The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 45.0°F | Overcast

Reaction to Sorority Rush Is Generally Good

By Kevin Frisch

staff reporter

The freshmen women's reaction to the whole system of events and rules designed for fair rushing is mixed, but generally positive. The majority of freshmen women seemed to regard the sororities as distinct, but essentially similar.

It's "confusing, but at least they really abide by all their rush rules," said Nancy Enright '96. "Frat rush looks really interesting. This is sort of like a business meeting," she added an afterthought.

"Sorority rush is so well organized," said Surekha Vajjhala '96, "I feel sorry for the guys." "But," she admitted, "we did go over to the frats after [the panhellenic convocation] because we were so hungry."

The Panhel rule restricting the sisters from contact with the freshmen women outside of planned events drew a mixed review. "Without [the silence rule] you could be rooming next door to a sister, and spend all night getting to know her," said Connie Y. Baik '96, "and that would be unfair."But, Carrie J. Heitman '96 described the silence rule, as "not a problem."

Lisa M. Jellette '96 had very different thoughts. "The silence rule is too restrictive ... if you really like the people you should be able to spend all the time you want with them."

Most women seemed to feel the sororities were essentially similar. "They're basically a similar type of people. Anyone in a sorority is a sorority type," said Jellette, "there's not really a huge difference."

"I guess there is a difference," said Heitman, "but [they are] similar in a lot of ways." "Just different vibes from each one," said Ophira Segal '96.

Linda L. Tsang '96, however, felt there were major differences "Some emphasize more of the vain aspects of life. The others emphasized scholarship which is what is important to me," she said, walking over to the Sigma Kappa sign-in area.

There were some suggestions for change. "They definitely need to streamline the invitation process," said Becky Wagenberg '96. "I came back an hour later and she [Segal] was still in line." "Though," she added, "I think they normally have more people giving them out."

Heitman suggested that, "Maybe it would be a lot better second semester, so you could get to know people and reputations."

The Panhel convocation received few comments, those who did did not have many positive things to say about it. "The Panhel convocation was too flowery," said Vajjhala, "it really turned us off." Diana M. Dorinson '96 said she "expected to hear this is who we [the sororities] are and this is what we believe. But, instead, it was just `Sororities are great! Sororities are great! Sororities are great!' "