Secret Societies in Boarding Schools

<p>I know it may be to no avail, but if any current or alumni of a boarding school want to share their experience with a secret society at their school as I for one, would love to hear more about this topic that not to many people know about.</p>

<p>When you say "secret society", what ** exactly ** do you mean? Are referring to something like the Illuminati? haha</p>

<p>Not quite haha. I was talking about societies like the ones said to still be active at Andover which are TUB (Truth, Unity, Brotherhood) Or the female counterpart, MSAS (Madame Sarah Abbot Society).</p>

<p>Honestly, it sounds like a suburban, upper-class gang... IMO</p>

<p>And we can't talk about them here, or they wouldn't be "secret". ;) Just kidding.</p>

<p>Wow, what are these and how do I join one? Sounds so D.A.-ish :) Harry potter... but vandalism is a huge issue. How are they not caught- are there any security cameras?</p>

<p>Historically, fraternities and secret societies were formally banished/forbidden from PA a long time ago (first world war era? I forget; it was long, long before my time in the early '70's; I remember that it was explicitly forbidden; it sounds like they added it to the Blue Book this time to make sure there could be no misunderstandings.). </p>

<p>By their very nature, secret societies are hard to eliminate completely. Maybe a current Andover student can comment; I'd expect the administration is more than slightly upset by this incident... And the vandalism should be dealt with if/when the perpetrators can be identified.</p>

<p>The campus is large: would you really want hundreds of cameras? That's what it would take to cover the campus.</p>

<p>It also sounds like it could be a single or maybe just a couple of people; having a "smoke screen" of an organization is attractive to many.</p>

<p>Though the pranks that a friend and I did when we were there will remain unpublished, we made sure there was no damage or anyone hurt. I remember what we did got the administration all upset (justifiably so, I expect). But what we did wasn't a "secret society", any more than any two of you doing something you shouldn't ;-).</p>

<p>Here's a short little article on PA's secret societies:</p>

<p>Andover</a> History & Archaeology Club: Did you know...?</p>

<p>High</a> school secret societies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</p>

<p>There are a few at Concord.</p>

<p>The ones at Andover are all pretty awesome. I only say that because they leave food out for people during finals week--MSAS leaves cupcakes, and TUB leaves an enormous bathtub of soda on the library terrace. </p>

<p>One other society, however, is not well-liked by both the administration and the student body. AUV, as it is called, boasts members like George W. Bush, and they're known currently for spray-painting garbage cans around campus. Truly a wonderful addition to campus. /sarcasm</p>

<p>But honestly, no one really knows anything about the societies, and those who are in them don't tell anyone.</p>