Category Archives: Dartmouth College

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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For Sigma Phi Epsilon on Its Founding Day

November first is Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Founders’ Day. Twelve young men at the University of Richmond, one of whom, Carter Ashton Jenkins, was a Chi Phi member from Rutgers University, founded the fraternity in 1901. Jenkins first sought a charter from … Continue reading

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Oldest Fraternity Chapter West of the Mississippi and More!

In 1856, the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi was built. It connected the Rock Island Arsenal in northwestern Illinois to Davenport, Iowa. The Eads Bridge in St. Louis was completed in 1874. Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, was established in 1851. Although the … Continue reading

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Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off and Start All Over Again!

A friend who is her 90s is a painter. She does wonderful work. She paints pictures of buildings in her hometown, many of them long gone, so that people will remember what the town looked like when it was prosperous. … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day, Sigma Phi Epsilon!

“Mommy, what’s that?” my daughter said as I pinned on my husband’s Sig Ep badge under my Pi Phi arrow while getting ready for an alumnae event. “It’s Daddy’s fraternity pin,” I said. “I didn’t know Daddy was a pirate,” … Continue reading

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U.S. Vice Presidents Who Belong to Fraternities

How many U.S. Vice Presidents have been in a fraternity? A goodly number, it turns out. Here is a list of Vice Presidents since 1869,* when Schuyler Colfax became the first fraternity man to become Vice President. I’ve included all … Continue reading

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Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah! The Birth of College Sports and the NCAA

A two-mile, eight-oared barge race between two teams in 1852 was the first recorded American intercollegiate competition. Harvard defeated Yale on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and their athletic rivalry began. The College Rowing Association was founded six years later by Brown, … Continue reading

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Happy 236th Birthday, Phi Beta Kappa Society, Oldest Greek Letter Organization!

The Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded on December 5, 1776 by five College of William and Mary students. The first meeting of the organization took place in the Old Raleigh Tavern’s Apollo Room. As the first Greek-letter collegiate society, it … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss, Sig Ep? Yep!

Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, Dartmouth College Class of 1925, was a member of the New Hampshire Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 by Rev. Eleazar Wheelock (1711-1779).  When I first heard this … Continue reading

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