Freshmen Not Apathetic, Just Better Informed
I disagree with the end quote from the “Killian Marks End of Rush Era” article [August 26]: “Ortiz attributes the low freshmen turnout to a lack of interest in rush. ‘It seems overall like an apathetic year.’” Freshmen are out here rushing, they might not be rushing frats, though. With more info sent to frosh over the summer (such as the CDs with dorm-made info videos) and larger participation in CPW, freshmen come here better informed. Freshmen are not ignoring rush; they are rushing the places that interest them. They already know more about their options, and many freshmen I have spoken with already had a good sense of the living groups they wanted to check out before arriving on campus. Killian is just a formality -- most freshmen don’t need to hear a small speech, they know where they want to go. Lack of frat rush does not mean a lack of interest in Rush. Maybe living groups that are facing such apathetic, freshman-less rushes should reconsider how they present themselves.
LeeAnn Henn ’02