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Pi Kappa Alpha house vandalized

By Rita Totten

You can’t spell Pi Kappa Alpha’s acronym without the P8212;and the K and A on the front of the fraternity house are looking a little lonely.

Madson Thompson, the Pi Kappa Alpha president, reported to the Salt Lake Police Department on Sunday that one of the brass Greek letters on the front of their house had been stolen.

Early Sunday morning, a member of the fraternity discovered that the Pi symbol had been removed from the front of the house and light brown paint had been splashed across the retaining wall in front of the house and on the remaining K and A letters. The K was also partially detached, Thompson said.

“People were home when it happened, but we didn’t discover it until later,” Thompson said.

The paint was still wet when members inspected the vandalism and two sets of footprints were discovered in the paint. Pi Kappa Alpha members followed the footprints, which led west down 100 South, across Butler Avenue and stopped at the entrance of the alley that runs behind the Sigma Chi fraternity, Delta Gamma sorority and Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Matt Hansel, president of Sigma Chi, whose house sits below the Pi Kappa house on 100 South, said there had been vandalism on a lot of houses lately.

“I don’t think it’s anyone on Greek Row,” Hansel said of the incident at the Pi Kappa Alpha house. But Thompson and the Pi Kappa Alpha members went around Greek Row to see if any of the other houses had been vandalized during the weekend, and far as they could tell, they were the only ones.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said Thompson decided not to file charges because the fraternity doesn’t have anyone to charge with the vandalism.

Thompson said the police department asked the men to keep them posted as to whether the matter is resolved and in the meantime, the department would do what it could to assist.

This isn’t the first time someone has coveted the fraternity’s Pi symbol. During the summer, someone attempted to remove the Pi from the front of the house but was unsuccessful. The fraternity members interrupted the individual’s crime and gave chase down Butler Avenue but were unable to confront the would-be thief.

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Thien Sok

Vandals stole the P from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity marquee and splashed paint across the retaining wall it was mounted to late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

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