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Championship for Pike Softball Team

After a long season, the men of Pi Kappa Alpha won the fraternity league championship in softball!

The season was lengthened as the Blatt field was ruined for part of the season. The chapter helped build the field back up just in time for the championship. In the championship game, Charlie Curtis won the MVP, hitting two home runs and batting in eight of the fifteen runs for the team.

The brothers now look to continue working for the spring season!

Alumni Weekend Details

This weekend, the chapter is holding their annual alumni weekend!

An alumni cocktail will be held at the chapter house on Friday from 7-10PM. Business casual attire is encouraged and the chapter will be providing beverages and small bites.

For alumni that cannot make it for the cocktail, the chapter will also have a Bagels and Coffee event, held at the house on Saturday from 10:00-12:00 before the tailgate.

Additionally, for alumni who cannot make the weekend, the brotherhood has coordinated a GoFundMe page so that everyone can donate! You can donate here or in person this weekend.

We hope to see all of you soon!

St. Judes Donation Check Delivered

This past month, the St. Jude staff came down to Columbia to deliver to the brotherhood the fundraising check from last spring’s event, White Out Cancer. As many already know, the event was to support brother Zack Allen’s sister, Allie.

Allie, who has been fighting cancer, had the full support of the brotherhood as well as the Colonial Life Arena. Although this success occurred last fall, the St. Jude staff wanted to come to Columbia to personally congratulate the brotherhood.

With $29,175 raised, the brotherhood hopes to continue to support Allie and St. Jude!

2nd Annual Pike Puppies

Once again, the brotherhood put together their Pike Puppies event at Jake’s Bar and Grill. As a sorority favorite last year, the event was another success!

Selling wristbands at the door, the chapter managed to raise over $2500! With this event only being the first of two philanthropy events this fall, the brothers have already raised  what many other chapters will raise the entire semester. In addition to the funds raised, Pets Inc. was also able to set up three new adoptions for dogs in their shelter.

Overall, the event was another success for the chapter, and Pets Inc. cannot wait for the third annual event next year!

Parents Weekend: 9/16/16

Not only are we excited for the first home game this weekend, but it is also parents weekend! September 16th through the 18th, the brotherhood will be welcoming families into the chapter house as well as the football tailgate.

On September 16th, the brotherhood will host their parents cocktail held at the house from 7-9pm. Families will have a chance to explore the house while being served drinks and appetizers. Traditionally, this is one of the most enjoyable weekends as parents get to meet their son’s new friends as well as break bread with old ones.

Win or lose, this should be a truly special weekend for the brotherhood and their families!

Shield and Diamond Feature

The chapter has been featured in the international magazine of Pi Kappa Alpha!

In the last issue of the magazine, the Shield and Diamond, the Xi chapter was featured in an article detailing the amazing fundraising event for Allie Allen.

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Allie, brother Zack Allen’s sister, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013 and has been receiving treatment since then. Zack, along with a few other brothers, organized multiple fundraising events in order to help find the cure for cancer. The chapter raised $26,000 to help support the Allen family as well as help the research of St. Jude.

You can read the full article here, to see how the chapter supported one of their brothers in a time of need.

Fall Rush Success

Fall rush has just recently finished up, and the brothers have done an impressive job once again. With 44 new members, the chapter has the second largest new member class on campus!

Ranging from 13 different states, the new class represents the expanding university and diverse chapter. One of the most impressive parts about the chapter is the diverse brotherhood that ranges from coast to coast, providing brothers with connections throughout the continental United States.

After three weeks of rush, the rush committee has worked hard to find young men who truly can represent and lead the chapter. The new class had the chance to go to a minor league baseball game, local concerts, and tour the chapter house while accompanied by brothers all along the way. The chapter now truly believes they have found the future of the brotherhood!

New Additions to the Chapter House

Since we purchased the chapter house on Hampton street, the brotherhood has consistently tried to improve the house.  Whether it is Biscuit bringing over new furniture, Doody building bleachers, or the chapter redoing the kitchen, the brotherhood has continued to invest in our largest asset.

Once again, the brotherhood has came forward to improve the house! Before the summer, the brothers voted to collect summer dues in order to purchase a basketball court for the house. Once the dues were collected, the concrete began to pour and the Goalrilla hoop was purchased.

The project was led by the external vice president, Isaac Easton, who organized everything from the labor to the purchase of the hoop. After months of work, the court is finally starting to take form. With Fall Rush approaching, this should be an integral part of the process.

Coming this fall, expect to see updates from the latest 3v3 tournaments and Jimmy Glover getting posterized on a daily basis.

Saving A Life: Miles Moody

Summer months can go by without too much excitement. Families go on vacation, brothers work their summer jobs, and everyone waits for the first Saturday at Williams Brice.

For Miles Moody, it wasn’t the typical summer. This summer, Miles signed up to be a blood donor in his hometown in New Jersey.  He didn’t think too much about it, but just thought it was the right thing to do.

One month later, Miles received a call from the hospital that he was a match. Miles rushed to the hospital and was immediately taken in and his veins tapped.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually be a match for someone only a month after signing up. This experience has been nothing but amazing and I’m glad I could be able to help someone at such a young age. I just want to thank BetheMatch for making this possible!”

Miles is now encouraging others to sign up for BetheMatch, as you never know who you can help. You can learn more about donating marrow or peripheral blood stem cells at https://bethematch.org/.  Giving blood can truly change lives, and the Xi chapter is proud to say that one of their own saved one that day.

Celebrating our Recent Grads: Where they are now

Brother  John “Jack” Burke (’16), a recent graduate from the Darla Moor School of Business has taken up residence in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Jack is currently training with Mass Mutual to become a financial advisor with the firm. Jack spends most of his time studying for his Life and Health Insurance certification examinations with his trusty sidekick, Boomer, by his side. When he isn’t studying, Jack is networking on the golf course, down Cape Cod, and, like many of his recently graduated friends, at happy hour in the south side of Boston.

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Brother Sean Murray (’16), another of Darla Moore’s products, recently moved from Medford, New Jersey to Tysons, Virginia. Sean lives with Brother Reilly Madden (’16) and is currently enrolled in Freddie Mac’s Financial Analyst Program. Outside of issuing mortgage-backed securities, Sean still enjoys spending 2+ hours a day at the gym. Other activities include going to Nationals games, exploring the multitude of monuments that the Nation’s Capital has to offer, and, of course, trying to lower his handicap to under 18 on the golf course.

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Brother Jacob Arvia (’16), our final brother spotlight, just graduated with a  major in Biology. Jake’s family just recently moved from Dublin, Ohio to San Antonio, Texas. Jake will be continuing on with his schooling by applying to dental schools next year on his quest to become a dentist. Professionally, Jake has been shadowing dentists in order to bolster his resume. Aside from that, he is acquainting himself with his new state by attending concerts, touring the major Texan cities, and meeting the local fauna, specifically scorpions found around his home. Also, as I know you were all wondering, he is also playing golf on a regular basis 

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