I first noticed this story in my Facebook feed, as a friend of mine is involved with the larger organization and announced the changes once they were official: the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is banning pledging in lieu of what they are referring to as a new "True Gentleman Experience."
As the organization notes in its press release, "the concept of pledging did not exist" when the organization was founded; it is now being removed "in order to protect Sigma Alpha Epsilon's future and to eliminate a class structure between our new members and our active members."
This is a major change, to say the least, and it will have a large impact not just on ΣAE but on the larger fraternity and sorority landscape. What do you think? Is this a good idea? What will be the long-term consequences for students?
For this week's Campus Highlight, I'm casting the spotlight on my home team (I'm located in Boise, Idaho). With all the stress and chaos of college, it's important to remember that there can be some amazing opportunities for plain old fun, too.
It was just officially announced that, last summer, Boise State University students set a world record for "longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in one hour." How fun is that?! Over 250 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. And just so you know, "more than 150 students slipped and slid a combined 103,650 feet in one hour" to set the new record. Nice job, Broncos!
(Each Monday during the academic year, I feature a "Campus Highlight": a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.)
As midterms approach, it's important to keep in mind that a little prep now can do wonders for keeping things (relatively) normal over the next few weeks. If you need some tips, considering checking out the following resources that can help you avoid the ugly side of bad time management: