IFC Rush Rules Aim To Keep Rush FairBy Jennifer Lane
The Interfraternity Council enforces a set of rush rules in order to "maintain an even playing field for all the freshmen," said Gregory J. Miliotes '96, IFC Judicial Committee Chair. As in the past, this year the IFC plans to keep close watch for violations to help keep rush fair.
Despite threats of fines, several such violations typically take place every rush. Last year, the IFC collected over $8,000 in fines from 13 independent living groups it found guilty of rules breaches ranging from badmouthing other ILGs to hiding freshmen.
Most violations are for keeping freshmen for overly long periods of time or for keeping poor track of them. The rules' purpose is essentially twofold: first, to comply with the Clearinghouse tracking system's safety regulations, and second, to ensure competing ILGs have equal access to freshmen.
"It is very rare that we run across malicious intent," Miliotes said. Instead, he said, most violations are a result of carelessness or accident.
But in recent years, some violations have been noteworthy, such as Sigma Alpha Epsilon's inadvertent abduction of a prospective student last year ["SAETakes Prefrosh by Mistake," April 21]. No charges were brought against the fraternity for that incident.
Others, though, have been downright "disgraceful," as then-SAE Rush Chair David M. Sukoff '95 said of Lambda Chi Alpha last year. SAE filed five bad-mouthing charges against LCA last year, which costed LCA $2,500 in fines.
As a result of what Sukoff called "numerous and blatant" violations, LCA was in fact put on probation for this year's rush, and will have to have a Judcomm investigator present at their house at all times, said then-IFC Judcomm Chair Daniel P. Dunn '94 in an interview last year.
And such harsh punishment was not unique. Alpha Epsilon Pi paid $1,500 in fines, the second highest total of any ILG, and was placed under sanctions for improper message-taking and failing to produce freshmen to speak with members of other fraternities within the IFC-allowed time of 15 minutes.
As a result, AEPi will be required to maintain a sign-in sheet at its front door this year, and will be forbidden from having any in-house entertainment, Dunn said.
Sororities violated rules, too
For the first time, sororities, like fraternities, were also the target of investigations for violating rush IFC rules, Dunn said last year.
"Sororities operate by such totally different rush rules they often forget that they are a part of IFC and have to follow IFC rush rules," he said.
Only one sorority, Sigma Kappa, was put on probation last year for interacting with freshman females at a fraternity party, said then-Panhellenic Association President A. Rebecca Mallin '95.
Alpha Phi was fined $250 for Clearinghouse and overnight violations, Dunn said. Sigma Kappa was fined $150 for Clearinghouse violations, he said.
Overall, the IFC was very diligent in its investigation of ILGs last year, and penalties were effective, Miliotes said. For this reason, despite past violations, he expects a "pretty clean" rush this year, he said.