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Midway Lets Frosh Meet Living Groups

By Douglas E. Heimburger
Editor In Chief

The Residence Midway last night drew a throng of freshmen and upperclassmen together in the Johnson Athletic Center to explore residential options on the eve of rush.

The midway, a new addition to Orientation, allowed all freshmen the opportunity to discuss their living options with a limited number of upperclassmen from each living group.

Freshmen and upperclassmen both arrived via controlled entrances to the event, which was closed to the general upperclass population. Each fraternity and independent living group was allowed to send 10 representatives; each dorm was allowed to send 15 members.

Sororities did not participate in the event; they had separate open houses earlier in the evening. The Panhellenic Council as a whole did have a booth at the event.

Despite "10,000 logistical problems," the event was "going great,"said Duane H. Dreger '99, president of the Interfraternity Council during the evening.

Judging by the number of freshmen at the event, Dreger predicted that "this rush is going to be fine"for FSILGs.

Fraternities and independent living groups were assigned spaces based on their rush points within the IFC, which awards points for participation as officers in the rush system.

More favorably ranked fraternities and ILGs were placed closer to the entrance for freshman on the second floor, while lower ranked fraternities and ILGs were placed closer to the exits on the first floor.

Dormitories chose to be grouped together and were clumped into four groups, Dreger said, with one group being the language houses.

The event went "very well from what Icould see," said Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates. It was a"good idea."

The event ended at 11 p.m., one hour earlier than initially planned.

"They had kinda guessed it at midnight," said an IFCJudicial Committee member who did not wish to be identified. "The freshmen decided to end it themselves"by leaving the event.

Violations handled at medcomm

The living groups at the event were policed by members of both the IFCand the Dormitory Council judicial committees.

Violations noted by a JudComm member from the same council as the living group would be handled internally, Dreger said. Other violations would be handled at a later date by the mediations committee, he added.

All living groups were restricted to a specific space and could not approach freshmen. In addition, living groups were prohibited from serving refreshments to freshmen.

Very few violations were initially noted, said Katharine E. Hardacre '99, who chairs the IFCjudcomm. A few fraternities had to lower their signs to comply with an eight foot limit on all signs.

Student s enjoy event

Despite the strict rules, upperclassmen thought the new midway was a vast improvement on Thursday Night Dinners for all involved.

"It's a lot less intense and a lot more laid back,"saidLaurieM. Leong '00, who lives at Next House. However, fewer freshmen seemed to know what was occurring with rush this year compared with previous years, Leong added.

"It improves information for freshmen and houses,"said Karl K. Richter '99, who lives at Lambda Chi Alpha.

As opposed to Thursday Night Dinners, where upperclassmen would take a nearly-random group of people to dinner, the new Residence Midway allowed the fraternities the opportunity to get a better feel of the freshman class, Richter added.

Freshmen also seemed to enjoy the event. "I think this is a lot better approach,"said Jonathan Lee '02, who had heard of the schedule used during Residence and Orientation week last year. He said he was "impressed with the fraternities. They were very nice and very considerate."

Josh Bittker contributed to the reporting of this story.