By Lanita Withers
The rip of an envelope. A shout of excitement. Then the real rush began.
Hundreds of women -- torn envelopes and invitations in hand -- ran toward Franklin Street on Wednesday to meet the members of their new sororities.
The rush to Franklin Street, a Bid Day tradition, signaled the end of recruitment, a 10-day intake and orientation period for potential members of the 11 Panhellenic sororities on campus.
Excited voices rose from the crowd of women as they hurried northward from the Great Hall. "I got Alpha Chi Omega," one voice said. "You did? So did I!" said another. The women embraced, then continued to run.
The jubilation that came after the rushees received their bids contrasted with the butterflies some had before envelopes were in hand. "I'm nervous," said freshman rushee Stephanie Smith during the wait in the Student Union. "It's a big decision. You've gotta know (the sorority) is the right one for you."