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Sig Ep Violates Rush Rules With Pre-Kick-Off Advertisement

By Stacey E. Blau
Editor in Chief

An advertisement that Sigma Phi Epsilon placed in yesterday's issue of The Tech is currently under investigation as a rush violation.

The advertisement, which appeared on page 7 of The Tech, featured a slogan that said "Rush Sig Ep" and included a listing of Sig Ep's rush events from Friday to Monday, a map of the area around the Sig Ep house, and the fraternity's phone number.

"The Judiciary Committee is looking into this violation," said Interfraternity Council Judcomm Chair Christopher G. Rodarte '97. Rush officially began at 6:15 p.m. last night following Killian Kick-Off. Any rushing before that time is in violation of IFC rules, Rodarte said.

"If you interpret the ad as rushing frosh, they're kind of violating the rule," he said.

"This is just not our fault," said IFC President Jason D. Pride '97, who is a member of Sig Ep.

"I've been receiving all these calls" from fraternities who are angry about the advertisement, Pride said. "This is not what we meant to do."

Pride said that he thought that The Tech would contain Friday's edition of The Daily Confusion - the guide to rush events - and would be coming out at around 6 p.m., toward the end of Killian Kick-Off.

"The Tech has known for several weeks that we would not be printing The Daily Confusion" on Friday, said Daniel C. Stevenson '97, chairman of The Tech.

Angela Chou '99, an editor of The Daily Confusion, asked The Tech not to print the guide in Friday's issue because The Tech comes out in the morning, long before the end of Killian Kick-Off when rush activities can begin, Stevenson said.

Stevenson said that he spoke to someone from Sig Ep last week about the advertisement. "I specifically told him we're not printing The Daily Confusion on Friday," he said.

Ad appears to be a rush violation

"It looks like a violation," said Assistant Dean for Residence and Campus Activities Neal H. Dorow, who also serves as adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. "That's what the evidence points to."

"We want people to follow the rules," Dorow said. "Unfortunately, an ad appeared" early, although whether or not the act was intentional remains to be seen, he said.

Before the act is deemed a violation, there will be an Judcomm investigation, Dorow said. No immediate action could be taken because 96 hours notice is required before a hearing, and with the main activities of fraternity rush this weekend, such action is not feasible, according to Dorow.

"They'll be asked to answer for this, but at an appropriate time," he said. "For now, we have rush."

"It better not be" a rush violation, said Manish K. Mital '97, Sig Ep's rush chair. "If it's a rush violation, it wasn't intentional."

"I was kind of worried when I saw it come out in The Tech," Mital said. "It's not our fault that it came out before the kick-off."

Dormitory Council President Christopher H. Barron '97 said that the advertisement appears to violate rush rules.

"It's not a new thing to hear about living groups breaking rules intentionally," Barron said.

For "blatant incidents like this, monetary fines don't go far enough" Barron said. Fines "obviously don't seem to be getting the message across."

Several fraternity rush chairs declined to comment about the advertisement.