New frat presidents focus on building awareness, programs

Every January, the seven fraternities on campus inaugurate new presidents to their chapters. Every president is different from the last, and each new president has new ideas and plans for the upcoming year.
Phi Delta Theta president, junior Marshall Morris, said he hopes during his presidency he can improve the reputation of fraternities.
“I wanted to be able to put our fraternity members in position to achieve success,” he said. “The Greek system has also been questioned recently, and I wanted to work with the other fraternity presidents to increase interest in Greek life.”
Morris also said his personal goal as president is to have a larger turnout for their 3-on-3 basketball tournament which will raises money to support the ALS Foundation, a foundation that researches for Lou Gehrigs’s Disease.
Chi Phi’s president, junior Macauley O’Connor, said he became president in hope to help Chi Phi status on campus.
“I would really like to motivate the guys to become more involved on campus,” said O’Connor.
“We are the only off campus fraternity. Sometimes it’s pretty easy for us to disappear from the public eye. If we can become more involved on campus, it will give people a better chance to get to know the Chi Phi’s.”
Junior Anthony McGuire is the president of Sigma Chi. McGuire said he saw becoming president as a way to make a positive change within Sigma Chi.
“I really just want to improve the governance and accountability of our house, so things can be run smoother, and brothers in their respective positions have the follow-through and more responsibility,” McGuire said. “I would also like to be more involved with our headquarters, because they provide a lot of programs and services that can really help us.”
McGuire said he is also interested in promoting the positives effects of joining a fraternity.
Sophomore Jake Von Der Vellen is the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon and said he is excited for his new position as president.
“For the upcoming year, I am looking forward to our two philanthropy events, Miss OWU and Belly Flop,” he said.
“Besides our main philanthropies, I would like to get every brother in the house more involved in community service. I am also trying to put together a fun alumni event for this semester.”
Juniors Jack Fiquett, president of Delta Tau Delta;  Paul Murphy, president of Phi Kappa Psi and Chris Martin, president of Alpha Sigma Phi. were all unavailable for comment regarding this story.

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