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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New "Secret Society" Forms at University of Virginia: THE TEN

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville has had a long love affair with secret societies. A stroll through the Thomas Jefferson-designed campus reveals the most notable secret campus groups' symbols painted on buildings, sidewalks or stairway risers: the letter Z and the number 7.

Now, a new group wants to form a secret society of their own, and they have used the internet to find recruits.

THE TEN have borrowed Kabbalistic symbolism, and announced themselves by way of a website. Interestingly, instead of being an invitation-only organization like UVa's own secretive "The Seven," "IMPs," and "Z" societies, or Yale's Skull & Bones, THE TEN are actively seeking applications. The website's banner lists its goals as "to protect self-governance and elitism practiced rightly; to reignite students' absent strength of spirit; and to chide the insufficient and debauched elements."

The group was reported on in the University's The Cavalier Daily:

THE TEN hopes to accept members who will improve the state of elitism at the University, according to the e-mail and Web site.

“Elitism on [the University] Grounds isn’t practiced rightly,” the anonymous society member stated. “There’s a difference between the elitism that guides the Honor Committee and various fraternities on Grounds and the elitism that guided the true, honorable gentleman of the past. We believe the best should carry themselves as the best — but that if the weak and childish carry themselves as the best, something is wrong. It’s not arrogance — it’s elitism practiced rightly, when the best are honored and adored, and competition breeds better and better members of society.”

Visit THE TEN website, and be sure to get your application in by March 10, 2010.


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