408 History of Wake Forest College
As many members of the secret fraternity as returned readily signed
the promise, but they kept up their organization. They continued to
hold clandestine meetings and to initiate new members. On
ascertaining this fact and the names of the members the faculty did
much investigating and proposed measures which proved ineffective.
The presence and activities of the fraternities continued for two years
to cause much trouble to the faculty and much unrest and
dissatisfaction among the
From their first organization the
fraternities were regarded by the Literary Societies as mortal enemies,
and as early as May 20, 1882, the Euzelian Society, on the motion of
W. J. Ferrell, passed resolutions against them .4
As half-way measures had failed the faculty on July 11, 1884, made
membership in a fraternity a bar to admission to the College for the
future. Thus the incidence of their action fell on those whose names
were known and who had not yet finished their course, not on several
who had been graduated at the commencements of 1883 and 1884. By
this action the College lost several able students, but the faculty had
no further serious trouble with fraternities for five or six years.
The expulsion of these students in support of the regulations of the
College against fraternities was well known at the College and among
Wake Forest men throughout the State. Furthermore, beginning with
the year, 1884-85, the catalogue had contained a statement under head
of "Literary Societies" that, "No other secret societies are allowed to
exist among the students," and those who registered as students were
required to sign the
officer of the faculty," was used since at that time the faculty had no president. The
chairman of the faculty was Professor W. B. Royall.
Minutes of the Faculty, September 1, 1882; May 2, 1884; May 29, 1884; June
17, 1884; July 10, 11, 1884.
Minutes of Euzelian Society, May 20, 1882. A preamble said the secret
fraternity, called Kappa Alpha, was destroying the harmony of the Society and
promoting discord, and was contrary to the spirit of the laws of the Society and
detrimental to its usefulness and future prosperity. The resolutions requested the
fraternity members to sever their connection with it; that one who did persist in
remaining in the fraternity forfeited his membership in the Society. The resolutions
to go into effect at once passed their first reading by a vote of 38 to 25.