The news you're not supposed to know...

An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
Article posted Feb 16 2006, 3:28 PM Category: History Source: The John Hopkins News-Letter Print

Uncovering a not-so-secret Hopkins past


The three mysterious numbers under the insignia of the famous Skull and Bones are 322. Some say these numbers denote the establishment of a New World Order in 322 B.C. Others claim that the Skull and Bones is Chapter 322 of a German secret society. Some even believe that the skull-and-crossbones crest on pirate flags originated from the secret society Skull and Bones.

From the well-known Skull and Bones to their arch rival, the Scroll and Key Society at Yale, secret societies have always been unique student institutions in the country. Marked by athletic ability, scholarship, fellowship and most importantly, great wealth, members of secret societies have always, appropriately, kept their identities and relationship with the societies a secret.

Members of secret societies have historically denied their membership and have kept their institutions secrets by oath, often leading to speculation by outsiders. As author Anthony Sutton writes in America's Secret Establishment, the term "Skull and Bones" is known differently by insiders as "The Order," by others as "Chapter 322" and was also once known as the "Brotherhood of Death."

Such uncertainties have constantly led to speculation; some even claim that Skull and Bones is really an undercover organization attempting to rule the world. And they really seem to accomplish that goal. Franklin Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, George H.W. Bush and George Bush, all "Bonesmen" at one point, have assumed the single most prestigious position in the government.

Many others have taken up other significant roles, from such public positions as senators, attorney generals, U.S. secretaries, Federal Reserve chairmen and chief justices, to those in the private sector such as the Rockefellers, Harold Stanley (founder of Morgan Stanley) and presidents of numerous colleges.

What about Hopkins? Despite being the elite, history-rich university that it is, Hopkins does not seem to have its own version of Skull and Bones. And for those looking forward to learning about Hopkins' own secret society in this article, unfortunately we have not had a history of secret societies according to both the library archivist and Rob Turning, Coordinator of Greek Life.

We either never had one, or its members have been doing a hell of a job keeping their business secret. But given the extent to which secret societies have been exploited and their secrets compromised by the media and other college students over the years, it is also hard to think that a secret society could have been kept a secret all these years if Hopkins actually had one.

Although Turning does not know of any secret society on campus, he reckons that there are certain contributions a secret society would have at Hopkins. He believes that secret societies would bring an "increased sense of school spirit and involvement."

He said that the ultimate goal of such societies would be to "ingrain themselves into the university" as many members of secret societies at other colleges are often involved in athletics, student government and other positions of power.

He expects a secret society would be popular among Hopkins students, since many would seek it out because membership would associate one with the elite. While secret societies would bring positive influences to campus, Turning also believes that these institutions would have negative effects on the student body.

On one hand, many would be skeptical about such an organization, but on the other hand, discrimination, sexism and racism would play a significant role as secret societies have had a history of only recruiting rich, white males.

Furthermore, from the many prominent positions that Bonesmen fill in the outside world, secret societies seem to prepare their members for the outside world with a vast network of connections. If Hopkins had a secret society, its members might just reach such pinnacles of business, politics, education and service that secret societies members have.

Secret societies may still seem distant to us, but one Bonesman has undeniably affected every Hopkins student's life -- Daniel Coit Gilman. Gilman, a name familiar to many, the first president of our very own school, was a member of the 1852 class of Skull and Bones. This Bonesman played an active role in founding Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Medical School, and he was immortalized by the establishment of Gilman Hall, the landmark of Homewood.

Another link between secret societies and Johns Hopkins lies in our fraternities. Many fraternities are said to employ ritual systems that are supposedly kept secret. They don't make their recruits lay nude in coffins during Satanic rituals like they do in Skull and Bones, but many other initiation rituals date back to Masonic order rites, sharing common ancestry with secret societies.

Despite the fact that there don't seem to be any secret societies hiding in the corners of Homewood, it is still an interesting thought to consider. If a senior walks up to you one of these days, taps you on the shoulder and asks, "I offer you an election to [insert your version of Hopkins' secret society]. Do you accept?" Would you?

Latest History
- When Government Spreads Disease: The 1906 Meat Inspection Act
- The US Air Force Almost Nuked North Carolina
- Gun Control in Nazi Germany
- Obama's Former Foreign Policy Adviser Said -- In 1997 -- that the U.S. Had to Gain Control of Ukraine
- Tom DiLorenzo on John Stewart and His Lying Lincolnians
- 100 Years of War Lies DEBUNKED
- Stalin Apologia
- Molyneux: The Truth About Nelson Mandela

No Comments Posted Add Comment

Add Comment


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below

Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy

Advanced Search


Remember Me
Forgot Password?

A Peace Officer Defies the "Blue Tribe": The Exile of Officer Cariol Horne - 12/19For Punitive Populists, "Comply or Die" IS The "Law" - 12/19Reno 911 - Cop Psychology [Comedy] - 12/19Cop Stops Fellow Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten and Fired - 12/18Sony Hack Reinvigorates Support for Privacy-Busting CISPA-Style Legislation - 12/19Baby Clings to Life After Flash-Bang Grenade Lands in His Crib - 12/20Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You're a Cop - 12/17Psychotic Vegas Cop Filmed Beating Man For Filming In Viral Video Queitly Hired By Another Dept. - 12/17

Rialto, CA Police Made to Wear Cameras, Use of Force Drops by Over Two-ThirdsCop Who Karate Chopped NY Judge In Throat Gets Off Scot-FreeFlorida Cop Smashes Compliant Woman's Face Into Car -- "Maybe Now You Can Understand Simple Instructions"VIDEO: Lapel Cam Reveals A Day In The Life Of A U.S. Police Officer (Tasing, Beating, Breaking & Entering, Stomping On Heads... and Laughing About It)Caught On Tape: Officer Sucker Punches Inmate In Face, Files Report Claiming 'Self Defense'Insult Person On Twitter, Go To JailSWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma InsteadCop Karate Chops NY Judge In The Throat