This week the Greek men of campus have been celebrating the beginning of their Fall Rush period. The six fraternities on campus (Chi Phi, Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha Society, Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, and Theta Delta Chi) have been holding various events throughout the week to recruit new members into their organizations.
Rush is the time when younger members of the Hobart community explore the different houses of the Greek system. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether a first year or a senior, from Hobart or William Smith. But only Hobart students in their sophomore year or older are allowed to join the fraternal system after Rush ends.
The fraternities started tabling in the Scandling Campus Center on Monday and students have been talking to current brothers, collecting information about each house. The brothers also let everyone know about the other upcoming events of the week.
On Tuesday students took to the Quad for the Summer’s Last Gasp Picnic, hosted by the Inter-Fraternity Council. Students and Greeks alike participated in games on the grass and got some food from the grill.
On Monday and Tuesday the fraternities held open houses from 8 to 10 p.m. for anyone who wanted a tour. On Wednesday, each house hosted events throughout the day. The fraternities then held closed events on Thursday and Friday.
The fraternities are located at the following locations: Chi Phi at 573 South Main, Delta Chi at 574 South Main, Kappa Alpha at 600 South Main, Kappa Sigma at 584 South Main, Phi Sigma Kappa at 704 South Main, and Theta Delta Chi at a location to be determined.
Once Rush ends, those eligible and interested in joining a fraternity may receive bids to start the initiation process. Students then have until Friday, Sept. 24, to hand in their bid for the group they wish to join. New member education, or “pledging” as it is mostly known by, begins soon after.