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MC to break ground for new housing

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new housing unit on May 14 at 11 a.m. at the southwest corner of East Broadway and South Eighth St. Parking will be available one block south in the Faith United Presbyterian Church lot.

The 19-bed house, which will be completed later this year and initially occupied by the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, is part of Monmouth’s Greek life initiative. It will be the first new construction of Greek housing on campus since 1966, and the first time a Monmouth sorority will occupy its own house.

In an era in which support for the Greek system is waning on some campuses, President Mauri Ditzler explained why Monmouth has chosen to embrace Greek life as a valuable asset for the college.

“When a Greek institution is run correctly, it is consistent with our goals of academic rigor and active citizenship,” he said. “Our experience is that when there is a close relationship between a college and its fraternities and sororities, Greek students are among the academic leaders on campus.”

Ditzler pointed to two events in Monmouth’s history that signify the importance that Greek life plays on the college’s campus. In the 1860s, Monmouth led the women’s fraternity movement. Pi Beta Phi, which was founded by Monmouth students in 1867, was the first national women’s fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded at Monmouth three years later.

Two years ago, the college’s newest Greek chapter, Phi Delta Theta, was formally installed, raising the number of active Greek chapters to seven. The fraternity has quickly established itself in a leading role, earning awards for the highest GPA among Monmouth's fraternities, among other honors.

“The immediate objectives of our Greek life master plan will support the long-term goals of the college to utilize the Greek system to foster good citizens and meet campus housing needs as our enrollment continues to grow,” Ditzler concluded.

Click here for more information on MC's Greek Initiative.