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Well known fraternity abolishes its pledging process

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon sign on the front of the fraternity chapter's house on Baytree Road The Sigma Alpha Epsilon sign on the front of the fraternity chapter's house on Baytree Road
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

VSU students considering joining the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter on campus will no longer have to go through the pledge process.

On Friday, the national office of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity released a statement to all of the colleges and universities where they have chapters.

The statement reads, in part, "Effective March 9, 2014 - in honor of our Founders Day - Sigma Alpha Epsilon has abolished new-member (pledge) programming and the classification of new members (pledges) from our operations."

"I think this is a great move. It's a historic decision, I think it's absolutely going to have a ripple effect and start to spread amongst our national fraternities," said Erin Sylvester, Assistant Director for Student Life at VSU.

Tyler Ivory is a fraternity member at VSU. He says while he never had any bad experiences when he pledged his fraternity, he agrees that this move will likely be beneficial.

"It will eliminate any possible hazing that can occur," Ivory stated. "Having the three days to get all the forms or everything to the national office really means that members have no time to do any possible hazing techniques to those new members."

But there's also a potential downside to abolishing the pledge process.

"You may just say 'hey, here's a bid,' after meeting them for, like, a day. Now you really don't know who you're bringing in," said Ivory.

Only time will tell if abolishing the pledge process is a good or a bad idea.

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