department’s ability to upgrade the systems
in each of the dorms. As it stands, the
remaining dorms will not all be renovated
for another 10 years unless extra funding is
“We have a timeline that says if we’re
able to get some exterior money outside
student rents from the state, that would
cause us to do things more quickly, but if
we’ve got to use our own monies, it would
take much longer,” Lofgren said.
The department recently sent a proposal
to the UNC System in hopes of getting
more funding for renovation projects. If the
state is able to assist the department in its
renovation efforts, all of the dorms could
have sprinklers within three or four years
instead of 10, Hicks said.
UNC has experienced only a few
minor on-campus fires in the past 15 years.
After the Phi Gam fire, a comprehensive
fire safety program was adopted by the
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and
the town passed an ordinance requiring all
Greek houses to add sprinkler systems by
2001. The additions were paid for entirely
by the organizations, without University or
“Because [the Phi Gam fire] happened
here on our campus, even the students who
were not around then, they feel more connected to it and they take more responsibility for [fire safety],” said Jenny Levering,
assistant director for the Greek office.
Though money has been the bottom
line in determining how many dorms can
be updated each year, Mitchell said he
knows all administrators have the students
in the front of their minds.
“You really can’t put a price on someone’s life,” he said.
The dorms without sprinkler systems are
Avery, Craige, Ehringhaus, Everett, Grimes,
Hinton James, Lewis, Mangum, Manly,
Odum Village (currently being used for overflow during South Campus high-rise renovations), Parker, Ruffin, Stacy, Teague and
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