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In this issue . . .

Voice of the Fraternity 2

TCU Library Forms an Excellent Model 4
A Measure of Eternal Values


How to Live the Victorious Life


What Carter Ashton Jenkens Meant


Two New Chapters 13

The New President and His Board 14

The New York Conclave and Academy 16

Sig Epic Achievement


Headquarters Heartbeat



Greeks Together


With the Alumni


Saying It with Pictures


Milestones (Married; Born;



Good of the Order


Sig Ep Athletes


Campus Life


The Backstop


Directory of Officers



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With the help of Sig Ep Sam
(at left) as their official announ-
cer, the Marshall brothers issue
a double-barreled welcome — to
themselves and to the new fresh-
men. The sign on the red doors
reads, "Welcome, Frosh! 2 * E
opens its heart to you."

Our Cover. Further identifica-
tion of the five men on the cover
and an explanation of what they
accomplished in New York is
provided by an article in this
issue on "The New York Con-
clave and Academy."

Business Manager

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of the

Readers are urged fo communicate. Sig Ep
viewpoints from the "grass roofs" of the Fra-
ternity are valuable and interesting and not
otherwise obtained and thus form a vital part
of the Journal.

The Right Climate

I read with interest the article in the Septem-
ber, 1965, Journal, "The Right Climate in
Which to Grow." This article was not only well
written but of interest to all of us.

In the second paragraph, the author wrote on
the immature uprising at Berkeley and went on
to state that none of our Brothers and, in gen-
eral, none of the Greeks involved themselves in
this situation. Well, in a way, I think that is
just fine. But in a way, is it true to our tradition
that we hide our head in the sand and do not
speak out? We can find rabble rousers on most
any campus, a vociferous 1 or 2 per cent who
want to carry a torch. Where are the other 98
per cent of our students when this is going on?
Isn't it high time that the solid citizen on our

Governor of Florida Haydon Burns (left),
alumnus of Florida chapter, receives per-
sonal invitation from Alumni Treasurer
Dave Hendon (right) for Founders Dinner.

campus speak out for the good things that we
have in our present-day society? Isn't it time that
our responsible student citizens individually, or
better yet through their organizations, take a stand
to prevent riots, natne calling, and yes, possibly,
subversive activities?

We hear of letters being written by our men
in Vietnam deploring the attitude of a few stu-
dents regarding our participation in an attempt
by the communists "to take over." This word
quickly gets to the other side and may give aid
and comfort to our enemies. It could even be a
determining factor in bringing them through a
misconception brought on by this minority that
would delay them in coming to a conference table.
Every day of delay means that men are being
killed. Isn't it high time that the 98 per cent
stand up and be counted for the good things
that we have and the good things that we stand
for? — J. Towner Smith, Michigan Beta, Dean
of Men, Western Michigan University, Kalama-
zoo, Mich.

► The answer which many thoughtful under-
graduate fraternity leaders give to Dean
Smith's question is, "Yes and no." Ed.

Eije Mt^ Try It!

The letter from the Monmouth house, published
in the September Journal, quoting the words for
a new, and excellent, verse, for my song, "The
Heart of S.P.E." was a welcome sight.

This song was an unsuccessful entry in the
1947 Conclave song contest, and lay dormant
until someone picked it for one of the selections
in the current Sig Ep song album. It is nice to
know it is being used. I have written Andy Adams
to thank him, and also sent him the words which
we at Kansas Alpha wrote back in the early
'40s to be sung to "Elmer's Tune." I thought
maybe you might publish them in the Voice of
the Fraternity column so other chapters might use

The words went like this:

Why is a Sig Ep a big step ahead of the rest.
How can a girl win the pearl pin he wears on

his chest?
What makes her love all above all the things he

can do?
It's the Sig Ep Style of Woo.

What makes the teacher, the preacher, stay out

very late?
Why is Ty Power so sour, and why can't he rate?
It's not the season, the reason is so plain to you.
It's the Sig Ep Style of Woo.

Listen, listen, there's a lot you're liable to be

Eye it, try it, any old place and any old time.
What makes a steady so ready to go on the loose?
What makes a gander meander in search of a


It's not the squeezin', the reason is so plain to

It's the Sig Ep Style of Woo.

Yours for more chapter singing! — Dick South-
all, Baker '43, Suite 328-332, Law Building,
Kansas City, Mo.

Four at the Top

Gene C. Brewer, '34, president of United States
Plywood in New York, represents Sigma Phi
Epsilon as one of the four University of Oregon
alumni who rank among the nation's top execu-
tives. Other Oregon alumni besides Brother
Brewer, who are included in the top executives
are: Edward Kolar, president of U. S. National
Bank of Oregon; Clarence B. Stephenson, chair-
man of First National Bank of Oregon; and
Maurice Warnock, president of Armstrong Cork
Co. — Jim Yoder, Secretary, Oregon chapter, Eu-
gene, Ore.

Conclave Voices

We feel the Academy and Conclave were most
educational institutions. The Academy was well
planned and offered us many insights including
helpful tips concerning the financial and scholas-
tic aspects of fraternity living. One of the most
important sessions concerning Public Relations,
an ever increasing aspect toward survival of all
fraternity systems, stood out in particular. We feel
the next Conclave could be improved through a
greater number of organized discussions in groups
with a more extensive exchange of information
between chapters.

As it stands, Kansas State Sig Eps plan to
put many suggestions from the sessions into op-
erations. — ^Staley McDermet, Delegate, and Jack
Elithorpe, Alternate, Kansas State Chapter, Man-
hattan, Kans.

Out of the many benefits I received from the
program, three remain outstanding in my mind.

The first is a greater understanding of the
national chapter and what it means to be part
of this great Fraternity. Before this meeting in
New York, the national chapter seemed to me to
be something we just sent money to. But after
meeting the dedicated men who run the national
chapter, I realized that they have a great respon-
sibility, and they are really interested in each
chapter's problems.

Another important feature was the classroom
sessions. These sessions were very valuable in
giving me new ideas and many possible solutions
to some of our problems.

The last benefit was the fact that I had a
chance to meet and talk with other brothers
from all over the U.S. This was a great help in
finding solutions to many of my own chapter's
problems. — Daniel S. Bilicki, Controller, In-
diana Tech Chapter, Fort Wayne, Ind.




Educating for Brotherhood By John Rob-
son. Published af 2 $ E National
Headquarters, Richmond, Va., 1965.
208 pages plus 16 pages illus. Paper-
back. $2.

This book maturely explains what
makes a brother. Although it was writ-
ten as a textbook for the pledge course
of S $ E chapters, it was conceived along
extra-broad lines so that any reader who
is concerned with brotherhood, whether
on the campus or beyond it, will find its
message instructive.

Fraternity leaders say of the book:
"It represents a monumental task that has
been done with distinction" . . . "It de-
scribes what the fraternity system is for,
should be, and must be" . . . "It marks
a milestone for the fraternity system in

Henry M. Wriston, former president
of Brown University and a past presi-
dent of A T A, says: "The fraternity
system has stood in great need of some
interpretation which was not merely
sentimental, but intellectually respect-
able and emotionally mature. I hope
Educating for Brotherhood will have
great success not only within 2 $ E but
also in a much wider field."

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
209 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Dear Sirs:

I enclose my check for $2 for which I would
like you to send me postpaid a copy of the
new book, Educating for Brotherhood.

Name .
City . .
Zone . .


New TCU Sig Ep Library — A library for brotherhood is a collection of literature which
illuminates the universal traditions of mankind and illustrates how brotherhood succeeds.

TCU library Forms an Excellent Model

As Sigma Phi Epsilon seeks to advance its chapter library program,
the Texas Christian chapter with the help of an alumnus shows the way

THE new chapter library at Texas Christian
University forms a splendid how-to-do-it
exhibit for the many chapters of the Frater-
nity which do not have a library.

Today the college fraternity system is
being advised on every hand that the chap-
ters must avail themselves of every opportu-
nity to produce a proper intellectual climate
for the growth of the individual. Consequent-
ly the chapter library is receiving much em-
phasis as a vital instrument in this develop-

And yet, thus far, few chapters have seized
the opportunity which the chapter library
affords for intellectual growth. The typical
library is still a ludicrous and little-used col-
lection of haphazardly accumulated books
placed on a shelf among trophies and beer
mugs. Little effort has been made to correct a
situation of gross neglect. In most cases,
chapter officers who are concerned with more
pressing matters of chapter operation seem to

be able to give little thought to installation of
a worthy library. For this reason, the story of
the new TCU fraternity library furnishes an
invaluable lesson.

The story of the building of this library is
a story of cooperation in which the generosity
of an alumnus figures prominently. The story
is also a tribute to the Fraternity's national
library program and its director, Charles G.
Eberly, a young instructor at Wisconsin State
University at Oshkosh.

In 1963, when plans for the construction of
the SPE section of the new four and one-half
million dollar Greek complex at Texas Chris-
tian University were being drawn, the execu-
tive committee of Texas Gamma recognized
the need for a combined study-library. After
correspondence with National Librarian
Charles G. Eberly, the actual compiling of
the first Greek library at TCU began.

A campaign for obtaining books was
launched among alumni and friends by Li-

brarian Wyatt Slaughter. Convinced that the
library was becoming a reality and not just a
collection of discarded books, John R. Evans,
alumnus of the Colorado School of Mines and
the past vice-president of Pan American Pe-
troleum, donated nearly 400 volumes. Before
his retirement Evans lived in Fort Worth and
had served as counselor to the chapter.

Since this donation by Brother Evans, the
library has been turned into a working
library of almost 1,000 volumes, fully cata-
loged. Subscription to such weeklies as
Time, Newsweek, etc. and the addition of
many useful paperbacks have also added to
the library's usefulness.

Texas Christian Sig Eps point to their new
library with real pride. They are grateful to
John R. Evans, for whom the library is
named, as well as to National Librarian
Charles G. Eberly, who has taken great
strides in advancing the Fraternity's pro-

Eberly, who established an excellent
library in the Bowling Green chapter when
he was an undergraduate leader there, pre-
pared a report for the recent New York Con-
clave which contains the substance of a
Chapter Library Manual. He has consulted
with many librarians and studied the pro-
grams of other national fraternities and ex-
pects shortly to announce the availability of
the Manual. He heads a National Library
Committee whose other members are Conrad
Eberstein, Pennsylvania, '65, Wyatt Slaught-
er, Texas Christian, '66, Trueman L. Sander-
son, Worcester Tech, '31, and Wayne Ye-
nawine, Washington U. (Mo.), '33. Sanderson
is former National Librarian while Yenawine
is dean of the library at the University of
Louisville and was formerly director of Uni-
versity Libraries and dean of the school of
library science at Syracuse.

What Kind of Books

Although Eberly has drawn up a "General
List of Recommended Books," he admits it is
difficult to produce an ideal list. Even the
most widely read scholar is not aware of all
the worthy books that exist. Nor can a list of
recommended books contain titles of great
value which have yet to be published.

Eberly mentions the Great Books program

John R. Evans, Colorado Mines, who provided
funds for library and for whom it is named.

which was developed at the National Head-
quarters. It consists of "offering to selected
alumni the opportunity of purchasing Great
Books for donation to various chapters"
through the William L. Phillips Foundation.

The Books for Brotherhood collection is to
be a set of inspirational books, biographies,
and other material which has in it the story
of the meaning of brotherhood.

National Librarian Charles G. Eberly, Bowling
Green, gave TCU Sig Eps invaluable guidance.

James C. Hammerstein, executive secretary
emeritus of Sigma Alpha Mu, emphasizes a
point during keynote address at Conclave.









TO DEFINE what is meant by a college fra-
ternity is not as simple as it seems. Fra-
ternity does not lend itself to dictionary
definition, and to explain it to the uninitiated
is nigh impossible. Fraternity is something
you must experience; it can't be explained.

Fraternity, to be sure, should be lived rath-
er than talked about. It is a design for living,
a way of life, fashioned out of proud tradi-
tions, common goals, and youthful dreams. In
a very real sense it must be experienced rath-
er than explained.

A flattering description of a college frater-
nity is that of Newton D. Baker, who served
as Secretary of War throughout World War
I. He said:

"A fraternity is an association of men se-
lected in their college days by democratic
process; out of their association arises a per-
sonal relation which tends to advance one an-
other in the arts of life and to add to the cul-
ture and character which men acquire when
admitted into a partnership of great tradi-
tions. A fraternity, too, is of such nature that
after men have left college they delight to
renew their own youth by association with it,
and to bring back their richest memories to
the younger generation in part payment of
the debt which they feel themselves to owe
for what it gave them in their formative

As you see, Mr. Baker stressed lifetime as-
sociation. Similarly my theme is enduring
lifetime values — some practical, others intan-
gible, all meaningful.

First and most welcome of these enduring
values is friendship.

College years are the best of all times to
form lifelong friendships and the college fra-
ternity the best of all places. That is what
old grads have come to know. That is why so
many delight to reunite on campus and re-
capture that long ago moment and mood
when friendship dawned and was discovered.
There one's capacity for friendship expands.
At the same time one learns he cannot be the
close comrade of all. It is said the friend of
everybody is the friend of nobody. In the
Education of Henry Adams we read, "One
friend in a lifetime is much; two are many;
three are hardly possible."

"What is the secret of your life?" asked
Elizabeth Browning of Charles Kingsley.
"Tell me that I may make my life beautiful

Kingsley replied, "I had a friend."

A second value of durable texture is the


Nothing is more rewarding than the ability
to get along with others, for no man stands
alone. Success in life depends in large mea-
sure on ability to understand the other fel-
low, to comprehend his motives, to win his
respect and confidence. This is a skill not
taught in books but acquired through contact
with others. A year or two in a chapter home
can transform even the woefully shy into
masters of the art of human relations.

But bear in mind a fraternity is not a regi-
ment of conformists. "In Rome do as the Ro-
mans do" is a bromide depressing to Greeks.
Just think of the conglomeration of charac-
ters in your own chapter: the scholar, the
athlete, the ladies-man, the egg head, the pol-
itician, the cynic, the brain, the playboy, the
eager beaver, the diplomat, the sage, the
clown. Certainly no birds of a feather. Yet
each can achieve a measure of self-discipline,
and together develop an esprit de corps
befitting partners in a significant enterprise.

This partnership goes beyond matters of
immediate chapter concern to serve the insti-
tution which shelters it. Since the chief task
of a college is teaching, it follows that a fra-
ternity can best serve the college by creating
within the chapter home a climate conducive
to learning, an environment stimulating to
intellectual growth.

This is neither difficult nor complicated.
It is accomplished by providing approved
study facilities, adhering to scheduled quiet
hours, insuring a reasonable degree of priva-
cy, offering scholastic incentives and encour-
agement. It means a home where a Phi Beta
Kappa brother rates on a par with a varsity
quarterback, where the scholarship cup is not
dwarfed by a giant activities trophy, where
visiting scholars and resident faculty are
made welcome, where a youngster feels free
to ask assistance of more proficient brethren,
where bull sessions sometimes strike a seri-
ous note, where cheating is never condoned.

Yes, the goals of higher education are well
served by that kind of environment.

Willingness to serve now extends beyond
campus limits to embrace the community in
which the college is located. The range of
projects grows with each passing year. Large
or small, these civic and community endeav-
ors are significant, enriching each participant
with the inner joy of altruism — if and when
— the collective effort is undertaken not for
publicity, but with genuine concern for the
welfare of others.

I like to think that many an alumnus is
giving of himself to society at large because
years ago he was prepared to give of himself
to his college and to his campus community.

So chalk up THE WILL TO SERVE as another
lasting value.

Next in our exhibit of permanent assets is


Rushing is selling of the most personal
kind, for when you rush a prospect you are
selling yourself. You are trying to persuade
that likely freshman to become part of your
college family because of you. Life, you will
discover, is a perpetual process of selling
your goods, your services, your personality,
your ideas. Right now I am vending my views
on fraternity, hopeful some of you will buy
them. Whatever one's vocation, one cannot
avoid being a salesman, too.

Salesmanship demands the know-how to
stand up and articulate one's thoughts effec-
tively. The chapter meeting offers a unique
training ground for self-expression. Here a
young man finds — perhaps for the first time
— that his ideas must be clearly and convinc-
ingly presented if he expects to hold attention
and win approval. Here he learns — often the
hard way — that he must think through his
proposition, anticipate objections, and have
ready answers. This training serves him in
good stead whether trying a case in court, or
promoting the boss for a raise, or striving to
impress his prospective father-in-law.

Fortunately you can offer something over
and above room and board, something which
cannot be reckoned in terms of rent or mea-
sured in cubic feet of space. The odds are
plenty to one that hearts are warmer behind
the symbolic red doors of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Let's return for a moment to rushing.

Sir James Irvine, Vice Chancellor of St.
Andrews University, Scotland, addressing the
1935 National Interfraternity Conference said
something I have never forgotten. These are
his words:

"Keep the dignity of life alive in a frater-
nity. It is a good thing and a proud privilege
to be admitted to a university and have that
experience. It is another precious thing to be
brought into a limited community and to be
made the brother of other men. There is
something noble about that, man expressing
his intellect — the greatest gift he has — man
expressing friendship for his fellow man.
And so let it be dignified."

Gentlemen, when you offer the precious
gift of brotherhood, may it be with dignity.

Another continuing dividend is what psy-
chologists would term identification.

Admittedly no social fraternity can boast
the prestige of Phi Beta Kappa, the resources
of the Masons, the influence of the Bar As-
sociation or the impact of the American Le-
gion. But neither is a Greek-letter society de-
void of stature and purpose. There is nothing
adolescent about our link with the college
world. Nothing juvenile about association
with college youth. Nor is the devotion of an
alumnus to his undergraduate chapter a syn-
drome of arrested development.

It is no accident that fraternity alumni are
numbered among the most ardent and gener-
ous sons of alma mater. And his fraternity,
too, holds a lien on his loyalty in partial pay-

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