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FRED A. PRICE, P. O. Box 346, Columbia, Missouri
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Fraternity Chartered Under the Laws
of the State of Virginia



OFFICIAL DIRECTORY



FOUNDERS:

Carter Ashton Jenkins Goldsboro, N. C.

Benjamin Donald Gaw Stuarts Draft, Va.

William Hugh Carter. Chase City, Va.

William Andrew Wallace Stuarts Draft, Va.

Thomas Temple Wright Ruther Glen, Va.

William Lazell Phillips Newark, N. J.

FOUNDER'S DAY, NOVEMBER 1st.



GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS:

John C. Griffin Grand President.

215 Montague St., Room 501, Brooklyn, New York

Francis J. Knauss Grand Vice-President.

814 E and C Building, Denver, Colorado

William L. Phillips Grand Secretary.

1105 Virginia Railway and Power Building, Richmond, Va.

William F. Wingett Grand Treasurer.

2935 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colo.

Ernest D. Ivey Grand Historian.

14 West North Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Fred A. Price Grand Guard.

Care Daily Times, Columbia, Missouri



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
John C. Griffin.
Francis J. Knauss. William L. Phillips.

Ernest D. Ivey. Fred A. Price.



THE SIGMA PHI EPSILON JOURNAL
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Chapter Address Correspondent

Virginia Alpha Richmond College, Richmond, Va _ _ J. A. Kennedy.

West Va. Beta 115 High St., Morgantown, W. Va J. J. Riggle.

Colorado Alpha 1135-1 1th St.. Boulder, Colo E. R. Nelson.

Pennsylvania Delta 3745 Spruce St., Philadelphia J. A. Codding.

Virginia Delta Scotland St., WilUamsburg, Va R. C. Taylor.

North Carolina Beta Care A. & M. College, W. Raleigh. N. C J. W. Artz.

Ohio Alpha 223 J^ S. Main St., Ada, Ohio.. E. H. Thevenet.

Indiana Alpha 102 Thornell St., W. Lafayette, Ind.



New York Alpha 310 Walnut Place, Syracuse, N. Y R. Brown.

Virginia Epsilon 19 Letcher Ave., Lexington, Va R. N. Cocks,

Virginia Zeta Railroad Ave., Ashland, Va _ C. M. Lankford.

Georgia Alpha 14 W. North Ave., Atlanta, Ga R. L. Francis, Jr.

Delaware Alpha _...558 Wilkins Terrace, Newark, Dela E. W. Martin.

Virginia Eta P. O. Box 49, University, Va M. R. Woodward.

Arkansas Alpha 346 Arkansas Ave., Fayetteville. Ark , C. C. Wllley.

Pennsylvania Epsilon 3rd & Cherokee Sts., So. Bethlehem, Pa _ H. O. Hogan.

Ohio Gamma 249-16th Ave., Columbus, Ohio J. J. McKitterick.

Vermont Alpha. Crescent St., Northfleld, Vt R. C. Anthony.

Alabama Alpha P. O. Box 446, Auburn, Ala _ T. W. Blanchard.

North Carolina Gamma.. Durham, N. C R. W. Giles.

New Hampshire Alpha.... Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H W. H. McKenzie.

D. of C. Alpha 1700 15th St., N. W., Washington, D. C H. L. Brown.

Kansas Alpha 602 9th St., Baldwin, Kansas : _ Mark Hampshire.

California Alpha 1711 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, Cal _ H. W. Morton.

Nebraska Alpha 1319 Q. St., Lincoln, Neb.



Washington Alpha 511 Colorado St., Pullman. Wash W. P. Goldsworthy.

Massachusetts Alpha Box 199, Amherst, Mass W. S. Coley.

New York Beta. 112 Edgemore Lane, Ithaca, N. Y S. G. Smith.

Rhode Island Alpha Brown Univ., Providence, R. I., 24 Caswell HalL.H. C. JefiFers

Michigan Alpha 621 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Mich J. F. Jordan.

Iowa Alpha Box 35-414 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, la R. Johnson.

Colorado Beta _ 1939 E. Evans St., Denver, Colo E. O. Preston.

Tennessee Alpha 1218 W. Chnch Ave., Knoxville, Tenn E. H. Malone.

Missoiu-i Alpha 1409 Rosemary Lane, Columbia, Mo E. C. Black.

Wisconsin Alpha 690 Lawrence Ave.. Appleton, Wis W. C. Eddy.

Pennsylvania Eta 249 Pugh St., Box 575, State College, Pa H. J, WiUiams.

Ohio Epsilon Delaware, Ohio R. O. Canright

Colorado Gamma... Ft. Collins. Colo _ J. H. Bush. Jr.



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Title Page 105

Fraternity Directory 106

Subscribe Now 107

Table of Contents 108

Contributions —

Why the Journal is Late 109

Report of Inter-Fraternity Conference 109

The Ideal Fraternity 118

Wesleyan's Eleventh National Fraternity 120

Colorado Gamma Installation 123

Brothers in the War ' 128

In Memory, E. G. Brown 133



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Exchanges 134

Collegiate and Hellenic 142

Alumni Department 147

Chapter Letters 153

Advertisements 202

Subscription Blank 208



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VOL. XIII DECEMBER 25, 1915 NOS.2 AND 3

MARCH 1 , 1916



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WHY THE JOTJRNAL IS LATE.

The best of us cannot prevent some things from happening.
This statement is true with regard to the fraternity Journal. We
ask the pardon of the fraternity at large for combining the December
and March issues but it has become absolutely necessary this time.
The May issue will be a large pictorial number and will be the best
and cost the most of any issue that the fraternity has ever put out.
Each chapter will have a full page cut.

For the combination of these two issues we give the following
reasons: Usual lateness of material from chapters, loss of several
cuts in transit from engraver, and last and most important Printers
Typographical Union strike in the office where the Journal is printed,
which is not yet settled.



REPORT OF THE INTER-FRATEENITY CONFERENCE

^3' James B. Webster, Virginia Alpha.

Description and Personnel

The Seventh Annual Inter-Fraternity Conference met at the
University Club, New York City, November 27th, at ten A. M.,
and concluded its session at three P. M.

The University Club building on Fifth Avenue is a fine,
marble building, with all the modern appointments, and was an
ideal meeting place for the Inter-Fraternity Conference. Hearty
thanks was due the University Club for their courtesy in extend-
ing to the Conference, the use of its facilities, and these thanks
were cordially expressed by the Conference.

There were thirty-four fraternities represented. One hun-
dred and nineteen delegates were in attendance and ten visitors —
a total of one hundred and twenty-nine, which made it the largest
inter- fraternity conference so far held.

As one studied the faces of the officers and delegates present,
he was impressed with the fact that these were men of affairs

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who had taken time from the duties of professional life and
their business offices to attend this Conference. It would be hard
to estimate the sacrifice of time and money for the sake of college
fraternities that was represented by the men in attendance. Many
of them came from considerable distance to attend the meeting.
The writer deemed it a rare privilege to meet and talk with men
who were busy with the affairs of life, and yet had time to take
a personal interest in the young men of the colleges of America.
]\Tany of these men are giving considerable time to the affairs of
their own fraternities in addition to the larger interests of the
inter-fraternity conference.

Significance of the Conference

This is the first of these inter-fraternity conferences that the
writer has been privileged to attend. As some of our readers
know, he has been in the Far East during the last seven years,
and has been unable to keep in close touch with fraternity move-
ments in the United States. His interest in fraternity matters
has not been able to reach out beyond the affairs of our own
fraternity, and even there has been limited to the reading of the
Journal, and the writing of one or two articles. With that back-
ground for judging the significance of this Conference, he was
tremendously impressed with its influence and significance. Ten
years ago the fraternities' represented manifested a spirit far from
fraternal in their relationship one with another. Jealousy, rivalry,
unjust criticism and other unpleasant features characterized the
relations. As a result of seven years of these inter-fraternity
conferences the whole situation has been changed. While it is
inevitably true that there should still linger some of the old time
feeling between local chapters, and perhaps a little of it in the
International Conference, yet the whole spirit of the Conference
was one of mutual confidence and sympathy. This great change
is perhaps the most significant feature of these conferences.

The group spirit of the college fraternity has been severely
criticised as being narrow and undemocratic. It must be remem-
bered that in the development of the individual there comes nat-
urally the time in youth when the group spirit develops and is
expressed in the gangs of the street, in the clubs of educational
and religious institutions. In reality, this development of the
group spirit is the broadening of the sympathies and interests of
the individual. He is coming to recojjnize himself as a part of
society, though that part may be a small, select group, with ideals
and interests similar to his own. It is through these group in-
fluences that his sympathies are broadened, and the larger human
interest is cultivated. The present inter-fraternity conference was
a remarkable demonstration of the fact that the narrow human



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interest of the early college fraternity group has broadened into
a larger consciousness of common interest, and of a common
end to be attained among Greek letter fraternities by working
together. The Conference signified also the vital relationship
between the alumni members and the heads of various educational
institutions, the active members of the fraternities and the homes
from which these active members come. These are four impor-
tant factors in our American life. In the Conference, business
and professional men were engaged in discussing ways: and means
of working together with educational leaders and parents of un-
der-graduate members, for the up-building of the character of the
large body of active members in the chapters of our fraternities
throughout the country. One does not need a very strong imagi-
nation to see the far-reaching influence for good or for evil of this
inter-fraternity conference. It approximates one of the best fea-
tures of early Spartan education, by which a man became per-
sonally responsible for the education and character of the Spartan
youth whom he chose as his favorite.

It is evident, therefore, that it would be much to the advan-
tage of the local chapters of the dififerent national fraternities to
keep in touch with the workings' of the Inter-Fraternity Confer-
ence, and in that way form acquaintances and friendships that
will make available the experience and influence of the alumni
members of the fraternity. This is probably the best place to ex-
plain that this report will not attempt to give in full, the work-
ings of the Conference, because it was generally agreed that a
copy of the full printed minutes of the Conference should be
placed in every chapter house of the fraternities represented. The
writer simply points out in this article, some of the main features
of business transacted, and passes on to the members of the fra-
ternity who could not be pres'ent, some of the impressions which
he received from the meeting, and recommends a careful reading
of the minutes of the Conf'^rence when they shall have been re-
ceived by the chapter. It will be well for the local officers to give
special consideration to such features of the report as have par-
ticular local interest, and bring them up at a certain time for gen-
eral discussion by the chapter.

Business Transacted at the Conference

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Mr. Jas.
B. Curtis, and business was taken up in the order of the program
that had been prepared by the Executive Committee. The Chair-
man presented his annual report, which was carefully prepared,
and which he read to the Conference. He pointed out some very
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fraternities and State legislation, and the necessity of conducting
a campaign of education, in order to prevent unfair discrimination
against fraternities.

The Secretary, Mr. Henry H. McCorkle, then presented his
report, as also the Treasurer, Mr. O. H. Cheney. These reports
will be printed in full in the minutes of the Conference. Since
the minutes of the session of 1914 had been printed, these were
not read at this session.

The next order of business was the report of Standing Com-
mittees. The Committee on Local Inter-Fraternity Councils re-
ported encouraging progress in the organization of local inter-
fraternity conferences'. The Committee felt sure that these con-
ferences helped greatly to improve the relationships between
chapters of different fraternities in our colleges and universities.
It was pointed out that it is better to call these local organizations
"conferences" rather than ''councils." The idea is that the word
''council" implies more authority vested in the local organization
than the local chapters are willing to grant.

The Committee on Obligations of Graduate Fraternity Men
toward their Under-Graduate Fellows reported through Mr. O.
H. Cheney. The report was rather long, but contained a great
deal of interesting information on this point. I shall not attempt
to report instances given, but would summarize the Committee's
report as a very strong presentation of the opportunities which
the graduate fraternity man has for helping his young brothers.
It was characterized by the spirit of service, and the instances
recorded showed the real value of the services rendered in char-
acter-building among the under-graduate fellows. As I listened
to the reading of this carefully prepared document, I was more
impressed than ever before with the far-reaching influence in
our national life of the Greek letter fraternities,. The report also
emphasized the importance of human sympathies in all our rela-
tionships with life.

The Committee on Chapter Organization presented a very
comprehensive report of forty-three pages of printed matter, and
was submitted by Mr. Oscar Rogers. This report covers such
subjects as the care of the chapter house, conduct in the chapter
houses finance of the chapter, scholarship, student activities, dis-
sipation, penalties, and central government — topics of perennial
interest to the local chapter. It is evident that a number of chap-
ters of dififerent fraternities are not well organized, and their
usefulness is greatly decreased as a result. The whole matter of
chapter organization was felt to be so important that it was de-
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INTER-FRATERNITY CONFERENCE REPORT 113

This will not be published, however, until the next Conference,
but a committee has been appointed to prepare the material, and
make its report at that time.

Professor Francis W. Shepardson, University of Chicago,
read a short but very interesting paper on scholarship standards,
in which he said that the response of the fraternities to the call
to raise our scholarship standards has been an agreeable surprise
to the leading educators of the country. This hearty and effectual
response has placed the fraternities in a permanent place in our
system of education. It is worthy of note that whereas a few
years ago, scholarship qualifications were scarcely mentioned in
electing men to membership in the fraternities, now it has come
to be the conventional and regular thing in talking of prospective
and graduate fraternity men to mention first their scholarship
qualifications.

Impressions

A,s stated above, the writer has been absent from this country
for a number of years, and he finds himself more easily impressed
by facts and ideas as he tries to readjust himself to life in his
native land. He was deeply impressed by the spirit of co-opera-
tion and mutual helpfulness as shown by the way in which so
many important matters were settled with little or no discussion
or opposition. The Chairman did not give much opportunity for
debate, and his "lawn mower methods" of conducting the busi-
ness of the Conference apparently aroused more amusement than
objection or resentment. It was surprising to see how many im-
portant matters were willingly entrusted to the judgment of the
Executive Committee. The writer has already mentioned the
far-reaching influence of the Conference, and he only emphasizes
it again to introduce a thought which was strongly borne in upon
him as he listened to the reports and discussions, and related them
to some tendencies in modern education which have developed
during these last seven years. It should be noted that the result
of opposition to fraternities in different parts of the country has
been to strengthen the fraternities, to arouse them to a sense of
responsibility for their share in training young men for citizen-
ship, to require higher standards of scholarship and character for
membership, and to become generally more efficient. It is unfor-
tunate, however, that we had to wait until a protest and oppo-
sition forced these improvements

' There has been for some time, a marked tendency to criticise
our public schools and schools for higher education because of
their failure to prepare the students for the practical duties of
life. The reaction against the older method has expressed itself
in establishing vocational schools and industrial schools. It is

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pretty generally agreed that our educational system must find
ways to train our young men and women more effectively to meet
the demand of the every day life. It seems: to the writer that the
fraternity has before it a splendid opportunity for cooperating
in making this important and necessary change in general educa-
tional work. This opportunity presents itself in the practical
problems and duties of chapter organizations. It was. stated in
the Conference that many chapters failed in this matter because of
the inexperience and inability of the active members to deal with
these practical problems of their every day life in the chapter.
The writer would ask, why did they fail? whose fault is it? If
by the time they have reached the third or fourth year of col-
lege, the young men are so inexperienced and incapable that they
cannot manage the business affairs of the chapter, what do they
expect to do when they get out into the business world ? It seems
to be a powerful indictment against the efficiency of our whole
system of training. The fraternity's opportunity then lies in
generously and effectively supplementing this lack in our present
educational system by requiring and encouraging our local chap-
ters to regard the duties of chapter life as a privilege, and as a
means of better fitting them to meet the problems they will have
to meet after their graduation. I would like to see the leaders
of Sigma Phi Epsilon, together with other members of the Na-
tional Inter-Fraternity Conference, take a foremost position in
this general tendency to make our training for young men and
women more practical, and to the active members I would com-
mend the work of the chapter in its different phases as one of the
best preparatory schools for after life.

The Editors' Banquet

Trough the thoughtfulness of Brother W. L. Phillips, and
the kind invitation of Mr. F. F. Rogers, the writer had the pleas-
ure of attending the Editors' Banquet in the evening. We were
invited to the historical Salmagundi Club on Twelfth Street.] In
these quaint and interesting surroundings, forty of us gathered
about a beautifully decorated table, in the centre of which was
fixed a miniature lake, lighted by small electric lights and sur-
rounded with ferns and flowers.

At the head of the table sat the veteran in fraternity work,
W. Raimond Baird, Beta Theta Pi, who acted as toast master at
the request of Mr. Rogers our host. Around the table were other
well-known editors of fraternity publications, and men promi-
nently associated with fraternity work. We sat down to the
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12:30. Some who had other engagements left before that hour,
but the majority remained, Hstening to speeches, and discussing
questions related to fraternity work.

The writer did not feel qualified to take part in discussions
bearing on the present problems of fraternity work, but listened
with eager interest to the remarks of those who were directing the
work today. It was interesting to note that the editors were still
discussing the same problems that had worried Brother Phillips
and the writer during the earlier days of our fraternity — ques-
tions of the chapter letters, how to get them in good form, and
the question of alumni subscriptions, and the financial manage-
ment of fraternity publications. These questions are apparently
still live issues with our editors, and the successful answer to
them will be found only by hearty co-operation of the active
members and the alumni members with our editors and business
managers. There were two or three subjects of particular inter-
est that were discussed which the writer would like to bring to
the attention of our editors and active chapters.

The first is the question of life subscription to the Journal.
One fraternity has an arrangement by which the active members
pay a fee of $2.75 a year, which includes the subscription for
that year, and at the end of four years, provides for life sub-
scription to the magazine. At death, the $10 is transferred to the
Permanent Endowment Fund. The interest on these life sub-
scriptions and the advertising, together with the contributions
from the fraternity, meet the current expenses of the publica-
tion. It is believed that it will not be many years until the income
from the first two sources, together with the regular subscriptions
of the active members, will meet the publication cost. It was
found that other fraternities had been working on the same idea


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