music and theatre, the 1970’s saw the further development of already
existing arts organizations and the beginning of related new groups.
The Dance Club (formerly called “Orchesis”) grew in importance;
the Anthony Aston Society (a chapter of National Collegiate Play-
ers) recognized students notably active in the University Theatre;
the Madrigal Singers continued to perform; and, in the early 1980’s,
the Bell Choir (or the Chapel Bell Guild) was created, as was the
Gospel Choir, destined, as the years went by, to grow in strength and
to be increasingly visible in Wait Chapel and elsewhere on the campus.
Intramural sports and opportunities for fitness development and
outdoor activities claimed the attention of many students, as evidenced
by groups such as the Soccer Club (men’s soccer did not become an
intercollegiate sport until 1980–1981), the Maritimers (for women
swimmers), the Rugby Club, the Outing Club, the Karate Club, the
Gymnastics Club, the Ski Club, the Wrestling Club, the Scuba Club,
the Equestrian Team, the Sailing Club, the Rifle Team, and the
Bowling Club.
“Honorary” and “professional” organizations existed to attract
and recognize students who distinguished themselves academically or
as campus leaders or who sought fellowship with other students pur-
suing the same major or looking ahead to the same career or profes-
sion. Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Mortar Board
(formerly Tassels) were, as before, dominant in appeal, but other
groups, some of them with Greek letters for identification, empha-
sized a particular academic interest, whether by department (account-
ing, anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, classical languages,
economics, education, forensics, German, history, marketing, math-
ematics, military science, modern languages, music, physical educa-
tion, physics, sociology) or by hoped-for graduate studies (pre-law,
pre-medical). Other organizations resist easy classification: Young
Democrats, Young Republicans, the International Club, Circle K,
the Monogram Club, the Chess Union, the Photography Club, the
North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Urban
Services Referral Bureau (USRB), and the International Union of
Debutantes. And I must not overlook the cheerleaders, visible wher-
ever a display of hearty campus spirit was required.
Someone who reads these pages may say, “But some of these
groups that you mentioned appeared only briefly.” That’s true. Some-
one else may say, “But you have left out other groups that were equally
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