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Minority groups given room to grow at Greek Village

Posted: May 31, 2014 - 6:00pm

Phase one of Greek Village includes five sorority houses for the historically white Panhellenic Council sororities and four chapter rooms for the historically black National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities.

Kaylon Bradford, National Pan-Hellenic Council advisor, said one of the biggest reasons the NPHC sororities were not included in the plans for Greek housing is the size of their chapters.

Bradford said historically NPHC sororities and fraternities have been relatively smaller partially due to the number of minority students on campus.

Right now, Bradford said, he doesn’t think the NPHC has enough members to sustain housing facilities.

“We will hopefully get there,” he said. “That’s our goal, but right now the space we have allotted those groups is substantial and they will be able to do the business that they need to do in those rooms.”

Bradford said he hasn’t heard any backlash from other students about Greek Village. The Greek organizations often took up space on campus, but now that they have their own space, it frees up facilities for other organizations, he said.

“Greek students are in every department on this campus, so students don’t view this as a competing project,” said Ronnie Williams, vice president of student services and institutional diversity. “It’s a real testament to how valuable these students are to future growth.”

An alumni Greek advisory board as well as the leaders of the student organizations were part of making the decisions of who and what would be included in phase one, said Gary Roberts, dean of students.

In addition, the Panhellenic Council has a national policy in which all groups must be given access to the same housing privileges as not to have a recruitment advantage over another, Roberts said.

“We made a commitment to include our smaller groups which is our traditionally African American groups,” Roberts said. “This is a critical thought. We haven’t found any institutions at this point that have NPHC facilities.”

UCA believes this will be a turning point in recruiting minority students to the university, Roberts said.

Williams said Greek Village has been designed with growth in mind, so if the NPHC organizations do grow, there’s potential to accommodate their needs.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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lachowsj 06/02/14 - 08:43 am
Greeks are the minorities

92% of UCA students do not belong to a fraternity or sorority. Traditionally, Greek organizations were all white because minorities would never "fit in." Minorities formed their own organizations in response and, interestingly, emulated the white organizations in setting up criteria for inclusion and exclusion. It is amazing in this day and age how segregated these institutions have remained. I can understand how UCA may wish to cater to this particular minority, as statistically they come from wealthier families, have a higher graduation rate and contribute more money to their alma mater later in life. I hope development of the Greek Village is not to the detriment of the majority of students whose obligations or sentiments do not lend themselves to membership in exclusive clubs.

ucantbserious 06/02/14 - 02:30 pm
One thing is for sure...

Tuition is going to go up...again. And it won't be just for the students in fraternities or sororities.

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