Started as just an interest group by two students almost 3 years ago, the College’s colony is being welcomed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) as the Zeta Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Phi Kappa Tau received its charter on Saturday, Nov. 3. According to James Carroll, Vice President and Chartering Committee Chairman, this moment couldn’t have come soon enough.
Hayes Burch, newly recruited to Phi Kappa Tau, echoed this sentiment saying that the fraternity was ready to “lead by example, and show what we stand for,” which is, according to Carroll, a non-drug, alcohol or hazing related fraternity experience.
Carroll said that the IFC’s goals for an alcohol-free recruitment and anti-hazing procedures that sparked a lot of controversy on campus this semester were easy for Phi Kappa Tau to follow, because “we were already following [those procedures].”
Phi Kappa Tau has 31 members. “We’re smaller, which is a good thing,” Carroll said, “because it means a stronger house and better brotherhood. We have a real relationship with each member.”
This begs the question though, once the founding members are gone, who is going to ensure that the fraternity follows the founder’s vision of a non-hazing fraternity? Carroll says that maintaining the fraternity’s goals shouldn’t be a problem because they are, “recruiting members with like minds to you. If they don’t, then we don’t think they’re the best fit.”