Greek governing councils hold board elections

Greek-letter organizations are in the process of choosing their executive board members for the 2007 calendar year.

While the Interfraternity Council elected new members during the week before Thanksgiving break, the Panhellenic Association and Multicultural Greek Council will be electing new board members this week.

Each council individually determines how their elections will be conducted. Dean Harwood, director of Greek Life and assistant director of the Student Activities Center, said the individual chapter presidents of the IFC fraternities vote to elect their new board members.

This year, only one member of the current IFC board was re-elected. Junior Chris DiBitetto, from Pi Kappa Phi and former vice president of IFC recruitment was chosen to be next year’s IFC president.

IFC candidates were nominated by senior John Och, a former IFC president. Candidates were asked to submit resumes and essay questions, as well as deliver a speech to the president’s council, the voting body of the IFC, on election night.

The MGC uses a similar system of election to choose its board. In contrast, the Panhellenic Association has a different selection process.

The process includes a “Meet the Candidates” night, which allows the current board and chapter members to conduct open interviews with the candidates, junior Jackie Tannenholtz, spokesperson for the association, said in a press release. “Members get to know the candidates and ask them questions,” she said.

After the interviews, which occured Monday, the prospective candidates are then formally interviewed by the Slating Committee, comprised of the Panhellenic board.

A recommended slate, proposed by the Slating Committee, must then be “approved by the majority of the voting Panhellenic chapters in order to pass,” said senior April Black, current president of the Panhellenic Association.

Black said that none of the current Panhellenic board members are running again for various reasons, such as going abroad or graduating.

“The E-board elections probably won’t yield any drastic changes (in Greek Life),” Harwood said. “It’s an opportunity to reenergize. It is always nice to get new ideas from a new group of board members. The current executive boards have done a great job in building a good foundation for the new group.”

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