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Daneshvar Elected IFC President, Grochow to be New Vice President

By Brian Loux


The Presidents’ Council of the Interfraternity Council elected Daniel H. Daneshvar ’05 the new president of the IFC on Wednesday night. Joshua A. Grochow ’05 was elected vice president.

Daneshvar is a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Grochow is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi.

The elections marked a recent change to the IFC constitution at a meeting on Oct 16 this year that reduced the number of positions on the executive committee from 11 to seven. The responsibilities of the old positions were consolidated into the new seven.

Two positions, executive assistant and program development chair, shoulder most of the responsibilities of the six eliminated positions. The executive assistant serves as the secretary and treasurer, while the program development chair oversees most of the external activities that previously fell to four positions. Eric J. Konopka ’05 (Sigma Nu) and Fahad H. Kajani ’05 (Phi Beta Epsilon) are the new executive assistant and program development chair, respectively.

Additionally, William R. Fowler ’05 (Pi Lambda Phi) was elected Judicial Committee chair, Michael J. Ehrenberg ’06 (Delta Tau Delta) was elected risk manager, and Chris P. Tostado ’06 (Nu Delta) was elected recruitment chair.

Daneshvar hopes for big changes

After accepting his position, Daneshvar hopes to make many changes in the rule-making process during his tenure as IFC president. “I’ve seen a slew of changes in the IFC within my time here,” he said. “I think part of it stems from the fact that rules are changing without our input.”

Daneshvar says that one of his primary goals will be to “bring the IFC back to the hands of the fraternities.” Citing the involvement of “outside sources” in IFC rule-making, Daneshvar says that “through increased involvement, I would like to decrease the feeling of disenfranchisement of the average member of the average fraternity.”

He specifically mentioned problems with the IFC Judicial Committee. “It is a serious problem that there are rules enforced, such as in JudComm, that are not voted on in the Presidents’ Council,” he said. “If there are any rules that outside sources deem necessary to enforce, those should be portrayed at the Presidents’ Council.”

According to Daneshvar, one major approach to realizing this goal will be through increased involvement of the IFC Presidents’ Council.

Daneshvar to revamp rush

Another one of his goals is to restructure the rush system. “I never would have allowed rush to go to a system that begins five weeks into the term ... I’d like to change that,” Daneshvar said.

“It’s not likely to happen, I recognize that,” he said, “but I’m coming in with a slew of changes that I’d like to see.”

Daneshvar hopes to continue building relationships with administrators such as David N. Rogers, Assistant Dean and Director for Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups, saying that, “the administrators have put a lot of trust in the IFC.”