Trojans have hit the ground running this semester as they have risen to the challenge of being back on campus, once again subjected to the new kid syndrome.
Because Trojans were unable to pledge last semester, there are many questions surrounding what we represent. A recent article alluded to a rumor that Trojans are simply interested in fun and taking the easy way out. The reality is, however, that Trojans were rechartered on the principle of excellence and unity. Through the rechartering process, we had the unique opportunity to bond in a way other clubs did not.
Trojans will be conducting rushing in this spring as well as taking a pledge class in the fall. The fact that Trojans are founded on principles of standing out has invited a deluge of doubts and questions surrounding what Trojan pledging will look like. Pledging is not discussed outside of club, but the ideas surrounding our purpose are very similar to other clubs’. Trojans plan to respect the time of the pledges, but maintain the idea that pledging a club requires sacrifice.
Just like any worthwhile endeavor, excellence comes at a price and will not be painless. The emphasis will be on developing unity and brotherhood as well as a commitment to the goals and traditions of Trojans.
It is often encountering adversity that fosters growth, and pledges will be introduced to situations that stretch and strengthen them. Relationships, leadership and competition are all designed to draw the members and pledges into a deeper bond to each other and to God.
As men of God on campus, our focus reaches beyond ourselves. We seek to be a service-oriented organization. It is only by looking to the needs of others and through love that we can uphold our goal to represent Christ.
We also hope to have activities that extend beyond the borders of our club with interest in partnering with others on campus regardless of club affiliation. We invite all students on campus to get to know us as individuals and to put aside such things that drive us apart.
Jeff Morris, Trojans’ Vice President Elect
Sophomore biochemistry major from Richmond