Spring Recruitment 2014

On January 12th, the Interfraternity Council began their Spring Recruitment of 2014 with hundreds of interested members eager to learn about the Greek system. Since the 17th of January, Spring Recruitment at the University of Florida concluded. With 303 accepted bids, IFC has seen one of its most successful Spring Recruitments to date.  Many houses have even broken their previous spring pledge class record in terms of bids accepted. The turnout of interested individuals in the Greek community has increased over the years as recruitment continues to improve. 
 

Picture taken by Shir Ibgui (Photographer at The Odyssey).

IFC Launches New Website

With the launch of the new IFC website, the Council as a whole is trying to re-brand and re-polish an already traditional name. The new site is a step into the modern age featuring a live tweets section, the ability to subscribe to the website for updates and news, and even personal bios for each individual fraternity. The new website boasts a professional look and captures the creativity and ingenuity of the council. The team decided to establish a clean slate and redesign the entire website from scratch. The main driving force behind this initiative was providing a platform where Greek organizations could benefit from the services IFC has to offer while staying updated on current events involving Greek life on campus. To visit our website, please click here.

Pi Kappa Phi Rose Queen Pageant

Pi Kappa Phi had their Rose Queen Pageant on Monday, February 3rd. This philanthropy benefits people with disabilities through Bush America. Prior to the event, members of Pi Kappa Phi sold roses in Turlington to any passerby who wished to support the cause. The actual Pageant allowed for each Panhellenic sorority to make a team that was coached by individual brothers of Pi Kappa Phi. The pageant consisted of three rounds. First, the contestants stated their name, major, and fun fact. Second, they displayed talents such as singing and dancing. Lastly, the contestants dressed formally and were asked two random questions chosen from a pool of thirty prepared questions. The first place winner of the pageant was Haley Neel from Phi Mu. The second place winner was Haley Lehmann from Pi Beta Phi. The third place winner was Lauren Brown from Delta Delta Delta.  Pi Kappa Phi fundraised an impressive amount of $3,456.05.
 

Brothers of Pi Kappa Phi selling roses in Turlington.

Alpha Tau Omega Red, White, and Pull

On February 8th, the brothers of the Alpha Tau Omega chapter hosted their first Red, White, and Pull philanthropy. This philanthropy was a skeet-shooting tournament held at Gator Skeet and Trap that benefited the Gator Warrior Project, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Collegiate Veterans Society. Sororities, fraternities, and different organizations from the university each formed teams to participate in the competition. The brothers of this chapter were able to raise a staggering amount of over $17,000 for those that serve our country. 

Picture taken by Smith Meyers.

Pi Lambda Phi Powder Puff Football

Pi Lambda Phi held their annual Powder Puff football philanthropy which benefited the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on February 15th.  This event consisted of a flag football tournament in which sororities compete against each other for first place.  All of the proceeds went to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This organization looks to fund and assist patients of Multiple Sclerosis through raising advocacy throughout the nation. Pi Lambda Phi’s philanthropy showed the collective initiative on campus to raise awareness for this cause. Pi Beta Phi came in 1st place, Delta Delta Delta in 2nd, and Alpha Omicron Pi in 3rd.

Beta Bring It On

With Spring Philanthropies starting to come around, Beta Theta Pi once again brought back Beta Bring It On, a cheer styled competition based off of the popular movie “Bring It On”. The philanthropy is a sorority favorite that allows members of each chapter to relive the glory days of competitive cheer, high school cheer, or even just a desire to cheer. Performing in front of approximately 1,500 people at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, all 16 sororities took the stage and wowed the audience with flips and chants.
 
Spirits were sky high and participation was at an all-time high. Beta puts on this event in support of the National Alzheimer's Association and the Thomas Oliver Brown Scholarship, named after a former Beta brother. The competition was extremely close and came down to the wire, but in the end, first place was awarded to Pi Beta Phi, then Zeta Tau Alpha in second place, and Chi Omega in third.

Director of the Month - Information Technology Division

Thomas Echezabal: I was born and raised in Miami, Florida as a son of Cuban immigrants. Since an early age, I’ve always been interested in how technology works. I programmed my first computer program at 11 years old. I taught myself how to code JAVA and C++ during high school and worked as a part-time freelancer for companies programming websites and smartphone apps.
 
Upon graduating from high school, I had saved up enough money to invest in certain companies. I’m a Computer Science major with a minor in Business Administration. I hope to make a positive impact on IFC as Director of IT as well as UF’s campus. My dream would be to one day open my own VC firm in Silicon Valley and help entrepreneurs like myself get a head start on their business ventures.

Assistant Director of the Month - Service Division

Brent Ziegler: I am a Sophomore Finance major and proud brother of Alpha Tau Omega. As an Eagle Scout, I learned the importance of giving back at an early age and the benefits for both self and others. I actively encourage my peers to serve the community as volunteer opportunities are everywhere. My position within IFC allows me to meet the needs of others while committing as a servant leader in exposure to others. I hope to one day own a non-profit dedicated to at-risk youth and providing them with the opportunities that I have had.

Notable Events
From March 10th to March 28th, IFC is partnering with Student Government in collecting clothes and distributing them to various organizations throughout the Gainesville community. We would really appreciate your help. To visit the Facebook event page, please click on the picture above.
The Interfraternity Council at the University of Florida will be hosting our 5th annual philanthropy, Chicken Wing Charity Thing, on Tuesday, April 8th at Flavet Field. Just like years prior, we are asking fraternities to prepare and donate homemade chicken wings to the event. 
Greek Blood Drive will be happening from March 23rd through April 4th. We are aiming to have 2,100 blood drive donations as a representation of our entire Greek community. For more information, click here.
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