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By Craig Anderson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 26, 1998

Greeks Rush to get new members

The words "fraternity and sorority pledge week" may evoke images of wild toga parties and drunken insanity.

Greek life officials, however, say University of Arizona's Spring Rush will be an alcohol-free event for the 200 students expected to participate.

"We're looking for good, clean, wholesome guys," said Cody Linck, president of Alpha Tau Omega's UA chapter.

Linck, an international business junior, said ATO's main focus this semester is to "give a direct, more positive image of our house."

Fraternities and sororities at the UA count about 4,000 members.

Linck said students interested in joining a fraternity will divide into two groups and visit all the houses tonight and tomorrow night.

On Wednesday, prospective pledges will decide which fraternity they want to join and will know by Friday whether they are accepted.

He said the cost of joining a fraternity ranges from $400 to $1,500, depending on the number of members in a house.

Meggin Mantle, president of Alpha Chi Omega's UA chapter, said sorority Spring Rush will be the usual informal event, not sponsored by the Panhellenic Association.

The Panhellenic Association, the executive board in charge of sororities, sets rules and regulations for Fall Rush but does not participate in the spring, Mantle said.

"Spring Rush is kind of a do-whatever-you-want-to-do kind of thing," said Mantle, an accounting and finance sophomore.

She said students interested in joining a sorority should attend an information session in the Memorial Student Union tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Rush week will be an alcohol-free event, as it has been for many years, Linck said.

"There's no alcohol at all involved in this Rush," he said.

Mantle said sorority Rush is also a sober activity.

According to Linck, Zeta Beta Tau's recent loss of university recognition for alcohol policy violations will make other Greek organizations think twice before making the same mistakes.

"I personally don't blame them," he said. "I don't think they're bad kids, but we'll have to be careful not to do what they did."

Linck said ATO recently poured $20,000 into house repairs to make its house a cleaner and safer place.

"Somebody had a bar upstairs," he said. "We took that out because it was too dangerous. We put in a bar downstairs."

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