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Plaintiff in Penn State Hazing Suit, Lawyers Tour Frat House

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AP logoA 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, said Wednesday’s tour was a chance to find evidence and take video. Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended by the university and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

“We’re trying to do what we have to do here to document James’ legal claim,” Freiwald said.

Penn State officials didn’t comment on the tour, referring reporters to a statement issued when Vivenzio sued in June.

Among other things, the statement said Penn State “strongly disputes” the allegations and offered “extraordinary assistance to Vivenzio by sending an investigator to his home after he left school. The school said Vivenzio and his family weren’t willing to “file a complaint, provide documentation, speak with State College police or participate in pursuing the formal disciplinary process.”  For the full story go to ABC News

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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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Inspection of KDR House for civil lawsuit

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6 WJACBy: Erin Calandra

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — An inspection of the Kappa Delta Rho house occurred Wednesday afternoon.

The inspection came after the fraternity was accused of hazing and taking photos of partially nude women and posting them on a private Facebook page.

The attorney for whistleblower James Vivenzio wanted to get inside the house and videotape what little evidence may be left.  Read the complete story at 6 WJAC News


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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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Kappa Delta Rho house could get new tenants after fraternity housing dispute

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A decision has been made in a dispute involving which houses two Penn State fraternities will call home this school year. The disputed locations include the former house of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, which was suspended in the spring amid investigations into two member-only Facebook groups containing photos of naked, unconscious women, as well as evidence of hazing and drug use.

Members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity have been told its members will move to the former house of the suspended Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, a sprawling Tudor building located at 420 E. Prospect Ave, while members of Alpha Sigma Phi will remain in their longtime home at 328 E. Fairmount Ave.

Both fraternities’ members signed leases for the Fairmount Avenue property in October, Alpha Sigma Phi attorney Jim Bryant said, but the address on Alpha Sigma Phi’s lease changed in June. That change indicated that the members would move into the former Kappa Delta Rho house.  Read more at The Daily Collegian.


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Former Kappa Delta Rho member seeks documents in suit against fraternity, Penn State

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By, Clayton Over

July 9, 2015

A former Kappa Delta Rho brother who  filed a lawsuit against the fraternity and Penn State last month is asking for documents from the university, the fraternity’s national chapter, and to return to the Prospect Avenue fraternity house as part of trial preparation.

Attorneys for James Vivenzio wrote in Tuesday court filings that he and his client are seeking access to records, to include emails and other communications, regarding any investigations of hazing at the fraternity conducted by the university, Penn State’s Interfraternity Council and Kappa Delta Rho’s national organization, to include the ones that led to sanctions earlier this year.  Read more at Centre Times Daily

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