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One Position Still Open On Panhel Exec

By Swetha Kambhampati

The new executive board of the Panhellenic Association has been elected, with the exception of the vice president for recruitment. Although a sophomore was originally slated to fill the position, Anna E. Massie ’07, the current vice president for recruitment, said that she and the board are looking for a junior replacement.

“The sisters were interested in more experienced” candidate who had “gone through recruitment twice and seen a lot more things on the sister side,” said Massie. The board felt that the person who filled this position needs not only a lot of dedication but also extensive prior knowledge and experience, she said.

The incoming executive slate includes Annika S. Larsson ’08 for president, Teejana Beenessreesingh ’08 for executive vice president, Caroline J. Barker ’08 for vice president of recruitment programming, Yi Zhou ’09 (also a Tech staff reporter) for vice president of programming, and Yicong Liu ’09 for vice president of finance and record.

While the original slating occurred on Oct. 13 and the slate as it stands was approved on Nov. 7, the position for the vice president of recruitment was voted on on Nov. 19 and the final slate was released on Nov. 21.

The election for the unfilled position will be held Dec. 10, said Shannon N. Nees ’07. She declined to comment further until the elections are finalized.

Elections are always challenging, Massie said. Board positions are hard to hold and a lot of hard work goes into them. Most candidates “are ecstatic about the job” and it becomes difficult in making the final decision.

People from all chapters can apply, described the current president Shannon Nees ’07. They rank the positions that they’re interested in. Subsequently, interviews, which last about four to six hours, are conducted with delegates from each chapter present on the panel. After interviewing and discussing, the delegates come up with a final slate which is then taken to each chapter for approval.

Though there are usually only two girls from each sorority on the executive board, this is not a requirement. If there are more than two girls from one chapter on the board, the slate must be approved unanimously, Nees said.

The new board will assume duty in early February, after sorority recruitment ends. One of its first responsibilities will be the transition to fall recruitment next year, Nees said.