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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 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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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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‘The facts are facts’ in PSU hazing case facing possible gag order, attorney says

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By Megan Trimble | mtrimble@pennlive.com The Patriot-News

Attorney Aaron Freiwald has no intention of agreeing to any type of gag order in the lead up to a possible trial addressing hazing allegations launched against a national fraternity.

And, when it comes to the pending decision, he does not think the court will pass the protective order requested by the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, which has expelled dozens of fraternity members from its local Penn State University chapter.   Read more at PennLive.com


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Statement of Attorney Aaron Freiwald

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Statement of Attorney Aaron Freiwald

August 12, 2015

The following statement is issued in response to media inquiries regarding the filing of a defense motion for a protective order in the case of James Vivenzio vs. Pennsylvania State University, Kappa Delta Rho, et. al. (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, April Term 2015 No.150401671)

On behalf of Mr Vivenzio, and all victims of hazing and campus sexual violence, we will vigorously oppose the effort to suppress non-confidential information that is or should be publicly available.  Penn State and KDR should have nothing to hide when it comes to the facts.  Mr. Vivenzio is committed to having www.endhazingnow.com, serve as a freely accessible website for public information and educational materials about this case and other cases and incidents involving hazing and sexual violence on campus.

 


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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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Owners of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house get new shot at appeal

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 — A former Penn State fraternity house has another chance at life following an appeal decision Wednesday by the borough Rental Housing Revocation Appeal Board.

Owners of the property at 420 E. Prospect Ave. — the former home of the  suspended Kappa Delta Rho fraternity — found themselves in a difficult position when the rental rights of the property were suspended by the borough, preventing potential future tenants from renting the building.

Read more at Centre Daily


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