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Campus community turns out for Greek house groundbreaking

Jeff Rankin
Alpha Xi Delta officer Amanda Lopez and Interfraternity Council president lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Greek housing unit.
More than 100 Monmouth College students, staff, trustees and alumni attended a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a Greek life residential facility that will house 19 students beginning this fall.

Part of the college's new Greek life initiative, the 6,000-square-foot house will be initially occupied the Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity, whose members helped turn the first shovelful of dirt. Also on hand were members of the college's Zeta Beta Tau chapter, which once occupied an earlier house on the site and is slated to become the eventual occupant of the new house, following a fundraising campaign.

It will be the first new construction of Greek housing on campus since 1966, and the first time a women's Greek chapter will occupy its own house on the Monmouth campus--significant, because the first collegiate secret society for women, Pi Beta Phi, was founded at the college shortly after the Civil War. Another early women's fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma, also has its Alpha chapter at Monmouth. Both of those chapters will have their first-ever houses this fall, occupying existing college-owned buildings.

Speaking on behalf of all seven MC Greek chapters, Interfraternity Council president Brian Miller ’12 praised the college's Greek initiative, saying, "By providing homes for academic achievement, service and all other fraternal values, we shall live together as brothers and sisters to work towards a better world."

Trevor Newton ’11, president-elect of the student government association, noted, ""With the completion of these new Greek house, more students will have the opportunity to lead. For some this will be a home containing fond memories, for others it will contain the experience of a lifetime."

Construction of the new building is expected to get under way by the end of May.

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