Category Archives: The Arrow of Pi Beta Phi

Before Rushing Into Sorority Recruitment

The “Rushing Question” was the subject of an entry in the October 1898 Arrow of Pi Beta Phi. It read It has been very forcibly borne in upon the minds of fraternity women, at least in the larger colleges and universities, that … Continue reading

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Off on Tangents – Zarzoliers and a Photo on eBay

Last night, I received an e-mail question and a facebook message. Both set me off on some research and led me to write this post. The first question was about a member of the Pi Phi chapter at Ohio State. … Continue reading

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Grace and Calvin Coolidge, Baseball, and the Two O’Haras

On Friday, July 3, 1915 another president made his debut in the fourth-inning mascot race during the Washington Nationals baseball game. It happened to take place on the evening before his birthday. The new guy just happened to win the race … Continue reading

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Lost in 1887, Making Sorority Connections, Wasting Time

I am knee-deep in the 1880s researching an upcoming talk. I’m going through an 1887 Arrow of Pi Beta Phi which has the organization’s first directory of members included in it. My mind is wandering to all corners of the … Continue reading

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Indianapolis Alumnae Panhellenic Approaches the Century Mark

“Indianapolis boasts a local Pan-Hellenic, representing thirteen fraternities.  Since its establishment during the winter, two luncheons have been given and well attended, and at present, this organization is establishing a scholarship fund, part of the money to be furnished by the different alumnae clubs in this … Continue reading

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“Service in Common” on Memorial Day 2014

On Memorial Day 2014, I thank the men and women who gave their lives so that others could live. World Wars I and II had a profound effect on the fraternity system. Many fraternity men went off to war.  The … Continue reading

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Book Sale Trivia – Illini Style

This past weekend was spent working at the Friends of the Library book sale. Every now and then, while straightening up, I’d find an interesting book. The 2003 Illio, the University of Illinois yearbook, suddenly appeared and, of course, I … Continue reading

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10/16/1913 – Lillian Thompson, Gamma Phi Beta, Calls to Order the 12th NPC Meeting

The meeting of 12th National Pan-Hellenic Congress (now known as the National Panhellenic Conference – NPC) opened on October 16, 1913 at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. Gamma Phi Beta Lillian Thompson chaired the meeting. “Last year, when she became … Continue reading

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“Baconian Biliteral Cipher, on the Estate of Colonel Fabyan,” National Security, and a Fraternity Woman

“Elizebeth Smith, ’15, and Wm. F. Friedman, Cornell, ’13. May 21, (1917). At home. Riverbank, Geneva, Ill.. where both are engaged on the Baconian Biliteral Cipher, on the estate of Colonel Fabyan,” is the notice of the marriage of a … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Century with a Gamma Phi Beta Friend, Initiated in 1933 at the University of Kansas

This weekend, there was a gathering in a church hall for a local woman who was celebrating her hundredth birthday. I first met her when I came to town and joined the University Women’s Club. She was one of the … Continue reading

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