Pi Kappa Phi plants roots in Ruston

March 20, 2008

by Tina Marie Alvarenga

A group of young men decided to start a chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, a fraternity that stands for leadership and class. They are now in the process of becoming the founding fathers of Tech’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter.

Woody Woodcock, national director of expansion for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, said, “Pi Kappa Phi is about being a leader by choice, even if you don’t have a position. It’s making a choice to actively lead without a position.”

Pi Kappa Phi is holding meetings for all men interested in becoming a founding father and member of Tech’s chapter.
Woodcock said Pi Kappa Phi was approved by the Interfraternity Council Feb. 18.

“We’re looking for men of class,” Woodcock said.

Pi Kappa Phi sets the standard in developing leadership and education and is looking for men with integrity and discipline.

Tim Clements, a Pi Kappa Phi member and a founder of Tech’s chapter, said he chose Pi Kappa Phi because of what it stands for.

“It is the only fraternity in the country to own and operate their own philanthropy, which is PUSH America,” Clements, a sophomore electrical engineering technology major, said.

He also said PUSH America, which stands for Play Units for Severely Handicapped, serves people with disabilities.

“I was really drawn to PUSH America because [a] majority of the money raised goes directly back to our local Ruston community,” Clements said.

Brad Anders, a Pi Kappa Phi member and a freshman mechanical engineering major, explained that Pi Kappa Phi plans to erase the stereotypes of fraternities, or the way they’re viewed.

“We plan to do a lot of community service, which is our main goal. We’re going to go out and do a lot for the community,” Anders said.

Anders explained that one of Pi Kappa Phi’s projects will be to establish a park in the community for the severely handicapped through PUSH America.

Anders said, “It’s something Tech’s never seen before in a fraternity. We’re not about being the biggest fraternity on campus, we’re about the caliber of man you are.”

Clements said Tech’s campus fraternities have been very supportive of Pi Kappa Phi’s birth at Tech.

“The other fraternities have been really accepting. Nearly every day someone stops by our table to offer their support or a kind word,” he said.

Scotty Blass, a Delta Chi Fraternity member and a junior kinesiology major, is in support of the fraternity being on campus.

“I think it’s really good. Greek life needs to [get] bigger around here. So I think it’s really good there’s another fraternity trying to get on campus,” Blass said.

In return, Pi Kappa Phi has offered to facilitate a recruitment workshop for all the existing fraternities, Clements said.

“This is a great show of good will and community on both sides I believe,” he said.

Clements said he believes that the simple fact that they have the ability to start their own chapter, create their own rules, set the traditions and “leave a legacy for other students to follow” could encourage men to join.

“We just like the idea of being able to shape our fraternity experience in a positive way, like an artist creating his masterpiece,” Clements said.

“Our legacy will positively impact a young man’s life years from now, whenever myself and the rest of the founding fathers have graduated.”