Bell, Book, and Candle
Pillars of the campus community, these official organizations serve as the primary means for the student body to interact with the Miskatonic administration and with the wider community of Arkham. The most civic minded and ambitious students gravitate toward these groups, whose memberships often read like a who’s who of the most influential and respected students on campus. Some are cheerful and outgoing, others elitist and aloof.
Fraternities and Sororities
Most student social life at M.U. resolves around the fraternities and sororities in some sense, or at least makes way for them. These organizations have nothing to do with the nation or people of Greece, and are called Greek partly because of the rational aims of the earliest fraternities, but mostly because such organizations always use combinations of letters from the Greek alphabet for their names. The Greeks always hold the most fashionable campus parties. The highest achievers in business and in sports invariably belong to fraternities, and the most sparkling conversationalists and the most beautifully groomed women invariably are sorority sisters. Sororities are also strong at Miskatonic. The largest sorority on the M.U. campus is Gamma Delta, and it is a mark of high social status to be pledged to this fine organization. Gamma Delta is famed for parties as well, and for their yearly pranks and a rigorous and creative hazing of pledges.
Many Professional Honor Fraternities only begin to appear in the 1920’s, and are devoted to recognizing worthy students in a particular field and boosting their professional life. Such societies include Pi Delta Epsilon (Journalism, 1909), Pi Kappa Delta (Forensics, 1913), Kappa Pi (Art, 1919), Alpha Psi Omega (Drama, 1926), and Beta Beta Beta (Biology, 1922). Of all of these, Miskatonic’s strong commitment to the forensic sciences has ensured that Pi Kappa Delta is the largest on campus. Members in any of these groups receive 1D3 bonuses to their Credit Rating scores after graduation.
Fine Arts Clubs
It will be some time yet before any of the performing arts become official parts of theMiskatonic curriculum. Participation in a musical or theatrical group is encouraged for students who have such talents and inclinations: such activities are thought to build character and help build more well-rounded citizens. Even so, few campus authorities would ever go so far as to place such hobbies on an equal level with more legitimate academic concerns.
Students at Miskatonic often nurture more interests than their limiting class schedules allow them to pursue. Informal clubs offer one way for interested students to get their feet wet in a subject without serious commitment. Most faculty and advisors encourage membership in clubs. They see these organizations as a good way to build well-rounded scholars. More than one student has actually switched his major after good experiences in a club or society. The professors who work closely with student clubs are well aware of their value as recruiting devices. In some cases, these clubs are little more than social gatherings, while some organizations have become so strong that they serve as unofficial organs of their departments.
Archaeological Studies Club
Arkham Astronomical Society
Arms of Atlas
The Ivory Tower Circle
Miskatonic Engineering Society
Medieval Recreation Society
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Veterans of Future Wars