Phi Kappa Tau is a U.S. national collegiate fraternity. Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity (commonly called Phi Tau) was founded in the Union Literary Society Hall of Miami University's Old Main Building in Oxford, Ohio, on March 17, 1906. The four honored founders were Taylor A. Borradaile, Clinton D. Boyd, Dwight I. Douglass, and William H. Shideler. The fraternity was founded as the non-Fraternity Association to give Miami's non-fraternity men a voice in campus political affairs. The name was changed to Phrenocon on March 6, 1909. The two proposed names were the 'Miami Friends' and the 'Miami Comrades', which were combined to form 'Frenocom'. 'Phrenocon' was actually an alternate spelling of 'Frenocom', the idea being to make the name sound more Greek. Phrenocon became 'national' in 1911 when an organization of independent men known as the Ohio University Union chose to become the Ohio University chapter of Phrenocon.
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