Indiana Beta image

Indiana Beta

Indiana University

Founding date: 4/13/1893

Installing Officer:
Elizabeth Middleton, Indiana Alpha

Philanthropic Events: 
Pi Burger Phri and Angels in the Outfield 

Installation of Indiana Beta 

The chapter was installed on April 13, 1893. Indiana Beta was organized by Elizabeth Middleton, Indiana Alpha, and chartered by the following members: Elizabeth Middleton, Jessie Traylor (Grimes), Delia Evelyn Mount (Wooden), Laura Rogers Grimes (Anderson), Eleanor Pearl Grimes (Wright), Blanche McLaughlin, Edna Earl Stewart and Carrie Bell Burner. Installation took place at the Henry Springer House in Bloomington, Indiana. There was an informal installation banquet held at the Springer House as well. The women had a Cookie Shine and ate ham sandwiches, pickles, potato salad, deviled eggs and cookies.

Living at Indiana Beta

The Indiana Beta Chapter house is a special one. The house is one of the oldest on campus and has a very classy, yet welcoming, feel to it. There have been recent renovations to the foyer to make it elegant and new but still match Pi Phi style. The chapter house is also special because it has a “cold dorm” system where members share “day rooms” with roommates, which include a desk, dresser, futon and closets. Members sleep in dorms upstairs. This is nice because the dorms are always dark, quiet and perfect for when members want to go to bed early or later than other roommates. This also allows more women to be able to live in the house. There are more than 100 women who currently live in the house. There are 42 “day rooms” in the house with two to three women in each depending on the size of the room. Some of the bigger rooms in the house hold four women. Chapter members appreciate the opportunity to live with this many women and get to know everyone on such a personal level.

The pictures that hang in the living room offer visitors a glimpse into the history of the chapter. Nikkita Chawla recently donated a wine colored shadow box containing arrow pins, angel pins and other cute items associated with Pi Phi. In addition, certain rooms in the house have been donated by Indiana Betas and there are plaques to identify the donors.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa, Theta Phi Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha

Philanthropic Service

Indiana Beta has two main philanthropies a year. Burgers and fries are served at the first event, Pi Burger Phi, which supports  Read > Lead > Achieve®. It is a great night bringing the Indiana University community together. The second event is Angels in the Outfield, which is a softball tournament where members raise money to support cystic fibrosis. This philanthropy is near and dear to members’ hearts because two chapter members have been directly affected by this disease.

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award Winner from Indiana Beta

  • Patricia Root Bash (1993)