Three new fraternities to join Interfraternity Council

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    The TCU Board of Trustees approved the addition of three new fraternities to the Interfraternity Council within the next three years, Keith Becklin, an IFC adviser, said.

    IFC made the decision to add more organizations after noticing about 400 men were without a fraternity to join at the end of the recruitment process, he said.

    Becklin said that once IFC received information from interested fraternities, it will begin discussing which fraternities should be added to the campus.

    “We have contacted organizations that are out there, and we are waiting to receive information back from them,” Becklin said.

    Shannon Sumerlin, director of fraternity and sorority life, said the fraternities that made the final cut would visit the campus to be evaluated by students and faculty.

    Sumerlin said the organizations will need to meet certain criteria to be accepted. The council will look at how successful they have been at other campuses, she said.

    “We want to know what their national organization provides as far as leadership training and development,” Sumerlin said.

    She said she felt leadership development was important because Greek organizations and their leaders had an impact on such a large part of the student body. Existing fraternities, as well as sororities, worked on leadership training in an early January leadership retreat, she said.

    Matthew Handy, president of the Beta Beta Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, attended the retreat for the first time. The program focused on discovering individual leadership strengths as well as helping members understand their roles within a group, he said.

    Handy said the retreat was for the presidents of all the Greek organizations on campus as well as the executive board members of the IFC, the National Panhellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

    The retreat allowed leaders from different organizations to share their personal experiences through big and small group activities, he said.

    “The whole point of the thing was to outline what kind of leader you were,” Handy said.

    Sumerlin said the model was successful and that it will evolve based on the feedback they receive.

    “We’d like to get to a point where past leaders will return and be facilitators for the retreat,” Sumerlin said.