Megan Larcher and Stephanie Petrich
Elon University, a school that prides itself on furthering the mental, physical, and social aspects of student life, offers a wide range of activities and organizations that aim to better the college experience of each student. Greek organizations are some of the most prevalent and dominant groups on campus, including about 43 percent of females and 26 percent of males.
Mr. Bill Loy built the Loy Center, or the collection of sorority and fraternity houses, for Elon University in 1987. Loy donated the center to the university in memory of his wife, Lib Apple Loy, a faithful member of Beta Omicron Beta sorority. Since its culmination in 1987, it has tripled in size, now accommodating 19 chapter facilities and about 218 undergraduate students.
These houses offer four different styles of fraternity and sorority housing, and include efficiency water heaters, dual flush toilets, laundry facilities and energy star appliances for the chapter. Recently, five brand new houses were introduced to the Loy Center, built sustainably utilizing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program. This program designed the houses to be water and energy efficient, making each house approximately 44% more efficient than a typical conventional home.
In addition to housing students, the Loy Center is also home for the Spirit Rock, a part of the center since its dedication in 1987. The rock symbolizes pride, spirit, and the unity of Greek life, sits at the front of the Loy Center. Members of different organizations compete to represent their organization on the rock by dousing it in spray paint and Greek letters to symbolize dominance and unity.
The Loy Center has become much more than a collection of Greek homes. It is a center for activity, Greek life, and unity among students. With each home requiring a house manager of junior or senior status, Greek undergraduates of all ages come together under the same roof to share love and laughter with the rest of the chapter.
Greek house resident Madeline Carlin said, “Living in my sorority house was such a great experience. It got me more involved in my organization and I found myself to be constantly exposed to women who shared the same love for my sorority as I did.”