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Old 05-18-2000, 11:41 PM
Leah Leah is offline
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Question Pledge Process

What happens when you've been pledged but you find out after the process is over that your paper work for Nationals doesn't get accepted becuase of technicalities? Do you still wear para? Do you claim yourself as a member?
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Old 05-18-2000, 11:45 PM
Asia2000 Asia2000 is offline
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wow, i didn't know that could happen.
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Old 05-19-2000, 12:20 AM
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I've never heard of this either, but it is my opinion that if your application is not accepted by nationals, then you are not recognized by nationals and not a member. Even though, you went through the process, I would consider this an "underground" line. Although I am not sure what organization you pledged for, my question is how can the pledge process take place without consent from the regional or national office? If there were any problems with the paper work, it should have been caught before the process went too far. Also, did the national office give you an explanation or reasons for being denied?
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Old 05-19-2000, 03:19 AM
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I'm not quite sure what took place with you (or if it took place with you personally), but anything outside of Nationals' MIP guidelines is considered hazing and is illegal and punishable by law. When you willingly participate in activities of this nature, you then are just as guilty as the "hazers". Unless Nationals accepts you, you are really not considered a member and should not behave as such.

If something like this happened to you, you have my deepest sympathy, but my advice would be find out what the technicality was, work to correct it, and try again next year.

Good luck in your endeavors.

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Old 05-23-2000, 09:10 PM
Shelacious Shelacious is offline
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My honest opinion is that you carefully fold up your 'naila and work your behind off until you are able to submit your paper work to IHQ. This was the fault of the chapter, not you, and so usually the chapter will recognize you (allow you to participate on a local level) if you chose to "wear 'naila" until your paperwork is accepted.

However, you would be doing both yourself and the organziation a disservice by doing so. You will not be as motivated to get your stuff together if you have some of the benefits of Sorority membership, but not all. Many ghost members never seem to get around to becoming official. You do a disservice to the organization because they cannot use your time, talents and money on an International level, because you do not exist. You are always looking over your shoulder to ensure you don't run into an "official" member who is not a member of your local chapter. You fear being "found out". You cannot attend any official sorority function as a member, even locally. The chapter recieves benefit of your particpation, but you cannot be offically recognized for your work. Being a "ghost" member may seem like a solution, but it rarely is to your benefit--the cons outway the pros. Wait, and the rewards will be sweeter.

Hope this helps,
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