KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An alumnus of the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter on the University of Tennessee campus says he is shocked and confused by the bizarre binge drinking incident that hospitalized a student over the weekend.
Buddy Heins was president of Pi Kappa Alpha, commonly called PIKE, in 1982. Since then, he has mentored fraternity brothers.
Heins says he was one of several alumni asked to investigate the drinking incident shortly after it happened.
Several fraternity members were cited by police after the party that hospitalized one participant.
Alexander Broughton, 20, was brought to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in critical condition early Saturday morning.
According to a Knoxville police report, members of the fraternity had inserted rubber tubing into their rectums to get alcohol into their systems faster.
The fraternity has now been suspended for 30 days pending an investigation. Pi Kappa Alpha may also be in danger of losing their charter permanently.
Heins says he hopes the incident will not leave a mark on a fraternity.
"Shock, dismay, confusion," Heins said. "Our first inclination still is to try to find out what happened, if there's any reason for it, and try to understand the whole situation."
Heins is the president of the Zeta Chapter Housing Corporation and visits the PIKE house at least once a week.
He is now helping PIKE members get through the ordeal.
"Tried to let them understand the seriousness of the incident that happened to this young man," Heins said. "We got responsibilities to our family, our school and ourselves."
Heins says several parents have contacted him with concerns about he situation. For now, officials are still trying to figure out exactly what happened that morning.
"We are working very closely with the university," Heins said. "We have cooperated with them fully, try to share information with them, try to get information together with them from the authorities, so we can both understand what all happened."
Heins hopes his fraternity will not always be remembered for this incident.
"There is no question that the whole Greek organization and the university as a whole will have a little bit of a black eye," Heins said. "Over all, there are 25,000 students at the university, and most are doing the right thing all the time. There are 130 PIKE fraternity members, and most are doing the right thing all the time."