Sammy contracts three-year lease for Comstock property
Residents of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house will not be moving any time soon, according to Ivan Rodriguez, a junior psychology major and spokesperson for the fraternity.
As of this semester, Sammy signed a three-year lease with the owner of 737 Comstock Ave., Bill Beach. Sammy has been inhabiting 737 Comstock Ave. for the past five years. The fraternity became recognized at Syracuse University in late 1999, and moved into the house in 2000.
The Sigma Chi fraternity left 737 Comstock Ave. back in 2000, Rodriguez said. The house is located at a convenient location and Sammy saw it as a good opportunity.
‘It’s right off-campus where a bunch of the other houses are,’ said Sammy president Brendan H. Perle, a junior consumer studies major.
Every year around the time for fraternity recruitment, rumors circulate that Sammy does not own their house, said Adam Alter, a junior broadcast journalism major and Sammy brother.
The rumors sometimes discourage students from pledging, but the new lease puts those rumors to rest.
‘This definitely helps because it’s the biggest stigma on our frat,’ Alter said.
Perlee denied any rumors that Sammy might be moving and insisted that the fraternity has a good relationship with the owner.
‘The landlord has been very good to us, very accommodating,’ he said. ‘We’ve had a lot of help from our chapter adviser Bernie Fine, who has worked with the owner to try to get us to have this lease now.’
In the past, Sammy renewed their lease each year with Beach, instead of negotiating a three-year contract.
‘I think it’s just the way he’s preferred to do business and now he’s changing his mind,’ said Perlee.
There are currently 65 members of Sammy, 25 of which live in the house.
‘It’s nice to have a place where all of us are welcome to have a bite to eat and hang out with the brothers,’ said Austin Marks, a sophomore economics and international relations major and Sammy brother. ‘It’s a social gathering 24-7, there’s always someone up, something to do, poker to play. We’re all really excited to know that we’ll be in the house for at least three more years, but we’re going to be around for a long time.’
Sammy hopes to renew their lease again in three years, and to stay there as long as they are recognized on campus.
‘As long as we’re a house at Syracuse University, this is where we hope to live,’ said Perlee.
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