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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.

Click here to read the full story at The Daily Collegian

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KDR whistleblower opposes PSU venue change request

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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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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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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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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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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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