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Recovered Video Shows Pledge Given 18 Drinks in 82 Minutes

The police were able to recover deleted video related to Tim Piazza's death

(Newser) - Newly recovered security camera footage from inside a Penn State fraternity house showed a pledge had been given at least 18 drinks in 82 minutes , investigators said Monday in announcing dozens of new charges related to the pledge's death. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller charged 10 new... More »

Police Report Sheds Doubt on Paterno's Claims on Sandusky

Alleges Paterno told complainant in 2001 it was the '2nd complaint' he'd heard

(Newser) - It's long been alleged that the late Joe Paterno had been informed about sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky decades before the Penn State head coach said he knew. But a Pennsylvania State Police report seen exclusively by CNN appears to strengthen those claims, laying out newly... More »

Manslaughter, Assault Charges Tossed in Death of Frat Brother

18 members of Penn State fraternity had faced charges in death of Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - After preliminary hearings that stretched over three months regarding the death of a Penn State fraternity brother , a judge has thrown out the most serious charges against 18 of the deceased's fellow brothers, Penn Live reports. According to WNEP , the judge dismissed all charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault,... More »

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Sends 3 More to Jail

Former school officials received at least 2 months in jail each

(Newser) - Penn State's former president and two other ex-administrators were sentenced Friday to at least two months in jail for failing to report a child sexual abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky a decade before his arrest engulfed the university in scandal and brought down football coach Joe Paterno, the AP... More »

Frat Pledge Who Died Was Treated Like 'Roadkill,' Say Parents

Jim and Evelyn Piazza speak out on son's death

(Newser) - A fraternity pledge who was ordered to guzzle alcohol during a hazing ritual and twice fell down a flight of stairs before his death was treated like "roadkill," his father said Monday, days after criminal charges were filed against 18 of his son's Penn State fraternity brothers.... More »

'Sickening' Details of Fraternity Pledge's Final Hours Revealed

Eighteen frat members charged in death of Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Eighteen fraternity members have been charged—eight of them with manslaughter—after a 19-year-old died during a pledging party in February at Penn State, the Washington Post reports. Video from security cameras inside the Beta Theta Pi frat helped authorities piece together the final hours of Timothy Piazza's life.... More »

He Fell During a Frat Party; 12 Hours Later, a Call for Help

Cops investigating death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Timothy Piazza fell down a set of stairs at his Penn State fraternity around 11pm Thursday in the midst of a party. A call for help came 12 hours later. Paramedics found Piazza, 19, unresponsive when they arrived at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity Friday morning. He was pronounced dead... More »

New Hazard of College Life: Roommate Spats Gone Viral

Latest is between 2 freshmen at Penn State

(Newser) - When a college freshman who's just getting to know her roommate starts tweeting things like "two weeks down and I already hate my roommate!" and "my roommate situation is a horror story," the inevitable result is that newest of dorm problems: the roommate feud gone... More »

Prof Killed in Quarry Involved in Uncle-Niece Love Triangle

Ronald Bettig may have lived for 2 days after he was pushed to his death

(Newser) - Penn State professor Ronald Bettig may have taken as long as two days to die after he was pushed from a ledge and fell 80 feet to the bottom of a quarry, a court heard Wednesday. The lead investigator on the case testified that a pathologist believes the 56-year-old professor... More »

Sorority Sisters' Spat Ends Up in Federal Courtroom

The feuding pair go to Penn State

(Newser) - It's not unusual for two college roommates to wind up not getting along. What makes this dispute at Penn State exceptional is that it's now in federal court. Also, it involves a colander that may or may not have had noodles in it. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports,... More »

Cops: Longtime Penn State Prof Murdered by Friends

Ronald Bettig was found at the bottom of a quarry

(Newser) - A longtime Penn State professor was allegedly murdered by his friends in an attempt to profit off his death, the Centre Daily Times reports. The body of 56-year-old associate professor of media studies Ronald Bettig was found Wednesday in a Pennsylvania quarry—two days after George Ishler reported him missing.... More »

Reports: Joe Paterno Knew About Sexual Abuse for Decades

And 6 other coaches had witnessed it as far back as 1976

(Newser) - According to new reports, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have known about Jerry Sandusky molesting children as far back as 1971—a full 30 years earlier than he had previously claimed. Based on court documents and inside sources, NBC News reports up to six assistant coaches had... More »

Paterno Knew of Sandusky Abuses in 1976: Insurer

Family lawyer says there is 'no corroborating evidence'

(Newser) - One line in a court order has revealed what PennLive calls a "bombshell" in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer wrote than an insurer—involved in a dispute over whether it should cover the $60 million in settlements Penn State... More »

Trump Weirds Out Crowd With Joe Paterno Reference

His remarks at Pittsburgh rally were ... confusing

(Newser) - Donald Trump wants to make things great again, and also to bring things back—including late Penn State coach Joe Paterno. At least that was the confusing impression he made Wednesday during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh. For the Win reports he asked the crowd gathered there, "How's... More »

Sandusky Cost Penn State Far More Than Reported

Audit says school paid or set aside $92.8M for 32 claims

(Newser) - The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has cost Penn State far more than was previously reported—and the university could still dish out more. Though the school previously reported paying out almost $60 million to 26 victims, a financial audit for the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30 shows Penn... More »

Penn State Suspends Frat for 3 Years for Nude Pics, Hazing

Kappa Delta Rho booted from campus for 'deeply troubling activities'

(Newser) - A secret Facebook page with photos of nude women, hazing, and a slew of other activities that "promoted a culture of harassing behavior and degradation of women" have led Penn State to suspend the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity for three years, the AP reports. The university's decision, outlined... More »

Man Who Vanished Before Graduation Found Safe

Jon Steindorf reunited with family in State College, Pa

(Newser) - A happy ending at Penn State: A former student reported missing on Friday has been found and reunited with his family, reports the Centre Daily Times . Police say an acquaintance spotted 23-year-old Jon Steindorf yesterday afternoon in a neighborhood of State College, Pa., and notified police. He seemed healthy in... More »

Parents Arrive for Graduation to Find Son Has Disappeared

Jon Steindorf wasn't even graduating from Penn State

(Newser) - Jon Steindorf's parents headed to his apartment Friday to pick him up for Penn State's graduation—only to discover that not only was the 23-year-old not graduating like he'd told them, but that he'd gone missing. The former student hasn't been seen since Friday morning,... More »

Penn State Frat's Nasty Facebook Comments Surface

A former Kappa Delta Rho member was the one who alerted police

(Newser) - "Lol delete these or we will be on cnn in a week." On CNN is exactly where the Penn State chapter of Kappa Delta Rho ended up following the fraternity's suspension over a secret Facebook page . That "lol" line is one of the comments Onward State... More »

Penn State Frat Suspended for Secret Facebook Page

Kappa Delta Rho page allegedly contained photos of nude, sleeping women

(Newser) - Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has joined the ranks of suspended chapters after police say they uncovered a secret Facebook page that contained some pretty damning images: photos of partially naked, sleeping women; photos of drug deals; and photos of hazing. "It appears [the women] were passed... More »

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