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Three Greek organizations suspended this past week

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

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.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

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.

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

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)

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 5, 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)

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Christian Snyder | Pitt News Staff

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 chief said Wednesday. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner sent an email to Greek organizations Wednes...

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

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...

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

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

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 ...

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