Category Archives: Washington and Lee University

Sigma Nu May the Force Be With You!

Sigma Nu became a Greek-letter organization on January 1, 1869. It was founded at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia by three young men who were opposed to the hazing that was a part of a cadet’s life at VMI. James … Continue reading

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A Super Sesquicentennial for Kappa Alpha Order!

Sesquicentennial is a big word. It’s a fitting word because it means “of or relating to the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of a significant event,” according to that big internet dictionary in the sky. Kappa Alpha Order was founded at Washington College, now Washington … Continue reading

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Phi Gamma Delta + Calvin and John Coolidge = Fiji Sires and Sons

Phi Gamma Delta was founded on May 1, 1848. John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott, Daniel Webster Crofts, Ellis Bailey Gregg and Naaman Fletcher – the Immortal Six – were students at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, when they founded … Continue reading

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Belated Greetings to Robert E. Lee, Washington & Lee University, and Kappa Alpha Order

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807. In 1749, Augusta Academy, a small classical school, opened a little north of Lexington, Virginia. In 1776, the school’s trustees changed the name to Liberty Academy. In 1782, the Virginia legislature … Continue reading

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A Lot Like Christmas, GLO Tidbits in Every Store…

The poem  ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. Its original name was  An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas and it has a connection to an Alpha Xi Delta, see the post at  http://www.alphaxidelta.org/index.php?src=blog&srctype=detail&blogid=79#.VJsAq14AEB. *** Unbroken, … Continue reading

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Moving on to March, the Farewell February Wrap-Up

February has been a long month. I’ve spent it with a 17 year-old-dog whose days are truly numbered. We love him; he’s been a terrific member of our family, and it is heartbreaking to see him go downhill. Worse than toilet … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon Steeped in the College Culture of the Late 1860s

Monmouth College, in Monmouth, Illinois, has digitized its student newspapers. I spent Sunday afternoon trying to read them. Unfortunately, they were not printed on the best of paper and the pdfs  are sometimes next to impossible to decipher. What I … Continue reading

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