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how to give and take in his relations with his
brothers and the pledges. This in no way
means compromise on principles. It will
mean giving and accepting criticism and aid.
It will mean striving every day to remember
one's oath and obligation. Even before we
were introduced to the ritual we promised to
put aside all thought of self-aggrandizement
and pledged ourselves to altruism. We vowed
a belief in God and recognized our obligation
to serve. If all Sig Eps do this you readily
see how personal selfishness gives way to
service to others. Concerns and difficulties of
brothers become our concerns and difficulties.
Then we develop a common bond that pro-

Recipients of William L. Phillips scholar-
ships at Richmond (from left) : Dick Brewer,
Dean Snead, Executive Director Whiteman who
presided, Robert Stiff, and Dennis Brumback.

duces real affection of brothers for brothers.
We come to a place where next to our fam-
ily loved ones — we love our brotherhood.
Then Sigma Phi Epsilon becomes a way of
life in truth and spirit and serves the pur-
poses of our spiritual founders.

In conclusion let me say, this does not take
the fun and joy out of college life nor sepa-
rate us from others. Chapters that are moral
and intellectual leaders are uniformly leaders
in campus politics, activities, and social life.
A fraternity, yes every man, deserves to have
a lot of fun in college. In fact, it is a "must"
if college life is to be successful. The ritual
of Sigma Phi Epsilon gives ample room for
this — nay more, one could not be a real Sig
Ep and a sour puss or kill joy. The Sig Ep
way of life is a brotherhood where young
men in college can grow into greatness — a
way of life that beckons all its members to
greatness all their lives and finally to the
company of immortals.


THREE juniors and one senior of the Richmond
chapter received William L. Phillips Scholarships
on March 15. They are senior Melvin Dean Snead
and juniors Richard E. Brewer, Dennis M. Brum-
back, and J. Robert Stiff. Richard Whiteman, Na-
tional Headquarters Executive Director, presented
the awards.

Four scholarships are presented each year. They
are given by a provision of the will of founder
William L. Phillips to juniors or seniors on the
basis of scholarship, fraternity participation and
service, and campus activities.

Snead, who is a member of the Class of 1960,
is an English major. He is a member of Scabbard
and Blade, and has served as chapter house man-

Brewer, also an English major, is the newly

elected president of the chapter. The editor of
the JFeb, the university yearbook, he is also a
member of Pi Delta Epsilon journalism fraternity
and has served on the University Board of Pub-
lications. He has been secretary and house man-
ager of the chapter.

Brumback is majoring in accounting at the
University of Richmond School of Business Ad-
ministration. He served as controller during the
past year, as clerk of the Richmond College Sen-
ate, and as a committee chairman during Religious
Emphasis Week.

Stiff is a political science major. He has held
the positions of house manager and athletic chair-
man. He is an assistant director of the Student
Activities Building and is active in intramural



Richard F. 1%'hiteinan



One result of our expanded national program is elimination
^o ^low-llown jj£ jj^g summer slow-down in Grand Chapter operation. Visi-
Is Anticipated tations, meetings, and other related activities are planned
through the summer along with the usual attention to train-
ing new field men, preparations for the academic year, and the annual autumn meeting of
the National Board.

Aside from considerable attention to housing improvements, both active and alumni
members will be occupied with summer rushing for their chapters and for all students
in their hometowns entering colleges with Sig Ep chapters. Reports from alumni groups
indicate that summer rushing parties will be their principal activity in the summer months.

Music, ritual, laws recodification, living endowment, alumni

Ciianges in affairs, district system, chapter counselors, leadership devel-

!VHQ Function opment, Phillips Foundation, Memorial Headquarters, and

awards are other areas of our Fraternity's operation which

have been advanced in one degree or another this year. Special groups are functioning in

almost all of these areas under appointment of the National Board of Directors and are

assisted in varying degrees by the Headquarters staff.

This multiplicity of effort requires more of the Headquarters and strains an already slim
budget to accommodate everything, but the resulting accomplishment more than compen-
sates for the administrative difficulties. We believe a membership organization should make
the greatest possible use of its members and that its central organization should do every-
thing it can to assist and develop greater membership interest and activity. In time, the re-
sults will be far greater than would be possible with only the Headquarters staff working on
these projects.

Five chapter installations will bring Sigma Phi Epsilon's ac-

Active Groups ^j^g chapter roll to 153 before the end of the current academic

to Reacli 153 year. The Norwich University trustees' action eliminating

fraternal organizations from that military college will reduce

the number of active chapters at year's end to 152. Suspension of the Tulsa chapter after

the Conclave and the Vermont Alpha withdrawal make the net gain three new groups.

We are planning tentatively on five installations in 1960-61 and contemplate no charter
removals. Problem situations remain, but over-all improvement in recent years is such that
specialized, individual attention can be given the weakest groups.

Although actual figures will not be available until Fall, Sigma Phi Epsilon will be the
second or third largest social fraternity at the end of the year. The largest, Tau Kappa
Epsilon, has 165 chapters at the moment and Lambda Chi Alpha's roll is within one or
two of ours.

Our goal is five installations each year under our expansion program which requires
colonization for a year or more. The groups installed this year were colonies as long as
five years, and none had been under our jurisdiction for less than one year. With the
possible exception of well-organized local fraternities with housing, a group deciding


next year that it will petition us for a charter cannot expect to be installed until 1962-63
and quite possibly not until 1963-64.

Ralph E. Seefeldt, a member of the field staff since January,

Staff Plans ^959^ j^ expected to remain with the Fraternity in 1960-61.

for the Year Ahead Under the staff proposal approved by the National Board of

Directors, Ralph will work almost exclusively in the National
Headquarters and will co-ordinate chapter services. His presence in the Headquarters will
enable Director of Chapter Services Darrel D. Brittsan and the Executive Director to travel
more and apply their efforts to individual situations needing special attention.

Field staff plans call for four men traveling throughout the year, with the possibility of
five for part of the time. We believe that greater detailed attention to the office part of
chapter services and fuller use of experienced personnel in the field will accomplish con-
siderably more than almost complete reliance on the newest Headquarters employees for
visitations as has been our policy.

Housing, chapter finances, and related matters will be in-
Housing Program creasingly important in Sigma Phi Epsilon as a result of the
Influences Operation newly-organized Housing Board's thorough and businesslike

approach to its responsibilities.
The following paragraphs expressing informally the still developing policies and pro-
cedures of the Housing Board will be valuable to all active and alumni members whether
or not they are concerned now with any phase of chapter operation. The program's effect
will be felt throughout the Fraternity in all areas and at all levels.

To date loan requests of chapters have consumed the major portion of the Board's time.
The major function of the Housing Board, however, is the long-range housing program
of each chapter and a financial operation attuned realistically to the chapter's needs. To
the degree possible, the same considerations influence the Board's recommendations on
current loan requests.

The alumni board is the first and most important asset of a

Primary Emphasis chapter, apart from the basic manpower of the chapter itself

on Alumni and its distinctive attributes. Only the alumni boards may

make application for loans. The board must demonstrate

that it meets regularly and is in sufficiently close contact with the chapter to take on added

obligations with full knowledge of chapter and campus conditions.

The Housing Board is also concerned with chapter householding corporations. The
alumni board of course is the board of directors of this corporation. Is it legally constituted,
and does it meet the requirements of the chartering state to operate as an entity? In almost
all instances the Housing Board recommends amendment to corporate charetrs for greater
protection of the Grand Chapter.

When it is satisfied that the alumni board is equipped legally and by experience with the
situation to undertake a project involving several thousand dollars, the chapter operation
comes under careful scrutiny.

A CHAPTER with a less than satisfactory operation history is
Chapter Studied, ^^^^ disqualified from loan assistance. One of the underlying
Closely Analyzed reasons for enacting the housing program was a recognition
that competitive housing with proper study and living con-
ditions is necessary for chapter success. A weak chapter with an alumni board ready and
willing to make improvements stands equally with the more successful chapter presenting
a proportionately more ambitious plan.


Under the Fraternity's bookkeeping system the alumni board budget — and its operation
for that matter — is realistic only if the chapter budget is sound. The Housing Board there-
fore considers the chapter budget after reviewing the chapter operation in recent years to
determine whether the budget is based on experience or is a realistic projection of the
chapter's ability if it acquires improved housing.

On the income side of the chapter budget, the Housing Board is concerned with the
utilization made of income potential. Is the house filled at all times? Is every member who
can do so eating all his meals in the house? Are our chapter's charges at least the campus
average? How do our room and meal charges compare with dormitory rates? Is our total
membership large enough to be competitive? Can we reasonably expect more members
and/or more income from the present membership? Goals in manpower and income are
stipulations of many loan recommendations to the National Board of Directors.

The sum of monthly chapter payments to the alumni board constitutes the latter group's
operating income for the year. The soundness of the alumni board budget is based on the
chapter's ability to make the required payment and maintain a regular operation in other

The only step remaining is to examine the proposal itself if the item expenses for both
the alumni board and the chapter are reasonably projected for the duration of the loan or
longer. Modifications in income and expense the Housing Board feels desirable are taken
into consideration in making this evaluation.

The housing program recognizes two approaches to a chap-
Temporary or j.gj.»g housing. A chapter planning to build a house is usually

Permanent Housing meeting its long-range needs. A chapter buying a house, on

the other hand, cannot reasonably expect to be free of hous-
ing problems for more than a few years. Additions to existing facilities may be either
short-term or long-range depending on the individual situation.

Indebtedness should vary accordingly. A chapter planning to buy a "used" facility, be it
a fraternity house vacated by another organization or a residence to convert, must pay on
its loans quickly and be prepared for major improvements in a few years or new housing.
In terms of the housing program, a chapter making short-term improvements in its housing
must do so as part of a workable long-range program with the goals in sight and on paper.

Whether the chapter is building or buying, the Housing Board is concerned with the
suitability of the house and land, its relationship to the campus, other fraternities and the
dormitories, the adequacy of common areas and study and sleeping accommodations, bath-
rooms, parking, closets — every detail is important. Dissatisfaction can be avoided if weak
points are recognized and alterations are part of the long-range plan.

Planning, carefully prepared in writing, is a necessary pre-
Time and Effort requisite to Housing board consideration of chapter loan
Must Be Given requests and long-range housing programs. The second neces-
sity is to allow enough time for the Housing Board to con-
sider your proposal in a meeting. Additional time will be necessary for modifications to your
program and other requirements.

The third meeting of the Housing Board will be held the last weekend in June. Most
of this meeting, as were the two previous, will be devoted to chapter programs involving
loan assistance which were in the planning stage before the Board came into being. Chap-
ters planning to improve their housing through building, buying, or alterations in the
1960-61 year will find it helpful to write the Housing Board now concerning their plans.
This applies particularly to those expecting to request financial assistance and those un-
certain of their needs.


Organization of the Housing Board represents a policy of the National Board of Directors
to utilize the greatest possible number of qualified, interested alumni in positions of leader-
ship at the national level. As the first manifestation of this policy, which is widely used in
other fraternal organizations, its value and importance could not be ecpialled.

Two well-publicized fraternity hazing incidents in recent
More on Hazinif weeks can be expected to do us no good in rushing this sum-
mer and next year. The first, a $350,000 suit for damages
against a chapter in a California university, may add stimulus
to alumni board influence in wiping out Hell Week practices.

We might question the householding corporation's legal involvement in an action of this
type, but no alumni board member of a Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter would want the embar-
rassment of identification with a hazing incident or the necessity to prove his innocence.

Two pledges from a North Carolina university were arrested recently in the boiler room
of a girls' dormitory at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Charged with break-
ing and entering and unlawful destruction of private property, they were planning to take
pictures proving they had been in the dorm after hours. The fraternity's Greek letters had
been painted on the steps of the dorm.

Aside from the physical harm or death usually involved in news stories of this type dis-
tributed by the wire services, the descriptions themselves of the hazing incident, such as the
W&M example above, are embarrassingly foolish. We've found no evidence yet that the
ability to break into a locked building, to use house paint, or to endure physical punishment
in any way measures the qualifications of a pledge for membership in a fraternity. As im-
portant as "tradition" is in a fraternity, it's no justification for childish behavior.

At Arkansas, new initiates enjoy social for which housemother is the hostess.



Former Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin of
Maryland (Johns Hopkins), on February 20
received the fourteenth annual Brotherhood
Award of the Men's Club of Congregation
B'nai Jeshurun of New York.

A scroll was presented to Governor Mc-
Keldin commending him for "notable serv-
ice" in improving relations among all races
and faiths.

During his two terms as Governor from
1951 to 1959 Brother McKeldin established
a special commission in interracial problems
and appointed many men to public office on
the basis of competence rather than race or

In accepting the award the former Gover-
nor warned against over-optimism in expect-
ing "the spirit of brotherhod" to prevail by
its own strength in eliminating instances of
racial and religious antagonisms.

"The ugly incidents that have shocked and
saddened us in recent months may serve one
useful purpose," he said. "They may have

startled us into a clearer realization of what
our talk actually is and they may have
spurred us to greater efforts."

Dr. Goldstein praised the National Con-
ference of Christians and Jews for promoting
Brotherhood Week over the nation, but urged
more "follow-through" and less "ceremonial."

The unique business specialty of two Denver
University alumni, who are Sig Ep brothers
as well as blood brothers, was described re-
cently in a six-column feature in the Denver

Eugene W. Ambrose and Paul Ambrose,
president and vice-president, respectively, of
Ambrose-Williams and Co., Denver realtors,
specialize in shopping center development
and currently manage more centers than any
other area firm.

The firm's field is finding logical places to
build new shopping centers, finding investors,
arranging financing, locating people to open
new retail outlets — and then both managing

Eugene W. Ambrose, Denver, '25 (left) and Paul Ambrose, Denver, '30, president and vice-
president of Denver firm which plans, constructs, and helps manage large marketing centers.


the new center and promoting its success.

Ambrose- Williams & Co. has developed or
aided in the development of 15 shopping cen-
ters in Colorado — among them the $16 mil-
lion University Hills Center, the Hoffman
Heights Center which opened in 1953, the
Krameria Shopping Center at East Colfax
and Krameria St. and both the Brentwood
and Englewood centers which opened in 1952.

Other Ambrose-Williams projects nearing
completion or set for start of construction are
Broadway Estates and Wheat Ridge Park
'n' Shop on which work starts this spring on
a 14-acre site.

The company also is developing the South
College Shopping Center in Fort Collins.

Ambrose-Williams & Co. developed the Bon
Shopping Center in Colorado Springs and
North Broadway Shops in Boulder.

"We've told a lot of people who want to
build shopping centers on a certain site
either to wait or not to build at all in that
location," says Eugene Ambrose. "Not all
shopping centers built in America succeed.
All of ours have and the reason is twofold."

The major ingredients of shopping cen-
ters success in the view of the Ambrose
brothers are location, proper balance of ten-
ants and "above all" a strong merchants as-
sociation and good management.

All Ambrose-Williams leases contain a
clause requiring businessmen leasing space
to join the center's merchant association.

"We work with the association at each
center to insure that through proper adver-
tising and promotion, the correct corporate
image is formed."

The brothers and their staff also keep a
sharp eye on such things as proper landscap-
ing — and proper care for the landscaping —
store and center cleanliness. They work with
merchants individually and collectively "to
help convince the neighborhood that this cen-
ter is a good place to shop and then to con-
sistently prove it."

The oil portrait, life-size, of University of
Kansas benefactor, Solon E. Summerfield,
which was hung at the dedication of Summer-
field Hall on April 8, is the work of Sig Ep
artist William S. Gillies, Southern California,
'33, of the Portrait Group of Westport, Conn.

William S. Gillies, Southern California, '33,
at work on painting of Kansas industrialist.

The new building, which is to be the new
Business Administration Building, and the
portrait as well are the gift of the Solon E.
Summerfield Foundation, which commis-
sioned the portrait. Foundation administra-
tors warmly approved the completed work,
and it was shipped from the galleries in
Westport to the K.U. campus on March 16.

During his lifetime Solon E. Summerfield,
a member of Phi Kappa Psi, gave many
scholarships to Kansas young men and since
his death the foundation has been giving

Peter J. Cascio, Massachusetts, '21, West
Hartford, Conn., nurseryman and chairman
of the Natural Resources Council of Con-
necticut, was awarded the Plant America
Award at the 53rd annual winter meeting of
the American Association of Nurserymen. It
was the fifth national award of this kind he
has won.

The 1959 award was given for Cascio's de-
sign and construction of Spring Garden, a
memorial, which was among 10 top winners
in the Annual Industrial Landscape Compe-
tition conducted by the American Associa-
tion of Nurserymen.

In December Cascio presented a fir tree,
roots and all, to Connecticut Avenue in



Richard S. Matta, Miami (Fla.) chapter
president, has been elected National Com-
mander of the Arnold Air Society. A.A.S. is
an Air Force Reserve Officers Training
Corps honorary society. A national organiza-
tion composed of 158 chapters, the Local
Richard Shaddick Squadron was founded in

Furthering the mission, tradition, and con-
cept of the Air Force, and creating a closer
relationship between AFROTC cadets are the
purposes of Arnold Air. Members must
maintain a 1.25 average in addition to a 2.0
average in Air Science.

Dick, who has recently been elected to his
second term as president of the chapter, was
installed at the April 29 national conclave
at the Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach. The
Richard Shaddick Squadron has had entire
responsibility for planning and organizing
this conclave. In accordance with A.A.S.
national by-laws, the National Headquarters
will now be moved to Miami.

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Washington, D.C., which he planted on the
avenue in time for decoration for the yule
season. Formerly the Connecticut State So-
ciety had cut down a tree annually and
shipped it down.

An infantry second lieutenant in World
War I and commanding officer of the 303rd
Quartermaster Battalion during World War

II, Cascio was decorated by King Victor
Emanuel of Italy and made a Knight of the
Crown for his understanding treatment of
Italian prisoners of war.

Wayne R. Carlson, Kansas State, '39, of
the Kansas City architectural and engineer-
ing firm of Cooper-Robison-Carlson-O'Brien,
is one of the chief planners of a new Mid-
Continent National Airport at Kansas City.

What is envisioned are facilities to enable
huge jet liners, as many as 40 at one time, to
load and unload passengers at four separate
terminal structures. An anticipated 4 million
air travelers will depart from these terminals
annually, riding heavily-loaded ships that
will rise from 9,000-foot or longer runways to
roar away on international routes.

Enclosed loading facilities and under-
ground tunnels will permit passengers to
avoid long walks on aircraft parking ramps.
Hub of all this will be a 4,200-space motor
car parking lot, centered by a 135-foot-high
control tower of contemporary design.

Connecting the field with U.S. 71, the
main artery to downtown Kansas City, 16
miles away, will be a road network, with
branches off to a long row of air cargo build-
ings, helicopter landing areas and the Trans
World Airlines overhaul base.

Robert G. Dunlop, Penn, '31, has been ap-
pointed a lifetime trustee of the University
of Pennsylvania. Following his graduation he
joined the Sun Oil Company and advanced
quickly to the positions of assistant comp-
troller and comptroller. At the age of 37 he
was elected president. He is a director of the
American Petroleum Institute and serves on
the board of trustees at Hahnemann Medical

Tom Ewell, Wisconsin, Kentucky-born stage
star, was the subject of one of New York
Herald Tribune writer Marie Torre's recent
full-length personality columns.

Miss Torre cites Ewell's claims to fame as
follows :

His face is indistinguishable in an average

He won the Kentucky State Declamation
Contest when he was eighteen.


He appeared on the Broadway stage in an
uninterrupted string of flops for fourteen

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