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Alternatives Provide Rush-Free Atmosphere

By Stacey E. Blau
Editor in Chief

During the hectic week of rush, freshmen can find an escape from the fray at a number of no-rush alternatives.

Elsewhere, located in the International Reading Room on the fifth floor of the Student Center, opened Friday to provide a place away from the pressures of rush.

Elsewhere is "a place for people confused by the whole madness of rush to get away," said Elsewhere worker Petra S. Chong '99.

Freshmen can relax, playing with Play-doh, crayons, paints, and even a piano in that's in the room.

Not many freshmen have come by Elsewhere yet. "It picks up at night," said Linda D. Chin '99, also an Elsewhere worker.

Freshmen begin coming by when they "start feeling dizzy from all the stuff going on" with rush, said Elsewhere worker Lin-Chi Yen '98.

"I'm not really big on the whole rush thing," said Kristin Raven '00, who went to Elsewhere. "I don't seem to be finding any people who aren't into it, so I came here."

Queer Elsewhere for gay frosh

Queer Elsewhere, located in 14E-304, provides a gay-positive atmosphere for freshmen with food and movies.

Queer Elsewhere opened on Friday and will be open until Wednesday, from 8 p.m. to midnight every night, said Damon W. Suden '99, one of the organizers of Queer Elsewhere.

"So far, it's been going well," Suden said.

Queer Elsewhere is a place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students to find support in an informal atmosphere where they can meet other such students, he said.

A couple of people have stopped by so far, and once dead week begins, more people will probably visit, Suden said.

Queer Elsewhere is sponsored by the Raw Perspectives Committee, which was formerly the Human Sexuality Committee, a branch of the Residence and Orientation Week Committee.

Frosh can hide on Clearinghouse

Freshmen have the option of removing themselves from Clearinghouse, the computerized system at FSILGs that tracks freshmen.

"If a freshman wishes not to be seen, then all he needs to do is come up," to the Office of Residence and Campus Activities, said Associate Dean for RCA Neal H. Dorow, who serves as adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

The option to be made invisible "is something that people know about," said Jonathan Z. Litt G, who is administers Clearinghouse. The option is listed on page 31 of The Hitchhiker's Guide to R/O as well as in some other RCA literature.

If freshmen choose to hide on Clearinghouse but still want to rush, getting messages to them can be difficult, and "we explain that to them," Dorow said. "We just want to make sure that they make an informed decision."

One freshman has chosen to hide on the system this year, Dorow said. "The person this year is actively rushing fraternities, and he was being interrupted too many times when he was rushing."

"It was not a case where he was trying to hide from one fraternity" but rather that "too many fraternities were trying to talk to him," Dorow said. "It was disruptive."

Erik S. Balsley contributed to the reporting in this story.