The Book and Key Society: March 21, 1918

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

This article is part of a series called Last Century Today. What follows is the minutes of Book and Key, Swarthmore’s secret society, from exactly 100 years ago.

The Temple, March 21, 1918

Regular meeting of the Book and Key Society called to order by Senior Praeces Reilly. The minutes of the preceding meeting were approved as read.

Senior Carhog discusses the table system. Further discussion of this point. Everyone in College seems dissatisfied with the present system and advisability of returning to the old fraternity system was discussed. Senior Donnelly announced that a joint meeting of the men’s and women’s table committees would be held shortly after Spring vacation to settle this matter. Senior Donnelly brought up the matter of changing the method of selection of assistant managers. Suggesting that an amendment be made to the constitution of the athletic association allowing the committee to choose as many men as the deem worthy of being manager.

Discussion on over organization. Sentiment is that although there are a number of organizations – to cut any of them out would be the wrong way to remedy the evil. Point system discussed. Its failure in other colleges does not warrant it being tried here.

New reuling of charging two dollars for examinations which have been missed was discussed. It’s unfairness is evident and is being brought before the Dean and the Absence Committee.


RN Blau


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Keton Kakkar ’20

Keton entered Swarthmore with the class of 2019 and graduated with the class of 2020. He double majored in English literature and computer science and was awarded Honors at commencement. A former editor of this newspaper, he was responsible for merging The Daily Gazette with The Phoenix, among other initiatives. He grew up in Sands Point, New York, completed the last two years of his secondary schooling at Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts, and is a member of the class of 2025 at the NYU School of Law.

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