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Over the years a number of very funny "fraternity" movies have been released. Animal House is a classic amongst those of us who were actives in the late 70's / early 80's. The Zeta Mu chapter of ATO had a old victorian house with massive columns when Animal House hit theatres. The next semester, our pledge count was up several hundred percent!
The Dons - the Birth of a Brotherhood at Sam Houston State:
In the 1954-55 era, a group of male students at Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Texas, initiated action to form a new social club on campus. Most of these men routinely ate at a boarding house near the SW corner campus entrance - sort of down the hill from the old library....
Alpha Tau Omega. During the spring semester of 1960, the Dons were officially christened as the Zeta Mu Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (ATO) . . . . . and the tradition continued.
For more of the history of The Dons and the founding of the Texas Zeta Mu chapter at Sam Houston State University, please see: The Don's Social Club - 50th Anniversary - 1955-2005 (3MB PDF) booklet prepared by A.W. Radle.
An interesting historical note about Texas History and the Texas Zeta Mu's university's namesake: Sam Houston. From my good friend Juanita:
April 9 - Displaced Texans and lore lovers alike will be charmed to know that The Yellow Rose of Texas, Emily West, was
was probably a true story.
The Yellow Rose of Texas is fancifully famous for bedazzling Santa Anna out of his fancy pants at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
Increasing evidence suggests the story may be true.
Dear Friends and Alumni of Sam Houston State University,
HB1418 has been voted out of committee with a recommendation it be sent to Local and Consent Calender in the Texas House of Representatives. As you remember, HB1418 will preserve and protect the name of Sam Houston State University. Our bill is now out of committee and is on it's way to the full House. This is great news and we appreciate the support of the Chair of the Committee, Representative Geanie Morrison, and the other members who voted for this bill.
After a vote of the House the bill goes to the Texas Senate. HB1419 was left pending in committee. It dealt with protecting the names of every state university named after a Texas Hero. HB1419 could still be voted out of committee, but our main concern was HB1418 and the protection of Sam Houston. The bill still has a long way to go...but it is on it's way, and that's great news for those of us who care about Sam Houston the man, his legacy, and the university.
When he got the phone call, Emory senior Will Callahan was loitering in a terminal at LaGuardia Airport, watching a runway full of planes leaving New York. He was nervous. All day he had been interviewing alongside many of the top students from Harvard, Yale, Wharton and other elite schools for the most competitive entry-level job in business - Wall Street analyst - and now his phone was ringing. This was the Big Call.
Callahan, a broad-shouldered, weight-lifting Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brother and former varsity track runner, knew his chances of acceptance were slim... The Heart Pounding, Life-Consuming, Wallet-Filling Road to Investment Banking, and the Emory Students Who Take It