Saturday, May 13, 2006

Be it resolved.

In 1910 the Faculty took action against the so called social clubs of various classes. The charges brought against them were that they fostered cliquishness and snobbishness, that they encouraged drinking among the sophomore candidates for the clubs, that their existence was bad for scholarship and now wholesome for athletics, in short was a University evil. In view of these charges the Faculty decreed that the clubs should be disbanded.

In the fall of 1912 apparently, it was brought to the attention of the Senior Societies. After a year's discussion their sentiment cystalized in the following joint agreement, which was made before the first elections to the Chapter of 1914:


"Be it resolved, That any member of the classes of 1915 or 1916 or any succeeding class, who shall be a member in one of the [above mentioned social clubs] or any successor thereto, or any clubs that that shall come into existence at any future time and which shall be deemed by said Senior Societies to be in the same category as the above listed clubs shall be inelgible to election to either Senior Society..."

- Sphinx Head
- Quill and Dagger

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

From the outset

From the outset members of Quill and Dagger refused to be bound to any rule limiting the elections to juniors and seniors, or even to graduates of Cornell, though in the earlier days the Society did limit its elections to men whose alma mater was Cornell. The first members that were not graduates of Cornell came to Cornell from Stanford University, an institution which we considered to be a daughter of Cornell, since many of its first officers and professors were graduates of Cornell. (76)

Saturday, March 18, 2006

On June 18, 1933

On June 18, 1933 after forty years' experience the Alumni Association passed a resolution reaffirming their belief in the wisdom of electing one or more alumni to honorary membership each year.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Society moved into its rooms in the North Tower

The Society moved into its rooms in the North Tower in the spring of 1930. The arrangement with the University was as follows: The Society was to pay the University $450 a year for services, which included light, elevator power, heat, janitor service, insurance, and repairs. The rooms included a suite of two rooms, which could be rented to Quill and Dagger men or others to reduce the expense. After about ten years the burden of renting these rooms was assumed by the University.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Arguing is a poor form of discussion.

"Arguing is a poor form of discussion. No one was ever convinced by argument. The best way is to show up all sides and then leave it to the vote as to just what to do. The Society should not allow any one to 'knock', wax sarcastic, or hurt another man's pride. A man shows his weakness when he grows personal. " (140)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

But the Society has not confined its attention to athletes.

But the Society has not confined its attention to athletes. In so far as membership in such an organization can be a reward, it has sought to reward all kinds of student activity -- journalistic, theatrical and dramatical, musical, literary. I should not claim that its aim was wholly altruistic . It has sought to make the Chapter annually an interesting body of men, not one-sided, but representing many lines of student activity, to be able to bring to the discussions practical experience and first-hand knowledge of many kinds. That it has some succes may be inferred from the list, short as it is, of conspicuous Quill and Dagger men in every chapter. (139)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The story of how the Tomb of Sphinx Head

The story of how the Tomb of Sphinx Head was owned for some time by a member of Quill and Dagger should find a place in these pages. The graduate treasurer of Sphinx Head at the time was E. Morgan St. John, who was afflicted with heart trouble. On July 21, 1929 he suddenly died; and in the confusion which followed his lamentably early death his business concerns suffered and with them the welfare of Sphinx Head. When the next one of the local taxes fell due, it was not paid. It is quite probable that his widow did not know of the tax. At any rate the Tomb was advertised for sale. It happened that when the building was put up for sale by the auctioneer, Allan H. Treman ’21 was in the audience. He became the next owner. When Spnix Head alumni found what had become of their property, they of course arranged with Treman for a transfer of the property to its original ownership.

This would be a more substantial story if it could be truthfully said that Quill and Dagger held a party in the Tomb just before it was turned back to Sphinx Head.