At his annual “state of the campus” speech Tuesday, University
of Colorado-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny announced that CU
freshmen will no longer be able to rush fraternities or sororities
during the fall semester, or possibly until their sophomore
Byyny’s announcement came shortly after the alcohol-related
death of CU student Lynn Gordon Bailey, a Chi Psi fraternity
freshman pledge. Byyny’s said that by delaying Rush until second
semester, freshmen students will be able to experience college life
for the first time without feeling the pressures of rushing.
CSU’s director of Greek Life, Mark Koepsell, disagrees with
Byyny’s decision to postpone Rush until second semester and does
not think it will solve various alcohol problems that are
associated with some fraternities and sororities.
“Deferred recruitment is only something to consider if the
fraternity or sorority chapter is consistently underachieving
academically. I don’t think deferred recruitment will have an
impact on alcohol culture because the situation in Boulder could
have happened first or second semester,” Koepsell said.
Koepsell also said one of the potential negatives to postponing
Rush is that many of the best freshmen students may get heavily
involved in other campus activities their first semester. They
might not have time to rush and contribute to Greek Life their
Charles Huntsman, CSU’s Greek Life vice president, added that
Rush in the fall gets students heavily involved in campus
activities right away and postponing it until second semester may
“Deferred recruitment might get students more familiar with the
campus, but students who join Greek Life always get involved
immediately,” Huntsman said.
Some CSU students, however, agree with CU’s decision to postpone
Rush until spring semester.
“They should postpone the rushing of fraternities and sororities
forever because they (fraternities and sororities) are useless,”
said freshman philosophy student Wade Rogers.
Some Fort Collins community members also agree that delaying
Rush until spring semester at CU is something that should be done
at every university.
“I think it’s a good idea because they need to figure out what
those fraternity houses are really doing,” said Fort Collins
resident Susie Ewing.
CSU’s Greek Life members, including freshman Kappa Delta member
Jenn Fromm, will continue to support Rush during the fall semester
at CSU because of their positive experiences.
“You meet so many people during Rush and become friends with
them during first semester. If you wait until second semester, you
won’t make the same relationships,” Fromm said.