Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Omega Psi Phi Builds $2 Million Greek House at University of South Carolina

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Omega Psi Phi Builds $2 Million Greek House at University of South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C.

Omega Psi Phi is building the first residence hall for a Black fraternity on the University of South Carolina campus. The $2 million fraternity house will be the national fraternity's first investment of its kind on any campus and will make USC one of a handful of large, state-supported universities in the South to have campus housing owned by an African-American Greek organization.

The fraternity decided to build at USC partly because of president Andrew A. Sorensen's personal outreach to local and national Omega leaders, says George Grace, national president of the fraternity.

"Dr. Sorensen said he wanted an African-American presence (in the Greek Village), and we happened to be in a position economically to do it," Grace says.

About $300,000 has been raised for construction of the house, which will accommodale 40 students and include common rooms and a food service area, says Tony Grant, an Omega member and former Bank of America executive who has helped raise funds.

There are 15 houses in the university's Greek campus in downtown Columbia. Five more, including the Omega house, are under contract. The existing houses have averaged investments of $1.5 million apiece, for a total investment of $22. …

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