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ILGs, Frat Officially Announce Council Formation

By Jennifer Lane
Executive Editor

Seeking a louder voice in Institute affairs, six living groups have formed the Living Group Council. The council is composed of Epsilon Theta, Fenway House, pika, Student House, Tau Epsilon Phi, and the Women's Independent Living Group.

The group released a statement Wednesday after meeting to select a name, elect officers, and author a press release. However, the top two elected positions, speaker and moderator, remain unfilled.

Grant F. Gould '99 from ET was elected speaker pro tempore, Jennifer C. Berk '01 from WILG was elected secretary, and Sarah L. McDougal '00 from Fenway House was elected treasurer.

LGC member houses decided to form a new organization in part because they "felt that the Interfraternity Council didn't necessarily represent them very well," Gould said. The LGC is about "ILGs having a stronger voice on campus and in the IFC."

The LGC has several issues currently on the table for discussion, such as graduate resident tutors, plans for rush and orientation, and alcohol policy, Berk said.

LGC decides IFC relationship

The statement released by the LGC stated that their houses have concerns that differ from traditional fraternities, and often feel their voices are lost in the 39-member IFC.

The relationship between the two councils has yet to be defined, with formal representation within the IFC at stake.

The LGC hopes to function within the IFC in a manner similar to the Panhellenic Council, which represents MIT's five national sororities, according to their statement.

However, lines of communication between the LGC and IFChave yet to be opened.

The IFC is "waiting for [the LGC] to start talking to us about anything," Dreger said.

The Undergraduate Association will pursue designating one or two seats for LGC members-at-large, said Paul T. Oppold '99.

The LGC is also looking to forge ties with the administration, although none have been pursued at this time.

Council brings ILGs together

The LGC will not be an exclusively political group. Member houses will be able to discuss issues related to alternative living groups such as communal living and inter-ILG social activities as well as other common issues.

The LGCarose from the formation of the ilg-talk mailing list in the fall. After last fall's alcohol-related incidents, the ilg-talk mailing list was used as a forum for individuals to coordinate responses to various immediate issues.

These discussions made the ILGs realize how much they had in common, Gould said.

Participants in the ilg-talk list then felt the need for a "more formal way of ensuring our voice was heard," McDougal said.