I had the privilege of watching the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha at Texas Tech host a probate and welcome new members this evening.
**for those who aren’t aware, a probate is a forum where an organization reveals its new members following their education process.**
While watching this session, I realized that these demonstrations were a wonderful and terrifying representation of Greek Life. While most organizations get caught up in the secrecy of their rituals, these groups thrive on this chance to show off. They require indiscretion during intake while other groups hold open recruitment…the two almost appear opposite.
*Let me clarify before moving on, ritual is the purpose of the org and your oath, not the secret hidden ceremony *
That being said, I think these groups holding probates have some very important aspects of this process very very right.
1) Their members have to stand before a have crowd shouting their love for their organizations. They make a public commitment to their letter organization.
2) These new members have to demonstrate excitement for their org. They have to act with a passion before all the current brothers and crowd.
3) the unity. At these sessions, different attending orgs get shout outs and a chance to be recognized for their willingness to support the presenting group.
These presentations are a very careful balance between awe inspiring presentations and hazing rituals, but when done well, they are truly wonderful to behold.