THEN: The college's literary societies
- the Washington Society and the Franklin Society, both established in 1832 - enjoyed
a wholesome rivalry. There was tremendous interest in debate and public speaking
at the time, and every student participated on one side or the other. Lively debates
were the favored Saturday night activity one hundred years ago. Kappa Alpha, Kappa
Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Deltas, and the YMCA were active
on campus in 1900. The Glee Club and the Skating Club were also popular activities.
NOW: Today's students choose from 65
clubs and organizations, including honorary organizations, academic department organizations,
religious and service groups like Amnesty International and Christian Fellowship,
and special interest groups like the Black Cultural Society, the Drama Guild, and
Habitat for Humanity. Seven fraternities and four sororities have chapters on campus.
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