MINNEAPOLIS — Some fraternity houses near the University of Minnesota are struggling to attract members to fill their rooms despite increased membership.
Greek houses are struggling to attract tenants even though more than 10 percent of the university’s students participate in Greek life, the Minnesota Daily reported.
“It could be personal preference,” said Ronald Atkinson, the university’s Interfraternity Council & National Pan-Hellenic Council adviser. “For example, when I was an undergraduate I loved my fraternity brothers but had no desire to live with them only because I preferred living alone.”
Some fraternity presidents say the development of multiple luxury apartment complexes near campuses may be keeping members from living in fraternity houses.
Fraternity houses are older and don’t have the same amenities the new apartments offer, said Garrett Caddes, president of Phi Sigma Kappa.
A fraternity’s budget decreases if it doesn’t have a certain number of members living in the house, said Dylan Marvel, president of Chi Psi.
Most chapter houses can fit between 25 and 30 tenants, Atkinson said.
“If you don’t have a good number of live-ins, that can really cause your house to flop,” Marvel said.
Chapters make the most money from members who pay house dues, which cover programming expenses, utilities, meal plans and rent.
The funds are also used for formals, parties, house maintenance and philanthropies, Marvel said.
Kayla Brown was the president of Lambda Delta Phi in 2016. She said sororities typically don’t have a problem filling their houses and that girls are encouraged to live in the house for two years in order to bond with other members.
Information from: The Minnesota Daily, http://www.mndaily.com/