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IFC votes to change Greek Week

IFC votes to change Greek Week

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The Interfraternity Council has decided to limit funding for its fall Greek Week to $1000, converting it into a "Greek <>

Weekend." The council felt Greek Week was contributing to a negative image of fraternities and losing too much money.

By a vote 28-0, with one abstention, the members of the council voted Wednesday night to scale down the October events to a weekend of athletic activities and community service. A Greek ball, which would be open to the entire student body, might also be part of the new events.

Greek Week, which lasted five days (Wednesday-Sunday), used to consist of parties and athletic events. It had been revived just three years ago, according to Sara F. Bottfeld '91, a former IFC social chair.

IFC President Miles Arnone '91 felt the shift from a week of parties to a weekend of activities and service reflects changes in attitudes among members of independent living groups.

"We are changing. We are trying to emphasize other activities than [big parties]," Arnone said. "There are a lot of other activities that should receive emphasis."

The council also voted on Wednesday to change the name of the social chair position to activities chair to recognize the shift in emphasis of IFC-sponsored activities.

Losses over the last two years also prompted the restructuring. Greek Week lost over $6000 two years ago and $2000 last year. "Participation has been pretty low in the past few years," Arnone said.

The members of IFC include fraternities and other independent living groups as well as the three sororities.