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Clearinghouse Tracks Every Freshman

By Garlen C. Leung
Night Editor

At any given point during Residence/Orientation week, just about any freshman's location can be pinpointed by the R/O Committee's Clearinghouse.

"Clearinghouse is a computer database of where freshmen are, what assignments they have, and where they have been during R/O," said Elliot S. Levitt '89, Staff Assistant for Residence and Campus Activities. Clearinghouse, maintained by students, began full operation on Friday at 6 p.m. and will continue until Thursday.

Information for each new student was entered as they checked in at the R/O center on the second floor of the Student Center. The R/O staff was concerned that they might have lost some records of check-ins during the brief power outage Wednesday morning, Levitt said. Nothing was lost, as it turned out.

As freshmen move about during rush, they are required to sign in and sign out of each living group they visit. Then, each living group reports to Clearinghouse who has visited.

The purpose of Clearinghouse is to serve as a message system through which living groups and the Dean's Office can contact freshmen, said Neal H. Dorow, Advisor to Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups. Living groups are able to track down freshmen or leave a message for them at the dormitory in which they are temporarily housed.

Changes to Clearinghouse

After rush is over, freshmen may request a record of ILG's that have asked for their location. This new Clearinghouse feature is an attempt to ensure that information is passed on accurately, efficiently, and properly, Levitt said.

In addition, Clearinghouse is trying to be more careful with sensitive material and information, especially "rush information relative to individual houses," Dorow said.

So far, so good

The only problems faced thus far with Clearinghouse has been that with only nine telephone lines at Clearinghouse, many residences are reaching busy signals when calling in with information, said Karl L. Yen '93, Inter-Fraternity Council Rush Chairman. "Clearinghouse usually has 10 to 11 people around," said James L. Kirtley '94, Clearinghouse master.