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Alpha Epsilon Phi Named IFC’s Chapter of the Year

Grochow, Spieler Win Recognition at Awards Banquet

By Michael J. Ring


The Interfraternity Council recognized Alpha Epsilon Phi as its Chapter of the Year at the IFC’s annual awards banquet Wednesday evening.

In presenting the award, IFC President Rory P. Pheiffer ’02 praised AEPhi for their charity work, including their Phi Cup hockey tournament and their work with the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The IFC president also noted that AEPhi held the highest house grade point average of all fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, and that its members are active in other campus activities.

“This particular organization epitomizes what a Chapter of the Year should be,” Pheiffer said.

Rebecca M. Grochow ’01 and Russell L. Spieler ’01 received the Dean Frederick Garner Fassett Jr. Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding male and female member of the IFC community.

Grochow has served as the IFC’s vice president of activities and organization. She also has worked on the council’s residence adviser committee and the Cambridge Alcohol Advisory Board relations. Additionally, Pheiffer noted that Grochow organized the IFC’s application to the Northeast Greek Leadership Awards.

The IFC won two awards from the association. It received the Council Management and Programming Excellence Award for its restructuring and administration. The IFC also won the Leadership and Educational Development Programming Excellence Awards for its efforts with new members and leadership retreats.

“[Grochow] has really set an example for all future members of the IFC to follow,” Pheiffer said.

Spieler was honored for his work as the IFC’s Judicial Committee chair. Pheiffer said that Spieler was instrumental in reaching an agreement with the Boston Licensing Board that allows the IFC wide latitude in handling problems in Boston, a system which has been very successful.

“The amount of respect I have for [Spieler] is unparalleled,” Pheiffer said.

Chapters, Immerman recognized

Four chapters were recognized with other IFC awards at the dinner.

Theta Chi was recognized with the Order of Omega New Member Education award. The prize honors the chapter with the best new member education program.

Phi Delta Theta received the James R. Killian, Jr. Community Service award for its commitment to volunteering.

Alpha Epsilon Phi won the Kenneth R. Wadleigh Faculty Relations Award for their close work with their adviser, Associate Professor of History Anne E. C. McCants.

Phi Sigma Kappa received the D. Reid Weddon, Jr. Alumni Relations Award for its work to maintain strong ties with alumni.

The IFC also recognized Director of Project Development Stephen D. Immerman for his work as interim FSILG adviser this year. Immerman took on the duties after the resignation of former FSILG adviser Neal H. Dorow.

Finally, the IFC introduced David Rogers, who will serve as the new Assistant Dean for FSILGs. Rogers, an administrator at the University of Connecticut, is one of four recently hired by the Institute to assist FSILGs.

Rogers expressed optimism as he begins his duties next week. “Together we can have a successful year,” Rogers said.