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Residence Midway Draws Small Spring Rush Crowd

By Shantonu Sen


The Interfraternity Council had hoped that last Friday’s residence midway would be a sort of grand opening for spring rush. Instead, low turnout marked an ominous beginning to what will become an important feature of FSILG recruitment in 2002.

Only two or three freshmen came to the midway, according to Kipp L. Whittaker ’02, Phi Kappa Theta’s rush chair. Whittaker had expected upwards of fifty attendees.

“Next year we will be doing more individualized recruiting ... and not depending on the midway as much,” Whittaker said.

Jonathan Sheffi ’03, one of the few freshmen to attend the event, said that he had heard about the midway from posters in the Infinite Corridor and from friends in fraternities. However, Sheffi’s presence was mostly social, as he “had no intention of re-entering the fraternity system at this time,” after depledging from a fraternity earlier this year.

Weather, publicity hurt event

Dakus S. Gunn ’01, the IFC’s membership recruitment chair, attributed the poor attendance of the midway to “advertising problems, rain, and it being a Friday night. A lot of people got turned off by the rain.”

Overall, Gunn said he was “very pleased. There was not great turnout, but at the same time, it was good to get the freshmen and sophomores in the fraternities involved, and familiar with the idea of spring rush.”

Still, Gunn thought the event showed the MIT administration that the IFC was serious about spring rush. He plans to compile reports from the FSILGs that participated and submit them to the IFC, Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow ’72, and the 2002 committee.

Spring rush is expected to become increasingly important to FSILGs with the onset of the 2002 housing decision and the end of a traditional fall rush. Gunn expects much greater participation next year and stabilization within five to six years, hopefully at the same levels as present fall rushes.

Spring rush continues this week

Spring rush will continue this week, with a number of FSILGs hosting individual events. Theta Xi had a pinball event and a Red Sox game last weekend. Andrew D. Berkheimer ’01, rush chair for the fraternity, said that “a few guys came to both, which was about what he expected.”

Berkheimer emphasized that Theta Xi’s spring rush was targeted primarily at getting underclassmen interested so that they could rush in the fall.

Other fraternities, such as Alpha Epsilon Pi, chose not to participate in the IFC spring rush. AEPi has no plans for recruitment on its own this spring, according to AEPi Rush Chair Jordan S. Adler ’01. Related stories:

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