Within a week after declaring their disassociation with the National Phi Mu organization and their founding of the locally autonomous, Alpha Delta Epsilon, the sisters went to work on writing ceremonies, by-laws, and songs for the new group. Included in the ADE scrapbook is sheet music for the groupâ€™s songs, which they humorously say they sometimes â€œborrowedâ€ from Phi Mu.
The new members of the Alpha Delta Epsilon Sorority received much support and praise for their courage in creating a new organization. President Howard L. Rubendall wrote to Diane Obersheimer, ADEâ€™s President, congratulating her and her sisters on the courageous and honorable steps they took â€œto maintain the high integrity of the group.â€ The Dean of the College wished to the new sisters â€œa successful futureâ€ as a locally autonomous sorority.
An article in a local newspaper documents the end of Dickinson Collegeâ€™s association with the national fraternity, Phi Mu. The article says that the Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Mu voted unanimously on September 25 to disassociate with the national organization, and the former chapter â€œwill continue as a new local womenâ€™s fraternity, Alpha Delta Epsilon.â€ The article includes comments from Diane Obersheimer, Alpha Delta Epsilonâ€™s president, Dean Gillespie, the Dean of Students, and Dickinsonâ€™s President, President Howard Rubendall.
On October 4, 1967, the President of the Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Mu writes a formal letter to the National President of the fraternity, Rebecca Peterson. The Beta Delta Chapter writes to inform Peterson that there has been a unanimous vote â€œto dissolve its ties with the national fraternity,â€ and become â€œlocally autonomous in light of the difference of opinions concerning membership policies.â€
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 â€œracial statusesâ€ of each of the recommended girls and being informed that one of the girls, Bobbie Swain, was of the â€œNegroid race,â€ Horst refused to sign the recommendation for said girl.
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.