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Rush a Success Despite Decline

By Stacey E. Blau
News Editor

Final rush results show a slight decrease in the number of freshmen pledging living groups, but the trend is still above average, said Neal H.Dorow, assistend dean and adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

This year, 535 freshmen pledged FSILGs. Of that number, 386 will be living at the living groups they pledged. That number is down from the 411 freshmen who pledged and decided to live in FSILGs last year, but it is slightly above the past few years' average of about 370, Dorow said.

While many FSILGs say that they met or exceeded their target numbers for pledges, a few had less than spectacular rushes this year.

Rush was "a little light this year" for Fenway House, said Rush Chair Melanie Soderstrom '98. Fenway missed its target of six by two pledges. But "the numbers aren't important," Soderstrom said. "Having fun in the house is really what matters, and we got some nice people this year," she said.

Rush "was pretty good this year," Chi Phi Rush Chair Juno Choe '96. Chi Phi fell one pledge short of its goal this year. "This was a more challenging rush," he said.

"[Rush] was a little slow, but we ended up with a great class," Zeta Beta Tau Rush Chair Ritesh A. Shah said. "We ended up getting a lot of referrals," said Shah, who declined to divulge any numbers beyond those provided by Dorow.

"Rush was too successful this year," said PBE Rush Chair Hyder S. Husain '96. PBE had a goal of 13-15 pledges but got 18. "We're glad we're packed so much. It will be good for the house," he said.

It "seemed like a lot of freshmen were coming around" this year, said Phi Gamma Delta Rush Chair Joseph E. Bishop '97. Fiji received nine pledges, reaching its target of eight to ten new members. "Our style of rushing is low pressure, laid back," Bishop said. "It works for us," he said.

"I thought [rush] was really, really successful," said Alpha Chi Omega President Sylvia S. Chen '96. "Everybody is really happy," she said.

"We're really happy with rush," said Phi Sigma Kappa Rush Chair Neel J. Doshi '97. PSK met its goal of 13 pledges. But rush "seemed a lot more intense this year," Doshi said. "It was a lot more aggressive" than previous years.

Varied reasons for success

Living groups cited different reasons for their success with this year's rush.

"I think we were just really lucky this year," PSK's Doshi said. "There was a lot more cross-rushing this year, and things seemed generally tougher," he said. "We had a pretty strong summer rush, but I think the final factor is luck," he said.

"I think we were just really lucky this year," PSK's Doshi said. "There was a lot more cross-rushing this year, and things seemed generally tougher," he said. "We had a pretty strong summer rush, but I think the final factor is luck," he said.

"We were able to know when to back of freshmen," said Pi Lambda Phi Rush Chair Charles K. Sestok '97. "A high pressure sales pitch" usually doesn't work, he said. "A bit more mellow approach paid off for us," he said.

"The sisters felt closer to the chapter this year," AXO's Chen said. Members concenrated not only on making rushees happy but also "on making other sisters happy, too," she said

"We concentrate on summer rush," PBE's Husain said. Also, the fact that PBE is located so close to campus ensures that freshmen will "naturally come visit us," Husain said.

"We really wanted to get our numbers, and we worked for it," said Phi Kappa Sigma Rush Chair Mihir Shah '96 said. PKS met its target of 13 pledges. Summer rush activities "in a more relaxed environment really helped us," Shah said.

Dorow said that rush for any given FSILG might vary from year to year.

"Sometimes they don't work quite as hard, and they don't have the rush that they really expected," Dorow said.

"Usually maybe two or three each year have a down rush. Then they come back," he said.