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Some Frosh Live in Fraternities

By Marissa Vogt

STAFF REPORTER

Some of the new pledges of MIT fraternities are spending the majority of their time at their fraternity houses, sometimes even staying overnight, despite the fact that freshmen are now required to live on campus.

Most houses have a special room set up for their pledges to relax, sleep, or study. In several fraternities, freshmen are encouraged to move some of their belongings from their on-campus residences to the house.

“The freshmen who have pledged are constantly coming over. I think they are enjoying being a part of the house. They come to the house, do their homework at the house, eat at the house; some of them even spend the night at the house,” said Chi Phi Rush Chairman Kevin Nazemi ’02.

Because freshmen are spending so much time at their fraternities, many opt to spend the night at the house rather than return to campus late at night. Freshmen say that the fraternities encourage this so that they can feel like they are part of the house.

Edward M. Helvenston ’06, a pledge at Pi Lambda Phi, says that the freshmen allowed to have beds at the house.

“In our house, all pledges are welcome to stay whenever they would like. ... The only difference is their technical residence is on campus,” Nazemi said.

Many freshmen say that because they spend so much time at the house, the fraternities are offering to move some of their personal belongings into the house.

“I go over for dinners a lot. We have this room -- you can do whatever you want to it. They said you can move your stuff in if you want,” said Nathan P. Douglass ’06, a pledge at Delta Upsilon.

“Everybody randomly spends the night every once in a while, but there are two or three other guys that stay more frequently,” said one freshman who has moved most of his belongings out of his dormitory and into the house.

Those who have not already moved out of their dormitories plan on doing so next semester.

“A bunch of freshmen are going to move over second semester permanently,” Helvenston said.

Action may be taken against frats

David N. Rogers, assistant dean and director of fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, says that in instances where freshmen are not living in their assigned dormitories, action could be taken against both the fraternity and the individual, but only in extreme cases.

Helvenston says that the general attitude of the fraternities is that “MIT says you have to live on campus but as long as you have a dorm [room] they can’t really do anything about it.”

“We expect people to sleep over on a weekend, to crash, and to eat at the house,” said Rogers. “We need to be wary when the freshman lives more at the fraternity house than in him own dorm room.”

Pledges content in dormitories

Freshmen will technically continue to live in the dormitories for the rest of the year, though many pledges plan to continue spending a lot of time at their fraternity houses.

Some, like Douglass, plan to continue living in dormitories next term.

“I think people would rather just live in the comfort of the dorm for one more term. And plus, you’re paying to stay in the dormitory,” Douglass said.