UA/DormCon/IFC Student Residence Implementation Team (Impish)
Spring Term 2000 Progress Report
May 16, 2000
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There is no doubt that the redesign of the residence system will drastically change FSILG recruitment (rush). Chancellor Bacow's report outlines the basic timing of recruitment in the fall. We support this timing with one exception. In years when Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur fall on the weekends in October normally designated for recruitment, the IFC should be permitted to run rush during the last two weekends in September so that students can practice their religion without being deprived of the opportunity to participate and without having to neglect their duties to their organizations.
The IFC will also run a formally organized recruitment period each spring. This already happened this year, though with limited success. This effort will continue, regardless of when the freshmen on campus decision takes effect. Still, we expect spring recruitment to play a larger role after freshmen on campus implementation. Some member organizations, particularly ILGs, may choose to make spring their primary recruitment period. Spring recruitment before freshmen on campus implementation is a golden opportunity for the IFC to experiment with a system that is more like that of the future.
Many of the rules that currently govern the orientation recruitment period exist to create a level playing field for all FSILGs during a brief, intense period of time during which freshmen lack personal experience with MIT and FSILGs. Since the October rush environment will be drastically different in terms of length, intensity, and level of knowledge of the rushees, many of the current rules will become unnecessary. For example, it may be much less critical to the process that an FSILG be able to reach a rushee by phone or in person at any time while he/she is visiting another FSILG. IFC is currently not prepared to publish a list of rules for the fall recruitment period following freshmen on campus implementation. This project will need to be the focus of the IFC 2002 Transition Committee and the newly elected IFC Rush Chair in the fall of 2000.
The IFC should recognize that recruitment rules should serve one or more of the following purposes:
- to provide an environment in which member organizations can cooperate and compete fairly to recruit new members,
- to protect the safety, well-being, and feelings of all rushees,
- to create an environment which allows FSILGs to positively portray the experience of membership in their own organizations and in the FSILG system in general,
- To create a recruitment environment that is compatible with MIT's educational goals,
- To prevent FSILGs from unnecessarily inconveniencing other members of the community.
Designing a recruitment period involves a compromise among each of these purposes. Care will have to be taken that each of these concerns are properly balanced. In addition, rules must be enforceable and communicated clearly to all members of the FSILG community.
It is doubtful that the IFC rush rules will be optimal during the first post-freshmen on campus recruitment periods. The IFC will need to evaluate the rules immediately following each recruitment period based on the considerations listed above and the number of new members acquired. Several iterations of rules may be necessary before they become relatively constant from year to year. The IFC hopes that all members of the community are aware of this problem, and that they are willing to bear some inconvenience during the adjustment period. In fact, it is possible that the IFC will want to dramatically restructure the focus or timing of recruitment periods. The Institute should be very supportive of these decisions, though the IFC must respect MIT's educational goals, including the wish to give freshmen time to adjust to life at school before joining an FSILG.
Panhellenic recruitment has traditionally used its own system of rush, very different from yet well integrated with the IFC-sanctioned rush, and is likely to continue to do so. The Panhellenic 2002 Transition Committee has already been working on a longer and less intense recruitment system that will apply to Panhellenic member organizations. Though they may use different systems of recruitment, all FSILGs will begin rush at the same time. The Panhellenic system will interface well with the IFC rush, as many coed fraternities and independent living groups compete with Panhellenic groups for the same members.
Overall, much work needs to be done in planning the first post-freshmen on campus recruitment period. Most of this work will be done by the IFC directly. However, the IFC needs to develop a clearer idea of exactly how recruitment might work soon so that it can work with the administration, the Dormitory Council, and other affected groups to minimize possible difficulties in implementation.
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