Houses Report Rush A Mixed Bag So Far
Rush Chairs Note That Freshmen Are More Prepared, Leading to Increase in ShoppingBy Dana Levine
As the second day of rush drew to a close, members of the FSILG community expressed generally positive feelings about this year’s rush.
Assistant Dean for Residence and Campus Activities Neal H. Dorow observed that “things look pretty good so far,” and there have been no major complications so far.
He also noted that “the arrangements with Kappa Sigma and ATO are going well.” Due to sanctions against those fraternities, both are rushing from local hotels rather than their houses. Brothers are staying in several dormitories.
Freshmen check out many houses
Some fraternities noticed that a few freshmen have visited a very large number of fraternities.
“A few freshmen are jumping around to not just one or two or three or four houses, but in some cases half of the FSILG community,” said Kappa Sigma rush chair Kevin T. Weston ’03.
While some have complained that freshmen are spending too much time visiting large numbers of fraternities, Dorow believes that this is perfectly normal. “Rush just started yesterday. That’s what you would expect,” he said.
Alpha Delta Phi Rush chair Jamie C. Rassmussen ’01 called shopping around for fraternities “an annual trend.”
Freshmen may be better prepared
Perhaps shopping around is a sign of increased savvy on the part of potential rushees.
According to some FSILG members, this year’s freshmen class may have a greater knowledge of the system than in years past. “It looks like freshmen definitely have their head in the game this year,” said Alpha Epsilon Pi alumnus Aaron Meyers ’99.
Meyers said that there seems to be “active initiative by freshmen” to find out about MIT’s FSILGs before coming to campus.
He believes that the national spotlight placed upon MIT’s fraternities has led freshmen to learn more about them before committing to a housing option. “What has gone on in the press has led MIT to put emphasis on the importance of this decision,” Meyers said.
Kappa Sigma’s suspension has helped freshmen realize the gravity of their housing decision, according to Weston. “Not being able to rush out of our house causes the freshmen who are rushing to give a lot more thought to the process,” Weston said.
Weston believes that this year’s freshmen class has been residence shopping because they “are aware of what they want” but “they’re just not sure which house to find it in.”
Houses generally satisfied so far
“No crazy surprises. No disappointments. It’s been in line with our expectations,” Meyers said.
Jesse H. Davis ’02 believes that Sig Ep may have a smaller rush than originally planned, but he said that “the level of how the guys fit in the house is better” than it was last year.
Beta Theta Pi Rush Chair Michael H. Vogel ’02 also believes that fraternity rush is progressing well. “As a whole, the IFC is having a very productive rush this year,” he said.
“The overall volume of freshmen coming through the system is wonderful,” Weston said.
Rasmussen said that his fraternity has “definitely seen more people this year” during rush.
“We’ve had a lot of campers,” he said. However, he also noted that “everyone has been very friendly.”
Meyers said that this year’s rush has been “pretty clean for the most part.”
Although Davis said that houses have acted the same way during this rush as they have in previous years, most have tried to remain amiable.
“It makes the whole thing nicer if you’re not at war,” Davis said.