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Hope still alive for Kays house: New agreement for sorority row, Kays house a 'win-win'

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 16:05


Abdullah Raslan/Herald

ASU administration announced that the V.C. Kays house could be preserved if the funding can be raised within the next year.


After a news release made on Friday, April 20, the Kays house on the ASU campus has been promised another year of standing — now with an even stronger sense of pride.

“We really are trying to find a way to accommodate a spirit of moving forward and maintaining the old. To find a balance between new and old,” professor of journalism and head of the Faculty Senate, Jack Zibluk, said. “It’s easy to just plow over old buildings without thinking about what you’re doing. It’s [the new decision] really a win-win.”

Several very supportive and attentive ASU staff and faculty members have followed this year’s sorority housing addition very closely, but wanted to protect the oldest building on the university’s campus — the V.C. Kays house.

With it being such a historic piece of ASU’s infrastructure, a very dedicated group of staff, students and citizens quickly came to the home’s defense.

The plans for the sorority housing originally required the demolition of the Kays house and several other homes on the ASU campus, in order to build these new structures.

This got a mixed variety of reactions — and it got them pretty fast.

Now, a few months into the process with final decisions being made, a turn of events has occurred that has satisfied both pro-Kays and pro-panhellenic groups.

Along with Zibluk, Tom Moore, executive assistant to the chancellor, has been tightly involved with the process.

“I am pleased that the plan announced that the sorority housing will go forward. The sorority planning can go on full speed ahead,” he said. “We owe it to our University heritage to preserve the Kays house.”

“My concentration is looking forward and trying to identify adequate support to preserve the [Kays] house,” Moore said.

Greek and non-greek members of the student body are also pleased with this approach that really “meets in the middle.”

Shortly after the Friday news update, the ASU Greek Life organization released an official statement saying: “The Office of Greek Life and the Greek students on the ASU campus are excited about the Panhellenic Sorority Housing Expansion project.  We are fully supportive of the decision regarding the Kay’s house and don’t anticipate any delay in the construction of the Sorority Housing project.”

With a “collected effort from the faculty and the community,” Zibluk said, “I think we will really be able to do something here.”

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