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

By Robert Holt
On May 1, 2012

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. Its easy to just plow over old buildings without thinking about what youre doing. Its [the new decision] really a win-win.

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

With it being such a historic piece of ASUs infrastructure, a very dedicated group of staff, students and citizens quickly came to the homes 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 Kays house and dont 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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