In keeping part with the Greek community, Phi Kappa Theta continues to adapt by challenging its members to become contributing students at Lehigh University. With this in mind, we also must look to our past to make sure that our distinct heritage also continues.
Apart from our rituals and fraternal history, Phi Kap is epitomized by the cohesive relationships that exist between our classes. This stems from the tradition of big brothers living with their little brothers. By doing so, junior and sophomore classes forge fraternal bonds. For example, while most other fraternity houses automatically guarantee the president a single bedroom, newly elected Phi Kap presidents continue to live with their little brothers, regardless of their house position. Thus, the importance of the big-little relationship transcends the fraternal hierarchy of both class and position.
Juniors and seniors also continue to cultivate the relationships they formed the year before. Seniors do this be setting the example for the younger brothers through leadership positions or simple daily responsibilities such as cleaning the house. As each new member class comes into the house, these bonds trickle down, welcoming these new members into our family.
Once a semester, Phi Kap’s familial bonds are strengthened at our Quo Vatis retreat. At this retreat, each brother is able to remove himself from the distractions of the university’s community and focus solely on fraternal issues. Quo Vatis is a time to question the direction of Phi Kap and to develop a plan to remain a distinct chapter. It is also a time to renew fraternal bonds through both one-on-one and entire chapter activities.
This family environment continues past the brother’s four years at Lehigh. Consequently, recent “QV’s” have included alumni participation. This is just one example of how our alumni board works closely with the active members. These close relationships between all Phi Kappa Theta brothers enable each member to achieve a fundamental goal of college: establishing interpersonal skills and connections.