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Greek life has always been a significant aspect of student life at Penn State, but it started to undergo drastic change in 2017. Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza died in February as a result of traumatic injuries he sustained when he fell down the steps after a night of hazing at the fraternity house for bid acceptance rituals.

Penn State announced a number of new Greek life regulations over the next few months, including a moratorium on socials with alcohol and a deferred recruitment process barring first-semester freshmen. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller levied charges against the fraternity chapter itself and eighteen of its former members. Follow along as Penn State attempts to fix a broken Greek life system and charges related to Piazza’s death play out in court proceedings.

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2 Grand Jury Appalled At University Marketing Of ‘Fun, Party Atmosphere’

The Centre County Grand Jury released its report and recommendations Friday morning following an investigation into Penn State’s Greek life culture in the wake of Tim Piazza’s death. One excerpt of the report describes how the Grand Jury is appalled at the university’s marketing nearly 10 years ago that reportedly emphasized a fun atmosphere over academics.

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0 Parks Miller Criticizes Judges in Beta Theta Pi Case; Defense Attorneys Fire Back

After the press release was issued, Ruest gave copies to defense attorneys for the 11 defendants for whom charges were refiled and set aside time for them to address it. Attorneys called for Ruest to refer Parks Miller to the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board and described the press release as the latest example of unprofessional conduct by the DA during the case.

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0 Alumnus Sues Beta Theta Pi Chapter Alumni Board

This time, Don Abbey is suing members of the board of directors for the alumni housing corporation that owns and operates the Beta Theta Pi house at 220 N. Burrowes St. He claims a breach of fiduciary duty for allegedly allowing alcohol use and hazing by active members that led to Piazza’s death, expenses and debt for legal fees and unlawful use of the house after the active chapter was shuttered in the wake of Piazza’s death.

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