Why Frat Scandals at Penn State and Elsewhere Actually Matter

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It was awful when we discovered that a Penn State fraternity had allegedly been posting pictures of nude, unconscious college women on a secret Facebook page. It became worse when one member offered up an in-all-seriousness “boys will be boys” defense of the monstrous act. But you know what really sucks about the “Facebook frat” scandal?

It’s this: The men of Kappa Delta Rho are, in all likelihood, our future leaders. Read more »

Penn State Prez Eric Barron to Name Task Force to Reevaluate Frat System

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Eric Barron | Photo Credit: Michelle Bixby/PSU

Penn State president Eric Barron says he is creating a task force to look into fraternity and sorority life at the university in the wake of allegations that its Kappa Delta Rho chapter posted photographs of nude, unconscious women online.

“This comprehensive examination of fraternity and sorority life and its culture will not be simple and it may not be comfortable,” said Barron. “It will, however, be thorough.” Read more »

Penn State Students Rally Against Facebook Frat

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Penn State students braved the snow Friday to rally in support of the women who were allegedly pictured nude and unconscious on a fraternity’s invitation-only websites.

Police are investigating allegations by a ex-member of Kappa Delta Rho that the frat ran two Facebook pages where members shared “photos of unsuspecting victims, drug sales and hazing.” A police warrant said some images were “of nude females that appeared to be passed out.”

Protesters carried signs that read, “Rape Culture Lives Here,” “Support the Victims” and “This Isn’t Satire” (an apparent reference to a frat member who told Philadelphia magazine that a Kappa Delta Rho Facebook page was satirical). Read more »

PSU President: We Might Need to Reevaluate Frat System

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Eric Barron | Photo Credit: Michelle Bixby/PSU

In the wake of allegations that Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho chapter posted photos of nude, unconscious women online, university president Eric Barron says the entire fraternity system may need to be reexamined.

“We must ask if a reevaluation of the fraternity system is required,” he said. “Some members of the university senior leadership believe it is, and we are considering our options.”

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Member of Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho Defends Fraternity

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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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Should We Ban Fraternities? Or Just Watch Them Destroy Themselves?

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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 »

Police: PSU Frat Posted Photos of Nude Unconscious Women on Facebook

Kappa Delta Rho's house | Photo from KDR's Facebook

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 »

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