For all the mystery lovers, there is something to think about on a long winter evening. Presenting a collection of the most well-known secret societies in America, we would like to reveal truth behind closed doors. So, what do these structures look like today?
- Skull & Serpent, Wesleyan University. The university has a vivid history, which some might even call spooky as well. The members of the Skull & Serpent say they wish to remain secret as they are one of the oldest student organizations in America. Founded in 1865, the society is known for its strict rules of admission and viral videos. It was the Skull & Serpent activists who posted the infamous Harlem Shake online. However, the group is rumored to be split ever since. The insiders claim there has been a lot of debate among the members as to the notorious dance. Some say there is nothing wrong with having a little fun on campus, others deeply oppose the idea of the society becoming public, after years of being secretive and hide-and-seek.
- ANAK Society, Georgia Tech. Being the member of this society is considered the highest honor in student ranks. Those, who express deep love and gratitude for Georgia Tech are admitted in ANAK. It is one of the biggest organizations in the US, and the honors, bestowed upon you after joining, can be compared to real-life inauguration. It’s just like the masonry, but for the students. In addition, the word ANAK has biblical origin.
- The Night Riders, Norwich University. Though this society no longer exists, we should say a few words about it here. The closing of the Night Riders did not go without scandals: two or three military college cadets accused the secret establishment of hazing during their initiation. Others reported beating and physical violence. There were people who claimed cadets were simply helped into enrolling, and there were some who supported the accusations. Anyway, the society met its untimely demise and the details of the argument were never fully disclosed.
- Seven Society, University of Virginia. Talk about superstitions and stuff! This college society members are revealed only after their death, and the black banners are hung all over the university walls. Surprisingly, not all of them are Virginia alumni. Furthermore, they say that gender division still exists within the society with women not being accepted, and the men having to conduct procedures to apply. We cannot go into further detail, because there is no reliable information whatsoever, and even people who study at Virginia cannot say anything for sure.
- Order of Gimghoul, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you think that the days of chivalry have gone for good, it’s time for you to visit the Order of Gimghoul. According to the legend, the Order was established to commemorate one of the students, who disappeared from the campus in 1833 and was nowhere to be found ever since. Having a society like this adds to the Arthurian atmosphere of the place and attracts many students who are tempted with an idea of holding a meeting in an actual castle (yes, the Gimghoulians actually gather in one).
- Cadaver Society, Washington and Lee University. Tired of term papers? Looking for some scary ventures? Here is one for you. The members of this secret society are supposedly gathering at night only, while wearing masks and screaming in ear-piercing noises. In addition, they commute by passageways that are all over the place, and you can find the doors to them on campus. The bonus? If you reveal their identity, the member has to pay the graduate school tuition, so we’d guess they are very reluctant to get caught.