Letters to the Editor
I’m a member of Chi Theta Rho, probably the most unknown sorority on campus. I am also one of the pledge mistresses, also known as a pledge trainer, and, as Colby said in the video, we allow the girls to express when they feel uncomfortable with any dress-up day that we have.
While we do not write our letters on our faces, our pledges do wear a name tag saying their name and that they are an XΘP pledge. We do these dress-up days as a part of tradition, something our sorority has done for years, long before I pledged. As far as Professor Slind’s comments, I do not believe pledging and the dressing up involved distracts anyone, unless they allow it to become a distraction.
As a freshman, I had two girls pledging Tau Delta Gamma in my religion class, and neither of them was a distraction. In fact, everyone in the class, including our professor, was interested in knowing the particular dress up day before class started. Once class began, the focus was on the topics being covered, NOT the pledges’ attire.
I know on Wednesdays, the Tau Delta Gammas carry around a bucket or cup where loose change can be dropped in that will go to the March of Dimes.
Each pledge comes into the pledging process for any of the sororities knowing exactly what she is getting into.
The criticism that come along with each pledge season are frustrating for those of us involved in Greek life on campus, as we are proud to be Greeks and proud to be a member of whatever sorority or fraternity we belong to.
-Anna Derdzinski (‘14)