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Successful Year for Fraternity, Sorority Recruitment

Both fraternities and sororities saw increases in their bids this year, following some changes in rush.

For the first time since 2002, the Panhellenic Association decided to move sorority recruitment to the fall. According to Annika S. Larsson ’08, former Panhel president, the move was made to provide a support system of upperclassmen for incoming students. Larsson said that spring recruitment had posed problems because many women were off campus during Independent Activities Period.

Fall 2007 sorority rush resulted in 163 bids.

In December, Panhel revealed its goal to add an additional sorority to the five currently at MIT. The goal is for the new sorority to join MIT in fall 2008. A sixth sorority would strengthen the Panhel community and add diversity, while reducing each member class to create a closer feel within each chapter, Panhel executive board members said in December.

Fraternity members were allowed to wear Greek letters this rush. There were at least 317 new pledges, up from 299 in 2006.