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Fraternity Rush Goes Slowly; Results Decline This Year

By Jean K. Lee
Staff Reporter

As rush heads toward its homestretch, many fraternities and independent living groups report that rush, while not a disaster, has been relatively slow and difficult this year.

Some feel that there was a great deal of cross-rushing among fraternities. "It's been very competitive this year, especially with the low percentage of males coming in," said Han B. Chou '97, rush chair for Phi Gamma Delta. Still, Fiji exceeded their target of 11 and received 13 accepted bids.

Sigma Nu Rush Chair Andy N. Plumb '97 said that the decrease in the number of men has "complicated things."

"Rush isn't as lucrative as people have thought," Plumb said.

Grant Y. Smith '97, rush chair of Alpha Delta Phi agreed. "We've had a fantastic rush this year, but it was in some ways more competitive this year with many guys cross-rushing with other fraternities."

Others say that the rush process has been slower this year. "Rush's been pretty slow," said Jay P. Muchnij '97, rush chair for Epsilon Theta. "There weren't as many freshmen coming to visit fraternity houses as the previous years." Even so, ET reached their target of 5 accepted bids.

"There seems to be a lot of cross-rushing," said Zeta Beta Tau Rush Chair William P. Chernicoff '97. "I don't think we expected it to be this difficult. It's not going great."

"We haven't done as well as we would have liked," said Zeta Psi rush chair Jeffrey Hu '98. "Rush has gotten a little bit harder."

Lack of Clearinghouse hurt rush

David B. Burt '97, rush chair of Theta Delta Chi said that the dormitories' ineffective replacement for the Clearinghouse system slowed down the rush process.

This year FSILG members could only reach freshmen at dormitories by leaving paper messages at the Residence and Orientation Week Center or by sending e-mail. The computerized Clearinghouse tracking system was present independent living groups but not at dormitories this year.

"It's kind of obnoxious just how the dorms have been treating us," Burt said.

"I don't really understand what dorms have against the fraternity rush," he said. If fraternities were asked to help out dormitories with Clearinghouse, "we'd do it for them," he said.

Lajos Molnar '97, Student House rush chair, said that it was difficult to reach freshmen this year. "You just can't reach them," he said. "I don't even know if they ever get the messages."

The new message system "made things a lot harder for us," said Margaret D. Harbaugh '98, rush chair of pika.

Still some find rush lukewarm. "It's not going very well, but it's not going bad at all," Molnar said.

Rush goes well for some

However, despite these problems, many feel that rush has been generally successful. "All in all, it's been pretty good," said Phi Kappa Theta rush chair Luke Fu '98.

"The rush's gone exceedingly well for us. I'm very happy about this year's pledge class," said Lee D. Frankenfield '98, rush chair for Delta Kappa Epsilon.

According to Chi Phi Rush Chair Watson Chotimongkol '97, CP rush closed on Monday. "We knew we'd reach our usual target number this year, but it was a pleasant surprise to receive all accepted bids so early," he said.

Chotimongkol said that he felt the freshmen were more informed of the rush process this year. "They were more aware than I was when I was a freshman, and they knew what questions to ask."

Lambda Chi Alpha already met their goal of 13 as well. "Rush went very well this year," said William A. Goodwin '97, president of LCA. "It's about the same as last year."

"Everything went pretty well, but not much different from last year," said Brian P. Bilello '97, rush chair of Delta Upsilon.