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Fall 1999 Volume 48 Number 1
20 Feb 00

News & information by the alumni association of the Beta Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Cornell University

Fall Activities

Jarret Slepian '01

As the Fall semester comes to a close, there are many positives to look back upon for the Beta Theta chapter. Under the new leadership of President Larry Klecha '00, the brotherhood has been more involved than ever before and that has been reflected in nearly every activity we have taken part in.

Once again, Beta Theta has begun the quest for a Roger Adger Smythe trophy for chapter excellence. Following a four-day visit to the chapter earlier in the semester, the national consultant left us with a very positive report. All committee reports went extremely well and hopefully with another strong semester Beta Theta will earn another Smythe.

The chapter has once again taken a part in several community services ventures in the first half of the year. Under the guidance of External V.P. Josh Elkin '00, the house has been involved with Collegetown Cleanup, fund-raising events for the American Cancer Society, and also The United Way. Although the chapter has received two consecutive IFC Community Service awards, community involvement remains high and we hope to three-peat.

The Pi Kappa Alpha Fall intramural athletics season has certainly been one to remember. With both the football team and soccer team reaching the semi-finals of the playoffs there has been a lot to cheer about around the house. Along with our fine showing in the golf tournament Pike has accumulated a number of All-Sports points, and with a few more successful seasons the trophy will be within reach. In other sports news, the house had varsity athletes on the Tennis, Lightweight Football, and Track & Field teams.

This semester was packed full of social events for the brothers of the house. Among those were Fun in the Sun, Shamalamadingdong III, Pikathlon, the Homecoming Formal, several after hours events and of course there will be the Fall Crush Party in a couple of weeks. There have also been several brotherhood events watching Monday Night Football on the new 48" television.

With the year 2000 lurking around the corner, Beta Theta turns its attention now towards having a successful Spring term. While we have accomplished most of our goals for this semester the year is not over yet, it has only just begun.

Please make note of the new postal address for Beta Theta alumni correspondence:
5871 Liberty Creek Drive E.
Indianapolis IN 46254-1051


May 1, 2000 Spring 2000 Beta Theta DATA deadline
June 8-11, 2000 Reunion Weekend
August 9-13, 2000 PiKA International Convention
Hilton Atlanta & Towers
Atlanta GA
September 23, 2000 Homecoming vs. Yale
November 1, 2000 Fall 2000 Beta Theta DATA deadline
October 13, 2001 Homecoming vs. Harvard

Alumni Notes

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While actives & alumni were reveling on Homecoming Saturday evening, Jane & Tom Sporney '75 [ ] made a trip to the winner's circle at Hoosier Park. Their 6yo chestnut gelding, NORTH OF MARS, won the White River Stakes.

James Goodrich '65 reports on his active family. "Oldest daughter Charlene A. Goodrich finished her M.A. in Music Education at Vandercook University in July. #2 daughter Beverly J. Goodrich is very involved in the theater in the New York City area. #3 daughter Sabrina L. Goodrich is involved in 4H activities and will be showing dairy cows and draft horses at the Waukesha and Walworth County fairs."

"If you saw the Milwaukee Circus Parade on July 18th, I was following the 13-in-line hitch."

Bruce Rubenstein '83 and Sylvia Han had their first child this year - Eric Jin Rubenstein. "He's a handful, and just beginning to walk."

Bruce also changed careers this year: graduated from law school, passed the Massachusetts bar, now working as Patent Attorney for Teradyne, the same company that employed him as an engineer. "It's been a busy year."

Mark Nestle '79 [ ] left Eastman Kodak in mid-June, heading to Nashua Corporation, Merrimack, NH as the Quality Director for the Specialty Coated Products Division.


Yep. That's right. Chris Klyne '78 is now a captain (landlubber's note: making Captain in the Navy is a big deal). And there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the Navy only promoted him to keep Chris' big bro, Chuck Swensen '77 [ ], who also made Captain, in line.

When informed of this item's title, Klyne exclaimed: "But I never was assistant steward", to which all of the following rebuttals apply.

  1. So what? Who cares? Don't bother me with the facts. To paraphrase the trivia committee, we never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.
  2. And just what is "the truth"? Who among us can actually prove that Klyne wasn't assistant steward? What documentation is actually available? Couldn't this be yet another case of revisionist history, a total distortion of true reality?
  3. He did enough pots that he seemed to be assistant steward.
  4. He desperately wanted to be assistant steward, but thank goodness the stewards chose much more worthy assistants with a more developed morals and senses of duty and responsibility, leaving Klyne to wallow in less prestigious House positions.
  5. At least three brothers from '78 (and you know who you are!) are willing to pay good money, as opposed to what they typically pay, for the privilege of testifying that Chris was an assistant steward.

Addenda: Chris and his wife Jill, having suffered in Naples for the past two years, are being forced to spend another two years in Italy. This time it's in Sardinia, or Anchovia, or one of those other fishy Med isles as commandant of a tender sub. Tom '80 and Valerie Berg and their three girls are going to Saudi Arabia, courtesy of the military. Kurt Dodd '79 has left the executive branch to work in the legislative branch of federal government, but he's still a despicable bureaucrat. Nate Rudgers '80 is running the Ag department of New York State (God help us all). And whoever hired Dik deserves a medal.

Chapter Eternal

The brothers of Beta Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha extend their sympathy to the families and friends of the following brothers:

Albert W. Keller '42
January 24, 1998


term Alpha Theta Director
2000 Neil Cantor
2001 Ken Hull, Vice President
2002 Rick Eno, Alumni Relations
2003 Steve Amador, Treasurer
2004 Tim Cole, President

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President Mike Arnold '00
Internal VP Ben Anderson '02
External VP Jeff Birnbaum '00
Treasurer Nick Dyner '01
Secretary Brian Kabot '00

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