Greek Village project aims to meet housing demands

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    As more additions and renovations take place around campus, the Greek Village project is on its way.

    The university recently tweeted a rendered photo of what the new Greek Village could look like. The Greek Village is a project focused on adding more residence halls and potentially a new dining hall in the Worth Hills area, Michael Russel, the executive director for student affairs administration, said.

    Craig Allen, director of housing and residence life, wrote in an email that two residence halls would be built in phase one of the project. Many details are undecided, including the completion date. Construction was tentatively scheduled to begin this spring, Allen said.

    Some students who lived in Greek houses said the new additions to the community would be welcome.

    Rebecca Roozbeh, sophomore biology major, said having a dining hall closer to the Greek houses would eliminate the long walk to the Brown-Lupton University Union.

    “It’s a hassle sometimes to have to walk to the BLUU, especially if it’s raining outside,” Roozbeh said. “The buses don’t run around dinner time, so you can’t take a bus there.” 

    Barrington Hwang, sophomore double major in chemistry and economics, said more space in the residence halls would be beneficial to the Greek community.

    “I know at certain residence halls they have to cut off certain lounges and make them into rooms and kind of put closets in there,” Hwang said. “I just feel like if you had lounges for studying or for socializing, it would create a more homely atmosphere.”

    Russel said while the dining and residence halls were welcome possible additions to the university’s Greek community, even more residence halls were needed.

    “We have to turn away juniors and seniors who want to live on campus,” Russel said. “We’re trying to build our residence halls’ stock up to the point where the rooms available meet the demand of our students.”