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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 21, 1901)
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(iimma's existence, fifteen chapters
were established, four of which became
inactive before 1880 and two more in
1SS4. This shows all too clearly that
proper care was not exercised in thoie
early jears to place chapters only in
those institutions which were promising
if not prominent. The histories cf
Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Gamma and
Pi Beta Fbi emphasize this same fact.
(a the next decade sixteen charters
were granted and but three of these
have ever been withdrawn. It is of ;n-t-rest
to note that six of these charters
were placed in state universities which
were coming more and more to be rec
oDized as the educational centers of
the west and middle west.
In the third decade but six charters
were granted, while in this first year of
the fourth a chapter has been estab
lished in the promising University of
As the chapter roll stands today,
there are chapters of Kappa Kappa
Gamma in the thirteen most prominent
state universities, and also in the uni
versities of Boston, Cornell, Syracuse,
Wooster. De Pduw, Northwestern, Illi
nois Wesleyan and Leland Stanford,
Junior. In the list of colleges Barnard
and Swartbmore rank highest, but
Ein ill chapters are still maintained for
the sake of auld lang syne in several de
nominational colleges where the future
of the colleges is a question of concern
not only to the fraternities represented
there, but to the college authorities as
As one after another peiitiou from
colleges and universities are refused on
the grounds, "low educational standing
of the institution,' "insufficient material
for maintaining a strong chapter," the
I high standards dtminded by Kappa
-Kappa Gamma and her conservative
policy are coming more and more widely
tf be recognized.
Since fraternities are not permitted
to enter the largest women's colleges, it
is the policy of Kappa Kappa Gamma to
grant charters only to co educational
At present tbe?e are fourteen alumnae
associations of Kappa Kappa Gamma in
the larger cities. The continued inter
est of these raembeis who are no longer
n college is a source of inspiration and
strength to the general fraternity and
to individual chapters.
Kappa Kappa Gamma was the first
woman's fraternity to undertake the
publication of a magazine. The first
number of the "Key" appeared in
March, 1882, and the magazine has al
ways taken high rank, not only among
sister publications, but among the more
pretentious organs of the men's frater
nity. The editor of the Key" wa9 auth
orized at the meeting of the grand coun
' il in August to begin the collection of
material for a permanent fraternity
library. This will consist of college cat
alogues, fraternity exchanges and all
books and publicatiors of general or
particular fraternity interest. This
library will be of great value to the edi
tor and to the director of catalogues.
Three song books have been published
by the fraternity, in 1835, 1SS9 and IS!);.
A catalogue was compiled in 1SSS and a
supplement in 1800, while a second edi
tion appeared in 1S9S. The most unique
publication of the fraternity is in the
form of a calendar with appropriate fra
ternity quotation". Six of these have
been issued and one is being prepared for
tho coming year.
For eleven years after the founding of
the fraternity the government was by a
grand chapter. Since that time it has
been vested in a grand council composed
of the five grand officers who are elected
from the different geographical sections
of the fraternity at the optional conven
tion which is held biennially during the
last week of August. This convention
is composed of delegates from each chap
ter and from the alumnae association?.
In addition to the regular council otti
c rs there is a director of catalogues and
an historian, each of wnom is appointed
for a period of ten years.
The badge of the fraternity is a small
golden key, which may be jeweled or
plain. The letters Kappa Kappa Gamma
are on the stem, and Alpha Omega
Omicron on the ward. The colors are
particularly striking, being dark and
light blue, and lend themselves admir
ably to decoration. Tho flower is the
tleur de-lis, which is used also as an
emblem in the conventional form.
Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa
Gamma, which for h've years was the
only woman's fraternity in the Univer
sity of Nebraska, was established May
19, 1851. During these seventeen years
ninety-eight members have been initi
ated. Colkge degrees B A , B. L.. B.
Sc have been conferred upon thirty-one
membeis of Sigma chapter, and two
have received certificates from the Uni
versity School of Music. Four have
puisued graduate woik to the degree M.
A. Phi Beta Kappa honors have been
won by seven and Sigma Xi by two.
Misses Mariel Gere, Florence Winger
and May Whiting have been granted
university fellowships, while Miss
Winger held f jr three years the sage
fellowship in philosophy at Cornell uni
versity. In 1898 Miss Eleanor Raymond
won the school of music medal for vocal
The membership of the chapter has
alwas been drawn very largely from
Lincoln girls. This has been a source
of great strength to the chapter the one
disadvantage having manifested itself
in the last two j ears when there has
been a desire but no real need for a
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chapter bouse. However, when the
most beautiful homes in Lincoln are
constantly open to the Kappas, even
this has proved no hardship or disad
vantage. While Kappa Kappa Gamma
does not confine her membership to
regular studtnts, she does demand that
a certain number of hours of college
work be carried. For years it has been
the policy of Sigma chapter to extend
no invitations to membership to young
women nut matriculated in the univer
sity. It is believed that in this way
greater fraternity dignity is maintained,
and the evil of rushing in the high
school reduced to a minimum.
Honors have come to the chapter from
the general fraternity. In 1893 the four
teenth national convention of Kappa
Kippa Gamma was entertained by the
Lincoln chapter. Sigma is represented
on the grand council by Miss May Whit
ing who was elected grand secretary at
the convention of 1900.
There are fifteen members in the ac
tive chapter at the opening of the pres
ent college year. Since the young wo
men have returned from their summer
outings they have been busy preparing
to entertain during registration week.
Invitations were issued to a chafing
dish party at the home of the MisBes
Whedon on Thursday evening. At one
o'clock Wednesday Misses Emily Jen
kins and Adellnyd Whiting gave a
luncheon. Covers were laid for
twenty. In the afternoon a "swap"
party furnished amusement for a still
larger company. The vaudeville which
had been planned for Thursday evening
at the home of Miss Richards will be
postponed until Tuesday, because of the
burial of President McKinley. The
formal entertpinments concluded on
Friday evening with a dancing party at
Delta Gamma was founded at the
University of Mississippi in 187i Ther
may be said to be two periods in the
history of the fraternity, the southern
and the northern. The chapters in the
south were Bhort-lived, but with the
establishment of a chapter in Ohio in
1379, the fraternity entered upon her
career as a national organization.
The policy of Delta Gamma of late
years has been severely conservative.
Many chapters have been withdrawn
because of failure or inability of schools,
in which certain chapters existed, to
meet the advanced educational require
ments of the day. So, although the
chapter list "9 comparatively short
only fifteen collegiate chapters and onn
alumnae chapter in all it includes tho
best state universities, Leland Stpnfnrd,
Woman's College of Baltimore Cornell,
and Syracuse university. A chapter
was granted at tho Lincoln convention
to petitioners from the last on account
of the great promise of growth through
recent heavy endowments.
The fraternity is governed by a con
vention, composed of a delegato from
each active and alumnae chapter, which
meets every two years, and by tho
Grand Council mide up of the officers
of the fraternity and the editor-in-chief
of the Anchora. each elected out of tho
collegiate chapter chosen by convention.
Like all the other fraternities. Delta
Gamma has its official publication, tho
Anchora, a quarterly, at present edited
in Baltimore, by Psi chapter; its colors,
bronze, pink and blue; its official badi;r,
the gold anchor with "Delta Gamma"
enamelled upon the white shield; its
song book, directory, whistle, grip and '
Kappa, the local chapter, was estab
lished in 1838. In 1895 her graduate
members, to keep in clcse touch with
the undergraduates, petitioned for a
charter, which led to the establishment
of Kappa Theta, the alumnae chapter.
While the two chapters are separate,
officially, they are as one in all frater
Kappa's growth, locally and national
ly, has been rapid. In 1833, the charter
members numbered tivp; now there are
upon the chapter roll the names of
seventy-nine members, the greater part
of whom have come from Lincoln and
Omaha. Nationally, Kappa has been
honored with three offices fraternity
historian in 1Q9.1, grand treasurer in
1895, and grand president in 1901 and
last spring with the entertainment of
the national convention.
In 1899, it was finally decided that
the chapter follow the example set by
so many chapters of Delta Gamma in
the experiment of a house. This was
so great a success that the chapter
house now teems to be a part of fra
ternity life. While Kappa never lacked
the hospitality of the Lincoln homes,
there could necessarily never be any of
the college home life that the chapter
house supplies. It offers not only a
home to girls from other towns, but is
open at all times to the resident mem
bers. It is the place for the fraternity
meetings, for all the informal gather
ings so delightful to the college girl.
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