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Pledging Terms

September 27, 2011

Welcome back to Terminology Tuesday! Each Tuesday we will blog about some commonly misused terms within the Fraternity. It’s our hope that you take some time to read, laugh, smile, and then use the information to alter your word choices, and the choices of those around you.

Pledging season is in full swing and we want to make sure all brothers are aware of the correct terms used during the pledging process.

A pledge is a business or economics student or faculty who pledged to Delta Sigma Pi during a Pledging Ceremony, but is not yet an initiated member. The Pledging Ceremony is the Delta Sigma Pi Ritual meeting where invited students are presented with a pledge pin. (Please note that this ceremony is not called the pinning ceremony). The ceremony takes place before the pledge education program period. The pledge pin, given during the ceremony, is symbolic jewelry worn on the lapel or near the heart by pledges (badges are worn by initiated members). Pledge pins are to be worn, if practical, while at school or Fraternity meetings, functions and events, and at any other time at the discretion of the pledge. There are no requirements or procedures concerning wearing pledge pins (or not) while drinking alcohol, in bars, with or without certain colors or letters, etc.

During initiation, Deltasig does not use the terms crossed/crossing or pledge line. Both terms are used in historically black fraternities and sororities—crossing to indicate the initiation of pledges and pledge line to refer to a group of pledges. Additionally, we do not refer to pledges as neophytes—this term is only used during Ritual.

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