Greek housing ‘laid to rest’

York Hill Townhouses considered, rejected after summer survey

By on October 20, 2010

“The prospect of Greek housing has recently been laid to rest,” said Louis Venturelli, Student Government Association president.

Courtney McKenna, assistant director of student center & campus life and Greek life advisor, confirmed this.

McKenna and Residence Hall Director Chris Rader headed a committee that conducted a student survey on the potential of Greek housing this past summer. According to Venturelli, the option is no longer under consideration due to lack of interest from current students.

A campus student advisory committee including representatives from nine areas of student leadership on campus started the discussion of Greek housing while looking into the promotion of four years of university housing.

Dr. Manuel Carreiro has served as vice president and dean of student affairs at Quinnipiac for 28 years, handling all student-related activities including housing.

“We decided we could offer Greek housing to the seniors, particularly by utilizing the Townhouses,” Carreiro said.

The idea was for a Greek organization to have its own townhouse where its members could live. Seniors would be eligible. Carreiro let the advisory committee take the initiative with the idea’s progression and accepted their decision once they conducted the survey and the option was eliminated.

“My approach to these issues is I like student leaders to go through this process,” Carreiro said. “They did a great job at it and got everyone involved with it so I thought overall the students did a great job to come to a conclusion at this point in time that it was not something they would be interested in.”

Though not a state regulation, Carreiro said there is a local law that no more than four unrelated students can live together in a house. Carreiro attributed this and similar laws existing in towns with college campuses to why less Greek housing is found in the Northeast than other regions of the United States. He ensured this does not apply to college housing because of the personnel, supervision and programs offered.

Matt Hudak, vice president of public relations for Student Government Association, vice president of recruitment for the Interfraternity Council and member of Quinnipiac’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter, participated in the process of evaluating Greek housing as an option.

“This has been an initiative for a while now, so upon receiving some interest in Greek housing, IFC and Pan-Hel, along with Greek Life’s advisor, Courtney McKenna, proceeded to do legitimate research through a recent survey to the Greek community,” Hudak said. “We were able to come to the conclusion that the idea of Greek housing is not something most Greek members seek for their already-enriching Greek experience here at Quinnipiac University.”

The feedback was assessed by both governing bodies of the Greek organizations during meetings and summer training to guarantee the wishes of Quinnipiac’s Greek life constituents were completely understood and represented accurately, Hudak explained.

“The Student Government Association trusts the decision of the governing bodies of the Greek organizations, the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, who, after valid student-based research and analysis, have chosen to not move forward with this initiative for the time being,” Class of 2012 President Andrew McDermott said.

Delta Tau Delta member Joseph LoRusso participated in the survey over the summer, but disagreed with the results.

“I think a housing option would allow Greek Life to gain a stronger presence on campus and would provide Greek Life members a better environment to strive for lives of excellence,” said LoRusso, a junior sociology major..

“I think it’s good to have your sorority sisters together,” freshman Haley Phelan, who’s looking into Greek life, said. “Living in a closer community fulfills the sisterhood.”

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  1. Jennifer

    October 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I’m sorry, Joseph LoRusso, but if there’s one thing Quinnipiac does not need, it’s Greek Life gaining a stronger presence on campus. Greek Life is more than fine the way it is, it should not be taking over the entire school. Being a member of Greek Life does not entitle you to receive special perks like separate housing (especially when the townhouses are so much nicer and larger than Eastview as a senior housing option). It’s fine if you want to go Greek and enjoy that brother or sisterhood, but that should not be something that affects the rest of us who chose not to go Greek.

    • Andrew

      October 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

      Jennifer what Joey said, was not necessarily comparing the current situation here, but more so comparing our situation to the situation at other institutions. The fact of the matter is, that Quinnipiac wouldn’t have to try to offer this potential housing/loop hole, if Hamden (and most of New England) didn’t have backward laws preventing Fraternities and Sororities from having houses.

  2. QUGreek

    October 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Just a few things. 1. Good luck to you if you think the Townhouses are nicer than the soon-to-be Eastview. I live in the Townhouses this year, Eastview is going to be a blessing for the next senior class. 2. I’d be curious to know your opinion of wellness housing if you think designated group living areas for people of a common group is “special treatment.” Wellness housing offers an area for people of common interest to live together, how is Greek housing any different?

    FYI we’re one of the minority of schools in the country that DOESN’T offer Greek housing, and technically that is depriving us of an experience that comes with being Greek. Most national Greek organizations actually have a separate division dealing with housing as a part of the brotherhood or sisterhood. I personally was opposed to the usage of the townhouses as Greek housing because of it’s sheer lack of purpose. If Greek housing was to ever be offered it should be an off-campus house for each organization owned by Quinnipiac. Utilizing senior residence halls is a small step in the right direction but still falling short of the true idea of Greek housing.

    • Cy Walpole

      October 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      QUGreek,

      The school isn’t “depriving” you of any experience that you may think you are entitled to as someone who chose the Greek college experience at Quinnipiac.

      The state of Greek life at Quinnipiac was well established when you chose the school, and there are other significant Greek-Life colleges in New England that might have been a better fit for you.

      It would be acceptable (and admirably ambitious) of you to fight for changes at Quinnipiac, which you feel will improve the college experience, but I think it is disingenuous to suggest that Greek housing is a right that the school is depriving you.

  3. bobcat58

    October 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

    This would of been a disaster had Quinnipiac gone through with this. Considering the drama that QU encounters with the housing process, the idea of reserving certain housing for one organization is asinine. Sure we don’t have Greek Life Housing…oh well, not the rest of the student bodys problem. I don’t live on campus anymore, but if had this gone through I would of been the first in the door to protest it. If the Greek Life organizations would like to assist in financing housing for themselves through Quinnipiac by all means go ahead with it, but unless they are paying a share for these buildings to be built they should not get to dwell there.

    Good job QU on not making a poor decision.

    • QUGreek

      November 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      bobcat58, I may have left out a key point. Housing for Greek organizations is traditionally a cost financed and incorporated in local dues. So I would personally not expect or want Quinnipiac to just fork over luxurious housing for no extra cost- THAT would be unjust special treatment.

  4. qugreeksister

    November 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

    It’s so sad how biased you all are who were against this idea. If it were a sports team would all feel the same way? I don’t think so.