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.
Alpha Delta Epsilon
After thriving on Dickinsonâ€™s campus for twelve years, the women of Alpha Delta Epsilon saw that a change was needed and looked for â€œthe support which could be found in a national organization." A letter offering information about Dickinson College and Alpha Delta Epsilon was sent to nine different national organizations by the Associate Dean for Special Programs, Mary Watson Carson.
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€