Written by: Olivia Gear
It’s that time of the year again: the Interfraternity Council’s Rush Week is rapidly approaching. Rush orientation will be held in the Student Union Theater on Sunday at 8 p.m., where members from each chapter will put on a short presentation about their organization and give the full agenda of Rush Week. The week will give potential recruits the opportunity to learn about and become a part of one of the nine IFC fraternities on campus.
“One can expect to meet a multitude of different fraternity men from all chapters during Rush Week,” Blaine Hendon, a member of Kappa Alpha Order, said.
Monday will officially mark the beginning of the IFC Rush Week. Students rushing will spend Monday and Tuesday getting a more in-depth view of what each fraternity is about.
“Everyone signed up will be driven around to each house to get a chance to meet each fraternity,” Robert Wehling, a member of Kappa Sigma, said.
“Be prepared to shake a lot of hands and bring an appetite because food will be provided at each house,” Hendon said.
On Wednesday, potential recruits will decide which fraternity they are most interested in. They will then be escorted back to that house to hang out with members of that fraternity.
Thursday and Friday are considered “Smokers”—a name given to the potential recruits who make it to the final round of Rush. Those potential recruits are invited back to the house for a dinner.
The IFC Rush Week will conclude on Aug. 31 with the bid distribution.
IFC plans to have an enjoyable, safe week and strictly prohibits hazing and other damaging occurrences.
“Hazing is something that new members need not worry about,” Hendon said. “While myths about fraternity hazing still circulate, each chapter has written risk management plans which prevent this from occurring. Students who encounter hazing are encouraged to talk to their chapter leaders or speak with a person at the Greek Life Office.”
IFC encourages all male students looking for something new to be a part of to join in on the week.
“It gives a great opportunity to meet people from all over and connect with some of the finest men that VSU has to offer,” Hendon said. “Joining a fraternity will provide a lifelong connection and some of the best friends anyone could ask for.”
For more information on IFC rush week, contact the Student Life office at 229-333-5674.