Sorority Rush Goes Slowly This YearBy Dana Levine
Low attendance at this year’s Panhellenic Association events resulted in a sorority rush which was somewhat weaker than that of previous years.
Unlike the system used by MIT’s fraternities, in which freshmen may receive multiple bids, only one bid is extended to each female freshman. Each sorority is given an inflexible quota of bids, which is determined by the number of the girls who attend the rush parties.
This year, only about 200 freshman attended the women’s convocation, significantly fewer than last year. Since most women who participate in sorority rush go directly from convocation to the rush rooms, this severely limited the pool of potential pledges for MIT’s sororities.
In the final stage of the system, each sorority creates a list ranking its rushees, the list is matched with preferences submitted by the freshmen, and the Panhellenic Association distributes the bids.
Upon receiving a bid, a freshman may choose to either accept it or to defer her decision. If she chooses to defer, then she has until Friday to decide whether or not to accept.
According to Sigma Kappa Rush Chair Marie L. Blanke ’01, a student usually defers her decision to pledge when she hasn’t talked to her parents about joining a sorority before receiving a bid. “We remind them to talk to their parents, but they don’t always do that [before receiving a bid],” she said.
Sigma Kappa offered 25 bids and received 18 pledges, while 5 people deferred their decisions. Alpha Chi Omega offered 32 bids and received 29 pledges. This was down somewhat from last year’s numbers for bids extended and accepted.
Alpha Epsilon Phi declined to comment on how many bids had been offered or accepted, but stated that they were satisfied with this year’s rush.
“We were pretty happy with this year’s rush,” said Blanke, who attributed the low number of pledges to the lower number of people in the system this year.