10 Questions With PHC President-Elect Meaghan DeMallie
Earlier this week, Meaghan DeMallie was elected by the Panhellenic Council to succeed Rachel Franceschino as the organization’s president. The Pi Beta Phi sister and current PHC Associate Vice President will take over the reigns next month, but we were able to catch up with her to answer a few questions about Greek life and her future plans.
Onward State: What was that moment like when you officially became President?
Meghan DeMallie: It was such a relief that elections were finally over! I had been so nervous during the entire process and when Rachel came out to give me the good news, I was ecstatic.
OS: What can we expect out of the DeMallie presidency that’s different from the Franceschino presidency?
MD: I really admire everything that Rachel and the rest of the council accomplished during this past year. I want to continue on the progress that they made, but I really want to strengthen efficiency and communication between the council and the chapters.
OS: Are you involved with any other groups on campus?
MD: I currently intern with Penn State Sports Properties, which is a division of Learfield Sports.
OS: What is your favorite part about Greek life?
MD: I love all the different opportunities that are available within the Greek community. I’ve been able to meet so many amazing people and I’ve also been able to mature and grow as an individual. I really believe that being a part of Greek life has let me become a better version of myself.
OS: What do you think Greek life’s greatest challenge is going forward?
MD: I originally joined Greek life to make Penn State seem smaller and less daunting. As chapters continue to grow, I’m afraid that the smaller community feeling is going to become lost. Thankfully, the other new council members and myself all have some great ideas to counter this problem.
OS: You’ve been at the job for a few days now. What was your first act as president?
MD: Well I won’t be officially installed until December 12th. Until then, I’ll be in a transition period where I’ll be attending meetings with Rachel and other members of the new Exec.
OS: What your three biggest initiatives for the PHC over the next year?
MD: I first want the council to continue to be seen as a support system for the Panhellenic community. Additionally, I want to strengthen unity between the chapters and between the four Greek governing councils as a whole. And I really want the Panhellenic Council to set up standards that will result in growth that lasts well past our term.
OS: If you had to eat one kind of food for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
MD: I really like soup. I know that’s most likely not a popular answer, but it’s such a comfort food and only takes a few minutes to heat up. Chicken noodle is definitely my favorite.
OS: If you were forced to live on a desolate island for the rest of your life with one other person and you could only take one tangible thing with you, who would you pick and what would you take?
MD: I would invite MacGyver because he would be an all-around asset for survival. And then I would bring Duck Tape because I have no idea what MacGyver could accomplish with a roll, but I’m sure it would be helpful when building shelter.
OS: If you were a dinosaur, which would you be and why?
MD: I would go with a Parasaurolophus because that’s what Ducky was in The Land Before Time, and she was hands down the best character. She was so sweet and always had the best intentions.