1904: Fraternities (re)approved

After giving the subject their most careful attention, and investigating the merits and faults of such a proposition, the faculty and trustees of this school decided that it was for the good of the school to admit fraternities. This movement was made without the slightest attempt at secrecy and the facts of the case were accessible for any person who cared to investigate. Now, at this late time, there comes forth a crowd of ambitious persons with a petition composed of three clauses. The substance of this petition is about as [follows]: First, that the signers believe that fraternities in general are detrimental to the democratic spirit of the institution; second, that they deplore the admission of fraternities; third, that they protest against the building of chapter houses on the campus. It will be seen at a glance that such a movement is about six months late, and that the first two clauses do not amount to anything now. The third clause has arguments for both sides which are very strong and will no doubt be thoroughly considered. Nevertheless it might be interesting to look over the personnel of the instigators of this movement. One of these men is really against fraternities in his own mind, and is to be commended for his stand in the matter. Beyond this we happen to know that six of these men belonged to crowd who tried to organize a fraternity within the last two years. Among the other prime movers there are very few who are of sufficient calibre to become fraternity members in any school. Attached to this petition are the names of between four and five hundred students. It is a safe guess that ninety-five percent of these men never spent three days in a school where fraternities existed, and consequently are absolutely ignorant as to their workings. These facts prove conclusively that the aforesaid petition is largely the outgrowth of jealousy and ignorance, and should be treated as such. Meanwhile the fraternity question has been settled by men whose brain power and knowledge of fraternities is considerably in excess of that exhibited by the latest disturbers of the peace. They are here and here to stay. The men who do not believe in them are certainly not obliged to join, and the jealous ones should hunt up some other subject upon which to vent their mighty wrath.

The I.S.C. Student, 30 April 1904

Issue: 30 April 1904

The Iowa State Daily was founded 14 years before to this editorial was published and since one of the founders was an active anti-fraternity student, this editorial was a certain turn from the Daily‘s mindset a generation ago. By 1904, fraternities had existed on campus in a disguised student club form for several years.


Greek Community Re-establishing at Iowa State

Court upholds fraternity ban (1894)
Fraternities (re)approved (1904)

ORIGINAL TWO: Delta Tau Delta (1911) | Pi Beta Phi (1906)

NATIONAL FRATERNITIES: Acacia (1909) | Alpha Tau Omega (1908) | Beta Theta Pi (1905) | Kappa Sigma (1909) | Phi Gamma Delta (1907) | Phi Sigma Kappa (1911) | Sigma Alpha Epsilon (1905) | Sigma Nu (1904) | Theta Xi (1909)

NATIONAL SORORITIES: Alpha Delta Pi (1911)

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