elects new members, dispels greek stereotypes

By Wendy Arquilla

The NIU Interfraternity Council has elected its new executive board and plans to dispel negative views of the greek system already are underway.

“The IFC is the governing body of NIU’s social fraternities,” said Dawn Sturma, activities adviser for greek affairs.

“The IFC makes the legislative policies governing the fraternities and includes a disciplinary judiciary committee,” she said.

Sturma said last week’s elections resulted in a complete turnover of board positions because of the high number of board members not returning because of graduation.

“The IFC held elections earlier this year so the new board members can attend meetings with the current officers to learn the ropes,” Sturma said.

She said an IFC and panhellenic council retreat in January also helps officers learn the responsibilities of their positions and learn how to work with one another.

The newly-elected board members were nominated either by their fraternity houses or members of other fraternities. Each nominee gave a brief speech to the IFC before the elections were held.

New board members include President Jason Cartwright, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Executive Vice President Lance Yednock, a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, Vice President of Finance Ray Fitzgerald, a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda, Vice President of Membership Jeff Clayborne, a member of Delta Sigma Phi.

Other elected members are Vice President of Activities Sam Huzar, a member of Delta Sigma Phi, Vice President of Education Phil Dalton, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Vice President of External Affairs Jim Murphy, a member of Delta Sigma Phi, Vice President of Internal Affairs Steve Frake, a member of Delta Upsilon and Sergeant-at-Arms Dave Krika, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa.

“I’d like to provide leadership for the greek community and dispel the negative stereotypes of greek organizations and members,” Murphy said.

He said his goals are to present greek organizations not just as social, but as philanthropic organizations.

Murphy said he also would like to promote spring semester Rush to NIU men.