By Amanda Alfanos, Editor-in-Chief
A record number of men participated in this year’s fraternity rush activities, with the majority of them pledging Kappa Sigma.
Eighty four men participated in InterFrateral Council rush Sept. 7-10.
Rush events consist of the university’s two fraternities – Lambda Chi Alpha and Kappa Sigma – hosting two nights of open themed parties and two nights of private gatherings at their houses. Themed events ranged from Lambda Chi’s toga foam party to Kappa Sigma’s Margaritaville.
Men were offered bids to accept during Saturday’s Bid Day activities. They had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to confirm their bids, IFC officials said.
As of presstime, a record number of men already had accepted bids from Kappa Sigma.
“It’s increasingly exciting for us,” said Jeff Poulin, the fraternity’s director of events. “It just goes to show that hard work pays off.”
Kappa Sigma officials gave out 64 bids. Fifty men accepted the offered bids at presstime, President Ethan Davis said.
Theta-Psi chapter of Kappa Sigma is ranked in the top 2 percent of Kappa Sigma chapters nationwide, Davis said.
“We won the Founder’s Circle Award at our national leadership conference,” he said. “Also, four out of five SGA presidents have been Kappa Sigmas.”
While Kappa Sigma received one more pledge than last year, fewer men accepted bids from Lambda Chi Alpha.
The fraternity gave out 40 bids. Seventeen men accepted bids from Lambda Chi Alpha as of presstime, President Josh Attaway said.
“We gave out a lot fewer bids than Kappa Sigma did,” Attaway said.
Despite Kappa Sigma’s greater recruitment numbers, Interfraternal Council’s rush was a success, Kappa Sigma’s Davis said.
“It was a culmination of hard work,” he said. “We worked together on recruitment since the spring, which was about six months.”