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Daily Confusion Omits Rush Entries of Several FSILGs

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Contributing Editor

An apparent computer error deleted rush events for several fraternities and independent living groups from the Daily Confusion for the last few days.

The Residence and Orientation Week Committee printed and distributed several addenda to the events listings, but the omissions have already adversely affected rush at several houses, including Fenway House, Student House, and Sigma Phi Epsilon, according to rush chairs.

The Daily Confusion is published by the R/OCommittee, which distributes it around campus. It is also printed in the daily R/O issues of The Tech, which are distributed around campus and to all living groups.

Although the omission of Friday events was discovered early that morning when the Daily Confusion appeared in The Tech, the R/OCommittee was unable to prepare an addendum in time for Killian Kick-Off that evening.

Yesterday's Daily Confusion in The Tech was also known to be missing events, and a warning was printed beneath it. The R/OCommittee assembled an addendum and provided it to the affected living groups, some of which distributed it to other living groups, according to rush chairs.

"We've been working around the clock to get this error fixed,"said R/OLogistics Manager Wesley T. Chan '00. Because it is difficult to change the original Daily Confusion files, addenda were printed instead, he said.

The R/O committee was unable to provide The Tech with an addendum for today's published Daily Confusion.

"Very significant drop"

Student House has seen a "very significant drop" in rush activity, said rush co-chair Aimee K. Horr '98.

Since nobody knew about Friday's Student House events, "most of the people that we got we grabbed from Johnson" at the end of Killian Kick-Off, Horr said.

Other than a few rushees whom Student House had contacted over the summer, by yesterday afternoon there had been very little rush traffic at the house, she said.

Additionally, no women went to Student House after the Women's Convocation, Horr said. That may have also been due to the fact that the "women were somewhat led to believe that they needed to go with their rho chi's [sorority rush counselors]" and participate in sorority rush, she said.

The rush activity has been "a lot less than what we expected," said Sig Ep rush chair Antonio B. Avila '99.

The way the R/OCommittee has been dealing with the problem "has been very unhelpful," said Christopher D. Beland '00, rush chair for Fenway House.

Distributing an addendum "was left up to us,"Beland said. "If we didn't get our act together, nothing would have happened."

Problem stems from program

The Daily Confusion process began over the summer, when living group and activity leaders were contacted by the Daily Confusion editors. The group leaders submitted to the editors a list of Athena usernames authorized to enter events for that group. Then, those authorized users accessed a program on Athena to add their group's events.

The events in question were missing because of an error in user permissions and the authorization process, Chan said.

Because of this error, events submitted by certain groups did not appear at all in the Daily Confusion, Chan said.