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Beta Pi Neighboring Fraternity "Evicted" from Chapter House

As reported in the August 5, 2018, issue of the Daily Pennsylvanian, the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity Chapter House, that abuts the Beta Pi Chapter House on its east side, will no longer be housing Penn students.        

According to John Matthews, the current President of Penn’s Pi Lambda Phi (Pi Lam) chapter, “…the chapter’s alumni association (which presides over the chapter’s lease) decided to eject the members of the Penn chapter from their house in March 2018, after years of financial struggles and problems adhering to their fraternities (sic) national all-male charter.” The Penn chapter of Pi Lam currently has 14 official male brothers and a comparable number of “honorary female members."

The Penn Pi Lam chapter is heavily in debt due to the cost of repairs to the chapter house due to a fire in 2004 and some members failing to pay their monetary obligations to the fraternity. Matthews states that any attempts to resolve these financial issues were not supported by the national Pi Lambda Phi due to a failure of the chapter itself to conform to the national charter that Pi Lambda Phi be all male.

For the coming year, the Pi Lam Chapter House will be the home of the Drexel Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi. The Penn Office of Fraternity Affairs knew about the women living in the chapter house and took no action. When questioned, Penn did say that it was not Penn that evicted the Penn Pi Lams.

This article in the Daily Pennsylvanian (DP) was accompanied by a photo of the Pi Lam chapter house. As the PiKA house is immediately adjacent to the Pi Lam house, a portion of our house was in the picture. The DP described the location of Pi Lam as being sandwiched between Pi Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. That the DP is unable to accurately report the name of our fraternity, which has been on campus for nearly 100 years, makes one wonder as to the accuracy of any article in the DP. However, this inaccuracy has been corrected in a later issue of the Daily Pennsylvanian that was essentially the same article repeated.

It was during the 1960’s that PiKA began to allow men of all religions and races to become members. In the interim, not only has PiKA survived, it has thrived. PiKA now has approximately 225 chapters and colonies, a student population of over 15,000 and over 200,000 living alumni. The fraternity has never been in better shape or health and is now considered one of the premier fraternities in North America. Perhaps this article is a harbinger of things to come. Nearly every college and university currently receive government funds. It may not be too far in the future before fraternities are told they cannot discriminate by gender. It is entirely possible that the end result will make fraternities a better place.  

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