Despite Duke banning recruitment events this year, some non-Greek elective living groups are rushing to do so again this spring. , announced that it would resume rushing for first graders after restricting rushes to fourth graders.
In August, SLG was notified that it would not be able to hold recruitment events for the 2022-23 school year. The decision was attributed to SLG’s last year with on-campus housing, a change brought about by QuadEx.
An August announcement said that for SLG to maintain a campus presence or host recruitment events in the future, it could either transition to a living and learning community or, with the approval of the Duke Student Government, recruit new students. Must be in a group.
However, some groups do not plan to transition to LLCs or obtain DSG approval before hosting this spring’s Rush event. According to a joint statement released on Friday, Brownstone, Illyria, Maxwell, Mirecourt and the Round Table will hold their spring rush from February 5 until he’s February 19. Rush is for 1st and 2nd graders only.
“After much consideration, SLG has returned to this schedule because we believe that the opportunity to rush in during the first year is a better opportunity to build our community,” the statement said. It is written
The statement emphasizes that SLG is a unique social group at Duke University “made by students, for students.” It emphasized the group’s decades-long presence and traditions that had formed on Duke’s campus, including pitching tents.
“SLG will survive and survive without housing,” the statement said.
This spring’s rush cycle isn’t the first time some SLGs have broken Duke’s rules. Some SLGs got creative to adhere to his Fall 2022 Duke recruitment restrictions, while others continued to maintain a traditional rush.
Mirecourt president Shreya Joshi’s junior said a joint statement was released containing details of the rush as SLG has always tried to adjust the rush schedule in the past.
“Students want to have fun and SLG wants to give them that. [Duke administration] It has deprived them of housing, rushed processes and the freedom to make important decisions… SLG is a way in which social life is under the control of the student without participating in any Greek/national organization. It’s a great alternative and I think it should be left alone,” Brownstone vice president Anthony Salgado Jr. wrote in a message to Chronicle.
The Chronicle has reached out to Bobby Kunstmann, Vice Chancellor for Campus Life, for comment. Kunstmann replied that he would not be able to provide comments in time for publication.
Mirecourt has no plans to be formally endorsed by Duke, and most recruiting events will not take place on campus, Joshi said.
Salgado said Brownstone currently has no plans to be recognized by the Duke. He also does not expect Brownstone to seek Duke Group’s approval when hosting a rush event.
“However, many SLGs are already recruiting and flooding public spaces. [on campus] …so I don’t think this will be a problem,” Salgado wrote.
The roundtable currently has “no decisions” but is prioritizing approval of Duke by the DSG, said Amr Tagel-Din, senior and emergency chair of the roundtable. It said it received Duke Groups approval through a semester “interest process.”
“We expect and believe that obtaining approval from Duke Groups will be a smooth process. [this semester]’” Tagel-Din wrote in Chronicle.
Other Selective Living Groups
Two SLGs not included in the joint statement, The Cube and LangDorm, have been approved as LLCs. The Cube will host its first Rush Round from January 14th to January 21st. According to Senior Recruitment Chair Kaitlyn Luo, The Cube “currently operates as an SLG through the fall of 2023.”
“Cube’s recruitment process is dedicated to bringing all Duke entrepreneurs into our community through ‘get to know us’ events. It will officially become a LLC from the fall of 2023,” Luo wrote in The Chronicle.
LangDorm plans a short week-long event in January, said senior president Zhichen Guo.
“We’re going to be an LLC next year, so I don’t think there’s anything wrong with calling it a hire,” Guo wrote in The Chronicle.
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Katie Tan is a junior at Trinity and editor-in-chief of Volume 118 of The Chronicle.