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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.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Monday before this year's Blue-White game at Penn State, football coach James Franklin was worried about the weather. It wasn't so much how his team would handle a slippery ball - Blue-White's only a scrimmage. But the annual event held in April draws 70,000 fans to campus, as well as potential recruits, and Happy Valley, he says, is happiest on a bright, sunny day. So, as game day approached, Franklin took to Twitter to get news from the most reliable source he knows for meteorological matters: Penn State's student-run Campus Weather Service.
NEWS
May 24, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Susan Snyder, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
The chairman of Temple University's physics department lost his leadership post Friday, one day after federal authorities accused him of illegally sharing sensitive U.S. technology with entities in China. Xiaoxing Xi, a naturalized U.S. citizen, however, would remain on the faculty, officials said. The case against Xi, who was charged with four counts of wire fraud, left colleagues, researchers, and former students perplexed and wondering how the professor they knew as a leading luminary in the field of superconductor research had ended up the latest target in the government's efforts to stanch the theft of trade secrets by China and Chinese businesses.
SPORTS
May 23, 2015 | By Joe Juliano And Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Penn State cornerback Da'Quan Davis has been dismissed from the team by head coach James Franklin in the wake of the player's May 9 arrest by university police on drug and underage drinking charges. According to Centre County Court documents filed Monday, Davis, 20, of Rosedale, Md., was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use along with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. He also was cited for buying alcohol as a minor, a summary offense.
SPORTS
May 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State may have its full complement of football scholarships back after the lifting of NCAA sanctions, but that doesn't mean James Franklin is nearly finished building up the roster that was limited by the scholarship limits of previous years. As Franklin succinctly said Tuesday during his Center City stop of the Penn State coaches' caravan: "We're still out of whack at some positions. " Franklin said the Nittany Lions have "81 or 82" players on scholarship, just a few below the NCAA limit of 85. But right now, most of the scholarships belong to underclassmen; he said the Lions have just 11 scholarship seniors on their roster.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
PENN STATE and Temple open the football season against each other on Sept. 5 in Lincoln Financial Field. The teams are also scheduled to play in 2016 in State College. It's unclear when they might meet again. The Big Ten announced two years ago that each of its member schools would begin playing nine conference games a season in 2016, the first time that has been the case since 1984. That means that those schools will be limited to three nonconference games, and that the future is hazy for the PSU-Temple series, which dates back to 1931 and has seen the teams square off 43 times.
SPORTS
May 18, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Natalie Schmitt left Archbishop Carroll for Penn State, the former high school all-American looked forward to facing older sister Hannah at the collegiate level. On March 7, her wish came true. When Natalie marked sister Hannah Schmitt, a decorated senior attacker at Loyola (Md.) in a game in Baltimore, Hannah won the battle, putting up three goals on the sophomore midfielder, but Natalie won the war, helping Penn State to 12-8 nonconference lacrosse victory. "It was difficult but it was fun," Natalie said.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University's trustees agreed Friday to add four female board members, increasing the board's gender diversity, an issue that several female members had raised. But the way things stand, come July the state's flagship university will lose its only African American trustees. Both Merck CEO Ken Frazier, the board's liaison to former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose investigative report faulted university leaders for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, and Adam Taliaferro, a lawyer and former Penn State football player, are leaving because their terms are up. The board also has only one Hispanic member, acting state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and one Asian American, David Han, vice president of the department of surgery at Hershey Medical Center.
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