Safeguarding Our Investment in the Theta Delta Chapter House
As House Corporation President, it has been a rewarding few years as we’ve restored our beloved Theta Delta Chapter at The Ohio State University and built a new, state-of-the-art Chapter home for the next century. We have an outstanding group of young men in the Chapter who I believe you would all be proud to call “brother.” And, I’m humbled by the dedication of our inspiring group of alumni advisors and volunteers that work collectively to ensure smooth operations.
Sophomore Live-in and the New House
Theta Delta is “qualified” for sophomore live-in by The Ohio State University. OSU now requires all freshmen and sophomores to live on campus in residence halls. But OSU also partners with Greek organizations to allow sophomores to live in their houses. To qualify for sophomore live-in, the facility must meet certain criteria—which are mostly related to meeting safety and ADA standards. Since we have a brand-new house and we incorporated all minimum standards into our structure, we are qualified. This is an ongoing process and we must be certified every year.
The sophomore live-in qualification has stimulated a lot of construction on the Ohio State campus. We chose to build a brand-new house rather than trying to retrofit the old house to meet new standards and expectations, which would have been nearly impossible. Some, such as Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Delta Gamma, have added major additions; others, such as Zeta Tau Alpha and Chi Omega, are also building new houses. Everyone expects there will be more to follow.
Safeguarding Our Investment
The new house is a multimillion-dollar investment. It is a showplace and the envy of other fraternities and sororities. To protect the investment made by many loyal alumni, plans were made from the outset to maintain the facility at the highest level possible. A team approach was instituted. Key highlights are:
- Fingerprint access for exterior doors and keypad entry into individual rooms.
- Live-in house director reports to the House Corporation.
- Meal service is outsourced to Campus Cooks.
- Facility repair and maintenance is contracted to ARX Realty.
- Eight-member advising team supports the Chapter separate from House Corporation.
- Leases co-signed by parents.
- All lessees pay a $500 security deposit.
- Theta Delta is a substance-free facility.
Theta Delta is a strong, vibrant Chapter today at OSU. As a leadership team, we are mindful that it is important to reduce the debt on the new house to ensure future financial stability. Yes, we are operating well today, but there will inevitably be hiccups along the way in the future. We may just be “conservative Midwesterners,” but as a leadership team we believe the smart thing is to reduce the debt burden. We hope you will agree and join us in supporting the campaign to ensure a stable financial base for the future.
Yours in _kai_,
Joe Chinnici ’64
House Corporation President