Acacia Fraternity came back to Northwestern in a hurry starting right away during the first week with their fall week.
"We felt it was important to grab more guys sooner," Acacia Jr. Dean Andrew Nicholas said. "A week into school, peeiple start to get into their clicks and are less likely to join."
Acacia Fraternity began the week with a friendly game of Halo, then moved their events outdoors to the volleyball pit outside of Coronodo hall for volleyball and a cookout. Ultimate Frisbee and a game of pickup softball followed on Wednesday and Thursday.
"The Ultimate Frisbee day was probably the most successful. Most of the guys that played stayed around," Nicholas said.
Rush week was capped off with a formal dinner and meet and greet session at Acacia Alumni Troy Smith's home in Alva.
Acacia had a successful rush this year which boasted one of the largest pledge classes since 2003.
"We have 14 guys," Acacia Sr. Dean Jacob Sweet said. "We stand to double our numbers if they all are initiated."
These 14 students have begun their formal pledging now, and they will undergo formal education in not only the Fraternity, but also about the universityand they community they are involved in.
"The purpose of pledgeship is to prepare these freshmen and other studentsas educated men for the future," Nicholas said.
Chandler "Spunky" Deming is one of the 14 pledges involved with Acacia.
"It's been a lot of fun," Deming said. "It wasn't what I expected at all. The only thing I knew about Fraternities was Animal House. I was very surprised by the open faced kindness from all of the members. It should be a great experience."
According to Acacia Fraternity, they are very adamant about changing this stereotype that is associated with them, and are starting off on the right foot with this newest pledge class.
"We hope to guide them through, and show them what college life is really like," Sweet said.
Posted on Thu, September 4, 2008
by Northwestern News filed under