The former Chi Phi house will become a fraternity theme house for the fall 2009 semester, Greek life officials announced.
After the fraternity’s charter was revoked last week, the brothers were forced to move out of the fraternity house by Sunday evening, leaving the house open for other uses next year.
The theme house, called the Fraternity Leadership and Service House (FLASH), will emphasize leadership and service in the community. Members are expected to maintain good academic standing, be free of conduct violations and participate in service projects throughout each semester.
Executive Director of Residence Life and Housing Andrea Trinklein wrote in an e-mail to the Wheel
that Residence Life chose to convert the former Chi Phi house into a theme house to reach out to fraternities such as Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Sigma, who do not have housing on campus.
Victor Felts, director of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life and assistant dean of Campus Life, said that a similar program was developed when the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity was removed from campus in 2004.
The PIKE house became an intersorority house, before Alpha Epsilon Pi moved in. According to Felts, the former Chi Phi house can accept 41 applicants.
President of Emory’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) David Izbicki said although the theme house will not have too large of an impact on Eagle Row, he hopes it will be a positive addition to the campus.
“Hopefully it will bring more interfraternity unity,” Izbicki said. “There will be brothers from all fraternities living in the house.”
According to Felts, some fraternity brothers have expressed interest in the concept, but he is not sure how many will participate.
Izbicki said he does not think FLASH will be permanent.
— Contact Alice Chen