This year the Interfraternity Council (IFC) will be led by Haldun Anil ’15, a member of Theta Chi who will serve as the president of the newly-elected executive board. The organization, according to Anil, has hopes of “bettering communication to outside entities” and working towards a state where “we as a campus are much more connected and there is a stronger bond in [the] community.”
Anil, who served as Recruitment Chair on the IFC Executive Board last year, wants “to pick up where Dorne left off,” referring to Andrew L. Dorne ’14, the previous board’s president. Anil believes that the fraternity community is much stronger than in previous years as a result of Dorne’s work.
With regard to improving communication across organizations, Anil states, “I want to make sure if any fraternity has a problem, they can come to me. If it pertains to anything that we have on campus [I hope] that I’ll be able to reach out to the right administrator and have the relationships in place to talk with them as openly as I can. That is something that has been lacking.”
Not only does Anil want to improve internal communication, but he also hopes to change some of the major public-facing events put on by the IFC, including Greek Week. “Revamping Greek Week is something, historically, we wanted to do a good job with. We want to pinpoint things that fraternities want out of this event,” concludes Anil. Greek Week is an annual event sponsored by the IFC and the MIT Panhellenic Association (Panhel) in which, according to the website, “offers MIT students the opportunity to show their Greek pride while participating in a variety of both fun and competitive events.”
The IFC also plans to make strides regarding sexual assault prevention and response. After President L. Rafael Reif’s email and letter in The Tech, Anil claims that the IFC hopes to respond by making significant progress. “We are currently working with a number of groups around campus including VPR [Violence Prevention and Response] and SAFER2 [Students Advocating for Education on Respectful Relationships]. I can’t tell you specifically what our reaction will be yet, but you should expect to see some major news within my term,” says Anil.
Haldun maintains that the IFC will continue to work with the Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent Living Group (FSILG) Office and Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG) on the assembly licensing issues facing the Boston fraternities this past semester. Anil could not mention specifics on the update of the situation but claimed, “We are following and representing the concerns to the board and hope that it will be resolved soon.”
Anil concluded that the IFC would be making noticeable changes in the coming year. “Because of our size and enthusiasm, we are capable of achieving a number of these programming changes” says Anil.
The other members of the IFC board are as follows:
Vice President: Samuel S. Oppenheim ’16, Zeta Psi
Judicial Committee Chair: Ryan M. Lau ‘15, Phi Sigma Kappa
Recruitment Chair: Richard E. Chew ’16, Kappa Sigma
Public Relations and Programming Chair: Kale T. Rogers ’16, Delta Upsilon
Risk Manager: Shenghao D. Wang ’16, Zeta Beta Tau
Executive Assistant and Treasurer: Obasi J. Onuoha ’17, Zeta Psi