If I were to attempt to explain all the politics that go in to maintaining my sorority chapter, I could right a novel. So, in that case I will attempt to keep it much shorter.
The main points you need to know for this story include:
1. I’m the current house manager
2. Positions for my chapter run on annual year
3. My position is required to live in our house for their entirety of the position
As all Michigan State students know simply from reading those simply facts, this can cause a problem with who runs for the position. Since the school year runs from August to August the requirement to have the position live in for the entirety of their term as the position holder (December-December), deters people from running for the position.
This year I was selected by a nomination committee to hold the House Manager position. I accepted on the condition that I would not have to live in our house Fall 2015 due to the fact that I had already signed a lease to live else where. Now, with my sorority house we have people from our own chapter who are in charge who can make executive decisions like that. But we also have collegiate alumni who hold positions in our nationals that advise us on how to run our chapter effectively, and by the rules. Now we have one advisor from nationals that works with us quite frequently, and once she caught wind of the fact that the House Manager position was switching after the end of the semester, she was not happy.
Tonight, a group of my peers and I all get to discuss with our advisor a solution to the problem and further discuss how to solve this issue for the future. We’ll see how it turns out and I’ll update you once I know the results!