December 4, 2013

Last vestige of Bowdoin’s fraternity system torn down

The former Alpha Kappa Sigma house had been vacant for more than a decade.

The Associated Press

BRUNSWICK — The last vestige of Bowdoin College’s fraternity system has been destroyed.

The Times Record reports that an excavator this week tore down the former Alpha Kappa Sigma fraternity house. It had been vacant for more than a decade.

Fraternities at the private school were barred from accepting new members in 1997 and eliminated altogether in 2000 when the final Greek-affiliated students graduated.

Bowdoin then began to acquire the buildings either for repurposing or demolition. Some of the former fraternity houses were renovated and incorporated into the College House residence system that replaced the Greek system.

But the Alpha Kappa Sigma house was in such poor shape that renovation made no sense.

Bowdoin, the oldest college in Maine, has no firm plans for the site at this point.

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