Gilon Succeeds Pride As New IFC President
Zareena Hussain--The Tech
Iddo Gilon '98
By Zareena Hussain
Last month, the Interfraternity Council elected its new officers, who will take office this month.
The IFC's president-elect is former Vice President Iddo Gilon '98 of Phi Kappa Sigma.
"Iddo brings a lot of very good experience to the position" of president, said Assistant Dean for Residence and Campus Activities Neal H. Dorow, who serves as adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Gilon will continue to lead IFCin the right direction, Dorow said.
This year's other elected officer's for IFC are Vice President of Activities and Organization Waleed H. Anbar '99, Vice President of Internal Affairs Duane H. Dreger '99, Treasurer Jason C. Miller '99, Secretary Stephanie M. Zielinski '98, Chairman of the Judicial Committee David J. Day '98, Chairman of Public Relations Yehbin J. Song '98, Chairman of Community Relations Jeffrey Hu '98, Risk Manager Thomas G. Schmidt '99, and Rush Chair Jorge F. Rodriguez '98.
Jason D. Pride '97, the outgoing IFC president, said that the single most important improvement in the IFCduring his term was the continuation and improvement of the new member retreat, which was started two years ago as a way for freshmen from different affiliations to meet each other.
"Everything stems from there," Pride said. One effect of the new member retreat was record involvement in the IFC this past year.
IFC more than a clerical group
Pride said that Gilon has worked a lot with him. They have worked on unifying the IFCand fostering greater involvement from among the various FSILGs. This practice will continue during Gilon's term, Pride said.
Gilon will continue the positive changes that have been made within the IFC in the past two years and add to them, Gilon said.
"What I sense from past years is that the IFC was more a clerical organization," said Gilon.
Some new programs that have made the IFCsomething more than merely a clerical organization are the new member retreat and the stars of education program, which both educates new FSILG members and rewards individual houses for excellence in new member education.
Another positive change was last year's record involvement in IFC cabinet participation. Gilon said that he would hope to see that not just continue but also to grow even more.
"The more visible the IFC, the more people will see opportunities to participate. I'd like to think people would like to get out from within their own frames," Gilon said.
Gilon also plans to form a committee of interested house presidents to brainstorm and advise on what areas within the IFCneed improvement, he said.
"Some of the things I've seen lacking is more presidential involvement in planning [IFC] activities," Gilon said.
In addition, Gilon sees the prospect of a committee to address "weak links" as a guard against any changes that would possibly not be well thought-out.
"Before we start taking leaps, we should tie down things" and make sure everything is in working order, Gilon said.
Gilon strives for IFC, MIT unity
Gilon added that he would like to see an increase in the philanthropic efforts of the IFC. While not commenting on the specifics, he said that there would have to be a "general effort" to foster this increase because it will not happen on its own.
The IFC should be used as a vehicle for disseminating information about the decision-making of various Institute committees to the approximately 1,700 students represented by IFC, Gilon said. Gilon is a member of both the Dean's Office advisory committee and the student advisory council to the presidential task force on student life and learning.
Gilon would also continue to "support the larger unification of the IFC," he said.
In addition, Gilon would like to involve the IFC more in the general MITcommunity.
"I think MITis a divided campus - more so than other schools." Gilon said.
The larger unification of MIT "can't just be an effort of IFC"; any effort at this larger unification will have to come from all student groups, Gilon said.
Co-sponsoring events with other groups would be a good start, Gilon said.