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Daemon
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Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with the mission of "fostering and recognizing excellence" in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, it is the oldest such society in the US and today boasts 283 chapters and over half a million living members. Its symbol is a golden key engraved with the image of a pointing finger, the Greek letters from which the society takes its name, and three stars. What principles do these stars represent? More...
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a lot of frat's are in trouble on the east coast for lewd behavior
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The Phi Beta Kappa key is one of this nation's most distinctive symbols and, in fact, traces its origins to the era of the American Revolution. Conceived in 1776 by a group of talented undergraduates at the College of William and Mary as an emblem of their secret "philosophical society," the key proclaims Phi Beta Kappa's centuries-old conviction that "The love of wisdom is the guide of Life." As the Society they created encompassed more and more of the nation's finest colleges and universities, its key became a universally recognized mark of academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. So it remains to this day, whether worn by a president, a Supreme Court justice, a college professor or an entrepreneur. The key's venerable pointing finger proclaims for all to see the wearer's commitment to Phi Beta Kappa's ancient principles (represented in the three stars)- friendship, morality, and learning.






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Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:14:04 PM
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Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with the mission of "fostering and recognizing excellence" in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, it is the oldest such society in the US and today boasts 283 chapters and over half a million living members. Its symbol is a golden key engraved with the image of a pointing finger, the Greek letters from which the society takes its name, and three stars. What principles do these stars represent? More...

Think If Phi Beta Kappa is truly about the love of wisdom, no matter how high-brow PBK is, how much has it contributed to the demilitarization of the world and the space, starting with America... How many of PBKs have read and understood Einstein on Peace, one of the seminal works by one of the most brilliant minds.

Any "academic honor society" need to be a paragon of progressive thinking leading to positive action. How much honor has the PBKs shown up to date in standing up to the bully military system that threatens everyone with weapons?!!! How much have they revealed that the military drags people into poverty (true research unafraid of the military can show), and it is known that zillions of dollars are being spent on weapons - Every enlightened person knows that every individual is supposed to have free medical insurance, but because the tax money is being siphoned into the military weapons, unethical jobs, dangerous-for-the-environment military tests, military expansion in space, etc.,...
Fredric Frank Myers
Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:25:05 PM

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I have often wondered why I never received my "key". Having received straight A's through 2 years of graduate school; maybe the group doesn't recognize artists????
Wanderer
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I can't say that any human institution can live up to bring paragons all the time. There have been 17 US Presidents, 38 US Supreme Court Justices and 130 Nobel Laureates. Whatever else, these people have shaped the US. Some of the most notables (to me, anyway) are John Q. Adams and Eli Whitney. One shaped our country and the other, a scientist and inventor. Joan Rivers, Ruth Bader Gingsburg and Pearl Buck, three very different women who all were Beta Kappas. David Souter, Supreme Court Justice and Barak Obama, Sr are two more. Angela Davis and Lynne Chrney, two drastically different women. The point is, many different people have been selected to this organization. Only about 10% of all universities have chapters and of those only about 10% of those seniors will be invited.
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