Cornell’s Interfraternity Council elected a brand new board on Thursday night crammed with candidates who stated they wish to proceed what they stated is IFC’s dedication to range in addressing challenges going through the group’s future.
Paul Russell ’19, a brother in Delta Chi and a columnist for The Sun, was elected IFC’s new president. He and the opposite elected members will formally badume their roles initially of subsequent semester.
Russell shall be joined on the board by Luke Bianco ’19 of Phi Kappa Tau, voted to function the manager vp; Ryan Musto ’20, a brother in Sigma Phi, who will change into the vp for judicial affairs; and Lambda Chi Alpha brother Max Wulff ’19, who was elected vp of recruitment. Tyler Henry ’20, a brother in Delta Chi, was elected vp for citizenship, range and inclusion.
The board was elected by 35 presidents of Greek chapters at Cornell.
Drew Lord ’18, the outgoing IFC President, advised The Sun he has labored intently with each Russell and Bianco and was pleased with the outcomes.
“If there’s any two people leading the Greek community, it should be these two,” he stated. “They are phenomenal. I think everyone at Cornell should feel extremely confident with the new leadership and I couldn’t be more happy about it.”
Russell is at present vp for recruitment and Bianco is vp for college and group relations.
Russell stated he should work intently with the administration and different college students concerning the way forward for Greek life on this campus.
“I think it’s really powerful if we have someone in that position who has experience, who has a history of advocating for the Greek community, and also someone who is a person of color and who can relate with a lot of the qualms that people have with Greek life currently on this campus,” stated Russell, who’s black.
Russell stated he has three priorities: reforming the president’s council to make it extra collaborative and policy-oriented, making sensible modifications concerning range and inclusion in every of the person chapters and growing transparency about judicial hearings.
“It’s one thing for some big thing to happen and we sit and write a bunch of emails about how we care so much about your community,” he stated, “but when we’re already there and [students] already know us, I believe that’s actually vital.
What I wish to do is simply set up that as an expectation” for the board, he stated.
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Luke Bianco, elected govt vp of IFC, speaks on the election at Malott Hall on Nov. 9, 2017.
Caitlin Gleason ’18, the present president of the Panhellenic Council, spoke in help of Russell, saying she believes he embodies the resilience and fervour vital within the IFC president.
Bianco, who had run towards Russell for president, stated he needed to determine a “sustainable future” for Greek Life by advocating for the advantage of the Greek system whereas additionally addressing its flaws.
“We are at a time for choosing,” he stated. “We can continue to weather the blows of bias and badual violence within our community until there is too much damage to control, or we can take preventative steps to move forward as a council and ensure a sustainable future for the IFC.”
Musto stated he needs to strengthen the IFC’s relationship with emergency providers, edit the bylines and replace the structure, which he stated has not been up to date since 2011.
Wulff, who would be the vp for recruitment, stated he needs to start a weekly e-newsletter, growing outreach efforts to subsets of the Cornell group, from which the IFC doesn’t historically draw.
“WIth the recent bias incidents, it is more imperative than ever for the IFC to show its true commitment to diversity on campus,” he stated. “Commitment to diversity will encourage more individuals from a wider range of groups to consider joining a house.”
Henry, elected vp for citizenship, range and inclusion, stated that after a scholar stated he was badaulted by a potential underground member of Psi Upsilon, Henry helped set up a range and inclusion committee, which he stated labored intently with Black Students United.
He needs to put in range and inclusion committees for every chapter, which might meet month-to-month. Traciann Celestin ’19, a co-chair of BSU and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, endorsed Henry for the place.
Lord stated he was pleased with his time as president and stated IFC has come a good distance.
“It’s been, definitely, a tumultuous year, I’d say, and a lot of the changes we have started to make were proactive, like before all of these situations happened,” he stated. “Unfortunately, they did happen, and it forced us to streamline a lot of that work.”
“We have the eight-page Tri-Council Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which I think is probably going to be our biggest legacy because … most of the work that will be carried out in the next year will be on that plan,” he stated.
Russell advised The Sun that whereas addressing range and inclusion shall be difficult, it’s one thing that the IFC should work on.
He stated Greek life, can “be something beneficial if its leveraged correctly, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”