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Daily Confusion Nixes Friday Dorm Entries

By David D. Hsu and Jennifer Lane
Staff Reporters

Without the knowledge of dormitory rush chairs and Dormitory Council officers, yesterday's issue of The Daily Confusion left off almost all the dormitory events held after Killian Kick-Off.

Although dormitories sent in 41 entries for events Friday night, they were removed by Daily Confusion Editor Kelly K. Chan '98. Only one entry for East Campus remained.

Dormitories were allowed to hold low-key events yesterday night, said Dormcon President Christopher H. Barron '97. They were not allowed to advertise them, Barron said.

However, the dormitories had already sent in entries several weeks ago in time for The Daily Confusion deadline, Barron said. The Daily Confusion had moved its deadline earlier by a couple of weeks, before early returns were back, which made things more chaotic, he said.

Dormitory rush officers assumed that the entries would still be printed.

"We were never told otherwise," said Stephen V. Baird '97, who serves as rush chair for East Campus. Baird had submitted 19 entries for Friday's Daily Confusion.

"It sucked to find that things are going on tonight but nobody knows about them," Baird said. Baird discovered that their entries were missing only after The Tech contacted him.

Initially, Barron did not know who removed the listings or why the listings were removed. "I wouldn't be surprised if [the Office of Residence and Campus Activities] pulled Friday entries," Barron said.

Chan thought that the dormitory rush rules were still the same as last year when dormitories could not hold events until Saturday evening, he said. Chan deleted the dormitory listings before passing them on to RCA for further editing, he said.

"No one tells me about [the rules]," Chan said. "I'm really upset about this."

"Perhaps there wasn't very good communication between my co-editor [Angela Chou '99] and me," Chan said.

Chou had thought that the entire Daily Confusion, along with dormitory entries, were sent to RCA for editing, she said.

When the draft arrived at RCA, it did not have dormitory entries, not even an approved East Campus-Senior House event for women, said Associate Dean for RCA Margaret A. Jablonski.

At the request of Chou, The Daily Confusion was not printed in yesterday's issue of The Tech so it would not come out before Killian Kick-Off.

"I think it's understandable how [Chan] was confused because it's not like Dormcon directly interacts with The Daily Confusion," Barron said.

"There was a miscommunication. It's not a big deal," said Dormcon R/O Chair Noemi L. Giszpenc '98.

"As long as the Saturday events are listed correctly, I don't think we have to do anything with The Daily Confusion" in the next week, Barron said. However, in the future Dormcon will make it a point to the Residence and Orientation Week committee that Dormcon should coordinate with The Daily Confusion, he said.

Everyone unclear on rules

Dormcon officers, dormitory rush chairs, and Jablonski all had different opinions on how rush was supposed to proceed.

Dormitories were allowed to hold small events but could not advertise them outside of the dormitory, Barron said. Full-blown events could start Saturday morning, he said.

The no-advertising rule was decided at a meeting at the end of the spring term with Jablonski, Barron said.

"The Institute is concerned that frats need a head start, so they constrained us and we accepted it to avoid a conflict," Giszpenc said.

These rules, which did not change over the summer, were made clear at a Dormcon R/O meeting Wednesday evening, Barron said.

Still, dormitory rush chairs were not aware of all the rules.

"We were told that before 6:17 [p.m. Saturday] night, we're allowed to have little activities in the dorm, [but] not allowed big activities," Candace L. Davias '99, rush chair for Random Hall. Random was planning to attend Killian Kick-Off before Dormcon specifically prohibited dormitories' presence there, she said.

"All the activities that dorms are having [yesterday night] will fail," Davias said.

The rules keep changing, said Michael S. Allen '97, rush chair for New House. The no-advertising rules are unfair to both the freshmen and the dormitories, he said. It was even worse that Daily Confusion entries were removed without Dormcon agreement.

"When we were asked for Daily Confusion entries, we were told we could have events starting after Killian Kick-Off" by an e-mail from Chan, said David M. Shapiro '97, a rush chair for Burton-Conner House.

According to Jablonski, a dormitory could hold Friday events only for freshmen temporarily housed in that dormitory.

"RCA didn't even want us to start dorm rush early," Davias said.