I'm not in a frat and never plan on joining one, but with two Sophomore guys on my floor here at BU in the frat and another guy in that same frat as a pledge, I think I can help out a little bit in terms of the process of becoming a Brother.
First off, this frat is Kappa Sigma. It is the biggest frat here at BU. I will be basing my opinions and examples off this frat, because it is the one I know about.
First, ALL the frats are going to reall promote themselves. Here at BU, there was a picnic set up by the school where all the frats and sororities can pass out pamphlets and talk to prospective brothers/sisters. There also was a free BBQ, so my friends and I decided to check it out.
Next, each frat will host several fun activities for interested people. For Kappa Sigma, this included a tour of Fenway Park, chilling at BU Central (which has TV's, couches, pool tables, ping pong tables, etc.) and then watching the Yankees/Red Sox at Pizzeria Uno's, with all hte food being paid by the frat.
Then come interviews. According to the two Soph. frat guys, the interview is what [i]really counts. The activities allow you to get to know the brothers, but that won't make or break you unless you really come off bad. Anyway, the potential pledge enters a room, sitting in the middle of a panel of brothers. The brothers fire questions at the candidate. Questions range from "Why do you want to join this frat?" to "Which male actor would you most want to bang, if you were gay?" If you say you want to be a sports broadcaster, they'll ask you to make the call of a famous sporting event. Afterwardds, the brothers vote. According to the frat guys I know a potential pledge needs a VERY HIGH percentage of votes, like 80-85% or so.
If you are voted in, you are a pledge. There's usually a pretty "unique" ritual to being inducted into the frat. After this, then you participate in the activities the brothers do - parties, communit service, etc.
Finally, there is Hell Week. According to the pledge I know, the pledge does not get ANY sleep for around a week, and then they do some other things that truly make it "hell week".
After all this, you are a Brother.[/i]
I've been to some of their parties as well (not their brothers-only parties though like date party, halloween party, etc). They're ok, but it's a lot of people in a small space looking for beer, and there is music. They run it pretty well, as there is a bar and a brother fills the beer or jungle juice for you. They also have a beer pong/beirut table.
Last edited by DaQ on Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:52 pm, edited 4 times in total.