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IFC Punishes Few For Rush Violations

By Carina Fung

The Interfraternity Council's Judicial Committee found four fraternities guilty of rush violations that amounted to a total of $700 in fines, a drastic drop from $12,000 last year

Alpha Tau Omega was convicted of the most serious violations, including tampering with the pledge of another fraternity, said IFCJudcomm chair Gregory J. Miliotes '96.

There were six trials, only one of which involved a charge made by Judcomm against a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group. The five others charges were made by ILGs against other ILGs, Miliotes said. In all, 10 ILGs were involved in the trials.

Violations fixed during rush

Miliotes visited front desks that were kept incorrectly, and potential violations were fixed then and there, resulting in a decrease in the number of violations this year, he said.

Compared to last year's numerous rush violations and total of $12,000 in fines, there were very few violations and fines this year, Miliotes said. Judcomm tried to fix the problems that resulted from "human error" during rush, not afterwards, "unless they were malicious," he said.

Miliotes said that he dealt with violations very differently from how they were handled last year by former Judcomm Chair Daniel J. Dunn '94. "Last year's fines and number of violations were extremely excessive," Miliotes said. This year, Miliotes "tried to go after things that were to the detriment of other ILGs" in order to "gear down" the number of violations.

ATO leads in fines and violations

Alpha Tau Omega was convicted of the most extreme violations. ATO was found guilty of "tampering with another fraternity's pledges," Miliotes said. Edgar Chung '99, a freshman who pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon "on the Monday evening of rush weekend," continued to be rushed by ATO "four days after SAE had closed its desk to signify the end of its rush," according to SAE's statement of the charge.

Later, ATO "coerced him to de-pledge and move into their house," according to the statement. "ATO's actions were viewed as blatant and disgraceful tampering."

ATO was fined $400 for the violation and is also forbidden from allowing next year's freshmen to accept bids until 6 p.m. Monday of rush next year, Miliotes said. Freshmen are normally allowed to begin accepting bids at 8 a.m. Monday.

ATO was also found guilty of hiding freshmen. ATO was not being "malicious" but "just had a lack of organization at desk," Miliotes said. ATO's written logs were not accessible to phone callers, so freshmen accidentally excluded from the Clearinghouse system were unable to be tracked, Miliotes said.

As part of ATO's punishment, the fraternity will have to keep two sets of written records during next year's rush.

ATO had no violations last year during rush.

TDC, PBE also found guilty

There were four additional trials. One trial was pushed by Judcomm against Theta Delta Chi, for serving alcohol before the specified time during rush.

"On the Friday of rush there was a keg of beer present" in TDC, "with active drinking occurring by members of TDC," according to Judcomm's letter stating the charges against TDC. Rush guidelines state alcohol is not permitted in an FSILGbefore noon on the Saturday during rush.

TDC plead guilty, and the charge did not go to trial, Miliotes said. Next year TDC will not be able to serve alcohol before 6 p.m. on Sunday of rush week.

TDC refused to comment as to whether freshmen were drinking that night.

Phi Delta Theta made two charges against Phi Beta Epsilon for hiding freshmen. PBE "jaunted" freshmen, meaning that freshmen were taken off campus to participate in activities, though the front desk checked the freshmen out of Clearinghouse, which is a violation of rush rules, Miliotes said.

PBE did not list the freshmen as jaunted, and the freshmen could not be located, he said.

PBE was fined $200. The hours during which PBE can jaunt a freshman next year will be restricted.

PBE was also charged with not producing freshmen within 15 minutes of a request made by PDT, Miliotes said. PBE was assessed a $100 fine and will have to maintain a complete written phone log next year.

Chi Phi charged Alpha Epsilon Pi with hiding a freshman. The charge actually stemmed from a mistake made by the Clearinghouse computer system, Miliotes said. The case went to trial, but AEPi was found not guilty.

AEPi charged Zeta Psi with badmouthing, claiming ZP members told a freshman that diversity could not be found at AEPi, which is a largely Jewish fraternity. In addition, AEPi alleged that other comments were made "about AEPi's character which could, in such a context, be considered anything but favorable." ZP was found not guilty.

Judcomm dropped a charge it made against Phi Kappa Sigma alleging that two freshmen entered PKS's house after 2 a.m. on the Sunday of rush week. The charge was the result of a mistake made by Judcomm, and Judcomm dropped the charge, Miliotes said.

Appeals of convictions must be made to the IFC Executive Committee within a week of receipt of the sanction. Miliotes said that he did not believe any appeals would be made.