For many of the years of Theta Zeta’s chapter history, the Theta Zeta Corporation was able to transact almost all of its essential business for the year in a single annual meeting.
After the Second World War, as the financial affairs of the chapter and its house increased in value and complexity, the number of meetings gradually grew.
The Great Housing Crisis Even so, it was unusual to hold more than three meetings in any given year.
That is, it was unusual until 1964 came along and Theta Zeta’s entire world was turned upside down.
In March 1964, the University of Toronto served notice of intent to expropriate the Theta Zeta chapter house at 126 St.
George Street. Such an action would be unthinkable in most of the universities comprising Beta’s Broad Domain.
At these institutions, the fraternities are an integral part of campus life. In many cases, the chapters occupy university housing.
In others, their individual houses are regarded as part and parcel of the university housing system.
Fraternities at the University of Toronto, however, have no official recognition.
As we have already seen, in earlier years, the University did study the possibility of taking some more direct role in the campus fraternity system.
Under this policy, it is clear that the University was in no sense cutting its own throat by expropriating the Beta house and other fraternity and sorority houses.
There was no sacrifice of any part of the official campus housing system involved. Nor was there any adverse effect to the official University community as a whole as a result of this expropriation.
The reason for this action was clear enough: the University of Toronto needed more space, and needed it in a hurry.
The growth of university enrollments resulting from the influx of baby boomers was straining
The Great Housing Crisis the facilities of the campus to the limit and beyond.
The gracious old stone structures grouped around King’s College Circle were beautiful and historic buildings in their own right, and gave the University an aura of great academic distinction.
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