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IFC and Panmhel Revise Next Year's Rush Rules

By Venkatesh Satish and Rochelle Tung
Staff Reporters

The fraternity and sorority systems have been amending policies on topics like drinking and talking with pledges as they finalize their rush week rules for August.

Interfraternity Council members rejected proposals to change Thursday Night Dinners and tighten rush week alcohol rules at a meeting on Thursday, according to IFCVice President Iddo Gilon '98.

The Thursday Night Dinners proposals arose from dissatisfaction over the chaos that surrounded the last year's event, when Campus Police had to be called in to curb overzealous upperclassmen. The mob had rushed to Briggs Field to invite freshmen to dinner before the annual Project Move Off Your Assumptions had finished.

To avoid similar problems this year, one plan the Residence and Orientation Week Committee is considering is to pre-assign specific groups of freshmen to particular hosts.

But that measure was defeated. "Some people [at the IFC meeting] felt that mixing up different ILG people would make the event more stressful, pushing it out of the relaxed environment" it is in now, Gilon said.

IFC members did express a desire to "construct some regulation to prevent the mob scene," Gilon said. Members plan to work with the R/O Committee to come up with a final proposal within the next few weeks. "I hope we can come to a good compromise," he said.

The so-called dry rush amendment would have extended the current ban on alcohol through all of rush and would have prevented fraternity members from drinking around freshmen, Gilon said.

The amendment would have limited fraternity members to drinking only in private rooms or common areas, Gilon said.

That amendment was also rejected, but by a close vote just shy of a 5050 split, Gilon said.

Panhel discusses rush revisions

The Panhellenic Association has clarified its own rush rules regarding what certain members are allowed to say to rushees and when they are allowed to say it, and will vote on the revised rules this week.

One of the revisions concerns the rule that allows no talking except at certain scheduled times between affiliated Panhel members and female students who are rushing, said Rachael A. Lobosco, Alpha Epsilon Phi rush chair.

Those times "are appointed during rush for parties that usually takes place in the rush room," Lobosco said.

Instead of outright changes, the rules have been clarified so "people understand that they are allowed to talk" to rushing students to avoid rudeness, Lobosco said. "Panhel members are allowed, for example, to tell rushees that they are not allowed to talk because it's the rule," she said.

The rule is meant to ensure fairness among different sororities, Lobosco said.