Bicker at Princeton:
The Eating Clubs Again
WHEN the Social Register was introduced to America early in this century, it was distinguished not alone for its contents, but for the color of its binding-orange and black, which, as one reporter of the social scene remarked, “suggested the colors of America’s most elegant university.” The institution whose colors did credit even to the Social Register was Princeton, which at the time specialized in presenting higher education and other divertissements to the sons of wealthy and established families of the East and the South.
Even during that high-toned and socially homogeneous era at Princeton, its eating clubs were a source of great disappointment to some students and of concern to some observers. In 1902 a writer in the Alumni Weekly concluded an article on the clubs with these words: “It is a perplexing question and some day it is going to give us trouble.”
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