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100 years ago: Fraternities to stop providing details of parties

December 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 13, 1913:

  • "There is to be no more news given out regarding fraternity parties at the University. This is a result of the action of the Pan Hellenic Council, representatives of eight of the national fraternities on the hill. It is in effect now and while it is in operation the fraternities that are members will refuse to give any information regarding their parties.... The Pan Hellenic is seeking to evade the publicity which is given the fraternities by stories of elaborate parties, gaily dressed co-eds, expensive orchestras, refreshments and costly decorations, and long party lists of students who danced until the wee small hours of the night. These things have been criticized freely. Parents over the state have read of the frequent parties and have calculated the useless expense and extravagance."
  • "When George Huntley won $3.50 from H. W. Snow in a pitch game last night at the former's home, 640 East Ninth street, he thought he was lucky. But good luck changed to bad this morning when a warrant charging him with gambling and another charging his partner in the game with obtaining money under false pretenses landed both in jail. Huntley was released on $50 bond to appear Monday in the city court. Snow had not been arraigned late today.... Snow didn't have the necessary $3.50 to pay the gambling debt, so presented a check for $14.50 on the Lawrence National Bank, payable to himself and signed by Sy Jones. This check Huntley cashed and gave the change to Snow after deducting his $3.50. When the bank officials informed Huntley that it was not good, he promptly had Snow arrested and Snow told of the gambling. Huntley then tried to escape but was captured this morning."
  • "Those who attend the services in Plymouth church tomorrow will be privileged to contribute toward the fund which Plymouth gathers each year to be expended for toys. Other organizations plan for Christmas cheer in various ways. The thought back of this movement is concerned with the empty stocking Christmas morning. It is an attempt to get rid of such a catastrophe. The toys are purchased with care, placed in packages and delivered at the homes Christmas eve to be placed in the stocking that night.... A can of corn is good -- better than a doll. Everyone knows that. But logic is impotent before the traditions which enhalo the day in the minds of the children.... If toys in the stockings of the children of the well-to-do mean anything, they will mean a little more in the stocking of the children of the poor.... No canvass is made to secure these funds. Those who care to share in it may. There is no thought of limiting the thing to members of Plymouth church. The information boxes in that church which in times past have been used for this very thing will be open tomorrow for the gifts of such as minded to give."
  • "The Kansas City 'K' men -- former K. U. athletes who won their letter -- met yesterday and passed a few resolutions. The 'K' men feel that they should be represented and have some say in the athletic councils of the university. They favor the graduate system of coaching with one supreme head coach. They took no stand in regard to the present coaching problem at Lawrence. However, it was the sentiment of the meeting that the alumni are accorded the proper treatment by the students and faculty members. Unless an old grad is a member of a fraternity he is allowed to stand around and entertain himself as best he can, some of the 'K' men declared. The alumni are interested in welfare of the school and wish to do all in their power to advance the cause of Kansas athletics. But their aid never is solicited and proffers of help usually have met with rebuff."

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