IFC Plans To Facilitate IAP, Spring RecruitmentBy Tiffany Chen
The Interfraternity Council is planning to hold spring recruitment during Independent Activities Period and February of next term. Unlike previous years, the IFC will be hosting activities to allow people to explore the various fraternities at MIT.
Spring recruitment will allow people who missed fall rush to join fraternities. IFC Recruitment Chair Brad W. Schiller ’07 said the IFC will be conducting study sessions and other activities to enable people to familiarize themselves with fraternities.
Changes in recruitment
In the past, fraternities conducted their own spring recruitment individually. This year, in an attempt to attract more members, the IFC will be facilitating recruitment and approaching recruitment in a more centralized fashion.
“Fall rush is very intense and lots of pressure,” said IFC President Christopher P. Child ’06. Spring rush typically offers a more sedate way for freshmen to rush fraternities and independent living groups.
In addition, Schiller said that freshmen may have had experience with only one house during fall. Spring recruitment will therefore allow freshmen to meet everybody and go to the various fraternity houses.
IFC Vice President Jordan K. Fabyanske ’06 cites the freshmen on campus policy as one of the primary reasons for spring recruitment. He added that spring recruitment is but one of the ways fraternities are adapting to attract more members. With IFC-facilitated spring recruitment and a more centralized approach, Fabyanske hopes to recruit more members.
While a majority of the houses will participate in spring recruitment, some fraternities such as Phi Delta Theta and Phi Kappa Theta, who both received over ten pledges each in the fall, will not recruit new members.
Participating fraternities will be generally more laid back than during fall recruitment. “We feel that there is not enough buzz around campus to go full scale during the spring,” explained Kappa Sigma Rush Chair Mitun P. Ranka ’05 in an e-mail.
“Our philosophy for Spring Rush is to focus on people that we’ve met throughout the Fall term that we’ve already gotten to know a little bit and try and spend time with them ina lower-key setting,” wrote Delta Upsilon Rush Chair Cory L. Zue G in an e-mail. “We’re not going to be hosting huge events to bring in a lot of new people like we do in Fall rush.”
Response to spring recruitment
Some non-affiliated freshmen express great interest in spring recruitment. “I was disappointed I couldn’t find a fraternity I really wanted to join during rush, but I’m hoping spring recruitment will give me an opportunity to pledge now that I have a better understanding of Greek life at MIT,” said James T. Albrecht ’08.
Others are more hesitant about spring recruitment. Brandon T. Yoshimoto ’08 said that he doesn’t think he will look into joining a fraternity because it “looks like it takes up a lot of time” and said that he still has the stereotypical image of fraternities.
In response to the stereotypical fraternity image many students have, Schiller said that “the frat stereotype that we’re just a bunch of party animals really doesn’t fit MIT at all. We’re more academic than people imagine.”