PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Stacy Parks Miller On Today Show: It’s Going To Be Surprising ‘Who Knew What’

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller appeared on the Today Show this morning directly after President Barron to discuss Beta Theta Pi, the investigation, and the charges filed against involved members.

Matt Lauer started right off the bat with hard questions, asking Parks Miller if she thinks Barron knew was “ignoring something” at Penn State that was kept right out in the open.

“The Grand Jury is going to issue a report and a recommendation about who knew what and when, and I think when that report comes out it’s going to answer all of those questions,” Parks Miller said in response. “The report and recommendation are going to open a lot of eyes about who knew what.”

Parks Miller spoke carefully, as if she knew something she couldn’t say, noting instead the Grand Jury investigation and report will have to “come to fruition” before anything else can be released. “It’s going to be surprising to people who knew what,” she reiterated.

Lauer asked Parks Miller about a quote from one of the former Beta Theta Pi member’s defense attorneys, who said it is an “impossible burden” to ask a person to differentiate the symptoms of a life-threatening head injury from those of extreme intoxication.

“That’s completely misstating Pennsylvania law and it’s a cop-out,” she said. “Personal responsibility lives and it lives at least in my county. Again, reckless death begins and ends when they serve these young men, as part of a condition to be in the fraternity, fatal levels of alcohol.”

Explaining her decision to charge some of the members of Beta Theta Pi with manslaughter, Parks Miller said it started when they chose to serve Timothy Piazza and the other pledges extreme amounts of alcohol, and their decisions from there only further compounded the issue.

“Everybody needs to read this timeline because it will change your view of what happened,” Lauer said at the conclusion of the interview. He and the other hosts commented on how shocking the case is, with one insisting “we’ll hear a lot about it in the days to come.” You can watch Parks Miller’s full Today Show interview here.

About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


More by Lexi

A Special, Precious, & Eventful Experience: Lexi Shimkonis’ Senior Column

“And here in this lovely, intriguing spot called Penn State, each of us staked our own special, precious, and eventful life.” — Ross Lehman

Homecoming To Replace King And Queen With Gender-Neutral Court

[Video] An Interview With Line Dance Leader Gina DeFrancesco


Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Erica Dambach’s Nittany Lions return a solid combination of experience and young talent. They’re ranked No. 4 to start the season.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Student Life

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend