Category Archives: Harvard University

Calvin Coolidge and Teddy Roosevelt, a Phi Gam and DEKE, January Deaths

I realized this morning that the two U.S. Presidents whose homes I visited died on January 5 and January 6, in different years. The Calvin Coolidge homestead is in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. It is the boyhood home of the 30th … Continue reading

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Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920 – Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Harvard University recently issued an edict which stated that no member of a single-gender organization, i.e., fraternity, sorority, final club, etc., could captain a sports team, ironically most of which are single-gender, or obtain college endorsement for select fellowships (see http://wp.me/p20I1i-2EX). A member … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy Thy Name Is Harvard

Update 7/13/2017 – On July 12, 2017, a Harvard University faculty committee, in a 22-page report, recommended that Harvard students be forbidden from joining fraternities, sororities, and similar organizations, including ones that include both men and women as members. The … Continue reading

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The Roosevelts – Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor – and their GLO Connections

Currently, PBS stations are airing The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The seven part, 14 hour long series, is another of Ken Burns’ epic works. The series covers the fascinating lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Growing up on Long Island, … 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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