| 03.18.2018

Wearing everyone’s letters — Panhellenic delegates elect new executives for upcoming term


The Panhellenic Executive Council elected five new members Monday for the coming term, including a new Panhellenic president, vice president of affairs, vice president of programming, vice president of public relations and vice president of finance.

Sarah Jacobsen, a junior double majoring in broadcasting and digital media and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, was elected the new panhellenic president.

During her speech, she expressed how Panhellenic has inspired her to want to work for the Greek system. Jacobsen previously held the position of vice president for public relations.

“I plan on bringing to the table new ideas and possibly adding a new position to the council, next year … I plan on using my experience as a panhellenic delegate and vice-president of public relations by improving chapters’ understanding of Panhellenic’s function as well as have more face time with chapters to improve understanding and potential interest,” Jacobsen said.

After electing a new president, delegates listened to nominees for the role of VP of affairs. The delegates elected Elise Moote for
the position.

Moote is a junior majoring in psychology. She said in her speech that she wants to focus on the new judicial system and educate Greek students on
Panhellenic bylaws.

“I hope to bring collaboration to the Panhellenic board and to bring the entire Greek system together like
cohesion,” Moote said.

The third seat to be voted on was VP of PR. The delegates elected Kelsey Cooper, a Delta Zeta junior majoring in psychology with a minor in English.

Cooper expressed her love for Panhellenic and her hopes to bring positivity to the board in her nominations speech. Cooper said the Greek system’s biggest weakness right now is fighting stereotypes on and off campus. She said she wants to use her powers as VP of PR to spread a positive message about Greek students and to help break the stereotypes
they have.

Sadie Hanigan was elected VP
of programming.

Hanigan is a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in international studies. Hanigan said she is passionate about Panhellenic and has some innovative ideas for the board.

“I want to put a strong emphasis on academics,” Hanigan said. “I think excellent grades are vital to our success as a Greek community. I’m also very excited to be a part of the
philanthropy process.”

The last seat to be filled by the delegates was VP of finance — Vanessa Noblitt was elected.

Noblitt said she grew up in a small town and that influenced her to be a leader in her community. She said she hopes to bring enthusiasm and tenacity to the board with her natural ability to be a leader in difficult situations.

“One thing I would like to change, or get the ball rolling on, is making PHC more approachable … When I was a freshman, they seemed so high and mighty and I didn’t feel like I could approach them … I want the Greek community to see that we are on the same playing field as them and that we are here to help them help us make a difference,” Noblitt said.

Noblitt also said she plans on cracking down on Panhellenic fees, cutting excessive spending and possibly lower fees in the future for the Greek community.

Becca Papineau, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, was elected for VP assistant of recruitment and will assist vice president of recruitment in the coming recruitment season. Papineau will take over for Williams the following year as
VP of recruitment.

Danielle Wiley can be reached 

at arg-news@uidaho.edu

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