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Dissent -- ILG Stats Would Only Confuse Frosh

By Brian Rosenberg

Changes in Clearinghouse are necessary, and most of those outlined above would indeed ease the rush process. In some instances, however, more information serves only to confuse freshmen, not to inform them. This is the case with the release of bid and pledge information.

The release of information on a particular ILG's "target" number of pledges, even when expressed as a range, is unfair to both freshmen and ILGs. Freshmen who see that an ILG has reached its target range of pledges are not likely to visit, even if the house is still actively rushing. In many of these cases, freshmen will ignore a living group in which they might have thrived.

Freshmen are also likely to misinterpret an ILG's number of outstanding bids. ILGs nearly always extend bids to more freshmen than are likely to pledge, in much the same way that MIT admits more students than are likely to matriculate. Freshmen who don't realize this will be shocked to see that an ILG has extended 20 bids -- doubly so when they also see that the ILG's target is only 13-17 pledges.

There is no doubt that freshmen need more information during rush, but mindlessly presenting them with a series of numbers will only be counterproductive.