There is a trend in Greek life at Western Michigan University where seniors who have previously lived in their respective houses for the fraternity or sorority move out their senior year.
Greek life seniors at Western Michigan University are moving out of their fraternity and sorority houses to allow underclassmen to take advantage of living in their organization’s house. As enrollment increases for many Greek life organizations, seniors look elsewhere to live outside the fraternity and sorority houses.
“[Seniors] are moving out to give the new guys an opportunity to live here,” said Chris Rettich, the president of the Interfraternity council and member of Pi Kappa Phi. “It is a privilege. It’s awesome to live with your brothers.”
“The seniors are moving out to make more room in the house,” said Leah Kachur, a Chi Omega senior and English major. “This is typically what happens in most sorority houses.”
Each fraternity or sorority has different rules regarding quartering seniors. Most Greek life organizations recommend at least one year living in their respective Greek house with a maximum of two years living there also.
Factors such as high or low enrollment of underclassmen determine how a fraternity or sorority handles the issue of housing.
“Usually juniors and sophomores stay in the houses,” said Kachur. “It depends on what year you joined also. Usually students live two years on average in the house. It is an honor to live in the house at least a year.”
Where do the seniors go? Kachur said most sorority seniors usually get either an apartment or a house together and tend to live close to Fraternity Village, on California Avenue or in the apartments that surround Fraternity Village. Rettich said the fraternity seniors usually do the same.
If the house is full, then the seniors move out,” said Rettich. “It’s an opportunity for new members to take charge in the house.”