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Freshmen Call Rush a Success

By Michael A. Saginaw

Amid the confusion of Residence/Orientation Week, freshmen enjoyed free food and got the chance to meet classmates while looking for a new home.

"The free food was good, and the upperclassmen were all really nice," commented freshman Karrie A. Fulmer. "I saw tons of movies in lounges, like Terminator II."

"I liked the fact that I got to explore a lot of places. I went to Fenway [House] where I met a really talented guy. He writes his own music and conducts an orchestra," Christine C. Hung '96 said.

Rachel E. Molenaar '96 said she preferred the more personal atmosphere of independent living groups to the dormitories. Molenaar said her temporary dormitory was "full of a bunch of safe deposit boxes with steel doors everywhere. I called Epsilon Theta one night, and once I got there I never left."

"Epsilon Theta is a very close-knit community," agreed Phillip R. Tiongson '96, who also decided to live there.

Freshman G. Cade Murray had a hard time deciding which fraternity he preferred. "I liked most of the places I went to," he said. "It was sort of hard to decide between them all. By Saturday at 6 p.m., I had narrowed it down to [Zeta Beta Tau] or Zeta Psi. Then I slept at ZBT Saturday night, and by the next morning, I realized that I wanted to live there."

Other freshmen were less satisfied with their housing choices, however. "I got one of my last dorm choices. You might as well let the computer pick rooms for us at random," said Vijay Kasturi '96, who lives in East Campus.

The effects of crowding have hit many freshmen as well. "I'm living in a double in MacGregor [House] in a room that used to be a lounge. We have no phone and no mailbox. It's a terrible thing," said Hoon P. Kim '96.

Some freshmen were also unhappy with room selection within their assigned dormitories. "I was temped in Conner 4, and I liked Conner. I ended up on Burton 2, which was my seventh choice," complained Sunghwa M. Choe '96.

"I didn't like having to move from one temporary room to another temporary room, and then having to move again. Also, in New House, we had to wait for all the upperclassmen to pick their rooms, so it took a long time," said Kulapant Pimsamarn '96.