Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Activities at WKU, Gene Tice, says, "We've been working on it for the last three or four years and I think we've finally come up with a model that will be attractive to the fraternities, that will work in the system that the university will support. And so that's the direction we're going in."
WKU's Board of Regents did finally accept the proposal for a Greek Village near the campus.
Tice says, "We had a good discussion. The Board of regents listened to our proposal and did take a vote to support the idea. So we'll now proceed with the Greek Village."
One of the fraternities interested in building at the Village is Sigma Phi Epsilon. They say they've heard how successful Greek Villages are at other campuses.
Sigma Phi Epsilon member, Scott Coch says, "Everyone that moved there gets along. They work together. Rush is ten times better. Basically everything has improved for those guys that moved there. And Gene Tice has explained if we do the same thing here, we'll have the same results."
The proposal for the Greek Village calls for houses to be built for fraternities and sororities on land that Western already owns on 14th and 15th Avenue adjacent to Center Street.
Tice says, "The fraternities and sororities will build and own their own houses. So they'll be responsible for their own maintenance, their own upkeep of their houses. They'll generate rent; they'll ask the students to pay rent."
Coch says they are looking forward to the move. "Bigger place. Yes. We definitely need a bigger place. We definitely need something newer."
And if all goes as planned they could see their new house soon.
Tice says, "We'll begin to talk to the specific fraternities. I hope this spring early summer we'll see some activity. They should actually start building some houses."