The 1942 Wartime Convention
By FRENTZ, Northwestern '36; Photographs
J. CLYDE MARKEL, Gettysburg '00
TRICTLY business, streamlined to
three days, the Forty-Fifth Biennial
Convention of A held in Chicago in
August marked up a registration of 438
Phis to rank among the bigger Conventions in A history.
"This has been a serious Convention,"
said Dr. Paul F. Cadman, Sewanee '15, in
his banquet remarks after the Convention had officially ended. "Throughout
all of our deliberations, there has been
the awareness of the critical hour in
which we live."
Wartime problems of the Fraternity
occupied the attention of the delegates
to. the almost complete exclusion of all
else. Panel discussions, which replaced
sessions of the Pyx, were confined to wartime problems throughout the week.
Planned entertainments was restricted to
the evening hours. Two of three informal luncheons were featured by speakers
on war subjects.
The Convention was called to order
on Wednesday morning, August 26, at
the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago
by Harry E. Weese, DePauw '97, chairman of the Chicago executive committee
in charge of arrangements. After the assembled delegates and visitors had joined
in singing "The Star Spangled Banner"
and "God Save the King." Dr. Edmund
D. Soper, Dickinson-'g8, Chaplain of the
Convention, led in prayer.
Hosts to the Convention were the
Northwestern and Chicago undergraduate chapters, and the Chicago alumni
chapter. The Northwestern chapter furnished the Convention choir, which led
singing throughout the week except
when its members were absent to take
their final semester examinations at their
University. Richard Daspit directed the
singers, who were Robert Swenson, William Meyer, Robert Lindquist, George
Pfisterer, Robert Cleveland, John Shumway, Richard Lewis, Eddie Firestone,
Mason Ingalls, Don Krause, Robert
Hirth, Elmer Albritton, James Hoban,
and John Pence.
The Convention, was welcomed to Chicago by Edward R. Tiedebohl, Chicago
THE FORTY-FIFTH BIENNIAL GENERAL