University of Kentucky student life
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The University of Kentucky offers a variety of choices to students. The choices range from a number of dining options, residence halls, and athletic facilities to student organizations, religious groups, Greek-letter organizations, and intramural competitions/campus recreation.
- 1 Greek-letter organizations
- 2 Campus dining
- 3 Religion and life-philosophy
- 4 Campus recreation
- 5 Residence halls
- 6 Campus safety
- 7 References
|Name||Chapter Founding Year||Notes|
|Alpha Chi Omega||1966||Closed since 1976, recolonization for 2015 to 2016 school year|
|Alpha Delta Pi||1941|
|Alpha Gamma Delta||1908|
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||1975|
|Alpha Omicron Pi||1982|
|Alpha Xi Delta||1908||Closed since 2004|
|Delta Delta Delta||1923|
|Delta Phi Mu||2008|
|Delta Sigma Theta||1975|
|Gamma Phi Beta||1966||Closed since 1982|
|Kappa Alpha Theta||1945|
|Kappa Kappa Gamma||1910|
|Phi Sigma Rho||1999|
|Phi Sigma Sigma||1952||Closed since 1957|
|Pi Beta Phi||1962|
|Sigma Alpha Iota||1967|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||????|
|Sigma Kappa||1989||Closed since 2010|
|Tau Beta Sigma||1984|
|Zeta Phi Beta||1983|
|Zeta Tau Alpha||1924||Closed since 1992|
|Alpha Epsilon Pi||1972||Inactive|
|Alpha Gamma Rho||1920|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||1965|
|Alpha Phi Omega||1933|
|Alpha Tau Omega||1909|
|Beta Theta Pi||1990||Recolonized Fall 2010|
|Delta Sigma Phi||1994|
|Delta Tau Delta||1924|
|Kappa Alpha Order||1893|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||1981|
|Kappa Kappa Psi||1984|
|Kappa Upsilon Chi||2007|
|Lambda Chi Alpha||1930||Inactive since 2010|
|Omega Psi Phi||1980|
|Phi Beta Sigma||1990|
|Phi Delta Theta||1901||Recolonized fall 2016|
|Phi Gamma Delta||1958|
|Phi Kappa Psi||1988||Closed since 2016|
|Phi Kappa Tau||1920|
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia||1922|
|Phi Sigma Kappa||1926|
|Pi Kappa Alpha||1901||Recolonized spring 2017|
|Pi Kappa Phi||1996|
|Pi Lambda Phi||1949||Inactive|
|Sigma Alpha Epsilon||1900|
|Sigma Alpha Mu||1915||Inactive|
|Sigma Nu||1902||Recolonized Spring 2013|
|Sigma Phi Epsilon||1933|
|Tau Kappa Epsilon||1951||Inactive|
|Theta Chi||1968||Reinstalled 2010|
|Zeta Beta Tau||1942||Inactive|
|Blazer Cafe||Blazer Hall||Dining Hall|
|The 90||Across from William T Young Library||Features Taco Bell, Aqua Sushi, La Madeline, Ovids Express and a dining hall.|
|Intermezzo||Intermezzo at the Patterson Office Tower.||Features sandwiches and drinks.|
|K-Lair||Central campus near Haggin Hall.||A fast-food establishment.|
|Lemon Tree||Second floor of Erikson Hall.||Features upscale salad and entree options.|
|Student Center||Currently "Bowmen's Den" located next to the Singletary Center for the Arts during renovations||Features Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Subway, Sbarro, and Panda Express.|
There are also two convenience stores, located at Blazer Hall and at The 90.
The meal plans for on-campus students no longer utilize a declining-balance system, similar to a debit card. In 2005, a new "all care to eat" plan was initiated to the disfavor of 84.9% of the student body. The cheapest meal plan for on-campus students is $949 per semester, extending upward to $2,013 per semester. These plans also include $300 in "flex dollars" which can be used at all on campus dining locations, convenience stores, and also Starbucks.
Religion and life-philosophy
Listed below are some of the most popular, active, and/or relevant groups on the University of Kentucky's campus. For a more complete list of registered religious student groups, refer to the University of Kentucky's Official Organization Database.
- Baptist Campus Ministries
- Christian Student Fellowship
- Catholic Newman Center
- Fellowship of Catholic University Students
- Wesley Foundation
Nearby places of worship
Non-religious philosophy groups
The university provides several facilities for unwinding from the daily campus grind. The Johnson Center, a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) two-story structure located at South Campus, features basketball, volleyball, badminton, racketball, and wallyball courts, along with weight-lifting facilities, and rock climbing walls. It is also the home for some group fitness classes utilizing a large aerobics studio.
The Lancaster Aquatic Center, located next to the Johnson Center, opened in 1989 and features 10 lanes for lap swimming and has shallow space for other water activities.
The Seaton Center features facilities for basketball, volleyball, badminton, jogging, squash, table tennis, and racquetball.
|Baldwin Hall||South Campus||Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.|
|Blanding I, II, III, IV, Tower||South Campus||This, along with the mirror-image Kirwan complex, is home to nearly 5,000 students, most of them freshmen. The Blanding Tower is 23 stories tall. All buildings are currently co-ed.|
|Blazer Hall||North Campus||Female-only dorm.|
|Boyd Hall||North Campus|
|Central Hall I & II||Central Campus||Opened in Fall 2013.|
|Champions Court I & II||North Campus||Opened in Fall 2014.|
|Donovan Hall||Central Campus||Female-only dorm, closed 2014|
|Greg Page Apartments||South of Commonwealth Stadium|
|Haggin Hall||Central Campus||Male-only dorm. Demolished 2013. A new dorm scheduled to have the same name will be built at the site and was scheduled to open in 2014.|
|Holmes Hall||North Campus||Co-ed dorm, although it has been female-only and male-only at different times in the past. Demolished in 2014.|
|Ingels Hall||South Campus||Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.|
|Jewell Hall||North Campus, demolished in 2014.|
|Keeneland Hall||North Campus||Co-ed dorm. Organized into two-room suites, with a bathroom in between. Currently being renovated to become office spaces.|
|Kirwan I, II, III, IV, Tower||South Campus||This, along with the Blanding complex, is home to nearly 5,000 students, most of them freshmen. The Kirwan Tower is 23 stories tall. Kirwan I is male-only; all others are co-ed.|
|Roselle Hall||North Campus||Constructed in 2005.|
|Patterson Hall||North Campus||Co-ed dorm. Originally constructed as UK's first women's dormitory in 1904.|
|Smith Hall||South Campus||Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.|
|Woodland Glen I, II, III, IV, V||South Campus||Opened in Fall 2014 and 2015, soon to be renamed.|
The university has suffered from a perception that the campus is unsafe. In a survey of 1000 female university students, conducted in spring 2004, 36.5% reported having been victims of rape, stalking, or physical assault while at the campus. Campus law enforcement statistics do not bear out these numbers, however, and it can be assumed either that many serious crimes go unreported or that the survey conclusions were erroneous.
In response to the survey, University President Lee T. Todd, Jr. launched an initiative in September 2005 titled the Campus Safety Imperative, which included a quadrupling of annual expenditures on safety. Todd specifically linked campus safety to the goal of becoming a top-20 public research institution, stating that "We will never make gains toward becoming a top-20 public research institution if our students are unsafe or if they lack a sense of physical security. It is part of our fundamental mission, then, to create a campus that provides a safe place to live, to work, and to learn."
- Rose, Sean. "Despite vote, meal plan unchanged." Kentucky Kernel [Lexington] 24 August 2006, sec. Campus news. 5 September 2006 .
- "Women's Place Safety Imperative". University of Kentucky. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "UK President Announces Initiatives to Improve Women's Safety". University of Kentucky. 2004. Archived from the original on March 26, 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "University of Kentucky Campus Safety and Security Report 2006" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "$1.25 Million Committed to Improving Campus Safety". University of Kentucky. 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-06.[dead link]