Rush Appears to Defy NaysayersBy Frank Dabek and Zareena Hussain
Despite dire predictions, this year's fraternity rush seems to be progressing acceptably. Fraternities reported that freshman interest was approximately on par with last year.
Interfraternity Council President Duane H. Dreger '99 said that on Saturday about 500 people were in the clearinghouse system, which keeps track of all freshmen who enter fraternities, sororities and independent living groups. He said that 315 people spent Saturday night at FSILGs.
It is "hard to correlate" those numbers with those of last year, because to the changes in the Orientation schedule, he said.
Rush chairs seemed to be satisfied with rush so far. Tony Chao '99, rush chair for Phi Beta Epsilon, said that the "numbers are slightly low but still pretty good."
Jamie P. Vinsant '99, president of Delta Kappa Epsilon, said that rush was "going well" and that the house had seen "similar numbers" to previous years. Some houses are seeing even better numbers than previous years, Vinsant said.
Kenneth D. Mccracken '00, a resident of Sigma Phi Epsilon, said "Freshmen are a lot more open this year."
Jeff Colton '02, who was actively rushing five fraternities, said that the best parts of rush were "all the food and how the ladies pampered us."
Sigma Nu rush chair Daniel A. Feller '00 said that rush was progressing "about as expected" and that the house was "right on track." Feller said that rush didn't seem to have been affected by the events of the past year as much as had been predicted.
Rush is "going pretty much the same as last year,"said Phi Delta Theta resident Sang Hyun Lee '00, who added that independent living groups are also seeing rush go well.
"It's going really well,"said Student House rush chair Susan M. Buchman '01. During a swing party on Saturday night, "our house was packed." Freshmen showed a lot of interest and that this was an "average rush at least."
Andrew J. Lynn '01, Fenway House rush chair, said that rush was "pretty good."
Dorm rush also underway
The sentiments of those involved in dormitory rush mirrored those of their counterparts in fraternities.
Wesley S. Chao '00, vice president of orientation for Baker House, said that a "pretty steady stream" of freshmen had been by the dorm.
The recent renovations to Baker have not adversely affected rush and are the "highlight of our tours," he said. "Baker is primarily a place to live with cool people, [rather] than a place with cool facilities," he added.
McCormick Hall rush chair Marianne McPherson '99 described the dorm's rush as "pretty good." However, for many women rushing dormitories there seems to be a dearth of activities, as compared to their male counterparts.
"It's sort of bad because there's not as much stuff to do as the guys,"said Radha K. Iyengar '02.
Messaging systems troublesome
The two major messaging systems used during rush - the freshman messaging system, which was introduced last year, and the clearinghouse system - have both suffered technical difficulties.
Feller said that "clearinghouse is running very sub-standard this year."
"One of the telnet servers was acting up," Dreger said. However, houses can simply run the clearinghouse application from any Athena dialup machine, he added.
The FMS is also suffering from widespread problems. The computers used by freshmen to check messages are not working in East Campus, Baker, and are not installed in McCormick, Bexley Hall and Random Hall.
Feller said that SN had used the system a few times but had not been pleased with the speed at which responses returned.
Jeffrey L. Steinheider '99 said that his house has not been using the system because "most freshmen have been in the [clearinghouse] system."
Clearinghouse, besides keeping track of the location of freshmen, has some messaging capabilities.