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IFC Processes Rush Violations

By Jason Wertheim

The InterFraternity Council recorded more rush violations this year than last year, according to Karl L. Yen '93, IFC Rush Chair. Sigma Alpha Epsilon was already convicted during Rush of extending an early bid, he added.

The IFC Judicial Committee will officially notify the fraternities that have been charged with violating rush regulations next week, said Eric A. Ask '93, IFC Judicial Committee Chair.

Last week was the deadline for both the IFC JudComm and the fraternities to press charges against other fraternities. If an accused fraternity pleads innocent to a charge, the case will be tried by JudComm within the next few weeks.

"We were more vigilant this year and followed up on things during rush," Yen said. "Some houses tried to duck around the rules last year," Yen said. "[Ask and I] felt that if the rules existed, we must enforce them."

"Most trials this year will be JudComm pressing charges against a house," Yen continued.

During rush, 11 student IFC investigators visited fraternities to make sure the rules are being followed. Each investigator was assigned to three or four houses to see if they had any problems with other houses, Yen explained.

The investigators held nightly meetings to discuss the day's possible violations. Typically, Ask or Yen would contact a fraternity suspected of a rush violation and try to solve the situation temporarily. However, JudComm usually waited until after rush to impose a penalty, Yen said.

SAE, ATO face charges

"We imposed a few sanctions on houses during rush," Yen said. The IFC JudComm found SAE guilty of extending an early bid. As a result, the fraternity was not allowed to give out any additional bids until 10 A.M. Sunday, two hours after fraternities were officially allowed to give out bids, Yen said.

Brooks C. Mendell '93, SAE president, said the verdict was "not true." He said, "A guy in our house was talking to a pledge and the phone lines were crossed and one person drew inferences."

Yen said that there "had been allegations" that Alpha Tau Omega hid freshmen during rush. Yen added that JudComm was still in the process of compiling charges against fraternities, but that the ATO incident "certainly hasn't been dropped."

When asked about hiding freshmen, ATO President Karl A. Koschnitzke IV '93 said, "We run a clean rush at ATO. We don't run a dirty rush."

Edward M. Wylonis III, Delta Tau Delta's rush chair, said his house was not charged with any rush violations, nor did they press charges. He also said that DTD's investigator was "less strict" than last year.

Panhel governs sorority rush

Although sorority rush operates under many of the same rules which govern fraternities, the four sororities follow rules set by the National Panhellenic Conference. Through Panhel, the sororities have developed additional guidelines which try "to make [rush] fair for the four sororities and make it easier for the freshmen," said Rebecca D. Niles G, Panhel rush chair.

Sorority members generally adhered to the rules during rush, with "very few, minor problems," said Panhel President Maria B. Killos '93.

There were a few violations, Niles said. "Most were misunderstandings between the four sororities."

It was unclear if sorority members spoke with freshmen outside the individual sorority parties or if they attempted to influence freshmen's decisions, Niles explained. Both actions are forbidden under Panhel rules.

Representatives of the four sororities held a meeting September 10 to clear up the misunderstandings and make recommendations on how to state Panhel's rush rules more specifically, Killos said. She added that there will be more meetings in the future if necessary.

Alpha Chi Omega President Stefanie A. Spencer '93 said that her sorority and Kappa Alpha Theta were the only chapters that were not charged with any rush violations. Nancy J. Riley '93, Theta president, confirmed that no charges were pressed against her sorority.

Stacey L. Reeves '93, rush chair for Alpha Phi said, "We basically just did mediations" at the meeting last week. There were no formal trials and "any violations were oversights," she said.

Violations included talking to girls outside the rush room and problems with some of the invitations, Reeves continued, but there was no bad-mouthing.