PSU Students Hold Second Demonstration: “We Are Watching”
For an hour Monday morning, Penn State students stood silently outside of Old Main and called on administrators to take action against fraternity members accused of posting photographs of nude, unconscious women online.
Police are investigating allegations that Kappa Delta Rho ran two invitation-only Facebook pages, where members shared images of hazing, drug sales, and nude women who were apparently passed out.
Protesters want PSU President Eric Barron‘s administration to place all fraternity brothers who were members of the alleged Facebook pages on interim suspension until the criminal investigation is complete.
“The message that we were trying to send to President Barron and his administration is that we are watching,” said Penn State journalism student Lauren Lewis, “and we are waiting for change to happen.”
After a Friday protest against Kappa Delta Rho, organizers met with Damon Sims, Penn State’s vice president for student affairs, to discuss the university’s response.
Lewis said protesters are in talks with the Sims’ office about scheduling another meeting with administrators. Lewis said 15 to 25 people participated in Monday’s demonstration.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the university “would like nothing more than to be able to hold accountable” the fraternity members who allegedly shared illicit images online.
“However, the police investigation into the KDR matter continues,” she said. “We are hopeful that the police investigation will provide us with more facts so that we can hold those responsible accountable for their actions and take appropriate measures.”
She said Barron is meeting with senior leadership Monday to discuss a possible reevaluation of the entire fraternity system.
— Nick Levine (@BlueBassTwo) March 23, 2015
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