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Freshmen Explore Dormitories at Midway

Upperclassmen Fear Frosh Not Serious About Major Event

By Jeffrey Greenbaum


Dormitories held rush events throughout Kresge Oval and the Student Center for the Class of 2006 for four hours last night. Many hosts left disappointed about the night’s outcome.

Last year’s Residence Midway limited dormitories as well as fraternities, independent living groups, and the Panhellenic Association each to a square in the Johnson Athletic Center. This year, FSILGs can no longer participate in the Residence Midway.

Some upperclassmen said that they appreciate having a greater amount of space and thus the opportunity to hold rush events as a part of the Midway.

However, others said that they do not believe that many freshmen are interested in entering the dormitory lottery. Carly A. Saylor ’05 also said that “the administration is giving the freshmen the impression that where they are now is where they should be.”

Chloe J. Tergiman ’03 said that because of this feeling, “the freshmen seem like they are not going to change dorms.”

Many upperclassmen said they tried to make the most of last night’s event because of the decreased duration of dorm rush. Saylor said that last night’s event “was a lot like condensing the week-long rush into four hours.”

Students fear freshmen squatting

Some upperclassmen believe that many of the freshmen will not move out of the temporary dormitory assignments they have already received.

For example, Caroline A. Niziolek ’05 of French House said that unlike in past years, “the people who we have now will remain interested in French House and will want to stay [permanently].”

“The administration has failed to encourage freshmen to enter the dorm lottery,” said Anne Kate Baker ’04.

In addition, Saylor said that she is worried that the freshmen will not have the opportunity to get a chance to know all of the dormitories. “They’re going to feel rushed to go everywhere during rush,” she said.

Overall, some upperclassmen worry this will negatively impact dormitory culture and the fabric of the residential system.

The changes in dormitory rush “will take away from the communities within the dorms and the differentiation between them,” Baker said.

Residents play with freshmen

Because the length of dormitory rush has been shortened, upperclassmen said that they have been trying to make the most of their time with the freshmen.

Baker said that new format of the Residence Midway “is a lot cooler” because the dormitories can do more with the freshmen. She said that the turnout was good, though a little slow at first.

Saylor said that this year’s Midway is more social than before because previous years’ Midways were just about meeting people.

However, Tergiman said that “it was much better when all the dorms were on the same floor. ... They [the freshmen] do not seem to know what they are doing.” Tergiman also described the Midway as a social event, but she said that “it’s more a social event than a recruiting event.”

Freshmen explore passively

Several freshmen said that they enjoyed both participating in the events at the Residence Midway and learning about what other events the dormitories will be hosting in the upcoming days.

Fewer freshmen said that the Midway was helpful in their decision making process.

Eva A. Enns ’06 said that “there’s a lot of energy at the Midway.”

Vanessa H. Quinlan ’06 also liked the Residence Midway “because it provided more of a social atmosphere to meet the upperclassmen than like a job interview.”

Benjamin T. Lamothe ’06 said that the Midway was useful because he had the chance to get more information on the dormitories.

Jonathan E. Blum ’06, however, said that the Midway was not the most helpful because “I get to know a dormitory by going inside it and taking a tour.” Blum, nonetheless, said the Midway was fun.

Despite the fun times for the freshmen, many left the event saying that they are not interested in switching dormitories. Most of the freshmen interviewed said they would look around other dormitories for fun.

“I’m going to look around at the other dormitories, but I think that I’m going to stay where I’m at now,” Enns said. “I think that it’s a good idea to explore [the other dormitories] to make sure that I’m not missing out on anything.”

Likewise, Blum said that he intends on staying in his current dormitory assignment. “I have been looking around, but I still like it [Burton-Conner] the best,” he said.

Muyinatu A. Lediju, who is participating in McCormick’s Residential Based Advising program, said that she is happy with McCormick and is not interested in looking at the other dormitories.

Tristan J. Hayeck ’06 said that he “[plans] on looking around [at the other dormitories] because I don’t know very much about West Campus.”