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Elsewhere Is a Success as an Escape from Rush

By Eva Moy

Associate News Editor

All is quiet on the fifth floor of the student center ... all except one end of the reading room.

As you walk in, you hear piano tunes in one corner, accompanied by a few lighthearted voices. Freshmen relax with Lego, Play-Doh, jigsaw puzzles, and other assorted toys around the room.

J. Ray Jordan '96 sits on the floor playing chess with fellow Texan Liliana Ramirez '96, whom he had just met. "We just heard about the toys and said, `Well, let's go play,"' he says.

"It's like when you finish eating, there's nothing else to do," Ramirez adds.

Freshman Yulan Liao from California says, "I see other people running around, frantic ... I guess I'm just taking [rush] at my own pace."

Mayo Takeuchi '96 agrees. "I usually like quiet. I don't like meeting a lot of people at a time." She adds that Rush seemed "artificial ... trying to sell us attitudes and way of life."

"It's a place where you can be comfortable with yourself," Liao says.

"Most of them come in groups and play with the toys for a while," explains Elsewhere worker Emily T. Yeh '93. "I think Elsewhere is a cool idea."

"It seems like freshmen who come here are happy. I really think it's a no-pressure environment," says fellow worker Alice M. Yates '93. Yeh and Yates agreed that the freshmen would rather talk among themselves than with the Elsewhere workers.

"I'm glad I was assigned to Elsewhere," Yates adds.