The T.I.L.K.A. Society, commonly called Tilka, was founded in 1889 as a ribbon society at the University of Virginia after the model of Eli Banana. The name of the society is said to reference "five mystical words," though these are unknown. The society rose in prominence after the Elis were suppressed in the late 1890s, capturing most of the student offices.
Like Eli Banana, the Tilkas combined a focus on student leadership with a social function. Dabney notes that from the 1920s to the 1950s both organizations regularly sponsored formal dances at the university. The organizations were sufficiently integrated into student life by the late 1940s that a Virginia Glee Club album of University songs included the Tilka anthem ("Come Fill Your Glasses Up for T.I.L.K.A.").
Members[edit | edit source]
Notable members of T.I.L.K.A. included founding member and UVA Law professor Raleigh C. Minor, past UVA football quarterback and alumni association president Gilbert J. Sullivan; and University president Frank Hereford.
Virginia Glee Club members of T.I.L.K.A. also included:
References[edit | edit source]
General references[edit | edit source]
- Bruce, Philip Alexander (1921). History of the University of Virginia: The Lengthening Shadow of One Man. New York: Macmillan.
- Dabney, Virginius (1981). Mr. Jefferson's University: A History. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. pp. 305–306. http://repo.lib.virginia.edu:18080/fedora/get/uva-lib:178665/uva-lib-bdef:100/getFullView.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Dabney, 37-38.
- Bruce, IV:99, 339-340.
- Dabney, 89-90, 305.
- "Virginia U. Band and Glee Club Put Songs 'On the Record'". Washington Post: pp. L7. 1951-04-22.
- Meeks, Brett (2004-11-23). "Ribbons and Trashcans". Cavalier Daily. http://www.cavalierdaily.com/news/2004/nov/23/ribbons-and-trashcans/.
- Dabney, 123.
- Dabney, 398.
- Dabney, 595.
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