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Club week is over, and many students probably spent their weekend catching up on sleep and basking in the excitement of becoming an official member of a social club. Throughout the week, we shared photos from previous club weeks on social media, and alumni bonded over shared experiences and memories of forming bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.

“Participating in a social club enriched my Harding experience by providing an avenue to build strong, lasting friendships that only grew stronger the further I went along in school,” Chris Quattlebaum (’11) said. “I was able to create friendships with not only those who I pledged with but also with the older members of TNT.”

Quattlebaum said that even to this day, there are moments he thinks back on during club week that remind him how much he enjoyed the experience.

“The thing I value the most about my social club participation is the friendships that I was able to form,” he said. “These are lifelong relationships and don’t just end once you graduate. Ten other guys from my pledge class and I still get together a couple times each year for a little reunion weekend. We update each other on our lives, tell the stories from our time in college that we always tell when we get together, and end up laughing the entire weekend.”

Jennifer Gibson (’10) was a charter member of Zeta Pi Zeta in 2009 and said she really enjoyed the unique perspective that starting a new club gave her.

“The process allowed us to work through problems and see the club process from another angle,” she said. “We got to be creative and come up with something that was ours.”

Her advice to new club members is to jump in and be involved in as many activities as possible.

“Do Spring Sing, play sports, go to functions, or serve as an officer,” she said. “You pledged and did a lot of work to become part of a family. You need to take advantage of that family and do some fun stuff with them.”

For many people, relationships that are made at Harding don’t stop after graduation. They carry on throughout a lifetime, and many of those relationships begin with a week of silly outfits, cheering until you lose your voice, and learning about traditions.

“What people need to know is, that, once you get off Harding’s campus, your club experience isn’t over,” Quattlebaum said. “The lifelong relationships that you form with people in your club during your time at Harding will continue. I hope that everyone will be able to look back on their time in their respective clubs with fond memories and friends who last a lifetime.”

Hannah Owens, director of news services 

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New Delta Gamma Rho members line up with potatoes in hand. It’s one of those practices that only makes sense during Club Week.

For many, the arrival of Club Week brings back a flood of memories, from wearing silly outfits to lugging around a meticulously decorated binder, from Silly Olympics to service projects. It’s an exciting, frantic time of getting to know your club brothers and sisters but not getting a lot of sleep. While some leave behind Club Week festivities once they graduate, others choose to relive the experience — this time as sponsors for their former club. For them, seeing the Club Week from another angle gives more meaning to the process.

“As a club sponsor, I am now realizing just how much goes into Club Week,” says Natasha Snider, a sponsor for Delta Gamma Rho women’s social club. “I respect our [club] vice presidents for how much effort and care they put into this week. I also feel like I understand now how the activities for the week truly do bring the club closer.”

Being a sponsor also gives the opportunity to relive their own college days and see their former club grow.

“It is the one time of the year that your whole club gets to spend the entire week together building relationships and getting to know each other better through a variety of avenues,” says Mackenzie Green, also a Delta Gamma Rho sponsor. “I love seeing the new girls coming in and getting a peek into what the future holds. I love seeing them work together and seeing who the leaders are. I also love watching them fully embrace the club colors and learn all the traditions, history, songs and cheers that I know and love!”

While the sponsor side of Club Week probably means a little more sleep and a little less shouting at all-club devo, the bonds built and memories made are just as meaningful the second time around.

“One of my favorite things about this week is knowing how much joining a club means to all of our new girls and how much these girls already are loved and wanted by our club members,” says Snider. “Our girls are showing me what the love of Christ is all about.”

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer

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Delta Gamma Rho's 2008 (my senior year) Petit Jean photo

Working at a university will make you feel old. You’re constantly surrounded by 18 to 20-somethings while you continue to age. The annual college traditions roll by, brand new to them and one year further away from when you took part. For me, this week — club week — is the worst offender.

As I watch these new faces don familiar jerseys, I fondly remember my freshman year, receiving my invitation to join Delta Gamma Rho and the week of fun, stress, sleeplessness and friendship I enjoyed as well as the four years forging bonds with girls that I will cherish for life. My social club was probably the highlight of my Harding experience because of the women I connected with and am still connected to today.

Now that I’m a few years removed, I have to get my social club fix elsewhere. Finding myself nostalgic for the nightly club roll calls — where all the clubs get together in the Ganus Athletic Center to do their club cheers — I’ve taken to performing my Delta Gamma Rho cheers for my most captive audience: my 6-month-old son. Since his favorite song is “Roll the Gospel Chariot,” my former club’s most popular cheer, “the train cheer,” is chock-full of just enough rolling fists and sound effects to put a broad grin on his chubby little face. (Click here to see the cheer for yourself!)

Sitting on the couch, “woo-woo-ing” for my son is a sweet reminder that my club’s song is true, that we are “linked in unity and sisterhood … and we’ll be sisters wherever we may go.”

Happy club week!

Jennifer Hannigan
copy editor/writer

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