Student leaders from the fraternities, sororities and independent living groups (FSILGs) have pledged to improve relations with the MIT community, Boston and Cambridge. They pledged also to plan for recruitment in 2002, when all freshmen will be living on campus, and to restructure the InterFraternity Council to better serve its members. Eight new committees have been created.
The pledges were made during a program run by David Stollman of Campuspeak, Inc. at the IFC Leaders Retreat in New Hampshire. During the September 22-24 event, leadership and the values held by individuals and their living groups were discussed.
"The weekend was a success -- members from most of our FSILGs together, sharing ideas about what needs to change and happen for the future of our system to be bright," said Rebecca Grochow, IFC vice president of activity organization and a senior in biology who coordinated the retreat.
The IFC New Member Retreat was held concurrently with the upperclass event. At this retreat, new members -- mostly freshmen -- established their own goals.
"This year's group of freshmen seemed to really benefit from the goals of the IFC New Member Retreat," said Dave LoBosco, one of the coordinators of the New Member Retreat. "They learned a lot from the facilitators and the leadership training, but they seemed to realize on their own that they are the ones that will have to lead the IFC through the 2002 residence system change."
Members of the IFC Executive Committee will visit MIT's fraternities, sororities and independent living groups in upcoming weeks to inform FSILG members about what is happening in the IFC and their community, as well as to get feedback and input from members.
Topics to be discussed include risk management policies and judicial committee practices, relations with the Boston Licensing Board and Cambridge Licensing Commission, recruitment in 2002 and general information about the IFC and its programs.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 4, 2000.