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Encyclopedia > Sphinx (senior society)

The Sphinx is distinguished as the oldest of eight senior societies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Sphinx Tomb, constructed in 1903 on East Wheelock Street, was designed by Manchester, N.H. architect William M. Butterfield and reflects the Egyptian Revival architectural style popular during the mid-nineteenth century. The interior of the Sphinx was replaced after a fire started in the building's furnace destroyed it in 1931. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Dartmouth College is a private academic institution in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... Hanover is a town located on the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... Egyptian Revial mausoleum of Maj. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ...


Sphinx was founded as a class society by 14 Dartmouth juniors in 1886. It continues to select a small number of men during the winter and spring of their junior year in a process known as "tapping". Borrowing traditions from Mardi Gras celebrants in New Orleans, the society's annual delegations are known as krewes and its members address each other as "frater." The identities of the members are kept secret until Commencement, when graduating members carry identifying canes. 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the final day of Carnival (English:IPA: and Romance languages:IPA: ). It is a celebration that is held just before the beginning of the Christian liturgical season... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...


Many rumors surround the Sphinx. There have been stories of students who have scaled the walls of the building, finally reaching the roof with its skylight to find a masked man awaiting them wielding a cane. It is also said that the tomb routinely has the highest water bill of any building on campus and that a passageway connects the Sphinx to the basement of Alpha Delta fraternity. The group's clandestine operations are rumored to include everything from providing anonymous community service to stealing $12,000 worth of artwork from the College in a traditional scavenger hunt. There are rumors of a mystic library and Cleopatra's swimming pool.


The Sphinx is similar to the societies found on other Ivy League campuses, such as Skull & Bones, located at Yale University. The Sphinx is not related to the later group of the same name at the University of Pennsylvania. The Ivy League is an athletic conference comprising eight private institutions of higher education located in the Northeastern United States. ... This article is about a secret society. ... Yale redirects here. ... The University of Pennsylvania (or Penn[3][4]) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


See also

This page contains detailed information on a number of student groups at Dartmouth College. ... Some notable secret societies at colleges and universities: Berzelius (1848) at Yale University Bishop James Madison Society (1812, 20th Century) at The College of William and Mary Book and Snake (1863) at Yale University Cambridge Apostles (1820) at the University of Cambridge Cap and Skull at Rutgers University Was once... A secret society is a social organization that requires its members to conceal certain activities—such as rites of initiation or club ceremonies—from outsiders. ...

External links

  • Secret Societies: 360 will be invited to join--will you be one?
  • Halls, Tombs and Houses: Student Society Architecture at Dartmouth

 
 

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