Chicken Wing Charity Thing

The Interfraternity Council at the University of Florida hosted their 5th annual philanthropy, Chicken Wing Charity Thing, on Tuesday, April 8th from 5-7 PM at Flavet Field. This charity event was an all-you-can-eat wings and dessert buffet that benefited the Children’s Miracle Network and contributed to the overall total of money raised at Dance Marathon.  Similar to prior years, all chapters within IFC donated homemade chicken wings to the event. In addition to IFC, chapters from the Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council provided desserts and refreshments for all to enjoy. The event sold over 1,500 tickets and provided all those who came with entertainment and over 15,000 wings to eat.

This event was also a competition in which Panhellenic chapter houses were challenged to provide the best desserts and IFC chapter houses were challenged to produce the best chicken wings. Special judges, such as Student Body President, Cory Yeffet, and Miss University of Florida, Elizabeth Fechtel, helped in determining the overall winners of the event.  The fraternity with the best chicken wings was Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the sorority with the best dessert was Alpha Delta Pi. 

The Interfraternity Council raised $7,500 for the Children's Miracle Network and presented the check at the 20th annual Dance Marathon on Sunday, April 13th. With the amazing turnout, the Interfraternity Council demonstrated that when the Greek community comes together, the possibilities to give back are endless.

Left: A fraternity member handing out wings to participants on the day of the event.
Right: The IFC Executive Board presenting the $7,500 check to the individuals participating at Dance Marathon.

Black Thursday Commemoration

On Tuesday, April 15th, the Interfraternity Council co-hosted the celebration of Black Thursday with the Black Student Union. The celebration of Black Thursday commemorates April 15, 1971, when over 60 black students occupied President O’Connell’s office in order to receive equal treatment for black students. The students were ultimately arrested or suspended. This event eventually resulted in the creation of the Institute of Black Culture and the beginning of the right to equal treatment for black students on campus. In hopes of raising awareness, BSU and IFC organized for keynote speaker, Kevin Jenkins, to come in and inform all students in attendance of the different prejudices seen on campus. Jenkins emphasized the importance of not waiting until they saw wrong, but to start acting now as a community to eliminate all prejudices on campus in order to make it a home to all.

IFC’s goals are to stop multicultural incidents from happening and to develop a long standing relationship with the BSU and IBC to make UF an institution known for treating all ethnicities equally. The event provided all groups who attended with the opportunity to take that first step in creating a relationship. 

Above: IFC President, Zack Kandel, speaks to participants at the event about the goals of the council.

IFC Presidents Cup Standings

As the spring semester is soon to be over, all chapters within IFC continued to showcase their competitive edge in the race to win the Presidents Cup. With 530 points left for the fall semester, it is still anyone’s game. Some highlights of this semester’s athletics were Zeta Beta Tau winning in softball and Pi Kappa Alpha coming in 1st for swimming and racquetball. Alpha Tau Omega won overall in soccer and Beta Theta Pi beat out the rest in basketball.  We would like to congratulate all of our teams for competing at such high levels and continuing to strive for greatness. An aspect that IFC has brought back into current times is the All Campus Cup. Winners of the IFC leagues will go on to play campus intramural champions. Currently sitting atop of the Blue Division is Alpha Tau Omega with 280 points and for the Orange Division, Pi Kappa Alpha, with 375 points. We are excited for the upcoming semester and can’t wait to see IFC athletics thrive.

IFC Month of Service

The Interfraternity Council dedicated the month of March to service by giving back to the Gainesville community. IFC organized multiple service projects throughout March to better the surrounding area of the University of Florida and the Gainesville community. 

Campus Cleanup: One of the service projects was a campus cleanup, where the Interfraternity Council worked with Keeping Alachua County Beautiful to clean up over 1,000 pounds of garbage that existed on Gainesville streets.  The event was open for anyone to participate and consisted of volunteers from several IFC chapter houses.

Greek Blood Drive: The Interfraternity Council helped organize a Greek Blood Drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and the Panhellenic Council that occurred from March 23rd to April 4th. Over 1,800 Greek members participated in the blood drive.

Clothing Drive: Closing on Friday, March 28th, the IFC clothing drive was one of the most successful events held to date for the council. In efforts to collect as many clothes as possible, IFC spearheaded this event with the help of the Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Student Government Association. Jesse Shechter, Service Director of IFC, worked alongside members of the council to collect items of clothing from the campus organizations. In the end, 5,228 items of clothing were collected. Our top three contributing fraternities were Tau Kappa Epsilon (1211 items), Chi Phi (1126 items), and Delta Tau Delta (222 items). The top three contributing sororities  were Alpha Epsilon Phi (122 items), Kappa Alpha Theta (97 items), and Zeta Tau Alpha (72 items). We would like to thank everyone who participated in donating their clothes, which ultimately were given to St. Francis House and the Salvation Army.

LeftA fraction of the 5,200 articles of clothing that was collected during the IFC Spring Clothing Drive.
RightFraternity members helping to clean up the Gainesville community during the Campus Cleanup.
IFC Study Edge Students of the Month
February: Brandon Spierto is a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Sports Management. He is the Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Tau Omega. He has a 3.96 GPA and enjoys participating in intramural sports, and being involved on and off campus. He recently planned and organized ATO’s first ever Red, White, and Pull philanthropy which raised over $17,000. 
March: Zach Higgins is a junior majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science and Physics. His current GPA is a 3.99 and he recently wrote a research paper titled, "The Geometric Structure of Max-Plus Hemispaces", which has been submitted for publication. As an active brother of Sigma Nu, Zach enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with friends during his free time.
April: Forrest Rackard is an APK major on a pre-med track. He is currently vice president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, head of the Fraternity Internal Judicial Board, and a UF research assistant. In his spare time, Forrest volunteers at Shands Hospital and is the Captain of his intramural basketball team.

IFC Philanthropy Updates

Who: Phi Kappa Tau
What: Safe Sets 4vs4 Volleyball
Benefits: SeriousFun Children’s Network
Winner: Kappa Delta
Who: Tau Kappa Epsilon
What: TEKE Talladega Go Kart Racing
Benefits: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Winner: Alpha Delta Pi
Who: Alpha Epsilon Pi
What: Bake Off
Benefits: Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Winner: Kappa Kappa Gamma
Who: Sigma Alpha Epsilon
What: Cajun Cookout
Benefits: Collegiate Veterans Society
Winner: Delta Delta Delta
Who: Alpha Tau Omega
What: Red, White, and Pull Clay Shooting
Benefits: Collegiate Veterans Society
Winner: Tie between Delta Zeta and Alpha Omicron Pi
Who: Delta Chi
What: Earthball Soccer Competition
Benefits: Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research
Winner: Delta Zeta
Who: Phi Gamma Delta
What: Fiji Fastball Wiffle Ball Tournament
Benefits: United Service Organizations
Winner: Kappa Alpha Theta
Who: Delta Tau Delta
What: Miss Greek Beauty Pageant
Benefits: American Cancer Society
Winner: Phi Mu
Director of the Month - February

Educational Programming: Fred Kolb is a third year student, majoring in Economics and Political Science. In addition to serving as the Director of Educational Programming for the IFC, he is also the President of the UF Model UN program and the Service Chair of his fraternity. He enjoys playing intramural soccer and traveling all over the country with the Model UN team. 
Assistant Director of the Month - February

Information Technology: Matthew Epstein is a Business Economics major also known as the Wolf of Warrington. He aims to attend Law School if his attempt to walk on to the UF Basketball team and eventually make it pro does not work out. Serving as the Assistant Director of Information Technology, Matthew writes articles for the website in order to publicize the positive contributions to UF of the chapters within IFC.
Director of the Month - March

Service: Jesse Shechter is double majoring in Microbiology and Economics. As a pre-med student, Jesse has a passion for helping others, which ultimately drove him to apply for the Director of Service position and find creative ways for IFC men to really make an impact in the Gainesville community. Jesse is a huge sports fan who loves to cheer for his hometown Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat.
Assistant Director of the Month - March

Educational Programming: Ryan Wolis is currently a Political Science major that plans on attending law school. Ryan is an active member in Alpha Epsilon Pi who devotes his free time to IFC and enjoys serving the Greek community. Ryan was recently promoted to the position of Director of Homecoming for the Interfraternity Council.

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