Univ. of Iowa Students Fear "Death of Frats" In Iowa City

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

A home at the corner of Governor & Burlington Streets in Iowa City, where a Univ. of Iowa fraternity would like to construct a new house. (MARK CARLSON/KCRG-THE GAZETTE)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Over 100 University of Iowa fraternity and sorority members attended an Iowa City council meeting this week to express their disapproval of a plan to limit the amount of residents in newly constructed Greek houses. Kyle Skinner, president of the local Sigma Pi fraternity, says the measure could be a "death" to the future of the Greek system.

"This won't be the end of Greek life in Iowa City," said council member, Connie Champion.

The measure, which passed Tuesday night, is a way to restrict new houses from being constructed in certain areas based on the vision of the city's planning and zoning department. City officials said they plan to work with members of the Greek community to create a plan both sides can agree upon. Tuesday's decision isn't a final version of the ordinance, Champion said.

Under the current plan, the Sigma Pi fraternity would only be able to house 13 members at a home they plan to build at the corner of Governor and Burlington Streets. They had originally planned to house 30 people there, Skinner said.

"Our rent would go up to 1,000 a person," he said.

No current houses would be effected, as they would he "grandfathered" in.

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