Sororities Say, "It Takes a Village"

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville's sororities broke ground May 1 on Sorority Village on Morgan Hill, which upon completion will have sorority houses for 13 of the school's 17 sororities.

While the chapters themselves will fully fund the houses with donations and mortgage agreements, UT's Board of Trustees approved a proposal in 2006 setting aside about 21 acres of university-owned property on the southeast corner of Neyland Drive and Kingston Pike for the project, and the school is funding part of a common-use facility.

The houses will range from 9,000 to 17,000 square feet and will each house up to 48, costing an estimated $3-$5 million each. Once construction is complete, the total private investment in Sorority Village is expected to exceed $45 million.

For more than 30 years, UT's sorority women have lived in several residence halls and used meeting space in the Panhellenic Building, which was built in 1963. The first group of Sorority Village residents should move in in fall 2012.