Brosnan Named As Next IFC PresidentBy Dana Levine
The Interfraternity Council held elections on Wednesday for its Executive Committee, naming Damien A. Brosnan ’01 as the new IFC president.
“I’m excited by next year’s Executive Council. I was pleased by the number of candidates that came out this year,” said current IFC president Michael V Trupiano ’00.
The other incoming members of Executive Committee are Vice President of Activity Organization Rebecca M Grochow ’01; Vice President of Internal Affairs Ryan S. Barrows ’01; Treasurer Isaac M. Dinner ’02; Secretary Justin M. Schmidt ’01; Judicial Committee Chair Russell L. Spieler ’01; Public Relations Chair Helen H. Lee ’02; Community Relations Chair Andrew T. Yue ’03; and Risk Manager Josiah D. Seale ’02. The newly elected officers will take office at the first Executive Council meeting next term, to take place in February.
Brosnan experienced in govt.
Brosnan, who defeated current IFC Public Relations Chair Vicki W. Lin ’01 for the presidency, is a member of Delta Tau Delta. He has served in such positions as the Sergeant at Arms of the Undergraduate Association and the IFC Risk Manager. Last summer he served as one of the four orientation leaders.
“He’s very psyched about this. I know that he’s been thinking about it for a long time,” said William A. Dichtel ’00, DTD president.
“I’m not just a member of the IFC or the UA. I’m a member of the MIT community,” Brosnan said. During his term, he hopes to foster unity within the IFC and MIT community as a whole.
“The ideas that I bring to the table are amalgams of my ideas mixed with those that I obtained from the UA,” Brosnan said.
During his term, he hopes to gain more IFC input in administrative decisions and to work with the administration to improve the image of the IFC. He cited the presence of an undergraduate IFC member on the Deans’ Council as a step in a direction which he would like to continue.
“I really care about our community and enjoy helping out the IFC,” he said.
Brosnan also stated that a key goal of his administration was to increase interaction between members of the IFC, especially during meetings of the presidents’ council. “I want to increase unity and the sense of community within the IFC. It would be really great if I could get more houses to share good news with each other,” he said.
Brosnan believes that his biggest challenge will be “really interpreting and dissecting the 2001 decision. We have to see how it affects our group and what this means for each fraternity.”
“I look forward to working with Matt McGann and Jen Frank,” said Brosnan, referring to the UA president and the Dormcon president respectively. “Our working together will be beneficial to the MIT community.”
Newcomer brings fresh outlook
A freshman at Kappa Sigma, Andrew Yue was the sole freshman elected to the executive council. “Community service has always been a rewarding thing to work with,” said Yue.
Yue cites his reasons for running for Community Relations Chair as “wanting to be part of the MIT community and serving FSILGs.”
While at home, he performed such jobs as working at a local YMCA as a volunteer swim coach and organizing neighborhood cleanups and a Fourth of July Parade.
Dichtel ’00 likened Yue to Duane A Dreger ’99, a former IFC president before Trupiano who was elected to the IFC Executive Council as a freshman.
“I felt that this was a good opportunity to get a freshman in there. The IFC Executive Council had a lot of experience in the officers that we elected [before Yue]. We could afford to invest in the future,” Dichtel said.
Yue expressed gratitude to current Community Relations Chair Joseph A Cirello ’01 and IFC Rush Chair Dakus S Gunn ’01, who advised him in his campaign. He stated that he was initially a bit shocked by his election, but he is “excited” and has “high hopes” for the future.
Yue hopes to foster better relations with the community through community service. Citing Links and City Days as two IFC community service activities that have been successful in the past, Yue said that he hopes to add even more successful events to the IFC’s schedule.
“One of the most challenging things [about performing community service] is getting commitment from people. However, once we’re together, things will go extremely well,” Yue said
Currently, Yue is involved with the IFC philanthropy committee, which is in the process of planning a large event for the spring.
“The officers that we elected were extremely strong. This is a win/win situation for the IFC,” said Dichtel.