Nine frats turn down on-campus housing

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March 27, 2009

4:41 AM

Tuesday was the final day for fraternities to decide whether they would request campus housing for next year. Theta Delta Chi was the last of nine fraternities to decide not to live in the units.

“Based on unreasonable College policies toward the Greek community, we have chosen to leave our housing in an act of protest,” TDX President David Hampton ’10 said.

Theta Delta Chi joins Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Phi Alpha, Chi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Pi — none of whom will be residing on campus.

“No other fraternities have decided not to have housing next year,” Council for Fraternity Affairs Chairman David Cooper ’10 said.

Michael Taylor ’11, president of Phi Tau, said a combination of factors affected his fraternity’s decision, namely the long-term financial issues due to vacancy, brothers not wanting to spend up to three years in the fraternity units, and the difficulty of filling up a housing unit after the increase in the minimum requirement needed to hold special interest fraternity housing.

Fraternities must fill 36 spots in order to apply for special interest housing. Four fraternities also cited the increased minimum requirement as a factor in their decisions not to apply for campus housing.

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