Sigma Chi newest member of Greek Village


Members of the Sigma Chi house hang out together in the living room playing a game on the Nintendo 64 on a friday evening. Sigma Chi moved into their new house this fall.

Sarah Stukenborg

After 34 years of being in the same location, Sigma Chi fraternity is the proud owner of a new house in the Greek Village.

The village includes Sigma Chi’s new house at 1340 Center St., Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s house and Sigma Nu fraternity’s house. Pi Kappa Alpha is in the process of building in the village.

Ground-breaking for Sigma Chi’s new house took place during homecoming week 2010, and the house was completed in August 2012.

Tony Rhodes, a Sigma Chi alum and WKU graduate, is the head of Sigma Chi’s housing committee, and Berry McIntosh, also a Sigma Chi alum and WKU graduate, was the primary contractor.

Funding for the new house came primarily from alumni donations.

Although the house is new, there are many parts of it that came from the old house, such as a white cross located in the front yard.

Bowling Green senior Mack Mullins, a member of Sigma Chi, said he believes the new house is very functional for Sigma Chi members’ lifestyle.

“Here I just feel a lot more part of campus,” Mullins said. “Plus the walk’s a lot better.”

Sigma Chi’s old house was located down College Street, so the new house makes getting to campus faster and easier.

An interesting fact about the new house is that the basement is soundproof. Mullins said this is because the fraternity’s secret ritual meetings and initiations are held in the basement. Secrecy is typical in Greek organizations.

The new house also has hardwood and wood paneled walls throughout, with a large living room and meeting room. There are currently 14 members living in the new house, including the president and vice president.

All residents have their own bedroom that is conjoined to another room by a bathroom. The house is divided by common rooms with couches and flat screen televisions.

Wheeler Painter, a London, Ky., junior and member of Sigma Chi, is very fond of his new home.

“I like living here because I feel more involved with my fraternity, and I have gotten to know my fraternity brothers better,” Painter said.