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Panhel Chooses New Executive Officers, Living Groups Get Ready for Spring Rush

By Jeffrey Greenbaum


The Panhellenic Association and the Living Group Council seek to spread their individual names as Recruitment 2002 approaches.

As of tomorrow, the Panhellenic sororities will secede from the Interfraternity Council. The members of the newly elected Panhel executive board and council thus hope to spread Panhel’s name and help develop a Panhel culture independent of the IFC, outgoing Panhel President Annie K. Wang ’02 said.

Likewise, the LGC will host LGC-wide rush events in order to spread the image of the independent living groups. “There are a lot of similarities between the LGC houses,” said Kenneth A. Mitton ’02, an LGC Representative from Pika.

Panhel selects new officers

In its most recent house elections, Alpha Epsilon Phi selected Naomi A. Schmelzer ’03 as Panhel’s next president.

Panhellenic executive members are not elected by the outgoing Panhellenic Association. Instead, each sorority rotates the office, to which it can elect one of its sisters. Each of the five sororities thus has a sister serving as an executive officers, elected by her individual sorority and not the Panhellenic Association.

During her presidency, Schmelzer foresees that she will be dealing with the separation of Panhel from the Interfraternity Council and Recruitment 2002.

On Wednesday, the Panhellenic sororities will officially secede from the IFC. As a result, “we will want to try to get our own name out there,” Schmelzer said.

Schmelzer decided to run for president because she “was getting really excited about these changes.” As president, she said she will help develop the Panhellenic community while establishing its name on campus.

In addition, Schmelzer wanted to share her excitement for sisterhood with Panhel, which she views as a larger version of sisterhood than her individual sorority. “The idea of sisterhood is something that I really love ... and would like to share,” Schmelzer said.

Her executive board will also include Susie Lee ’05 (Kappa Alpha Theta) as the Vice President of Programming, Sara Pierce ’03 (Sigma Kappa) as Vice President of Recruitment, Joanne Chang ’03 (Alpha Chi Omega) as Vice President of Administration, and Sarah E. Poulsen ’04 (Alpha Phi) Vice President of Finance & Records.

“We have a great executive board,” Wang said. “They are such a dynamic group, between their experiences, enthusiasm, leadership and initiative, that they are going to rock.”

The Cabinet members, unlike the executive board, were elected by the Panhellenic Association on Saturday. The Cabinet includes: Karen A. Ritter ’04 as Assistant Recruitment Chair, Sue Y. Young ’05 as Social Chair, Veronica A. Andrews ’05 as Health/Wellness Chair, Stephanie L. Berger ’03 as Scholarship Chair, Danielle N. Dahle ’05 as Community Service Chair, Emily I. Chang ’05, Liz T. Nguyen ’05, and Anita G. Shaw ’05 as Publicity Chairs, Anna E. Holt ’05 as External Relations Chair, and several Delegates, with two Assistant Delegates to be determined.

During their speeches, “they [the Cabinet members] hit on every necessary aspect,” said Wang. “I don’t think that there is anything that they cannot handle.”

Wang said she was excited that “after 15 years, [the sororities] are on their own two feet.”

LGC to conduct spring rush

The Living Group Council will host a Kickoff for LGC spring rush on Friday, January 25 in Killian Court.

The LGC houses want to pool together their resources to help contribute to a more successful rush for each house, Mitton said.

“We are looking to get our name out by showing people what we are about,” said Pika Rush Chair Sarah R. Gottfried ’04.

The LGC has already introduced the notion of an LGC rush on campus with its ice skating event that it cosponsored with the Class of 2005 last weekend. It will also sponsor a study break on Thursday evening in Baker House’s dining hall.

The LGC voted to host these preliminary events as an organization because “there are a lot of similarities between the LGC houses,” Mitton said.

The LGC will continue its rush during the Independent Activities Period until the beginning of classes. Ray Vichot ’04, of Fenway House, said that IAP is a more convenient time than during the academic term for the LGC to conduct its rush.

Most of the LGC houses will continue to rush with the IFC during its spring rush. “We are still [members] of the IFC,” Mitton said. “People may look at other IFC houses and stop by our if people are interested, we want to be around.”