KA’s Keller Wins Lifetime Award from Baseball Scouts Foundation
A man who spent more than 50 years in baseball has been named co-winner of the George Genovese lifetime achievement award in scouting from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. Hal Keller, a member of Kappa Alpha Order at the University of Maryland, began his career as a minor league catcher following World War II, played three years in the major leagues, managed in the minors and ended up with a brilliant legacy of success in scouting and player development. He also served the Seattle Mariners as farm director, scouting director and, finally, general manager. Keller will be honored at the Foundation's annual awards dinner in January
A PIKE Lives His Ritual- After Losing His Legs, He Found a Cause
Vote for Jordan Thomas, a PIKE from College of Charleston, who after becoming a double amputee launched a fundraising foundation to provide life-changing prosthetics to children in need. Talk about living your Ritual! http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/07/23/amputee.advocate/
PIKE Selected in 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class
Michael S. Hopkins, a Pi Kappa Alpha from University of Illinois, was selected as part of NASA's 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class this summer. After reviewing more than 3500 applications, NASA has selected these nine men and women for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. They will begin training at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, in August. To read to full story visit: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/ascans2009.html
SAE Legendary Filmmaker Wins Lifetime Academy Award
At the inaugural Governors Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, successful independent producer Roger Corman, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Stanford, was one of three film greats honored with lifetime achievement Academy Awards by the acting academy's Board of Directors. Corman was famous for his low budget films and for hiring talented kids trying to break into the film business. Among those who got their starts on his films were Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard.
KA’s Paul Johnson Featured in Sports Illustrated Story
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson, a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, has led his Yellow Jackets to a 9-1 record and a #7 ranking in the BCS standings. His success story at Tech is discussed in a featured story titled "Options All Around" in the November 16th issue of Sports Illustrated. His high scoring, flexbone triple option offense is ranked second in the nation with 314.9 yards on the ground. Johnson first used the flexbone offense as an offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern in 1985 and used it during 11 seasons as head coach at Georgia Southern (five years) and Navy (six years)
2009 Greek College Football Coaches Announced
The NIC is pleased to announce the 2009 list of Greek Coaches in College Football.
Visit the Greeks in Sports section of the NIC website and learn about fraternity members who are finding success in sport.
2009 Greeks In Pro Football List Posted
The first list of Greeks in Professional Football has been posted. To check out the list click here
ATO College Football Star Spotlighted in USA Today
A recent "cover story" in USA Today's sports section featured running back DeRon Brown, a member of Alpha Tau Omega, at MIT. Through the team's first eight games, he averaged 170 yards per game to rank as the the ground gainer in NCAA Division III. A team captain, he has also been a Academic All-American as a computer science and engineering major.
ATO’s Joe Girardi Leads Yankees to a World Series Crown
Congratulations to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a member of Alpha Tau Omega from Northwestern, who led his club to the 2009 World Series championship, the 27th in club history. The Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games, ending a nine year drought since the club's last title in 2000. Hitting a home run for the Phillies in the sixth game was first baseman Ryan Howard of Phi Beta Sigma.
Kansas State IFC bans hard liquor
Interfraternity Council bans hard liquor Monday night
By Danny Davis
K-State's Interfraternity Council met Monday night to vote on a hard liquor ban. Brandon Harder, IFC president, gave a few words before the Fraternity presidents voted to ban hard liquor in chapter houses.
The Interfraternity Council took final action Monday night by banning hard liquor within fraternities by a vote of 15-7-1.
This means that effective January 1, 2010, the only liquor allowed in fraternities will be beer.
Brandon Harder, IFC president, said the ban was in the works for eight months. Harder said he and Brandon Cutler, assistant director for Greek affairs, have attended long meetings weekly which are the root of his frustration with the rise in conflicts of hard liquor. Each Monday, the two meet for an hour and discuss events that transpired during the weekend. Recently, the meetings are filled with negativity because of this reappearing problem.
Pi Kappa Alpha President Justin Bastin, senior in family studies, human services and psychology was recently cited for noise violations and serving minors when the Riley County Police Department were informed of underage drinking at a party sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha.
"I wasn't able to check all the identifications at the door," Bastin said.
He went on to say that the new ordinance was a violation of rights.
However, a majority of the IFC believed the ban was necessary. Some fraternity leaders believed that even if the ban did not prove effect at limiting the amount of hard alcohol, it will reduce the amount of risk a fraternity would have.
An e-mail from Pat Bosco, vice president of student life and dean of students, was read at the meeting by Harder.
"He's not taking a position folks, he's saying that our self governance is only as good as our decision-making ability," Harder said.
K-State administrators were not involved in the decision.
"The administration trusts that you will look at the big picture," said Tim Lindemuth, president of the Alumni Fraternity Council. "Many universities would not let you bring this to a vote and would hand a decision down."
Harder said by passing the ban on hard liquor, proponents believe they have taken a step in the right direction.
He also said Greek life at K-State is the best in the nation and they had identified a problem which they corrected.