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The Craziest System in the World

Rube Goldberg.jpgOne day this space is going to do a comprehensive critique of sorority rush, but for the time being let’s just say that the frats follow a free market model that works pretty well, and the sororities are constantly tweaking a kludgy Made-in-the-USSR-Rube-Goldberg process that leads to astounding results. The D’s report on Tuesday was almost unbelievable:

The Blackboard site will explain the mechanics of recruitment, including how houses evaluate their potential new members and how the computer system that matches sorority and potential new member preferences works.

“I’m sure I can speak for many women when I say this — we all felt particularly confused by the process and we’re really hoping to demystify it, essentially,” Panhell president Rachel Funk ‘15 said. “I think there are a lot of negative ideas about what actually happens. Aspects of it aren’t as bad as people think.”

Panhell vice president of public relations Jessica Ke ‘15 said training for recruitment counselors — affiliated women who guide potential new members through recruitment without revealing their sorority affiliation — will include technical training and possibly facilitations by the Office of Pluralism and Leadership. This change will help standardize the information given to potential new members, Ke said.

Rho Chis will also patrol parties at each house to discourage potential new members from engaging in rude or disrespectful behavior.

Kathleen Wahl ‘15, a Panhell recruitment chair, said that improving accountability might prove the most difficult change to implement, noting complaints that potential new members and sorority members have occasionally been rude to each other.

From the sound of things, there are plenty of aspects of the Panhell rush that are as bad as people think. Perhaps next year each sophomore who rushes will be accompanied by her own College administrator?


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