Living Groups' Pledge Results Likely to Meet ExpectationsBy Frank Dabek
Associate News Editor
As rush nears its final days, reports from fraternities and other independent living groups indicate that this year's rush, while not exceptional, is on par with expectations.
"We're on target for the high 300s," said Neal H.Dorow, assistant dean for Residence and Campus Activities and adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. "The numbers are comparable to previous years which have averaged around 375." RCA forecasted that 375 freshmen would move into FSILGs this year.
Most rush chairs were satisfied with the way rush went.
"Several fraternities exceeded their expectations and are very happy with rush," Dorow said.
Jason T. Timpe '99, rush chair for Theta Chi, said this was an "excellent year."
Alpha Tau Omega also had an "exceptionally good year," said rush chair Matthew T. Kixmoeller '98.
Daily Confusion drops events
Several groups said that they suffered because of errors in The Daily Confusion this year, while others benefitted from the errors.
Fenway House said that this rush has gone slowly. Christopher D. Beland '00, rush chair for Fenway, said "part of that might have been [because Fenway events were omitted from] The Daily Confusion."
Pika rush chair Nathan J. Williams '98 said that rush went "very well for us." He attributed part of his success to the fact that other ILGs that compete with Pika did not get their events advertised in The Daily Confusion, he said.
Dorow said that the problems with The Daily Confusion "did affect several houses that depend more on The Daily Confusion."
Members of Student House, some of whose activities were also dropped, and Fenway House collaborated to print and distribute an addendum, said Erin R. Schuster '98, rush chair for Student House.
FMS not effective
The majority of rush chairs contacted said that the new Freshman Messaging System was not effective as a rush tool.
"I don't think a lot of freshmen know about the system," Schuster said. Jefferey C. Munro '99, assistant rush chair for Phi Sigma Kappa agreed, saying, "most [freshmen] were uninformed about the system."
Anuj Mohan '98, rush chair for Alpha Delta Phi, said that the system was "helpful in some cases." Timpe concurred, saying "if you could contact freshmen [the system] was good."
Christopher L. Williams '98, rush chair for Theta Xi, said that the house used only half of its quota on the messaging system.
Other factors affect rush
The poor weather for Killian Kick-Off caused a slow early rush for some groups, but the move to Johnson did not appear to have many lasting negative effects.
Dennis E. Okon '99, rush chair of Pi Lambda Phi, said the "rain Friday didn't help at all. Johnson wasn't the same as Killian Court."
Several fraternities said that summer activities helped their rush. Lee D. Frankenfield '98, rush chair for Delta Kappa Epsilon said that their rush "went well" partly due to being effective in the summer rush activities. Kixmoeller said that summer activities were helpful because they led to "not such a blind rush."
Noting that rush isn't yet over, Dorow said, "I think there are some pretty nice living groups that aren't getting the attention from freshmen that they deserve." He said that some of these houses will continue rushing through the week.
Josh Bittker, Susan Buchman, and Douglas E. Heimburger contributed to the reporting of this story.