Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The quarterly journal of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue treats a single theme and field, providing a forum for discussion of social and scientific issues in a variety of fields of interest. Authors include scholars, experts from the privat

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 3, Fall

2012-14 Council of Students Selected
'When you're part of something that embodies you, such as Phi Kappa Phi and its academic excellence, you want to give back, not just to your campus but to your larger community, too," said Ryan D. Wright, shortly after his peers on the 2012-14 Council...
2012 Phi Kappa Phi Convention Highlights
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi reached new heights at its 42nd Convention. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Literally and figuratively, folks rose to the occasion. More chapter delegates--177--attended the extended weekend of service, learning, and...
America and China Expend Energy on Their Renewed Relationship
The emergence of China as the world's second-largest economy means more than increased competition with the top-ranked United States. China's expansion also allows the financial superpowers to collaborate on clean energy. Figuring out how to work together...
An Edifying Maverick
Lucy Diggs Slowe swam against the tide of sexism, racism, and elitism. The African-American trailblazer (1885-1937) proved her mettle in education on numerous fronts: the first dean of women at Howard University; the first president of the National...
A Pivotal Junction for Railroads
The term "making the grade" perhaps originated from a freight train's efforts to reach the crest of a slope. And, like The Little Engine That Could, the American railroad industry is struggling to get back on track to financial strength after decades...
Chanoyu: Following Ceremony to a Tea
Why do millions of Japanese practice chanoyu, the venerable tea ceremony-cum-performance art, when one can make a cup of tea with a tea bag in minutes? What were and are the functions, expectations, and ramifications of this long-standing ritual? ...
Children Who Disappeared in Britain
Lucy Gardner and Elizabeth Scott-Sanderson arrived at the Normansfield Training Institution outside of London, England, with the same diagnosis: "imbeciles from birth." (1) What happened to these well-to-do children, however, proved far different....
Convention Reflections
I was a rookie in St. Louis--it was my first Phi Kappa Phi convention, so I had no direct point of comparison except the many conferences and national gatherings I have attended over my career. Unlike other rookies, however, I had the unique vantage...
Editor's Note
'Making the Grade," the theme of this edition, denotes analysis, evaluation, and success. Some sources indicate the phrase derives from railroads: a train going up an incline. Other research points to academics: taking a test. No matter the origin,...
I Think I Can
Across [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. Where big names might be seen at a reunion 5. "Praise the Lord, and __ the Ammunition!" Frank Loesser's 1942 patriotic song 9. Separated 14. Verb conjugated in first-year Latin 15. Implement for a...
Making the Grade-But My Way!
Granada Hills Charter High School in suburban Los Angeles won the national Academic Decathlon in April for the second year in a row. The nine-member team racked up the biggest score in the 30-year history of the competition, 54,081 points out of a...
Member Spotlight
Arthur H. Hertz has spent most of his career at Wometco Enterprises, inc., a multimillion-dollar entertainment enterprise based in Coral Gables, Fla He started in 1956 as an accountant; rose through the ranks; became a vice president in 1964, a director...
Natural Selection: Constantly Testing
Evolution, commonly defined as changes in gene forms in a population over time, is all about making the grade: testing differences and promoting those that succeed. However, apply evolution to people, and it becomes evident that there's much more to...
President's Message
I begin my term as President of the Board of Directors of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi with great pride and greater humility. You have entrusted me with the responsibility of leadership, excellence, and service to the Society--meaning to the...
Riding High on Words
For our final column, we offer some observations about making the grade as a writer, something we hope to have accomplished the past three years in this very space. We base these opinions on our own experience as practitioners of the craft, and our...
Risks and Rewards of Blowing the Whistle
What happens when employees discover wrongdoing in their organization? If the offense is serious--illegality, corruption, mismanagement, negligence, theft, cover-up, in-justice, danger--they might disclose the problem to the authorities or the public....
Robert B. Rogow Thanked by Society for His Long Service
Robert B. Rogow's leadership roles with Phi Kappa Phi span three decades. Talk about food for thought! That's one reason why he was presented with a pewter sewing platter in a crab motif and an autographed copy of Louisiana chef John Folse's Encyclopedia...
Taking Stock of the Council of Students
The inaugural Council of Students advisory panel completed its two-year term in August. The charter representatives pursued numerous objectives upon their formation in August 2010. Undertakings included advocating on behalf of constituents, expanding...
Taking the Measure of Graduation Rates in Big-Time College Sports
Popular-press headlines touting the academic strides of athletes in higher education seem encouraging. "Six-Year Grad Rate at All-time High," proclaims one. (1) But the real story about this demographic is less simplistic and more problematic. Numerous...
The Strength of Character
For this edition's theme of "Making the Grade," most entries addressed formal education, its achievements and its failures. Ranging in tone from inspirational to anxiety-ridden, poets meditated on societal concerns, such as equal access to educational...
The U.S. No Longer Makes the Grade: Economic Inequality Put an End to the "American Century"
In his State of the Union address last January, U.S. President Barack Obama said that "anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn't know what they're talking about." Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, when in...
To Make the Grade in High School, Work It Out
The salutary effects of physical activity extend beyond the body to the mind. It's common knowledge that exercise strengthens bones, develops muscles, deters diseases, and combats obesity. It might be less well-known that because conditioning increases...
Worship Freedom of Thought
People tend to confuse prevailing conditions with enduring realities. We readily assume that whatever is happening now will define the future. If we take time to reflect, however, we realize that this is often nonsense. (Y2K, anyone?) This tendency...