The Pennsylvania Upsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, or ODK as it is
commonly referred to, was established in 1927 and is still a presence on
campus today. New members are inducted by a "tapping" ceremony on the steps
West. Potential New Members are chosen according to their meeting the
criteria of the "Five Phases of College Life" which ODK stands for. These
five phases are as follows: scholarship, athletic prowess, social leadership,
publications, and forensic and other non-athletic activities. Each of these
phases is split into categories within themselves and a point system is
implemented. Points of different amounts are given for different things.
Playing a sport is worth fewer points than being the captain of that sport
and being the football captain is worth fewer points than having a high
GPA. In this way highest scholarship was stressed much more than athletics,
though athletics were taken into account. Once all of a nominee's points
were tallied, it was decided whether he or she had enough points for induction.
Once inducted, members met twice a month (on the 2nd and 4th week of each).
The meeting place was a rotating one in which fraternity houses were often
used as well as the Molly Pitcher Hotel and Dr. Norcross' home. Service
and social events were sponsored and organized throughout the year. ODK
is now a co-ed group but did not become so until years later. In 1934 ODK
was an all-male society.
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||Dickinson 1934 is a project of Prof. Osborne's History 204 Class, Fall Semester 2000.|