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KDR whistleblower opposes PSU venue change request

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Schools knew of trouble before student deaths

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(CNN)  Nolan Burch‘s parents didn’t know what West Virginia University knew — that the fraternity their son was pledging had a history of bad behavior and was about to lose its charter.

Tucker Hipps’ parents didn’t know what Clemson University knew — that there were an unprecedented number of fraternity violations happening in the weeks their son pledged.

And Marquise Braham’s parents didn’t know what they say Penn State University allegedly knew — that there were concerns about their son’s well-being in the days leading up to his suicide.

All three sets of parents now believe they were kept in the dark by institutions they trusted to care for their sons.

Read more at CNN


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PSU, Frat Seek to Move Hazing Suit to Centre County

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By, Max Mitchell

Penn State and other defendants in a hazing suit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas are seeking to transfer the case to Centre County.

The university, along with the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, was sued in April by James Vivenzio over allegedly allowing extreme hazing practices, including “force-feeding [fraternity pledges] bucketfuls of liquor mixed with urine,” to occur.  Read more at The Legal Intelligencer

 


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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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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.

Read the complete story at the Philadelphia Business Journal


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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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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 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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www.Endhazingnow.com

steph@idadvisors.com

www.Hazingprevention.org

epualwan@hazingprevention.org

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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