Kappa Alpha Order is First Fraternity at James Madison with On-Campus Housing in 15 Years
This past fall, the Zeta Theta Chapter at James Madison University moved into the Tree Houses becoming the first fraternity with on-campus housing in 15 years. In the fall of 2016, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities will join them in the Tree Houses.
“The main reason we moved on campus was because we were looking for a change,” Sam Auch (Zeta Theta – James Madison ’14), Number I, said. “KA has always been trying to ingrain itself into JMU and the community at JMU as much as possible.”
This move will not only promote internal brotherhood within the chapter, but it will also allow for KAs to develop better relationships with the sororities and become more involved in campus activities.
“I think it has helped to build the Greek life at JMU,” Auch said. “I live in a neighborhood of sororities, and just with proximity, we’ve become closer with them. I think it’s really, really helping to create a bond with sororities and, once more fraternities get on, I’m hoping that I see the same thing with them.”
Campus administrators agree that this move will be beneficial, not only for the chapter, but also for the campus community.
“Having fraternities on campus provides more options for students to choose from and I think that is usually a good thing,” Kevin Meaney, director of the Office of Residence Life, said in an email. “Now a student interested in Greek life but wanting to remain a campus resident has some options he didn’t have before.”
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