Alpha Omicron Pi to receive Greek house for fall 2013

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    The sorority Alpha Omicron Pi will be the newest tenant on the university’s Greek row, as the organization will move into Wiggins Hall in Fall 2013, TCU’s director of housing and residence life said.

    Craig Allen, the director, said that the sorority will move into a previously unclaimed section of Wiggins Hall, which stands between the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house and the Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity houses.

    Allen said that no renovations have been or will be done on the section of the house and that no currently-standing sorority house or fraternity house will be altered in size or beds accommodated.

    The AOII house will have 25 beds and be the home for 21 women in the upcoming semester, AOII president Rebecca Whiteman said. The house is expected to have more women move in during the spring semester.

    AOII’s house will not be quite similar to other sorority houses on TCU's Greek row. The chapter room of the house is located on the second floor, and the house is not as big as other houses, Whiteman said.

    In fact, even with the new house, AOII will not have recruiting events in the fall due to a small lobby area, Whiteman said. Instead of having events at the house, the sorority will have its recruitment events at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house.

    The chapter, which was colonized at TCU in 2012, has 83 women in its organization. After formal recruitment in the fall and continual open recruitment, AOII aims to have between 170 and 180 women in the organization.

    Whiteman said she believes recruitment will be better over the year because of AOII’s new house. She said the house will give AOII a sense of legitimacy and recognition in Greek life on campus.

    Before receiving the house, AOII was the sole Panhellenic sorority without a house on Greek row.

    Taylor Neudeck, a sophomore who will move into the house next semester, said she believed a house in Greek row will build upon the “strong foundation” of the sorority and will help the sorority become well-known on campus.

    Alesha White, a junior who will live in the house next semester, said she agreed with both Whiteman and Neudeck, and said she believes that the sorority will become closer with the Greek life at TCU.

    More importantly, White said, having a house will mean her sisters will grow closer together as well, since they will live in a building with “sisters who share same ideas and interests” and celebrate a love of the sorority.

    One Greek organization left
    Beta Theta Pi, the only Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic organization without a house on Greek row, will maintain a group of apartments in the on-campus Tom Brown Pete Wright apartments, Allen said.

    The fraternity, added to TCU's IFC in 2011, had housing in Tom Brown Pete Wright last year. Allen said there are no immediate or solidified plans to create a house for the fraternity within the next year.