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GREEK from page 1
concerns of out-of-state students.
Schwartzkopf said the formal sys
tem used by sororities has been better at
attracting pledges from out of state.
Andy Gustafson, a sophomore gen
eral studies major, said he thought part
of the reason for the declining numbers
was the stereotypes that are placed on
Gustafson, assistant rush chair for
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, said his
house accepted 18 new members this
year, down from nearly 30 last year.
Focus on negative incidents, espe
cially alcohol-related incidents, had
created an unfavorable impression of
fraternities, he said. f
He said that most of his fraternity’s
pledges had relatives who had been in
Josh Conway, a senior exercise sci
ence major, said his house did not expe
rience a drop in pledges this year.
Conway, the rush chair for Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, said his
house got an early start in the rush
process, meeting recruits from western
Nebraska during the beginning of the
summer and involving the whole house
He said improvements in the resi
dence halls were one reason for smaller
“(Fraternities) have to compete
with the dorms for technology and
space,” Conway said.
Conway said a formal rush process
would be beneficial to fraternities
because of decreased costs associated
with a shorter rush.
However, he said, a shorter rush
would give neither fraternities nor
potential pledges enough opportunity
to evaluate one another.
Barry Baker, rush chair for Chi Phi
Fraternity, said a formal rush would be
a “very good thing.”
The sophomore civil engineering
major said the prospect of attracting
more out-of-state recruits made a for
mal rush “very positive for the (greek)
After pledging fewer members than
hoped for this year, Chi Phi will con
duct a winter rush.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, which
operated without a house for three
semesters, is one fraternity making
gains in membership.
Schwartzkopf said the key to Kappa
Sigma’s recruitment and subsequent
return to its house was a core group of
members and alumni who developed a
new vision for the fraternity.
She said the fraternity’s strategy of
gradual membership growth and
recruitment of out-of-state students
was the reason the fraternity was able to
reestablish its house.
“Kappa Sigma has rededicated
themselves to the very high principles
fraternities were founded on,”
POLICE from page 1
into action seven times last year.
“We had a record year for
MIP arrests last year, and I
expect that to continue this year,”
The Lancaster County
Sheriff’s office extended the
pressure being put on drinkers
beyond the city line with a four
hour enforcement project
Sunday at Pawnee and Branched
In cooperation with the
Nebraska Game and Parks
Commission, 24 violations were
handed out by sheriff’s deputies,
including 19 liquor violations,
two drug violations and two war
The deputies were assisted in
the project by a Game and Parks
Commission Jet Ski.
Sheriff Terry Wagner said
intensified enforcement of cer
tain crimes within Lincoln often
pushed those crimes out into the
Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Bill
Jarrett said the project was not in
cooperation with the LPD’s
Wagner said he did not know
if any of those ticketed in the
project were UNL students.
University police cited seven
UNL students for minor in pos
session of alcohol Friday, several
of whom were members of the
Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Two students were cited near
the intersection of 14th and R
streets Friday night, Sgt. Mylo
Bushing said, between. 11 p.m.
' About a half hour after mid
night Friday, Bushing said a uni
versity officer saw several mem
bers of the Sigma Nu drinking on
the house’s balcony.
After being invited in, the
officer issued five members of
the house with minor in posses
sion of alcohol citations,
Members of the Sigma Nu
either refused to comment on the
incident or could not be reached.
advice for freshmen
FRESHMEN from page 1
Hock lived with her cousin, Sarah
Hock, her freshman year. Both girls
became close to the other women on
“Go to the dances, go out in the
courtyard and hang out,” Sarah Hock, a
sophomore English major, said. “Go
knock on your neighbors’ door - sur
Shelly Hock said she planned to live
in Smith Residence Hall again next year
because she liked to talk to people when
she returned from class.
“I know people here. If I went to an
apartment complex, I probably won’t
know my neighbors,” she said.
Unlike Hock, Joe Wolff, a junior
mechanical engineering major, never
knew most of his neighbors his fresh
man year in Harper Residence Hall. The
men on his floor stayed in their rooms.
“It was me and my roommates.
There was no one else on the floor,”
Wolff spent time with friends from
his high school and his two roommates’
friends that year.
“There were times I didn’t have any
thing to do,” Wolff said. “I’d go over to
Theta Xi (Fraternity) and party, but I
couldn’t go over too often brcause they
wanted me to rush, and I didn’t want to.”
Wolff said his best friends are peo
ple he met through his Resident
Assistant job in Harper Hall.
“It’s a very social job,” he said.
Josh Thelen, a junior agribusiness
major, found most of his close friends
during his first week at UNL. Most of
those friends were in his Sigma Phi
Epsilon Fraternity pledge class.
“Obviously, you get down here and
want to meet a bunch of girls right
away,” Thelen said. “Get in there and
meet other (guys). They’ll always have
high school buds in other houses, and
you meet them.”
Thelen said joining his fraternity
was one of the best choices he ever
“There was always someone who
said, ‘Hey, you want to do this?’ There
were all kinds of activities you could go
do,” he said. “Some of us will remain
close for life.”
Molly Chamoff, a junior advertis
ing major, said she enjoyed college rela
tionships because they were honest.
“In high school, a bunch of people
were cliquey,” Chamoff said. “When
people come home from college, they
realize, ‘I’m not the hot stuff I thought I
But Chamoff said she has remained
close to her high school friends who
went to other colleges. She has also
remained close to the friends she met
her first year at UNL in Schramm
Residence Hall. Chamoff now lives off
campus with two other women from her
freshman learning community in
Schramm Residence Hall.
“It was so much fun in the dorm,”
she said. “We’d go to Super K - what is
open at 1 a.m.? We’d sit out in the hall
and just talk.”
She said those relationships became
the most meaningful.
“We formed kind of a family,” she
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