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TUESDAY, AUGUST 3d, 1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE ELEVEN

TU2ESPAY, AUGUST 30, 196S TIlE MICHIGAN DAILY

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TRADITION:
Honorary Societies;
From Mortar to Martyr

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Each year, less than one-hun-
dred male campus heroes crawl
through the mud half undressed,
then strut through campus ad
then strut through campus
adorned in multi-colored paint
and brick dust. No, they are not
practicing to be totem poles or
unuderwater fighters; but rather
they are "men of honor."
This is part of a campus ritual
known as initiation into Univer-
sity honoraries. A neophyte is
tapped for the organization by the
old members in a night-time raid.
The honored individual generally
finds himself pryed from his bed
echambers, immersed with water
and brick dust and told of his se-
lection. Public initiations then fol-.
low on the Diag, where the chosen
people undergo tests of virility to
prove their worthiness and self-
dedication to the group.
Women's honoraries are more
sedate; they make traditional noc-
turnal journies serenading their
new members in the glow of
candlelight.
Most of the honorary societies
are strictly local in origin.
Circle
Circle, formed in 1957, strives
to recognize leadership, service
and citizenship in the residence
these areas.
Four years ago the group, spon-
sored by Assembly Association, put
on an art show to display the
works of independent women. This
has become a tradition ever since.
Druids
Outstanding senior men in ev-
ery school (except engineering)
are eligible for Druids, which
chooses its initiates for achieve-
ments in athletics and activities.
"Saplings" (those tapped) be-
come mighty trees through plenty
of water and green dust. Duck-
citing Joyce Kilmer's "Trees" is
also a traditional branch of the
ceremony.
New members are given tree
names which are announced pub-
licly at initiation. Druids is named
P after the forest priests of old
England and was founded in 1909.
Hectorans
Hectorians, founded in 1953 rec-
ognizes and honors outstanding
fraternity men and meets to dis-
cuss fraternity problems.
Members are chosen from the
fraternity presidents, Interfratern-
ity Council officers and Fraternity
Buyers' Association.
Michigamua
The tribe of Michigamua is an
all-campus senior men's honorary
for excellence in activities and ath-
letics. Members dress for "Rope
Day" (initiation day) in Indian
costumes and tuyn the chosen
palefaces into young braves by
an ordeal which takes the selected
ones on a duck-walk journey "sev-
en flights up and seven flights
down the Michigan Union.
Initiates are doused with brick
dust and water andsare givense-
cret names revealed only at the
end of year at the next rope day.
Founded in 1901 to serve the
University, Michigamua is the
oldest existent campus honorary.
Mortarboard
The national senior women's
honorary society, Mortarboard is
the first of the women's groups to
tap in the spring.
Members chosen for service,
leadership and scholarship must

have a 3 0 average. The girls tap
at midnight clad in caps and
gowns, singing their song, "Thy
Ideals." New members wear mor-
tarboards the next day.
The University chapter, Pi Sig-
ma Alpha, was one of the four
founding chapters in 1918. There
are now 95.
Quadrants
The Quadrants is the honorary
of the quadrangles. Having chap-
ters ineach quad, the groups rec-
ognize leadership in the house
and quadrangle affairs.
Scabbard and Blade
Participants in either of three
ROTC programs are selected on
the basis of leadership, patriot-
ism, efficiency, loyalty and honor
for Scabbard and Blade.
Initiates are tapped in the star-
light with sabers and during the
trial period must guard the lions
and defend the scabbard and blade
in front of the flagpole.
The group's purpose is to raise
the standards of military educa-
tion and spread information on
military and service careers.
Scroll
Another local organization, Scroll
honors senior affiliated women for
leadership, character and loyalty.
Its purpose is to promote co-
operation between alumnae and
students and to further interest
in campus activities.
Senior Society
Senior Society recognizes inde-
pendent women with high schol-
astic averages who have actively
served the campus.
During the initiation ceremony,
each member's name is added to
a long ribbon with the names of all
members since the organization's
founding.
Sphinx
Red brick dust and water trans-
forms the neophytes into Egyp-
tians and then the initiates must
crawl on their stomachs looking
for the River Nile (otherwise
known as the League fountain).
They must prove their worth by
a final dip in that body of water.
Members are given secret Egyptian
names.
Triangles
Triangles, for junior engineers,
is also designed to recognize
campus. Initiates are abducted in
achievement and to servethe
the night and must find their
way back to campus from an iso-
lated part of the country. The
public initiation features such
stunts as a human pyramid'and
scrubbing the Engineering Arch
with a toothbrush.
Vulcans
The only mortal acceptable in
the eyes of the god Vulcan is a
senior engineer who has served the
University in activities or ath-
letics. Neophytes are abducted in
the night and taken out of town
to find their way back to campus.
Then they undergo a public
initiation by blacking themselves
with oil, chaining themselves to
each other and carrying torches
through the underground steam
tunnels. Each member is given a
mythological name of a god. The
society, formed in 1904, works to
serve the engineering college and
the University as a whole.
Wyvern
Wyvern is also a ' local group
which honors girls who are active
on campus and have high averages.

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