Lake Forest College - Forester Yearbook (Lake Forest, IL)

 - Class of 1908

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ll Zeta Epsilon y N the early '70's, when L. F. C. was in the uwild and woolyu state ol its 5? 9 growth, literature was the Holy Grail ol her students. Literary pursuits :qw' . were thenadays the fad of the hour. So a Society was formed-the Athenaean-in order that the muses might be chased systematically and 3 co-educationally. Wonderful were the fruits ol this remarkable sodality banded together lor the perfection of eruditionl Embryonic Shaliespeares, incipient Demostheneses, budding, aye blooming, George Eliots, all held lorth in the classic halls of the society-until they came to discuss Woman Sultrage las early as the 70's mind youll A long and heated controversy ensued, and il the tradition is a creditable one, there was an untimely sneer-then prestol-at any rate let's spare the ladies. From the resulting debris emerged Zeta Epsilon-the lirst menis literary society ol the College. This happened in 1879 and from then on, the literates of Lalce Forest College were urged to dabble with the belles-lettres by the very desirable incentive of wholesome rivalry. The Zeta Epsilon Society from its birth lent a vim and energy to its work and points with pride to the college enterprises that it originated. ln 1890 it courted the muse of music and as a result it sent a Glee Club on a trip that same year-the first in College history-and continued the Glee Club under its auspices until 1893 when it became a college venture. ln 1891 it started an agitation for an annual and through its tireless efforts brought tolile this publication-The Forester-the Junior Class annual. That same year it published the Red and Black-the parent of the present-day Stentor. Also to Zeta Epsilon is due much of the credit-il we may claim some without taking any away lrom the women organizers-ol being the original promoters of the Alethean Society. for that notable society also owes its origin to the aforementioned Women's Sullrage debate. ln the matter of excellence in its literary achievement Zeta Epsilon has always been Hin the money." The society won the Thornton Cup by three consecutive victories in the annual lnter-Society Debate. It has always been represented in the composition ol the College Debating Teams and this year's Freshman team were all Zeta Eps. lndividually, some Zeta Ep has generally been able to present himself at the judgeis stand lor the laurel wreath alter every literary competition. Zeta Epsilon has always stood lor the highest ideals in literary worli-but in addition to literary co-operation has ever directed its influence toward the promotion ol a spirit of ardent College good fellowship among the student body, has been most energetic in every activity that has made for the good of the College, and has always been prompted in whatever it did by a desire to exalt our Alma Mater. 70



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ll An Aletheian Meeting 214 H ROMPTLY at six-thirty every Tuesday evening. the occupants of Lois il i Durand Hall are apt to be startled by an ominous sound of rolling thun- Q der. Due investigation however, will prove this to be nothing more or ' less than a number of faithful Freshmen shooting the dining-room chairs down the corridor for the regular meeting of the Aletheian Literary Society. Af' r ' Ar seven. the electric button is pushed and after Sergeant Crawford ambles across the room and shuts the door with a bang, fActingl President Halsey, with her usual characteristic arm movement, calls the meeting to order. Just when the buzz has subsided somewhat Vice President Nesbit strides to the front, whispers something to the presiding ofiicer and leaves the room. The meeting proceeds to wait ten minutes until said vice president returns with the programme. Miss Wenban is now called on for devotionals, but not being present, Miss Davis substitutes with an extemporaneous rendering of the twenty-third psalm. Roll call follows which is rigorously responded to by all but Miss Taylor who is saving her voice for the business meeting. The debate of the evening is on the subject of College Athletics. Miss Reynolds upholds the affirmative, arguing that automobiles are detrimental to a Hco-ed" college while Miss Millar for the negative speaks emphatically in favor of private cars. Miss Barclay, being called on for current events, responds with an animated autobiography of herself. This literary masterpiece is followed by Miss Livingston who, being asked for an extem- poraneous eulogy on her favorite college professor, speaks in fiowery and euphoneous metaphors of Prof. Burnap. A vocal duet, beautifully rendered by Misses Harriet Hall and Clara Crawford entitled Mslender and True" completes the literary program. Miss Mary Eva Reynolds acting in her official capacity as critic arises and blushingly states that the meeting has been exceptionally good and that the society has improved a hundred per cent since the previous week. Ar the business meeting following the chairman of the play committee states that since all the cast have resigned but the maid and butler, it is thought best to give a strawberry festival in the place of dramatics. A motion to adjourn being made, all present substantiate their View on the subject by a wild game of leap frog toward the door. Thus ends our literary evening. 72

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