The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 72.0°F | Light Rain Fog/Mist

IFC Rush on Par with Previous Years; Many ILGs Meet Targets

By Stacey E. Blau
News Editor

The number of freshmen pledging independent living groups is about on target with previous years, said Neal H. Dorow, assistant dean and adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

Many ILGs are pleased with how rush has gone so far, and have met or exceeded their pledge targets.

Rush "went perfectly" this year, said Beta Theta Pi Rush Chair Peter E. Berger '97. "We give out as many bids as cool guys we meet, and we met some really good guys this year," he said.

"Rush went incredibly well for us," said Kappa Sigma Rush Chair Marc G. Glick '97. Kappa Sigma reached their target number for accepted bids and closed rush on Tuesday, Glick said.

"We've had an exceptionally good rush," said Epsilon Theta Rush Chair Rachel E. Molenaar '96. "We had a lot more people come to the house during the first two days of rush," which was probably responsible for making this year's rush successful, she said.

"Rush went very well this year," Delta Upsilon Rush Chair Brian P. Bilello '97 said. DU met their target of 14 and closed rush on Monday night, Bilello said.

"We are very happy and lucky with the freshmen," said Theta Chi Rush Chair Jonathan S. Levene '97. TC is "slightly below target," Levene said, but "[we're] looking for quality, not quantity," he said.

"Overall activity was a little slower this year," said Phi Beta Epsilon Rush chair Hyder S. Husain '96, but rush "ended up being really good," he said.

Fewer men make rush tougher

The fact that the number of male students has been decreasing in past years has made rush "more of a scramble every year," Berger said.

"Things get a little bit more competitive every year," said PSK Rush Chair Neel J. Doshi '97 said. "Every five years or so it seems there's a new fraternity," he said.

Some ILGs say they have not been affected by the fact that there are fewer men to rush.

"Numbers are down, but a lot of the qualities improved in the guys," Alpha Tau Omega Rush Chair Shane M. Norton '97 said. "It think more social people are coming to the school than before," he said.

"I think MIT is pushing rush more," said Jason K. Bucy '96, pledge educator for Tau Epsilon Phi. Because the housing lottery was pushed up and freshmen did not get to choose their temporary dormitories, more freshmen than usual seemed to look at fraternities, Bucy said. "It's not entirely fair," he said.

"We do well every year, so the issue of fewer men hasn't been a problem for us personally," Bilello said.

ET, a coed fraternity, has actually had more male than female pledges So far, six men and two women have accepted bids, Molenaar said.

"Because the fraternities rush the men so hard, we get fewer men and more women" coming to the house, said Fenway House Rush Chair Melanie Soderstrom '98. Fenway is coed, but Fenway's pledges so far are split evenly between men and women, two of each, Soderstrom said.

Several living groups declined to comment on the number of bids extended and their targets. Delta Psi (No. 6 Club) declined to divulge any statistics because of house policy.

Alpha Epsilon Pi declined to comment because they "want to see how the next two days go," said Rush Chair Benjamin S. Levin '97.

Shang-Lin Chuang contributed to the reporting in this story.