Greeks Faced With Fire Prevention

1 decade 2 years 4 months ago Thursday, April 19 2007 Apr 19, 2007 Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:13:34 PM CDT April 19, 2007 in News

When the fire started spreading at the Ashwood apartments earlier this week, there was no automatic sprinkler system in place to help put it out.

The Greek system isn't riled up because it has to install sprinklers, though some of its members just wanted more time.

"The interesting thing is that no one ever approached the Greek community to talk about it," said Cory Ridenhour, financial manager for Delta Tau Delta. "It just happened and we didn't know about it until literally an hour or two before the city council voted on it."

City councilman Chris Janku says the council did inform the Greek community.

"Well, this was an important public issue and there was notices sent to the Greek organizations," he said. "In fact, a number of representatives from Greek organizations did speak at the public hearing."

The Pi Beta Phi house actually does have a fire alarm system and sprinkler system, but with 27 rooms and a living room, dining room, and basement, it took nearly an entire summer to install those systems. They say it cost them more than $100,000.

When faced with this kind of cost, other fraternities and sororities at MU don't know how they will come up with this kind of money. Ridenhour says the city is considering providing loans to fraternities and sororities so they can buy the sprinkler systems.

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