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The brothers of OU’s Kappa Sigma fraternity took one last trek through the old chapter house Friday night. Alumni deemed the red-brick, two-story Colonial at 1100 College to be so much more than a fixer upper. It’ll come down soon, making way for a new chapter house.
We posed for photos. Some grads from the 1950s and 1960s came through but it was the 70s contingent that had the best showing at the tear-down party Friday.
So many memories of the house, my college home and first bed away from home. It was built in the late 1940s and was believed to be the first fraternity or sorority south of Lindsey Street. Others soon followed as Greek houses developed and outgrew their homes.
OU’s Greek system remains strong, with several organizations building new chapter houses. Next door, the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity has a beautiful new house and the Alpha Tau Omega chapter is building a block south where the Sigma Nu house once stood.
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On a somewhat related note, an astute former colleague corrected my reported blood alcohol content from last week’s column. After a two hour drinking binge under the supervision of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, my blood alcohol content was .088, not .88, as written. The latter would have resulted in an obituary, not a Sunday column.