By November of 1919, men had returned from the war and were making their way back to campuses, Congress passed the National Prohibition Act as well as the 19th Amendment – and “The Laurel” made its debut as the official publication of Phi Kappa Tau. For only $1.50 you got a yearly subscription and issues every two months that covered actives and announcements of the 8 chapters and 800 members.
This November will commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Laurel. Keep your eye out for a special centennial edition coming later this year - in the meantime, you can read about Freshman-Sophomore day at Miami’s Alpha chapter, where a young recruit “again came thorough by winning the frog race,” (pg. 15), the cow that climbed the steps “through some feat of gymnastics unknown to cows” of Ohio University’s Lindley Hall and “stayed all night on the veranda mooing” (pg. 17), and how Muhlenberg’s Eta chapter recruited Van Zandt, “one of the most popular men on the campus” (pg. 32) in the first ever edition of The Laurel: http://bit.ly/2MZG4LW