Friday, March 17, 2006

Skulls in Maine

Who knew that the University of Maine had its own Skulls society? The Maine Senior Skulls were founded almost a hundred years ago, on December 14, 1906. Do they have any relationship to the now infamous Yale secret society of Skull and Bones, founded long before in 1832? If they do, they haven't mentioned it in their brief history given on their website.

According to the website, with its membership culled from the select top 1 percent of UMaine seniors, the purpose of the Skulls is "to recognize dedicated service to The University of Maine, to promote campus spirit, to keep an eye on the fraternities, and to discipline freshmen."

Poor freshman! In fact, "in 1911, the Senior Skulls created the Sophomore Owls, whose purpose became the discipline of freshmen." They were apparently very dedicated in this pursuit.

A slightly different capsule history of the group is given here.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Gee, I was once in the top 1 percent of UMaine seniors, and I was never invited to join. I did, though, discipline a few freshmen in my spare time. As a public service, of course.