A ‘Greek’ Peek

Piggy backing off of the blog post “Not That kind of Greek…” by the Central U.P. and NMU Archives, the BHC presents some of the artifacts we have connected to Greek life here at NMU.

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Although hard to read, this trophy says “Rush Float Winner Tau Pi Nu 1937”

Rush, which was somewhat similar to “Greek Week,” was always a big deal for the sororities and fraternities at NMU. In the earlier years of the university’s history, a parade was held during this week and the Greeks would make floats for it. Every year a winner for best float was awarded a little trophy. This one was given to the sorority Tau Pi Nu for their 1937 float.

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Fraternity paddle for Delta Sigma Phi

We have a number of paddles from a variety of Fraternities. Paddles are typically handmade by the student entering the fraternity or sorority. What the paddles are used for after they are made depends on the organization, though recent hazing laws have reduced them to being mostly ceremonial in nature.

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Mugs for Alpha Phi Omega and Tri Mu

There are lots of nick-knacks associated with the Greek associations, a couple of prime examples that we have are these two mugs. Each is associated with a different fraternity.

These items are currently off display.

Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC

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