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Ayres Barnts Bushier Covey Clements
Cool Oonnor Ehmen Engblom Foster
Gewocle Gibbs Harney Johnson E. Jones
M. Jones Kingsolver Linville lose C. Martin
F. Martin May 0. Maystrick E. Maystrick Mohoffey.
Merchant Mullins Paco Pascal Ponterman
Pluclnott Roberts Shaffor Slinkor Speedie
Steinburg Sullivan Sunita V oichmon Wheeler
OFFICERS First Semester
FLORENCE MARTIN .... President
HELEN CLAIRE MULLEN . Vice-President
MARK MULLENS .... Treasurer
EDNA MAYSTRICK . Program Chairman JACK SULLIVAN .... Reporter
FLORENCE MARTIN .... President
HUSTON KINGSOLVER . . Vice-President
JANICE KNOUSE .... Treasurer
EDNA MAYSTRICK Program Chairman
JACK SULLIVAN .... Reporter
S. L. CLEMENTS. Adviser
Alpha Erudito. commonly known as the Scholarship Club, was organized in 1929. It is a local organization to which only possessors of Nebraska State Normal 8oard Scholarships are eligible. Each year its membership increases.
The twofold purpose of the society is to encourage maintenance of high scholastic achievement in college among those who have been outstanding students in high school, and to encourage those who find it impossible to keep up the same relative ranking in college.
A small program of the activities of the year was given to each member at the first meeting. The central idea of the entertainment at these meetings was embodied in the letters A. E. F. These symbols stand for aim, effort and future. To indicate the aim toward which each person should put forth his greatest effort to attain a successful future was the purpose of the various talks, musical numbers and other activities of the year.
Alpha Erudito affords an opportunity for social life and a study of educational activities, especially for those underclassmen who are not yet eligible to membership in a major fraternity.
Members of Alpha Erudito have been outstanding in all campus activities. During its short life of five years two of its number have been selected by Kappa Delta Pi as the outstanding freshmen for that year and five have been elected representative students.
Mr. S. L. Clements succeeded Mrs. Marybelle Norwood, the first sponsor of the organization. His interest in each individual member has done much to keep the "flag of the organization flying."
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THE 19 3 4 PERUVIAN
Organizations of Peru
A large chapter in the history of Peru Teachers College would necessarily be devoted to its organizations, for they are. and have been from the very beginning, an integral part of the life of the collece. The destinies of the students have been determined just as surely, if not in as great a degree, by the training they have received in these organizations as by their more strictly academic work. The shifting fortunes of these groups of people with like interests have woven many bright spots into the fabric of the school's history.
Literary societies played the largest part in the early history of the school. Philomathean being organized soon after the opening of the school, and Everett in 1872. These organizations have continued active down to the present. At times, however, other literary societies have been in existence also. For example, two were organized in 1893—the Wellingtonian and the State Normal Junior.
The Christian organizations appeared on the scene quite early. The establishment of a branch of the Young Wen's Christian Association in 1886 was followed a year later by the founding of a Young Women's Christian Association. In 1906 the College Catholic Association, then the Normal Catholic Association, was brought into being by a group of Catholic students, directed by faculty members. At one time, also, an Episcopal Guild was numbered among campus societies.
In the middle period of the school's history debating societies were prominent, and a zeal was displayed for the forensic art which is hardly understandable today. In the late nineties two societies were formed. These met rcgu'arly for discussions. The one for the young women was called the Athenian, that for the young men the Ciceronian. The Webster debating society was organized shortly after the War. as the result of a revival of interest in debating.
The Dramatic Club, organized in 1908. has proved its worth and is now one of the most prominent organizations on the campus, a tremendous amount of work being done by members superabounding in enthusiasm. A movement is now afoot for the securing of a branch of a national dramatics organization to further promote the work in drama.
Musical organizations of some kind have always existed, but because of the nature of the wprk, they have always varied greatly. An interest has recently been stimulated in obtaining for the music students a more permanent and professional organization.
Athletic organizations are much like musical groups in that the "clubs" formed are usually rather ephemeral. A unified Athletic Association was established, however, with the awakened interest in athletics after the beginning of the century. The present organizations, the W. A. A., dating from 1924, and the "P" club, Phi Lambda Alpha, dating from 1920, are well established and may be called permanent because of their inclusive interests.
The Girls' Club came into existence in 1919 and the Men's Club was called into being soon after. They are now the means of carrying forward a variety of interests in connection with the general student life.
The advent of the organizations which are more strictly departmental and which have national affiliations is relatively recent. Some of them, though, had previously existed os local organizations, under a different name. Sigma Tau Delta, the English fraternity, became the first national group on the campus, in 1926, due largely to the efforts of Professor Beck. The latest addition was Lambda Delta Lambda. Physical Science fraternity, which received its charter last summer. Because of high national qualifications and the small number of people eligible for membership the activities of some of the departmental honor societies have been suspended.
Alpha Erudito is an organization not readily classified. It came into existence in 1929 and is open only to those students who upon graduation from high school have received Normal Board Scholarships. The Freshman Clubs were conceived a few years ago for the purpose of providing a mutually interesting and profitable activity in a congenial grouo for each freshmen. Some of these activities prepare the way for membership in other organizations.
Purely social groups have never found a lasting place in the activities of the students, though most of the clubs and societies perform social functions in addition to their othor activities.
Many are the groups which were once in existence, but now have nearly been forgotten. Some of them served a need which was merely temporary, thon passed on; others died of sheer inertia. Such groups as the Deutscher Verein. Agricultural Society, Symphony Club. Mandolin Club. Camera Club, the Scientific Society, and the Health and Efficiency Club served their purpose then faded from the campus picture. No organization can in Peru live a charmed life; it must fill a need and prove its worth.
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