Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Clarkson Women & Sororities

In 1964 Clarkson started accepting women. The first class had nine and three left after the first semester. It took a few years, but in 1972 Clarkson women started joining the local sororities. At that time there were six: Alpha, Ago, Delta, Zeta, PhiK & Omega.

From The Clarkson Mosaic 1896-1995
In 1977 the first Clarkson sorority was founded, Phi Sigma Sigma, a national.  At first they participated in the same rush at the locals, and even accepted members from SUNY Potsdam (source: The Raquette 11/3/78) and appear in the Potsdam State yearbook from 1979-1981. 

In 1980 Phi Sig disaffiliated themselves with their national and changed their name to Phi Sigma Lambda, in order to continue to accept members from Potsdam State. The sisters don't appear in either yearbook in 1982, and then in 1983 they appear in the Clarkson yearbook only.  A March 8, 1983 Clarkson Integrator article titled "Phi Sigma Sigma Relives at Clarkson" says the sorority had 48 pledges.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sorority Rush Though the Years

Years ago there was one sorority rush in Potsdam, for one school.  Then in 1972 Clarkson girls were allowed to rush State sororities, so there was still one rush but for two schools.  Even after the first Clarkson sorority (Phi Sigma Sigma) was founded in 1977 there was still one rush, and Phi Sig even took a State pledge in 1978 "in recognition of the tradition which has always integrated the women of both schools."

In 1984 Clarkson had 2 sororities and started their own rush, separate from the SUNY Potsdam sororities.  Here are some highlights of how sorority rush has changed over the years.
Spring '88 rush party at Omega
(that's me at the bottom middle of the photo, staring straight into the camera)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Borrowing" Each Others Stuff

Have you ever "borrowed" something from a fraternity or sorority?  This was great fun when I was an active (1988-1991).  Composites were the most common thing we'd snag.  Typically we'd sign the back and then hang it up at the House someplace.  We also used to paint our letters on the sidewalks in front of fraternities - with lots of giggling.

1961 Clarkson yearbook
What have you "borrowed" from another House?  Some alumni remember: