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10 Questions With New IFC President Alex Frederick

Alex Frederick was recently elected the new Interfraternity Council President. We asked the Phi Kappa Psi brother 10 questions ranging from what he plans to do in office to his wish list for the holidays.


Onward State: Why did you decide to run for president?

Alex Frederick: I decided to run for IFC president because I wanted to represent the community that has had the most profound impact on my college career. I became involved with the IFC early in my sophomore year to learn as much as I could and I saw the president position as an opportunity to translate my experience into progress for our community.

OS: What changes do you intend to make during your term?

AF: I’ve always felt fraternities were viewed in a negative light and I would love to see that changed. Though we must address and be cognitive of the issues that affect Fraternity life, I believe that we must continue to serve our communities and uphold practice of fraternal principles to see any change in the way we are viewed by the public.

OS: What do you wish to remain the same about the IFC community?

AF: For the IFC community, I hope we can continue to excel in the realm of philanthropy and community service. I’m very excited to see the many different and creative philanthropy events hosted by fraternities.

OS: What experiences have you had that have qualified you for this position?

AF: Along with my heavy involvement within my fraternity, I also served as the IFC’s Vice President for Communications during the first semester of my sophomore year and the Administrative Vice President for the last two semesters. These experiences have given me a great deal of insight and knowledge that will allow me to hit the ground running in the Spring.

OS: What’re you most excited for in the coming semester?

AF: I’d have to say, I am most excited to work with and meet all the other student leaders on campus. I hope I can take away a lot from their organizations and that the Interfraternity Council can be of assistance to them.

OS: How do you plan to work with the rest of the IFC executive board?

AF: I think the most important component of any executive board is free flow of ideas and opinions. I plan on encouraging the exec board to brainstorm ideas throughout the year and continually think of ways to improve the IFC and the surrounding community.

OS: What do you think the biggest challenge for you will be during your term as president?

AF: I think my biggest obstacle as president will relate to transitioning leadership. We are in the process of selecting a permanent advisor for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to provide support to the board throughout our term. There are a lot of great candidates and I know the university will choose the best person for the job. Since I have been on the IFC for three semesters prior, I believe my experience in working with past advisors such as Dr. Baker and Tim Donovan will allow me to provide necessary assistance to whomever takes over.

OS: Anything you asked for for the holidays?

AF: I’m really hoping my parents get me the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

.OS: Favorite NFL team?

AF: Even though I’m from Southwest Florida, I was raised a Philadelphia Eagles fan. It’s a tough job at times, but it makes the victories all the more gratifying.

OS: Favorite dinosaur?

AF: I’ve always been a pterodactyl fan — there’s nothing cooler than flying wherever you want to go.

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James Turchick

James is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism, James enjoys writing about anything weird and is deadly allergic to bees. Onward State people are very nice to him.

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