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FILGs Face Fewer Restrictions on Pre-Rush Events

By Kevin R. Lang


After years of complicated rush rules and a packed week of activities designed to bring freshmen into fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, this year’s Orientation features a substantially slimmed down recruitment process.

While the official off-campus rush week does not begin until Sept. 20, Interfraternity Council rules do not specifically bar member houses from hosting events during work week, which overlaps with Orientation. The “IFC Rush Rules 2002” state that “No [fraternity or independent living group] shall advertise house events during work week.”

“Houses officially could have events of their own,” said IFC Judicial Committee Chair Sheldon Y. Chan ’03. “But they really shouldn’t be directed toward recruiting freshmen.”

Chan said that the IFC is trying to respect MIT’s Orientation program and dormitory rush. “It’s really more of a time for getting the freshmen oriented,” Chan said. “We don’t want to overwhelm the freshman their first week here.”

The IFC will not be patrolling member houses as in years past, but Chan said that if he learns of an event, it will be considered an advertised event and thus subject to sanctions.

However, “there’s nothing that prevents houses from initiating a relationship with freshmen,” Chan said.

No rush rules before Sept. 20

After Orientation ends, IFC member houses will be operating under normal MIT and IFC rules until the official Rush period begins.

“The end result is there aren’t really any rules,” Chan said, with the exception of normal MIT rules regarding alcohol and events.

“There’s this weird period of time between orientation and rush,” said IFC Recruitment Chair Joshua S. Yardley ’04. “The rules between the end of Orientation and the beginning of rush are the same as the rules during the year.”

He said houses were encouraged to meet freshmen and advertise events during that period, and he expected most houses to have their pledge classes determined before the official start of Rush.

IFC to host events this week

While individual houses cannot advertise events this week, the IFC is sponsoring several events this week to make new students aware of FILG housing options for the future.

One possible source of new members for FILGs is transfer students, who are able to live off campus immediately as upperclassmen. Yardley said that about twenty students transferred to MIT this year, and the IFC hosted a mixer Friday night.

“They can move in now if they want to,” Yardley said. “We’re really hoping to get some guys from there.”

Last night, the IFC hosted a reception for parents in the student center, similar to an event held during Campus Preview Weekend. Yardley said more than 100 parents attended, some with their children. “Parents are so confused by everything,” Yardley said, citing the many changes to MIT’s housing system as overwhelming for parents.

After the welcome dinner in Johnson Athletic Center Tuesday, the IFC is sponsoring a party in the Student Center. La Sala de Puerto Rico will host an FILG residence midway, where each house will be able to provide information to freshmen. Other activities include a DJ in Lobdell, karaoke, and a palm reader.