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Fraternity house to start $1.6 million addition

June 15, 2008

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Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, 1645 Tenn., will  undergo renovations, including the addition of nine bedrooms and a new computer center. The groundbreaking on the construction will be Monday, and the project should be finished by December.

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, 1645 Tenn., will undergo renovations, including the addition of nine bedrooms and a new computer center. The groundbreaking on the construction will be Monday, and the project should be finished by December.

On Monday, Kansas University's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will begin receiving a $1.6 million expansion.

It's about time, according to Tom Gray, alumni board member.

"We have been wanting to do this for years," he said of providing more space for fraternity members at their house, 1645 Tenn. "That's really the reason for the addition, but we're also adding a lot of cool amenities."

The expansion will include nine additional and larger member rooms that will eliminate the three-person bedrooms and allow for two roommates per room instead.

"It was kind of a learning experience this past two years," said Adam Price, KU junior from Garden City and fraternity president, about sharing a room with two other men. "You learn there is a lot of stuff you don't need."

Also included will be a new computer center, which will double in size.

"I use the computer room quite often," said Price, who is majoring in finance and sports management. "It's usually full almost every night. With this addition it should make it larger for kids who need to get in there."

A chapter room and living room will be updated and enlarged, too.

The fraternity will be bigger, but the membership of about 80 students will remain the same.

"We're just trying to improve the quality of life for members," Gray said.

Finally, the exterior will receive a facelift.

"It looks great, we've taken great care that it blends with the existing structure," Gray said of the facade design. "It will be a beautiful exterior. The neighbors should be thrilled. It's going to be really nice."

Neighbors may also appreciate that the construction won't hinder any traffic.

Gray said he predicted the project to be complete by December.

A groundbreaking ceremony will commence about 9:40 a.m. Monday.

The fraternity is the nation's largest and has been on the KU campus since 1923.

Comments

BooRadley 5 years, 10 months ago

hawkperched . . . your post reminds me of two movie scenes. The first is from Glengarry Glen Ross when Ricky Roma tells the manager (Kevin Spacey) "You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is." The second is from Billy Madison when the principal tells Billy that "Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to [what you just said]. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."Either scene could apply to your post about Phi Tau. Notably, the "young buff testosterone greek studs" weren't at Phi Tau because it was an alumni event. So, it was just the old-sloppy-cialis-crowd. Also, the alums were there because they care about their fraternity too -- it isn't just for the younger members. Sounds like the same is true of Sig Ep, and I can't wait to see their new house. Either way, you get no points.

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TopJayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

I wanna hear more about the sorority houses!! Complete with pictures.:-D

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Bonesaw 5 years, 10 months ago

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ctrmhero 5 years, 10 months ago

If only the Lawrence SigEp alums would worry about there house and understand that the smaller topeka, chapter is trying to build or acquire a new house.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 10 months ago

do these houses even have house mothers anymore? The old Acacia house at 11th and Indiana was a dump when the frat boys moved out. I often wondered if the house mother wasn't an alcoholic and more. Any woman living in that place would have to be desperate and work for Xavier Hollander or be like her. It was filth! Where was the Oread neighborhood group on that place, with trash on the streets and yard 24/7. Even the Chancellor refused to walk down Indiana.

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shlomoek 5 years, 10 months ago

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 10 months ago

Logic man, you are correct. The 1.6 million is to clean up the last few decades of trashing the place. You should see the inside of these greek houses. Amazing that the chapter alums would allow the filth in them. Just saw yesterday a couple old geezers mowing and cleaning around the Phi Kappa Tau house at 11th and Indiana. No where in sight were the young buff testosterone greek studs doing any work. Sad, the old guys have to clean up the filth from last semester .

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

is it sustainable ?nothing in the story about energy conscious design or environmental aspects - green energy or renewables ?

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bretherite 5 years, 10 months ago

If only the Topeka Sig Ep Alums cared about their old fraternity as much.

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Robert Rauktis 5 years, 10 months ago

Sig Ep MIGHT want to get rid of the huge oak limb dangling in the side yard before it starts with an expensive stucture.

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LogicMan 5 years, 10 months ago

"Finally, the exterior will receive a facelift."Wasn't that place rebuilt not too long ago due to a major fire?

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