The Torchlight (published by the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Kappa Phi Kappa), Volume 1, Number 1


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November 1938

published four times a year in the months of November,
January, March and May by the Alpha Lambda chapter of Kappa phi
Kappa national educational fraternity.




Managing Editor.....................Seiborn M. McCrory Jr., 93
Feature Editor.......................Clifton A. McClelland, 92
Make-up Editor.......................idney J. Weinberg, 99
Business Manager....................Henry C. Fox, 88


Erben cook Jr., 66 chas. L. Durrance Jr., 58
Frank wells, 84 Robert R. Benson, 94
Eldridge R. Collins, 96

Address all communications to Kappa phi Kappa Head-
quarters, 1825 Hernando Street, Gainesville, Florida.


The "Torchlight" greets most cordially the integral
components of our eternal triangle: our instructors, our alumni,
and our fellow education students. The origin of this bulletin
is an outgrowth of a sincere desire of the Alpha Lambda actives
to promote cooperation and brotherhood among these three branch-
es of our educational system.
We express our thanks to the College of Education
faculty for the cooperation we have received in making this bul-
letin possible. The editors shall at all times bear in mind the
functions of this publication as a "Good Will Ambassador" and
strive to select material suitable for fulfilling this purpose.


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It is with a deep sense of approciation and respect that the
staff of the "Torchlight" dedicates t;-l.; the initial. ss le
of o'.r A.1ph!. Lambda chapter publication to tha f:.- m.n ...
our- chapter, a rno.~ed scnoiar, tireless woeX'-r a;.. ;
great leader in the oducaticnal fi.eld.---James William -.:...:'. ,
Dean of the College of Education since 19200.


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J. W. Norman
Dean of the college of Education

On every hand we he ar of unrest. First of all there
is unrest in the economic and political worlds. Times have
become so critical that some have given way to repining, have
become discouraged and in some cases have sunk in dispair. What
is education for, however, if not to buoy us up in the crises
of life? "Life is more than meat and the body more than
raiment." As a matter of fact, some of cur greatest characters,
Socrates, Jesus. Francis of Assisi, Spinoza, have found that
life, abundant life, far transcends food and raiment. They have
found that growth--moral, intellectual. and physical-- is the
essence of life. Whore growth is taking place the financial
and economic affairs of life are still important but they do
not constitute the be all and end all of existence, as some
have seemed to think.
Optimism and pessimism, what are they? And when
should one be optimistic and when should one be pessimistic?
Which should we be now?
Someone has said that the pessimist sees a crisis in
every opportunity but the optimist sees an opportunity in every
crisis. Again it has been said, in a homlier comparison, that
the optimist sees the doughnut but the pessimist sees the hole,
but this does not tell the whole truth. The optimist also sees
the hole. In every critical situation he sees the pitfalls and
and dangers but rejoices like a strong man to run a race
because of the opportunities thus offered. In the doughnuts of
our present day life there may be plenty of holes but the dough-
nut has not completely vanished. In fact, it would perhaps be
nearer the truth to say that because of the shortcomings of our
own age that opportunity exists as never before, and so long as
opportunity exists there is a place for the optimist. The wise
man is the one who can and will find his opportunity and then
patiently work out his destiny through whatever onnortunity
life may offer him, and all our alumni are wise mhn.


A step tpward the establishment of a house was taken by
Alpha Lambda this fall with the opening of its chapter rooms at
1825 Hernando Street. This action places us on the road to the
attainment of our ultimate goal of a house on the campus where
the brothers may live, meet together, and develop a spirit of
professional friendshi .
We have at our disposal a social and meeting room which the
organization has furnished with its own overstuffed suite, radio
etc. It is fast becoming a very popular meeting place for all

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Dear Alumni Brothers:

Speaking for the present active membership of Kappa
Phi Kappa at the university of Florida, I greet you most heart-
ily. This bulletin is the first opportunity that we have had
to establish any kind of contact with you men who have had the
honor of founding and of firmly establishing our fraternity on
this campus. We sincerely trust that it will be means of
developing a personal, friendly relationship between those
brothers who are already engaged in the teaching profession and
those who are still preparing themselves for their chosen pro-
Where you men stopped after so ably carrying on, we
are attempting to take up the work and to worthily advance our
organization. Our chapter has increased in size and is now
able to say as it has in the past that its membership is com-
posed of the outstanding men in the College of Education, men
who are interested in the teaching profession and are actively
ambitious for its advancement. In the prese nt crisis when
unified interests and action can mena so much, we feel there
is indeed a very definite place for Kappa phi Kappa,
You will be interested to learn that some of our
present plans include the undertaking of some practical
research work, a radio broadcast from WRUF, an alumni banquet
to be hold during the weekend, and the establishing
of a Kappa phi Kappa house on th U'niversity of Florida campus.
We feel that the last-named movement can be of infinite value
in achieving one of the purposes of our fraternity, to foster
and encourage close personal friendship among the members,
I WiS.n to call especial attention to the Homecoming banquet.
Please make an attempt to be our guests at that time.

Because of your greater maturity and experience, you will be
in a position to offer valuable advice to us who are still
mostly undergraduates. Both as a group in conducting the
affairs of Kappa Phi Kappa and as individuals, we will grate-
fully and considerately receive any and all suggestions that
you may see fit to offer.

Dont wait to visit the university to let us hear from you.
We are proud of your successes in the teaching profession and
we are vitally interested in you and in what you are doing. We
aro looking forward to meeting you that find it possible to
attend Homecoming and our banquet.




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An appropriate banquet in honor of visiting Kappa
Phi Kappa alumni will be held at the Lores Court Grill Home-
coming evening, Saturday, November 25, commencing at 6:15 P.M.,
according to an announcement from those in charge of the Home-
coming program.
As the banquet is being given during the Homecoming
period, it is hoped that one of its functZins will be to bring
the Kappa phi Kappa alumni into closer .fellowship with the
active chapter. Many have already signified their intentions
of being present at this inaugral affair.
A very timely and educational program is being
arranged, and, when comp;eto, it will include a number of out-
standing speakers, several of whom are alumni of the local
Kappa phi Kappa chapter.
campus in For the information of those who have not visited the
campus n sever y the Lores Court Grill is located at
1213 West University Avenue, only two blocks cast of the campus.
Reservations for a place at the banquet may be
arranged by getting in touch with Henry Fox, Treasurer of Kappa
phi Kappa, 2039 West Seminary Street, Gainesville.
(Editor's note: A gala time is expected by all, and it
would be a mistake on the part of any alumnus or active member
to be absent from the banquet.)

Radio Program For American Education Week
Sponsored by
Kappa phi Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi
(This program will consist of eight broadcasts over
WUF under the auspices of the above-named organizations. The
time for all speeches, except the one by Dr. W.H-Wilson, is
scheduled from 2;15 to 2;30 in the afternoons.)

Sunday, November 5
An address by President John J.Tigert

Monday, November 6
F.W.Bucholtz, "The Increased Responsibility of
the Schools

Tuesday, November 7
H.F.Zetrouer, "School Finance"

Wednesday, November 8
Dr. A.R.Mead, "The New Demonstration School"

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Thursday, November 9
Mrs. F. W. Kokomoor, "Relations Between parents and the School"

Friday, November 10
C.V.Thompson, "The school and social Reconstruction"

Saturday, November 11
A talk on organizations in the college of Education

Sunday, November 12
A talk by Dr. W. H. Wilson

Dr. G. Ballard Siamons
(Assistant Dean, College
of Education)

in Florida as well as in other states, more teachers
are available than positions. This condition is due to several
facts: first, for a number of years the outlook in other prof-
essions has not been so good as in teaching and students preparing
for other professions have taken enough professional subjects
to entitle them to have teachers certificates issued and thus
temporarily have entered the field of teaching; second, new sub-
jects which have not been in the curriculum long enough to be-
come "essentials" have been eliminated as "frills"; third, many
features.for which school men have worked and struggled many years,
such as music, art, home economics, school nursing, visiting
teacher, child study activities, kindergartens, adult education,
physical education, etc., have been dropped almost overnight and
the teachers of such subjects have bcon let out of the school;
and fourth, the size of classes has been increased, causing
overcrowded conditions and less efficient work, but resulting
in the employment of fewer teachers.
The outlook, however, is not as bad as it seems at a
first glance. New consolidated schools are being organized.
Employing officials are requiring increased preparation on the
part of elementary and secondary teachers. The tendency to
increase the preparation and to pay the beginning teachers

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less will keep the temporary teacher out of the field. Certain
civic organizations alarmed at .t-e present school situation have
rallied to the support of..theo schools and this will lead to a
greater understanding of the schools by the public and to that
degree of cooperation which is needed to help bring the schools
back to their normal condition.
Florida, unlike many states, is not overburdened with
normal schools and teachers, colleges. Most of her teachers are
trained in the University of Florida and the Florida State Col-
lege for women. The law requiring two years, residence in Florida
gives preference to the graduates of her own state schools and
in all probability willtake care of the immediate oversupply in
this state.


Frank Wells
(Research Director)

A novel phase of the program for this year will be the
conducting of a number of research projects by some of our intel-
lectually venturesome members. These projects are to be related
to practical campus and professional problems the study of which
should lead to a better handling of the situations. They are far
removed from the classroom type of work in that they are to offer
concrete suggestions that will lead to definite action.
Two of those projects which have already been undertaken
will illustrate what we are trying to do. Eldridge Collins is
investigating the system of registration at the University of Flo-
rida and the systems employed at other universities. He expects to
submit recommendations for the betterment of our system--all who
have registered under the old system will be interested--which, if
they stand the test of fraternity criticism, will be submitted to
the Dean of the College of Education. "Betterment of Freshman Week
in the College of Education" is the problem to be investigated by
Robert Benson. His recommendation will likewise be submitted to
Dean Norman following the fraternity approval. Besides proving in-
valuable in getting the student point of view on this important
part of student life, this investigation will probably open up a
field of service for Kappa phi Kappa during Freshman Week.
The possibilities of such research activity are large
both for the fraternity and for the college of Education. It is
hoped that the work involved will not be a barrier to the study
of some urgent problems. The outcome of these efforts will be
awaited with interest.

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"....right welcome to this honorable orderI"

pledging ceremonies for twelve chosen as outstanding men
in both the college of Education and on the campus at large were
held at Headquarters Tuesday night, October 31. The initiates are:

William S. Chambers, a man active in peabody Club, intra-
myrals, and the Alligator staff. Bill is a Sophomore and he hails
from Jacksonville.
Robert E. persons, an Education Junior who expects to
teach mathematics and commercial subjects. Bob attends peabody
regularly and points to Fort White as his domicile.

Charles H. Collier, Everglades, who blazed the trail
with a 3.00 average last semester. He belongs to phi Eta Sigma,
Leigh Chemical, and is a member of the Sophomore Class.

Gordon W. Lovejoy, who preferred Florida to Northwestern
and is now safely transferred as a Sophomore in our college.

William J. Makowsky from Artesia, a Senior on the campus,
a member of the Glee Club, an efficient lieutenant in the R.O.T.C.
(Infantry), and a letterman on the varsity rifle team.

Jonathan Q. Caldwell, a songbird from DeLand. Caldwell
has achieved a splendid scholastic record while taking part in
Y.M.C.A. affairs on the campus.

James B. Hunt, a future modern languages teacher from
Dade City. He rates the Sophomore Class.

Howard A Barnes, Fort Lauderdale, who toots his own
horn in the orchestra. Howardts grades are creditable.

Thomas J. Smith, panama City's gift to the sports world.
Tommy now coaches the varsity Cross Country team. He expects to
graduate in February.

John D. Noble, a former orchestra leader and now a mod-
est clarinet player in the band. John also participates in the
Gloo Club, having earned his key last year. HA is a Sophomore.

Homer E. Wakofield, a smart little distance runner in
track and one of the school's best in cross country. Homer is
a resident of Barborvillo and an outstanding Junior.

William F. Roberts, Lake placid. Last, but not least,
he holds an enviable record, belongs to phi Eta Sigma, plays in
the orchestra, and is classified with the Juniors on the campus.


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Although the past summer session was the second consecut-
ive one in which Kappa Phi-Kappa remained active on the campus, it
was the first in which the organization continued all the usual act-
ivities participated in during the regular session, president Hart
led the way into this broadening of activities as a part of the
organization's improvement program.
Meetings were held weekly and the programs arranged were
pronounced very interesting and beneficial by all who attended. At
one meeting, the one in which Dean Van Leer, of the College of Eng-
ineering,showed motion pictures of the World's Fair, Peabody Hall
was not large enough to accommodate the overflowing crowd.
Arrangements for a Kappa phi Kappa house for the 1933-34
term were completed during the summer. In the absence of a chapter
house previous to this, social meetings of the fraternity were
held at Wooeed Hall.
About fifteen members of Kappa phi Kappa were active
during the summer session. Among the old numbers back on the campus
were: William L. Chaltes, Richard Beach, Leo Armstrong, Billy Har-
rison, Neil Cheney, and Brother Russell.
Now members added to the Alpha Lambda chapter rolls dur-
ing the summer session were: Robert Benson, David F. Burns, Eldrid-
go R. Collins, Charles L. Durranco Sr.(father of our active member
Charles L. Durrance Jr.), Earl E. Hamilton, Sidney J. Weinborg,
and Dr. G. Ballard Sinmons.
Many of the chapter members wore active in student life
as well as fraternity life during the summer session. Bill Charles,
Bob Bonson, Henry Fox, and Erbon Cook all served on the student
body executive council, while the last-named three were also mem-
bers of the honor court. Bob Bonson was instrumental in securing
permission for mixed bathing at the pool during the summer session,
and Bill Charles, Henry Fox, and Erben Cook drew up the constitut-
ion which was adopted for the summer session student body.
Eldridge Collins, Henry Fox and Ethrol Hart were taken
in Kappa Delta pi during the summer. Erbon Cook made Phi Kappa Phi.
Asa a whole, the chapter's summer activities proved
quite successful and showed that an active chapter at the Univer-
sity the year round is well worth while.


More glory was heaped upon the order recently when its
three most proficient gabstors, Beach, Deleoal and Fox, broke,loose
for perfect records on the undefeated poabocy Club championship
debating teams. The question was: "Rosolv(d that Intercollegiate
Athletics Should Be Abolished at the Univorsity of Florida". The
lino-ups: Boach--Fox, affirmative team; Dologal--Anderson, neg-
ativo to am.

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Erbon cook

A now pledging system has boon worked out and adopted
by the local chapter in hopes of finding a more thorough and
selective process of seeking now members. This system was part-
ially adopted this summer and is now in full forco.
Every person to be considered for membership must have
an application blank filled out by some member of the chapter.
This blank covers such things as the number of hours of education
the applicant has to his credit, his classification on the campus,
the activities and organizations in which he is interested, his
intended lifoes work and a fifty-words statement on why the
person would make a good member. After these blanks are in the
hands of the pledge Guide, the pledging Committoo investigates
the general average in studies and the average in education
courses of each candidate. Once each year, suggestions of men
who are professionally interested in teaching are accepted from
the faculty. These men are, in turn, investigated and proper
application blanks are filled out.
Those who are deemed desirable are then invited to a
smoker, after which the membership committee gives its report
upon those to be considered. The fraternity then votes upon each
individual, using the blackball system.
Every applicant who is voted into the chapter is then
seen by either the president or the pledge Guide and told to
attend the pledging ceremony. The pledging system also provides
a new arrangement for paying fees. Five dollars must be paid before
the pledging ceremony; the rest is distributed over time payments
according to the circumstances of the individual pledge. After
the full amount has been paid, the man may be initiated, provided
that at least two months have passed since he was pledged.(The
first initiation of the year will be held immediately before
the Christmas holidays.)
During the period intervening between pledging and
initiation, the pledges will be required to learn many things
about the local chapter and the national organization. A compre-
hensive examination over this instruction must be passed before
initiation. It shall also be required that each pledge work up
a report upon some new project in education. This year, projects
may be picked from advancements in education in Florida. The
Research Director of Kappa phi Kappa, Frank Wells, will aid in
directing this work, and no pledge can be initiated until his
report has been accepted by the chapter,

The only student in the College of Education now in
Blue Key honorary leadership fraternity, Charles L. Durrance Jr.,
is a member of Kappa phi Kappa.


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By Frank Iells

The grand total of a hundred members have been initiated
into Kappa phi Kappa through the local chapter since its inception
in 1929. The chapter welcomes the seven new members initiated dur-
ing the summer: Dr. G. Ballard Simmons, Gainesville; Charles L.
Durrance Sr., '33, Orlando; Sidney J. Weinberg, '35, Sanford; Earl
E. Hamilton, 134, pierson; Eldridge R. Collins, '34, Fort White;
David F. Burns, Uarrabelle; and Robert R. Benson, 136, Flagler
Joe James was elected president to replace the vacancy
left by the failure of Ethrel Hart to return to school. The other
officers are: Frank Wells, vice-president; Donald Dyal, recording
secretary; Richard Beach, corresponding secretary; Henry Fox, tre-
asurer, and Seaborn McCrory, reporter.
.There are, at present, twenty-three members on the campus.
On the faculty of the College of Education, our members are Dean
J. W. Norman and Assistant Dean G. Ballard Sirmons. Phil Glancy
and Dennis Miller are assistants in the Department of IIellth and
physical Education. Erben Cook and Harold Delp are taking work
on their Masterts degrees. The undergraduate membership, besides
the summer initiates not returning, follows: Richard Beach, Rob-
ert Benson, Eldridge Collins, Albert Delegal, William Dillingham,
Charles Durrance Jr., Donald Dyal, Leo Foster, Henry Fox, Earl
Harris, Joe James, Robert McClanahan, Clifton McClelland, Seaborn
McCrory, Lloyd Parks, Linsdoy perlrins, Sidney Weinberg, and Frank

Eldridge R. Collins

Two members of the College of Education faculty have
been granted the degree of Doctor of philosophy. Assistant Dean
G. Ballard Simmons, Kappa phi Kappa No. 100, received his degree
from Johns Hopkins university, while J. Hooper Wise, Assistant
professor of Education, was the recipient of this high honor
from George Peabody College for Teachers.
Dr. Simmons wrote his thesis on "Higher Education in
Florida", While Dr. Wise did research work on the thesis, "A
Study of the Extra-Cutricular Activities of the public High Schools
of the Southern Association". Both men are very popular amongst
the Education School student body.
professor B. 0. Smith, now on leave of absence, is
attending Columbia university where he is studying toward his
Ph.D. degree.

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The "Brownie Twins" of Teacherst College, perkins and
Collins, bring back memories of the good old days when a Hart
wore a path between the office doors.

The bretheren demand an explanation of the relation-
ship between Brothers Cook and Assistant Dean. The editor said
it was just blonde hair that they have in corron.
Of course we point to politician James, the Great Lib-
eral. All his cycle friends appreciate this weakness.

"Four Eyes" Wells, the purest member of the order(Cook
ought to know) chargeth forth on his mighty iron steed. Goin'
to town, Brother?

Even Al Delegal agrees that Foster could have rendered
much more efficient service for Fox and Beach a few Saturday
nights ago. Why should they have picked on Wineberg?

Some wise guys have chirped that the K.P.K.'s should
join up with the House of David klan. They have lots in common,

Bob Benson apparently has been doing research in the
Cafeteria. How about a detailed report entitled:"Going Native"?

The Cross City dial seems to have lost its illumination.
Could it be that Hart sapped the inspiration?

"Deke" Kilby now spends his nights quietly on Lake

Two alike in more ways than one: McCrory and McClanahan.
These politicians superb admit their strength to be that of ten.
Why not, aren't they full of(censored)?

By unanimous straw vote of the order, Lloyd parks is
recommended to the Ag..student body. If you are a WRUF fan you
won't ask why.

Several of our-would-be teachers find that policemen
are rather stubborn "gentlemen". Ask Fox about Benson. Be knows.

What member of the order likes orange groves? Ask
McClelland if that's why he claims to be the exception to the
rule: "Like father, like son".


Cook raises the momentoau question? "Who is the
SLICKEST politician in the College of Education?" He says
he already knows the answer. Ask him.

Many of the follows desire Lo be introduced to Bill
Dillingham's coed. Why dodge usi Bill? She probably wouldn't
drop you the first night you brought her around.

Why will the Deanis daughter get an "A" in American
hLstory this semester? Ask Durrance. He knows what he is doing.

"Father" Hamilton has at least used better judgement
than the immature members. He won't let us get anything "on" him.

A Freshman asked this one: "Should Mr. Delp's initials
be written before or after his surname?" Even a Freshman ought to
know the answer to that.

Earl Harris asked that his name be mentioned. We

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