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Spring Rush Tonight: First Ever Effort a Preparation for 2002

By Dana Levine

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

IFC members will conduct spring rush events this weekend in the first IFC-sanctioned period of new member recruitment held outside of the traditional rush period.

The spring rush will begin this evening with a residence midway, during which members from fifteen participating fraternities will meet prospective members. Sororities will not participate in spring rush due to Panhellenic regulations.

According to Sigma Phi Epsilon President Eliot F. Drake ’02, tonight’s midway will be somewhat more relaxed than the fall midway. At the event, fraternity members will be able to leave their booths and mingle with prospective members.

Andrew Y. Wong ’01, the IFC spring rush coordinator, said that “there are no rules beyond the common sense, such as bad mouthing.”

Informal events planned

Events will then continue at the discretion of individual houses, with no guidelines being set for giving out bids or pledging new members. Most of the houses who plan to participate have only organized a few informal events for the weekend.

“Friday night will be very similar to the beginning of the year’s residence midway. No one really knows what to expect,” said Wong.

“We’re having a community service event on Saturday and a barbeque on Sunday,” Drake said. Other than that, Drake said that the Sig Ep brothers plan to have a normal weekend.

Sig Ep hopes to recruit four new members by the end of the term.

Jason G. Skalski ’02, the Sigma Nu rush chair, said that in addition to attending the midway, brothers will be hanging out at the house from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“We don’t have any goals as far as numbers,” said Skalski.

Sigma Chi had originally planned to participate in spring rush, but has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. “A lot of our brothers are observing Easter. We kind of wanted to go all or nothing,” said rush chair Thomas M. Quealy ’02.

Sigma Chi has recruited freshmen all term, although Quealy said that it is unlikely that the house will extend any bids. “We’ve talked to freshmen on a more individual basis, but we haven’t had any large events,” he said.

Rush to allow practice for 2002

“Spring rush is not entirely in response to 2002, but it is an opportunity for houses to practice their rushing with classes,” said Wong. Many houses stated that their reason for holding a spring rush is to prepare for year-round rushing in the future.

“We were planning on doing this because we’re getting our house ready for upcoming years,” Quealy said.

“This will help us to gain experience with the possibilities of an all year rush,” Skalski said.

Although several houses have held spring rushes in the past, these events have been highly informal and unorganized. This rush marks the first attempt to transform spring rush into a campus-wide event.

“The idea is to get campus to become more open to the idea of a spring rush. You never hear someone say, ‘I don’t really like my dorm. Perhaps I should rush a fraternity.’ That’s what we’re trying to open people up to,” said Wong.

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