Dates set for men’s Rush

By Maureen Morrissey

Men interested in joining a fraternity can participate in an all-fraternity Rush on Jan. 24, 25, 30 and 31 at several NIU fraternities.

Fraternities sponsor Spring Rush because both students and fraternities are interested in the greek system. “There are students who transfer in at the semester and many of the fraternities have December graduates,” said Kevin Taalman, InterFraternity Council executive vice president.

Spring Rush officially started Wednesday with the onset of Dry Rush. During Dry Rush, fraternities “may hold no formal, organized, spontaneous, or fraternity-sponsored events,” according to the IFC Spring Rush Policies.

Three nights of Formal Rush will be January 24, 25 and 30. An optional night of Rush will be held Jan. 31. Fraternities can use this night if they “don’t feel they have sufficient numbers or if they think not enough rushees have seen their house,” Taalman said. “Most of the larger houses do not use this night, but some of the smaller houses do,” he said.

The policies used during the 1990 Spring Rush were developed in a meeting last October by the IFC and Rush chairmen of the fraternities. Taalman said eight of the 15 fraternities invited to the meeting attended. The chairmen present at the meeting “worked together on the policies for Rush,” Taalman said.

One recently developed policy used by the IFC divides the fraternities into three regions, with five fraternities in each region. Each rushee is required to “get four stamps from three regions,” the Rush policy states.

The regions for Spring Rush include the following: Region I—Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu and Theta Chi; Region II—Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Nu and Sigma Phi Epsilon; Region III—Delta Upsilon, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi and Sigma Pi.

This policy “allows rushees to get a better scope of the fraternities and forces them to get a better look at all the houses,” Taalman said. “This policy has been very successful” since it was implemented, he said.

Other policies this spring are similar to those used in the past. No alcoholic beverages or controlled substances may be present or used by rushees during Formal Rush parties. Also, all drinking is to be out of sight to the rushee during the Formal Rush period.