The Chi Omega Symphony
On the eve of her initiation in 1904, Ethel Switzer Howard wrote the Chi Omega Symphony. Over 100 years later, this symphony continues to represent the heart and soul of Chi Omegas everywhere and reminds us all of what it means to be part of this sisterhood.
To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed;
to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances;
to be, in the best sense, democratic rather than "exclusive" and lovable rather than "popular";
to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand;
to be womanly always;
to be discouraged never;
in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.
Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, 1904.