or put the false in the place of the true. 

Remember that the aspiration you cherish is molding you. 

The acquisition of money is no true measure of success. 

What vou are counts for vastly more than what vou Jiaz'c. 

The only gold that passes current in the world of the si)irit is the 
gold of character. No truer word was ever spoken than the saying 
of the great Teacher, ''Seek and ye shall find." Do you seek the good 
of your fellow-men, to make the world better for having lived in it ? 
Then verily so it shall be. The spirit of helpfulness and loving- 
kindness shall be vours. 



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Do you ask to walk in the high places of spirituality, to keep clean 
hands and a pure heart ? This shall be yours to your life's end. 

Do you supremely desire money and worldly goods ; then surely 
the mind and the heart and character of the lover of power and 
wealth shall be yours. Whether you have the gold or not, is an ex- 
trinsic matter; the real, essential, intrinsic consequence is that, with 
such aspirations, you will bear the sordid * 'guinea-stamp." 

This new law of heredity that I am expounding to you is a gospel 
of hope, of incentive to go forth into the future with a brave heart. 
The great defect in the old law of heredity, it seems to me, lies in 
the fact that it comes to us too late. As someone has said, "A man 
can't be too careful in selecting his ancestors." 

You boys sitting with us tonight will be the gray-haired men of 
Sigma Chi in twenty years from now. The thoughts and aims you 
are cherishing in your hearts tonight are the parents of the charac- 
ters you will then have. You are now choosing the ancestors of the 
man you will be ; and since you are molding that man of the future, 
boys, wouldn't it be well to give him an inheritance of good, clean 
thoughts, high aims, and noble aspirations? 



Handling the Chapter Meeting 

(From the Delta Upsilon Quarterly.) 

Probably the most delicate part of a fraternity meeting is what 
we please to call the literary program. Our programs during the pres- 
ent college year have been unusually interesting and instructive, and 
their success has been largely due to the good work of Brother Dan- 
forth, chairman of the literary committee. The subjects have covered 
a wide field, from extemporaneous speeches by freshmen to illus- 
trated lectures by members of the faculty. Technical papers have 
been written and presented by upper classmen ; lectures have been 
written and presented by upper classmen ; lectures have been given 
by our own men, undergraduates and alumni ; stories have been read, 
discussions and debates carried on ; in short, the whole series has 
been such that to miss one meeting meant the sacrifice of a very in- 
teresting and instructive hour. Our aim is to have everyone take 



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some part, and not to thrust the "whole burden upon the shoulders 
of a few. In this respect a prearranged program has proven very 
satisfactory, with each man's duties laid out with sufficient time for 
preparation. 

Our experience shows us that the ideal chapter meeting must de- 
pend for its success upon four fundamental conditions : 

First. Regular and prompt attendance by all. 

Second. Loyalty of every member to the most minute detail. 

Third. Systematic and precise business methods. 

Fourth. Instructive and entertaining literary programs. 

The first is unquestionably the most important and is probably 
one of the easiest to carry out, for, as a rule, every man can set aside 
one night in the week for his fraternity meeting. 

Loyalty rests entirely with the individual. A loyal disposition 
cannot be manufactured, neither can it be put on and taken off at 
will. To be loyal to every detail in a fraternity meeting requires the 
whole-hearted interest of a man, not for his own good, but for the 
good of the brothers, and of the college at large. 

Systematic and precise business methods are the keynote to many 
a successful man's career. Now, not only for the training of the man, 
but also for the success of the fraternity, the business conducted in 
connection with a meeting should be in accordance with parliament- 
ary laws and business-like rules. Strict adherence to this principle 
is not only an educational influence in itself, but controls the de- 
meanor of the men in the meetings, and necessitates a strict atten- 
tion to business or discussions. 

The literary program should be instructive and entertaining. To 
be instructive not only means that those who listen are to get some 
good from it, but the participant himself must come in for his share 
of the educational benefit. No doubt, if the reader or speaker is an 
undergraduate, he will receive the greatest benefit. To give all the 
same opportunity, each man should be allowed the privilege of con- 
ducting the literary exercises as often as possible during the college 
year. 



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Report* of Sixth Inter-Sorority Conference 

The Sixth Inter-Sorority Conference met Friday, September 13, 3 P. M., 
for its first session, with Miss Holcombe, Chi Omega, in the chair. ;Miss 
Elda L. Smith, Pi Beta Phi, acted as secretary. 

The following delegates, after presenting credentials, were enrolled : 

Pi Beta Phi— Miss Elda L. Smith, 710 S. 6th St., Springfield, 111. 

Kappa Alpha Theta — Mrs. Laura H. Norton, 2541 N. Paulina St., Chicago. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma — Mrs. W. W. Canby, Galice, Oregon. 

Delta Gamma — Miss Margarethe Sheppard, 225 Greenwood Boulevard, 
Evanston, 111. 

Alpha Phi— Mrs. Cora Allen McElroy, 153 E. 54th St., Chicago. 

Gamma Phi Beta — Miss Lilliaii Thompson, 326 W. 61 st Place, Chicago. 

Alpha Chi Omega — Mrs. Richard Tennant, 824 S. 5th St., Terre Haute, 
Indiana. 

Delta Delta Delta — Mrs. Amy Olgen Parmelee, 918 Chase Ave., Chicago. 

Alpha Xi Delta — Mrs. J. R. Leib, 1271 W. Washington St., Springfield, 111. 

Chi Omega — Miss Jobelle Holcombe, Fayetteville, Ark. 

Signa Kappa — Miss Sara B. Mathews, 297 Ashland Boulevard, Chicago. 

Alpha Omicron Pi — Mrs. C. G. Bigelow, 1321 Monroe St., Chicago. 

The secretary read a summary of the work of the five Inter-Sorority Con- 
ferences prepared by Miss Gamble for the use of new delegates. Miss Hol- 
combe read her report as secretary of the I. S. C. Her summary of the year's 
achievements follow : 

After the close of the Fifth I. S. C, 1,000 copies of the minutes were 
printed and circulated, with 500 copies of the model constitution for Pan- 
Hellenics. Later, 800 copies of the report of the delegate to the Deans' Con- 
ference were printed and circulated. The secretary took the liberty to divide 
into two motions the resolution against high school sororities. It was made 
to read : 

Motion I. Resolved, That sororities in high schools and other secondary 
schools should be discountenanced. 

Motion II. Moved that after four years from date of notification by 
Grand Presidents, each sorority in the Inter-Sorority Conference refuse to ad- 
mit any young woman who has been a member of a sorority in a high school 
or secondary school. 

Voting blanks were sent to all Grand Secretaries and a vote called for. 
The secretary delayed calling for the result of the vote in order that the sub 
ject might be fully discussed in the journals before final action was taken. 
The result of the vote occurs elsewhere in this report. 

The dispensations to Wisconsin and to Michigan, as recommended by the 
Fifth I. S. C, were ratified by the Grand Presidents. 

'i'he secretary was asked to investigate the law concerning the making 
and wearing of jewelry by unauthorized persons. She did much correspond- 
ing on the subject, and is indebted to Wright Kay & Co., Detroit, Mich., for 
an extensive article taken from the Beta Theta Pi journal. From it a conclu- 
sion is reached that there is no law that covers the question. I'he jewelers 
think such a law would be hard to enforce. 

The secretary wishes to emphasize the importance of sending the various 
sorority journals to the secretary of I. S. C. Some journals reached her 
promptly, but from some editors no copies were received. Complaint was made 
to her that the grand officers also did not receive the exchanges. 



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The chairman appointed a committee on recommendations, Mrs. Parme- 
lee and Mrs. Canby. 

Reports were read from all twelve sororities composing the I. S. C. The 
reports considered: (a) Conflicts and difficulties arising in Pan-Hellenics; 
(b) Attitude of sorority on high school sororities; (c) All convention action 
bearing upon the Conference or Inter-Sorority relations; (d) Recommenda- 
tions to the Conference; (e) Suggestions for improvement in Pan-Hellenic 
organizations. 

The remainder of the session was spent in a discussion of the exact mean- 
ing and wording of the I. S. C. constitution. To facilitate matters, the chair 
appointed Mrs. Leib, Miss Mathews and Mrs. Norton to act as a committee 
to examine the present tentative constitution and receive all recommendations 
suggested. 

Adjourned. 

INTER-SORORITY CONFERENCE, SECOND SESSION. 

This session convened Saturday, September 14, at 9:30 A. M., and was 
given up to the reports of committees. Alpha Phi, who had been appointed 
to investigate conditions at Michigan University, reported a decided advance 
in Pan-Hellenic spirit there. The chairman of I. S. C. is authorized to send 
word to each chapter at Michigan University that the dispensation recom- 
mended by I. S. C. and granted by the Grand Presidents expires September 
23. In addition, each delegate is to send word to her Grand Presidents to 
so notify her chapter at Michigan. The I. S. C. extends a vote of thanks to 
Mrs. Woodward for her efforts towards adjusting the difficulties at Michigan. 

The Kappa Kappa Gamma delegate reported the result of her study of 
conditions at Wisconsin University. Mention was made of the meeting of 
Madison women, who adopted resolutions advocating moderation in social af- 
fairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma was continued as a standing committee for the 
same study a year longer, and Mrs. Canby was asked to express to the Pan- 
Hellenic at Madison the approval by T. S. C. of the improvement there. The 
chairman of I. S. C. was ordered to notify the Pan-Hellenic at Wisconsin 
that her dispensation expires at the Seventh I. S. C, 1908. 

The difficulties experienced at Syracuse were discussed, and Mrs. 
McElroy and Miss Thompson were appointed a committee to work through 
their Grand Councils towards an adjustment. 

Mrs. Tennant read her report on Social Service and Pan-Hellenics. She 
reported that lists of four questions had been sent to each sorority visiting 
delegate, and to a few persons identified with colleges in such a way as to 
make their statements valuable. From the replies she obtained the following 
facts : 

I. Where Pan-Hellenic compacts have been agreed upon and then dis- 
honored, in every case, without exception, the trouble has centered in a small 
selfishness that has justly brought criticism on the entire sorority body. 
There has been no care for "the greatest good to the greatest number," and 
apparently no realization that principle should stand before individual prefer- 
ence. On the other hand, where an earnest attempt has been made to follow 
a Pan-Hellenic agreement, snobbishness to a large extent is dying out, as a 
consequence of a more intelligent understanding of each other's motives and 
standards ; certain evils, such as the large expense connected with "rushing," 



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are acknowledged ; and a strong current is setting in the direction of alma 
mater first, fraternity, if necessary, second. 

2. The sorority finds her social needs very adequately met in her own 
group, consequently she does not readily see the need of identifying herself 
with Women's Leagues and Y. W. C. A. **Noblesse oblige — noble birth im- 
plies responsibility." We believe the sorority was born rightly, and to recog- 
nize her own powers is the present responsibility. • 

3. There is a rapidly growing sentiment of kindliness toward the non- 
fraternity student. 

4. There is an earnest expression against the evils of rushing : — over- 
elaborateness of entertainment, neglect of regular college work, and unwar- 
ranted expenditures. 

A committee consisting of Miss Thompson and Miss Mathews was ap- 
pointed, with two purposes: (a) to reprint the Pan-Hellenic Model Consti- 
tution, appending to it the various recommendations for the serious consid- 
eration of Pan-Hellenic associations; and (b) to collect during the year a copy 
of the Pan-Hellenic rules from each association, these rules to be incorporated 
in a pamphlet for the instruction of Pan-Hellenic associations, and for print- 
ing in each of the sorority journals. 

Miss Smith was appointed to draw up a letter to be sent to alumnae 
clubs, telling them of the purposes of I. S. C, and urging their assistance in 
solving local Pan-Hellenic difficulties. Mrs. Tennant was asked to make 
a summary of her report, to be included in this letter. 

For the benefit of girls living in sorority houses, Mrs. Tennant will have 
a list of women who might be obtained as chaperons. 

The Conference considered the application for membership in I. S. C. 
from Alpha Delta Phi Sorority, and instructed the chairman to inform them 
that they do not meet the requirements for membership. 

Adjourned. 

INTER-SORORITY CONFERENCE, THIRD SESSION. 

After the annual luncheon of the I. S. C. delegates, the Conference con- 
vened in third session at 2:00 P. M. 

Mrs. Leib gave the report of the committee appointed to modify the 
wording of the constitution, making it read as follows : 

CONSTITUTION 

ARTICLE I. 

NAME, 

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 inter- 
est to the Sorority world. 



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articlp: III. 

ORC.ANIZATION. 

riu* CoiitVrcncf shall hv composed of one delegate from each national 
Sorority represented. 

ARTICLE IV. 

Kr.n;iniKiTY to mkmbershii'. 

Xo Sorority shall he represented in the Conference which has less than 
five chapters, or which has any chapter in an institution helow collegiate rank. 

ARITCLK V. 

MEETINGS. 

The Conference shall assemhle annually, time and place of the following 
meetinjj: to he arranged each year. 

articlp: \T. 

CALLING OF MEETINGS. 

Section i. The meetings of the Conference shall he called hy the So- 
rorities in rotation. 

Sec. 2. The official list shall he : 

1. Pi Beta Phi. 

2. Kappa Alpha Theta. 

3. Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

4. Delta Gamma. 

5. Alpha Phi. 

6. Gamma Phi Beta. 

7. Alpha Chi Omega. 

8. Delta Delta Delta. 

9. Alpha Xi Delta. 

10. Chi Omega. 

1 1. Sigma Kappa. 

12. Alpha Omicron Pi. 

Sec. 3. Additions to official list shall he made in order of election to 
memhership. 

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 Vn. 

POWERS. 

The powers of this organization shall he two-fold : First, to propose leg- 
islation to the Sororities ; second, to act upon request as a standing court of 
appeal to settle local difficulties reported to it hy the Sororities, or hy the 
Pan-Hellenic associations. 



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ARTICLE VllT. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS. 

Section i. 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- 
journment, 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 presentation 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 difficulty 
arising in the Pan-Hellenic. Expenses of the one sent are to be paid by the 
local Pan-Hellenic. 

ARTICLE IX. 

METHODS OF PROCEDURE. 

Section i. Actions of Inter-Sorority interest passed by any Grand Coun- 
cil or at any Grand Convention shall be reported at once to the secretary of 
the Conference, and also to the Grand Secretary of each Sorority renresented 
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 Sororities 
represented in the Conference. Voting blanks may be used for all motions 
submitted to the Sororities, and the result of the vote announced by each 
Grand Secretary to the secretary of the Conference within two months. 

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 (Art. IX.) Legislation cannot be 
changed by any one Sorority, or by the Inter-Sorority Conference. 



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ARTICLE XI. 

AMENDMENTS. 

This constitution may be amended by a unanimous vote of all the So- 
rorities represented in the Inter-Sorority Conference. 

On balloting, each delegate voted in favor of adopting the constitution 
as presented, with the exception of Alpha Omicron Pi, who had not yet been 
instructed by her sorority. 

In reporting the result of the vote on the High School Sorority question, 
Miss Hoicombe announced that Motion I (that sororities in high schols and 
other secondary schools be discountenanced) had carried every sorority except 
Alpha Omicron Pi, who had been unable to give a definite vote, since the vot- 
ing blanks did not reach her. Her delegate, however, reported that she con- 
curred in Motion I. 'i'he vote on Motion II was not unanimous with the 
eleven fraternities heard from. 

A motion was carried that a protest be formulated and sent to Mrs. Mar- 
tin and Mr. Baird, asking them to use their influence against high school 
sororities, by inserting articles against these organizations in the next editions 
of their books. The editors of the different sorority magazines are urged in 
each issue to include articles discouraging high school sororities, and to omit 
all articles encouraging them. 

The committee on recommendations made its report, which included all 
recommendations submitted by the various delegates in their reports. 

The recommendation was adopted that in the case of granting a dispen- 
sation, each Grand President shall notify the secretary of the I. S. C, who 
shall send official notification to the Pan-Hellenic asking the dispensation. 

The I. S. C. recommends that the report of the Commissioner of Educa- 
tion be made the basis for the definition of **an institution below collegiate 
rank." (See Constitution, Art. IV.) 

The Conference recommends that Deans of Women be encouraged to 
present to the I. S. C. matters of interest to college women. 

The Conference authorized the secretary to have printed blanks whose 
use will lessen the difficulty in securing united action among the different 
sororities. 

The Sixth Inter-Sorority Conference desires to emphasize in the report 
the request that the editors of sorority magazines exercise more care in send- 
ing exchanges to the grand officers of other sororities, and in sending them 
promptly. The recommendation that fraternity journals be sent to all chap- 
ters in colleges where the respective sororities are represented, was recon- 
sidered, and the editors are now requested to send but one conv to each col- 
lege where represented, this copy to be sent to the secretary of the Pan-Hel- 
lenic association. 

Some music schools in universities where college sororities have chap- 
ters have entrance requirements lower than the literary colleges. The dele- 
gates discussed the right to initiate students in these music schools, but found 
no satisfactory solution for the problem. 

The report of the committee on Pan-Hellenic recommendations was ac- 
cepted. (For (a) see Part II.) 

Alpha Phi announced that their sorority had succeeded in copyrighting 
their badge. 



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A motion carried that each sorority be assessed $5.00 for Inter-Sorority 
Conference expenses. 

The Conference adjourned to meet in September, igo8. 

ELDA L. SMITH, Pi Beta Phi, 

Secretary Sixth Inter-Sorority Conference. 

PART II. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RECOMMENDATIONS TO PAN- 
HELLENIC ASSOCIATIONS. 

The committee has thought it best to incorporate in the secretary's re- 
port of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Inter-Sorority Conference, the Model 
Constitution for Pan-Hellenic Associations, and to add to it the recommenda- 
tions of the Conference. 

MODEL CONSTITUTION FOR PAN-HELLENICS 

CONSTITUTION 

ARTICLE I. 

NAME. 

The name of this organization shall be the Pan-Hellenic Association of 



the 



ARTICLE I. 

PURPOSE. 



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 pre- 
sented to it for consideration. 

4. Co-operate with the college authorities and all college organizations 
in questions of general college interest. 

ARTICLE III. 

ORGANIZATION. 

This Pan-Hellenic shall be composed of one active and one alumnae mem- 
ber from each chapter of the National Sororities represented in the institu- 
tion, and from such locals as they may see fit to admit. 

ARTICLE IV. 

OFFICERS. 

Section i. The officers of this Pan-Hellenic shall be: President, Secre- 
tary and Treasurer. 

Sec. 2. The officers shall serve for one year, dating from the first meet- 
ing of the Pan-Hellenic after the Christmas holidays. 

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. 



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Sec. 4. riic secretary shall he chosen from the chapter which is to haver 
the presidency the following? year. 

Sec. 5. The duties of the officers shall he those usually devolving upoxn 
such officers. 

ARTICLE V. 

VOTING. 

A unanimous vote shall he necessary to fit the date for pledge day aii. d 
to make rules regulating rushing. 

ARTICLE VI. 

A.MEXDMENTS. 

This constitution can he amended hy the unanimous vote of the Pa.a"i — 
Hellenic. 

BY-LAWS 

L The date of pledge day shall he the 

II. It shall he considered dishonorahle for a fraternity member, active? 
or alumna, to speak disparagingly of another fraternity or one of its mem- 
bers to a rushee. 

III. The constitution and by-laws of this Pan-Hellenic shall be printed 
not later than May ist of each year and five (5) copies of the same shall he 
sent by each chapter to its Grand President. 

IV. These Hy-Laws may be amended by the unanimous vote of the Pan- 
Hellenic. 

The Conference would make the following recommendations to Pan- Hel- 
lenic Associations. 

1. 'J'hat special emphasis be placed unon Article HI of the Model Con- 
stitution as printed above, urging that in every organization of Pan Hellenics 
there be one active and one alumna member from each chapter, instead of 
two active members. 

2. That there be regular meetings of the Pan-Hellenic, as often as once 
in two months, at least. 

3. That invitations to the meetings be extended to the Deans of Women 
and Faculty Women. 

4. That Pan-Hellenics give particular attention to Article II, Sec. 4, in 
the Model Constitution, and in the meetings extend their discussion to ques- 
tions of general college interest. There might be discussion of such topics 
as The Promiscuous Wearing of Fraternity Pins, Chaperons of Sorority 
Houses, Incessant Calling at Sorority Houses, Lifting of Pledges, and Crib- 
bing. 

5. That complaints and difficulties in Pan- Hellenics be reported directly 
to the Grand Presidents, and settled by them when possible. 

6. That a late pledge day be urged upon all chapters, preferably a sopho- 
more pledge day. 

LILLIAN W. THOMPSOx\, Gamma Phi Beta, 

SARA n. MATHEWS, Sigma Kappa. 

Coinmittee. 



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Our Retiring Editors 

The resignations of Mrs. Wade and Miss McHatton, which 
ad been pending for more than a year, were, of necessity, accepted 
IndianapoHs, — accepted with feeHngs of the deepest regret on the 
irt of all. 

It is not possible for me to adequately express the appreciation 
It by the members of the Council for the devoted and able services 
- these young women in behalf of the Lyre during the past few 
-ars. I say Council members, because they in particular are in a po- 
tion to realize just what the achievements of these retiring editors 
ive been ; but I am sure I mav sav for the members of the f rater- 
ity in general, that we thank both Mrs. Wade and Miss McHatton 
■^om our hearts, for the loyal and enduring work they have done 
■^r us ; for the strong and healthful spirit they have ever shown 
^ doing it ; and for the encouragement they have passed on to the 
^^evvly-elected staff. 

A CoL xciL Member. 




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FORTUNATE, indeed, is A X n in beginning the new year of 
1908 with two snch valuable additions as the Xi chapter and 
Gamma Gamma, of New York. We feel sure that the members of 
both chapters will be stronger women through these organizations, 
while the fraternity will also gain much thereby. To the new active 
chapter we extend A X n's strong right hand of fellowship and sa\' 
with Browning: 

"Grow old along with me ; 
The best is yet to be." 



AT THE opening of a new year, it is pennissable to review sub- 
jects worn almost threadbare by frequent repetition. Is it not 
the proverbial time for new and earnest resolutions? And in order 
to see what they shall be is it not advisable to know how we stand 
in regard to the old ? For are we ready for new problems, until the 
old are at least receiving careftil attention? We fear they are not 
yet able to walk alone, so we are going to call your attention to sev- 
eral of the "old" perplexities, hoping you wilt solve them by the 
steadfastness of your adherence to New Year resolutions, among 
which we feel confident all matters pertaining to Alpha Chi Omega 
will find a prominent place. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 33 

A FRATERNITY journal which circulates among over forty 
college fraternities and sororities, must to a great extent be 
the reflection of the fraternity which publishes it, and the public pres- 
tige of the fraternity is therefore at stake. There is not a fraternity 
girl who would not consider herself deeply offended if her loyalty 
was questioned ; but is it loyalty to allow the official organ of her fra- 
ternity to circulate among others as anything but their equal? 
Whether or not it is the equal depends upon her, the individual, for 
where do the contents come from, where the funds that make its 
publication and circulation possible? We will be charitable enough 
to believe that any indifference to the fraternity's welfare springs 
from carelessness, but even so, we are now women, not girls, and can 
we afford to be careless ? Let every Alpha Chi realize the duties as 
well as the privileges, which her pin involves, and come loyally for- 
ward to the support of the Lyre^ her Lyre. If you are now a sub- 
scriber, get others to be, offer suggestions (they will be gladly re- 
ceived), supply material, make your subscription for more than one 
year, and thus enable the staff a guarantee for enlarging the Lyre. 
In all or any of these ways prove your loyalty and support. 

"An enterprise, when fairly once begun, 
Should not be left till all that ought is won." 

THE question of maintaining the interest of the alumnae has long 
been a vital one in all fraternities, and in fact in all institu- 
tions. If it is thought important enough to engage the attention of 
educators and fraternity councils, can it be lightly passed over by the 
chapters? Loyalty begets loyalty, indifference, indifference. There- 
fore we hope that every ensuing year will see the chapters exerting 
themselves to the utmost to strengthen the bonds between the alum- 
nae and themselves. By trying those arrangements which have 
worked successfully in other fraternities a splendid start would be 
made. A study of the exchanges will reveal these. 

A GREAT many difficulties incurred at the opening of the col- 
lege year could be greatly lessened by confining the rushing 
to girls who expect to complete their college course. Aside from 



34 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

raising the standard of a fraternity, did you ever stop to think that 
one or even two years of fraternity life seldom makes a thoroughly 
loyal alumna? And what fraternity can "wax strong" and prosper 
without the support of its alumnae ? We need them, every one. This 
is a question so far-reaching in its effects that we hope every chapter 
will give it serious thought. 

IT IS a well-known fact, attested by all ages and by all peoples, 
that to those things around which traditions cling, our deepest 
loyalty is given. Sanctified, they make a part of our religious life; 
they are represented in our family histories; they surround college 
lore ; they are very dear to all fraternities. We therefore count that 
fraternity very fortunate that numbers many such in its history. We 
earnestly recommend that the money spent on the trivialities, such as 
flowers, carriages, and meaningless social functions, be converted 
to the keeping of fraternity birthdays and chapter anniversaries, an- 
nual rallies (which we specially emphasize), and as many estab- 
lished holidays as can be legitimately afforded. It is not necessary to 
make these elaborate, far be it from our thoughts,. as extravagance is 
demoralizing, but simply to establish a calendar around which, in the 
words of the editor of the Scroll, "The memories of members will 
always cling, recalling many delightful occasions and hosts of friends 
who were wont to meet around the altar fires" — of Alpha Chi Omega. 

NEVER has the spirit of co-operation been so strongly manifest- 
ed as at the present time. It permeates all branches of so- 
ciety; industrial, political, social, religious, literary, and scientific. 
That it has entered the colleges, quickened the fraternities into ac- 
tion and thus widened their possibilities, let every Greek be devoutly 
thankful, for it enables us to see ahead the realization of our ideals. 

Foremost among such co-operative movements is the Deans' 
Conference, which is to meet in Chicago at the Stratford hotel, De- 
cember 20, 1907. The last conference was held in 1905 and consisted 
of the Deans of Women of State Universities ; and by courtesy, the 
representatives of the I. S. C. Realizing that in such an organization 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 35 

the fraternities find their ablest advisors, we look forward with in- 
terest to their decisions, which we hope will be as helpful as before. 
One article we specially indorse : 

Article VL The Deans 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 great- 
ly to raise the standard of scholarship. They stated that they were 
very much in favor of Sorority houses, and thought them best man- 
aged by the older alumnae. 

That this co-operative spirit is hovering over the University of 
Illinois is evidenced by the formation there of a league, which repre- 
sents in its personnel, the entire student life. Too much cannot be 
said in its favor ,and we hope the time will be short when it will be 
the rule and not the exception to find such a league in every insti- 
tution of learning. Realizing that in just such co-operation as this 
the fraternities find their surest means of overcoming the prejudices 
so long rife, as well as any exclusiveness and narrowness that may 
"creep unawares" into their own circle, we hope every girl will do all 
she can to promote and further such a movement in her own college. 
The constitution is in part as follows : 

"The object of this association shall be to further the spirit of unity 
among women in the University, to increase their sense of responsibility 
toward one another, and to be a medium by which the social standard of the 
University can be made and kept high." 

WITH the April number, the Lyre will institute a new depart- 
ment, to be known as E/cXe/cra, consisting of articles 
contributed by the undergraduates. It is our desire that this de- 
partment be as interesting as possible, and to stimulate endeavor, 
a suitable Alpha Chi Omega prize will be awarded for the best ar- 
ticle received. 

These articles may cover the broadest range of subjects, frater- 
nal or otherwise, and are not to exceed one thousand words. We 



36 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

prefer that they be much shorter, as it is the individual who 
writes entertainingly, instructively, and at the same time concisely, 
who displays true literary ability. According to previous instruc- 
tions, the two contributions from each chapter must be in by the 
1st of March. 

If further information is desired, address the editor. 



To the Alumnae 

WITH few exceptions an alumna will subscribe to her maga- 
zine so as to keep in touch with the members of her fra- 
ternity — especially with those of her own chapter whom she has 
known well, but with whom she does not correspond. Unless we 
make the alumnae notes of enough consequence to satisfy this 
alumna, her interest in the magazine will soon begin to wane, and in 
a very few years her subscription will not be forthcoming. 

But how are we to obtain this information if not from the alum- 
nae themselves ! An alumna should not feel that her connection with 
the magazine is severed, except for her subscription. Nay! As her 
perspective of tilings in general and of the fraternity in particular 
enlarges, she should be all the more prepared to contribute articles if 
called upon. And surely, without any urging, she should send in 
items that she knows will be of interest to the many who are as eager 
for news of their friends as she is. 

We would indeed be grateful for such forethought on the part of 
any alumna. 

Notice 

Will all our readers kindly look over their "old Lyres," and if 
they find the following numbers, please communicate with the Grand 
Historian: 1899, Vol. IV, No. 4; 1904, Vol. VIII, Nos. 3 and 4. 

The editor would also appreciate information concerning Vol. 
VI, Nos. I, 2 and 3 (1902) ; Vol. VII, No. 4 (1903) ; Vol. VII, No. 
3 (1904) ; Vol. VIII, No. 4 (1905). 

As A X n is anxious to establish a file in the New York library, 



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37 



any wishing to donate their incomplete file or only a few numbers, 
will confer a great favor upon the Fraternity by communicating with 
Miss Siller, 716 Clark street, Evanston, 111. 



Mysterious Disappearance ! 

Reward offered for information leading to their recovery ! 
Strayed from the Historian's fold the addresses of the following 



ALPHA 

Mrs. Ethel Sutherlin Berger, 1888. 

Cora Branson, pledged, '89. 

Marion Colborn, '93. 

Jessie Y. Fox, '89. 

Mrs. Pearl Armitage Jamison, '90. 

Mrs. Josephine Tingley Linscott, '92. 

Lena Scott. 

Mrs. Pearl Somerville, *oi. 

Laura Taggart, '87. 

Cora Taggart, '87. 

Mrs. Rilla Jones Merica, pledged. 

BETA 

Blanche Bunday, '90. 

Hattie Ives, "88. 

May Percival Miner, ^95. 



GAMMA 

Pearl Rising, '91. 
Fanny Grafton. 
Minnie Beckett, '93. 
Athlena McCorkle, '94. 



DELTA 
Myrtle Sheldon, '91. 



EPSILON 

Cornelia Keep, '95. 

Mary Alice Mann, '96. 

Lonanna Mae Hardwick, '97. 

Nellie Burton, '97. 

Gertrude Mae Kenzie, '95, pledged. 

Ellen Beach Yaw, Honorary. 

ZETA 

^largaret Upcraft. 

Mrs. Jessie Wood Sincere 

Sarala Thompson, Associate. 

HONORARY 

Mme. Marie Decca. 
Mrs. ^lary Howe Lavin. 
Maude Powell. 
Neally Stevens. 

ASSOCIATE. 

Mrs. Jennie Allen. 
Mrs. Alma Dall Dixon. 

CHARTER. 

Amy DuBois. 

Mrs. Myrtle Boltz Johnson. 

Mrs. Nellie Bolton Copeland. 

Miss Juvenilia Olivia Porter. 

Maude Heston. 

^Irs. Chas. Sparkes. 



Can presumably be located between the Atlantic and the Pacific. 
The new directory to be published will be incomplete without 
them. 



38 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 




CHAPTER LETTERS 




"// is by the benefit of letters that absent friends are, in a manner, 

brought together/' 

Chapter letters for each issue will be due not later than the first 
of the month preceding the date of issue. At the beginning of each 
letter state the active membership, including all initiates since pre- 
vious issue, with full names, and home addresses. 

Personals and alumnae news to be written on a separate sheet. 

Typewrite copy if possible. 

ALPHA 

Since the last letter to the Lyre, Alpha has had to contend with not a 
few difficulties, but they were bravely surmounted, and are now a thing of the 
past. For a time we were fearful of losing our house, as there had been sick- 
ness and death in the family occupying it. We were without a regular board- 
ing place for two weeks and had only nine active girls to do the spiking. 
We all felt more keenly then, the necessity of united action and hard work. 
We went into the fight with a will, and came out with flying colors, as usual. 

On October 21, we pledged eleven girls, and think they are all an honor 
to Alpha Chi Omega. The names added to our roll are : Pauline Thomas, Lo- 
gansport, Ind. ; Helen Pierson, Muncie, Ind. ; Marion Cooper, Goshen, Ind. ; 
Ina Sopher, Noblesville, Ind.; Harriet Rubusch, London. Ind.; Olive Pratt, 
Pawpaw, 111.; Harriet Tessig, Warsaw. Ind.; Ruth Conner, Pandleton, Ind; 
Irene Hays, Lawrenceburg, Ind. ; Vera Cronk, Terre Haute, Ind., and Grace 
Lloyd, Greencastle, Ind. 

We initiated November 22, and were greatly pleased to have with us at 
that time, our Grand President. Mrs. Loud, and Mrs. Ruick, of Beta Beta. 

We have had but one parly this term, and that a formal, given for our 
spikes, on October 8. This was a four-course dinner for the girls, the boys 
coming at nine o'clock. The house was beautifully decorated in autumn leaves, 
the stairway and mantles being a mass of gorgeous colors. In the dining room 
the decorations were carnations and smilax. The music was furnished by a 
pianist and violinist from Indianapolis. 

We are proud to say that we have this year two of our members on the 
faculty. Miss Aldah McCoy, in pianoforte, has taken the place of Miss Saw- 
yer, who is traveling in the west, and Miss Ethel Clark is teacher in the art 
school, taking the place of Miss Overbeck. 

Our chaperon this year is Mrs. Yount, of Shelbyville, Ind. She is a grad- 
uate of DePauw, and quite as enthusiastic about college affairs as the girls. 

DePauw has been quite successful this year in football, as they won the 
secondary championship of the state, and Captain Tucker made the all-state 
team in the position of left end. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 39 



In celebration of her victories, the students were given a holiday, Novem- 
ber i6, and a day is to be set apart each year, to be known as "Old Gold Day," 
for the purpose of arousing college spirit 



BETA 

The close of the all-too-short Thanksgiving vacation warns us that Christ- 
mas is almost at hand, and after that the beginning of a new term, and a new 
year — a year which it is the firm purpose of Beta chapter to make one of the 
best she has ever had. The year just closing has been marked by many pleas- 
ant things, and Beta feels the ties of sisterhood drawing her members more 
closely together all the time. 

Our rushing season, though entered upon with enthusiasm, tinged by a 
slight fear owing to the fact that we had so few experienced girls, was a 
complete success. As a result we beg leave to present six new pledglings, of 
whom we are j ustly proud. These "babies", Edna Newcomer, Monroe, Mich. ; 
Margaret Smith, Marshall, Mich. ; Lucile Singleton, Vera Patterson, Cecil 
Smith, and Gladys Griffin, of Albion, are as loyal and fine girls as could be 
found — true Alpha Chis. Most of them will be active before the close of this 
term or soon after the beginning of the next term. Two of our new girls re- 
ceived a bid from one other fraternity, and one girl received two. Alpha Chi 
lost no bids. 

Of course the rushing season was an almost endless round of suppers, 
picnics, bowling parties, dinners, drives, and all that goes to make up a rush- 
ing season. It is felt here that the rushing season was too strenuous this year, 
both in the men's and women's fraternities, so it is very probable that some- 
thing will be done next year to shorten it or in some way alleviate its evils. 

Alpha Chi entertained the Pan-Hellenic Association early in the term, 
and Delta Gamma entertained after the rushing season. The rushing rules 
were considered rather inadequate, and a few changes have been proposed. 

Our one big event this term so far was the visit paid us by that charming 
singer, Ellen Beach Yaw. By dint of coaxing and pleading, her manager final- 
ly consented to let us have Miss Yaw for a little while after the concert, which 
she gave under the auspices of the College Conservatory, in order that we 
might get a little bit acquainted with her. We did not realize what a priceless 
boon it was until after she had come and gone. It was an experience we would 
not have missed for anything. The dainty little lady is fully as fascinating off 
the stage as on it, and that is saying a good deal, to judge from the enthu- 
siastic audience at the concert. Aside from her personal charm and grace, the 
thing that most attracted us was her unswerving loyalty to, and interest in. 
Alpha Chi Omega. We will look back on Miss Yaw's visit as one of the 
brightest spots in our college year. 

We have had two good lectures so far this year — ^both of which, though 
widely different in character, were well attended and enjoyed. One was given 
by Senator Tillmann and the other by Newell Dwight Hillis. 

Another event of the college year is to happen this term — the annual 
Country Fair, given by the Y. W. C. A. in the college gymnasium. This is a 
very enjoyable affair, rendered more so by the fact that anyone daring to come 
in ordinary costume is fined five cents. 

Those Alpha Chis who remained in town during the Thanksgiving vaca- 
tion enjo'"^ed a pot-luck supper at the lodge. We are planning to entertain the 
football team soon at an informal evening party. 



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Beta extends heartiest greetings to the new chapter and wishes her long 
life and prosperity. 

A Merry Christmas and the very Happiest New Year to every Alpha Chi 
is the wish of Beta. 

(A good letter. Thank you for the type-written form. — Ed.) 



GAMMA 



After the long separation of the summer months, ten girls of Gamma 
returned to Northwestern. Among our rushing- stunts were a cinch party at 
Alice Newgard's in Rogers' Park, a matinee dance at Ethel Ford's, in Ravens- 
wood,, and a Mother Goose party at the home of one of our Evanston alum- 
nae, ^label Jones, as well as a formal dinner and dance at the Evanston Golf 
Club. Then came pledging day, with every bid accepted, although we rushed 
against many other sororities. The excitement, however, did not die away 
after rushing season, for several of our alumnae returned to be present at the 
wedding of one of our girls, Romaine Hard-Castle, to a Northwestern Phi 
Delt, James Van Sypher, where Alpha Chis officiated as bridesmaids and as 
organist. Hallowe'en found the entire chapter again in Ravenswood at Ethel 
Ford's, where the ridiculous costumes and customary Hallowe'en tricks oc- 
casioned much amusement. Initiation, which was given by our alumnae, was 
held on the evening of Saturday, November 9, and at that time we admitted 
into full membership our six pledges, as well as affiliated a transfer from 
Alpha. Several members from Alpha, Beta, Theta, and Iota were present, 
while, as guest of honor, we had our Grand President, Mrs. Loud. Since in- 
itiation we have been forming many plans to bring the girls together oftener 
and have decided to have some little informal affair every Friday afternoon. 
On the evening of November 26, the chapter was given an informal at Wil- 
niette Hall, although our drawn date does not come until January 18. 

Nevertheless, social duties occupy but a small part of our time. Recently 
several of our girls have been on the interesting recitals given at Music Hall, 
while Florence Kelley and Winifred Webster have given recitals at "Cum- 
nock." On the evening of Saturday, November 23, Hedwig Brenneman and 
Mae Smith gave several solos at the large concert in Fond du Lac, in addition 
to singing in the O Capella choir. Our two sophomores in Liberal Arts were 
taken into literary societies this fall (freshmen are ineligible), while Carrie 
Patten, our transfer from Alpha, was invited to join, but has not yet accepted. 
We hope soon to have a story by an Alpha Chi in the Northwestern Maga- 
zine, besides being represented on the literary staff of our annual, the Sylla- 
bus. On the whole, Gamma has great ambitions for its girls this coming year, 
and we heartily wish the greatest success to all our sorority sisters. 



DELTA 



The semester is half gone, yet it scarcely seems a month since the girls 
of Delta chapter assembled in their places with only one vacant seat among 
their last year's girls. College opened September 18, with all the old faculty 
back with the exception of Dr. Wells, whose place is filled by Dr. Lee, for- 
merly of Mt. Union. The enrollment of the freshman class is the largest in 
the history of Allegheny College, but the number of girls was less, and from 
the first moment the rushing was "nip and tuck." Alpha Chi Omega opened 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 41 



the rushing season with an evening party on September 27 at the home of 
Miss Rhoddy. Our next formal event was an afternoon party at the home of 
Miss Clara Lord on October 12. On the Saturday before bidding day we en- 
tertained with a supper at the Saegertown Inn, and October 21,- bidding day, 
saw the scarlet and green pinned on Miss Marjorie Fowler and the Misses 
Blanch and Elizabeth Garver. We initiated our new girls November 16, and 
we had with us quite a large number of old Delta girls, besides having the 
pleasure of entertaining Miss Loise Boerst, of Theta, who told us a great 
deal about the girls and their life at Ann Arbor. 

President Crawford returned the third week of November from a very 
delightful trip through England and Scotland, the present of an interested 
Alleghenian patron. He saw a great deal of the life of both Oxford and 
Rugby, and told us many interesting stories of their college life. 

Dr. A. C. Smith, who holds the history chair at Allegheny, has been 
chosen by Johns Hopkins University to deliver the annual course of ten lec- 
tures on American Diplomatic History. We think we are to be congratulated 
to have been so honored by such a university. 

Don't you think we ought to be well managed with such a formidable 
list of officers in our midst? Olga Henry is vice-president of the executive 
committee of Student Government in Hulings Hall; ^label McLean Proctor 
of third corridor in the hall ; Clara Wheeling, vice-president of Y. W. C. A., 
and secretary of the Missionary Club ; Mary B. Greene, treasurer of the 
Sophomore Class; Vera Bash, secretary of the College Council. 

Now that rushing season is over and our new girls have been taken in, 
we hope to soon be settled and begin some heavy work. 



EPSILON 



Epsilon sends greetings to her sister chapters and wishes them all a pros- 
perous year. Especial interest is felt by all toward the new chapters, and to 
them we extend heartiest welcome. 

In accordance with the local Pan-Hellenic, bidding day came on the sec- 
ond Tuesday in November. Each sorority was limited in the number of rush- 
ing parties, but the small functions were numerous and unique. 

There were many dinner parties, dainty luncheons, and chafing dish 
"spreads," where only three of our girls could be present, but they were very 
jolly. The first "real afifair" was the Vaudeville, which proved such a success 
last year. There were new features, of course, and some of the girls proved 
themselves artists in various lines. We had a splendid place in which to give 
the performance. A curtain was arranged, covered with posters of suggestive 
"hits'* on our girls. There were regular programs, which, however, gave no 
clue to the individual members. Our patronesses wrote clever sone^s for the 
occasion, and helped greatly in making the evening- a success. 

October 2^ was the date of our progressive luncheon. Twenty- four girls 
met at the home of Mrs. Young, where the first course was served. Here the 
most elaborate table decorations had been arranged. Large satin ribbons of 
scarlet and green were used on the cloth, while ferns and carnations added 
their life to the rich effect. When we finished the course, three big touring 
cars came puffing up to carry us to the next house. Despite the rain we had a 
splendid time and partook of the best things imaginable at the five different 
houses. 

The last function was given November 9 at Mrs. Van Cleve's, somewhat 



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in the nature of a Hallowe'en party, postponed because of the death of Dr. 
Beane, professor in the science department. Men were invited on this occa- 
sion, and after an evening of gaiety, tiny green and red lunch baskets were 
given to each man, who was to find the girl whose name appeared on a card 
attached and share with her the contents of his basket. Much merriment was 
afforded by this, I can assure you. 

Finally, on bidding day, our happiness was complete when we were privi- 
leged to place our colors on the girls for whom we had so eagerly sought. 
Two of the girls are champion basketball players, having won high honors 
at High School, while the others were all gifted either in music or art. Ep- 
silon is proud of her chapter, and with so many "old" and "new** girls, there 
is every prospect of a splendid year. 

One of our members, Faye Buck, graduates in June. She is carrying an 
unusually heavy course in organ, piano and theoretical work. There are two 
flourishing glee clubs in connection with the University this year. The girls* 
club is under the direction of Mrs. Norma Rockhold Robbins, a recent addi- 
tion to the faculty, while Professor Miller has charge of the men's club, and 
both organizations hope to appear in concert during the holidays. 

The Ladies' Auxiliary of the University has arranged a very excellent 
course of musical and literary attractions to be given during the winter for 
the purpose of raising funds for furnishings in the various parts of the build- 
ings. Through their assistance many little improvements have been made both 
in college buildings and dormitories. 

We have enjoyed several weeks of grand opera with the Lombard's Opera 
Company. It was a greater treat this year than usual, both because of the ex- 
cellent voices and the fine new auditorium, which has been so long needed. 

Several artists of note have been heard in concert the past month, 
among others Gadski and Maude Powell. One of our girls was fortunate in 
meeting the former at a luncheon given her by the Dominant Club, composed 
of the leading women musicians of the city. We are yet to hear Calve, Pad- 
erewski, Herbert Witherspoon, Hoffman, Carreno and many more. 

U. S. C. has again held her reputation in football, having won each game 
in turn this year. Owing to some minor disagreement between the school, 
there will be no intercollegiate games with Pomona or Occidental, but sev- 
eral big games have been played with other schools, and the latest victory 
was won over the marines, which team was drawn from sailors from the three 
battleships, Virginia, Colorado and Maryland, now stationed on this coast. 
We are proud of this score of i6 to 4, as a number of the sailors were Annap- 
olis "stars." 

Initiation and the usual banquet following are being planned now, and 
great results are hoped for in our year's work. , 

(A splendid letter. We are very glad to have such detailed accounts of 
chapter life and surroundings. — Ed.) 



ZETA 

In looking over last year's roll I find that out of the twelve girls who 
are not back with us this year, eight have started in for a musical career, and 
are doing their share in spreading the advantages which they received during 
their study at the New England Conservatory. (See personals.) 

In spite of the fact that many of our girls are not with us this fall, we 
had sixteen to answer to their names at the opening of school. Since 



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then we have been busy getting girls to fill in the gaps in our depleted ranks, 
and have now added five loyal sisters to our chapter roll : Sallie Lee Master- 
son, Fort Worth, Texas ; Jean Knappenberger, Brunswick, Mo. ; Edith John- 
sin, Winnipeg, Manitoba ; Elizabeth Shaetzel, Sioux Falls, S. D. ; Nellie 
Brushingham, Chicago, 111. 

Boston is to have an unusually interesting musical season and we are all 
looking forward with a great deal of pleasure to the coming concerts. Be- 
sides the usual symphony orchestra quartettes and oratories, we are to have 
recitals by Padereswski, De Pachman, Goodson, Carreno, Kreisler, Sembrich, 
Calve, Schumann-Heink, and a score of others. 

We have started into this year's work with a great deal of enthusiasm, 
and have made a few changes in our plans, which, we hope, will add to our 
happiness and success during this year. 

Zeta wishes her sister chapters the prosperous year that she hopes to 
enjoy herself. 



THETA 



The rushing season has been very successful this year, and as a result, 
we have eight pledges. The list includes Fluta Lamb, Anne Haug, Irene Con- 
nell, Alice Yaple, Katherine Anderson, Frances Joyce, Josephine Gerow, and 
Essie Vinton. 

Frances O'Hara, of Toledo, Ohio; Faith Butler, of Frankford, Mich., 
and Dona Savage, of Lansing, Mich., came back and helped rush. 

Dona Savage gave a very pretty dinner party for the new girls. The color 
scheme of red nd green was carried out in every detail. 

The annual initiation and banquet has been set for November 15. We ex- 
pect many of the old girls back to help us welcome our new sisters, and intend 
to keep them for the "Pennsy" game, scheduled for the following Saturday. 

The annual dancing party for the new girls will be given November 26. 
We also expect many old girls back for this. 

A very successful Hallowe'en party was given October 30 at the chapter 
house. The pledges were kept busy all afternoon, and consequently the house 
was very prettib^ adorned with cornstalks, pumpkins, leaves, etc. Dancing and 
refreshments followed the usual Hallowe'en pranks. 

Mrs. Hoffman, head of the dramatic department of the University School 
of Music, is going to give a performance of Sheridan's "School for Scandal," 
under the auspices of the Woman's League. 

Ground has been broken for the new Memorial Hall on the southwest 
corner of the campus. 



IOTA 

Iota girls are all at work again, and a busy bunch they are. There are 
thirteen of us in the house, and it would be hard to find a more contented 
family. At the beginning of the year, we opened up the house with only six 
old girls back and two transfers, Edna Hamilton from DePauw, and Marie 
Seebach from Northwestern. We could not help but miss certain familiar 
faces and wish that they might be with us again this year, but "rushing sea- 
son" was open, and Alpha Chis must go to work in real earnest, and work 
we did. As a result, on the 5th of October, we pledged eight dandy fresh- 
men, three of them being town girls. 



44 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



One of our most successful "rushing stunts" was our "German," which 
we gave at the house. The old girls took the part of the men, each bringing 
a new eirl. Much amusement was caused by the favors, which consisted of 
such things as rubber balls, rattles, miniature pipes and immense cookies. 
Then in quick succession came our annual picnic, at the home of one of our 
town girls ; our banquet, and last on the 4th of October, our final dance. It 
was, of course, quite strenuous and yet we feel that we are richly repaid. 

A great many of the girls were back for the Chicago vs. Illinois game, 
October 19. It is true that we were defeated, but it was a glorious game and 
"Illinois Loyalty" rang out just as clear at the finish as at the beginning. 

The dedicatory exercises of the new auditorium, doing honor to the name 
of Edward MacDowell, began the afternoon of November 5, when Mr. Ham- 
lin, an intimate friend of the great composer, made the address. The services 
were concluded Wednesday evening by a MacDowell program, given by the 
Theodore Thomas orchestra. 

Iota sends greetings to the other chapters and welcomes those that are 
new. 



KAPPA 



This is Kappa's first year in a home of her own, and we do enjoy having 
a chapter house. It is located within the university and fraternity circle. On 
the two corners opposite ours are the Alpha Tau Omega and Theta Delta Chi 
fraternities. 

At the beginning of the year five girls were initiated and three pledged. 
The initiates are : Meta Keickhefer, Milwaukee ; Grace Howe, Boscobel, Wis.. ; 
Alma Slater, Escanaba, Mich., and Margaret H. Doubler, Madison. The 
pledges are : Fay Vaughan, Bangor, Wis. ; and Minda and Edna Momey, 
Billings, Mont. 

On the evening of November 22, the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity gave 
a reception for a professor who is one of its members. On the afternoon of 
the same day Delta Gamma sorority gave a reception for freshmen girls. 

On the evening of November 7, the girls gave an informal dancing party, 
which proved to be a great success. 

The University of Wisconsin has been fortunate in musical events this 
year. We had the great pleasure of hearing Mr. Clarke, the great baritone 
singer. His recital was unusually fine and his rare musical abilities were espe- 
cially appreciated by many of the members of Alpha Chi Omega. 

Wednesday afternoon and evening, November 27, Sousa's band gave a 
recital in the Armory. There was a large attendance for both concerts. We 
expect to have a series of six artists' recitals this winter. The first was given 
by Mr. Jaffe, violinist, and Miss Alice Regan, pianist. Both are of the School 
of Music. The next musical treat will be the Russian Symphony orchestra. 

We are glad to hear that a new chapter of Alpha Chi Omega has been 
installed at Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Kappa sends greetings to all her sister chapters. 



LAMBDA 



As pledge-day at Syracuse was set for matriculation day, our rushing 
season began promptly. All Lambda girls worked hard, but feel well repaid, 
for a couple of weeks ago we initiated seven new girls and are now the richer 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 45 



by seven sisters. Lambda wishes to introduce to all Alpha Chis : Selma Swen- 
son, Susquehanna, Pa. ; Jane Wood, Voorheesville, N. Y. ; Millie Stebbins, 
West Winfield, N. Y. ; Ruth Hutchins, Palmyra, N. Y. ; Myra Jones, Hoosic 
Falls, N. Y. ; Ethel Lansiner, Copenhagen, N. Y., and Ethel McCoy, Jackson- 
ville, Fla. At our initiation ceremony, which occurred on the evening of Fri- 
day, November 8, Mrs. Grace Hammond Holmes, Delta, was present. Our 
banquet took place Saturday night, November 9, at the Kanatenah Club 
House. Harriet Moore acted as toast-mistress, and called for the following 
toasts : 

Our Lyre, Marjorie Wall; Upper Classmen, Mary Emma Griffith; Under 
Classmen, Martha Lee ; Rushing, Ruth Harlow ; Lambda, Flora Kaufhold ; 
"Ye Daughters of Music, Come Up Higher," Selma Swenson; Roasts, Helen 
Cunningham; Entering the Sisterhood, Jessie Lansing. 

For patronesses. Lambda has been fortunate in securing Mrs. George S. 
Hadley, Mrs. Nellis M. Rich, Mrs. Herbert M. Burchard, wife of the Greek 
professor at the University, and Mrs. H. B. N. Begg, wife of one of the pro- 
fessors in the Engineering College. 

Syracuse has been especially favored musically this fall. Madame Schu- 
mann-Heink, Macmillen, the violinist, and Campanari, have been here, and 
Padereswski is expected in the future. Besides these, Maude Adams, Lillian 
Russell, E. H. Sothern, and Robert Mantell have played here. 

Several new buildings have been opened on the University campus this 
fall : Bowne Hall of Chemistry, Lyman Hall of Natural History, the Carnegie 
Library, Sims Hall, a dormitory for men, and the new stadium. We are very 
proud of our stadium. Its seating capacity is 20,000, and it is one of the larg- 
est in the world. The seats are arranged in the form of an amphitheater, 
around the top of which is a promenade three-fourths of a mile long. The 
running-track, which is around the gridiron, is half a mile in length. The 
stadium is to connect by an underground passage with the new gymnasium, 
the foundations of which were laid last spring. At one of the entrances to the 
stadium there is a mammoth arch. During the past football season, the 
stadium was the scene of no defeats. The Orange Print Shop just off the 
campus was opened this fall. Here the college papers, programs, etc., are 
printed. 

John Crouse College of Fine Arts has increased its staff of professors 
this fall with the addition of Professors Charles H. Mills and Stanley Olm- 
sted, piano, and Professor Ernst Mahr, 'cellist. 

Lambda wishes all Alpha Chis a happy and prosperous year. 



MU 

Mu has just completed her first rushing season. It was not very strenu- 
ous, as Pan-Hellenic rules at Simpson allow only two rushine: parties to each 
sorority. We have four new sisters, of whom we are very proud. They are : 
Ethel Mott, Marengo; Sara Dick, Jefferson; Mildred MacFadon, Emerson; 
Mabel Fett, Clearfield. Septenil)er 31, we initiated Carrie McBride, '10, of 
Dexter. 

We gave our first party October 2, when we entertained about thirty girls 
very informally. Our second party was November 12. The entertainment con- 
sisted of several contests, in which the girls demonstrated their knowledge 
of musical terms and forms. 

October 5 the Pi Beta Phis entertained the girls of Delta Delta Delta 



46 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



and of Alphi Chi Omega at a seven o'clock breakfast. We three sororities 
meet socially once each term, entertaining in turn, and we find these meetings 
very enjoyable and helpful. 

On the evening of October i, the Kappa Theta Psis very delightfully en- 
tertained the three sororities of the school, in honor of their pledges. The prin- 
cipal feature of the evening^s entertainment was a burlesque on Ivanhoe, in 
which Ivanhoe^s love for Rowena grew cold and his affections were trans- 
ferred to Rebecca. 

The Conservatory people and instructors will render the oratorio of The 
Messiah, December ii. Ethel MacFadon will be soprano soloist. 

Carrie MacFadon and Margaret Schimelfenig were delegates to the state 
Y. W. C. A. convention at Cedar Rapids, in November. 

Alpha Chi is well represented in the different offices at Simpson this year. 
Carrie MacFadon is president of the Y. W. C. A. ; Mayme Silliman is vice- 
president of the Y. W. C. A., one of the three senior members of the Col- 
lege Council, and vice-president of the class of '08; Nell Harris is president 
of the Music Club ; Effie Silliman, Emma Brown, and Mabel Fett are, respect- 
ively, first, third, and fourth vice-presidents of the same organization ; Mar- 
garet Schimelfenig is secretary of the Junior class and a member of the girls' 
college debating team. Lena Dalrymple is secretary of the College Debate 
Council, and vice-president of the Zetalethean Literary Society. 

Mu sends greetings to all her sisters. 



NU 

After eleven weeks of active fraternity life, the baby chapter feels that it 
is fast growing up, and now cordially steps aside for the other new comer, 
to whom we extend the genuine "right hand of fellowship," with sincerest 
wishes for a life of happiness and prosperity. 

Our chapter roll has increased from the nine charter members to a mem- 
bership of nineteen, three of whom we were unfortunate in losing for a time; 
Bertha Howard was called home by the illness of her father, Mollie Rank 
was obliged to discontinue her studies on account of ill health, and Ethel 
Brown was also summoned to her home, owing to illness in the family circle. 

Four of our new sisters are freshmen, just bubbling over with freshman 
spirit, making an ideal balance to the dignity represented by our "officers," as 
Zella Curtin is vice-president of the Y. W. C. A., and Helen Rice and Dasena 
Houston were elected to the Women's League for this year, but have since 
resigned, in accordance with the rule that each fraternity is allowed only one 
representative on the board. Irene Hall now represents us and is vice-presi- 
dent of the League. 

Devena Houston is our basketball enthusiast, being a player on the col- 
lege team. 

We feel that we have been very fortunate in securing patronesses, whom 
we now introduce to you : Mrs. Salamo Rossi, of Denver, and Mrs. Buchheit, 
of Boulder. We are planning a reception for them in the near future. 

Alpha Chi Omega, like all other fraternities here, has now settled down 
to work, and finds very little time for social efforts. Since rushing season we 
have given but two dances, a tea and a few informal chafing dish parties. 

Although each fraternity congratulated itself on the moderation of 
the rushing this season, the Dean of Women appeared before the last Pan- 
Hellenic to urge more restraint and earlier hours, so you see we are well 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 47 



watched over, and are hoping to attain the goal so eagerly sought for by all 
"Greeks" — ^the faculty approval. 

Nu sends greetings to her sister chapters and wishes them the happiest 
of New Years. 



XI, MNCOIiN, NTBB. 

We, the Xi chapter, being only a few days old, must necessarily have but 
little to say as yet, but to each and all of the sister chapters who welcomed 
us into the Alpha Chi Omega fraternity with such hearty and loving words, 
we wish to express our sincere appreciation and hope we, too, may live true 
to the aims and ideals of our fraternity. 

Our second meeting with Miss Siller has not only increased our affection 
for her, but her earnestness and devotion to the ideal of the Alpha Chi Omega 
fraternity have added to our loyalty and given us a larger view of the privi- 
leges that are open to us by this new bond, and in all the ceremonies of our in- 
itiation she was most ably assisted by Miss Howe, who, too, has won a place 
for herself among the girls of the Xi chapter. We also had the pleasure of 
having Mrs. Somerville, Alpha, and Mrs. Grace Gamble, Gamma, as our 
guests, and we feel assured of their support and interest. 

May the Xi chapter extend greetings to her sister Alpha Chis, and wish 
them a most prosperous and happy New Year? 



ALPHA ALPHA 

The first luncheon of the season for Alpha Alpha occurred on October 5, 
and all were glad to be together again after the long vacation. Among those 
present were Mrs. El Fleda Jackson, of Noskogee, (I. T.), and Miss Russel 
McMurphy, an associate member from Kappa. We enjoy meeting sisters from 
other chapters and hope that we will have that pleasure at every luncheon 
during the year. After the luncheon, a short business meeting was held and 
plans for the year discussed. 

We enjoyed reading about the establishment of the Nu chapter and hope 
to visit their attractive home some time. Through Miss Siller we heard 
a most enthusiastic report of our new sisters and of the delightful visit with 
them. We all send hearty greetings to the last chapter and wish them a long 
life and a happy one. 

The Alpha Alpha chapter entertained the Gamma chapter on November 
9 at Miss Zella Marshall's home in Evanston. Gamma held her initiation at 
that time. 



BETA BETA 



We members of Beta Beta have been unusually busy as a fraternity this 
autumn. 

It has been a time of many meetings and prolonged consultations, and 
much calling up over the telephone ; and, indeed, any one could see with half 
an eye that we were all on "hospitable thoughts intent." 

And it was right that it should be so, for the meeting of the Grand Coun- 
cil was to be held in our midst. When the members composing this Council 
had all arrived, we were justly proud of the reasons for our hospitable 



48 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



thoughts. Graciousness, sweetness and dignity were qualities well combined 
in the members of our Grand Council, and we are sure the meetings were 
marked with the same characteristics. 

Never did any Alpha Chis work together with more harmony and pleas- 
ure than those of Beta Beta to do honor to our executive officers. Socially 
we may have had a better tim£ than our guests, because we were not bur- 
dened with "affairs of state." 

Our Hallowe'en party was a very enjoyable occasion and it gave us all 
an opportunity to become acquainted, and the reception on the closing day 
gave the other fraternity women of our city an opportunity to meet our fair 
sisters. The only drawback was the very unfavorable weather, which made 
getting about a difficult matter. 

Since the meeting of the Council, Beta Beta has returneed to her normal 
quiet and little will be done until after the holidays. 



GAMMA GAMMA, NEW YORK 

The stateinent that we have attained to the dignity of having a charter 
granted us and have been christened Gamma Gamma, represents to the girls 
who have worked and schemed for this, an achievement of which we feel just 
a bit proud. While it all means so much to us, we hope also to mean some- 
thing to you. Our first meeting was held at the Fernery Tea rooms, 14 West 
33rd street, on October 8. Either the elements did not favor our plans or 
they were testing Alpha Chi spirit, for it rained in torrents until nearly the 
hour of our meeting. But Alpha Chis refuse to be downed or drowned, and 
there were ten girls who had the honor of signing the petition for our char- 
ter. Our next meeting was held at the same place, when we had the great 
joy of hearing that our Grand Council had looked on us with favor and that 
we had been given a name and a place on the chapter roll. Our election of 
officers resulted as follows : 

President, Fay Barnaby Kent, Delta ; vice-president, Virginia Fiske Green, 
Theta ; recording and corresponding secretary, Miss Florence Armstrong, Mu ; 
treasurer. Miss Emma Crittenden, Beta ; associate editor, Nella Ramsdell Fall, 
Beta. 

At that meeting we were delighted to receive an invitation from Mrs. 
Alta Moyer Taylor, to take lunch with her on November 14, at her home 
in East Orange, N. J. We had a genuine Alpha Chi time and the girls who 
read this won't ask for a translation of that. For the first time since our 
gathering together we had an opportunity to enjoy Alpha Chi talent, of 
which Gamma Gamma boasts not a little, to sing our fraternity songs, and to 
split the air with our Hi-Hi-Hi — at least we thought we were doinjf that — 
our spirit was stronger than our voices when we gave it for our charming 
hostess. 

On December 4, our president, Mrs. Kent, has asked us for luncheon at 
the home of her mother, Mrs. C. W. Barnaby, in the city. 

We are hoping soon to have a permanent place and a definite date for our 
monthly meetings, so that visiting girls will know when and where to find 
us. Until then a note to the secretary, Miss Florence Armstrong, The Mont- 
clair, 541 Lexington avenue, New York City, will give you the date and place 
of meeting, and it's needless to say that all Alpha Chis will find a cordial 
welcome. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 49 



^ 


PERSONALS 


4k 



ALPHA 

Clo Brauson was united in marriage to Bernard Craig, of Brazil, at her 
home in Rockville, on November 14. They will be at home in Brazil. 

* * * 

On November 12, Vera Cooper, '06, of Goshen, and August Beyer, '05, 
of Keudalville, were married and will make their home in Rochester, Ind. 
This marriage was the result of a college case, Mr. Beyer being a member 

of Phi Delta Theta. 

* * * 

The engagement is announced of Ethel Starr, Charleston, 111., and Earl 
Brown. Miss Starr is a graduate of the School of Music. 07, and Mr. Brown 
graduated from Champaign, 111., where he was an Alpha Tau Omega. 

* * * 

lola Wilkins, ex. '05, was married October 9 to R. B. Martin, of Linden. 

4c 4c :|e 

Shellie Smith, '06, of Brazil, and Pearle Fuller, '07, of Charleston, 111., 
attended the Alpha Chi formal party October 8. 

4c 4e 4c 

Sadie Machlan, '07, is teaching Latin and botany at Mulberry, Ind. 

* * * 

Pearle Fuller, '07, is teaching music in the schools at Kansas, 111. 

4c * 4c 

Sylvia Christly, '07, was married in September to Mr. Kellogg, and they 
will make their home in Indian Territory. 

4c 4c 4c 

Esther Hoover, of Boonville, spent several weeks visiting with sisters. 

4t * 4c 

Lora Canaday, of Winchester, who is teaching there, has visited sisters 
this fall. 

4c 4c 4c 

Edna Pretlow, of Winchester, has been a guest at the Alpha Chi house. 

* 4t 4t 

Margaret Smith, of New Palestine, and Catherine Elfers, of Rising Sun, 
were visiting during the spike. 

4t 4c 4c 

Marie Wood, '07, of Indianapolis, is an assistant in the music school of 
DePauw. 



50 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



BETA 

Miss Sadie Osborne, who is teaching at Niles this year, spent Thanksgiv- 
ing vacation in Jackson. 

* * * 

Mrs. Lina Baiim VanRoy, who has lately moved to Detroit, will spend 

the winter in Florida. 

* * * 

Miss Mary Ferine spent Thanksgiving in Detroit. 

* * * 

Miss Margaret Moshier is studying Manual Training and Domestic 
Science at the University of Chicago. 

:(( 4c 4c 

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron T. Bliss. Jr., are situated in Florida. 

4c 4c 4c 

Mrs. Frank A. Fall, of New York City, visited Beta during the rushing 
season. 

4c 4c 4c 

Mrs. Cornelius Hamblen, of Detroit, is visiting her parents in Albion. 

4c * 4t 

The Misses Maizie and Georga Goodenow will spend the winter in Kan- 
sas City. 

4c 4c 4c 

Miss Mary Dickie is visiting in Detroit. 

4t * * 

Mrs. Jean Whitcomb Fenn, of New York City, has recently organized 
a class there. 

4c 4c 4c 

Miss Jeanette Freeman is teaching school in Watersville, Ohio. 

* * * 

Miss Madge Wilcox visited Albion friends in October. 

* * * 

Mrs. flattie Miller Stewart, of Marine City, is seriously ill. 

* * * 

Miss Daisy Osgood will spend the winter in the south. 

* * * 

At a luncheon given in Chicago by Mrs. Lucie Mc Master Niles, in honor 
of Mrs. Edward Loud, Beta was represented by seven alumnae. 

4c * * 

Mrs. Jeannette Allen Cushman has recently moved to Los Angeles, Cal. 

* * * 

Miss Harriet Reynolds, organist of the First Methodist church of Albion, 
has recently inaugurated a series of fine cantatas, which are being very well 
received by the public. 

2^ ^F T* 

Mrs. Martha Reynolds-Colby, who has been ill for some time, is im- 
proving. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 51 



Miss Blanche Ballamy has a fine position as preceptress of the High 

School at Berlin Heights, Ohio. 

* * * 

Miss Jessie Blahchard is the soloist at the Presbyterian church in Albion. 

* * * 

• Miss Kate Calkins has recently opened a studio in Chicago. 

* * * 

Miss Grace Culver is at present located in Detroit. 

4c :|e 4c 

Miss Elsie DeLamarter is taking post graduate work in English at the 

University of Chicago. 

* * * 

The marriage of Miss Grace Disbrow and Ralph Engle, A T fi, took place 
in September. They will be located in Petosky. 

* * * 

Miss Cora Harrington, of Jackson, is mourning the death of her father. 

* * * 

Mrs. Florence Bailey Hayden visited in Albion in September. 

* * * 

Louise Birchard McClintock will spend the winter in Wilkesbarre, Pa. 

* * * 

Elizabeth Avery Miller visited Mrs. Louise Striker of Albion in Sep- 
tember. 

* * * 

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stewart, a daughter. 

4c 4c 4: 

Bom, to Mr. and Mrs. Allen, of Detroit, a daughter. Mrs. Allen was 

Miss Myrtle Wallace. 

* * * 

Miss Daisie Newcomber is teaching public school music and drawing in 
Parma, Michigan. 



GAMMA 



Miss Rachel Williams has just left for Seneca, Kansas, after visiting six 

weeks with the Gamma girls. 

* * * 

Miss Esther C. Hinman, of LaFayette, Ind., visited in Evanston during 

October. 

* * * 

Alpha Chi alumnae were chaperons at the Delta Tau Delta informal, 

November i. 

* « * 

Our Grand President, Mrs. Loud, visited a few days with Mabel Siller 
and was present at the initiation of Ganmia's pledges. 

* * * 

Miss Mabel Siller is going to Lincoln, Nebraska, to install the Xi chapter. 



52 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



Mrs. El Fleda Jackson, of Moskogee, (I. T.), visited in Chicago in 

October. 

* * * 

Miss Amy Martin, of Minneapolis, spent part of the summer in Wis- 
consin. 

♦ 4c 4c 

Mrs. Florence Harris Kuhl, of Beardstown, 111., has been visiting in 

Chicago. 

* ♦ * 

Mrs. Edna S. Trumbull has been visiting in Evanston this fall. 

* * *. 

Miss Edith Wemple, of Waverly, 111., visited Miss Theo Chaffee the first 
of October, en route to Boston to resume her musical studies. 



DELTA 



Miss Carrie Marie Waters, of Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. Helen McCartney, 
of Greenville, Miss Mary Howe, of Greenville, and Miss Vesta Leet were 
back for initiation. 

4c 4e 4( 

Miss Alice McDowell has charge of the Baptist church choir, the Misses 
Ethel and Florence Moore have positions in the Presbyterian choir, and Miss 
Louise Lord in the Episcopal choir, all of Meadville. 

* * * 

Miss Ethel Steele, of Punxsutawney, Penn., made a visit of two weeks 

in the hall. 

* * * 

Miss Louise Chase, Miss Caroline Parsons, and Miss Mary Green visited 
Miss Mabel McLean of Union City, and had the pleasure of meeting several 

old Alpha Chi girls. 

* ♦ * 

Miss Vera Bash, of Sewickly, Penn., was out of school for three weeks 

on account of ill-health. 

* * * 

Mrs. Mary Roberts Phelp, of Oil City, visited her mother in Meadville 

over Thanksgiving. 

* * * 

Miss Olga Henry missed two weeks of school because of ill health. 

S|C 2^ ^c 

Born. November 27, to ]\Irs. Gertrude Sackett Laffer, of Meadville, a 

daughter. 

* * * 

Miss Jesse Merchant was married to Mr. Fred Reynolds, * T A, in Sep- 
tember. They are now residing in Boston, where Mr. Reynolds is attending 
the Theological School. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 53 



EPSILON 

Marriage — Mabel Hickman to Olney Bannister. 

* * ♦ 

Susie Shenk, Epsilon, visited college for a few days, but will return to 

Arizona. 

* * * 

Blanche Stump is still at home, but we hope she will be able to be with 

us next term. 

* * * 

Faye Buch, Epsilon, has an excellent position as organist in one of the 
city churches. 

Hi itc i^ 

Hazel Hearne has brought joy to the hearts of Epsilon girls by returning 

to school. 

* * * 

Louise White is in San Diego for the winter and is planning a short con- 
cert tour. 

^h ^n ^h 

Letters from Isabel Curl tell us that she is pleasantly located in Milan, 
Italy, where she is greatly enjoying her study. 

Hi Hi * 

Lulu Reeves expects to make her home in the city this winter. 



ZETA 

Miss Blanche Crafts is at the head of the violin department at Wesleyan 

Female Seminary, Macon, Georgia. 

* * * 

Sarah Morton is at the head of the piano department at the University 

of Illinois. 

* * * 

Rachel Osgood is teaching piano at the Ashevile School, Asheville, N. C. 

* * * 

Alma Marti is instructress of music in the public schools at Sioux Falls, 

South Dakota. 

* * * 

Alice Sisson is teaching in the Ladies' College, Storm Lake, Iowa. 

* * * 

Irma Watson is teaching in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

* * * 

Jessie Northcroft is doing some private teaching in New York City. 

* * * 

Hilda Swartz has been engaged as soprano soloist in the Brick Presby- 
terian church. Fifth avenue. New York. 



54 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



Gertrude Damon is soprano soloist in the First Congregational church, 

Hartford, Conn. 

* ♦ * 

Lillian Dodson has gone to New York to continue her study in voice. 

* * * 

Winifred Byrd, Jessie Eversole, and Ethel Waters are spending the win- 
ter at their homes, but we are looking forward to seeing them all before the 

year is over. 

« ♦ « 

Lillian McMillan has been studying in New York the past year, pre- 
paring to go on the stage. 

* * * 

Grace Wood is spending the winter at her home in Worcester, having 
met with a serious accident while in New York, which obliged her to dis- 
continue her study for the year. 

* * * 

Bertha Giles is studying in New York City. 

* * * 

After several years' study in Berlin, Germany, Mabel Davidson is now 
on the high seas en route for home. 

* * * 

Winifred Van Buskirk was married December 25, 1907, to Mr. Alfred 
Livingston Mount, of Detroit. 

Hi Mii * 

Miss Olga Brandenburg was married November 28 to Mr. Bertram Her- 
bert Currie, of Boston. 

* * * 

Clara Bull Waller recently assisted Karl Klein, the well-known violinist, 

in a recital given at Winnipeg. 

* * * 

The marriage of Miss Mabel Pautot to Mr. Birt Eugene Garver, Lorain, 

Ohio, has been announced. 

* * * 

Miss Gladys Olmsted returned from a most enjoyable trip abroad, in time 
for the opening of school on September 19. 

* * * 

We were very glad to have our Grand Secretary, Miss Baker, with us at 
one of our meetings, during a visit she made Boston in the early part of 

October. 

* * * 

Miss Damon, assisted by Miss Daniel, gave a most delightful song recital 
in Hartford, Conn., on the 15th of October. 

* * * 

Miss Hilda Swartz was soprano soloist at a concert in Aeolian Hall, New 
York, on October 25, where she charmed her audience with her program of 
German songs. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 55 



Lillian Bull recently assisted in a piano recital given by Esther Fillmore 

in Winnipeg. 

« « « 

Fannie Heaton South, of Frankfort, Ky., reports a fine visit with Grace 
Phillips McGean, of Cleveland, Ohio. 

:|t « « 

Margaret Upcraft is now located in New York City, where she has a 
splendid class. Zeta girls will be interested to know that she has a flat with 
Laeta Hartley, a Conservatory girl whom many of the Alpha Chis know well. 

:¥ * * 

Miss Belle South spent two months in New York last summer, studying 
voice with Mr. E. Pressm Miller. She is now teaching a large class of pupils 
at her home in Frankfort, Ky. 

■F -^ "I* 

Mrs. Pearl Sherwood McCranie writes of a very happy life in Homer, 
La. Two children, singing and clubs keep her very busy. 



IOTA 

Bess Byers, '08, is teaching in Charleston. Bertha Walters, '07, Ruth 
Wilcox, '11, Joe Anderson, '11, Mabel Bushong, '10, and Helen MacCullock, 
'11, were back for the Chicago game and initiation, October 19. 

* * ♦ 

Ina Gregg, from Tuscola, has been up several different times to visit 

Iota sisters. 

* * 

Besse Linder, '08, and Fannie Gillan, '07, from Gamma, visited Iota girls. 

* * * 

Bess Byers, '08, and Miss Whittlinger attended the High School confer- 
ence in Champaign, November 21 and 22. 

* * * 

Ruth Wilcox, '11, is spending the winter with her sister in Pittsburg, Pa. 



KAPPA 



Helen Jennings, of Sparta, Wis., came down for the informal, November 
7, and stayed a week with her Alpha Chi sisters. 

* H« * 

Inez Carpenter, an Alpha Chi pledge from Milwaukee, was here for the 
party and stayed a few days with her cousin, Sadie Sutherland. 

* ♦ * 

Meta Keickhefer had as a guest for the informal her sister, Anna, from 

Milwaukee. 

* * * 

Kappa was at home Sunday, November 24, to the mothers of the girls 
residing in the city. 



56 THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 



LAMBDA 

Jessie B. Lansing, '08, has been elected to membership in Eta Pi Upsilon, 

the senior society. 

* * * 

Alice Mickelsen, '10, has been entertaining her sister Frances at the chap- 
ter house for the past few days. 

♦ * * 

During the convention of the Kappa Epsilon sorority, which was held at 
Syracuse this month, the Grand Secretary, Miss Mabel Wheelock, was en- 
tertained at the chapter house. 



MU 

Olive Jones, ex. '10, was married October 25, to Mr. Ralph E. Logan, of 
Medford, Oregon, They will make their home in Medford. 

* * * 

Ada Schimelfenig, '07, who is teaching at Odebolt, spent Thanksgiving at 

her home in Indianola. 

♦ * * 

Myrtle Bussey and Ethel MacFadon will give a series of recitals at sev- 
eral towns in the state, during the month of December. 



NU 

Mrs. Kathryn Rothgeb, Iota, made a flying visit from Fort Collins, on 

October 18. 

* * * 

Miss Mary McNally, of the Iota chapter, spent Saturday and Sunday, No- 
vember I and 2, with the Alpha Chis in Boulder 

* * * 

Mollie Rank has returned from Los Angeles, much benefited in health ; 
but will not be able to resume her studies until the beginning of the second 

semester, in February. 

* * * 

Elsie Clark, '08, has been appointed assistant in the department of biology 

at the University. 

* * * 

Davena Houston will be the guest of Willa Wales at her home in Love- 
land, Colorado, for the Thanksgiving vacation. 

^^ ^r T* 

Pearl Weiland will spend the Thanksgiving holidays with Jessie Davis in 
Fort Collins. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 57 



AliPHA ALPHA 

Miss Elizabeth Scales has gone to California to spend the winter. 

* 4c :|e 

Mrs. Stella C. Kingery spent the summer with relatives in California. 

♦ 4c 4c 

Mrs. Murice Miller and daughter visited relatives in Evanston in October. 

4e 4e 4c 

Miss Leslie Smith (Theta) will spend the winter in Pasadena, Cal. 

4c * * 

Miss Siller attended the Grand Council meeting held at Indianapolis the 
last of October. 



BETA BETA 



Miss Alta Roberts will leave early in December to spend the winter in 
California. 

4c 4c * 

Claudia Hill Alexander, formerly of Greensburg, Ind., has gone with her 
husband to Memphis, Tenn., where they will make their home. 

♦ 4t 4t 

Pearl Shaw Thomas spent Thanksgiving the guest of friends in Irvington. 

* * 4c 

Berta Ruick went to Greencastle to attend initiation and visit Alpha sis- 
ters the first of November. 

4c 4c 4c 

Elma Patton Wade visited Alpha sisters and saw the DePauw-Miama 
football game at Greencastle the latter part of October. 

4c * 4c 

Mabelle Johnson Weaver and daughter Helen spent the month of October 
with Mrs. Weaver's parents at Carthage, Indiana. 



GAMMA GAMMA, NEW YORK 

Mrs. Archibald Irvin (Oebie Hood) is spending the winter in the Ber- 
mudas. 

4c * 4c 

Fay Barnaby Kent is organist and choir director in one of the largest 
Episcopal churches in Bayonne, N. J. 

4c 4c 4c 

A number of our girls had the pleasure of hearing Maud Powell recently 
and of meeting her after the concert. 

4c 4c 4c 

Violet Truell Johnson is in England for the winter. 

«|C ^ 9|C 

Jean Whitcomb Fenn has a studio in the Metropolitan Building. There 
she has a large class in piano. 



58 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 





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ENTHA KAI EKIHA 


^ 





''To Truth's house there is a single door, zvhich is Experience. He teaches 
best who feels the hearts of all men in his breast, and knows their strength 
or weakness through his own." 



<^ K 4^ will hold its 1908 convention at Denver. 

* * * 

A local constitution has been adopted by Beta Theta of 5 N. 

* * * * 

A K E met in convention at Louisville, Ky., November, 1907. 

* * * 

A Y met in convention at Minneapolis, Minn., October, 1907. 

* * * 

A Woman's League has been organized among the students at 

Boulder, Col. 

* t- * 

The main building of Monmouth College was destroyed by fire 

November 14. 

* * * 

This last year women have, for the first time, been admitted to 

the University of Louisiana. 

«t ■•. ^ 

The New York Alumni Club of 4> A and the Chicago Club meet 

for luncheon once every week. 

* * * 

This fall Mrs. Russell Sage gave the Syracuse University $100,- 
000 to be used for the teachers' college. 

>^ •.; ^ 

-^ -r* »i» 

Indiana has a law exempting Greek letter fraternities from taxa- 
tion on property owned and occupied by them. 

* * * 

<l» A © was the first fraternity to celebrate Founder's Day, which 
custom has been followed bv several other fraternities. 



THE LYRE OF ALPHA CHI OMEGA 59 

Gamma Iota of 2 N has decided to write four letters a year to 
their alumni, or as many as are answered in the following years. 

'I* *l* *f* 

"We cannot emphasize too much the fact that any laxity in conduct of the 
weekly meeting may cause a lack of interest and the ruination of the chapter." 
— Alpha Phi Quarterly. 

*p 1* ^ 

"All that is needed is a start, and plenty of enthusiasm, and then some 
good, hard, conscientious work to back it up. Given these conditions and every 
chapter can own its own chapter house." — Shield of Phi Kappa Phi. 

* * * 

The fraternities at Bowdoin have an inter- fraternity council, 
consisting of one representative, who is usually a senior, from each 

fraternity. 

* * * 

On account of athletic victories this year, DePauw has set aside 
one day in the fall term for the arousing of college enthusiasm — a 

"mass day" in place of a "mass meeting." 

"K ^ T« 

Beta Tau of K K r is publishing a calendar which consists of 
twelve pages, each bearing a quotation, dates important in the fra- 
ternity history, and engagement blanks for each day. 

* * * 

Our Lambda correspondent writes that five new buildings have 
been added to Syracuse University. The new gymnasium is not yet 
completed. It will be connected with the athletic field by an under- 
ground passage. 

* * * 

Indiana Delta of ^ A (s) sends New Year's greetings in the form 
of Franklin College souvenir post cards to all their alumni. Louis- 
iana Alpha also displays interest in her alumni by remembering them 

with Easter greetings. 

* * * 

Many fraternities celebrate Christmas with the usual tree, 
either before or after the holidays. In Iowa Beta (2 N) every mem- 
ber received two or three gifts of a burlesque nature, while in addi- 
tion there were suitable gifts for the chapter house. 



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The Indiana Sigma Nus displayed their enthusiasm and wisdom 
in uniting in a Hoosier rally at Indianapolis the day before Thanks- 
giving. A pocket directory of all the Indiana Sigma Nus was circu- 
lated by the committee on organization. 

* * * 

The new alumna chapter of r * B recently established from the 
Colorado Alumnae Association, displays a praiseworthy realization 
of the "dignity and responsibility" of a charter as distinguished from 
the happy-go-lucky meetings of the unchartered organization. 

* * * 

Writing on "The Individual and the Fraternity," Francis W. 

Shepardson says : 

'One man can ruin a chapter. One man can make it. One thing is cer- 
tain. There would be no anti-fraternity spirit, no hostile legislation by facul- 
ties and boards of trustees, if every individual member of a fraternity lived up 
to its ideals, or even, falling far short of that height, made of himself what he 

had opportunity to do." 

* * * 

K A has made the memorizing of the ritual compulsory, and re- 
established the office of chief alumnus, whose duty it is to locate and 
organize the alumni. The latter pay in dues $2.50 per annum and 
are supplied with the Journal and an official standard badge, which 
is returned upon default of dues. 

:J: * ^ 

The Denison chapter of B n has adopted the excellent plan of 
placing a calendar, made up of as many cards as there are meetings 
in the year, in the initiation room. The recording secretary writes on 
the respective cards the matters that should be considered at each 
meeting, thus doing away with the ''bug bear" of forgotten business. 

* * :ji 

Seen from the distance of over twenty-five years, Lucius Van 
Slyke is impressed with these three results which he believes are pre- 
eminently developed by the fraternity. "The art of making friends, 
the opportunities offered for service, the cultivation of sentiment." 
If these were the only results, they alone would justify the existence 
of fraternities, for do they not contain the essence of life ? 



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Denver is at the front with a Pan-Hellenic club whose three 
hundred members represent some twenty-five of the best college 
fraternities. The entire upper floor of the Adams Hotel has been re- 
arranged and re-decorated to suit the needs of this organization, 
which has already become one of the leading clubs of the city. The 
Scroll of * A believes this to be the first effort at the formation of 
a club of this nature, and the movement is one which may well be 
seconded in other cities. 

^ S|C S|C 

^ A owns thirty-two houses and rents twenty-two, while 
B n owns twenty-eight and rents thirty-two. The steady increase 
in the number of houses owned by fraternities is amazing. The 
Alpha Phi Quarterly quotes from the late H. A. Frink, professor 
at Amherst : 

"In general, the chapter house quickens and intensifies the intellectual 
life of the college. It makes the force of religious example to be seen quickly 
and to be felt deeply. It brings relief to wearisome routine. It checks discon- 
tent. It throws over all of the student life a charm, and fills the future years 
with delightful memories. The possibilities of the chapter house are yet in 
their infancy. In their full development they promise to be to American in- 
stitutions what the English colleges are to the great universities." 

* Hs * 

The Northwestern chapter of B n has instituted the system of 
making an upi>er classman responsible for the scholarship and de- 
portment of a freshman. That some supervision is essential is due 
the individual and the fraternity as a whole. The editor of Beta 
Theta Pi advises that a committee be formed of upper classmen, who 
would naturally be in sympathy with the younger members, and 
alumni, one of whom, if possible, should be on the teaching force of 
the college. The object of such a committee would be to meet with 
each member of the chapter at the beginning of the year and con- 
sider with him what he intends to do while in college, and to check 
any actions that are not for his or her good or that of the fraternity. 

"The work of such a committee should be conducted with the utmost 
frankness and candor consistent with common sense and the usual courtesies 
of life." 

T» H« •»» 

Grinnell Jones, secretary of the Boston Alumni chapter of 2 N 
writes in the November Delta : 



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"Gamma Epsilon at Lafayette is to be congratulated on conceiving and 
adopting a new idea which can and should be made of tremendous value to the 
fraternity as a whole. Their reporter announces in his letter in the May 
Delta that they have elected a new officer, the alumni secretary, whose espe- 
cial duty is to maintain and strengthen the bonds which unite the undergradu- 
ate chapter and alumni. At our next grand chapter our law should be amend- 
ed so that every chapter will be required to maintain an up-to-date list of 
addresses of the alumni, to write to each alumnus, either personally or by 
personal letter, at least twice during each college year, giving the latest chapter 
and college news. Gamma Epsilon has found that this plan *has already pro- 
duced big results' for the chapters, and this experience will surely be repeated 
by others which give it a fair trial. The letters should contain a request for 
personal items, which should then be sent to the editor for use in the alumni 
personals. This policy, if energetically carried out, would make The Delta 
much more interesting to the alumni and increase the number of alumni sub- 
scribers. The resulting gain to the fraternity in the improvement made pos- 
sible in The Delta and in the increased helpfulness of the alumni for their 
chapters will be tremendous. It will result in a more accurate fraternity cata- 
logue, too. The alumni secretary should be requested to send a revised list of 
addresses to the editor of the catalogue every year on a given date and report 
all changes of addresses as soon as he learns of them." 

* * * 
THE SORORITY HAND BOOK 

So great has been the demand for the Sorority Hand book, that it has 
necessitated a second edition in less than six months. 

Surely no stronger proof is needed to confirm its value, or to establish 
the fact that the time has arrived when all fraternities realize the importance 
of a more extensive knowledge of the Greek world, of which every individual 
fraternity, no matter how great a host it may be in itself, is only a fractional 
part. 

In placing a knowledge of the sorority system and its relation to higher 
education within the reach of every Greek letter girl, and presenting data con- 
cerning all sororities, the book repays its modest cost, many times, and is de- 
serving of widespread circulation. 

Since the first edition, a list of men's fraternities, with a half-tone cut of 
their badges, and a general index, has been added, which completes the book 
and makes it indeed "a ready-reference volume." 

^ * ^i 
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Exchanges are requested to send one copy to each of the fol- 
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The Scroll of * A 0. 

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The Shield of ^ K *. 

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The Alpha Phi Quarterly. 

The Phi Gamma Delta. 

The Sigma Kappa Triangle. 

The Crescent of r ^ B. 

Sigma CHI Quarterly. 



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CONTENTS 

PAGES 

Side Lights on Fraternities 5 

The Influence of Music 7 

The Chapter House 13 

*E K \ € K r a — 

Service 15 

A Protest 17 

Our Girls 19 

Life 20 

His Letter to the Girl at Home 21 

Hymn to Alpha Chi Omega 21 

Convention Message 22 

Announcements 24 

Editorials 26 

Chapter Letters 34 

Personals 48 

"E p a Ka I "EvQa (Exchanges) 56 

Conference of Deans 64 



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EDITOR 

MRS. WILLIAM E. HASELTINE, Zeta, Rlpon, Wis. 

BUSINESS MANAGER 

MISS LAURA A. HOWE, Zeta, Logransport, Ind. 

ASSOCIATE EDITORS 

ALPHA — Edna Walters, Oreencastle, Ind. 

BETA — ^Florence Fall, College Court, Albion, Mich. 

QAMMA — ^Myrtle E. Jensen, Chapln Hall, Evanston, 111. 

DELTA — ^Mary B. Green, Hullngrs Hall, Meadvllle, Pa. 

EPSILON — ^Hazel Hearne, 1045 W. 37th Street, Los Angreles, Cal. 

ZETA — ^May Hall, 125 Hemenway Street, Los Angreles, Cal. 

THETA — ^Frances Joyce, 407 N. Ingralls, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

IOTA — ^Emily C. Ficklin, 309 E. John Street, Champaifirn, 111. 

KAPPA — ^Arminda J. Moure, 702 State Street, Madison, Wis. 

LAMBDA — Selma S. Swenson, Haven Hall, Syracuse, N. Y. 

MU — ^Lena Dalrymple, Indianola, Iowa. 

NU — ^Irene C. Hall, 1203 Penn. Avenue, Boulder, CoL 

Xl—Vera Upton, 1133 "L" Street, Lincoln, Neb. 

ALPHA ALPHA — Mary R. Vose, 733 Forest Avenue, Evanston, 111. 

BETA BETA — ^Mrs. W. Wade, 2236 Ashland Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 

GAMMA GAMMA— Mrs. Frank A. Fall, 116 East 18th St., New York City. 



ALPHA CHI OMEGA 

QRAND COUNCIL 

President - - MRS. EDWARD LOUD 

504 E. Erie Street, Albion, Mich. 

Vice-President MRS. ROBERT HOWELL 

1613 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Secretary HELEN G. WRIGHT 

Toulon, 111. 

Treasurer LAURA A. HOWE 

912 North Street, Logansport, Ind. 

Inspector MRS. RICHARD S. TENNANT 

824 S. 5th Street, Terre Haute, Ind. 

Historian MABEL H. SILLER 

716 Clark Street, Evanston, 111. 

Editor of Lyre MRS. WM. E. HASELTINB 

537 Watson Street, RIpon, Wis. 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARIES 

ALPHA — Harriet Lesslngr ------ Greencastle, Ind. 

BETA — Jean McDonald - - - - 709 Perry Street, Albion, Mich. 

GAMMA — Mae Smith - - Willard Hall, Irvington Ave., Evanston, IlL 
DELTA — Louise Chase - - - - Hulings Hall, Meadville, Pa. 

BPSILON — Phoebe Joslln - - 323 W. 28th Street, Los Angeles, Cal. 
ZETA — Mabel Davis - - - 131 Hemenway Street, Boston, Mass. 
THETA — Lola Phelps - . . 407 N. Ingalls, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

IOTA — Susan Reed - - - 309 E. John Street, Champaign, 111. 

KAPPA — Anna Rueth - - - - 702 State Street, Madison, Wis. 

LAMBDA — Jessie B. Lansing - - 606 Ostrom Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 
MU — Carrie McFaddon ------- Indianola, Iowa 

NU — Ethel Brown 953 11th Street, Boulder, Col. 

XI — Harriet Bardwell - - - - 1971 Euclid Ave., Lincoln, Neb. 
ALPHA ALPHA — Mrs. Roy Caldwell - 1425 Leland Ave., Chicago, 111. 
BETA BETA — Marie Wood ----- Indianapolis, Ind. 

GAMMA GAMMA — Florence Armstrong - - - "The Montclalr, 

541 Lexington Ave., New York City 

INTER-SORORITY CONFERENCE 

Secretary -..-.-- ELBA L. SMITH, (H B *) 

710 S. 6th Street, Springfield, 111. 

A X fi Delegate MRS. RICHARD S. TENNANT 

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Side Lights on Fraternities 

ByW.J.McKONB 

( Super iateadeat of Public Schools of Albion and Treasurer of State 

Board of Bducatiou) 

For some ten years, as superintendent of the Albion public 
schools, I have had an opportunity to observe the workings of col- 
lege fraternities in a small college, and while I have no doubt been 
too far away to form an accurate judgment, I have gradually come 
to have some rather positive convictions and opinions. The few 
statements I have to make are to be considered in the light of the 
fact that I am not a college fraternity man, but am a member of a 
number of other fraternal orders. 

I believe in fraternities. It is probable that in no country are 
they so necessary as in our own. Our national '^watchword" is busi- 
ness. Our "Leisure Class" is small and light weight. Our best peo- 
ple have something to do and many of them too much, and few of 
them cease doing even when the necessity for this feverish activity 
is past. Inevitably this spirit pervades and animates our educational 
institutions. A student that consistently avoids "work" is a surprise 
to the teachers and also somewhat to his fellow students. Marks, 
records, certificates, diplomas, and degrees are earned by persistent 
and continued effort. 

I am not so certain that Greek letter fraternities nor secret so- 
cieties under any other name, are absolutely necessary to provide 
opportunities for relaxation and association; indeed, their very na- 
ture precludes the possibility of a large number enjoying the ad- 
vantages which every student needs. At the same time, it is true 



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that there is a larger measure of cotnaraderie in the "secret society" 
than there is in the open. We shall not attempt to explain the 
psychology of this — simply state what we believe to be the truth. 

A goodly number of our own high school graduates find their 
way into Albion College, and not a few into the fraternities. My 
observation is that these young people have grown rapidly socially 
as well as intellectually, and I have reason to believe that the frater- 
nity has contributed to this condition. But for some reason this fa- 
vorable condition seems to exist in a larger degree among the ^rls 
than among the boys. I have sometimes thought it was confined ex- 
clusively to the girls. As far as I can see, the effect of the fraterni- 
ties on our girls has been helpful and wholesome, but on the con- 
trary, many boys have been injured, I believe, by such membership. 

This leads up to the statement of the greatest evil I have had oc- 
casion to contend with, viz.: the pledging of high school students. 
The girls' fraternities have earned my undying devotion by agreeing 
some years ago to eliminate this practice and have kept their word 
literally — ^at least as far as I know. Before this agreement, some 
girls below the high school had been pledged. This was ridiculous 
and absurd. It was bad for the school, the fraternity, and the girl. 
And strange to relate, the boys keep up this iniquitous plan. I am 
unable to fathom how the boys dare to pledge these undeveloped 
youngsters or why in the name of common sense parents will allow 
it. But they do. Almost without exception it works harm to the 
pledgling. He becomes conceited and puffed up, gets an exalted no- 
tion of his own importance, and is in, a word, an intolerable little 
snob. He is led to stay out nights and up late. He hears the conver- 
sation of his elders which he is hardly prepared to interpret. He 
breaks with his schoolfellows and thereby abbreviates his boyhood. 

Girls and boys are about the same age when they graduate from 
the high school, but in development the girls are from one to three 
years in advance of their brothers. While the boys are being pledged 
in the high school, the truth is that it would be better to wait until 
they had been in college one or even two years. It may be readily de- 
duced from this that I am opposed to fraternities in the high school. 
I can see no good in them and have heard nothing but negative re- 



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ports. I am quite sure, however, that they are doomed anyway. 
The agitation of the last few years has settled their fate. 

In conclusion, I am in favor of well managed and controlled col- 
lege fraternities. I believe that they are substantial aids to culture 
and social graces and are not detrimental to college work . I am un- 
alterably opposed to pledging candidates below the college Freshman 
year, and resent any fraternity meddling in high school affairs. I can 
see no place nor use for high school fraternities. 



The Influence of Music 

Bj CARRIB H. BOLSTER 

The foUowiiiir V^P^^ ^^i^ ^^^^ recently before the E. L. T. Club of Albion, Mich. 
Mrs. Bolster is an associate member of Alpha Chi Omega 

All art, whatever the kind, has its reason and excuse for being, 
in its power over the emotions. There is something in life, which 
seeming to elude, seeks our recognition. It is seen in the loving 
smile, felt in the friendly hand-grasp, and heard in the laugh of a 
child. This something — spirit — is the basis of true individuality. It 
expresses itself through the chisel, the brush or pencil; in design, 
invention, literature. With it, the mechanic is more than a man. It 
is this spirit which gives all its worth to song. Without this, music, 
no matter how correctly rendered, is valueless. 

It is interesting to note the order in which the arts reached their 
highest development. First, sculpture, dealing with chiseled stone 
and restricted to the physical body. Next, painting, using pigments, 
and through perspective, relating us to nature. Lastly, music, in vi- 
brating sunbeams, the breath of the soul, relating us to the divine. 

Music (not its development) is as old as the world itself. We are 
told that the morning stars sang together as soon as they were cre- 
ated, and that the voice of God started into harmony the never-end- 
ing music of the spheres. Nature itself is full of it. What if the birds 
were dumb, if we could not hear the song of the brook and the deep 
bass of the ocean? 

Music is universal. There is not a nation or a savage tribe with- 
out music. It is the one language understood in all lands and by all 



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peoples. Through its melodies all the human emotions are depicted. 
It is used on occasions of great joy and of deep sorrow. In like pro- 
portion as man has gained in civilization and culture, his knowledge 
and use of music has increased. 

God honors music in His word. It is the only art the origin of 
which is recorded in the Bible, and it is connected with most impor- 
tant sacred events. 

The power of music is so great that in the legends of all nations, 
the invention of the art is ascribed to the gods. 

In a sermon of Mr. Jacquess which I well remember, he said, 
"The devotion of the Hebrew nation to music is well known. In 
Genesis and Job are found accounts of its practice in home and field, 
while many of the Psalms can be traced to popular secular songs. 
One Psalm was derived from a love song. Isaiah gives us a vintage 
song; Amos a festival song. Samuel contains the first processional, 
while the book of Lamentations is a compilation of wailing songs. 
In religious use, the Hebrews raised music to the dignity of an art. 
Etevid organized the Levitical chorus and orchestra. The chorus 
consisted of 4,000 voices. Harps and choruses were known 3,000 
years B. C." 

The influence of music in past ages and among by-gone peoples 
is difficult now to estimate ; but it has gone hand in hand with intel- 
lectual aesthetic culture, and has ever been considered a divine art, 
an acknowledged force in moulding character and governing men. 

Rhythm and accent alone satisfy the untutored savage, whose 
tom tom and Indian drum possess no other musical quality than a 
harsh sonorousness, whose monotony is only varied by the stronger 
or feebler beat given by the performer. As we rise in the scale of 
being, a Beethoven is not only a possibility, but a necessity ; it is no 
greater stride from the death chant of the savage to the Seventh 
Symphony of Beethoven than from the infant stumbling over the al- 
phabet to Shakespeare. 

Wherever the Christian religion has gone, music has followed. 
It is a part of every service. When the words of the preacher have 
failed to reach the heart, a song has found the way. I could tell you 
many stories, proving this fact. Music not only expresses emotion, 



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but more than any other art, it arouses emotion. The church re- 
aUzes this fact more and more. 

I read the other day a description of a great cathedral in Dres- 
den, where the worship combined all the arts. I will give it to you 
in the author's own words : 

"You enter from the outdoor sunlight into the solemn shadows of 
pillars and arches that at once suggest a sacred presence. You find 
art in the blending of colors, so controlling the sun's rays through 
the vast stained windows, that the altar seems veiled in mysterious 
blues and purples, gold hues and touches of red. Art, too, in the 
form of sculpture silently appealing to all comers. There are statues 
of kings and martyrs, of the Apostles and Mary the Mother — all 
strangely shadowed and colored by the varying lights from the win- 
dows. The art of oratory is also used, for the long robed priest in a 
highly mounted pulpit utters words and tones sympathetically and 
stately. 

'There is something dramatic in the scene, for it is a festival Sun- 
day, and the multitude of all classes are assembled, from the work- 
worn peasant to the king himself seated close beside the high altar. 
No unity of thought in this throng, you think, for every word seemed 
wandering. Some glance upward and some down. Some regard the 
high-priest, others study the sunbeams. I watched the swinging 
censor and became strangely fascinated. The youthful chorister 
seems a part of it as he stands with pure, unconscious face, in his 
vestments of red and white, forming a serene background to the small 
gleaming braiser that circles and sways and swings, while an eye 
of fire within is ever watching. The spirit of the censor seems to 
hover above in the pale purple vapor that, like ourselves, is always 
aspiring, but never attains. You see it coil and curl and climb till 
your eyes are dizzy and dim, and it all seems far away as Heaven 
itself. You hear the steady clinking of the little censor chain and 
you are vaguely conscious of the distant altar bell. Strange incoher- 
ent sounds that intrude upon the stillness of the calm before a storm^ 
for now there bursts above you a tempest of mighty music. A very 
tornado of tones sweep through this cathedral in a manner not else- 
where equaled. 



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"There are cymbals and trumpets of silver that pierce and purify 
the air. There are four golden harps, whose stately forms quiver 
under the weight of heavy chords, and violins speak with no uncer- 
tain voice. You hear the steady rumble of the kettledrums, and the 
organ gives forth volumes of sound; all of which is but an accom- 
paniment to the full, earnest chorus of boys who, with uplifted faces, 
are breathing and singing with all their hearts. Truly this is the 
Psalm of David." 

Traise ye the Lord, 

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet, 
Praise Him with the psaltery and harp, 
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. 
Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs; 
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.* 

"The effect of such music is unmsitakable ; it brings every heart 
into accord. And now in the pure atmosphere of music the blessing 
of prayer is felt. The king stands up to receive it and the people all 
fall upon their knees while their passes over that multitude one mo- 
ment of absolute silence." Music had done what her sister arts could 
not do. 

Doubt never yet gave birth to music. That there should have 
been no song or music of any kind at the funeral of Colonel Ingersoll 
was but natural. Music there and then would have been a mockery. 

But when did we all sing "Nearer My God to Thee?" Sing it 
as it never was sung before? It was when the people all over our 
land, silently, and with bowed heads, waited, while the body of their 
martyred president was laid to rest. Then men for five whole min- 
utes lived in a world that was not all hurry and worry and self-seek- 
ing. In that song was expressed as it could not have been in any 
other way, the love of the nation for William McKinley and its be- 
lief in God and a future life. 

Who does not know the power of martial music? The High- 
lander has his bagpipe, our grandfathers in the Revolution had the 
drum and fife, and it is a wise government that today sends to the 
front with every regiment a band. When hardship and danger 
seem more than men can bear, and confidence in the commander 
weakens, a little man can and has put a spirit into his drum that has 



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led to victory. A French general once reported, "We have won the 
day. The 'Marseillaise' commanded with me." When the battle of 
Leuthen was fought, and the victors tired almost to death, were 
sinking down in the cold rain beside the dead on the bloody field, 
then in the darkness of the night, a single voice broke forth with 
the old choral, "Let us all thank God !" Soon a second voice joined, 
then a third, and so more and more, until the whole army took up 
the hymn. The simple song, in which the feeling of patriotism and 
military glory united with the consciousness of having accomplished 
the great deed, and pious gratitude toward the Mighty Ruler of Bat- 
tles, inspired the hearts of these men with new life and strengthened 
them to follow up the victory they had so nobly won. 

r could quote from the words of many great men, statesmen^ 
men of letters, men of science, who, born with no musical education, 
yet have told us their high opinion of music. Gladstone says, "They 
who think music ranks amongst the trifles of existence are in gross 
error, because from the beginning of the world down to the present 
time it has been one of the most forcible instruments both for train- 
ing for arousing, and for governing the mind of man. There was a 
time when letters and civilization had but begun to dawn upon the 
world. In that day music was not unknown ; on the contrary, it was 
so far from being a mere servant and handmaid of common and light 
amusement that the great and noble art of poetry was essentially 
wedded to that of music, so that there was no poet who was not a mu- 
sician; there was no verse spoken in the early ages of the world 
but that music was adapted as it vehicle, showing thereby the uni- 
versal consciousness that in that way the straightest and most effect- 
ual road would be found to the heart and affections of man." 

Of course, we know that all music is not beautiful and ennobling 
in its character. Over our own fair land has spread a perfect epi- 
demic of rag-time and coon songs. Granted that one knows nothing 
of music, the words alone should condemn these for every intelligent 
being. They are always absolute trash. It is the rhythm of rag-time 
that pleases ; and if people only knew it, they can hear similar rhythm 
in the best of music. But here it is fixed in the music of the master's 
mind. 



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Tolstoi claims that some music, awakening men's baser passions, 
actually leads to sin. I do not dispute this. It is true of any art ; yet 
Martin Luther said, "The devil hates music." Theodore Thomas 
goes so far as to say that the people who clamor for "popular music" 
do not realize that they are only asking for familiar music ; that Bee- 
thoven's symphonies would soon become as popular to them as the 
"Star Spangled Banner," if they only heard them as often; that it 
is only their own unfamiliarity with the great classic masterpieces 
than prevents their enjoyment of them. 

Perhaps art is not for everyone. Those who receive the most 
from music, or from a beautiful work of art, are those whose edu- 
cation and character make it possible for them to bring the most 
to the seeing and hearing. Yet some of the greatest works of art 
are great because of their simplicity, and they do not appeal to the 
ignorant. 

Americans, returning from travel in Germany, all tell us that the 
very best in music is enjoyed by the German working people; that 
little urchins on the street whistle airs from Beethoven and Bach, and 
that at the symphony concerts given by their magnificent orchestras, 
the workingman in his blouse is sure to be seen in the gallery, and 
on his face is sure to be written, appreciation of the music. If in 
Germany, why not in America ? 

Music in the public schools is a step in the right direction. You 
can teach a child a patriotic poem, but if he sings the words of that 
poem to a soul-stirring melody, the impression made will be far 
greater. Never, so long as I live, will I forget the singing of 
"America" in one of the churches of Boston, when I was a child. If 
there was a man in that audience 



"Who never to himself has said, 
This is my own, my native land," 

he said it then — ^he had to. 

Qiildren seldom run around the house reciting poems, but they 
do sing — sing at their work ; sing in their play. We can never know 
of the good their songs have accomplished ; of the comfort and cour- 
age brought in this way, to the tired heart of father and mother. 



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Many a bad man has been told of the love of God for him in a song, 
sung by his child. 

Music, to those who love her, is a very familiar and constant 
friend. One of the first things a little child is conscious of, is its 
mother's lullaby. Music follows us to the bridal and to the tomb. 
Yes, and beyond it ; for we know it is the one thing we have on earth 
which we will have in heaven. "Music is love in search of words." 
In music we may find perfect sympathy for every mood. If we are 
happy, she is glad and gay. If we are in trouble, her voice is sweet 
and low, and full of the most tender sympathy. Then let us accept 
music as a gift, a most precious gift of Gk)d. 



The Chapter House 

It is frequently said that a fraternity should not have a chapter 
house the first year. Experience has shown that to manage a fra- 
ternity house successfully, it is absolutely necessary to get in hand 
a number of details that only an experienced housekeeper can com- 
mand. 

The house itself should be comfortable. This means that with a 
reasonable amount of fuel it should be warm to a temperature of 70 
degrees throughout the winter season. The rooms should have light 
and ventilation. The kitchen and bath room pipes should be in per- 
fect order. The drinking water should pass the approval of the board 
of health. 

In most chapter houses the reception halls, parlors and reading 
rooms are pleasing to the eye and good taste and real comfort invite 
one to stay awhile. 

Next in order, but first in importance, is the dining room. In a 
certain chapter house we know this is the brightest, airiest, and 
cheeriest room of all — ^just as it should be. In furnishing a dining 
room at least two things should govern selection — plain things, but 
the best one can afford. The table is a part of one's education and all 
details should be carefuly looked after. 

It goes without saying, the linens should be immaculate. Some- 
body suggests laundry bills are high. Yes, but with good judgment 



14 THE LYRE 



table cloths and napkins may be always clean, without any significant 
increase of expenditure, and this is one place where it does not pay 
to economize too closely. Dishes, very pretty white ones or the dec- 
orated with very dainty designs, may be had nowadays for as little 
money as heavy, unsightly ware. The silver is the big item of pur- 
chase. One chapter whose membership consists of twenty-one thrifty 
girls asked their alumni one summer to assist them in this purchase. 
They made their request very definite, told how many spoons, how 
many knives and forks were actually needed, and the response quite 
covered the need. 

Then the food, — ^how important this is ! Girls who are doing good, 
strong work need good, wholesome nerve and muscle-building food. 
It sometimes happens that the menu runs like this : Breakfast — 
Toast, egg-o-see, or some other brand of sawdust, swallowed in the 
Christian name of *1>reakfast food." Coffee — ^by many another name 
as good. Milk — ^that a cow would be ashamed to own. When break- 
fast starts a day like this, it is unnecessary to give the menu for the 
remaining meals. It simply means that the girls who are not already 
sick go away to their recitations hungry. Before the dinner hour ar- 
rives those who can afford to buy extras have had a chocolate, a 
box of crackers and some more chocolate. This program repeated 
six days out of the week for even half a semester brings its own 
headache reward. To correct such a situation, the first step is to 
choose with great care the head of the house. The young woman 
who has been in school long enough to have established among her 
sisters a confidence in her ability to do things well would be a wise 
appointment. The chaperone's experience and judgment should be 
valuable, and a wise house manager will avail herself of the oppor- 
tunity to confer with the chaperone frequently. Tact, common sense, 
harmony of spirit and purpose will change the careless table to the 
well-regulated one inside of a month. This goes a long way toward 
the comfort and health of the household. 

Just a word about table manners. It goes without saying that 
grace should precede every meal — ^this is a matter of reverence that 
no chapter house can afford to ignore. Good cheer, even though it 
costs an effort, and thoughtf ulness of others, will make a merry heart 
and a good dinner. M. L. T. 



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♦ 


EkXcKTa 


♦ 



Service 

President James, of the University of Illinois, at a recent con- 
vocation of students, spoke of the error of a tendency among col- 
lege men and women to slight present responsibilities and oppor- 
tunities with the mistaken idea that they are not of vital importance 
in this preparatory period of their lives; in short, to regard their 
college days as but preparation, not as life itself. This is unfor- 
tunately true because the habits formed in the preparatory period 
are very likely to be the ones which will guide the man or woman 
when college days are past. We get out of college life exactly in 
proportion to what we put into it, and our best self is none too good 
to be put forward at all times if we are to graduate as worthy men 
and women. This is not a foreign thing. It applies to you and to 
me, the more to us in that we are joining fraternity life with our 
life in college. 

We all have occasion to realize that, in the close relationship of 
fraternity, "as we give, so shall we receive;" whatever of our best 
endeavors we put into fraternity service, returns to us in full meas- 
ure in our better self-development. This selfish motive alone should 
■command the best we have to give, but, aside from that, in joining 
a fraternity, one assumes certain duties toward the other mem- 
l)ers of it, to fulfill which, one is morally bound to devote one's best 
energies. And into real fraternity service all other services can be 
<:ombined, services to college, to fellow-students, to self. For us the 
constant holding up of a high ideal of Alpha Chi Omega means 
that our best service, given in loyalty and love for what it repre- 
sents, will rebound to the glory, not only of our beloved fraternity, 
l>ut of our college, our friends, ourselves. 

Services to our fraternity may be shown in three ways, in the 



16 THE LYRE 

chapter-life, especially if the chapter has a home, in society, and 
in the college or university. It is not enough to pay one's dues regu- 
larly and do satisfactory work on committees, although these things 
are important. Certainly, in chapter service, the faithful perform- 
ance of the duties of any office, reliability, punctuality, and care of 
details are essential elements, but these things are not properly ef- 
fective unless joined to a deeper loyalty, the sort of spirit that is will- 
ing to make real sacrifices, if necessary, for the common good. The 
fraternity has the right to expect this of its members, and no one 
should consider it too much to give. In the life in a house where 
the girls are together for nine months of the year, opportunities for 
the cultivation of perfection in home service are unlimited. 

In society the service field only broadens, and therefore demands 
our closer attention. We are there representatives of what Alpha 
Qii Omega stands for before the outside world. In our appearance, 
agreeableness, kindness, courtesy, in every department of behavior, 
we should have in mind a high ideal of Alpha Chi womanhood and 
strive to emulate that ideal in so far as we can. Because there is a 
tendency among criticising humanity not to judge an organization by 
the standards of its highest or even its average member, there is an 
especial necessity of our services here being of the highest type. 

Where fraternity services are highest, and most important, how- 
ever, is in capable work in all college activities. Here the local repu- 
tation is largely determined, the type of the chapter established, and 
the true combination of service to college, fraternity, others, and 
self found. Here are the opportunities that will count most in the 
end with people in general, who have so much to do with the found- 
ing of a name. Fraternity loyalty is a commendable thing, but it 
should always be joined with, never supplant, loyalty to college. It 
is easy to see that service here is not limited to intellectual and 
scholarly attainments, although the importance of that is freely ad- 
mitted, but every department of college or university life should be 
included in the list of those endeavors by which Alpha Chis show, 
though indirectly to be sure, their loyalty to their fraternity. In ath- 
letics, Y. W. C. A. work, literary and choral societies, all these fields 
and any others which college life may offer are opportunities for us 



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to be up and doing. Many girls, especially the younger ones, under- 
estimate the importance of these chances to serve Alpha Chi. 

Just one thing more. It is the little things that count. It is the 
attention, or lack of it, to the small details that makes or mars the 
fame and fortune of any chapter. Care and faithfulness in the small 
things, whether the service consists in being on time at fraternity 
meetings, in keeping an orderly room, in appearing neatly dressed 
on every occasion, or in the careful preparation of a lesson in piano 
or German, are the little endeavors that make one worthy to per- 
form the greater services in their turn. And truly these less pre- 
tentious things go as far toward the establishing of a permanent 
good reputation as any other kind of service. 

Ruth I. Buffum^ Iota. 



A Protest 



The fraternity question is one of vital interest in many of our high- 
er institutions of learning, and the long-suffering fraternity has be- 
come the subject of much discussion. It has to stand the fire of un- 
bounded criticism and comment, and the charges brought against 
it are such as the true-hearted fraternity girl must feel are unjust, 
therefore she is to be pardoned if she is somewhat impetuous in her 
indignant protestations. 

Let us first inquire into the arguments which are brought against 
the fraternity. Many things are alleged against it, but the most 
serious charges are that its chief aim is social, that it stands for so- 
cial exclusiveness and snobbery; that it is un-democratic and un- 
christian. 

That one of the aims is social, we do not deny. But why should 
this be a point of attack ? Can not a social aim be as lofty, as noble, 
as legitimate, as any other aim under the sun? Fraternity life leads 
to the highest and noblest ends if the proper spirit is allowed to man- 
ifest itself. It opens the avenue of intimate companionship, where 
many of the truest and deepest friendships are formed, where a 
group of girls who are congenial to each other and who have com- 
mon interests, are united in a bond of love and mutual helpfulness. 



18 THE LYRE 



True friendship is too sacred to be lightly esteemed, and any institu- 
tion which fosters the spirit of good fellowship is certainly com- 
mendable and should be encouraged. 

Of course, if the fraternity is to stand for this broad and helpful 
life it must be free from the narrowness and snobbery which are al- 
leged against it, and this responsibility rests with the individual. The 
fraternity ideal is pure and lofty and cannot but broaden and 
strengthen all who live up to it. It is true that some girls mistake 
narrowness for loyalty, but therein they lose sight of the high prin- 
ciples for which the fraternity stands. Is it fair or just to judge the 
fraternity any more than to judge other institutions by the short- 
comings of some of its members ? The narrowness belongs to those 
who condemn fraternities wholesale because of the failure of individ- 
ual members to live up to their highest ideals. The kind of a girl 
who comes out of a fraternity depends largely upon the kind who 
goes in. The fraternity aims to help the girl to a broader, higher 
life, but she must be willing to help herself or others cannot help her. 

In the fraternity we learn to be thoughtful of each other, but 
this spirit is not necessarily confined to our own fraternity sisters. 
The fraternity girl in general strives to be friendly and cordial to 
all, to cultivate broad-mindedness and to look beyond her own little 
circle. Instances are multiplied of girls in one fraternity who form 
deep and lasting friendships with members of other fraternities or 
with non-fraternity girls. It would be a girl with a very snobbish 
and mean spirit who could not look beyond her own fraternity, and a 
girl who is so disposed is not worthy of sisterhood. 

But the main charge is, that fraternities are un-democratic and 
un-Christian, that the spirit of faction is developed and that the nat- 
ural spirit of democracy and friendliness is repressed. It is suggest- 
ed that if the spirit of sisterhood were extended to all the girls of a 
college, the attempt to elevate would be laudable. This is exactly 
what the fraternity aims to do— to introduce and perpetuate the 
spirit of Qiristian helpfulness, to help the girls to see what is good 
and beautiful in others, and not to descend to petty jealousies and 
fault-finding. It is utterly impracticable to suggest that all the girls 
in one college belong to one fraternity, nor would the girls themselves 



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wish it to be so. It is impossible that girls brought together by 
chance should be perfectly congenial as sisters ought to be. But the 
wall of one's own fraternity need not shut her in from helpful inter- 
course with others, nor was it ever meant to do so. So while no fra- 
ternity girl should be hemmed in by prejudice, at the same time she 
may enjoy the blessings and privileges that come from the assur- 
ance that she is surrounded by loyal friends. In this way the frater- 
nity helps every girl to live a truer, more cheerful life, because she 
knows that her heart is bound to hearts that throb in sympathy with 
her joys and sorrows. Clara D. Wheeling^ Delta. 



"Our Girls'* 

As we girls enter our Senior year, do we not feel just a wee bit 
ashamed of the little that we have put into the chapter, in compari- 
son to the great amount of benefit which we have received? 

The bond of love grows stronger as we think of next year when 
we will be away out in the cold, cold world. This will be our last 
opportunity as active girls, and we want to do everything to keep 
up to our standard, or raise it. There are many ways in which a 
Senior girl may help her younger sisters. It is the older girl who 
is the "pledgling's" ideal of what she wishes to be. If the older 
girl is a social favorite, then the younger girl will wish to be that 
also ; if she is an athletic girl. Fate seems to decree the younger girl 
a champion. I am not taking special cases, but the average girl of 
the Senior year against the average "new girl." 

Would the average girl of our whole fraternity be a student, a 
society belle, an athletic girl, none of these, or all of them ? I would 
say, all of them. Rarely is the valedictorian a champion in tennis, 
golf, or rowing, but there are many good students not thus honored 
on Class Day, who are at least interested in that side of our college 
life which develops the physical. These girls always find a place in 
society. But of all these qualities in our average girl, which is the 
weaker? I fear it is the intellectual. 

When considering a "new girl," we do not count her as a "strong 
girl" if she is a poor student. We pledge a strong girl, take her into 



20 THE LYRE 



our sisterhood, and then disappoint her because our intellectual 
standards are not up to what we pretend. "Oh, yes," you will say, 
"but we are sometimes disappointed in her and find that she is not 
up to the standard of our beloved fraternity." Girls, she is not to be 
blamed for our short-sightedness; she is our sister and we should 
endeavor to bring her up to our standard. If we can instill in her a 
deep love for her fraternity, she will be willing to do an)rthing which 
will help to class her as a strong fraternity girl. A word of encour- 
agement from the older girls means much to her, and when she be- 
comes an older girl, an approving smile from the Grand Council is 
ample reward for all of the time spent, the worry, and hard work. 

The girls who are so unfortunate as not to have a member of the 
Council living near them, cannot realize the sacrifice that these 
women are making to build up our fraternity. How much we could 
help them, if every alumna and active member would strive to make 
her chapter the strongest of the sixteen. 

As Miss Kinney, of K A 0, the state Y. W. C. A. secretary of 
Ohio, said to a group of fraternity girls at Kalamazoo a year ago: 
"Girls, the girls of your fraternities will be just exactly what you 
make them." Clara Althea Miller, Beta. 



Life 

To lie, alone, upon the sun-warmed ground. 

And gaze up thru the pine's high-waving crest; 

To feel yourself akin to all around. 

And know the sense of perfect ease and rest ; 

To scale great mountains, calm, serenely white, 
To dwell awhile in valleys, soft and green, 

To hear the loud surf booming thru the night, 

And gaze upon the whitecap's glistening sheen; 

To hear the lark's first sleepy note at dawn. 
To listen to the whip-poor-will's lone cry. 

To watch the friendly squirrel and dainty fawn, 
Unconscious of your eager, curious eye; — 

Ah, this is living! And to him alone, 

Whose only home is Nature's garden wide. 

Can that sweet peace and true contentment come. 
Which brings him home to heaven, well satisfied. 

— Florence Fall, Beta. 



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Letter to the Girl at Home 

Bj HxLRN McQuxRN Hakdib, Gamma 

Dear Bess: — ^The holidays are past; 

My room is strangely quiet tonight! 
("Say, Jack, cut out that mandolin! 

IVe got a six-page theme to write.") 
Of course, I*m studying awfully hard. 

The exes come quite soon, I find. 
("Oh, Fresh, get that Dutch text down-town; 

Already Fm six weeks behind.") 
Needless to say no social stunts. 

We're a sober Methodist school, vou see. 
("Hi, Jack, is it Friday or Saturday night. 

That formal dance of Beta Xi?") 
People say I've a crush up here, my dear? 

Once you saw the co-eds, you would laugh. 
They don't compare with the girls at home. 

("Gee, Jack, what a stunning photograph! 
Who is she?" Willard Hall? Say, Jack, 

Good boy! Phone now, and make a date. 
Take me down there this evening.") 

Well, Bess, I see it's growing late. 
I've a good deal of work for tomorrow ; a quiz. 

And a bunch of astronomy notes to review, 
So I'll stop for this time. Don't forget. 

My dear, write soon to your old friend, 

— Hugh. 



Hymn to Alpha Chi Omega 

For the lessons thou has taught. 

For the friendships thou hast brought. 

For the union thou hast wrought, 

Alpha Qii Omega, 

We love thee. 

And when college days are past, 
First, 'mid memories that will last, 
Is the bond which holds us fast. 

Alpha Qii Omega, 

We love thee. 

In return for loftier aim. 
May we, loyal to thy name. 
Add a little to thv fame. 

Alpha Chi Omega, 

We love thee. 

Helen McQueen Hardie^ Gamma. 



22 THE LYRE 

Convention Message 

In less than eight months will occur the thirteenth biennial gath- 
ering of the clans of Alpha Oii Omega. To the undergraduate, busi- 
ly engaged in the every-day activities of college life, Thanksgiving, 
1908, doubtless seeems a remote date. But if we would make that 
occasion a memorable one in the annals of our fraternity, we must 
at once begin planning and working for the Grand Chapter meeting. 

Of Iota, our entertaining chapter, no fears are entertained. Their 
work in preparation is systematic and thorough. Enthusiastic letters 
are received, telling of plans for our happiness, of rigid economies 
practiced, and the laying aside of a definite sum monthly for a con- 
vention fund. Be assured that Iota, with her commodious chapter 
house, and the hospitable homes of many resident alumnae, will be 
waiting November next with arms extended to receive all Alpha Chis 
who come her way. 

And now, sisters, both in college and out, shall we not put to the 
test this hospitality and send to Champaign a large, loyal delegation ? 

Much is said in these days of localism in the various chapters. 
And too often, alas ! is the charge a true one. Many a girl goes to col- 
lege, meets and learns to love a special band who later become her 
sisters, — works with and for them, guarding with jealous loyalty 
the fair name of her chapter and endeavoring in every possible way 
to promote its interests. All of which is well and good. But is there 
not serious danger of this interest becoming localized, — danger of the 
girl giving little thought to the other chapters, the governing body, 
and the great army of alumnae, tried and true, without whose efforts 
her present fraternity life would be impossible? 

For such symptoms, no more efficacious cure can be prescribed 
than attendance, as delegate or visitor, at a national convention. 
There she will meet girls of other chapters, bright, enthusiastic girls, 
bound together by the same fraternity ties, and working with simi- 
lar purposes and ideals, yet each reflecting in a measure the atmo- 
sphere of her particular school and chapter. Such contact cannot 
but have a broadening influence, and the girl leaves convention, 
impressed with the strength of the national organization, the realiza- 



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tion that her own chapter is but a part of a great whole, and inspired 
with an earnest purpose to make that part a strong one, and give 
her best for her fraternity. 

To the active chapters, — let me urge you to have convention on 
your hearts. Can you not follow lota's example and start a conven- 
tion fund, so that you may not be wholly dependent on the money 
received from the grand treasury? Let each girl plan to attend. 
Sacrifice, if need be, summer trips and other luxuries. Convention 
comes but once or twice in your college life, and I crave for every 
active member the inspiration and uplift of at least one national gath- 
ering. 

To our new chapters, four in number, established since the last 
convention, I would extend a special invitation. Be assured that 
as the infants of the fraternity you will be most tenderly welcomed, 
and we shall hope to see you in large numbers. In no other way 
can you so quickly come to realize the true significance of the fra- 
ternity whose vows you have recently taken. 

But not alone to the active girls do we say "Come." First of all, 
do we wish to see our founders present, that we may pay them hom- 
age and gratitude for having made possible our fraternity relations. 
A special effort will be made to secure the presence of the charter 
members of the various chapters. And we urge those of you who 
have been out of college life for some time to take this opportunity 
of repledging your allegiance, and imbibing the joy and enthusiasm 
that must pervade the atmosphere when so many Alpha Chis meet 
together. And now just a word as to the business of the convention. 
Much important legislation will be enacted, necessary changes will be 
made in the financing of the organization, and in the policy of the 
governing body. And I would ask that each chapter, active and 
alumnae, discuss soon and often any subjects you desire brought up, 
any changes you would recommend. Keep the Grand Chapter in 
your thought, steadily, rather than to give, perhaps, one or two meet- 
ings, shortly before the sessions, to its consideration. Then elect your 
delegates thoughtfully and send them fully informed as to the senti- 
ment of their respective chapters, ready to give clear-cut, definite 
opinions, — but not so hampered or restricted that they will not be 



24 THE LYRE 



free to vote as seems best after hearing the discussions pro and con. 

Of the committees appointed at the last convention and council 
meeting, all will be ready with a report of finished work. And by that 
time, perhaps before, we expect to have ready for you the new 
Song-Book, new Directory, and the much coveted Coat-of-Arms. 

Of the social functions, I need not speak. These will be well 
planned by Iota, and your fondest anticipations will be realized. One 
special feature we hope to introduce for the first time, — b, very com- 
plete exemplification of the ritual. 

Begin now, then, to give serious thought to the Grand Chapter 
meeting. Thanksgiving week has been selected as the date, so that 
the girls in college need sacrifice little time from their work. Plan to 
be with us. Bring your strength, your loyalty, your enthusiasm, and 
we will renew our vows to Alpha Chi Omega and make the conven- 
tion of 1908 the largest and best in the history of the fraternity. 

Alta Allen Loud. 



Announcements 



Help wanted! Let every Alpha Chi make a diligent search for 
the following Lyres^ and do not abandon the search until at least 
several are found, then communicate with Miss Siller, G. H. 

The numbers in the first group are those missing from the His- 
torian's file. The second are wanted to complete a file for the New 
York library. Group I, Vol. VHI, Nos. 3-4; Vol. X, No. i. Group 
n. Vol. I, No. i; Vol. n, Nos. 1-2-4; Vol. HI, Nos. 1-2-3-4; Vol. 
IV, Nos. 1-2-3-4; Vol. VI, No. 4; Vol. VII, No. i ; Vol. VIII, Nos. 
3-4; Vol X, No. I. 

If some of our subscribers, who are not keeping files, will return 
the January Lyre, they will confer a great favor upon the editor 
and those who did not receive a copy of that number. 

In order to enable all active girls to contribute articles for 
'E ic A c ic T a', the time limit has been extended to the ist of October. 
We therefore hope a great many will respond. We wish to modify 
our statement in the last Lyre, regarding the unlimited range of 
topics. While we do not retract that statement, we urge you not to 



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wander too far from fraternity and college subjects, as a frater- 
nity journal must be, primarily, a disseminator of fraternity knowl- 
edge, and must keep alive and foster the spirit of fraternal respon- 
sibility and enthusiasm. Through the courtesy of J. F. Newman, a 
jeweled Lyre will be awarded for the best article received. 



Alpha Chi Omega Directory 

We hope to publish the new Alpha Chi Directory in April, or at 
the latest in May. In order to insure its success financially, it will 
be necessary for us to sell a large number of copies, at least five 
hundred. Any profit realized on the sale of these little directories 
will be used toward inaugurating a system of sending annual letters 
to all alumnae, by which we hope to secure and to retain their ac- 
tive interest. 

The Directory will contain as complete a list as possible of all 
Alpha Chis, with their home addresses, a list of all chapters and of 
the Grand Council Members; and it will be more than worth the 
small price charged of twenty-five cents per copy (including post- 
age). 

Every loyal Alpha Chi will want one of these little books that 
she may know who and where her fraternity sisters are. Are you a 
loyal Alpha Chi? If so, send me, at once, your name, address and 
twenty-five cents, and you will receive a Directory as soon as they 
are published. 

Any corrections will be gratefully received. Although a great 
amount of work has been done by those in charge, undoubtedly there 
are mistakes, and we hope to have the assistance of the whole fra- 
ternity in making our next edition more nearly complete than this 
one can be. Mabel Harriet Siller^ 

716 Clark St., Evanston, 111. 



J 



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EDITORIALS 


^M 





BEFORE another number of the Lyre is issued, Alpha Chis will 
be scattered far and wide, some never to return to active sis- 
terhood, and it is in behalf of these that I wish to speak. When a 
girl leaves school she also leaves the incentive for active interest 
in her chapter. She is no longer surrounded by fifteen or twenty 
congenial comrades in the intimacy of a common home, where 
weekly meetings and numerous fraternity social events, all com- 
bine to stimulate fraternity enthusiasm. These remain with her 
only as memories, strong enough to produce occasional vents of en- 
thusiasm, but to all practical purposes the live, palpitating interest 
has disappeared to become a part of something else. Therefore 
a tonic, an infusion of new spirit is needed to keep alive this dormant 
enthusiasm. We therefore urge the girls who will not return to the 
active ranks, to make the chapter a pledge of continued interest, and 
to extend their subscription to the journal, thus keeping in touch 
with the fraternity ; and to the girl who will return we strongly ad- 
vise an earnest pledge to write a certain number of letters every 
year to the alumnae. That these will be appreciated, and if not writ- 
ten, may cause serious results, I believe the following paragraph 
from a letter recently received by the editor, will testify : 

"Heretofore I have always paid my bills to the fraternity as promptly as 
possible, and never could succeed in getting a word of news from anyone re- 
garding it. This year I realize what a mistake I have made, for in delaying 
to send my dues, etc., I have aroused the whole body. First one and then 
another of the girls have solicitously kept me posted on all matters of in- 
terest. So I believe I shall pursue that policy." 

I therefore appeal to members of both active and alumnae chapt- 
ers, to have a system in this work, which, if rightly managed, is one 
of the most important phases of fraternity success. Let every Alpha 
Chi wake up, and do her part in keeping alive this circuit of fra- 



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ternity communication, lest in weakening it at any point, it breaks 
and some sister is hurt, and through her, the fraternity. 

SINCE the January issue of the Lyre (the first under the present 
staff) a few complaints have been sent in because of the non- 
receipt of Lyres. In two cases only was any spirit of impatience 
shown, but so inconsistent was the tone of these letters that a few 
words now may eliminate misunderstanding in the future and make 
our subscribers a little more charitable. 

In the first place, it is our intention to be perfectly square. If you 
do not receive your Lyre, please give us the opportunity for ex- 
planation by dropping us a post-card. Every fraternity has the 
same difficult with the mails — a post-official seems to be "no re- 
specter" of second-class matter. If, having informed us of the omis- 
sion, you receive no explanation, then a tart letter is perhaps justi- 
fiable — but not until then. In one case, the secretary wrote that three 
of the girls had not received their Lyres. We found that the sub- 
scriptions of two of them had been sent too late to receive the Jan- 
uary number. The other Lyre had gone astray, but (and this is im- 
portant) a former secretary had been notified that the January supply 
was completely exhausted — hence the three subscriptions would be- 
gin with April. Evidently the former secretary had neglected ex- 
plaining (a very natural thing to do), and as a consequence the 
editor received a letter which was anything but flattering. In two 
other cases the subscribers had moved to different addresses without 
informing the editor. Sometimes the postmaster answers the request 
printed on the envelope — but not often. 

Inexperience on the part of the present staff was the reason for 
our not having an adequate number of Lyres to meet the demand. 
This time we have an over-supply, and we solicit "notifications of 
omissions" and "subscriptions beginning with back numbers." 

Let me say in our defense that there can seldom be confusion in 
addressing envelopes to all subscribers. Our lists are systematized, 
and the names are marked off and counted every time the Lyre is 
sent out. 



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THE annual examination is at hand and I have been thinking 
not only of the responsibility that each girl should feel to help 
make the average grade of her chapter high, but of the great benefit 
that this examination ought to be to that girl. It is a means of 
definitizing ideas that have heretofore been extremely vague. It gives 
a girl the understanding she should have to meet the inevitable dis- 
cussions and arguments of laymen, and it helps her to consider from 
a national as well as a local viewpoint. 

Every member should be thoroughly instructed concerning the 
constitution and the ritual of her own fraternity. To pass our ex- 
amination creditably she will be obliged to study them exhaustively. 
Then to meet the questions which may be asked, she must have a 
general knowledge of Pan Hellenics, of I. S. C. and of all fraterni- 
ties — such information as may be obtained from Mrs. Martin's 
Hand-Book and Baird's Manual. Again questions are asked (and 
to me these are all-inclusive) which call for the member's individual 
thought on various phases of fraternity life; thereby tising her 
knowledge, enlarging her fraternal vision, developing her wisdom. 

Too much stress cannot be laid upon the fraternity examination. 
I hope at the next convention an entrance requirement of this order 
may be inaugurated. 



THE time is fast approaching when chapters will be electing 
next year's officers. The success of any organization depends 
in so large a measure, upon the governing body, that we beg of you 
to consider this matter very carefully. Have it in your thoughts 
weeks before the election takes place, consider the duties of the var- 
ious offices, and what special attributes each requires; then select 
your candidate according to that measure. Remember that the most 
popular girl in the chapter does not necessarily make the best presi- 
dent, nor the most talented girl the best historian (a very important 
office). As one of your duties to A X O, put aside these personal con- 
siderations and let your one standard of selection be ability for the 
office in view. Do not fail to elect a scholarship committee, whose 
duty it shall be to look out for a high standard of college work 



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among all the members, thus raising the standard of the individual, 
the chapter, and the fraternity. 

WE DEVOUTLY wish the spirit of Gladstone would make 
a round of all the chapters, repeating to each member the 
reasons which he gave for his success and longevity. He said: "I 
do everything with the greatest regularity ; I have certain hours for 
sleep which are never varied; I have certain periods for exercise; 
I masticate my food a certain number of times ; I do everything ac- 
cording to a carefully laid out plan." When their astonishment had 
somewhat abated, we believe a greater impression would be left from 
this visitation than if our humble lips urged regularity, the value of 
"carefully laid out plans" and — promptness — which is a twin sister 
to regularity. However, having left this earth, we fear that Gladstone 
will never wish to return to its turmoils, so we are compelled, in self- 
defense, to beg of you, one and all, to have a system in your work, 
to be prompt in your response to letters, and before your answer is 
mailed, to see that it is really an answer, not a partial one. A friend 
of ours, after reading a letter, always writes the points to be referred 
to, on the outside of the envelope, so that her replies will never over- 
look any details. We recommend the plan, and hope you will try it, 
or invent one as effective. Just think of the hundreds — yes, many 
hundreds, of letters the council and Lyre management are obliged 
to write, for while the letter you receive is only one to you, it rep- 
resents one in a great many to the writer, and requires not only the 
extra time to write another, when answers are either very tardy or are 
not forthcoming at all, but an extra tax on one's mind to continually 
carry these delinquent matters. Verily, it is not honorable, not 
to mention charitable or courteous, to take so much time and energy 
from others besides the great amount they willingly give. 

So I urge you to be prompt, to be accurate, in a word, to be 
business-like not only in correspondence, but in everything, and you, 
yourselves, will reap the greatest benefits from such a practice. 

LET us establish libraries ! What kind of libraries ? Chapter li- 
braries ! Think of the pleasure and importance of it ! The idea 
once formulated will surprise you in its rapid development. With a 



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Lyre file, Baird's Manual, The Sorority Hand Bode, your chapter 
books, a chapter scrap book and kodak book (chapter libraries are 
in a privileged class), you already have a nucleus, around which 
chapter birthdays, Christmasses, and loving alumnae will soon build 
a library which will inspire pride. 

No matter what books find their way into this collection, we feel 
confident that no two will be more popular than the Chapter History 
and the Kodak book. What help the former will be to the future 
chapters. What enthusiasm it will engender! While the latter will 
hold almost as sacred a place in the hearts of all as the old-fashioned 
family album. Ft will imbue personality into names which no amount 
of written description can approach; and think of the pleasure 
"old girls" will derive when, on a visit to the chapter, they 
can pore over this album, which with quick transition carries them 
back to their college days, overwhelming them with its rush of memr 
ories ! How simple the task of maintaining these books ! A commit- 
tee appointed to keep a memoranda of the chapter life, with its prob- 
lems and their solution, its attainments, its scholarship, its enter- 
tainments, attractive innovations or special features in the initiation, 
and so on to the complete portrayal of chapter life, will find the 
slight labor involved will be a labor of love, and this and the kodak 
book, which should be in charge of all the girls, would, we predict, 
become the two best loved books of the chapter. 

IT IS not in the spirit of criticism that we are going to call atten- 
tion to the neglect of chapter addresses. We are prompted, 
rather, by the certain knowledge, born of experience, that it is next 
to impossible for the active girl to realize the importance and neces- 
sity of accurate alumnae addresses. As her perspective broadens and 
she realizes that her Alpha or her Iota is only one unit in the temple 
of her fraternity, so surely does she perceive that unless she can lay 
her hand to the address of every sister who has entered those portals, 
the foundation is weakened just so much. We therefore beg you, 
whether an officer or not, to lend your aid towards maintaining an 
accurate chapter address book. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap," which 
is as true in this case as in all cases, as fraternity history abounds 



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with instances of alumnae assistance. Chapter houses, scholarship 
funds, prizes for merit, help in a hundred ways, all attest the inter- 
est and loyalty of alumnae — whose addresses are correct on the chap- 
ter roll. 



**TT IS never too late to mend." If any of the chapters have in- 
A complete Lyre files, beginning with their installation, we urge 
you to write at once to the alumnae, who will be glad to help out 
on the chapter file, which it is very important to keep. If all the 
missing numbers can not be obtained in this way, the editor will be 
glad to publish a list of those still desired. We also urge the chap- 
ters of A X O to arrange an exchange of journals with as many of 
the fraternities as possible represented in their colleges. A trial will 
surely suffice to prove the mutual benefit of such an arrangement. 



WE EARNESTLY hope that all Alpha Chi alumnae will care- 
fully read the exchange quoted from the Alpha Phi Quarter- 
ly in regard to a scholarship cup presented to one of the chapters 
*'by a few wisely guided alumnae." Note the two words few and 
wisely. Such a gift from any chapter's alumnae would mean a very 
small individual contribution, even from the younger chapters, who 
have few alumnae as yet. As to the wisdom of such a gift, it causes 
an inward impetus toward higher scholarship, at the same time fur- 
nishing an outward demonstration of the fraternity's real earnest- 
ness, which in this time of social activity and consequent faculty 
antagonism certainly needs a tangible demonstration. 

WE CERTAINLY believe with Prof. McKone that the high 
school fraternities are doomed. Since time began, the great 
natural law has been working its leaven of adjustment, until it tri- 
umphs in the end with the survival of the fittest. True in little things 
as well as great, we therefore believe the problem of high school 
fraternities will soon cease to exist as such, the inherent weakness 
of the system proving its own undoing. 



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WE CALL the attention of Alpha Chis to the advertisement of 
R. J. F. Roehm & Co., of Detroit. With Newman, of New 
York, and Wright, Kay & Co., of Detroit, we now have three official 
jewelers. We hope the chapters will give these firms equal patron- 
age as far as it is possible for them to do so. 

ANOTHER resignation from the Council I Last fall Mrs. Wade 
and Miss McHatton found that they had too many "irons 
in the fire" and insisted that we accept their resignations ; and now 
Miss Baker, who has acted as Secretary since the last convention, 
has also found it necessary to leave our official ranks. Miss Baker 
must indeed either have had a great deal of leisure time, or must 
have made many sacrifices to have performed the duties of this 
office as she did. During the past two years the Secretary has had 
more work to do than at any time in the history of Alpha Chi, and 
Miss Baker has done this most cheerfully and proficiently. 

I am sure all Alpha Chis regret that she cannot stay with us in 
this official capacity ; and with their regret is mingled deep-felt grati- 
tude for her efforts in their behalf. 

CONCERNING our new Grand Secretary, Iota writes: Helen 
Wright is an Alpha Chi of whom Iota is very proud. She is 
one of our most capable girls, adding dignity and grace to all occa- 
sions. She attended Wellsley College two years before going to the 
University of Illinois, where she was graduated with the class of 
1907. She was a member of Phi Delta Psi, an honorary junior sor- 
ority. Miss Wright is a girl who is very talented and who will per- 
form her duties as Grand Secretary with honor to her chapter and 
fraternity. 

ONE of the most interesting publications that has recently been 
brought to our notice is "A Detailed History of Delta Delta 
Delta." It is a handsome volume of 268 pages, giving a complete 
record of the sorority from its inception to the present day. AAA 
is splendidly organized, and is fortunate in compiling this history 



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while all of the founders, but one, are living. Commencing with the 
founding of the sorority (1888), it takes one through the establish- 
ment of the different chapters, gives the various degrees, method of 
government, list of publications, and a complete history not only of 
each chapter, but of all conventions and other important sorority and 
inter-sorority events. Not the least interesting are the sorority paral- 
lels, covering the following points relating to all sororities, date of 
founding, chapter rolls, membership, publications, conventions, num- 
ber of times represented in I. S. C, number of directories and song 
books published, date of chapter installations, and a list of colleges 
where sororities have entered, with their location, date of founding, 
control, enrollment, annual income, faculty, and number of students. 
The volume is profusely and excellently illustrated with pictures 
of present and ex-grand officers, various chapter groups, exterior 
and interior views of chapter houses, various flags, and insignia of 
the sorority, jewelry, facsimiles of charters, and many other mat- 
ters of interest. In the latter end of the volume is a chapter index, 
giving the members of each with their addresses, and last of all is 
an alphabetical list of all members, giving pages upon which the 
names appear — a very handy method of reference. The record has 
been compiled by Bessie Leach Priddy, Grand Historian, and she 
is certainly to be congratulated upon the excellent, artistic, and in- 
structive work she has produced. 



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CHAPTER T^ETTERS 


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Chapter letters for each issue will be due not later than the first 
of the month preceding the date of issue. At the beginning of each 
letter state the active membership, including all initiates since pre- 
vious issue, with full names and home addresses; also mty clmnges 
of associate editors or corresponding secretaries. 

Personals and alumnae news to be written on a separate sheet. 
Typewrite copy if possible. 



ALPHA 

DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. 

It is difficult .to realize that the three months of winter term have passed, 
and yet were we disposed to doubt it, because of the shortness of the time, 
one has only to look into the house, especially at meal time, to be fully con- 
vinced. Girls in every comer, most of them looking as though they had not 
slept for many nights; sometimes several in a group, sometimes one alone, 
all studying aloud — and such a babel as it is — French, German, B3rron, Shel- 
ley, History, one can hear almost anything — and in the midst of it all, some 
bit of college news, which rarely fails to recall even the most "devoted stu- 
dents." 

The term has been saddened for all of the Alpha girls, by the death of 
Mary Patton Wade, the little daughter of Elina Patton Wade, one of the most 
beloved of all our alumnae. 

Since the prohibiting of the class scrap two years ago, it has been a prob- 
lem to know what to do with the 22nd of February, for of course some cele- 
bration is necessary. This year the Athletic Board decided upon a College 
Carnival, to be given in the gymnasium. Each sorority, fraternity, the Literary 
Society and the girls of the two dormitories, decided upon some stunt, and 
then fell to work to make each booth a success. The Thetas set themselves 
up in competition with the Western Union Telegraph Company. The Kappa 
Minstrels rivalled even Al. G. Field's; the world-renowned palmist of the 
Alpha Phi told us all about our college cases, while Alpha Chi starred with 
a "Wheel of Fortune." The Dekes had a very clever arrangement of the 
Twenty-third Degree, and the Phi Psi merry-go-round was a grand success, 
probably because the sensation it produced was unlike an3rthing ever expe- 
rienced before. 

At last it seems that DePauw is really to have a new library. If all goes 
well, the building will be ready for our use next fall. Besides the general 



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college library, all of the department libraries are to be removed to the new 
building. 

At the beginning of this term, we pledged and initiated two new girls, 
Clara Chesney, of Kansas City, Mo., and Merle Stern, of North Vernon, Ind. 

The term has been too full for many individual functions. On the 17th 
of February, we entertained the faculty members, their wives and some town 
people. As the affair was of the nature of a reception, the house was not 
decorated except wwith great bouquets of red carnations and ferns. 

Alpha sends her sincerest wishes for a happy and prosperous spring to 
all sister chapters. 



BETA 

Albion College, Albion, Mich. 

The weeks have again rolled swiftly by, as they have a habit of doing, 
and it hardly seems possible, to this correspondent, at least, that it is time for 
another chapter letter. Surely nothing could be more encouraging than the 
chapter letters of the last Lyre. /41pha Chi has cause to grow more and more 
proud of herself all the time. And no chapter feels this more than Beta. 

The weeks before Christmas were taken up, of course, mostly by term- 
end examinations. However, we managed to find time for a few social affairs, 
principally sleigh rides. 

At the beginning of the winter term, we were rejoiced to find Lucile 
Johnston back with us, making our number twenty, which was further in- 
creased by a new pledgling, Dana Randall, of Tekonsha, Mich. During the 
first two or three weeks we initiated Edna Newcomer, Cecil Smith, Gladys 
Griffin, Margaret Smith, and Edith Ketchem. This makes us eighteen active 
and three pledged girls, two more of which will doubtless soon be initiated. 

We have had two parties for our men friends this term, one a progressive 
partv, held at the homes of three of the girls, and the other our regular term 
informal. The latter was a Valentine party at the lodge. The decorations and 
entertainment reminded one that it was Leap year, as well as St. Valentine's 
day. 

The Pan-Hellenic Association, or what has hitherto been known by that 
title, consisting of all the fraternity girls in college, met with Kappa Alpha 
Theta early in the term. A new constitution, modeled on the constitution rec- 
ommended by the Inter-Sorority Conference, is in process of adoption. There 
will be some very radical change in the rushing rules, tho just what these will 
be has not yet been determined. A late rushing season has been settled on, 
but the exact date is not set. 

The Conservatory of the College has given one fine concert this term. 
The Philharmonic Choral Society, of about one hundred and twenty-five 
voices, will render the Messiah at the May musical festival. The Conservatory 
department of the college has improved very rapidly this year under the direc- 
tion of Prof. Harlan J. Cozine. Several new and flourishing organizations 
have been found, one of which, at least, the college band, fills a long-felt want. 

Another new departure, which was .a complete success, and will un- 
doubtedly be made an annual event, was the college banquet, held on the 
twenty-eighth day of February. Alpha Chi was honored in having two mem- 
bers, from different classes, on the toast program. 

The chief topic of discussion at present among the students, is the Kalei- 
doscope, the indoor athletic circus, which comes off early in March. Nobody 



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seems to know exactly what will happen at this circus, but according to the 
committee having it in charge, it will be "the best ever." 

Great interest has been manifested in the inter-class basketball games 
this term. The girls* basketball teams are now planning a series of interesting 
games. The first team boasts three Alpha Chis, one of whom is the captain. 

On Washington's birthday this year, instead of the usual Mock Congress, 
a new departure was made, in the shape of a Mock Republican Convention, 
which was a success in every sense of the word. 

Albion has two interesting debates this term, one with the Detroit Law 
School, the other with DePauw University. Albion's record in debate is an 
enviable one, so that these two debates bid fair to be intensely interesting. 

Beta wishes every sister chapter the same prosprity which at present is 
attending her footsteps. 



GAMMA 

Northwestern University. Evanston, 111. 

We girls of Gamma are expecting to return next year to an almost new 
Northwestern, if the plans of a Chicago architect for beautifying the campus 
are accepted by the faculty. It is needless to say that we students regard 
this movement for improving the grounds along the lake as due largely to our 
eloquent (?) themes on the subject. 

It is next fall, also, that Northwestern is to enter football again, and 
play fine games, according to a mammoth petition of the students to the fac- 
ulty. 

In January came the inter-collegiate debates, when, alas! Northwestern 
met defeat at the hands of both Chicago and Michigan. But excellent work 
was done by our debaters, and we feel justly proud of them. 

Next came the Sargent Prize Contest. Prizes of fifty and twenty-five dol- 
lars were awarded by G. M. Sargent of this city to the two best speakers, 
one of which was awarded for its oratorical effect. Mr. Whiteside, of Evans- 
ton, whose subject was "Abraham Lincoln," won first prize, while Mr. Bo- 
gardus, giving "A Plea for Cuba," was second. 

The Student Lecture Course has been especially good this year, William 
J. Bryan and F. Hopkinson Smith being among the speakers. This winter we 
have enjoyed an unusually fine opera season with the San Carlos Grand Opera 
Company. A number of noted artists have been heard in concerts, among them 
Gadski, Maude Powell, Paderewski, Hoffman, Correno, Schumann-Heink, 
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, and De Pachman. 

The girls have given several little theater parties for "Qassmates," Max- 
ine Elliot in "Myself, Bettina," and "The Man from Home," where we all 
resolved never to mumble our words. 

Early in December, the sororities of Northwestern welcomed the Lambda 
Chapter of Kappa Delta, which was then installed, and the Alpha Phis gave 
a reception in order that we all might meet the new girls. 

The A Capella Choir, in which we are represented by Hedwig Brenneman 
and Mae Smith, recently gave a troncert before the Amateur Musical Club 
of Chicago, and next week will sing in Waukegan. 

Since the new semester commenced, the only dances, except "Post Exam. 
Hop" and Prom, have been the fraternity formals, the sorority formals coming 
later in the spring. 

There has been much excitement over the election for the igio Syllabus, 



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and an Alpha Chi, Myrtle Jensen, was appointed as the only representative 
from Chapin Hall on the board. 

These last two weeks, we have had several little rushing stunts, and 
Wednesday night, after a spread at Willard Hall, pledged two of the finest 
and brightest girls, Ruth Berge, of Grand Rapids, and Etta Brothers, of 
Chicago. 

Some time ago Bess Rundall gave an informal little cinch party for the 
chapter, and Ethel Forde, in Ravenswood, followed with another last week. 
In this way we get to see each other and make the most of the absence of 
sorority cottages. 

We were all delighted to have Mrs. Tennant with us, but regretted very 
much that she could not be with us longer. There was a special fraternity 
meeting in which she told us about the different chapters which she had vis- 
ited, and gave us some very excellent advice in important matters. Mrs. Den- 
nis entertained informally in honor of Mrs. Tennant, at which some of the 
alumnae girls were present. 

Gamma sends her best greetings to all Alpha Chis. 



DELTA 

Allegrheny College, Meadville, Pa, 

Delta wishes to congratulate the editors on the great success of the last 
issue of the Lyre. We all read and discussed it with great enjoyment and will 
do our best in keeping the Lyre up to the high standard set for it. (Thank 
you. — Ed.) 

Our mid-year examinations were over the last of January, and since then 
we have been very busy, both in studying and in social times. Mrs. Tennant 
was with us from January i8th to the 22nd. We enjoyed very much having 
her with us, and derived a great deal of benefit from her visit, which was 
untimely in that she reached us a few days before examinations, and we were 
unable to entertain her as we should have liked, but her visit was greatly ap- 
preciated and her counsel and sweet self were an inspiration to us all. At her 
advice, Delta has instituted a course of study which will deal with the lives 
and works of the great composers. I am sure we will all enjoy it a great 
deal, in addition to becoming more familiar with the great music-writers. 

There have not been many large social events since the new term began, 
but the weeks have been full of little informal parties, which have proved very 
delightful. Between terms, fifteen girls from A X fi, K K r, and K A 9 gave 
a leap year party at the Saegertown Inn. We had a most enjoyable time, but 
it proved a surprise party, for a snow storm prevented us from leaving the 
Inn, and it was a much bedraggled but happy party that reached Meadville 
the following afternoon. 

Miss Gertrude Merchant entertained the active chapter of A X li at din- 
ner, Saturday, February 8. The decorations were red and green, and a very 
pleasant musical evening was spent. 

Kappa Alpha Theta entertained the active chapters of A X li, K K r, and 
9 2 on Saturday evening, February 15, in their fraternity rooms. A very 
clever scheme was carried out of following arrows on which were written 
appropriate quotations and which finally led to a stand where a piece of wax 
tied to a cardboard was given each guest. Each person moulded a Cupid from 



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the wax, a prize being awarded to the best one. After a very pleasant evening, 
we voted Kappa Alpha Theta capital entertainers. 

Mrs. Laffer invited Delta to hold her fraternity meeting in her parlors, 
and after our meeting, entertained us in honor of Miss Carrie Marie Waters, 
who returned to her home in Nashville, Tenn. 

Last Saturday evening, Allegheny College held her Washington Birthday 
banquet, which is considered a great event in the college year. The classes sit 
together and usually attempt to carry out some "stunt" and sing class songs. 
The seniors appear for the first time in their caps and gowns, the faculty has 
its separate table, and quite a few alumnae come back. The banquet was no 
less brilliant this year than in former years, and class spirit ran high. It was 
held in the men's gymnasium, which was beautifully decorated with bunting 
and college pennants. 

Although Delta's local birthday is two weeks past, yet we will celebrate 
it Saturday, February 29, at the home of Miss Edith Dermitt, with a party 
to our alumnae. An interesting program is planned and we are all looking 
forward to a splendid time. 

Allegheny has been very successful in her athletics; her basketball team 
has not lost a game this year, either on the home floor or while visiting, so 
we predict a successful finish to the season. 

The Spring is fast approaching and will bring with it to Delta a round of 
pleasures. May our sisters look forward to as enjoyable and profitable a 
Spring as Delta. 



EPSILON 

University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

We thank you very much for your prompt and favorable replies in regard 
to Miss Verne. They certainly were appreciated, girls, because we had so short 
a time in which to entertain for her, and we felt her to be an artist of rare 
merit. On the 8th of February, we gave a breakfast in her honor at the resi- 
dence of an Alpha Chi from Gamma, Mrs. Botsford, who is a charming hos- 
tess. It was our pleasure to have among the guests, Mrs. Cushman, from 
Beta, her mother, Mrs. Allen, and Miss Leslie Gifford Smith, from Theta. 

The beautiful home, which is built in true California bungalow style, lent 
itself effectively to the decorations in our sorority colors. Poinsettias, carna- 
tions and ferns were used in profusion, and a log in the fire-place added a 
glow of cheerfulness to the rooms. 

Miss Verne's personality delighted us no less than her wonderfuul music 
and we at once felt her to be one of us. She heartily enjoyed it all and spoke 
enthusiastically of the impressiveness and mystery of the ceremony, during 
which the girls presented her with a pearl and emerald pin. She said she 
would always wear it in evidence, and that to us she is "Sister Adela." Before 
leaving she played Wagner's Evening Star, after which little Virginia Botsford 
gave her a large bunch of scarlet carnations and asparagus fern. We wish that 
you all might have been with us that day, but trust that you may meet her 
during her Eastern tour. 

Have we told you about our house-party at Ocean Park? It was a round 
of good times, beginning the 13th of December and lasting four days. Our 
house was conveniently situated a square from the ocean, and just fitted our 
party of fifteen. Monday afternoon we spent in testing the speed and capac- 
ity of the roller-coaster at Venice, — rather a lowering occupation, you say? 



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but at times very elevating, and we left our yell at the top with a stiff ocean 
breeze to keep it up. 

New Year's Eve we entertained our men friends. The spacious living room 
was homelike with its fire-place, cozy-corners and many pennants, while mistle- 
toe and huge bunches of mountain-holly gave it a festive air. At six o'clock 
we served a Dutch supper, and with the last course, English walnuts tied with 
red and green ribbons, which, upon breaking the seals, were found to contain 
our fates written on small rolls of paper. Then came the bon-fire and marsh- 
mallow roast on the beach. So the old year went and with the new year 
came the resolution that there be many more Alpha Chi house parties like 
unto that one. 

In sisterly consideration for your feelings we forbear a detailed account 
of the new year's dinner. It was a sumptuous feast, but those of you who 
were not there also missed the early call to breakfast, the sleepy ride to college 
and reproachful glances of the professors — the morning after. 

Since our last letter to you our active chapter has been strengthened 
by the addition of two new members — Lillian Arnett, a member of the College 
of Music faculty, and Olive Berryman, who is a "Liberal Arts" girl. 

Two informal functions were given in honor of Erna Reese before her 
departure to Mexico. At the first occasion, the girls gathered for a jolly 
evening at the home of Carrie Trowbridge, and much amusement was afforded 
by the editing of rival newspaper. The second was a Japanese tea, at which 
Mauneena McMillan and Faye Buck were hostesses. 

St. Valentine's night the students of the college gave a masquerade party 
in the gymnasium. The merriment began with a Freshman parade, and after- 
ward organizations provided various forms of amusement. The Alpha Chi 
girls presided at an archery booth of white, dotted with red hearts, which 
bore numbers. The contestants received prizes according to the value of the 
hearts they pierced with the deadly arrows. Our colonial costumes, made ol 
white tarleton with hearts, corresponded with the booth. 

The greater University banquet was given last week for the purpose of 
enlarging the college and promoting unity in spirit among its several de- 
partments. 

A party of students enjoyed a recital given at the First Presbyterian 
church of Pasadena, dedicatory of its beautiful new organ. Mr. Skeele, dean 
of the College of Music, was among the prominent musicians of Los Angeles 
who contributed to the program. 

Among the artists whom Los Angeles music lovers have been privileged 
to hear in concert recently are Josef Hoffman, Adela Verne, Kubelik, Her- 
bert Witherspoon, Mme. Careno, and Paderewski. 

Rushing season is on once more at the university, and plans are being 
made for the entertainment of the rushees. But we musn't tire you with a 
longer letter this time. 



ZETA 

New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass. 

Since our last letter to the Lyre, the event which made the deepest im- 
pression on our fraternity life was the visit of our inspector, Mrs. Tennant. 
Besides the help given to the chapter as a whole, each girl felt that she had 
gained a great deal personally during her turn of being with Mrs. Tennant 
while showing her the points of historical interest in Boston. The frat en- 



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thusiasm which she left behind is with us still and shows no sign of dimin- 
ishing. 

At our last initiation on February 4, we added seven names to our chap- 
ter roll: Olive Cutter, Boston; Louise Stone, Tacoma, Wash.; Mayme Cut- 
ter and Nelle Cutler, Nora Springs, la. ; Hazel Fogg, Waterbury, Conn. ; Jose- 
phine Durrell, Boston, and Edna Whitehouse Lorain, Ohio. This gives us 
twenty-eight active members, which, I believe, is the largest number Zeta 
has ever had. 

February 28 was the date set for our fifth annual musicale and reception. 
The program, which was given in Jordan Hall, was as follows: 

Liszt — Sonata in H Mol., Miss Evangeline Bridge. 

Godard — Adagio pathetique. Miss Carrie Aiton. 

Whelpley — I Know a Hill. Chadwick — He Loves Me. Van der Stucken — 
Joys of Youth, Miss Nellie Brushingham. 

Chopin — Preludes Nos. 6 and 23. Opus 28. Liszt — Gnomenreigen, Miss 
Annie Merle Reynolds. 

Moszkowski — Suite for Two Violins, Misses Aiton and Josephine Durrell. 

Schubert — ^An der Music. Der Tod and das Madchen. Brahms — Stanchen. 
Rachmaninoff — Hoods of Spring, Miss Mable Stanaway. 

Saint-Saens — Danse Macabre, Misses Edith Bly and Lillian Goalston. 

Mrs. Chars. A. White, accompanist. 

We were assisted by two of our associate members, Miss Stanaway, a 
member of the vocal faculty, who contributed a delightful group of songs, 
and Mrs. Chas. A. White, who played the accompaniments in her usual artis- 
tic and sympathetic manner. 

After the musicale, the guests were ushered into the reception rooms, 
which were beautifully decorated with a profusion of palms and scarlet car- 
nations. Our president, Miss Reynolds, was assisted in receiving by Mrs. 
Geo. W. Chadwick and several of our associate members. But the most popu- 
lar room was that in which stood the dainty table from which Mme. Rotoli 
and Mrs. Ferguson dispensed the ices. 

Among our two hundred guests we were glad to have with us Mrs. 
Reynolds, from Delta chapter; Miss Wemple, from Gamma; Miss Buckley, 
from Xi; Miss Germaine, from Theta; and Mesdames Dunkle, Little, and 
Sheperdson, from the Zeta alumnae. 



THETA 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

The second semester is well started and the girls of Theta chapter arc 
rejoicing after the hard work and strain of examination weeks. 

Four of our girls were guests at the Junior hop, which was said to be 
one of the most successful hops ever given. 

On February 15, we gave an informal tea to our patronesses and older 
girls in honor of our new chaperon. Miss Forsythe. We also had a rushing 
party and are rejoicing over two new pledges, Mabel Spafford and Julia 
Halleck. 

One of our sisters, Nellie Hilliker, is ill at the Chicago hospital, but we 
are hoping for a speedy recovery. 

The Junior play will soon be given in Sara Caswell Angell hall. Two of 
our girls have been chosen for the caste and report good progress. 



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For the first time, Michigan has attempted an opera, the success of which 
has proved that Michigan can hold her own not only in athletics, but also in 
the musical world, as it surpassed all expectations, and for three nights and 
a matinee played to crowded houses. 



IOTA 

University of Illinois, Champaign, 111. 

Iota began the second semester with a renewed rushing season, as the 
loss of two girls, left only 12 of us in the house. While the faculty were busy 
installing the new Dean of the College of Engineers, we were busy with his 
daughter, meeting two other fraternities in the race. Our girls bid, and Mary 
Goss is now an Alpha Chi, also Charlotte Baker, of Sullivan, 111., and Bertha 
Bandette, of Chicago. At the present outlook we will still be rushing when 
school is out, as every once in a while we find a new girl who seems good 
material. 

On January 16, the dramatic reading class, under the instruction of Prof. 
Guild, gave a Miracle Play, Abraham and Isaac, the first ever given here. 
It was interesting because it shows us the earliest plays, also because it was 
the first play of its kind given by the schools of this part of the country. It 
was very well received. 

As a celebration after exams, the students gave a Post Exam Jubilee in 
the Auditorium. The opening address was an explanation of the decorations 
they had asked for; the result of their asking was one little pole a foot high, 
with two leaves. This was carried around and carefullly placed where it 
would show best during that stunt. A clever reproduction was given by the 
boys dressed as girls, hopping and dancing around the pole. Then we had 
Sousa's Band with us, even to the soloists, who evidently were quite proud 
of their positions. Sousa himself was covered with medals of various kinds 
and seemed a very able conductor. The Flint brothers gave their usual per- 
formance, showing us the power of hypnotism, extending to the audience the 
usual invitation to come and try. Among those who went up we recognized 
the Dean of Men, who was hypnotized and made love to a strange girl. The 
last stunt was a minstrel show, and just before leaving they started Illinois 
Loyalty, in which every one joined. 

The most important thing at the university is the small-pox scare and the 
compulsory vaccination. Now wthat every one has been vaccinated and it is 
taking, "the danger is growing less," so states the paper. 

Sousa's band gave a concert the afternoon and evening of February 8th, 
in the Auditorium. There were large crowds at both concerts and every one 
enjoyed them. 

The Woman's League gave a Colonial Ball for girls only, in the Armory, 
on Washington's birthday. About four hundred attended, making it a beau- 
tiful sight, with their quaint colonial costumes. 

We have had a Pan-Hellenic dance, which proved very successful and 
profitable. 

Iota sends greetings to all her sisters and hopes next year to see many 
of them here at convention. 



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KAPPA 

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. 

The end of the first semester finds Kappa still on deck, as industriously 
and happily inclined as ever. Her house is full and bubbling over. The Fresh- 
men in the sorority have great and high ambitions. They have already drawn 
several plans for our future home and have amused themselves by planning 
the rushing 'stunts" for Interscholastic, while the upper classmen are con- 
tented to listen to their foolish prattle with an occasional "well said" or 
"well done." (All join in a definite building plan, and it will cease to be fool- 
ish. — Ed. ) 

On the first of February, the Freshmen and Sophomores joined forces 
and gave a very delightful informal leap year dance. Our little house was 
very prettily and tastefully decorated. The whole affair proved to be such a 
success that the Juniors and Seniors are planning a similar one for the near 
future. 

Fay Vaughan, who was a pledge since the beginning of the year, was 
initiated into the fraternity the third of this month, and moved into the house 
the beginning of this semester. She is a typical Alpha Chi and we were very 
glad to have her come into the house at once. 

Of course, the annual "Prom" took place at the end of the semester. 
It was not so well attended as in previous years; however, it was thoroughly 
enjoyed by those who did attend. The university gymnasium was used for 
the ball room. Decorators from Milwaukee transformed it into a perfect 
bower of loveliness, representing the Baden-Baden gardens. The Alpha Chis 
who went reported a "perfectly grand" time. The Junior play was a great suc- 
cess. Marguerite Bower, one of our girls, was in the sextette of the play and 
did her part very well. 

We have had the opportunity of hearing the Russian Symphony Orchestra 
and have also been fortunate in having many good plays, such as The Red 
Mill, Brown of Harvard, and the Lion and the Mouse. Miss Donnelly, lead- 
ing lady in the "Lion and the Mouse," gave a very interesting lecture on 
George Bernard Shaw and his plays. 

"Melusina," given by the Choral Union, was a success, Sybil Sammis and 
Marion Green, of Chicago, being among the soloists. 

The present theme of interest is bowling. We have a strong team, 
and although some of the members are new at the game, we are expecting 
much from them. Our first match game will be rolled with the Alpha Gamma 
Delta girls on the 29th of this month. The Wisconsin basketball team has 
defeated Illinois, Purdue, Chicago, and Minnesota this season, and we are 
hoping for the championship. 

Kappa has ended this semester well and hopes to end the second one still 
better. May it be the good fortune of all of our sister chapters to do the same. 



LAMBDA 

Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Haven Hall, Syracuse, N. Y., February 26, 1908. 
Mid-year examinations are over and Syracuse is again settled down to 
regular work. We all look back to the most successful and happy semester. 
Between college work and social life the girls have been decidedly busy. The 



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long and severe cold weather has given us ample coasting and skating this 
winter, and the students have made good use of the skating rink which has 
been built on the campus for their benefit. 

Mrs. Tennant's visit this winter left the most pleasant memories for 
Lambda. How we did enjoy having her with us! She stayed but a few days, 
and those few days were much too short. We were so glad to learn through 
her of our sister chapters. In honor of Mrs. Tennant, the chapter gave a re- 
ception to the other sororities here at the home of Mrs. Hadley, one of our 
patronesses. 

The national convention of the Y. W. C. A. was held at Utica a few days 
ago. Helen Cunningham was sent as a delegate of the Syracuse Association. 
And a number of our other girls also attended the convention. 

The gayeties of Senior week have just left Syracuse. With the fraternity 
parties, sleigh rides, glee club concert and (the crowning event) the Senior 
ball, we all heartily enjoyed a full week of the "social whirl." 

Syracuse has had a splendid basketball team this year, and we have en- 
joyed some exciting games with Yale, Princeton, Williams, University of 
Pennsylvania, Colgate, and others. We have also been fortunate in the music 
line. Sembrich, Shuman-Heink, Bauer, Samaroff, and the opera, "Madam 
Butterfly," have been heard here. Most of the leading nlays have also visited 
Syracuse. 

During the winter the different professors of John Crouse College of 
Fine Arts have given recitals. Perhaps one of the most interesting was given 
the other evening by Prof. Mahr, 'cellist; Prof. Frey, pianist, and Mile. 
Reine Harden-Hickey, soprano. Mile. Harden-Hickey is a new vocal instructor 
at Fine Arts College. She has a beautiful and powerful voice, while her abil- 
ity as an instructor is well known. Syracuse may be proud, indeed, to num- 
ber her among the faculty of Fine Arts. 

The chapter has enjoyed a number of little social affairs of its own so 
far this year. Shortly after Christmas we entertained in honor of our Fresh- 
men at a formal dance at the Crouse homestead, and the girls have also given 
a few informals and spreads. 

We have had some delightful chapter meetings this winter. The girls 
have done their best to make them both interesting and instructive. Our plan 
has been the study of the development of music and the lives of the great 
composers. Two or more papers on a certain composer have been read at each 
meeting, while his works have been illustrated by piano or vocal solos. We 
have great ambitions, as our sister chapters probably have, for the remainder 
of the year. Lambda sends best wishes for joy and success to all Alpha Chis. 



MU 

Simpson College, Indianaola, Iowa. 

We began this term just a little bit discouraged, because two of our new 
girls were not coming back. But our drooping spirits were soon revived when 
Myrtle Schimelfenig, who had been invited by all three fraternities last fall, 
accepted our invitation. And then pledge day was only five weeks distant and 
there was work to be done. For were there not three girls in school whom 
we just must have? We had several little rushing parties, which were very 
informal because of the numerous college functions. On February 8, we 
pledged the three girls we had invited to join. They are Grace Ogg, Indian- 



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ola ; Iroline Dye, Macedonia ; and Ruth Conrey, Leon. After the pledging wfc 
had a spread at Lena Dalrymple's in honor of the new girls. 

Invitations are out for our **big" annual party to be given March 3 at the 
beautiful home of Mrs. B. F. Qayton, one of our patronesses. We are expect- 
ing Besse Patrick, Gamma, of Des Moines, to be present with us. 

January 31, the Des Moines Women's Pan-Hellenic Association held its 
annual banquet at the Sherman Place in Des Moines. An invitation has been 
extended to Alpha Chi Omega and two of our girls attended. Of course, it 
was the first time that Alpha Chi Omega had been represented there, and 
every honor and courtesy were extended to our representatives. About one 
hundred and seventy-five women were present and represented seven different 
fraternities. 

Miss Elizabeth Bentley, Dean of Women and Professor of English, has 
resigned her position here and has accepted one in St. Joseph, Mo. We regret 
very much that Miss Bentley is leaving us, for she has endeared herself to all 
the girls in the school. Our sister, Lora Hagler, has been elected to succeed 
her as Dean of Women. 

Founders' and Benefactors' Day was celebrated February 21. In the after- 
noon there was a program of "stunts" by the different classes and depart- 
ments. In the evening at seven o'clock the banquet was held in the parlors 
of the Methodist church. We were very proud to have Carrie MacFadon 
chosen as the one from the student body to give a toast. 

The numbers on our lecture course this year were : Gov. J. Frank Hanly, 
Dr. D. F. Fox, Prof. Paul M. Pearson, John Temple Graves, Montaville 
Flowers and George R. Wendling. 



NU 

University of Colorado, Boulder, Col. 

The school year has passed on to the opening of the second semester ; and 
each week has found us more loyally and firmly joined in the bond of Alpha 
Chi Omega. 

The fire which we were unfortunate enough to experience just before 
the holidays, though not serious, made it necessary for us to change our 
Alpha Chi lodge. We are now located only a block from our first home, and 
are even better pleased with the new than we were with the old. 

We have two new patronesses to introduce to you : Mrs. J. D. Scott and 
Mrs. F. J. Cattermole. They are both well known in musical circles, and Mrs. 
Cattermole is particularly active in the Friday Musical Club of this city. A 
few weeks ago we gave a tea for our patronesses and the mothers of the 
girls who live here. It proved one of the most successful entertainments we 
have given. 

On February 19, our patronesses entertained us, together with one of the 
men's fraternities, at the home of Mrs. Buchheit. Mrs. Rossi, one of our 
patronesses, who lives in Denver, came up for the occasion and remained to 
make us a short visit afterward. Saturday evening we gave a beefsteak fry 
in her honor. I wonder if those of you who are not fortunate enough to live 
near the mountains, know what a beefsteak fry is — a genuine Western beef- 



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Steak fry on a moonlight night, with a merry crowd, a blazing bonfire, steak 
done to a turn over the coals, and fragrant coffee. Then when everyone has 
done full justice to the "spread,* 'there is the cozy circle about the fire with 
the flames lighting up the faces, while we sing, "Glory, Glory, Colorado," and 
give our "three and one for the ^Varsity." 

Four of our number are Seniors. They are beginning already to look 
sad and dejected with the thoughts of leaving so soon. It is the custom 
at the University of Colorado for the Seniors to appear in cap and gown at 
chapel exercises during the last semester. Our Seniors were especially digni- 
fied and prepossessing when thy paraded forth in their regalia on the morn- 
ing of February 17. The Freshmen studied later than usual that night in the 
hope that if they persisted in their efforts, they might some day appear in like 
array. 

The university has lost one of its best-beloved professors in Dr. Phillips, 
who has accepted a call to Ann Arbor. If any of the Theta girls are taking 
courses in the department of sociology, they will realize what our loss has 
been. 

During the past two weeks we have been busy with plans for the initiation 
of our three pledges. A banquet with quite an extensive toast program has 
been arranged for the same evening. 

Nu sends greetings to her sister chapters. 



XI 

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. 

The first event in which the Xi chapter took part after its installation, 
was the "County Fair," which is given annually for the benefit of the Y. W. 
C. A., and which is participated in by all the fraternities, literary societies, 
and clubs, who endeavor to reproduce the original as far as possible. The 
Alpha Chi booth represented an English inn, which was decorated, however, 
with white muslin, scarlet bunting and frieze of holly, and the letters LYRE 
across the front. The girls, in caps and aprons, were kept busy serving dough- 
nuts, coffee and sandwiches, until at the close of the evening they found them- 
selves the proud possessors of $17. 

Since then we have been looking over the field, with the result that we 
now have six new pledges, several of whom received invitations from other 
fraternities, and all of whom are splendid girls. We wish it were possible for 
all Alpha Chis to be with us on initiation evening, March 5, but as that can 
not be, we will introduce our new sisters in the next best way — thru the pages 
of the Lyre: Gwinn Fodrea, Lauraette Spencer, Mabel Doran, Clara Smith, 
Erima Zerfing, conservatory girls, and Elsie Pruvit, academic. A card party 
and several informals were given for the purpose of meeting our pledges. 

Xi chapter and a few guests were invited to a musical at the home of 
Miss Gale, one of our patronesses. Two Pan-Hellenic dances also contributed 
to our social life, the first one of which afforded us, as guests of honor, an 
excellent opportunity of meeting the members of the different fraternities. 
Xi sends greetings to all Alpha Chis. 



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ALPHA AliPHA 

The Alpha Alpha chapter will give a large musicale at the home of Mrs. 
Osborne, of Chicago, on April ii. The program will be rendered by active 
Gamma girls and Alpha Alpha members. 

Before the musicale, the annual business meeting and election of officers 
for Alpha Alpha chapter will take place. 

Professor George A. Coe has given to the Evanston Public Library, the 
large and valuable collection of music and musical literature gathered by Mrs. 
Coe during her lifetime. A room has been assigned for the accommodation 
of the collection, and will be known as the "Sadie Knowland Coe Music Col- 
lection." 

Gamma alumnae (of which chapter Mrs. Coe was an associate member) 
have donated money which will buy a bronze vase to be put in this room. It 
is to be marked with the initial "C" on three sides, and "A X Q" on three 
faces, and it is a beautiful work of art, which the girls will be proud of. A 
reception is to be .held in April, when this memorial room will be opened to 
the public. 



BETA BETA 



Aside from the regular luncheons and business meetings of Beta Beta, 
things have be^n very quiet with us since our last letter. Some of our mem- 
bers have been away and in some of our homes there has been much sickness, 
so that during the last few months social gatherings have been little thought 
of. We are glad, however, that Mrs. Thompson, who has been very ill at the 
Deaconess Hospital, is now improving rapidly and will soon be with us again. 
Miss Roberts, who has spent the winter in California, will soon return, and 
Marie Wood, who during the fall term was a teacher in the School of Music 
at DePauw, is now with her parents in the city and proves a great help to 
Beta Beta by her interest and enthusiasm. 

Mrs. Taggart has kindly invited the Beta Beta girls to meet with her at 
her summer home again this summer, and remembering the pleasant time 
we had there last year, we are looking forward to this with much pleasure. 



GAMMA GAMMA, XEW YORK 

# 

It has been suggested that the list of Gamma Gamma's charter members 
might prove of interest to the different chapters, so I will remedy my omis- 
sion of them in the last letter: Fay Barnaby Kent, Delta; Sara Frances 
Evans, Delta ; Alta Moyer Taylor, Delta ; Fern Pickard Stevens, Delta ; Emma 
Crittenden, Beta ; Daisy Snell Echlin, Beta ; Jean Whitcomb Fenn, Beta ; Nella 
Ramsdell Fall, Beta; Virginia Fiske Green, Theta; Florence Armstrong, Mu. 

Since our first and our last letter to the Lyre, we have been very for- 
tunate in discovering sisters, and may I put in an appeal right here? I want 
to ask again that the corresponding secretaries of the different chapters keep 
us informed of their alumnae in New York even though they may be in the 
city for a short time only ; otherwise we are almost helpless. We can scarcely 
insert "want ads" for Alpha Chis in the personals, though we have been 



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tempted to resort to some such desperate measure when our quests have ended 
in failure. But not all of them have been so discouraging, for six Zeta girls 
and one Iota bride have 'been found, adding to our membership list and to 
our enthusiasm. Our first meeting after the holiday season was a luncheon 
at the Martha Washington hotel, Wednesday, January 22. At this meeting we 
were delighted to receive an invitation from Mrs. Violet Truell Johnston and 
Mrs. L. R. Howard to lunch with them at Truell Hall, Netherwood, N. J., on 
Friday, February 7. We were fortunate to have a beautiful winter's day for 
our trip, an hour's ride from the city. Truell Hall, a veritable "castle on a 
hill," gave promise of good times within, in which we were not disappointed. 
The hall itself proved an interesting place, with its "Romeo and Juliet" 
chamber, a Japanese tea garden, and the big ball room, where the waxed 
floor proved an irresistible attraction for our Alpha Chi feet. 

Then the ' hostesses gave us our first glimpse of the luncheon table, a 
glimpse that sent our thoughts flying back to college banqueting days. In the 
center of the round table a red-shaded candelabrum and our scarlet carna- 
tions and smilax carried out a beautiful color scheme, and the five-course 
luncheon furnished further pleasant surprises for us. After we were seated, 
we counted chapters, and found we were representing five — Zeta, Gamma, 
Delta, Theta, and Beta. For some of the older girls these gatherings of the 
clans mean the first chance they have had to let their Alpha Chi spirit bubble 
over since their college days, and with so much repressed enthusiasm finding 
vent, our meetings couldn't be described as slow, in any event. After a short, 
informal business meeting, we reluctantly consulted time tables, a disagreeable 
but necessary feature of all our suburban trips. We feel very grateful to our 
girls who ask us to their homes, for we have a much jollier time 
than is possible at our regular meetings. On Friday evening, February 21, 
we were indebted to Miss Jessie Northcroft, one of our Zeta girls, for an ex- 
ceptionally pleasant theater party, seeing Henry Ludlowe in "The Merchant 
of Venice." This gave us a chance to introduce the husbands and "near 
friends" into the scheme of things, which we were of course glad to do. 

On Friday, February 28, we met again at the Martha Washington for 
lunch, and perfected many schemes and plans, one of which was a decision 
as to a definite time and place for our meetings. They will be held the sec- 
ond Friday of each month at the Hotel Martha Washington, 29 East 29th 
Street. We will meet in the parlors on the second floor, luncheon to be served 
in the dining room at one o'clock. We hope any sisters visiting in the city 
can arrange their plans to be with us then. We will continue our meetings 
during the summer, hoping in that way to meet more of the visiting girls. 
Miss Northcroft again played the good fairy and gave us tickets for that 
-evening for Ludlowe in "Richard III." Though the critics do not as yet give 
Ludlowe a place with Irving or Mansfield in the portrayal of Shakespearean 
roles, he nevertheless gives a very interesting interpretation of both Shylock 
and Richard. 

On Friday, March 20, Mrs. Frederick M. Green will entertain us at her 
home, 416 West ii8th Street, with luncheon and a musical afternoon. 

The April meeting will be held at the Martha Washington on the loth. 



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PERSONALS 


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Would you like to hear more about the girls? Then send the 
editor all the personals you know of. They will surely be of interest 
to some one, and do not forget to let us know what you are doing, 
so that through the pages of the Lyre, all Alpha Chis may hear of 
one another. 

ALPHA 

Miss Maud Meserve is finishing her work in music school. She was com- 
pelled to leave last year on account of sickness. 

Miss Virenda Rainier, of Lafayette, Ind., is soloist at the Trinity M. E. 
church of that place. 

Miss Marie Wood, of Indianapolis, visited sisters and attended the Phi 
Delt Open House on February 24. 

The marriage of Miss Catherine Elfers and Carl Abbott took place Janu- 
ary 2. Their home is in Louisville, Ky. 

Miss Vera Cronk has moved to Anthony, Kansas. We hope to have her 
with us again next year. 

Miss Shellie Smith, '05, is teaching music in Brazil. 

Among our visitors this term have been Fay Newlin, Virenda Rainier, 
Helen Pierson, Mary Barlow, Bess Price, Marie Wood, and Shellie Smith. 

Alpha kept open house on February 17, from 2 to 5 o'clock. Greencastle 
friends and members of the faculty were invited, 125 guests calling during 
the hours. 



BETA 

Miss Sadie Osbom, who is teaching at Niles, Mich., will spend her spring 
vacation with Beta friends. 

Mrs. Hamblin, of Detroit, is visiting in Albion. 

Miss Helen Hough has moved to Columbus, Ohio. 

Misses Susie Perine and Eva Pratt are planning to spend the summer in 
travel abroad. 

Miss Margaret Mosher, of the University of Chicago, spent a week in this 
city recently. 

Misses Maizie and Georga Goodenow, who have spent the past seven 
weeks in Kansas City, expect to leave soon for Chicago, where they will visit 
before returning home. 

Miss Jessie Blanchard is visiting in Jackson. 

Mrs. Ethel Calkins McDonald and Miss Kate Calkins, of Chicago, are 
spending the week in Albion. 



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The Misses Mosher, Pratt, and Ferine will spend their spring vacations 
in Albion. 

Miss Marguerite Bower, of the University of Wisconsin, will spend her 
spring vacation in Albion. 

Miss Madge Nichols is studying piano in Chicago. 

Miss Mae Howey is visiting her sister, Mrs. Florence Howey Sims, in 
Florida. 

Miss Madge Wilcox will spend her spring vacation in Albion. 

Miss Blanche French visited her Beta sisters recently. 

Mrs. Ruth Griffin Cogshell will visit Mrs. Striker this spring. 

Mrs. Martha Reynolds Colby, who has been very ill, is improving. 

We are sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Triphagen, of Mulliken, father 
of Mrs. Roy K. Nevins. 

Miss Ethel Kinsman has a music studio in the Holfnan block at Calumet, 
Mich. 

Mrs. Ruth Griffin Cogshell is director of music in the First M. E. church 
of South Haven. 

Miss Marion Childs, of Calumet, has returned after several months in 
Europe. 

Beta had quite a reunion during the holidays, and the active chapter and 
resident alumni entertained the following at a supper: Grace Brown, Lulu 
Babcock, Margaret Mosher, Eva Pratt, Kate Calkins, Nella R. Fall, Susie 
Ferine, Ethel C. McDonald, and Jeannette Freeman. 

Blanche Bundy, now Mrs. Benjamin Allen, is at 1815 Michigan avenue, 
Chicago, 111. 

Beta is always glad to hear of her alumnae. Elizabeth Custer, who is now 
Mrs. Charles Eichelberger, is to be found at Fana, 111. 

Miss Edna Triphagen, of Mulliken, Mich., was married January 7 to Roy 
K. Nevins, the Congregational minister at Oxford, Mich. 

Misses Bessie Shanley and Blanche Ballamy visited Miss Mildred Sherk 
in Port Huron during the holidays. 

We are sorry to hear of the death of Marion, daughter of Mrs. Lulu Kel- 
lar Landig, of Steelton, Pa. 

Mrs. Lina Baum VanRoy, of Florida, spent the holidays in Cuba. 

Miss Daisy Osgood is in Pecan. 

We are glad to hear that Kathryn Brandon Harris, who went to Che- 
yenne, Wyoming, has recovered her health. Her husband is rector of the 
Episcopal church there. 

Mrs. Fannie Dissett Tackels has moved to Woodward avenue, Detroit. 

Mrs. Mabel Foster Blodgett, who has been very ill, has recovered. 

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Fall have purchased a building site in Colonial 
Heights, Yonkers, N. Y., and will soon build a residence there. 

Mrs. Clarissa Dickie Stewart, of Battle Creek, visited in Albion recently. 

A luncheon was given March 3 in honor of Mrs. Florence Hoag White, of 
Detroit, who was an Albion visitor. 

Miss Dorothy Gunnels, of Toledo, is spending the winter in New York. 

Mrs. Ada Dickie Hamblen entertained with a "Thimble Part/' March 4, 
in honor of Mrs. Florence Hoag White, of Detroit, and Mrs. Ethel Calkins 
MacDonald and Miss Kate Calkins, of Chicago. 

Miss Mary Daisy Osgood has moved to Beaumont, Texas, where she has 
purchased a large pecan farm. 

Miss Kate Calkins has appeared recently in the following recital pro- 
grams : February 7, at the Y. W. C. A. Auditorium, in Elgin, 111., and Febru- 



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ary i6, at Hull House, Chicago. February 20 and March i, she sang the 
soprano solo parts in Gaul's "Holy City," at the Church of the Redeemer, 
Chicago. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. MacDonald. 

Mrs. Louise Birchard McQintock is spending the winter in Chicago. 

March 10, Mrs. Ethel Calkins MacDonald and Miss Kate Calkins, of 
Chicago, entertained at luncheon the following Beta alumnae: Lucie McMas- 
ter Mills, Louise Birchard McClintock, Margaret Mosher, Margie and Georgia 
Goodenow. 

Janette Allen Cushman, of Los Angeles, writes of being happily .enter- 
tained by the Epsilon girls, and is enthusiastic in her praise of our California 
sisters. 



GAMMA 



Miss Ruth Berge and Miss Etta Brothers are new Alpha Chi pledges. 

Miss Mary Mourie has gone to her home in Coesse, Indiana, for a few 
weeks, on account of illness. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Van Ryper were chaperons for the Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity at Pan-Hellenic Prom, Friday, February 21, 1908. 

Miss Florence Kelley attended the Junior Prom and the Kappa Sigma 
house party at Madison, Wisconsin. 

Our inspector, Mrs. Tennant, visited Gamma chapter for a few days in 
February. 

Mrs. G. C. Watson visited her daughter, Alice, for several days. 

Miss Besse Rundall has been very ill at the Evanston hospital, but has 
sufficiently recovered to return to her home. 

Several of the Gamma girls attended the Alpha Chi alunmae luncheon 
at Carson-Pirie's tea-rooms on February 4. 

Miss Esther Hinman has recently opened a studio in LaFayette, Indiana. 

Miss Mae Smith gave her Senior recital at Music Hall last Thursday 
evening. 

Alpha Chis are well represented in the class officers of the Music School. 
Miss Grace Fisher is president, and Miss Alice Watson, secretary, of the 
Freshman class. 



DELTA 



Miss Vesta Leet is organist in the First Methodist Church of Greenville. 

The Ladies' Study Club, of Meadville, under the direction of Mrs. Hull, 
rendered The Cantata of King Rene's Daughter, by Henry Smart, December 
3 and 4. It was met with such success that it was repeated February 3. 
Among our girls to take part were: Alice McDowell, soloist; Louise Lord, 
Ruth Swan, and Mrs. Dick, in the chorus; Louise Chase, violin solo, and 
Clara Lord, accompanist. 

Olga Henry spent several days at Dawson, Penn., where she attended 
the ball given to the Phi Kappa Psis of Pittsburg, by Mrs. Cochran. 

Mrs. Helen Howe McCartney and Miss Mary Howe, of Greeneville, and 
Mrs. Mary Roberts Phelps of Oil City, were recent Meadville visitors. 



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Miss Dora Bunce, of Franklin, spent several days with Miss Mabel Mc- 
Lean, in Hulings Hall. 

Mary B. Greerie was elected captain of the Junior basketball team. Miss 
Greene was also elected a member of the Scientific Club of Allegheny College. 



EPSHiON 



Miss Leslie Gifford Smith is visiting with her brother, Dr. Smith, of 
Lamanda Park, California. 

Louise White is spending the winter at Coronado, Cal. 

Carrie Trowbridge and Herr Seiling, both members of the faculty of the 
College of Music, gave a concert in Sierra Madra, the loth of January, under 
the auspices of the Musical Club of that city. 

While studying in Milan, Italy, Isabella Curl has been fortunate in hav- 
ing several engagements to sing in grand opera. 

Mabel Chalfin is spending a few weeks at San Diego, California. 

Sue Shenk has just returned from Phoenix, Arizona, where she has been 
visiting with Maude Hawley, and is now enjoying a few weeks at Hermosa 
Beach. 

Erna Reese is living in Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Carrie Trowbridge and Mrs. Norma Rockhold Robbins gave a concert 
March 27, in Santa Monica. 

Myrtle McArthur has just returned from a month's visit at Ocean Park, 
California. 

Miss Alta Roberts, from Alpha, has spent some time in Los Angeles. 

Mrs. Cushman, of Beta, is making her home in Los Angeles. 

Olive Berryman was among a party who enjoyed a delightful automobile 
trip to Riverside. 



ZETA 

Sarah Morton has played at two concerts while teaching in Illinois Uni- 
versity. The first was on the occasion of the dedication of the McDowell 
Auditorium, the second the Faculty Concert. 

On February 10, 1908, A X Q was presented with a new honorary mem- 
ber in the person of Samuel Francis Zealear, Jr., of Santa Cruz, whose mother 
will be remembered as Ida Wilson. 

Miss Rachel Osgood spent a part of her mid-winter vacation with the 
Zeta girls in Boston. 

Miss Mabel Davidson returned to her home in Fort Worth, after two 
years' vocal study in Berlin. 

One of the most interesting recitals of the Conservatory year was the 
pianoforte recital given by Miss Florence Larabee, on February 24. 

Misses Merle Reynolds and Sallie Lee Masterson went to Exeter, N. H., 
to attend the ball given that night. 

Mrs. Jessie McNair-Willing has returned to her home in Brookhaven, 
Miss., after having spent several months in China and Japan. 

Miss Edith Bly gave a most enjoyable piano recital in Jordan Hall early 
in January. 

Miss Ethel Middaugh has a studio at 646 Park avenue. New York city, 
where she is teaching this year. 



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Mrs. Laura Lewis-Rucker sailed for Europe in January, where she in- 
tends to spend several months. 

Mrs. Chas. A. White returned from a visit in Baltimore in order to help 
at the Alpha Chi musicale on February 27. 

Miss Deborah Griffin — Bom September 19, to Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Griffin, 
Jr. (Edith Manchester), of Providence, R. I. 

Margaret Smedes Rose is the proud mother of a ten-months-old little 
girl, and we have just found it out. 

Lora Lewis Rucker and her husband sailed from New York for Hamburg 
on January 29. The doctor will study for some months in the hospitals of 
Germany, and expects finally to locate in Birmingham, Ala. 

Winifred Byrd will go abroad in May for an unlimited stay. 

Maude Collin was married in January to Dr. William McCarthy, of 
Rochester, Minn. 

Betty Bates has accepted a position as violin teacher in a children's in- 
stitution at Waverly, Mass. 

Elizabeth Egleston has announced her engagement to be married, but we 
cannot recall the name of the fortunate man. 

Girlie Bowden is now living in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Mrs. Carol T. Culley (Caroline Schmidt) is now living in Greenville, 
Miss., where the editor was fortunate enough to have a few hours stop-over 
last week, and needless to say, we had a delightful visit together. Would that 
there were many such opportunities. 

Carol Stanley is looking for an assistant in her work at the Hannah More 
Academy, Rusterdam, Md. She must be an Episcopalian, with a good choir 
voice and able to teach vocal and piano, who can come to her assistance. 

Blanche Crofts writes enthusiastically of her life in Macon, Ga., where 
she has a large violin class. She is now preparing a spring recital and is as- 
sisted at the piano by Helen Birch, an Alpha girl, whom it was her good for- 
tune to find "a next door neighbor." 



THETA 



Theta chapter is grieved to announce the death of Nellie B. Hilliker, one 
of the active sisters. Her death occurred Sunday afternoon, March 8, at the 
Chicago hospital, Chicago, 111., where she had undergone an operation Febru- 
ary 28. Nellie Hilliker was taken into Alpha Chi in the fall of 1902, when 
she was studying in the School of Music. About a year afterward she became 
seriously ill with tuberculosis, from which she never entirely recovered. Al- 
though her health was for so long in such a hopeless state, she was one of 
the strongest workers and noblest girls whom Theta can claim. Aside from 
her actual efforts to improve the chapter in every way, her example of forti- 
tude was one that will never be forgotten by her sisters in Theta. In the 
year 1905 she was president of the chapter. 

Donna Savage, of Lansing, has re-entered college. 

Mary Benedict, of Detroit, is spending the winter in California. 

Lucile McSouth and Harry Petersmeyer are married, and are at home 
in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was an Alpha Chi wedding, and three 
of Theta's girls were present. 

Elizabeth Salliote^ Myrtle Harris, and Essie Venton left college after 
the holidays. They are expected to re-enter at the beginning of the fall term. 



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IOTA 

Mary Potter Finley has a son. It seems there are only Alpha Chi men. 

Marjorie Greyfus has announced her engagement to Mr. Burkhoff, 2 A E, 
instructor at Wisconsin. 

Mabel Bushong, who was teaching in Danville, has resigned her position 
there for a better one in Tuscola, 111. 

Iota sends greetings to all her sisters and hopes next year to see many 
of them here at convention. 

Olive Knox has left for her home in Oklahoma City, very much to our 
regret, as her one year with us endeared her to all. 



IiAMBDA 



Dorothy Logan has again resumed her work at college. She was obliged 
to leave last year on account of illness. 

Ruth Harlow and Evalyn Peterson attended the national convention of 
the Y. W. C. A. at Utica a few weeks ago. 

Mrs. H. L. Butler, instructor of elocution at college, entertained the 
chapter February 27. 

Helen Cunningham has been elected treasurer of the University Y. 
W. C. A. 

Mrs. Holmes, of Delta, who is now living in Syracuse, attended chapter 
meeting during Mrs. Tennant's visit here. 



BfU 

Miss Bertha Howard, of Nu chapter, Boulder, Colorado, is now taking 
art in the University of Nebraska, and joins heartily in all our work. 

A branch of the Equal Suffrage League was organized February 24, 
with a membership of over thirty girls. 

Our president, Miss Emma Farrow, gives a recital for graduation, 
March 19. 

We have had the opportunity of listening to the following musical 
treats: Kubelik, Carreno, Myrtle Eloyn, and Max Bendix, 

Ethel Mott is not in school this term. 

Nell Harris and Myrtle Bussey attended the Des Moines Women's 
Pan-Hellenic banquet at Des Moines, January 31. 

Mabel Fett was called home last term by the death of her father. She 
did not return to school this term. 

Mjrrtle Bussey and Ethel MacFadon gave recitals this term at Panora, 
Woodbine and Nevada, and also appeared here on one of the lecture course 
programs. 



NU 

Helen Rice has given up her studies at the University to accept a position 
in the schools of Routt County, Colorado. Miss Rice will return to college 
next September. 

Ethel Brown has resumed her work in music at the University. 



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Mrs. Isabel Talamo-Rossi, of Denver, visited at the Alpha Chi house for 
a few days in February. 

Irene Hall has been appointed to a position on the staff of the "Silver 
and Gold," the University weekly publication. 

Frank Judd will spend the spring vacation, March 14-21, in Longmont, 
Colorado. 



ALPHA ALPHA 



Miss Zella Marshall, of Evanston, gave "Hiawatha," by Mrs. Coe, be- 
fore the Arche Club, of Chicago. Mrs. Ralph Madson assisted, and played 
"Witches Dance," McDowell; "Air de Ballet," Chaminade. 

Miss Louise Atwood, of Beloit (Kansas), is visiting her sister in Chicago. 

Mrs. Leslie Morgan, nee Gamble, of Perry, Iowa, spent some time in 
Chicago, in January. 

Mrs. Hugh Moulton, nee Vaughn, is living on a sheep ranch near Reva, 
South Dakota. 

Mrs. Lawrence Howard, nee Kellogg, of Plainfield, N. J., entertained 
the New York Alumnae chapter at her home. 

Miss Edith Wemple, who is studying in Boston, has spent many delight- 
ful hours with the Zeta girls there. 

Miss Grace Richardson has been visiting her sister in Richmond, Va., 
since November. 

Miss Elizabeth Scales spent the winter in Southern California with 
relatives. 

A son was born to Mrs. Frank Kindig, nee Tyre, of Chicago, in February. 

Mrs. Ray Calwell (Juliet Finch), of Chicago, spent several weeks, dur- 
ing February, with her parents of Logansport, Indiana. 

Miss Ida Pratt spent the winter in New York. 

Alpha Alpha and Gamma alumnae were grieved to learn of the death of 
Cora Seezers at her home in Chicago, on December 22. For several years 
she had been ill with tuberculosis, which caused her to spend the majority of 
the time in milder climates. She was initiated into Gamma chapter in Janu- 
ary, 1898, and was always willing to do her share, and remained a true and 
loyal Alpha Chi. She had a charming personality, which made her loved by 
all who knew her, and she has left a sweet and tender memory. 

Gamma alumnae were saddened when they heard of the death of Fanny 
Grafton, '92, in February. She had been an invalid, but died of pneumonia 
while visiting relatives in Marshalltown, Iowa. 



GAMMA GAMMA 

Mrs. Violet Truell Johnston has returned from her trip abroad and is 
now at Truell Hall, Netherwood, N. J. While in Naples, she proved her 
loyalty to our motto, "Ye daughters of music, come up higher," by making 
the ascent to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius. 

Miss Jessie Northcroft is studying voice with Mrs. Morrill, and also 
giving private piano and French coaching lessons. One of her pupils is with 
Hammerstein's opera company. 

Mrs. Henry M. Echlin, of Yonkers, is spending two months in the city 
at the Marquette, 417 West 120th Street. 



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The boys* vested choir of the Bayonne Episcopal church, of which Mrs. 
Fay Bamaby Kent is organist and choir master, will sing Stainer's "Cruci- 
fixion" at the Good Friday service, and "The Resurrection," by Manney, on 
Easter Sunday. 

Mrs. W. H. Rothgeb (nee Mabel Hay ward) will now be at home to her 
friends at 185 Auderbon Ave., New York City. 

Mrs. Archibald Irwin returned from Bermuda the first of February. 

The New York Musical Courier contains the following flattering notice 
of the work of Miss Margaret Upcraft, one of our Zeta girls : "Miss Upcraft, 
a graduate of the New England Conservatory, under Mr. Carl Stasny, and 
also a pupil of Mr. Wagner Swayne, of Paris, is now located in New York. 
Last year Miss Upcraft was one of the favorite salon pianists in Washing- 
ton, D. C. She has a large and varied repertoire, and has power to stir peo- 
ple and to make them wish to hear her again." Miss Upcraft has had some 
music published by Schirmer. 

Miss Sara Frances Evans has been called home to Greenville, Pa., by 
the death of her brother. 

Miss Emma Crittenden, Beta, is now with her sister at 1926 East 15th 
Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Mrs. Fern Pickard Stevens is studying voice with John Dennis Mahan 
and is also teaching voice and doing accompanying. 

The Bible Record, the monthly magazine published by the Bible Teach- 
ers* Training School, contained last month a story by Miss Florence Arm- 
strong, Mu, entitled, "My Neighbor's Garden: a Twentieth Century Parable." 

Miss Ethel Middaugh, Zeta, is studying voice with Frederick Bristal, and 
teaching voice in two private schools. She is also singing at the First Re- 
formed Church, Passaic, N. J. 

Miss Mary Reno Pinney, Delta, is organist at the First Church (Chris- 
tian Science) at i West 96th Street. This church has one of the best organs 
in the city. 




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AHA has entered Minnesota University. 

It is rumored the local club of A ^ of Colorado University is pe- 
titioning for a charter from AAA. 

AAA announces the establishment of Beta Zeta chapter at 
Kentucky University, February 22, 1908. 

Z X, A T A and A T have alumni chapters at Manila; Southern K A 
and B 6 n have alumni chapters on the Canal Zone. ^ A 9 has an alumni 
club at the City of Mexico. — * A 9 Scroll. 



A new social club, known as the Jesters* Club, composed of fraternity 
and non-fraternity men, has been organized at the Ohio Wesleyan University, 
the object of which is to promote good fellowship and college spirit. — Sigma 
Chi Quarterly. 

"Boys should learn that a fraternity has to be run on business principles, 
else it will crumble to dust as it deserves to. Alumni expect their brethren 
to profit by their own experiences." — Quoted from The Delta of 2 N, by the 
Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

"X E X, a sorority with but two chapters, one in Kentucky State College, 
Lexington, has just purchased a chapter house. This is the first chapter house 
in that state to be owned by an fraternity or sorority." — Quoted from The 
Phi Gamma Delta by Beta Theta Pi. 

"The board of education is engaged in a quiet warfare to suppress all 
attempts to maintain any fraternities in the high school, and at their last 
meeting it was quietly hinted that teachers who were found participating in 
them would be dismissed." — Citizens' Press, Jackson, Mich. 

"Frat" men were ruled out of high school athletics in Cook County as 
the result of the vote yesterday of the Cook County board, of control, which 
forbids members of the societies from participating in high school athletics 
in the county. The fate of the "frat" men has been in the hands of the board 
for several weeks, and yesterday it was decided to settle the problem for 
good. The vote against the "frat" was almost unanimous. — Chicago Record- 
Herald, February 25. 



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Prof. Hutton Webster has prepared an interesting book on Prim- 
itive Secret Societies, giving as near as may be the significance of 
their rites, ceremonies, conditions of membership, etc. 

K A is working diligently for a scholarship fund, which is to 
be at least $15,000, and which, with each of the three or four thou- 
sand members contributing $1 a year, as the minimum, will soon be 
realized. 

The University of Colorado has received a bequest of over a 
quarter of a million, which will be used for a new building, the 
"Mackey Auditorium." Four other new buildings will be erected in 
the near future. 

We wish to correct an item in the list of chapters established 
since the last edition of Baird's Manual of American College Fra- 
ternities, as it appears in the February Delta: A X O, Syracuse, 
Simpson, Colorado, Nebraska, (Revived at the University of South- 
em California.) 

* r A was organized at Jefferson College in 1848, and as a fitting mem- 
orial to their founders, the Board of Archons secured the right of preserving 
the McMillan log cabin, which is the birthpalce of Jefferson College. The 
cabin is to be moved to a more conspicuous site on the campus, and it is to 
be devoted to the exhibition of mementoes of Jefferson College. The frater- 
nity has placed a bronze tablet in the cabin in honor of their founders. — ^The 
Phi Gamma Delta. 

The Woman's League of the University of Illinois has fitted up 
a room in the hospital for university girls, and is collecting a loan 
fund for the benefit of girls making their way through college. The 
League at the University of Colorado and "The Girls' Club of Ne- 
braska" already have such a fund. 

The Madison Alumnae Pan-Hellenic Association met in April, 1907, to 
discuss the benefits of a late pledge day and a different system of rushing, 
and this led them into an investigation of the college social life of Wisconsin. 
A set of resolutions resulted, which was sent to active members of all the 
chapters. Each fraternity is considering these resolutions, and will submit 
to the alumnae, written conclusions, expressing its attitude toward the sug- 
gestions, and arriving toward better social conditions. — Kappa Alpha Theta. 



58 THE LYRE 

A member of 2 N suggests that a body of alumni correspondents 
should be organized for the purpose of gathering data concerning 
their respective chapter alumni for publication in The Delta and for 
correction of the Catalogue Cards. An editor-in-chief of the Alumni 
has been appointed, with power to appoint any number of sub- 
editors, who are to report to him concerning the whereabouts and 
doings of the Alumni. 

In place of the monthly luncheon, so often held by alumnae 
chapters, the Eta Alumnae (Burlington, Vt.) of K A have fol- 
lowed a plan we believe other alumnae chapters wil be wise in 
adopting. For two winters Italian art was studied, and this year 
one member reads aloud while the others sew. Such meetings fur- 
nish great opportunity for the "homey," friendly spirit, which 
should be the keynote of all fraternity meetings. 

The Chapter Letter ! 

"Anything will be sacrificed in their behalf. Space, time, money — 
anything — must bow to the chapter letter. * * * * It is because the chapter 
letter has been perverted that it seems unimportant. Because men fail 
to put in it their best endeavors, it is vapid, nonsensical and valueless. 
Because men fail to grasp its importance, they abuse it and then deride it and 
would banish it — forsooth — that the Palm be out in time ! Not so with us. The 
chapter letter saves the Palm from being sounding brass and tinkling cym- 
bals. Hence our almost superhuman efforts, at times, to induce neglectful 
correspondents to forward their letters." — Quoted from The Palm by Beta 
Theta Pi. 

The Oldest Sorority. 

"The oldest college for women in the world is Wesleyan Female College 
at Macon, Ga. The charter was granted by the state in 1836. At this insti- 
tution was founded A A 4>, which is the oldest college society for women. It 
was founded on May 15, 185 1, as the Adelphan Society. In 1905 it decided to 
become a national sorority and to adopt a Greek letter name. Accordingly, 
its name was changed to A A 4>." — The Scroll. 

Last month the National Commons Club held its second annual conven- 
tion, with representatives present from the non-fraternity elements in seven 
Eastern colleges. The feeling at the convention was that the movement was 
one which was bound to spread over the country. 

This club is a central organization of similar local clubs a tthe various 
colleges. In all of the latter the aim is to do away with exclusiveness and 
with unnecessarily high expenditures, while at the same time preserving the 
best of the social features which fraternities afford. Such an ideal has its 



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manifest difficulties, but a club of this character at Wesleyan University in 
Connecticut has been in existence for nine years and has steadily grown in 
strength. A New York alumni association has been formed and is interest- 
ing itself in the national movement. — Chicago Record-Herald. 

A Step in the Right Direction. 

"A silver loving cup, a reward for scholarship, was recently presented to 
Iota chapter by a few wisely guided alumnae. The cup is to be given at the 
end of each year to the Freshman having the highest average scholarship for 
the year. If she has had no unsatisfactory marks, her name and class will be 
engraved upon the cup. This honor student of her class keeps the cup during 
her Sophomore year. At the reunion banquet in June she, in turn, presents 
the cup, with a toast, to the honor Freshman. And so the cup goes on and 
on, and the names engraved upon it make a real roll of honor for Iota chap- 
ter. A conservative professor in the university said: *That is the very best 
thing I have ever heard about fraternities.' " — Alpha Phi Quarterly. 

The following "In Memoriam" is so beautiful we wish to place 

it within the reach of all our readers : 

In reverence. Lord, we gather here again 

To speak their names whose souls have left the earth ; 
Our brothers all, who walked with us as men. 

Wept for our tears and smiled with all our mirth. 
Lord, help us to remember by Thy grace 

How Thou hast led us on through changing years. 
And lead us yet, till we meet face to face 

Phi Gamma Deltas, where are no more tears. 

— F. W. WiTHOFT, '94. 

"At the close of every Norris dinner, given by the Denison chapter, the 
names of the brothers who have gone beyond the twilight are read, and then 
"In Memoriam" is sung by the chapter standing, to the tune of "Consolation," 
by Mendelssohn.'* — Quoted from Phi Gamma Delta by Beta Theta Pi. 

Every girl who joins a sorority does so with the object of gaining some- 
thing from it. She expects to gain social position or friends, or to better her- 
self in some way. But how does she expect to do it? She cannot hope to 
attain these things by merely paying her dues and keeping in good standing. 
To gain the most possible from the sorority she must put her best self into 
it. The business man who expects his business to succeed does not merely 
invest his money and then stand back and look on while his business grows-. 
He works hard, uses his mind and time and has the satisfaction of seeing his 
business increase by his efforts. The sorority girl must do likewise. She must 
use her time and brain to devise ways and means of helping her sorority. By 
working for the sorority as a whole, she helps her sisters individually, and 
also herself. It is not merely the result of her work, but the putting forth of 
strong effort with a high aim in view which has its greatest effect in the 
girl herself. It gives her energy, strength, and independence, which she would 
not be able to gain by passively watching others work. We get no more from 
our sorority than we put into it. It is a transformer of earnest effort into 
good to ourselves and sisters. — Alpha Xi Delta. 



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From The Scroll we learn that A X aiid ASA have publicly 

explained the emblems on their proposed coat of arms. The device 

of the former presents : 

"Two stars, two arrows, two swoids, a skull and cross bones, a fasces, 
a lamp, a book, clasped hands, and an altar. Their meaning is explained to 
the president of the grand lodge at the time of his taking office, and is as 
follows: The colors black, white and blue symbolize secrecy, purity and 
friendship. The diamonds surround the ruby, the emblematic gem of their 
brotherhood, S)rmbolizing by their splendor the infusion of new and prosper- 
ous life into the association through the new officers* efforts. The arrows and 
swords are the symbols of protection. The skull and cross bones admonish 
the secrecy attending initiation. The fasces and clasped hands suggest har- 
mony. The stars and the lamp typify the light of nature and the light of art, 
and the open book reminds one of the necessity of guarding the constitution. 
The crest is Minerva, the tutelary divinity of 9 A X. The Desmos thus ex- 
plains the meaning of the proposed coat of arms for A 2 A: "The lighter 
braziers typify knowledge; the keys, strength; the all-seeing eye, justice. 
The open book and the skull and cross bones are emblematic of our oath 
of fidelity." 

Two excellent methods by which chapters may become better 
acquainted were suggested in the January Kappa Alpha Theta. One 
was to exchange chapter banners, until each chapter room was hung 
with banners, representing every chapter in the fraternity. Then, 



"the weekly meetings might have in a slight degree, the binding influence 
which a national convention has in such a large degree." 

The other method was even more simple to carry out. It con- 
sisted in exchanging pictures or postal cards representing some of 
the college buildings, so that 

"when the journal came, telling about the good times at the different col- 
leges, each chapter would have a fairly definite picture of just how and where 
those good times happened. This ought to lead to a closer sympathy and 
greater interest in the chapter letters." 

We wish to pass this confession of a Delta Tau Delta on, for 

truly honest confession is good for the soul : 

"I remember getting up one night in fraternity meeting and sajring: 'To 
hell with the Arch Chapter.* Why were we sending them this money? We're 
well established here and we do not need the backing of a national organiza- 
tion. Why not spend this money upon ourselves at home ; get more out of it ? 
And the brothers sat upon me. And respect for my superiors and the spirit 
of obedience were made a part of me. Men of the Arch Chapter, I now, pub- 
licly, ask your foregiveness. I did not then realize that you unselfishly were 
giving a great deal of the best part of your lives in order that our prophecy 
may be fulfilled. I did not then know the value of organization, that were 



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it not for you, your constant labor and your infinite patience, these many 
chapters would soon pass away, that I would have been without the help of 
my fraternity. I charge every Delt with the solemn duty of being at all times 
ready to fight for the Arch Chapter. When a controversy arises between your 
chapter and the Arch Chapter, I charge every man of you with the solemn 
duty of taking a stand and crying out : I'm not a Beta Alpha man, Tm not a 
Beta Beta man, I'm not of the Northern Division ; Fm an Arch Chapter man, 
first, last and always. And thus will we prosper. And thus will we continue 
to grow till our prophecy is fulfilled. 

W€ hope the following thoughts will be carefully read and assim- 
ilated by all our girls : 

"There are many girls of character and with splendid resources who re- 
main in the background, feeling, perhaps, that their opinions are not worth 
as much as the forward girls, or perhaps they lack the knowledge of frater- 
nity aims and needs that would make their ability of use. Initiating the girls 
is not all. It is as much our duty to teach them as it is theirs to learn. Many 
initiates do not know how to go about learning, nor do they know what to 
learn. How can we help them. First and foremost, is by example. We should 
be well up on all general fraternity matters, such as the history and purposes 
of fraternities from the beginning, as well as our own history and aims. Each 
member should bear herself so as to be looked up to and respected by thbse 
who have just been brought into the fold. It is easy to become careless, but 
the fraternity is sacred. The chapter is not a social club. Recall the purpose 
of our fraternity, keep our motto before each new member, for it is just after 
they are initiated that they are the most impressionable, and consciously or 
unconsciously they follow in our footsteps. As soon as a pledge is initiated, 
make her at home in the chapter, but let there be that feeling of expectancy, 
the feeling that there is so much to learn, so much to receive and so much to 
give; for while her responsibility continues to grow, as she learns from the 
first, she becomes a representative of the fraternity, and she should be taught 
to feel this. Each initiate should be trained so that if at some future time 
she should be chosen to fill the highest office of the fraternity she would be 
found worthy. — Quoted from Themis of Z T A, by Alpha Phi Quarterly. 

In 1905, ^ A © adopted the following system of using circular 

chapter letters : 

"The chapters send their circular letters to the president of the fraternity 
(though the general council may designate some other officer), who edits 
them and supervises printing them and mailing copies of them in pamphlet 
form to the alumni of all chapters. One copy of each chapter's circular let- 
ter also goes to each other chapter, to each alumni club, and to each general 
officer. Each chapter's circular letter contains a full list of its alumni with 
their classes, degrees, addresses and occupations. Lists of the alumni of sus- 
pended chapters are appended to the lists of active chapters. Corrections are 
requested, and the alumni lists are corrected accordingly. Then the circular 
letters are printed in a new form. Each is divided into two parts. The letter 
parts are assembled alphabetically in the order of chapter titles, and are 
printed to make the first section of the book. The second section consists of 



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the alumni lists, alphabetically arranged according to chapter titles. The sec- 
ond edition is really a new, revised catalogue of the fraternity issued every 
year." 

B n issues circular letters in the form of a special number of 
the journal, and do not contain alumni lists. This special number is 
sent to all living alumni members of B n. The two methods, al- 
though quite different, are both excellent. We are indebted to The 
Scroll for this information. 

That the fraternities have reached the stage in their develop- 
ment, where they realize the necssity of emerging from many of 
their hindrances, is nowhere more plainly evidenced than in the 
wide attention which is being devoted to the abolishing of their 
dearly beloved mock initiation. To quote from an article in the 
Sigma Chi Quarterly: 

"The trouble with any kind of horse play is that it diverts the minds 
of both the candidates and the members from the real purposes of initiation, 
frequently subordinates the serious presentation of the ritual to the end of 
having a jolly good time, and always tends to go to extremes, liable to lead 
to serious and dangerous consequences, either physically, or affecting the can- 
didate's conception of the nature of the organization into which he is being 
taken. It is practically impossible to embody in the ritual any horse play which 
would be of a proper sort for these reasons, and to leave the matter of op- 
tional to the chapters, gives rise to all the evils from which we are now suf- 
fering. The spirit of fun and good fellowship is a natural and inevitable part 
of fraternity life. It needs no exemplification in the ritual, and inasmuch as 
there are so many points of a serious character to be brought out in an initia- 
tion, it seems that a little of the "good time" might be sacrificed in order that 
the candidates might have presented to them the beautiful and noble princi- 
ples of our order in a manner such as would appeal to the very highest and 
best in their natures, and give them an exalted idea of the real character of 
Sigma Chi, which would remain with them through life and serve as a con- 
stant source of inspiration and pleasure." 

In an address before the Association of Collegiate Alumni, at 

Boston, President Van Hise (Wisconsin University) presents the 

following interesting facts. 

"In seven out of thirteen state universities, the women outnumber the 
men; in the college of liberal arts, and in three institutions, they are nearly 
twice as numerous as the men. In thirteen state universities the women con- 
stitute 52.07% of the students in the college of liberal arts. The total num- 
ber of women attending all educational colleges and technical schools in the 
United States in 1904, according to the report of the United States commis- 



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sioner of education, was 45,692, whereas the total number of women in wom- 
en's colleges was only 27,233. It is therefore clear, that if opportunities for 
higher education are to be open to women, co-education must be maintained, 
or if abandoned, provision must be made for a large number of first-class 
women's colleges." 

He further states that under existing conditions, a large number 
of men fail to take certain courses they had planned for, owing to 
the large number of women who also select them, and vice versa. 
President Van Hise therefore suggests a segregation of courses, in 
order to maintain co-education at its best and be of the greatest mu- 
tual benefit. 

In connection with the above, we quote from K A © : 

"Out of thirty-eight co-educational state institutions, either, universities 
or land grant colleges, six have none of these departments, domestic science, 
art, music, elocution, and physical culture. Five of those six are Northeast- 
ern states, the other is in the South. Two Southern state universities offer 
one of the courses each. There are two other institutions, one of them in the 
West, which, while offering several of the courses in question, have none of 
the domestic science subjects. Thus in thirty-eight co-educational state insti- 
tutions, ten alone are not teaching any of the domestic science courses. Five 
of those ten are in the Northeast, four in the South, and one in the West." 

Mrs. Edyth Ellerbeck Read, in an article in the January An- 

chora, strikes some warning notes, to which it may be well to 

lend ear : 

"In the legal world, unwritten law is often of greater force than written 
statute, and so it is likely to be in the fraternity. In its ritual every fraternity 
has its code, its ideals nobly worded, but after the solemnity of initiation has 
been dulled by practical, every-day living, we find that it is the unwritten 
law — the spirit of the individual chapter — which molds the characters of its 
members. The highest ideals of the national fraternity can be stifled and 
killed in a chapter whose members choose to 'gang their ain* gait* rather 
than keep the pledges made at initiation. This sort of lawlessness is an echo 
of that greater disregard for law and order, which at present is disrupting the 
business world. In the latter case only a tremendous awakening of the people 
can make them turn and rend their destroyers, force them to a realization of 
their responsibility to the public. Only the keenest vigilance on the part of 
the fraternities can avert similar disasters. Keep alive the sense of personal 
responsibility in each member of a chapter and there will be no falling from 
grace. We doubt if any fraternity or sorority in the land incorporates in its 
ritual any mention of money or social prestige. Yet there are many chapters 
whose ruling spirit is one — or both — of these, another case where unwritten 
law has over-balanced the influence of the written ideal. To extravagance 
can be laid many of the worst evils of fraternity life. A real gentlewoman 
would scorn vulgar display, or expenditure beyond her means. Yet when her 
sense of personal responsibility has become dulled by being merged in the 
chapter, many a girl who is a lady at heart, will condone display — 'for the 



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f rat's sake*, or pardon extravagances when it is used in rushing. If told that 
this is 'sailing under false colors* she would be hurt. But the fraternity whose 
dinners and dances are more elaborate than it can afford to give without de- 
nying the members every-day comforts, is doing just that — sailing under false 
colors. And this has a two-fold effect; it plants a habit which the world is 
only too sure to foster and nourish into vice, and it keeps out of the fraternity 
girls who are appaled at the idea of such expenditure. If such a one knew 
the 'trueinwardness* of the matter, she would realize that most of the girls 
have no larger allowance than herself, and are merely 'showing off.* It has 
taken tremendous disasters to awaken the people to a realization of evils in 
finance and government; it took flagrant abuse of their privileges to bring 
summary judgment upon the Princeton clubs. Shall we wait until our exist- 
ence is threatened before we awake to the fact that we have been drifting 
with the spirit of the times, instead of being a factor of reform, a far-reach- 
ing influence for good, the oppressor of graft, and the exponent of true culture 
and earnest ideals? Let us hope not. Stop drifting.' 



»» 



Conference of Deans 

The Third Conference of Deans and Advisors of Women in State Uni- 
versities met at the Stratford Hotel, Chicago, 111., December 18-19-20, 1907. 
The fraternities represented in the I. S. C. were again invited to send dele- 
gates to the session of December 20. 

1. That there should be complete segregation in lodging houses; that 
in houses occupied by women there should be provided a reception room on 
the first floor; and that such houses should be personally supervised by the 
Dean of Women. 

2. That there should be university residence halls for men and for 
women, and that in these halls there should always be a certain proportion of 
upper-classmen. 

3. That the self-government of students should be encouraged, not only 
among the student body at large ,but within smaller groups. 

4. That social life among students is excessive ; that this excess is a men- 
ace to the maintenance of a high standard of scholarship, and is detrimental to 
the best interests of the universities and of the students ; and that social func- 
tions should be limited to two nights a week and should close not later than 
midnight. 

5. That there should be no inter-collegiate athletic contests for women; 
and that dramatic and musical organizations in which women take part should 
not give out-of-town performances. 

6. That there should be a scholarship standard of eligibility for partici- 
pation in inter-class athletics ; and that there should be a test based on schol- 
arship and physical fitness for participation in dramatic and musical events. 

7. The Conference concurs with the Inter-Sorority Conference in rec- 
ommending Sophomore pledging. 



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THE LYRE 

OF 

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CONTENTS 

PAGES 

The Ideals of Edward MacDowell 5 

Convention Impressions 9 

A Welcome 13 

*E K \ € K T a' 

The Awakening 14 

Living from Within Out 16 

Fraternity Exclusiveness 17 

Henry Purmort Eames 18 

Examination Grades 19 

Announcements 19 

Report on Social Service 20 

Report on Pan-Hellenics 23 

Editorial 28 

Women's Leagues 30 

Chapter Letters 33 

Personals 53 

*'E p e a K a L *'E V e a 60 



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Volume XI JULY, 1916 No. IV 

The Ideals of Edward MacDowell 

By FAY BARNABY KBNT« DELTA 
A Former Pupil of BIr. MacDowdl 

By the death of Edward MacDowell, on February 23, the world 
has lost an idealist whose influence will be felt more and more as 
time goes on. Mr. MacDowell was a versatile genius, being gifted 
not only as a musician, but also as an artist, a poet, and a teacher. 
As a youth of thirteen in Paris he was offered a three years' course 
of free instruction under the personal supervision of a very eminent 
French artist, who also offered to assume the responsibility of his 
maintenance during that period. Marmontel, with whom he was 
studying piano, was unwilling to give up so promising a pupil, and 
MacDowell himself finally decided to continue his musical career. 
He early appreciated the unity of the arts and never lost faith that 
America could and would become a congenial home for the arts. 

After eight years' hard work as head of the department of mu- 
sic at Columbia University, he finally resigned because all of his 
plans for the improvement of his department were rejected by the 
University authorities. He said, "Of the thousands of students grad- 
uated at Columbia many are the merest barbarians. They have no 
idea of art. They turn at once to the material. They have neither 
opportunity nor inclination to attend to the cultivation of necessary 
ideals. They cannot get the training which they should have in col- 
lege. They do not know anything of the artistic features of build- 
ing, but are at the mercy of an architect. They cannot appreciate 
music. They know nothing of painting. When they purchase a pic- 



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ture an expert must be called in. The great body of college men do 
not know what Fine Arts are." And again, "Few colleges consider 
the Fine Arts (except poetic literature and architecture) worthy of 
serious consideration. The effect of this neglect is most deplorable, 
as many women's colleges and preparatory schools are affected by 
it and thus the higher education of both sexes is incomplete. A broad 
education must include the Arts, which are a most potent element in 
the humanities." 

In New York some time before his death there was formed the 
MacDowell Association, whose aim is, "To promote the art of mu- 
sic, literature, and the drama, architecture, painting and sculpture, 
and the other fine arts, and particularly to bring into prominence 
special works of art that are deserving of broader recognition. To 
encourage study, research and production in all branches of art; to 
develope a sympathetic understanding of their correlation and an 
appreciation of their value, and to broaden their influence ; and thus 
carry forward the life purpose of Edward MacDowell." This Asso- 
ciation has now about five hundred members, representatives of all 
the arts. The advisory board include: Miss Adele Aus der Ohe, 
Mrs. Richard Mansfield, Mme. Sarah Bernhardt, Mr. Wassily Safo- 
noff, Mr. Richard Watson Gilder, Mr. Daniel C. French, Mr. Wil- 
liam Dean Howells, Mr. Horatio Parker, Mr. Frederick MacMon- 
nies, Mr. John Burroughs, Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Qiarles McKim, 
Mr. Henry T. Finck, Mr. William Mason, and Mr. Seth Low. Mr. 
John W. Alexander is the President, and Mr. Hamlin Garland the 
First Vice-President. 

The beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. MacDowell, at Peterboro, 
N. H., where many of Mr. MacDowell's most characteristic compo- 
sitions were created, has been deeded to the Edward MacDowell 
Memorial Association (a combination of the MacDowell Association 
and the Mendelssohn Glee Qub, of which he was Director) and a 
fund has been raised to maintain it according to the wishes of Mr. 
MacDowell. He dreamed of the formation of a miniature imitation 
of the American Academy at Rome, and as he developed the farm of 
eighty acres he longed to feel assured that after his death and that 
of his wife, it might remain intact and that it might in a small way 



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help the development of art in this country. Lack of funds to endow 
any plan in connection with the Peterboro house, and the assurance 
of his lawyer that such a bequest would have to be connected with a 
corporation to insure its stability, quite discouraged the undertaking 
and caused him more and more anxiety and unhappiness as his health 
began to fail. When the MacDowell Club was formed he was de- 
lighted with the suggestion that the home be given to them. The deed 
reads, "It is expressly and especially desired by Marian G. Mac- 
Dowell that this home of Edward MacDowell shall be the center of 
interest to artists working in varied fields, who, being there brought 
into contact, may learn to appreciate fully the fundamental unity of 
the separated arts. That in it the individual artist may gain a sympa- 
thetic attitude towards the work of artists in fields other than that 
in which such artist tries to embody the beautiful, by recognizing 
that each art has a special function just so far as it has gained a 
special medium of expression. That while the use of the home 
would thus be naturally given for the most part to productive artists, 
nevertheless its use might be accorded to artists and to others who 
are sympathetic with the aims and purposes of the donor. That no 
social distinctions shall be allowed to determine the choice of those 
who may be permitted to make use of the privileges of the home. 
That it shall, in no sense, be allowed to be looked upon as a charitable 
institution, and that therefore those who avail themselves of its privi- 
leges should be required to pay such moderate sums as might be 
proper in return for the benefits gained." The gift was gladly ac- 
cepted by the Association, subject to the use and reserved control 
of Mrs. MacDowell during her life. 

Since the closing of the original fund for Mr. MacDoweirs care 
and the maintenance of the Peterboro house, a much larger scheme 
has been evolved. This is a New York MacDowell house, a pow- 
erful and active link between the Peterboro house and the wonderful 
Roman Academy, of which Mr. MacDowell was the first trustee to 
represent music. Mrs. MacDowell says, "During those ten years he 
taught in New York he was constantly and painfully confronted by 
one of the most serious difficulties a student has to face. Not only 
in music, but in all the arts ; particularly in sculpture and painting, 



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where light and space are such important conditions where actual 
living expenses might be managed, 'the workshop', as Mr. Mac- 
Dowell loved to call it, was the increasing problem. He often said, 
'Why does not someone endow a building where such workshops 
could be given as scholarships ?' Could there be a more fitting mem- 
orial to Mr. MacDowell than such a building, here in New York? 
In order that it should be of national use, I suggest that studios 
might be endowed by different sections of the country, by universities 
and even by individuals. For instance, that California, Massachu- 
setts, Texas, might found these scholarships for the use of students 
of high merit coming from the list represented. Not only would a 
student have the practical advantages of a well-equipped 'workshop,' 
but he would be in close touch with the MacDowell Association." 

This suggestion has been most enthusiastically received by the 
combined associations, and there is a nucleus of about $1,200 to start 
this wonderful memorial. It is hoped to build the New York Mac- 
Dowell house after the following plan : A hall occupying the lower 
part of the building, holding about 1,000 people. Above the hall the 
meeting rooms of the MacDowell Association, and small exhibition 
halls. Above this the eight or ten stories devoted to studios, which it 
is hoped will be endowed, but which will be rented until endowed. 
Think of the possibilities ! a great center where those working in the 
different arts might meet on a common ground in an atmosphere finer 
and broader than could easily be found elsewhere. 

After sacrificing health and production by his eight years' work 
at Columbia in the hope of raising the standard of the arts in our uni- 
versities, it would be small recompense and recognition if those same 
universities were to take hold of this idea and assist with greatest 
zeal the building and endowment of the MacDowell house. In its 
unique position in the fraternity world, Alpha Chi Omega ought to 
be particularly interested in this movement and might do much 
towards the upholding and carrying out of these high ideals for 
which Edward MacDowell gave his life. 

The following letter was recently received by Mrs. Kent: (Ed.) 
Dear Mrs. Kent: 

I have just read with deep interest and sincere appreciation your article 
on Mr. MacDowell. I have not one word of criticism to make, and thank you 



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with all my heart for writing it. It will be, I am sure, helpful in making others 
know what we are trying for in the MacDowell House. What a splendid thing 
it would be if you could interest the members of your fraternity throughout 
the country, in helping towards the endowment of a Studio! I think the idea 
only needs to get really known, to take hold of the imagination of those inter- 
ested in what such an art center would mean to those having the benefit of 
the Studios. I would be very glad to see you should you be in New York, 
and believe me, with deep appreciation, 

Marian MacDowell. 



Convention Impressions 

In publishing these letters, the editor's first intention was to limit 
each letter to a few lines, but every one was so full of enthusiasm, 
it seemed sacriligious to submit it to the clipping process, 
except in those cases where we were left no alternative, unless it was 
to make a complete book. Listen now and know that convention is 
something truly worth while : 

To me the word convention spells enthusiasm. There it is that the girl 
who is filled with love and zeal for her fraternity finds opportunity to give 
vent to her pent-up feelings, and discovers an ever- fresh supply of enthusi- 
asm with which to replenish herself. And if there is, as, alas! we sometimes 
find, an indifferent, inactive member, to whom fraternity is but one of many 
incidents in her college life, let me urge her to attend a meeting of the Grand 
Chapter. Then will she find her indifference slipping away from her, and 
replaced by a whole-hearted loyalty which will mean much to herself, her 
local chapter, and the general fraternity. 

Well do I remember the four conventions which it has been -my privilege 
to attend. The first at Greencastle in 1891, when as delegate from Beta, it 
was my pleasure for three days to work and live with the representatives of 
the other two chapters, Delta not being represented at that time. It was at 
this convention that the first Grand Officers were elected. 

In 1892, Beta entertained the convention at Albion, and at that time it 
was my pleasure to preside, having been elected Grand President at the con- 
vention the preceding year. Indeed, Beta considered it a rare treat to have 
with her sisters from the other chapters. 

And again in 1897, when I attended the DePauw convention. And still 
once more in 1899 I visited the convention when it was held in Albion. In 
spite of the small numbers, and the lack of an organization as complete as 
at the present time, those convention days were happy ones, — days of renewed 
loyalty and love, with enthusiasm running high, and I am sure each girl re- 
turned home impressed with the deeper significance of fraternity, and filled 
with an earnest purpose to push even higher the standard of A X 0. 

And now, when as an alumna of long standing, I look with pride upon 
the great things accomplished in these nine years, my heart goes out with 
yearning to Thanksgiving, 1908, and I would that I might have a share in 
that convention. But though distance may prevent many of us from meeting 



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with you, be assured that the California sisters, both the true, lo3ral girls of 
Epsilon, and the many "old girls" who call this sunny land home, will be with 
you in spirit. I sincerely hope and believe that the gathering of 1908 will be 
one of intense interest and great achievement, which will mark a glorious 
epoch in the history of the fraternity we love so well. 

Janette Allen Cushman, Beta. 

During the two years of my active chapter life, it was not my good for- 
tune to attend a convention. I only worshipped from afar the wonderful 
Senior who traveled to Boston. It was not until five years later, at our last 
convention at Greencastle, that the mystery faded, and I became really aware 
of all that goes to make up an A X convention. 

I found the same eager enthusiasm and fine spirit that had come back 
to our chapter from Boston, but in addition there were real girls, and real 
activities, with ideals and their fulfillment everywhere. Names that had been 
familiar since school days became splendid women, and chapters of vague 
"frat exam" acquaintance, developed real and most interesting personalities 
through their delegates. 

I awoke from a long sleep of localism and vague knowledge, and dor- 
mant interest, to a full-fledged conception of my fraternity. The knowledge 
that every chapter at that gathering was planning and thinking and living 
for Alpha Chi; the real love and devotion to her ideals that I saw at every 
session of the convention; and the great joy of meeting so many fine and 
gifted women — all this has made me forever an enthusiastic wearer of the 
Lyre. Myrta M. Dennis, Gamma. 



The best thing I could wish for any Alpha Chi would be that she might 
be able to attend one of the conventions. 

My first convention experience occurred when I was a mere "pledgling," 
and the enthusiasm absorbed at that time has been a never-ending source of 
inspiration which remains with me to this day. 

I feel sorry for any girl whose fraternity life does not include at least 
one convention. Frances Dissette-Tackels. 

Did you ever hear a fraternity girl say she was sorry she had attended 
the national convention? Now why is it that these girls return to college so 
full of enthusiasm? Is it due to the memory of some enjoyable recital, banquet, 
or reception? In the words of one of my professors, "Possibly so, but prob- 
ably not." It is true that these constitute a very delightful part of the con- 
vention, but they are not the best part or that which has the most abiding in- 
fluence. In the first place, one has an opportunity to know personally the 
Grand Officers, those wise women who from their greater experience can give 
such helpful suggestions. Then the association with the delegates from other 
colleges tends to broaden ones sympathy and widen ones horizon. 

Another very practical advantage is the opportunity to witness a model 
chapter meeting or a model initiation held under the direction of the Council 
and carried out by the entertaining chapter. While pervading the entire series 
of meetings, the esprit de corps is such that every delegate is inspired with 
renewed zeal and comes away with the firm determination that her chapter 
shall not be narrow or self-centered, but that it shall do something worth 
while and be a credit to the fraternity. 

Mary Lucinda Ferine, Beta. 



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It has been my good fortune to be present at two Alpha Chi conventions, 
in the extreme capacities of hostess and guest. The first time it was an ex- 
perience of honor with burden, since I was President of Zeta when the con- 
vention came to Boston in 1900. 

The second time, when Gamma entertained so gloriously, I had the dis- 
tinction and privilege attached to the Grand Vice- Presidency, with nothing 
to do but enjoy the many delights Gamma furnished. 

A convention brings so many blessings with it and leaves so many in its 
train, it would be impossible to enumerate them all. One of the most needed 
that came to Zeta was a better appreciation of other chapters. The convention 
taught us that we had much to learn and much to do if we would ever aspire 
to great excellence. 

The entertaining of a convention is certainly the most inspiring experience 
any chapter could have, and the opportunity of attending one a privilege every 
Alpha Chi should avail herself of. That I may do so again is one of my am- 
bitions for the future. With love and greetings to "you all" from 

Spicie Belle South, Zeta. 

Convention ! How much that one word meant to the Alpha Chi girls who 
were gathered together last at Greencastle ; how much it means to the delegates 
who are to attend the next convention at Champaign, and how much it ought 
to mean to each member of A X li. The enthusiasm, the spirit which is gained 
at a convention, and above all, the knowledge of what the fraternity really 
means to the chapter and to each of us, individually, is invaluable. It is very 
interesting to meet the different t3rpes of girls representing all the chapters. 
I remember I was very much impressed with the individuality of some of 
the girls I met and I felt very proud to know A X li had such talented and 
capable members. 

Besides the benefit gained from attending the convention proper, there 
are all the social events which are so enjoyable. The memory of the banquet, 
which was held the last night of convention, is especially pleasant to me. It 
was so inspiring to see so many fraternity sisters together, and when the 
girls gave their toasts and sang the fraternity songs, I felt how really grand 
it was to be an Alpha Chi. 

The convention left a lasting and beautiful impression with me and I hope 
that each Alpha Chi will be fortunate enough at some time or other to attend 
one, for without doing so, I think one's fraternity life is incomplete. 

Hazel V. Alford, Kappa. 

Some years ago it was our privilege, we Delta girls, to have with us the 
convention of A X li. That convention was a success, as I believe, every one, 
past or since, has been. 

The impressions upon me, personally, have been such that I know they 
will follow me always. It seems to me there can never be such unity of work, 
thought, and purpose as there is when we all meet, one happy family, to see 
just how we, individually, are looking and growing. Of course, thoughts 
travel fast and far, and we can help each other greatly, though separated. But, 
oh! the inspiration and enthusiasm developed when we can sometimes meet 
and talk things over ! Centralization is as necessary in this as in other things, 
for each chapter, if left too much to itself, is in danger of becoming merely 
a localized club, influenced by the environment it happens to be placed in. So, 



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dear sisters of A X 0, let every one of us, though we may not be delegates, 
attend this coming convention, and every other one we possibly can. 

Gertrude Helene Ogden, Delta. 

To begin my "short essay" in perfect truthfulness, convention for me has 
often spelled exhaustion, and I feel more than half certain that I have not 
been alone in such feelings. 

It is always one of the problems of the hostesses to eliminate this as 
much as possible, but they cannot do it without the aid of those who are man- 
aging the business sessions, nor can those who are managing accomplish it 
without the co-operation of all representatives. The greater the number of 
those who may have a voice in the Grand Chapter session, the more need for 
definite thoughts and definite and brief speech on the part of these. I do not 
mean to say that all things should not be thoroughly discussed, but they need 
not be prolongedly discussed. When the plan of session is given out, classify 
your material and thoughts and make it easier for yourself and the chair. 

No need, perhaps, but there is a wish and a strong one, to add my word, 
of urging all girls who can, to go to convention. You'll never know until you 
have been there, how great a benefit and pleasure it is to be the recipient of 
what those days can bring you in enthusiasm and hospitality and new expe- 
riences. You may be weary when it is all over, but it is the **best tired," the 
most gratifying sense of weariness, you have ever had. If going or staying is 
only a matter of your own choice, save yourself a future regret and go. 

When I think of meeting all the girls who will come from the older chap- 
ters and of the girls who will represent the five youngest, I become very en- 
thusiastic and hope I may be one small factor to add to the numbers and 
success of the 1908 convention of A X li. 

"All glory to Alpha Chi O! Chi O!" 

Kate Calkins, Beta. 

Concerning the delegate, Edith Manchester Griffin, Zeta, writes : 

As soon as one is intrusted with the powers of a delegate, the ambition 
to do is aroused, and the delegate proceeds to convention hall, imbued with the 
best intentions for the welfare of her fraternity and especially her own particu- 
lar chapter. Each delegate, however, being but a unit in the entire conven- 
tion, soon discovers that, what to her chapter might seem the only course to 
pursue, may not be the one best suited to the needs of the entire fraternity. 
Thus the delegate, broadened and absorbed in the collective body, is able to 
legislate for the best interests of the fraternity at large, rather than from a 
local standpoint. 

Of course, the evolution of a delegate does not take place at the first 
session, but is gradual, as the realization becomes complete that the fraternity 
means exactly what the bond implies, and that instead of constituting a 
"chapter in our college, we are but a branch of a growing tree, spreading over 
the entire country." No matter what diversity of opinions may arise between 
members, there is always that universal fhought of sisterhood which pervades 
the entire convention. It is this education of a delegate in the business meet- 
ings which actually does the material good to the fraternity, and gives it its 
strength for a progressive career. Necessarily the greatest disappointments 
are derived from the election of officers. However, since but one person can 



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fill any office, a selection must be made and the delegate, who can cheerfully 
accept defeat for her candidate, has certainly gained strength for life's work. 

The social side of a convention also plays a much greater part than the 
mere enjoyment of pleasure. It acts as a salve and heals any and all antag- 
onism which is bound to occur during the meetings. To be royally enter- 
tained, as has always been the case with our fraternity, smooths the rough 
edges of the da3r's business, and acts as a lubricant for the day following. 

As farewells are said, the delegate can but feel that she has something to 
take to her chapter that will become an inspiration to those not fortunate 
enough to have been able to attend. 



A Welcome 



Convention ! the very word brings a spirit of excitement and de- 
light to all who know that convention means the bringing together 
of representatives from all the chapters of Alpha Chi Omega. Ex- 
pectations, plans, new problems and experiences will be talked oyer 
and the advice of the sister chapters asked, although perhaps not fully 
accepted or followed out. 

Iota felt much honored when her delegates to the last convention 
at DePauw returned and announced that the next convention was to 
be held in our own home. Then two years seemed a long time, and 
yet November, 1908, is rapidly approaching. 

Many of our old girls have said they are coming back and help 
rush or make themselves generally useful at convention time. We 
are looking forward to this chance of meeting representatives from 
all the chapters with a vast amount of pleasure, and plans are on foot 
to entertain every one who can possibly come. Our chapter house is 
a large one, and between it and our town alumnae we will have plen- 
ty of room for you all. 

Frank Busey, one of our town alumnae, who takes an active in- 
terest in all we do, has charge of the convention, the finding of ac- 
commodations and other duties which necessarily come with a large 
meeting. As she is an earnest worker. Iota chapter feels sure that 
under her guidance everything will turn out just as it should. 

It is lota's wish that she will be able to make this convention 
as great a success as all the others have been, and that every one 
who comes will feel at home and enjoy every minute they are with us. 

Cora Van Galder. 



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The Awakening 

She was a little initiate of only three months' standing, but she 
was wondrously sad and thoughtful, for those three months had been 
a period of rude awakening. She had come to the university with 
such high ideals, — too high, perhaps. She had always heard so much 
about "college spirit," that intangible will-o'-the-wisp which carried 
enthusiasm into everything and made the upper classmen so proud 
of their Alma Mater that they spent all the first weeks of the year 
in giving the new comers a royally good time so that they, too, might 
catch the spirit. Then, too, she had heard a great deal about frater- 
nity spirit in every phase. How beautiful it was for so many girls 
to live together as real sisters, sisters in the truest sense, each one 
devoted to every other and full of unselfish willingness to do any- 
thing for one another. And again there was the inspiration of the fra- 
ternity in making every girl come forward and work in every part of 
college life. She must be prominent and popular in her class to reflect 
credit upon the fraternity ; she must be a good student or otherwise 
those dignified Seniors would be disappointed in her. She had wept 
over her initiation vows, moved by the seriousness of the occasion 
and the meaning of the promises which she was making. Could she 
ever live up to those high ideals ? 

Three months had flown by, months full of good times and hard 
work, but marked above all by The Awakening. Jt had come not 
all at once, but gradually, as it comes to a weary sleeper who has 
been disturbed by slight sounds. At first they are mingled with his 
dreams, and he knows not what they are, then as they become clearer 
and more distinct, he is conscious of light, his eyes open, he wonders 
where he is, and suddenly remembers everything and is himself 
again. 

The little lassie's first awakening had come from without. Her 



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own first weeks had been so full of attention and happiness that it 
was only by accident that she discovered that it was not so with all 
new comers. That far-famed "college spirit" had not the breadth 
which she had supposed. She had chanced upon some other girls 
sharing her own ideals and aspirations whom fate had made less 
fortunate. They had no upper classmen as friends, they were given 
none of the good times that had come to her. Could it be that all this 
kindness was shown to her with the object of gaining a return? Was 
it for this reason that girls with fewer resources were neglected, — 
almost abused? 

Within the fraternity her disappointment was still keener, because 
the shock was very close to her. There was the change in the girls' 
attitude after pledge day, — over-attention giving place to indifferent 
friendliness. How her opinion of her little self had gone up in those 
first three weeks, but only destined to fall even more speedily. She 
had been terribly spoiled — she had to admit it — ^but it was a fearful 
change to give up the life of a princess for that of a little Freshman 
drudge. But this was nothing, as she had tried to prepare herself 
for it. Her heart was broken by the discovery that two of the strong- 
est Seniors were on unfriendly terms, each with her little coterie 
of followers. And still they were saying, "Sisters in the Bond !" And 
then she had found signs of unsisterly selfisness that broke her 
heart, — one sister quite unwilling to do anything disagreeable for the 
sake of another. She would expect it under ordinary circumstances, 
but what right has such a thing to exist in a community which pre- 
tended to live up to certain lofty aims. Her disappointment was in- 
creased by the discovery that the older girls whom she had come to 
admire were not taking the important positions in college life in 
which her imagination had placed them. The proportion of non- 
fraternity girls in places of honor and hard work was greater because 
the "sisters" spent their energies upon their own little group and in 
it found sufficient returns to care little about seeking further work 
and pleasure. 

She sighed and buried her face in her hands, — ^but with the sigh 
came a resolution and a prayer. "It need not be so. Help me, O 
Father, to live up to what is great and beautiful, to be the real sister 
in the bond and in the world." Susan M. Reed, Iota. 



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Living from Within Out 

While every institution, organization, or society is accomplish- 
ing something of the good which is its purpose, unluckily there re- 
mains a great difference between possibilities and results. A very 
simple remedy is a little clearer thinking and a little more strenuous 
effort on the part of the individual. 

It is generally conceded that organized effort can accomplish 
more than unorganized effort. Altho man is the unit, it is very evi- 
dent that he is a social being and finds not only enjoyment, but bene- 
fit from association with his fellow-man. Humanity falls naturally 
into fraternity. As the units combine to make the millions ; the mil- 
lions divide to make the thousands ; no unit opposes any other unit, 
still no unit loses its identity, so mankind lends itself to varied insti- 
tutions, organizations, and societies. But the success of the institu- 
tion depends upon its standard, and the ability of the individual to 
keep it high. 

Greek letter societies are only one kind of organization. Every 
friend or foe to the system may rest assured that the primary purpose 
or standard of the fraternity is good. And if ever a fraternity is 
criticised justly, it is because some member or members have for the 
time being lost sight of the standard, have allowed outside influences 
to control them, and have brought down outside criticism upon their 
head. Therefore, it is very important that every chapter of Alpha 
Chi, and every individual member of every individual chapter keep 
constantly in mind the standard of the fraternity and live from 
within out. Good is at the center or heart of our organization, and 
good wil be carried from that center if no unworthy motive is al- 
lowed to influence and draw us from the path. 

In order that results of fraternity life be satisfactory and actual 
attainment approach nearer possibilities, individual effort must be 
put forth. Again, the girl is the unit and she must live from within 
out, in order to develop her own latent ability, and at the same time 
render greatest service to her fraternity. When the good has been 
successfully separated from the bad in a human character, that per- 
son can go forth into the world and find it good, because good traits 



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of character act like a magnet, ferreting out and drawing unto them- 
selves good, even when it appears to be completely hidden from view. 
Like attracts like, and if each girl but realized that good is the mas- 
ter power and love the master-note of life, this clearer thinking would 
keep perfect harmony with the fraternity and carry unadulterated 
good from the fraternity into the world. 

Humanity is man's greatest and most interesting study after all. 
And so may our fraternity act as a training school and lead into that 
greater and broader fraternity which "calls no man common or un- 
clean." 

"Ye daughters of music, come up higher." 

Mayme G. Cutler, Zeta. 



Fraternity Exclusiveness 

One very good definition of exclusiveness, and one which I think 
will fit in here, is this, — "possessed to the exclusion of all others." 

In our fraternity life, I am sure we do not intend to be exclusive 
to the point of the exclusion of others, and yet in all schools where 
fraternities exist, we find the student body divided into different 
cliques or clans, who, oftentimes, have very little or no time for 
those outside of their own little circle of friends. 

It is true that if we do justice to dur college work, do anything in 
any of the different college organizations, and give the needed 
amount of time to our fraternity, very little time is left to cultivate 
the acquaintance of the other girls, but what time we do have, ought 
we not to use it to the best advantage? 

The one thing that is to be most deplored is the fact that we are 
so apt to divide up into little cliques, when we attend some social 
function given for the school as a whole. 

What each girl wants most of all is friends. It is certainly worth 
while to any college girl to have it said of her that she is the most 
popular girl, or that she is the most beautiful girl, or that she is the 



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best student in school, but the greatest thing that can be said of any 
girl, is that she is a friend of all the girls. 

Someone as said, "Blessed is the man who has the gift of making 
friends ; for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but 
above all, the power of going out of one's self, and seeing, and appre- 
ciating whatever is noble and loving in another man." 

We can scarcely afford to pass anyone by, for no matter how un- 
couth one may appear on the surface, there is always sure to be some 
good quality which we do not possess, and which we may profit by. 

Ethel Brown, Nu. 



Henry Punnort Eames 

• 

With the departure of Henry Purmort Eames for Paris, Xi 
loses its greatest friend and patron, the instructor of a num- 
ber of its members, and a thorough believer in the value of 
fraternity life. Xi chapter feels deeply indebted to him for what he 
has done, — words can not express our appreciation of the many helps 
he has given us, particularly during the period when the fraternity 
in the University of Nebraska was subject to such close scrutiny. 

Mr. Eames has been at the head of the pianoforte department of 
the University School of Music for the past ten years, and also a 
greater part of that time Lecturer in Theory. During these years, 
he has made a name for himself as the foremost musician in the 
West. He has played with marked success with every visiting or- 
chestra, and has filled a number of arduous engagements with the 
Thomas Orchestra in the East. 

His efforts toward the popularization of modern French music 
in the West have been successful, and with emulative enthusiasm 
other teachers have followed. 

Mr. Eames will open a studio in Paris. With him, besides his 
wife and children, will go three of his old pupils, who will continue 
their studies with him abroad. Miss Emma Farrow will be one of 
the fortunate trio. Xi. 



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Examination Grades 

The chapter grades made in the recent fraternity examination are 
given below and need little comment. Under the new system adopted 
this year, the committee anticipated lower grades than in previous 
years, and while results, as shown on paper, may look less favorable, 
we believe firmly in the new plan, and feel sure that in most cases 
the preparation was more thorough and the information gained more 
lasting. 

One noticeable feature was that the chapters which last year 
made poorest grades, ranked among the first in this examination, 
while others whose standing in the past was high, have apparently 
"fallen by the wayside" ; which would seem to prove two things, — 
the inspiration of failures, and the danger of over-confidence. Indi- 
vidual grades were sent to chapter secretaries, and the Council 
earnestly hopes that each girl will investigate and correct her special 
weaknesses. 

At the next convention, the committee hopes to present to the 
chapters a plan for systeniatically graded examinations, with the 
possible exemption of all Seniors from the same. We also advise very 
strongly that the chapters make a large and more definite prepara- 
tion for the examinations by the thorough study of fraternity topics 
in the regular weekly meetings. 

Alpha, 93 ; Beta, 83 ; Gamma, 89 ; Delta, 82 ; Epsilon, 70 ; Zeta, 75 ; Theta, 
83; Iota, 86; Kappa, 87; Lambda, 88; Mu, 89; Nu, 84; Xi, 94. 



Announcements 



The Directory is now ready for distribution, and we hope all 
Alpha Chis will order at once. Address Miss Mabel Siller, 716 Qark 
St., Evanston, 111. 

All copy for the November Lyre must reach the editor by Octo- 
ber I, promptly, as it is necessary to publish this issue before con- 
vention. Remember, that the editor is not a mind reader, and does 
not know of changes in chapter editors and secretaries unless no- 
tified. 



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A Report on Social Service Work 

From September 19M. to September 19t7 

In February a letter accompanying a list of questions was sent to as many 
visiting delegates as had sorority representatives in the I. S. C. Besides these 
a few other letters were written to persons who were identified with colleges 
in such ways as to render a statement from them valuable. 

The questions were these: 

1. In places where Pan-Hellenics existed were compacts honored? If 
not, can you give definite reasons for neglect? 

2. Where you found other organizations, as Leagues or Young Women's 
Christian Associations, were relations friendly? 

3. Attitude toward non-fraternity students. 

4. Did you find any general and earnest desire to correct certain evils 
of rushing — for instance, the large expense account? 

The responses from representative institutions throughout the country 
tell their own story, and those which seem to cover common ground will be 
quoted. 

I. Concerning the Pan-Hellenics — 

Most colleges now have a Pan-Hellenic. In some places the idea is new; 
it has never been thought of as a means of solving difficulties, of inspiring 
better methods, and of opening larger opportunities to the Greek world. In 
other places a conception of the possibilities exist and some effort has been 
made to use it as a living force in the greater college life. 

Where Pan-Hellenic compacts have been agreed upon and then dishon- 
ored, thereby defeating their purpose, in every case, without exception, the 
trouble has centered in a small selfishness that has justly brought criticism 
on the entire sorority body. In other words, individual chapters have adopted 
a watchword which reads, "What good will it do us." There has been no care 
for "the greatest good to the largest number" and apparently no realization 
that principle should stand before individual preference. A rather surprising 
note comes from a great University of the Pacific coast, saying, "Our chapters 
are expected to see that their members do their share in the college life, but 
also that they are to do it as college women and not as fraternity girls. In 
other words, the fraternity is a thing for them and not a means of running 
the college." This may account for the extremely deplorable spirit reported 
found in this institution. 

On the other hand, where an earnest attempt has been made to follow 
a Pan-Hellenic agreement, some things have been accomplished that augur a 
new and better era for the sorority world. Among these may be noted : 

a. Snobbishness to a large extent dying out, as a consequence of a more 
intelligent understanding of each others* motives and standards. 



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b. An acknowledgment of certain evils. For instance, the large expense 
account connected with "rushing** and afterwards continued in order to keep 
up appearances regardless of good sense and good taste. 

c. "A strong current setting in the direction of Alma Mater first, fra- 
ternity, if necessary, second." 

2. Concerning Relations Towards Other Organizations — 

The Women*s Leagues and Young Women's Christian Associations are 
now generally recognized as factors of great influence among college women. 
"The sorority girl finds her social needs very adequately met in her own 
group and in the social attention which comes to her as one of her group- 
consequently she does not readily see the need of identifying herself with 
these larger movements. If she comes from a Christian home, where she has 
been sheltered all her life, she is not always conscious of what made the 
atmosphere of that home, so she transfers any personal obligation to the 
Y. W. C. A. to a sorority sister who may be elected to represent her in the 
Christian Association, and quits any conscience questions by occasionally 
helping in some "benefit" entertainment in which "all sorority girls" take 
part. Recognition by sororities of their own mistakes is the most promising 
sign of the times. In some colleges this awakening is being felt. "Noblesse 
oblige: noble birth inspires responsibility." We believe the sorority was bom 
rightly and to recognize her own powers in the present responsibility. 

To further the democratic spirit a certain New England school fosters an 
"AU-Around Club." This club has three general committees, the chairmen 
of which are selected in the spring, when all officers of the club are chosen. 
The committees are: Student Government Committee, Social Committee, 
Athletic Committee. 

The Student Government Committee co-operates with an advisory board 
consisting of five of the professors' wives, to make and enforce such rules as 
will benefit all the girls. 

The Social Committee plans the social work for the entire year. A lunch- 
eon is given each year, in Boston, to which alumni as well as active students 
are invited. The entertainments consist of lectures, readings, class plays, the 
colonial dance. 

The Athletic Committee endeavors to interest every college girl in ath- 
letics. It keeps in condition golf links and tennis courts. 

This seems a suggestive program for our smaller colleges and there is a . 
point or two that would certainly be helpful if practiced by our universities. 

3. Concerning Attitude Towards Non-Fraternity Students — 

There is a rapidly growing sentiment of kindliness toward the inde^ 
pendent. 



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4. Concerning Desire to Correct Evils of Rushing — 

In reports from about eighty-five institutions there are a few Edens where 
the "simple life" obtains. From the great majority there is an earnest expres- 
sion against over-elaborateness of entertainment, neglect of regular college 
work, and unwarranted expenditures. 

RECOMMENDATIONS. 

We would recommend — 

1. That Pen-Hellenics adopt a simple, business-like constitution. 

2. That Pan-Hellenics have meetings twice a month. 

3. That Pan-Hellenics have a conference with Dean of Women and other 
faculty members at least once a semester. 

4- That Pan-Hellenics have an "annual" to which all women of the col- 
lege are invited. 

5. That heads of chapter houses confer twice a month with Deans of 
Women or faculty members concerning the management of houses, and at 
all times keep in close touch with alumnae. 

6. That sororities take some pains to inform alumnae that ten years 
have wrought great changes in conditions with the growth of chapter houses 
and the multiplication of sororities. 

In concluding this report, we believe, with the Adviser of Women in the 
University of Wisconsin, that when the great group of cultivated women com- 
prising the sorority alumnae are informed of the situation, they will be aroused 
to the opportunities of the relation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mary L. Tennant, 
Chairman of Committee. 

It will be seen that the great aim of all the plans and suggestions of the 
Inter-Sorority Conference is to abolish some conditions, acknowledged by all 
fraternities to be harmful, but irremediable by any one society. 

Pan-Hellenic difficulties have decreased in number and in seriousness, 
and fraternities have come to trust each other more fully, since the object 
and sphere of the Pan-Hellenic Association has been better understood. But 
difficulties will arise. In many past troubles, it has been shown that alumnae 
of the chapters in question have been largely responsible for the position 
taken by those chapters. Consequently it seems wise to inform alumnae in 
regard to the purpose of the Inter-Sorority Conference in requiring a Pan- 
Hellenic Association ; it is believed that when this is understood, the alumnae 
of all women's fraternities will gladly do all in their power to uphold the 



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Pan-Hellenic Associations, as they realize that no chapter of any fraternity 
is to be injured by them, and that the recommendations of the Inter-Sorority 
Conference, rightly interpreted, can be made to fit any circumstances. 

Signed, Elda L. Smith. 

Mrs. M. L. Tennant. 

Committee from I. S. C, 



A Report on the Present Condition of Pan-Hellenics 

in the United States 

The sixth Inter-Sorority Conference, which met in Chicago September 
I3> 1907, directed a committee of one to collect statistics from all the Pan- 
Hellenics which could be reached, and to form from them a general report 
on Pan-Hellenics. This report was to consider: (i) the similarities and dif- 
ferences in Pan-Hellenic constitutions ; (2) the difficulties met by these asso- 
ciations; and (3) the ways of solving those difficulties. Reports have been 
received from fifty Pan-Hellenics, and the facts gathered have been grouped 
under the headings given below: 

I. THE LARGEST PAN-HELLENICS. 

Syracuse University 11 Matriculation day 

Northwestern University 10 September 16 

Wisconsin University 10 September 26 

California University 9 October 28 

Nebraska University 9 October 21 

Barnard College 8 November 23 

Illinois University 8 April 1 1 

Michigan University 8 Matriculation day, and Spring 

Minnesota University 8 October 5 

Baltimore College 6 April, 1909 

Boston University 6 November 23 

De Pauw University 6 September 13 

Leland Stanford University 6 Matriculation day 

Colorado University 5 October 1 1 

Washington State University 5 Matriculation day 

II. DATE OF PLEDGE DAY. 
7 Colleges pledge in September. 



in October, 
in November. 



15 Colleges pledge 
9 Colleges pledge 
3 Colleges pledge in December. 
I College pledges in January. 

1 College pledges in March. 

2 Colleges pledge in April. 



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I College pledges at the beginning of the Sophomore Year. 
II Colleges pledge on Matriculation Day. 

The Colleges pledging in December are the University of Pennsylvania, 
Swarthmore College, and Adelphia College. Ohio State University pledges 
in January, Newcombe College in March, and the University of Minnesota 
and Barnard College pledge in April. Barnard, however, by faculty ruling, 
does not pledge till April, 1909. The University of Mississippi, by faculty 
ruling, does not pledge till the Sophomore year. 

III. LOCALS. 

Thirty-five out of the fifty Colleges leporting have no locals in their Pan- 
Hellenics; the other fifteen each have one, and all but two report that the 
locals are just as willing as the nationals to abide by Pan-Hellenic rulings. 
At Adelphi College and at the University of Michigan the local has made 
trouble by pledging before Matriculation Day, or before the pledge day estab- 
lished by Pan-Hellenic. 

V. BY-LAWS AND RUSHING CONTRACTS. 

As might be expected, the by-laws and rushing contracts of the Pan- 
Hellenics present many points of difference. Some of them, like Leland Stan- 
ford and Cornell, are elaborate, and attempt to meet every emergency likely 
to arise during the rushing season. Others, like those of Wisconsin and Ohio 

State University, strive for the utmost simplicity and conciseness compatible 
with clearness. On certain points the great majority agree; the points in 

which they differ may be suggestive to Pan-Hellenics which have not thought 
of these plans. 

Most Pan-Hellenics begin their rushing on Matriculation Day, but Den- 
ver, Illinois, Leland Stanford, and West Virginia, prefer to let a short period 
elapse before beginning, so that the necessary work of registration and ar- 
rangement of programs may be out of the way first. Fourteen colleges avoid 
all fraternity talk until the invitations are out; then, if a girl who has been 
bidden wishes to know something more about Sororities, she is requested to 
ask the Sorority she prefers for information, and this Sorority sends one of 
its members to answer her questions. During the rushing season all enter- 
taining is decided on and limited by Pan-Hellenic. Indiana prescribes the 
cost of the most formal party given, and Pennsylvania states that the rushing 
must be "simple and inexpensive." No other Universities try to regulate cost, 
but they all regulate the number of parties, and often the kind of parties that 
may be given. Cornell forbids "functions" (formal affairs) entirely. Several 
Colleges limit the rushing affairs to which men may be invited, or prohibit 
these entirely. Adelphi, Kansas, and Ohio State University Pan-Hellenics 



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entertain at the beginning of the year ; Adelphi specifies that this affair is for 
the Freshmen girls, but the others do not state clearly whom they invite. 

The customs about bidding are very nearly the same evcrjrwhere. Pan- 
Hellenic decides on a form of invitation, and this is written, printed, or en- 
graved at the cost of each Sorority. The bids are sent out on the same day 
by a committee; the bid states the time and place for the answer, and fre- 
quently adds a request that all bids not accepted be returned as a negative 
answer, which shall be considered final. The time allowed for returning an 
answer varies from a few hours to two weeks. Generally the answer is to be 
written and mailed; several Colleges state that they have tried personal an- 
swers and have found them very unsatisfactory. Six Colleges forbid all rush- 
ing, or talk about Sororities during the interval between invitation and answer. 
Two Colleges use pledge pins instead of ribbons. I think this custom is more 
widespread than the reports would indicate. 

So far most Pan-Hellenics follow the same customs, but there are several 
points which are emphasized by very few of them. Four expressly forbid 
saying anything against another Sorority or any of its members. Several state 
that alumnae, friends, and pledges are bound by the rules made by Pan- 
Hellenic. California, Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan, and Minnesota allow sisters 
to be pledged any time after matriculation. Illinois allows cousins to be 
pledged by permission of Pan-Hellenic, and Illinois Wesleyan allows girls who 
have been in college a year to be pledged any time after matriculation in their 
later years. Baltimore and Minnesota insist that a girl muust take a certain 
number of hours of work to be eligible for a bid. Iowa Wesleyan and Wis- 
consin send five copies of their Pan-Hellenic constitutions and rushing con- 
tracts to their Grand President each year. 

VI. DIFFICULTIES AND SOLUTIONS. 

Fifteen Universities report that they have had no difficulty in organizing 
or running their Pan-Hellenics; they feel that Pan-Hellenics are necessary, 
and that they have already considerably increased inter-sorority friendliness. 
Two Universities, on the other hand, say they do not like Pan-Hellenics, and 
consider them injurious to inter-sorority relations. These are the University 
of California, and Washington University, St. Louis; the latter Pan-Hellenic 
was organized this year. The remaining Colleges, while they confess to diffi- 
culties, are bravely working to solve them, and in many cases are succeeding. 

The difficulty mentioned by the greatest number of Pan-Hellenics, four- 
teen, is the breaking of contracts ; it is exceedingly hard to prove the offense 
and to punish it. In most Colleges the proofs are laid before Pan-Hellenic, 
which acts as judge. In one or two Colleges the alumnae members of Pan- 
Hellenic form a court to deal with infractions of contract. Curiously enough, 
however, very few constitutions provide any punishment for the breaking of 



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contracts when proved. The following punishments have been adopted by 
some Colleges: 

Baltimore has three grades of punishment for different degrees of guilt, 
but all consist of the withdrawal of rushing dates, or the entire suspension 
of rushing for a number of days. Cornell demands ah apology in Pan-Hellenic 
meeting. DePauw publishes a statement of the offense in the College paper. 
Northwestern publishes an apology in the College paper. Ohio State Univer- 
sity inflicts a fine of not more than $io, or reports the offending Sorority to its 
Grand President. Swarthmore also reports to the Grand President Several 
Colleges provide for the report of offenses to the Inter-Sorority Conference. 
When the case is taken to a Grand President, or to the Inter-Sorority Con- 
ference, the power in question is expected to decide on and inflict the penalty. 
Cornell tries to prevent the breaking of contracts by having weekly meetings 
of Pan-Hellenic during rushing season. 

The difficulty which comes next in importance (reported by ten Pan- 
Hellenics) is that of fixing pledge day. The solution for this is frankness and 
courtesy in the discussion in Pan-Hellenic meeting, and a willingness to com- 
promise when the wish of the majority becomes clear. 

Distrust of each other is the difficulty next in order. This is mentioned 
by but five Pan- Hellenics, but I suppose distrust must be present in the case 
of broken contracts, and may often lie at the bottom of accusations of such 
breaking. Several Pan-Hellenics, however, speak of the growing feeling of 
confidence between Sororities. The only cure suggested for distrust is time. 

The other difficulties are mentioned by but few Pan-Hellenics, but it may 
be that they have been felt more widely than the reports would show. For 
instance, only one Pan- Hellenic complains of tardiness and poor attendance 
at Pan-Hellenic meetings. The remedy suggested for this is fines — ^fifty cents 
for absence, and a smalled sum for tardiness. Several complain of indiffer- 
ence; no remedy is suggested for this. One Pan-Hellenic cannot interest its 
alumnae in Pan-Hellenic; another cannot keep them from breaking Pan-Hel- 
lenic rules by violent rushing. Several Pan-Hellenics cannot define rushing 
clearly enough to prevent misunderstanding; one has trouble because Sorori- 
ties pair off and oppose each other. In one College one Sorority refused to 
join Pan-Hellenic, and caused considerable trouble, while at another College 
a Sorority insisted on withdrawing and doing as it pleased when things did 
not go to suit it. Both these last cases were reported to the Grand Presidents 
and settled by them. 

After all, this is not so long a list of grievances as might have-becsn ex- 
pected, and most of them are capable of cure. Considering the fact that Pan- 
Hellenics have been running but a few years, and that Greeks always have 
shown a strong dislike to union, the prospect for the future is certainly en- 
couraging. 



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SUMMARY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POINTS SUGGESTED 

BY THE REPORTS. 

Thirty-nine Colleges out of fifty have an interval between matriculation 
day and pledge day; twenty- four Colleges out of fifty bid in October and 
November. 

Every Pan-Hellenic should have a constitution. 

Every constitution should provide (i) for regular meeting (perhaps as 
often as once in two months) ; (2) for some definite way of calling both reg- 
ular and special meetings; (3) for some definite punishments for breaking 
contracts. 

It would be well to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of requir- 
ing a unanimous vote in Pan-Hellenic. The Inter-Sorority Conference re- 
quires a unanimous vote, but Pan-Hellenics are, of course, free to decide this 
matter for themselves. 

Each Pan-Hellenic should consist of one active and one alumna member 
from each Sorority represented. The Inter-Sorority Conference agreement 
requires this. 

It is both wise and practicable to limit the amount of money spent in 
rushing, and the number of rushing affairs given. 

Some Pan-Hellenics have begim to entertain the Freshmen, or all the 

women of the College, as a good way of opening the social life of the year. 

All Pan-Hellenics might well express disapproval of talking against a 
rival Sorority or its members. 

All charges of breaking contracts, or the spirit of contracts, should be 
reported to Pan-Hellenics, when they should be investigated; if the charges 
are substantiated, the guilty ones should be punished as provided for in the 
constitution. 

Pledge day should be fixed in time for the constitution and by-laws to be 
printed not later than May i. 

The constitution and by-laws should be sent each year to the Grand 
Presidents of the Sororities represented in the Pan-Hellenic. 

In making out this report I have often named the Pan-Hellenics who 
are trying some unusual experiment, or who have been successful in meeting 
difficulties. I hope that other Pan-Hellenics who would like more informa- 
tion on some of these points will write to the proper Pan-Hellenic for it, 
and I am sure they will receive prompt and cordial answers to their inquiries. 

I wish to thank most cordially the Grand Secretaries of Pi Beta Phi, 
Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, and Delta Gamma, 
whose work has made this report possible. 

LiLUAN W. Thompson, 

Gamma Phi Beta. 



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^P^ 


EDITORIALS 


^M 





A SHORT time ago the editor listened to an interesting conver- 
sation between two fraternity men, one a member of A K E, 
the other of A T A. Both had recently received letters from their 
mother-chapters, asking for aid towards the chapter house. These 
requests had come many times before and been met with hearty 
response, but in the meantime one of the men had occasion to write 
his chapter for some information. He wrote four times, — and re- 
ceived no reply. The other had come to the conclusion that inas- 
much as he received no letters from the chapter except those written 
for money, he would cease to "help out." Such a condition is de- 
plorable, the more so as we know the condition is not confined to any 
one or two fraternities, and is totally inexcusable. There is not a 
Greek who has not a deep affection and interest for his or her chap- 
ter. If that love and interest terminate with college life, something 
is radically wrong somewhere. In this case the wrong developed 
from the active chapter. Excuses will no doubt be ready, but after 
all is said concerning a busy college life, the non-personal acquaint- 
ance, et cetera, the fact remains that active and alumnae are mem- 
bers of the same fraternity, having worked in the same field, labored 
and loved under the same standard. Alumnae should no more be 
ignored than the members who sit together in chapter meeting. Dis- 
tance does not lessen membership. Alumnae letters should be as 
courteously received and promptly answered as personal words. A 
system of keeping in touch with all members should be thoughtfully 
and conscientiously carried out. The importance of it, the kindness 
of it, the necessity of it can not be overestimated. But the alumna, 
the girl of 1908, who is to join that larger body, what of her? Should 
she passively await the action of the active girls ? Should such be the 
case, she stands as much in need of censure as the delinquent chap- 
ter. She has it in her power to be either a combination of alphabeti- 



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cal letters in her chapter or a living personality. There must be co- 
operative remembrance. Fraternity is not something confined to the 
chapter house, terminated with college life. It is a sacred trust which 
is entered into with the best that is in one, and as the years come 
and go, should only increase in our affections as we come into a 
broader conception of what fraternity truly is. 

Remember that out of college life as much can be accomplished 
for the fraternity as in the midst of undeveloped conditions, and that 
everything worth while depends upon cultivation. The fraternity, 
like anything else, will deteriorate unless each individual member 
shoulders her responsibility and cultivates the fraternity. If there 
have been disappointments, it must be remembered that no matter 
what the institution, church, government, or fraternity, as long as it 
is human, there will always exist a wide divergence betweeen ideal 
and practice, that the trouble is the human factor, not the system, 
although no system is without ample opportunity for improvement. 
In a word, we must all, active and alumnae, co-operate, and remem- 
ber that improvement, human or otherwise, can only come from such 
joint effort, continuous and unremitting, on the part of every girl 
who has pledged herself to the high ideals of A X 12. 

SUMMER with its many distractions has arrived, and, before 
another issue, will have passed. The thought startles us, and 
brings us to a realization that our vacation can not be a play time 
merely; we must be forming plans, discovering possibilities, allow- 
ing no moss to retard our progress. The "we" is applicable to us 
all. The chapter of next year will not be the greatest possible suc- 
cess unless those returning in the fall, keep the thought of it fresh 
in their hearts, make plans for it, diligently endeavor to persuade 
doubtful ones to return, thoroughly investigate possible candidates, 
discuss problems with each other, and attempt their solution, thus 
having the chapter in splendid condition to start the new year. All of 
which brings us to the thought near to the heart of every Alpha 
Chi, — Convention! What one of us would not willingly sacrifice 
some little summer excursion, if need be, to have the experience, at 
least once in our lifetime, of attending such an inspiring gathering 



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of Alpha Chis? It seems almost a sacrilege to urge any sister to 
come, it reminds us of what Charles Dudley Warner said, only sub- 
stituting Convention for Fraternity, 

"Defend my convention! I would as soon think of defending the sun- 
light, and I can not get myself into the proper mood for either." 

May the good-byes and best wishes for a delightful summer be 
mingled with the determination "to meet again" at Champaign. 



Women's Leagues 

Owing to the opportunity Women's Leagues oflfer for creating 
a spirit of democracy among fraternity women, and for the better- 
ment of many conditions, which any one fraternity or group of fra- 
ternities could hardly hope to attain, the editor investigated the move- 
ment as far as the limited available material would allow. Wom- 
en's Leagues are as yet too young to have a history, but in every in- 
stance, save two, they have proved very successful and have filled a 
long-felt need. As Dean Comstock, of the University of Minnesota, 
writes, 

"One League grew up in response to local needs. It went through several 
metamorphoses before it took its present shape, and in every instance has been 
guided by necessity and not by precedent. We were all surprised, I think, 
when we discovered that similar organizations existed in other colleges." 

Strong organization characterizes each League, although the 
minor methods of government are not the same in any two, as we 
shall illustrate presently. Reports from thirty-three institutions in 
which three or more women's fraternities are represented, show that 
Women's Leagues exist in the following : 

University of Michigan — League organized in 1890. 
Lawrence — League organized in 1891. 

Leland Stanford — League organized years ago; revived in 1906. 
University of California — League organized in 1894. 
University of Indiana — ^League organized in 1895. 
University of Minnesota — League organized in 1901. 
University of Illinois — League organized in 1905. 
University of Colorado — League organized in 1895. 
Northwestern University — League organized in 1905. 
Washington State University — League organized in 1906. 
University of West Virginia — League organized in 1906. 
Butler College — League organized in 1907. 



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As will be seen, the Michigan League was the first to organize. 
It consisted of an executive board, made up oi a representative 
from each fraternity, with an equal number of independents, and an 
advisory board, having for permanent members the Dean of Women, 
the wife of the President, the physical director and faculty wives. 
The membership is usually 600, and the annual dues 25c. The social 
work is in charge of groups of ten from the upper class women. The 
League's committees do a great deal of work at the opening of col- 
lege, in helping the Dean look after new girls. This League has fur- 
nished the parlors, dining room, and kitchen of the Woman's Build- 
ing, and has lately assumed an indebtedness of $5,cxx> for an ath- 
letic field for women. 

The Minnesota Woman's League has a council of four officers 
and ten other members, one Freshman, two Sophomores, three Ju- 
niors and four Seniors. The dues are 50c. Five or six large parties 
are given every year. This League secured a Woman's Building, 
and is now devoting its efforts towards securing a dormitory and a 
woman's gymnasium. For this purpose, plays and fairs are given, 
and the legislature and clubs interviewed. 

A League at Berkley goes under the name, "Associated Women 
Students,' and differs from the former type of league in the follow- 
ing ways: The president and vice-president are chosen from the 
Jimior class, the treasurer from the Sophomore class, and the secre- 
tary from the Freshman class. The active membership is limited to 
those who pay the annual dues of $1.00. The association exercises 
supervision over all the organizations in the university, passes on 
dates for all events given by any body in the name of the university, 
and has charge of all rooms in university buildings. It entertains 
three or four times a year. 

The Women's League at Butler was last year organized under 
the name of "The Lotus Club." The executive board is composed of 
two members from each of the three upper classes. This League is 
so far purely social. 

Cornell University and the Woman's College of Baltimore have 
Self-Government Associations of Women, the obects of which are 
practically the same as any Women's League. 



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The Women's League of Lawrence, Kan., among the first to be 
organized, was patterned after the Michigan League, but was super- 
seded by the Association of Ladies of the Faculty, but retains many 
characteristics of the former League. The remaining Leagues are 
similar to the Michigan and Minnesota organizations. The only 
instance, within our knowledge, where a Women's League once 
formed has entirely disbanded, is at the George Washington Univer- 
sity, where no dormitory system prevails, and where it is also diffi- 
cult to maintain the Y. W. C. A. 

In many colleges, the latter is so efficient that it seems to be 
quite adequate, and in others, the student organizations are so strong 
that the need of a Women's League has not yet been felt, but we be- 
lieve these are only forerunners of larger organizations, similar to 
Women's Leagues, which, with their membership of all college 
women and their well-organized co-operation, will accomplish great 
things in the college life of our girls and women. 



The "Easy Chair" 

There's a seat somewhere, so the rumor runs, 

Called the editor's easy chair, 
Where he sits all day in luxurious ease. 

With never a thought of care. 

He never has to write five times 

For copy that's over-due, 
And chapter letters and stories came. 

On the mail they're expected, too. 

Ah! whisper the Lyre, ye dreamers of dreams, 
The way to that wonderful place. 

For ye editor surely would swoon with delight 
Should she meet it face to face. 



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CHAPTER I.KTTERS 


m 





Chapter letters for each issue will be due not later than the first 
of the month preceding the date of issue. At the beginning of each 
letter state the active membership, including all initiates since pre- 
vious issue, with full names and home addresses; also any changes 
of associate editors or corresponding secretaries. 

Personals and alumnae news to be written on a separate sheet. 
Typewrite copy if possible. 



BETA 

Albion CoUege, Albion, Mich. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 



Gertrude Babcock, '08 
Bessie Shanley, '08 
Cleora Miller, '08 
Daisie Newcomer, *o8 
Sue Greacen, '08 
Florence Fall, '09 
Lucretia Drown, '09 
Olah Hill, '10 
Adeline Bellamy, '10 
Lucile Johnson, '10 
Ella Sherk, '10 



Jane Pattison, *io 
Jean McDonald, *io 
Edna Newcomer, '11 
Cecil Smith, '11 
Margaret Smith, '11 
Edith Ketcham, '11 
Vera Patterson, '11 
Dana Randall, '11 
Lucile Singleton, Pledged 
Gladys Griffin, *ii 



Total membership, 118; number of year's initiates, 7. Honors conferred 
by faculty, Cleora Miller, assistant librarian; Florence Fall, assistant in Eng- 
lish department; Sue Greacen, president St. Cecilia Club, president Senior 
Conservatory class, accompanist in Conservatory, member Philharmonic. 
Honors conferred by students, Cleora Miller, historian of the Senior class, 
member Student Tenth, oratorical committee. Philharmonic; Gertrude Bab- 
cock, secretary of Philharmonic, vice-president athletic association, captain 
tennis club ; Bessie Shanley, vice-president Senior Conservatory class, secre- 
tary St. Cecilia, member of Philharmonic; Florence Fall, member Contribu- 
tors* Club, intercollegiate chairman, captain basketball team, social director 
of Philharmonic, St. Cecilia; Adelaide Bellamy, social chairman of Y. W. C. 
A., Philharmonic; Olah Hill, president of Sophomore class, art editor Soph- 
omore Pleiad; Edna Newcomer, treasurer Freshman class. Philharmonic; 



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Margaret Smith, assistant editor Freshman Pleiad, Philharmonic. Sororities 
represented, K A 0, AT, A X 0. 

June is at once the happiest and the saddest month of the year to the 
college girl. To those who will return next year, June means that vacation 
and home are at hand; but to the girl who is leaving school for good, June 
means the severing of some of the dearest ties formed during life. And of 
these ties the dearest of all is that which binds us closely in our beloved fra- 
ternity. 

When the Seniors go out each year, a distinct loss is felt by each girl who 
is left in the chapter. It seems that there are none left who can take their 
places; but at the beginning of each year the under classmen step forward to 
carry on the work of the chapter. This year we lose five or our strongest 
girls, and we shall feel their loss deeply. 

Three of our Seniors are Conservatory girls — sisters Bessie Shanley, 
Daisie Newcomer, and Sue Greacen. Their Senior recitals have been among 
the best given this year. Sue Greacen is the president of the St. Cecilia Club, 
an organization composed of the best women's voices in the schools. Cleora 
Miller is the class historian of the graduating class of the literary department. 
Gertrude Babcock, the other literary Senior, is the first member of the ladies' 
tennis team, and is confidently expected to take the gold medal at the Inter- 
collegiate Field Meet. We are especially proud of our tennis team this year, 
as the other member is also an Alpha Chi — sister Edith Ketcham, 'ii. 

Albion College is shining along athletic lines this year. Out of a schedule 
of sixteen games we have lost only three — and those mostly thru ill-luck. We 
are expecting to carry off the state championship this year. 

On Friday, May 29, we gave our annual formal party to our men friends. 
However, our formal turned into a decidedly informal affair. We went by 
special car to Michigan Center, a small resort the other side of Jackson, for a 
frogs-lg and fried chicken supper. After supper the time was spent in boating, 
strolling, and music. Juduging from the hilarity on the way home, our in- 
formal formal was a huge success. If any of our sister chapters are as tired 
of formal banquets as we of Beta are, try a picnic instead, and see if you 
don't like it better. 

We have initiated two more of our pledglings this term, Vera Patterson 
and Dana Randall, and we expect to initiate Lucile Singleton, our remaining 
pledge, before the end of the term. All three of these girls will be back next 
year. 

Picnics are the rule rather than the exception here now. Beefsteak fraz- 
zles seem to be the most popular, and even the epicure Alpha Chis declare they 
never tasted anything better than beefsteak broild out of doors over the coals 
of a wood fire. 

Commencement will take up a whole week this year, beginning June 19. 
On the 19th and 20th will be held the Music Festival, consisting of three con- 
certs, one of which will be the Messiah. More of the under-graduates will 
stay over this year than usual. 

Our alumnae reunion will be held on June 19 this year ,and will take the 
form of a luncheon. We are hoping to have as large an attendance this year 
as last. 

We expect to start in next year with at least ten or twelve active girls. 
Beta extends heartiest good wishes to all her sister chapters. 



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GAMMA 

Northwestern University. Evanston, 111. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Hedwig Brenneman, *o8 Winifred Webster, *ii 

Mae Smith, '08 Mary Mourie, '11 

Florence Kelley, *o8 Blanche Simpson, '11 

Carrie Patton, '09 Ruth Berge, '11 

Myrtle Jensen, '10 Etta Brothers, '11 

Helen Hardie, '10 Jennie Fidlar (Pledged) 

Grace Fisher, *ii Bessie Rundall (Special) 
Alice Watson, '11 

• 

Total membership, 129; number of year's initiates, 9. Honors conferred 
by faculty, Hedwig Brenneman will be a member of the faculty next year. 
Honors conferred by students, Grace Fisher, president of Freshman class; 
Alice Watson, secretary of Freshman class ; Jennie Fidlar, treasurer of Fresh- 
man class; Myrtle Jensen, member of Syllabus Board. Number of faculty, 
325; enrollment, 4,000 to 5,000. Sororities represented, K K r, K A 0, A r, 
A *, A X 0, r * B, A A A, H B *, X O, K A, Z * H, 2 A I. 

This has been a busy semester in "our little city by the lake," and it 
hardly seems possible that the campus is in all its summer glory, and that 
we are so soon to leave. Three of our girls are to graduate, Mae Smith and 
Hedwig Brenneman from the Music School, and Florence Kelly from Ora- 
tory, but we try to reconcile ourselves to the fact by our admiration of their 
caps and gowns, which appeared for the first time at the chapel service on 
Senior Day. After the Seniors had filed in, the Juniors followed, the girls 
wearing mammoth "Merry Widow" hats of purple crepe paper, the men with 
startling ties of the same shade, then the Sophomore men and women, radiant 
in scarlet and yellow, shades which they aesthetically term "maroon and 
gold." Next week, we celebrate the Seniors* final appearance at chapel, when 
the lower classment cover the sombre gowns with violets (North western's 
flower, you know), and then rush for the Seniors' seats, as the latter slowly 
march out. 

During March, we gave an informal at the Glencoe Woman's Club, and 
May I, our formal at the Ravinia Casino. For the second event, several of 
our alumnae returned, and a few of the Iota girls came up. 

Our dance was the second on the list of sorority formals, and the others 
have followed in rapid succession. Zeta Phi Eta, the oratory sorority which 
has recently become national, entertained last week in honor of that event, 
and the local chapter of X O gave a reception for their visiting delegate. Alpha 
Alpha delightfully entertained our chapter at a musicale the nth of April, 
at the home of Mrs. Osborne in Chicago. 

Yet this spring term has not been merely a social whirl. There have been 
long hours of practice and study, and they have not been without results. 
Hedwig Brenneman gave her senior recital the 13th of April, Mae Smith hers 
on the 1 6th of May, and the A Capella choir gave its home concert last Friday 
evening, and lo! our Freshmen have not been idle. Alice Watson is to sine 
at the First Congregational church of Winnipeg during the summer, and 
Winifed Webster played a leading part in "A Surprise Party," a farce re- 
cently given at the Oratory School. A new name has been added to our list 



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of Freshmen, the Freshmen who are soon to be Sophomores. Let us intro- 
duce Jennie Fidlar, a charming Toronto girl, who is studying in the Music 
School, and a niece of the Dean. 

At present we are all looking forward, past the feverish examination 
period, to Commencement. The first Commencement in which all departments 
of the University will unite. The festivities are to begin with Jubilee Night, 
where among other out-of-door amusements, baby pictures of the best-known 
professors are to be thrown upon a screen; then follows the Inter-scholastic 
with a barbecue upon the lake shore (how those classic shades will stand 
amazed!). Baccalaureate Sunday, Class Day, Alumni Day, and finally Uni- 
versity Day, whose gaieties will end with a torch-light procession on the lan- 
tern-hung campus. We are also greatly anticipating the Alpha Chi banquet 
to be held in Chicago on June 5, and we wish that all of the girls were able 
to go as easily as the Gamma chapter. 



DELTA 

Allegheny College, Meadville. Pa. 
ACTI\^ MEMBERSHIP 

Vera Bash, '08 Mabel McLean, '10 

Olga Henry, '08 Cecilia Shires, '10 

Qara Weeling, '09 Marjorie Fowler, '11 

Anna Tarr, 'OQ Elizabeth Carver, *ii 

Mary Greene, '09 Blanche Garver, (Art) 

Louise Chase,, '10 Lucy Loane, *ii 

Edith Burchard, '10 Louise Lord, (Art) 

Julia Jones, '10 Alice McDowell, (Art) 
Caroline Parsons, '10 

Total membership, 131 ; number of year's initiates, 5. Honors conferred 
by the students: Olga Henry, vice-president of executive committee of Stu- 
dent Government Association; Vera Bash, secretary College Council; Mary 
Greene, Kaldron Board; Clara Wheeling, Quill Club. Number of faculty, 18; 
enrollment, 289. Sororities represented: K K r, K A 9, A X 0, 9 2. 

The spring term, this year, has been an especially happy and successful 
one for Delta, and, altho we are already anticipating the joy of commence- 
ment and the home going, it is with a feeling of regret and sadness that we 
think of the time so rapidly drawing near, when we must separate. 

The dedication of Cochran Hall, the new $60,000 men's commons, which 
was the gift of Mrs. Sarah B. Cochran, of Dawson, occurred on April 16. The 
prominent orator of the day was Senator P. Dollivar of Iowa, who closed 
a brilliant speech on the high standard of American integrity, with a fitting 
tribute to Allegheny and her place in the world. Rev. J. D. Breston, pastor 
of the Methodist church in Dawson, next presented Cochran Hall to Alle- 
gheny College in a brief but appropriate address, after which, the donor her- 
self opened the building amid the cheers of the Alleghenians assembled for 
the occasion. Later, in the evening of the same day, a public reception was 
held in the new commons. 

On the evening of April 24, Alleghenv College won a double victory in 
the debating world. Just how thoroughly the question up for debate was mas- 
tered is evidenced by the fact that at the same time the home team was win- 



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ning the affirmative side of the question with Dennison University, the Alle- 
gheny men at Washington and Jefferson were taking the negative point of 
view just as successfully. 

Since our last letter to the Lyre, our active chapter has been strengthened 
by the addition of two new members of whom we are justly proud, Lucy 
Loane of Oil City, and Julia Jones of Kane. Initiation was held the evening 
of April 25, and several of our town alumnae were present 

Another interesting event, especially to the music world of Meadville, was 
the concert given by Ellen Beach Yaw, Saturday evening. May 2. The Alpha 
Chis attended in a body and presented Miss Yaw with an arm bouquet of 
scarlet carnations, which she carried on her return to the stage for the last 
number. Madame Yaw's singing in itself was exquisite, but accompanied by 
her pleasing personality, charmed her audience, and at the close of the con- 
cert, when the Alpha Chis gathered to meet her, her sweet, unassuming man- 
ner, as well as her enthusiastic interest in her fraternity, won our hearts 
completely. 

The annual Pan-Hellenic banquet of the three national fraternities, K A 9, 
K K r, and A X fi, was held at Saegertown Inn, Saturday, May 23, and was 
thoroughly enjoyed by all who were in attendance. The afternoon was spent 
in boating and dancing, until the time of the banquet, which was served at 
seven o'clock. The tables were tastefully decorated with lilacs, while the 
Pan-Hellenic flowers, red and white carnations, were placed at each plate. 
The various courses were interspersed with the songs and yells of the differ- 
ent fraternities, and after the repast a number of excellent toasts were given. 
Lucy Loane and Clara Wheeling responded for A X 0. 

Perhaps it would be of interest to note that Delta has moved and is now 
located in Hulings Hall. This change has been considered a wise one, since 
all the other college fraternities have rooms in the hall. Although as yet we 
are not entirely settled, owing to the fact that some of the work must be done 
in the summer vacation, still we greatly enjoy our new location, and expect 
to be "at home" in reality on our return next fall. 

The active chapter of A X O was delightfully entertained at the pleasant 
country home of Miss Louise Lord one evening last week. 

To all Alpha Chis, Delta sends her best wishes for a joyous and prosper- 
ous vacatioa 



EPSILOX 

University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Faye Buck, '08 Olive Berryman, '11 

Pansy Newlin, '09 Rowena Hall 

Luella Reeves, '09 Ethel Huntoon, 

Phebe Joslin, '10 Marie Jackson 

Maude Anderson, '11 Jessie Meyers, *ii 

Katherine Asher, '11 Anne Shepard, '11 

Edith Meyers (Pledged) Julia O'Brien (Pledged) 

Total membership, 48; number of year's initiates, 4. 

Since the last number of the Lyre was received, we realize more than 
ever our need of a chapter house. The invitation to a house warming at "Entre 



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Nous Lodge" was a pleasant surprise to everyone at U. S. C. the first of the 
semester, and it is rumored that two other sororities are making plans for 
houses. Of course, this increases our already strong desire to have a house, 
and we are making every effort to make that possible next year. 

We are duly proud of our new members. Maude Anderson was pledged 
a year ago when a Senior in the academy, and is now a Freshman in the col- 
lege of liberal arts. Rowena Hall is a talented college of music girl. Several 
affairs were given in their honor, one of the most delightful of which was an 
evening party for Alpha Chis and friends, given by one of our patronesses, 
Mrs. Harvey Holmes. 

During Spring vacation we had a house party at Sierra Madre, a beauti- 
ful little foothill town seventeen miles from Los Angeles. As is usually the 
case on such occasions, the time passed all too quickly. One never-to-be-for- 
gotten day was spent in climbing to the top of Mt Wilson. The trail is eight 
miles long, and the trip is seldom made on foot in a day, but in that bracing 
morning air we spumed the aid of burros. Our enthusiasm showed signs of 
fatigue at the half-way house, and grew faint as the altitude became higher, 
but was revived, when at last we reached the summit, with snow balls. We 
returned to the cottage that night foot-sore but happy at having experienced 
the novelty of being in real, beautiful snow in California. 

Carrie Trowbridge entertained with a house party from a Monday after- 
noon until Tuesday morning, when we had to resume our studies. Several 
alumnae and our loyal patronesses were there, as well as the active members. 
After a dinner served in cafeteria style, some of us made Alpha Chi pennants, 
while others provided a musical program, the combination affording a most 
profitable and enjoyable evening. 

An open evening was held at the home of Anne Shepard, and the "Ep- 
silon House" was discussed. Plans were made for sending a delegate to the 
convention. 

One evening we went in a body to call upon the "Entre Nous" in their 
new home, and left an Alpha Chi pillow. 

Alpha Chis received informally the members of sororities, women and 
wives of faculty at the home of Jessie Meyers, in honor of Miss Davidson, 
who is state students' secretary of the Y. W. C. A., and a K K r from Stan- 
ford. Members of each sorority contributed to an impromptu progranL 

Two of our girls, Anne Shepard and Katherine Asher, are members of 
the U. S. C. basketball team, and have helped to win many victories for their 
college. The team has just returned from the north, where it has won two 
games played with the Madera team. Several functions have been given for 
the girls since their return, 

Mr. Cook, president of the student body of U. S. C, recently won in an 
intercollegiate oratorical contest, and received a Yale scholarship. This was 
the tenth victory for U. S. C. out of seventeen contests. 

Elaborate preparations are being made for the Senior prom. Katherine 
Asher and Anne Shepard have charge of the college music decoration. 

An event of absorbing interest was the coming of the Atlantic fleet to 
the cost of Southern California. Everyone who saw the sixteen battleships 
in parade must have been filled with patriotism. It was a most inspiring sight. 
The sailors are going to present a fountain and loving cup to Los Angeles 
in appreciation of the entertainment received here. 



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ZETA 

New Eng^land Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass. 

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Edith Bly (Post Graduate) Lillian Goulston 

Annie M. Cook (Post Grad.) Edith Johnson 

Hazel Fogg Florence Larrabee 

Edna Whitehouse Barbara Georgeson 

Mayme Cutler Louise Daniel (Post Graduate) 

Nell Cutler Sallie Lee Masterson 

Olive Cutler Elizabeth Schoetzel 

Jean Knappenberger Mabel Davis 

Brenda Newton Lucy Peery 

Evangeline Bridge Merle Reynolds 

Josephine Durrell Louise Stone 

Carrie Aiton May Hall 

Jessie Swartz Ethel Waters 

Nellie Brushingham Ruth Tucker 

Jean Baker Gladys Olmstead 

Total membership, 140; number of year's initiates, 13. Honors conferred 
by faculty : Scholarship awarded to Florence Larrabee, Carrie Aiton, Josephine 
Durrell, May Hall; performers at Commencement concert, Lillian Goulston, 
Florence Larrabee, Jessie Swartz. Honors conferred by students, Jessie 
Swartz, vice-president of Senior class. Number on faculty, 69; enrollment, 
2,600. Sororities represented, * M r. 

With June comes the pleasure of seeing our sisters receive their hard- 
earned diplomas, and the pain of having them leave us. But if they must go, 
it is a great satisfaction to be able to look back on the happy times we have 
had together this winter. 

Our formal dance on March 24, was, if possible, more enjoyable than any 
of its predecessors, as any onlooker at the quaint little Dutch Hall at River- 
side Court could have testified. While the departures of our much beloved 
president, Merle Reynolds, was a great source of grief to us all, it was never- 
theless the cause of many festivities. Later the initiation of Barbara George- 
son, Winnipeg, Manitoba, made more excitement, and we are glad to be able 
to introduce our newest Alpha Chi to her sisters. At present we are looking 
forward to our fifth annual luncheon, which is to be given June 3, at the 
Hotel Vendome. 

Since our last letter, four more of our girls have given individual piano- 
forte recitals. We were all very proud of the girls — Misses Daniel, (joulston, 
Larrabee and Bly — when they won such honor for themselves and their fra- 
ternity. During the visit of Paderewski to the Conservatory, Florence Larrabee 
had the honor of playing the master's own piano concerto, with the orchestra. 
Needless to say. Miss Larrabee received the warmest compliments and en- 
couragement from the world- famed artist. Miss Jessie Swartz also won lau- 
rels for herself at the performance of "Mignon" by the Conservatory Opera 
School, when she took the role of Federigo. With the commencement exer- 
cises, Zeta is getting more honors. Misses Larrabee and (joulston are to play 
two of the three piano concertos, and Miss Swartz is to have one of the gradu- 
ation arias. 

Out of a graduating class of fifty-nine, we have seven Alpha Chis : Misses 



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Nellie Brushingham, Jessie Swartz, Lucy Peery, Lillian Goulston, Florence 
Larrabee, Mabel Davis and May Hall get their diplomas this year, but we are 
hoping that some of them will be back next year for post-graduate work. 

We expect to have several of the old girls back with us for the com- 
mencement festivities. Misses Winnifred Byrd, Rachel Osgood, Blanche Crafts 
and Hilda Swartz are all planning to be with us at that time, and with the 
excitement of Senior week, and of having our sisters back with us, we are 
looking forward to a most interesting time. 

Zeta sends greetings to her sister chapters, and hopes that each and every 
Alpha Chi may have a most happy summer. 



THETA 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Laura Scherffius, 08 Ann Houge, '09 

Persis Goeschel, *o8 Edith Steffner, '09 

Lola Phelps, '08 Florence Clemens, '09 

Myrtle Harris, '08 Nellie Hillicker, '09 

Irene Connell, '09 Frances Joyce, '09 

Donna Savage, '09 Alice Yaple, *io 

Edith Leonard, '09 Katherine Anderson, '11 

Louise Van Voorhis. *09 Theta Lamb, '11 

Maude Kleyn, '09 Josephine Gerow, *ii 

Louise Allen, '09 Essie Vinton, *ii 

Alice McGregor, '09 Jane Harris, '11 

Elizabeth Salliotte, '09 Mabel Spafford, '11 

Total membership, 98; number of year's initiates, 8. Honors conferred by 
faculty: Persis Goeschel, * B K, Louise Van Voorhis, * Stylists, Josephine 
Gerow, Jane Harris, Junior Deutscher Verein; Persis Goeschel, Senior 
Deutscher Verein. Honors conferred by students : Louise Van Voorhis, Daily 
Staff, Junior Play ; Persis Goeschel, treasurer Women's League, Senior Audit- 
ing committee; Josephine Gerow, Freshman social committee; Lola Phelps, 
Senior play; Edith Leonard, Junior play. Junior social committee. Number of 
faculty, 175 ; enrollment, 5,013. Sororities represented, A *, XO, AT, r * B, 

K A e, K K r, n B *, A X 0. 

No letter received. 



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IOTA 

University of Illinois, Champaign, 111. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Cora Van Colder, '08 Charlotte Baker, *ii 

Crace Ewing, '08 Mabel Stone, '11 

Cladys Breckenridge, '09 Rhoda Reinhardt, '11 

Jessie Mann, '09 Pearl Shipley, "11 

Ruth Buff urn, '09 Elizabeth Wyeth, '11 

Percie Camett, '09 Fay Le Nese, '11 

Mary Coss, '09 Pearl Swanberg, *ii 

Bessie Rose, *io Pauline Drake, '11 

Marie Lubach, '10 Bertha Baudette '11 

Lucy Lewis, *io Susan Reed (Post Craduate) 
Emily Ficklen, '10 

Total membership, 81 ; number of year's initiates, 10. Honors conferred 
by faculty: Susan Reed, * B K (Mt. Holyoke). Honors conferred by stu- 
dents : Jessie Mann, chairman of Junior girls, secretary of Alethenian Literary 
Society; Ruth Buffum, Crace Ewing, Class Day program; Bertha Baudette, 
secretary of Esperanto Club. Number of faculty, 380; enrollment, 4.316. 
Sororities represented, K A e, K K T, AT, X 0, A X O, H B *, 2 K, A g A. 

A greeting from Iota girls to all their sisters. 

The spring is always a busy time for us girls at Illinois, between the uni- 
versity work and social life. On the 29th of February, Mrs. James, the Presi- 
dent's wife, gave a reception to all the sororities. It was very enjoyable, as 
we met the alumnae and active girls of every sorority. 

On the 27th of March, Iota gave her annual, which was a formal dance 
and proved very successful. The hall was decorated in hundreds of red tissue 
paper poppies. Four of the Gamma girls from Northwestern came down for 
the dance, and on May i four of our girls went to their annual. 

The latter part of April, Mrs. Loud made us a short visit, which we all 
enjoyed very much. She gave us a talk in chapter meeting, and we are en- 
deavoring to profit by her suggestions. One afternoon we gave an informal 
reception, so the alumnae and other sorority girls could meet Mrs. Loud. 

The Woman's League gave a stunt party May 2, in which each sorority 
and literary organization was represented. Alpha Chi gave a tableau effect en- 
titled "A Bachelor's Reverie." 

May Festival and Interscholastic week began the nth and ended the 16th. 
The first three days were May Festival and consisted of a song recital by 
Madam Schumann-Heink, which we all attended in full force, a concert by the 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Stabat Mater and the Messiah, given by the 
Choral Society of the University. The Interscholastic jubilee and May Pole 
dance were Thursday night. The former was a combination of band concert 
and stunt party in charge of the Y. W. C .A.. After the band concert, the 
crowd was free to do as they pleased. The Illiolas received the prize for the 
best stunt, which gave a class representation of "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage 
Patch." The prize is a week at Lake Geneva for one of their girls. The re- 
mainder of the week was filled with ball games and track meets, which cul- 
minated in the wonderful university circus. The most marvelous animals were 
displayed, even Jonah was swallowed by the whale, and brought forth before 



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our very eyes. Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show were also in evidence. 
We were also regaled with Billy Sunday's famous "Booze Sermon/* after 
which "King Rum," in the shape of a bottle, and "Aqua Pura," in the shape 
of a pump, had a boxing match. The three men chosen to represent Alpha 
Chi in the relay race, won. About ten thousand people attended the circus. 

The 21 St was Trolley Day, when the girls act as conductors on the street 
cars, no change is given, and all money goes to the Hospital Fund. 

The Regimental Drills were the first of the week, and now we have all 
settled down for the finals. 

Our Senior banquet is Friday night, the 29th, and is our farewell, as one 
week more and we will be parting for the summer or longer. 



KAPPA 

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Hazel Alford, '08 Katherine Riley, '10 

Anna Rueth, '08 Sarah Sutherland, *io 

Deborah Jenkins, '08 Lillian Zimmerman, '10 

Sarah Morgan, *o8 Alma Slater, '11 

Alice Alford, '09 Frances Summers, '11 

Marguerite Bower, '09 Marguerite Vaughan, '11 

Josephine Heuer, *09 Arminda Moure,' '11 

Margaret H'Doubler, '10 Fay Vaughan, *ii 

Grace Howe, '10 Edna Swenson (Special) 

Meta Kieckhefer, '10 Almina Theobald (Post Grad.) 
Edna Moure, *io 

Total membership, 36. Honors conferred by students: Margaret H.Doub- 
ler, vice-president Sophomore class, president Woman's Athletic Association, 
member champion basketball team and inter-class bowling team ; Fay Vaughan 
and Alma Slater on inter-class bowling team. 

Number of faculty, 299; enrollment, 4,013. Sororities represented, 
K A e, AT, K K r. A A A, A X fi, H B *, T * B, A ^, X 0, A S A, A T A. 

On the 25th of April, we gave our second informal dance. Kathryn 
Granger, from Beta, Winifred Showalter, from Stout Training School, Helen 
Jennings, from Sparta, and Mrs. Wm. Vaile, nee Grace Winden, whose home 
is now in New York, were guests at this party. 

A few weeks prior to this event, Kappa entertained her patronesses at 
an "Afternoon." Musical selections by Hazel Alford, Ann Rueth, and Sarah 
Morgan, with several readings by Fay Vaughan, made the afternoon a very 
pleasant one. After the program, ices and wafers were served by the Fresh- 
men. 

This is the time for our athletics. The two crews — the Varsity and Fresh- 
men — are hard at work. Interesting races have already taken place between 
them. The girls are busy with fennis and baseball. Class teams for both 
sports have been chosen. Elaborate plans are made for a May fete, which is 
to take place on the upper campus, June 3. The exercises will include: Pa- 
geant March, Waltz Circle, Milk Maids* Dance, and Grande May Pole Dance, 
in which six hundred co-eds are to take part. 



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The Self-Government Association, — a league to which every woman in 
the University belongs, gave one of its annual parties last week. All our girls 
who went reported a very pleasant time. The S. G. A. parties are always 
very enjoyable, for at these all girls of the University are brought on an equal 
standing to enjoy the society of those who are not in their immediate circle 
of friends. 

Senior recitals are now at their height. Sarah Morgan and Ann Rueth 
assisted in one on the 17th of this month, lola Harker Withey on the 21st, 
and Hazel Alford on the 26th. All these have been well attended. 

The interscholastic rushing season was earlier this year than usual, and 
this letter finds Kappa with seven new pledges. We entertained our guests 
in the following way: Friday evening we gave an informal dance, Saturday 
morning the guests were shown all over the University grounds and over the 
city in carriages, Saturday afternoon we entertained at a theater party, Satur- 
day a formal dinner was served at our lodge, Sunday was spent across Lake 
Monona at cottages, "Idyl-Wild and "Dew-Drop Inn." Those pledged were 
Gladys Morrell and June McCoel, Escanaba, Mich.; Elsie Goettmann, Osh- 
kosh. Wis., Ruth Erickson, Elroy, Wis., Anne Kieckhefer, Milwaukee, Lucilc 
Simons, and Gladys Sutherland, Madison. 

Kappa wishes all her sister chapters a delightful summer vacation. 



LAMBDA 

Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Olive Morris, *o8 Louise Sanders, *io 

Nellie Minott, '08 Grace Young, *io 

Frances Waldo, *o8 Jane Wood, '10 

Evelyn Peterson, '08 Mildred Moody, '10 

Jessie Lansing, *o8 Alice Michelson, '10 

Selma Sevenson, '08 Ina Weyrouch, *io 

Harriet Moore, '08 Ruth Hutchens, *ii 

Helen Cunningham, '09 Dorothy Logan, '11 

Ruth Harlow, '09 Ethel McCoy, *ii 

Stella Crowell, '09 Myra Jones, '11 

Martha Lee, '09 Nellie Stebbins, '11 

M. E. Griffith, '10 Ethel Lansing, *ii 
Flora Kaufhold, '10 

Total membership, 27; number of year's initiates, 9. Honors conferred 
by faculty: Nellie Minott, * B K, Marjorie Wall, "Cum Laude," Olive Mor- 
ris, appointed on committee to draft constitution for a Women's League. 
Honors conferred by students : Helen Cunningham, secretary of Y. W. C. A. ; 
Ethel McCoy, initiated into I T., (Sophomore Society). Number of faculty, 
245 ; enrollment, 3,500. Sororities represented, K K r, K A 9, AAA, A X Q, 
AT, A *, ASA, A 2 K, T * B. 

This busy commencement season warns us that another college year is 
almost at an end. As we say good-bye to so many of the under-classmen who 
are leaving, we Seniors cannot help but feel just a wee bit sad. Still we soon 
smile again when we look back on the happy and successful year we have 



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just passed through. What a jolly family Lambda has been, and what happy 
times we have had together! We will never forget them! 

Since the last letter to the Lyre, Lambda has moved into a new home. 
We are all so enthusiastic about it, and oud only regret is that we were not 
able to enjoy it during the entire year. The house is large and very well 
arranged for a chapter house. It is situated on a street leading directly from 
the main entrance to the campus, and just a short way from the University. 
This is one of the most desirable locations in the city, hence we feel ver> 
fortunate in obtaining it, and the fiirls will be glad to welcome any of their 
sisters at four hundred and five, University Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

One of the most delightful events of Lambda, this spring, was a banquet 
given for the Seniors by the under-classmen. The fact that it was a surprise 
to the Seniors made it even more delightful. Adelaide Durston, and alumnae, 
was back for the banquet Several of the girls responded to toasts, and after 
the banquet, each Senior was given a very pretty A X stick pin. 

Since the April Lyre, Lambda has grown. We are richer by two sisters — 
Mildred Moody, of Wilson, N. Y., and Ina Weyrauch, of Liberty, N. Y. They 
are typical Alpha Chis and we are happy to introduce them to our sister chap- 
ters. Iva Clark, of Antwerp, N. Y., is pledged to Alpha Chi. She will be 
initiated next fall. 

Syracuse has organized a Women's League this spring. Olive Morris, 
one of our Seniors, was a member of the committee to draw up the constitu- 
tion. From all appearances, the League will be a great help to the women of 
the University. 

Commencement week has begun, and the week will be a busy one for the 
Seniors and their friends. The commencement exercises are to be held in the 
stadidum this fall. This custom is unique, and if all the plans are carried out, 
this commencement will be one of the best Sjrracuse has ever witnessed. 
Hamilton W. Mabie, LL. D., (associate editor of the Outlook) will address 
the Seniors. 

We are happy to announce that Nellie Minott has been elected to Phi 
Beta Kappa, and that Marjorie Wall was honored by the faculty with "cum 
Laude." 

Lambda sends greetings to her sister chapters and wishes them all a most 
happy vacation. 



MU 

Simpson College, Indianaola, Iowa. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Emma Brown, *o8 Grace Ogg, *ii 

Lena Dalrymple, '08 Bessie Suell, '11 

Carrie McFaddon, '08 Vava Dick, '11 

Mayme Silliman, *o8 Edna Todhunter, '11 
Margaret Schimelfenig, '09 Iroline Dye, '11 

Ethel McFadon, '10 M3rrtle Schimelfenig, '11 

Carrie McBride, '11 Ruth Courey, '11 
Mildred McFadon, '11 

Number of year's initiates, 11. Honors conferred by faculty: Lora Hag- 
ler appointed Dean of Women ; Effie Silliman, a member of Conservatory fac- 
ulty. Honors conferred by students: Ma3mie Silliman, member of Student 



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Council, vice-president of Senior class; Margaret Schimelfenig, secretary 
Junior class ; Mabel Fett, member Student Council ; Ethel MacFadon, a mem- 
ber of editorial staff of College Annual ; Mildred MacFadon, secretary Fresh- 
man class ; Carrie MacFadon, Emma Brown, were elected as two of the three 
girls in Senior class play. Number of faculty, 17; enrollment, 905. Sororities 
represented, n B #, A X 12, AAA. 

Mu has been very busy this term, and now examinations and note books 
are due. 

March 3, we gave our winter term party, which was a great success. One 
intensely amusing feature of the entertainment was the dwarf stunt by Emma 
Brown, assisted by Ethel MacFadon. We were very glad to have with us Miss 
Bess Patrick, Gamma, of Des Moines. 

One of our greatest pleasures (?) came April 29, when we spent the 
whole afternoon taking our fraternity examination. In the evening the re- 
action came, and we again gathered at Silliman's promptly, and forgot our 
cares. 

We pledged Besse Snell, a Freshman in Liberal Arts, May 2. We now 
have eighteen active members. 

On May 13 came our first birthday anniversary, when we established, 
the custom of entertaining all the Greeks in school on that date. Our recep- 
tion was held at the home of Mrs. B. F. Clajrton, our patronness. 

May 13, we entertained a few girls at breakfast at the home of Margaret 
Schimelfenig. We are planning a house party for June 12 to 15, at Besse 
Snell's. 

Carrie MacFadon, Mayme Silliman, and Lena Dalrymple will graduate 
from the College of Liberal Arts, and Emma Brown from the Conservatory 
of Music this spring. 

Mu wishes all Alpha Chis an enjoyable and profitable summer. 



NU 
University of Colorado, Boulder, Col. 

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Elsie Clark, '08 Helen Rice, '10 

Irene Hall, '08 Mary Todd, *io 

Jessie Rodgers, '08 Willa Wales, '10 

Margarette Sutton, '08 Ida Warner, '10 

Clara Bancroft, '09 MoUie Rank, '10 

Zella Curtin, '09 Pearl Weiland, '11 

Frances Foote, *io Inez Kimison, '11 

Flora Goldsworthy, '10 Franc Judd, '11 

Davena Houston, '10 Jessie Davis, '11 

Wilhelmina Mosby, *io Norma Qark, '11 

Flora Powelson, *io Ethel Brown, (Special) 

Total membership, 23; year's initiates, 14. Honors conferred by faculty: 
Irene Hall, * B K; Elsie Clark, assistant in Biology. Honors conferred by 
students: Zella Curtin, president of Y. W. C. A.; Mary Todd, treasurer of 
Y. W. C. A. ; Irene Hall, vice-president Women's League Board, society edi- 
tor of "Silver and Gold"; Dasena Houston, Soph, basketball team. 

With the close of the first year of Nu's existence in Alpha Chi, we are 



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naturally looking backward over the successes and failures of the year. The 
failures, we like to believe, are not as numerous as the successes; but they 
are mistakes which have left us valuable lessons, and there is probably not 
one of the girls who would prefer not to have had them. 

Chief among those points upon which we dare congratulate ourselves is 
the recognition our girls have had from the faculty and students. Zella Curtin 
is president of the Young Women's Christian Association for next year, while 
Mary Todd is treasurer of the organization. A third of our girls has been 
appointed delegate to the state conference, which meets in July at Cascade, 
Colorado. From the faculty we have received approval in the election of one 
of our Seniors to * B K, and in the offer of an assistantship to one of the 
girls who graduates this year. 

Since our last letter, four new sisters have entered our midst, in the per- 
sons of Clara Bancroft, Franc Judd, Leora Powelson, and Wilhelmina Mosby, 
each of whom, we are glad to say, wear the Lyre with honor to the chapter 
and to themselves. 

A few weeks ago, the Friday Musical Club, of Boulder, presented in 
recital the celebrated tenor, Mr. Edward Johnson, of New York, upon which 
occasion, several Alpha Chis, being members of the club, acted as ushers. 

During the past weeks, Nu has been rather quiet socially, as it was deemed 
best to reserve our energies for "High School Day," which was observed on 
the i6th of May, and is one of the great events of the year at this Univer- 
sity, especially for the fraternities. Nearly every high school in the state is 
represented either for the oratorical contest or the track meet. Each frater- 
nity extends some social courtesy to the visitors. Alpha Chi entertained at a 
reception in the forenoon, followed by a luncheon for a number of special 
guests. 

The "County Fair" is another University affair of great popularity. The 
Alpha Chis contributed a Doll Show and Mother Goose Pantomime. One of 
the other sororities had a merry-go-round, and a third conducted a silhouette 
picture gallery. The centers of attraction among the fraternities proved to be 
the circus under the management of S A E, and the "Shoot-the-Chutes" of 
ATA. 

Not long ago, one of the men's fraternities entertained the Alpha Chis 
at a very pretty dancing party. A dinner was given for us in April by one 
of our pledges, Mildred Nafe; and within the past week, we were guests at a 
delightful little dinner at the home of Mollie Rank. 

On June 3, we shall have lost from active membership our four Seniors, 
Elsie Clark, Margarette Sutton, Jessie Rodgers, and Irene Hall. The com- 
mencement concert on May 29 opens the events of commencement week. The 
Senior class play, which is given on the campus in the open air, is always one 
of the interesting affairs of the week. "The Tempest" is presented this year, 
with two of our Seniors in the cast. The Senior Promenade and Quadrangle 
Illumination, on Class day, are also of interest ; but probably our Seniors will 
most keenly feel the meaning of it all when they join the big, solemn proces- 
sion which, terminating a four years' march, brings them at last to the goal — 
a sheepskin. 

We are hoping to have all our undergraduate members with us again next 
year. (If there are any doubtful ones, do not allow the summer to slip by 
without large efforts being made to bring each and every one back to college. 
Ed.) 

Nu wishes for all Alpha Chis a happy and profitable summer. 



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XI 

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. 
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP 

Emma Farrow, '08 Clara Smith, '10 

Bertha Howard Marion Whitmore, '10 

(Post Graduate) Irmal Zerfing, '10 

Alice Lesher, '08 Nina Beaver, '11 

Harriet Bardwell, '09 Florence Davis, '11 

Lilah David, '09 Hazel Joy, *ii 

Beulah Goodson, '09 Elsie Prewit, '11 

Mabel Doran, '10 Coralie Meyer, '11 

Irene Little, '10 Tinna Timmerman 

Laurette Spencer, '10 Vera Upton (Post Graduate) 

Total membership, 21 ; number of year's initiates, 9. Honors conferred 
by faculty: Alice Lesher, * B K, (four years in three). Honors conferred 
by students: May Bardwell, Comhusker staff; Marion Bardwell, Silver Ser- 
pent (Junior Society) ; May Bardwell, Senior class play. Number of faculty, 
175 ; enrollment, 3,350 . Sororities represented, n B #, AT, K K r, AAA, 
A X 0, X fi, A *, A o n, K A e. 

Since our last letter, the Xi chapter has made what we consider a very 
important "find," which happened in this way. My telephone rang one even- 
ing, and upon answering it, a voice asked if this was Miss Upton, an Alpha 
C^i. Upon replying in the affirmative, she said she was Mrs. Reeth, nee Amy 
Du Boise, a charter member of the Alpha chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. The 
next evening the president and I called upon her and found her to be a true 
Alpha Chi. We spent a most enjoyable and profitable evening listening to the 
founding and early history of otir beloved fraternity. Among the interesting 
things were pictures of some of the original Alpha girls and the original 
pledge ribbon worn by Mrs. Reeth. The following Saturday the girls gave a 
picnic at the University State Farm, at which Mrs. Reeth was our guest of 
honor. She was present at our last initiation, and was much impressed with 
our manner of conducting our ceremonies. We, of Xi chapter, feel very much 
honored in having one of the original founders of so great a fraternity with 
us. Several musicals, picnics and parties have served as a means of promot- 
ing a feeling of fellowship. The first was a musicale given by the new mem- 
bers, Miss Alice Lesher acting as hostess. The following program was given: 



"Love Song" Grieg 

"Bolero" Mozkowski 

Clara Smith 

Moment Musical A Flat Shuhert 

Valse Caprice Shubert 

Laurette Spencer 

Swallows Cowen 

Mattanata TosH 

Mabel Doran 

"Friihlings Rauchen" Sinding 

Irmal Zerfing 



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Next came a card party on St. Patrick's Day, at the home of Lila David. 
The prizes, decorations and refreshments were all in green and white. This 
was followed by a musical, with the Misses Bardwell as hostess. Miss Emma 
Farrow and Miss Vera Upton gave an interesting program, which was enjoyed 
by about thirty-five guests. 

A clever musical farce was given by the Liberal Art girls of Xi chapter, 
May 2, 1908, before the members of the chapter and a few invited guests. 
Among the celebrities taking part were Madam Carenno (Alice Lesher, *o8), 
Madam Melba (Elsie Prewit, *ii), Mrs. Paderewski (Lila David, '09), the 
Cherry Sisters (May Bardwell, *o8, Alice Lesher, *o8), and Beatrice Her ford 
(May Bardwell, *o8). The costumes were most eleborate. Madam Carenno 
was gowned in black lace with poinsetta trimmings. Mrs. Paderewski was 
gowned in yellow silk with pink, cerise, green and purple trimmings. Madam 
Melba appeared in a yellow kimona of rare beauty. The Cherry Sisters were 
exquisite in pink and black. All the eccentricities of the prima donnas were 
noted in the program. The following program was given: 

Piano Solo Sonitina in A Flat Major 

"Madam Carenno** 

Vocal Solo "Somebody Lied" 

"Madam Melba'* 

Piano Solo "Pearly Dewdrops^* 

"Mrs. Paderewski** 

Grand Duue "In Old New York" 

"Cherry Sisters** 

Reading "Monologue" — A Symphonic Poem 

'Beatrice Herford" 



«i 



We next centered our energies on the "May Morning Breakfast,** an 
annual affair given by the University Y. W. C. A. Each fraternity in the Uni- 
versity has charge of a table which is decorated in their colors. Our decora- 
tions were pointsetta's draped from the chandelier and in clusters lying loosely 
on the table, while vases held scarlet carnations. We served seventy-five 
guests at our table alone. The money thus taken in is used to send delegates 
to the Geneva Conference. This is one of the big social events of the year and 
much competition is displayed. Miss Emma Farrow, our president, gave a 
recital for graduation March 19, 1908. It was a program of which any Alpha 
Chi might be proud. 

Theomatic Fantasie and Fugue Bach 

Payave Ravel 

Masques Debussy 

Ballad of 118 Brahms 

Perpetual Motion MacDowell 

A German Forest MacDowell 

Dreams MacDowell 

Elfin Dance MacDowell 

Ballade A Flat Major Chopin 

Concerto C Minor No. 3 Beethoven 

Orchestral parts on second piano, Mr. Eames. 



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Our last initiation occurred May i6 at the home of Clara Smith. Four 
girls took the oath of allegiance to Alpha Chi Omega. In having these girls 
become one of us we feel that we have materially added not only to Xi chap- 
ter, but to the entire fraternity. This brings our membership up to twenty- 
one active members and one pledge. The following were initiated: Marion 
Ely Whitmore, Valley, Neb. ; Coralie Meyer, 2425 Parker Ave., Omaha, Neb. ; 
Hazel Joy, Lincoln, Neb.; Florence Davis, 21 16 F St., Lincoln, Neb. 

A hundred of Mr. Fames* pupils gave a farewell reception to him May 
22, before he leaves to make his future home in Paris . The evening was such 
a one that all who were there will feel that something inexpressable has been 
added to their lives. An interesting program was given by Mr. Wehn, a for- 
mer pupil of Mr. Fames. Mr. Fames then played and sang some Irish bal- 
lads. The Grand Council know how much Mr. and Mrs. Fames* co-operation 
meant to us in the organization of our chapter, how keenly we feel their de- 
parture, and how sincere are our good wishes and loyalty which go with him 
in his new life. 



AliPHA AliPHA 



Alpha Alpha chapter has done much during the last quarter to foster an 
enthusiastic spirit and promote closer friendship among its members. In ad- 
dition to the regular monthly luncheons other noteworthy events have oc- 
curred. 

In April, a musical was given at the home of Mrs. Harry W. Osborne, 
and forty-five Alpha Chi girls were present. The rooms were decorated with 
candles and flowers in the crimson and olive colors, and in their bright gowns 
and gay reminiscent chatter the girls renewed the happy spirit of college life. 
Miss Zella Marshall arranged the program and lent her pleasing personality 
to the announcing of the following numbers : 

» 

Allegretto vivace op. 31 No. 3 Beethoven 

Mrs. Ralph Dennis 

Farewell to the Forest Tschaikowsky 

Love Song Hunter 

Miss Gertrude Ogden 
(Mrs. Hunter at the Piano.) 

Polonaise in F minor MacDowell 

Miss Mae Smith 

Reading Selected 

Miss Florence Kelley 

Waltz RaW 

Allegro from 6th., Rhapsody Liszt 

Miss Russell MacMurphy 

One Hour Before the Dawn Franz 

Fcstasy Brahms 

Miss Kate Calkins 
(Mrs. MacDonald at the Piano.) 

Fire Charm Wagner-Brassin 

Polonaise Chopin 

Mrs. George Madson 

Reading 

Miss Florence Kelley 



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Refreshments were served and the guests enjoyed an hour or so of gen- 
eral visiting. 

Preceding the program, a business meeting was held. Miss Siller presided 
and various matters of importance were settled. 

The following officers w^ere elected: 

President Zella Marshall, Alpha. 

Vice-President Cordelia Hanson, Gamma. 

Corresponding Secretary Katharine Scales, Gamma. 

Recording Secretary Grace Ericson, Gamma. 

Treasurer Mrs. Myrta McKean Dennis, Gamma. 

Historian Mrs. Ethel Calkins McDonald, Beta. 

Lyre Correspondent Mrs. Estalla Hibbard Osborne, Zeta. 

Friday, June 5, the annual banquet was held at the Stratford hotel and 
proved to be the gala event of the year. 

On this occasion Alpha Chi had the distinguished honor of entertaining 
Mrs. Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler. A private dining room in green and white 
was the setting for the U shaped table, around which thirty-eight guests as- 
sembled. The decorations were carnations, smilax and ferns. Mrs. Zeisler 
as guest of honor occupied a place at the head of the table, and at her left 
sat the toastmistress, Miss Kate L. Calkins. After a repast of six courses, 
toasts were in order. At intervals, Miss Calkins quoted appropriate lines of 
poetry and interspersed original and interesting witticisms. 

"The Fraternity from the Standpoint of a Freshman". .Helen Hardie 

"How We Used to do It" Mary Stanford 

"The Relation of an Alumna to Her Fraternity" Marjorie Grafius 

Song — (Goat Song). 

"Our Ideals" Zella Marshall 

"Harmony" Tina Mae Haines 

Song — "Our Golden Lyre". 



At the urgent request of all, Mrs. Zeisler consented to make a few re- 
marks, and was greeted with enthusiastic applause. She expressed regret that 
she could not talk about the fraternity, and explained that honorary members 
of any society are usually too far removed from the activities of its members 
to know the various phases of its workings, and therefore would choose an- 
other subject. To the delight of all she chose to talk of her favorite "Hobby." 
Her desire, she said, was to influence people to assume the true and right 
attitude towards the study of music. She then referred to the refining influ- 
ence of music in the home life, and to the great possibilities for development 
through the medium of music. She denlored the fact that generally the study 
of music is not taken up for these purposes ; but to earn a livelihood by teach- 
ing or to enter upon a public career. In closing her remarks, she referred to 
another "Hobby" which was familiar, "If anything is worth doing at all it is 
worth doing well," and expressed the desire that she be remembered in con- 
nection with that maxim. Upon learning that report of the banquet would be 
printed in the Lyre, Mrs. Zeisler was most happy to send her hearty greetings 
to all Alpha Chis. 

The banquet is to be an annual affair to take place in June during com- 
mencement week, and was suggested by Miss Mabel Siller. We all feel grate- 



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ful to Miss Siller, and congratulate her upon the success of the venture. The 
banquet will be under the charge of Alpha Alpha, but for all Alpha Chis. 
Alpha Alpha extends cordial greetings to all Alpha Chi sisters. 



BETA BETA 



The summer months are here and a number of Beta Beta girls are off to 
their summer homes, therefore, as far as Beta Beta is concerned, things will 
be very quiet until the autumn. 

We have had several weddings this month. Jennie McHatton was mar- 
ried to Mr. Carl Barnett, Delta Tau Delta, on June 17, and although she 
doesn't go far away, we are very sorry to lose her from our midst, for she is 
truly a loyal Alpha Chi ; but we also gain Mrs. Walter B. Stoner, nee Maude 
Meserve, a loyal Alpha girl who was married to Mr. Stoner, Phi Kappa Psi, 
on June 17, and will reside in this city. 

Our last luncheon was well attended and voted quite a success. 

Beta Beta sends greetings to all her sisters and wishes for them all a very 
pleasant summer. 



GAMMA GAMMA, NEW YORK 

With the close of the season's study, Gamma Gamma is to lose for the 
summer months some of her family circle. She is hoping, however, that their 
places may be occupied by other members of the sisterhood who are in New 
York, either for a brief stay, on their way to foreign shores, or for a season's 
visit in our city, of such rare interest and educative value. 

So to you who may give us the pleasure of welcoming you into our circle, 
and to you other sisters all over the land whom we should like to gather in, 
r r is bringing a bit of a picture of her home-life of the past few weeks. 

r r is now made up of girls from Beta, Gamma, Delta, Zeta, Theta, Iota 
and Mu chapters. Five times we have met since our last letter to you, and 
each meeting had its own distinctively enjoyable features. The April meeting 
was close to Easter and held all the joy of Eastertide. At the next gathering 
at the Martha Washington on May 8, a great event in T r's history was her- 
alded — the birth of a son! The following telegram caused a ripple of happy 
comment: "Albion, Mich., May 7. Kingsley Ramsdell Fall sends love and 
greetings to T P.— Mrs. F. A. Fall." 

With the Alpha Chi spirit of sympathy, and humor, an answer was sent. 
This is r r's first child since the granting of our charter, and we are proud 
to introduce him to Beta, Mrs. Fall's chapter, and to you all. 

Here, too, Miss Northcroft, of Zeta, extended us an invitation to a tea 
at her home, and gaily this coming event was talked over and planned for ; and 
when the happy day. May 20, arrived, with what interest you girls would have 
looked on and listened! We had the examination questions up for discussion, 
and the Sorority Hand-Book for reference; which, with the women who had 
married frat men, and with all our fraternity knowledge combined, we an- 
swered the list. A little different method from what most of you used in an- 



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swering the same list, you are thinking. Yes, and at least as delightful a one. 
Result — 100% increased interest in the doings of the Greek world, for some 
of us; increased desire to know more; and orders for hand books. 

Most of our girls are taking the Lyre and are rejoicing over its ever- 
increasing excellence; we are eagerly awaiting the directories; and are much 
interested in everything pertaining to A X. When the question was read, 
"How interest the alumnae?" a little smile went round, and perhaps a mental 
answer was made, "Feed the interest already there." We wish you could 
know, girls, how very interested alumnae are, with what eagerness we hear 
reports of the chapters by persons whom we meet from the different institu- 
tions where A X chapters are; and how glad we are at every step forward 
toward realizing A X's standard of well-rounded womanhood. 

Then we discussed somewhat the work of the I .S. C, and are glad to 
know more of its sane methods of helping to solve fraternity problems. 

Miss Northcroft's Collection of autographs called forth many reminis- 
cences of musicians and dramatists; while delicious refreshments won our 
satisfied praise. 

A couple of weeks later a pleasant afternoon was spent by a large num- 
ber of the girls with Miss Dodson, Zeta. A picture of Master Kingsley called 
forth an official letter of congratulation to Mrs. Fall, which Mrs. Green wrote 
and all signed. As Mrs. Green had her little son with her, the letter read: 
"We most of us with, some without babies " 

The most important discussion was the matter of a F F home for next 
year. We hope to be so comfortably settled in the fall that all of you who 
come to enlarge our circle, or to visit us, may rejoice with us over harmonious 
quarters. 

Here while talking over the A X song-books, we decided that F F must 
have a song, which Mrs. Green will probably have ready for us at our next 
meeting, June 12, at the Martha Washington. 

We are glad that F F, unlike the active chapters, may continue her meet- 
ings through the summer; for the year*s affairs have been a veritable joy 
to us all. 



♦THE NEW ALPHA CHI SONG BOOK" 

Third Edition 

Price $1.00 per copy, post paid. Twelve new, original songs, and as many 
more adaptations. Address 

MRS. R. B. DENNIS 

729 Clarke Street, EvanAon, Illinois. 



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4k> 


PERSONALS 


4^ 



Let us make the November number ring with personals, which 
will mean that each Alpha Chi will be thoughtful enough to keep 
eyes and ears open during the summer for news of any of the "girls/' 
and then to send it to the editor, who is very anxious to make this 
department a valuable medium of family communication, where one 
can turn for information about any sister — and find it. 

BETA 

Mrs. Lena Crosby-Mumford is living in Champaign, 111., where her hus- 
band has a chair in the State University. 

Born, May 4, 1908, to Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Fall (nee Nella Ramsdell), a 
son, Kingsley Ramsdell Fall. 

Mrs. Mae Allen Striker spent a few days in Coldwater, in April. 

Maizie Goodenow has returned from a visit in Hillsdale. 

Kate Calkins was in Logansport, Ind., in May, to sing at a lecture recital, 
given by the Grand Treasurer, Laura A. Howe. 

Mildred Lehner, of Ann Arbor, was the guest of Mrs. Colby and Miss 
Greacen, May 23. 

Mrs. Lina Baum Van Roy, who spent the winter in Florida, has returned 
to her home in Detroit. 

Albion College will once more have an Alpha Chi tennis team, as her 
representatives in the Intercollegiate Field Day, held at Alma College, June 
5 and 6, Miss Gertrude Babcock and Edith Ketcham, won out in the local 
tournament, and we hope they will win the Michigan championship, as did 
Mary Ferine and Elsie Delamarter in 1902. 

Miss Jessie Blanchard was a Detroit visitor in May. 

Miss Mary Ferine addressed the Albion E. L. T. club, April 22, on the 
subject, "Literary Landmarks in Scotland." 

Miss Mary Master, who is at the head of the Department of Oratory, in 
the Western Michigan Normal School at Kalamazoo, spent her Easter vaca- 
tion in Chicago. The students of the Department of Oratory recently pre- 
sented "The Little Minister," and Miss Master as Babbie, received many 
flattering compliments. 

Miss Jessie Cushman spent the months of April and May in Chicago. She 
will visit in Michigan during the summer, and in the fall leave for Los An- 
geles, where she will make her home. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Fisk Leonard spent a few days in Detroit in April. 

Miss Blanche Ballamy, who is principal at Berlin Heights, Ohio, was in 
Albion in March, to attend a Sigma Chi party. 

Mrs. Glenna Schontz Mills is now living at 251 1 So. Hoe street, Los 
Angeles, Cal. 



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Misses Susie Ferine and Eva Pratt sail on July 4 from New York, on the 
S. S. Kfinigen Luise for Naples. They will spend three months in foreign 
travel. 

Miss Mary Dickie visited in Detroit and Toledo this spring. 

Miss Kathryn Granger attended Kappa's dancing party April 26 and was 
the guest of Marguerite Bower at the chapter house. She speaks in high 
praise of Kappa's girls. On her return she spent a few days with Margaret 
Mosher in Chicago, and attended the May luncheon of Alpha Alpha. 

Madge Wilcox, of Chelsea, spent her spring vacation in Albion. 

Mrs. Lina Baum Van Roy will be the guest of Belle Loder during Albion 
commencement, and Mrs. Myrtle Hatswell Boweman will be the guest of 
Mary Ferine. 

Beta chapter will be represented at Alpha Alpha's banquet, June 5, by 
Mrs. Ethel Calkins McDonald, Miss Kate Calkins and Miss Margaret Mosher. 
Miss Calkins will act as toastmistress. 

Mrs. Alta Allen Loud is in Kansas for a short time. 

Kathrine May arrived in April at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Symes 
(nee Florence Howey). 

Miss Cora Harrington, of Jackson, was an Albion visitor during the 
Interstate Oratorical contest. 

GAMMA 

Mrs. C. A. Berge, of Grand Rapids, has been visiting her daughter, Ruth, 
at Willard Hall. 

Winifred Webster was elected vice-president of fthe Junior class at the 
Cumnock School of Oratory. 

Mary Mowrey visited the chapter during April. 

Etta Brothers has been forced to go home on account of illness. 

Four of the girls, Ethel Ford, Winifred Webster, Myrtle Jensen, and 
Helen Hardie spent three delightful days with the Champaign girls at the 
time of their formal in March. 

Mrs. Earnest Pratt (Marion Ewell) leaves this week to spend the sum- 
mer in Colorado. 

Bess Rundall is visiting in Dodgeville, Wis. 

Mrs. Wilfred Vanderholf (Marion Titus), of Grand Forks, N. D., visited 
in Chicago and New York in March. 

Mary Master visited in Evanston in April to attend the reunion of Cum- 
nock School of Oratory. 

Cora Beeman has finished her third year of teaching music in public 
schools of Baton Rouge, La. 

Mary and Julia Marshall, Bertha McCord, Grace Hopwood and Relda 
Van Ryper have formed a little Alpha Chi community in Berlin during the 
past winter. 

Relda Van Ryper returns home this summer, and Grace Hopwood in the 
fall; but the others will remain another year. 



DELTA 



Miss Alice McDowell was a recent visitor in Warren, at the home of 
Helen Trax Wynn. 

Miss Florence Bates has returned from Washington, D. C, where she 
has been spending several weeks as the guest of her brother, (Congressman 
Arthur L. Bates. 



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Miss Margaret Citz, of Punksutawney, has been visiting her cousin, Miss 
Olga Henry, for a few days. 

Miss Eva Gates, of Union City was the guest of Miss Mabel McLean, 
recently. 

Born, to Mary Gibson Brock, a daughter, in April. 

Grace Hammond Holmes, who has been visiting friends in Meadville, the 
past week, has returned to her home in Syracuse, N. Y. 

Edith Roddy is spending the week in Boston. 

Miss Julia Turner spent a few days at Rulings Hall as the guest of Louise 
Chase. 

Louise Chase has been elected as one of the junior members of the Exe- 
cutive Board of the Student Government Association, for the coming year. 

Miss Minnie Baltzell, of Tiffin, Ohio, spent a week in Meadville as the 
guest of the Misses Florence and Ethel Moore. 

Miss Maud Over, of Kane, Pa., visited Miss Julia Jones a short time ago. 

Rebe Flood Irwin has returned to Brooklyn, after a short visit at the 
home of her father, Dr. Theodore L. Flood. 

Belle Chase Layng, of Greenville, spent a day at Hulings Hall as the 
guest of her sister, Louise Chase. 

Katherine Wheeling visited her sister, Clara Wheeling, a short time ago. 

Miss Olga Henry spent Sunday at the home of Louise Chase, in Green- 
ville. 

EPSILON 

Louise White has returned to Los Angeles from Coronado, where she 
spent the winter. We are very glad to have her with us again. 

Olive Berryman was hostess at an afternoon affair in honor of Rowena 
Hall, who sailed for Europe sortly afterward. Miss Hall expects to resume 
her studies at U. S. C. next year. 

Katherine Saunders and Blanche Gregg entertained the Alpha Chis at 
the home of Miss Saunders. The afternoon was greatly enjoyed by all-present. 

Ellen Beach Yaw has* returned from the East and is soon to be heard in 
concert in Los Angeles. 

Louise White and Carrie Trowbridge played a double piano number at 
an open meeting of the Los Angeles Harmonica Club. 

Sue Shenk has returned to her home in South Pasadena after having 
spent several weeks at Hermosa Beach. 

Blanche Stump recently spent several weeks in Long Beach. 

Faye Buck gave her senior piano and organ recital at the First Methodist 
Church, May 19. She was assisted by Miss Lillian Arnett, piano, Mr. Abra- 
ham Miller, tenor, and Miss Carrie Trowbridge, accompanist. 

We have enjoyed having Miss Alta Roberts with us at several Alpha Chi 
functions. 

Rowena Hall gave a song recital at her home shortly before leaving Los 
Angeles. 

Mabel Chalfin and her mother will leave soon on a trip to Yosemite Val- 
ley, and from there will go to Alaska to stay for a few weeks. 

Hazel Hearne is spending the summer in Long Beach. 

Isabella Curl has achieved great success in grand opera. The following 
is a press notice translated from an Italian paper: 

"La Vedetta Del Viro," Saluzzo, Italy. 

"It is with a deep sense of pleasure that we write in these columns of the 
success attained by Miss Isabela Curl in the last performance of Mignon, 



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given as her evening of honor. Notwithstanding numerous &mily parties, 
preventing several from coming until a late hour, the theater assumed the 
aspect of a grand occasion, and was literally crowded . Miss Curl was g^reeted 
with warm applause on her appearance, and singing for the last time the un- 
gracious part of Filina, she gave a fine proof of her select artistic tempara- 
ment, granting us that jewel, "La Cavatina", from the "Barber of Seville." 
In it Miss Curl revealed herself an admirable artist and the public demanded 
from her an encore, which she granted, and the applause continued for many 
moments, animated, sincere and warm, unanimously demonstrating that the 
public appreciated thoroughly the qualities that procured for the artist such a 
triumph. After the encore they offered her a quantity of flowers, a locket and 
a bracelet of gold. In many remained a deep sense of regret in not being able 
to hear Miss Curl in some of the melodies so well adapted to her agile voice, 
which is so well under control, and we hope on returning to the beautiful 
sides of California that Miss Curl will cherish for many years the memory of 
the demonstration that Saluzzo, educated and gentile, gave her on her even- 
ing of honor." 



ZETA 

Miss Merle Reynolds left for her home in Forth Worth, Tex., on April 15. 

Miss Gertrude Damon has acceptedd a position as vocal teacher at Smith 
College, Northampton, Mass., where she will take up her duties next October. 

Miss Elizabeth Schaetzel was one of a house party at Dartmouth, Han- 
over, during Junior week. 

Miss Hilda Swartz spent a week visiting the Zeta girls, early in May. 

Miss Winnifred Byrd expects to sail for Europe shortly, where she will 
study next year. 

Miss Carrie Aiton left May i on an extended concert tour. 

Miss Nellie Brushingham has accepted a position in the Salem College, 
Winston-Salem, N. C, where she will have charge of the vocal department. 

Miss Ethel Waters returned to Boston at Easter, to resume her studies. 

Miss Ruth Tucker has left for the Western states, where she will visit 
this summer. 

Miss Jessie Swartz has been engaged as alto soloist at the Piedmont 
Congregational church, Worcester, Mass. 

Miss Sarah Morton will visit Mrs. Wm. Haseltine during the month of 
June. 

Bom — To Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Lawrence, Cleveland, Ohio, (Nelle Belle 
Jones) a son, April 30. 

Miss Laura Howe, assisted by Miss Kate Calkins, gave the following 
interesting program before the Tourist Club of Logansport, May 19, 1908: 

Aria from Orpheus Gluck 

Miss Calkins 

Sonata — Opus 42 — First Movement Schubert 

Miss Howe 

Wohin? Schubert 

Friihlingstraum Schubert 

Das Wirthshaus Schubert 

Miss Calkins 

Hark, Hark ! the Lark Schubert 

Miss Howe 



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Der Wanderer Schubert 

Auf dem Wasser zu singen Schubert 

Miss Calkins 

Intermezzo — Opus 1 17 — No. i Brahms 

Rhapsody — Opus 79 — B minor Brahms 

Miss Howe 

Liebestreue Brahms 

Wie Melodien zieht es mir Brahms 

Meine Liebe ist Grun Brahms 

Miss Calkins 



IOTA 

At a recent meeting of * B K of the University of Illinois, Imo Baker 
and May Allinson were elected to membership. 

May Allinson has just secured a scholarship for next year at Columbia 
University, New York. This is an especial honor, since Columbia gives only 
four scholarships each year to women. 

Bertha Walters has accepted a position for next year in one of the schools 
of Evanston. 

Leila Weillepp, Alta Shipley, Mabel Bushong, Jo Anderson, Bertha Wal- 
ters, Mamie Lewis, Helen McCulloch and Elsie Bean have recently been 
guests at the chapter house. 



KAPPA 



Anna Rueth, '08, has accepted a position as instructor in Music and Eng- 
lish at Black River Falls, Wis. 

Miss Granger, Beta, visited Kappa a few days in the latter part of April. 

Miss Helen Jennings, from Sparta, Wis., was a guest of Kappa the 25th 
of April. 

Miss Vivian Verbeck, who has been teaching in Sibley, Iowa, the past 
year, is expected at Kappa lodge, June 5. 

Mabel Van Epps, Camanche, Iowa, made us a delightful visit for a week. 

Edna Langlois, sister of Emerette Langlois, who was Kappa's president 
last year, spent a few days with us the latter part of May. 

Mrs. Darby, an Alpha alumna, whose home is now in Broadhead, Wis., 
dined with Kappa a short time ago. 

Ann Rueth entertained the chapter at her home in Sun Prairie one day 
last week. 

The Senior class will present Mikado during commencement week. May 
Jenkins, Mae Theobald and Ann Rueth will take part in the opera. 



LAMBDA 



Helen Cunningham has been initiated into Eta Pi Upsilon (the Senior 
society). 

Evelyn Peterson has accepted a position to teach in Sodus, N. Y., next 
year. 

Harriet Moore will teach in Lefargeville, N. Y., this coming year. 

Jessie Lansing will teach next year at Ellenburg Depot, N. Y. 

Olive Morris is planning to take post-graduate work at Chicago Uni- 
versity. 



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Ethel McCoy will live in the fraternity house during the summer. Her 

parents are coming from Florida and will also spend the summer in Spracuse. 

Adelaide Durston, '07, spent a few days at the chapter house this spring. 



MV 

Fern Ogg, who has been teaching at Elliott, N. D., this year, is at home 
for commencement, and will be in scool again next year. 

Mabel Fett, of Clearfield, visited us a few days the second week in May, 
and was present at our anniversary reception. 

Mayme Johnston, of Mediapolis, is spending commencement week with us. 

Ethel McFadon sang at the May Festival at Baker University, Baldwin, 
Kas., this spring. 

Ada Schimelfenig, '07, will spend the summer at her home in Indianola. 

We are expecting Ellen Conrey, '06, to spend commencement week 
with us. 

NU 

Mrs. Katharine Rothgeb, of Fort Collins, visited Nu for a day in April. 

Ethel Brown will spend her summer vacation visiting friends in Ne- 
braska, South Dakota and Iowa. 

Mildred Nafe is spending the summer months in Northern Iowa. 

Jessie Rodgers leaves immediately after commencement for a visit in 
Kansas City, and St. Joseph, Mo. 

Elsie Clark will be near Golden, Colo., for the summer. 

Helen Rice is teaching at Elk Mountain, Wyo., in the locality of "The 
Virginian" scenes. Miss Rice's school is declared to be the very one where 
the heroine of "The Virginian" taught. We are hoping that the tradition need 
not be repeated in the present case. 

Irene Hall will be a member of a camping party at Pine Grove, Colo., 
for a part of the summer. 



Emma Farrow sails for Europe, July 15, for a year's study. 

Marion Whitmore has been elected secretary of the University Girls* 
Club; vice-president of the class of 1910, and a member of the "Silver Ser- 
pent." 

Corolie Meyer was elected to the German Club. 

May Bardwell, '08, served on the "Comhusker** staff, and takes part in 
the May Pole Dance, and also takes part in the Senior play. 

Beulah Buckley sails for Europe, July 25. 

Alice Lesher received a * B K. This is especially noteworthy, as Miss 
Lesher took the four years* course in three years. 



AJiPHA ALPHA 

Mr. and Mrs. Theo. S. Bergey (Ethel Sutherlin), Alpha, have given up 
their studio in Steinway Hall for the summer and sailed on the New Amster- 
dam, April 29. They will be in Paris all summer. 

The MacClaim-Ogden School, of which Miss Gertrude Ogden is a mem- 
ber, has removed to Steinway Hall. 

Miss Florence Marie Williams, 4609 Woodlawn avenue, was married 
April 25. 



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Mrs. E. W. Kidder has moved from Evanston to North Evanston, and 
will now have two A X neighbors. 

Miss Grace Richardson has returned from Richmond, Va., where she 
spent the winter. 

Miss Mabel Jones expects to go abroad soon to remain several months. 

Gamma chapter gave the annual dance on May i. Several girls from our 
chapter attended and had a delightful time. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Wooley (Florence Childs) have moved into their 
new home at 1615 Juudson avenue, Evanston. 

Marie White will teach vocal music in Jacksonville, 111., next year. 

Loretto O'Brien will be married to Richard Meade of Evanston, June 3. 

Zella Marshall sails June 18 for a three months' stay in Europe. 

Mrs. Edward Loud, of Albion, Mich., attended the May Luncheon and 
visited Mrs. Will Niles, of Oak Park, and Mabel Siller, of Evanston. 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Kidder (Irene Stevens) have moved into their 
new home on Harrison street, Evanston. 

Theodora Chaffee returned recently from a visit with Leona Wemple in 
Waverly, 111. 

Russell McMurphy is teaching music in Wheaton College, 111. 

Kate Calkins returned recently from a visit with Laura Howe in Logans- 
port, Ind. 

Mrs. Arthur McQintock (Louise Burchard) will visit her mother in 
Cambridge Springs, Ohio., in June. 

Mrs. Colwell (Juliet Finch) has been traveling with her husband most 
of the Spring. 

Mrs. Harry W. Osborne (Estella Hibbard), Zeta, has returned from a 
visit with her parents in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Mrs. Eugene Heinckley (Blanche Hughes) has been in Detroit for sev- 
eral months. 

Bertha Walters, Iota, will teach in Evanston public schools next year. 



GAMMA GAMMA 

Miss Sara Evans, Delta, will spend the summer in Greenville, Pa. In the 
near future she expects to attend an Alpha Chi house party, to be given by 
Bertha Cribbs, at Oil City, Pa. 

Florence Armstrong, Mu, will spend the summer in Errol, New Hamp- 
shire, doing missionary work among the miners and lumbermen. In the fall 
she will accept a position as secretary of the Y. W. C. A., at the State Agri- 
cultural College of Iowa. 

Mrs. Fern Pickard Stevens, Delta, will summer in Jamestown, N. Y. She 
also will attend the A X 12 house party at Oil City. 

Jessie Northcroft, Zeta, will continue her vocal study during the summer 
at the country home of her teacher, Mrs. Morrill, in Stockbridge, Mass. 

Mrs. R. Flood Irvin, Delta, has moved from Brooklyn to The Bridge- 
dale, Madison, N. J. 

Virginia Fisk Green, Theta, will spend the summer visiting in Charle- 
voix, Ann Arbor, and Toledo. 

Mabel Hayward Rothgeb, Iota, has been ill for some weeks. 

Nina Kellogg Howard, Gamma, will bo to Chicago in the fall, and hopes 
to attend the next convention. 



60 THE LYRE 




A r entered Adelphi College, May 7. 

The fraternity women of Denver have organized a Pan-Hellenic 
Association. 

AAA installed Alpha Upsilon chapter at Colby College, Water- 
ville, Me., May 14. 

K A announces the establishment of Alpha Lambda chapter 
at Washington State University, May 21. 



"It is natural for one to be proud of his organization, but he must not 
expect it to carry him through college and after-life without an effort on his 
part" — Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

A Pan-Hellenic banquet was recently held in Des Moines, la., by 
the members of A X O, A ^, X O, K K r, K A ©, A r, n B ^, 

AAA, AHA, r ^ B. 

^ B n, like S X, is engaged in compiling a chapter directory. Incidentally 
it may be of interest to note that the former fraternity has recently provided 
for fining each chapter $25 for a failure to furnish complete lists of names, 
etc. — Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

Following the abolition by the Chicago Board of Education of all frater- 
nities from the public schools, a plan is on foot to allow *non-secret clubs' 
as a substitute. Club rooms are to be opened in the school buildings, and all 
pupils will be eligible to membership." — Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

"Fraternities have received a body-blow in the state of South Carolina, 
By an act of legislature they are sweepingly excluded from all state institu- 
tions. Following this lead, several colleges have taken the same step, so that 
throughout the state all the leading institutions are closed against them." — 
Sigma Chi Quarterly. 



THE LYRE 61 



The Shield of ^ K ^ has a circulation of 2,500, which, it claims, 
is the largest among men's fraternities. The Arrow of n B ^, al- 
though fifteen years the junior of ^ K ^, has a circulation of 2,200 
copies. — The Arrow. 

The Wisconsin chapter of K A © writes : 

"We believe we have at last overcome the difficulty of uniting town and 
house girls in the closest friendship and strongest loyalty to our fraternity. 
* * * This semester some one suggested having each town girl visit the 
house for a week, and the success of the plan is proved in the mutual growth 
of affection and understanding between the girls in the house and out.' 



» 



Chapters will do well to follow this advice from The Shield : 

"More is lost in failure of an older member of the fraternity to return to 
college than is gained by the taking of a new recruit. If the brothers will mark 
the members of the chapter who are somewhat uncertain as to their return, 
and will carry on during the summer an effort by correspondence to hold these 
members, the results in many cases will be the strengthening of the chapter, 
and the serving of the best interests of the individual Phi Psis effected." 

Convention is in the very air. A Y will hold its seventy-fourth an- 
nual October 22-25, at Swarthmore, S A E convenes at Atlanta City 
in June, A K E at New Haven, Hartford, and New York — a unique 
innovation — November 11- 13, K S and ^ K ^ have chosen Denver, 
Colo., July 1-3, K K r assembles at Meadville, Pa., in August, X O 
in Chicago, June 22-26, Z T A at Fayetteville, Ark., June 11- 13, 
A A A at Lincoln, Neb., June 22-26, and A ^ at Madison, June 17-19. 

The present rushing system is full of pitfalls, and none is more 
dangerous than the one which the "rushee" and the chapter are apt 
to encounter after the trumpets have ceased to play, and both at- 
tempt to settle down to normal conditions. Regarding this we quote 
from The Key: 

"If the strenuous rushing must be indulged in, why not temper it with a 
little better management after rushing? A Freshman, having been sought after 
during the whole of rushing season, once pledged, cannot but feel a drop. If 
it be too sudden, she may become discontented, and this is where the older 
girls should try, by careful watching and judicious attention, to help her from 
being disappointed in her fraternity life. The new girls themselves should 
helo by realizing that rushing is not a nomal state of affairs; that the older 
girls have their own college life, their own interests and their old friendships 
to take up much of their time. If both will help, may the adjustment not come 
easily and naturally? 



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Hoping every chapter which has no definite method of scholar- 
ship supervision, will evolve such during the summer, we present 

the two following systems. 

"Probably the most unique method Beta employs is that of appointing 
'Fraternity Mothers.' Each Freshman is assigned to one of the upper class- 
men, to whom she may go for advice whenever she chooses to do so. It is 
to this upper classman that all personal corrections are given, and the 'Moth- 
ers' talk with the professors several times during the school year concerning 
the work of their charges. ♦ ♦ * They also watch the social life of the under- 
graduates, offering such advice and caution as they consider necessary." — The 
Alpha Phi Quarterly. 

Our plan has been to have cards sent out from the Deans' offices to the 
different instructors, asking a general statement of each girl's class standing. 
These reports are read in chapter meeting. As we receive thm two or three 
times each term, we can easily learn how high a ranking we are achieving, 
and determine when greater efforts must be made. We feel that our plan 
has been very successful. — The Arrow of n B *. 

Concerning the need of alumnae information, Kappa Alpha 

Theta writes : 

"My idea is to establish some method of communication between the na- 
tional and the chapter side of fraternity life, so that our affairs could be dis- 
cussed as intimately as, for example, they are at conventions, and much more 
intimately than is permissible in a journal which is read by the eyes of the 
'uninitiated.' I would have this communication frequent, and perhaps in the 
nature of very full reports as to the fraternity's action on certain question or 
its attitude toward questions not yet necessary to be decided, with the reasons 
in all cases. It is so hard to become interested in matters of which we know 
little and understand less." 

The same journal also contains this helpful suggestion: 

"lota's alumnae now feel that the common interest in the collection of a 
Scholarship Fund, binds its members more closely together than ever before. 
Here is an instance. At our formal Founders Day banquet last year we de- 
cided that we could have just as good a time at an informal meeting and save 
the banquet tax for the Scholarship Fund. This year's committee took up the 
suggestion, and the 'Scholarship Rally' proved to be one of the alumnae's 
most joyous celebrations. For a week before preparations were made as for a 
picnic, with the result that each member took her offering into the kitchen, 
and a most efficient committee served from there an exceedingly attractive 
supper." 

The present rushing system is the result of false values and is the 
cause of so much weakness in the fraternities that we are glad to 
publish the following thoughtful contribution on the subject by Mary 
Griffith Canby, Grand President of K K r. : 

Our great reform must begin with a re-organization of the rushing sys- 
tem. This is, I believe, the great evil; lesser ones will correct themselves. 



THE LYRE 63 



University Presidents, Deans of Women, alumnae and active members recog- 
nize this need. Rushing as it now exists must be abolished, not because if we 
do not remedy it, the university authorities doubtless will take active steps to 
do so, but because the system is wrong, and no fraternity must stand for 
wrong principles or customs. We all see the harm to Freshmen and upper 
classmen alike. When the Freshman comes to college, everything is new and 
strange ; she cannot find her way from class to class ; she is bewildered by the 
new subjects and regulations and faces; the Freshman of the university is 
not the complacent Senior of the preparatory school! To the upper classmen 
she should turn for good advice in her difficulties, because of their experience ; 
this experience which should be the inheritance of the Freshman ought not to 
be denied her by rules such as the present rushing system often makes im- 
perative in the fraternity world; rules that make us appear ridiculous to the 
outsider and unsympathetic and unkind to the younger girls. 

To some of us the greatest hope of quick reform lies in the late pledge 
day, by which a student would have her Freshman year free from fraternity 
obligation; but this will aid only if each individual feels that it is incumbent 
on her to do her part to the best of her ability, and even at the risk of losing 
in numbers to uphold the principles that are right. The Freshman dormitory 
system will aid us, but let the fraternity not wait until that is established. 

When all Freshmen are brought together without fraternity life for a 
year, they will cultivate college spirit and form friendships which are to last 
through college and after life, regardless of any future ties. Then when fra- 
ternity life comes, it will be more like forming home ties that are constantly 
flaunted in the face of the world. The student, too, will be able to con- 
sider the fraternity from a more mature basis and to study the system. She 
will know the different fraternity families and will not be overcome with 
social obligations to a harmful degree. 

So much as to the good to the Freshman ; the fraternity, too, would profit. 
One would not hear what has been said to me more than once this year, "If 
I had to go through another such rushing season, I would rather leave col- 
lege;" the nervous strain was so tremendous. This would be changed, for 
normal friendships would be formed, and girls would not be judged on either 
side by the superficial. Expense would be reduced for the chapter. We are 
criticised, and rightly, for extravagance. The scholarship of our members 
would have been tried, and frankly, we do not want poor scholarship in the 
fraternity; we want good, all-round normal girls with at least fair scholar- 
ship. A real honor would be conferred by an invitation to membership. Now 
is it not on the surface, the Freshman who is conferring the honor in accept- 
ing an invitation? 

The argument will be advanced that the training a Freshman receives 
in her fraternity is invaluable. Under normal methods of entering I concede 
this, but how many things do you who are upper classmen, have to train out 
of your Freshman for which you and the present rushing system are re- 
sponsible ? 

I do not advance the idea of a late pledge day as the remedy. I only say 
that we must find a remedy for a plan that is wrong; and I say again, in all 
earnestness, that the remedy must come from the individual primarily, from 
the solemn conviction that we will not stand for the wrong, whatever the cost. 
The late pledge day might aid if really tried. We must expect that a whole 
year of mad rushing possibly would ensue; then it would probably become 
a matter of course that pledging before the end of Freshman year would be 
discontinued as detrimental to college and fraternity. Fifteen years of fra- 



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temity life, as an active member, an alumna, and an officer, have left this im- 
press on me. I believe heart and soul in the fraternity and its individual 
helpfulness, from observations in twenty-six of the thirty-three universities 
and colleges in which we have chapters, and from conference with those in 
authority I believe in its college helpfulness. * * * The number of daughters of 
University Presidents found in the various fraternities is in itself a reason for 
believing that if they deplore it at all, it is not the existence of the "fraternity," 
but the method of carrying out the principles. There are college evils to be 
deplored as well as fraternity ones, we must all recognize. We do not cease 
to believe in colleges because of these evils. 



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Syracuse, New York 

Ernest W. Griffin "'S£,SJ'&'"" 

ConfectioneiTi Stationer}-, Fresh and Salt Meats. 

A fall line of Athletic Goods. 

Phone 308. 711 E. OA8S St., AlBION, MIOH. 

Please Mention "The Lyre" When Pati^nizlng the Above. 




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