Although rigorous, Phi Psi
pledgeship is completed in slightly over half a semester to insure time for
study. As a pledge you will get to know your fellow pledges and
the chapter brothers, learn about the fraternity history,
traditions, organizations, and activities. You will demonstrate
your willingness and ability to participate in chapter
responsibilities while maintaining a satisfactory grade average;
and you will confirm for yourself that Phi Psi is right for you.
The pledge class elects its own officers.
As a pledge you will receive a copy of The Manual of the Phi
Kappa Psi Fraternity, receive instruction from the fraternity
educator, often referred to as the pledge trainer (and other terms), and be given weekly tests
over assigned materials. (The pledge education program is guided
by an outline worked out nationally.)
The pledge class will help maintain the lodge and take on a
project to help improve it. Each pledge must visit with each of
the brothers who is in good standing with the chapter, with the
aim of getting to know each other.
You will attend chapter social events and
athletic and philanthropic activities. There usually are some pledge class
social events, sometimes with sorority pledges.
You will be
paired with a "big brother" in the chapter, a brother who will
advise and help you in fraternity and college matters. Your
preference is the primary consideration in determining who this
brother will be.
During the pledge period the brothers discuss the pledges'
progress, and appropriate feedback may be passed on to individual
pledges. At the conclusion of the pledge period the brothers take
one last vote. Phi Kappa Psi follows the principle of "unit rule,"
meaning that there must be unanimous support for each man to be
initiated into our fraternity. There generally are no surprises.
Such a rigorous selection ensures that every man in Phi Psi is
deserving of the title "Brother".
Dangerous, illegal, hazing
is not a part of the pledge experience, and such behavior is
not tolerated. In fact, Phi Kappa Psi took a stand against such
practices back in 1868 at its Grand Arch Council in Cincinnati
OH, and later the March 30, 1894, issue of the
wrote about Phi Kappa Psi, "For the first time in the history of
college fraternities, one of such bodies has put itself upon
record as opposed to hazing."
would not want to join a fraternity that had no pledgeship. This
is the conclusion of essentially everyone who has successfully
completed it. It is a time when you get to know a lot of people,
have a lot of fun, and know that you are joining a fraternity
whose members really belong there.
Most guys look back at pledgeship as one of their better times in
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