Construction causes some Greek housing residents to walk farther distances to class

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Construction barriers from the new Greek houses have forced some students to travel farther distances in order to get to class.

Construction has blocked the path that would otherwise be a direct route to the academic part of campus. This now barricaded pathway normally runs from the Greek village through Pamela and Edward Clark and Marion Halls.

“The Greek area has always been far, but not being able to walk the direct path makes it much harder to get to the main area of campus,” Martin Morris, sophomore Sigma Alpha Epsilon vice president said.

The walk from the Greek houses last year was not nearly as bad as it is now with the further location and construction blocking a straight path, Courtney Hartwell, junior Delta Gamma member said.

“There is a shuttle option now, but some students get left behind which leaves them with the only option to walk,” Hartwell said.

The sorority houses were finished Summer 2017, the ten remaining fraternity houses are being worked on now.

A lot of students were excited to live in the new houses, and even though they are still great, the location paired with the constant construction is a big downside, Lizzie Craven, sophomore Kappa Alpha Theta member said.

“Our walk to class is significantly longer because we have to go all the way around the construction instead of the straight shot it would otherwise be,” Craven said.

It takes about 30 minutes to walk to class and back, which forces some students who have short breaks in between classes to stay on campus, Claire Wright, sophomore Zeta Tau Alpha member said.

“It really takes a toll when classes have short breaks that other students can use to go back to their room and get things done,” Wright said.

Wright said that sometimes she can be gone from her room for more than 12 hours.

The construction of the houses was planned to be completed in two phases: the sorority houses were finished over summer and the fraternity houses were to be built during the school year. Phase one includes seven houses, which will provide housing for 13 sororities and 2 fraternities, said Harold Leeman, Director of TCU Facility planning and construction.

“Anything can happen when it comes to construction,” Leeman said, “It could be finished ahead of schedule or late depending on various factors.”

The accommodations for the ten remaining fraternities are projected to be finished in July 2018.