Number Six extends rush through IAP
Number Six extends
rush through IAP
By Katherine Shim
Delta Psi, commonly referred to as the Number Six Club, held an open rush luncheon on Saturday. The party was notable in that it was publicized by postering on campus. Though established fraternities often quietly extend bids during the term, they rarely openly advertise such rush events, according to the Interfraternity Council rush chair, Kenneth S. Chestnut Jr. '92.
"Often fraternities and sororities like Delta Pi and Kappa Alpha Theta poster because they are in an awkward position and are just starting out on campus. But it's very rare for an established fraternity to poster," Chestnut said.
Number Six decided to poster in order to reach people they otherwise would not have met, said Anthony S. Jules '91, president of Number Six.
"We postered because we didn't want to cut off our options," Jules said. "There might be people who will be future Number Sixers who we might not have met. It's a trade off between the possible interpretations and the possible results" of postering.
Though no new rush events have been scheduled, the coed fraternity will hold rush for the rest of the term and throughout the Independent Activities Period, Jules said.
"The rush is not a terribly big deal," he added. "We do have room for people, and we have people of interest. But there is no particular number of people we are interested in.
"We made the decision at the end of the summer to have a winter rush -- we weren't sure how much room we had, and we wanted to leave as many options open as possible," Jules continued.
Susan D. Ward '92, rush chair of Number Six, indicated that a larger pledge class was needed due to the large senior class that graduated last year. In addition, she explained that a few members were leaving to study abroad.
Citing the variability in the Number Six population, Ward could not give the specific number of seniors graduating last year.
"The number of people in Number Six varies quite a bit," said Anastassios E. Petropoulos '91, a social member of Number Six. "Some people stay on for an extra term. Many people take a term abroad, and many people are coming back from a term abroad."
Currently, there are 45 members of the Number Six Club living in the house. Seventeen people, including one social member, pledged in September. None of these pledges have depledged and no active members have withdrawn so far this year.
Monetary benefits cited
One benefit of increasing the number of pledges would be that more people would be paying for the upkeep of the house. This could lower the room and board costs per person, or could bring extra funds to Number Six.
"We're [doing] fine," Ward said, "but one benefit of having more pledges would be that more revenue would be brought to the house."
"In a way, more pledges would decrease the financial burden," Jules concurred, "but it would be minimal. The cost that one person would bring to the house spread over 45 people would not make a large difference."
Number Six's Rush is not cause for concern for the Interfraternity Council, said Miles Arnone '91, president of the IFC. "As long as there is no use of alcohol and no bad-mouthing of other fraternities, there will be no problems with Number Six's Rush," he said.