March 27, 2023

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Greek life homes get better after twister

The Kappa Alpha Theta home is at present underneath building because of the twister that handed by way of over summer season break. (Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

Catastrophe struck Manhattan on June 16, 2022 after town was hit by an EF2 twister. Sorority homes, Kappa Alpha Theta, also called Theta, and Chi Omega have been broken by sturdy winds and declared condemned, in response to The Manhattan Mercury. 

Chi Omega’s home mom, Jan Tidball, was referred to as to the scene after receiving a name from the police. 

“I received a name from the police division, they usually wished me to return over so they might put up indicators to say the home was condemned,” Tidball stated. “After that it was time to get a contractor in.”

Tidball stated she has lived in Chi Omega for the final three years in her personal small condo, however she moved into her own residence because of the injury from particles and glass.

“I really feel unhappy that I’m not there,” Tidball stated. “I miss the ladies and miss figuring out the ladies are there and consuming meals with them.” 

Claire Meerian, senior in accounting and Theta president, acquired a textual content in regards to the storm and its injury to the home whereas residing in her hometown for summer season trip.

“I received a textual content that principally stated the Theta home was hit,” Meerian stated. “My preliminary response is that they have been joking. I then noticed movies from individuals who have been there, and it was an enormous shock, I couldn’t imagine it.”

Meerian lived within the Theta home the earlier two years and deliberate on residing there once more as a senior. Nevertheless, the storm compelled Meerian and her sorority sisters to alter their plans for the 2022-2023 faculty 12 months.

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“It was anxious fascinated about discovering a brand new place,” Meerian stated. “I used to be confused for all of my ladies, particularly my sophomores as a result of they could have had a more durable time discovering someplace to dwell.” 

Mackenzie Waggoner, junior in agriculture communications and journalism, additionally deliberate on residing on the Theta home this 12 months. Waggoner stated she didn’t notice the severity of the state of affairs till she noticed the home in individual. 

“I got here as much as Manhattan for work and drove previous the home, that was when it hit me that we have been actually going to have to maneuver and determine one thing out,” Waggoner stated. 

Meerian stated Theta’s advisors labored onerous to relocate the sorority and ultimately settled on the deserted Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity home as a short lived dwelling for Theta. 

‘’We contacted ATO’s leaser, and we’re owned by a facility housing company, in order that they have been in a position to get that every one labored out for us,” Meerian stated. 

Meerian stated adjusting to life in a fraternity home was unusual, however she is proud of how the state of affairs turned out as a result of all the ladies nonetheless get to dwell collectively. 

“It was tough as a result of it’s constructed for fraternity members not sorority members so we needed to get acclimated to all the additional area,” Meerian stated. “I’m actually grateful that we’re in it as a result of we’re all collectively in a single place, and we will have all of our occasions.” 

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