Greek Bowl under construction at N.C. Central University
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 17:10
The N.C. Central University Greek Bowl was once a restricted patch of green turf with signs of sororities and fraternities.
The Greek Bowl is now packed with dirt, heavy machinery, workmen and “sorry about our mess” signs. Reconstruction of the Greek Bowl has begun, and the final product promises to be even better than before. The Greek Bowl will be for all students and not just for Greek life anymore.
Reconstruction on the bowl began over the summer, and was funded by a Home Depot Retool Your School grant. In 2010, the Alfonso-Elder Student Union staff entered the idea into the competition to win a grand prize of $50,000. Students voted on their school project and whoever came up with the most votes would receive the grand prize. NCCU didn’t win the grand prize, but did place and receive $10,000 for the reconstruction of the Greek Bowl.
Timothy F. McMullen designed the updated Greek Bowl. McMullen is NCCU’s director of design and construction services.
“The new Greek bowl will be completed in three phases. We expect the first phase will be done at the end of September. That’s basically completing the concrete work for the seats, finishing up the plots and getting the base ready for the center piece which is going to be pergola structure,” said McMullen. “We will use the $10,000 grant from Home Depot to pay for some of the material. The Entire Bowl will cost a little over $300,000 and the funds will come out of student facility improvement funds. Everyone will benefit from it because it won’t be for Greek life anymore.”
Even though the new bowl won’t be for just Greek life anymore they will still have their own plots as part of the entire bowl.
“I feel that Greek life are trying to show Greek unity on the yard and is trying to make a change. I won’t say it doesn’t belong to us anymore. However I will say that because of this change we will be more together,” said business administration senior Cory Hamilton, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
“Well, my only concern is where the money’s coming from. Maybe instead of building an amphitheater the money could go towards new dorm improvements, rather than creating something that we really don’t need,” said Political science junior Aaron Coston.