Everybody loves a good comeback story. The triumphant return of a hero is one of the most common themes in our culture’s films and literature. Just look at Shrek. Fraternities aren’t exempt from the comeback theme. Take a look at the University of Rhode Island’s Sigma Chi chapter.
In the ’90s, they were kicked off campus for a variety of reasons, most notably the arrest of an active for the distribution of cocaine from his room in the chapter’s then on-campus house. Thanks to the help of some powerful alumni, Sigma Chi was able to return to URI in 2007. There was one minor problem, however — they didn’t have have a house on campus.
Actually, they didn’t have a house at all. They university was still kind of pissed at them, you know, for the whole drug dealing thing, and they didn’t have one centralized off-campus house either. Despite these setbacks, Sigma Chi has been able to exist as an active chapter at URI without an on-campus house. Considering the school built its Alumni Center on Sigma Chi’s property after they were kicked off, moving back in really wasn’t an option.
Thankfully, again, due to some alumni involvement, URI Sigma Chi is going to be getting a new house. With a budget of around $2.5 million, the new house isn’t going to be too shabby. The house, which will sleep 41 members of the chapter, roughly two-thirds of the current brotherhood, will be located on Fraternity Circle.
Good choice for the site of the new house, guys. After all, it’s all about location, location, location, right? I imagine Fraternity Circle is definitely the ideal place to build a new fraternity house.
What features will the new house have? I don’t know, but with an initial budget of $2.5 million, I think you can let your imagination do the work here. Construction is expected to begin soon, and Sigma Chi expects the house to ready in time for the 2014-2015 school year.
[via Providence Journal]