Kappa Kappa Kappa

Kappa Kappa Kappa

Kappa Kappa Kappa ("Tri-Kap") is a local men's fraternity at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The fraternity founded in 1842 is the second-oldest fraternity at Dartmouth College and the second-oldest local fraternity in the nation. Its house is at 1 Webster Avenue.

Despite offers to establish additional branches at other institutions, the brotherhood has remained a single-school institution for the duration of its history and is not a chapter of any national organization. Today it is one of the many recognized Dartmouth College Greek organizations.

The organization has no affiliation with the post-American Civil War Ku Klux Klan, which first formed 24 years later (in 1866) and adopted Roman-alphabet initials, “KKK”, similar to the Greek letters of Tri-Kap. According to legend, Kappa Kappa Kappa sued the Ku Klux Klan for defamation of name but lost because the judge ruled that the similarity in initials of the organizations was sheer coincidenceFact|date=December 2007.


Early history

Dartmouth College was founded by Eleazar Wheelock in 1769. Fourteen years later the first student society came into existence, and student societies and the College have been intertwined ever since.

For much of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, two societies vied for preeminence: the "Socials" (officially the Society of Social Friends, est. 1783) and the "Fraters" (the United Fraternity, est. 1786). By 1815, half of the College were members, and a fierce competition existed between the two in order to attract the finest students.

In 1842, a dispute arose within the Fraters as to a vote for the organization's leadership. The fracture resulted in the formation of Psi Upsilon, by those who supported John Tyler in the contest, and Kappa Kappa Kappa, by those who supported Harrison Hobart.

The Society

Tri-Kap was founded on July 13, 1842, by Hobart and two of his close companions, Stephen Gordon Nash and John Dudley Philbrick. The society was based on the principles of Democracy, loyalty to Dartmouth, and equality of opportunity. Originally a literary and debating society, in 1905 Tri-Kap officially became a social society and has remained so ever since.

Physical Plants

Tri-Kap was the first student society at Dartmouth with its own meeting place, a building called The Hall that originally was located where the Hopkins Center stands today. Opened on July 28, 1860, the Hall served as Tri-Kap's home until the Society moved into the Parker House in 1894, located where the modern-day Silsby Hall stands. In 1923, the Society moved into 1 Webster Avenue, where it resides to this day.

Modern History

Since 1905, Tri-Kap has remained a popular society on the Dartmouth campus. During the mid-1990s, however, membership fell dramatically to only 11 active members and the house was in danger of losing its charter. In the fall of 1995, approximately 15 Asian-American students rushed the fraternity and restored its popularity by providing an alternative to the dominant mainstream fraternity culture. The rejuvenated brotherhood maintained the house traditions while infusing a forward-looking emphasis on urbanity, internationalism, and diversity. Currently, Tri-Kap is one of Dartmouth's largest and most active fraternities with over 60 brothers.

Famous alumni

*F. Andrew Hessick 1998, Noted Constitutional and Civil Procedure Scholar, originated the "Hessick Doctrine" regarding the use of collateral estoppel
*Alex M. Azar 1988, Deputy Sec. of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
*Dany H. Trinh 1986, Pokemon Blue Concepts designer for Game Freaks
*Peter Robinson 1979, White House Speechwriter for Ronald Reagan
*Nick Lowery, three-time Pro Bowl kicker.
*David Shribman 1976, Pulitzer Prize winner
*John F. Lundgren 1973, President & CEO of Stanley Works, a Fortune 500 Company
*Mark Dillen Stitham 1972, actor Hawaii TV series [Jake & the Fatman, Raven, Unsolved Mysteries, Lost]
*Douglas Walgren 1963, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
*David Rosenbaum 1963, New York Times Journalist
*Nitya Pibulsonggram 1962, Foreign Minister of Thailand and former Thai Ambassador to the United States
*Dr. Bob 1902, Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
*Channing H. Cox 1901, Governor of Massachusetts
*Sherman Burroughs 1894, U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire
*John Barrett 1889, U.S. Minister to Siam, the Argentine Republic, Panama, & Colombia
*Winfield Scott Hammond 1884, Governor of Minnesota
*Samuel D. Felker 1882, Governor of New Hampshire
*Samuel Walker McCall 1874, Governor of Massachusetts
*Irving Webster Drew 1870, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
*Henry Eben Burnham 1865, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
*Henry Moore Baker 1864, U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire
*Col. Frank Haskell 1854, wrote famous first-hand account of the battle of Gettysburg
*Charles Henry Bell 1844, U.S. Senator and Governor of New Hampshire
*Ambrose A. Ranney 1844, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
*Benjamin Franklin Flanders 1842 (honorary), Governor of Louisiana
*Daniel Clark 1834 (honorary), U.S. Senator
*Rufus Choate 1819 (honorary), U.S. Senator
*Levi Woodbury 1809 (honorary), Gov. of New Hampshire, U.S. Senator, Sec. of the Treasury, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice
*Daniel Webster 1801 (honorary), U.S. Senator, Congressman, and Secretary of State
*Lewis Cass (honorary), Governor of Michigan, U.S. Senator, and Presidential nominee

External links

ociety Websites

* [http://www.tri-kap.com/ Kappa Kappa Kappa Society]
* [http://trikap.blogspot.com/ Kappa Kappa Kappa Blog]

General information

* [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ifc/ Dartmouth College Inter-Fraternity Council]
* [http://www.dartmo.com/halls/ "Halls, Tombs and Houses: Student Society Architecture at Dartmouth"]
* [http://www.greekpages.com/schools/school.cfm?Location_ID=233 Greek Houses at Dartmouth (incomplete)]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kappa Alpha Order — (commonly known as Kappa Alpha or KA) is a collegiate Order and an American social fraternity. Kappa Alpha Order has 131 active chapters with more than and 149,000 initiated members. [cite web last = Kappa Alpha Order first = title =… …   Wikipedia

  • Kappa (cohete) — Kappa es el nombre de una familia de cohetes sonda japoneses desarrollados por el ISAS. Fueron los predecesores de los lanzadores Lambda y Mu. Contenido 1 Versiones 1.1 Kappa 1 1.1.1 Especificaciones …   Wikipedia Español

  • Kappa Sigma Philippines — is a student fraternity based in The Philippines. They describe themselves as a fraternity of free thinking men committed to the principle of individual empowerment and objective free thought . [ [http://www.kappasigmafraternity.net/ Kappa Sigma… …   Wikipedia

  • Kappa (fusée) — Kappa est le nom d une famille de fusée sonde japonaise qui a été utilisée de 1956 à 1988[1]. Les Kappa ont permis aux ingénieurs japonais de mettre au point des propulseurs à ergol solide et composite pour leurs familles de lanceurs. Comme fusée …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kappa (disambiguation) — Kappa may be:* Kappa, a letter of the Greek alphabet * Kappa (band), a Liverpool based Rock and Roll band * Kappa (folklore), a Japanese river imp * Kappa , a short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa * Kappa (Finnish measurement) * Kappa (company), an… …   Wikipedia

  • Kappa (creature mythologique) — Kappa (mythologie) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Kappa. Kappa d après un dessin du XVIII …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kappa (créature mythologique) — Kappa (mythologie) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Kappa. Kappa d après un dessin du XVIII …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kappa (monstre) — Kappa (mythologie) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Kappa. Kappa d après un dessin du XVIII …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kappa Delta Phi — (ΚΔΦ) is a college general men s fraternity, founded on April 14, 1900 at Bridgewater Normal School now known as Bridgewater State College. It has 13 active chapters. Nahum Leonard Founding FatherKappa Delta Phi, founded in 1900 at Bridgewater… …   Wikipedia

  • Kappa — (uppercase Kappa;, lowercase kappa; or Unicode|ϰ; el. Κάππα) is the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet, used to represent the voiceless velar stop, or k , sound in Ancient and Modern Greek. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 20. It… …   Wikipedia