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years under consideration Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity
founded on the “old campus,” continued active and flourishing.
One more “fraternity,” Tau Eta Mu, a local with no national ties,
and, uniquely, open to both men and women students, was founded
in 1977–1978 but lasted only three years.
The 1970’s was an especially successful decade for the membership
and activities of the Men’s Residence Council, founded by indepen-
dents in the mid-1960’s as an alternative to Greek-letter fraternities.
The Council embraced the four men’s dormitories on the Plaza:
Poteat House, Kitchin House, Davis House, and Taylor House. The
stated goal of the MRC was to stress “the idea of total education, a
living type of academics,” with emphasis on “academic excellence,
athletics, social life, and leadership training.” A number of faculty
members assisted the Council in defining its purpose and in plan-
ning its programs.
Meanwhile, women students had an opportunity to join one of
the women’s “societies,” some of which had roots either on the “old
campus” or from the early years in Winston-Salem. (All the societies
were local; through the Scales years there were no national “sororities”
at Wake Forest.) The three oldest societies were Strings (founded
as far back as 1948), S.O.P.H. (1956), and Fideles (1961), and they
remained active and successful. By 1967 there were three other
approved societies (Cameos, Laurels, and Les Soeurs), but Cameos’
last season was 1967–1968, Les Soeurs closed after 1970–1971, and
Laurels ceased to be active after 1971–1972. Thymes, founded in
1968-1969, was successful in establishing itself alongside Strings,
S.O.P.H., and Fideles, as was Steps, founded in 1972–1973. Another
society called “Rigels” began life in 1975–1976 but ceased function-
ing after 1980. Still another group, “Lynks,” was started in 1981–1982
and joined Strings, S.O.P.H., Fideles, Thymes, and Steps in the clus-
ter of societies still at Wake Forest when the Scales years ended.
When one reads The Howler, as I did, from 1968 to 1983, one is
stunningly aware of the many groups and organizations in which
students found something appealing or instructive or entertaining
or inspirational. Some of the groups had been at Wake Forest for a
long time; some sprang up almost overnight; some flourished for a
while and then disappeared. It would be beyond the purpose of this
History to speak of all of them or even to begin to tell their stories,
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