Keep Rush During Orientation
Although I am opposed to the idea of limiting the living options of freshmen starting in 2001, the time has come to look ahead and think about how fraternities will survive after this change.
Freshmen are going to be living in the dormitories, and we must face that. When that happens, the best way to ensure the survival of fraternities is to allow freshmen to rush and accept bids during freshman orientation.
Although they will not be allowed to live with their brothers in the fraternity house for the first year, they will still receive the real benefits we offer while they are adjusting to MIT life - a sense of support, mutual respect, and, yes, even brotherhood. These benefits are not attached to any building. While living together helps the bonding that is at the core of the fraternity system, it is not an absolute necessity.
It is true that we may face some difficult financial choices in the coming years, but we will survive. We will have to change the way we do some things, since freshmen brothers will not be living with upperclassman brothers, but I have faith that most fraternities on this campus have the ability to adjust.
Joseph M. Rozier '99