Words From Pledges

Eric Linder

Tau Pledge Class, Boston University Colony

Eric Linder
Eric Linder

The pledge period will always be one of my most cherished experiences, because it is where I learned what it means to be a Lambda Man in the Brotherhood of Delta Lambda Phi. In those eight weeks, I faced a series of challenges alongside my fellow pledges, and with them came lifelong lessons and memories. It was a busy time, with a lot to get done, but even so I often found myself pausing to think about the situation as a whole. My personal growth that semester was tremendous, as we all worked together to plan activities, working as part of a new team and learning about the quest for Brotherhood. This helped me realize my strengths and weaknesses as a person, as well as what kind of a person I am. The best part is, though, I was able to share this individually enriching experience with my fellow pledges, and we grew as a group as well. As a pledge, I learned not just to how to be a Lambda Man, but how to live amongst Lambda Men in the Brotherhood of Delta Lambda Phi.

Chas Manning

Tau Pledge Class, Boston University Colony

Chas Manning
Chas Manning

My pledge class started out as a mismatched collection of seven. A kid I went to high school with, a quiet premed student from Texas, two gamers, a freshman, a Math and Astro-whatever major. And me.

At the beginning of my pledge period I didn’t believe I’d be able to get along with these people, let alone befriend them. Someone once told me that if I ever joined a fraternity, I should try to be my pledge class’s president, and I followed this advice. I was voted president during the first few weeks and found myself at the helm of a group of people with whom I had never worked. I had no idea how we were going to complete a service project, a fundraiser, a trip to another Chapter, and, to finish it all off, put together our Night of Madness party for visiting Brothers. I had led groups before, but they had always had some common history or experience—members of the band, engineers, student government leaders. This group was as different as they come. Few, if any of us, had shared college experiences.

Despite these challenges, we successfully pulled it off. We piled into a van to visit the Alpha Psi Chapter in Kent, OH, completed not one but two service projects, put together a fundraiser, and presented one of the greatest Nights of Madness that Boston has ever seen (others’ words, not mine).

The entire process of pledging the BU Colony of Delta Lambda Phi ended up being much more than just another leadership experience. I found six future Brothers in people I would not have even met except through the Fraternity. My pledge class became a family for me. These feelings did not end after eight weeks and I know that they will go on for a lifetime. We go to each other with our problems, with our triumphs, and with our funny Youtube videos.

Our class verse boldly shows that we have the conviction and cohesion to continue to grow and garner support for our young Colony:

The Taus of Boston sparkle on, a flame for all to see.
Here to learn and here to grow the BU Colony.
A shining light of green and gold, it’s Taus not girls who run the world.

We take these words to heart and have stepped into leadership positions within the Colony. As Pledge Educator next semester, I will strive to help build these bonds within our Upsilon Pledge Class, encouraging leadership and building excitement in the growth of the Fraternity.