Sig Ep Leads Frats In Rush ViolationsBy Douglas E. Heimburger
The Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee found 10 fraternities guilty of rush violations this weekend and issued a total of $5,375 in fines, a drastic increase from the $700 in fines levied last year.
Sigma Phi Epsilon was hit with the biggest single fine of $2,500 for placing an ad in The Tech before the official start of rush at Killian Kick-Off.
A total of 23 trials involving 13 independent living groups were held in two 12-hour sessions over the weekend. Ten of the trials involved charges made by Judcomm against a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group, said Judcomm Chair Christopher G. Rodarte '97.
The other 13 charges were made by FSILGs against other FSILGs. Eleven other trials were scheduled but were resolved by the FSILGs before they began. In addition, some cases were tried by Judcomm investigators.
The hearings held last weekend "aren't all the trials," Rodarte said, since not all fraternities were able to attend.
SigEp, ATO hit with sanctions
Sig Ep received the highest monetary punishment during the trials. In addition to the $2,500 fine, the fraternity was banned from attending Thursday Night dinners next year. The fraternity was also fined $100 for a violation on Clearinghouse, the computerized tracking system for freshmen during rush.
Members of Sig Ep did not return phone calls.
Alpha Tau Omega also received serious punishment from Judcomm. Judcomm fined ATO$500 for badmouthing violations, and ATOwas placed on probation for next year's rush. A Judcomm investigator will be assigned full time to ATOnext year to investigate any potential problems.
"Probation means that any violations next year will be treated much more harshly than this year," Rodarte said.
The president of ATOrefused to comment on the violations.
SAE, Phi Sig also punished
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was found guilty of violating the "spirit of rush" clause by pushing Delta Kappa Epsilon brothers away from freshmen during Killian Kick-Off. SAEwill not be allowed to display a sign at next year's Killian Kick-Off.
SAEwas also found guilty of two counts of tampering with ATO pledges. SAE was fined $500 for each instance andwill be allowed to send only two individuals to other fraternities to talk to freshmen next year. In addition, members of SAEwill be allowed to request to see only one freshman at a time at another fraternity instead of the normal two.
Phi Sigma Kappa was found guilty of rushing freshmen prior to the beginning of rush. Judcomm ruled that members of Phi Sigwill not be allowed to be lead Project Move Off Your Assumptions groups next year.
Phi Sig was also found guilty of not staffing their rush desk with members of the fraternity. As a result, Phi Sig will have to have brothers continuously staff the desk during next year's rush.
"They treated us perfectly fairly, for what we did," said Christopher B. Benton '98, one of PhiSig's rush chairs. The trials "went decently well.I didn't have any complaints."
Delta Tau Delta was found guilty of conversing with a freshman during work week, but no penalty was assessed. DTDpled guilty to exceeding the maximum time for rush trips. As a result, the maximum time for rush trips was reduced by an hour for DTDnext year.
Some fraternities violate dry rush
Beta Theta Pi and Delta Kappa Epsilon were each fined$250 for violating the dry rush rules in effect this year. The rules prohibited drinking in front of freshmen by any member of the fraternity.
DKE was also fined $150 for badmouthing another fraternity and issuing insignia to rushees before they actually pledged and .
Phi Gamma Delta was found guilty of taking a freshman out to dinner during work week, the week before rush. Fiji was fined $100 and banned from Thursday Night Dinners next year. In addition, the mailing of Fiji's rush book will be delayed for a week next year.
Members of DKE refused to commenton the results of the trials.
Zeta Psi was fined $100 for badmouthing another fraternity.
Pi Lambda Phi was fined $75 for hiding a freshman from Clearinghouse.
Kappa Sigma was fined $50 for keeping members of other fraternities on hold for an excessive period of time during rush.
Fraternities who wish to appeal the decisions of the Judcomm board must submit an appeal by the end of the week, Rodarte said.
Many of the violations stemmed from "organizational" difficulties involving Clearinghouse, Rodarte said. "It is rather complicated to use."
Without the usual training session this year, fraternities were expected to teach themselves the system using an instructional page on the World Wide Web.