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Colleges and Weird Names

Foodiesoul
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7/6/2016 12:06:49 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
Why do sororities and fraternities always have weird names like Gamma Phi Beta or Alpha Chi Omega or Omega Chi Delta?

Also, why do colleges always have Latin mottos/slogans?
Danielle
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7/14/2016 4:50:21 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/6/2016 12:06:49 AM, Foodiesoul wrote:
Why do sororities and fraternities always have weird names like Gamma Phi Beta or Alpha Chi Omega or Omega Chi Delta?

Also, why do colleges always have Latin mottos/slogans?

The use of Greek letters for fraternity names started with Phi Beta Kappa at the College of William and Mary in 1776, and since then the names of newly-founded fraternities and sororities have most often consisted of two or three Greek letters that represent the initials of a Greek motto. For example, Chi Pi Sigma is a police officer social fraternity who got the name from the abbreviation of "College Police School" (CPS) also known as the first formal police degree from a major university. Phi Beta Kappa comes from the Greek translation/meaning "philosophy is the guide of life." Lambda Phi Epsilon comes from the Chinese phrase with similar written characters, which echoes their motto "to be leaders among men." So it seems the group will have a motto they appreciate that represents their group, and then finds corresponding Greek letters to represent their mission.
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Danielle
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7/14/2016 4:53:04 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
As for the question about Latin, literary societies existed at virtually all the colleges and universities in America in the 1700s and thrived until the Civil War. They were student fraternal organizations that promoted scholarship, rhetoric, and ethical conduct. The literary exercises of these societies usually consisted of a debate and some reading and writing (poems, etc.). They adopted Greek and Latin phrases as their mottos. Remember that Latin was extremely popular in academia back in the day. Fraternities branched off from these organizations and perpetuated the Greek/Latin motto tradition I guess.
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9/27/2016 7:11:42 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
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