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Fraternity whistleblower tours Kappa Delta Rho

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lfalce@centredaily.comAugust 26, 2015

James Vivenzio has told a tale about the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity that has nothing to do with brotherhood and honor.

Vivenzio, who blew the whistle about the Penn State chapter’s covert Facebook page detailing hazing, abuse and young women in compromising situations is also suing the university, the fraternity and the chapter for alleged negligence, battery and more.  Read complete story at Centre Daily Times

 

 


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‘These were not prisoners of war. These were freshmen,’ attorney says following PSU frat house inspection

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By, MORGANNE MALLON and MEGAN TRIMBLE | PENNLIVE.COM

STATE COLLEGE — Standing in front of the fraternity house where he alleges he was brutally hazed, former Penn State student James Vivenzio described the “emotionally draining” videotaped tour he gave of the house as part of his civil case against the fraternity and others.

The videotaped in-house tour went over the basement and first-floor common rooms of the former Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at 420 East Prospect Avenue in State College, where Philadelphia-based attorney Aaron Freiwald said fraternity members and alumni “terrorized” his client in ways similar to prisoners of war.  Read more at The Patriot News


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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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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 as National Hazing Prevention week approaches.

“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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Note: In an earlier version, reference was made to the Clery Center for Security on Campus (www.clerycenter.org). That organization is in no way affiliated with End Hazing Now or its petition campaign.


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Kappa Delta Rho drops motion to protect information in Penn State hazing case

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By Megan Trimble | mtrimble@pennlive.com The Patriot-News
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August 19, 2015

A national fraternity has dropped its motion to bar a former Penn State University student and his attorney from releasing information to the public as the two sides navigate a hazing lawsuit.

“The parties have reached a resolution by which the Endhazingnow.com website will continue to present public information, including that relevant to the litigation, as well as information that helps to educate about and advocate for an end to hazing and sexual assault in any form on campuses,” Philadelphia-based  attorney Aaron Freiwald said in a released statement.  Read more at The Patriot News

 


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In Penn State hazing suit, flap over website

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Since it went live in June, a website that contains a petition to end hazing at fraternities, a roster of cases related to physical and sexual abuse in the Greek system, and a plethora of related documents, has drawn brisk traffic.    Read more at WN.com


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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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Fraternity seeks gag order in KDR hazing lawsuit

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August 12, 2015

One of the defendants in the lawsuit brought by a Penn State student who says he was hazed wants to stop the man from publishing information about the case.

The National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho filed papers in Philadelphia last week asking for a protective order.

James Vivenzio, 21, is suing Penn State, KDR’s national organization and its local Zeta chapter, the university’s Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association, charging negligence, battery, furnishing alcohol to a minor, serving a visibly intoxicated person, false imprisonment and conversion of thousands of dollars in dining plan funds.  Read more at Centre Daily Times.


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Kappa Delta Rho nationals seek gag order against former Penn State student, lawyer

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The Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity is seeking a gag order in the hazing lawsuit brought by whistleblower James Vivenzio. The order would bar Vivenzio, the former Penn State student and one-time fraternity member, and his Philadelphia-based attorney Aaron J. Freiwald from publicly releasing information relevant to the case.

The order would prevent pre-trial information – including documents, photos and other transcripts – from being posted to endhazingnow.com, a website created by Freiwald in June. The public site includes information on their case and others related to hazing.   Read more at The Daily Collegian.

 


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Lawyers request ‘basement-to-attic’ inspection of Penn State fraternity house in hazing lawsuit

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By Megan Trimble 

July 8, 2015

Lawyers for a former Penn State fraternity brother have requested a basement-to-attic forensic inspection of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house as the group faces a deluge of hazing allegations.

The request to view the house and record it through videotape or by photographs was made Wednesday as part of pre-trial filings made by Philadelphia-based attorney Aaron J. Freiwald on behalf of 21-year-old James Vivenzio. Vivenzio, of Great Falls, Virginia, has been regarded as a whistleblower claiming “physical intimidation, psychological intimidation and social intimidation” during the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity’s months-long pledging process.   Read more at Pennlive.com


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