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New Interfraternity Council Officers Assume Posts

Raymound Louie -- The Tech
Bryan D. Dye '96

By Jennifer Lane
Staff Reporter

The new president of the Interfraternity Council, Bryan D. Dye '96, hopes to implement minimum standards for pledge programs and community service. Dye, who was elected in December, took office with the other new officers last Wednesday.

Dye said he is excited and "looking to make productive changes" in the IFC. As president, Dye's duties are to represent the IFC to the public, run meetings, and make general policy decisions, he said.

The other new officers include: Vice President Jason D. Pride '96, Treasurer David B. Newell '97, Secretary Craig A. Zimmerman '96, Rush Chair Alison L. Walters '96, and Panhellenic President Shruti Serah '96.

IFC officers are elected every year by the IFC President's Council, comprised of all independent living group presidents. Candidates must prepare a brief speech outlining their platforms and demonstrating that they have been active in their own house and are familiar with the responsibilities of the office, Dye said.

The council then makes a decision based on the candidate's platform, Dye said. With this system, the election is "not a popularity contest," and the IFC can ensure a diverse mixture of classes and houses among the officers, he said.

Minimum standards important

Dye wants to implement minimum standards in several areas for fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. "Fraternities all claim to be the biggest and the best," he said. "They need to have some way to back that up."

Minimum standards for new member programs are necessary, Dye said. Right now there is no standard for how people join living groups, he said. There are also no standards for programs relating to sexual harassment or rape awareness, he said.

Dye said he would also like to impose minimum standards for community service. He hopes to encourage houses to participate in community service by establishing a new recognition system, he said. By completing certain projects or a certain number of hours of service, an ILG could attain a higher level of recognition, he said.

To improve neighbor relations, Dye plans to rotate a "community relations beeper" among different IFC officers. Currently, neighbors of living groups that have a complaint are calling the police, Dye said. "Neighbors are calling 911 with noise complaints, and we want to alleviate that," he said.

Dye's plan is to give neighbors of ILGs refrigerator magnets with the beeper number. Neighbors with complaints could page the IFC at any time and get an immediate response, Dye said. This way, complaints from neighbors could be handled internally and more effectively, he said.

Dye will continue communication, pledge efforts

Setting high standards will help to improve the attitudes of entire houses, Dye said. Last year's talks with Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgenders and Friends opened important lines of communication, he said. "I'd like to keep that going," he said. "It's hard to change the seniors, but we can start with the freshmen through [higher] standards."

ILGs received a record number of pledges last rush. "I'd really like to keep that up," Dye said. Despite the record numbers, overcrowding of the fraternities is not a problem, he said.

As vice president, Pride said he plans to reorganize the IFC cabinet to be more efficient and to encourage interfraternity relations.

Pride will also work to "improve Greek Week and run rush in a more fair and fluid manner," he said. Pride said would like to encourage better relations between fraternities and sororities by encouraging more large-scale mixers.