Welcome to the Gamma Alpha homepage! Gamma Alpha is a cooperative house located on the south-east side of the University of Michigan campus. We are a diverse mix of graduate students who maintain a clean living space, eco-friendly habits, and a respectful environment. We come from a variety of fields, such as Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Environmental Engineering, but Social Work, Philosophy, and Sociology are represented as well.
LIVING AT GAMMA ALPHA
The house has thirteen private rooms, so every resident has their own room. Besides that, we also have a guest room for visitors. Besides the rooms themselves, the house has plenty of amenities, such as:
- A kitchen with an gas stove and plenty of kitchen utensils
- A living / dining room
- A sun room with lots of plants and a T.V.
- Laundry facilites in the basement
- Two and a half baths
- A tool room with … tools
- A garage where we keep our bikes
- Plenty of storage room
HOW WE KEEP THE HOUSE IN GOOD SHAPE
For the regular duties, we have a cleaning schedule for the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the living room. Every resident has one chore per week, which is either kitchen, or bathrooms / living room. Besides these regular chores, each resident devotes five hours each semester to miscellaneous repairs in the house. These includes such things as replacing tiles, repainting, and fixing leaks. Twice a year, we have our house cleaning. On this day, we all work together to thoroughly clean the house from top to bottom.
As a cooperative house, every resident has a specific house job, such as treasurer, recycling, or taking care of the mail. We also have regular house meetings, where we discuss ideas and issues to improve our cooperative.
WHAT WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE HOUSE
Every resident enriches the house with their background, interests, and hobbies. For instance, there is a gardening contingent cultivating our modest plot three seasons a year. We maintain a voluntary weekly food group, where we rotate cooks over the course of the semester to share meals. Other activities include playing music, sledding in the Arb (winter only), or just watching movies together.
Two house parties mark the fall and winter semester: the halloween party at the end of October, and the wine and cheese party which rings in the spring.