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Greek Life at UT Arlington, 1970

Photos from the 1970 Reveille yearbook reflected the growing Greek community at UT Arlington. The caption for this one: “Ken Wells takes a shaving cream pie full in the mouth courtesy of the Delta Tau Delta-sponsored pie toss at the Kappa Sigma Karnival.” Greek life arrived on campus in 1967, made possible when the University petitioned to join The University of Texas System, leaving the Texas A&M umbrella. The A&M System did not recognize Greek letter organizations then because officials believed that social fraternities and sororities would interfere with students’ identifying as Aggies. Social societies—with exotic names like Sans Souci, Les Choisies, Avolonte, Karuso Pteros, and Chi Chi Chi—had flourished on the Arlington campus dating to the 1920s. With the move to the UT System, those groups joined national organizations, bringing new fraternity and sorority chapters. Kappa Sigma was the first Greek group to charter in spring 1967. By 1970 the community had grown to seven sororities, eight fraternities, and 14 honorary fraternities. For more about UTA Greek life past and present, see the story Going Greek.

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