A Female Graduate Recalls Sorority Life in the 1960s

Sorority Life at Dickinson 1969
Date: 
March, 1979

In one of the responses from the "Women as Leaders Survey" from 1979, a female graduate of the class of 1969 writes on her experiences with Greek Life at Dickinson. She mentions that social life at Dickinson could be restrictive in forming relationships with people because "people were stereotyped...in those years (frat vs. nonfrat)...unless one was in the "in" crowd with a fraternity, social life was restricted." To the student, sorority life was important to what she did at Dickinson and she was already a "legacy at two sororities: Phi Mu and Zeta Tau Alpha" because two of her sisters had belonged to each of them. Unfortunately in her freshman year, she did not receive a bid to Phi Mu, the sorority she wished to pledge at. But by the next year, she had received a bid. One poignant memory she recalls is that during their Initiation Night, the sorority had secretly planned to initiate her by having her 8-month pregnant sister put on her pin. Another experience that she remembered was when the campus's Phi Mu wanted to pledge an African American student into the sorority. This caused the sorority to leave the national Sorority because they wanted to pledge the girl, Bobbie Swain. After this incident, they formed Alpha Delta Epsilon and become "the sorority with the most "spirit" on campus."

Location of Document in Archives: 
Women as Leaders Survey-1960s (Slotten)