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Final Panhel Exec Board Position Filled, Goals For Upcoming Year Laid Out

By Nick Bushak

The Panhellenic Association has selected Angela P. Wu ’08 as the vice president of recruitment for the coming year, filling the last Panhel Executive Board position after it was left open in the original vote in November. The biggest challenge facing the incoming executive board is the move to fall recruitment scheduled to take place this year. Recruitment has taken place in the spring since 2002.

The new Panhel executive board will assume duty in early February.

As the new president of Panhel, Annika S. Larsson ’08 says that her goals for the coming year include continuing improvement of relationships between sororities and both alumni and faculty. She has suggested instituting a faculty-member advising program for each sorority, as a “way of getting professors involved and understanding what chapters do for campus.”

Larsson also claims that “keeping up a good relationship” with the Interfraternity Council is important for the coming year, especially with the move to fall recruitment.

Teejana Beenessreesingh ’08, the incoming executive vice president, also has a set of goals for the incoming executive board, including a greater outreach of Panhel members beyond the Boston community. “I feel that Panhel, being the biggest women’s organization on campus can help to make a huge impact on the international level also,” said Beenessreesingh.

Beenessreesingh would also like to set up programs with the Public Service Center for the “improvement of deprived women and children be it in shelters in Boston or in deprived countries.”

Panhel executive members including Yi Zhou ’09, the incoming vice president of programming (also a Tech news staff reporter), have also mentioned the goal to grow Junior Panhel, a “mini-Panhel” designed to introduce 10 elected new members to the operation of Panhel.

However, according to current president Shannon N. Nees ’07, one of the greatest challenges faced by the new Panhel exec board is the move to fall recruitment next year, since there would be less time to plan and less time for sororities to get in touch with incoming freshmen.

Caroline J. Barker ’08, the incoming vice president of recruitment programming, said “I have a year’s worth of work to do in one term.”

Originally, a sophomore was selected to fill the VP of Recruitment position. However, delegates from the chapters voted to not approve the appointment, leaving the position open. According to Nees, they were looking for someone with more years of recruitment experience, especially with the move to fall recruitment around the corner.

Wu, who was previously the Panhel representative for her sorority, was selected Dec. 10, after the delegation of Panhel representatives voted to approve her appointment. Nees would not comment on why Wu was selected over the other candidates, since the selection process is confidential.

Wu had not originally applied for the VP of Recruitment position. She applied for the position when she heard that applications were being accepted again because she wanted to make fall recruitment a reality.

According to Wu, some of the greatest challenges with the move to recruitment in the fall involve “finding ways to reach girls” and “getting the word out” before they arrive on campus. Another challenge is dispelling “TV myths” about sororities quickly, since freshmen will have been on campus for only a couple of weeks.

Beenessreesingh said that she has proposed a fall transition committee headed by the executive VP and the VP of Recruitment. She said that “there will be a representative from each sorority to ensure that every sorority’s recruitment happens in the most productive and fair manner.”

Another complication presented by the move to fall recruitment involves new member educators, who will have to educate two new member classes this next year. Beenessreesingh claims that Panhel will work “to make this process as smooth as possible.”

Yicong Liu ’09 is the incoming vice president of finance and record.