by Laura Locke
Social Clubs are a defining part of life on Freed-Hardeman’s campus. We have six different social clubs (Chi Beta Chi, Gamma Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Rho, Theta Nu, and Xi Chi Delta), and each of these clubs is co-ed, meaning that both guys and girls are a part of the group. Each club has its own colors, mascots, mottos, cheers, and traditions, and they bring an excitement, a competitive nature, and another aspect of family and friendship to FHU’s campus. If you think of FHU as one big family, social clubs become your brothers and sisters on campus. Whether it’s having fun in regularly scheduled meetings, practicing and competing in intramural sports or Makin’ Music, or growing closer to God through prayer groups and club sponsored mission trips, social clubs provide a wide range of activities to help you develop into an all-around balanced individual.
For many of this year’s freshmen, this last week marked their official induction into one of the social clubs. The process began with a social club mixer in which all clubs had an opportunity to present themselves to the new Freshman class, to mingle with them, to answer any questions they might have, and to help their new recruits get a feel for which club they’d like to join. After this initial mixer, each club hosted individual receptions, community service events, and entertaining activities during which they invited new students to participate and to see what their club had to offer. At the end of the recruiting process, new students ranked all of the clubs and listed their top preference for joining. Our clubs do have a membership cap, so some students do not receive an invitation to join their first choice, but all students receive an invitation to join a club. No one is left out as long as they desire to participate.
Right now the club’s recent inductees are finishing their induction process. After receiving an invitation to join a club, they must complete the club’s requirements to be a member. Don’t worry this isn’t any type of hazing process. Typically, it involves completing an induction booklet (signatures from the club officers, memorizing facts, etc.) and performing certain tasks to help earn induction points. These tasks might be baking cookies for a club officer, taking a club Makin’ Music director on a date to the dining hall, or faking a proposal to a current club member. All of these tasks are meant in good fun, and help to bridge the gap between current members and new inductees. Once the induction process is completed, new members are officially added to their social club, they proudly wear and display their club colors, and they join part of a rich heritage of social life that is distinctive to Freed-Hardeman University.