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Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey –Florida State tragedy — bulletin

Horrific bulletin. Criminal investigation into death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge (*associate member) Andrew Coffey –Florida State tragedy.



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Story from ABC News 10 affiliate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Tallahassee Police Department was investigating the death of Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old Florida State University student from Pompano Beach.

Coffey’s death was linked to a Thursday night off-campus fraternity party in Tallahassee. Authorities arrived at the home early Friday morning.

“All attempts to revive the person were unsuccessful,” Officer David Northway said.

Coffey was a pledge of the FSU Pi Kappa Phi chapter and a graduate of Pompano Beach Senior High School.

Dominic Potts, who went to high school with Coffey said he remembers him always having a “positive and warm spirit” and having a gift for “anything related to the mathematical and science area.”

FSU suspended the fraternity and Amy Hecht, who is the FSU vice president for student affairs, released a statement.

“We are overwhelmed with sadness,” Hecht said.

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-8477.



If your son chooses to accept a bid of membership to Pi Kappa Phi, he will be embarking on one of the greatest experiences of his life.  He has accepted the challenge to become a leader and scholar amongst his community.  His undergraduate years are just the beginning of his commitment to helping Pi Kappa Phi redefine fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders.

Associate Membership

Upon accepting a bid of membership, your son will become an associate member of Pi Kappa Phi.  Associate membership is an opportunity for your son to ensure that he made the right decision in joining Pi Kappa Phi, before assuming a lifelong commitment.  Just as your son will need to adjust to Pi Kappa Phi during this associate membership, the brothers of his chapter will also be adjusting to the new dynamics presented by new members.  There will undoubtedly be a few frustrations, but in the end, your son will enjoy the challenge presented in working for the betterment of himself, his friends, his college, and his community.

Prior to initiation in the fraternity, your son will embark on a journey known as New Member Education.  This 6-12 week process (depending on the campus) is designed to educate your son on the history of Pi Kappa Phi, teach valuable life skills, and prepare him for the Ritual of Initiation which will conclude his associate membership.  There are several overarching components to the associate member period, and each is highlighted below.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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