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IFC, ASA Develop Easier Recognition Procedure

Fraternities Recognized by Ass’n of Student Activities Can Reserve Rooms Directly, Get Free Ads in Tech

By Jenny Zhang

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The Interfraternity Council and the Association of Student Activities have developed a quick process for fraternities to become ASA-recognized.

Fraternities recognized by the ASA can reserve campus spaces by themselves, instead of working through the IFC. ASA-recognized groups also receive a free page of advertising each year in The Tech.

The process involves filling out a start-up petition form with information such as the fraternity name, president’s name, officer and general mailing lists, as well as signatures from the house president and an IFC official, according to Eric J. Konopka ’05, the outgoing IFC vice president, and ASA President Kathryn M. Walter ’05, who developed the process.

“All we have to do is approve the constitution, and all that takes is two people” looking it over, Walter said.

She said that the ASA has certain requirements of the constitution such as that the fraternity president and treasurer not be the same person.

If a fraternity is part of the IFC and its constitution is approved, recognition is “likely to be instantaneous,” she said.

Konopka said that he mentioned the new ASA recognition process to fraternity presidents several weeks ago at an IFC Presidents Council meeting, and that so far three fraternities -- Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Nu, and Pi Lambda Phi -- have submitted petitions. “Ideally, eventually all the fraternities will become recognized,” he said, citing easier room reservations and Tech advertising space as benefits of recognition.

Recognition has benefits

The only fraternity already recognized, Alpha Epsilon Pi, has been an ASA member for at least two years, said Joshua A. Grochow ’05, the house president and incoming IFC vice president.

The fraternity has not applied for funding from MIT, but there are some funds available only to ASA members that might be useful in the future., he said.

Grochow said ASA recognition was helpful in allowing the fraternity to reserve rooms directly.

ASA will not be judicial

Walter said that the ASA will not be responsible for monitoring the fraternities for disciplinary purposes. “It is not the intent of the ASA to be judicial,” she said.

Konopka and Walter said that the ASA’s “God Clause,” a paragraph required in activity constitutions that establishes groups as subordinate to the ASA’s Executive Board, would probably not apply to fraternities.