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The story of the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation begins during a difficult time for the fraternity. The
year was 1942, and with the recent outbreak of war following the attack on Pearl Harbor in
December 1941, Pi Kappa Phis membership numbers began to decline as men enrolled or were
drafted for military duty. Among those enlisting in the summer of 1942 was then-National
Historian William R. Amuck, Omega (Purdue). His vacancy on the National Council would
leave a vacancy that was eventually filled by Devereux D. Rice, Iota (Georgia Tech). Rice was a
rising star in the fraternitys regional volunteer ranks and came from a well-established chapter.
Rice was a chemical engineering major and was initiated on October 10, 1917. He served as the
chapters archon and remained active in the local affairs of the fraternity for many years. It is
worth noting that Rice was a contemporary of fellow Iota members George Griffin and Manuel
Chic Queued, both of whom would later serve Pi Kappa Phi with distinction. The National
Councils decision to appoint Rice to complete the unexpired term of William Amick proved to
be a fortuitous decision. As Americas involvement in WWII deepened, the condition of Pi
Kappa Phi correspondingly weakened. With more and more men on active duty, undergraduate
membership fell by 95 percent, reaching its nadir in 1944. If the fraternity was to recover, it
would take tremendous vision and leadership. In comes D. D. Rice. Rice brought youth and
energy to the National Council. So impressed by his workman like approach to the fraternitys
problems, he was unanimously elected National President by the 21st Supreme Chapter, held in
Birmingham, Ala., in August of 1946. This was a critical time for Pi Kappa Phi. G.I.s were
returning to school. Chapters and fraternity houses were reconstituting themselves as men
returned to campus. Pi Kappa Phi stood at a crossroads and, as Star & Lamp editor, Dick Young,
Kappa (North Carolina), noted in 1948, [This period] was a time of decision for the fraternity
whether to try to hold on with what it had or to move forward to bigger and better things.
Young man named Travis Hughes stood on the back deck of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity
house at Marshall University, in West Virginia, and was struck by what seemed to himunder
the influence of powerful inebriants, not least among them the clear ether of youth itselfto be
an excellent idea: he would shove a bottle rocket up his ass and blast it into the sweet night air.
Also on the deck, and also in the thrall of the nights pleasures, was one Louis Helmburg III, an
education major and ace benchwarmer for the Thundering Herd baseball team. His response to
the proposed launch was the obvious one: he reportedly whipped out his cellphone to record it on
video, which would turn out to be yet another of the nights seemingly excellent but ultimately
misguided ideas. When the bottle rocket exploded in Hughess rectum, Helmburg was seized by
the kind of battlefield panic that has claimed brave men from outfits far more illustrious than
even the Thundering Herd. Terrified, he staggered away from the human bomb and fell off the
Fortunately for him, and adding to the Chaplinesque aspect of the nights miseries, the deck was
no more than four feet off the ground, but such was the urgency of his escape that he managed to
get himself wedged between the structure and an air-conditioning unit, sustaining injuries that
would require medical attention, cut short his baseball season, andin the fullness of timepit
him against the mighty forces of the Alpha Tau Omega national organization, which had been
waiting for him.
And so it was that Louis Helmburg III joined forces with Timothy P. Rosinsky, Esq., a slip-and-
fall lawyer from Huntington who had experience also with dog-bite, DUI, car-repossession, and
drug cases. The events of that night, laid out in Helmburgs complaint, suggested a relatively
straightforward lawsuit. But the suit would turn out to have its own repeated failures to launch
and unintended collateral damage, and it would include an ever-widening and desperate search
for potential defendants willing to foot the modest bill for Helmburgs documented injuries.
Sending a lawyer without special expertise in wrangling with fraternities to sue one of them is
like sending a Boy Scout to sort out the unpleasantness in Afghanistan. Who knows? The kid
could get lucky. But it never hurtspreparedness and all thatto send him off with a body bag.
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega successfully recolonized at the University of Arizona with over 200 founding
members. The Beta Lambda chapter of Alpha Chi has had many proud accomplishments in their
first semester. For Alpha Chi Omega's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Beta Lambda
hosted Luminary Project, a philanthropy awareness event where illuminated paper bags with
domestic violence statistics lined the mall. Our founding members were initiated on November
15, 2013 in the largest initiation ceremony Alpha Chi Omega has ever had. The chapter was
installed by the National President of Alpha Chi Omega, Diane Blackwelder on November 16,
Alpha Delta Pi
2013 was an exciting year for Alpha Delta Pi, raising over $20,000 for the Ronald McDonald
House Charities through their annual golf tournament in the fall and softball tournament in
spring. In addition, Alpha Delta Pi was recognized at the University of Arizona Greek Awards
for Chapter President of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, Dean of
Students Award for Excellence, and was deemed a Chapter of Excellence. This year Alpha Delta
Pi sisters had the opportunity to attend leadership conferences and grow their sisterhood through
the numerous events throughout the year.
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Epsilon Phi is a chapter filled with sisterhood, dedication, diversity and women from all
around the country. Aephi upholds its values of growth, fellowship and a strong commitment to
sisterhood. In Aephi, women have the chance to enhance their leadership skills through
chairmanships, our philanthropies, as well as executive board positions. Alpha Epsilon Phi was
derived from the Greek words AEI ESTO PHILO meaning "May Friendship be Everlasting."
Alpha Epsilon Pi
AEPi enjoyed an immensely successful 2013. Aside from the renowned Sunday Himmel Park
cleanup, for which it has been locally recognized, the brotherhood carried out its first successful
large scale philanthropy: "AEPi Hollywood Nights." The brotherhood successfully raised
thousands of dollars for its national charity foundation: Save a Child's Heart. The weekend was a
monumental success, and the chapter looks forward to continuing onto 2014 with the same
Alpha Kappa Alpha
In 2013, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) partnered with another Greek organization and collected
over 2600 diapers for families in need in the Tucson community. The service-based organization
distributes food boxes to the poor every other Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Family
Community Parish. Iota Taus current service project is their adopt a street program with Tucson
Clean and Beautiful. The chapter also mentors and hosts a variety of educational workshops at
the local Boys and Girls Club. AKA is also the only organization with a 100% graduation rate.
Alpha Phi
Alpha Phi is a tremendous group of women with a strong bond of lifelong sisterhood. They pride
themselves in areas of scholarship, diversity, philanthropy leadership, and fun! Alpha Phi wants
to uphold their traditions by finding bright young women who are interested in getting involved
in the chapter and look forward to making great new friends!
Alpha Pi Omega
The Zeta Chapter sisters of Alpha Pi Omega were very excited to host Grand Gathering, the
sorority's national convention, in Arizona for the first time in 2013. It was rewarding to be able
to show the sisters from across the country the beautiful Southwest. It was truly inspiring to see
so many strong Native American women; it was a reminder to each lady why they joined the
sisterhood in the first place. To share in respecting Native American traditions, supporting self-
renewal through continuous education, honoring the Creator, and addressing critical issues
facing our Native communities and society at large.
Alpha Sigma Phi
Alpha Sig offers many different opportunities for top men on campus including: leadership
development, campus involvement, community service, high academics, sporting events, and of
course brotherhood and an unrivaled social experience. Through their pursuit of high
scholarship, preservation of brotherhood, social activeness, and university involvement, Alpha
Sigs truly strive to better the man.
Long Lasting Friendships
One of the most mentioned aspects of Greek Life is the friendship that exists between members
of a chapter: undergraduate and alumni/ae. Greek Life promotes the development of close ties
between members through living, studying, working, competing and having fun together. These
lifetime relationships go beyond ordinary friendships to become like that of a family. Going
Greek gives your student the opportunity to meet people and make special friendships that will
last a lifetime.
Academics are important in Greek Life, and are consistently promoted by chapters from
recruitment to graduation. The resources that Greeks can provide include scholarship awards,
study sessions and tutoring assistance. Many chapters and inter/national Greek organizations
recognize and reward their members' scholastic excellence. Additionally, according to retention
data, members of Greek organizations are more likely to complete their college degree than their
non-Greek counterparts.
Leadership & Campus Involvement
Membership in a Greek organization is one of the best ways to become involved at the
University of Arizona. Many of the ASUA leaders and officers of numerous other organizations
on campus are involved with the Greek community. Those members already involved in campus
activities can assist fellow Greeks in taking an active leadership role on the University of
Arizona campus. Not only can members participate in campus-wide activities, but also in many
other leadership opportunities within each chapter and the respective Greek councils. Research
has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater
satisfaction with their overall college experience. All Greek organizations are working examples
of a democracy in action. This is often the first time that members are responsible for their own
activities and living within their means. This provides an excellent opportunity to experience
leadership and the responsibility of membership. Greeks are also involved in campus wide
organizations such as career-oriented clubs, honor societies, religious groups, and intramural
Community Service & Philanthropic Participation
Greeks take pride in giving their time to local and national philanthropies and completing
numerous community service projects in the local Tucson Community. Service and philanthropy
provide chapter members with the opportunity to support many causes. Greeks work together on
projects not only to serve the community but also to foster personal growth and greater unity
among the Greek community. The University of Arizona Greek community raises over
$200,000 and donates some 20,000 hours of Community service benefiting the Tucson
community as well as their own inter/national organizations.
Social Events
While academic achievement is the primary reason to attend the U of A, there is a time for social
interaction. U of As Greek Community always provides fun activities for its members. Social
and recreational activities give you the opportunity to meet a variety of people and to strengthen
the bonds of friendship at the same time. Formals, theme parties, and Greek sponsored events
bring fraternities and sororities together in a fun and relaxed environment. Participation in
traditional events, such as Homecoming, Greek Week and philanthropic events, demonstrates
Greek unity and spirit.
One of the most obvious benefits of fraternities and sororities are the friendships,
brother/sisterhoods and connections that come with being a member. The friends that you gain
during your time at a fraternity or sorority are usually lifelong and the connections can you give
you an advantage over your competition when you enter the job market. Also, being in a
fraternity or sorority will look good on your resume. Despite the bad rap they get in the media,
most businesses believe that fraternities and sororities produce responsible members of society.
Another great thing about Greek organizations is that they can help students get and keep good
grades throughout college; because most of them require a certain GPA to become a member.For
example, in order to become an Alpha Elipson Phi member at the University of Maryland, you
are required to have at least a GPA of 2.9. Plus, if you happen to be one of those people who like
to give back to their community, then youll probably love Greek life. Community service is one
of the main aspects of fraternities and sororities. The last and possibly greatest advantage of
Greek life is the housing, which is often less expensive than the university housing, and allows
you to live with people who you have something in common with.
Although the Greek life has many advantages, there are some weakness.
For starters, fraternities and sororities require membership fees. For example, the national
initiation dues of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity are about $265 in addition to the annual fee of $130.
While these fees may seem relatively small, theyll probably seem like a lot more after youve
just finished paying all your other college expenses.
This next downside is probably the single most publicized aspect of Greek life: partying. To
some, the frat and sorority parties are the best part of the deal and, according to a college alcohol
study by the Harvard School of Public Health, 4 out of 5 five members of Greek life were binge
drinkers. Statistics like that could mean that at one of those awesome Greek parties you could
drink so much you pass out and never wake up.
Another extremely publicized downside of Greek life is hazing. Hazing is a lot rarer in todays
society, due to the many anti-hazing laws that exist in 44 of the 50 states and anti-hazing policies
that have been established in many Greek chapters. However, a few hazing cases still occur in
many colleges in the U.S.
In one of these cases reported, a college sophomore at Cornell University ended up in a body bag
as a result of hazing. The student, George Desdunes, was tied up and quizzed on fraternity lore
and traditions, and for every question he got wrong he was force fed drinks. The next morning
George was found on the fraternity houses coach, and by then hed already died of alcohol
Admittedly, cases as severe as this dont occur every day, but it only takes extreme cases of
hazing to permanently end your college experience.
Most of these pros and cons in this article are generalities and just because they are listed here
doesnt necessarily mean that you might encounter them at your fraternity or sorority.


2016, the fraternity at the Miami University (OH) was suspended for multiple hazing and alcohol
violations four fraternity members at Radford University were arrested for hospitalizing a pledge
during a hazing ritual the chapter at Pennsylvania State University was shut down for hazing
pledges, alcohol abuse, and disorderly conduct.
An alleged pledge notebook of Pi Kappa Phi's North Carolina State University chapter was
found in Raleigh. It contained numerous racist statements and comments about raping women
and girls. The national organization placed the chapter on an interim suspension. NCSU
suspended all social events at the chapter that involved alcohol. A student pledging
the California State University, Northridge chapter of Pi Kappa Phi died in the summer of 2014
during a mandatory 18-mile hike in what his family alleges was a hazing ritual.[12] Nineteen-
year-old Armando Villa died during the trip to the Angeles National Forest. Villa's family
reported that other boys on the hike said they were "left barefoot with very little water to share
between the boys, and no cellphones, and to find their way out of the forest."[13] The police
reported that the fraternity was cooperating with the police investigation and that chapter
activities had been suspended until the investigation concluded.[14] In September 2014, the
University announced that the national and local chapters of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity voted to
withdraw permanently from the university. The fraternity is being sued by Villa's family.
In spring, the fraternity at the Elon University was kicked off the campus until 2017 for hazing
and hosting an unapproved event two Pi Kappa Phi members were arrested and charged with
harassment at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The fraternity members were retaliating
against a former pledge who reported to school officials physical and verbal abuse he
experienced while he was interested in joining the fraternity at the University of North
Florida was suspended after asking a pledge to vandalize the campus and offering him

Based on the above data the pi kappa fraternity have a legacy for their brotherhood but for
making it good for their future they have to reforms their chapters as they had a plan to launch
the new initiative called the Journey its seems to be a great approach for them to redefine the
identity and will make a tough decision for themselves by eradicating the illegal activities in the
norms and make a better cultural and ethical societies for themselves any fraternities have
regular parties with lots of alcohol. This can pose a serious risk of underage drinking, and it can
increase the likelihood of crimes such as date rape. For fraternity brothers who are old enough to
drink, however, drinking at the fraternity house can be safer than drinking at a bar and then
attempting to drive home. These parties also have some advantages -- they help students meet
people and develop social skills. For shy students, the parties associated with fraternity life can
be a way to come out of their shell when potential members decide if they want to become full
members. Fraternity members often test pledges or require them to perform favors. The stressful
pledging process can help pledges get to know one another, establishing close bonds of
friendship. But pledging can also have a dark side. Hazing is a problem in some fraternities, and
some students have even died during hazing rituals. Students who join the fraternity and who do
not endure hazing, however, may develop lifelong bonds with their fraternity brothers.
Fraternities can provide networking opportunities, and some fraternities hold regular reunions.