The brief [Beta] Zeta letter reports that [Beta] Zeta has increased ranks from 12 to 15, and that their meetings tend to be social, musical, and literary. They add that they hosted their first Party on March 2nd, which had over 100 guests.
Initially, the fraternity custom was to name a new chapter after a closed one, so that all 24 letters of the Greek alphabet were always in use. This practice ended in 1890 when Convention delegates voted to affix Beta to the name of a chapter to indicate it was the second and to affix Gamma on the second round, then Delta, and so on. The chapter at the University of Iowa was the second chapter to be known as Zeta and, after 1890, it became known as Beta Zeta.
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