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Chapter Update2018 Rush is a Success

In PiKA’s Sesquicentennial year, Beta Pi Chapter has announced that it has 18 New Members that were initiated on February 23, 2018. The undergraduate members are extremely happy to let the alumni know of their success. Prior to their initiation, as New Members, they were involved in several projects designed to help and improve life at Pi Kappa Alpha. In particular, they refurbished the beverage dispensary station in the basement Rathskeller, built their own class table, organized a fraternity social event and trip to the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Parade, and have planned a philanthropy event for after spring break.

Joseph Churilla, Beta Pi ’17, Alumni Relations Chair, states, “I am proud to inform you and the rest of the Beta Pi Alumni that rush went very well for the chapter this year. Our new Alpha Beta class is composed of 18 new members, and the chapter believes that this class is one of the best in recent years. In addition, this class has several athletes, involved in Sprint Football, Club Baseball, Club Swimming, Rugby, and Ice Hockey. We also have a new member who is a student government representative.

A class size of 18 is among the largest class sizes on campus when compared to other fraternities. Overall, it seems that Greek Life as a whole is currently under more scrutiny from the university than in recent years, but this has neither affected our rush quality or quantity this year.”                       

The Alpha Beta initiation class is as follows with hometown and university/community involvement:

Alex Schoeny: Oak Park, Illinois; Math Tutoring, Wharton Undergraduate Data Analytics Club                                                                                                                                                                                     

Andres Trevino: Brownsville, Texas; Wharton Latino, Mex@Penn, Wharton Undergraduate Real Estate Club                                                                                                                                                       

Ben May: Mount Sinai, New York; ILMUNC, Intercol, Undergraduate Assembly, Kite and Key                                                                                                                                                                            

Brandon Kim: Seattle, Washington; International Affairs Association, John Marshall Pre-Law Honors Society, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project

Connor McQuillan: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; International Affairs Association                                

Daniel Acosta: Weston, Florida; Hill House Council Representative                                                           

DJ Nigh: Anoka, Minnesota; Ice Hockey, Botanical Research, Doctor Shadowing                                      

Gabriel Muro: Miami, Florida; Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association, Penn Boxing Club                                                                                                                                                                  

Jack Manthorp: Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Access Engineering, Penn Society for International Development                                                                                                                                               

Jason Wang: Taipei, Taiwan; Rugby, Penn Appetit                                                                                            

John Gamba: Fort Myers, Florida; IAA                                                                                                                   

Kevin Lajeunesse: Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Sprint Football                                                                    

Marcus Nowlan: Chester Springs, Pennsylvania; Sprint Football, Club Baseball, Engineers Without Borders                                                                                                                                                                        

Nick Youssef: Westfield, New Jersey; Club Swimming, Swim Lesson Instructor                                   

Nicolas Aguzin: Hong Kong, China; International Student Social Committee, Kite and Key, Hong Kong Student Association                                                                                                                                                       

Sidharth Sankhe: Mumbai, India: Penn Electric Racing, Club Swimming, Penn Barbell Club                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Tyler Moorehead: Charlotte, North Carolina; Penn Analytics Group, Undergraduate Sports Business Club, MUSE, Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club                                                                     

Zach Melchione: Northport, New York; Wharton Hedge Fund Club, Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club  


Pi Kappa Alpha continues to lead the fraternities on campus in diversity. The newly initiated members hail from three foreign countries and nine different states. The Beta Pi Alumni Association looks forward to meeting our new members at PiKA’s Sesquicentennial celebration on Founders Day.