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Beta Alpha

University of Illinois

Feb 10th, 1922

Founding Date

Alpha Phis gathered from all directions in Champaign and Urbana for the Installation Ceremonies of Beta Alpha Chapter, at 714 west California Street, Urbana, February tenth and eleventh. Representatives were present from Syracuse, DePauw, Cornell, Boston, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Toronto, Montana, Seattle, and a very large delegation attended from Northwestern. The initiation was held at the house on Friday and was followed by the banquet, which was served in one of the halls of the Wesley Foundation, that spacious, dignified structure presented to the University by the Methodist Church. The initiates and visitors numbered overy eighty, and as the procession marched from one of the adjoining rooms to the banquet hall the corridors re-echoed, “Alpha Phi Toujours.” The toast plan was a miniature Quarterly, bound in an exact duplicate of the Quarterly cover. With Mrs. Cora Allen McElroy (Beta-Northwestern) as toastmistress, and with such speakers following, it is not difficult to imagine that a wonderful program resulted. The coming of Alpha Phi to the University of Illinois was welcomed by many of the other fraternities and organizations on the campus. Their congratulations were emphasized by baskets and boxes of flowers that completely filled the Alpha Phi house, and many telegrams were received from distant friends and sister chapters.