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Upperclassmen and Freshmen Cope Well with Stress of Rush

By Brett Altschul
associate news editor

Tackling the logistical monstrosity and emotional drain of organizing and participating in rush events can take it's toll on upperclassmen and freshmen alike. This year, most students seem to be taking the stress in stride.

Upperclassmen not only have to get to know members of the incoming freshman class but also make sure that their events run smoothly.

Among rush organizers, stress could be a problem. "It's a big job for me personally," said Cyrus A. Dolph V '99, the rush chair for Tau Epsilon Phi.

Dante Roulette '98, the rush chair for Phi Beta Epsilon, said the work was fairly stressful. "From an emotional standpoint, it's stressful for rush chairs because you have to maintain a certain level of excitement among the brotherhood," he said.

However, Dolph said that while it was a lot of work, he did not find it particularly unpleasant. "It hasn't been too stressful for me."

Dolph also said that this year's rush at TEP was not really more stressful than normal. "There's no atmosphere of stress here," he said.

Tau Delta Chi issued an official statement echoing Dolph's sentiments that stress was not a problem. "Everyone is having a good time," the statement said.

Stephanie Browning '98, a Rho Chi, also said that the rush process was not that tense. "It hasn't been very stressful for me," she said.

"There's a lot less stress for the Rho Chis than for the rushers and rushees," she said.

However, some living groups have had a remarkable difficult rush this year. "I didn't expect it to be nearly so stressful," said Christopher D. Beland '00, the rush chair for Fenway House.

Since Fenway's entries were left out of The Daily Confusion, the workload was much heavier, Beland said. Fenway has had to deal with calling all the other living groups and the R/O Committee, he said.

The rush is "abnormally stressful" at Fenway House and several other places this year, Beland said.

Rush not so taxing for freshmen

Many freshmen said that rush was not too hectic for them. Thersea Bly '01, who said she was only considering dormitories, said that R/O was "not at all stressful." The whole thing is a lot of fun, she said.

Alfred M. Mutino '01 said that he didn't think rush was unpleasant. "It's not really stressful," he said.

However, Mutino said that he didn't find rushing fraternities especially pleasant either, because it was very difficult to get information about fraternities in advance, and the process was confusing.

However, Dolph characterized this year's freshmen as more informed and said that this should make rush easier for them. "Freshmen every year become more aware," he said.

"It's a good thing for freshmen that they know more," Dolph said. It makes it easier for them to make the decision, and it's easier on them that way, he said.

Sorority rush has not been too bad for many freshmen, Browning said. "Most of my rushees haven't been under too much stress," she said. I think they have been having a good time, she said.

Jason C. Yang contributed to the reporting of this story.