On Jan. 28 the Interfraternity Council made Jeffrey Massa '05 their next president. Massa is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was the IFC's vice president of finance during 2003.
"I know Jeff from his previous position. He's a great leader and I expect great things from him in the next year," said Leo Pedraza, assistant dean of students.
Massa was elected through the open IFC election, a process in which he campaigned against three opponents before ultimately receiving the majority of votes. He now oversees and directs the executive board's projects and weekly council meetings.
"The most time-consuming portion of my job is acting as the Greek representative for the entire community, which includes the Panhellenic Association, Multicultural Greek Letter Council, Student Assembly, campus police, various administrative committees, the community, politicians and caterers," said Massa. "Basically ensuring that the Greek System is represented well and continues to stay strong."
Among Massa's specific goals are finding viable solutions for fraternities that will allow them to have a fun and safe social scene on campus as well as developing better alumni relations for houses that are lacking alumni networking and support.
Massa, along with Devan Musser '05, executive vice president of IFC, feels adamant about fostering an increased sense of Greek unity and mutual respect among houses. Area-specific events have been scheduled to allow the presidents and members of fraternities within close proximity to one another to convene and discuss steps to decrease the destructive nature of certain rivalries that have developed over the years.
In addition to the duties of his current office, Massa is an applied economics and management major with a minor in Spanish. He runs cross-country for Cornell's varsity squad and is a three-time member of the Four Hundred Club, an honors organization made up of varsity athletes who have made the Dean's List.
Archived article by Anne Ceccarini