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their assumption of social exclusiveness that the D.V.L. group was in
such disfavor among their fellow students. The group was not very
large nor very influential, except that they sometimes held the balance
of power between the factions in the Literary Societies and in this
way gained favor for themselves in Society honors
The presence of the D.V.L. group encouraged the organization of
other groups, and when the faculty made their next investigation in
May, 1903, they found three groups here, the two additional groups
being the A.S.P. and the Delta Sigma. On the recommendation of the
investigating committee consisting of Dr. F. K. Cooke and Professors
N. Y. Gulley and W. L. Poteat, the faculty voted that no member of
any of these groups be allowed to return to College until he had
signed a contract to sever all connections with his groups and not to
connect himself with or countenance such organizations in the future.
The fraternity members were ready enough to sign the contracts,
but before the end of the next year fraternities were causing more
trouble than ever, and were said to have the advice of a member of the
faculty who had come to the College that year, from an institution
where fraternities were allowed. The result was that at the annual
meeting of the Trustees at the Commencement of 1904, a motion was
made to rescind the regulation forbidding fraternities, but after
hearing several members of the faculty―Sledd, Eatman, Cullom,
Paschal―the trustees on the motion of J. W. Bailey, voted to give
strictly local fraternities one year's trial. The year of trial proved to be
disastrous to the legalization of fraternities at that time. As the
collegiate year was nearing its end, in the issues of the Biblical
Recorder, May 3 to May 24, appeared many articles written by
alumni, some of them members of the Board, which revealed
unmistakably an overwhelming anti-fraternity sentiment. The first
article was by M. L. Kesler, a trustee; the last two by Livingston
7 For a statement as to its organization and the purposes of its founders see the
Wake Forest Student, XV, 562 f., July, 1896. The statement is by T. H. Briggs, the
leader in its organization. According to this report while the organization was not
expressly sanctioned by the Faculty, it was winked at.
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