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Phi Kappa Theta (PKT)
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Type: Fraternity
Address: 229 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Established: 1918
Website: http://pkt.mit.edu

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House Events

Social and Philanthropy

The brothers of PKT enjoy the frequent social events held by the house. High intensity parties take place several times throughout the year, balanced out by frequent, low-key social hours. Semi-formals, roof top barbeques, and sorority mixers are common as well.

PKT takes pride in its philanthropic work, participating in a multitude of events including Relay for Life and Cradles to Crayons. In addition, the brothers hold annual food drives and poker events for charity.

Fraternal

When the brothers aren’t socializing outside of the house, they’re hanging out with each other. A house retreat starts off each year, and the rest is dotted with numerous events including a grilling Coffeehaus and inter-class competitions designed to challenge the body and the mind.

Fraternity History

On April 29, 1959, Phi Kappa Theta was officially established as a union between two older fraternities: Phi Kappa (founded in 1889) and Theta Kappa Phi (founded in 1919).

As the first true union between two fraternities, neither fraternity was consolidated into the other; rather, the merger was made under a new name, Phi Kappa Theta, a combination of the two original names.

Similarly, the seal, motto, and ideals of both fraternities were combined without either organization conceding anything.

MIT Chapter History

PKT House

In the spring of 1918, a group of students at MIT banded together to create a student community dedicated to brotherhood as a supplement to traditional coursework.

The MIT PKT chapter held its first official meeting as Alpha Epsilon on April 3rd, 1918 in Senior House, Holman 303. On April 13th, 1918, the group voted to join Phi Kappa and was officially chartered on January 1, 1919.

The chapter moved around to various locations including 562 and 299 Newbury Street, 349 and 278 Commonwealth Ave, and 312 Beacon Street. Finally, in 1943, the chapter relocated to its current home at 229 Commonwealth Avenue, located in the heart of the Back Bay District in Boston.

On April 29, 1959, this Phi Kappa chapter, along with others across the nation, merged with Theta Kappa Phi as the Massachusetts Eta chapter of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.

House

The PKT house is a four-story, century-old brownstone in Boston's affluent Back Bay.

The house overlooks the tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue Mall. One block away is Newbury Street, world famous for its restaurants, boutiques, and stores. A short walk brings you to Fenway Park, the Prudential mall, Boston Common, and the Boston Public Library. Also, with the Copley T station two blocks away, all of Boston can be reached in minutes. And MIT is only a five minute bike ride away.

House amenities include a widescreen HDTV/DVD, a tournament pool table, a tournament ping-pong table, a house server, an Athena cluster, an open kitchen, gourmet dinners, a roof deck, a parking lot, MITnet connections, industrial washers/dryers, a rock climbing wall, and house sporting equipment.

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