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Frosh Say ILGs Have Low Profile for Rush

By Angelin R. Baskaran

Fraternity and independent living group Rush officially kicked off last Friday. Fraternity members generally said that it is going well, whereas freshmen have indicated mixed feelings.

Gustavo A. Gil ’04, rush chair of Pi Lambda Phi, said the first weekend of Rush went “very well ... our salsa night filled up the entire dining room.”

“Rush is really awesome -- it’s great to see that fraternities are doing so much to try to get freshmen,” said David W. Vincent ’07.

Vincent thought that a few extra days added to Rush would be nice, because “a week isn’t really enough to make that big of a decision,” he said.

On the contrary, several freshmen were severely critical of the entire rush process, calling it “phony.”

Fraternities take new approach

Fraternities have tailored their approach to Rush to better accommodate the compact time frame and account for the fact that freshmen have classes during Rush.

“We’ve been on a more condensed schedule,” said Wei Chan ’06, a member of Zeta Psi. “We had to begin to get to know the freshman guys earlier because there isn’t too much time for that during rush.”

“It’s been going really well, especially our car bash event,” said Aniket E. Schneider ’06, another member of Zeta Psi.

“The guys who came stayed for our afterparty -- they didn’t just come for the car bash. They really got the whole experience,” he said.

Daniel Lee ’04, rush chairman of Nu Delta, said the shorter rush period enabled his fraternity “to emphasize the strongest qualities we have, especially our brotherhood.”

Nu Delta tried to gain early popularity with many freshmen by helping organize two Orientation activities, the “Welcome to the Block Party,” and the “MIT Club Night” at the Middle East club in Cambridge, both of which had large turnouts, Lee said. Many freshmen said these two events did pique their interest in Nu Delta.

Freshmen not as exposed to ILGs

Independent living groups have been experiencing varying levels of interest, but generally freshmen feel less informed about them.

Teresa W. Shyr ’05, rush chair for the Women’s Independent Living Group, said, “We’ve had a pretty high level of interest so far. Our chocolate night was a huge success.”

On the other hand, freshmen have not responded as enthusiastically to some of the other ILGs.

“Independent Living Groups haven’t really been out there enough. They haven’t really come out and told us why we should join one,” said Prachi U. Thanawala ’07.

“Greek life just seems more important at MIT because you hear about it more,” she said.

Sororities have held several informal recruitment events for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students. They are seeing a similar amount of interest as they have in previous years. Formal sorority recruitment takes place during the Independent Activities Period in January.