Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity Disbands and Reorganizes

Tue., Oct. 27, 1857

After finding out about the existence of secret fraternity Phi Kappa Sigma, the Faculty invited members of the organization to sign a paper promising to disband it, which all members did.  The fraternity held a final meeting at 9:00pm and formally disbanded before some of the newly initiated members "then reorganized, admitted some of the old members, who deemed the Φ.K. oath more binding than the promise, and were willing to lay aside a few conscientious scruples," according to the journal of Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858).  "So we still flourish, but the most profound secrecy is required, and the least suspicion would almost be our College death warrant."

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Journal of Horatio Collins King, Class of 1858