Peter Cook's Chapter History for 1966-67
This exists in one carbon copy in the
"Chapter Histories" file. [--Patrick Feaster]
March 10, 1967
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Kappa Sigma Chapter
The academic year 1966-67 has, up to
now, been the most productive and successful in the history of Kappa
Sigma Chapter. Now if we sound a bit conceited right to start with,
don't be offended. You really haven't heard anything yet. We began
with thirty-odd members and have grown tremendously. Our fall pledge
class, while only, and I use the term quantitatively, gaining for us
three new members, was more than offset by our huge Spring pledge
class. Through the great coordination of Paul Trubenbach as rush
chairman we have fifteen new pledges! Rushing was effective to say the
least. In addition to our usual rush smokers, we had our first annual
"C.C.C.P." party (the meaning of which is left to the imagination), and
a "Pre-Post" party featuring the Clown and Country Players' of Phi Mu
Alpha presentation of Shakespeare's The most Lamentable Comedy and most
Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisby, from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
President H. William Schnack's portrayal of Pyramus revealed the kind
of talent that naturally springs forth from great politicians and
musicians...all show. It was an unforgettable performance and was the
sophisticated type of entertainment worthy of presentation at a
function of a professional fraternity.
Our two concerts during the past
semester were a Chamber Choral Concert, presented in conjunction with
Sigma Alpha Iota, and An Evening of Picasso, Percussion, and Other
Items. The second concert deserves special note, as it was a lecture-
recital, in which lecturer Bill Prante showed the inherent humor in
music. Picasso's "Three Musicians" and various compositions by modern
composers served as examples to illustrate the Twentieth Century style.
The music included Alan Hovhaness' "Burning House" Overture (simple,
but good) and a Toccata for twenty percussion by Robert Crane. We know
that Brahms wore a beard, if nothing else.
The Phi Mu Alpha chorus, under the
direction of Thomas Schmidt, has been asked to sing on various
sions including Sunday morning service and the annual
faculty banquet. With our new pledges our choir has swelled to a grand
forty-five voices. We're huge, and hopefully manageable. Tom has
started a new choir of sixteen voices which concentrated with or about
Our basketball team, the Cosbys, under
the spiritual leadership of Coach "Truby" Trubenbach, has lead [sic] a
valiant fight for recognition of our fine athletes. After having won a
game (at last!) they have challenged the pledge class to a tournament.
Good Luck, Cosbys! Craig Affeldt has been responsible for our weekly
radio show over WVUR-FM, and has increased our weekly presentations
from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We can boast of the only Special Christmas Show
that presents only Russian 'cello concertos and symphonies.
Perhaps the crowning achievement of this
semester (indeed the history of Kappa Sigma Chapter) has been the
acquisition of a new house. Our new house, at 810 Brown Street, offers
us more space, a more central location, and generally newer and better
physical arrangements. Much work has been put into this project by
Edwin Eich, John Siebert, and our faculty-advisor, Professor William
Kroeger. Through the gracious financial aid of Valparaiso University
and friends of the fraternity we were able to sign the contract on
Monday, February 27, 1967. The new house is all ours, it's official.
We will be moving into our new abode in June, 1967.