Chi Phi Breaks IFC Rush Rules, Desk Closure Ends Rush Early
Houses Complain About Delayed Jaunt Returns, Wake Up Times
EDITOR IN CHIEF
The Interfraternity Council closed down the rush of the Chi Phi fraternity last night as a result of repeated rules violations.
“We shut down their rush. It’s like closing their desk, but we did it for them,” said IFC President Rory P. Pheiffer ’02. Although Chi Phi still has two outstanding bids, these may not be accepted until rush ends on Friday.
Problems arise with wake ups
Chi Phi’s first major violation of rush rules resulted from problems with wake up times. Each night, freshmen who are overnighting at a fraternity are asked for a wake up time, and that is recorded in the IFC Clearinghouse.
On Sunday morning, Chi Phi listed all freshman wake up times as 10 a.m, regardless of the actual time that each freshman gave Chi Phi. This practice is illegal under IFC rules.
Pheiffer claims that Chi Phi was told on Sunday that this was unacceptable. Most FSILGs use wake up times to decide what time to send upperclassmen out to camp at other houses.
“It’s their responsibility to ask the freshmen what time they want to wake up,” he said. “When other houses go to make a camping list at 3 am, they go off of wake up times.”
According to IFC Recruitment Chair Joanne S. Chang ’03, one other house set all wake up times at 10 a.m. on Sunday, but they did not do this the following day.
On the following day, Chi Phi again set all of their wake up times at 10 a.m. As this was bid day, some of the freshmen were given bids before their official wake up time.
Pheiffer said that when investigators from the IFC went to Chi Phi, they discovered a list with the real wake up times, which ranged from 8 to 11 a.m. Austin J. Wang ’02, Chi Phi’s rush chair, claimed that his fraternity didn’t know that setting all wake up times at 10 a.m. was illegal until they were warned at an IFC hearing late Sunday night.
Wang said that wake up times were set at 10 a.m. because Chi Phi had to check in several freshmen at 2 a.m. (the Clearinghouse closes at 2). By entering 10 a.m. as a wake up time for everyone, Chi Phi was able to save several minutes.
As the Clearinghouse computer system had already closed by the time that Chi Phi discovered that universal 10 a.m. wake ups were illegal, the house could not enter the proper wake up times until 8 a.m. on Monday morning. Wang claimed that all wake up times were changed at 8 a.m, before any freshmen were given bids.
As a result of these violations, Chi Phi was only allowed to overnight five freshmen on Monday night.
A jaunt goes sour
Chi Phi’s other major violation stemmed from a cruise on Boston Harbor, which involved 110 people. 38 freshman males were included in this trip.
All freshmen were supposed to be checked back into Chi Phi from this jaunt (trip) by 10:30. Although the first van returned to the house at 10:30, the last freshmen were not checked in until almost 12:30.
When a freshman is on a jaunt, members of other houses have no access to him. Even if they see him while another house has him checked out, they are not allowed to talk to him. Therefore, illegally extending a jaunt can give a house a significant advantage.
Campers waited for several hours outside Chi Phi until the freshmen returned from the jaunt.
According to the IFC’s account, some freshmen were taken for dessert at J.P Licks and the North End. “They took them for ice cream afterwards, knowing there were campers waiting,” Chang said.
Wang said that several freshmen went for dessert because they became tired of waiting for the vans, which required six trips to shuttle everyone home. These freshmen returned to the house at 12:02 a.m.
Chi Phi had 19 freshmen spend the night on Sunday. “When you get in at 12:30, you just want to go to bed,” Chang said.
As a result of this violation, Chi Phi was not allowed to take freshmen on any trips on Monday. “We knew they had trouble giving jaunts, so their punishments involved jaunts,” Pheiffer said.
Chi Phi’s final violation involved the activities midway held last night. Brothers accompanied pledges and a few freshmen with outstanding bids to the midway, so they checked these freshmen out on a jaunt. Although the activities midway ended at 9:30 p.m, 9:15 was entered as the return time. One freshman decided to stay for the entire midway, and thus did not return to Chi Phi until 9:40 p.m.
Chi Phi believed that jaunting the freshmen with outstanding bids to the activities midway was the proper action, as brothers would be accompanying them. “We jaunted [them] to the midway to comply with the spirit of rush,” said Sina Kevin Nazemi ’03, Chi Phi’s assistant rush chair.
IFC shuts Chi Phi down
As a result of this final jaunt violation, the IFC Rush Committee decided to close down Chi Phi’s rush. There had been complaints filed against Chi Phi by over 17 IFC member houses.
Chang believes that Chi Phi’s violations did significant damage to other houses. “There was irreparable damage done to other houses. That to me violates the spirit of rush. We look at spirit of rush, and we take spirit of rush very seriously,” she said.
The IFC plans to seriously consider taking further action against the house with respect to rush 2002. “We realized that they have already reached their quota. There will be further action to affect their 2002 rush,” Pheiffer said.
Nazemi believes that the IFC has scrutinized his house unfairly for mistakes made in earnest. “We did make mistakes. We did make more than our fair share of mistakes. Our intent was not malicious in any way,” he said. “We didn’t stick to the letter of the law, but we in good faith tried our best.”
In addition, Nazemi stated that the IFC never gave Chi Phi a specific list of rules that were violated, but shut them down for a single “spirit of rush” violation. “We thought the IFC was playing more a game of gotcha than trying to be fair,” he said.