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Johnson and F. P. Hobgood, Sr., the latter favoring permitting their
establishment at the College. The only other who had shared his
views was W. J. Ferrell, in the paper of May 17. Practically all others,
including Bailey, the editor, were in the opposition. Furthermore, the
groups did not make a good record for behaviour during the year, and
the Trustees in May, 1905, again voted to prohibit fraternities of all
kinds.
Hardly had the next session opened, however, when the men of the
former fraternities who had pledged themselves to abide by the
regulations of the College on fraternities, were making a fight for
supremacy on the Campus and were menacing the integrity and
proper functioning of the Literary Societies. The Societies, however,
fought back with a regulation requiring every one initiated into their
membership to attest by solemn oath that he was not a member of any
other college group and that so long as he remained a student of the
College including the vacation periods, he would not become a
member of any such organization. At their meeting in May, 1907, the
Trustees thanked the Societies for their cooperation, and called for the
resignation of the faculty member mentioned above who was reported
to have encouraged the students in disregarding the regulations. On
March 4, 1907, the faculty voted that no member of the fraternities
could remain in college the remainder of the session unless he had
satisfied the President that he would abide by the regulations, and that
no member of a fraternity be admitted in the fall except such as the
president recommended. At the Commencement of 1907 the trustees
adopted a new set of regulations on fraternities which they asked to be
published in The Biblical Recorder, Charity and Children, and the
North Carolina Baptists. The resolutions of the Trustees were
published in the catalogues beginning with that of 1908-09 and
ending in 1912-13, and are as given in the
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8 Resolved, That it is the sense of the Board that from this time forward any
student who becomes a member of any secret fraternity, local or national, other than
the two Literary Societies (Euzelian and Philomathesian), whether he be initiated
either here or elsewhere, thereby forfeits at once his right to membership in the
student body of the College.
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