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Family Weekend/Pledge Induction

Sunday, September 30, 2012

 

It’s that time of year again: Family Weekend.

Unfortunately, my family couldn’t make the long journey up from Texas, but I think I’ve gotten my fair share of collateral family contact. Because I live in a fraternity house, we had probably 20 sets of parents, siblings, and even some grandparents come through our house. Luckily for us, we cleaned very thoroughly, because living with 28 guys in one house can get pretty messy. It’s always really fun to meet the families of my friends because, more often than not, my friends’ parents and siblings are as much fun as my friends themselves! And free meals are never a bad thing.

Also adding to the fun of Family Weekend is my fraternity’s (Alpha Epsilon Pi) pledge induction ceremony. Last year my fraternity started out at 17 active brothers, and we took on 17 pledges, doubling our fraternity and helping us secure the awesome house I now occupy. This year, we are again breaking records, as we chose 19 freshmen last Sunday to induct as pledges, which (if they all stay with us) will bring our fraternity to the largest brotherhood we’ve had at CU-Boulder since 1977. As someone who’s seen our brotherhood at a low of 12 brothers, I’m ecstatic at the progress we’ve made! It’s such an amazing feeling to see the work I’ve done have a sensible effect.

We’re inducting them into our pledge program in about 20 minutes (I’m scrambling to throw on my suit as I write this). The pledge program is where they’ll learn all about what our fraternity stands for, but almost more importantly, they’ll bond with each other more than they could in any other organization. I only had 6 other pledge brothers my freshman year, and we are all still extremely close (2 of them live on either side of my room in our new house), so I can only imagine how meaningful the program will be for these 19 lucky guys.

So like I said, I’m on my way to continue the best chapter in AEPi history. I hope your weekend has been relaxing and have a good week!

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas

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