Dorms Will House KS, ATO for Rush
Frats to Conduct Rush from Local HotelsBy Mike Hall
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Four dormitories will house displaced members of Kappa Sigma and Alpha Tau Omega during fall rush, according to Dormitory Council Vice President Matthew S. Cain ’02.
The fraternities are homeless during rush following a March decision by the Cambridge Licensing Commission suspending the two fraternities’ housing licenses for alcohol-related violations.
Bexley and New House will host ATO, while Kappa Sig brothers will reside in Baker and Burton-Connor. Following rush, Kappa Sig brothers will stay with alumni and other Greek houses during the remainder of their 30-day suspension, while freshmen pledging Kappa Sig will stay in dormitories until the end of the sentence, according to Interfraternity Council Rush Chair Dakus S. Gunn ’01.
Cain said that the brothers face stringent rules while living in the dormitories. In an e-mail to Bexley residents, Cain said that the fraternity members will only be allowed into the building between midnight and 8:00 a.m.
“[The fraternities] will not be rushing in the dorms,” Cain said in the e-mail. “They’ll be be using them as a place to shower and sleep.”
Both houses will run their rushes out of local hotels. ATO will use suites at the Royal Sonesta, while Kappa Sig will operate out of the University Park Hotel. The IFC will allow the houses to “overnight” freshmen at the hotels.
The fraternities will pay all costs for their hotel rooms, Gunn said.
Phillip M. Bernard, manager of undergraduate residence services, said that the Office of Residential Life and Student Life Programs will compensate the affected dormitories for their loss of freshmen spaces during rush. Possible compensations include extra early returns for dormitory rush workers and funding for dormitory events during and after rush.
RLSLP “wants to make sure the [affected dormitory] community is well-represented and that ... having fraternities in there is not going to affect how the residence is viewed by freshmen,” Bernard said.
“We want to support an event which allows [affected dormitories] to show themselves to the freshmen.”
Gunn said that the original plan called for housing ATO in Bexley and Baker and Kappa Sig in Burton-Connor and New House. However, friction between the dormitories and ATO necessitated a change in the original plan, he said. Gunn, a Kappa Sig brother, abstained from meetings discussing ATO’s placement.
Gunn added that the logistics of running IFC and DormCon Judicial Committee checks necessitated grouping the members together instead of spreading them evenly over all dormitories.
“For JudComm to be spread out among eight or nine dorms would be hell,” Gunn said.
In the wake of the decision, ATO co-rush chair Zachary J. Inman ’01 said that his house is discussing modified rush rules with other IFC houses, including getting time extensions on transferring freshmen between the Royal Sonesta and fraternities.
Inman added that ATO is appealing the CLC’s decision to have the suspension end on the first day of pledging.
Dormitory officers supported the Dormcon plan as the best available option.
Baker Acting President Shannon J. Russell ’01 said the plan was a “good compromise.”
“Obviously, no one involved would rather this be the way it would go, but as far as it went, this is a much better deal” than other alternatives, Russell said.
Kiwah K. Kendrick ’02, summer president at Burton-Conner, praised the decision’s authors for keeping the dormitories informed about their plans. Kendrick added that her dormitory felt comfortable housing Kappa Sig and hoped that it would lead to improved relationships between the dormitories and fraternities.
“At the very least, [housing Kappa Sig] will help relations by extending help during their time of need,” Kendrick said.