rC.SETE BER13,1984 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
onoraries ontribute to niversit
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By IRIS BROWN
tates clad as trees or greased
tor oil are signs of spring-
ionorary tapping - in Ann!
ese honorary societies, rang-
om local organizations in one
I of the University to na-
I all-campus groups, generally
e their members on the basis
adership, scholarship, and
e men's honoraries include
gamna, Druids, Vulcans, Tri-
s, Sphinx, Hectorians and
>ard and Blade.
cle, Mortarboard, Senior So-
Scroll and Wyvern are the
higamua *. *
higamua, an all - campus
of senior men founded in
chosese its members for their
cipation in athletics and acti-
to discuss the
The juniors who are tapped must
dress as Indians, tint their skin
with brick dust, and duck walk to
the top of the Union, "seven flights
up and seven flights down."
During the initiation ceremony
around the sacred Tappan Oak
outside the general library, they
pledge to "fight like hell for Michi-
gan and Michigamua."
Druids . .
Another senior men's honorary,f
Druids, choses its members from
all but engineering students on the
basis of leadership.
The society is named after the
ancient Druids in the English
forests and each member acquires
the name of a tree. During initia-
tion the juniors are painted green
and watered to hasten their
During the year the group meets
Sophomore men, except engi-
neers, who are outstanding in acti-
vities and athletics may be tapped
for the junior honorary, Sphinx,
founded in 1905.
Painted as Egyptians, these men
are initiated by "swimming" across
campus on their stomachs chant-
ing "Looking for the Nile River."
Another swim awaits them at the
Nile, better known as the League
Vulcans .. .
Vulcans is composed of members
of the engineering college who are
outstanding in leadership and ath-
Outfitted in motor oil and carry-
ing flaming torches, the initiates
light the symbolic anvil near the
The purpose of this group, in
which each member assumes a
mythological name, is to help the
college with its problems and pro-
Triangles . .
Triangles taps sophomore engi-
neering students for leadership in
campus activities and excellence in
Among the initiation tasks are
skating across the Diag on one
skate wearing a white dunce cap,
and scrubbing the Engineering
Arch with a toothbrush.
As a service organization, it
formed a porter service for women
arriving on campus and donated
the money to charity.
Hectorians . .
Hectorians, founded in 1953,
recognizes and honors outstanding
fraternity men and meets to dis-
cuss fraternity problems.
Members are chosen from the
fraternity presidents, Interfrater-
nity Council officers, and Frater-
nity Buyer's Association.
Scabbard & Blade . .
Participants in either of the
three ROTC programs are selected
on the basis of leadership, patrio-
tism, 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 service careers.
Circle . .
Circle, formed in 1957, strives to
recognize leadership, service and
citizenship in 'the residence halls,
and promote interest in these
Last year the group, sponsored
by Assembly Association, put on
an art show to display the works
of independent women. It suc-
ceeded so well it is to become an
They have also established a
chapter at MichiganeState.
W yvern .
Wyvern also a 1 o c a 1 group,
honors girls who are active on
campus and have high scholastic
The sophomores are tapped
during dinner by a line of girlse
sing, "Wamm, dam, damm to
Michigauma, to hell with Sphinx
and Vulcans, too, to the Druids
and the rest, for we know we are
the best, we are Wyvern's daugh-
ters tried and true."
The following day, the new
members wear yellow slickers, hair
ribbons and roses.
Wyvern is not a service society
because it believes that these girls
are to busy for an added activity.
Mortarboard . .
The national senior women's
honor society, Mortarboard, is the
first of the senior women's groups
to tap in the spring.
Members, chosen for service,
leadership, and scholarship, must
have a 3.2 average. The girls tap
at midnight clad in caps and gowns
singing their song, "Thy Ideals."
New members wear mortar boards
the next day.
The Michigan chapter, Pi Sigma
Alpha, was one of four founding
chapters in 1918. There are now
house directors and presidents are
tapped by members singing," In
and out the halls we wander
singing as we go; of the girls we're
going to favor with our pin of
black and gold."
During the initiation ceremony,
each member's name is added to a
long yellow ribbon with the names
of all members since the organiza-
Another loc a 1 organization,
Scroll, honors senior affiliated
women for leadership, character,
Members are tapped after hours
by the group singing, "Out of the
night comes a sound of voices.
Scroll is now tapping its loyal
Its purpose is to promte cooper-
ation between alumnae and stu-
dents and further interest in
campushactivities. It also grants a
$100 scholarship to a junior affili-
ated woman on the basis of leader-
ship and need.
KEEP-UM HEAD DOWN-One of the leaders of Michigamua
barks an order to a young buck during Rope Day initiation.
Senior Society . ..
Senior Society recognizes Inde-
pendent women with high scholas-
tic averages who have actively
served their dormitories.
Girls recommended by their
SAPLINGS-That's what initiates of Druids are until their ordeal of Initiation is over. The saplings
are painted green, then watered profusely to make them grow, and are finally immersed in the League
fountain to hasten the process. A final procession to prove their hardihood, and they are ready to
take on the duties of their organization.
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DUCKWALK-As a test of the fortitude, endurance and strength
of the young bucks, they are required to duckwalk from Tappan
Oak across State Street and seven flights up to the Union tower.
Only then are they officially members of the tribe.
resulted in an envied-position among
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