March 20, 2000 |
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.
February 7, 1995 |
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.
March 8, 1991 |
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.
January 14, 2005 |
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.
December 17, 1999 |
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.
August 21, 1994 |
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.
May 17, 2003 |
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.
February 18, 1993 |
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.
March 23, 1999 |
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.
October 8, 1991 |
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.