Mu Beta Psi
Mu Beta Psi was the music honor fraternity on campus for nearly 70 years. Delta Chapter was founded at Clemson in 1937, led by C.C. "Toby" Frye; and until its dormancy in 2005, the fraternity was the oldest active Greek-letter organization on campus (beating out Alpha Phi Omega by nearly 4 years). Fraternity members provided usher services at school music and performing arts events for decades. Mu Beta Psi was instrumental in the success of several music groups on campus including Tiger Band, the Jazz Ensemble, and The Jungaleers. The Chapter was also active throughout campus in activities such as service projects, talent shows, and Tigerama. Members of Clemson's music community in Mu Beta Psi have included Bruce F. Cook, John H. Butler, William Campbell, Lillian Harder, Andrew Levin, and Ed Freeman. Delta Chapter members have been historically active in the leadership of the national fraternity; several Deltas have held top offices such as National President, National Executive Secretary, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Alumni Association President.
As Mu Beta Psi was originally an all-male organization at Clemson, Psi Mu Psi was founded in 1970 as a female adjunct to Mu Beta Psi; following the passage of Title IX legislation in 1972, prohibiting discrimination by sex in educational institutions, the two organizations merged in 1976. Psi Mu Psi is the only "sister sorority" ever to have been established for Mu Beta Psi; the national organization has been co-educational since 1961. Appropriately enough, Psi Mu Psi members had their own version of Unhymnal songs and chants, none of which have yet been recorded for posterity. One was the "Welborn Whore Corps", referring to Welborn charter buses used on band trips in several years in the 1970s. (Welborn's poor performance on the Gator Bowl 1977 Tiger Band trip ensured that they would never again drive for the Music Department). The final couplet went, "we're not tramps! We give Green Stamps!"
Delta Chapter went inactive in 2005 after more than a decade of struggle against elements both internal and external, but several alumni are still active on the National level. Dozens of Delta alumni return to campus every year to participate in Alumni Band and other Homecoming festivities, among them Dale Walsh, compiler of the 1978 Unhymnal, and C. Mark Sublette, Unhymnal compiler and historian for the Clemson Wiki.
Mu Beta Psi's 2007 National Convention was held at Clemson March 9-March 10, 2007, in honor of Delta chapter. Nearly 100 attendees participated in Convention meetings in the Clemson student senate chambers, tours of the Carillon in Tillman Hall, visits to the old Delta Lounge, a night-time tour of campus, an inspiring rendition of "Hail The Spirit" in the University Union courtyard, and a celebratory banquet on Saturday night at the Madren Center..