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Already Suspended Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity Charged With Furnishing Alcohol To Minors

Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, more commonly known as AXP, was charged last week with furnishing alcohol to minors at the fraternity house on September 28.

A criminal complaint says a group of four arrived at the fraternity house and were not asked for their IDs before they were ushered upstairs and given alcohol to make mixed drinks. After dancing on the main level of the fraternity house, two of the students left and police saw them on the 100 block of Locust Lane, which is between College and Beaver Avenues.

Both were taken to the hospital and registered blood alcohol content levels of .286 percent and .223 percent. The legal blood alcohol limit for an individual to drive in Pennsylvania is .08 percent.

According to the recently released Greek life Score Card on the Interfraternity Council chapters, AXP lost recognition on July 17 for one year for hazing. This was right before the university assumed disciplinary responsibility for all Greek organizations, so Penn State couldn’t provide any further details because the case was handled by the IFC.

However, a former member of the fraternity said some pledges were required to conduct an interview with the university — among the new Greek life measures set by the university this year — and at least one pledge said during the interview that he was required to clean the fraternity house and get food for people. This was considered hazing and cause for the chapter’s suspension.

A preliminary hearing for the furnishing charges is scheduled for November 8.

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Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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