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Dorm Rush Is Back In Orientation Plans

By Ray C. He


Dormitory rush for the fall has been tentatively moved back to orientation week because of student concerns about a lack of time for in-house rush, said Orientation Committee Chairman J. Kim Vandiver.

Orientation week will still be separated into two almost-separate halves: academic orientation and dormitory rush, now known as “residence exploration,” or REX.

“We have pushed all the academic things together and we’ve separated the housing activities from Orientation, and that makes everybody happy,” Vandiver said.

“The readjustment lottery will be during orientation week,” Vandiver said. “We never said that it’d be on a certain date, we just threw out a suggestion and the students said they wanted it during the week, and we said ‘OK.’”

The tentative schedule came out of a December meeting of members of the Orientation Committee, the Dormitory Council, the Interfraternity Council, and the Undergraduate Association, he said. The groups will hold a closed meeting tomorrow to continue discussions on the Orientation schedule.

With dormitory rush -- culminating in an “adjustment lottery” to move freshmen between dormitories -- scheduled as usual before registration day, dormitories will be able to continue having an in-house rush to shuffle students between rooms.

IFC preserves interests

The IFC has joined in meetings with the Orientation Committee to plan and coordinate fraternity rush with other orientation activities.

“We’ll discuss the Orientation schedule,” said Daniel H. Daneshvar ’05, the IFC president. “We’re just trying to preserve our interests at this point, making sure that the fraternities are in the best position possible going into Rush next year.”

Daneshvar plans to discuss the changes to the schedule and IFC response with individual fraternity presidents.

“I haven’t had a single Presidents Council since this has broken,” Daneshvar said. The council meetings will not start until the end of January, he said.

“I’m going to start talking to individual fraternity presidents on a monthly basis,” Daneshvar said. “The fraternities through the IFC will definitely have input in the final orientation schedule.”

Daneshvar has spoken with Dormcon to resolve problems that have come up in previous years, involving fraternities and dormitories infringing on the others’ designated rush periods.

“It looks like we both realize that we have common goals for Orientation this year,” Daneshvar said. “I think we’re seeing very eye to eye.”

The IFC will decide how to coordinate fraternity rush with dormitories after a schedule is in place. “We need to see a schedule before we can decide what the rules will be and how we’ll enforce them,” Daneshvar said.