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Pledging reaches long-awaited end


By Elizabeth Weiss
Posted on November 2, 2012 | News | Comments Off
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Tyler Edison, sophomore marketing major from College Station, works through Gamma Sigma Phi's Bid night activities. Five weeks later, pledging is over and Edison is a Kinsman. (Optimist photo by Mandy Lambright)

Pledging, and the noisy rituals that come with it, is over.

Zeta Rho pledges were the first to be let in, last Thursday night. Lacey Medlock, sophomore physics major from Garland, is relieved to finally be in club.

“I’m happy I don’t have to do any more of the pledging stuff and that it’s just over and done with now,” Medlock said. “We’re in and it’s less worrisome and stressful. I had fun pledging, but I definitely don’t want to do it again.”

Sigma Theta Chi pledges officially became members Tuesday night and the girls were very surprised.

Ko Jo Kai, GATA, Gamma Sigma Phi and Frater Sodalis pledges all got in Wednesday night. With the pledging experience finally over, some now-former pledges reflected on their pledging experience.

Angela Salvatore, sophomore nursing major from Wethersfield, Connecticut, was ecstatic to be a part of Ko Jo Kai.

“Words cannot explain how excited, honored and blessed I am to finally be a part of Ko Jo Kai,” Salvatore said. “Pledging was a challenging experience, but because of it I grew so close to all of the Kojies and my sisters in my pledge class.

“Pledging was tough,” said Cede Patterson, sophomore English major from Katy who pledged GATA. “But it definitely brought me closer to so many different girls and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.”

Gamma Sigma Phi pledges were very surprised about the timing of when they got in, and many members were not expecting it to happen last night either. Nolan Bryan, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Lubbock, enjoyed spending time with his new brothers.

“Pledging was a privilege, and I’m glad I got to go through it,” Bryan said. “I wouldn’t change anything about these past weeks with my brothers for anything.”

Frater Sodalis pledges got into club a little later on Wednesday night, after their last night of the Haunted House was over. Case Herndon, sophomore engineering/physics major from Temple, was happy to a part of club.

“I feel like pledging is in a good place right now,” said Herndon. “It is still difficult, but it’s not so bad that you just don’t like the members once you get in. I don’t really know what pledging was like any other year, but I don’t feel like it could be much more effective than it was this year.”

Alpha Kai Omega and Trojan pledges were relieved to get into club on Thursday night. Galaxy and Sub T-16 pledges are hopeful they will be welcomed into their clubs sometime on today.

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