Tipsters, we love you. Multiple sources–some connected to members of the Cornell Interfraternity Council–have confirmed that the fraternity responsible for three alcohol-poisoned freshmen and a police/administration crackdown is Pi Kappa Alpha, known on campus as Pike. The frat, founded in 1868–and which boasts such superstar alumni as Karl Rove, Charlie Crist, Tim McGraw, and not one, but two fried chicken magnates (KFC and Chick-Fil-A founders)–has a beautifully ironic mission statement:
Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience.
“Truly fraternal” in the most liver-damaging, stomach-pumping sense, we assume. I wonder what these freshmen’s parents think… Oh, Pike has a site for that: A Parent’s Guide to Pi Kappa Alpha.
Pi Kappa Alpha recognizes the danger hazing poses for individuals and the detrimental effect hazing inherently has on organizations. Undergraduate delegates to numerous International Conventions have repeatedly adopted legislation denouncing hazing.
How reassuring. All that legislation must make them a feel a lot better about seeing their kid on an IV drip.
Despite their “integrity, intellect, and high moral character,” these bros are in a world of trouble. Sources at Cornell tell us that Pike won’t be allowed a pledge class this year, will remain on total social probation, and could be completely disbanded if all the brothers move out.
As ambivalent as we are about Greek life, IvyGate’s coverage of the dark side of Rush will lovingly continue. Frat-boys and sorority-girls: thanks for all the material. Tipsters: a thousand thanks, and looking forward to hearing more.