Pi Kappa Phi

Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ) commonly known as Pi Kapp, is an American Greek Letter secret and social fraternity. It was founded by Andrew Alexander Kroeg Jr., Lawrence Harry Mixson, and Simon Fogarty Jr. on December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The fraternity has 187 active chapters (168 chartered chapters and 19 associate chapters),[1][2] and more than 113,000 initiated members.[1][3]

Pi Kappa Phi's mission statement is "To create an uncommon and lifelong brotherhood that develops leaders and encourages service to others for the betterment of our communities." The fraternity's vision statement is "A future where every Pi Kappa Phi embraces his role as a leader, puts service before self and improves the world around him."[4]

Pi Kappa Phi operates in four entities: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, The Ability Experience, and Pi Kappa Phi Properties. Pi Kappa Phi operates its own philanthropy, The Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America), which works with individual chapters to serve people with disabilities.[5]

Pi Kappa Phi
FoundedDecember 10, 1904
College of Charleston
ScopeUnited States
"Nothing shall ever tear us asunder"
Colors     Royal Blue
SymbolBell, Star & Lamp
FlowerRed Rose
PublicationThe Star and Lamp
PhilanthropyThe Ability Experience
Chapters231 (187 active)[1]
Members12,523 (as of 2017)[1] collegiate
132,526 (as of 2017)[1] lifetime
Headquarters2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd Ste
P.O. Box 240526

Charlotte, North Carolina


Nu Phi

Pi Kappa Phi was founded in 1904 by Andrew Alexander Kroeg Jr., a 19-year-old senior at the college; Simon Fogarty Jr., a 17-year-old junior; and Lawrence Harry Mixson, a 16-year-old sophomore. All three of the men were from Charleston.

In 1904, the College of Charleston was a small, municipal college. The all-male college was the first municipal college in the country, and the thirteenth oldest educational institution in the United States.[6] The school had a campus literary society called the Chrestomathics, which held activities such as debates. The college's monthly magazine was staffed by the officers of the Chrestomathics, forming the equivalent of a modern-day student government.

The three men set a goal to obtain officer positions within the Chrestomathic Literary Society. At that time, the organization was dominated by the three chapters of national fraternities on campus. All fraternity men were sworn to vote for their candidates, making it virtually impossible for any non-fraternity men to win election.

Kroeg, Mixson, Fogarty, and a group of their friends, all non-fraternity men, began forming an opposition party. Several meetings were held at Mixson's home on Wentworth Street leading to the formation of Nu Phi, which stood for "non-fraternity." The group of 15 men developed an opposing slate and began campaigning. Nu Phi adopted the outline of a hand as its secret symbol. A sketched hand on a classroom chalkboard signified an upcoming meeting. Inside the hand was written the meeting time and the host's last name.

The Nu Phi group assigned a member to kidnap those who might vote for the fraternity ticket on election day. However, the Nu Phi ticket lost the elections. Later, it was revealed that several disloyal members cast their votes for the opposing fraternity slate. Kroeg, determined to see his friends have a chance at winning elections, decided that the only way to gain the influence of the fraternity men on campus was to begin his own fraternity.[7]


Andrew Alexander Kroeg, Jr.

On December 10, 1904, a meeting of the loyal Nu Phis was held at Fogarty's home at 90 Broad Street to establish a new fraternity. There were seven men in attendance at the meeting: Kroeg, Fogarty, Mixson, Anthony Pelzer Wagener, Thomas F. Mosimann, Theodore ("Teddy") Barnwell Kelley, and James Fogarty (Simon's younger brother). All of the original members were students at the college and had grown up together in Charleston.[7]

Wagener, who was a student of Greek and Latin, recommended the letters Pi Kappa Phi and their secret meaning as the official new name of the group. Simon proposed the design of the fraternity's pin, a black enamel diamond with the Greek letters ΠΚΦ engraved in gold with a star and lamp as additional elements. Kroeg was selected as the new chapter's first president, which was termed "Archon", from the Greek term. He then began work on a constitution for chapter. The group quickly set out to recruit new members to its ranks.[7]

On December 10, 1905, the first anniversary of the fraternity's founding, Mixson's mother cooked the men a special dinner in her home to celebrate a successful first year as a fraternity. The fraternity celebrate that date as "Founders Day" with a dinner or a similar ceremony. In 1906 Mixson and Wagener wrote the fraternity's initiation ritual as the "highest ideals of Christian manhood".[7]


That same year, the group was offered a charter from another U.S. fraternity. Instead, they chose to expand and create more Pi Kappa Phi chapters. A second chapter ("Beta Chapter") was formed at Presbyterian College on March 9, 1907. Due to a state law banning fraternities at state supported schools, Presbyterian College and the College of Charleston were the only two South Carolina schools where fraternities were allowed. A third chapter was formed at the University of California, Berkeley, which was the first chapter to obtain a house.

Kroeg developed "Articles of Incorporation" and the name Pi Kappa Phi became legally registered in the state of South Carolina on December 23, 1907.

The interest in Pi Kappa Phi within South Carolina was growing despite laws and policies banning fraternities. In 1909, Delta Chapter at Furman University formed and operated in secret until state laws changed, allowing fraternal organizations. In 1910, a charter was granted to Sigma Chapter at the University of South Carolina and the chapter was operated as the Sigma Club due to the laws banning fraternities.[7]

The Star and Lamp

The Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Journal was begun in 1909, with Henry Wagener as editor. In 1911, the name was changed to the Star & Lamp.[7]


In 2017, the fraternity at Central Michigan University was suspended indefinitely by the university for failure to adhere to previous sanctions.[8]

In July 2017, the Alpha chapter at the College of Charleston was suspended by the college following a probe investigating allegations of drug and alcohol use, hazing, and the alleged beating of a student. The fraternity is forbidden from recolonizing the campus until Fall 2019.[9]

In November 2017, a Florida State University (FSU) student named Andrew Coffey was found unresponsive the morning after an unaffiliated off campus house party. Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, was given medical treatment in an attempt to resuscitate, but died soon thereafter. After his death, FSU suspended all 58 fraternities and sororities on campus, and banned alcohol from student events.[10][11]

In 2016, the fraternity at the University of South Florida (USF) was suspended after a 16 year old girl was raped while she was unconscious in the fraternity's house. The girl was visiting the campus and decided to attend the fraternity's house party. A fraternity member confessed to the rape and was arrested.[12] A few months prior to the rape incident at USF, another rape charge involving the fraternity at Purdue University went public. The night of the incident, the victim contacted the local police department to notify them that she was raped at the fraternity's off-campus house and the police immediately placed the fraternity under investigation. The campus and local community were notified of the rape to admonish young women in the area and receive help resolving the case.[13]

In 2016, the fraternity at the Miami University was suspended for multiple hazing and alcohol violations.[14]

In 2016, four fraternity members at Radford University were arrested for hospitalizing a pledge after a hazing ritual.[15]

In 2015, the chapter at Pennsylvania State University was shut down for hazing pledges, alcohol abuse, and disorderly conduct.[16] It was re-colonized in the spring of 2018.

In Spring 2015, the fraternity at the Elon University was kicked off the campus until 2017 for hazing and hosting an unapproved event.[17]

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.[18][19]

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.[20] 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."[21] The police reported that the fraternity was cooperating with the police investigation and that chapter activities had been suspended until the investigation concluded.[22] 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.[23] The fraternity is being sued by Villa's family.

In December 2013, 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 seeking to join the fraternity.[24]

In 2012, the fraternity at the University of North Florida was suspended after asking a pledge to vandalize the campus and offering him marijuana.[25]

In 2010, the fraternity at the University of Georgia (UGA) was suspended after a father of a pledge wrote an anonymous letter to UGA's Greek Life Office detailing the abusive hazing rituals his son endured in order to be fully welcomed into the fraternity.[26]

In 2000, the California State University, Chico chapter was dissolved and later permanently banned after the alcohol-related hazing death of freshman student Adrian Heideman.[27] In response to Heideman's death the national chapter created an alcohol-awareness video for distribution to all members, "The Choice Is Yours." [28]


Pi Kappa Phi - Omicron (Alabama)
The Omicron chapter at the University of Alabama

As of 2013 Pi Kappa Phi reports having over 113,000 members.[1] Pi Kappa Phi has granted 231 charters, with an average chapter size of 55. There are 160 active chartered chapters plus 19 associate chapters (colonies).[1][2]

See also


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  • Erickson, Evan; Sullivan, TJ (2002). "The White Diamond of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity: A Guide to Brotherhood". Charlotte, North Carolina: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
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  3. ^ "Pi Kapp Facts". Archived from the original on 20 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Our Mission & Vision". Pi Kappa Phi. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Journey of hope". Push America. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  6. ^ "A Brief History of the College - College of Charleston". www.cofc.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Non fraternity". Pi Kappa Phi. Archived from the original on 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  8. ^ Sheffield, Paige (November 11, 2017). "Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity suspended indefinitely". Central Michigan Life. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Yee, Gregory. "Five College of Charleston fraternities shut down within a year, Pi Kappa Phi shutters doors after misconduct investigation". The Post and Courier. Evening Post Industries. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. ^ Dobson, Byron (November 6, 2017). "Florida State University bans Greek life after student death". USA Today. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Lee, Kurtis (November 15, 2017). "So what's behind the recent fraternity hazing incidents on college campuses nationwide?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Edwards, Stassa. "USF Suspends Pi Kappa Phi Chapter During Investigation Into Rape of 16-Year-Old Girl". jezebel.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Rape reported at Purdue University fraternity". jconline.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Miami U suspends 2 fraternities for hazing". cincinnati.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  15. ^ O'Meara, Eamon. "Four Radford University fraternity brothers arrested on hazing charges". wdbj7.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Another Penn State fraternity suspended after hazing investigation". pennlive.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Elon shuts down fraternity through 2017". wxii12.com. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  18. ^ "NC State, Pi Kappa Phi decry 'unacceptable and offensive' book>". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  19. ^ "Fraternity Suspended Over Notebook Detailing Rape And Lynching>". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  20. ^ "Family sues after fraternity pledge's death on hazing hike". Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  21. ^ "Family of CSUN Student Who Died on Fraternity Trip Wants Justice: "They Left Him There to Die"". NBC LA."Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge dies after alleged 'hazing' hike". LATimes.
  22. ^ Greig, Alex (July 3, 2014). "'Fraternity hazing ritual' blamed for death of student, 19, who was found without shoes or cell phone in forest". Daily Mail UK.
  23. ^ Owens, Caitlin; Vives, Ruben (September 5, 2014) "Cal State Northridge fraternity shuts after pledge's death" Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-csun-fraternity-closing-pledge-death-20140905-story.html
  24. ^ "Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  25. ^ "UNF suspends Pi Kappa Phi fraternity for hazing". www.news4jax.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  26. ^ @EricaTecho, Erica Techo. "The other side of the paddle: One sorority member talks hazing, racism in Greek life". redandblack.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  27. ^ http://www.farmhouse.org/pdf/FRMT.pdf
  28. ^ Pi Kappa Phi (1 September 2010). "The Choice Is Yours". Retrieved 23 March 2018 – via YouTube.

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Andrew Coffey lawsuit

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Beretta played at Bedford High School in Bedford, Indiana, then went to Purdue to play college basketball. At Purdue Beretta was a three-year letterman, a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference and first-team All-American honors from the Helms Athletic Foundation as a senior in 1940. A guard, Beretta was known as a strong defender and ballhandler.

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List of Pi Kappa Phi alumni

The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has initiated over 100,000 members since it was founded in 1904. Among these initiates, are a number of notable alumni that have been involved in politics, business, athletics, science, and entertainment.

List of Pi Kappa Phi chapters

The Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity has founded a total of 232 chapters in 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. As of May 3, 2013, there are 178 active chapters (162 chartered, plus 16 associate chapters, or colonies), and 93 alumni organizations.Soon after its inception at The College of Charleston in 1904 (the Alpha chapter), the fraternity began spreading to other campuses, granting charters to student groups at Presbyterian College (Beta, 1907), Berkeley (Gamma, 1909), and Furman University (Delta, 1909). Gamma (Berkeley) was the first long-distance chapter, which helped to firmly establish Pi Kappa Phi as a national fraternity.

In some instances during those early days, the creation of a chapter was by necessity a clandestine affair, as was the case with the Delta Chapter at Furman University. At the time, South Carolina had a state law that banned fraternities at state-supported schools, so as a result, Presbyterian College and the College of Charleston were the only two South Carolina schools in which fraternities were allowed. The Furman chapter therefore operated sub rosa (under the rose), until state laws were later changed so as to allow fraternal organizations.

The next two decades saw the addition of 36 new chapters in the Midwest, South, and West Coast regions. By 1930, Pi Kappa Phi had established a national presence, however the growth of the fraternity was slowed during the 1930s and 1940s by the Great Depression and World War II. During the 1950s and 1960s, the fraternity began to grow more rapidly, establishing chapters across the South, strengthening its position as a southern fraternity. The fraternity experienced unprecedented growth from 1970 to 1999, founding over 100 new chapters and establishing a more prevalent West Coast presence while further strengthening its position in the South.As part of The Second Century Vision campaign, the national fraternity's efforts are focused on increasing the number of active chapters. This expansion process consists of two main components: the acquisition of new chapters on previously unchartered campuses and the rechartering of inactive chapters. As of May 3, 2013, 10 of the 16 colonies are on campuses that have once hosted active collegiate chapters, and 6 are expansion chapters. To manage this task, the fraternity has an appointed Director of Expansion who oversees the expansion process on a national level.

List of RPI fraternities and sororities

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