Timothy Piazza’s Parents Ask PSU to Punish Students, Employees

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The parents of Timothy Piazza, the 19-year-old Pennsylvania State University sophomore who died in February after succumbing to injuries he sustained frat party, have asked the university to expel the students and fire the teachers who they say were culpable in their son’s death.

James and Evelyn Piazza addressed the university’s Board of Trustees in a letter that called on the university to “admit responsibility” in the incident and “fix” what the parents see as “broken” Greek Life culture.  Read more »

Drexel Frat Suspended for Five Years

Drexel’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house via Google Maps

A Drexel University fraternity has been suspended for five years.

Tau Kappa Epsilon, located at 3421 Powelton Ave., was already temporarily suspended earlier this month amidst a sexual assault investigation. Drexel officials say the five-year suspension is unrelated to the sexual abuse allegations and is instead a result of the fraternity’s disregard of the school’s alcohol policy. Read more »

Report: Drexel Police Investigating Second Frat for Sexual Assault

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Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house via Google Maps

A little more than a week since Drexel University suspended a fraternity amidst a sexual assault investigation, a second frat is allegedly being probed for a reported rape.

Campus police told 6ABC that the alleged incident at Pi Kappa Alpha, located at 210 N. 34th Street, was reported this past weekend. No other details have been offered.  Read more »

Drexel Suspends Frat Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

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This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Drexel University has suspended a fraternity under investigation amid two sexual assault allegations.

The university has suspended the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house (known as TKE), located at 3421 Powelton Ave. Officials say the incidents are alleged to have occurred between April 28th and May 4th.  Read more »

If Pennsylvania’s Drinking Age Were Lower, Timothy Piazza Would Be Alive

Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity house via Google Maps

Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity house via Google Maps

I have a niece who is British. A couple of years ago she visited and stayed with my daughter, who attends a large out-of-state university. Both had a great time together. But when I asked my niece what she thought of the social scene at my daughter’s college, her response wasn’t as great — in fact, she was kind of shocked. “The Americans drink way too much,” she told me. “It’s like their whole life revolves around alcohol.” My niece was 19 years old at the time.

Setting aside some Muslim countries where drinking isn’t allowed at all, the drinking age in the United States is, at 21, among the highest in the world. It wasn’t always like this. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a push to reduce the drinking age to 18 to coincide with the draft age and the recently lowered voting age. Those were the days of Vietnam, and the sentiment was Hey, if you’re old enough to risk your life in a firefight, you’re old enough to have a beer afterward. Read more »

18 Penn State Frat Members Charged in Pledge’s Death

Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity house via Google Maps

Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity house via Google Maps

This is a developing story.

Eighteen fraternity members at Pennsylvania State University have been charged in the death of 19-year-old sophomore Timothy Piazza, who died in February after falling at a frat party.

The February incident prompted the university to ban the fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and launch an aggressive crackdown on campus-wide Greek Life, enacting harsher supervision and a wave of restrictions affecting all fraternities and sororities at the university. Read more »

Penn State Warns of “End of Greek Life”

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Officials at Pennsylvania State University have threatened the “end of Greek life” if students in fraternities and sororities continue to violate regulations recently enacted by the school.

The rules – including a general moratorium on socials involving alcohol – were passed after the death of 19-year-old sophomore Timothy Piazza, who police say succumbed to injuries sustained during a fall at a Beta Theta Pi fraternity party.  Read more »

Penn State Launches “Aggressive” Greek Life Crackdown

Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity house via Google Maps

Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, where 19-year-old Timothy Piazza sustained injuries that led to his death in February. | Image via Google Maps

Pennsylvania State University will ban one fraternity and crack down on Greek life campuswide following the controversial death of a student, school officials announced on Thursday.  Read more »

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