The University of Colorado-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny
announced Tuesday that CU freshmen will not be able to pledge at a
fraternity or sorority during the fall semester or possibly until
their sophomore year.
Director of Greek life at CSU, Mark Koepsell, and CSU Greek Life
vice president Charles Huntsman feel that deferring Rush will not
solve the recent alcohol problems and that it may discourage
students from getting involved in campus activities right away.
We think that deferring Rush is a good decision. It gives
freshmen a chance to experience college life before they commit to
a fraternity or sorority.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is in no way a negative
When freshmen first come to college they are trying to find
friends and are more easily persuaded because of their desire to
fit in. After a semester they have matured and are more apt to make
responsible decisions without feeling pressured.
A semester gives students the chance to make connections beyond
the Greek system and establish other friendships.
Freshmen can easily over extend themselves because of the huge
time commitment that is required in Greek life. They are learning
so much about themselves and life outside of home that being so
immersed in one thing can be overwhelming. They shouldn’t cling to
one thing. Students should branch out and get involved in
everything college has to offer.