By Wendy Walsh
Student Life Coordinator
March 14, 2013
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body overseeing the Social
Fraternities on campus (Phi Mu Delta, Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Chi Rho, and Kappa Delta Rho).
Fraternities host many activities around campus; the Belonging workshops in the residence halls, campus cleanups, Greek Week, open recreation nights at the SRC, spaghetti dinners for a cause, some of the Blood Drives and over 100 more that each Fraternity coordinates themselves.
This Tuesday, March 12 started out rainy and gloomy, but by the afternoon it was at least dry enough for over 35 Fraternity Men to meet at 4 p.m. at the Jury fountain, to do Campus Clean up. Each of the four social fraternity organizations took on a different area of the campus to clean.
“Our grounds crew on campus does a fabulous job, but IFC wanted to do their part and help out,” said Kyle Coleman from Alpha Sigma Phi. Coleman brought the idea to IFC this semester, it unanimously decided to make it happen.
The Maintenance crew were very excited to have the help and have students take responsibility for some of the litter lying around. Every semester, IFC tries to help out the community with different service activities.
On March 27 they will help out at the Health Fair. On April 2, the second annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held at East Campus. The proceeds will be donated to Officer Shoemaker’s Daughter’s medical costs. The Greek organizations will be hosting the April Blood Drive on April 17-18. They will also help at the Millbrook Playhouse Spring Clean-up, later in the semester.
They are looking forward to collaborating with other organizations to have some great activities and programs next year. So be watching for exciting times ahead.
The IFC also oversees the individual organization’s recruitment efforts, making sure that all of the national and university policies are followed. There is no hazing and the recruits and active members are always respected.
There is no room for discrimination, politics, or disrespect when the fraternities are collaborating to find the best men to join their groups. The members want to make a difference and have a lot of fun doing it.
The members understand that academics come first. The combined fraternities’ grade point average is above the all-male average on campus and continues to rise each semester.
IFC is a leadership organization on campus that is more than a club. The students that get involved will have leadership and employable skills.
Next fall, IFC and PanHellenic are hoping to get more funding to be able to host dances, late night movies, game nights, and tournaments campus wide so that more people can get involved, meet friends, and become leaders.
Wendy Walsh is the Student Life Coordinator and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org