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9/3/2015

OU Kappa Sigma to restore sense of community with new house - OUDaily.com: News

OUKappaSigmatorestoresenseofcommunity
withnewhouse
GarrettWatts,newsreporter|Posted:Wednesday,September2,20156:00am
TheGammaKappachapterofKappaSigmaatOUhasunveiledanew$7millionfraternityhouse,
endinganearlythreeyearperiodofhomelessnessforthechapter.
TheKappaSigmachapterstartedoncampusin1906andremainedactive,inhabitingtwodifferent
houses,until2009,whenthechapterleftcampus,saidKappaSigmaPresidentZachHaley.The
chapterreturnedtocampusin2011andhadaccesstoitsformerfraternityhouseuntilitwastorn
downin2013,Haleysaid,leavingthememberswithoutaplacetogather.
Now,havingallthebrothersunderoneroofdoesagreatservicetobuildingcamaraderieamongthe
members,somethingthatwasaconsiderablechallengewhenthechapterdidnthaveavenueto
congregate,Haleysaid.Instead,thechapterwasforcedtoholdmeetingsinsideofOUslawschool.
Weneverhadacommonareatomeet,sowealwayshadtodomeetingsoncampus,"Haleysaid.
Haleysaidhisfavoritefeatureofthehouseisbeingwithallofhisbrothers.Itseasilyaccessible
youdonthavetoplantohangoutwithyourbrothers.Youcanjustcomehomefromschoolandkick
back.It'sreallynicetobeunderoneroofincaseweneedtocalleveryonetoameeting,"Haleysaid.
Theprojectwasmadearealitybydonationsfromthefraternity'salumni.Therearestilldonations
comingin,Haleysaid.OnesuchalumnusisacclaimedOUquarterbackSteveOwens,whois
currentlydisplayinghis1969Heismantrophyinsidethehouse.Hesbeenatthehouseacoupleof
timestohangoutwithus,"Haleysaid.
ThehousewasdesignedbylocalfraternityalumnusBudMiles.Theprojectwasintheworksfor
yearswithitsdesigncontinuouslyevolvingovertime,saidDennisWells,theprojectmanagerof
architecture.Thehousesmostuniqueandattractivefeatureisthevaryingheightsofthesurfaceson
thehouse'sexteriorintheformofchangesofplaneandelevationstepbacks,"Wellssaid.
Ithinktheywantedtogoforatraditionallookbutwithamoderntwist,"Haleysaid.
Ithinkwegoteverythingrightonthisone,everyoneishappywithit,"Wellssaid.
The30,000squarefoothouseboastsafullkitchenandthreedifferenttypesofstone.Itcurrently
houses56membersandisexpectedtohouseanother15or20whenthethirdflooriscompletely
finished,Dennissaid.Thebasementofthehouseservesasbothachapterroomandatornadoshelter.
Thefullystaffedkitchenwhipsupthreemealsadayforthebrothers,complimentsofKeystone
Foodservice,JackFranken,vicepresidentofpublicrelations,said.
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AmongtheranksofthekitchenstaffisHowardDixon,abelovedfraternitycookwhowasleft
unemployedafterOU'sformerSigmaAlphaEpsilonfraternitywasdisbandedandforcedoffcampus.
DixonhasfoundahomeinthenewKappaSigmahouse,Haleysaid.

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