posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 02:55 PM
At my campus at least, sorority rush is much different than for the fraternities. Ours last 5 days, theirs usually lasts 4 tops. We have a strict
schedule: every house has so many parties with a predetermined attendance list based on who they match up with every day. For the fraternities, guys
just show up at whatever house they want whenever they want. Sororities can have one Bid Day, its an organizaed event. Guys can hand out bids after
Day 3. We have to decorate our house (do you know how long it takes to fill 500 helium balloons, only to have to pop them and fill new ones the next
day), have 8 hour rush practices for 2 weeks before school even starts learning our songs, what to wear (songs, outfits, themes are to be "patented"
for each house by Panhellenic to ensure no house does the same thing), and for the newer girls, what we are "supposed/not supposed" to say.
Panhellenic makes the rounds like crazy fining houses for rush infractions. If you do the same song as a house, infraction. If you serve drinks at a
party when drinks aren't supposed to be served, its an infraction (so what if its summer in San Diego and 102 outside) If the girls are A MINUTE late
out the door, infraction (all houses and Panhellenic have synchronized watches) of course the sororities all love to turn each other in for these
things. Sororities and rushees have to have "silence" that is members can't talk to rushees/vice versa so as not to have an advatage/influence over
them. Also we can't go to fraternity houses during silence. We can't talk to our Rho Chis or Panhellenic members, whether they live in the chapter
house or not they have to live in a hotel for the week of rush. Plus let's not mention the extreme devestation of girls who fall in love with a house
and get dropped. I don't think too many of your guys have to console a bawling freshmen because ABC didn't offer her a bid and that was her mom's
house and the girls were so nice to her why didn't she get a bid etc etc think that times 50. By the way if we drop a legacy, somone whose mom,
sister, etc was a Sigma Kappa, we have to call the member and tell them WHY we are dropping her daughter/sister/neice if we decide not to offer them a
bid. Its national policy. Its hell for the rushees and even more exhausting for us. The fraternities get to have fun things like bouncy houses or
bands/BBQs and they get food donated by local places, real fun and casual. And of course after the actual rush events are done for the day, they sneak
their favorite potential new members off to see a stripper or to go drinking or whatever. I was under the impression it was something similar to
this at all campuses. I know sorority rush is pretty regulated at every campus. Any input?