Category Archives: Alpha Delta Phi

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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Harper Lee, Thornton Wilder, Thurmon Munson et al.

Harper Lee, Chi Omega, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird, announced the publication of her second book, Go Set a Watchman.  She finished the book in the mid-1950s and it has the same characters and is set … 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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An Adelphean Fountain on Alpha Delta Pi’s Founders’ Day

On May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi was founded as the Adelphean Society at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia by six young women. The founders are Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald, Ella Pierce Turner, Octavia Andrew Rush, Mary Evans Glass, Sophronia Woodruff … Continue reading

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Today Marks 135 Years of Greek Life in Canada!

Today, March 27, 2014, marks 135 years of Greek life in Canada. Zeta Psi became the first fraternity in Canada when its chapter at the University of Toronto was chartered on March 27, 1879. Zeta Psi’s Grand Chapter met in … 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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Happy Birthday Phi Beta Kappa, the Granddaddy of All GLOs!

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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The Surprises Archivists Love to Get – Kappa Delta’s Unexpected Gift

Meeting archivists from other fraternities has been a joy! Shirley McCann Gee is the Kappa Delta Foundation Archives Manager. Shirley and I have attended the two National Archives Conference for Fraternities and Sororities that have taken place at the University … Continue reading

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December 24 Through January 2 – A Busy Time in Fraternity and Sorority History

It’s hard for today’s collegians to contemplate spending December 24 through January 2 on campus. Most higher education institutions shut down for the holiday week. However, that week has been a significant one in the history of Greek-letter organizations. Delta … Continue reading

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