Delta Rho Upsilon Alumni Association files suit against college

The Delta Rho Upsilon fraternity house on McCall Street remains empty, but the organization’s Alumni Association has filed a lawsuit against the college to get the house back. Photo by Andrew Farrell

Elizabeth Martin
Staff Writer

The Delta Rho Upsilon Alumni Association filed a lawsuit against Carroll College Sept. 26. The lawsuit seeks to settle ownership rights with regard to the property where the fraternity’s house is located.

During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, members of the Delta Rho Upsilon Alumni Association negotiated and closed the purchase of the two properties that are now known as 124 McCall Street, stated H. Stanley Riffle, the Alumni Association’s attorney, in an interview with The New Perspective. He also said that the association contracted for the design and construction of the house. Fraternity members first inhabited the house in fall of 1974.

“The Alumni Association has paid every penny of the mortgage, every penny of utility costs, every penny of maintenance and upkeep,” said Riffle, who graduated from Carroll in 1977 and is a Delta Rho Upsilon alumnus. The Alumni Association estimates that it has spent between $40,000 and $50,000 on upgrades and improvements.

However, Carroll College holds the title to the property and agreed to do so “as a convenience for the Alumni Association.” Riffle said that in 1973, the college assured the Alumni Association that it would be happy to sign over the title to the property at such time as the mortgage was paid off. The mortgage has been paid off, and Carroll College has not signed over the title to the property.

According to Riffle, the college has acknowledged the Delta Rho Upsilon Alumni Association has some interest in the property, because it offered to pay the Alumni Association approximately $138,000, the value of the property as shown in Carroll College’s records.

Claire Beglinger, a Carroll College spokeswoman, would not comment on the issue, stating it is school policy not to discuss pending litigation.

If the fraternity were to be awarded the title, Riffle said the Alumni Association does not know how the property would be used. He expects the lawsuit will be lengthy.

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