VIII
FRATERNITIES

ANY fair discussion of the fraternities in our colleges must take account of two aspects of the question. One is general, and has to do with a fundamental hunger for the kind of companionship that fraternities are supposed to afford. This feature of* fraternity life has its application in any kind of institution, since it depends on the social instincts of the human animal. The other depends on local conditions in the particular college that one may have in mind. The conditions described in this second part of the discussion cannot be supposed to hold in colleges where the traditions and attitudes are different.

Most people like secrets. Children are always whispering their little confidences to the inner circle, in the hope that those not in the inner circle will be moved with envy and

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents *
  • I - Why Go to College? 1
  • II - Why Boys Fail in College 12
  • III - Fitting College for the Boy 26
  • IV - Why Parents Fail 34
  • V - Financial Handicaps 43
  • VI - Picking the Winners 57
  • VII - Athletics 67
  • VIII - Fraternities 79
  • IX - Religion 90
  • X - College Pranks 100
  • XI - College Discipline 110
  • XII - Half-Baked Education 121
  • XIII - What's the Use? 133
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