By Shannon Nia Alomar
Hofstra’s Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council (IFSC) is still awaiting a new Office of Student Leader (OSLA) Assistant Director to oversee their growing community.
Towards the ending of the fall semester, Mario Bolanos, former OSLA assistant director, was let go from Hofstra University. According to Karla Schuster, Assistant Vice President of University Relations, “The University generally does not comment on personnel decisions.”
In addition to no longer seeing Bolanos face on the OSLA staff webpage, with more than 20 Greek-letter organizations on campus, the IFSC is also missing a permanent person to oversee their affairs.
Sarah M. Young, executive director of OSLA, has stepped in to work with the fraternity and sorority community directly until the position is filled.
“There is no assistant director right now. We are in the process of a national search to fill the vacant position,” Young said.
Members integrated in the ISFC community have not openly spoken out about the various changes that have taken place within the council, but Mikio Manuell II, vice president of the Hofstra Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., said many of the changes are welcomed.
“Right now there are many positive changes happening, one being the increase in communication and unity between councils. Hopefully the new person will encourage and help facilitate even more inter-council unity and growth,” Manuel said.
Manuel is not the only member hoping for the continuous thread of positivity. Caitlin Navarro, member of the Hofstra Chapter of Alpha Phi International Women’s Fraternity, would also like if the new person that is chosen is enthusiastic about being a part of the Hofstra Greek Community as many of the members are now.
“I think that there’s this misconception that we’re all a bunch of misfits that like to party excessively. In reality, I think that most of the people in Greek life understand that if you want to play hard, you have to work hard too. I know so many of them [members in other organizations] who’ve been on the dean’s list semester after semester. So, [we] definitely [need] somebody who has a positive approach to Greek life,” Navarro said.
The search for the new administrator is still underway.