In-house sorority members are unable to stay in their houses due to an ongoing power outage following the harsh winter weather.
Greek Life officials have made the decision to close all sorority houses until power is restored. Dropping temperatures within the houses and a lack of hot water have made it unsafe for residents to stay.
Greek Life officials and LSU Residential Life made arrangements for house residents to stay in Res Life hall Kirby Smith if they are unable to find a safe place to stay on their own.
Due to a high volume of outages across East Baton Rouge Parish, the timeline for when power will be restored down sorority row is unclear. Many sorority members are frustrated with the situation but understand Greek Life’s decision to close the houses.
“I wish we could stay in the house, but I understand that it’s getting so cold inside that it’s unsafe,” Lily Abadie, sophomore Kappa Kappa Gamma member said. “I’m hoping power will be back by tomorrow, but as of now, I’m not sure that that’s going to happen.”
Some chapters have decided to book hotel rooms to house their residents until the sorority houses regain power.
“Our housing director and house corp were very flexible and accommodating considering the extenuating circumstances,” Pi Beta Phi President Aimée Galatas said. “They ensured all in-house girls had a place to stay, and if they did not, they provided hotel rooms for us at the Hilton downtown. All of us are very thankful for their help and consideration.”
Despite the last-minute nature of the situation, Kappa Alpha Theta President Karli Smith feels grateful that they were able to find safe housing for all of their members.
“This is an awful situation, but we are super blessed and privileged to have these solutions to it,” Smith said.