It was the start of the second semester of my first year at Kenyon, and like many first years, I felt that my life on campus needed to embellished. Many of my peers turned to Kenyon’s Greek community, but I didn’t think that was the right choice for me, primarily because of my general fear of men. But in the week after Rush Week, I saw an announcement encouraging me to rush the Thrill.
Greetings from the Greek Council Office! Here at Kenyon, I wear multiple hats, especially when Gambier decides to reach temperatures typically found in the Arctic Tundra (Bundle up and use some hand cream like my girl Leslie Martin ’14 told you!). While I am a Fashion Contributor for The Thrill, I am also Vice President of External Affairs on Greek Council (Like GC on Facebook!). What does that mean, you ask? Well, folks, it’s a fancy way of saying I coordinate Rush Week for various Greek organizations, i.e. fraternities, sororities, societies, etc… which starts this week!
Read on for a guide to rush-week fashion after the jump!
As nervous underclassman steel themselves for the final days of Greek rush, which ends Feb. 5, The Thrill asked every Greek organization president to pitch their group in five words or less. Here are their responses.
Laura Amrhein (Archons): Service, diversity, opportunity, chicks, social. (Co-President Zac Katz-Stein added “Beyonce.”)
Sam Baker (DKEs): Gentleman, scholar, jolly good fellow. (We’re pretty sure he’s talking about himself, but the DKEs as a whole are pretty cool too.)
Emily Rapp (EDMs): Meet new amazing people.
Tim Brenner (Betas): Betas like to have fun.
Kris Reslow (Delts): Brotherhood, leadership, networking, service and (this cuts off there because we limited him to five words, but it would have been “success”).
Johanna Kessler (Thetas): Snakes, glitter, rage, rage, rage.
Jake Lorber (Peeps): Weekly meetings open to all. (No real rushing, just show up.)
Scott Chernoff (PhiKapps): Brotherhood, social & academic excellence, leadership. (PhiKapps did not get cut off like the Delts, because the ampersand isn’t a word. Clever.)
Andie Asimes (Zetas): Zetas are fun and friendly.
Rob Wennemer (DPhis): Brotherhood now and forever.
Saphir Glynn (ADs): To both better and enjoy (like our friends the Delts, Glynn used six words, but he would have added “oneself” on the end).
In not too long — at 6:00 p.m., in fact — tons of first years will pile into the Alumni Dining Room to learn all about the Greek rush process. Here’s a quick primer.
Q: What is rush?
A: Rush is basically a series of well-organized first dates. Except instead of meeting potential soulmates, you are shopping around for a hot new slampiece in the form of Greek Organization.
Q: How long will it take?
A: Well, rush lasts from Jan. 27 until Feb. 5.
Q: Shit, what do you do during all that time?
A: There’s a whole bunch of events that can range anywhere from tea parties to arts and crafts to just watching TV or a movie. It’s a great way to get to know people in the organization and within your potential pledge class.