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FSLIGs Feel Rush Is Successful So Far

By David D. Hsu
News Editor

Fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups have been enjoying a successful rush this week.

In particular, sororities have benefitted from a larger percentage of females in the freshman class. "They did see an increased number," said Neal H. Dorow, adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

"I think that one of the best things about rush is you get to meet a lot of freshwomen. They get to meet a lot of upperclass women," said Soyoung Kang '96, rush chair of Alpha Phi.

"In that respect, I feel [rush has] been very successful," Kang said. "We're really excited for the future of women at MIT."

Kang would not speculate on the possible number of pledges until after the end of rush.

"It's going well except for the chaos going out there" when the Panhellenic Association computer system crashed, said Panhel Rush Chair Renee E. Garcia '96.

Members and rush chairs from Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Sigma Kappa refused to comment on the record.

The Women's Independent Living Group had slightly fewer women visiting than last year, said WILGmember Risa H. Wechsler '96.

"I'm not at all displeased," Wechsler said. "I think that one thing is that the dorm preferences are allowed to go in today which has made some people go to the dorms earlier," she said.

Pika, a coeducational ILG, has had more women visit their house, said Rush Chair James A. Boiani '96. However, Pika is extending fewer bids because fewer spots are available than the previous year.

Although more women have been looking at Pika, "We've seen about as many men as last year," Boiani said.

Fraternity rush remains strong

Despite facing a freshmen class with a smaller male percentage, fraternity rush still is going well.

"Everything appears to be going on as normal. People are overnighting, taking trips," Dorow said. "I don't hear anyone concerned about not enough people rushing," he said.

Dorow cited last year's successful rush despite a then-record 40 percent female class. "[The percentage of females] didn't seem to affect the overall number at all," he said.

"We've extended the same number of bids [as last year] so far," said Jungtaik Hwang '96, a member of Theta Xi. "I don't think [the decreased male percentage] has affected us in any way," he said.

Phi Sigma Kappa is also appreciating a good rush, said Rush Chair Britt W. Gilmore '97. They also have a "high likelihood" of getting their target number of freshmen, he said.

"I think [rush] is pretty intense," said Benjamin M. Adida '98, a member of Theta Delta Chi. TDC also is receiving a good number of freshmen, he said.

Adida also credits rush activities for luring freshmen. "We like to have activities that take people away from the intensity of rush, which is overwhelming," he said.

The fraternities also attribute the success of their rushes to tight organization and summer preparation, they said.

While sororities can only give quotes through the Panhellenic Association, individual fraternities can talk directly about the status of rush. "I don't think any of that information is secret" provided that the questions are reasonable, Hwang said.

Ramy A. Arnaout contributed to the reporting of this story.