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Class of 2017 Graduates

Class of 2017 Graduates

As the Spring semester comes to a close, a new wave of graduates start their next chapter in life. We would like to congratulate the Spring 2017 graduates on this great achievement, and give a special congratulations to our brothers that will set forth on their new endeavors. Time will come and go, but the traditions, principles and ideals of Lambda Chi Alpha will never fade. Strive to continue the leadership that has made you grow as a student, man and a brother. As always; naught without labor.

Brothers in Action – Rush Elementary

Brothers in Action – Rush Elementary

The Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha took time out of their finals week to meet up at Rush Elementary and help their staff began the process of refurbishing a locker room for a pool owned by the school. Painting, caulking, taping and cleaning up trash from the premise. We spent the afternoon giving back to the local community and in return we grew a deeper passion for the Lubbock community.

IFC 4.0 GPA Dinner

IFC 4.0 GPA Dinner

The Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha Sigma-Nu Zeta would like to recognize and congratulate Alex Crowley and Matt Brauer on their 4.0 semester GPA for the Fall 2016 term. These gentlemen are the epitome of a chapter scholar, a credit to their persistent dedication to academic excellence!

Brothers in Action – Lubbock Dream Center

Brothers in Action – Lubbock Dream Center

Today the gentlemen of Lambda Chi Alpha were able to help the Lubbock Dream Center by participating in their food pantry and adopt-a-block program. Brothers served in activities such as trash pick-up, packaging food, and distributing meal packages to those in need through their mobile food truck. The Lubbock Dream Center is an amazing organization that works extremely hard to inspire, aid, and support the Lubbock Community.

Excited to be in the Heart of Lubbock

Excited to be in the Heart of Lubbock

As you may have heard, the alumni-established Sigma Nu Zeta Housing Corporation of Lambda Chi Alpha has recently purchased 1901 33rd St. and are excited to be a part of the Heart of Lubbock community. The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity sets as its supreme goal the development of men to the highest standards and principles. As such, it is the vision of Lambda Chi Alpha to extend itself beyond the traditional social fraternity by giving back to the community through philanthropy, leadership development, alumni relationships, and a focus on academics; where our undergraduate members have an average 3.018 GPA and are #3 out of all 23 fraternities (the all men’s campus average at Tech was a 2.751 GPA).

To better develop a member’s sense of community and service undergraduate members invest hundreds of hours every semester toward local and national philanthropic events that include:
– Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.
– South Plains Grub Farm where we planted seeds, painted a chicken coup and did gardening.
– South Plains Foodbank where we’ve provided over 3,600 meals to the local Fight Against Hunger campaign.
– The Rush Elementary fall festival helping run mini carnival games and the concession stand.

We understand that some of our new neighbors are hesitant about us moving into the neighborhood, and we want to address your concerns. Please allow me to share with you the following information about the actions currently underway and restrictions that we already have in place:
– Significant refurbishment, security and safety upgrades, and maintenance will be completed in the next 2-3 weeks on the premises.
– At full capacity, there will only be 4 undergraduate students living on the premises.
– Large fraternity parties/mixers will NOT take place on the premises.
– Parking will NOT impact traffic flow or neighbors’ access to street parking.

We look forward to getting to know you as neighbors and community partners.

Watermelon Bash 2016

Watermelon Bash 2016

The 2016 Watermelon Bash was a huge success! We got together 540 watermelons from our local farmers; having a good majority of them thrown and beaten with bats, but the best were saved for a watermelon eating contest to establish the true winning team. We had a total of 23 teams come out to our event, totaling to about 120 girls. We partnered up with Lubbock’s local South Plains Food Bank raising up to 1,205 dollars and providing 3,615 meals for our local community. Watermelon Bash is one of our most charitable and favorite events of the academic year, and we couldn’t have done it without our helpful Alumni and Parents. We would like to thank Marc Mousseau and other alumni for donating that awesome Lambda Chi Alpha flag, it has helped out our tailgates exponentially. We look forward to seeing all of our Alumni and Parents throughout the semester.

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2016 White Rose Formal

2016 White Rose Formal


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Join us this April for the 2016 White Rose Formal.

There will be an informal gathering on Friday the 29th at Raider Park and Grill.

On the evening of the 30th, the 40th annual White Rose Formal will be held at the Tech Club on the West side of the Football Stadium.

Cost for attendees is $50 a couple.  Please RSVP by contacting Brian McCourt or Geremy Garcia.

We hope to see everyone there!

Sincerely,

the Lambda Chi Alpha Chapter of Texas Tech University

If you are unable to attend please consider donating to the Housing Corporation.

 

Pledges – Who Needs Them?

Pledges – Who Needs Them?

At General Assembly, 40 years ago, Executive Vice President George Spasyk introduced a revolutionary new idea to the fraternal world: associate membership. This change, as Spasyk concluded, was probably one of the most significant developments in the history of Lambda Chi Alpha. Through associate membership, new members were to be treated as equals with the same rights and rules as all brothers.

By abolishing the pledge program, generations of brothers have made a commitment to treat each other as equals and consequently foster an environment where men strengthen the bonds of true brotherhood. Forty years of associate membership has set Lambda Chi Alpha apart from any other fraternity and put young men on the fast track to becoming strong, honest leaders.

Pledges – Who Needs Them?

By George Spasyk, February, 1970

Transferred from the 1990 print edition of Reflections, by Duncan McRae, Western Ontario ’96, Nathan Whetsell, Michigan ’05 and T. R. Roberts, Edinboro ’09.

Can Lambda Chi Alpha, or any other fraternity, get along without having pledges? I submit that not only can we, but in the long run we must.

Lest that startling statement shock the reader into thinking that the Executive Director is suggesting a phasing out program which would eventually eliminate fraternities, let me hasten to add that I don’t mean we should stop the recruiting of new members—in fact we must continue to increase our efforts in this direction, and the program suggested in this column is designed to do just that.

Since last summer members of the Grand High Zeta and the administrative staff have been talking with our student members, alumni, and college administrators about many of the problems which confront us as chapters, as an international fraternity, and as part of a fraternity system. Some of the problems are chronic, others are new, as times and students, attitudes and philosophies change. All of them must be faced seriously and knowledgeably if we are to deal with them effectively.

One of these problems is the tragic loss of so many of our pledges who never make it through to initiation. Last year 1,358 ΛΧΑ pledges did not become members— about 30% of all men pledged. For some reason I had always felt that more men were depledged by the chapters than dropped by their own action. Perhaps this was true at one time—apparently not anymore.

A study completed last summer showed that 65% of the men depledged last year withdrew by their own action. Any thinking member must wonder why, since this represents one out of every five men pledged. After long and careful analysis of the problem, I must conclude that most of them drop out because we’re still playing games with them, and they have decided that they have better things to do with their time.

And, come to think of it, why should a bright young freshman (or sophomore, or junior) who has met the entrance requirements of his university, who has perhaps worked all summer to help finance his education, be expected to enjoy a role in which his fraternal status is second class? We expect a pledge to obey every rule (while actives don’t); be respectful to the housemother (while actives frequently aren’t); light cigarettes; carry matches; say “yes, sir; no, sir”; clean the toilets; and never say anything which offends anyone. In these negative ways the pledge is “proving” himself worthy of membership. Yet if we found a spineless person who would subject himself to such a status of semi-servitude anywhere else in society, we’d be disgusted with him. The problem, as I see it, is that we have been doing an excellent job of training men to be pledges … a role they will no longer have as soon as the training period is over.

In an area which cries out for dramatic changes, we have found many of our student members (and, tragically, some alumni) reluctant to break with tradition. The concept of pledge education vs. pledge training, which we introduced several years ago, has been almost universally accepted, but at the chapter level the transition has been made, for the most part, in the name of the program only, not in practice. While it is true that fraternities have rid their programs, for the most part, of physical hazing, there remain in most programs strong elements of separation between actives and pledges, with sharp distinctions between these two classes of membership.

What I feel is needed is not a new look at pledge education, but a totally different concept of this period between initial acceptance and initiation. In the program which I envision as the type of approach all fraternities must eventually adopt:

  1. There is virtually no distinction between an active and a pledge.
  2. The pledge period is limited to no more than six to eight weeks.
  3. Pledge tasks and pledge work sessions are replaced by chapter work sessions involving both actives and pledges.
  4. Pledges attend at least half the active meetings or a major portion of all chapter meetings.
  5. Pledges are included on chapter committees and are given a voice in chapter affairs.
  6. Pledge class unity is not considered a desirable goal since it tends to create horizontal divisions within the chapter.
  7. Pledges are in no way subservient to active members, and discipline of pledges is handled within the same framework of laws and policies which govern all members.
  8. Instruction of pledges is handled through a series of conferences using the concepts of group discussions, case studies, and individual development, rather than the traditional classroom methods and pledge class organization.

It may well be that the most serious deterrent to the implementation of such a program is the word “pledge” itself, since it has for so long been associated with subservient status in fraternities. Accordingly, ΛΧΑ has developed this totally new approach into a program which we call FRATERNITY EDUCATION. In which the newcomer is called an ASSOCIATE MEMBER. Jon Nielsen, director of chapter services, has prepared an excellent paper on the program which was enthusiastically received at last summer’s management training seminar. In it, he states that

While this program allows for a reasonable time of mutual observation, it pursues education of the new member from the standpoint that, since he has been chosen for unique and noteworthy talents and abilities, he can therefore participate with most major membership privileges from the outset and learn the guidelines of fraternal experience by doing. This is complemented by a series of educational conferences which emphasize chapter operations. fraternity history, personal and leadership development.

At the end of the six-eight-week period, if college or IFC regulations do not permit immediate initiation, he then assumes all membership rights and responsibilities as an active member but must wait until he participates in the ritual to become an initiated member.

The paper concludes that associate membership is best understood as comprised of eight types of experience, some spontaneous, some organized. These include: member influence; participation; conference-type instruction; personal development; behavioral responsibility; academic and intellectual development; leadership development: and individual, unique experiences.

We genuinely believe this concept of fraternity education will appeal to students who are interested in the fraternity experience but who are unwilling to subject themselves to the lengthy, immature, and time-consuming activities which traditionally characterized fraternity pledgeship. Some chapters have already adopted the program in total—some in part—others are talking about it and gaining converts. Lambda Chi Alpha can take the lead in adopting wholeheartedly an innovative, imaginative, and exciting program in which each new member is given the freedom to explore his fraternal experience, to discover his talents and abilities, and to develop his individuality. His experience in ΛΧΑ will be meaningful because it is his.