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Three Greek organizations suspended this past week

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.
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.

Editorial | Pitt’s hazing report fails student safety

Stacy Parks Miller, former Centre County district attorney, with James and Evelyn Piazza, parents of Timothy Piazza, 19, of Readington Township, New Jersey, during a news conference at the Bellefonte courthouse.
January 25, 2019
Pitt’s failure to provide anything above what is required by law is a failed commitment to student safety.

Phi Delta Theta under police investigation for alleged hazing incident

Police are investigating Pitt's Phi Delta Theta chapter after a Pitt community member reported an alleged hazing incident at off-campus fraternity events last week.
Greek life at Pitt was under modified social probation from January until the beginning of this semester after two hazing- or alcohol-related incidents last year.
October 3, 2018
The University of Pittsburgh chapter of fraternity Phi Delta Theta is under police investigation after this weekend, when a Pitt community member reported alleged hazing at off-campus fraternity events last week.

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

Jim Piazza speaks about the importance of passing the anti-hazing legislation named after his son, Timothy Piazza, outside of the Centre County Courthouse Friday, March 23 in Bellefonte. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times/TNS)
September 4, 2018
The parents of Timothy Piazza, a Penn State sophomore who suffered fatal injuries in February 2017 after a hazing event hosted by Beta Theta Pi, reached a settlement on their claims against the fraternity Tuesday evening.

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

The Penn Hills Police Department, where 12 students reported alleged hazing to law enforcement Monday. (Photo courtesy of WTAE)
February 28, 2018

Police are investigating an alleged hazing incident after 12 pledges of Pitt’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter went to the Penn Hills police department to file a report, the department’s police...

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)
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...

Don’t let groupthink ruin Greek life

Illustration by Garrett Aguilar | Staff Illustrator
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...

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

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)
September 13, 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...

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