It’s that time of the year. Hell week can’t last forever. The Brotherhood says goodbye to Santa’s little helpers. Yet, while pledges are no more, a celebration is in order. It’s time to initiate.
The duration of pledgeship varies across all fraternities. Some are short and sweet, while others are long and painful. With #11 Hell Week coming to a close, the Brotherhood can’t hold on to their pledges forever. When push comes to shove, pledges must become brothers eventually (unfortunately). When that fateful day comes, the pledges must be congratulated for their hard work. In all seriousness, they deserve it.
Initiation is a rite of passage ceremony marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society. It could also be a formal admission to adulthood in a community or one of its formal components. In an extended sense it can also signify a transformation in which the initiate is ‘reborn’ into a new role. Well there’s the Wiki version, so what about the fraternity version? Initiation is the ceremony in which a pledge becomes a brother. Initiation is an emotional time in which the brotherhood gains a quality group of guys, all of who slaved to become apart of the system. The ceremony itself varies. Depending on how serious your chapter is, initiation can be a serious event, or a quality shit-show of partying bliss.
The #46 transition period between Pledge and Brother creates an eloquent awkwardness. It’s truly difficult to explain. For months, a pledge rivals his position as the scum of the earth. The Brotherhood makes life miserable. It’s inevitable that each and every pledge should hold a grudge upon the very brothers they’re fighting so hard to join. It’s masochism at its best. Yet, the awkward transition from pledgeship to brotherhood is one of social bliss.
It’s time to party. Pledges become equals, or atleast rookies. They can finally chug their Natty Light in peace, without any brotherhood pressure. Initiation has been known to bring tears of joy with kegs of the brotherhood’s finest. Some fraternities choose to brand their pledges with the fraternity emblem. Others celebrate the moment with the slap of the paddle. Whatever story you might’ve heard is most likely a variation of initiation. This is the time in which the brotherhood can do just about anything to a pledge, since it’s the last thing they can do. Some fraternities reveal a secret that they’ve kept during the entire pledgeship, while other fraternities commemorate the day with a family gathering.
For those party-oriented fraternities (the respectable ones), initiation is almost always a party. The Brotherhood will supply the goods for their newly-initiated brothers to party it up in style. It’s their night, and they get what they want. In some cases, the brothers will drive for the ex-pledges in an act of respect. College parties can get rowdy, but not many rival the party on initiation night. For those looking for the nightly party, or the latest bar specials, check out FiestaFrog.com. It’s a sin to be sober the night of your initiation. Make it count.
It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.