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Rush Going Well
Many Freshmen Look into ILGS

By Hyun Soo Kim
News Editor

Rush '94 seems to be going well for most Independent Living Groups.

"The general impression is that there are fewer men [interested in ILGs], but rush chairs have a good impression of the men they've met," said IFC Rush Chair Yeh-Jiun Tung '95.

"We're very satisfied with how things are going so far. We're confident that we are going to reach our goal or even surpass it without any problem," said Colin M. Page '95, rush chair of Theta Xi.

However, Page said that overall numbers of freshmen coming to the house was slightly less than last year.

Phi Beta Epsilon is also doing well this year, despite negative publicity last year when one of its members allegedly shouted racial epithets at African Americans walking past their house.

PBE Rush Chair Oliver Schneider '95 said, "Rush has been going very well so far. Many freshmen have visited, and they've been very interesting freshmen."

He added that very few freshmen have asked about the incident last year. "They've reacted very positively when we explained the entire situation," Schneider said.

Pika, one of MIT's coed ILGs, also feels it is doing well. "It seems like there is a large flux of people," said Pika Rush Chair James A. Boiani '96. "I would say that more people are going through our house this year, especially women."

ILGs extended bids to freshmen starting at 8 a.m. yesterday. According to Tung, freshmen can start accepting bids starting today at 8 a.m. The majority of freshmen accept bids by Monday, even though the deadline to accept bids is Friday, according to Schneider. ILGs can extend bids throughout the week.

Technology has impact mixed

Mithran C. Mathew '95, rush chair of Alpha Delta Phi, said that the whole rush is more computerized this year. "All houses are using more computers and technologies like cellular phones. They can also plan trips better because they have better communications," he said.

"Our system of keeping track of the freshmen is totally computerized," Page said. "We've also got walkie-talkies with the vans. Many drivers are connected to the house via shortwave radio."

Although the new Clearinghouse tracking system was redesigned to have a faster update and response time, some ILGs have experienced trouble.

Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Rush Chair Bill Churm '95 said that Fiji's Clearinghouse connection went down for three hours Friday night. "As a result, we started behind the other fraternities," Churm said.

Churm said that about 30 to 35 freshmen visited Fiji. "Not many freshmen randomly stop by our house because we are on the Fenway," he added.

Schneider said, "The new Clearinghouse has crashed a couple of times. It does give us a number of advantages than in previous years, however. You can get information on freshmen much faster."