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LGC Rush Kicks Off Friday

Independent Living Groups to Rush as a Community

By Jennifer DeBoer

STAFF REPORTER

The six member houses of the Living Group Council will hold a rush separate from the Interfraternity Council’s spring rush, beginning Friday with a kickoff event in Killian Court.

The kickoff, which will also take place inside Room 4-145, marks the first of eleven days of rush events designed to acquaint prospective independent living group residents with the houses. These events, as well as the subsequent bidding and pledging processes are geared towards both undergraduates and graduate students, since half of the ILGs also house graduate students.

LGC defining itself outside IFC

For the first time, the houses will be running rush as a community, instead of by each respective group.

“The LGC has a different image to promote as a whole,” said Emily M. Marcus ’02, LGC rush chair and Epsilon Theta member. “[Rushing this way] helps people to know that all the houses exist, instead of just learning about one.”

This year, the participants will be the co-educational living groups pika, Fenway House, Student House, and Epsilon Theta; all-male Tau Epsilon Phi; and the Women’s Independent Living Group. These houses, while still members of the IFC, held events during fall rush together, such as the ice-skating event held in conjunction with the Class of 2005.

Marcus said the ILG houses share similar interests, prompting this year’s concentration on rushing as a community. Publicity for the rush events is sponsored jointly by the ILGs.

WILG unable to rush with LGC

WILG, though participating in the kickoff, will not be able to participate in rush during Independent Activities Period. Bathroom renovations have rendered the house unsuitable for house tours and the absence during IAP of some of WILG’s members prompted the decision to forego LGC rush events.

“We’re still supporting the LGC in its rush events,” said Kristen E. Cook ’04, rush co-chair for WILG. “It’s good to have [IAP rush] all together to give it a rush-like atmosphere.”

Different mood for ILG rush

IAP rush, a week longer than Fall Rush 2001, will be “lower key” than the IFC’s rush at the beginning of the school year, Marcus said.

“It will be a calmer environment,” Marcus said.

Erin R. Tyndall ’04, rush chair for Epsilon Theta, said the LGC rush will be “more laid back.”

Though the LGC is using this year’s new IAP rush to establish its own separate personality from the IFC, all the houses will still participate in the IFC’s spring rush, which will begin on Feb. 25, though they will also host separate LGC rush events during this time.

“This (IAP rush) is a possibility for the LGC to make a bigger presence,” Cook said.

LGC prepares for Rush 2002

Despite the changes to conventional MIT rush that will be implemented next year, Marcus believes the ILGs will be affected minimally.

“All the houses are prepared for the transition for next year,” Marcus said.

Cook believes next year’s rush is better in some ways, especially for freshmen. “Next year will be virtually a year round rush,” Cook said.