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Pledge Numbers Even With Last Year's Rush

By Angelin R. Baskaran

Fraternity rush results have so far been similar to last year’s, but pledging is somewhat more uniform across fraternities.

Fraternities have offered 422 bids to 333 male students, according to statistics provided by the Interfraternity Council. By yesterday, 270 of those students had pledged, compared with 286 last year, 319 in 2001, and 313 in 2000. About 35 students still have bids open.

There was some concern as to the accuracy of the IFC’s rush numbers. Sigma Phi Epsilon originally reported four pledges to the IFC, but the correct number is one pledge, said F. Rene Anziani ’04, the fraternity president.

John J. Huss ’05, the IFC rush chair, concurred with the change, saying he thought SPE probably reported the original number out of embarassment. “I would be shocked if any of the other houses were incorrect,” Huss said.

Distribution of pledges evens out

The distribution of pledges per fraternity was somewhat more uniform this year than last year, according to the IFC statistics. Last year, several fraternity rush chairs complained that some fraternities received too many pledges to house and others received very few.

The standard deviation in pledges per fraternity increased dramatically last year, as fraternity rush occured during the school year for the first time in more than 20 years.

The average number of pledges per fraternity is 10.0 so far this year, compared with 10.6 at the end of Rush last year. The standard deviation so far this year is 5.0 students per fraternity, compared with 5.4 last year, 4.1 in 2001, and 3.5 in 2000.

Several fraternities who did poorly in the previous rush picked up in numbers this year. Delta Kappa Epsilon received nine pledges this year after receiving no pledges last year.

Freshmen find their matches

Freshmen said they were happy with rush week. “It was a great chance to see all the fraternities and what they were about,” said Joshua J. Whitman ’07, who pledged Kappa Sigma “because I really liked the guys, the guys’ attitudes, and the house,” he said. “I got to know them well. It was just a great fit for me.”

MIT’s independent living groups had their first rush independent of the fraternities this year. Student House was the only ILG to release statistics to The Tech. It extended three bids and received three pledges.