Warren J. Gates, the Robert Coleman Professor Emeritus of History put together a Handbook for the Alpha Chapter of PA of Phi Beta Kappa. Included was this chart, showing the number of degree-seeking and class-attending male and female inductees over multiple decades. We can see that in many years, women rivaled men in earning this national honor.
Written by Martha Slotten, this history of Metzger explains the building's early beginnings as a Prep School for Girls. After Drayer was built in the early 1950s, only freshman girls lived in Metzger until it was sold in 1963 and later dismantled. The completion of Drayer offered a local housing option for female students who would no longer have to walk many blocks to classes.
An article in the Dickinsonian announces that the local Alpha Delta Epsilon sorority voted to affiliate with the national sorority Gamma Phi Beta. The group was to be a colony as of February 9 and initiated as the Delta Rho chapter to the international sorority in May of 1980. The former President of ADE, Peggy Silberthau, said that the group was â€œlooking for more structure, support, and guidance from a strong organization which could also offer us advisors and active alumni supportâ€ and which they ultimately found in Gamma Phi Beta.
Dickinson Collegeâ€™s annual Black Arts Festival or Multicultural Fair featured a concert by The Philadelphia Dance Company â€œPhiladancoâ€ on Sunday, March 6, 1988.Â The company, which was comprised of predominantly black dancers, presented a program of five pieces of contemporary choreography.Â The only female choreographer of the bunch was Elisa Monte; her piece was entitled â€œDream Time.â€