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Monday, August 24, 1981The Daily Tar HccI5B
Syotem has come far since being banned
By LYNNE THOMSON
DTH Staff Writer .
Fraternities and sororities have come a long way since their
inception on the UNC campus. In 1842, when such organiza
tions began to appear, the Faculty Council passed a resolution
banning fraternities on the grounds that they were detrimental
to "the cause of good morals and sound learning."
The council went so far as to demand a pledge from enter
ing freshmen not to join such a group.
When the ban was lift&J in 1851, the DKE's came to Caro
lina. Delta Kappa Epsilon became the first nationally char
tered fraternity on campus; Phi Gamma Delta formed a local
chapter the same year.
There was a forerunner to the fraternities simply called The
Club. In the 1865 edition of the North Carolina University
Magazine, Gibbon Williamson wrote about the club: "The
enemies of The Club contended that its great object was
drinking and swearing, as the members were known to excel
in nothing else." .. .
That charge is common against fraternities today but it
went even further in those days.
The fraternities, Williamson wrote, justified their existence
as social organizations. He recounts what anti-fraternity
spokesman Jack Smith said: "As for fostering sociability, it
is enough to say, college is not a place for exercising the social
qualities, but rather a place for restraining them."
Williamson described the membership of one of the major
fraternities. DKE, he wrote, was the favorite of the ''polite
gentlemen, who had a disregard amounting almost to con
tempt for dull textbooks, but spent most of their time over
the polite literature of the day and at some fashionable
saloons, kept by some free gentlemen of the color."
They may be known today for their khaki and madras but
in the 1850s. Williamson wrote, they carried canes and gloves
and wore "ponderous chains."
The Phi Gams, Williamson wrote, affected a ridged moral
ity and lashed with unsparing hands at the innocent follies
and small vices of the time."
Williamson insinuated that the Phi Gams were known for
their vanities: "The president (of the fraternity) kept to his
room night and day for two or three weeks preceeding com
mencement in order to give his skin that softness and delicacy
of tint, so desirable and so much sought after."
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The Greek system at UNC has come quite a long
way since its beginnings in 1842. There are cur
rently 15 University-recognized sororities and 28
The University and the fraternities closed during Recon
struction and, when the University was reopened in 1875, the
Faculty Council banned the reorganization of the fraternities.
The ban lasted 10 years until 1885 when the groups were
allowed to reorganize as long as they gave the faculty a list of
their members and did not have liquor in the houses.
Sororities did not have the same trouble that the fraternities
did. Dr. Guion Johnson, a Chi Omega alumnus living in
Chapel Hill, helped found the chapter here in 1923. The Pi
Beta Phi chapter opened earlier the same year. ,
Johnson said that the University administrators were sup
portive of the women's efforts to organize. But, it was not
until 16 years later that a third house appeared on the campus
in 1939. The lack of a large number of houses in the early
years was probably due to the small enrollment of women at
the University. . ,
By 1970 all but three of the existing sororities had been es,
tablished at UNC. The final three having been added since
1976, there are now 15 recognized sororities on campus
owning 1 1 houses with a membership of more than 1 ,300.
Fraternity membership rose during the 1960s though its
percentage of students on campus has decreased. During this
time the Greeks came under attack for being racially segre
gated and for being open only to wealthier students.
Since that time some fraternities have integrated to an ex
tent that the financial aid office has dropped its ban forbid
ding the students on scholarships to join fraternities.
There are now 28 University-recognized fraternities on
campus, the total Greek population comprising approximately
20 percent of the campus.
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Take cover; do rm wars exist at UNC
By RACHEL PERRY
DTH Staff Writer
Raw egg dripped from our hair and eyelashes, empty water
balloons lay scattered around the living room floor and tomato
pulp was squished into the sliding door screen and all over the
My two conspirators and I huddled together on the soaked
couch, sticky, shivering and laughing. ,
Chapel Hill riots? Ah early Halloween? New hazing rites?
No, just a friendly apartment rivalry. Apartment, dormitory,
floor and 'suite rivalries have become a popular, if somewhat
messy, pastime at Carolina.
, With shaving cream, eggs, ever-popular water balloons, panty
and jock strap raids,, along with more demure abuses such as
shouting matches and insults, rivalries between residence halls
Joe Canady, an RA in Grimes, a men's residence hall on Olde
Campus, said there had always been a big rivalry between Grimes
and Manly. '
"They have large yelling matches (usually obscenities) across
the quad to see who can outyell each other," he said.
Canady said the rivalry between the two dormitories was us
ually "pretty clean-cut. They stick to annual snowball fights and
intense Intramural games."
Rivalries between the East (women's) and the West (men's)
, wings of Granville Towers do not always remain so orderly.
Shaving cream fights, water fights, baby powder showers, egg
fights, pool wars and other inventive escapades are popular in
the East-West rivalry, said Billy Branner, an RA on sixth floor
West. . ' .
"Whenever we mix with girls in East, we usually go over there
the night before and kind of introduce ourselves with shaving
cream all over their doors," he said. "About 40 guys will cram
into the elevators with their shaving cream cans and cover the
whole floor with shaving cream, like a S.W.A.T. team."
Of course, the retaliations can take unexpected turns. "My
' guys did the whole East.wing last year (covered it with shaving
cream), and the girls ended up demolishing our floor with 14
dozen eggs," Branner said. Needless to say, Granville authorities
were not pleased when all the carpeting had to be replaced and
the doors had to be revarnished.
But Granville does not hold the monopoly on dorm wars. One
senior recalled water fights during her years at Morrison
residence hall on South Campus. "It would come down in buck
etfulls from the top floors, on top of whatever unlucky people
who were walking or playing basketball."
Panty and jock strap raids, standard forms of friendly rivalries,
seem to be losing popularity at Carolina. Panty raids occur oc
casionally in Ehringhaus and James dormitories,, but a more
popular escapade is tying the four doors in a suite together with
string so nobody can get out of the rooms, or placing a stack of
pennies underneath a door, which prevents anyone inside from
opening the door.
Newspapering someone, or taping newspaper in front of some
one's door for a rude pre-shower awakening the next morning,
is also a popular pastime.
Branner recalled one incident in Granville when the retaliating
girls newspapered the halls, tied all the doors in the hall together
and released about 100 crickets to chirp the early morning away.
"It took us forever to clean that mess up," he said.
Watch out. Your apartment, hall or dorm may be next.
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Pep rally paiicipatioii
may soon be bolstered
By ANN PETERS
DTH Staff Writer
Football Saturdays and Carolina spirit
go hand in hind. Every fall moving pep
rallies weave in and out of the streets on
campus. But .they usually travel through
North or South campus, and student par
ticipation, otfier than running out to the
beer truck to- get some brew, is minimal.
This year's cheerleading squad hopes .
to change that with the introduction of
more stationary pep rallies, possibly in the
Co-captain Ted Hopkins said student
participation was really important since
the rallies are more for the students than
for anyone else.
"We want to initiate something big,"
Hopkins said. "It's something different,
especially after the year we had last year.
"We want it to be a Carolina effort. .
That's what it boils down to, that's what ;
it should be."
Hopkins said the administration also
was interested in getting more student in
volvement with the pep rallies rather than
it being simply the cheerleaders and the
band. One suggestion is to have different
student groups put together skits and other
activities to have more crowd participation.
The main point is that Hopkins and
Beth Cloninger, the other co-captain, be
lieve that a stationary pep rally would get
more people involved from all over the
campus and off-campus as well.
For Lucinda McLaughlin this will be
her second year on the varsity cheerlead
ing squad. She said she was very enthused
about the possibility of a larger pep rally.
"This squad is really working toward
getting more crowd involvement," Mc
Laughlin said. "Last year we were more
reserved. But now we want to get all the
students more involved, especially for the
big games, to have, a real blow out at a
pep rally." ; ;
Cheerleaders who aire on the squad for
their first year also are excited about the
idea. Lisa Law said she was sure that a
large stationary pep rally would get stu
dents more involved.
"Hopefully, they'll 'feel like they are
more into the game, more psyched and
ready for the game," Law said.
"We want the crowd more involved be
cause they want to be," McLaughlin said.
Other ways for students to become more
involved with the Carolina spirit is through
try-outs for the junior varsity cheerleading
squad. Teaching workshops are scheduled
for 6 p.m. today and Tuesday. Try-outs
are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday and
Thursday. Both will be held in Carmichael
Students also may sign up for mic-man
try-outs to be held Thursday. Sign-up will
be during the JV workshops and tryouts.
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