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Rush Complete at Some ILGs; For Others, More Work Ahead

By Reuven M. Lerner
News Editor

Independent living groups appear to be enjoying a moderately successful rush this year, and by last night some houses had at least as many pledges as they had hoped to find, according to Clearinghouse data as well as information obtained by The Tech.

But a large number of houses were far below expected pledge totals as of yesterday afternoon. Rush chairs at most of these living groups remained optimistic that they would approach their goals, however, saying that they were waiting to hear from a number of freshmen. Many added that while fewer freshmen had visited their houses this year, the freshmen were of "higher quality" than those in previous years.

According to Clearinghouse data from yesterday afternoon, after over one full day of pledging, some houses -- Alpha Delta Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Theta, and the Women's Independent Living Group -- were below 50 percent of their goal. A number of rush chairs refused to confirm the statistics, but refused to deny the validity of the data.

These same data showed two other houses, Delta Psi (Number 6) and Tau Epsilon Phi, were at about the halfway point as of last night. Delta Psi members had originally set a goal of 15 new members, but told The Tech last night they were seeking only nine.

A number of ILGs were already full by yesterday afternoon, and several others declared themselves closed later in the day. Fenway House and Zeta Beta Tau exceeded their rush goals by one person each, and both continued to be open to new freshman bids.

Student House, which said that it was looking for 16 new residents this year, had found 10-12 new residents as of last night, including five freshmen.

Object to publication

Rush chairs at many houses, as well as Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups, stressed that the "goal" numbers given to the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs were approximate, and that houses often put down the number of available spaces rather than the number that they must pledge in order to consider it a successful rush.

Rush chairs interviewed last night were generally upset by the prospect that pledge numbers might be published, saying that the numbers were confidential. Eric C. Nehrlich '94, rush chair at Tau Epsilon Phi, said that publishing these numbers was similar to "gossipping," and refused to comment further.

Dorow agreed with these assessments, saying that the publication of interim rush statistics last year hurt several living groups. Dorow worried that freshmen might misinterpret the statistics, but refused to help The Tech describe or interpret them until rush was complete.

Dorow also objected on the grounds that additional freshmen might pledge ILGs between press time last night and the time of The Tech's delivery to living groups this morning. Telephone interviews with either the rush chair or another representative from nearly every ILG confirmed that a number of freshmen had indeed pledged since the time of the Clearinghouse data.