Aug 262010
 
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

The two Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity houses on Laurel Street will be demolished in the coming months in anticipation for construction of new buildings next spring.

“We’re at the point where the houses are pretty old and have no historical value,” said Ray Martinez, former mayor of Fort Collins and PIKE sponsor.

Brothers who would have lived in the now-boarded houses were notified last year to look for other leases.

The two houses facing the CSU campus were built in the early 1900s and had to go through the city of Fort Collins’ Historic Preservation team for permission to knock down the existing structure, said Tommy Ray Robinson, president of Epsilon Theta Housing Corporation.

The non-profit is comprised of alumni who own the land and are working with the national chapter to split construction costs. PIKE brothers occupy another house on the corner of Meldrum Street but won’t break ground on that location until the fraternity sees membership grow.

Robinson couldn’t give a budget for the building because agreements have yet to be finalized. PIKE hopes to offset the cost through alumni donations.

PIKE, Robinson said, is currently in the 60-man range, and the new house will be built to accommodate about 35 members.

In the past, the fraternity saw numbers soar to 125 members, he said.
The university stripped the fraternity’s official recognition in 2005 following the “Rise & Ralph” hazing ritual, where young men looking to join PIKE were forced to drink until they vomited.

The fraternity is still one of the largest on campus and continues to engage in philanthropy and raise money for the local community.

Assistant News Editor Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Clarification
In Friday’s Collegian article titled, “PIKE fraternity to get new house,” it was reported that “the university stripped the fraternity’s official recognition in 2005 following the ‘Rise & Ralph’ hazing ritual, where young men looking to join PIKE were forced to drink until they vomited.” Rise & Ralph was the final offense leading to the chapter’s expulsion, but university records do not show that pledges were forced to drink at that event. However, the fraternity was under investigation prior to Rise & Ralph for hazing events spanning several years, including events where new members were “forced to drink alcohol,” according to university record.

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