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Name Change Can Make IFC Less Greek-Centric

The wish of new Interfraternity Council President Iddo Gilon '98 for "the larger unification of the IFC" would be facilitated by a simple name change ["Gilon Succeeds Pride As New IFC President," Wednesday, Jan. 8].

Making the IFC the Interliving Group Council could do wonders toward making the organization less Greek-centric. For several years, many members of coed living groups have seen the IFC as at best a necessary formality and at worst a persistent burden that doesn't serve our needs and doesn't provide welcome opportunities for us. For instance, the new member education program including rape awareness may be beneficial to some fraternities, but it doesn't really apply to a house of 30 men and women living together already treating each other with respect and well aware of the unfortunate realities of sexual violence.

The IFC's attempt to make programs like this mandatory for all living groups seems a little absurd. The benefits we get from the IFC include being able to house first-year students and getting reasonable rates for insurance. I believe that any interliving group association should concentrate on the things that affect all of its members - like rush administration - and leave social activity construction to groups that have more in common. Directing its efforts toward all its members would greatly assist the IFC in becoming more involved "in the general MIT community."

It may seem that a name change is a simplistic approach to solving the problem, but I hope that it will serve as a reminder to Adviser to Fraternities Sororities and Independent Living Groups Neal H. Dorow, the IFC president, and other IFC members that theirs is an organization that includes bisexual vegetarian communists, alcoholic frat boys, and everything in between - and that it should behave as such.

Dianne Egnor '97 The writer is a resident of pika