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asked how they knew each other. Milan told me that Pat had been a friend of hers since grade school. She said that she cared very much for Pat, and she hoped that they would become Gammas together, but that she would not give up becoming a Gamma for Pat. Even though I knew that Pat would never be chosen to become a Gamma, I was really turned off by that remark. After all, one of Gamma’s strongest principles is loyalty, and I thought that Milan’s attitude was not very loyal to her friend. The Gammas voted to make Milan a pledge. As president, I did not vote. I also did not warn them about some of Milan’s less desirable qualities. I was hoping that maybe I was mistaken, and Milan had not been herself that day. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Milan began to show her true colors shortly after she became a pledge. She could be really sweet sometimes and really stuck up at other times. She was always nice to the Gamma officers but she could be really snotty to other Gamma members. When the news came out that she and her boyfriend broke up, a lot of guys started asking her out. I even tried to set her up with my friend Bryan. I thought that they would make a really nice couple. She turned the offer down flat and gave any guy that showed interest in her the cold shoulder. Many of the Gammas began to dislike Milan. I was hurt by her attitude at times, but I did not dislike her. I figured she must have had something serious going on in her life that made her behave that way. She could be a lot of fun sometimes. She was a lot of fun at parties. She would drink and be a lot more outgoing. We all enjoyed her at those times. The last week of pledging is known on campus as “Hell Week.” This is when a fraternity or sorority plays pranks on the pledges. The Gammas like to give our pledges a hard time, but we would never do anything to endanger their physical or emotional well being nor would we violate campus anti-hazing rules or the anti-hazing law. The pledges are responsible for knowing the history and charter of Phi Gamma. They also must know a
detailed history of the Gamma fraternity here on Columbus University campus. We also had the pledges scrub the bathrooms with their toothbrushes, eat things sprinkled with hot pepper, and other harmless things of that nature. We never touched the pledges, nor did we encourage them to drink. We have had a couple of people get hurt while pledging, but these incidents were due to the recklessness of the pledges and not us. We encourage people to be responsible, but we can not force them to act that way. These people are adults and should be held accountable for their actions. Pat Smith is a perfect example of someone who does not want to be held responsible for his/her actions. One night during Hell Week, Pat forgot his/her inhaler when we were all hanging out. S/he was sitting quietly in the corner and no one noticed him/her until s/he had passed out. We rushed him/her to the hospital. We were so worried. A few other Gammas and I went to visit Pat in the hospital.