Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

A Fabulous 150th Pi Beta Phi!

The women of I.C. Sorosis are in St. Louis celebrating a century and a half. One hundred and fifty years is a long time and the world of 1867 is vastly different from the one of 2017. The young women … Continue reading

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The Correlation Between Sorority Conventions and Shoe Choices

Thirty years ago, I left three young children, ages four and under, with my husband and travelled to New Orleans for my first Pi Beta Phi convention. I was apprehensive about sharing a room with a complete stranger, but she … Continue reading

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Monday GLO Mailbag

A friend who attended the AAUW convention sent me a note about Julia T. Brown, the newly-installed Chairman of the AAUW Board (no longer President). Brown in a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. *** I also realize that … Continue reading

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Fraternity Connections to the Alexandria Shooting

Although I feel somewhat like an ambulance chaser, I think this information might be of interest to the readers of this blog. My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured on June 14 while practicing for the Congressional … Continue reading

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A P.E.O. Founder, Kansas State Convention, and a Sigma Chi

My daughter became a P.E.O. during her senior college of college. She was initiated as a member of my chapter. She’d attend a meeting once a year, usually the holiday auction where her salted caramel sauce is a highly prized … Continue reading

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Same Bat Channel, a Cat in a Hat, and a Chi Psi Shoutout

When he was a student at Whitman College, William West Anderson became a member of Beta Theta Pi. A 1951 initiate of the chapter, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Otto, a 1925 initiate of the Whitman chapter. … Continue reading

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Reaffirming My Faith in the Fraternity World

Despite belief to the contrary, it has never been easy to be a member of a Greek-letter organization. Anti-fraternity sentiment has been around since about the time of the founding of the first chapter of the first fraternity. I like to … Continue reading

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Hazing Has No Place on Fraternity Row

There is no universe in which I condone fraternity hazing. As a mother and as someone who believes deeply in the ideals of the fraternal world, I find hazing to be abhorrent to everything that should fraternity and sorority life. I … Continue reading

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“A Happy Find in Champaign” on Alpha Gamma Delta’s Founding Day

Alpha Gamma Delta was founded on May 30, 1904 at Syracuse University, when Syracuse was still in session at the end of May. As academic calendars changed, it became difficult celebrating a Founders’ Day when school was not in session. … Continue reading

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“Ye Are Not Dead” on Memorial Day 2017

Yesterday’s post about Dr. John McCrae’s poem is followed by a discovery of a poem written in response to it. The poem by Frank E. Hering appeared in the Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women who died in the … Continue reading

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