Pi Kappa Alpha

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Pi Kappa Alpha
Abbreviation: Pike
Org Founded: 1868 at the University of Virginia
CU Chapter: Iota Lambda
Chapter Established: 1990
Motto: "Once a Pike, Always a Pike"
Symbol(s): Oak Tree
House: None
Recognition: IFC
Contact: pikeeboard@googlegroups.com

Pi Kappa Alpha, also known as Pike, is a national fraternity founded in 1868, and at Columbia in 1990. The national fraternity has over 220 chapters and colonies and over 250,000 lifetime initiates in North America.


2013 pledge scavenger hunt

On March 2, 2013, Bwog posted a scavenger hunt list ostensibly leaked to it by a Pike pledge[1]. The post predictably resulted in a long thread of pro- and anti-Greek sentiments, and arguments about rape culture and whether the scavenger hunt was hazing or not. (It is worth noting that Student Affairs's "Anti-Hazing New Member" policy explicitly mentions scavenger hunts are as a prohibited activity[2].

The 2013 scavenger list

The scavenger list included such items as "Nametag of a McDonald's worker," "A homeless man's shoe," and "Panties from an XXL girl." It also notably included "Video of a pledge poonspeeding (eating a pussy while wearing a swimcap and goggles)". This last item was seized upon by many blogs, including New York magazine[3] and Total Frat Move[4][5][6].

The scandal resulted in a closed hearing before the Greek Judicial Board, the results of which were never released.


Pi Kappa Alpha selects potential brothers based on the criteria of "Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen" or S.L.A.G., aiming to find candidates who exemplify these traits. Pikes are active within the Columbia community in student council, debate, rugby, crew, intramural sports, a cappella, squash, and more.


  • Hosts the annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life fundraiser to raise money for blood cancer research
  • Raised over $12,000 (most on campus) for the American Cancer Society's 2012 Relay for Life through donations and co-hosting a basketball tournament with KDR
  • Brothers annually volunteer to clean up Riverside/Morningside Park


2011-12 Academic Year

  • Most Improved Chapter Award
  • ALPHA Standards of Excellence Five Stars
  • Community Involvement Award
  • Greek Man of the Year
  • Order of Omega Community Service Award

Notable Alumni

  • Tom Kitt, CC '96 - Composer of score for the musical Next to Normal, winning 2 Tony awards and was co-winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Tom Forman, CC '95 - Co-creator of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and winner of 3 Primetime Emmys


  • Allen Ginsberg once lived in the fraternity's former brownstone, before the organization moved in (and then out).

External links


  1. http://bwog.com/2013/03/03/overseen-scavenger-hunt/
  2. http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/resprograms/fraternity_sorority/semester
  3. http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/03/frat-scavenger-hunt-rewards-obscure-sex-act.html
  4. http://totalfratmove.com/pike-scavenger-hunt-checklist-found-at-columbia-university-new-sex-act-revealed/
  5. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/poonspeeding-columbia-frat
  6. http://gothamist.com/2013/03/04/columbia_fraternitys_pledge_scaveng.php
Greek life at Columbia
IFC Fraternities: Alpha Delta PhiAlpha Epsilon PiBeta Theta PiDelta Sigma PhiKappa Delta RhoPhi Gamma DeltaPi Kappa AlphaPsi UpsilonSigma ChiSigma NuSigma Phi EpsilonZeta Beta Tau
Panhel Sororities: Alpha Chi OmegaAlpha Omicron PiDelta GammaGamma Phi BetaKappa Alpha ThetaSigma Delta Tau
Multicultural Greek Fraternities: Phi Iota AlphaAlpha Phi AlphaKappa Alpha PsiOmega Psi PhiPi Delta PsiLambda Phi EpsilonSigma Lambda Beta
Multicultural Greek Sororities: Lambda Pi ChiSigma Iota AlphaDelta Sigma ThetaKappa Phi LambdaSigma Lambda Gamma
Inactive (de-recognized): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
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