Collegiate organizations

Former Beta Theta Pi brother Ryan Burke listens as his attorney, Philip Masorti, speaks to the press Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 2:16 pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State fraternity member who plied a pledge with vodka the night he was fatally injured in a series of falls avoided jail time Tuesday when a judge sentenced him to three months of house arrest. Ryan Burke, who had pleaded guilty to four counts of hazing and five...
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July 30, 2018 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's personnel office had improper sexual relationships with subordinates and created a "toxic" work environment that included giving preferential treatment to his fraternity brothers, according to a summary of an internal...
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July 19, 2018 - 2:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ordered the former president of a suspended fraternity at Temple University to stand trial on sexual assault charges. At a preliminary hearing Thursday, Ari Goldstein has been ordered to stand trial on attempted sexual assault, false imprisonment, simple assault and...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, center, stand by as Centre County, Pa., prosecutors discuss an investigation into the death of their son Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A fourth multi-day preliminary hearing was scheduled in July 2018, in the criminal case against members of Penn State's shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter, who face charges related to the February 2017, death of Piazza, of Lebanon, N.J., after a night of drinking. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
July 08, 2018 - 10:47 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The sprawling criminal case against former members of a Penn State fraternity over the death of a pledge last year is about to pick up steam with yet another preliminary hearing on the horizon, as well as the first sentencing. Twenty-five members of shuttered Beta Theta Pi...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Judge Aaron Persky poses for a photo with a sign opposing his recall in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Northern California voters are deciding on Tuesday, June 5 whether to remove Persky from office for the first time in decades because he sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault to a short jail sentence instead of prison. Persky would be the first California judge recalled from office since 1932 if a majority of voters choose to remove him on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 06, 2018 - 2:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries being held Tuesday in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota (all times local): 3:35 a.m. California Democrats have been denied their supermajority in the state Senate. Democrats temporarily lost their...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings in an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, as his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, second and third from left, stand nearby during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A judge is refusing to reinstate involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity members arrested in the pledge's hazing-related death last year. Prosecutors tried appealing a magistrate’s decision to dismiss the most serious charges in the death of Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. Piazza died of severe head and abdominal injuries after falling several times at the house the night of a bid acceptance ceremony and party. (Abby Drey /Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
June 01, 2018 - 11:00 am
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has refused to reinstate involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity members arrested in a pledge's hazing-related death last year. Prosecutors sought to appeal a magistrate's decision to dismiss the most serious charges in the death of...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, center, stand by as Centre County, Pa., prosecutors discuss an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right, during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. Centre County, Pa., Magisterial District Judge Steven Lachman said Monday, May 7, 2018, there's enough evidence for 11 more Penn State fraternity members to stand trial in county court on hazing and alcohol-related charges over the Feb. 4, 2017, death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza, of Lebanon, N.J., after a night of heavy drinking. The judge pared down other counts, while dismissing all reckless endangerment counts and allegations a fraternity member erased basement security video to thwart investigators. (Abby Drey /Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
May 07, 2018 - 2:54 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge Monday threw out the most serious counts against a second set of defendants in a Penn State fraternity pledge's death last year, leaving in place only hazing and alcohol charges that would likely result in little or no jail time. While sending 11 more fraternity...
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FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a bicyclist rides past Pennsylvania State University's shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in State College, Pa. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday, May 1, 2018, that state prosecutors are dropping involuntary manslaughter and assault charges against five Penn State fraternity brothers related to the death of 19-year-old Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza, of Lebanon, N.J., after a night of heavy drinking. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday, May 2, 2018, to determine whether there's enough evidence to head toward trial on the remaining allegations. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 02, 2018 - 8:11 am
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge's illness is delaying a hearing for members of a Penn State fraternity charged after the FBI recovered security camera footage from a basement bar area the night a pledge was fatally injured. Twelve members of the shuttered Beta Theta Pi chapter face the Wednesday...
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April 23, 2018 - 9:18 am
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Eighteen Syracuse University students face disciplinary charges after videos emerged showing fraternity members using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person. Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado announced Sunday that investigators had...
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This Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo shows the Theta Tau fraternity house in Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the fraternity was suspended over videos with racist, sexist content. Syverud, described the video involving members of Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity, as racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist and hostile to people with disabilities. He said the videos were turned over to the school's Department of Public Safety for possible disciplinary or legal action. (Julie McMahon/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)
April 20, 2018 - 7:13 am
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fraternity suspended at Syracuse University over an offensive video says the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch." The university's Theta Tau chapter says on its website that the video shows a "roast" that depicts an uneducated, intolerant person. The chapter...
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