Former fraternity house will soon house Pi Beta Phi

Miriam Ridge, Staff Reporter

Over the past few weeks, the Greek Life Office (GLO) has been sifting through the applications of eligible chapters on campus who are all vying for one thing: a chance to have a house of their own. On Sep. 29, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s charter was revoked, leaving their Murray Hill Road house vacant. Last month, the GLO opened applications to establish a housing agreement with an interested fraternity or sorority chapter at Case Western Reserve University.

According to Bill Lubinger, the director of Media Relations and Communications, a total of five chapters were eligible to apply: Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Phi, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Of these chapters, all but Sigma Alpha Epsilon submitted an application.

In order to start the application process, each chapter had to submit an official letter of intent to Mark Starr, the director of Greek Life. The letter had to have been signed by the chapter advisor, president and house manager. Following the letter of intent, the chapters had to submit an application information sheet. The chapters are evaluated on information such as the chapter’s number of years at CWRU, programmatic accomplishments, past behavioral infractions and recruitment statistics. In all, there were 11 questions and a letter of intent used to determine the fate of the chapters’ submissions. All of the materials had to be in by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

This is the first time the process has been used because it is the first time more than one chapter has been eligible to fill a vacant house,” said Lubinger.

Starr directed a review process of the applications in collaboration with the Office of University Housing, and at the conclusion of the reviews Starr made his recommendation to University Housing. In the week after Thanksgiving break, the GLO officially selected Pi Beta Phi to move into the house. Pi Beta Phi did not respond to a request for comment.