While the Chi Psi brotherhood is far more than the bricks and mortar of our Lodge, an updated and competitive facility is necessary to maintain and capitalize on the quality membership we have worked so hard to recruit. Because many of our alumni relate their Chis Psi experience to the Lodge at Trail’s End, the Chi Psi alumni leadership team has exhaustively pursued all options to recreate an equally unique experience.
We were fortunate enough to purchase property located at the corner of Madison Lane and Chancellor Street—just past the end of Mad Bowl. Our brotherhood is now set to thrive at the heart of the Grounds, in walking distance to classes and the Corner; however, alumni support is imperative. It is clear that we must make a major investment in our Lodge if we are to provide quality housing for our undergraduate brothers.
Building on Our Momentum
We are proud of the hard work and progress that got us where we are today. The collaborative efforts from the Chi Psi Central Office, local Alpha Omicron alumni, and refounding colonists have enabled us to overcome numerous obstacles. As a result, we are attracting some of the top men as seen from our dedicated and driven colonists and recently recruited pledge classes. However, we recognize that we could lose potential quality members to other fraternities that offer better housing facilities. We must also compete with the amenities offered in newly renovated residence halls and student housing apartments. Alpha Omicron believes renovations to the Lodge will be imperative in recruitment efforts.
Addressing Our Needs
We must meet the needs of college students and prepare for the future of Alpha Omicron. Our new Lodge, located at 167 Chancellor Street, was built in 1910 and is in dire need of structural and aesthetic updates. A significant renovation is needed to meet the standards of today’s student while creating a living-learning community—one that extends educational opportunities beyond the confines of a classroom. Chi Psi taught us things that we could not learn in a lecture and we need to ensure we are providing a space that will cultivate such experiences. Additionally, as our membership continues to grow, adequate space is imperative for our Omicron brothers to thrive.
The University of Virginia is more academically challenging than ever. As an integral part of the higher education experience, we must focus on the quality environment we can provide to our brothers. Our plan will ensure that undergraduate brothers pursue academic excellence and have access to the necessary technology to be successful in their studies.