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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 »

ESPN Suspends Olbermann Over Penn State Tweets

He slams students, school in series of exchanges

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is in hot water with the boss again , this time the boss being ESPN. The network suspended him for a week after a series of tweets in which he slammed both Penn State and the students who go there. "It was weird and unnecessary," writes Barry... More »

Penn State Asks Sandusky to Renew Season Tickets

School explains it was a mass mailing and will update its mailing list

(Newser) - "Dear Gerald A: Congratulations on being identified as one of the elite college football fans in the nation. You have worked diligently to separate yourself by exhibiting unrivaled tenacity, character, and loyalty." Not a bad way to start your appeal to a season-ticket holder if you're trying... More »

NCAA Lifts Penn State Sex-Abuse Sanctions

George Mitchell's report says school is making progress

(Newser) - The NCAA today lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban and restoring scholarships. Penn State was halfway through a 4-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the... More »

Probe: Delays in Sandusky Case 'Inexcusable'

But they weren't driven by politics: report

(Newser) - A new report on the child-molestation investigation of Jerry Sandusky reveals "an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator," says Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, who commissioned the report. Delays weren't, however, due to political concerns, the report finds. Kane had previously... More »

Penn State Hazing Linked to Freshman's Suicide

Police investigate possible criminal case on Altoona campus

(Newser) - Another potential case of murder charges related to college hazing: An 18-year-old freshman at Penn State Altoona killed himself last week while home on spring break on Long Island by jumping from the roof of a hotel, reports CNN . Police are investigating reports that hazing drove Marquise Braham to commit... More »

Penn State Student Arrested Over WMD

'Off the wall' Russian teen had bomb-making materials

(Newser) - A Penn State freshman from Moscow was arrested on charges including possessing weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe after cops found a bomb and explosives-related materials in his apartment. Police say they found the bomb-making materials while investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op at the home of 18-year-old Vladislav... More »

Penn State Student Dead in Fall From Balcony

Alcohol, drugs apparently involved: police

(Newser) - A Penn State University student is dead after he fell from the ninth floor balcony of an off-campus apartment building. State police say 20-year-old Conor Macmannis was pronounced dead at the scene early today. The fall occurred at 3:43am at the Penn Towers building on Beaver Avenue; a preliminary... More »

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