Demolished Fraternity House Will Make Room For New Honors College

By Brett Baldeck | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Change continues to come on Normal Street at Western Kentucky University.

"It's a fraternity house. Everyone loves it and you make it your own," says David Miller of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

More than 20 years of memories were gone in an instant. The former Sigma Phi Epsilon house on Normal Drive is now a pile of mangled wood. It's a new start for the fraternity, which brought some sadness.

"A lot of it probably has to go back with the guys who helped make this house what it was. We have had it in the chapter for 20 years and for the younger guys in the chapter this is a huge move for us," says Miller.

Although it was tough to watch years of memories be demolished that new home is waiting on College Street.

"We have really worked together and came together as a chapter in order to raise some money to make this move possible. So it's really been a huge brotherhood moment altogether," says Miller.

What's left will be hauled away to make room for a new honors college and international center. It took minutes to knock down the house, but WKU says it took months of planning.

"Once we know we are demoing the house we go through and we do environmental studies. We contact all the utilities and have them cut all the utilities off," says project manager Kerra Ogden.

The demolition is one of many projects at WKU. 1997 graduate Rick Malek looked on and was pleased with the progress the school has made.

"I was always proud to be a western grad, but things were not looking good for awhile. In the last 20 years Dr. Ransdell has made an unbelievable change on campus and I am proud to be a western grad," says Malek.

Wednesday was just the start of something new. Neighbors say more land must be acquired before the honors college moves forward.

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