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This Week in MIT History

The Tech has historically had a much different focus than what students are familiar with today. News of student group events and even Greek news were the majority of the paper’s content.

The topics of these articles indicate that alcohol was present and even sanctioned on campus and that students faced the consequences as the adults they were. The following briefs were published in The Tech with the headline “Fraternity Findings” on October 1, 1943.

Beta’s Step Out

IFC weekend at the Beta Theta Pi establishment was a bit more lively than usual. The party started with champagne distribution at the house and kept up in the same vein even after the group adjourned to the Copley about ten. About 11:30 p.m. two of the lads dropped up, and obviously well along in their cups. Well, to make a long story short, one of these misguided brothers, just six months removed from Rugby, England, claims that the last thing he remembers about the events of Friday evening was a glass of champagne followed by a whiskey sour. Saturday morning he found himself on a hard cot in the city jail, his shipmate a tough character of the South Boston variety named O’Hara.

Phi Gam’s Elect Officers

As a result of the potency of that formidable brandy and milk punch last Saturday night the Fiji’s have had to elect new officers. Only two officers remain in office after the drastic clean-up campaign. Jim Weaver, historian, and Dave Clare, Treasurer survived the stormy blast and John Martin, Carl Howard, and Ted Drake rode the crest of the reformation wave to the presidency, recording secretaryship, and correspondence secretary berth respectively. No further news from the Fenway outfit is available but last reports indicated that all concerned were doing well.

Haymaking Sigma Nu’s

The western element of the Brookline house finally has gotten the hay ride that they have been demanding for quite a while. The Sigma Nu’s are planning to make hay while the moon shines next Saturday night on the wagon jaunt to the Blue Hills. Brothers have decreed that with the possible exception of horses there will be no stags permitted. A new regime has been elected to steer the brothers of Sigma Nu onward. Wilson Gilliat is the new president, and Cort Ames is vice president. Jim Millar is secretary, Ed Andrews treasurer; Ken Scheid is rushing chairman, and Bob Landwehr is the IFC representative.