Serenading Singles

Bill Brown (’55)

In the 1950s, fraternity and sorority members enjoyed two memorable traditions: hour dances and serenades. On Fridays and Saturdays every semester, each Greek group would entertain another one for an hour—usually following dinner—and dance to recordings of popular songs. It was a marvelous way to become acquainted and, often, a movie date was arranged for later that evening.

The serenades took place around midnight on weekends. A fraternity would gather together and stop at the Alpha Gamma Delta house on North 50th Street and regale the girls with sweetheart songs. The ladies then responded with their favorite songs. The men would move on north to the Delta Zeta house, then east to the Willard house and cross the campus to finish up at the Phi Mu house on Huntington. Often, all three fraternities would serenade on the same night and one could hear lusty singing throughout the campus.

What a wonderful way this was to spend a warm spring night or a crisp autumn evening. It probably seems old-fashioned to today's students but these were golden experiences.