ARACHNOPHOBIA: The Order of the Scorpion
by Dorothie Hughes
Salem's only secret society, the Or
der of the Scorpion, continues to fasci
Being new to the college this year, 1
read atout this elite club in the Student
How's this for mystery: "...Projects
of the group are vital ones, though
often small, intangible and unknown."
I'll say. NO ONE knows who these 14
juniors and seniors are!
The Scorpion's identities are not
revealed until the end of the senior
year, when they wear pins with Scor
pion insignia at Commencement. The
yearbook also prints the names of
graduating Scorpions at the end of the
year. In other words, you don't find
out who they are until after they're
Their main objective, supposedly, is
to keep intact the true spirit of Salem.
Last year, everyone received candy
from them. This Halloween, bags of
candy were found in the dorm lobbies
for all to enjoy. Thanks ladies!
I always check the tree and statue in
front of the alumnae house for those
construction paper scorpions, which I
assume to signify a Scorpion meeting.
Why is the scorpion, of all animals,
Apparently, they're not financed by
the school itself, so where do they get
the necessary funds for an operating
budget?? Do they sell Scorpion t-shirts
Inquiring minds want to know!
That is the extent of my second
hand knowledge about this group.
They definitely have my curiosity
I've deduced that in order to be se
lected by the "Scorps," you must be a
student who is civic-minded, involved
in extracurricular activities and a well-
rounded person. Well-rounded could
translate into being the wildest party
women on campus.
All my speculations have caused
me to repeatedly ask my friends
whether or not they're a Scorpion - its
almost a game. I keep telling them to
put in a good word for me if indeed
they are one.
Is there an application someone can
send me?? Perhaps a Scorpion could
write an anonymous letter in care of
The Salemite to enlighten us Scorpion
There are rumors that a new secret
society, the Order of the Dot, is gear
ing up for the spring semester. But
like the Order of the Scorpion, it might
just be hearsay.
A scorpion found hanging outside the
Alumnae House is thought to signify a
Scorpion meeting, photo by Patricia
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