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Houses are mixed about generally weaker rush

By Frank Dabek

This year’s rush continues to defy classification even as it winds down -- important indicators point to a slow rush while many houses say that rush has gone well.

As of 11 p.m. yesterday night, 322 freshmen had pledged fraternities, sororities and independent living groups, according to Neal H. Dorow, associate dean for residence life and student life programs and adviser to FSILGs.

The overall number of pledges as of 2 p.m. yesterday was 268, said Phillip M. Bernard, program director for residence life. That low figure resulted in heavy crowding in the dormitory system when the lottery was run yesterday afternoon.

Bids are outstanding, however, and, so the number of pledges is likely to rise further in the coming days. Bernard said that last year about 70 additional freshmen pledged after the lottery.

Houses positive on rush

Despite the low overall numbers, houses surveyed yesterday seemed pleased with rush.

Phi Kappa Sigma member Trusahar J. Patel ’01 said that rush “went really well for us.” The fraternity expects a “larger pledge class than we’ve seen in a while.” The house had received 11 bids and was still open as of yesterday afternoon.

Theta Xi Assistant Rush Chair Andrew D. Berkheimer ’01 said that the house had seen a “higher than usual turnout.” Theta Xi collected seven pledges and expected more to “come in slowly” over the coming days.

Some houses were less positive on this year’s rush. Matthew B. Karau ’01, rush chair for Theta Chi, said that rush was “kind of slow.” TC expects a “smaller than normal pledge class,” he said. The house is expecting to receive six bids. “Everyone is waiting for the dorms,” Karau said.

Daniel R. Feller ’00, Sigma Nu rush chair, said that his house is also expecting a number of pledges in the coming days. The house currently has three pledges and is expecting a total of 10 to 15, he said.

If many students are, in fact, waiting for the dorms, as Karau proposes, rush may be in better straits than early figures suggest.

Lambda Chi Alpha, on the other hand, had already received 13 pledges out of 14 bids by yesterday afternoon, Rush Chair Mitchell Y. Huang ’01 said.

Independent living groups also appeared pleased with rush. Members of Student House said that the house had reached their goal. Fenway house has received four pledges so far.

Sororities received 107 pledges so far this year, said Dorow.

Panhel Rush Chair Jenny C. Jaung ’00 said that in total sororities had extended 140 bids to freshmen.

Michael Hall contributed to the reporting of this article.