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February 10, 2006

DKEs to move into Bryce Lawn

Fraternity to occupy apartment building next year, build dining hall


story image 1 Delta Kappa Epsilon will temporarily relocate to 511 Bryce Lawn next school year.
CW/ Cory Johns

By Stephens Dawkins
Administrative Affairs Editor


The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity will occupy an apartment building in Bryce Lawn next year while its new house is built, a move that means some Bryce Lawn residents will not be allowed to renew their leases.


The DKE house, the oldest fraternity house on campus, will be demolished to make room for a grand entrance way to Bryant-Denny Stadium, which will include a plaza extending to University Boulevard. A new DKE house will be built across the street, on the site formerly occupied by the Gorgas Hall station of the UA Police Department, but the house will not be completed until fall 2007.

Some residents of 511 Bryce Lawn are upset that they will not be allowed to stay in their apartments next year.

"Why are they being given a building that belongs to UA?" asked Alesia Pruitt, a senior majoring in microbiology who lives in 511 Bryce Lawn.

Pruitt said she was planning on living in her apartment next year until she received an e-mail from UA Housing and Residential Communities notifying her that it will not be an option.

UA and DKE officials decided the Bryce Lawn building would be the best choice to temporarily house the fraternity because it will allow members to live together and have a temporary dining area, said John McNeil, a member of the DKE board of directors.

"It's on campus, and they're very nice apartments," he said. "That seems like a pretty good option."

Other UA fraternities offered to donate unused space in their houses for the DKE members, McNeil said, but these options would not have provided enough living space for all fraternity members who wish to live in the house.

McNeil said DKE will pay the University rent for all 24 bedrooms in the building, which would total $125,280 for the year.

He said the fraternity will also construct a temporary, 3,500 square-foot dining hall adjacent to the building. The hall will allow fraternity members to continue eating three meals a day together and allow DKE's kitchen staff to remain employed, he said.

"We can't just put them out on the street," McNeil said.

Upton Windes, a sophomore majoring in international business and a DKE member, said he was indifferent about the fraternity's temporary location next year.

"As long as we have somewhere to live then I guess it will be alright," he said.

HRC spokeswoman Alicia Browne said residents of 511 Bryce Lawn were notified Monday about the situation.

"Based on past experience with Bryce Lawn, we should be able to accommodate the students who want to move to another apartment in that same community," Browne said.

Pruitt said she does not think she will be able to find another apartment in Bryce Lawn.

Alison Miller, who also lives in 511 Bryce Lawn, said she and others living in the building think 511 was singled out because of its residents. Other Bryce Lawn buildings house UA athletes, handicapped students, the Residence Hall Association and the German House, said Miller, a sophomore majoring in nursing.

"Who cares if we're not athletes, we're still students," she said.




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