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.
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.
In November, the Board of Trustees mandated that Greek organizations offer a spring alternative to traditional fall rush in an effort to aid freshmen interested in joining the system. But the change will hardly alter the system’s first admissions process.
For fraternities, the fall and spring rush processes will look identical, Macon said.
But one marked difference for sororities, which start recruiting Sept. 2, will be the addition of an upperclassmen quota.
“Not to say that we’d pick a freshman over a sophomore simply based on (age), but freshmen are more attractive to sororities because with sophomores and upperclassmen we lose a year of dues and they’ll be going in with a younger pledge class,” said Panhellenic Council President Lindsey Stephens.