HIS turns down housing offer

The campus’ Christian sorority, He Is Sufficient, turned down an offer to have on-campus housing because of little demand from sorority members, the sorority’s president said.

Jackie Quisenberry, president of HIS, said the sorority did not get a house because of a lack of commitment from active members.

“We couldn’t get enough girls to commit to it for us to go forward with it,” Quisenberry said. HIS was offered ten rooms to house 20 members at Wiggins Hall last semester in the section next to Gamma Phi Beta, a Panhellenic sorority.

Fraternity and Sorority Life offered HIS the option of having facilities for this fall, a decision that was not influenced by the sorority’s decision to join Fraternity and Sorority Life in spring 2008, Quisenberry said. James Parker, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, wrote in an e-mail that the spots offered to HIS have been occupied by other students this semester. Quisenberry said HIS has more upperclassmen members than freshmen and sophomores, and many upperclassmen had already committed to other housing.

Courtney Olson, a sophomore nursing major and HIS member, said she was interested in HIS housing, but prior housing arrangements got in the way.

“I was for HIS housing, but I already had plans to join the Language and International House Living Learning Community with a good friend and soon to be HIS member,” Olson said.

The presence of HIS at Worth Hills would also project what the sorority is about if the decision went forward, Olson said.

“I believe that having a HIS house would have brought the girls living there closer and also given the sorority a place to go,” Olson said. “We would be able to show the other fraternities and sororities who we are and what we stand for.”

However, the way the sorority currently works is appealing to students, Quisenberry said.

“I think a lot of people like HIS because it’s not a ’24/7 have to live in a house’ kind of thing,” she said.

Quisenberry said the sorority’s dismissal of the housing option did not affect membership.

“If we had a house, we would be more visible on campus because we would be situated where the fraternities and sororities are located,” she said. “But I don’t think we had negative effects from not having a house.”

He Is Sufficient currently holds meetings in Moudy.