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Fraternities at Texas Tech University
These fist few paragraphs of information are provided as a service
to new students and to guys who are considering attending Texas
Tech. At Tech you will have the benefits of a good fraternity
Fall term of 1929 saw the establishment of the Centaur Club,
the first men's social club exclusively for students,
not long after Tech
opened in 1925. (The Centaur is a half-man, half-horse,
creature.) By 1953 there were eight men's social clubs on
campus, and at that time, 50 years ago, these eight clubs affiliated
with eight national fraternities, when the college saw the advantages
that fraternities would bring to the school.
Centaur Club received a charter to become the Texas Beta Chapter
of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
being the second letter of the Greek alphabet indicates that this
was the second chapter in Texas.) (Many Centaur alumni were
initiated into Phi Kappa Psi and continued to support the new
In 2008 there
are about twenty fraternities at Tech. ranging in size from 6
to 150 members, peak annual size. (Fraternity chapters vary in
size by around 30% each year.) The Phi Kappa Psi chapter
is 50+ members, and will expand to about 100.
Fraternity houses at Tech are called lodges
and generally do not have living facilities. Not every fraternity
at Tech has a lodge. Of those that do---
- A few fraternities are scattered about town.
- About nine are in an area called Greek Circle,
which is west of the Tech campus and which also contains sorority lodges.
- Six fraternities are one block closer to
campus in a newer area that connects to the original Greek Circle.
It is the 1400 block of Orlando Avenue, which also referred
to as "Greek Circle 2".
Phi Kappa Psi lodge is in the best area, the one that has
the newest, and generally largest, fraternity lodges-the
Orlando Avenue area. Our address is
1406 Orlando Avenue.
Phi Psi's enjoy a
- Library and computer facility for quiet
- Lounge, wood burning fireplace, large
screen, high-definition, satellite television, and billiards
- A separate room and kitchen for meetings
- A basketball court
Although lodges do not have living facilities
some of our brothers do share houses and apartments, and sometimes
there is room available.
The Essence of Our Fraternity
We call Phi Kappa Psi our “Noble Fraternity”.
|The Phi Kappa Psi
chapter is a private
association of social, college-educated, men of evidenced talent,
ambition, and good moral character and
respect and affinity;
Who strive to be led by truth and to always maintain
their integrity and to have their actions guided
by their intellect balanced with their heart
and their individuality;
Who joined together during college and committed to brotherly
love and to building an ongoing, honored,
self-governed association based upon a written
constitution, laws, and procedures, to be a chapter of a
national organization, with a distinguished
that is symbiotic with the college, the community, other fraternities,
women's organizations, to assist in
promoting each other's interests, improving each
other, and maintaining life-long friendships;
Who committed that both when they were students and when
they were alumni they would recruit and help new initiates,
encourage the affiliation of qualified sons, grandsons,
brothers, and nephews, strengthen their chapter,
create and confer with additional chapters,
exchange help with
them, and cooperate to organize,
support, and oversee a great national fraternity,
PROMISING COLLEGIATE MALES CONNECT AND DEVELOP
AND FORM A VIRTUOUS AND HONORED ASSOCIATION.*
Like most other fraternities, Phi Kappa Psi
is founded on freedom of association—the right to choose one's
friends and, as stated in the U. S. Constitution, "the right of the people peaceably to assemble".
* This statement of the Essence of Phi Kappa
Psi is one that describes our Texas Beta chapter and we believe
the other chapters that comprise our Fraternity as a whole,
starting with the first chapter; it is not one that has been approved
by a Phi Kappa Psi national body. It was drafted in 2008-2010 by David
A. Jones, a Texas Beta 1955 initiate. The version is AE.
Phi Kappa Psi Nickname, Badge, Colors,
The nickname for the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
is "Phi Psi," which is pronounced "fie sigh," like
"Sci Fi" in reverse order.
Caution -- there
is another fraternity at Tech with a similar name--- "Pi Kappa
Phi" that is not connected with us, so be careful with
paperwork during formal rush if you participate.
badge is at left and is most often worn when wearing suits
or other dress clothes. It contains our Greek letters phi, kappa,
and psi: ΦΚΨ.
We all wear the same unjeweled gold badge.
As with most traditional, Greek letter, fraternities, the words
for which these letters stand is a secret that is revealed only
flag has our colors of Cardinal Red,
a deep red,
and Hunter Green, a dark green.
coat of arms is at left, as adopted in 1908; however, today
we often use a version with a green field and a red fillet
and a red bend:
|Blazon (heraldic description)
"Sable, a bend between sinister
the sun in glory charged on the center with an eye and dexter
a closed book or, a fillet and in chief two mullets, all
within a bordure, all of the second. Crest an antique lamp
or." (Centennial History, v. II, p127)
The symbolism of the two stars,
the lamp, the book, and the eye that appear on the coat of
arms and on the badge is private and is only revealed to
initiates of the fraternity.
We have a lot of songs, including
a hymn, sweetheart songs, rowdy songs, etc. There are links
to some of these at the end of this site.
Our unofficial drink is Quimbambuli,
a hot wine and rum concoction. We have a song about that also.
Our sweetheart pin is at right and may be given to sweethearts,
sisters, or mother since we do not allow our badge to be
used for that purpose. A large lighted replica is on a wall of
Our flower, at left, is the Jacqueminot Rose, a deep red
unofficial monogram badge, at right, composed of the superimposed
Greek letters phi and psi, sometimes worn on a neck chain, is
a replica the the badge used by the fraternity its first year.
intertwined Φ Ψ monogram is used as a
symbol, such as right, sometimes with a K included.
At left is our alumnus lapel button.
P. K. P.
PKP The acronym PKP is
sometimes used in typing or computer labels. This is not
some new shortcut; the earliest members of the fraternity used
the handwritten abbreviation "P.
The logo at right is used on our national headquarters website
and was created in 2008. We have not yet decided in our national
governing body, the GAC, whether to approve it as a symbol of
Our motto from about 1855 in
Latin and English is
Amicitia, Vindicat Honore Et Ducti Vero --
Vivimus Et Vigemus
United by friendship, sustained
by honor, and led by truth--
We live and we flourish.
(The word "honor" is
used here in the sense of integrity, the firm adherence
to a code of ethical conduct to the degree that one is incapable
of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge.)
A Creed Of Phi Kappa Psi has been
adopted, at our 1964 national convention, which states
beliefs about the type of men who compose Phi Kappa Psi and
how we should behave and which concludes with a solemn pledge to fulfill
these beliefs. A link to this creed and to another one about
what a fraternity house should be is at the end of this
Our Chapter At Tech
IS WELL BALANCED
It is not unusual
on campus to hear people "type" fraternities, such as being made
up of athletes, bookworms, socialites, campus politicians, etc.
Phi Kappa Psi is not composed of any one of these types exclusively,
but instead is a well-balanced group.
IS COMPOSED OF MEN ACTIVE IN CAMPUS AFFAIRS
No, Phi Psi members
are not "typed." We are proud to say that each member is individual
and excels in his own interests as well as working with the whole
fraternity. Phi Psi's are represented as members and officers
of many campus organizations as well as varsity athletic
IS MODERATE IN SIZE
The Tech chapter
of Phi Kappa Psi is moderate in size, as are many of the Phi Psi
chapters over the nation. Phi Psi believes that the ideal
chapter size is one which is small enough to allow the brothers
to know each other well and have leadership opportunities, yet
large enough to operate successfully on a particular campus. With
the growth of Tech and its fraternity system we are now increasing
to a chapter peak annual size of about one hundred members. Phi
Psi emphasizes the quality of its membership.
Every man in college
should have good scholarship as his main objective. The chapter
attempts to promote industrious studying among its members and
generally has one of the highest, if not the highest, grade averages
among all of the fraternities.
... AND ALSO SPORTS
Phi Psi has always been an active participant
in intramural competition, and does quite well.
(The foregoing description is almost verbatim
identical to one in a 1957 chapter rush brochure.)
Our Fraternity Origin and Status
C. P. T. Moore
W. H. Letterman
Phi Kappa Psi is one of the
oldest national fraternities, now being over 150 years old,
founded February 19, 1852, at a leading
college in Pennsylvania (in Canonsburg) , at a time when the largest college in
the U. S. (Yale) had only 475 students.
was founded by two men---one a friendly,
athletic, wealthy, 21-year-old pre-law student, Charles
Page Thomas "Charley" Moore, who later became a West Virginia
Supreme Court judge, and the other a tall, popular,19-year-old
pre-med student, William Henry "Bill" Letterman, who later became
a doctor and geologist, and who is buried in Duffau, Texas.
(Moore had became an orphan at 13 and was raised by his uncle on a Virginia plantation; Letterman whose
physician father had been a trustee of the college was
raised by his widowed mother.)
Within a few days of the fraternity's
founding, by the end of the month,
there were five members, and by the end of the year, ten members.
The first written historical record was created within a year:
"The Founders believing that by an Association
governed by certain fixed laws and regulations they could advance
and promote each other's interests and improve each other morally
and intellectually, being firmly impressed with these truths,
Messrs. Moore and Letterman, having written out a Constitution
... founded the Phi Kappa Psi Association."
was founded with the goal of becoming a strong national fraternity,
and within three years a second chapter in Virginia had grown
to forty-six men.
T. Woodrow Wilson, later the
President of the United States, was a Phi Psi at this chapter,
twenty years after it was founded. He was a very active member
of the fraternity. The fraternity has many, many, other
Phi Kappa Psi has over 100 active chapters
(including 3 colonies) at better colleges and universities in
2008, with well over 5,000 total undergraduate brothers and pledges.
We have over 71,000 active alumni living in 50 states and over
30 countries and have alumni associations in cities across the
country (and are starting one or more in the Far East). These
alumni were really Phi Psi's as undergraduates; they are not just
men to whom we gave "honorary" memberships to so we could use
Our national headquarters is probably the
finest fraternity headquarters in America. It is historic
Laurel Hall, located in Indianapolis, Indiana,
The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation's Endowment
Fund is the largest such fund of any fraternity. This charitable
fund, over $35 million at the end of 2007, created from alumni
donations, is used to provide scholarships and to make loans chapter
house corporations. (Phi Psi's Canonsburg Corporation also makes
Phi Kappa Psi has long been a leader in the
in the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the
organization of the 73 major American men's college fraternities.
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