Interfraternity Council Fills Vacant PositionsBy Jennifer L. Wong
The Interfraternity Council elected officers to its remaining vacant positions during a President’s Council meeting Wednesday evening. The Committee on Risk Management was also asked to take on new duties in response to the treatment of alcohol violations of four fraternities that resulted in the resignation of former president Andrew T. Yue ’03.
Officials were elected by show of hands and required a simple majority for victory. The new interim IFC Vice President is Paul J. Sierra ’05 of Theta Delta Chi and the interim Judicial Committee Chair is David B. Gottlieb ’05 of Delta Tau Delta.
John J. Huss ’05 of Pi Lambda Phi was named the 2002-2003 Recruitment Chair, replacing current chair Joshua S. Yardley ’04. The Recruitment Chair election is regularly held in October.
Interim officers will be replaced by the winners of the regular elections in December.
IFC decides to rethink policies
IFC President Amado G. Dehoyos ’04, who replaced Yue, said the Committee on Risk Management has been formed in response to the handling of alcohol violations by the IFC and the Student Life Office.
The IFC’s Risk Management Committee is headed by Lawrence G. Colagiovanni ’04 of Kappa Sigma. His committee will be looking at the existing IFC policies regarding violations and punishment and will attempt to reevaluate and restructure them.
Dehoyos said that the IFC welcomes “new input from the community to see what they want” and will move forward from the current situation “by evaluating those suggestions.”
“The system has strong leadership and we will continue to faithfully represent the system,” he said.
IFC seeks to improve community
The major initiatives for Dehoyos and the entire IFC this year are to improve communication and build a better and stronger sense of community among all fraternities.
Colagiovanni said the “IFC should serve as a resource for the houses. ... The IFC can bring houses together as long as we have the right relationship with them. ... [we must] make sure that they know we are there to help and not hurt them.”
Colagiovanni said his goal was expand the current policy to develop a general management policy about following general Massachusetts state laws and another as a event guideline for having social functions.
He said he would like to see the risk management committee restructure the alcohol education requirements. “I would like to see more focus on things such as being able to prevent and identify alcohol poisoning, stress management, etc.”, Colagiovanni said.
“I would like to see houses more actively use the IFC risk manager as a resource,” he said. “I think houses could benefit a lot [from] this, but we would have to establish the trust first between the two. In my opinion, that is why the risk manager is here, but with our houses, he is most often an untapped resource.”
Dehoyos said that they are responding carefully to everything that has happened and “the administration has been really supportive of how we are moving on.”
Officers comment on the system
Dehoyos said that “the new officers are very involved in the IFC and are extremely qualified [for their positions].”
Sierra said he is “interested in bringing together the continuity of the new rush system.” He mentioned that this year has been a “good opportunity for freshmen to live in dorms” while fraternities try to “build a greater sense of community from house to house.”
Gottlieb says it is important “to improve communication and links between the community.” JudComm is here to help with issues but “has always been under utilized.”
Huss said the IFC has pledged “its dedication to make rush even more successful than it was this year.”
As the new IFC Recruitment Chair, Huss said he “will be looking into issues such as overnight jaunts, alcohol policy and its enforcement before and during rush, and efforts to lower the cost of rush for individual houses along with the Rush Committee and input from all of the houses in the IFC.”
Huss also said he “will work with the administration and all of the member houses to find the best time and structure for Rush next year.”