Editor's note: This article went to press prior to the closing of the Lambda Chi Alpha Chapter Wednesday night. The original article included quotes from a Lambda Chi member, however, after recent events those have been removed. Lambda Chi will not be participating in spring rush.
Do you wish you had rushed a fraternity last fall? Well, worry no more because spring rush commences Wednesday and includes more than a week of brotherly bonding events with food, sports, video games and even Super Bowl XLIX watch parties.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) will have a kickoff event Wednesday in the UCF Student Union Cape Florida Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. At this meet-and-greet, IFC fraternities will be tabling with fliers and sign-up sheets so recruits can have the opportunity to get to know each fraternity.
While spring rush has many of the same type of events as fall recruitment week, everything is on a smaller scale because there are fewer people rushing, said Ian Cano, IFC vice president of recruitment.
Cano, a junior business administration major, said there is an advantage to rushing in the spring because you don't have to worry about needing to stand out in a large group of guys. There is less competition, and therefore it's less intimidating.
In fall 2014, each fraternity's pledge class had an average of 60 members, but Cano said for spring rush he is expecting pledge classes of about 20 members for each fraternity, with a total goal of 200 to 300 participants for rush week.
Ryan Hunihan, a junior finance major and Beta Theta Pi president, said it is important for pledges to demonstrate that they are willing to put the time in to be successful and to show that they care about the fraternity.
"Bring courage, bring yourself and bring your friends who seek bettering themselves," Cano said.
Gentleman qualities, good academics, responsibility and being yourself are among the desired traits fraternities look for in pledges.
Every fraternity chapter has a membership fee each semester that tends to range from $250 to $1,000, but payment plans are available to help students out, said Jacob Colquhoun, a junior studying business management and the IFC president. He said chapters accept monthly payments for the semester, rather than paying it all at once.
Hunihan said payment plans can make joining a fraternity a lot more manageable for students.
"Explore all your options honestly, because you'll never know where you feel most comfortable until you actually experience it," he said.
IFC fraternities participating in spring rush:
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Tau Omega
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Lambda Phi
Delta Sigma Phi
Lambda Theta Phi
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Gamma Delta
Pi Kappa Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Zeta Beta Tau
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