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Sororities Conclude Rush in a New Era

By Tiffany Kosolcharoen

STAFF REPORTER

The Panhellenic Association extended nearly 100 bids last night, bringing the total number of new and potential sisters in line with last year’s pledge class.

Panhel Vice President of Recruitment Sara Pierce ’03 said that the sororities received about 20 pledges this fall. A total of 126 women pledged sororities the previous fall.

“The spring-deferred recruitment was a new system this year, and it worked well,” said Coordinator of Fraternities, Sororities, and Living Groups Kaya Gerberich. “The number of girls joining is less important than how much we value each girl. We are very happy with the recruitment, which was a success.”

This year was the first that the main formal recruitment has taken place at the beginning of the spring semester with an extended length of eleven days.

Spring rush seen positively

In general, sisters and new pledges have said that holding rush in the spring has been successful.

“Since the recruitment took place in the spring semester, sororities had time to get their names out there, and freshman have time to get acclimated,” said Gerberich.

“I’m really glad they have [rush] at the second semester because I didn’t feel so worried or rushed. I had time to think and have a break in between the events,” said Suege A. Omnik ’06, who received a bid from Kappa Alpha Theta.

This year, all fraternities, sororities and independent living groups have had to hold rush in an extended format during the school year because of changes in the freshmen orientation program.

Bids follow final selection rounds

This past weekend, potential new members narrowed down their sorority choices in a series of culminating events, including the formal preferential round ceremony.

Gerberich said that a computerized mutual selection process was used to match new members with sororities. “Sororities submitted a list ranking the potential new members, and the potential new members submitted their top two sorority choices, which carried a higher weight,” she said.

Sigma Kappa pledge Tiffany Yang ’06 said, “It feels good to be accepted to my first choice along with my friends. [The recruitment process] had a lot of talking, and I’m really glad it’s over.”

“Sisterhood means that a woman becomes a sorority member for life,” said Gerberich. So “sororities will be teaching their new members the history and culture of their sorority before the initiation ceremony in six to eight weeks.”