The threat of moving Greek recruitment exclusively to the spring might have passed, but fraternities and sororities will continue to abide by last year’s policy of an alcohol-free rush.
For all Greek organizations, there will be a higher emphasis on a dry rush, and all fraternities’ rush events, which began Saturday and will last two weeks, will be monitored by a group of Interfraternity Council executives, said Aaron Bachenheimer, interim coordinator of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
“Not only are the events alcohol-free, but they require that everybody maintain sobriety throughout the recruitment process,” he said.
In 2010, one year after the death of Delta Kappa Epsilon president Courtland Smith, the Interfraternity Council instituted a series of reforms in an effort to keep the system autonomous amidst growing concern from the Board of Trustees. Changes included making rush alcohol-free and moving it to the beginning of the academic year.
The group, which includes IFC President Brent Macon and Vice President of Recruitment Jack Partain, will patrol rush events — both on and off campus — a task that could take up to three hours each night, Macon said.
“It’s time consuming, but we know how important following these rules are and we are committed to safety,” he said.