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A Rush of Pledges

From Don James ‘67: As I recall, Beta Delta had over 90 pledges in 1966.  The saying heard around campus was, “peanuts, popcorn and Sigma Chi pledge pins!" As actives, we were overwhelmed with our successful rush and realized we had a major task ahead of us trying to keep them active and interested in the Fraternity. 

I was one of the brothers who came up with our “rushing” strategy that Fall.  Each active was assigned a specific area of interest to discuss with a visiting “rushee” depending on the active’s major and extracurricular interests. Immediately after meeting a new visiting rushee and determining his prospective major and interests, he would be escorted to the active assigned for that topic e.g. to Dan Blake for economics, Marty Ueland for track, Rick Richter for football, etc.  After establishing a rapport with the prospective, we asked him to sign a “letter of intent” to pledge Sigma Chi at the end of rush week.  We had over 90 letters signed after rush was over and everyone was in suspense the night of formal pledging, wondering how many of them would actually show up at 1110 Gerald to pledge. 

We were  astonished as more and more of them lined up at our front door. After a very short time, we realized that we didn’t have anywhere near enough pledge pins. So all of us actives scrambled to our rooms to find our pledge pins to help our with the shortage.  At the end, we had to actually take a few of the pins off of the new pledges to give to the men waiting to pledge. It was one heck of a night. While we were extremely happy with our success, we realized the daunting task ahead trying to work with so many pledges.  It made for a very interesting Fall Quarter for us actives!!!

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