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Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

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By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 6, 2018

I distinctly remember my first night at college, standing awkwardly in the basement of an off-campus house packed with strangers. Lost in a trance, watching drunken mobs of people make fools of themselves, I was brought back to reality when I was aggressively shoved by an incoherent stranger who spil...

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

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By Neena Hagen, Columnist

January 30, 2018

From Penn State to Florida State, colleges across the country have been joining an ever-lengthening list of schools with recent high-profile fraternity fatalities tarnishing their records. Pitt nearly fell into the same trap last week. A member of the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter on campus was hospi...

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

Pitt's Sigma Chi chapter has been suspended after an alcohol incident left a student hospitalized. (Photo by Thomas Yang / Visual Editor)

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 25, 2018

After a week of sparse details about a Greek life function that left a student hospitalized, Pitt released a statement Thursday with some information about the Sigma Chi alcohol incident. At a Sigma Chi function last Thursday, a student was taken to a hospital by his friends after drinking “excessive amounts of alcohol,” a statement from Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said. The student is n...

Greek life social probation came after student hospitalization

Greek life leaders attend a meeting to discuss the social probation status on Jan 20. (Photo by John Hamilton/Managing Editor)

By The Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018

Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner put Greek life on modified social probation after a “serious alcohol incident,” he stated in a letter to both fraternity and sorority presidents Friday. The incident resulted in a student being hospitalized. The student’s family has been notified, University spo...

Don’t let groupthink ruin Greek life

Illustration by Garrett Aguilar | Staff Illustrator

By Vaibhavi Patria | For The Pitt News

October 30, 2017

As Maxwell Gruver, a first-year at Louisiana State University, was wheeled into the hospital last month, his blood alcohol concentration was eight times the legal limit — nearly 0.5. Gruver, who was a pledge for Phi Delta Theta, died in the aftermath of a hazing incident at his fraternity. Brothers...

Piazza case should be a lesson: to be an adult, be accountable

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By Anne Marie Yurik | For The Pitt News

September 14, 2017

Imagine you’re an average college student at a fraternity party. It’s cold — February in central Pennsylvania always is. Suddenly, someone falls down the stairs. They’re drunk enough that they don’t wake up when they hit the floor of the basement. Through the rest of the night, you see ...

Column: Greek life promotes dangerous, elitist culture

The Miller Centre County District Attorney and Timothy Piazza's parents stand at a podium during a press conference on May 5, 2017 after their son's death earlier that year. (David Swanson/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

By Christian Snyder, Opinions Editor

July 4, 2017

At Penn State’s fraternity Beta Theta Pi’s Bid Night, on a cold February night in State College, Timothy Piazza fractured his skull and ruptured his spleen when he fell down a flight of stairs. His fraternity brothers called an ambulance nearly 12 hours later after slapping him, sitting on him ...

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

Lady of Steel, an event hosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., gathered on the night of Tuesday, March 28 in the William Pitt Union for a self-esteem boasting event. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017

Glance at the cover of “Glamour” or “Cosmo” magazines, and chances are your eyes will meet the baby blues or emerald greens of a smirking model with flawless skin. Her face is smooth and airbrushed, her every imperfection obscured with foundation and Photoshop. But when that model looks in t...

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