Numbers rush in

By Andy Garrison

October 4, 2013

The IFC, or Interfraternity Council, rush numbers are around what they expected them to be.

Here at Western, the IFC is comprised of three fraternities: Phi Sigma Kappa, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta.

Phi Delta Theta reports the most new members. Alex Atkinson explains:

“That’s what we usually aim to get, around that number,” he said. “We had 41 guys asked to interview with us, we gave 26 actual interviews and then we gave 17 bids.”

Tau Kappa Epsilon member, Justin Edwards, better known on campus as “Reno”, says that they almost missed out on getting one possible candidate.

“We ended with seven,” he said. “On the day of the ceremony there were six, but we found a mistake in the paper work and added one more since then.”

Phi Sigma Kappa also reports receiving seven new members.

The IFC is not exclusive to these three fraternities; any others on campus can join if they wish. IFC Advisor, Tyson Shank explains that joining is a preference.

“They kind of have their own rush process, and so they are not a part of the IFC,” he said. “The fraternities themselves say basically ‘yes, I am going to be a part of this IFC.’”

Shank is also a big part of the rush process and takes on the role of mediator.

“At the end of the week, the potential new members, submit a bid to the IFC saying ‘here are the fraternities that I am interested in,’” he said. “They can pick more than one, and then they rank them based on what their preference would be. Then the fraternities, on the other end, submit bids on who they feel would be good fits for their organization. Then, my role is basically to reconcile those.”

The number of prospects is determined by a formula, Edwards explains:

“The number that a fraternity can accept is based on a formula that we wrote,” he said. “It’s basically 1/3 of the pool plus 10% of the pool. So basically, say if there were 30, each fraternity would get 13 maximum.”

Atkins explains that they look for a few particular things when considering new members.

“GPA is a big one, involvement in the community and in high school, stuff like that,” he said. “Basically there are values. Are they here just to party and have a good time? Stuff like you see on TV, or are they actually here to be leaders.”