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15B - The Micigan Daily WeekeS Magazine - ThursdaY, Pt r 18 1997

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RUSH
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mated to University life.
The selection process, also, is questioned by some non-Greeks.The
seiection process, also, is questioned by some non-Greeks.
But Katie Heid, president of her sorority, said nobody has come
forward with a better alternative.
It is difficult to meet prospective members during short visits, she
said, but "first impressions are important - like during a job inter-
view."
Mountz called the process a "mutual selection" between Greeks
and rushees.
"The bottom line," he said: "Both want guys who they want living

with them."
Unlike at some campuses, rush here is spread out "so students
don't get behind," Seiler said.
The National Panhellenic Conference apparently believes the
University's sororities organize this event well, and granted them the
National Panhellenic Conference Rush Award, given every two years.
Yet the process can seem quick, said Kayte Bauss, a past partici-
pant. "Before I knew it, I was in this sorority. It was an inertia thing,"
she said.
Bauss said the experience was exhausting but interesting.
"I think it's a lot like dating," she said. "They flatter you. They try
to drop hints. It's kind of like a guessing game."
She pledged but later decided that the Greek system was not for
her..

"I'm the last person to say sorority life is for everybody," Seiler
said. "It's not. But people should get involved in something. There
are millions of opportunities here."
Students who consider Greek life later in the year can participate
in the fraternity winter rush, tentatively scheduled for February,
many sororities, however, and do not participate.
But some, like first-year student Lisa Berlow, are eager to begin
fall rush. Joining a sorority, she said, has been a goal of hers for years.
"It's just something I imagined doing since elementary school,"
she said. Her brother is in a fraternity, and many of her most adored
camp counselors were Greek. She began rush with an open mind,
without house preferences, and determined to ignore every rumor
and story she hears about the Greek system or individual houses.
"I need to see it for myself," she said, "and see where I belong"

1997 Greek Rush
A Sorority Rush began last Friday,
Sept.8 and will last until Sunday,
Sept. 28.
B Fraternity Rush begins Sunday and
will last until Thursday, Sept. 25.
r There are 17 Sororities and 30
Fraternities in the University Greek
System.
A 800 women are expected to par-
ticipate, while 700-900 men are
expected to participate in fraternity
rush.
E 20% of University Students are in
a Greek house.

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