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Thoughts and Finds While Driving Through Iowa

Yesterday, I drove from southern Illinois to the middle of Iowa. I passed the towns that make up the early history of Pi Beta Phi and P.E.O, Mount Pleasant, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Pella, Indianola, and many more. Every now and then … Continue reading

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Fact or Fiction? – Fraternity & Sorority Edition

The excitement of recruitment season is upon the fraternity/sorority world. Offering examples of men and women who have worn the badges of Greek-Letter Organizations seems like a good selling strategy. Is it? There are a few questionable social media posts … Continue reading

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Hats Off to Fraternity Hat Bands Again and in Color!

My fascination with fraternity hat bands began on May 17, when the Delta Kappa Epsilon facebook page had this post.  I did some sleuthing and came up with the information I presented below. My friend Lyn Harris, the Chi Omega … Continue reading

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In Mount Hope Cemetery, So Many GLO Connections

Yesterday morning, I found myself taking the 7:30 a.m. train to Champaign so that I could get some research done for a project I committed myself to early in the year. It needs to be off my to-do list. However, … Continue reading

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5 Bs of Sorority Recruitment

My advice to those who are going through recruitment this year. Be open to all organizations. Believe me when I tell you that you will have the same experiences in any of the 26 NPC organizations. When you strip away the … Continue reading

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Amelia Earhart’s Connection to Thiel College in Greenville, PA

One summer, while visiting one of my offspring who was then gainfully employed at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, I found myself on a road called Amelia Earhart Drive. That got me to thinking. Would I end up in the … Continue reading

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Robin Wright, the Michigan Kappa, and a Heartfelt Essay

Yesterday, I read an essay, My Last Conversation with My Father, which a friend recommended. Written by Robin Wright, it appeared in the June 17, 2017 New Yorker (see http://bit.ly/2tOQlnt).  The name rang a bell and after reading it, I … Continue reading

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Passing Along Authentic Confidence à la Erin Fischer

If you knew me, you’d know that I hate shopping for cars. I don’t care what I am driving, just that it gets me to where I am going in relative comfort. The air conditioning in my car went out … Continue reading

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Happy Canada Day @CanadianGreeks

One of my favorite Canadian Pi Phis, Oriana Bertucci, serves on Pi Phi’s NPC delegation, and I offer my best wishes for a special 150th Happy Canada Day to her and all Canadian fraternity and sorority members. Greek-letter organizations have … Continue reading

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The Sesquicentennials Begin!

Indulge me please. Pi Phi’s 71st Biennial Convention celebrating our 150th was one for the record books. On Saturday, at the luncheon where we invited our Panhellenic Conference friends, I was seated next to the Sigma Delta Tau representative. She … Continue reading

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