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IFC Fills Two Positions Left Open By Resignations

By Jennifer Krishnan


The Interfraternity Council has elected two interim officers to fill positions left vacant by the recent wave of resignations.

Shang C. Chou ’04 of Delta Upsilon is the interim treasurer, replacing Patrick M. McCaney ’03. McCaney resigned Sept. 30 because of what he regarded as overly strict handling of alcohol violations by the IFC. The fallout from the handling of these sanctions also led to the resignations of IFC President Andrew T. Yue ’03 and Judicial Committee Chair Sheldon Y. Chan ’03.

IFC Vice President Amado G. Dehoyos ’04 of Alpha Tau Omega will serve as president, replacing Andrew T. Yue ’03, as prescribed by the IFC’s constitution.

Elections for interim vice president and interim judicial committee chair will be held at tomorrow’s IFC Presidents’ Council meeting, along with the regular election for recruitment chair.

Chou said he “saw this as a great opportunity to step up” and get involved with the IFC.

“All of the IFC ExecComm [has] an equal say in what goes on. I can add another perspective to that group,” Chou said.

Mira E. Wilczek ’03, a member of the Women’s Independent Living Group, is replacing Bryan D. Schmid ’03 as external relations chair. Schmid resigned over difficulties in dealing with Student Life Programs administrators.

“I’ve always wanted to get involved with the IFC,” Wilczek said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The newly elected interim officers will serve until December. The recruitment chair serves a year-long term beginning this month.

JudComm continues to function

Dehoyos said the IFC Judicial Committee has continued to function as usual, despite having no chair.

JudComm “is split between [two branches], enforcement and investigation,” Dehoyos said.

JudComm has a chief investigator, responsible for knowing when events will be held and assigning investigators their responsibilities, and a review board secretary, who processes complaints and determines whether there will be a trial, Dehoyos said.

“JudComm is still taking care of everything, but ExecComm has taken over communication” between the two branches, he said.

Wilczek discusses plans

The position of external relations chair “has great potential,” Wilczek said.

She said she plans to maintain “an active relationship with both [the Panhellenic Association] and [the Dormitory Council].”

Wilczek also said she intends to follow through with one of Schmid’s projects, “the good neighbors project,” which encourages fraternities and independent living groups to write letters to their neighbors and “extend hands in friendship.”

Neither Wilczek nor Chou ran for IFC ExecComm positions last December.

Chou said he is planning on running for treasurer again in December. Wilczek said she has not yet decided whether she will run for external relations chair again.

Interest unchanged

Members of ExecComm are elected by the Presidents’ Council, which consists of the presidents of all the member houses. Nominations for IFC executive committee positions must remain open for two weeks.

Dehoyos said nominations did not seem to be affected by the IFC’s recent spate of resignations. “There was about the same level of interest as usual,” he said.

“When events first started happening, there was some worry and concern” among member houses, Dehoyos said. Members “wondered where their leadership was taking them,” but they have been “very supportive of what we’ve been doing.”