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FSILGs Host Spring Rush Events

By Mike Hall

MIT’s fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups are holding mid-year rush events to increase their numbers in preparation for the 2001-2002 school year, when all freshmen will be housed on-campus.

Events part of IAP, spring rush

Sigma Phi Epsilon held a series of information sessions in West Campus dormitories at the start of the spring term. “Most of them turned out very well,” said SigEp rush chairman Jesse H. Davis ’02. Following the sessions, SigEp extended six bids, one of which has been accepted so far.

Sigma Nu held rush events during IAP, inviting prospectives to a dinner at TGI Friday’s on Newbury Street. Sigma Nu rush chairman Jason G. Skalski ’02 said that future rush plans would include small rush events like the dinner.

“We’ve found that specific contacts work much better than a mass postering campaign” for rush events, Skalski said, adding that Sigma Nu plans to hold additional events during the IFC’s scheduled spring rush from April 21st to April 23rd.

Other FSILGs are extending their rush activities well into the Spring 2000 term. Last week, Phi Beta Epsilon held nightly dinners to give prospective pledges a chance to interact with the brothers.

The Women’s Independent Living Group plans a similar series of dinners beginning March 5th.

“We’d like to invite any interested freshmen to come over and see what our house is like during the term and get to know the people who live here,” said Marlene R. Cohen ’01 and Katherine S. Graham ’01, WILG rush chairs.

FSILGs plan for CPW

Many houses are also planning activities for April’s Campus Preview Weekend. For the second year, Campus Preview Weekend will be open to all accepted applicants. Prior to 1999, attendance at Campus Preview Weekend was limited to women and minorities.

SigEp plans to use its successful information sessions as the basis of a year-round recruitment program. Davis said that SigEp’s “Membership Development” program is a perfect fit for year-round rush.

“The second [a rushee] joins, he’s a brother,” said Davis. After pledging, new members proceed through a three-part development program, including community service, introduction to the Interfraternity Council, and learning about the brotherhood.

Davis said that SigEp’s program hopes “to lead by example ... [it’s] not oriented towards doing stupid stuff at 3 a.m.”

In 1999, FSILGs pledged 386 residential members, the highest number in four years. Twenty-two freshmen left FSILGs and moved into on-campus dormitories by the beginning of the second term, with seven moving into FSILGs during the fall and IAP. Residence numbers came from Phillip M. Bernard, manager of Undergraduate Residential Services and excludes members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which was disbanded by MIT last fall.