The Friars (club)
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The Friars Club, founded in the Winter of 1908, is a social club and secret society on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Upon its founding its goal was to revive the Zeta Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon of Centenary College of Louisiana, formerly of Jackson, Louisiana. The chapter had closed its doors at the outbreak of the American Civil War, when all of its members enlisted.
The Friars were successful on campus in areas of academia, athletics, and social activities. They petitioned Delta Kappa Epsilon for the restoration of the Zeta Zeta Chapter for fifteen years, which was finally granted in 1923.
Aside from their affiliation with Zeta Zeta, little is known about the Friars. Their symbol is the coffin with a skull and cross bones above it, and their colors black and burnt orange. They are extremely secretive and exclusive: it is estimated that less than two thousand alumni have been welcomed into the Friars since its inception.
They celebrated their centennial in 2008.