Cal Poly SLO Delta Theta Chapter
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The Gamma Phi Beta ‘Pink Palace’ is located on 1326 Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, CA. Built in 1904 as a hospital, it is now considered a historical landmark. The Pink Palace houses 18 young women of the Delta Theta chapter at Cal Poly. Divided into 6 bedrooms, residents claim “it feels like a real home”. Although live-ins drive to the Cal Poly campus, they are in walking distance to downtown hotspots. Joslyn Denny, 20, says “sometimes it’s inconvenient driving to school but it’s really fun being able to walk downtown, especially for the Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings”.
The Pink Palace boasts a private pool. Dakota Ornelas, 21, recalls that she has only been in the pool seven times in the two years she has lived in because of its cold temperature. Instead, the pool is used mainly for lounging and appearance.
Hannah Hughes, 21, makes dinner for all 18 women every Thursday. Unlike other sororities with chefs or house mothers, girls take turns cooking dinner for each other. The house manager keeps the kitchen stocked with food, which is part of the monthly rent of $525.
Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, neighbors of the Pink Palace are mainly non-students with families. There is an overall consensus from neighbors that problems living near a sorority house are limited. Noise complaints are infrequent but have happened in the past. Neighborhood Relations chair acts as a mediator between the house and neighborhood to maintain relationships.
Many occasions take place at the Pink Palace each month, including chapter dinners and philanthropy events. Sisters that don’t live in the house often leave a mess for live-ins to clean up after. Sydney Jordan, 20, said “it’s our home, and it’s not too fun finding water bottles, trash, our own towels on the floor”.
Seven live-ins pass time in the TV room on a Friday afternoon. Cassidy Sanders, 21, mentioned the difficulty of studying in the house because she “always wants to hang out with everyone”. Many live-ins agree they got to know a lot of girls they otherwise wouldn’t have.
18 girls, 18 closets. Danika Linde, 19, revealed the convenience of sharing clothing with other live-ins. Girls help each other get ready for dates, parties, and other occasions.
“Sometimes it’s overwhelming when everyone is here but people definitely respect your space”, said Denny. She is glad the house is not hotel-style like many other sororities in the country.
Ashley Schweitzer, former Gamma Phi Beta president, 21, lives in the President’s Suite. Each year, the president chooses her best friend to live with her. Executive officers get larger beds and more space than the rest. Officers have ‘office hours’ in which they dedicate their time for members to speak with them.
Five people share each bathroom in the Pink Palace. Contrary to stereotypes surrounding sororities, girls do not fight over bathroom time. According to Denny, sharing bathrooms does not create a problem because of different schedules. However, bathrooms are a source of uncleanliness among the girls which can cause frustrations, Denny elaborated.