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The "Kappa Alpha Society"... who are they?

diehldundiehldun Registered User Posts: 1,499 Senior Member
edited November 2010 in Cornell University
Anyone here familiar with this fraternity? I haven't heard much (if anything) about them before, and fishing around online only got me more intrigued/perplexed. According to SAO they're been in IFC since '07, but were founded in 1825. Would appreciate any additional info/insight, thanks!
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Replies to: The "Kappa Alpha Society"... who are they?

  • richs73casrichs73cas Registered User Posts: 901 Member
    Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter social fraternity in the United States. Part of the original "Union Triad," KA has been going strong since 1825.

    There have been as many as 14 chapters; today, there are seven active chapters, one having just recolonized, and one in the process of recolonizing. Our active chapters can be found at: Hobart College; Cornell University; The University of Toronto; Lehigh University; The University of Pennsylvania; The University of Western Ontario; and The University of Alberta [Edmonton].
    The Kappa Alpha Society*-*About Us
    Chapters at Union College, Williams College, Princeton University, University of Virginia,
    McGill University, Wesleyan University, and University of Calgary are not currently active.

    The Kappa Alpha Society at Cornell University:
    A committee to form the Cornell Chapter was established in late 1867 and contacted Cornell President Andrew Dixon White to explore the "restrictions or conditions under which such societies will be admitted in Cornell University". The first Cornell Undergraduates were admitted in November of 1868, shortly after the University opened.

    The Kappa Alpha Society at Cornell occupied it's own quarters from its inception.
    For 18 years in rented rooms at the corner of Tioga and State Street.
    Then in a Stone Lodge built in 1887 at 2 Central Avenue on Campus. In 1959 a new Lodge was built at 14 South Ave and occupied by the Society until 1991.
    The Chapter recolonized in 2007 and is currently occupying a house near North Campus.

    In keeping with it's traditions as a Literary Society, the Cornell Chapter sponsored a Literary Magazine: The New Literary Review. The New Literary Review is a prose magazine dedicated to discovering young talent by collecting and publishing the best fiction and nonfiction writing on campus.

    The Kappa Alpha Professorship, an endowed chair in the Humanities, was funded by the chapter alumni in 1946. Robert Morgan is the Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell.
    You mention you are intrigued/perplexed.

    The best way to find out more is to contact the current members on campus.
  • RemyCornellRemyCornell Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I recently read on a Cornell blog that they are responsible for the first fraternity hazing death at Cornell, which was also the first fraternity death in the US, in 1873 right after the university's founding.

    [url=http://brancra.****/2010/08/12/hazing-at-cornell-a-tradition/]Hazing at Cornell: A Tradition? Ithacating in Cornell Heights[/url]
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