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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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‘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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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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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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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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For more information:

www.Endhazingnow.com

steph@idadvisors.com

www.Hazingprevention.org

epualwan@hazingprevention.org


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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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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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Frat that inspired “Animal House” avoids hazing charges for branding members

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Frat that inspired ‘Animal House’ avoids hazing charges for branding members

HANOVER, N.H. — Authorities in New Hampshire say they’ve found insufficient evidence to charge a Dartmouth College fraternity accused of branding new members.

Alpha Delta, which partly inspired the 1978 movie “Animal House,” lost its status as a student organization in April after a string of disciplinary violations including hazing and underage service of alcohol.  Read more at The New York Post


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