September 18, 2003

Yale Daily News
Discord over deadlines taints a cappella rush

Every fall, the Singing Groups Council works to ensure that the competition among Yale's a cappella groups for the best and brightest freshman singers is in perfect harmony. This year, however, problems between the Yale College Dean's Office, the Duke's Men, and the Council has led to a rush of discord.

Yale Alley Cats member Al Powers '04 resigned from his position as a Council co-chairman Sept. 12 to protest a decision made by Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg that he said "undermined" the Council's "democratic function." Last May, the Council's chairmen set a single date for freshman callbacks, but because of miscommunication, the Duke's Men set their callbacks for Sept. 13, a week earlier than all the other groups. The Singing Groups Council refused to allow the Duke's Men this privilege, but after lengthy discussions, Trachtenberg overruled the Council's decision, granting the Duke's Men their wish and prompting Powers' resignation.

Powers said the chairmen of the Council marked a single date for rush callbacks in order to minimize pressure on freshmen from individual a cappella groups. The Council's charter grants chairmen the right to set the calendar, he said. By misunderstanding the rigidity of this schedule, the Duke's Men gave themselves an extra week to encourage prospective members.

Posted by acapnews at September 18, 2003 5:10 PM


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