Pi Kappa Alpha Redoes Chapter Room
October 10, 2008 Leave a comment
by Chelsea Rowe
Transylvania University’s Greek community has undergone a multitude of changes this year, and the men of Pi Kappa Alpha are no exception. This year, Transy’s Kappa Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha has completely transformed its chapter room.
With flooring and furniture dating back to the seventies, the chapter decided last May that changes needed to be made.
“It was just one of those things that had been put off for ten years,” said sophomore Adam Drye about the renovations. “We just decided it was time to be done. Especially since we are so small, we thought we could at least do something for ourselves.”
The floor, which was embedded with broken glass, was the first and most important thing that needed to go. It was replaced with tile, and an inlay of Pi Kappa Alpha was done by Chapter President Gus Rankin in front of the new bar. The bar, which is now located in the center of the room as opposed to its previous location in the back left corner, was made in the shape of a horseshoe by active members James Harding and Evan Kemper.
The tobacco wood that lined the walls of the chapter room was also removed, and, in doing so, the ceiling had to be replaced as well. Once the new ceiling was in place and the wood was removed, every member of the chapter helped to drywall and paint the new rooms.
Out of all the work done to the chapter room, only the flooring and ceiling were professionally done. All other work was done by active members and alumni. The professional work, new furniture and all other costs were paid for by alumni.
Last year, the Kappa chapter made a deal with local alumni to pay off all debts. When this was achieved, the alumni agreed to buy new furniture for the chapter room and cover the cost of replacing the floor.
“The whole thing really was a gift from the alumni. They gave us everything and even helped us do the work. They said if we got out of debt, they would pay for it, although we didn’t expect that much money,” said Drye.
Several alumni made contributions to help finance the changes made to the chapter room, but Mac Thompson, Harry Somerville and Chris Jones, the Kappa chapter’s alumni advisor, were especially helpful.
“Most of the money for the chapter was donated by alumni that graduated 20 years ago,” said Chapter President Gus Rankin. “That is a statement of the experience that the Kappa chapter provides for its members. Not only does it set them up for success, but it also initiates a sense of gratitude to the chapter after the fact.”