Greek Village construction ahead of schedule

first_imgThe know-it-all’s guide to getting your textbooks Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Twitter printThe cranes and bulldozers that have become part of the landscape around Greek Village will be gone earlier than expected–construction is two weeks ahead of schedule.Phase I of II of the Greek Village was set for completion on July 30, 2017. Despite rain delays last year, crews should be done July 14, said Harold Leeman, Director of TCU Facility planning and construction.Phase I of the Greek Village includes seven houses, which will accommodate 13 sororities and two fraternities.Phase I masterplan for July 2017: SA-1-5, FA-2, SB-1.“The progress is great,” Leeman said. “But in construction anything can happen.”Prentiss Burt, member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter said he appreciates the effort the college is making.“They’re doing a good job and the best they can to make sure we have access to the houses,” Burt said.Danielle Bassetti, a member of Chi Omega, said the progress she had seen is “awesome.”“I’m in a sorority so I feel like we’re really a part of it and it’s a big thing for TCU,” Bassetti said.However, not all students said they liked the designs of the new houses.“I think they could have done better. I don’t like that the houses are all different,” said Matt Thompson, a member Pi Kappa Phi. “I think that you either have to make them all very unique or all the same, because little differences make it look weird, like they were trying to make it look alike but then they ended up not doing that.”In the next and final phase the former houses will be demolished where the four additional houses will go, which will accommodate the ten remaining fraternity chapters, expected to be completed by July 2018.The Fraternity homes that will be constructed from May 2017 until July 2018 are designated: FB-1, FB-2, FA-1 and FA-3.Once phase I and II are completed, the Greek Village will house all 25 of the University’s Greek chapters in one place.Photo courtesy of KSQ Architects. Illustrates the renderings of the homes that match closely with an additional home the Divine Nine which will be completing during the next phase.Photo courtesy of KSQ Architects. + posts Previous articleWomen’s volleyball adds two transfers to 2017 rosterNext articleWomen’s basketball tops Kansas, 80-68 Madison Fowler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Fowler ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Sustainability on campus shows progress but has further to go TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history center_img Madison Fowler is a senior communication studies major and journalism minor. When she is not writing for TCU 360 she is most likely fostering dogs and reminiscing on her travels abroad. Women’s basketball attendance is still “not where it needs to be” Madison Fowler Madison Fowler Linkedin Facebook Facebook Madison Fowler Madison Fowler Soccer stadium receiving new playing field, lights and drainage system Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Revelations force Poetry Professor resignation

first_imgRuth Padel, the first female Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, has resigned after holding the post for only a week.The resignation follows the damaging relevation that she had sent e-mails to two national newspapers, associating her with a smear campaign against Derek Walcott, a Nobel laureate and her main rival in the race. In the e-mails, Padel mentions allegations of sexual harassment in Walcott’s history.The discovery of these e-mails has led many to suspect Padel’s involvement with the campaign. Many academics who initially supported Padel called for her to step down. Lord Bragg, a Labour peer described her behaviour as “disgraceful.”“She should now stand down from the post,” he added. “A shame, but there it is.”Padel had maintained, in the past, that she played no part in the smear campaign.“It’s terrible, because it had nothing to do with me,” she said in an earlier interview with Cherwell.In an official statement released on Monday, however, Padel acknowledged that she had sent the e-mails. She denied engaging in the smear campaign, as she had only passed on information that was already in the public domain.“I acted in complete good faith, and would have been happy to lose to Derek,” she said, “but I can see that people might interpret my actions otherwise.”The e-mails to two journalists were sent in early April, and made references to events in Walcott’s past. Padel wrote in them, “Some [of my] supporters add that what he does for students can be found in a book called The Lecherous Professor, reporting one of his two recorded cases of sexual harassment and that Obama is rumoured to have turned him down for his inauguration poem because of the sexual record. But I don’t think that’s fair.”Shortly after, John Walsh, a close friend of Padel, detailed and criticised Walcott’s alleged behaviour in an article in The Independent. Within the next few days, between 50 and 100 academics were sent anonymous letters containing an excerpt from the book The Lecherous Professor.As the campaign escalated, Derek Walcott pulled out from the race. He cited “low tactics” and “low and degrading attempt at character assassination” as the reason for his withdrawal.Ruth Padel defended the e-mails sent to journalists. She said, “I was contacted by an Oxford student, who believed Mr Walcott’s relations with female students at universities was relevant to her university’s election of a professor.“Because her concern seemed to be a part of the whole picture, I communicated it to two journalists. I would not have done so had I known of the anonymous mailing, or of any journalist intending to highlight this issue on its own.”Eloise Stonborough, the secretary of the Oxford University Poetry Society, was glad that Oxford will have another chance to elect a person for the post. She said, “I am sorry that the election came to this but given the circumstances I believe that Ruth Padel has taken the honourable course of action in resigning. I am glad that we now have an opportunity to learn from the mistakes made during this campaign and to conduct the new election in a manner fitting to the important position of the professor of poetry.“I look forward to finding out more about the potential future candidates for the post”, she added.The University has said that a new election for the position will be held.last_img read more