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Home, sweet home

Barry McNamara
02/16/2011
Members of Monmouth College’s Alpha Xi Delta were assisted in the moving in process earlier this week by several members of MC’s Phi Delta Theta, their new next-door neighbors. Pictured taking a break from the heavy lifting are, from left, Ryan Kerr, Claire Johnston, Melinda Craddock, Kim Boyd and Zach Dixon.
It’s official: Feb. 15 marked the first date that members of Monmouth College’s Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity were able to spend the night in their new $2 million home.

The 19-bed, Victorian-style house is located at the southwest corner of East Broadway and South Eighth St. Part of Monmouth’s Greek life initiative, the 19-bed facility is the first new construction of Greek housing on campus since 1966.

“It is just so amazing to think that a year ago I had just announced we would be getting the new house,” said senior Kristen Wyse of Woodstock, past president of the chapter. “Now that it is here, it is hard to believe.”

“Our first impressions were that we loved it,” said junior Kim Dwyer of Roseville, president of the chapter. “It went beyond our expectations, and we cannot wait to show it off to all of our sisters. It is absolutely gorgeous.”

“It is breathtakingly beautiful,” agreed Wyse. “It’s very big and open and feels very much like a home that I think will be cherished for many years to come. I can’t put it into proper words – it is better to see it firsthand.”

The public will be invited to do just that at an open house that is tentatively scheduled for March 20. More information about the open house will be released at a later date.