is this a good idea?
OK, I'm rush chair this semester, and I'm considering something a little radical, so I need some advice. First, some background: we're a local fraternity at UMass. It's not a big Greek system, and it's just barely organized- chapters tend to go their own way most of the time. This is our first semester with a house, so it's really the first semester we've been able to get organized and prepped before the freshmen get there.
Fraternity rush here is very weird- we're technically not allowed to hold any rush events during the first week of school, and not allowed to give bids for another week after that. BUT if someone were to break those rules, the very most that would happen is other people would get very annoyed and TP our house or something.
Rush has also been very unsuccessful the past few years- we're barely sustaining our numbers. I think a lot of it has to do with the slow pace of our rush. Freshmen get excited about a fraternity, but then life gets in the way and they don't come back.
SO what I'm thinking of is cramming our rush into opening weekend, and issuing bids the first day of classes. I really think it'd be much easier to just get it all over with at once, and get our new class started, than dragging it out and having prospectives get distracted by everything else in their lives. I dunno- what do y'all think of this? I'm hoping that if we do and it works for us, we'll get other houses to switch to a quicker rush too.