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THE GREEKS HAD A WORD FOR MELVIN And the word, dear friends, was rushee, Which, being translated, means the person a freshman is for a few precious days when upperclass boys and girls are supper-swell to under-class boys and girls and often in the latter case, mushee. Melvin, being a nice kid, and knowing how to take girls for granted and respect senior men Got along fine during those days (except on the occasion when he politely smoked black cigars to the number often). Of course he was interested when informed that of one of the groups Columbus was the patron saint, And somewhat confused when a rival group informed him that he would probably hear that Columbus is an alumnus of the first group but to bear in mind that he ain ' t. Then the first group when questioned by Melvin brought out documents to prove it, And he made up his mind to pledge and when his mind was all settled the other bunch made up its collective mind to move it. So they took Melvin into a small back room and introduced him to a couple of other fellows And they talked and talked and talked, saying that after all who was Columbus— America had been discovered by the Vikings already, and that the Columbuses of the world were helpless unless diamonds were sold by the Isabellows. They said now you take Arnold McFee, that was a man for you. He founded our noble fraternity and if you will wear this little piece of plaid around your arm tomorrow, symbolizing that you are pledged to the clan of McFee, we will simply adore you. Then at last they let him go home and he sneaked in and didn ' t turn on the lights because he was afraid that he would wake up the kid brother of a chapter president who had already told everybody that he was going to carry on the family tradition and make his mark. So rather than hear any more Melvin went to bed in the dark And of all the luck he got in the wrong bed And woke up the kid brother of the chapter president, so he didn ' t get to go to sleep because along about dawn he had to go Alpha Beta Gamma instead.
Page 14 text:
THE KEY TO SUCCESS Melvin had not been at Millsaps long before he found that there were two kinds of students; The good ones and the not-so-gudents. And he discovered further that the good ones generally made not only good grades. But likewise most of the honoraries, and whenever there were parades, they led the parades. And he sat and reasoned thus: " How can it be " That all of these people who make good grades meet lab all afternoons and then on Monday nights they go to glee club and help with the P W and on Wednesday nights they go alternately go to French and IRC Tuesday— premed club and on Thursday nights the boys go to frat meetings and the girls have a town-boy date " And on Friday night the preachers meet, and so it goes, and yet they generally look pretty good and as if they hadn ' t sat up particularly late. " It might not be so bad if they only had to go to the meetings because maybe they could sit on the back rows and read a book, " But they can ' t because look . . . " The campus big-shots get elected to offices in these things " and they have to get up programs and ask people to speak and decide what to eat at banquets " and if its a sorority, see a man to mow the house yard and see another man when the first manquits. " And therefore I don ' t see how under the sun " They get it all done. " " I will tell you. " responded an upperclassman who was an ODK. and this is what he respondit: " The more you belong to the less you have to do, and the way it works is this, as I have found it: " Let us say that you are expected to be on the IRC program, help make up the P W, ask a doctor to speak at the pre- med club, report on the Christmas party plans for Alpha Beta Gamma, and Represent Millsaps at a Rotary meet- ing and you Decide you have therefore too much to do. " Very well. There are two courses to follow. You can come down with a fall or spring or regular (as the time of the year may be) case of flu, " Or you can say, ' I ' m sorry Ross, I can ' t be on the program; I have too much to do; " I am sorry Tom, I can ' t help with the P W, and if you want any heads written, You ' d better get someone else to writtum; " I am sorry, Junior or Earl, I can ' t call the doctor; I have to much to do. " and so on ad infinitum. " And they all realize that you are supposed to do all these other things and all say with the wisdom of of two Minervas, " You are right, and I will get somebody else to do it, " and thus you are spared a breakdown modified by nervous. " So then you can cram for a test if you have to or do whatever you choose, " and what have you to lose! " " You are right, " said Melvin, " You are absolutely right. " And he went out and joined a club that night. And the next night he joined another and he wrote for the paper (one newsstory every other week) And one day he tried out for a play and got a walk on part with three words to speak; The play took a little time because twice he had to go and practice and say, " Dinner is served. " But from his purpose he never served. And he worked and worked and worked, apparently, and finally his reward came and he was made very happy and his frat brothers even happier Because on tap day he was the only freshman in the long and honorable history of Millsaps to be tapped into Omi- cron Delta Kappier. So here he is a big shot right off the bat— a big shot to start with Which is a pretty good time, I guess to part with Melvin, the pride of Millsaps and Alpha Beta Gamma. Patricia O ' Brien -BOBASHELA 1939
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