Chapter Letters: Tau - Syracuse University, June 1886

[Beta] Tau has added three new members, been honored by two members who were selected to play in a musical soiree at commencement, and enjoyed a visit from Miss Longee of Cornell on May 20th. Five members of [Beta] Tau are expected to attend the 1886 National Convention in August, and the [Beta] Tau chapter will host an annual commencement banquet on June 22nd, accompanied by several returning alumnae.






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 Syracuse was the second chapter to be known as Tau and, after 1890, it became known as Beta Tau.

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