The ultimate week of man flirting. Whether you’re a library nerd or a hardcore partier, every college student should experience a week of rush just for the hell of it. If you don’t know what rush is, then you’ve missed out. Usually occurring the first week of school in both the fall and spring, rush is a “formal recruitment” period that (as Wiki so prophetically describes) usually consists of events and activities designed for members and potential members to learn about each other and the organization. Right— except this definition forgets to talk about the free food, endless kegs, easy girls, extreme promises, far-fetched lies and true man flirting.
Rush, in a nutshell, has countless opportunities for both sides. If you’re a rushee, the free shit is amazing. Whether you’re actually interested in joining a frat (or not), it really doesn’t matter. If Greek life just isn’t for you, at least you get some free food and booze out of the deal. The other type of rushee is the true #49 frat-star-to-be. If you know you’re eventually going to pledge, you better fucking enjoy rush— it’s the only week of the semester in which you won’t regret your decision. Enjoy the love, comfort and freedom… it doesn’t last long.
And then there’s the other side of the fence— being a brother during rush. It pretty much blows. If you’ve ever questioned your sexuality, this week might be the week. As a brother, you pretty much have one goal: dick-sucking. Well, not literally, but almost. You better make every rushee feel like they’re the shit. For a fraternity to survive, there must be pledges. To get pledges, you’ve got to convince the starry-eyed freshman during rush that there isn’t one frat on campus that even comes close to this one. If it takes a few keg stands, sketchy promises and a favor from a slutty ex-girlfriend, it’s all worth it.
The complexities of rush are hard to explain. In most cases, you’re having to weed-out the #20 God Damn Independents from the future frat-stars. Rush week is a formal week of recruitment in the eyes of the fraternity. In reality, rush never ends. You’re always recruiting kids for the upcoming semesters. While a rush chair will head the discussions, search for new guys and coordinate the rush events, it is every brother’s responsibility to market their brotherhood. While you never tell a future pledge how badly you’re going to haze him, it’s always acceptable to tell him that more than anything, #33 pledgeship is a party.
Rush week brings out the greatest competition between fraternities. The newest pledge class represents the future of the fraternity. Girls from all around the university will lend their loving support. If you’re a rushee, feel free to take full-advantage of all that’s offered.
It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.