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FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRESS
November 3, 2010 • Vol. 2, Issue no. 4
FOR Students, By Students
Greeks express concern over plots
Planned $20 million science building will force groups to relocate their space
Voice photo by Dea Spicer
Tyreece Brown»a member of the Epsilon Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., relaxes
on a bench on the Greek Plots on campus recently.
Q&A: Reactions are mixed
by Courtney “NuNu” Taylor
Voice Staff Writer
About 50 years ago, Fayetteville
State University paid tribute to the
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Greek fraternities and sororities by
giving them a substantial amount
of land to place historical informa
tion and value to represent them.
Over the years, the plots have been
a place for the members of each
organization to fellowship togeth
er; host events, and even entertain
ment. The plots are a representa
tion of each organization and what
they stand for. With the expansion
of the Lyons Science Annex, the
plots will be relocated. Rumors
of complete removal are floating
around, although University plans
state that this is not true. The Voice
was curious as to how each organi
zation felt about such a significant
Karlten Austin, Epsilon Zeta
Chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Th^ Voice: What are the sig
nificance of the plots?
KA: Well, each Greek plot has
its own significance for each or
ganization, but to us, as far as
Alphas, it is for us to meet and a
place for other Alphas from vari
ous schools to fellowship.
TV: Where would you suggest
the plots to go?
lOV: I like the idea of where the
See GREEK, page 7
by Camellia Sansberry
Voice Staff Writer
In February 2011, construction on
a $20-million, 6,200-square-foot sci
ence and technology building will
begin replacing FSU’s Greek plots
which are currently located in the
heart of campus.
This impending change and what
effect it will have on campus has
sparked conversation around FSU es
pecially with members of the Greek
organizations. Not everybody is hap
py about the changes.
“I think FSU’s alumni will be
upset to come back and see that the
plots aren’t where they’ve been for
so many years and I personally think
that moving them isn’t right,” said
Jamar Amstrong, member of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
According to the Fayetteville Ob
server, Rentenbach Constructors and
R.J. Leeper Construction are the two
contractors for the project but are
currently looking for subcontractors
to help as well.
On the west side of campus, facing
north of the Lily Gym and south of
the Lyons Science Annex, this new
building will be four stories and will
consist of two wings.
One wing will be for classrooms
and offices. The other will be used
for math and science facilities, which
include a CSI forensics floor, chem
istry classrooms, and computer labs.
The Greek plots will be relocated
next to SBE Building.
Jeffrey Womble, FSU’s Direc
tor of Public Relations, said that the
new science and technology building
will be used firr teaching laborato
ries, classrooms, support spaces and
faculty offices for the disciplines of
Computer Science, Mathematics,
Chemistry, Physics and Forensics.
After speaking with a few Greek
organization members, the decision
to build a new science building in
place of the Greek plots is one that
some disagree with.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
member Tiffany Hinton said that the
new building is just an extension
onto an extension that can be placed
“If it’s a must that the building is
built in that spot, they could’ve at
least designed it so it wouldn’t be as
big and take up the entire space,” she
When asked how the plots being
moved will affect the people on cam
pus, Ms. Hinton said that next year’s
homecoming will definitely be nega
After speaking with alumni of both
sororities and fraternities, Ms. Hin
ton said that they have also expressed
that they disagree with the move and
feel it will have a negative effect on
the campus as a whole.
“I believe it is unfair because right
now the plots are in the middle of
campus where they are easy to get
to and see,” said Marques Damon,
member of Kappa Alpha Psi Frater
He also said that with them being
moved it will not provide the same
pleasant environment that the colors
and members of Greek organizations
illustrate because the new location is
not somewhere students pass by daily
while walking around campus.
Construction on the new science
and technology buildmg is estimated
to end in the summer of 2012.
Although there are many pros and
cons to such an sizeable change on
campus, hopefully the new building
and the relocation of the plots will
be two changes students, faculty, and
alumni can all easily adapt to.
News pages 1 -7
Features pages 8-9
Opinion pages 10-11
Sports page 12-13