The College will spend $6 million to renovate two houses at 17 and 26 East Wheelock Street for Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi sororities. Kappa Kappa Gamma is already located at 24 East Wheelock. (Map courtesy Office of Planning Design and Construction)
The new homes for Alpha Xi Delta (AZD) and Alpha Phi are scheduled to house 15 to 20 members each by fall 2009. The buildings are located near Alumni Gym and the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Together, AZD and Alpha Phi have 231 members.
Martin Redman, dean of residential life, says the buildings will need about $6 million in renovations to create the new social spaces, kitchens, and bedrooms. "We've had to reshuffle our budget to make this work," he says. "But it's the right thing to do. Sororities have been an important part of residential life at the College since coeducation."
Lauren DeNatale '09, president of AZD, says: "We're absolutely thrilled about our new location. It's something we've always wanted—a house to call our own." With the addition of these two buildings, Dartmouth will provide facilities to the seven sororities who are members of the Dartmouth Panhellenic Council on campus.
Members of AZD lived for the past 10 years at 6 Webster Avenue, a building owned by Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Following the expiration of their lease, AZD members are living on a floor of the newly renovated Hitchcock Hall. Established in 2006, the sorority Alpha Phi is the newest Greek letter organization on campus, and its members are living on a floor in Gile Hall.
Members of a Beta "interest group" moved into 6 Webster Avenue this fall. Closed by Dartmouth in 1996, the organization is seeking to be re-recognized by the College. For now, Beta doesn't have the full privileges, such as the opportunity to host public events, of a Greek letter organization.
By STEVEN J. SMITH
Sixty-two percent of eligible undergraduates belong to one of the College's 29 Greek letter organizations.
Members volunteered for more than 40,000 hours of community service throughout the Upper Valley region last year.
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Last Updated: 10/7/08