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Sanctioned Greek organizations seek redemption on the road back to campus

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Collegiate Times For the over 4,000 students who are involved in the more than 50 Virginia Tech-recognized fraternity and sorority chapters, academic achievement can be enriched and social connections can be deepened. What happens when one of these organizations breaks a rule set by the university or their national headquarters, breaks a law, or just

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One Year Later: Examining Greek Life at Penn State after the Kappa Delta Rho case

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By Morganne Mallon and Erin McCarthy | The Daily Collegian On March 17, 2015, a local crime story suddenly transformed into a national headline, calling it another example of fraternities behaving badly. Members of the now-disbanded Kappa Delta Rho fraternity were found to have operated a private Facebook page containing photos of naked, unconscious women

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DA: 3 Charged Following “No Gay Thursday” Hazing At Chester County High School

By Jim Melwert TREDYFFRIN Twp., Pa. (CBS) — District Attorney Tom Hogan calls this a simple case of ignorance, violence and what he calls a shocking lack of supervision. It involves players of Conestoga High School’s varsity football team, and a hazing tradition, for lack of a better term, that was known as “no-gay Thursday.” “No

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3 seniors charged with hazing freshman on ‘No Gay Thursday’

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Three senior football players at a suburban Philadelphia high school have been charged with assaulting a freshman with a broom handle on what the team called “No Gay Thursday,” a prosecutor announced Friday. Three 17-year-old students at Conestoga High School held down a 14-year-old boy on Oct. 15 and penetrated

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Conestoga High football players charged in ‘No Gay Thursday’ assault

By John Kopp PhillyVoice Staff Three Conestoga High School football players are facing juvenile charges for allegedly assaulting a freshman teammate during a weekly hazing ritual dubbed “No Gay Thursday.” Three senior football players, including a team captain, allegedly penetrated another player with a broomstick after he refused to help other underclassmen clean the team

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Freiwald Responds to Order regarding Change of Venue

Judge New’s ruling means Plaintiff is not being forced to try his case in the backyard of Penn State.  That said, we are confident that the story Mr. Vivenzio will tell, about outrageous conduct inside a Penn State fraternity, with hazing and violence and sexual misconduct, will be just as compelling in Harrisburg as it

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What People Are Saying

“Whether there’s a real commitment to curbing sexual assault is going to be measured in part by the resources [Penn State] is prepared to commit to it. Right now, they’re words on a page.”

Aaron J. Freiwald, Attorney for James Vivenzio

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Snitching ain’t easy, but it is often necessary.

Tony Norman, columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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“Somebody in that circle had to be brave and say, ‘what are you doing? You are sick,’” she said. “It’s not just the survivors that need to get amped up about this. Anybody who is silent is part of the problem,” McCaskill said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

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"For years now, Penn State enthusiasts have repeatedly reassured everyone who'd listen that the university's problematic culture about sex crimes had been 'reformed," Clohessy said. "The latest allegations -- that fraternity members posted nude pictures of women on Facebook, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out -- raise serious doubts about those claims."

David Clohessy, director of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement that the latest allegations call into question the university’s handling of sex crime reports.

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"It was a satirical group. It wasn't malicious whatsoever. It wasn't intended to hurt anyone. It wasn't intended to demean anyone. It was an entirely satirical group and it was funny to some extent."

Anonymous KDR Fraternity Member

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"I am pleased that Penn State is finally taking seriously the documented allegations of hazing and other misconduct at KDR that I first brought to the attention of University officials and then to the attention of the local police. Suspending KDR now is only a small step toward what needs to be done to stop the blatantly abusive practices at KDR that I experienced first hand, and at other fraternities. I am committed as one individual, who has been supported by many others, to bringing about positive and permanent change to eliminate hazing and sexual harassment. Penn State can and must do much more to stop hazing and sexual harassment and should commit to lead by example."

James Vivenzio

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One of the rally’s organizers, journalism major Lauren Lewis, 20, lauded Vivenzio for “break[ing] away from that mob mentality and be[ing] a human being first.”

PSU Journalism Major, Lauren Lewis

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Anne Ard, executive director of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, praised Vivenzio’s “courage” at a rally Friday outside the university’s administrative offices.

Anne Ard, Executive Director of the Centre County Women’s Resource

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