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Rush Events Limited To Designated Times

By Ray C. He


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A residence midway will not be a part of this year’s orientation, according to Johnny T. Yang ’04, co-chair of the Undergraduate Association committee on housing and orientation.

UA President Pius A. Uzamere II ’04 said that the orientation schedule had been nearly finalized following a meeting last week with the UA, the faculty orientation committee, Dormitory Council, and the Interfraternity Council.

The meeting, held last Friday, marked the latest in a series of six meetings where student groups discussed issues with the orientation committee, represented by Julie B. Norman, associate dean of academic resources and programming, and J. Kim Vandiver PhD ’75, chairman of the orientation committee.

A printed version of the current schedule shows allotted time for dormitory rush, officially known as “residence exploration,” after 9 p.m. on Sept. 1 and 2, and time for “Low Key REX,” or residence exploration, from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 2.

New schedule alters event scope

The contained times for dormitory rush will change the extent of planned activities.

“In terms of residence midway, that does not exist in this year’s schedule,” Yang said. “In terms of large scale events, that’s still in the planning process. Whether an East-West party happens on one of those evenings, that’s yet to be determined.”

During the “low key” time period, dormitories will have “ice cream parties, open houses, and tours,” Norman said.

Uzamere said that the events during this period will not be exclusively devoted to residence exploration but will be occurring at the same time as other events.

The rush events are “another opportunity for students to look around, but not large events that would take away” from scheduled events, Norman said.

“By low key, we’re speaking of events that would draw freshmen to have an open environment to explore the dormitories and have access to the upperclassmen,” Yang said.

Timing of dorm rush restricted

This year, all official dormitory rush activities will be expected to take place during certain predesignated times.

“The student government has been working with the [Academic Resource Center] to decide who would be in control of certain blocks of time,” Yang said. “REX activities will occur in the specified times designated as REX activities,” he said.

Events held by dormitories outside designated dormitory rush periods will not be considered official residence exploration events.

“If it’s not during REX time, it’s not a REX event,” Uzamere said.

This policy marks a change from Dormcon’s former position of not restricting times for dormitory rush. A letter from Dormcon to The Tech on Aug. 25, 2002 stated that “we feel that the time designated for dorm rush is inadequate for you to explore campus and become acquainted with the dorm communities. As a result, Dormcon will not limit the times at which dorms can hold events -- even if they conflict with other scheduled Orientation sessions.”

Student groups unified

The student governments involved in the negotiations with the orientation committee expressed dissatisfaction with some components of the planning process.

“We were unhappy with the process, specifically with when student groups were brought to the table, but we were pleased with the progress that was made, which the IFC finds more acceptable,” said IFC President Daniel H. Daneshvar ’05.

“We too were displeased with the process, sort of the timeline when students were brought into the fold,” said David B. Smith ’05, co-chair of the UA committee for housing and orientation.

The student groups came together to present a common set of goals for the orientation schedule. “This was really a joint effort by the UA, IFC, and Dormcon,” Uzamere said.

“The administration saw that and that sets the tone for the next few years,” Uzamere said. “I think that the administration realized that it’s important to bring all the stakeholders in.”

Details under consideration

While time has been allotted for dormitory rush, the contents of this time period have yet to be decided.

“It’s pretty close to finalization but there’s some detail planning” that needs to be done, Uzamere said. “I hope that in the detail planning that will be occurring that all the stakeholders are around the table, including IFC, PanHel, Dormcon, UA, and LGC.”