Curfew times for pledging will be the same this year, although false information has been passed around during the rushing process to some students.
Curfew is midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on the weekends for sophomores pledging. Mark Jackson, director of Student Organizations and Programs, clarified the rules for curfew during pledging.
“The biggest thing that we have mentioned to pledges is reminding them to check in each night with the person at their dorm that sits at the desk,” Jackson said. “If they are off-campus, they have no curfew, but our clubs know that once their activity is over for the evening, all activities cease for the remainder of the night.”
The pledging process can be an enjoyable, but stressful time for students. Senior Bailey McMath, speech pathology major from Missouri City and GATA Pledge Mom, said it should not be a complete deprivation of sleep.
“We have scheduled activities at appropriate times to ensure that pledges have more than enough time to get to their dorms on time,” McMath said. “We know and understand the importance of curfew and we want to respect our pledges and our club’s name by getting the girls back on time.”
Senior Blaine Smith, biology major from Keller and Gamma Sigma Phi president, also commented on complying with curfew this year.
“GSP takes the pledging curfew seriously and plans to have our pledges back on time so that they can take care of their school work and sleep.”
While some students may not be the biggest fans of curfew during pledging, there are some who believe it is a good thing. Sophomore Alaina Williamson, digital entertainment major from Rockwall, sees the positive side of having a curfew.
“I think that curfew during pledging is a great idea,” Williamson said. “It gives the people who are pledging a break from all the busy activities. It also gives them a chance to do homework and sleep.”