Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This Old (Frat) House

There have been several articles lately about old fraternity houses and how they are being dealt with (or not) by the schools and communities. Here are a few that reference SigEp houses, mostly in the past tense.

UCF trustees approve frat house renewal plan
It's official: Pike House will be demolished, and two other former fraternity houses will be refurbished as part of a plan to spruce up Greek Park at UCF.

Trustees approved a plan today to fix up the former Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity houses and then make them available as rental housing to other organizations.
Fraternity alumni sell land, house
Lynda Wiley, director of the Office of Student Life, said the office helped with the communication between the university and the alumni. The business transaction happened between the Office of Business Affairs and the local alumni housing corporation that owned the house, she said.

This means that if we're looking at the redevelopment of Riverside Avenue we're looking at what's going to be the best for the landscape for existing and new groups," Wiley said. "This was an opportunity that the alumni were willing to sell it, and it was between two houses the university owns and is leasing to own."

The Phi Sigma Kappa house was the sixth house the university bought in the past five years and the second in the past year, Wiley said. Ball State bought the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house last semester.
Empty frat house a pesty presence for neighbors on Gayley
Their old house on Gayley Avenue was rented out to another fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, for 10 years spanning 1995 to 2005, said Ben Hejna, a fourth-year psychology student and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Zeta Psi decided to stop renting out their house in 2005 because they were considering moving back into it, but a tree fell into the house that winter, Hejna said.
Greek Revival
Most Dartmouth coed organizations, fraternities, and sororities (shorthanded by the College as "CFS") have their own houses, the majority of which are privately owned (seven are College owned). Many of the physical plants that support those houses are showing their age and, as Sigma Phi Epsilon's community service chair Kevin Scully '09 notes, "have taken some serious punishment" over the years.