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2005 Panhel Officers Elected

By Kathy Lin

NEWS EDITOR

MIT Panhellenic has elected new officers and is now restructuring its council to increase efficiency.

The new officers are “experienced, excited, motivated people... who have been really involved,” said Robin M. Davis ’05, Vice President of Recruitment. They will take office on Jan. 31 after Panhel recruitment .

President-elect Nikki A. Pfarr ’06 has three main goals for her tenure as president. The first is to “make sure Panhel runs as an effective administrative tool,” Pfarr said. Panhel plans to seek constant feedback about its performance and the restructuring, she said.

“Panhel works for the sororities, not the other way around,” Davis said.

The second goal is to “take advantage of the fact that sororities are all women’s organizations that face similar challenges,” and they “have lots to learn from each other,” Pfarr said.

There “could be more cooperation” among the sororities, Davis said. For example, she said Panhel is planning on making a database of common resources that can be accessed by all sororities.

The third goal, Davis said, is to “embrace the role of Panhel as the largest women’s organization on campus,” and to “not just reach out to affiliated women.”

For example, Executive Vice President-elect Julia D. Kurnik ’06 and Administrative Vice President-elect Shannon N. Nees ’07 are working on a Women’s Guide to Getting around MIT.

Pfarr said she also wants Panhel to work towards being “recognized on the level of the Interfraternity Council and the Undergraduate Association,” in part by reaching out to students and networking with administrators, staff, and faculty.

“We’re younger, but now we’re on our feet,” Davis said.

Restructuring means new offices

Panhel is restructuring its council, Davis said, though the Executive Board won’t change. The changes are basically downsizing and reshuffling, she said.

“We reevaluated the positions we considered the most important,” Pfarr said. “We were doing a lot of good things,” but Panhel will now “do more things sororities want and need us to do,” she said.

Previously, Panhel “tried to do a lot of programming and spread itself too thin,” Pfarr said.

Now, they cut some “smaller positions” like Social Chair and put “stronger committees” in charge of the more important events, like Greek Week and Women’s Week.

After “we get Greek Week and Women’s Week really successful,” Panhel will reevaluate to see if they want to change their structure or branch out to new activities, Pfarr said.