The openness and optionality of the events creates a very inclusive atmosphere.
But the casualness does also have the potential to be a drawback of fraternity recruitment.
When the fraternity brothers were asked about whether they believed there were any cons to the recruitment process, Beta Theta Pi fraternity member Dylan Haessly ’15 of Rocky River, Ohio explained, “Obviously those signed up for fraternity rush can choose to only attend none, one, or all fraternity events, unlike with sorority rush, and that may create missed opportunities.” There has been talk by the IFC (The Interfraternity Council) about a redesigning of the rush process but there has been no official statement or action made.
Beta Theta Pi pledge Patrick Dunn ’17 from Saline, Michigan said, “Prior to rushing, I was on the fence about joining a fraternity, but the rush process definitely helped me to decide that if I were to get a bid I would join.
While sorority rush has only three distinct events, fraternity rush is a lot less structured.
“I like the frat rush process way more than the [sorority] rush process just because I feel like you can really become friends with and know the kids before they join rather then interviewing them and not being able to get to know them,” said Zach Rothschild ’15, a member of Delta Chi fraternity.
Vawter said, “We have also been trying to add a little bit more structure to it as well, though.
Popular ones, however, are group dinners, rock-climbing, broomball matches, golfing, and bowling.
Phi Delta Theta Briggs King ’15 from Evanston, Illinois recounted a bowling event they had.
Delta Chi pledge Hank Tran ’17 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania explained his experience with the process.
“You meet brothers of all kinds and connect on the basis of values, trust and passion.