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Pi Kappa Alpha

Pi Kappa Alpha
Founded March 1, 1868 (1868-03-01)
University of Virginia
Type Secret/Social
Scope International
Vision statement "To set the standard of integrity, intellect, and achievement for our members, host institutions, and the communities in which we live"
Motto "Once a Pike, Always a Pike"
Colors      Garnet      Old Gold
Symbol The Oak Tree, Shield & Diamond, White Horse, Dagger & Key
Flower Lily of the Valley
Jewel Diamond
Publication Shield and Diamond
Chapters 225[1]
Members 15,590[2] collegiate
270,000[1] lifetime
Nicknames Pikes, Pikas
Headquarters 8347 West Range Cove
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ) or Pike is a

  • Official website

External links

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  2. ^ "2013-2014 Year in Review". Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b Hughey, Matthew W (Win–Spr 2006). "Black, White, Greek...Like Who?: Howard University Student Perceptions of a White Fraternity on Campus" (PDF). Educational Foundations 20 (1-2): 9–35. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Craig LaRon Torbenson, Gregory S. Parks (2009). Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities. Associated University Presse. p. 261. 
  5. ^ Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. "Founding History". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Beta Chapter, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. "A History of Beta". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities, 1920 Edition, page 306
  8. ^ a b c Garnet & Gold Pledge Guide (15th ed.). Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. 1970. 
  9. ^ Conspiracy Theory & Secret Societies
  10. ^ Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. "About Pike University". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
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  12. ^ Folmsbee, Stanley (1960). History of Tennessee , Volume 4. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 838. 
  13. ^ a b c Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. "About Memorial Headquarters". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. "Fast Facts". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  15. ^ United States of America Congressional Record 111th Congress, Vol. 155 - Part 7. Government of United States. 2009. p. 9673. 
  16. ^ Maher, Emily (26 February 2014). "Frat president reacts to accusations of racially-themed party". KHBS Ft. Smith/Fayetteville. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Leyenberger, Kyle; Gilleece, Erin (27 February 2014). "UA Frat Sanctioned After 'Disrespectful' MLK Party". (Nexstar Broadcasting). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
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  19. ^ Amy, Jeff (October 23, 2015). "Ole Miss: Fraternity brother, pledges charged in assault were trying to steal donkey statue". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
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  21. ^ Burnett, Sarah (2012-12-18). "Hazing At Fraternity: 22 Pi Kappa Alpha Members Charged After Student Dies". Huffington Post. 
  22. ^ Vitello, Barbara (May 8, 2015). "'"Father of NIU frat hazing victim tells 22 convicted, 'You left him alone to die. Daily Herald. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Fraternity known for butt-chugging is 'suspended indefinitely' at Tennessee". Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  24. ^ Becker, Mark (30 September 2013). "UNCC fraternity accused of hazing after teen lands in intensive care". WSOCTV. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  25. ^ Becker, Mark. "Judge dismisses charges against 3 UNCC frat members". WSOCTV (August 12, 2014). Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ Miller, Michael E. (29 August 2013). "FIU Suspends Frat After Facebook Posts Reveal Drug Deals, Hazing, and Creep Shots". Miami New Times. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  27. ^ Vasquez, Michael (21 August 2013). "FIU suspends Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity over Facebook posts". Miami Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  28. ^ Chen, Tina (24 August 2013). "Fraternity Probed for Alleged Drug Dealing on Facebook". ABC News. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
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See also

List of Pi Kappa Alpha brothers

In 1976, Samuel Mark Click, a pledge at Texas Tech University, was killed participating in a scavenger hunt as part of a hazing event. He was trying to collect a letter that was under a railroad tie when he was hit by a train.[34]

In 1988, four Pi Kappa Alpha members at Florida State University were arrested for raping a freshman student.[33]

In 2002, Albert Santos, a pledge at the University of Nevada at Reno, drowned in a lake participating in a hazing ritual. He and several pledges were told to swim in a lake in their underwear but Santos couldn't swim. The fraternity was banned from the campus after his death. Santos' family sued the university and fraternity for negligence.[31][32]

In 2007, the chapter at the University of Central Florida was shut down after the fraternity racked up more than 20 misconduct and hazing violations.[29][30]

hazing and drug deals, as well as sexually explicit photos of women taken without their consent.[26][27][28]

The UNC-Charlotte chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha was suspended after student placed in IC for alcohol-related hazing in 2013.[24] In 2014 a county judge dismissed charges against three members, and found the fourth not guilty. The University found the fraternity guilty of hazing, and suspended its charter for eight years.[25]

In October 2012, the fraternity was suspended indefinitely at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville following the hospitalization of a member for alcohol poisoning due to alleged "butt-chugging".[23]

In 2012, Pi Kappa Alpha pledge David Bogenberger died of a cardiac arrhythmia triggered by alcohol poisoning. According to police, Bogenberger and other pledges at an unsanctioned Northern Illinois University event were pressured into drinking large quantities of alcohol in a two-hour time.[21] Bogenberger and 18 other pledges drank to unconsciousness. Five fraternity officers and 17 other members were convicted of misdemeanors in one of the largest hazing prosecutions in U.S. history. The chapter was suspended by the fraternity.[22]

In 2015, the fraternity chapter president at Utah State University was charged with forcible sexual abuse, a felony, after allegedly inappropriately touching a female fellow student passed out at a party.[20]

In 2015, one member and four pledges of Pi Kappa Alpha from the University of Mississippi were arrested and charged with assault for leaving a Sigma Pi fraternity member with a concussion, broken ear drum, and broken teeth after a violent beating.[18] The Pi Kappa Alpha member and pledges were trying to steal a donkey statue from a Sigma Pi house as part of fraternity initiation task before the fight. The students involved were dismissed/expelled from the fraternity.[19]

Misconduct Allegations

In 2014, the leaders of the fraternity's University of Arkansas chapter were asked to resign following an unauthorized Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party that incorporated racist stereotypes.[16][17]

Pi Kappa Alpha's move to start a chapter at the historically black Howard University in 2006 was opposed by some students and alumni.[4]


In 1948, Pi Kappa Alpha established and chartered the "Pi Kappa Alpha Memorial Foundation" as a [14][15]

The Pike Foundation

Pike University is the name used for all of the fraternity's leadership programs. The program is administered by the fraternity's professional staff.[10] Founded in 1948 as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization for charitable, literary & educational purposes. Events held by the university include International Convention, the Academy, the Chapter Executives Conference, and several regional Leadership Summits. Pike University grants more than $100,000 in scholarships each year.

Pike University

Foundation and educational programs

Shield & Diamond is the official quarterly publication of Pi Kappa Alpha. It was first printed in December 1890 by Robert Adger Smythe, the then Grand Secretary and Treasurer, under the name The Pi Kappa Alpha Journal. The name was changed to Shield & Diamond in 1891.[8]

Shield & Diamond

Its rituals are based on Independent Order of Odd Fellows.[9]


Originally, Pi Kappa Alpha's membership was restricted to white men, but the race restriction was removed in 1964.[3]

[8] Pi Kappa Alpha was founded on Sunday evening March 1, 1868, at 47 West Range (



  • History 1
  • Rituals 2
  • Shield & Diamond 3
  • Foundation and educational programs 4
    • Pike University 4.1
    • The Pike Foundation 4.2
  • Controversies 5
    • Misconduct Allegations 5.1
  • List of Pi Kappa Alpha brothers 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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