Cornell Secret Society Would Like Your Opinion

It’s Secret Society tapping time at Cornell! And while the only thing I’d personally like to tap is a keg, some vaguely important people are gathering in their towers and other assorted secret places to decide who will be the next batch of elitists to prance around campus wearing pins on their collars.

Now before the commenters rip me to shreds, I’m gonna let you in on my own not-so-secret. I ran the Cornell Concert Commission in 2009––a position that is normally welcomed into these organizations and allowed to view Slope Day from a higher vantage point. However, someone or other didn’t like me and so I was shut out of the club.

In fact, I was rejected by the lesser secret society too. Yet despite being given the negative nod by them, the Sphinx Head Society needs my help. Into my mailbox yesterday afternoon I received the message below from the 119th Tapping Chair (but shh – it’s a secret!).

from            ****** <[REDACTED]@cornell.edu>
to
date            Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM
subject            ************* nomination
signed-by            gmail.com

hide details 1:32 PM (11 hours ago)

Hello,

You are being contacted because *********** has been nominated for membership in the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society and you have been identified as a reference for him/her. Though *********** has already been identified as a candidate, we are still in need of a letter of recommendation to complete his/her nomination. If you are interested in writing a letter of recommendation for him/her, we would greatly appreciate it. The letter does not have to be long, we are just looking for a glimpse into the nominee’s leadership and character from someone who knows him/her well.

We will be reviewing all nominations starting Monday, so we will accept letters until Sunday at 9pm.

Thank you for your help,
******************

Sphinx Head Tapping Chair, 119th Tapping Class

And so, I ask you this: Although I was not holier-than-thou to be allowed into your organization, you would like a recommendation from me!?! Would you like me to stand on the corner of Oak and College Ave. as you zoom through a puddle of snowy mush and then clean your rims too? I sure hope not.

Nevertheless, because I have a heart and dearly love the person you have asked for a recommendation of, I will publicly say this, since secrets aren’t really my style: The person you have asked about is exceptional, wonderful and downright incredible as a leader and as a friend. You should totally let him/her into your super-special guild. Although, I have a feeling you’ll be fighting for him/her with that other group up in their West Campus tree house.

  • poison-ivy

    Remember, Joseph P. Kennedy was blackballed from the most prestigious clubs at Harvard (the Porcelain Club), and only got into a much less significant club later. He left early his senior year being very bitter, and started a family dynasty instead.

  • poison-ivy

    Remember, Joseph P. Kennedy was blackballed from the most prestigious clubs at Harvard (the Porcelain Club), and only got into a much less significant club later. He left early his senior year being very bitter, and started a family dynasty instead.

  • Y’12

    stop bitching.

  • Y’12

    stop bitching.

  • lightblueblood12

    Justine also outed shayna gerson as being a member of the secret society. I now believe that she is marked for death because thats how this secret society things work right?

  • lightblueblood12

    Justine also outed shayna gerson as being a member of the secret society. I now believe that she is marked for death because thats how this secret society things work right?

  • CU12

    You neglected to mention the third secret society at cornell: The Order of Koios.

  • CU12

    You neglected to mention the third secret society at cornell: The Order of Koios.

  • surlybastard

    The Cornell secret societies aren’t so secret. They publicly announce who they admit in the Sun.

  • surlybastard

    The Cornell secret societies aren’t so secret. They publicly announce who they admit in the Sun.

  • simon

    What copy-cats. Dartmouth had its Sphinx society 4 years before Cornell’s.

  • simon

    What copy-cats. Dartmouth had its Sphinx society 4 years before Cornell’s.

  • picchi

    @TK. First: It’s called leaving an Anonymous Comment. I’m pretty sure even registered users can do that, and not have their names show up. So nice try, but no.

    And, excuse me, give Justine some credit? After this entry? True, she IS writing…but how a bitter rant of this sort could be viewed as a constructive use of time is beyond me.

    I’m sure she’s been successful (as I’m sure other people who WERE tapped were), but if she thinks throwing public tantrums like this is correct behavior, I can’t say I’m suprised she wasn’t tapped.

  • picchi

    @TK. First: It’s called leaving an Anonymous Comment. I’m pretty sure even registered users can do that, and not have their names show up. So nice try, but no.

    And, excuse me, give Justine some credit? After this entry? True, she IS writing…but how a bitter rant of this sort could be viewed as a constructive use of time is beyond me.

    I’m sure she’s been successful (as I’m sure other people who WERE tapped were), but if she thinks throwing public tantrums like this is correct behavior, I can’t say I’m suprised she wasn’t tapped.

  • Cornellian

    Order of the Koios was founded very recently. But there are definitely more than three kicking around.

  • Cornellian

    Order of the Koios was founded very recently. But there are definitely more than three kicking around.

  • cornellsun

    the order of koios was founded in 1971, according to their site

  • cornellsun

    the order of koios was founded in 1971, according to their site

  • biggerandredder

    One of my friends is in a society called Chancery? Or something? I don’t think they publish in The Sun.

  • biggerandredder

    One of my friends is in a society called Chancery? Or something? I don’t think they publish in The Sun.

  • greenisthenewcrimson

    @poison-ivy
    “Porcelain” Club?

  • greenisthenewcrimson

    @poison-ivy
    “Porcelain” Club?

  • Mike

    You seem extremely bitter. My giggles derived from how hurt you are that YOU didn’t get tapped, rather than the actual “humor” of the article.

  • Mike

    You seem extremely bitter. My giggles derived from how hurt you are that YOU didn’t get tapped, rather than the actual “humor” of the article.

  • Caitie

    Justine, this is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen you do (and you’ve done a lot of pathetic things!) This is completely shameless and sad. It really just lets the world know how much this has been bothering you for so long. As someone in CCC under you, it was pretty evident that you didn’t deserve to be tapped while others were. Do yourself a favor and move on

  • Caitie

    Justine, this is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen you do (and you’ve done a lot of pathetic things!) This is completely shameless and sad. It really just lets the world know how much this has been bothering you for so long. As someone in CCC under you, it was pretty evident that you didn’t deserve to be tapped while others were. Do yourself a favor and move on

  • Mr. Spacklecrisp

    You're just pissed because Cornell's health services sell the vibrators you wear out so damn quickly.