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WILG, AXO Resolve Rush Violation Through Mediation

By Krista L. Niece
Associate News Editor

A dispute between the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and the Women's Independent Living that arose during rush was resolved last week through mediation.

The dispute, which arose from AXO's failure to enter a freshman in Clearinghouse as having pledged, was settled outside of a formal trial. So far, no trials for rush violations have been held, a stark contrast from previous years.

The freshman in question was also rushing at WILG. AXO's omission resulted in WILG not extending as many bids as it would have otherwise.

AXO recognized its failure and cooperated with WILGto reach an agreement. The dispute was mediated by an executive board comprised of IFCJudcomm Chair Katherine E. Hardacre, IFC Rush Chair Hongsup Park '99, and Women's Conference Rush Chair Connie W. Pong '99.

As part of its punishment, 90 percent of the sisters of AXOwill be required to perform ten hours each of community service by the end of the spring term. AXO will also host a Clearinghouse training session before next year's rush in an effort to prevent such incidents in the future.

Hardacre said that this was one of many misunderstandings that arise because of differences between the Panhellenic Association, which includes only the five MIT sororities, and the Women's Conference, which is comprised of all living groups which can house women. This includes WILG, which is all-female but not affiliated with the Greek system.

In the official document regarding the decision, Hardacre wrote that "these differences [in rushing styles] have been the source of difficulties for many years" and that the Executive Committee planned to make "minimizing the damage of these differences" a priority.