Rush week and alcohol; two things that have gone stereotypically hand in hand since the Greek and national honorary organizations became all the rage on campuses nation-wide.
Freshman, underclassmen, transfers, and other potentially naive types of students that may not be aware of alcohol’s fatal backlashes can pledge their time and efforts to an organization and be willing to drink until accepted.
Only today, universities such as Texas A&M Kingsville take to the 21st century with and a method that has been openly mocked since its introduction in the late 70’s; dry rush.
“Dry Rush teaches friendship and not drinking,” Dr. John Burnett, Director of Compliance said. “It helps the students come together without alcohol, especially now with the many organizations that have specific insurance requirements.”
No organization can make it a requirement to lay off drinking completely, but through teaching morals, friendship, and responsibility it hardly seems necessary.
Risk Management Chair for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and college sophomore, Jabel Tobias, doesn’t see the point in forcing anyone into something so pressing, but openly admits that he, and others like him, listen.
“When you go through rush you learn about the fraternity and the values they practice. There is no mention of alcohol when you start off so you aspire to be a better person,” Tobias said.
In spite of the major drinking holiday that is coming, students and campus staff feel that hearing the consequences of alcohol within their respective organization’s is very effective.
Even with the exposure to alcohol at the greek level being so high, information about binge drinking is not at a loss.
“Joining an organization can be very effective when learning about alcohol and encouraging dry rush,” Burnett expressed. “They produce a bunch of alternates for drinking and partying.”
Greek Advisor Erin Mcclure believes that the students’ young age keeps them open to hearing about alcohol and that it translates away from campus.
“We have to educate people at a younger age because they are exposed to new things earlier,” Mcclure said. “You see students nowadays that take what they learn to the next level; to the next organization.”
Donning letter seems to be a secondary motive as meeting new people and morals seem to be the latest motivation to pledge a student organization as students see their peers as priority No. 1 when out and about.
“I honestly would not give the consequences a single thought if it weren’t for the encouraging words and the realization of what could happen to me and my peers,” Tobias said.