October 16, 2014

Illinois State Associate Chapter finds a place to be at home

Written by Brad Middleton
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In February 2014, Pi Kappa Phi started an expansion at Illinois State University. During the expansion process, mention of a vacant fraternity house repeatedly came up in conversation. It was an exciting prospect and after further research, it was evident that the 17 bedroom former Tau Kappa Epsilon house was vacant and available to lease.

The Illinois State Associate Chapter reached out to the owner of the house, Bill Ohlendorf. Bill has owned the house since the 1970's when he built it for Delta Zeta Sorority. Bill also developed much of the area surrounding the house in Normal, Il. The chapter and Pi Kappa Phi Properties quickly formed a close relationship with Bill which lead to the eventual leasing of the house to the Illinois State Associate Chapter.

The chapter applied for an Infrastructure Loan Fund from Pi Kappa Phi Properties to furnish the house. After the Properties' Board of Directors approved the loan, the chapter purchased 34 beds and mattresses along with several couches.


The chapter currently has 29 men living in the 34 bed house. They eat meals there daily and enjoy the basketball and volley ball courts in the backyard.

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Last modified on October 16, 2014

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