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Alpha Rho Upsilon, Bowdoin College, 1948

Contributed by Bowdoin College Library

The 1948 Bowdoin Bugle included this two-page spread of the Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity, which Bowdoin students formed in 1946.

They chose the letters ARU to stand for "All Races United." The fraternity was founded with the goal of giving Jews and Blacks their own group so that they would feel accepted.

Bowdoin's student newspaper, however, observed that the formation of ARU merely enabled the other fraternities to continue engaging in anti-Semitic discrimination. Its editors demanded that all fraternities accept Jewish students as members, which they eventually did.

Other Information


  • Title: Alpha Rho Upsilon, Bowdoin College, 1948
  • Creation Date: 1948
  • Subject Date: 1948
  • Town: Brunswick
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: 4.12, folio LD558 .B9
  • Object Type: Text and Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Bowdoin College Library
3000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3096
http://library.bowdoin.edu

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