Three groups continue rush
By Andrea Lamberti
Although independent living group rush has drawn to a close, two fraternities and a sorority -- none of them housed -- have not yet finished rushing. The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity is still recruiting, and Delta Pi will rush later this fall. In two weeks, Kappa Alpha Theta, a new sorority, will hold its rush activities on campus.
AEPi began its official rush last Tuesday, after ILG and dormitory rush ended. The fraternity was asked to wait until after the residence selection period because they are not recognized by the Interfraternity Council, and because MIT students are not living in the Bay State Rd. house this year.
Because the fraternity currently has "provisional membership" in the Association of Student Activities, however, they could participate in rush week with all the rights and privileges of a student activity, according to Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and ILGs.
AEPi could not make announcements in the Daily Confusion, and "weren't conducting rush events during [the] residence selection period," Dorow said. They did send out information in the student activity package sent to freshmen over the summer, and participated in the freshman activities midway.
"We weren't supposed to start rushing until the activities midway . . . but [we] have been around informally meeting people during rush," according to David E. Borison '91, president of AEPi. He added that the brothers have been "wearing [their] shirts" during rush.
Some of the six AEPi brothers wore their shirts to the freshman picnic Aug. 31, but Dorow did not think it was significant, and added that he did not notice them at the picnic. He compared the situation to members of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity wearing their lettered shirts to the picnic.
AEPi rush will end officially Thursday, Borison said. "We're doing well," he said, but would not say how many freshmen have pledged until after rush is over. Sources indicate that bids have been extended to between eight and 10 freshmen.
Delta Pi will rush
later this fall
The DPi fraternity, created
by former AEPi members last spring, will "hold rush events in October and November," according to DPi President Lawrence P. Lubowsky '92. As a probationary member of IFC, the fraternity was not restricted during rush, but had no impact on residence selection because the fraternity is not housed.
DPi decided to postpone rush for a few months in order to "truly know how we're going to work in the dormitory system," Lubowsky said. "If we do anything before that we're not giving freshmen an accurate picture."
Lubowsky said the fraternity does not have a specific number of pledges in mind for rush. "In a way, that's one benefit of not having a house," because they don't have to limit the number of pledges, he added.
Finding a house, though, is a high priority for the new fraternity. The members are looking "primarily in Cambridge [but will take one] wherever we can get one," Lubowsky said.
MIT is not helping the fraternity look for a house, though, in part because sororities have higher priority for new housing, Lubowsky said. "We're not relying on MIT's help."
Their search depends on the housing market, and on alumni donations. "Several . . . alumni of our old chapter have decided to help us and give us their loyalty. We're still keeping in touch with all of our alumni," Lubowsky said.
The 37 members of DPi are currently living in dormitories. The brothers have adapted to living in different locations, Lubowsky said. "We don't have a problem keeping together as a fraternity."
"First fraternity for women"
The Zeta Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta will become MIT's fourth panhellenic sorority when it begins rushing Sept. 23. The fraternity was the first greek-letter organization for women when it was founded in 1870, according to Sarah Spillman, the chapter consultant.
The national "is especially excited about coming to MIT," Spillman said. She felt there was a high level of enthusiasm for the new fraternity on campus. "It'll be a good addition," said Dawn C. Herzbrun '92, expansion coordinator for the Panhellenic Council.
When the IFC Expansion Committee chose to invite Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Kappa to MIT two years ago they decided that Sigma Kappa should join
the Panhellenic Council first, because both groups might not
be able to attract enough upperclassmen if they formed simultaneously.
Marcia Bond, executive director of Kappa Alpha Theta's national chapter, said in February that the fraternity would aim for an initial pledge class of about 80.
"It is easier for a group to form if it is the same size as others on campus," Bond said. Eighty to 90 members is the "average size" for sororities at MIT, according to Herzbrun.
Kappa Alpha Theta was founded at DePauw University in Indiana. It is called a "women's fraternity" because it was the first such organization for women, and the word "sorority" did not exist at the time.
AEPi reorganized last spring
Both MIT and the IFC withdrew recognition of AEPi last April, in response to the national organization's February reorganization of the MIT chapter. Citing the chapter's violations of its risk management policy, the national invited only 10 of the chapter's 55 members to remain in the house after last semester.
The national's abrupt decision to discharge most of its members was the primary reason for withdrawing recognition, President Paul E. Gray '54 said at the time. The chapter also automatically lost its IFC membership -- once it lost all its members, it was technically "inactive."
No MIT students are living in the Beacon St. house this year, which is no longer approved Institute housing for freshmen.
In order to gain membership in the IFC, AEPi will have to submit a request. The IFC council will vote, and if approved,
the MIT chapter will become a probationary member for six months. At that point, the IFC will vote on whether to recognize again the chapter as a full voting member.
Borison said that AEPi will wait "until some of the bad feelings dissipate" to apply for membership in IFC.
"[AEPi will] be a member of the MIT fraternity" community for some time, Dorow said.
"They should have an opportunity to plead their case, probably at some future time," Dorow added. He emphasized that MIT did not withdraw recognition of AEPi "to punish MIT students," but rather to express disapproval for the national's actions.