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Freshmen Apathetic About Hall Rush

By Christine R. Fry


In-house rush occurred in most MIT dormitories Wednesday evening.

In-house rush began soon after the results of the residence hall adjustment lottery were released at 7 p.m. Freshmen in the dormitories were given the opportunity to explore each floor of the dormitory to which they were assigned. The freshmen were then asked to rank their preferences.

Many halls at East Campus, MacGregor House, and Burton-Conner served food, gave hall tours, and had several members available to discuss the various benefits of living on their floors.

Freshmen apathetic about rush

Some residents of dormitories participating in in-house rush noticed that many freshmen were apathetic about their housing choices.

“A lot of freshmen don’t seem to be wanting to leave even their rooms,” Co-Floor Chair of Burton Four, Daniel R. Garcia ’04, said. He is a “little worried” about this apathy.

Garcia noted, however, that “there’s at least interest in hall rush.”

“I feel like [in-house rush] is low key,” said Henry Hilton ‘04, Burton-Conner rooming co-coordinator.

Brent P. Buddensee ’03, a participant in First West of East Campus’ rush, had similar sentiments. “It’s a little slower than previous years,” Buddensee said.

Residents of MacGregor also noted a reluctance of freshmen to move from their current location. Heidi L. Davidz G, a graduate resident tutor for MacGregor’s H-Entry, believes that this reluctance is hurting the residents of the dorm. “I think it’s upsetting to the upperclassmen,” Davidz said.

M. Carl Mahler ’04, a resident of MacGregor’s G-Entry, didn’t want to jump to conclusions. “There’s a lot of people who want to stay where they are. I wouldn’t call it apathy,” Mahler said.

Upperclassmen explain apathy

Mahler said that there wasn’t such a perception of apathy in past years, “because [all freshmen] were expected to move.”

“The fundamental problem [with rush] is lack of communication,” said Tyler J. Bronder ’03, president of MacGregor. He believes that the orientation and residence guides distributed to freshmen “just didn’t stress” how the dorm and in-house rush processes work. He said that freshmen didn’t realize that upperclassmen in each dorm were willing to help the freshmen move their belongings if they wished to switch dormitories.

“We need to redefine exactly what [rush] is,” Bronder said.

Freshmen give reasons for apathy

Some freshmen agreed that their classmates were not engaged in dorm and in-house rush.

“There is an apathy,” said Clarence Lee ’06, a freshman exploring MacGregor.

Freshmen “will move if they have to,” Lee said, referring to freshmen who are unhappy with their housing situation.

W. Iris Tang ’06, a resident of Burton-Conner, said that she wished that she had the option of room squatting. “It was a lot of hassle” packing and unpacking, she said.

Time for in-house rush shortened

There were varying impressions in the dormitories regarding the amount of time available for in-house rush. In-house rush began at most dormitories almost immediately after the lottery results were announced. In-house room assignments were made overnight so that freshmen could begin moving by 10 a.m. on Thursday. In some previous years, dormitories were given an extra day for in-house rush.

“Everything’s hyper-condensed,” said Alan Lee G, a graduate resident tutor for First West of East Campus.

“I wish it was two days long,” said Uriel P. Klieger ’04, a resident of Second East of East Campus.

MacGregor and Burton-Conner residents said that their in-house rush schedules are exactly the same as previous years. Both dormitories have always held in-house rush in one evening.

“I don’t notice,” Garcia said about the in-house rush time frame.

Dormitories maintain individuality

Dorm residents are concerned about losing the individuality of their respective dormitories and halls as a result of freshmen apathy.

“We’re trying hard to keep the personality [of Conner Three],” said Cyndi V. Vongvanith ’03, a resident of Conner Three.

“I think East Campus is extreme enough [to maintain its personality],” Klieger said.