Philly Mag’s Holly Otterbein was on MSNBC Wednesday night to talk about her interview with the Penn State fraternity member who defended Kappa Delta Rho’s practice of photographing nude, unconscious women and posting them to a private Facebook page.
Watch the video, then read the interview.
When news broke this week that a Penn State fraternity had allegedly run two private Facebook pages where members posted photographs of nude, unconscious women, hazing and other illicit deeds, we, like everyone else, wondered: How could anyone do this? Who could justify such behavior?
An ex-fraternity member first told authorities about the Facebook pages, which were dubbed “Covert Business Transactions” and “2.o,” according to a police warrant. They allegedly featured photos of “nude females that appeared to be passed out” as well as “marijuana and edibles, concentrates, ADD medication, and some cocaine.” Police said fraternity members could face charges of invasion of privacy and harassment.
We found a member of Kappa Delta Rho who was willing to talk anonymously about what happened and how fraternity members are reacting to news coverage of the scandal. His remarks offer a glimpse into the mindset at Kappa Delta Rho.
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At this point, we probably shouldn’t bother pretending that we’re shocked by the news coming out of Penn State. (Which is unfortunate, as shock makes great fuel for Internet opinion pieces. Outrage, thankfully, is still on the table.)
It’s not as if fraternities have much of a reputation to uphold lately. Just two weeks ago, we got a peek behind the scenes of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, which apparently has absurdly racist and violent sing-alongs when they think no one is looking. Now, police are investigating Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho for allegedly operating two private Facebook accounts that included nude pictures of unconscious women.
And yet, there is a part of me that’s surprised, if not shocked. Read more »
Kappa Delta Rho’s house | Photo from Facebook
Police are investigating a Penn State fraternity that allegedly operated two private Facebook pages where members posted photographs of nude, unconscious women, drug sales and hazing.
A former member of Kappa Delta Rho told police about the pages. He said they included images of “marijuana and edibles, concentrates, ADD medication, and some cocaine,” according a copy of the police warrant obtained by Philadelphia magazine.
“Lol delete those or we will be on cnn in a week,” a member commented on one page, according to a print-out from the warrant. Read more »
At left is the staff photo of Penn State Abington sociology professor Dr. Karen Halnon. But the photo on the right is what she looked like over the weekend when she was arrested at Miami International Airport after a bizarre incident on a plane. Last week was the school’s spring break. Read more »
Bill Ayers is interviewed by the news media prior to his speech at the University of Wyoming Wednesday April 28, 2010 in Laramie, Wyo. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)
So, is Penn State palling around with terrorists?
Certainly, the university is coming under criticism after it became public that Bill Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground, would be speaking at the university this week. He is scheduled to a panelist at a March 19 an event sponsored by the Law and Education Alliance; no state funds are being used for the appearance, officials said.
PoliticsPA sums up the controversy surrounding Ayers: Read more »
Ecstasy or MDMA/Molly. Photo | DEA
So let’s say your son is a good kid, a nice kid, smart, nailed his SATs, but he does have this troublesome … habit. He likes to get high.
Nothing serious — you don’t think — but you’ve definitely found rolling papers in the pockets of his jeans, not to mention the bong in the back of his bedroom closet, behind his old ice-hockey gear.
Hey, no big deal; you used to get high, and probably will again if — when — it gets legalized. But considering Junior’s fondness for the Disco Biscuits, you wouldn’t be surprised if he’s done some molly, and didn’t four students at Wesleyan just get arrested for that? You’d hate to see your kid’s whole future derailed over some silly party drug. And he’s going to be applying to college this fall, so … Read more »
In the context of not wishing to see human beings waste away because we are mostly good and decent souls, I think we all need to pray for Keith Olbermann, because I think the man has gone a bit goofy.
I guess that’s the kind of thing that can happen to someone who was once, but no longer is, on the top of the media world. Olbermann’s quick wit and intellect made him stand out from your basic sports anchor/teleprompter reader. And he parlayed that into a gig as a big liberal pundit. But this is a man with a self-destructive streak. He soon messed that up, wound up on the scrap heap, and was rescued by ESPN, the network where his star originally rose, which gave him his own show on a channel (ESPN2) and time slot (5 p.m.) with which few are familiar. Nobody cares much about what he has to say these days. And the lack of attention has shriveled him like salt does a slug.
How else can you explain a middle-aged man getting into Twitter beefs with students of Penn State University and their mothers, of all people, over a worthwhile cause named THON?
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ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for the rest of the week after a series of tweets he directed at Penn State students last night.
ESPN and Olbermann have both released statements. ESPN avoids the words “suspension” in its statement, but it’s clear it’s a suspension even if both sides agreed to it.
We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.
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Penn State’s president has criticized the Freeh Report that found broad university culpability in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, saying it was overly “prosecutorial” and arrived at “absurd” conclusion.
An association of sexual abuse survivors reacted angrily to the news, issuing a statement urging university officials to “man up” to their responsibilities in the matter.
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