KAT Takes Sidney-Pacific, AEPhi Declines Dorm OfferBy Jennifer DeBoer
Members of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority will move into the new graduate student dormitory at Sidney and Pacific Streets next fall.
In addition, Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75 announced that applications are now being taken for juniors currently on campus to move to graduate housing next year, in order to help alleviate crowding in undergraduate dormitories.
KAT relocates from Sig Ep annex
Kappa Alpha Theta president Sheila Viswanathan ’04 said approximately 25 sisters will be moving to Sidney-Pacific. Those who formerly rented part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon annex will no longer live there.
“There is the down side of being farther from dorm row, but there’s also the upside of living with a group of your friends,” Viswanathan said.
“It [the KAT section of Sidney-Pacific] should be similar to the annex,” said Anne M. Latham ’02.
AEPhi declines offer in Ashdown
Before spring break, Alpha Epsilon Phi was seriously considering moving some members into Ashdown House. After discussion with Ashdown authorities, AEPhi decided against it, AEPhi President Karen H. Riesenburger ’03 said.
“We were really interested in moving, but the offer didn’t match our needs,” Riesenburger said.
“It would have been great to have a common meeting place,” she added. “As it is we are constantly reserving rooms around MIT.”
“I think it happened because they had never lived together as a group before and they were happy in their individual dorms,” said Ann Orlando, housemaster of Ashdown.
“I don’t think that was the problem at all,” Riesenburger said. “Everyone was really excited about moving. The trouble was that there were no singles in Ashdown, and ... a lot of upperclassmen were looking forward to having singles.”
“We looked into moving into Simmons as a group, but that would have been really complicated,” she added. “Getting space together, transferring new members in, and things like that would have made it difficult.”
“I see this as an interim step to having our own house,” Latham of KAT said. “Just before Sigma Kappa got their house, they were housed in a grad dorm. This proves that we are willing to live together and we’re ready to move to a house together.”
Riesenburger said when the MIT chapter of AEPhi becomes older, it could garner enough support from its national chapter for its own house.
MEng students guaranteed space
As many as 100 rising seniors are expected to move as well, Clay said. They will be divided between Ashdown, Tang Hall, Sidney-Pacific, and the Warehouse.
They will be guaranteed housing for their first year of graduate school, avoiding both the difficult graduate housing lottery and expensive local rents.