Tell me about living in the fraternity house.
The cost of living at Pi Kappa Alpha is approximately 65% of the average cost of living in a residential hall. This cost includes room, board, and a meal plan. The meal plan includes 14 balanced meals during the week (3 meals Monday – Thursday; breakfast and lunch on Friday). The Alpha Kappa chapter house, built in 2000 and expanded in 2007, includes first-rate housing for more than 104 men, a kitchen, a dining hall, and multiple study rooms.
What is pledging?
Pledging is a period which will assist you in overcoming some concerns about success in college. All new members experience a period of orientation. During this time you and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity. New members will also take part in leadership retreats, community service projects, and other activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the active fraternity members. Pi Kappa Alpha is committed to a membership education period for the new members that instills a sense of responsibility and commitment to the fraternity. While pledging, you will be assigned a roommate by the chapter, who will assist you throughout your pledging period. The roommate is an older active member who has experience and leadership, both on campus and within the fraternity. Each pledge will also be assigned a “daily duty” and weekly “kitchen duties” to help keep the house clean and presentable, which is directed to instill a sense of responsibility and respect for the chapter house.
What about hazing?
Pi Kappa Alpha has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing, and each chapter is required to abide by this policy. Hazing includes any activity that subjects a member to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing conflicts with the purpose of Pi Kappa Alpha as well as the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and it only degrades the culture and moral we have worked hard to create.
I am afraid that joining a fraternity will take up a lot of time.
Participating in the fraternity can be very time consuming. However, Pi Kappa Alpha does encourage time management skills, both as a pledge and an active, which will help each member with his involvement in the fraternity, on campus, and in his professional career. Pi Kappa Alpha offers a variety of involvement opportunities, including intramural sports, community service, and assuming leadership positions within the fraternity. Each member will find a level of commitment that is comfortable for him. By learning to balance academics, fraternal involvement, campus involvement, and social commitments, each member is more likely to be successful later on in professional life.
What are your policies on drugs, alcohol, and guests?
Pi Kappa Alpha realizes that each member will be faced with new freedoms and the challenge to use drugs and alcohol freely. The fraternity does not allow the use of any illegal drugs. As a pledge, you will not be allowed to drink during the week, and if you choose to smoke, you may choose to do so with the exception of study hours. As for guests, each member is entitled to bring guest(s) to the house. However, each member is responsible for his own guest(s) and their behavior. Appropriate punishments are issued when these policies are broken.
What are the greatest benefits of joining a fraternity?
Becoming a member of Pi Kappa Alpha will provide you with a number of experiences that will help you prepare for professional and personal aspects, of your life. These advantages include developing leadership skills by becoming a committee chair or executive board member, succeeding academically with the help of organized study hours, increasing awareness and knowledge of a variety of topics, such as alcohol awareness and risk management, and developing enduring friendships and brotherly bonds that last long after graduation. Pi Kappa Alpha encourages members to be involved as much as each member feels comfortable with, and believes that every member contributes to the fraternity in his own way. Every member of a fraternity can benefit through participation in social events, athletics, academically, and service to the community.
I am concerned that joining a fraternity will affect me academically.
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Pi Kappa Alpha assists in this transition by having mandatory study hours for pledges from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. As a result of these implementations, the grade point average of the last four Pike pledge classes has been 3.21. The chapter also has a file system of old files and books from previous semesters. Additionally, Pi Kappa Alpha annually offers approximately $70,000 in academic scholarships to give incentive to perform well academically.
Tell me about the social aspects of fraternal life.
Because the Greek community at Missouri S&T contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. Each chapter develops its own social calendar, and each fraternity is to responsibly plan events which promote a full spectrum of social activities for Greek Life. For many students, the Greek social life helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Pi Kappa Alpha offers a family-type atmosphere, where all members are encouraged to form a brotherly relationship with each new member. Opportunities to meet new friends increase through social events offered by not only Pi Kappa Alpha, but other fraternities as well.