Did Jay Paterno Become a Penn State Trustee Just to Rehabilitate His Dad’s Legacy?

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A Paterno is back in a position of power at Penn State after Joe’s eldest son, Jay, was recently elected to fill one of three vacant positions on the university’s Board of Trustees – the same group that fired his father in 2011 for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse coverup.

In the years since, bad blood developed between the board and the Paterno family – for whom Jay serves as de facto spokesman – because of the family’s serial denial of JoePa’s culpability, although many of the trustees responsible for relieving the controversial football coach of his duties are no longer board members today. 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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