ILG houses reap successful rush
By Annabelle Boyd
347 freshmen had pledged fraternities and other independent living groups as of Wednesday evening, according to Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups.
The final total of freshman pledges will not be available until Monday, as new students continue to accept bids from fraternities and living groups throughout today. However, Dorow said he expected that the final count will have risen from Wednesday's total by at least "15 or 20 more" to approximately 370.
Last year, almost 380 freshmen pledged fraternities and independent living groups.
"For the [Interfraternity Conference] system as a whole, rush went well," said IFC President Tony Gerber '90.
"Unlike rush two years ago where few houses hit their quotas, this rush most ILGs got the number of freshmen they needed to fill their houses. However, a few individual houses did do poorly," he said.
Approximately 250 women went through this year's IFC sorority rush, according to Panhellenic Rush Chairman Lisa Oliveira '90. Together, the three MIT Panhellenic sororities extended between 95 and 100 bids, Oliveira said. The Tech was unable to obtain the number of women who pledged the three sororities.
According to Dorow, most fraternities, sororities and independent living groups have expressed enthusiasm about this year's rush. "Most of the groups I've talked to have been pleased with the way their rushes have worked out," he said.
Rush 1989 was the first rush run under the new IFC Party Policy. This policy gives IFC committees the power to carry out spot checks at independent living group parties and to inflict penalties upon offenders. While there exist numerous rush violations, the bulk of the party policy quoted in this year's IFC rush regulations concerned the proper use and distribution of alcohol at rush activities.
All living groups who served alcohol during rush had to have at least four members trained by the Institute-sponsored alcohol management program in attendance. Alcohol could only be served to members and official guests of the fraternity or living group over 21 years old. All guests had to be checked for identification and, if over 21, given wrist bracelets which had to be worn on the wrist in order to receive alcohol. The IFC Party Policy also forbade the mentioning of alcohol on rush posters and advertisements.
Freshmen or transfers were not allowed to consume alcohol at a house under any condition, even if they were over 21 years of age, until that house closed its desk for rush.
In order to better accommodate the new rush regulations, the bylaws of the IFC Judicial Committee were altered slightly, according to IFC JudComm Chairman Maureen Fahey '90. During previous rushes, JudComm representatives were responsible for both spot-checking houses for rush violations and for running the subsequent violation hearings. However, this year JudComm re-organized itself into a group of nine investigative members and six trial council members, so the official duties of the two groups rarely overlapped, Fahey said. This new structure allowed for greater efficiency within JudComm, she said.
According to Fahey, rush went "extremely well," with only minor violations reported.
"The new IFC policy worked fantastically. For the most part, houses followed it to the letter," Gerber said.