January 25, 2006

Rushing to Go Greek at C.U.

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Fraternity and sorority membership at Cornell grew this last week, when many freshman and sophomores joined Greek life.

The process of joining a fraternity or sorority, known as Formal New Member Recruitment or “rush”, is different in each of the three organizations, The Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Letter Council and the Panhellenic Association, which compose the Cornell Fraternity and Sorority System.

The Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council use Formal Recruitment which consists of a week of potential new members, also known as “rushees”, learning more about each chapter of Greek life. Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority within the Multicultural Greek Letter Council go to informational meetings and are initiated into a chapter by means of a different process.

“There were 628 women who signed up and began rush, with 488 of them signing bids. The difference includes women who had signed up and then decided not to go through the process as well as those women who dropped out of recruitment for various reasons,” said Ashley Higgins ’06, the outgoing president of Panhel.

“It was a little overwhelming at first, but