Here and There at Tufts

Doane, Lewis


The Tower Cross


Tower Cross was founded in May, 1897. It is an honorary Senior society with a membership limit of twenty. Its sole object is to " advance the best interests of Tufts College by maintaining a high standard of loyalty among the undergraduates." The badge is a plain gold Roman cross, symbolizing the ideal which is represented by the cross at the top of the Chapel tower. Its motto is, " For the Highest."

In December, 1896, several members of the Senior class began an agitation for the founding of an honorary Senior society, which should serve to unite the undergraduates in a closer loyalty, and which at the same time should offer an incentive to greater activity and an honor to the chosen members. The interest and approval of the Faculty was enlisted, and at last a Faculty committee of five was appointed to choose the charter members of the organization. On May 3, 1897, the names of thirteen members of '97 were approved, and on May' 11, 1897, the first meeting was held. The Faculty has reserved the right to discontinue the society at any time after June, 1899, if in its opinion the effect should become in any way harmful, but this prerogative has never been exercised.

Membership in Tower Cross is considered one of the highest, if not the highest of all honors in the power of the undergraduates to bestow. It is self-perpetuating. Its functions are usually interpreted as purely executive, and it affords an excellent means of communication between Faculty and undergraduates. Founded by the students, through sufferance of the Faculty, it occupies a unique position of honor and trust at the Hill.

H. J. S.

  • Here and There at Tufts, was published by the class of 1909 as an early form of a yearbook. The text includes photographs and histories of academic buildings, dormitories, former deans and presidents, classrooms, fraternities, athletic teams, and student organizations.
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