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Panhel Flier in ASA Freshman Mailing ‘Not a Strict Violation’

By Naveen Sunkavally


Despite protests by the Women’s Convocation and the Women’s Independent Living Group, this year’s Association of Student Activities’ freshman summer mailing will contain a flier urging freshmen to rush sororities.

The flier, accidentally placed by the Panhellenic Association, was not removed before the mailing went out, despite the fact that Interfraternity Council Rush Chair Dakus S. Gunn ’01 and Assistant Dean Neal H. Dorow knew of its placement before it was sent out.

The flier was noticed by someone who happened to be helping out with the ASA mailing, said WILG’s rush chair Katherine S. Graham ’01. “We then contacted Dakus, who was kind of annoyed with [the flier], and he contacted Neal.”

“It was not a strict violation,” Gunn said.

Dorow described Panhel’s placement of the flier as an “oversight.” Like every other ASA group, the Panhellenic Association received a mailing from the ASA asking them to place a flier in the mailing. However, despite not placing a flier in the mailing previous years, the Panhellenic Association placed the flier this year.

“We suggested as punishment that Panhel take them out,” Graham said. However, the mailings were already sealed.

“If it was something that could have been easily fixed, it would have been. There were over 1000 mailing packets,” Dorow said.

Flier may give sororities advantage

In the end, Panhel was not punished for the placement of the flier.

“Panhel didn’t really gain any advantage. It was a small flier. Panhel operates under strict rules already,” Gunn said.

In addition, the IFC and Panhel already have their own separate mailing so there was no need to put the flier in, Gunn said.

The flier begins, “Sorority life at MIT has a lot to offer its members. Sororities provide leadership opportunities, academic support programs and tutoring, countless philanthropic opportunities, social events such as formals and faculty mixers, and life-long friendships.”

“We weren’t happy,” Graham said, “but Neal pretty much said it was an honest mistake.” She said that mailing might affect women’s rush. “Last year there was an issue that they put in the ad in The Tech to come to Women’s Convocation.”

However, she added, “I don’t know how much freshmen pay attention to their mailings.”