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Housing plans to demolish dormitories, including chapter room
by Andrew Owen

A dissatisfied chapter in its chapter room. Left to right: Joe Raymond, Andy Olson, Tim Powell, Matt Gilbert.During the first week of April, Housing and Residence Life Director Elsie Lynn Ervin mentioned to Brother Joe Raymond in passing that the chapter would lose its chapter room at the end of the 2008 spring semester.

She expressed to him that the Bond-Carpenter and Whittington-Williams dormitories were not very suitable living quarters, and that Housing had therefore decided to demolish all four dormitories, figuring out how to house the many incoming students with the other remaining male dormitories.

Bond-Carpenter opened in 1966; Whittington-Williams (then Caylor-Williams), in 1961.  The buildings themselves will probably not be torn down for a while due to the high price of demolishing buildings with friable asbestos, but the facilities are no longer permissible for use.

A picture of the chapter room before its remodeling.Housing has little or no plans at all for re-housing the chapter any time before the construction of a new dormitory, which is scheduled to happen around 2012 at the earliest.  They suggested using part of Brewer Hall's lobby in the Court of Governors, but the chapter has decided to meet instead in Union 306, which is a relatively spacious conference room in the third floor of the Union.  Housing likewise had no plan or suggestion for storing fraternity property during this period.  The chapter has rented a storage unit to serve this purpose.

The chapter has used this spacious room since the mid-eighties.  It has undergone countless hours of decorative attention and maintenance, including Bill Ray Burt's painting of the Coat of Arms, pictured left, and the difficult remodeling of the room in 2006-2007.

Even though this development puts the chapter behind a great deal, the chapter will work hard to maintain its morale without a chapter room for a few years.

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