By Jonathan Smith, Staff Writer
Several social clubs will not be participating in Sing Song this year because of size and time limitations.
Tri Kappa Gamma, Delta Chi Rho, Phi Beta Epsilon, Pi Kappa and Trojans are among the clubs that won’t be participating because they do not meet the 40-member minimum.
Tri Kappa Gamma currently has 16 members, Delta Chi Rho has 11, Phi Beta Epsilon has six, Pi Kappa has 39 and the Trojans have 22.
Smaller clubs do have the option of teaming with other clubs to reach the minimum, but for Kyle Topham, senior human communication major from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Phi Beta Epsilon president, that was not much of an option for his club.
“Usually Sing Song is more about the clubs getting together and showing off what they can do on their own,” he said.
Social clubs have combined in the past to meet the 40-member minimum; however, club members have found it requires more organization to ally with other clubs, the Optimist reported in 2001.
The Trojans, who recently re-chartered, are more interested in settling within the club before participating in events like Sing Song.
“We are not doing Sing Song because we’ve been in a rebuilding phase,” said Trojans president Aaron Winter, junior environmental science major from Abilene. “Since we’ve re-chartered, we don’t really have the time or the resources to deal with Sing Song.”
Instead, the Trojans have been focusing more on intramural sports and service projects, Winter said. The club will look at possibly participating next year once pledging is over.
Other clubs simply find Sing Song too time consuming. Delta Chi Rho has not participated in Sing Song since it was chartered in 2001.
“We find that it’s too much of a time commitment for our members,” said Delta Chi Rho President Chad Bircher, senior physics major from Abilene. “If we were to participate in Sing Song, our members would have to give up a lot of other things just to do this, and we put school first.”