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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 that had been taken by members, as well as evidence of hazing and drug distribution.

Now, one year after the initial shock of the case, tempers have cooled and memory of the events have faded from the collective conscience of the university community.

“For a while there, this was the big hot topic. Now we’ve moved on to something else,” said Lt. Keith Robb of the State College Police Department. “I’m sure it hasn’t stopped [at fraternities]. We’re just not looking at it anymore. The media isn’t looking at it anymore, but it’s always there.”

As of now, no one will be prosecuted in the case.

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Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State student who is suing over alleged hazing toured his former fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the involved parties.

James Vivenzio’s attorney, Aaron Freiwald, says the tour was a last-ditch chance to find evidence in the case. That’s because Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended and a different fraternity takes over the property this weekend.

Penn State officials didn’t comment, referring reporters to a statement issued when Vivenzio sued in June that says the school “strongly disputes” the allegations.

Vivenzio contends he was burned with cigarettes and force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit and hot sauce in hazing rituals.

He also blew the whistle on a covert Facebook page on which frat members posted pictures of nude and semi-nude women.  Read more at SFGate


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Penn State hazing whistleblower to tour KDR fraternity house

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By, Dan Norton,

A Penn State fraternity hazing whistleblower will tour his old fraternity home, Kappa Delta Rho, on Wednesday at noon near the school’s main University Park campus.

James Vivienzo, the plaintiff, will recount details where the alleged hazing took place while the testimony and walkthrough are recorded on video.

Vivienzo’s attorney, Aaron J. Freiwald of Layser and Freiwald, will be present alongside a defense attorney from Dilworth Paxson, which represents Kappa Delta Rho’s national chapter. The tour will be limited to the basement and first-floor common rooms, and the media will not be allowed to cover the inspection.

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James Vivenzio leads videotaped inspection of former Kappa Delta Rho house

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Mark Marino | The Daily Collegian

After completing a videotaped walk-through of the former Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, James Vivenzio walked across the lawn of his former fraternity “pretty sad,” after describing to camera crews for the past hour events that took place in what his lawyer referred to as a “house of horrors.”

An inspection of the fraternity house was set for Wednesday, Vivenzio’s attorney Aaron Freiwald said, to preserve evidence of where Vivenzio alleges his hazing occurred.  Read more at The Daily Collegian


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Former Student Speaks out About Hazing at Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The man who blew the whistle on a Penn State fraternity involved in a sexual misconduct scandal toured his old fraternity today. To recount details of where he says he went through a brutal hazing. He is suing Penn State for not stepping in after he complained about physical and psychological abuse.

“Some have referred to this as a house of horrors. After seeing it, it really strikes you that this was a house of terror,” said attorney, Aaron FreiwaldRead more at 16 WNEP
August 26, 2015 – Former Student Speaks out About Hazing at Penn State


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Kappa Delta Rho Whistleblower Inspects Frat House for Lawsuit, Calls for Betterment of Greek Organizations

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By on August 26, 2015

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James Vivenzio, Aaron Freiwald, and Mr. and Mrs. Vivenzio

As James Vivenzio stood outside the former Kappa Delta Rho house with his attorney on Wednesday, a rusted golden car driving down East Prospect Avenue slowed to a crawl.

The driver – a young man with the steering wheel in one hand and a red solo cup in the other – watched for a moment as Vivenzio spoke to his lawyers and a camera crew documenting where Vivezio was allegedly hazed as a KDR pledge in the fall of 2014.  Read more at StateCollege.com


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Penn State Hazing Whistleblower Case Update: Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity Inspection Noon, Wednesday, August 26th

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State College, PA (August 24, 2015) – Penn State Hazing Whistleblower James Vivenzio will participate in the premises inspection of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at noon, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, according to Freiwald Law, P.C., which represents the former fraternity member and moving force behind the hazing prevention and campus safety advocacy website www.endhazingnow.com.

Aaron J. Freiwald, Mr. Vivenzio’s lead attorney in the civil action (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, April Term, 2015 No. 001671) said that attorneys for the defendants will also be present as his client conducts a videotaped walk through of certain areas, starting in the basement, of the building located at 420 E. Prospect Ave., State College. He explained that lawyers for Zeta Alumni of Kappa Delta Rho, a group of KDR alumni that own the building, limited the scope of the inspection to the basement and first-floor common rooms. They also rejected requests to allow members of the news media to cover the inspection.

“We will have an opportunity to view first-hand, with Mr. Vivenzio present, the exact locations where he was brutally hazed over a period of months,” Mr. Freiwald said. “It was imperative that the inspection take place this week, we were told, as the KDR alumni owners are leasing the property to another fraternity at Penn State.”

Since the Defendant has refused to permit members of the media inside the fraternity house, Mr. Freiwald said he and Mr. Vivenzio expect to be available to media representatives following the inspection at approximately 1 p.m.

 

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Kappa Delta Rho House to be inspected this week

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PSU Daily Collegian logoBy, Mark Marino | The Daily Collegian collegian.psu.edu

The Penn State Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house will undergo a full inspection at noon this Wednesday, led by James Vivenzio and the attorneys for the defendants in his civil case against the fraternity, Penn State and others.

Vivenzio will conduct a videotaped walk-through in the basement and throughout the house, located at 420 E. Prospect Ave., detailing instances in the house where hazing allegedly took place, according to a press release posted to endhazingnow.com, the website operated by Vivenzio and his attorney.  Read more at The Daily Collegian


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Penn State Whistleblower Urges Increased Prevention Education To End Campus Hazing and Sexual Assault Now

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Philadelphia, PA (August 20, 2015) – James Vivenzio, the Penn State fraternity hazing victim turned whistleblower, today added an online petition to his www.endhazingnow.com website to urge colleges and universities to increase prevention education and strengthen sanctions to help stop the often life-threatening criminal behavior that for too long has been minimized or dismissed as harmless pranks by playful college students.

In the petition, also posted onto www.change.org and www.ipetitions.com, Mr. Vivenzio urges colleges and universities to do much more to “prevent and end what has become increasingly more violent and demeaning behavior in the name of good clean fun.” The petition, accompanied by a personal narrative about his own experiences as a hazing victim, urges schools to “commit meaningful annual resources for mandatory anti-hazing and anti-sexual violence training and awareness programs on campus. It also calls for the establishment of an “independent, truly confidential hotline so that incidents of hazing and sexual violence can be reported to university officials and law enforcement.”

The petition is launched as students are preparing for the start of a new school year, and in conjunction with numerous highly effective advocacy groups such HazingPrevention.Org to stop hazing and sexual assault in all forms at all levels in America’s schools.

“We are excited and grateful for the support of James Vivenzio and his family in encouraging people to join the hazing prevention movement and share their story, through our These Hands Don’t Haze Mosaic project.” said Emily N Pualwan, Executive Director of HazingPrevention.Org. “ Awareness of hazing’s dangers is always the first step in empowering people to stand up and make a change to end this dangerous and harmful practice.” Her organization sponsors the annual National Hazing Prevention Week, which starts September 21.

Mr. Vivenzio recalled in the petition posting that when he rushed Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State he and the others in his pledge class were “repeatedly assured there was a strict, zero tolerance no-hazing policy.” However, he added, “I learned the hard way, in a very painful way, physically and psychologically, that KDR did not live by the motto over the front door of the house, “Honor Above All.” He has characterized his physical and mental abuse as having occurred in a “house of horrors”.

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Penn State Whistleblower Urges Increased Prevention Education To End Campus Hazing and Sexual Assault Now

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Bloomberg Business logoPHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  James Vivenzio, the Penn State fraternity hazing victim turned whistleblower, today added an online petition to his www.endhazingnow.com website to urge colleges and universities to increase prevention education and strengthen sanctions to help stop the often life-threatening criminal behavior that for too long has been minimized or dismissed as harmless pranks by playful college students.  Read more at Bloomberg Business


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