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Sigma Tau Delta
National English Fraternity
HAZEL NILES . . .
WILMA JAMES . .
HELEN GILBERT . .
MRS. INICE DUNNING . DR. G. W. SMITH
President Vice-President Secretary-Treasurer . . Historian
Sincerity. Truth and Design, the three elements of good writing, are symbolized in the name of this fraternity.
Sigma Tau Delta is a national English fraternity aiming to promote the mastery of written expression. to stimulate worth-while reading, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among men and women specializing in English. In order to become an active member of Sigma Tau Delta a student must major in English, maintain high scholastic standing in all subjects, and publish a specified number of words in student newspapers or elsewhere.
The society is an outgrowth of the English Club at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota. Plans worked out for the local group there met the approval of heads of English departments in other institutions, and resulted in the nationalization of the order under its present name, in 1924. There are more than seventy chapters in the United States. The preliminary work of organizing was done by Professor J. Q. Owen, who is now executive secretary, with offices at Wayne. Nebraska.
Phi Alpha Chapter was organized at Peru State Teachers College by Professor E. C. Beck in 1926. It was at that time the only national fraternity on the campus, and is still one of the most active. Dr. Beck is now at Central State Teachers College. Mt. Pleasant. Michigan, and is making a study of the lumber-jack ballads of the Michigan "shanty-boys.' In a visit to Peru last fall he entertained the student body with some samples from his collection.
Sigma Tau Delta has monthly meetings, each based upon some phase of literature. The Christmas meeting is always devoted to the reading of original contributions by the members. This year the Freshman Scribblers were Christmas guests.
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Sigma Tau Delta
National English Fraternity
Each year Sigma Tau Delta is accustomed to entertain some notable speaker as the principal event of the year's program. Both this year and last year it was honored by Dr. John S. Neihardt. poet laureate of Nebraska.
Every year, in order to stimulate interest in the society and in creative writing, a gold medal is awarded at Commencement time to the freshman who has written the best essay.
Literary efforts of the members are published quarterly in "The Rectangle," the fraternity's official magazine. The local chapter has been represented in this and other publications during the year. Marion Marsh, Mrs. Norwood, Mrs. Lon Graf, Mrs. B. K. Baker, Miss Grace Tear. Hazel Dit-loff and Betty Pancake have had work recognized. Three plays written by Phi Alpha Chapter members have been presented on the college stage. Anna Best Joder's one-act farce. "The Decimal Point." was given as Sigma Tau Delta's annual convocation program, and her tragedy, "The Shadow," won second place for Peru High School in the M. I. N. K. Dramatic Contest. In March the college Dramatic Club presented "In the Shadow of a Rock." written by E. P. Conkle. a Peruvian who is achieving nation-wide fame as a playwright. Phi Alpha Chapter has a very creditable number of other members who have become outstanding figures in their fields.
The following poem was written by one of the society's best-loved members, Miss Esther Ann Clark, and has been set to music by another member, Evelyn Brecht. The words were inspired by a particular friend, but Sigma Tau Delta has adopted them as the perfect expression of its spirit of fellowship.
BY THE WAY
Side by side we walked together For a while.
Two good comrades of an hour Or a mile;
But the whole day long was brighter And its steady trudging lighter For your smile.
It was more than just a meeting Of the day.
For the earnest of its handclasp Lasts for aye:
And it makes all friendship sweeter,
Yes, and life itself completer All the way.
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Philomathean Literary Society
LEWIS THOMPSON . . . . President
DORIS DEAVER .... Vice-President
DANA SCHNEIDER . . . . Secretary
MARJORIE YOUNG . . . . Treasurer
ROLAND STEPHENSON . . President
JEANNE SLINKER . . . Vice-President
CLAYBORN MORT . . . . Secretary
DOROTHY CAWTHORNE . Treasurer
MISS GRACE PETERSEN. Adviser
The first organization in Peru holds a history rich in memories and traditions. The Philomathean Literary Society was organized soon after the establishment of the school as a state institution and has continued active down to the present time. Its founding was due in a large measure to Perry M. Martin, one of the school's first instructors, and Wilson E. Majors, a student. Wilson E. Majors then became the first president. When organized the society had twenty members representing the best talent of the new school.
In 1870 when G. E. Howard, later Dr. Howard of the state university, was president, the society was incorporated under the laws of Nebraska. This charter now hangs in the faculty room and furnishes one of the bits of atmosphere that makes traditions for the school. Philomathean is probably the oldest society of its nature in the state.
Philomathean is defined as meaning "lovers of learning." and the group has clung to its high ideals of learning by expanding into every field of intellectual activity which is popular. At the time of its inception the society filled a large place in the student's education now taken by the curriculum and other activities.
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