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‘We know better’: Greek life leaders address fall recruitment, partying crackdown

Active fraternities and sororities have been conducting virtual recruitment this year.

By Thea Barrett and Maura Scrabis

September 9, 2020

Amid a crackdown on Oakland parties and the student organizations hosting them, some groups are holding themselves to a higher standard. John Altvater, the vice president of recruitment for the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, said his chapter has closely followed COVID-19 health rules and encourages all Greek life chapters and other organizations to follow them.

Quarter of Pitt Greek life chapters now temporarily suspended after University crackdown

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 24, 2020

In all, a quarter of all Pitt Greek life chapters active before the pandemic have been placed on an interim suspension in the last week.

All social, no distancing: Parties in Oakland continue amid ongoing pandemic

Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Nathan Fitchett and Martha Layne

August 21, 2020

Before almost entirely online classes started Wednesday, large social gatherings among students gained the attention of concerned students, parents, community members and Pitt administrators.

5 Greek life chapters placed on interim suspension

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 19, 2020

Five Greek life chapters were placed on “Interim Suspension of Registration” on Wednesday after allegedly violating the University’s Health and Safety Guidelines, the Student Code of Conduct and the Fraternity and Sorority Guidelines.

Three Greek organizations suspended this past week

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2020

The University suspended three Greek life organizations — Phi Kappa Theta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma — this past week.

Families discuss hazing prevention in “Turning Tragedy into Progress”

Evelyn Piazza, mother of hazing victim Timothy Piazza, speaks about the dangers of hazing and the toll it has had on her family at Monday evening’s “Turning Tragedy into Progress” at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

Several hundred Pitt community members gathered in the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium on Monday night for “Turning Tragedy into Progress” — an anti-hazing presentation featuring Evelyn Piazza and Rae Ann Gruver.

Sorority recruitment comes to an end with chants and special outfits

Delta Phi Epsilon members cheer on potential new members at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall during Sunday’s sorority Bid Day.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

Spring sorority recruitment is a two-weekend process that ran from Jan. 10-12 and Jan. 16-18 this year, ending with Bid Day on Sunday at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

Editorial: Penn State’s fraternity report card is a step forward, other universities must participate

Pennsylvania State University's College Hall.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2019

The colleges that did not provide data are failing the safety of their students, and possibly other students nationally.

Fourth Greek life organization faces hazing probe

The University placed Pitt’s chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-New Member Education” Monday, continuing a string of recent hazing allegations. Last Wednesday, Pitt suspended the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, house pictured, on an interim basis, and placed the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority on “Interim Loss of Privileges-New Member Education.”

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

October 30, 2019

An additional Greek life organization at Pitt faces a hazing probe, bringing the total number of groups facing similar investigations to four.

2 additional Greek life orgs face hazing probes

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said there was no evidence to suggest Rosfeld's resignation was coerced under duress.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

October 24, 2019

Two additional Greek life organizations at Pitt face hazing probes as of Wednesday evening.

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