IFC Elects Recruitment Chair
Yardley Will Work On New Rush Plans For Upcoming FallBy Jeffrey Greenbaum
The Interfraternity Council has elected Joshua S. Yardley ’04 as Recruitment Chair for the upcoming year, the first that freshmen will no longer be able to live off campus.
Yardley served as secretary of the IFC’s 2002 Recruitment Committee and is a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. He has also served as secretary of his house and secretary of the Junior Interfraternity Council.
“He is really enthusiastic to figure out the new rush plan,” said Daniel J. Talavera ’02, president of Zeta Psi.
Yardley believes that one of his biggest challenges as Recruitment Chair will be to motivate students to live in off-campus housing after living in dorms as freshmen.
“There are going to be some kids that will be happier in a house,” Yardley said.
Phi Delta Theta President Matthew P. Van Horne ’02 said that this will be specifically be a problem for Boston-based fraternities. A significant issue for the Recruitment Chair will be “to persuade freshmen to leave the dormitory that they lived in for a year to move to another location,” Van Horne said.
New rush rules more lenient
Debate during the election process brought up the issue of the new recruitment rules, which Yardley will be responsible for. Yardley said that the IFC will be more successful with rush in 2002 the more the rules are relaxed. “Every rule we have is a disadvantage,” Yardley said.
Yardley does not want to restrict the behavior of the IFC members during the three weeks prior to rush by prohibiting letters, social events, and IFC members’ interactions with freshmen. Yardley said that a dry rush and the somewhat ambiguous “spirit of rush” rule are important for 2002. He hopes to better define the “spirit of rush.”
He also said that to run a dry rush, the IFC will need to define what constitutes a rush event. However, Yardley said that it will be unrealistic and unfair to ask houses to remain dry before rush.
Yardley hopes that freshmen can develop a sense of what a house is like during the semester.
IFC members satisfied with result
IFC President Rory P. Pheiffer ’02 was pleased by the candidates who turned out for this election. “I think that all seven candidates were great,” he said. Pheiffer hopes that all will remain involved in next year’s recruitment activities.
Pheiffer believes that Yardley understands what concerns to address, and believes that the complacency of freshmen will be significant. “He seemed to address the issues addressed by presidents,” said Elizabeth A. Immen ’02, president of the Women’s Independent Living Group.
Emily M. Marcus G, Epsilon Theta president, said that the recruitment chair must not forget about the sororities and the independent living groups. “I am a little concerned about how the sororities and the ILGs will fit into his platform and that we will be thought of,” Immen said. Nonetheless, she believes that Yardley is willing and able to learn the sorority and ILG needs, despite his lack of familiarity with them.
Greek Week to entice freshmen
Yardley supports the IFC’s present idea to host a Greek Week prior to fall recruitment period. Yardley believes that freshmen living in dormitories will become envious of the IFC members who participate in campus-wide IFC events prior to rush, and that this will help to interest them in rush activities.
The IFC is currently accepting applications from greek affiliates who wish to join the Greek Week committee or one of several other committees.