Rush Chairs Think Rush Is Going WellBy Jeremy Hylton
Editor in Chief
Bids from fraternities can be accepted after 8 a.m. this morning, and after a weekend of rushing, most fraternities expect to initiate about as many members as they have in the past.
An informal survey of fraternity rush chairs indicated that the protest outside Phi Beta Epsilon and the anti-fraternity posters hung on campus have had no discernable effect on rush.
"Rush is going great," said Jeffrey K. Ma '94, rush chair at Delta Upsilon. "There are a lot of great freshmen at MIT this year. It's probably the best class I've seen at MIT."
Several of the fraternities surveyed felt that rush was actually going better than it had last year, which the rush chair at Lambda Chi Alpha described as "a drop off."
Alan S. Liu '94, Sigma Alpha Epsilon rush chair, was also pleased with the turnout. "We have a few more people than last year," he said.
Many rush chairs said it was difficult to be precise about whether more or less people had visited their fraternities this year. There was a general sense that fewer people were participating in rush, but more people were interested in joining fraternities, they said.
"We're not getting as many people through as usual, but they are much more interesting," said Daniel J. Dunn '94, rush chair at Alpha Delta Phi. "We like them a lot."
The rush chair at Epsilon Theta, Adrian P. Childs '94, agreed. "I think rush from our perspective is going very well. Fewer people than in previous years have been through, but they seem to be more knowledgeable about what they want to do," he said.
Most of the rush chairs polled had noticed no ill effects from the postering campaign lead by the Ad Hoc Committee for an Informed Rush. "I haven't been able to pinpoint any effect," Ma said.
Tau Epsilon Phi Rush Chair Chad A. Trujillo '93, however, said TEP went out of its way to demonstrate that it did not treat pledges different than brothers.
TEP hung posters explaining that it did not haze or treat women poorly. Another poster told freshmen that no broad generalization was true and that they should think for themselves.
"It seems like the freshmen are asking lots more questions about rush. The freshman are being more wary this year than in previous years," Trujillo said. "It's good though. It's important that they ask questions."
Several rush chairs, including Liu, did not notice freshmen asking any more questions than normal about pledging periods or other fraternity obligations. "The freshman that we are rushing haven't really said anything," he said.
Some problems arose
The problems that some fraternities had were mostly logistical in nature. Phi Kappa Theta had trouble getting its events listed in The Daily Confusion and had fewer people than normal visit on Friday and Saturday. The fraternity expects a successful rush anyway, its rush chair said.
A few fraternities said they had trouble contacting Clearinghouse on Friday night. Clearinghouse tracks the location of all freshmen when they sign in and out of fraternities and dormitories. Fraternities call every hour to report the status of freshmen who visit.
Clearinghouse "was having trouble getting calls through. It was taking an hour to get an answer. That was really hectic for everyone in general," Liu said.
Trujillo also noted that the phones were busy for 35 or 40 minutes at Clearinghouse.
The Clearinghouse coordinator was not on duty last night, but a staffer said everything was running smoothly now.