What is Mu Beta Psi?
We are a co-ed, national honorary music fraternity that focuses on serving the music community on our campus. We are men and women across the country who love music and enjoy spending time with other musicians and doing everything we can to help music prosper on our campuses.
What does this Fraternity do?
Our service projects have included ushering various concerts on campus (both within and outside the music department), hosting receptions for different music groups, helping various community groups wherever they may need it, and many more. Our pride and joy is our Psi Jam concert which we host to raise money for charities like 9/11 disaster relief, Hurricane/Tsunami Relief, and VH1's Save the Music. This last concert featured 11 different student music groups!
Why pledge Mu Beta Psi?
Everyone has different reasons. Maybe you love the opportunity to do some service. Maybe you enjoy hanging out with other musicians, or just hanging out in general. Some come to feel the love and acceptance they may not feel they receive elsewhere. More often than not, the more time you spend with the Fraternity, the more reasons you'll have.
What does pledging involve?
Pledging is basically a semester of getting to know the Fraternity and its Brothers while they get to know you. The pledging season usually lasts 7-9 weeks. During this time, Pledges are expected to attend a weekly pledge meeting (which is scheduled with the pledge’s schedules in mind), and then spend a few hours a week hanging out with their Big Brothers. Also, pledges are expected to learn information about the Fraternity and to do some sort of service project with their pledge class. All of this is lead by the Pledgemaster and Assistant Pledgemaster who carefully guide the pledges through the pledge season. The time commitment is small, but like most things, the more you put into pledging, the more you'll get out of it.
Do you have to be a music major to pledge?
No. We know all too well that musicians can be found everywhere on campus and not just Hill Hall. We have music majors and non-majors, instrumentalists and singers, marching band people as well as musical theatre types. We've found this variety really makes things more interesting.
Can I fit in pledging with my schedule?
Yes. Mu Beta Psi has many brothers that have pledged during the fall, even with the committment of extra curriculars or a heavy class load. We have had many pledges that were in marching band, involved with work-study, busy with various play rehearsals/team practices, etc. Pledging works around the schedule of the pledges, so you do not have to worry about going out of your way to plan for pledging. It is a committment, but not an inflexible one.
How do I begin pledging?
You start by contacting the Pledgemasters or any Brother in the Fraternity and saying you're interested or just by coming by any service or rush event you've heard about. From there, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the pledging process.
What is Rush Week?
Rush week is a week of social events meant to welcome anyone who might be interested in joining Psi to get to know us better. At this point, there is absolutely no pressure to pledge, it’s just meant to be FUN. If at the end of the week you think you would be interested in pledging, you must come to our end of the week cocktail party.
What is Mu Beta Psi's hazing policy?
Hazing is absolutely forbidden. You will not ever be forced to do anything that makes you uncomfortable or could hurt you in any way. All Brothers and pledges sign a form stating this policy, and if there are any infringements made, action is swiftly and appropriately taken.
How much does Mu Beta Psi cost?
Not much. Although exact numbers depend on different things like National dues, active status, and pledging, it bears pointing out that we do not have a fraternity house to pay for and we are all pretty much poor college students.
I'm really not the fraternity type.
Yeah, we know, this isn't a question, but we hear it so often it might as well be. In fact, there isn't an active Brother in our Chapter that hasn't uttered those words at least once. Trust us, this is a Fraternity full of people who never thought they'd join a Fraternity. Why? Spend some time with us and you'll see that it’s not your "typical" Fraternity. We still hold Brotherhood very dear to our hearts, but we're not exactly living our lives like Animal House: we're too busy making music.
Do you guys behave like a social fraternity?
We are a substance-free fraternity. This means that alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden from official Fraternity events, but we certainly know how to have fun in our free time. We generally like to have some good clean fun, but that doesn't mean we don't throw down every so often.