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March 20, 2000 | By Michelle M. Martinez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A fire destroyed a fraternity house near Bloomsburg University early yesterday, killing three people who officials say they believe were students. As of last night, the Columbia County coroner had not identified the bodies recovered from the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) house on East Fourth Street in this east-central Pennsylvania college town. The coroner is waiting for dental records, officials said. "They're relatively sure that they know" the identities, Sgt. Leo Sokoloski said last night.
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February 7, 1995 | By Greg McCullough, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Widener University student and two friends from Virginia were arrested Sunday outside a campus fraternity house after a fight broke out and one of the men fired a handgun as about 100 students looked on, police said. After Widener freshman Justin Anthony Lee, 18, and Charles David Reese, 18, both of Alexandria, Va., were denied entrance into a party at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house at 13th and Walnut Streets, Lee forced his way inside while Reese struck a fraternity member on the back of the head with a gun, police said.
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March 8, 1991 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania, drawing on the public-service legacy of Benjamin Franklin, will turn a controversial fraternity house into a residence for undergraduates who do volunteer work for community groups. For reasons both practical and symbolic, the university has chosen Psi Upsilon house, the former home of fraternity brothers who were involved in a racially charged kidnapping last year. Under a plan recently announced by Penn President Sheldon Hackney, the fraternity, in the heart of Penn's West Philadelphia campus, is to become one of the Ivy League school's "living-learning" houses, which promote intellectual development outside the classroom.
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January 14, 2005 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A West Chester University student testified that he and another student wanted to score drugs - not bludgeon anyone with a beer bottle - when they waited outside a fraternity party on Feb. 17, 2003. Yesterday, a Chester County Court jury deliberated for about an hour before convicting Jesse Lee Schwager, 22, of Quakertown, of simple assault and conspiracy. The panel of six men and six women acquitted him of aggravated assault, a more serious offense. The charges stemmed from an altercation at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house in the 600 block of South High Street at 12:20 a.m. Assistant District Attorney Andrea Cardamone said Schwager faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date by Chester County Court Judge Phyllis R. Streitel.
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December 17, 1999 | By Lisa Fine, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Three West Chester University freshman football players were charged late Wednesday with breaking into a fraternity house and assaulting several people who were attending a party, police said. According to police, Michael Patrick Kilgannon, 18, of Kutztown, Pa.; Mu Min Islam, 18, of Philadelphia; and a 17-year-old male pushed their way into the Theta Chi fraternity house in the 400 block of South High Street just after midnight Dec. 5 and punched several students. Police would not give the name of the 17-year-old because he is being charged as a juvenile.
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August 21, 1994 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Every day, they go to the same corner room on the second floor of the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center. They sit beside the same bed, peer out the same window past the same inflatable Spiderman, and try to coax a little more life into a man whose mind will never be the same. They've done this for more than a year, ever since a late-night street confrontation cracked Paul Walker's skull. For more than a year, members of the Walker family have bent their lives around their injured brother and son. They've fed him, dressed him and washed him. They've exercised muscles to prevent atrophy, and they've searched for signs of the energetic, outgoing Paul they once knew.
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May 17, 2003 | By Jillian McKoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More than four years after a former University of Pennsylvania student died in a drunken fall, his parents have brought the university to court, seeking $5 million in damages. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Jean and Jon Tobin, of Pittsford, N.Y., are suing the university, the Penn chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and Trammel Crow, a firm that maintains property for the university, alleging negligence in their son's death. Michael Tobin, 26, a 1994 graduate of the university's College of Arts and Sciences, died at the university-owned fraternity house at 3619 Locust Walk after falling off an outside balcony staircase about 4 a.m. March 21, 1999.
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February 18, 1993 | By Ginny Wiegand, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A two-alarm fire early yesterday destroyed the huge Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house at Drexel University, but all 29 students inside escaped - including three who clambered down a folding metal ladder from a third-story window. One student suffered a minor burn on his foot. No other injuries were reported in the blaze, which started at 6:23 a.m. and was under control about an hour later. About 70 firefighters were on the scene. Smoke detectors and a fire-alarm system went off inside the Victorian brick house in the 3400 block of Powelton Avenue and awakened some of the fraternity brothers, who raced from room to room to rouse the rest.
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March 23, 1999 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Lea Sitton Stanley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A University of Pennsylvania graduate who fell down steps at a campus fraternity house after hours of drinking with friends died of a fractured skull and internal injuries, authorities said yesterday. An autopsy also found that Michael E. Tobin, 26, of Pittsford, N.Y., had more than twice the legal driving limit of alcohol in his blood, police said, and his death has sparked investigations into whether the fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, violated alcohol policies. The death comes when concern over college binge drinking is rising - and on a weekend when a Penn freshman reportedly was hospitalized after drinking, and state police cited underage drinkers at two off-campus parties.
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October 8, 1991 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The district attorney's office today withdrew rape charges against two men accused of attacking a Temple University student at a fraternity house. The DA's office, in a statement read in court this morning to Municipal Judge Louis J. Presenza, said that the credibility of the 19-year-old woman who filed the complaint was called into question as new witnesses came forward and questioned whether a rape had taken place. Although the woman had sexual intercourse with some or all of those she had accused and fraternity members took advantage of "a vulnerable woman," the activity "did not rise to unlawful sexual intercourse," the statement read by Assistant District Attorney Dianne Granlund said.
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May 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in State College are continuing to investigate the Pennsylvania State University fraternity accused of posting nude and partly nude pictures on private Facebook pages, but have been unable to bring charges. Investigators have not been able to identify a woman in one of the photos who appears unconscious in a bedroom of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, Police Chief Tom King said Thursday. "Our main focus right now is keeping it active and trying to identify the one person in the photo," King said.
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May 28, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University will shut down - for three years - the fraternity whose members allegedly posted pictures of nude and partly nude women on private Facebook pages, the school said Tuesday night. President Eric Barron said the university decided against a recommendation from the student-led Interfraternity Council, the body that governs Greek life on campus, for less severe sanctions against Kappa Delta Rho. The university, which has completed its investigation, found evidence of hazing, use and sale of drugs, underage drinking, sexual misconduct and harassment, and "exploitation in terms of photographs," Barron said.
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April 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rutgers University is reining in Greek life at its largest campus in reaction to several alcohol-related incidents that have brought criticism and scrutiny to the school. The university last week banned house parties at the 86 officially recognized fraternities and sororities on its New Brunswick campus for the rest of the year - a moratorium intended to ensure "the health and safety of our students," a spokesman said. "Rutgers takes seriously its commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe campus environment," E.J. Miranda said Monday in a statement.
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April 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester University student was charged Thursday with the rape of a female student at a campus fraternity house. Mauricio Sanjuan Martinez, 19, was arrested on campus Thursday. He was charged with three counts of rape and other counts. The alleged assault occurred Sunday around 4 a.m. at the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, said police. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, reported the rape to West Chester police. About 50 people were at the South Walnut Street house Sunday for a party involving alcohol, according to police.
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April 4, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phrase Rape Haven was painted on the front of a Swarthmore College fraternity house this week, and college officials said they were investigating. The vandalism at Delta Upsilon was discovered Tuesday morning, less than two weeks after a member of the fraternity wrote an opinion piece for the student newspaper, the Phoenix, touting the house's positive contributions. In the aftermath of "deplorable behavior" at a University of Oklahoma fraternity in which members were caught chanting racial slurs in a video, Nathaniel Frum wrote, Swarthmore "can take pride" that Delta Upsilon "has set a model that should be followed.
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March 19, 2015 | By Susan Snyder and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State University finds itself at the center of another scandal with sexual overtones as police investigate allegations that members of a fraternity posted pictures of nude women, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, on private Facebook pages. The Penn State chapter of Kappa Delta Rho has been suspended for one year by its national office in the wake of the allegations and ongoing investigation, the national organization announced Tuesday afternoon. A former member of Kappa Delta Rho tipped off police to two invitation-only Facebook pages in January, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by police in State College.
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November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Temple University student was shot outside a party early Saturday after the shooter was denied entry to the fraternity house where it was being held and a fight ensued, authorities said. The student, whom the school said was a 22-year-old undergraduate, was shot once in the left thigh and hip shortly before 1 a.m. on the 1500 block of North 17th Street. The student's identity was not revealed. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, treated, and released, said Temple spokesman Brandon Lausch.
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April 14, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors are recommending that Villanova University basketball forward JayVaughn Pinkston be given probation in connection with his alleged assault of a man at a 2010 party. Pinkston, 21, is expected to be admitted to Montgomery County's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD), generally used for first-time offenders charged with nonviolent crimes. A formal recommendation will be made at a hearing next month, said Assistant District Attorney Lauren McNulty. At the end of the proposed two-year probationary period, if Pinkston has complied with all required court terms and remained out of trouble, he would be able to ask that his record be expunged, she said.
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April 1, 2013 | By Anya Sostek, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Carnegie Mellon University has suspended a fraternity after finding evidence of sexual pictures and videos taken in the fraternity house and e-mailed to fraternity members. School officials were notified by a student about the pictures and videos taken in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, situated on campus. "Although I am mindful not to presume guilt while the investigation is still in progress, I was shocked and deeply disappointed when I learned about these allegations," university president Jared Cohon wrote in an e-mail to students.
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