No decision on future of former Tri Delta house after sorority’s disbanding last spring

Located behind Marquis Hall, the former Tri Delta Sorority house is currently housing upperclassmen. (Photo by Kwasi Obeng-Dankwa ’23)

While currently being used to house upper-level students, no permanent plans exist for the former Tri Delta Sorority House. This leaves open the question of what organization or student group will end up occupying the space.

“No organization has been promised use of the facility. What we agreed to do is to hold an open application process for interested groups to make a pitch for the space,” Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio wrote in an email. 

Diorio noted that the foremost qualification for any group interested in the space is to have a plan for filling all the beds.

Amidst scrutiny from the campus critics of Greek Life—most notably the @abolishgreeklifeatlaf Instagram account—Tri Delta renounced its chapter last September. Both the pressure from anti-greek life activists and the mounting expectations for membership from Tri Delta Nationals factored into the decision for Lafayette’s chapter of Tri Delta to close its doors.

Hannah George ’22, who lived in the house last semester and noted that it was a “cool” place to live, said that she would prefer that a traditional Greek Life organization like a fraternity or sorority does not take the house over, and could envision the building becoming a regular dorm.

No student organization currently has plans to take over the house.

Emily Morocho Chauca, one of the founding members of Lafayette’s new multicultural sorority, Mu Sigma Upsilon, noted in an email to The Lafayette that her chapter has no plans on claiming the house for her organization. 

Further details of the application process will be released through the Office of Residence Life, Diorio wrote.

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