SAE here. message me if you have any questions.
The only frat worse than PIKA lol.. when I was in college everyone called your frat Sexual Assault Expected.
Really though, frats are a waste of time and money just for an excuse for boys to act like girls with all the drama involved. If you're serious about joining one anyway, I'd recommend waiting until your second semester to decide. A semester of experience really helps with knowing how to deal with stress and time management of finals/etc. before you throw a bunch of bullshit obligations from a frat on top.
We've had a few chapters get into some huge trouble lately. Unfortunately it takes only one or two drunk assholes to do something stupid and ruin the reputation of everyone in their house. There's still a bunch of exemplary SAE chapters out there especially in the Midwest and California. Every fraternity has their good and bad chapters, it is what it is.
And before any of you, who are considering joining a fraternity, take advice from anyone in this thread, whether its me or a lot of these dudes trash talking. Just remember that you'll only know how it is, if you experience it first hand. People like to talk shit and fraternities are an easy target because of how some represent themselves. I suggest you do your research and not just listen to the opinions of a few.