SPHINX is a senior honorary and the oldest honorary on campus. Dating back to 1907, there have been over 100 years of links. SPHINX is one of Ohio State's oldest and most prestigious traditions.
The following was written in the anonymous membership invitation sent by the original four to their twelve classmates. Each was asked to join in forming a senior society that would be:
Something to establish an honorable precedent forever to be perpetuated.
Something to make more genuine the friendship between college students.
Something to make more cherished the memories of our years at Ohio State.
Something for the University, the Alma Mater we shall love the more as years go by.
Something which, when established now, will - let it be hoped - in future years prove an incentive to underclassmen to strive to make higher their own standards as well as those of their University.
May we always remember
...how firm thy friendship, O-HI-O
Objectives of SPHINX