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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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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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THE 1934 PERUVIAN
AUXIER BARISAS BISGARD DAVEY
DEWEY FILLEY GAINES GAINES
GRUBB HAUSER KIMSEY KUWITZKY
McCann MULLEN NORWOOD PACE
PAYNE PENNEY ROHRS SHRADER
SLEPICKA SPEEDIE TROYER VAUGHN
WAGGONER WANDS WINTER WRIGHTSMAN
Everett Literary Society
CHARLES PENNEY . . . Vice-President
MARGARET WINTERS . Program Chairman
CHARLES PENNEY .... President MARGARET WINTERS . . Vice-President
LAWRENCE WANDS . . . Secretary
EVELYN DAVIS . . Program Chairman
P. H. NORWOOD. Adviser
Five years after the Philomathean Literary Society was established coincidentally with the school a rival society was organized, the Everetts. To enable the student to learn how to express himself in public, and to give the listeners something both interesting and valuable was the original aim of the initiators of the society. The competitive spirit first given voice in debates between these two societies has continued through the years. This rivalry, however, has never been an antagonistic one. and this year, as last, the members of both united in a Philo-Ever-ett dance in the high school auditorium.
The original activities of music, dramatics and debate have through the progress of the school become centered in the various departments and the fraternities. Therefore, the society now attempts to fill the position of a social organization.
Carrying out the society's present aims of work, play and study, several unusual programs have filled the Thursday night meetings. A most enjoyable, humorous debate and a broadcast given by the new members are especially worthy of mention. General programs by talented students and faculty members have proved most satisfactory.
Peek's Peaksters assisted by other Everett members arranged a very successful convocation program.
Eighteen new members have been received as Everetts during this year. Sixty-three years of such activity as has been shown in the endeavors of the Everett Literary Society can be boasted by few societies in western colleges.
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