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Showers Dampen Some Rush Events

Indranath Neogy--The Tech
Showers canceled some early rush events yesterday morning, leaving Amherst Alley deserted.

By May K. Tse
Staff Reporter

The second day of rush got off to a soggy start as a downpour canceled rush events and kept some freshmen indoors during the morning.

"We've rescheduled our trip to the state park, and we're doing a lot of other small things, such as indoor sports, bowling, [and] a trip to various entertainment centers, which are indoors,"said Phi Gamma Delta Rush Chair Han B. Chou '97, .

"We're going to have some sandwiches and a picnic in the dining room instead of a rooftop barbecue," said Tau Epsilon Pi Rush Chair David A. Pooley '98. "You can always improvise something."

The rain also impacted various dorm rush activities. "The rain is affecting us a bit since we can't have our barbecue; we're grilling food inside instead," said James S. Robertson '99 of East Campus.

Others chose to ignore the morning rain. "We're still going to the beach," said Benjamin T. Kolin '98, rush chair for Alpha Epsilon Pi. "We're hoping for the best. The rain has been a concern but not really a factor so far. We haven't been having very many problems so far."

"We were a little worried about the rain but actually we've had a fine rush," said Abigail Vargus '97, Women's Independent Living Group rush chair.

"We just canceled the picnic that was supposed to be on the Esplanade, but we had events scheduled at the house at the same time, so we just had everyone participate at the house events. Rush has been pretty par for the course so far," she said.

"We were afraid of people not coming because of the rain, but it seems that people have been showing up anyway, so it hasn't been much of a problem,"said Candace L. Davias '99, rush chair for Random Hall.

The sororities weren't very affected by the morning rain either. "Since it's indoors, it seems pretty successful. The freshmen are very excited and there's a lot of energy. It's been going very smoothly," said Panhellenic Rush Chair Wanda A. Chin '97.

EC rush affected by CP problems

Other factors have been affecting rush. "We had some big problems with the Campus Police turning off our Green Building lights," said Stephen V. Baird '97, rush chair for East Campus.

"It was in the pattern of EC' until 9:30 p.m." Friday night, at which point CPs came to turn off the lights, Baird said.

"We got voluntary consent for all of it" from people in the offices, Baird said. Baird said that there were plans to put the lights up again yesterday but that CPs refused to allow it.

East Campus also had problems with CPs over the live bands they hired to play at a rush event.

The bands had to be moved from outside and Walker Memorial because of the rain, Baird said.

CPs arrived and forced EC to stop the bands. "They didn't have to shut down the whole event," Baird said. Baird estimates EC lost about two hours of rush time and about $600, more than 10 percent of EC's rush budget.

Some fraternities appear happier with the way rush is proceeding.

"Rush is going well on the whole, just as we expected," said Christien R. Rioux '98, from Pi Lambda Phi.

"We normally don't set any expectations; we don't try to meet any quotas or anything like that. The people we've been seeing are really cool, so we've been pleased," Pooley said.