Members of Terrace F. Club picked up 130 new members Sunday night after the first round of sign-ins, president Christopher St. John ’15 said.
All the first-round members are sophomores. The club did not accept junior members during last year's sign-in season either.
“I am thrilled beyond belief,” St. John said of the new class of sign-ins. “I am just ecstatic that we didn’t reach our cap and that everybody who wanted Terrace to be their club was able to. I was very nervous that we would run into a situation of a massive sign-in like last year and we would have to pull some sort of shtick but everyone who signed into Terrace first round got into Terrace and I’m so excited and thrilled for them.”
Though this number is lower than the 183 students who signed into the club last year, it is nevertheless significantly higher than the 79 students who signed in during the first round in 2012. St. John explained that the fluctuation is natural and that the numbers are “always going to vary from year to year.”
“Terrace has always been Terrace and will continue to be Terrace,” St. John said, dismissing rumors that Terrace was actively trying to avoid a large sign-in class during sophomore events. “We’re weirdos, we’re not being extra weird, we’re just weirdos.”
St. John added that Terrace will be open for second round sign-ins but that he won’t know how many will be accepted in the second round until he meets with the club’s graduate board on Thursday. The meeting on Thursday will also determine how many juniors will be accepted from the club's waitlist, he said.
Terrace was the only club to release its first round sign-in numbers to The Daily Princetonian. Charter Club president Josh Zimmer ’15, Colonial Club president Sarah Pak ’15 and Quadrangle Club president Joe Margolies ’15 declined to disclose the first round numbers for their respective clubs. Cloister Inn president Andrew Frazier ’15 did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
While Pak would not disclose the exact number of first round sign-ins at Colonial, she said that the number is on par with last year’s first round and is even a little higher. She noted that the club has a cap on the number of sign-in members at 120, adding that she thinks the club will get close to that number. Colonial had a total of 106 new members sign up last spring.
“I’m very satisfied with our sign-in numbers,” Pak said. “I’m pretty excited. A lot of the people who have been showing up to our events signed in first round.”
While Zimmer did not comment on Charter’s exact figures, he said that “we are happy with the number of early admits,” adding that “everyone who did sign in early was extremely enthusiastic.”