Homecoming block party to be held on Greek Row

By Tammy Sholer

Two Greek Row streets will be closed Saturday for a homecoming block party.

DeKalb Mayor Greg Sparrow said the city “worked out the particulars” to close Greenbrier Road between Russell Road and Hillcrest Drive for the party.

The road, from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., said Student Association Sen. Jim Valentine.

Sparrow said, “I’m certain that it will (go well).”

“The idea for a block party was thought of about a month ago,” Valentine said. “It’s never been tried before (at NIU).”

A live band will be playing at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house, and a beer garden will be near the Lambda Chi Alpha house with the profits going to charity. He said if minors are found in the beer garden by DeKalb Police, the taps will be shut off, Valentine said.

Jeff Cufaude, University Programming and Activities adviser, said NIU is not sponsoring the event because of NIU’s alcohol guidelines. “A group of students got together (and planned the block party).”

InterFraternity Council and Panhellenic will not sponsor the party because of the types of restrictions placed on the two groups, Cufaude said.

“No one under the age of 21 should be allowed in the beer garden,” Sparrow said.

Valentine said IFC will try to regulate the block party itself. He asked greeks at an IFC meeting earlier this month to “be on their own best behavior.”

IFC President Tom Zur said any disturbance involving greeks will be regulated. “IFC can take action against fraternity members at the block party.”