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IFC levies fines for rush violations

By Andrea Lamberti

The Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee has issued fines for rush violations this year ranging from $25 to $450, according to Victor T. Rios '91, Judcomm secretary.

Some fraternities were found guilty of more than one charge, resulting in total fines of over $1400. The highest possible fine for a single charge is $500.

The IFC Judcomm concluded two weeks of hearings Wednesday night. Twenty-one cases were brought in front of the committee this year by one independent living group or sorority against another.

On Oct. 22, six other fraternities brought charges against Sigma Alpha Epsilon in a 13-hour trial that began at 7 pm. The IFC would not disclose the fines levied against SAE or any of the other ILGs involved in the hearings.

In addition to SAE, Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Psi (No. 6), Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Zeta Beta Tau were charged.

The review board also punished some fraternities by placing sanctions on them for certain rush week activities. Some fraternities were forbidden from participating in Thursday night dinners or from having freshmen sleep over on the Sunday night of rush.

Many ILG members felt sanctions are more potent than fines as punishment because they affect the scope of an ILG's rushing activities.

To most people close to the hearings, there seemed to be more cases this year than last year. Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and ILGs, felt that was true.

But he added that he did not think rush was any worse this year. In the past, "maybe ILGs were willing to let more violations get by," Dorow said.

But Rios felt the trials were not much different, in either quantity or seriousness, from last year. "Last year, the trials were spread out [over a longer period of time]," he said. It seems worse this year because of the large number of trials in a such a short period, Rios said.

Rios and Judcomm Chair Ariel Warszawski '90 declined to describe the most serious charge against any one fraternity. Keeping messages from freshmen and taking them on an outing over the maximum five hours allowed by rush regulations were both were charged this year and are considered serious violations. Rios said alcohol violations are also considered serious charges, but no fraternities were charged with alcohol-related violations this year.

Many of the charges were brought up simply for clarification of the rules, Rios said. These were "not necessarily malicious," he said.

Warszawski said that, after the upcoming IFC elections, Judcomm's judicial review board will meet with next year's rush chair and Judcomm chair to discuss ways to clarify the rush rules.

Judcomm is divided into an investigative committee and the judicial review board. The two operate separately: The investigative group gathers information during rush week, and the review board hears the trials.

Judcomm adopted this structure two years ago to eliminate a possible conflict of interest, because previously the same people investigated fraternity houses during rush and reviewed cases during the trials.