April 1, 2010 Volume CXXVII Issue 8 – April Fool’s Pullout

WARNING: All information presented below is NOT real. The April Fools’ pullout is for entertainment purposes only.

Local Fraternity history is revealed

PHA linked to Elijah Craig, bourbon

In 1787, Elijah Craig, the Baptist minister credited with the invention of bourbon whiskey, founded a classical school on the west side of Royal Springs in what is now Georgetown, Ky. Over the next ten years, that institution became known as the Rittenhouse Academy. In 1799, Craig formed a society of his top scholars, a brotherhood based on both academics and Christianity, called the Principal’s Honor Society. In 1805, sixteen-year-old John King began his study at Rittenhouse Academy and, in 1806, was initiated into the secret society through a ritualistic baptism in the Royal Springs. Sadly, in 1808, Elijah Craig passed away but Rittenhouse Academy, PHS and the distilling of bourbon were carried on by his elder brother, Lewis Craig.

Lewis saw promise in the bright young scholar John King, now in his last year of study, and took him under his wing. Over the next year, King was privately tutored by Lewis and became very close with the Craig family. In 1821, John King married Eliza Craig, daughter of Lewis Craig, began teaching at the Rittenhouse Academy and took over the distillery, making bourbon with the same recipe that Elijah Craig had used 30 years earlier. In 1829, the Rittenhouse Academy was absorbed by Georgetown College. The first ten years of the school were rough, but 1839 saw the beginning foundation of the first permanent building, Giddings Hall. Legend has it that John King, now a Baptist minister and interim professor, placed a small cask of his bourbon in the base of one of the six Ionic columns that grace the front of Giddings as a tribute to the college’s grandfather, the Rev. Elijah Craig.

Nearly a hundred years later in 1935, the ministerial fraternity Zeta Chi was founded at Georgetown College. In 1940, a student named Irving King became president of this organization. Irving King, in his third year at the time, was aware of his heritage as a fifth generation descendant of John King and of the secret society to which he belonged, the Principal’s Honor Society. As president, he promoted fellowship among the members and stressed the need for strong academics, aligning the organization with the same principals as the PHS. By 1943, however, Irving King had graduated and Zeta Chi had lost its fraternity status; it became a student-sponsored club that eventually evolved into the Baptist Student Union, or BSU, as we know it today.

Enter the year 1964. Religion and history student Gene Wilhoit is befriended by freshman Roger Milburn. Milburn’s uncle, alumnus Irving King, has told him about Zeta Chi and his ancestry roots dating back to Elijah Craig and the inception of the college. Milburn convinces Wilhoit to help him sort through the college archives. In doing so, they find mention of a container of bourbon possibly hidden in one of Gidding’s columns, bourbon that would be over a hundred years old. Over the course of a month, Wilhoit, Milburn and four other students used hand drills to repeatedly tap into the columns. Though they were never able to find the bourbon, these six men, inspired by their search, hatch an idea to form an organization adhering to the same standards as Irving King’s Zeta Chi and, therefore, Elijah Craig’s PHS.

With their six man group, they applied to then President Robert Mills for a charter. In return for the old President’s house on Main Street, they agree to be known as an honor society, keeping the real meaning of the organization a secret. This new brotherhood was christened the President’s House Association after the house they now lived in, but more importantly, after the land that Elijah Craig, the first president, settled back in the 1780’s. The three pillars of PHA became the three principles originally stressed by Elijah Craig’s PHS, Christianity, academics, and, above all, brotherhood.

We aren’t adults

Lil Evie

Lately there has been much conversation and speculation about the possibility of abolishing the curfew rule which is currently in place keeping male and female students from being in each others’ dorms between midnight and noon on weekdays and 2 a.m. and noon on the weekends. I am personally against abolishing the rule for two reasons: responsibility and safety.

First, we as college students are not responsible adults. We need our mommies telling us where we can and cannot go; it is as simple as that. Our mommies do our laundry, clean our rooms and manage our budgets for us. We cannot make our own decisions. Letting us make grown-up decisions is completely out of hand. How dare the administration consider allowing something like this to happen?! I am afraid for all the students on campus and would never want to be caught by a bunch of girls in my towel.

Second, if we keep boys and girls from being together late at night, nothing bad will ever happen because “students only disobey between the hours of midnight and noon and 2 a.m. to noon on the weekends,” according to CNN. Besides the hard scientific evidence, 99.9 percent of GC students polled said they were not in favor of changing the curfew. And the .1 percent is the margin of error for the poll. Therefore, I make a simple plea to the administration here at Georgetown: if you care about your students, do not change the curfew. Change is bad. Students feel as though we are not responsible enough to choose where we can and cannot go and would not be safe. So please let us lock ourselves in our dorms. God bless you all and God bless Georgetown.



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