Rush Week about more than the letters

By Christa Collins

Today will changes the lives of many male students when they
find out during U-hour if they made the cut.

Not for the school sports team, not for that job they’ve been
holding out for and not for the United States presidency.

Instead, a number of young men will receive bids inviting them
into a fraternity.

The first week of fall quarter is a chaotic and bustling time on
campus, but even the most focused students could not ignore the
Greek presence on campus last week.

The rush booths, marked by large, brightly painted wooden
letters, lined the University Quad and University Park are just the
surface of all the effort and activities that go into the week.

The other side of rush can be found through the events
advertised by the flyers brothers persistently pass out during the
week.

Each fraternity hosts a set of events that span Monday through
Saturday. The events take place at night and typically meet on
campus or at the particular fraternity’s house.

“We set up these rush events as an opportunity for potential new
members to meet brothers in our fraternity,” said Jamal Mitwasi, a
fourth-year hotel and restaurant management student and
vice-president of recruitment for Sigma Phi Epsilon.

“This also is an opportunity for us as active brothers to meet
the future gentlemen, scholars and athletes of our fraternity.”

Rush events tend to involve sports, games, free food and themed
parties to entice potential new members to come out and meet the
brothers.

All rush week events must be dry: no alcohol or drinking is
allowed all week.

Each fraternity holds an invitation only preference dinner to
culminate the week.

From there, chapters will decide which potential new members the
fraternity will choose to extend bids to. A bid is an official
invitation for a new member to join the brotherhood, or at least
pledge the fraternity.

A great emphasis is put on fall rush because it is the time that
will usually see the largest pledge class.

The incoming freshmen will typically make up most of the
“rushees,” but older students often partake in the rush and
pledging process.

“This year there is a lot less freshmen coming in, but we’ve
noticed that there’s, what we think, a higher percentage of guys
coming out to the rush booth,” said Adam Stephen, a fifth-year
management and human resources student and president of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon fraternity.

Apart from the activities, Rush Week is about the promotion the
fraternity life that is rarely depicted in the media.

Different aspects attract potential members.

“You can imagine that your fraternity brothers are going to be
like friends for life,” said

Matt Desalvio, a first-year mechanical engineering student at
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s luau dry rush party on campus Friday night.

For some potentials, the prospect of rushing in fall while
becoming acclimated to college life can be daunting, and they
choose to go through at another time.

Rush Week about more than the letters

Christa Collins

Rush Week about more than the letters

Rush Week about more than the letters

Anabel Arteaga

Rush Week about more than the letters

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