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All sophomores at one time or another were
sked the question: "Are you going to pledge a
'lub next year?" Answers varied from "No
vayl" to "I can't wait!" And the reasons behind
-ach answer were just as diverse.
People had diverse attitudes about social
zlubs, but of those who pledged, the attraction
eemed to be opportunities to meet people.
Michelle Hodges, sophomore from Abilene,
aid, "I pledged Siggies so I could get to know
he upperclassmen and spend time with them. j
l'he nearest thing I found was that I enjoyed
'eally getting to know all the members. There were so many
different people and different personalities."
Melinda Pesqueira, junior from San Diego, Calif., gave
:he same reason for devoting eight weeks to be initiated into
Kojo Kai. "Pledging gave me a good chance to meet more
people and to get to know them better outside of the
Involvement was an attraction Mark Stephen, sophomore
from Houston, saw in pledging Galaxy men's social club. "I
anted to spend more time with school activities, and club
rovided me several opportunities to become involved in
ifferent projects," he said.
But not everyone pledged a club. In fact, only about 800
out of the 4,500 students claimed allegiance to one of the 13
social clubs on campus.
Some people pledged a club only to change their minds
and depledge. For some it was the best alternative.
"The reason I pledged is that I needed to become more
involved with other people," said Elaine Kinzie, sophomore
from Ennis. "But I depledged. There were a lot of different
reasons why I did, but mostly I Couldrft deal with all the
pressure to keep my grades up."
Elaine was not "anti-club," as some referred to those who
were against social clubs and their existence. "I feel mixed
about club now," she said. "It's fine for some people. If you
have the time, it's a great way to meet so many people. But
there comes a point when you have to prioritize."
Tammy Fielder, senior from Brownwood, never pledged a
social club. "I didn't feel the need to pledge. I saw a lot of
things I didn't like in social clubs. People seemed to form
their own little groups, excluding others," she said.
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"I didn't feel like I missed out on anything because I had
friends and I had enough activities to keep me busy," said
Many struggled with the decision of whether to pledge. It
was definitely something sophomores had to decide for
themselves. Some said simply: club is not for everyone.
Others wouldn't have missed it for the world. And still
others never seemed too concerned -- maybe next semester.
- Elise Smith
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