Yue Elected IFC President, Anticipates Rush ChangesVincent Chen
Andrew T. Yue ’03 of Kappa Sigma will be the next president of the Interfraternity Council.
Yue stressed the importance of sustaining the tradition of living groups through this time of transition. “MIT students most commonly have their closest social ties to and associate themselves with their living groups so changes in that aspect effect students greatly,” he said.
“I think a lot of hand-down decisions have been made without our involvement, so I wanted to take part in standing up for the way of life for our living groups,” Yue said.
The new president stated that among his goals was to develop stronger and better defined relationships with the MIT administration, the Residential Life and Student Life Programs office, MIT police, and external entities such as the Cambridge Licensing Commission and Boston Licensing Board.
He also hopes to smooth the transition of the changing FSILG system. “I want to work on fostering better internal relations so that the IFC can be more unified and stronger in the face of a changing system,” Yue said.
Other incoming members are Vice President Amado G. DeHoyos ’04; Judicial Committee Chair Sheldon Y. Chan ’03; Risk Manager Lawrence W. Colagiovanni ’04; Treasurer Patrick M. McCaney ’03; External Relations Chair Bryan D. Schmid ’03; Community Service Chair George R. Hanson ’03; Inter-FSILG Relations Chair Fred F. Gao ’04; New Member Programs Chair Eric Zhang ’04, and Secretary Andrew J. Kutas ’04.
“I think that they have a good idea of where the IFC needs to go and will do a good job of the transition in 2002,” said current IFC president Rory P. Pheiffer ’01.
New officers plan rush changes
The new IFC officers will be faced with the challenge of following new rush and freshmen housing policies in the coming year.
“I think that some of the work that they’ll do will help lead the transition into 2002,” Pheiffer said.
The IFC must make sure that sufficient preparations are made for both rush and financial viability, Yue said.
“With the changes imposed for next year, I am afraid that a number of the incoming freshmen will not have the opportunity to engage in what I am sure most affiliated upperclassmen would consider some of the most rewarding experiences of their lives,” said De Hoyos.
The new IFC vice-president discussed new activities to be a part of next year’s rush, including a “Greek Week” preceding rush to draw freshmen to fraternities.
“I think that it will provide an excellent kick-off to getting everybody primed for what will, hopefully, be another successful living group rush in spite of the changes,” DeHoyos said.
Another change that these new officers will have to deal with is the secession of the Panhellenic Association from the IFC.
“I think in the coming year there will be various challenges faced by the two organizations while they try to develop their autonomy while maintaining relations,” Pheiffer said. “Since this will be their first year on their own, Panhel will need some time to do some things on their own, establish a name for themselves on campus.”
Increased unity top on agenda
Top on many of the elected officers’ agendas is to increase unity within the MIT community as a whole by dispelling misconceptions of the Greek community.
“There is a great antagonization of the IFC in many cases, in which members of the community feel that we are unfair and incapable, and I think that next year will provide us with the opportunity to work on that relationship,” De Hoyos said.
“[It is important] during this transition phase to make sure that a more trustful and working relationship is developed between MIT and not just the IFC Executive Committee, but to the whole IFC community at large,” Yue said.
Pheiffer also noted the importance of better campus relations in light of the changing nature of rush.
“In 2002 the freshmen will be living on campus, so we can’t have bad relations with students in dorms or else it will be very difficult to go in and recruit freshmen,” said Pheiffer.
Gao expressed similar concerns, seeking to increase the level of interaction between FSILG residents and on campus students, as well as between the varied fraternities.
“I want to build a cohesive IFC community in the eyes of MIT. This means having IFC sponsored events on campus for the entire student body for the purpose of bringing off-campus students back onto campus in a social setting,” Gao said. “I also want to work on a more personal relationship between houses.”
George Hanson, the elected community service chair, hopes to establish higher profile community service events for MIT and the surrounding communities.
“Of the few [community service events] we have had, they’ve been poorly attended and they haven’t made a great impact within the community,” Hanson said.