Freshmen Meet FSILGs at Rush Midway
Freshmen swarmed the first three floors of the Student Center last night while attending the Welcome Dinner Post-Party sponsored by MIT’s Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups.
Despite initial worry that the FSILGs would spark little interest this year, the building was mobbed. “I came to see what the fraternities were like and to meet the people,” said Timothy C. Davenport ’06.
“[The freshmen] have nothing else to do ... and everyone heard about it during the [Welcome Dinner],” said Amy R. Lam ’06.
In addition to a midway with 32 booths, one for each of the fraternities and independent living groups, the evening also included non-midway activities such as dancing, a karaoke machine, and the most populated booth of the night, a Sodexho dessert and ice cream bar. “Of course I also came for the free food,” Davenport said.
Midway similar to previous years’
Fraternities and independent living groups were given rectangular spaces in La Sala de Puerto Rico to construct booths similar to those of previous years’ midways.
“We were given this time to try to expose the freshmen to what our community is, and to also try to throw them a good party,” said Associate Interfraternity Council Rush Chair Jonathan S. Hartofilis ’04, who was in charge of organizing the event.
Security was increased dramatically from earlier residence midways. “We wanted to preserve the way that Midway used to be in Johnson [Athletic Facility],” Hartofilis said. “To do that, we want to be sure it is only freshmen speaking with the members.”
“So far, everything we’ve done has been the same as previous years,” said Jonathan S. Gibbons ’04 of Alpha Delta Phi.
Hartofilis said that the true challenge for FSILGs will come when they realize they are not acting on the same time scale as before. “The month and a half rush can’t allow people to keep up the same budget and energy, so it will be a learning experience for everyone,” he said.
Only five members of each fraternity or independent living group were allowed in La Sala, and ten total in the student center.
Panhel rush gets jump start
The Panhellenic section of the event, located on the third floor conference rooms of the Student Center, had less security and less stringent rules.
“This is more about having a presence than recruiting,” said Panhellenic Association Rush Chair Sara Pierce ’03.
No letters were worn by members. “Our recruitment is not until February ... we will work on recruiting starting around October,” she said.
“Sororities seem to be more cohesive than the fraternities,” said Darlene E. Ferranti ’06.
“I’m surprised they’re shoved into this small corner,” she said. Panhel was given two of the private dining rooms on the third floor of the student center. “It’s like they don’t want Panhel to be here,” Ferranti said.
The next event for all FSILGs, Greek Week, begins on Sept. 6.