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Rush Kicks Off At Killian Court

By Mike Hall

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

With the words “Let the rush begin,” Interfraternity Council Rush Chair Dakus S. Gunn ’01 officially opened this year’s residence selection.

Following the freshman picture yesterday at 12 p.m., Gunn called the class together for the final event of the orientation program.

Student leaders speak to freshmen

Dormitory Council president Jeffrey C. Roberts ’02 delivered the first speech, urging freshmen to hum in an effort to invoke the “spirit of MIT.” After receiving quizzical looks from the audience, Roberts hummed solo and invoked the spirit.

“I summon the mighty and powerful spirit of MIT. Awaken!” Roberts said.

The spirit, played by Dormcon Rush Chair Matthew S. Cain ’02, represented a cranky, bellicose MIT student. After Roberts asked the spirit how he liked representing MIT, the spirit responded, “It sucks!”

Following the skit, Cain urged freshmen to enjoy the next days of rush and to “get all the free food [they] can.”

After this, Women’s Conference President Morgan E. Royce-Tolland ’01 encouraged females to attend Women’s Convocation and to explore all of their residence options.

IFC President Damien A. Brosnan ’01 spoke of rush as being “pure in a way in which so many other things in life aren’t.” He praised the benefits of fraternity life, such as brotherhood and fulfilling the desire to belong.

Rush for freshmen turns to walk

Rather than making the usual mad rush across Killian, FSILG members walked towards freshmen after Gunn’s announcement. Cain said that kickoff organizers forbade fraternity members from running for safety reasons. “We don’t want anyone getting trampled,” he said.

Cain said that rushees were free to run across Killian because the organizers did not have jurisdiction over them. However, most appeared tentative and looked to follow the upperclassmen’s lead.

Tourist amazed by massive event

At least one tourist at MIT seemed to be confounded and somewhat frightened by the rush process. Robert Xue, a native of Beijing, was surprised to see the mass chaos in Killian on his first visit to MIT. However, he praised the display and MIT’s “many smart young people.”

“This is your culture,” Xue said, adding that “young people need [rush] for the new students.”

Xue could have found a unique representation of MIT’s culture at Tau Epsilon Phi’s Killian Court rush station. With the aid of heavy dance beats, TEP member Caglar O. Girit ’02 danced topless atop a large purple box to attract freshmen. When asked about the success of his dancing, the lithe Girit said that he saw people looking and dancing along to the beat.

“We made people happy,” Girit added. “What else could we want?”