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Panhel, Living Group Council Elect New Officers

By Mariana Recalde

Looking ahead to greater independence from the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association and Living Group Council elected new officers last weekend.

Christine M. Ortiz ’05 was elected Panhel’s president, Susie Lee ’05 won vice president of recruitment, Emily I. Chang ’05 was elected vice president of administration, and Jennifer J. DeBoer ’05 was named vice president of finance and records.

The vice president of programming has not yet been selected, but will come from Alpha Epsilon Phi. Panhel also elected a new group of council chairs.

“We’re all very happy with the results of the election,” said Shira M. Lee ’05, delegate for AEPhi.

Panhel also voted to change the way their executive officers are elected. In a 4-0 vote with one abstention, Panhel voted to allow all Panhel delegates to elect the executive officers. Currently, the five executive offices are rotated between the five sororities yearly, and each sorority selects the candidate that will take its particular office for the year.

The LGC’s new officers will be Speaker Juan C. Alicea ’05, Moderator Benazeer S. Noorani ’04, Treasurer Laurel L. Ruhlen ’06, and Secretary Ashley M. Ramsey ’04.

IFC split changed Panhel

Panhel has changed since first splitting from the Interfraternity Council last December, members said.

The split “has allowed us to stand on our own two feet,” said Kimberly G. Chao ’04, delegate for Alpha Chi Omega.

Among the changes for Panhel is a separate rush, to take place during the Independent Activities Period. In previous years, Panhel recruitment and IFC rush would be held at the same time, before the beginning of fall term. While IFC events are geared toward men, they still attract many women, which could conflict with Panhel recruitment if it were held concurrently with IFC rush.

Panhel is “very anxious to see how spring recruitment goes,” Chao said, and as always, they will be looking for ways to improve, whether it involves adjusting the structure or timing of recruitment.

In the past year, Panhel has reorganized its hierarchy, and now they are looking to get “more involved on campus,” said Elizabeth L. Greenwood ’05, health and wellness chair. She said one of her initiatives is to offer workshops to the MIT community. The workshops will focus on informing participants about alcohol and tobacco, nutrition, sexual education, and exercises that can be done in a dorm room.

LGC could officially leave IFC

While LGC has not officially split from the IFC, a motion to do so is up for a vote Feb. 2. In the meantime, LGC has advertised its rush separately from IFC rush, and it has held several events as a group. Until February, the LGC will continue to work on policy, including risk management, budget, and dues, in anticipation of secession. LGC also plans to hold a spring rush.