New Sorority Will Rush Next WeekBy Hyun Soo Kim
Associate News Editor
A new local sorority, Sigma Iota Phi, will hold its rush starting Sunday. According to the sorority's statement of purpose, seven MIT women founded SIP last spring to cultivate lasting friendships and to develop moral and ethical values.
SIP's rush begins Sunday and will continue throughTuesday night.
"We formed the sorority because seven of us wanted to be a part of Greek life but we didn't find what we were looking for in the existing sororities," said SIP Historian Julia Khodor '96.
"We come from different backgrounds, but all of us who started this sorority were Jewish, so that is what attracted me personally," said Ophira J. Segal '96, vice president of SIP. She added that all women students are welcome to join the sorority.
"Total membership we think would be 14 to 17 women," Segal said. "We only have 7 sisters so far, so rushing too many women would be overwhelming."
Segal added that new members will be able to hold leadership positions in the sorority. "They'll be able to shape the direction of the sorority, and we'll give freshmen a chance to be very involved," she said.
SIP recognized last March
SIP was recognized as a local sorority and as an associate member of Panhellenic in March 1993.
SIP could not rush with the other sororities because, according to Panhellenic rules, associate members can only rush after the other sororities. However, SIP manned an information table during Panhellenic rush.
"We are very excited about rush. There are a lot of women who have shown interest. I think because we are small right now, our rush will be informal and laid-back," Segal said.
SIP will have a mocktail party in Private Dining Room 1 in the Student Center on Sunday, and a lunch in Boston and a picnic are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Dues are $50 per semester and $150 in the pledge semester