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The Buildings of Sam Houston State University documents the changes of the SHSU campus in Huntsville, Texas from its inception in 1879 through tomorrow. The Brick and Mortarboard presents news and commentary about the buildings, the people, and the history of SHSU. Stay informed and impress your friends.

Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Theta Chi To Break Ground For New House

The Houstonian reports Bearkat Boulevard, once thought of as a possible site for Fraternity Row, will soon have its first frat house:
The Theta Chi fraternity will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26 with plans to finish the house by May of this year.

However, there are no plans to move other fraternity houses there, creating a Greek Row.

"We haven't talked about moving," said Sigma Chi Matt Mathieson. "We've been in our house since '83 and we're not looking to move."

While there have never been concrete plans, Bearkat Boulevard has often been thought of as a future sight for all fraternity houses. "That was the original idea," said Theta Chi Jason Boldt. "But I don't think it will happen."

"We just bought a house," said a Sigma Nu member. "I don't think we are going to move anytime soon."

"We're not moving," said Kappa Alpha Gary Bergholtz.

The fraternity houses, like the sorority houses, were once grouped together on campus. Eventually, however, each frat house moved off campus.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Houstonian: Still in bloom after 50 years

Half a century ago, a woman with a love for beauty, flowers and gardening began a process in Huntsville, which has continued throughout the years. Grace Longino Cox took those passions and created a fresh and beautiful look for the campus of Sam Houston State University in the late 1940s.

Cox came to SHSU as a student in 1922 and began the beautification process on the campus after the death of her husband, William Longino, a professor at SHSU. Cox was known for her remarkable jewel garden, located near Austin Hall. The jewel garden is a pool with pretty rocks and stones embedded around it, which were the jewels. After working on the campus for five or six years, Cox accepted a job as director of the Sam Houston State Museum and park. After 19 or so years as working as director of the museum and park, Cox retired.

In 1986, SHSU honored Cox by presenting her with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Houstonian: The problems of progress

If you have been late for class, had a hard time finding a parking space and trying to figure out where your organization meets, you are part of the student population experiencing the renovation effects of the Lowman Student Center.

Some students complain of the inconveniences, despite approving the renovations by an online vote in April of 1999 and therefore agreeing to a $40 increase in the student services fee.

Although construction began in early December, some students are just now beginning to experience the effects of the renovations.

All offices that were housed in the LSC are in the Frels and Wilson Buildings, which are across the mall area and face the LSC.