Sorority Sisters

“Every year I dreaded the time for the debutante activities because I knew the board members would start calling about publicity and complaining if the Greenville bunch got a better spot than they did. Finally, after many years of fooling with them, I stuck my neck out and told them I would not send anything else in and they could handle it themselves.

“I had one lady who wanted publicity regularly for the Phi Mu sorority of which she was one of the alumni. I was expected to cover every meeting, every luncheon of the local alumni, and the actives, especially at rush time. When I could not get everything I sent in used, she was sure it was because ‘there were Chi Omegas on the society desk at the Commercial Appeal.

“Today [1990] I have the utmost respect for the poor souls who are relegated to the society department of the newspaper, for I am sure they have earned their star.”

For the sake of peace in the extended Evans family, the less said about sororities, the better. I wasn’t in one (unless you count Nenamoosha Social Tribe at Mississippi College) so I am not qualified to comment.

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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2 Responses to Sorority Sisters

  1. jemiller25 says:

    One of my all-time favorite memories was coming to Greenwood on a non-football weekend in the fall of my freshman year at Ole Miss. I told Grandmama that I had rushed KA, to which she replied, “Well, that’s okay. KA is almost as good as Phi Delt, I think.”

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