Wednesday, November 21, 2012
HBCU Vs. PWI (Historically Black College/Universities vs Predominately White Institutions)
So as you know from my Blog Entry entitled "My Journey to Greek Life" which talks about how I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., I attended a PWI- Predominately White Institution. Although I was accepted in three Major HBCU's I decided that my going to a PWI was a better choice for me because of my major (Opera Vocal Performance). Since I knew I was going to be competing among the best and that Whites dominated the Opera world, I felt it was in my best interest to attend a College that would prepare me for those challenges. So is there differences in pledging an HBCU vs a PWI? Yes. Although I did not attend an HBCU, I had tons of friends that did and pledged and they shared their experiences with me.
So what are the differences???
HBCU- Historically Black Colleges and Universities!
PWI- Predominately White Institutions
HBCU's have caps on their lines, whereas PWIs do not. What is a cap? A Cap simply means your line cannot exceed a certain amount. At HBCUs their are generally large turn outs for Rush/Informational. For example for Delta, you might have 400 people attend, and half of them might qualify/apply for membership. Instead of picking all of them, the university may have a cap of only 75 members.
PWI- (Predominately White Institutions) do not have to worry about caps because they do not have the same type of turn outs at Rush. The University that I attended for example the average amount of attendees are around 20-40 (for sororities) and 15-20 for fraternities. The Deltas however always had an average 0f 40-60 basically because at the time when I was a student we were the most popular on our campus.
In the past people have compared PWI's BGLOs to HBCU BGLOs. Some from PWI feel that there is no way anyone who pledged a HBCU had a "process" because there is NO WAY you can pledge a line of 40+ members.
Pledge lines- HBCUs typically line their members by height, and that is how you get your quote unquote "line number" So if you are the shortest on your line, then you were the ACE, and if you were the Tallest, then you were the Tail.
Pledge Lines- PWIs typically your line number is given to you based on your knowledge and was considered "earned." For example the person who is given the number 1 is considered the Captain and NOT the Ace, because they are quick thinkers, or very smart. The last person on the line is considered the "Anchor" and not the Tail.
There are also typically other "positions" that exists at various PWIs such as Co-Captain, the Rock, Mid-Ship, Navigator (which was my position, I was the Deuce as well as the Navigator on my line) and many others......