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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

SOCIETIES The literary societies of Hillsdale College have from the first taken a high rank. They have never lost by comparison with other like associations. Their literary exercises have uniformly been complimentary both to the students and the college. The several society halls have been fitted up with elegance and taste. The real experience and practical discipline of these associations have been of great service to the members in subsequent life.
Hillsdale College from the beginning had two literary societies sustained by the students, viz.: The Eunomian and the Philogrammatian Societies. These societies bad been organized and in operation at Spring Arbor, and were removed to Hillsdale with the college. Both ladies and gentlemen were members. Soon a debating society, called the Ciceronian Society, was organized The two former societies were disorganized and practically disbanded in a short time by an edict of the faculty forbidding the association of ladies and gentlemen as members of the same societies., The Ciceronian Society for a time was the only one in the institution, but it did not meet the wants of the more progressive students. Societies on a broader basis were desired. On the 10th day of October, 1857, the Alpha Kappa Phi Society was organized with fourteen members. The name selected is made up of the initial letters of the Greek words, Adelphoi kai Philoi (Brothers and Friends). Mens Ornna Regit was adopted for a motto. This society was incorporated February 27th, 1858. The Amphictyon Society was organized in December. 1857, with seventeen members. ¦Inveniam viam avt facia in was adopted as its motto. These two societies were, organized among the gentlemen. Two societies were also organized among the ladies.

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