MGC elects new executive officers
The Multicultural Greek Council elected officers Monday from a variety of its organizations to fill executive board and chair positions for the upcoming year.
Third-year College student Melody Han from alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority was elected MGC president.
The vice presidency went to third-year College student and Lambda Theta Alpha, Inc. sorority member Paula Bolivar.
The upcoming year's secretarial duties were handed to Grace Lee, second-year College student and current president of Sigma Psi Zeta sorority.
Third-year College student John Villalobos of Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Inc. fraternity will fill the post of MGC treasurer.
Rounding out the executive board is historian-elect Christie Kim, third-year College student and current president of alpha Kappa Delta Phi.
Citing experience and diverse representation, outgoing president and fourth-year Engineering student Emmanuel Smadja said he is confident the incoming board will do a good job.
"All [incoming executive officers] either are or have been president or vice president for their own organizations," Smadja said.
Four of the seven active organizations within the Council are represented in the five executive board positions.
"It's pretty diverse -- we were afraid of having one group more dominant on the executive board, but that didn't happen," Smadja said.
Han, who has been involved in the Council for the past two years, said she hopes the next year will bring increased unity within the Council and across all four Greek councils.
"I hope we continue to be as productive as we have been in important programming and more solidly establish ourselves in the University community," Han said.
Incoming board members said they see this coming year as a year of growth, involving a redefinition of the Council's identity.
"We've now reached the stage where we're starting to build and grow in a mature way," Kim said.
In addition to internal growth, the Council will look to establish itself as an example for other schools hoping to start similar multicultural Greek groups, according to Bolivar.
In its future efforts, the executive board will be joined by a new slate of committee chairs, also elected Monday. Second-year Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity member Kevin Nguyen was named community service chair, second- year alpha Kappa Delta Phi member Xiaolu Cui was named fundraising chair and third-year Lambda Phi Epsilon member John Lee was named to chair the publicity committee and to act as Council Webmaster. Third-year College student Younah Pee of alpha Kappa Delta Phi will act as Council liaison and second-year College student Natalie Park of Sigma Psi Zeta will take the position of parliamentarian.