There is a time and a place to humiliate the very people who are trying to be your friends, and there is a time and a place not to. A perfect example of a time and place not to do this is at six in the morning in the amphitheater.
Honestly, I don’t care if you want to degrade yourself by walking around in matching outfits, carrying shields and shouting, “SIR YES SIR!” every time you encounter one of your owners—yeah, they basically own you—but you could at least do it at a decent hour when everyone is awake or at least do it far enough away that you don’t wake anyone up.
You see, I’ve already woken up to three separate shouting matches, despite keeping my windows shut and turning on a fan for white noise. No matter what I do, the “SIR YES SIR!” yells penetrate the walls of my dorm and wake me up. I even hear the occasional insult—which is probably too vulgar to be printed—being shouted by who I would assume to be the actives of the society. I can’t think of a more dignified activity to welcome the newcomers into your group.
Loudly-yelling pledges, I understand that you are merely spineless sheep only doing as your owners tell you to in order to fulfill your insecurities, but insult-hurling actives, you should be more considerate of the campus that allows you to exist. Or maybe you’re still upset that you were banned for sexual harassment. Either way, you really need to figure out a better time and place to dehumanize your pledges.
The other societies seem to manage somehow. I’ve never had my sleep interrupted by another society, even if they do all walk around in laughable matching outfits. Now this isn’t a personal attack on anyone—I don’t hate you just because you’re in a society or are pledging. I simply find the pledging system to be thoroughly deranged, especially when it wakes me up so early.
If your pledging process doesn’t interfere with my sleep, you’re alright in my book. Take a note from the other societies and keep the early morning shouting to a minimum.