The Daily Collegian – Sororities permitted to speak with the media regarding Kappa Delta Rho suspension

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The Daily Collegian – Sororities permitted to speak with the media regarding Kappa Delta Rho suspension

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By, Meghan Garrity

March 19, 2015

Sororities associated with the Penn State Panhellenic Council — who had previously been advised not to comment on the Kappa Delta Rho case — are permitted to speak with the media, Panhellenic President Abagayle Renko said.

Sorority presidents directed members to avoid the press, according to e-mails obtained by The Daily Collegian.

“We have gotten some questions regarding media outlets reaching out to fraternity members to comment on the Kappa Delta Rho situation,” the email reads. “If this happens to any of you, please refrain from giving a statement and forward the request to a member of the Interfraternity Council.”

Renko never gave those directives, she claims. There was a miscommunication after students wearing their sorority letters, “were being harassed” by members of the media, she said.

Renko said she told the Panhellenic Council not to tolerate harassment, but were otherwise allowed to speak with reporters.

“I stand as a woman,” Renko (senior-psychology) said. “I’m disgusted by the actions of those members of [Kappa Delta Rho.] We are taking every step to ensure that this isn’t everyone involved in the greek system.”

Kappa Delta Rho was placed on one-year suspension after police discovered secret Facebook pages with illicit content, which included nude photographs of women, drug deals and evidence of hazing.

The investigation is ongoing.

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