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Horras to Lead NIC 2.0 Restructuring

On Monday, January 11, 2016, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Governing Council selected Judson Horras, CAE to become President and CEO of the trade association representing inter/national men’s fraternities. Horras most recently served as the Administrative Secretary of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, while concurrently serving as Interim President and CEO of the NIC during its historic restructuring in fall 2015. “Judson is the ideal candidate to lead the NIC into its next generation. He brings an impressive track record of success at Beta. He led and sold the creation of a bold new strategic vision for the NIC at...

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North-American Interfraternity Conference Passes Landmark Reforms

The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) passed landmark reforms today to enhance the fraternity experience and increase standards for its member organizations and the 375,000 undergraduate fraternity men across North America. The reforms, as recommended by the NIC 2.0 Commission, were discussed through a comprehensive internal dialogue in an effort to best serve the needs of all 73 member fraternities. As a result, the NIC has established five priorities to instill trust and confidence in fraternities: Create an effective grassroots program for all Interfraternity Councils (IFC) and provide exceptional support for “Focus Campuses” in an effort to strengthen and build...

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Understanding and Supporting Open Expansion

Daniel Greenebaum, Coordinator of IFC Services North-American Interfraternity Conference In preparation for Halloween last year, the manager of the general store in Collegetown was trying to decide which candy to sell. Bill sent a letter to multiple candy distributors expressing his need. Several sent back similar forms to allow him to order candy at comparable prices. However, the distributor who sold peanut M&Ms© also sent a large cardboard cutout of the yellow M&Ms© character from their television commercials. Since Bill was worried that he really only had room for one kind of candy, and peanut M&Ms© put on the best show, he decided to carry their candy. For months after Halloween, Bill listened to his customers complain. It turned out that a lot of kids in town were allergic to peanuts, so they weren’t able to eat any candy. On top of that, a lot of kids would eat the M&Ms©, but complained that they weren’t very good, or even stopped after a few and never touched them again. Bill knew something had to change. After having different distributors reach out to express interest in selling their candy in his store, Bill worked with the National Board of Distributors to create a plan where everyone could be successful. He would add new candy to his stock in a timeline that fit the needs of the distributors while supporting the...

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Let’s Pick Costumes. Not Cultures: Cultural Appropriation in Fraternity & Sorority Communities

Devin Hall, Coordinator of IFC Services North-American Interfraternity Conference With Halloween right around the corner, individuals are lining up at costume stores to pick out this year’s outfit. Should I be Fred Flintstone or Darth Vader? Should I go to the party as a sexy animal or cast member from Friends? The brainstorming has begun. Oftentimes, our costume reflects the events or parties we plan on attending. As we enter this fun-filled season of pumpkins and costumes, it is important that we reflect on choices and how they may impact those around us. Fraternity and sorority communities have been under the spotlight for decades related to the culture of organizations and heteronormative environments. We host social event that are themed around holidays, university traditions, organization history, or celebratory milestones. Too often, when selecting social event themes, organizations have walked the line of creating an environment for cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation refers to a “particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.” Viewed as funny, ironic, trendy, or an opportunity to be retweeted by TFM, dressing up as a Native American, painting oneself with blackface, or dressing as a homeless person is not only offensive behavior, but also correctable. This blog post will discuss ways in which an Interfraternity Council can take...

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From Leaders to Mentors: Impact of Peer Mentorship on Leadership Development

By Devin Hall, Coordinator of IFC Services North-American Interfraternity Conference When we think about leaders, we often reflect on historical figures who have made an influential impact on society or have somehow contributed to a greater cause. How often do we reflect on the leaders on our campus? Do we appreciate the talent and commitment our peers have on the fraternity and sorority community? Leadership is built on trust, understanding, and integrity among other things. These valuable characteristics can be found in your campus community. Our peers can provide guidance and knowledge based on their lived experiences, accomplishments, and opportunities for growth. Now how do we get our fellow leaders to become mentors? This blog post will discuss the benefits of establishing peer mentor relationships within your campus community. I will use Komives’s et al. (2006) theory on leadership identity development to articulate the importance of peer mentor relationships. The Leadership Identity Development model is a linear process where individuals transition through phases of development. College students are often developing between stage three, leadership identified, and stage four, leadership differentiated.  During these two stages, an important component to students’ development is the interaction and influence of others. By fostering meaningful mentor relationships with peers, students can have a positive effect on group membership and leadership development. What are the benefits? Providing an opportunity for students to connect with peers...

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