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Living Groups Meet Freshmen at Midway

Point System Determines FSILG Placement

By Dana Levine


MIT’s living groups had their first chance to meet the incoming freshmen class at last night’s Residence Midway.

“Its main purpose is that it supplants the defunct Thursday night dinners as the first chance for freshmen to get exposed to the community,” said Interfraternity Council President Damien A. Brosnan ’01. Prior to the Midway, upperclassmen were not allowed to mingle with or talk to freshmen.

Members from all 32 of MIT’s fraternities and independent living groups attended the midway, which ran from 8 p.m. to midnight. A single booth represented all of the Panhellenic Council. Each group was given a 15 by 15 foot area, and was allowed to bring up to 10 members and affiliates.

The dormitory council was first allowed to assign spots to dormitories, after which fraternities were given spots according to service to the IFC.

Fraternities with more “rush incentive points” were allowed to have spots on the top floor near the entrance, while groups with less points were relegated to the lower floor.

Upperclassmen were not allowed to leave their area or to actively solicit freshmen, and representatives of living groups who wished to enter the midway were were required to wait until another member left the building. “We were looking for a low pressure environment where freshmen can come and in one building get to see every living option,” said Judicial Committee chair Russell L. Spieler ’01.

The area was patroled by a large judicial committee consisting of both JudComm investigators and representatives from dormitories who were recruited for rush. These investigators assured that upperclassmen remained within their areas and that all rules were obeyed.

Most groups brought items which they believed were representative of the character of their residences, such as comfortable couches and foosball tables.

Members of Random Hall constructed a Jenga board with two by four foot pieces of lumber, while representatives from East Campus decorated their area with communist-themed games and activities.

“We’re going to wage war against those capitalist pigs on west campus,” said EC resident Seth M. Bisen-Hersh ’01.

While some freshmen who came to the midway had talked to members from living groups over the summer, many began to explore their options just last night.

Miguel C. Ferreira ’04 said that he was “looking to see where I will fit in. I don’t know whether I will join a frat. I just want to see what they are like first.”

Many freshmen, while not entirely committed to the idea of joining a FSILG, have already decided to visit fraternities during rush.

“I’m not looking for specific houses,” said Christopher K. Leung ’04. “I know that I’m going to rush; I’m not sure if I’m going to pledge.”

Serena K. Hu was disappointed that there are so few sororities on campus. “I’m kind of disappointed that there aren’t more sororities. There are so many fraternities.”