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Sigma Kappa Moves to Ashdown

By A. Arif Husain
Staff Reporter

Forty-five members of the Sigma Kappa sorority will take residence in Ashdown House beginning in September, according to Neal H. Dorow, assistant dean and adviser to fraternities, sororities, and living groups.

The move is aimed to reduce undergraduate crowding, a high priority in the administration, said Phillip M. Bernard, the residence and campus activities staff associate in charge of dormitory assignments.

Of the six floors in Ashdown, the basement and about half of the first floor will house the Sigma Kappa members. The rooms will mostly be doubles interspersed with some singles, Bernard said. Larger doubles could be converted to triples, he added.

Rooms will also be given to two graduate resident tutors who will be assigned to the group. The remainder of the dormitory will be occupied by graduate students. Ashdown was built as a hotel, so its design makes it suitable for housing the two groups, Dorow said.

The planning of Sigma Kappa's move to Ashdown was conducted by a group composed of members from the Dean's Office, Department of Housing and Food Services, Ashdown, and Sigma Kappa. The group first met about a month ago to begin work on the move, Bernard said. The fine points of the move were finalized in a meeting last Tuesday.

Bernard stressed that the preparations went smoothly. "The thing that I think is very important is that everybody contributed," he said. "It worked out faster than anything I've seen."

Move to help crowding

With the close of Huntington Hall, the dormitory crowding problem is predicted to be especially pressing next year. The Institute decided on the need to move 50 undergraduates to Ashdown to deal with the situation, Bernard said.

Sigma Kappa was the next sorority in line to be housed, so they were the most logical choice, Bernard said. Currently, members of Sigma Kappa are spread out between all of the campus dormitories. Plans are underway to find a house for Sigma Kappa off-campus within the next few years, Bernard said.

"We view [Ashdown] as a transition house," said Sigma Kappa Executive Vice President Jennifer H. Shen '96. As a result, the group is not required to follow Sigma Kappa National house rules, but instead has developed chapter rules for Ashdown living.

The living group will be regarded as an undergraduate residence by the Institute and will be subject to the same rules as dormitories.

Of the 106 Sigma Kappa members, only upperclassmen will be allowed to live in the dormitory, Bernard said. All of the residents for next year have been chosen and room assignments have been made, he said.