Let Tokes Tell Ya: Pi Kapp Is Back
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has been re-colonized at Penn State after it was closed for three years by both Penn State’s Interfraternity Council and its national organization. The chapter went out with a bang in 2015 by filming a music video at its final blowout to accompany “Tell Ya” by rapper Tokes.
The IFC placed Pi Kapp on an interim suspension in December 2014 for an investigation, back when the umbrella organization was responsible for investigating and adjudicating violations of its chapters. The university took over this responsibility in spring 2017 following the hazing death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza.
Three months later, the chapter was charged with violating a number of university and IFC policies, including hazing, alcohol violations, disorderly conduct, providing false information, hosting unregistered social functions, and violating the terms of suspension during the investigation.
At its last hurrah daylong, which spilled into the streets before police broke it up, some friends of the frat filmed the music video on its lawn and took a few shots at Kappa Delta Rho and the cops in the process. You can’t make this stuff up.
But now Pi Kapp is back, baby, after three years dormant. It’s the first previously closed chapter to be re-opened since Piazza’s death.
“On Tuesday night, the IFC Chapter Presidents voted to accept the recolonization of Pi Kappa Phi. The IFC is excited to add new students to our community and believe their fresh perspective will add value,” IFC Vice President for Communications Daniel Lee said via email. “The new group is excited to be the change and has communicated their commitment towards community engagement, philanthropy and THON. We Are excited to see our community grow and develop.”
Other chapters with the opportunity to re-open before the fall semester include Alpha Chi Rho, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Delta Rho, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu Delta, and Sigma Lambda Gamma. None of these organizations have yet announced plans to re-charter at Penn State.
This post has been updated to include comment from the Interfraternity Council and clarification from the Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity on the chapter’s status.
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“Tim’s Law,” the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate Monday. The legislation is named after Tim Piazza, who died following a hazing ritual at the on-campus Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in February 2017. Now that it’s been passed by both Pennsylvania’s Senate and House of Representatives, the bill will move […]
“If not, he’s going to wind up back on the street.”
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