These Hearts are Forever. In Greencastle, Indiana in 1867, Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) officially opened its doors to women. Up until this time, Indiana Asbury had been an all male University, so this caused quite an uproar throughout the campus. Townspeople talked behind the women’s backs, faculty ignored them, and the male students railed at the injustice of their acceptance into the University. The first female students needed to create a sense of hope and encouragement for one another. It was around this time that our primary founder, Bettie Locke, asked for full membership into a male fraternity. The men denied her membership and instead asked her to wear their fraternity badge as a "mascot." She responded, "if you will not initiate me into your fraternity, then I will start my own." She banded together with three other women, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton, and Hannah Fitch, and Kappa Alpha Theta was established on January 27, 1870. These four brave women challenged the commonly held notion that women were simple minded, and stood up for what they truly believed in. Still today, we Thetas live by the principles created by our visionary founders, and take great pride in being the first Greek-lettered fraternity for women.