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Shorter Panhel Rush Yields 122 Bids, 114 Pledges

By Tongyan Lin

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Bids were offered to 122 girls at the conclusion of MIT’s sorority rush on Monday night, said Panhellenic Association vice president of recruitment Susie Lee ’05. About 200 girls registered to participate in recruitment. Of the 122 bids, 114 were accepted.

Lee confirmed that there were 26 new members for Alpha Chi Omega, 28 new members for Sigma Kappa, 29 new members for Alpha Phi, 27 new members for Kappa Alpha Theta, and four new members for Alpha Epsilon Phi. Each girl who participated received a bid from only one sorority.

Sorority pledges up a quarter

About 25 percent more girls pledged this year than did last year, when 91 girls pledged, said Lee, although about the same number of girls registered for recruitment. Last year was the first year Panhel recruitment occurred during IAP instead of at the beginning of the school year.

Lee said that one reason the number of bids accepted increased was that rush this year was half as long as last year’s, so that fewer girls had dropped out at the end of rush than last year. In addition, the second weekend of rush last year occurred after classes began.

Lee also said that another potential reason that the number of bids was higher was because the members who coordinated recruitment made and effort to have more personal contact with the girls. They “called all the girls who didn’t show up,” she said.

Jessica B. So ’05, recruitment chair for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, said she thought recruitment went very well. “We got a diverse class of girls,” she said. She thought the shorter recruitment period helped keep the energy and enthusiasm of the week high.

Lee thought that recruitment was successful, but hoped that Panhel will be able to repeat the performance of this year over last year, mentioning that this year had increased advertising and “more meaningful programming and public relations” than last year.

A more informal recruitment occurs for upperclassmen each fall, said Lee.

Recruitment weekend packed

The girls who participated in Panhel Recruitment had mixed feelings about the length of recruitment.

Huawei Dong ’07, who pledged Sigma Kappa, said the short schedule meant that she didn’t really have the opportunity to know each of the sororities very well.

Christine L. Graham ’07, who pledged to Alpha Phi, said she “thought it was really compressed in time,” and she had a short time period in which to make the decision.

On the other hand, Lara L. Hershcovitch ’07, who pledged Alpha Ph, said she thought there was “plenty of time,” and she “got to know each [sorority] really well.”

Each girl was required to visit all five sororities on Thursday and Friday night of recruitment. “The basic idea is to make it as fair as possible,” Lee said.

On Saturday and Sunday, the girls visited fewer houses, and on Sunday night, they ranked their top two choices. Bids were then extended from sororities to girls who ranked them in their top two. Girls that only put one sorority down in their ranks chose to “suicide” and get put on the waiting list for bids, said Dong.

New members happy with bids

Graham said she was happy with her bid and accepted it immediately. She said she did not originally intend to join a sorority when she came to MIT, but participated in recruitment because her friends were participating. “When I met the girls of [Alphi Phi], I really felt like I got along with them” and had “a lot in common,” with them, Graham said.

Adrienne E. Hunacek ’07, who pledged to Alpha Epsilon Phi, said she was “really happy” with her bid, “had a lot of fun, and met a lot of new people.”