A Little Advice For All the Rushes Out There

Be Yourself

I understand why some people try to act differently during rush, I really do. People naturally want to fit in wherever they go. This is especially true when they’re around a fraternity known for throwing down the hardest with the hottest girls. They want to be a part of the house they think is the best. But as a lot of fraternity men have witnessed, every year there are one or two signees that slip through the cracks.

This may not seem like a big deal, but believe me, it is not worth being in a house that you perceive to be “top tier” if they don’t accept you as a brother and you don’t fit in. Any fraternity man can tell you they’ve seen “that one kid” in every “top tier” house that leaves you wondering why the fuck he joined, or how the fuck he joined. That poor bastard spends his days slinking around his fraternity house begging people to go hang out with him, asking to be “set up with a date to formal,” and compulsively commenting on TFM.

When you are at rush, act how you would act around your friends, be cool and casual, and you will find the right fit for you. Basically, ignore reputations and what you have already heard (unless the source is EXTREMELY reliable). If you trust your preconceived notions about the fraternities you’ll be visiting, remember this: you’re eighteen-years-old, which means you don’t know shit about shit. Find the house you feel that you fit in with the most and base your decision off of the guys you meet.

Know Your Answers

I’ve been a rush chair before. I can tell you that actives like to hear about the rush’s past to assess how they would fit in to the house, so please inform us. But don’t come to our house and tell me a story about how you got hammered with your two buddies, drunk drove to one of their houses, threw up everywhere and passed out naked. At least lie and say you did something cool. I like hearing your stories, but if I am nodding and saying “Yeah man, that’s crazy,” it’s a pretty good indication that you should just stop. We have pledged, we have been taught how to party, and I guarantee our stories are better. I mean we’re in college for fuck’s sake. There are GDI’s that have better party stories than your high school bullshit. You fingered a freshman in a Wendy’s parking lot after prom? Sweet story bro. Tell me some crap like that and the look I’ll be giving you will be as frosty as the desserts your statutory setting was serving.

  • Ed. Note: A rush once told me he was a virgin because his penis was too big to fit in high school vagina. I didn’t know whether to laugh in his face or stab him. Ultimately I laughed in his face, but I WANTED to stab him. He did not receive a bid. – Bacon

  • Moral of the story, know what you are going say when asked certain things. I am by no means recommending you lie to the people asking you questions. Chances are your honest answer will sound good if it is well thought out. If you plan on saying “I wanna rush a FRAT for the all the fuckin’ boobs and easy sluts and beer… I like beer” you may want to change that to “Well, you know, I’ve always been a part of the party scene in high school and I have always been very social, being Greek would just give me a good opportunity to branch out socially even more.” Better, right? Yeah, try hard free responses make our rush chair hearts smile.

    Show Some Respect

    You graduated high school and you think you’re the shit. Congratulations on completing teenage daycare, no one cares. You’re not the shit, I’m the shit. In fact, we are all better than you because we are older and we pledged before you (which means our pledgeship will always be harder than your pussy ass pledgeship). By this FLAWLESS logic we will always be better than you. Don’t worry though, play your cards right and there will be endless waves of kids after you that you are better than. It’s natural and strongly encouraged to respect your elders in a fraternity, and it’s a basic trait drilled into your head during pledgeship. If you can show us this trait, even a glimpse of it, prior to pledging, we will KNOW you are a good prospect. This goes beyond normal conversational things. Something I found impressive lately was that a rush insisted on paying for his share of the rush event (don’t worry; we’ll NEVER make you pay).

    Talk to Everyone

    And I mean everyone. Get to know the rush chair, the J.I. spring actives, the guy no one likes in the house, everyone. Don’t stop at one house though, put your eggs in every basket around you. That means get to know as many houses as possible, you’ll never know for sure that you signed the right house if you don’t take a look at as many houses as possible. This is especially true on a campus with a big Greek Life scene. If a campus has something like 25 fraternities then chances are AT LEAST half of those are going to be perfectly acceptable houses to join. Not to mention if you don’t look at every house you will have nothing to compare your rush experience to. You may think the guys that brought you to the baseball game and bought you two beers are fucking Gods until you attend a better house’s rush party.

    The most important thing I can tell anyone is to have fun with rush. It’s your first taste of the phenomenal culture shock that is Greek Life. You play your cards right and you will soon be a part of the best minority God has ever created: The 2% of the population that is Greek.

      1. Rutherford B_Haze

        ^ 2ironking said he was bored with TFM and he is busy training to be the next shoenice22.

        8 years ago at 1:29 pm
    1. Fraternity Lifestyle

      I say “treat Rush like you’re being recruited to play football at a bunch of different schools. You wouldn’t find one good school and spend all your time there, right? You might get a scholarship, but you haven’t truly gotten the full experience.”

      8 years ago at 4:19 pm
      1. didorox2011x3

        Couldn’t agree more. On my campus there’s 2 big fraternities and every year there’s always like 60-something pledges for one fraternity for fall (half of them get cut during pledgeship just so they can take their money) and like 7 at my house. Alot of those kids went to their house cause it was right across from the girls dorms, where their actives handed them a t-shirt with letters. To any rushee’s on here make sure the fraternity you want to Pledge is what your morally about.

        8 years ago at 4:44 pm
      2. anon7472974648

        Make sure the fraternity you want to pledge is what you’re morally about.”

        See, I don’t know if that’s possible. Let’s say that what a fraternity is about is what’s stated in our creeds, standards etc. And a lot of places have these words on the wall for rushees to see. At least for me, those words were just words and didn’t mean anything until end of pledgeterm.

        Guess my point is that you’re not going to know what a fraternity stands for until you already have a bid. Sure, you’ll get clues from guys’ clothing, temperaments, common hometowns, etc., but anyone can put on a show for a week; there are n.injas on both sides. That’s why it might be best to 1) go to houses pre-rush when it’s more sober and low-key, and 2) talk to a ton of sorority girls.

        (and why original got moderated is beyond me, so sorry if this got duplicated)

        8 years ago at 5:03 pm
    2. SkoalHammer

      Or you can get a bid to SigEp, sign, and be a brother before rush week is even over!

      8 years ago at 4:30 pm
      1. gentleman_heritage

        sigma phi everyone! Got a bid there after knowing just 4 actives and hanging out there for just a couple days (our rush is a month long).

        8 years ago at 10:53 pm
    3. FairwayFreddy

      Hit the nail on the head. Roughly what I used to tell rush kids when i was rush chair

      8 years ago at 4:33 pm
    4. OverTheMonkeySuitHJ

      Well put. I hate the freshmen tryhards that tell stories of the time they drank a whole 30 rack on their own.

      8 years ago at 4:35 pm
    5. Judge

      Why bother writing this? try-hards are try-hards there’s no two ways around it

      8 years ago at 4:40 pm
      1. Rob Fox

        I disagree. Yes some kids are hopeless tools but others are just misinformed or uninformed. This column has plenty of relevance.

        8 years ago at 4:48 pm
      2. Tea Party Rage

        1. There are always a few Try-Hards that somehow get bids.
        2. A good pledge educator can haze them until they drop.
        3. If they don’t drop use a black marble. It’s there for a reason.

        8 years ago at 5:00 pm
    6. JohnBoneHer

      There’s always that guy who somehow gets in, it’s unavoidable. At Duke this year some cotton farmer pledged KA. Just doesn’t make sense sometimes.

      8 years ago at 6:53 pm
      1. The_ChiIis_Guy

        Is that a euphemism for black or do you actually mean a person who farms cotton?

        8 years ago at 6:58 pm
      2. TrickleDown

        Not to get into tiers and shit, but if any fraternity there would rush a cotton farmer it’d be KA haha.

        8 years ago at 7:21 pm
      3. bro and luke duke

        further investigation is needed to determine if something was done here

        8 years ago at 7:45 pm