The Office of the Dean for Student Life announced this week that the Massachusetts Gamma chapter of the Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity has been selected to take residence of 405 Memorial Drive, effective August 2012. Applications for the on campus building were solicited earlier this summer from the Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILG) Office.
After a detailed review by a committee comprised of MIT staff and FSILG alumni, Pi Beta Phi was selected and approved by Senior Associate Dean for Student Life Henry Humphreys.
“Pi Beta Phi is an outstanding organization,” said Marlena Martinez Love, assistant dean and director of FSILGs. “They will make excellent neighbors to the dormitories and other FSILGs along Amherst Alley.”
Love said that factors for selection included the sorority’s support from local and national volunteers, its focus on academics and community building, a clean judicial record, a clearly articulated plan for recruitment and retention of members, and a detailed risk management plan.
The offer to Pi Beta Phi is contingent upon negotiation of final occupancy terms and a signed, formal agreement later this semester.
Pi Beta Phi joins Kappa Alpha Theta, a sorority in Green Hall at 350 Memorial Drive, as the second independent living residence on campus owned by MIT and managed by MIT Housing. The 405 Memorial Drive building, which was acquired by MIT after the closing of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, is undergoing extensive renovations to be ready for occupancy by Phi Beta Phi next summer.