When ISU first opened its doors in 1870 as the Indiana State Normal School (ISNS), it was a school for teachers. Even in the school’s early days, students yearned to come together in groups, starting ISNS’s first student organizations. Yet these first organizations were not always school-based student organizations. Some groups were part of national non-school organizations, like the Young Women’s Christian Association or the anti-alcohol group, the Young Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Other organizations started as debate or literary groups, such as Forum which started as a debate society. Though some of these first organizations eventually dissolved, some transitioned into social or academic student-focused organizations, such as Forum’s transformation into ISU’s first fraternity.