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New club member numbers increase

Friday, September 21, 2007  
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By Kristin Cumbie

Rush week is a long-standing tradition for the 13 social clubs at Oklahoma Christian University.

The past two weeks of rush events gave club members the opportunity to get to know fellow students and rushees. 

“This year rush was changed from closed to open,” social service club coordinator, Addi Panter said. “That meant that any club could host an event on any night.”

This policy change allowed students to attend multiple events during the same nights. The two week period of rush events will be followed by Greek week. 

“We used to be able to do our closed rush event on a separate weekend than [Kappa’s] float trip. This year it was the same,” rush director for Chi Lambda Phi, Kelly Tomasi said.

At least one club hosted an event on every night of the week.

Events included a karaoke night, scavenger hunts, create-a-shirt party, pirate night, powerball and barbeques.

All activities must be approved by the Student Life office one week in advance.

The Student Life office reviews the event times and detailed itineraries before approving any event.

If a club’s event is held off-campus, they are required to have a club sponsor attend in order to insure the itinerary is being followed.

If the sponsor does not agree with something that is going on, he or she will report the event to Student Life.

A new rush opportunity came this year with the women of Iota Kappa Phi.

The club’s founders are sophomore women who felt a need for a new club on campus.

Iota’s activities consisted of a movie in the gym, ice cream and a tea party.

Along with activities, sign-ups are another main aspect of rush week.

All sign-ups were previously done on paper, but this year all of the information is online thanks to Director of Administrative Computing Services, Bryan Williams.

The sign-up process begins with old member sign-ups. A link was made available on myOC for members who are returning to club.

There are 453 old members who have signed up to be in a club again this year.

New rushees sign up for clubs they would like to be a part of after they have had a chance to participate in rush activities.

Two hundred and seventy total students signed up as new club members this semester, and 83 students signed up as new members within the first 15 minutes the link was available online.

Students must be eligible to complete the sign-up process.

“In order to rush, a student must have completed two terms at Oklahoma Christian,” Panter said. “If transferring, the student must have been involved in a similar organization at their previous school.”

Along with joining a club comes many traditions, however clubs are not allowed to single out their rushees by making them participate in traditions by themselves.

The university will be keeping a close eye on clubs this year, especially with the hazing issues across the state.

When students sign up for club online they agree to the following statement, ‘At no time should I be asked to or participate in any activity that violates Oklahoma hazing laws.’

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