Phi Mu Restricts Bid to New Girl

Alpha Delta Epsilon's scrapbook; History page

In the spring semester of 1967, the Beta Delta Chapter of the Phi Mu fraternity was preparing to offer bids for new members. In order to release bids and begin pledging, bid recommendations had to be signed by the District Recommendations Counselor, Mary Horst. After her request of the “racial statuses” of each of the recommended girls and being informed that one of the girls, Bobbie Swain, was of the “Negroid race,” Horst refused to sign the recommendation for said girl. A “negative recommendation is in conflict with all other records, character performance and letters of recommendation of the Negro girl,” and the Beta Delta Chapter requested “further explanation as to the basis of the negative recommendation.”