Thursday, September 1, 2011
The greek letters have been removed from the side of the house and the quatrefoil door knocker has been taken down.
But the legacy of the house at 519 Eighth Street will live on for a few more years even though new owners have moved into the house.
Members of the Baker University Alumni and Advancement office are moving into the former Phi Mu sorority house, which will soon be called the Alumni Center.
While the Zeta Alpha chapter of Phi Mu closed May 22, despite an appeal by the active chapter, the actual structure of the house will continue to be used until dreams of the chapter re-colonizing at Baker can become a reality.
The house is being turned into a building for offices, meetings and even a place where wedding receptions could be held.
Some might view the thought of the university moving into the sorority house as a premature decision and one that did not include the feelings and emotions of the members that just moved out of the house, but in reality, who is a better choice to take care of the house in these next few years than the university?
Much of the Baker greek community is focused on the Zeta Alpha chapter of Phi Mu recolonizing in three years and by the university renting out the house, the university is helping to support what hopefully will be a future recolonization of one of Baker’s greek chapters.
By allowing the university to occupy the house during this time, people will be in there to keep the house up-to-date, in tact and working, instead of letting it sit empty for a number of years or renting it out to people that aren’t familiar with the history of the house.
The Phi Mu alumnae on campus will get a chance to tour the house and although there will be new residents, the house will still be in use instead of sitting empty.
Alumni will now have a familiar building on campus to call home.
The Baker University Board of Trustees will have somewhere to meet when on campus and most of all, the alumnae of Phi Mu will be able to meet for university activities.
If the house was occupied with a different resident, Phi Mu alumna possibly wouldn’t get the chance to visit the house and reminisce of their time at Baker during those events.
Phi Mu’s nationwide stand by the words, “love, honor and truth.”
Despite the fact that they will not be the ones occupying the building, Baker will do them proud in living out those words within the walls of the house that many Phi Mu alumnae call home.