ILG Rush Similar to Last Year With Many Bids Still Left OpenBy Kathy Lin
Rush for Independent Living Groups, which started with fraternity rush on Sept. 5 and ended on Sept. 19, produced bid and pledge numbers comparable to the past few years.
ILG rush differs from fraternity rush in several ways, most notably in that it is more of an ongoing process and most ILG bids stay open much longer than most fraternity bids do.
Many bids still open
In most of the ILGs, between 7 and 15 bids were given and a few have been accepted.
For ILGs, bids generally stay open for a long time. At Epsilon Theta, once a bid is extended, the prospective member has two years to choose whether or not to accept it. At Women’s Independent Living Group, this time is one year, and at pika, prospective members have until graduation to decide. At Student House, there is “no deadline,” said Sandra Y. Galdamez ’05, Student House rush chair.
Most girls who are interested in WILG “also want to think about sororities,” said Kate A. Tucker ’06, one of WILG’s rush chairs.
No one has yet declined a bid from WILG, which “just says they’re interested in the house and they still want to think about it,” Tucker said. Sometimes, girls’ parents want to see the house before the girls decide whether to move in, or prospective members look at sororities before deciding, she said.
At pika, they “don’t believe in pressuring people to pledge,” said David S. Glasser ’06, rush chair for pika.
Rush just a starting point
“ILG rush is almost never over,” said Susannah M. Dorfman ’05, Living Group Council rush co-chair, and it will be continue through the year at most of the houses. “All the houses are always willing to meet new people who come over,” and ILG members often get to know prospective members by having them over for a meal, she said.
“Since a lot of people who showed up were freshman” who can’t yet move in, rush was “mostly a matter of getting our name out there for the future,” said Michael J. Salib, former Fenway House rush chair.
“We tried to have a relatively laid-back rush,” Glasser said. The main focus was just to get freshmen to come to the house and get interested in pika, he said.
At WILG, they will continue meeting prospective members throughout the year and will also host Spring term rush activities, said Tucker.
At Student House, “we don't generally put a huge emphasis” on the rush period, said Galdamez, and they didn’t give out any bids during this rush period. They’re “pretty laid-back” and “generally recruit all year long,” she said.
High attendance at events
Part of the reason rush went well for the ILGs was because of the new schedule this year, Dorfman said. Students and ILG members both felt it was easier to participate in ILG activities because events were earlier in the school year and didn’t overlap as much with academics. Rush was “much better for the upperclassmen particularly,” and there was “really high attendance at a lot of our events all across the board,” Dorfman said. This was “so much better for everyone involved to be able to do this when they aren’t in classes.”
Glasser said at least 40 freshmen showed up at pika throughout rush.
Houses held a variety of activities, including liquid nitrogen ice cream, cheesecake nights, chocolate parties, play readings, and “general silliness,” Dorfman said.