Cap & Gown Club was the most selective and most bickered eating club for the second year in a row after accepting 46 percent of bickerees. Cap accepted 98 of its 213 bickerees this year, including 96 sophomores and two juniors.
Around 563 students were accepted into one of the six bicker clubs this year, which is significantly higher than the 515 who were offered membership last year.
In total, the bicker clubs received about 884 applications, including cross-bickerees, up from 831 applications last year.
Cap president Justin Perez ’14 attributed the increase in his club’s bickerees to the multi-club Bicker system that was introduced by the Interclub Council last spring. With the new system, students can bicker up to two selective eating clubs and gain membership to the highest ranked club that accepts them.
“People probably had the option to bicker two clubs and maybe try Cap out if they wanted to see if they thought it was a place they’d want to be,” Perez said. ”We also had a bunch of sophomore pre-Bicker events that have seen quite a lot of people out as well.”
Cap has seen a steady increase in the number of bickerees for the past three years, up from 199 in the spring of 2013 and 157 in the spring of 2012.
Tower, on the other hand, was the least selective club with a 76.8 percent acceptance rate. The club had 151 bickerees and accepted 116 of them. Tower president John Whelchel ’15 said the club accepted nine more members than last year because the budget allowed for the increase.
The new class of Tower members consists of 110 sophomores and six juniors.
Cannon Dial Elm Club accepted 68.5 percent of its bickerees by accepting 98 of the 143 students who bickered the club. The club took 59 of 101 bickerees last year.
Cannon president Connor Clegg ’14 said the increase of 39 members came about because of focused efforts to showcase the community and friendship that Cannon had worked hard to forge as a new club on the Street.
“I think the officers and the members worked hard to bring people into the club, have meals, study in the club and get to know members so they felt comfortable, and I think that definitely paid dividends during the Bicker cycle,” Clegg said.
Ivy Club accepted approximately 63 percent of bickerees. The club accepted 68 of the 108 students that bickered, according to sources within the club. Ivy president Thatcher Foster ’14 did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Tiger Inn accepted 95 of the 136 students that bickered the club, according to TI president Chris Hamm ’14. He added that four students were accepted into the club but chose not to join TI.
Cottage Club accepted 88 of its 133 bickerees, according to sources within the club. Cottage president John McGee ’14 did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Cottage has not officially released membership numbers in recent years.
Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the number of students who bickered the Cap & Gown Club in the Spring of 2013 and 2012. 199 students bickered in the Spring of 2013 and 157 in the Spring of 2012. The ‘Prince’ regrets the error.